Professional Development Update


Sneak Peek at 2019-20!


The 2018-19 academic year is drawing to a close but there is plenty to look forward to in the fall. Below you will find an exclusive, sneak peek at some of next year's featured speakers!

But that's not all - click the image to the right to view our guide of new instructional services. Monroe 2–Orleans BOCES Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development is pleased to offer a range of instructional services designed to support districts in achieving high-levels of success in identified areas of need. Check it out!

Keep an eye out for the final eNewsletter of the year for more of next year's highlighted speakers!

Best wishes,

The CIPD Team

2019-2020 FEATURED SPEAKERS - Experts and Authors

Feedback That Makes Learning Visible with Dr. Peter DeWitt

Dr. Peter DeWitt returns to Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES building on his Visible Learning Plus Foundation Day and bringing a sharp focus on the importance of measuring your impact based on Prof. John Hattie’s research.

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

• Describe research findings about what makes feedback most effective

• Create user-friendly learning intentions and effective success criteria

• Name and use the three feedback questions

• Articulate the difference between praise and effective feedback

• Understand the role of effective feedback in the learning process

• Understand how learning intentions and success criteria are the basis for giving effective


• Know how to use the three instructional feedback levels

• Know the difference between praise and effective feedback

• Understand the role of feedback from students

Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally focusing on collaborative leadership, fostering inclusive school climates, and connected learning. Within North America, his work has been adopted at the state level, university level, and he works with numerous districts and school boards.

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: Monroe 2–Orleans BOCES Educational Service Center, 3599 Big Ridge Road,

Spencerport, NY 14559

Fee: $225

Register online

Classroom Routines to Enhance Argumentation and Reasoning Skills with Jeff Flygare

Classroom games have been found to be associated with significant gains in student achievement, increased student curiosity, and more positive student attitudes toward the content being learned.

Participants will explore sets of argumentation and reasoning skills derived from current standards documents, concrete strategies and processes for teaching those skills directly, and a variety of games and activities that reinforce and engage students in meaningful practice of the skills.

Appropriate for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, this workshop will give you the

tools you need to help students understand and practice these critical thinking skills in the


Note: This session consists of a 1-day launching workshop, with a follow-up webinar designed to support practitioners with implementation and reflection.

Jeff Flygare has served as a classroom teacher, professional development presenter, and English language arts specialist. He led the movement to a standards-based education for Academy School District 20 in Colorado. In 2010, he received a Teacher Recognition Award from the US Department of Education Presidential Scholars Program. An active member of the National Council of Teachers of English throughout his career, he was inducted into the Colorado Academy for Educators of the Gifted, Talented, and Creative in 1993. After teaching Advanced Placement English for over 20 years, he has served as an AP Reader for Educational Testing Service for many years.

Workshop Date: October 17, 2019

Workshop Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Webinar Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019

Webinar Time: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Location: Monroe 2–Orleans BOCES Educational Service Center, 3599 Big Ridge

Road, Spencerport, NY 14559

Fee: $175

Register online

Supporting Students’ Productive Struggle in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom with Dr. Farshid Safi

This workshop takes an initial dive into exploring productive struggle. It is designed to begin

the exploration of an understanding of productive struggle through the lens of mathematics.

It supports the learning of teachers, coaches, school-based, and district-based administrators. Though connected, each topic addresses specific questions regarding the story of productive struggle in a mathematics classroom.

Participant Outcomes:

The following questions will be addressed throughout the workshop:

• What is productive struggle?

• Why is productive struggle important to students’ mathematics learning?

• How do we support productive struggle for each and every student?

Key Ideas:

• Institute content is based on the NCTM publication: Taking Action: Implementing

Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices.

• There will be connections to NCTM’s Principles to Actions and the Effective Teaching


Dr. Farshid Safi has spent the last twenty years working with students and teachers at

the K-12 school level as well as teaching mathematics content and methods courses at

universities throughout the U.S and Canada. As a public school mathematics teacher, he has

taught courses ranging from algebra to advanced placement calculus courses. He received

his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Mathematics from the University of Florida and received his

PhD in Mathematics Education from University of Central Florida in 2009. From 2009-

2015, he was a mathematics education faculty member in the Department of Mathematics

& Statistics at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Currently, he is a mathematics educator

in the School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership at UCF in Orlando where he works with

undergraduate as well as Master’s and Ph.D. students focused on mathematics education. His primary research focuses on developing teachers’ conceptual understanding of elementary and secondary mathematics and connecting essential mathematical topics through the use of multiple representations and technology. Dr. Safi has written articles for national and international journals and presented at state, national, and international conferences. He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (state and national levels) and has served in leadership positions for both organizations.

Date: December 10, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Location: Monroe 2–Orleans BOCES Educational Service Center, 3599 Big Ridge

Road, Spencerport, NY 14559

Fee: $150

Register online