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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.***

Dignity for All Students Act: (Dignity Act Coordinators and/or their Designees)/DASA Coordinator Training

This training will review the DASA regulations and updates; Review the roles and responsibilities of Dignity Act Coordinators; Share an overview of complaint process flow charts; Provide samples of DASA forms and investigation techniques; and provide an overview of best practices related to school-wide strategies for improved climate and culture. NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE 6hr REQUIRED TRAINING FOR CERTIFICATION. This training will be delivered in two - three hour sessions via Zoom. Participants will be emailed a link to the email address associated with their MLP account the morning of the training. No cost for employees of district which subscribe to the Oswego BOCES School Improvement Co-Ser. Tuition is $75.00 for all other attendees. If you are self-paying, please mail a Money Order or Bank Check payable to CiTi Treasurer, NO CASH please. Send to: Roseann Bayne, CiTi BOCES, 179 County Route 64, Mexico, NY 13114


Looking for methods and resources to teach reading remotely?

Check out the University of Florida Literacy Institute's (UFLI) free webinars for teachers, tutors, and parents. This six-part series features one-hour webinars on a variety of topics relating to online teaching of reading. Sign up for as many as you like.

View the titles and register at the following link:

Teaching With Decodable Texts

View this complimentary webinar from 95% group on Teaching with Decodable Text. The webinar highlights the basic elements of decodable text and explains how best to use them with children. A handout and other resources are also included. Session Run-time: 30 minutes

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Want to diversify your picture book collection but don't know where to start?

The Diverse BookFinder is a comprehensive collection of children's picture books featuring Black and Indigenous people and People of Color (BIPOC). This can be a go-to resource for librarians, educators, parents, book creators, and publishers who seek to create collections in which all children can see themselves and each other reflected in the picture books they read.

The Science of Reading- Recorded Webinar Series for Paraprofessionals

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The week ahead...

Online professional development offered by
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Resilience Retreat For Educators

Tuesday, Aug. 4th, 9am-12pm

120 Mexico Point Drive

Mexico, NY

"Taking care of yourself," writes the American Psychological Association, "helps to keep your mind and body primed to deal with situations that require resilience." Yet we often undervalue the importance of self care. Now more than ever, cultivating habits and rituals that nurture our resilience are necessary for our own well-being and the well-being of our communities. This half day educator retreat will offer opportunities to safely connect with a community of educators and to practice habits of resilience and self care. We will gather at Mexico Point Park - bring a chair, a snack, sunscreen and a journal!

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Leveraging the Power of SEL for Re-entry

Thursday, Aug. 13th, 1-3pm

This is an online event.

Decades of research inform us of the power social emotional learning has positive student outcomes in academics, emotional intelligence, and long-term life achievements. While much uncertainty surrounds how and when school will reopen,we know that social and emotional learning (SEL) will be critical to re-engaging students, supporting adults, rebuilding relationships, and creating a foundation for academic learning, (CASEL 2020). This unprecedented shift to a new type of learning experience may have a lasting and profound impact on young people's academic, social, emotional, and life outcomes, (CASEL 2020). Together at this half day session, we will provide guidance on leading critical conversation necessary for staff and students upon re-entry and explore actionable recommendations from CASEL to support your reentry plan.

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What will we say the first days back?

Tuesday, Aug. 25th, 9:30am

This is an online event.

Re-entry conversations have been at the top of everyone's mind since we initially went home. Conversations with students about what they experienced, how they are coping, and what we all can do to build our emotional resilience will be a crucial first step for anyone in education. Together, we will draw connection from our emotional resilience to what gaps students will have in developing coping, advocating, and essentially, resilience skills of their own. We will explore strategies and resources related to their experiences from the pandemic to the racial justice protests to foster a culturally responsive environment.

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Book Study: Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient Learners

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 2:30-3:30pm

This is an online event.

Educators have a unique opportunity to influence students' learning, attitudes, and futures. This book will invigorate your practice and equip you to empower all students no matter their histories. In the much anticipated sequel to Fostering Resilient Learners, Souers provides a resource filled with specific examples, language, and interventions to be a trauma-invested entity. Over the course of 4 sessions we will read, process, and set intentions based on our learning. Together let's explore what this resource has to offer:

  • Explain how to create a culture of safety in which everyone feels valued, important, and capable of learning.
  • Describe the four areas of need-emotional, relational, physical, and control-that drive student behaviors and show how to meet these needs with interventions framed around the new three Rs.
  • Illustrate trauma-invested practices in action through real scenarios that identify students' unmet needs, examine the situation from five stakeholder perspectives, and suggest interventions to support students and their families.
  • Offer opportunities to challenge your beliefs and develop deeper and different ways of thinking about your role in your students' lives.

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