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CiTi BOCES Weekly Outreach

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.
***These offerings are available to all educators in NYS.***

LETRS Training - Volume 1 Module 1-4 ***ONLINE***

LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) is professional development that provides teachers with the skills they need to master the fundamentals of reading instruction—phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and language. Authored by literacy experts Dr. Louisa Moats and Dr. Carol Tolman.


Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3520651

Dignity for All Students Act: (Dignity Act Coordinators and/or their Designees)/DASA Coordinator Training

This training will review the DASA regulations and updates; Review the roles and responsibilities of Dignity Act Coordinators; Share an overview of complaint process flow charts; Provide samples of DASA forms and investigation techniques; and provide an overview of best practices related to school-wide strategies for improved climate and culture. NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE 6hr REQUIRED TRAINING FOR CERTIFICATION. This training will be delivered in two - three hour sessions via Zoom. Participants will be emailed a link to the email address associated with their MLP account the morning of the training. No cost for employees of district which subscribe to the Oswego BOCES School Improvement Co-Ser. Tuition is $75.00 for all other attendees. If you are self-paying, please mail a Money Order or Bank Check payable to CiTi Treasurer, NO CASH please. Send to: Roseann Bayne, CiTi BOCES, 179 County Route 64, Mexico, NY 13114


Registration: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3524329

Dignity for All Students Act: Required Training for Certification/Licensure - delivered via Zoom

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.


Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3521974

Instructional Resources

The Science of Reading- Recorded Webinar Series for Paraprofessionals

Magical Morphemes- The Reading League Event July 9th

Starting at 5:30 pm EST on July 9th, a pre-recorded session by Dr. Deborah Glaser on morphology will be streamed via The Reading League. Morphological Awareness is the new awareness and it is important that teachers understand what it is, and how to begin creating awareness of morphology from early on. To get access now, click the following link to register. https://thereadingleague.uscreen.io/programs/live-njnjgaqrpbq

If you are an educator within Oswego County your access is FREE thanks to a Shineman Foundation Grant. No credit card info is required. Just enter code: OCLIJULY2020

Can't join live? There's unlimited access to link after the original session.

WRITE Center Summer Learning Series for Secondary Teachers- FREE

WRITE Center is a national center based at the University of California, Irvine. The center is committed to sharing evidence-based practices for teaching source-based argument writing in secondary classrooms. Their summer learning series event is scheduled virtually in July and is free. Fill out the google form to get the live links prior to the event. Session topics include remote learning (Dr. Troy Hicks), narrative writing (Kelly Gallagher), poetry writing (Carol Jago), and Designing Academic Writing Assignments for ALL Learners (Jim Burke). More info about date/time of the two-hour sessions at the events link: https://www.writecenter.org/events.html

The week ahead...

FREE Online professional development offered by
CiTi BOCES ISS and Model Schools
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Book Study: The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness

Monday, July 20th, 9am

Onondaga Lake Parkway

Liverpool, NY

This book profoundly shows that in order to have the difficult conversations required for working toward racial justice, inner work is essential. Through the practice of embodied mindfulness--paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in an open, nonjudgmental way--we increase our emotional resilience, recognize our own biases, and become less reactive when triggered. Join this four meeting book study to engage in discourse to move ourselves and our communities towards equity. We will hold our 4 core meetings at Onondaga Parkway. An informational meeting to address book distribution and materials needed for each meeting will be held on July 20th, 9:00 am via Zoom.


Registration Link

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3515249&D=12396

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Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness

Tuesday, June 30th, 9:30am

This is an online event.

Trauma sensitive mindfulness means we have a thorough understanding of trauma and mindfulness. Bringing these concepts together at the classroom or personal practice level involves understanding how these concepts can complement or conflict with one another depending on application. Join me at this introductory level session to explore ways to make mindfulness work for all populations. We will begin and end the session with example experiential mindfulness practices that embody trauma sensitive mindfulness.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3528062

Strategies for Mindfulness in the Classroom

Tuesday, June 30th, 1-2:30pm

This is an online event.

This session will explore the various ways we can incorporate mindfulness strategies into the classroom. We will make the connection to social emotional learning and dispel certain myths and methods that can get in the way of effective implementation.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3504531

Strategies for Mindfulness in the Classroom (session 3 of a 3 part series)

Tuesday, June 30th, 1-2:30pm

This is an online event.

This session will explore the various ways we can incorporate mindfulness strategies into the classroom. We will make the connection to social emotional learning and dispel certain myths and methods that can get in the way of effective implementation.


Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3504531

Building & Nurturing Resilience Check In Summer Zoom Call #1

Wednesday, July 1st, 9-10am

This is an online event.

We will gather weekly to explore resilience practices and cultivate a community of support. Please see MLP for additional dates and registration.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3513842

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation for Educator Resilience - 6 Class Series

Wednesday, July 1st, 1-2:30pm

This is an online event.

Life can feel quite scattered and stressful, even on our best days, let alone when life holds disruption and uncertainty. We tend to walk through our days living in the past or future, rehashing and rehearsing, and spend very little time in the present moment. When we lack awareness in the present moment, we experience consequences such as: We do not realize how our mood can influence our experiences We do not realize we carry tension and stress in the body We miss out on the positive and joyful moments life offers We miss information needed to make wise and loving decisions We hold on to unpleasant experiences for longer than necessary (A Clinician's Guide to Teaching Mindfulness, Christianne Wolf & J. Greg Serpa) Mindfulness Meditation is the intentional directing of attention on the present moment experience with loving awareness. The goal is to rest in this awareness and cultivate an open heart and open mind. This 6 week course will offer the foundations of Mindfulness Meditation that can support resilience and open-hearted awareness.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3513887


Please see MLP for all 6 dates.

How to Lift Social Emotional Learning Skills from Fiction and Nonfiction

Thursday, July 2nd, 10am

This is an online event.

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:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3528064

Book Study: Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Initial Meeting)

Monday, July 6th, 9-10:30am

Initial Meeting: Zoom Subsequent Locations: TBD

Please consider joining us for some hard conversations and exploration of the topic of racism. From the Amazon description: Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America--it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. He uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to drive this history: Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and legendary activist Angela Davis.


** Please note: Books have been ordered. Any new registrants will need to purchase the book on their own.


Registration link: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3514171

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Book Study: Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer (Initial Meeting)

Monday, July 13th, 9-10am

Initial Meeting: Online Subsequent Meetings: TBD

"This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher." ~Parker J. Palmer At a time of such change, exploring the inner landscape of the teacher is of the utmost importance. Join us for this summer book study of renewal. We will have an initial zoom meeting as indicated in this listing. we will as a group determine 3 dates for gathering either online or in person at an outdoor space TBD. Courage to Teach focuses neither on technique, nor directly on school reform, but rather on renewing the inner lives of professionals in education. Courage to Teach® helps teachers: *Renew heart, mind, and spirit through the exploration of the inner landscape of a teacher's life. *Reconnect to one's identity and integrity-identifying and honoring gifts and strengths, and acknowledging limits. *Create a context for careful listening and deep connection that also honors diversity in person and profession. *Create safe spaces and trusting relationships in their schools, with their students and colleagues, and within their communities. *Explore the connection between attending to the inner life of educators and the renewal of public education. Our initial meeting will be on the dated listed here and we will set our meeting dates for the rest of the summer. Total hours: 15

Registration Link: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3514222

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What will we say the first days back?

Tuesday, July 28th, 9:30am

This is an online event.

Re-entry conversations have been at the top of everyone's mind since we initially went home. Conversations with students about what they experienced, how they are coping, and what we all can do to build our emotional resilience will be a crucial first step for anyone in education. Together, we will draw connection from our emotional resilience to what gaps students will have in developing coping, advocating, and essentially, resilience skills of their own. We will explore strategies and resources related to their experiences from the pandemic to the racial justice protests to foster a culturally responsive environment.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3528073&D=12396

Cultivating a Mindfulness Practice Through Writing and Meditation

Friday, July 31st, 9am

Onondaga Lake Parkway

Liverpool, NY

Summer is the perfect time to nourish and develop new habits. Together we will meet over a series of days at Onondaga Parkway (for better social distancing) to enrich our personal mindfulness practice. We will spend time writing, engaging in collaborative discourse, and ending with a guided meditation. We will have a mandatory information zoom meeting to further layout the logistics and session requirements. Your hours for this series will be accumulative based on how many sessions you attend. Each session will be 1.5 hours. The Zoom meeting will be July 31, 2020 at 9:00am-10:00am. The link for this meeting will be emailed 30 minutes prior to start time.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3511490&D=12396

Resilience Retreat For Educators

Tuesday, Aug. 4th, 9am-12pm

120 Mexico Point Drive

Mexico, NY

"Taking care of yourself," writes the American Psychological Association, "helps to keep your mind and body primed to deal with situations that require resilience." Yet we often undervalue the importance of self care. Now more than ever, cultivating habits and rituals that nurture our resilience are necessary for our own well-being and the well-being of our communities. This half day educator retreat will offer opportunities to safely connect with a community of educators and to practice habits of resilience and self care. We will gather at Mexico Point Park - bring a chair, a snack, sunscreen and a journal! More information to come as the event nears


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3513823

Leveraging the Power of SEL for Re-entry

Thursday, Aug. 13th, 1pm

This is an online event.

Decades of research inform us of the power social emotional learning has positive student outcomes in academics, emotional intelligence, and long-term life achievements. While much uncertainty surrounds how and when school will reopen,we know that social and emotional learning (SEL) will be critical to re-engaging students, supporting adults, rebuilding relationships, and creating a foundation for academic learning, (CASEL 2020). This unprecedented shift to a new type of learning experience may have a lasting and profound impact on young people's academic, social, emotional, and life outcomes, (CASEL 2020). Together at this half day session, we will provide guidance on leading critical conversation necessary for staff and students upon re-entry and explore actionable recommendations from CASEL to support your reentry plan.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3515105&D=12396

What will we say the first days back?

Tuesday, Aug. 25th, 9:30am

This is an online event.

Re-entry conversations have been at the top of everyone's mind since we initially went home. Conversations with students about what they experienced, how they are coping, and what we all can do to build our emotional resilience will be a crucial first step for anyone in education. Together, we will draw connection from our emotional resilience to what gaps students will have in developing coping, advocating, and essentially, resilience skills of their own. We will explore strategies and resources related to their experiences from the pandemic to the racial justice protests to foster a culturally responsive environment.


Registration Link:

https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12396&I=3528070

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