GV BOCES School Improvement

September 2021 Newsletter

Upcoming Featured Speakers

Jim Wright

Title: Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) 5 Day Training


Jim Wright is a national trainer and consultant to schools and organizations on Response to Intervention/Multi-Tier System of Supports and topics relating to educational change and at-risk learners. He is also a certified school psychologist and school administrator,

with over 17 years of experience working in public schools in central New York State.

*Please see the digital flyer below for more information about each individual session.

Date: September 28, October 12, November 16, December 1, January 5

Location: Monroe 2 BOCES, 3599 Big Ridge Road, Spencerport, NY 14559

Time: 8:30 - 3:00 PM

New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Title: Curriculum & Assessment Guidance Document Training

Trainer: Dr. Clancy Seymour

Description: Dr. Clancy Seymore from the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYS AHPERD) will join us for a full-day session regarding curriculum and assessment in the physical education setting. The second edition of the Curriculum and Assessment Guidance Document (CAGD) for Physical Education is a resource that connects the revised New York State Physical Education Learning Standards (2020) with guidance regarding curriculum and assessment recommendations for K-12 physical education practitioners and administrators in New York. The purpose of this document is to provide developmentally appropriate content and sample assessments in physical education that will allow students to acquire the skills, knowledge, confidence, and motivation through participation in quality K-12 physical education programs. The revised document is broken into two separate guides: an elementary and secondary version. In addition, the CAGD unpacks the revised New York State Physical Education Learning Standards (2020) and includes an amended adapted physical education services section.

Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Location: 80 Munson Street, LeRoy, NY 14482

Time: 9:30 - 3:00

News You Can Use

Embedded in the School Improvement (SI) newsletter you will find important updates, information, and resources from the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) & your regional Joint Management Team BOCES (Monroe 1 BOCES, Monroe 2 BOCES, Genesee Valley BOCES & Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES). Below are direct links that assist with staying current regarding news and changes at the state level.

Optional Resources from NYSED: NGLS Mathematics Glossary

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) continues to recognize that curriculum development is a local decision and is always an ongoing process. NYSED provided resources to support districts with developing/revising units of instruction aligned to the Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards (NGMLS).

The glossary of terms is an optional resource for school districts to utilize. The glossary was created as a collaborative effort by multiple committees of educators to provide teachers across New York with clarity around terminology found within the NGLS for Mathematics. Researchers and educators, Dylan Wiliam and John Hattie agree that you must be very clear and intentional about what you want your students to learn. This means you need to identify exactly what skill and or concept you want them to understand and what you want them to be able to do. In fact, “teacher clarity ranks among the top interventions that can best enhance student learning” (Almarode & Vandas, 2018, p. ix). Teachers can use this glossary to develop their own clarity, and then translate that clarity to students within their instruction.

APPR 4-Day Initial Certification: Fall Dates

The New York State Education Department requires all evaluators of teachers to be certified through an appropriate training process. Lead teacher evaluators are those who conduct summative annual professional performance reviews. The district must certify that these lead evaluators have been trained in the minimum requirements as outlined in the new APPR regulations. The training that we provide will meet this the requirement in the manner prescribed by the NYSED.

School Improvement Spotlights

School Improvement (SI) takes great pride in the work we do at the state level, regionally, and when working directly with component districts. This section of the newsletter offers insight into the work SI does and provides recognition to local districts that strive for continuous school improvement. Partnerships and collaboration is the key to everyone's success!

Leadership Institute 2021

August 3rd, 4th, and 5th marked the annual Genesee Valley BOCES Leadership Institute at Holiday Valley Inn & Resort in Ellicottville, New York. Although a little different in structure, this year’s Institute welcomed over 150 building and district leaders from twenty (20) of our (22) component districts. School leaders were exposed to a number of topics through a keynote presentation by Dr. Steve Constantino, as well as breakout sessions, all while reconnecting, collaborating, learning, and networking with other leaders from the region.

This year’s Leadership Institute theme Compliance to Engagement was evident in the breakout sessions on both Tuesday and Thursday. The eight breakout sessions provided participants with an overview of various topics. Many of these topics will be revisited throughout the course of the upcoming school year through professional development offered by Genesee Valley BOCES. The sessions included:

• Continuous Improvement: Using High Leverage Teaching Practices

• Input Model (APPR)

• Science of Reading for Administrators: A Journey to Improve Reading

• Distance Learning: How to Continue to Meet the Needs of Virtual Students

• Unleash The Science of Learning: Evidence in Education

• Technology for Administrators

• Grading Practices

• Classroom Practices for Addressing Unfinished Learning

Dr. Steve Constantino, author, speaker, and leader, provided the keynote on Wednesday. Dr. Constantino shared his expertise in family and community engagement. Throughout the keynote session, Constantino shared his model to promote family engagement as a conduit to increase academic achievement for all students and overall school improvement. By sharing personal experiences, Constantino stressed the importance of ensuring that schools look to find applicable solutions to re-engage families, in order to prevent continued disengagement. Constantino provided a plethora of practical ways to re-engage families, as well as create a positive school culture to reshape the conditions conducive to authentic family engagement.

Following the keynote, building and district leaders from the region continued their learning through a multitude of breakout sessions and collaborative conversations on various topics including:

  • Results-Oriented Family Engagement Sunrise
  • Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It
  • Ed Law 2D: Responding To A Cyber-Incident Maple Leaf
  • Maximizing your Mental Health Response: Addressing Tier 1 Mental Health Needs In a Post-pandemic Environment
  • Don't Waste a Good Crisis: What’s Worth Keeping Post Pandemic?
  • Moving from Compliance to Engagement: Ensuring Equity & Culturally Responsiveness
  • Managing The Capital Project Process
  • Continuous Improvement: A District & BOCES Partnership Bunker
  • Pandemic or Pandemonium? What We Did; What We Learned; And What Is Next?

The Professional Learning Service Department would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the Superintendent Instructional Subcommittee (SISC) and leaders in our region who provided input, shared their experiences and helped to facilitate the breakout sessions.

Next year’s Leadership Institute will be held on August 3-4, 2022 at Holiday Valley Inn & Conference Center in Ellicottville, New York. We are already looking forward to another great event in 2022!

Warsaw CSD Curriculum Review Cycle

This past August, Warsaw Central School District teachers, and administrators gathered to learn the essential elements of Raising Awareness and Building Capacity to turnkey information to the entire faculty. The district is restarting their local curriculum review process with the purpose of creating multi-disciplined, guaranteed and viable (DuFour & Marzano, 2011) curricula that integrates units of instruction with the Next Generation Learning Standards.

The district has identified and communicated that this process is integral for “ teachers tak[ing] the desired outcomes [(i.e.standards)] ... and convert[ing] them into engaging activities in the classrooms” (Wiliam, 2013, p. 10). Therefore, by using teacher leaders as facilitators to drive the work (by grade level), the district has also made impressive efforts to engage the recurring problem of:

“The question is whether this [curricula review] process is something that happens ‘below the radar’ in schools, with teachers working on their own, or whether it is given the explicit priority the task merits, given its importance, and undertaken collegially.” (Wiliam, 2013, p. 10)

The district’s decision to work explicitly and collegially refreshed a collaboration between the School Improvement Team (SIT) and the identified teacher leaders, to ensure that all educators:

  • Initiated the work with common instructional language, purpose, and intentions,

  • Possessed methods to access and review key state documents,

  • Learned and applied criteria for evaluation,

  • Worked collaboratively to ensure a guaranteed and viable curriculum through building consensus,

  • Analyzed the rigor of prioritized standards through the operationalizing process,

  • Built and published district pacing guides and other curricular documents.

This curricular review process is ongoing and marks a sustained and collaborative relationship with SIT, as each discipline works productively, yet responsively, as they move through the process of creating a guaranteed and viable curriculum. SIT is proud to continue the partnership in order to inspire clarity and expertise within teachers and administrators and continually refine our abilities to enhance student achievement.

2021-2022 Regional Professional Learning Opportunities

Registration for upcoming regional professional learning opportunities can be accessed through the links below. Check out the various opportunities the School Improvement Team is offering during the 2021-2022 school year. We look forward to seeing you in the upcoming months!

2021-2022 GV BOCES Catalog Frontline (MyLearningPlan)

Direct Link To Frontline (MyLearningPlan)

Need Support?

Please direct all requests for service to the Director of School Improvement, Stephanie Burns at 585.344.7923.