ISS Communicator 9/28 - 10/2

CiTi BOCES Weekly Outreach

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The purpose of this weekly newsletter is to provide professional development,

support, resources, information, connections and best practices to foster adult

learning and student achievement. You will find offerings from

Instructional Support Services, Distance Learning and Model Schools Teams.
***These offerings are available to all educators in NYS unless otherwise stated in the description.***

Up coming PD...

Online professional development offered by
CiTi BOCES ISS and Model Schools
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Mid-Week Mindfulness

Wednesday, Sep. 30th, 7:15-8am

This is an online event.

Each time I ask educators what emotion is most present, the most common answers are "overwhelmed" and "anxious". I then think of Parker Palmer's words - "We teach who we are" and know that now more than ever, we must build into our schedule the habit of mindfulness and self-care. Our ability to maintain steady ground, presence, and calm in the face of uncertainty will have significant impact on our students and be a strong factor in keeping burnout at bay for ourselves. This weekly offering will focus on creating space for sharing together, building community and engaging in mindfulness practices that will sometimes be guided and sometimes be simple moments of silence and then dialogue.

See other dates and registration links in MyLearningPlan

Registration for September 30th.

Embedding the SEL Signature Practices Into Your Instruction

Thursday, Oct. 1st, 4-5pm

This is an online event.

From the SEL Signature Practices Playbook, "Dr. Richard Davidson, a neuro-scientist at the University of Wisconsin, speaks about "every behavioral intervention being a biological intervention.” A student's repeated experiences in school can be a powerful influence for the rewiring of the neural pathways necessary for habits to be built and sustained. Having routines and rituals in our classrooms and school communities is beneficial for every child, and absolutely essential for some." Three main categories of practices, when implemented consistently, can create the necessary conditions for growth and learning with all Five SEL Competencies. This is foundational to culturally responsive teaching and collaboration. In this session we will explore:


Register here in MLP

Culturally Relevant Teaching - 3 Part Series

Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 4-5:30pm

This is an online event.

Culturally relevant teaching combines knowledge of the influence of the socio-cultural context in education, mindful reflection on your own and other cultures, and a commitment to teaching for social justice. It is important for educators to use curriculum and teaching strategies that reflect the needs and interests of all children and to present world as truthfully and completely as they can. It is also essential that educators understand how the socio-cultural context of the school and the learners mediate learning and teaching.

Through this series, participants will:

  • Deepen self-understanding of one's own cultural autobiography and how that has shaped one's teaching practice.
  • Explain how social structures of race, class, gender, (dis)ability, and sexuality work to create relations that privilege some and deny opportunity to others.
  • Develop mindfulness practices that promote self-reflection, awareness and social emotional learning.
  • Describe culturally relevant teaching in terms of teacher characteristics, teaching strategies, and assumptions about teaching, learning, and knowing.
  • Develop curriculum and teaching strategies that challenge unjust social structures and allow all children to learn and grow into citizens who will be actively involved in this democracy

Register for this 3 part series taking place on 10/6th, 13th & 20th.

How to Lift Social Emotional Learning Skills from Fiction and Nonfiction

Zoom Date: October 7th, 2020 4:00-5:30pm

In this session, we will review our understanding of social emotional learning and how we can incorporate skill building through fiction and nonfiction texts. We integrate trauma-informed practices to explore character development. Participants will have digital access to resources that can grow with their classroom environment needs as well as participate in collaborative breakout rooms.

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Mindful Self-Compassion - Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength and Thrive! (Book Study)

"When we are mindful of our struggles, and respond to ourselves with compassion, kindness and support in times of difficulty, things start to change" say the authors, Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer. We can learn to embrace our lives despite imperfections inside and out and we can cultivate the strength to thrive. Much research points to the importance of self-compassion to well-being. It seems we need it now more than ever! This 6 month self exploration will use The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer as the focus of this book study. It will be structured using Zoom and a Facebook Social Learning Group. Each week a new chapter/focus will be explored. There will be an opening Zoom meeting and then a monthly meeting throughout the book study.

**Please note: participants will need to purchase the book on their own for this book study.**

Begins October 8th 4:00 - 5:00 pm Zoom.Please see MLP for all Zoom dates.

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Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness

Zoom Date: October 20th, 2020 4:00-5:00pm

Trauma sensitive mindfulness means we have a thorough understanding of trauma and mindfulness. Bringing these concepts together at the classroom or personal practice level involves understanding how these concepts can complement or conflict with one another depending on application. Join me at this introductory level session to explore ways to make mindfulness work for all populations. We will begin and end the session with example experiential mindfulness practices that embody trauma sensitive mindfulness.

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SEL Leaders Network Fall Meetings

The mindset and skills of SEL are needed now more than ever as we navigate our current world in our own lives and as we educate and support our students, colleagues and our community. This group continues to learn and grow in our efforts to foster SEL and mindfulness practices in our schools and classrooms through modeling of practices in our meetings, sharing of strategies and resources, and exploring a deeper understanding of our own lives in service of others. Join Kate and Liane for these collaborative conversations!

Meeting Dates (all meetings scheduled for 3:45 - 5:00 PM):

  • October 15th
  • November 9th
  • December 10th

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Dignity for All Students Act: Required Training for Certification/Licensure - delivered via Zoom

October 15 & October 16 9:00am-12:00pm

Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act or DASA) Workshop: Six hour training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention. New York State's Dignity Act seeks to provide the State's public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. School professionals applying for certification or license on or after DECEMBER 31, 2013 are required to complete six clock hours of course work or training in this area. This training is designed to fulfill that requirement. Tuition is $75.00 for employees of districts which subscribe to the Oswego BOCES School Improvement Co-Ser. Tuition is $100.00 for all other attendees. If you are self-paying, please mail a Money Order or Bank Check made out to CiTi Treasurer. NO CASH please. Send to: CiTi BOCES Attention: Staci Silliman 179 County Route 64 Mexico NY 13114 All registered participants will receive an email with the Zoom link the mornings of the training. This email will be delivered to the email address associated with your MLP account. This workshop will take place over the course of two sessions, three hours in length. Full attendance to both sessions is necessary for DASA requirements.


Online Instructional Resources - Recorded Webinars

Including but not limitied to: Google Classsroom, G-Suite, Zoom, EdPuzzle, Book Creator and more!

Instructional Resources

"Back to School" Top Ten for Distance Learning

Teachers everywhere are trying to figure out how to effectively make online learning "stick" for students. These insights from the Science of Learning will help you plan your virtual lessons with success based on brain research.

Bringing in Diverse Perspectives when Taking a Look at History (K-12)

Join the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the New York State Council for the Social Studies on October 6th at 7:00 p.m. for a FREE special program on Bringing in Diverse Perspectives when Taking a Look at History. This 90-minute session will focus on K-12 resources and strategies for integrating primary sources from diverse perspectives when discussing key concepts in American history. This session will particularly align with the civic literacy DBQ component of the US History Regents exam, though the strategies discussed will connect with social studies and English Language Arts curricula at all grade levels. Click here to register.

The Hybrid Teacher Survival Guide

The practical guide is designed to help teachers understand the hybrid model of teaching and to share tools and best practices that have been effective in both a traditional classroom and online.

This guide also includes:

  • hyperlinks to EdTech Tool Box Tutorials
  • a list of "what I wish I knew before I started hybrid teaching"
  • sample hybrid schedules that are kid-friendly
  • hyperlinks to virtual platforms for conferencing and meeting
  • suggested norms and expectations for virtual classrooms
  • icons/badges to increase student engagement
  • Administrators' Appendix
  • and more....

Download this survival guide to support you with the range of teaching realities you will be facing this school year.

Kate's Think Tank Thursdays are Open!

Join me for office hours! Kate will be available for check-in's or planning sessions via Zoom! Looking for some key ideas to build in SEL throughout your structured time with students? Let me help you navigate what resources and strategies will suit you and your student's needs. Need help with a specific student or SEL activity? Need to reflect on a lesson or brainstorm ideas to pull SEL into the mix? Then let's chat! We're all in this together!

Join me on Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 for an open Think Tank session! Put a reminder in your calendar with the Zoom link below. If you prefer a one-on-one appointment just send me an email and we will work around your schedule!

Use the link below, no appointment necessary, join when and however long you need to connect.

Your Daily Break: Archived Newsletters to Support Your SEL Needs

Liane Benedict and Kate Ginney offer a bi-weekly newsletter to bring you the latest mindfulness-based SEL activities and strategies K-12. Check out our archived newsletters and be sure to subscribe to our free virtual resource! Liane and Kate are here to support your learning environment's SEL needs--we're just an email away.

ONLINE: Effective Literacy Leadership for K-6 Principals

This professional learning series will be a year-long, region-wide collaborative for K-6 principals, facilitated by instructional leaders from multiple BOCES. Participants may not be able to attend all sessions. We will keep track of attendance but invite you to join us for as many as you can. Grounded in the science of reading framework, this professional learning opportunity will provide information, direction and support for K-6 principals who are seeking a school-wide approach to lift the overall reading performance of their students. Join others from around the region to: Discuss implementation of evidence based reading practices Examine the principal's role in leading literacy instruction Consider steps you can take to improve reading achievement Explore ways to monitor your building's progress toward its goals Consider the programs, materials, assessments, and professional development that will support your work Outcomes: Understand the various components to improve literacy outcomes based on the science of reading Engage in collegial dialogue to build capacity to lead evidence based literacy practices in your school Make evidence based decisions and take actionable steps regarding literacy curriculum, instruction, intervention, and assessments

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The Science of Reading- Recorded Webinar Series for Paraprofessionals

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We have partnered with DCMO BOCES to continue growing our list of virtual opportunities for this school year. Like all of you, our artists are working hard to modify and adapt to the changing learning environment and are continuously adding new enrichment opportunities that can now be enjoyed virtually. We currently have over 80 high-quality virtual opportunities for students and schools to enjoy with more being added daily. If you have any questions regarding a specific program please feel free to reach out to

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