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Upcoming Workshops

  • Child Abuse: Identification and Reporting Procedures - COMP

    All applicants for a NYS educational certificate are required to complete at least 2 hours of coursework in child abuse identification and reporting procedures. Attendance will be sent electronically to your TEACH account.

    This 2 hour workshop will focus on the following: *Identifying child abuse and neglect
    *Professional issues and concerns
    *Community resources
    *Legal responsibilities in reporting child abuse/neglect cases

    Please register in MLP:  https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=2438700&D=12439

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  • English Language Arts - Instructional Leadership Forums

    The English Language Arts Instructional Leadership Forum is a partnership with fellow instructional leaders in your subject area to share promising practices and emerging trends in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Each Instructional Leadership Forum is structured around your professional learning needs. It is an opportunity to network with, and ask questions of, other administrators and teacher-leaders in your position across our region. Each Forum meeting is open to directors, supervisors, department chairs, and others with leadership oversight of English Language Arts. Meetings are held quarterly at Southern Westchester BOCES' Center for Professional Development, 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528.

    Please register in MLP:  https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=2469306&D=12439

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  • Grade 1 Math Spa

    School’s back in session and the Math curriculum has been revised. How do I plan out my year to insure students have the appropriate grasp of each of our standards in order to build a strong mathematical background and foundation for the next grade level? During this session, participants will review the grade level curriculum, note the revisions and plan for the year ahead. Attention will be given to building conceptual understanding, as appropriate, skill acquisition sequence, differentiation and assessments.

    For more information and to register in MLP, please click here:

    https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=2444498&D=12439

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  • The Mandated 6 Hour DASA Certification Class

    This program will satisfy the NYSED requirement for 6 hours of training in harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention and intervention for any new certificate or license.

    This training will address the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination, marginalization and microaggressions, including but not limited to those acts based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex.
    The training will also address:
    * The identification and mitigation of harassment
    * Bullying and discrimination
    * Strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias and aggression in educational settings.

    Please register in MLP:  https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12439&I=2436785

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  • Grade 2 Math Spa

    School’s back in session and the Math curriculum has been revised. How do I plan out my year to insure students have the appropriate grasp of each of our standards in order to build a strong mathematical background and foundation for the next grade level? During this session, participants will review the grade level curriculum, note the revisions and plan for the year ahead. Attention will be given to building conceptual understanding, as appropriate, skill acquisition sequence, differentiation and assessments.

    For more information and to register in MLP, please click here:

    https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=2444501&D=12439

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Noteworthy News

  • The 2017-2018 Professional Development Catalog is out!

    The 2017-2018 Professional Learning Services Catalog from the Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support is out. If you haven't seen a hard copy at your school yet, view or download it now. Jumpstart your professional learning now!

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  • Upcoming Professional Development Workshops

    Check out our workshops, offerings and collaborations.

    Instructional Leadership Forums in ELA, Social Studies, Science, Math, The Arts and World Languages
    Quarterly Literacy Collaborative Series
    Ongoing Formative Assessment 

    The Post Observation Conference: Situational Leadership
    Purposeful Instruction Yields Retention
    Feedback that Moves Writers Forward: Writer-Focused Feedback that Cultivates Writing
    Social Studies Practice #4: Geographic Reasoning

     

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  • Reimagined Learning Spaces the Focus of Library Conference Keynote

    Tech education specialist Bret Foster encouraged school librarians attending the Seventh Annual SLS Conference March 31 to consider their school libraries as active learning spaces. Read more about the popular conference here.

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  • Meeting design puts focus on culture shift, classroom change

    Dan Gross of Innovative Designs for Education shared ideas with component district administrators at our Harrison campus today on designing meetings that model what's important and what they're looking to accomplish in classrooms. "If you want to inspire teachers to take the next steps toward 21st Century classrooms," Gross said, "One of the ways that can happen in the culture is if the meetings model those shifts." The daylong session, "Designing Meetings to Model Instructional Shifts," focused on designing small-group discussion protocols, embedding formative assessment, infusing technology, and creating multiple paths for learning and collaboration.

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  • Students land scholarships at 27th Annual Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute

    Six Hudson Valley students were awarded $9,000 in scholarships at the annual Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute conference in Albany March 25-27. Read more here.

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  • Digital Library Week event a success

    Ebook circulation goals were  surpassed, and Overdrive, the company that provides ebook content to libraries awarded some choice selections to the School Library System following last month's Digital Library Week campaign. Read more here.

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  • IDE Partnering with SW BOCES

    The Center for Professional Development is now partnering with Innovative Design for Education, the educational consultant group founded by Dr. Nancy Sulla, renowned author of Students Taking Charge and It's Not What You Teach But How.   IDE is also available for coaching and in-district consultations. The following sessions are planned for the remainder of the school year:

    Using a Design Process (NGSS-Aligned) in All Subjects
    Designing Transdisciplinary STEAM Problem-Based Authentic Learning Units
    Designing Lessons to Build Executive Functions
    Designing Meetings to Model Student-Centered, Problem-Based Instructional Shifts You Are Looking For in the Classroom
    Designing Authentic Problem-Based Learning Units

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  • Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System unveils innovative 'Makerspace' in Elmsford

    The Southern Westchester BOCES School Library System celebrated with administrators, teachers and students in the Elmsford Schools earlier this week as the district unveiled an exciting new Makerspace area in the Alice E. Grady Elementary School library.

    Elmsford’s Makerspace is the first of eight such spaces that the department is creating in four elementary and four high school libraries throughout the region.

    The Grady Makerspace came together through a collaboration with Superintendent Dr. Joseph Ricca, Grady Principal Douglas Doller, library media specialist Kim Sparber, and teachers Anthony Carolini and Mary Ellen Pickens.

    The space includes a variety of tools that students will be using, including Keva Planks building blocks, Makey Makey invention kits, Spheros robotic toys and Little Bits electronic kits, in addition to a new camera broadcasting station and a green screen.

    The walls of the lab will be painted with “idea paint,” which will allow students to draw their plans and write their ideas right on the walls.

    In other schools, such Makerspace areas might include 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, all with a bent toward experimentation and creation.

    “Making is creative, collaborative and empowering for learners,” said Pam Berger, director of the BOCES School Library System.

    “Students find making – tinkering, inventing, problem solving, discovering and sharing – intrinsically rewarding. School librarians facilitate this active learning transformation together with their colleagues to create an environment of discovery and exploration,” she added.

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  • Guest speaker inspires teachers, spurs special education discussion in Port Chester

    Empathy is one of college student Meg Moore's strongest traits. She was born with cerebral palsy, needs assistance walking and speaks through a DynaVox, a speech-generating device. When she enters a class at Fairfield University, where she studies creative writing, she understands that her teachers panic the first time that they see her. However, the 19-year-old is accepting of this and even jokes about it to make others feel comfortable. Her goal is for people to see her as a person, rather than a list of disabilities.

    Ms. Moore was the guest speaker at Port Chester High School’s opening day on Sept. 1. Her keynote presentation inspired the staff to bolster its commitment to enhance instructional practices that accommodate students with disabilities.

    The school’s principal, Dr. Mitchell Combs, thought that his employees would benefit greatly from hearing Ms. Moore’s inspirational stories. She discussed her struggles to live a fulfilling life both inside and outside of school. She also discussed the power that educators have to help students with disabilities meet high expectations and to feel fully included in the school community.

    “Ms. Moore attributed much of her success in life to the dedication and skills of her teachers, support staff and school administrators,” said David Luhman, a Southern Westchester BOCES Special Education School Improvement Specialist for the Lower Hudson Valley Regional Special Education Technical Assistance and Support Center (RSE-TASC). Mr. Luhman invited Ms. Moore to speak in Port Chester, a school district that he works with.

    Mr. Luhman’s work guides professional development in Westchester County school districts to promote the independence of students with disabilities through the growth of strong academic, social-emotional and self-determination skills. RSE-TASC provides a coordinated system of high-quality technical assistance, training and on-site support to districts throughout the region.

    At Port Chester High School’s opening day, Ms. Moore and her mother spoke poignantly about the value of inclusion and how staff members can work with students in a the least restrictive environment.

    “Meg’s presentation helped teachers understand that their approaches to teaching students with disabilities require a need for balance and perspective in order for every student to be successful in the classroom,” said Dr. Combs.

    He added that Ms. Moore empowered his staff to enhance their services for disabled students and cautioned them to never underestimate the potential of any child. Port Chester special education teacher Chris Kazim agreed.

    “Having listened to Meg speak about overcoming her adversities,” he said, “it became even more apparent that we as educators must extend our expectations to the highest level so that our students are encouraged to rise above their challenges and reach their fullest potentials.”

    Following her presentation, Ms. Moore participated in a Q&A session. Many audience members shared their own stories about friends and family members who struggle with disabilities. Several teachers expressed that they were moved by Meg and her mother’s courage and spirit regarding facing all of life’s challenges.

    “It was very well-received,” said Mr. Luhman. “Meg was a very material reminder of how faculty members have an impact on all students.”

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