RSS Digest

01.11.2021

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Happy 2021! We made it!

Welcome back! We hope you had a nice and relaxing holiday break!


The purpose of our TST BOCES Regional School Success newsletter is to:

  • highlight upcoming opportunities and events
  • keep you informed with resources and news from NYSED departments
  • provide reminders about regional initiatives


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Your Voice Matters: Tell us what we can do to help your district!

We value your input regarding the professional learning experiences being offered in our region. Please take a few minutes to provide feedback to our coordinators. This will be a catalyst for the support you and your district will receive from our team. Please click on the button below to participate!

It's 2021 - Let's Engage!

How can we all help to engage our students in meaningful tasks, conversations, and activities? On January 20th, we will begin unpacking engagement from different angles. Join us for a day dedicated to refining your practices to increase student engagement.

Engagement in Small Groups

Here’s a wonderful template to support & engage small group breakout sessions during virtual class times. Well practiced group roles, coupled with a high quality note-catcher or graphic organizer, sets your students up for successful online collaboration!

Read more about Engaging Students here!

Find more resources from the RSS Team on student engagement to focus on in 2021!

Pair up with your PL Team!

Pair up with TST BOCES for all your Professional Learning needs! We are dedicated to supporting your professional learning needs in your district. Take a look at some of the new and exciting supports we are offering.

Executive Functioning Mini Sessions

Come explore strategies to help students develop the Executive Function skills they need to do more than just survive in a virtual classroom. 30-minute Mini Sessions (AM and PM) are available on:


January 12, 2021

January 22, 2021

Janaury 26, 2021

Book Study: Onward for 2021

Let's kick off 2021 with a little help from Elena Aguilar's Onward! Don't worry if you have not read her inspiring book, simply join Teresa Heatherman, Instructional Specialist with TST BOCES, each Wednesday in January as we help develop compassion for ourselves and those around us. To register in Frontline click here.

PD @ Mid-State Regional Partnership Center

"Creating the IEP"

January 15, 2021

For more information click here.


"Intensifying Interventions: What to Do and How to Do It"

January, 20, 2021

For more information click here.

From NYS Education Department: School Library Program Rubric

The School Library Program rubric is a resource for developing, improving and running strong school library programs.

For more information, please visit the School Library Services or contact the Office of Educational Design and Technology.

From NYC SLS: Creative and Ingenious Ways to teach Information Literacy Skills in a Virtual Environment

The NYC School Library System created a document called Translation of Practice for School Librarians that has creative and ingenious ideas for teaching information literacy skills in a virtual environment. It also serves as the basis for an article in Tech & Learning magazine called “Best Remote Learning Practices for Librarians.”

From NYS Education Department: Digital Equity Summits

On January 28 and March 8, the Digital Equity Summits will convene three summits to establish a shared understanding of digital inequity in the state and create a joint vision for achieving digital equity. This will include presentations by national speakers and breakout discussions.

The Future of CS: Emerging Concepts in CS Education

This half-day online summit will be an opportunity for K-12 CS educators to learn about emerging concepts in the field of computer science and engage with industry experts. To learn more and register click here.

Social Justice, Art & Social Media: Mixed Media and the Activist Artist

During this virtual offering, participants discuss selected readings around mixed media and the Activist Artist and have a guided discussion with educators from Cornell University's Johnson Museum of Art. To register in Frontline click here.

From EdSurge: 'I Teach Art to Students With Trauma. These Are the Strategies I Use to Support Them.'

This article, by Ava Cotlowiz, a Visual Art Teacher in Brooklyn, NY, gives a unique perspective on the role Arts in Education (music, dance, visual & performing arts) educators have in giving students unique academic experiences for success.

RSS Department Office Hours

Click here to view the office hours for the RSS department.