CiTi ISS Weekly Communicator


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.

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 13th @ 2:30 pm

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.

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

In Person: May 20th, 2021 8:30-3:30 Register in MLP

Join us next week!

The Arts Leadership Network is pleased to announce our next Standards and Curriculum professional development opportunity on Wednesday, April 14 @ 3:30. This event will conclude our work breaking down Art/Music standard 10.1 to further understand the terminology and intentions behind the standard and we will begin work on the next set of Connecting standards. We will be digging into the glossaries and examining multiple template options as we continue building the database of resources for the NYS. Even if you have missed all the previous sessions, you are still welcome to join us and pick up where we left off.

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.

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

Mindfulness-based SEL Educator 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:

  • 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.

Book Study: What We Say and How We Say it Matter

We all want our students to feel safe, collaborate well with others, feel ownership for their learning, and be joyfully engaged in their work. What teachers say to students--when they praise or discipline, give directions or ask questions, and introduce concepts or share stories--all affects student learning and behavior.

Read the full description and register here.

Book Chat: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence by Dan Siegel

Have you been curious about meditation, but your skepticism requires more information before "buying it”? Or, maybe you are simply geeky like me and love to soak up the science to understand something more deeply? Either way, you might find Dan Siegel's book AWARE is just the kind of book that might intrigue you. AWARE provides practical instruction for applying Siegel's Wheel of Awareness tool as a way for cultivating more focus, presence and peace in your day to day life. Who doesn't need that?? Learn more and register in MLP.

Writing Practice as Resilience Practice and Book Chat: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

This summer journey will invite the participant to come with a journal, a pen that glides across the page and a copy of Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones. This is not just about writing practice, whether you want to be a writer or just a casual scribbler. It is also a way to view writing as study of the mind, as self-discovery and a Zen-like activity. All of this can lead to greater self-awareness, insight and resilience. We will gather on Zoom once a week for 6 weeks for 90 minutes. Learn more and register in MLP.

Literacy Network (May Session)

Click here to register for the May Literacy Network session. The discussion topic will be focused on assessments as we continue to take a deep dive into effective writing practices.

Phonics & Word Chaining Webinar aligned with Science of Reading

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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.

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.