CiTi ISS Communicator

October 8th, 2021

The purpose of this newsletter is to:

  • showcase upcoming professional development
  • offer supports to foster adult learning and student achievement
  • share resources from Instructional Support Services, Distance Learning and Model Schools Teams

Look what we're reading!

Learning by Doing

A handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work is a guide for action that helps educators close the knowing-doing gap as they transform their schools into professional learning communities (PLCs). This text responds to the authors' work with teachers, principals, and central office staff to address and expand on the PLC implementation process.

How to Do the Work

Now, Dr. LePera is ready to share her much-requested protocol with the world. In How to Do the Work, she offers both a manifesto for SelfHealing as well as an essential guide to creating a more vibrant, authentic, and joyful life. Drawing on the latest research from a diversity of scientific fields and healing modalities, Dr. LePera helps us recognize how adverse experiences and trauma in childhood live with us, resulting in whole body dysfunction—activating harmful stress responses that keep us stuck engaging in patterns of codependency, emotional immaturity, and trauma bonds. Unless addressed, these self-sabotaging behaviors can quickly become cyclical, leaving people feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, and unwell.
CiTi BOCES Professional Development Catalog Highlights

Click titles below for session description and registration link.

Intentional Classroom Design for SEL

As we consider our educational spaces, let's consider how the design of our spaces are conducive for social and emotional learning. Together we will explore the latest research on grouping, mindfulness corners/spaces, and even plants. Yes, plants. Research from Australia, the UK, and the Netherlands found that there are positive long-term effects of office plants. More specifically the study "found greenery significantly increases workplace satisfaction in employees (and students), heightens self-reported concentration levels, and improves perceived air quality.” Indoor plants can increase happiness, productivity, and even relieve stress which can have positive health benefits. Let's get excited about creating a welcoming educational environment. Are you out of New York State and interested in attending? Please reach out to Kate directly:

November 30th, 2021 Registration Link HERE.

February 8th, 2022 Registration Link HERE.

Dignity for All Students Act: Required Training for Certification/Licensure (Teachers, Administrators, Teaching Assistants, Coaches, etc)

Six hour training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools.

In Person:

NGLS Professional Development Options

The CiTi School Improvement Team is focused on supporting teachers and leaders with the implementation of high quality, rigorous curriculum and the continuous improvement of instruction aligned with the Next Generation Learning Standards.

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
Distance Learning

Click here to view a calendar of LIVE STREAMED events, virtual tours, and video recordings (updated regularly).

Other Instructional Resources

First In Math - FREE to K-5 students!!

First In Math features hundreds of engaging math games designed to strengthen fact fluency, automaticity, computational thinking and other critical skills. Whether students are working on addition or algebra, built-in practice GOALS encourage achievement and keep them energized to sustain accelerated effort over time. We will explore First In Math on October 25 from 2:00pm-3:00pm at the initial math network meeting. Click here to register: K-5 Math Network

Contact Michael Perry, CiTi BOCES Math Network Liaison, at with any questions.