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Model Schools Newsletter April 2020

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Model Schools Liaison Meeting

This week we held our Model Schools Liaison Meeting online. We had a great conversation regarding the transition to online learning. Our last meeting of the year will be May 21st beginning at 8:30. At this time, we will plan to host this meeting virtually. If that changes we will let you know. We hope to see everyone there!

Administrators Dive into VR

Regional administrators were immersed in VR technology at recent meetings held at Questar III. Overall, the response was positive and everyone enjoyed climbing Mount Everest or hanging out in outer space.
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Instructional Resources

Articles of Interest

Professional Learning Opportunities

Ongoing Online PD

Model Schools is constantly updating the offerings for online PD during school closures. For an updated list of offerings please go to Frontline. At this time our focus is on:

  • Google Meet
  • Screencastify
  • Screencasting
  • Google Classroom
  • G Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.)

If your district has a particular need, please contact Kerrie Burch (

Employment Opportunities

Training Specialist-Integration of Technology #2020-212 - Neric/Capital Region BOCES

Job ID: CRBV0171159-0073

Application Deadline: 04/24/2020

Start Date: 04/06/2020

Job Description:

Location: Northeastern Regional Information Center – 900 Watervliet Shaker Road

Basic Function: The work involves responsibility of working on a regional and/or individual district level to promote and support all aspect of the use of technologies to support student achievement in the pre K-12 educational setting.


A. Holds a current New York State teaching and/or administrative certificate.

B. Degree in Instructional and/or Assistive Technology preferred.

C. At least three (3) years of successful, full-time experience as a classroom teacher preferred.

D. Two (2) years professional development experience educating teachers or other adults in the integration of technology for instruction and productivity using all of the following modes: modeling, one-on-one, small group, or large group preferred.

E. A minimum of two (2) years’ experience delivering and integrating technology in instructional programs for Pre K - 12 students preferred.

F. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Responsibilities: 1. Specifically, the work involves responsibility for training and instructing school district administrators, teachers and teaching staff on using classroom software applications supported by a BOCES Regional Information Center (RIC).

2. The incumbent also provides leadership, guidance and technical assistance to school districts, administrators, teachers and teaching staff regarding planning and implementing technology integration into curricula in alignment with current New York State learning standards.

3. The incumbent also provides leadership, guidance and technical assistance in district-wide technology planning as it relates to state and federal reporting and grant applications.

4. The incumbent collaborates with appropriate instructional and technical staff to support, manage and optimize the use of instructional software and network resources to support quality teaching and learning.

5. This skilled professional works independently and collaboratively with colleagues.


Computer Science/Gaming Arts Teacher - HFM BOCES

Job ID: HFMN0171548-8238

Application Deadline: 04/30/2020

Start Date: 09/01/2020

Job Description:

HFM BOCES PTECH: Computer Science/Gaming Arts Teacher

HFM BOCES is accepting applications for a full-time 10-month tenure-track Computer Science/Gaming Arts Teacher with some days over the summer.

This position has an anticipated start date of September 1, 2020. NYS Computer Science (7-12) certification; a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent college credits in Computer Science, Computer Technology, Computer Programming or a related field AND a valid New York State Teaching Certification are required for consideration. The prefered candidate will also have experience with project based learning and progressive instructional strategies.

HFM BOCES PTECH Programs are located in Johnstown, New York.

Learn more about our program at

We are looking for teachers who:

  • Have a Computer Science background, with an emphasis in the application of Computer Science concepts in gaming and game design.

  • Have a strong understanding of and commitment to the “teacher as facilitator/coach” model

  • Understand blended learning and interdisciplinary instruction

  • Embrace digital learning

  • Are inquiry based, real world based, and performance based

  • Want to stimulate innovation

  • Are committed to a workplace culture that encourages innovation and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

  • Believe the power of learning resides in the student

  • Understand “best practices”, but are interested in using “next practices”

  • Are visionary, ambitious and want to change the world

  • Interested in teaching college level course (upon approval)

Who we are:

P-Tech Early College High School is a holistic school focused on preparing students for post-secondary education and the workforce based on the collaborative efforts between 15 local businesses, 14 Greater Capital District component school districts, Fulton Montgomery Community College, SUNY Cobleskill and supported by the Hamilton Fulton Montgomery BOCES.

Who P-Tech Students are:

P-Tech students are incoming 9th graders who will simultaneously earn a Regents High School Diploma and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from either FMCC or SUNY Cobleskill over a 4-6 year sequence in a college going culture. Students will have individualized pathways to completion, workplace experiences, mentorship, in depth project based learning and real world experiences in the following career clusters with degrees awarded by Fulton Montgomery Community College or SUNY Cobleskill: Business, IT/Gaming Arts, Health/Medical, Advanced Manufacturing, and Agriculture.

Interested candidates should apply via OLAS and upload the following documents: a cover letter, resumé, three current letters of recommendation and copies of college transcripts to Aaron Flynn: Human Resources Manager – HFM BOCES, 2755 State Highway 67, Johnstown, NY 12095 no later than April 15, 2020.


Educational Technology Specialist (Sp Ed) - HFM BOCES

Job ID: HFMN0167535-7051

Application Deadline: 05/01/2020

Start Date: 01/15/2020

Job Description:

HFM BOCES Special Education Division

POSITION: Educational Technology Specialist to provide direct support to teachers and staff integrating technology into instruction. The successful candidate will:

* Provide a foundation to utilize technology to achieve individualized and Division wide goals.

* Promote instructional design skills for creating performance improvement systems, from classroom/lecture to individualized instruction, including content analysis, sequencing, goal analysis and instructional strategies.

* Be creative in facilitating approaches for integrating technology into education.

* Demonstrate experience in webpage design and development, including an understanding of the design principles used to create websites.

* Hands-on practice with desktop publishing, designing newsletters, informational flyers, brochures, PD training videos and other materials.


REQUIREMENTS: Must be NYS certified teacher. Experience working with teachers and providing embedded PD. Knowledge of IT systems, software applications and coding preferred.

Please submit all application materials to the attention of Michael Jacob, Director of Special Education with a position specific letter of interest and resume through OLAS.


Questar III School Library System and Model Schools

Kerrie Burch, Director of School Library System, Model Schools, and Arts

Carolyn Strauch, Model Schools Coordinator