Regional School Success

'All things RSS' in a 'digestible' format: 12.07.2020

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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This weeks edition includes...

  • Computer Science Education Week resources you can try now
  • Tip and Tricks for how to engage students with a matrix and assesment strategies
  • Information about virutal enrichment options
  • Professional Learning events for the region: December 7 - December 18

CS Education Week is December 7 - 11!

Here are some wonderful CS Ed Week resources that are ready to implement with your students!


  1. Check out this wonderful resource to support computational thinking and computer programming from the author of Hello Ruby: Hello Ruby - CS Ed Week Schedule
  2. Looking for a more advanced CS Ed Week Challenge? Try VEX Robotics virtual robotics hour of code! VEXcode VR
  3. Help students understand CS without screens! Try these new unplugged activities from CS First: CS First Unplugged: Student Activities


If you have ideas or questions about CS focused lessons during this week, don’t hesitate to reach out to Matt O’Donnell for support!

Instructional Resources to Support Student Learning

Want to support your students in leveraging higher level thinking skills through a variety of Student Choices? Bring traditional assignments to the next level using the SAMR model by exploring this resource: Student Choice Matrix

From Edutopia: 4 Assessment Strategies for Distance & Hybrid Learning

Need ways to conduct formative and summative assessments online? Check this out: 4 Assessment Strategies for Distance and Hybrid Learning in High School

Academic Entertainment is Virtual!

Academic Entertainment has been coordinating school enrichment for years. With quality, vetted, curriculum focused content, there is something for any students PreK-12! Check out their options here.

Regional Network/Task Force Highlights

Read about our November Regional Instructional Coaches Network meeting...did your district attend? Check out the Agenda, Slide Deck, and resources! TST BOCES Regional Instructional Leaders Network Update. It's not too late to register a representative (or 2) from your district!


Check out our Upcoming Network/Councils/Task Force Dates here!

DREAM BIG: Extra Curricular and Talented & Gifted Coordination

eSports is just one of the exciting opportunities for you to consider for the Extra Curricular Co-Ser and the Talented and Gifted Co-Ser. Take a minute to answer a few questions on the survey below to get started on amazing opportunities for your students.

Regional Professional Development and Learning Opportunities from TST BOCES

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

Swank K-12 Streaming service is here!

This media platform contains thousands of feature films, documentaries and foreign films specially curated for K-12 classrooms. For help getting started, check out our Swank K-12 Streaming Information Sheet. To learn about this service, join us for a webinar on December 8 at 3:15pm register and view our event flyer.

Social Justice and Art: A 3 Part Series presented by Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 5-6pm

This is an online event.

Picturing Change: Photography & Social Justice: Explore the work of Jacob Riis, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke White, and JR and the role of activist photographers of the last century. The photographs will give us an opportunity to discuss industrial exploitation, urban and rural poverty, racism, as well as other social justice issues. To register in Frontline click here.

POWERFUL PD in 30 MINUTES OR LESS

In our efforts to respect the time of our educators, we are working to create professional learning experiences that encompass timely, supportive and practical sessions that teachers can utilize immediately in their instructional practice.


Station Rotation - One Step at a Time

December 16, 3:00pm - 3:30pm

In this mini-session, participants will examine how they can transform what they used to do, into what they need to do now.


Playlists - They're NOT Just for Music Anymore!

December 18, 8:30am - 9:00am

In this mini session, participants will take a closer look at Dr. Catlin Tucker’s work around student playlists. Participants will examine strategies for organizing and personalizing standards-based materials to help students of all ages and abilities maximize both online and offline learning.

Redefine Blended Learning with Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 4-5:30pm

This is an online event.

Social distancing is not and should not be social isolation. Learn how to validate and affirm sociocentric, kinesthetic, communal, and spontaneous learners by participating in remote Think-Pair-Share, Thinking on your Feet, and Give One Get One protocols using tools including, but not limited to, Google Jamboard, Google Chat and Flipgrid. To register in Frontline click here.

From Mid-State Regional Partnership Center @ Syracuse University: Developing Standards-Based IEPs

On December 9 and December 16, learn more about developing an IEP (Individualized Education Program) with with effective SDI (Specially designed instruction) resulting in positive outcomes for students with disabilities and effective collaboration with general education teachers. To register in Frontline click here.

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

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 3-4pm

This is an online event.

Have questions about tech but don't know where to start? If you think in terms of thingamabobs and doohickeys, this is a safe place for you to ask your technology questions. Register here and join us to explore, practice and create to build your digital tool box!
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