Teaching is the Core Workshops

Spring 2015

Erie 2 BOCES Teaching is the Core Grant Workshops!

The final push of professional learning for the foundational year of work as a result of the Teaching is the Core grant is here!!
Workshops are open to ALL component districts of Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES!

Making Learning Visible with Angela Stockman (WNY Education Associates)

Tuesday, May 12th, 8:30-10:30am

Wheelock Education Center, 75 Chestnut Street, Fredonia, NY

Visible learning occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of their students and help them to become their own teachers. Participants in this workshop will:

  • Engage in a text-driven discussion about John Hattie’s research on visible learning in order to develop common understandings.
  • Explore a variety of centers intended to acquaint them with different strategies for making learning visible and establish diverse habits of documentation of learning that do not disrupt joyful learning experiences.
  • Determine what types of learning should be made visible within their classrooms, define outcomes for study and prepare to implement what was learned upon their return.


Participants will receive copies of John Hattie’s “Visible Learning for Teachers” and Rictchart, Church and Morrison’s “Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding and Independence for All Learners”



Cost: No cost to districts participating in E2CCB Teaching is the Core Grant (TiC); $100/participant for all other districts participating in Coser 565 School Improvement

Registration Link (Registration is done via WinCapWeb)

K-2 ELA Portfolio Project: Scoring & Rubric Revision

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

8:30 am - 3:00 pm


The E2CCB region has developed a pilot K-2 Assessment Portfolio project for Math and ELA. As a part of the pilot phase, teachers have been collecting student samples around the tasks and will be revising them based upon what they learn.


Teachers who have executed the ELA components of the K-2 Portfolio project will meet under the guidance of Angela Stockman (WNY Education Associates) to accomplish the following:

1. Scoring of all student work (please bring with you, and please bring enough copies of associated rubrics)

2. Task and rubric revision, in response to findings

3. The group will debrief the design experience as well as the execution process, and a summary, set of findings, and recommendations for next steps will be provided to the region.


NOTE: If teachers would like to participate in this phase of the work and administer the tasks, please contact Theresa Gray, Coordinator at tgray@e2ccb.org.


There is no cost to districts participating in Coser 565 School Improvement (This work is a part of Race to the Top and the Teaching is the Core grant)

Registration Link

Test Prep Without Corruption - Regents Focus with Jennifer Borgioli, LCI, Ltd.

Friday, May 29, 2015

8:30 am - 3:00 pm


As a result of this program, participants will

  • Understand the role of test prep and metacognition in supporting students with the NYS Regents
  • Be familiar with a variety of strategies for supporting struggling students or those with testing anxiety
  • Investigate the impact that “stereotype threat” has on high school students and identify ways to address it
  • Develop a specific, actionable plan for support students in the days and weeks leading up to the exams


No cost to districts participating with E2CCB as part of the Teaching is the Core (TiC) grant; $100/participant for all other districts participating in Coser 565 School Improvement

Registration Link

Empowering Writers in Pursuit of the Common Core Learning Standards with Angela Stockman (WNY Education Associates)

Grades K-2: Monday, June 8, 2015
Grades 3-8: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Grades 9-12: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
All workshops will meet from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Participants will use the Common Core Learning Standards as a starting point for exploration of the best practices in teaching and assessing writing. Participants in this workshop will:

  • Learn to bundle standards together to create powerful writing experiences for learners.
  • Explore protocols for adapting the NYS Curriculum Modules/Domains and other curriculum in order to enrich writing experiences
  • Use what is learned to draft one potential adaptation, which will be submitted for peer review which will take place at the end of the assessment


No cost to districts participating in E2CCB Teaching is the Core Grant (TiC); $100/participant for all other districts participating in Coser 565 School Improvement

K-2 Registration Link

3-8 Registration Link

9-12 Registration Link

Understanding and Developing Performance Assessments with Jonelle Rocke, LCI, Ltd.

Tuesday, June 9 AND Wednesday, June 10, 2015
8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Participants will learn about the attributes of a performance assessment as part of a balanced and diversified assessments system, including:

  • examining the attributes of a quality performance assessment in videos and print examples,
  • exploring the role of standards and outcomes alignment in the assessment review, design and refinement process
  • reviewing the attributes of explicit criteria including rubrics and checklists

Participants will be provided some time to begin the design of a standards based performance assessment for their course/content area.


No cost to districts participating with E2CCB as part of the Teaching is the Core (TiC) grant; $150/participant for all other districts participating in Coser 565 School Improvement

Registration Link

K-2 ELA Portfolio Overview with Jennifer Borgioli, LCI, Ltd.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

8:30 am - 3:00 pm


The E2CCB region has developed a pilot K-2 Assessment Portfolio project for Math and ELA. As a part of the pilot phase, teachers have been collecting student samples around the tasks and will be revising them based upon what they learn.


As the piloting phase ends and revisions will be made to the assessment, use in classrooms is the next step of the development. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Be familiar with the regionally-designed K-2 portfolio
  • Explore ways to use the portfolio in their classrooms in 2015-2016
  • Understand the role and importance of documentation in the K-2 classrooms
  • Identify ways in which they can support students to tell their own stories about their learning through student-led conferences, additional portfolio tasks, and student-centered rubrics or checklists

There is no cost to districts participating in Coser 565 School Improvement (This work is a part of Race to the Top and the Teaching is the Core grant)

Registration Link