Regional School Success Digest

'All things RSS' in a 'digestible' format

Goodbye Summer - Hello School!

As summer comes to an end, we are developing resources to support educators as we prepare to reopen in our region (whatever that may look like).

Now more than ever, support, collaboration and timely resources are factors in providing our students and families across the region with the best learning experience possible. TST BOCES values every educator and wants to assist them in developing their knowledge, skills and craft so our students can be successful during these unprecedented times.

Meet Your New Professional Learning Coordinator

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Our primary commitment is to the students and families we serve. Our priority must be keeping them safe. When the 2020-2021 school year begins, on-campus programs will look much different than previous years due to COVID-19 and the health and safety measures that continue to evolve. Below is a summary of the TST BOCES reopening plan.

Click here to view the comprehensive reopening plan.

Validate, Affirm, Build and Bridge (VABB™) Live Q&A Session with Dr. Hollie

TST BOCES along with Dryden CSD, Lansing CSD, Ithaca CSD, South Seneca CSD and Trumansburg CSD will be hosting Virtual Validate, Affirm, Build and Bridge (VABB™) Live Q&A Sessions with Dr. Sharroky Hollie starting in September.

To see what our districts will be learning in the VABB Virtual Academy click here.

Dr. Hollie is a national educator who provides professional development to thousands of educators in the area of cultural responsiveness. We look forward to working with Dr. Hollie to support our continued learning in the area of culturally responsive practices.

To read more about the work that Dr. Hollie and his staff provides please click here.

Regional Professional Development & Learning Opportunities from TST BOCES

Explore some of the upcoming offerings from our team or click here to see the RSS Calendar.

Seesaw Connect 2020: TST BOCES Consortium - New Cohort


Starting Tuesday, August 25 at 1:00pm


This is a online event.


Join Seesaw Certified Educator Matt O'Donnell for 2 weeks (August 25-September 8) of asynchronous learning using Seesaw Learning Journal. Participants will collaborate asynchronously to learn from fellow Seesaw community members, explore new ideas & strategies, and get inspired. Daily weekday check-ins and posts will be expected throughout the 2 week period. No Seesaw experience necessary!

The format of this class:
- 1 hour synchronous time (30 minutes direct instruction, 30 minutes exploration)
- Encouraged optional creation and application time afterwards with followup consulting with small groups

To register in Frontline click here!

Synchronous Learning: Bring Live Learning to Life presented by BetterLesson

Wednesday, Aug. 26th, 8-10am

This is an online event.

We'll examine the benefits and challenges of synchronous learning, and the ways in which we can make live classes via video conferencing tools more engaging and impactful. We'll learn creative ways to use a synchronous space that is not whole-group instruction and can therefore support differentiating the virtual learning experience.
In addition to the workshop, you'll have access to BetterLesson's Learning Lab, which provides you with:

- Access to BetterLesson distance/blended learning coaches for the 2020-2021 school year through the Lab's chat feature
- Access to BetterLesson's full library of student-centered instructional strategies
- A digital portfolio if you'd like to track the strategies you're using, personal reflections and artifacts of your successes

To register in Frontline click here!

Class Community: Creating a Safe and Positive Culture presented by BetterLesson


Thursday, Sept 10: 8am - 10am


This is an online event.


Create a safe, inclusive learning space within a distance learning environment. When students feel like they are a part of a learning community, norms for working online, asking for support, and expressing yourself can be integrated into their day to day. This session will look at some general Dos and Don'ts for establishing a learning community in a blended, distance or virtual environment. Social presence is an important concept for the blended classroom because it has been shown to improve learning, interpersonal relationships, persistence, motivation, and satisfaction (Jusoff & Khodabandelou, 2009; Rovai, 2002; Tu, 2001).

To register in Frontline click here!

Instructional Resources for Teachers

CKLA Learning Guide

With knowledge at the center, the possibilities are endless.

Built on the science of reading, Amplify Core Knowledge Language Arts® (CKLA) sequences deep content knowledge with research-based foundational skills. With new digital features and multimedia resources, it’s now more remote-learning friendly and flexible than ever.

They provided a great learning guide that talks about remote and hybrid options that schools are discussing. Click here to view and download the PDF.

Complimentary Guide: Tools for Returning to School

Back to school looks different this year. Below are two videos that discuss tools on how to welcome your students back.

Click here to view the slideshow for you to follow along.

New From UFLI: Teaching Reading Online

UFLI has posted a series of videos that help navigate how to teach reading online:

Management Tips for Virtual Teaching

Spotlight on Primary Grades (K-2)

Spotlight on Intermediate Grades (3-5)

UFLI Virtual Teaching Resource Hub

Planning an engaging lesson requires effective instructional organization and student management. Having your lesson slides sequenced in advance will take care of much of the organization. Your scope and sequence will help you determine which new skills to focus on, and your observations from previous lesson will help you know which skills need to be reviewed.

Click here to see the entire Virtual Teaching Resource Hub from UFLI.