Cooperative Enrichment News

February 2016

The TST BOCES Creative Writing Contest is officially underway!

The TST BOCES Creative Writing Contest provides opportunities for the youth in our region to be creative and inspire others with their works of literature, Art, and Music. To enter the contest, students must submit their work to a submission form (a Google Form) and upload their work through a submission link within the form.


Submission links, instructional videos, and instructions can all be found on the Cooperative Enrichment home page.


Please feel free to contact the creative writing contest at creativewriting@tstboces.org if you have questions or need assistance with the submission process.

Newsela: Teaching Black History: Connecting Current Events to the Past

Looking for a way to reach out to students during Black History Month? Newsela is a fantastic tool that offers students and teachers the opportunity to "read closely, think critically, and be wordly." Newsela is an app (available on iOS and Android devices) that includes a web based dashboard. The app is also offered as a Chrome extension and can be found on the Chrome Web Store. The app and dashboard allow educators and students to find current news articles that can be adjusted according to student lexile levels.

Newsela wants to help educators celebrate black history with their students by "using current events to look back into the past." The app looks to encourage students to see "how the artifacts of yesterday, from police reports to poems, can create the news of today."

TST BOCES Regional Arts PLC

The TST BOCES Regional Arts PLC is open to all teachers of encore subjects including Art, Music, Foreign Languages, Physical Education, Dance, Theatre, etc. The PLC's mission will be to improve collaboration while investigating and sharing best practices. Focal points will include immersive education, integrated curriculum, STEAM, etc.


The first PLC meeting is slated for Tuesday, February 16 from 8:30-11:00 am. The meeting will be held on the TST BOCES campus in the Seneca Smart Room. Registration link below.


Register through My Learning Plan.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Java at the Johnson

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 5:15-6:15pm

114 Central Avenue

Ithaca, NY


Java at the Johnson - An Informal discussion series linking history, literature and art

Co-Sponsored by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University and Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES.

Who can resist chocolate, especially during February? Hershey's kisses are a small part of the story of this exotic, sensual, and controversial commodity. Join us as we travel through the world of chocolate using a chapter from Wolfgang Schivelbusch's Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants and Intoxicants and a Costa Rican chocolate pot as our primary guides.

Participants must read the selection from Schivelbusch in advance and post a question for discussion in the team room by Tuesday, February 2. The session will be facilitated by Maryterese Pasquale Bowen and Carol Hockett of The Herbert F.Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.

Parking and coffee will be free and the conversation will be priceless!

Readings will be posted to the team room and participants will be emailed when the readings are available. Using the TeamRoom, send a question, based on the reading, to Carol Hockett. The questions will form the basis of our discussion. Directions on how to use the TeamRoom will be emailed to you after registration for this activity.



Smore Flyer: https://www.smore.com/f5r85


Register on My Learning Plan

Secrets of Copyright Compliance

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 8:30am-3pm

Cayuga Onondaga BOCES: Distance Learning Room

Secrets of Copyright Compliance: Supporting, Teaching, and Learning

Thursday, February 25, 2016; 8:30 am - 9 am registration, 9-3:00 workshop @ Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES in the Distance Learning Room.

An engaging and lively discussion of copyright compliance with a focus on the daily and changing issues involving classroom and library scenarios educators face.

Anne Dalton, lawyer and copyright guru, will ensure teachers, librarians, and administrators learn the details of copyright compliance related to: linking audio books to lessons, using YouTube in classrooms, creating copyright-friendly multimedia presentations such as podcasts, webpages, graphics, music, text articles, and more.

Google-Certified Trainer Sunny Miller will demonstrate the digital methods used by vendors, authors, publishers and other owners of intellectual property to ensure their ownership and control of their work. Questions to Jane O'Brien; jobrien@tstboces.org.

Please register by 02/16 @ https://goo.gl/xlhbCH