CiTi ISS Weekly Communicator


The purpose of this weekly newsletter is to provide professional development, support and resources to foster adult learning and student achievement. You will find offerings from Instructional Support Services, Distance Learning and Model Schools Teams.

Dignity for All Students Act: Required Training for Certification/Licensure (Teachers, Administrators, Teaching Assistants, Coaches, etc)

Dates: 1/14/2021 to 1/15/2021

Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act or DASA) Workshop: Six hour training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention. New York State's Dignity Act seeks to provide the State's public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. School professionals applying for certification or license on or after DECEMBER 31, 2013 are required to complete six clock hours of course work or training in this area. This training is designed to fulfill that requirement. This training is delivered via zoom in 2 separate 3 hour sessions. An email will be sent to the email address associated with your your MLP account the morning of the training. Tuition is $75.00 for employees of district which subscribe to the Oswego BOCES School Improvement Co-Ser. Tuition is $100.00 for all other attendees. If you are self-paying, please mail a Money Order or Bank Check made out to CiTi Treasurer. NO CASH please. Send to: CiTi BOCES Attention: Roseann Bayne 179 County Route 64 Mexico NY 13114


Arts Standards/Curriculum Professional Development

The Arts Leadership Network is pleased to announce our first professional development opportunity next week. This event will serve to introduce folks to our dedicated team of educators that have been hard at work creating this idea. They will walk you through the timeline of our vision for a complete breakdown of every one of the new NYS Arts learning standards for both Visual Arts and Music.

During this initial meeting, we will start with a refresher of the new standards as well as a recap of the last Arts Leadership meeting so that we are all starting fresh for the following breakdowns. There will also be time allotted for discussion among grade levels in different subject areas to provide feedback and answer any looming questions you might have. We look forward to kicking off this long-awaited project and hope that you will be there to join us!

Follow this link to sign up in MLP

CNY Arts Essential Standards and Curriculum

Virtual Showcase

If you weren't able to catch the virtual showcase live, we are happy to share that we have a link to watch a recording of the showcase when its convenient for you. The link will be available for a few weeks for schools to preview available shows so take advantage of the opportunity while you can.

We have partnered with DCMO BOCES to continue growing our list of virtual opportunities for this school year. Like all of you, our artists are working hard to modify and adapt to the changing learning environment and are continuously adding new enrichment opportunities that can now be enjoyed virtually. We currently have over 80 high-quality virtual opportunities for students and schools to enjoy with more being added daily. If you have any questions regarding a specific program please feel free to reach out to

Press Pause ~ Strategies for Disconnecting & Maintaining Wellbeing (Self-Paced/Asynchronous)

This is a self-paced, asynchronous learning opportunity! The focus of this module is to support you in learning strategies to disconnect and focus in simple ways on self maintenance. We cannot show up for others if we do not show up for ourselves. The mini-module begins with the Press Pause webinar. Following the webinar you will find practices to engage in, resources to read and explore, and videos to view. Upon completion you will be asked to complete a survey where you will offer insights you gained and certify your completion of all tasks. Once complete, you will receive 3 hours of professional development, documented in MyLearningPlan. Once registered, you will receive the mini-module in the form of a Smore "newsletter" containing the webinar and all items to complete.

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What is Mindfulness Mini- Module (Self-Paced/Asynchronous)

Welcome to the What is Mindfulness Mini Module! The focus of this module is to support you in learning the basics of mindfulness - the what, why and how. Key concepts will be explored and you will engage in a sampling of practices to experience mindfulness first hand. The module begins with a webinar, followed by videos to watch, resources to read, practices to try and information for further learning. Upon completion you will be asked to complete a survey/reflection where you will offer insights and key takewaways as well as certify your completion of all tasks. Once complete, you will receive 3 hours of professional development, documented in MyLearningPlan. Once registered, you will receive the mini-module in the form of a Smore "newsletter" containing the webinar and all items to complete.

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Join Us for Mid-Week Mindfulness!

Wednesdays @ 7:15 AM. Next session on 1/20!

Using SEL as a Lever for Equity (Self-paced/Asyncrhonous)

As CASEL describes, "SEL can be a powerful lever for creating caring, just, inclusive, and healthy communities that support all individuals in reaching their fullest potential.” This webinar and module will explore how SEL implementation fosters an equitable learning environment for all students. How do we show up in ways that help all students and adults feel respected, valued and affirmed? What are some of the ways we can be culturally responsive and allow for all voices to express learning in ways that honor who are? SEL for equity is not just for our at-risk students but is a way to cultivate the environment so that all students can thrive. This module includes a webinar that will offer an overview of SEL as a lever for equity as well as strategies for implementation. Additional resources such as videos and readings will offer ways to deepen understanding, reflect on instructional practice and personal competence with SEL, and commit to actions moving forward that will promote growth for all.

•Describe how SEL can be used to promote equitable, rigorous, caring, just, inclusive, and healthy learning environments for all learners
•Reflect on current instructional and assessment practices through an SEL and equity lens
•Identify possible opportunities for implementation of the SEL Competencies with an intention of increased equity

Once registered, you will receive the mini-module in the form of a Smore "newsletter" containing the webinar and all items to complete. Once complete, you will receive 3 hours of professional development, documented in MyLearningPlan.

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Mindful Educator Spring Network Meetings

As the role of mindfulness in our classrooms and our lives grows ever more necessary, being in community with other educators practicing and implementing mindfulness offers important support and inspiration. This group meets monthly to experience practices together as well as share strategies for implementation with students whether in person or virtual. Join us!

Upcoming Dates:

  • 2/10
  • 3/10
  • 4/7
  • 5/12

Meetings are scheduled 3:30 - 4:30 PM

SEL Leaders Network Spring Meetings

The mindset and skills of SEL are needed now more than ever as we navigate our current world in our own lives and as we educate and support our students, colleagues and our community. This group continues to learn and grow in our efforts to foster SEL and mindfulness practices in our schools and classrooms through modeling of practices in our meetings, sharing of strategies and resources, and exploring a deeper understanding of our own lives in service of others. Join Us!

Upcoming Dates:

  • 1/25
  • 2/22
  • 3/22
  • 4/19

All meetings are scheduled 3:45 - 5:00 PM

Tackling the Civic Literacy Essay in Remote Classrooms-FREE Webinar Jan 14th

Attention high school social studies teachers: click here to register for the FREE webinar sponsored by the New York State Council for the Social Studies. On January 14th, the webinar will be focused on preparing for the new Civic Literacy essay that will be assessed this June on the newly formatted US History and Government Regents Exam. The webinar will include a document analysis activity designed for remote learning. Tools for feedback will be shared that can be leveraged to improve student writing which can be easily adapted for both hybrid and fully remote teaching.

Tools and Ideas for Independent Reading for All Students… Anywhere, Anytime

This free webinar provides many tech ideas to engage students in independent reading. The presenter is a librarian and she shares unique and creative ways for all learners to increase their reading habits. Get some fresh new ideas for 2021!

The Reading League Event- Finding and Selecting Just the Right Words for Phonics Lessons

The Reading League is offering professional development on finding just the right words for phonics lessons. Maria Murray will be presenting and it's free for OCLI educators. Click on this link for registration and use the code: OCLIJAN2021 to access at your convenience anytime after January 14th, 2021.

Effectively Implementing The Writing Revolution Strategies in Hybrid/Remote Classrooms

The Writing Revolution community of educators shares practical examples of how TWR can be effectively utilized in a remote learning setting. Click here to view the webinar.
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Harnessing the Power: Google and Microsoft - Strengths and Limitations

This series of workshops is designed to help with computer skills and productivity through the understanding of similarities and differences between Microsoft and Google products and when it is best to use each platform. Each session, taught by CiTi Model Schools Staff, will have information related to a specific type of product and will include tips and tricks to assist you in your position.

6 Online Sessions from 1:00 - 2:00 PM (Zoom)

Please register on MyLearningPlan/Frontline.

11/17 Microsoft Excel & Google Sheets

Many of us are familiar with the ins and outs of Microsoft Word. We are going to look at the similarities and differences between Word and Google Docs, and see which program is better for doing specific functions.

1/26 Microsoft Excel & Google Sheets

During this session, you will learn the basics of creating and using a spreadsheet, as well as, identify the similarities and differences between Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. You may leave this training with a favorite, but it is intended to help you pick the best tool for each job.

2/23 Microsoft PowerPoint & Google Slides

Compare similarities and explore the differences between Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides. We’ll explore the unique features for each platform to help determine what works best for you.

3/23 Adobe PDF, Microsoft Fillable Forms & Google Forms

In this session, we will look at the similarities and differences between three tools commonly used to collect information: fillable PDFs made with Adobe, Microsoft Forms, and Google Forms. We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each to help determine which might be most useful in different areas of your work.

4/20 Microsoft Outlook & Google Calendar/ Gmail

We will first explore Microsoft Outlook Email & Gmail, identifying features that differentiate the two platforms and discussing the pros and cons of each. We will then look at Microsoft Outlook Calendar & Google Calendar, examining their defining features. We will close with a discussion about how to decide which tool best fits your needs, and how the platforms can work in conjunction with one another.

5/18 Microsoft Publisher & Google Suite
In this session, you will explore the differences between how Google and Microsoft handle publishing and basic paint/drawing tools. First, we will look at Publisher and understand the limitations of Publisher files and publishing generically in Google. We'll close out by comparing and contrasting Microsoft Paint and Google Drawings. We'll also have a quick detour of the Snipping Tool, and how to take screenshots on Chromebook devices.

The Yoga Alphabet: by Bari Koral

Preschool and Kindergarten teachers: check out The Yoga Alphabet by Bari Koral on YouTube. Mix in literacy skills with mindfulness and movement exercises. Share with parents/caregivers too!

Wheel of Fun! Virtual Tool for increasing student engagement!

Check out the Wheel of Fun! It can be virtually spun and used to call on students OR change the word bank to include sight words or vocabulary words for extra practice with a fun twist! Many different ways to use this tool.