ISS Communicator 11/2 - 11/6

CiTi BOCES Weekly Outreach

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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.

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Online professional development offered by
CiTi BOCES ISS and Model Schools
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Mid-Week Mindfulness

Each time I ask educators what emotion is most present, the most common answers are "overwhelmed" and "anxious". I then think of Parker Palmer's words - "We teach who we are" and know that now more than ever, we must build into our schedule the habit of mindfulness and self-care. Our ability to maintain steady ground, presence, and calm in the face of uncertainty will have significant impact on our students and be a strong factor in keeping burnout at bay for ourselves. This weekly offering will focus on creating space for sharing together, building community and engaging in mindfulness practices that will sometimes be guided and sometimes be simple moments of silence and then dialogue. Register for November 4th.

See other dates and registration links in MyLearningPlan

SEL Leaders Network Fall Meetings

The mindset and skills of SEL are needed now more than ever as we navigate our current world in our own lives and as we educate and support our students, colleagues and our community. This group continues to learn and grow in our efforts to foster SEL and mindfulness practices in our schools and classrooms through modeling of practices in our meetings, sharing of strategies and resources, and exploring a deeper understanding of our own lives in service of others. Join Kate and Liane for these collaborative conversations!

Remaining Meeting Dates (all meetings scheduled for 3:45 - 5:00 PM):

  • November 9th
  • December 10th

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Mindful Educator Fall Network Meetings

As the role of mindfulness in our classrooms and our lives grows ever more necessary, being in community with other educators practicing and implementing mindfulness offers important support and inspiration. 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:

  • 11/18
  • 12/16

Meetings are scheduled 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Literacy Network Fall Session (K-12)

This educator's network will focus on professional dialogue aligned to evidence-based practices in literacy. Topic will be: Effective Practices in Writing. Session will include opportunities to share remote teaching practices. Small group break-out discussions will also be included. Choose only one date in November as session topic/format repeats to accommodate various schedules.

Registration for November 18th 2:00-3:30 p.m.


Registration for November 20th 2:15-3:45 p.m.

Dignity for All Students Act: Required Training for Certification/Licensure - In Person

November 18 8:30am-3:30pm

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. Tuition is $75.00 for employees of districts which subscribe to the Oswego BOCES School Improvement Co-Ser. Tuition is $100.00 for all other attendees. If you are self-paying, please mail a Money Order or Bank Check made out to CiTi Treasurer. NO CASH please. Send to: CiTi BOCES Attention: Staci Silliman 179 County Route 64 Mexico NY 13114 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. Full attendance to both sessions is necessary for DASA requirements.


Building a Structured Literacy Classroom and Meeting the Needs of All Children (Pre-2) by Dr. Danielle Thompson

The Reading League is hosting a virtual event on November 12th at 5:30 p.m.

The event is FREE for OCLI educators. Use passcode: OCLINOV2020 at checkout. Can't make that date/time? The recording is available after the event to watch at your own convenience.

Event description: Teacher knowledge and skill about what to do in early literacy classrooms matters, but so do appropriate approaches to instruction and intervention grounded in science. In this session, you will learn about the features of effective scientifically aligned instruction also known under the umbrella term, Structured Literacy. You will learn about why using Structured Literacy makes a difference in all students’ lives and most specifically, the lives of those at risk for reading difficulties including English learners (ELs) and our students with dyslexia. Click here for registration.

Welcoming Rituals 101

Zoom Date: 11/2/2020 3:30-4:30

The SEL Signature Practices from CASEL offer a simplistic structure that builds autonomy, belonging, and competence. A welcoming ritual is the first element that creates a climate of inclusion, belonging, and connection where all voices are heard through personal choice. This mini Zoom session offers "take home" activities for you to use immediately with students or any aged audience. Participants will engage in welcoming ritual activities, learn how to modify for virtual or in-person learning, and adapt for developmental needs. All participants will have a copy of the slide deck to adapt to their needs.

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How to Lift Social Emotional Learning Skills from Fiction and Nonfiction

Zoom Date: 11/4/2020 4:00-5:30pm

In this session, we will review our understanding of social emotional learning and how we can incorporate skill building through fiction and nonfiction texts. We integrate trauma-informed practices to explore character development. Participants will have digital access to resources that can grow with their classroom environment needs as well as participate in collaborative breakout rooms.

Registration Link:

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Harnessing the Power: Google and Microsoft - Strengths and Limitations

This series of workshops is designed to help with computer skills and productivity through the understanding of similarities and differences between Microsoft and Google products and when it is best to use each platform. Each session, taught by CiTi Model Schools Staff, will have information related to a specific type of product and will include tips and tricks to assist you in your position.

6 Online Sessions from 1:00 - 2:00 PM (Zoom)

Please register on MyLearningPlan/Frontline.

11/17 Microsoft Excel & Google Sheets

Many of us are familiar with the ins and outs of Microsoft Word. We are going to look at the similarities and differences between Word and Google Docs, and see which program is better for doing specific functions.

1/26 Microsoft Excel & Google Sheets

During this session, you will learn the basics of creating and using a spreadsheet, as well as, identify the similarities and differences between Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. You may leave this training with a favorite, but it is intended to help you pick the best tool for each job.

2/23 Microsoft PowerPoint & Google Slides

Compare similarities and explore the differences between Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides. We’ll explore the unique features for each platform to help determine what works best for you.

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.

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Online Instructional Resources - Recorded Webinars

Including but not limitied to: Google Classsroom, G-Suite, Zoom, EdPuzzle, Book Creator and more!

Instructional Resources

Your Daily Break: Archived Newsletters to Support Your SEL Needs

Liane Benedict and Kate Ginney offer a bi-weekly newsletter to bring you the latest mindfulness-based SEL activities and strategies K-12. Check out our archived newsletters and be sure to subscribe to our free virtual resource! Liane and Kate are here to support your learning environment's SEL needs--we're just an email away.

US History and Government Teachers- Release of Civic Literacy Essay Sample Paper

NYSED has released resource documents for the NEW US History and Government Regents Exam scheduled for June 2021. Included in this resource are the documents and short answer questions, the specific scoring rubric, sample student papers and an anchor paper and practice paper at each score point on a 5-point rubric. NYSED OSA released these materials to provide further understanding of the Part III Civic Literacy Essay Question and rubric for scoring actual student papers. Also included are Scoring Worksheets A and B, which can be used for training in conjunction with the practice papers. The 5-point scoring rubric is the same rubric used to score the Document-Based Question essay on the current United States History and Government Regents Examination.

Click here for access to documents.

The Science of Reading- Recorded Webinar Series for Paraprofessionals

Upcoming Arts Leadership Network Meetings

In our third year of the regional Arts Leadership Network, we have found our group shifting its attention and expanding into new subgroups. The planning council recently met to discuss what roles these subgroups will take and have set meetings for next week to begin the plans for this year. Next week the groups will discuss meeting frequency, yearly goals/benchmarks, working essentials as well as workshop/PD formats specific to each group.

Below are the meeting dates/times for each subgroup. Individuals can be apart of as many groups as they would like, we just ask that attendance is consistent throughout the year as maintaining a strong community climate is very important to the group. If you or any of your Fine Arts staff would like to take part in any of these groups, please feel free to reach out directly to our Arts in Education Coordinator, Will Jones for the meeting links and further information.

Tuesday, November 10th @ 3:30 - Best Practices in Fully Virtual and Hybrid Learning Models

Wednesday, November 4th @ 3:30 - Essential Standards/ Curriculum/Arts Literacy

Thursday, November 3rd @ 3:15 - Advocacy

Virtual Showcase

If you weren't able to catch the virtual showcase live, we are happy to share that we have a link to watch a recording of the showcase when its convenient for you. The link will be available for a few weeks for schools to preview available shows so take advantage of the opportunity while you can.

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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

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