Regional School Success Digest

'All things RSS' in a 'digestible' format: 10.26.2020

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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From Corwin: The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents

We are in this together and will get through this together.
Parent involvement has always been a vital part of any child’s education, but the pandemic and resulting remote instruction require that parents and educators partner at a deeper level. Following the tremendous success of The Distance Learning Playbook, K-12, education authorities Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie have teamed up with New York Times bestselling author and parenting expert Rosalind Wiseman to bring you the consummate guide to support your child's academic, social, and emotional development in any learning environment – while not overwhelming you in the process.

For more information about ordering the book click here.

From Apple Professional Learning

Apple Professional Learning offers free One-to-One or Small Group Coaching to help educators learn new skills and adapt to hybrid and remote learning.

Email to schedule a free coaching session or click here for more information.

Art Class Curators: Virtual Museum Tours

The Art Class Curator has great resources for art and classroom teachers! Choose a museum from somewhere in the world to explore virtually, record which museum you chose to visit and then complete the following activities.

To see what virtual tours are available, click here.

How does a wind turbine work? Take this Virtual Tour to find out!

Simon and Andy with the US Department of Energy give viewers an incredible tour of the inside of a massive GE wind turbine. Using a GoPro, Simon narrates the ascension up through the turbine. He details each lever turned on or off. The view from atop the turbine, while difficult to get to, is absolutely incredible.

To watch the virtual tour click here.

Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Communication - what does that mean?

This is about communication. As it is not about a class or a meeting, but a way that people can communicate (which morphs into the other things, but starts with communication). John Spencer created a 3-minute video to explain the difference between synchronous and asynchronous communication tools. Watch it here.

Check Out our New 100 Spanish Titles for Young Readers

¿Entonces, qué esperas? ¡Empieza a leer!

Starting October 30, 2020, the School Library System’s digital eBook and audiobook platform, Sora, will include 100 new Spanish-language titles for Pre-K and primary age children. This collection offers multi-user, simultaneous access and includes stories, biographies, and non-fiction content to engage young readers. It is a great way to support book clubs, language programs, and more. A full title list is available here.

To request a book from the School Library System, click here.

From Mid-State Regional Partnership Center @ Syracuse University: November Workshops

Two workshops in November hosted by the Mid-State Regional Partnership Center @ Syracuse University:

November 12 and November 18: Creating the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

For more information and to register in Frontline click here.

November 17 and November 19: Explicit Direct Instruction Virtual Regional Training

For more information to register in Frontline click here.

Regional Professional Development and Learning Opportunities from TST BOCES

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

Co-Teaching for New Teams: Three Day Mini Series

Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 3-4:30pm

This is an online event.

Congratulations! You are going to be working in a co-taught classroom! What does that mean? What does that look like? How does blended or distance learning impact my co-teaching strategies? In this 3 part virtual mini-series, general and special education teachers will work together to create the foundation for an integrated classroom. Using the work of Marilyn Friend, participants will develop a common vocabulary and understanding centered around key elements of a successful co-teaching relationship.

This three-day mini series will take place on:
- October 27, 2020
- January 14, 2021
- March 23, 2021 (Elementary Teachers)
- March 25, 2021 (Secondary Teachers)

To register in Frontline click here.

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


Thursday, October 29: 3:00pm - 4:30pm


This is an online event via a Google Meet.


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.

Regional Computer Science Advisory Group


Thursday, October 29: 4:00pm - 5:30pm


There is an option to attend the advisory meeting inside the Library of Things on TST BOCES campus.

If you are interested please let Matt O'Donnell know no later than Wednesday, October 28, 2020 by email:


The Regional Computer Science advisory committee will help develop an ecosystem to support equitable, sustainable, rigorous computer science education for every student at all levels. This group will work on changing & enhancing systems to support computer science (using the power of computing to solve problems and express ourselves) , computational thinking (purposeful problem solving strategies), and digital fluency (using digital tools to enhance workflow). To register in Frontline click here.

From Teresa Heatherman: Meeting Student Needs in a Google Classroom

This is a series of mini professional learning workshops to help generate discussion around academic and/or behavioral challenges teachers and students may be facing in our new virtual classrooms. Our discussions will include tips and tricks for how to plan for and create more opportunities for meaningful instruction for all students. Each session will include time for collaborative brainstorming and problem solving directed at individual challenges or teacher concerns. During our time together we will use what we know about high quality teaching, combined with what we know about our students, to help take our virtual lessons to the next level! Topics include:

Google Classroom for Beginners+

Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 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.

Writing Matters Conference hosted by SUNY Cortland


Saturday, November 7: 8:30am - 3:30pm


This is a virtual conference.


Sponsored by the Seven Valleys Writing Project and SUNY Cortland, the annual Writing Matters conference will be virtual in 2020! The focus of this fall's conference is: "Writing for Hope, Writing to Learn (online): Research by Teachers and for Teachers." Educators from across the region and the curriculum will share efficient strategies for responding to student writing, share effective online writing tasks, and employ teacher-tested strategies that create hopeful communities of confident writers and increase student collaboration and comprehension through the use of online / hybrid writing. Keynote speaker Dr. Nicole Sieben of SUNY Old Westbury will provide the keynote, author of Writing Hope: Strategies for Writing Success. For more information please contact David Franke of the Seven Valleys Writing Project at

To register in Frontline, click here.

Regional Distance Learning Reflection Forums - 2 Sessions

Monday, Nov. 9th, 2:30-6pm

This is an online event.

The Professional Learning Team at TST BOCES will come together to facilitate and support discussions and each other as teachers share resources and reflect to improve distance learning for their students, families, and themselves. This will help the team to communicate and assist teachers across the region. This session will leverage breakout groups and collaboration to make learning accessible and meaningful. Please bring a question for the group as well as a strategy, resource, or tool that’s worked to support students, families, and teachers during distance learning.

Elementary: November 9, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Elementary teachers can register in Frontline by clicking here.

Secondary: November 9, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Secondary teachers can register in Frontline by clicking here.

Social Justice & Art: A 3 Part Series presented by Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University


November 12, 5:00pm - 6:00pm


Please note: Zoom links and readings will be sent prior to each date listed above.


Topic for November 12: Off the Pedestal: Statues & Monuments in Public Displays

This 3 part series of workshops will give educators the opportunity to explore current events in light of several types of artwork. Participants will read a short selection of text in preparation for each topic and then be led on a guided discussion with Johnson Museum of Art Educators. Participants will discuss the selected readings and selected works of art in a virtual model that they can use with their students. Practice looking at art and linking it to contemporary issues help validate and confirm conversations that students may be having. This series allows participants to practice a protocol for intellectual engagement for student collaboration and discourse. To register in Frontline click here.

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