Professional Development Update



It's June! Graduation excitement is in the air! And you know what that means... It's time to start looking ahead to fall professional development opportunities!

The Summer/Fall 2018 PD Guide is hot off the presses and below you will find some highlights from our 2018-2019 featured speaker series. Space is limited and it is never too early to reserve your place!

And be sure to keep on scrolling because there is an insightful article about Reading Recovery at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enjoy the sunshine and we'll see you soon!

The CIPD Team

Featured Speaker Series

Michael Dolcemascolo: Adaptive Schools Foundation Seminar

Who: Educators

What: The goal of Adaptive Schools Seminars is to develop the collective identity and capacity of organization members as collaborators and inquirers and leaders.

Where: ESC - Educational Services Center

Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

3599 Big Ridge Road

Spencerport, NY 14559

When: October 3-4 & November 7-8, 2018

How: $400/person, register online

Michael Dolcemascolo is the former Executive Co-Director of Thinking Collaborative, the home of the Adaptive Schools Seminars and the Cognitive Coaching Seminars. An independent consultant, Michael regularly presents workshops to educators on Cognitive Coaching, Adaptive Schools, as well as presentation and facilitation skills to national and international audiences.

Michael delightfully spends much of his energy mentoring coaches and facilitates groups that are planning, problem-solving, and engaging in change.

Kathleen Budge & William Parrett: Disrupting Poverty

Who: Educators

What: Kathleen and William dispel harmful myths, explain the facts, and urge educators to act against the debilitating effects of poverty on their students.

Where: ESC - Educational Services Center

Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

3599 Big Ridge Road

Spencerport, NY 14559

When: October 16, 2018

How: $200/person, register online

Kathleen and Bill are the coauthors of the 2012 award winning book Turning High-Poverty High Schools into High-Performing High Schools, and the video series, Disrupting Poverty in Elementary and Secondary Classrooms.

Matt Glover: I Am Reading: Nurture Young Children as They Make Meaning and Joyfully Engage With Any Book

Who: Educators

What: Create classroom conditions and provide literacy opportunities that are inviting, child-centered and considerate of all young children, no matter who they are as readers or what they can do with books

Where: ESC - Educational Services Center

Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

3599 Big Ridge Road

Spencerport, NY 14559

When: October 23, 2018

How: $150/person, register online

Matt Glover is a full time educational consultant and coauthor with Kathy Collins of I Am Reading. A nationally known literacy consultant, Matt is a frequent presenter at conferences and in school districts on topics related to nurturing readers and writers and supporting children's intellectual growth and development. Matt has been an educator for over 20 years, including 12 years as the principal and instructional leader of Creekside Early Childhood School.


Opportunity Leaders

Who: Principals, assistant principals, superintendents, and assistant superintendents

What: Free, half-day professional development training for school leaders on how to use information from the Advanced Placement® (AP®) program, and the SAT® Suite of Assessments to help prepare students for college and career

Where: ESC - Educational Services Center

Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

3599 Big Ridge Road

Spencerport, NY 14559

When: Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 8 - 10:30 am or 12:30 - 4 pm

How: Register online 8 - 10:30 am or 12:30 - 4 p.m.

At the request of several districts, in alignment with new school-level measures and in recognition of the role of school leaders in expanding access to advanced coursework, the College Board will offer Opportunity Leaders training to school leaders.

During the training, administrators at all levels will:

  • Examine the relationship between AP and success in college and career
  • Explore how data from the SAT Suite of Assessments can inform schools’ academic offerings, including AP
  • Practice identifying students with potential for success in AP classes
  • Develop strategies to manage schedules, staffing, and budget in order to expand AP classes and course offerings
  • Engage teachers, families, and students in using and benefiting from the SAT Suite and AP courses

Video Coaching Service

We carry technology around all day to keep our calendars, check our email, and store 2K pictures of our pets. But, can phones and tablets help us become better teachers? They can now.

Who: Teachers

What: Improved teaching technique
through video analysis and coaching

Where: ESC - Educational Services Center
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
3599 Big Ridge Road
Spencerport, NY 14559

When: Fall 2018

How: $800/participant or $750/each for
districts with 10 or more participants

With more than 30 years of administrator experience, Jim Thompson is a highly respected and decorated educational coach as well as coauthoring A Quick Guide To Video Coaching with Dr. Casey Kosiorek.

More than standard observation, video coaching allows teachers to look critically at their own work, self-reflect, and, with the aid of Thompson’s experience, identify strengths and growth
opportunities. Thompson will help participants in the video coaching cohort set goals and guide them toward realization.

After the initial orientation, participants will meet individually with Thompson via virtual
conferences throughout the process. The cohort will reconvene at the end of the session to reflect as a group on the process. A selfie video tech support meeting is also provided.
The course is 15 total hours.

Learn more.


SAANYS Summer Camp

Join us for engaging, relaxed professional learning on the topics that matter most. Each day will feature a keynote and morning and afternoon workshops focused on practitioners sharing what they are doing and what they have learned along the way.

BONUS: Pedagogy and Instruction to Match New Technology | August 1
(FREE to Aug 2 and 3 attendees)
Trends in Learning: Redefining the Student Experience with a Digital Learning Environment
65 percent of our current students will have jobs that do not yet exist. How must schools respond to this ever-changing nature of learning, and how can technology support their transformation?

Find out what teams in schools and districts like yours are doing now to build informed and effective practices to support student mental health in new ways.

What is a ‘culturally responsive’ school? How do schools and districts create systems to build safe, welcoming climates that go beyond the annual food fair to truly celebrate diversity and honor student differences? This enlightening and engaging session will focus on promising practices in districts like yours that are beating the odds.


Cost: $100/day SAANYS members $125/day for non-members

For additional information, contact Karen Bronson, Director of Professional Development at or visit


Reading Recovery: Intensive Intervention for First Graders That's Making a Big Impact.

A room full of reading teachers assembles. They chat, unpack supplies, finish a snack, but when Kristine Short takes to the front of the room they are all business. It is May and the teachers are working with their second or third set of students for the school year. “Don’t think that these last few weeks of the year won’t make a difference – because it will,” Short assures them.

Short is a 20 year trainer of the Reading Recovery program. She is licensed through the Reading Recovery Council of North America with oversight from Ohio State University. Twice a year she travels there for professional development as well as attending two national conferences. In turn, she leads eight yearly professional development trainings through Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development (CIPD). Participating teachers are required to attend at least six. Short also visits the teachers at their schools for observations and to offer guidance.

In the room the teachers are getting to work. Short presents a student case. The following discussion is about the student’s strengths and weaknesses, progress made, skills that still need attention, and tools or techniques that may work. When this discussion ends, the lights go out.

(Link to full story below.)