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CiTi BOCES Weekly Outreach

The purpose of this weekly newsletter is to provide professional development,

support, resources, information, connections and best practices to foster adult

learning and student achievement. You will find offerings from

Instructional Support Services, Distance Learning and Model Schools Teams.
***These offerings are available to all educators in NYS.***

**NEW: Phonics and Word Chaining Recorded Webinar for Paraprofessionals- FREE

This 35 minute pre-recorded webinar provides professional development in the science of reading for elementary paraprofessionals. The webinar focuses on Phonics: what it is, why it's important, and how it can be supported in small group instruction. Pausing points for reflection and practice are built-in throughout. This webinar may also serve as a refresher for any educator or as an onboarding resource for new hires.

Access link: Phonics and Word Chaining Webinar for Paraprofessionals

The week ahead...

FREE Online professional development offered by
CiTi BOCES ISS and Model Schools
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Instructional Resources

SEL Leadership Network Virtual Meeting

Monday, June 8th, 12-1:30pm

This is an online event.

This is the final date for the County SEL Leadership Team and is also an invitation for others who are interested in joining this Team on behalf of your district. The intention and focus of this team is to assist with leading the systemic implementation of SEL through various entry points. We will explore NYSED and CASEL documents ongoing, share what's working in our districts and stay up to date with NYSED guidance. The other meeting dates this year are May 18th and June 8th (in separate MLP listings).


Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3511399

Intent vs. Impact: Identifying My Triggers - (session 2 of a 3 session series)

Tuesday, June 9th, 10-11:30am

This is an online event.

This session focuses on self-awareness. Participants will identify the social and emotional triggers that are the most counterproductive in their lives and set out on a course of self-discovery to determine their intent versus their impact. This is session two of a three session series. Each session can be taken separately but the three sessions all connect. Session three is titled Small Adaptation, Big Impact! Becoming a Role Model and is being held on 6/16.


Registration: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3499665

Overview of Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

Wednesday, June 10th, 9-10:30am

This is an online event.

We are in the midst of challenging times in our world and in education. How are we weathering this storm? Resilience - our ability to bounce back from difficulty - can be cultivated through integration of adaptive behaviors. Onward the book and its companion workbook take the reader on a journey of self-discovery and reflection. This session is intended to give an overview of the 12 Habits and Dispositions covered in this book.


Registration: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3511418

Cultivating a Mindfulness Practice through Writing and Meditation

Friday, June 26th, 9am

This is an online event.

Summer is the perfect time to nourish and develop new habits. Together we will meet over a series of days at a local park (for better social distancing) to enrich our personal mindfulness practice. We will spend time writing, engaging in collaborative discourse, and ending with a guided meditation. We will have a mandatory information zoom meeting to further layout the logistics and session requirements. Your hours for this series will be accumulative based on how many sessions you attend. Each session will be 1.5 hours. The Zoom meeting will be June 26th, 2020 at 9:00am-10:00am. The link for this meeting will be emailed 30 minutes prior to start time.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3511349&D=12396

Cultivating a Mindfulness Practice Through Writing and Meditation

Friday, July 31st, 9am

This is an online event.

Summer is the perfect time to nourish and develop new habits. Together we will meet over a series of days at a local park (for better social distancing) to enrich our personal mindfulness practice. We will spend time writing, engaging in collaborative discourse, and ending with a guided meditation. We will have a mandatory information zoom meeting to further layout the logistics and session requirements. Your hours for this series will be accumulative based on how many sessions you attend. Each session will be 1.5 hours. The Zoom meeting will be July 31, 2020 at 9:00am-10:00am. The link for this meeting will be emailed 30 minutes prior to start time.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3511490&D=12396

Achieve the Core - FREE Resources

A collection of free resources to provide students with foundational skills practice in Kindergarten and First Grade.

Activities for both independent and educator-guided practice are included! Resources are hyperlinked and aligned to specific foundational skills. This is one resource you don't want to miss! https://bit.ly/39D7TTU


This virtual math school assembly program will get your elementary students pumped up about mathematics. A high-energy show that touches upon addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, probability, and more. Plus it’s customized according to grade levels and student development!



Grades K-6


• YouTube Live Streamed performance with Zoom Q&A Following


• Up to 300 students on Live Stream


• Up to 100 students with Q&A following


• Please divide large schools of students into split grades, ex. K-2, 3-5, so the presenter may target content and delivery to the appropriate age group


The fees for this program are as follows: $795 for a single performance or 2 for $1195. To schedule a performance or for further information contact Whitney@AcademicEntertainment.com .

Native American music, storytelling, Abenaki language and traditional survival skills offered by award-winning, internationally-known Nulhegan Abenaki authors, storytellers, outdoor educators and musicians Joseph Bruchac and his sons James Bruchac and Jesse Bruchac. For further information or to schedule a performance contact nudatlog@earthlink.net.


Fees for the programs are as follows: Daily live streams free, $400 for Individualized virtual visits (1 hour)

Art Education Online Resources

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NYS Art Teachers Association Online Resources

While NYSATA has always provide a multitude of resources to its members, their list of online information is growing by leaps and bounds as we all move into a distance learning model. They have provided a list of engaging resources that are specific to our Visual Arts educators so that the arts can continue to prosper in these trying times. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting specific programs from these lists as we go through the data collected in our feedback survey located at the top of the newsletter.
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Options for Zoom Trainings on How to Use Zoom from CiTi’s Distance Learning Program

Options for Zoom Trainings on How to Use Zoom from CiTi’s Distance Learning Program:

  • Linked are interactive tutorials
  • Click on Zoom Office Hours with any questions about Zoom.
    Monday-Friday - 9am-12pm & 1pm-3pm
    • Zoom topics include:
      • Scheduling meetings, managing participants, zoom safety, how to record lessons, break-out rooms, etc.
      • Join office hours for small group or one to one assistance.

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