Professional Development Update

Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES eNews


The school year is winding down but we are getting excited for the amazing professional development opportunities coming next fall! Gain the skills to help your students succeed by taking part in sessions on early learning, disrupting poverty, and social emotional learning. Keep an eye out next month for the summer/fall professional development guide where you can find information about these and many more important topics.

If you just can’t wait until fall, there are several opportunities this summer to keep you on top of your game. Read more below or, as always, visit


The Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development Team

Meeting Districts’ Needs with Orton-Gillingham Training

You asked and we listened. At the request of several area districts, a week-long Orton-Gillingham training was offered from April 30 to May 4. Orton-Gillingham uses a multi-sensory approach to reading instruction. Developed in the 1930s by neurologist Dr. Samuel T. Orton and educator, psychologist Anna Gillingham, it was designed to aid people with dyslexia to learn to read. It has since been suggested that the multi-sensory approach, auditory, kinesthetic, and visual, can be beneficial for a wide range of learners.

The five-day training was a partnership with the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education and was led by Candee Schneider. “The training is useful and applicable. I can bring it directly into the classroom,” said Andrea Kokol, a reading teacher at Pine Brook Elementary in Greece.

Participants gained a thorough understanding of the enhanced Orton-Gillingham method including advanced decoding/encoding, spelling rules, and the study of Greek and Latin roots.

Community-Building Circle Training

Who: Teachers and Administrators

What: Three-day Training

Where: Professional Development Center

Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

3599 Big Ridge Road

Spencerport, NY 14559

When: June 19, 20, 21, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

How: Register online $300/person

Community-building circles offer a safe space where people can communicate openly and honestly, listen deeply, and build a sense of community. In this training, participants will learn how to develop and use circle values and guidelines, the importance of storytelling, ways to build trust among circle participants, practical applications for
using circles, how to plan and facilitate a circle, and ways to create a positive culture within a classroom, building, or community.

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Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

Who: Current TCI certified trainers

What: Adapting TCI skills for children and young people with
developmental disabilities

Where: Professional Development Center

Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

3599 Big Ridge Road

Spencerport, NY 14559

When: August 6-7, 2018

How: Register online $560/person

This two-day training is designed to adapt TCI skills for children and young people who have developmental disabilities such as autism, intellectual disabilities, or developmental delays. Topics include: preventing aggression and violence, the hierarchy of communication, setting conditions and triggers, and adapting the LSI for young people with limited or no verbal communication skills.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify and reduce environmental and personal setting conditions for challenging behavior
  • Develop individualized crisis prevention plans for the developmentally disabled population
  • Demonstrate a shortened Life Space Interview (LSI)
  • Apply a hierarchy of communication when using the LSI

Participants who successfully complete the update receive a TCI Developmental Disabilities
reference guide, activity guide, student workbook, and a CD containing the PowerPoint™
presentation for use in their direct training.

You First! SEL for You and Your Classroom

Who: K-12 teachers, guidance counselors, professionals, other service area providers

What: 6 hour interactive workshop

Where: ESC - Educational Services Center
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

3599 Big Ridge Road

Spencerport, NY 14559

When: Mon., August 27, 2018, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

How: $125 registration

Social emotional learning can't succeed in your classroom until you've taken a personal SEL inventory. This 6 hour interactive workshop would allow for a personal evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses within the 5 competencies of Social Emotional
Learning, your triggers and hot buttons, self-care strategies, and how these topics can affect your classroom. As you examine and strengthen your own skills in these areas, you will be able to strengthen the practice of those skills with your students and the
workshop will conclude with classroom strategies that bolster your SEL practice.

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