TC Update

March 2016

In This Issue:

  • March calendar of workshops
  • EarthFest T-Shirt Design Contest
  • An Ear For Drama Script Writing Contest
  • Conference Scholarships
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Southern Tier Scholastic Science Fair Information
  • Election Central PBS Learning Media
  • ELT Spring Catalog
  • DASA Training Information
  • Teacher Center Information
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Please remember only the courses prefaced with BCTC are offered at the Teacher Center of Broome County.

Earth Fest 2016 T-shirt Design Contest

Design a T-shirt for Earth Fest 2016

Winning design will be printed using a single ink on unbleached cotton T-shirts. Designs need to fit on a standard 8.5- by 11-inch page, landscape or portrait. The winner will receive $100 and a free T-shirt. Winners and honorable mentions will appear on Earth Day Southern Tier’s website Last year there were more than 125 entries.

Entry Guidelines

Designs must:

Include the phrase “Earth Fest 2016”

Be original work, hand-drawn or computer generated.

No clip art

Fit within a 12-inch by 12-inch square (8.5- x 11-inch

paper is fine).

Be submitted on white, unlined paper.

Include artist’s name, age and school district on the back

of the design.

Be submitted by Monday, April 4, to The Teacher Center

of Broome County, 601 Gates Road, Vestal NY

13850 or Mail Code 22 for BT-BOCES inter-school mailings.

All entries for the T-shirt logo will be on display at the Earth Fest on Saturday, April 25 in the Student Center gum at SUNY Broome. All submitted designs will become the property of Earth Day Southern Tier, which will have all rights to the winning design. By submitting an entry, you agree that your design can be used by Earth Day Southern Tier on T-shirts and other promotional items.

An Ear For Drama

Radio Drama Remixed

Call for Entries!

Students in grades 7-12 are challenged to write a script for a 15 minute radio drama! A panel of judges will select one winning script and students will be invited to WSKG to produce the radio drama. WSKG will offer in-class instruction prior to the day of production. This will include final script editing, audio deliver, voice techniques, and a practice session for audio recording. Turn your students' creative writing project into a youth media experience!

Entry deadline: April 8, 2016

Winner notification: April 29, 2016

Record, Edit, Finalize: May 2016

Broadcast: Summer 2016

Classroom Support Tools, Learning Standards, Online Entry Form, Web Resources

Local conference scholarships

The Teacher Center of Broome County of offering scholarships to the two local conferences in May. If you are interested in attending the ConectEd conference on March 11 or the 3rd Annual Writing Matters conference on March 19 please click on the Google Forms link below and fill out the form. Only 10 scholarships for each conference will be offered. All requests must be made by March 1, 2016.

Local Conferences

Southern Tier Math Conference PK-12 Teachers

Thursday, March 10th, 4:30-6:30pm

1200 East Main Street

Endicott, NY

Sessions to include:

Math Workstations

Modeling Progressions through the grades

Student Error Analysis

Math and Movement

Transformational Geometry

WSKG’s Educational Resources

Flipped Classroom

Math and Computer Science

And more teachers and experts are submitting their ideas…

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Friday, March 11th, 8am

1040 Conklin Road

Conklin, NY

Come join us for a fun filled day of connecting and learning. This conference is aimed toward helping educators Connect, Collaborate, Create, and Communicate about enhancing student learning through effective technology integration in classrooms that gets students learning through creating and collaborating with technology. All of the sessions will be focused on helping teachers evolve classroom pedagogy and guide teachers in new and innovative ideas in enhancing student learning through creation.

Register by March 4, 2016

3rd Annual Writing Matters Conference

Saturday, March 19th, 8:30am-3:30pm

22 Graham Avenue

Cortland, NY

This conference will focus on lively sessions led by teachers about how to introduce innovative techniques for teaching writing. Teachers will enjoy the interactive sessions (we write in just about every session).

The theme is Going beyond the Writing Process. When “the” writing process becomes stale, what do we do?

This is not an “English” conference but a writing across the curriculum conference.

Free parking

Sponsored by Seven Valleys Writing Project

Register on My Learning Plan using this link. If your school does not use MLP, you can create an account.


Saturday, April 9th, 8am-12pm

750 Farm to Market Road

Endwell, NY

An EdCamp is an unconference day of learning for educators by educators. The learning that day is determined and driven by the attendees. The sessions are created by the attendees, not ahead of time. We hope you join us for a day of learning, collaborating and networking!

For more informarion

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Who: All students, grades 5-12 of Broome, Tioga and Chenango counties

When: March 12, 2016

Where: SUNY Broome

More Info:

Over $3,000 in prizes

Sponsored by:

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Election Central

Engage students in the political process! Explore PBS LearningMedia's one-stop collection of election-themed resources to support History, Civics and English curriculum. Find the information here.

ELT Spring 2016 Catalog

From ELT:

With more than 30 years experience, ELT offers the latest and most relevant research-based strategies and resources, taught by your colleagues — fellow classroom teachers and school-related professionals. Educators who have walked the walk, mentoring, facilitating and implementing the research-based methods and practices they teach. Courses are offered either online or at convenient locations throughout New York state.

I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities for professional growth!

When it comes to graduate or undergraduate course work, including our college degree partnership programs, in-service programs, and seminars, the Education & Learning Trust (ELT) is the go-to choice for high-quality professional learning.

To view the catalog, click here


DASA Training Session

The next BU DASA Training Sessions will be on the following dates. All are Saturdays 9-3:30 in Fine Arts 258




For more information and to register see:

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training

(required as of January 1st, 2014)

Teacher Center Info

Teacher Center and Safety

This is a reminder that for safety reasons children are not allowed in the workroom of the Teacher Center. Laminators are hot and die cuts are sharp. We would not want your children to be injured. Thank you for your understanding

Holiday Hours and Weather Days

The Teacher Center of Broome County follows the Vestal Schools calendar. If the Vestal Schools close for the day or early due to weather, we will also be closed.