CiTi ISS Weekly Communicator

3/15/21 - 3/19/21

The purpose of this weekly newsletter is to provide professional development, support and resources to foster adult learning and student achievement. You will find offerings from Instructional Support Services, Distance Learning and Model Schools Teams.

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Teaching In Remote Learning Environments PD

These workshops are offered at no cost to participants, as it is supported by the Teaching in the Remote Learning Environment (TRLE) grant.

Embedding Social Emotional Learning Schoolwide (TRLE Turnkey Topic #2)

Register in MLP for April 8th @ 9:00 am

Register in MLP for April 13th @ 2:30 pm

Mindful Practices to Use Throughout Your Day in Support of SEL

March 16th 3:00 - 4:30 PM. Register via Zoom.

Understanding School/District-Wide SEL Implementation

March 24th 3:00 - 4:30 PM. Register via Zoom.

Strategies for Adult SEL Facilitation- Leading Teams & Meetings with SEL in Mind

March 25th 3:00 - 4:30 PM. Register via Zoom.
The Science of Reading

What is the science of reading? Check out these visuals from R.I.S.E. Arkansas

NGLS Professional Development Options

The CiTi School Improvement Team is focused on supporting teachers and leaders with the implementation of high quality, rigorous curriculum and the continuous improvement of instruction aligned with the Next Generation Learning Standards.

Dignity for All Students Act: Required Training for Certification/Licensure (Teachers, Administrators, Teaching Assistants, Coaches, etc)

Six hour training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools.

***Two different options***

March 17th/18th 8:30-11:30am. Register in MLP.

April 14th/15th 8:30-11:30am. Register in MLP.

There is still time to join us today!

The Arts Leadership Network is pleased to announce our next Standards and Curriculum professional development opportunity on Friday, March 12 @ 3:30. This event will continue our work breaking down Art/Music standard 10.1 to further understand the terminology and intentions behind the standard. We will be digging into the glossaries and examining multiple template options as we continue building the database of resources for the NYS

If you weren't able to join us last month you are welcome to visit the website we have created as a landing zone for all the recorded discussions as well as any materials we used during the event. We encourage participants to join the discussion each month, but if you miss it, you can always catch up by going to the website where everything will be uploaded. We hope to see you this afternoon and if you haven't already signed up, please reach out directly to so we can ensure you get the link to join.

Arts learning standards. Please follow this link to register for the event.

We have partnered with DCMO BOCES to continue growing our list of virtual opportunities for this school year. Like all of you, our artists are working hard to modify and adapt to the changing learning environment and are continuously adding new enrichment opportunities that can now be enjoyed virtually. We currently have over 80 high-quality virtual opportunities for students and schools to enjoy with more being added daily. If you have any questions regarding a specific program please feel free to reach out to

Mindful Educator Spring Network Meetings

This group meets monthly to experience practices together as well as share strategies for implementation with students whether in person or virtual. Join us!

Upcoming Dates:

  • 4/7, 5/12

Meetings are scheduled 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Book Study: The Teenage Brain

Written for parents and educators, Frances E. Jensen, MD explores the adolescent brain function and development in the context of learning and multitasking, stress and memory, sleep, addiction, and decision making.

Read the full description and register here.

SEL & Digital Citizenship

Strengthening a student's digital citizenship to combat bullying means strengthening a student's understanding of their social and emotional skill set.

Read the full description and register here.

Using Read Alouds to Improve Comprehension- The Reading League Live Event

Looking to enhance your virtual/classroom read alouds? The Reading League is hosting a webinar titled: "Using Read Alouds to Improve Comprehension". The webinar offers practical advice for educators on how to conduct meaningful read alouds for children with disabilities, which can help significantly with reading comprehension.

OCLI educators can use the following discount code for free access: OCLIMAR2021

Click here to register and view at your convenience.

Phonics & Word Chaining Webinar aligned with Science of Reading

Virtual Book Study- Talking Through Reading and Writing: Online Reading Conversation Journals

Click here for description and registration

Written by Oswego County Educators Dan Rose and Christine Walsh!

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Harnessing the Power: Google and Microsoft - Strengths and Limitations

Online Sessions from 1:00 - 2:00 PM (Zoom) Please register on MLP.

3/23 Adobe PDF, Microsoft Fillable Forms & Google Forms

In this session, we will look at the similarities and differences between three tools commonly used to collect information: fillable PDFs made with Adobe, Microsoft Forms, and Google Forms. We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each to help determine which might be most useful in different areas of your work.

4/20 Microsoft Outlook & Google Calendar/ Gmail

We will first explore Microsoft Outlook Email & Gmail, identifying features that differentiate the two platforms and discussing the pros and cons of each. We will then look at Microsoft Outlook Calendar & Google Calendar, examining their defining features. We will close with a discussion about how to decide which tool best fits your needs, and how the platforms can work in conjunction with one another.

5/18 Microsoft Publisher & Google Suite
In this session, you will explore the differences between how Google and Microsoft handle publishing and basic paint/drawing tools. First, we will look at Publisher and understand the limitations of Publisher files and publishing generically in Google. We'll close out by comparing and contrasting Microsoft Paint and Google Drawings. We'll also have a quick detour of the Snipping Tool, and how to take screenshots on Chromebook devices.