TC Update

April 2016

In This Issue:

  • April calendar of workshops
  • Opportunities for Science Teachers
  • An Ear For Drama Script Writing Contest
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Epic! for Educators
  • Productivity Tools for Teachers PBS Learning Media
  • ELT Spring Catalog
  • DASA Training Information
  • Teacher Center Information
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Please remember only the courses prefaced with BCTC are offered at the Teacher Center of Broome County.

Local conferences

Astronomy 101

We are pleased to announce that STANYS is holding a workshop entitled “Astronomy 101” at SUNY Cortland on Saturday, April 9th. Feel free to send this along to anyone that you think might also be interested. We hope to see you there! For more information, click here.

Two Opportunities for Science Teachers

The New York Geographic Alliance is continuing with watershed education training for teachers of the Susquehanna Region, and in nearby watersheds, too. We are sponsored by a grant from NOAA.

There are two events coming up. We welcome registration from the teachers of your district. The first is a Mapping and Geospatial Workshop at the TST BOCES near Ithaca, NY on April 7th. We will have activities for teachers who want to learn how to use topographic maps and aerial imagery in their classrooms. There will also be computer time to learn about ArcGIS Online and to access great resources from Pictometry, Inc.

This is our second workshop covering this topic. We will offer training for beginners and for teachers who have previous experience. (They will be in separate classrooms). To register, the teachers need to log on to MyLearningPlan. The link is here.

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Our second workshop will be on Saturday May 14th at the Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne, NY (Chenango County). This will be an outdoor event. We will work on lessons using our water-testing kits, identification of aquatic life, and other lessons relating to watersheds. We will also hold a mini “BioBlitz” with the goal of identifying as many species of plants and animals as possible. I have attached a flyer for that workshop as well. Teachers can register online from the NYGA Website –

If you or any of the teachers from your district have questions, please email me at or call the NYGA Office at (585)-292-2398.

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An Ear For Drama

Radio Drama Remixed

Call for Entries!

Students in grades 7-12 are challenged to write a script for a 15 minute radio drama! A panel of judges will select one winning script and students will be invited to WSKG to produce the radio drama. WSKG will offer in-class instruction prior to the day of production. This will include final script editing, audio deliver, voice techniques, and a practice session for audio recording. Turn your students' creative writing project into a youth media experience!

Entry deadline: April 8, 2016

Winner notification: April 29, 2016

Record, Edit, Finalize: May 2016

Broadcast: Summer 2016

Classroom Support Tools, Learning Standards, Online Entry Form, Web Resources


Saturday, April 9th, 8am-12pm

750 Farm to Market Road

Endwell, NY

An EdCamp is an unconference day of learning for educators by educators. The learning that day is determined and driven by the attendees. The sessions are created by the attendees, not ahead of time. We hope you join us for a day of learning, collaborating and networking!

For more informarion

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Epic! for Educators

Epic! for Educators offers 1000's of popular and high-quality books for K-5. It is totally free to classroom teachers and librarians in the US and Canada. Teachers are able to create 36 individual profiles for students. Books can be read on desktop, laptops (including Chromebooks), iOS and Andriod devices.

For more information click here.


Productivity Tools for Teachers

Productivity Tools for Teachers

Digital productivity tools make it easier than ever for students to connect with curriculum concepts. The Lesson Builder, Quiz Maker and Storyboard tools offer dynamic opportunities to personalize learning experiences while targeting a range of learning styles.

  • Lesson Builder: Create and assign interactive lessons that can be used in class or as homework assignments.
  • Quiz Maker: Enhance lessons with personalized quizzes about PBS LearningMedia resources to test students’ understanding of key concepts.
  • Storyboard: Illustrate complex concepts by designing interactive web pages using resources, graphics and images from PBS LearningMedia. Students can also create Storyboards to demonstrate their understanding of lessons.
Click here for more information.

ELT Spring 2016 Catalog

From ELT:

With more than 30 years experience, ELT offers the latest and most relevant research-based strategies and resources, taught by your colleagues — fellow classroom teachers and school-related professionals. Educators who have walked the walk, mentoring, facilitating and implementing the research-based methods and practices they teach. Courses are offered either online or at convenient locations throughout New York state.

I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities for professional growth!

When it comes to graduate or undergraduate course work, including our college degree partnership programs, in-service programs, and seminars, the Education & Learning Trust (ELT) is the go-to choice for high-quality professional learning.

To view the catalog, click here


DASA Training Session

The next BU DASA Training Sessions will be on the following dates. All are Saturdays 9-3:30 in Fine Arts 258



For more information and to register see:

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training

(required as of January 1st, 2014)

Teacher Center Info

Teacher Center and Safety

This is a reminder that for safety reasons children are not allowed in the workroom of the Teacher Center. Laminators are hot and die cuts are sharp. We would not want your children to be injured. Thank you for your understanding

Holiday Hours and Weather Days

The Teacher Center of Broome County follows the Vestal Schools calendar. If the Vestal Schools close for the day or early due to weather, we will also be closed.