Regional School Success Digest

'All things RSS' in a 'digestible' format: 11.09.2020

The purpose of our TST BOCES Regional School Success newsletter is to highlight upcoming opportunities and keep your informed with resources our department is both creating and promoting. Each newsletter will feature a variety of materials depending on what is on our calendar. We hope you will take advantage of any Professional Learning, Cooperative Enrichment, School Library System, or Instructional Technology opportunities that you believe will enhance your district & students' learning environment.

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The TST BOCES campus will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 for the Veteran's Day holiday.

Instructional Resources

This Literacy Resource website has valuable resources to support educators (teachers and administrators) in the implementation of the Science of Reading research and instructional practices. The information can help calibrate ideas and thoughts around curriculum, instruction, and assessment. To find out more, please visit and contact Kira Carinci for information.

What are you doing for CS Ed Week?

This year Computer Science Education Week is December 7-13, 2020. Visit or contact Matt O'Donnell for ideas and inspiration on how you and your students can celebrate Computer Science Exploration.

Collaborate and Connect

The Co-Teaching Task Force is still open for general and special education teachers who want to connect with professionals from across our Region. We come together on the first Tuesday of each month to discuss the ways we can transform what we used to do in our Co-Taught classrooms into what we need to do now. Click here to register.

The School Library System Quarterly Council Meeting will be a virtual meeting held on Tuesday, November 17th from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. This meeting has been rescheduled based on feedback from our first meeting. Click here to register.

Have a quick question or want to collaboratively work through your tech challenges?

Use this link to schedule a 15-minute appointment with Matt O'Donnell. He is available to help keep your virtual classrooms up and running smoothly.

Join TST BOCES for Advanced Cognitive Coaching in Ithaca!

This seminar will immerse you in deeper learning about the principles and practices of Cognitive Coaching(SM) and prepare those wishing to become trainers for the next steps of their development. You will master concepts and skills from the Foundation Seminar® at a higher level of understanding and skill through rich practice and feedback experiences. The experiences of these two seminars (December and Spring 2021) over 6 days will support any school leader in the coaching and supervision of teachers as well as developing skills which are applicable in the classroom and in one's personal life.

Click here for more information and to register.

Professional Regional Network and Council Update

Regional Instructional Coaches
Next meeting: 11/16/2020, 3pm

PE/Health Leaders Network
**First meeting: 11/18/2020, 3pm

Regional Library Media Specialists Network
Next meeting: 11/19/2020, 3pm

Co-Teaching Task Force
Next meeting: 12/1/2020, 8:30am

Art and Music Network
Next meeting: 12/3/2020, 3pm

Computer Science Advisory Group
Next meeting: 12/3/2020, 4pm

Regional Professional Development and Learning Opportunities from TST BOCES

We have some new Regional Workshops on the TST BOCES calendar!

Need help for reluctant and struggling readers?

Register for one of two online training sessions for Learning Ally, an audiobook platform available to all students in the TST BOCES region. Come and find out how much this resource can help reluctant and struggling readers in your schools.

Register now for an 1-hour introductory training session called “Getting Started with Learning Ally" on Tuesday, November 10th or Wednesday, November 18th, both scheduled from 3:15 - 4:15 pm. Questions? Contact Mary Kay Welgoss

Social Justice & Art: A 3 Part Series presented by Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University

Thursday, Nov. 12th 2020 at 5-6pm

This is an online event.

This 3 part series of workshops will give educators the opportunity to explore current events in light of several types of artwork. Participants will read a short selection of text in preparation for each topic and then be led on a guided discussion with Johnson Museum of Art Educators. Participants will discuss the selected readings and selected works of art in a virtual model that they can use with their students. Practice looking at art and linking it to contemporary issues help validate and confirm conversations that students may be having. This series allows participants to practice a protocol for intellectual engagement for student collaboration and discourse.

Week 1: November 12, 2020: Off the Pedestal: Statues & Monuments in Public Displays

To register in Frontline click here.

Meeting Student Needs in a Virtual Classroom

A series of mini-professional learning events designed to examine some of the academic and/or behavioral challenges students may be experiencing in Virtual Classrooms. During these events, we will be discussing tips and tricks for creating more opportunities for meaningful instruction for ALL students.

Click below for more information and to register:

November 12: Building Relationships

November 13: Measuring Understanding

November 20: Classroom Management

From BetterLesson: Join us to discuss how teachers have been adapting their classrooms

The Concurrent Classroom Workshop Series helps educators define the specific challenges and opportunities of the concurrent classroom. The solutions have been classroom tested and are specifically adapted for the concurrent classroom reality. For more information and to register in Frontline click here.

Part 1: Making Direct Instruction More Inclusive and Engaging in Concurrent Classrooms

Wednesday, November 18: 1pm - 3pm

Part 2: Increasing Student Motivation and Agency in Concurrent Classrooms

Friday, November 20: 9am - 11am

From Mid-State Regional Partnership Center @ Syracuse University: November Workshops

Workshops hosted by the Mid-State Regional Partnership Center @ Syracuse University:

November 12 and November 18: Creating the Individualized Education Program (IEP)
November 17 and November 19: Explicit Direct Instruction Virtual Regional Training
November 18: Intensifying Interventions: What to Do and How to Do It

Distance and Blended Learning Support

We have designed a series of self paced modules to help educators build their own capacity to support students and families during this challenging time. Access them any time you are looking for some additional support. Click here to enter the Distance and Blended Learning website.

Office Hours for Cooperative Enrichment

Need help with a request for your district? Open office hours are available to talk through the request process, ask questions about a vendor and explore the services available from our Cooperative Enrichment department with Suzy Kitchen.

Mondays: 11:15am - 11:45am

Click here to join the Monday Google Meet

Thursdays: 3:00pm-3:30pm

Join here to click the Thursday Google Meet

Be on the lookout for Bite Sized Learning

Sometimes you just need a little something to get you through the day! Consider accessing some of the mini-modules designed to help ALL students navigate virtual instruction. Each "appetizer" will include a 5 - 8 minute video available later this month. Each video will include tips and tricks for helping students to develop the executive functioning they need to be successful in school and in life.

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