ISS Communicator September 2022
Spotlight: Professional Learning Opportunities
Humans are social creatures. We have an innate desire for connection. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Vivek Murthy shares the research into loneliness as he makes the case that this is one of the most important public health concerns of our time. This book explores the impact of loneliness, its progression over time and the creative solutions to help ourselves, our loved ones and our communities realize we are not alone. Connections will be made to aspects of Social Emotional Learning as well as Culturally Responsive Teaching. The communities and sense of belonging we nourish in our classrooms and schools matters. This book study will be facilitated over three virtual sessions via Zoom.
Dignity for All Students Act
This is a six hour training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention. New York State's Dignity Act seeks to provide the State's public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. School professionals applying for certification or license on or after DECEMBER 31, 2013 are required to complete six clock hours of course work or training in this area. This training is designed to fulfill that requirement. The following upcoming meetings are scheduled in MLP:
Wednesday September 28, 2022 8:30-3:30 at CiTi BOCES Main Campus- Stern Mexico, NY
Monday October 24, 2022 8:30-3:30 at CiTi BOCES Main Campus- Stern Mexico, NY
Monday November 28, 2022 8:30-3:30 at CiTi BOCES Main Campus- Stern Mexico, NY
Monday December 12, 2022 8:30-3:30 at CiTi BOCES Main Campus- Stern Mexico, NY
Aiding Musicals through Arts in Ed
The workshop is focused on the Arts-In-Education process for school plays and musicals. We look to clarify the business side of productions, by identifying what expenses can and cannot be processed through the Arts in Ed CoSer. This workshop is for any and all staff that oversee your dramatic performances. Attendees could include: producers, drama directors, music directors, choreographers, stage managers, set builders, lighting designers and costumers are welcome to come and learn from the process.
The workshop will take place three different times to help your teams connect with the information. Provided below are the links to register as well as the Zoom link to view the meeting remotely.
Fine Arts Learning Community
Join our community of fine arts educators as we engage in professional dialogue surrounding topics and issues in the arts. Topics of discussion could include NYSED changes/updates for the arts, standard alignment in curriculum, evidence-based practices, and advocacy in the arts. Participants will also be encouraged to bring their own issues and challenges they are facing to the group for further exploration and support. Who should attend? Any fine arts educator (music or art) who is seeking to build connections and be a part of a collaborative and supportive community of arts educators. There are three different meetings schedule throughout the year. Links to MLP are provided below.
Tuesday October 25th, 2022 from 12:00pm-3:00pm at Citi Boces Main Campus - Stern, Mexico, NY
Tuesday January 24th, 2023 from 12:00pm-3:00pm at Citi Boces Main Campus - Stern, Mexico, NY
Tuesday April 18th, 2023 from 12:00pm-3:00pm at Citi Boces Main Campus - Stern, Mexico, NY
Music Mentorship Program
Welcome New Teachers!
The purpose of this mentoring program is to provide collaborative and one-to-one support for music teachers in years 1-3, as well as formal professional development opportunities specifically geared toward the needs of early career teachers. The program will include an initial training session, 3 collaborative meetings, and unlimited one-to-one support with a qualified mentor.
Come Learn about being a Music Mentors:
The purpose of this mentoring program is to provide collaborative and one-to-one support for music teachers in years 1-3, as well as formal professional development opportunities specifically geared toward the needs of early career teachers. The mentoring portion of this program will include 3 group meetings, a mentoring training session, and possible one-to-one assignment to a mentee to support throughout the year. Mentors who would like to participate in the program will need to: Have at least 5 years of experience.
The Ways Children Learn Music Book Study
Do you have that friend or student who can just sit down and play any song after hearing it once, but can’t read a single note a page? How about that student who has been studying music for years but just seems to struggle progressing in their musical skills. The ways in which we experience music can continually change, but the ways on how we learn music are very similar to how we learn language. This book explores how we learn music, provides practical guidance with instructional ideas, and showcases a variety of curriculum outlines that connect with our NYS Standards. This book study will meet four times, twice in person and twice on Zoom. Our last session will be a Zoom visit with the author, Eric Bluestein, to talk about the book and ask questions!
Any questions, please contact CJ Oliver at coliver@CiTiboces.org.
Arts-in-Education Office Hours: We are Here to Help!
Not sure what qualifies for aid in AIE? Do you have a program you would like to bring into your district, but are not sure how to set it up? Arts in Education is a fantastic service that your district subscribes to and can help build your programs, but the process can feel a bit overwhelming as a requester. We are offering monthly 1-hour workshops to help teachers understand the AIE request process, services available, and programming opportunities. All office hours are open to anyone who has questions about AIE. A link is provided to the google document with all the links to the monthly Zoom Office hours. We are Here to Help!