Regional School Success Digest

'All things RSS' in a 'digestible' format: 10.13.2020

The purpose of our TST BOCES Regional School Success newsletter is to highlight upcoming opportunities and keep you informed with resources our department is creating and promoting. Each newsletter will feature a variety of materials that are offered on our regional calendar. Our goal is to bring you best practices in Professional Learning, Cooperative Enrichment, School Library Systems, and Instructional Technology that will allow your students to flourish! Come grow your professional and personal practice with us!


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Friendly Reminder: Join the TST BOCES Professional Regional Networks!

The intention of educator networks is to:

  • Build our knowledge base and skill levels

  • Engage in best practices and current research

  • Facilitate support for educators in the area

  • Collaborate across the region


Regional Math Network: October 14: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Register here!


Regional Library Media Specialists Network: October 15: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Register here!


Regional Science Network: October 15: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Register here!


Regional Coaches Network: October 20: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

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Webinar: Tuesday October 14 at 7pm: National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Did you know NYSED has the Albert Shanker grant which defrays the application cost of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification to eligible New York State public school teachers? Meet our new NYS Teacher of the Year and NBCT Jennifer Wolfe, Regent Tilles and the NYSED Albert Shanker Grant Administrator along with the Co-Directors of the NBCNY Network.


This webinar will answer your questions about the National Board Certification process, personal and professional benefits to certification, and local supports. Even if you can’t make it live, by registering for the webinar you’ll get a recording delivered to your inbox.

From Edutopia: The Value of a Camera-Optional Policy

Should teachers require students to appear on camera during video calls? As schools begin the year with remote learning or hybrid approaches to school, video class is becoming the norm. As we adjust to this format, teachers need to develop expectations and guidelines for our students. Read the entire article from Edutopia here.

FREE Virtual Field Trips and Tours

A virtual tour is a simulated visit around an existing location, like a museum. They are usually composed of a series of videos or still images. They can also consist of other multimedia elements like sound effects, music, narration, and text, etc.


Make the best of a virtual field trip by using the quick before, during and after for planning:

Before the visit: What do you hope to achieve with this visit?

During the visit: What items do you want to highlight during the visit?

After the visit: What did you take away from the visit?


Reading and Art:

Children’s book illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka has launched a daily YouTube series called Draw everyday with JJK. This program educates, entertains, and empowers young artists.


Math:

The U.S. Census Bureau has a YouTube channel

Students will be invited on a mission to discover key details about Census Bureau programs and then test their knowledge with an interactive challenge at the close of the program. They also have 20 other different math activities available Preschool-grade 12 US Census Bureau Math Sheets.


Science:

NASA's Langley Research Center has the latest behind-the-scenes videos of what our engineers, scientists, pilots, and researchers are working on in the areas of Earth Science, Aeronautics, Space Exploration, and much more.

Regional Professional Development and Learning Opportunities from TST BOCES

We have some new Regional Workshops on the TST BOCES calendar!

Google Classroom for Beginners+

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 11am-12pm

This is an online event.

Google Classroom can be a critical tool to help manage the digital lives of our students. Whether it's creating assignments for students and providing timely feedback, a spot to communicate important updates, or a place for students to access curricular materials, Google Classroom is a dynamic tool. This workshop is for teachers who have Classroom setup and are looking to expand their craft. To register in Frontline, click here.

Meeting Student Needs in a Virtual Classroom: Topic One - Building Relationships

WHEN

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 9am - 10am


WHERE

This is an online event.


MORE INFORMATION

The beginning of every school year is usually a flurry of activity as educators set up and decorate their learning space. This year many of us are managing physical and/ or virtual space. This is enough to make even the most seasoned veteran educator feel like a first year teacher all over again but it doesn't have to! The structure, organization and routines that drive our traditional classrooms still have a place in our new digital classrooms. Let's talk about some of the ways we can provide a variety of necessary supports to ensure that the process of teaching and learning is clear and accessible for everyone involved. To register in Frontline, click here.

Meeting Student Needs in a Virtual Classroom: Topic Two - Organization

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 2-3pm

This is an online event.

The beginning of every school year is usually a flurry of activity as educators set up and decorate their learning space. This year many of us are managing physical and/ or virtual space. This is enough to make even the most seasoned veteran educator feel like a first year teacher all over again but it doesn't have to! The structure, organization and routines that drive our traditional classrooms still have a place in our new digital classrooms. Let's talk about some of the ways we can provide a variety of necessary supports to ensure that the process of teaching and learning is clear and accessible for everyone involved.


To register in Frontline, click here.

How do I do this? Technology Tips for the Non-Techies!

WHEN

Thursday, Oct. 22, 3pm - 4:30pm


WHERE

This is an online event.


MORE INFORMATION

Does technology intimidate you, terrify or overwhelm you? Join the club. Many of us are "tech-hesitant" because we are still learning things that seem natural to many of our peers and co-workers. In this session, participants will explore a sampling of basic skills selected to help make managing the demands of blended and virtual learning easier and more efficient. If you think in terms of thingamabobs and doohickeys, this is a safe place for you to ask your technology questions. Together we will explore, practice and create to help build your digital tool box! To register in Frontline, click here.
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