Regional School Success Digest

'All things RSS' in a 'digestible' format - 08.28.2020

September is next week!

Our TST BOCES campus is welcoming back our school community on Tuesday September 1! We look forward to keeping you up to date with our plans and offerings as we jump into this new school year.

The purpose of our TST BOCES Regional School Success newsletter is to highlight upcoming professional development opportunities, support, resources, information, and more based on what is in demand and what is on our calendar!

Thinking Collaborative!

From now until the end of October, Thinking Collaborative is offering a free "Cognitive Coaching Lifeline," an opportunity for virtual coaching provided by current and retired Cognitive Coaching Training Associates. Teachers, administrators, and coaches supporting them can access this free service through the Thinking Collaborative website:

UFLI Webinars

UFLI is offering a six part webinar series for teachers, tutors, and parents.

Click here to access the archive of recorded videos.

The Distance Learning Playbook, Grades K-12: Teaching for Engagement and Impact in Any Setting

The pandemic teaching of mid-2020 was not really distance learning, but rather crisis teaching. But starting now, teachers have the opportunity to prepare for distance learning with purpose and intent—using what works best to accelerate students’ learning all the while maintaining an indelible focus on equity.

This guide includes:

  • Learning Intentions and Success Criteria for each module to track your own learning and model evidence-based teacher practices for meaningful learning
  • A diversity of instructional approaches, including direct instruction, peer learning, and independent work that foster student self-regulation and move learning to deep and transfer levels
  • Discussion of equity challenges associated with distance learning, along with examples of how teachers can work to ensure that equity gains that have been realized are not lost.
  • Special guidance for teachers of young children who are learning from a distance
  • Videos of the authors and teachers discussing a wide variety of distance learning topics
  • Space to write and reflect on current practices and plan future instruction

Find more information on this resource here!

Educational Leadership: Successfully Taking Offline Classes Online

Educational Leadership is providing resources and guides for how to design student-centered lessons.

Teachers who have taught exclusively offline in a traditional school setting may find the transition to teaching online daunting and foreign. As educators navigate this new reality of school closures, social isolation, and remote learning, it's important to remember that education and learning encompass more than disseminating and collecting assignments. Learning, at its core, is a social endeavor. People learn through their interactions with each other and the world around them. Given the social nature of learning, educators who are moving their classes online must prioritize community building to ensure their students thrive online.

To find out more about their work click here.

Designing an Online Lesson Using the 5 Es Instructional Model

What are the 5 E's? This shareable Google Document, created by Caitlin Tucker, explains how you can help use the 5 E's to create lesson plans around ENGAGE, EXPLORE, EXPLAIN, ELABORATE and EVALUATE!

To see the Google Document click here!

Regional Professional Development and Learning Opportunities from TST BOCES

Explore some of the upcoming offerings from our team or click here to see the RSS Calendar.

Behavior Management Mid-State Regional Partnership Training

Tuesday, Sep. 1st, 9-11am

This is an online event.

This three day virtual training is being offered through our partners at Syracuse University.

Each session will take place in the morning from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM on Septmeber 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

It is designed for PreK-12th grade educators who would like more information on positive behavior support- classroom management strategies including: 1) arranging the physical environment, 2) defining, teaching, and acknowledging expectations and rules, 3) defining and teaching classroom procedures and routines, 4) active supervision, 5) behavior specific praise

To register for this event on Frontline click here.

Class Community: Creating a Safe and Positive Culture presented by BetterLesson


September 10th, 2020 from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


This is an online event.


Create a safe, inclusive learning environment even with distance learning. When students feel like they are a part of a learning community, norms for working online, asking for support, and expressing yourself can be integrated into their day to day. This session will look at some general Dos and Don'ts for establishing a learning community in a blended, distance or virtual environment. Social presence is an important concept for the blended classroom because it has been shown to improve learning, interpersonal relationships, persistence, motivation, and satisfaction (Jusoff & Khodabandelou, 2009; Rovai, 2002; Tu, 2001).

To register for this workshop in Frontline click here!

Effective Literacy Leadership for K-6 Principals

Wednesday, Sep. 30th, 3pm

This is an online event.

This professional learning series will be a year-long, region-wide collaborative for K-6 principals, facilitated by instructional leaders from multiple BOCES. Participants may not be able to attend all sessions. We will keep track of attendance but invite you to join us for as many as you can. Grounded in the science of reading framework, this professional learning opportunity will provide information, direction and support for K-6 principals who are seeking a school-wide approach to lift the overall reading performance of their students.

The first meeting date is Wednesday, September 30 from 3pm - 4pm.

To register for this workshop in Frontline click here!

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