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CiTi BOCES Weekly Outreach

The purpose of this weekly newsletter is to provide professional development,

support, resources, information, connections and best practices to foster adult

learning and student achievement. You will find offerings from

Instructional Support Services, Distance Learning and Model Schools Teams.
***These offerings are available to all educators in NYS.***

Dignity for All Students Act: (Dignity Act Coordinators and/or their Designees)/DASA Coordinator Training

This training will review the DASA regulations and updates; Review the roles and responsibilities of Dignity Act Coordinators; Share an overview of complaint process flow charts; Provide samples of DASA forms and investigation techniques; and provide an overview of best practices related to school-wide strategies for improved climate and culture. NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE 6hr REQUIRED TRAINING FOR CERTIFICATION. This training will be delivered in two - three hour sessions via Zoom. Participants will be emailed a link to the email address associated with their MLP account the morning of the training. No cost for employees of district which subscribe to the Oswego BOCES School Improvement Co-Ser. Tuition is $75.00 for all other attendees. If you are self-paying, please mail a Money Order or Bank Check payable to CiTi Treasurer, NO CASH please. Send to: Roseann Bayne, CiTi BOCES, 179 County Route 64, Mexico, NY 13114


Registration: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3524329

Magical Morphemes- The Reading League July Event **FREE Access

Dr. Deborah Glaser recently presented for The Reading League on morphology. Here's a short clip from Dr. Glaser explaining even Kindergarten teachers will benefit from this professional development session. To get access to the recorded session, click the following link: https://thereadingleague.uscreen.io/programs/live-njnjgaqrpbq

If you are an educator within Oswego County your access is FREE thanks to a Shineman Foundation Grant. No credit card info is required. Just enter code: OCLIJULY2020

WRITE Center Summer Learning Series for Secondary Teachers- FREE

WRITE Center is a national center based at the University of California, Irvine. The center is committed to sharing evidence-based practices for teaching source-based argument writing in secondary classrooms. Their summer learning series event is scheduled virtually in July and is free. Fill out the google form to get the live links prior to the event. Session topics include remote learning (Dr. Troy Hicks), narrative writing (Kelly Gallagher), poetry writing (Carol Jago), and Designing Academic Writing Assignments for ALL Learners (Jim Burke). More info about date/time of the two-hour sessions at the events link: https://www.writecenter.org/events.html


Here's the direct link to the July 1st webinar on "Designing Writing Instruction in an Era of Remote". Here's a link to the slides that go along with the webinar. Whether we go back to school with traditional instruction or remote learning or a combination of both, this session provides technology tools that support effective writing instruction across learning environments.

Instructional Resources

The Science of Reading- Recorded Webinar Series for Paraprofessionals

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Book Study: The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness

Monday, July 20th, 9am

Onondaga Lake Parkway

Liverpool, NY

This book profoundly shows that in order to have the difficult conversations required for working toward racial justice, inner work is essential. Through the practice of embodied mindfulness--paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in an open, nonjudgmental way--we increase our emotional resilience, recognize our own biases, and become less reactive when triggered. Join this four meeting book study to engage in discourse to move ourselves and our communities towards equity. We will hold our 4 core meetings at Onondaga Parkway. An informational meeting to address book distribution and materials needed for each meeting will be held on July 20th, 9:00 am via Zoom.


Registration Link

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3515249&D=12396

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Book Study: Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer (Initial Meeting)

Monday, July 13th, 9-10am

Initial Meeting: Online Subsequent Meetings: TBD

"This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher." ~Parker J. Palmer At a time of such change, exploring the inner landscape of the teacher is of the utmost importance. Join us for this summer book study of renewal. We will have an initial zoom meeting as indicated in this listing. we will as a group determine 3 dates for gathering either online or in person at an outdoor space TBD. Courage to Teach focuses neither on technique, nor directly on school reform, but rather on renewing the inner lives of professionals in education. Courage to Teach® helps teachers: *Renew heart, mind, and spirit through the exploration of the inner landscape of a teacher's life. *Reconnect to one's identity and integrity-identifying and honoring gifts and strengths, and acknowledging limits. *Create a context for careful listening and deep connection that also honors diversity in person and profession. *Create safe spaces and trusting relationships in their schools, with their students and colleagues, and within their communities. *Explore the connection between attending to the inner life of educators and the renewal of public education. Our initial meeting will be on the dated listed here and we will set our meeting dates for the rest of the summer. Total hours: 15

Registration Link: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3514222

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Building & Nurturing Resilience Zoom Check In #3

Thursday, July 16th, 9-10am

This is an online event.

This is the 3rd in a weekly series of calls designed to nurture community and resilience for educators during these uncertain times.


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SEL Leaders Network Meeting

Tuesday, July 21st, 9-11am

This is an online event.

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 community. This group continues to learn and grow in our efforts to foster SEL and mindfulness practices. We will work together to support re-entry with SEL as a focus and the ongoing development of SEL in our schools. These two summer meetings (August 18th @ 1:00 PM - meeting #2) will lay the groundwork for our ongoing work into the school year. Meeting dates for the school year are TBD.

What will we say the first days back?

Tuesday, July 28th, 9:30am

This is an online event.

Re-entry conversations have been at the top of everyone's mind since we initially went home. Conversations with students about what they experienced, how they are coping, and what we all can do to build our emotional resilience will be a crucial first step for anyone in education. Together, we will draw connection from our emotional resilience to what gaps students will have in developing coping, advocating, and essentially, resilience skills of their own. We will explore strategies and resources related to their experiences from the pandemic to the racial justice protests to foster a culturally responsive environment.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3528073&D=12396

Cultivating a Mindfulness Practice Through Writing and Meditation

Friday, July 31st, 9am

Onondaga Lake Parkway

Liverpool, NY

Summer is the perfect time to nourish and develop new habits. Together we will meet over a series of days at Onondaga Parkway (for better social distancing) to enrich our personal mindfulness practice. We will spend time writing, engaging in collaborative discourse, and ending with a guided meditation. We will have a mandatory information zoom meeting to further layout the logistics and session requirements. Your hours for this series will be accumulative based on how many sessions you attend. Each session will be 1.5 hours. The Zoom meeting will be July 31, 2020 at 9:00am-10:00am. The link for this meeting will be emailed 30 minutes prior to start time.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3511490&D=12396

Resilience Retreat For Educators

Tuesday, Aug. 4th, 9am-12pm

120 Mexico Point Drive

Mexico, NY

"Taking care of yourself," writes the American Psychological Association, "helps to keep your mind and body primed to deal with situations that require resilience." Yet we often undervalue the importance of self care. Now more than ever, cultivating habits and rituals that nurture our resilience are necessary for our own well-being and the well-being of our communities. This half day educator retreat will offer opportunities to safely connect with a community of educators and to practice habits of resilience and self care. We will gather at Mexico Point Park - bring a chair, a snack, sunscreen and a journal! More information to come as the event nears


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3513823

Leveraging the Power of SEL for Re-entry

Thursday, Aug. 13th, 1-3pm

This is an online event.

Decades of research inform us of the power social emotional learning has positive student outcomes in academics, emotional intelligence, and long-term life achievements. While much uncertainty surrounds how and when school will reopen,we know that social and emotional learning (SEL) will be critical to re-engaging students, supporting adults, rebuilding relationships, and creating a foundation for academic learning, (CASEL 2020). This unprecedented shift to a new type of learning experience may have a lasting and profound impact on young people's academic, social, emotional, and life outcomes, (CASEL 2020). Together at this half day session, we will provide guidance on leading critical conversation necessary for staff and students upon re-entry and explore actionable recommendations from CASEL to support your reentry plan.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3515105&D=12396

What will we say the first days back?

Tuesday, Aug. 25th, 9:30am

This is an online event.

Re-entry conversations have been at the top of everyone's mind since we initially went home. Conversations with students about what they experienced, how they are coping, and what we all can do to build our emotional resilience will be a crucial first step for anyone in education. Together, we will draw connection from our emotional resilience to what gaps students will have in developing coping, advocating, and essentially, resilience skills of their own. We will explore strategies and resources related to their experiences from the pandemic to the racial justice protests to foster a culturally responsive environment.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3528070

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