Regional School Success Digest

'All things RSS' in a 'digestible' format: 10.05.2020

The purpose of our TST BOCES Regional School Success newsletter is to highlight upcoming opportunities and keep you informed with resources our department is creating and promoting. Each newsletter will feature a variety of materials that are offered on our regional calendar. Our goal is to bring you best practices in Professional Learning, Cooperative Enrichment, School Library Systems, and Instructional Technology that will allow your students to flourish! Come grow your professional and personal practice with us!


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Friendly Reminder: Join the TST BOCES Professional Regional Networks!

The intention of educator networks is to:

  • Build our knowledge base and skill levels

  • Engage in best practices and current research

  • Facilitate support for educators in the area

  • Collaborate across the region


TST BOCES is committed to ongoing professional learning opportunities in collaboration with the educators in the region. In order to successfully support one another, we need to provide a fluid process of turnkeying information back to our component districts.


Click here to read more about them and register!

Free Webinar: Social Emotional Learning

Attend live webinars and connect with experts to learn how Second Step programs can help you create a safe and supportive school community with social-emotional skills, bullying prevention, and child protection. For current Second Step educators, we’re offering professional development webinars to support your social-emotional learning (SEL) implementation.

From University of Rochester: 2020 Skirboll Family Autism Conference

WHEN

October 8-10, 2020

You can register here.


WHERE

This is a virtual conference.


MORE INFORMATION

Each year, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities and the division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics hosts the Skirboll Family Autism Conference in Rochester. This free, 3-day interactive conference offers information sessions presented by national experts on various topics related to autism spectrum disorder. It is developed in collaboration with individuals with ASD, families, agency representatives, and community members. The 2020 Skirboll Family Autism Conference is made possible with support from the Skirboll Family Foundation and the Rochester Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (RRCASD).


For more information about this conference, click here.

AMTNYS 2020: Better Together Math Conference

WHEN

November 3 - 7, 2020

You can register here.


WHERE

This is a virtual conference.


MORE INFORMATION

We are bringing the biggest math education leaders to help us navigate making learning as effective online as it is in person. The purpose of this virtual conference is:

  • To ensure better coordination of all activities of mathematics groups in the state.
  • To afford a medium of exchange views regarding the teaching of mathematics
  • To further the cooperative study of problems relating to the teaching of mathematics at all four levels, elementary, junior high, senior high and college.
  • To encourage active interest in mathematics and mathematics education.
  • To serve as liaison between the State Education Department and the field.


For more information about this conference, click here.

October Office Hours for the Professional Learning Team

Teacher Check In with Teresa Heatherman

Join Teresa for office hours to discuss items such as:

  • How to meet and interact with your students in a virtual setting
  • Build relationships with your students
  • Teaching in a virtual world
  • How to get tech help or anything else you want to discuss!


Wednesdays: 3:00pm-4:00pm: Join this Google Meet
Fridays: 8:30am-9:30am: Join this Google Meet

Tech Time Tips with Matt O'Donnell

Join Matt for Instructional Technology support including (but not limited to):

  • Video conferencing
  • Video & content creation
  • Digital assessments, digital portfolios
  • Computer science integration
  • G-Suite tips & tricks


Wednesdays: 8:30am-9:30am: Join this Google Meet

Fridays: 2:30pm-3:30pm: Join this Google Meet

Regional Professional Development and Learning Opportunities from TST BOCES

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

Redefine Blended Learning with Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy

Friday, Oct. 2nd, 4:30-6pm

This is an online event.

Social distancing is not and should not be social isolation. Remote teaching and learning is not and should not always be individual and autonomous. Let's re-imagine what distance teaching and learning looks, sounds and feels like! This remote session will be facilitated using the Google Meet video conferencing platform.


To register in Frontline, please click here.

Meeting Student Needs in a Virtual Classroom: Topic One - Building Relationships

WHEN

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2pm - 3pm


WHERE

This is an online event.


MORE INFORMATION

It can be a challenge to plan for all the students you are responsible for at any given time, and that was before we had to consider virtual and blended needs as well. In this virtual training ,we will use Google Classroom to present and interact with a series of mini-professional learning events that each examine a specific sampling of academic and/or behavioral challenges students may be experiencing. Our discussions will include tips and tricks for how to plan for and create more opportunities for meaningful instruction for all students. Each session will include time for collaborative brainstorming and problem solving directed at individual challenges or teacher concerns. During our time together we will use what we know about high quality teaching, with what we know about our students, to help take our virtual lessons to the next level!


To register in Frontline, click here.

Sneak Preview: Google Meet New Tools

Thursday, Oct. 8th, 3:30-4:30pm

This is an online event.

The time has come we've all been waiting for! Google has slowly been rolling out new features to Meet so far this school year, and we have early access to these new features for you all to experience from the student perspective. Join Matt O'Donnell, Instructional Technology Specialist, for a quick overview of the new features including:
- Breakout rooms!
- Question and answer options!
- Polls!
- Background blur!
- New host controls!


To register in Frontline, click here.

How do I do this? Technology Tips for the Non-Techies!

WHEN

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 3pm - 4:30pm


WHERE

This is an online event.


MORE INFORMATION

Does technology intimidate you, terrify or overwhelm you? Join the club. Many of us are "tech-hesitant" because we are still learning things that seem natural to many of our peers and co-workers. In this session, participants will explore a sampling of basic skills selected to help make managing the demands of blended and virtual learning easier and more efficient. If you think in terms of thingamabobs and doohickeys, this is a safe place for you to ask your technology questions. Together we will explore, practice and create to help build your digital tool box!


To register in Frontline, click here.

Google Classroom for Beginners+

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 11am-12pm

This is an online event.

Google Classroom can be a critical tool to help manage the digital lives of our students. Whether it's creating assignments for students and providing timely feedback, a spot to communicate important updates, or a place for students to access curricular materials, Google Classroom is a dynamic tool. This workshop is for teachers who have Classroom setup and are looking to expand their craft.


To register in Frontline, click here.

Meeting Student Needs in a Virtual Classroom: Topic Two - Organization

WHEN

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2pm - 3pm


WHERE

This is an online event.


MORE INFORMATION

The beginning of every school year is usually a flurry of activity as educators set up and decorate their learning space. This year many of us are managing physical and/ or virtual space. This is enough to make even the most seasoned veteran educator feel like a first year teacher all over again but it doesn't have to! The structure, organization and routines that drive our traditional classrooms still have a place in our new digital classrooms. Let's talk about some of the ways we can provide a variety of necessary supports to ensure that the process of teaching and learning is clear and accessible for everyone involved.


To register in Frontline, click here.

Regional Distance Learning Reflection Forums - 2 Sessions

Monday, Oct. 19th, 2:30-6pm

This is an online event.

Teachers, you have completed at least 3 weeks of distance (virtual/hybrid/blended) learning this school year, now, let’s take a step back to reflect and share our experiences. What’s working? What’s not?


The Professional Learning Team at TST BOCES will come together to facilitate and support discussions and each other as teachers share resources and reflect to improve distance learning for their students, families, and themselves. This will help the team to communicate and assist teachers across the region. This session will leverage breakout groups and collaboration to make learning accessible and meaningful. Please bring a question for the group as well as a strategy, resource, or tool that’s worked to support students, families, and teachers during distance learning.


Elementary: October 19, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Elementary teachers can register in Frontline by clicking here.



Secondary: October 19, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Secondary teachers can register in Frontline by clicking here.

Meeting Student Needs in a Virtual Classroom: Topic Three - Supporting ALL Learners

WHEN

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2pm - 3pm


WHERE

This is an online event.


MORE INFORMATION

One size fits most is rarely true whether you are discussing clothing or lesson planning. Every class is made up of an exciting mix of learners and learning styles that we are responsible for reaching and teaching. One of the most powerful tools every teacher has at their disposal is the knowledge of who they are teaching. Lesson planning is much more deliberate and meaningful when we plan for who we are teaching as much as we plan for what we are teaching. In this session participants will examine some common learning styles and classroom accommodations that can help more students engage with content.


To register in Frontline, click here.

Amplify Seesaw Activities

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 2:30-3:30pm

This is an online event.

Seesaw Learning Journals give teachers wonderful insights into student learning through pictures, video, & audio posts. Activities allow teachers to design interactive, differentiated, and accessible lessons for students to engage with content and demonstrate skills & learning. Teachers will identify essential elements for all activities as well as have time to design, collaborate, and share their Seesaw Activity creations.


To register in Frontline, click here.

Writing Matters Conference hosted by SUNY Cortland

WHEN

Saturday, November 7 - 8:30am - 3:30pm


WHERE

This is a virtual conference.


MORE INFORMATION

Sponsored by the Seven Valleys Writing Project and SUNY Cortland, the annual Writing Matters conference will be virtual in 2020! The focus of this fall's conference is: "Writing for Hope, Writing to Learn (online): Research by Teachers and for Teachers." Educators from across the region and the curriculum will share efficient strategies for responding to student writing, share effective online writing tasks, and employ teacher-tested strategies that create hopeful communities of confident writers and increase student collaboration and comprehension through the use of online / hybrid writing. Keynote speaker Dr. Nicole Sieben of SUNY Old Westbury will provide the keynote, author of Writing Hope: Strategies for Writing Success. For more information please contact David Franke of the Seven Valleys Writing Project at david.franke@cortland.edu.


To register in Frontline, click here.

Virtual Enrichment Offerings

'Spooky' Themes ZTY from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Join The Rosamond Gifford Zoo for a thrilling yet educational look into spooky and scary creatures that make us scream at Halloween! Snakes, spiders and scorpions OH MY! Meet some real-life animals that inspire creepy creatures in some of your favorite movies and stories. We will discuss some creepy crawlies and crazy critters that make scary stories chill us to the bone and discover the misconceptions about them.


For more information check out their flyer here.

From Academic Entertainment: Virtual Assembly Showcase on Zoom!

Join Academic Entertainment for their Virtual Showcase on Thursday, October 15, 2020.


See the full day schedule here!

Virtual Field Trips from the Center for Interactive Learning

The premier one-stop website for live, interactive learning, the Center for Interactive Learning has number of different virtual field trips for students of all age.


To search for programs, click here.

October School Library Services Office Hours

Have a question about TST BOCES Library Services? Join Mary Kay Welgoss and ask away about all things related to library services or resources that are available during her office hours in October.


Tuesdays: 3:00pm-4:00pm: Join this Zoom
Wednesdays: 3:00pm-4:00pm: Join this Zoom
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The TST BOCES Library of Things is officially back open for lending! Thanks to our year 2 Teknologia grant funds, we have purchased some exciting new tech tools to help engage students in STEAM related learning activities. To check out all we have to offer, browse our equipment catalog and reservation system at LibCal.


For more information, visit our website: TST BOCES Library of Things, or email us at libraryofthings@tstboces.org.

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