ISS Communicator 6/15-6/19

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

Small Adaptation, Big Impact! Becoming a Role Model for Social Emotional Behavior - (session 3 of a 3 session series)

Tuesday, June 16th, 10-11:30am

This is an online event.

This session will focus on self-regulation and self-discipline. Participants will be provided with a plethora of research-based self-regulation and self-care strategies that they can choose from to help them to avoid, interrupt or stop their social and emotional triggers. This is session three of a three session series. Each session can be taken separately but the three sessions all connect.


Registration: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3499675

Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness

Tuesday, June 16th, 10am

This is an online event.

Trauma sensitive mindfulness means we have a thorough understanding of trauma and mindfulness. Bringing these concepts together at the classroom or personal practice level involves understanding how these concepts can complement or conflict with one another depending on application. Join me at this introductory level session to explore ways to make mindfulness work for all populations. We will begin and end the session with example experiential mindfulness practices that embody trauma sensitive mindfulness.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3518253

Becoming A Mindful Educator (Session 2 of a 3 part series)

Tuesday, June 16th, 1-2:30pm

This is an online event.

Understanding what mindfulness is and what it looks like in the classroom is of growing interest to many educators. Before we begin to experiment with mindfulness for our students, it is important to develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a mindful teacher. This session will create common understanding with what mindfulness is, but more importantly we will focus on understanding that it begins with us as educators - we are the mindfulness curriculum!


Registration: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3504530

Dignity for All Students Act: Required Training for Certification/Licensure - delivered via Zoom

Wednesday, June 17th, 8:30-11:30am

This is an online event.

Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act or DASA) Workshop: Six hour training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention. New York State's Dignity Act seeks to provide the State's public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. School professionals applying for certification or license on or after DECEMBER 31, 2013 are required to complete six clock hours of course work or training in this area. This training is designed to fulfill that requirement. In response to the COVID-19 crisis CiTi is offering this one time DASA 6 hr Certification training free of charge. All registered participants will receive an email with the Zoom link the mornings of the training. This email will be delivered to the email address associated with your MLP account. This workshop will take place over the course of two sessions, three hours in length (6/17/20 8:30am-11:30am & 6/19/20 8:30am-11:30am). Full attendance to both sessions is necessary for DASA requirements.


Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3507346

What We Say and How We Say It Matter

Thursday, June 18th, 9am

This is an online event.

Mike Anderson digs into the nuances of language in the classroom as all educators work towards having students who feel safe, can collaborate with others, and feel ownership of their learning. Student learning and behavior are influenced by teacher language and delivery. Let's connect NYSED's three Social Emotional Learning goals to Mike Anderson's work on the importance of our words, how they are delivered, and shifts educator's can make to improve classroom instruction. A Zoom link will be emailed 30 minutes before start time.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3518257

Cultivating a Mindfulness Practice through Writing and Meditation

Friday, June 26th, 9am

Onondaga Lake Parkway

Liverpool, NY

Summer is the perfect time to nourish and develop new habits. Together we will meet over a series of days at Onondaga Parkway (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

Onondaga Lake Parkway

Liverpool, NY

Summer is the perfect time to nourish and develop new habits. Together we will meet over a series of days at Onondaga Parkway (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

Book Study: The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness

Monday, July 20th, 9am

Onondaga Lake Parkway

Liverpool, NY

This book profoundly shows that in order to have the difficult conversations required for working toward racial justice, inner work is essential. Through the practice of embodied mindfulness--paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in an open, nonjudgmental way--we increase our emotional resilience, recognize our own biases, and become less reactive when triggered. Join this four meeting book study to engage in discourse to move ourselves and our communities towards equity. We will hold our 4 core meetings at Onondaga Parkway. An informational meeting to address book distribution and materials needed for each meeting will be held on July 20th, 9:00 am via Zoom.


Registration Link

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3515249&D=12396

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Leveraging the Power of SEL for Re-entry

Thursday, Aug. 13th, 1pm

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.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3515105&D=12396


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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