Upcoming Workshops

  • The Mandated 6 Hour DASA Certification Class

    This program will satisfy the new NYSED requirement for 6 hours of training in harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention and intervention for any new certificate or license. Please register in MLP: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12439&I=2064969
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  • Great Teachers and Leaders: Ongoing Training for Principal Evaluators

    This course is for administrators who will be observing principals and/or serving as Principal Evaluators. Focus will be on collecting evidence aligned to district goals and initiatives, deepening understanding of evidence alignment to the ISLLC standards and coaching conversations to help principals improve their practice. Changes from NYSED will be highlighted. Please register in MLP: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=12439&I=2088859
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  • New York State ELA Assessment Scoring Leader Training Grades 3, 4 and 5

    This training program has been designed for school district staff members who will lead the scoring of the New York State ELA Assessments for their districts. Scorers, even teachers who score each year, must be trained on the current assessment every year. Scoring reliability requires annual training in the specific grade level rubrics. Our goal is to prepare district scoring leaders using the most current and accurate information. This will ensure that the evaluation of student responses is consistent within and among districts. Please register in MLP: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=2099047&D=12439

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  • The "Flip Side" of Transgender Compliance - Being Aware of the Rights of the All Students

    This workshop discusses the rights of transgender and non-transgender children and their parents and provides recommended practices for line administrators to navigate compliance. Specific attention is given to identification and documentation of key issues, which will help avoid claims. Please register in MLP: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=2342130&D=12439
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  • Supporting Students with Social Differences and Disorders

    The workshop will discuss disorders associated with atypical social patterns, particularly autism. Participants will engage in hands-on exploration of "social tools" such as Social Stories™, Comic Strip Conversations™, Power Cards, and Scales. Participants will create at least 1 tool that is applicable to a student or group of students in their classroom or therapy room. Please register in MLP: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=2107239&D=12439
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Focus on Learning

Literacy Workshop Received Rave Reviews

"Hudson Valley RBE-RN workshops are some of the best, thought provoking sessions I've ever attended. The team truly makes the material accessible to all educators ranging from elementary to secondary."

Hudson Valley RBE-RN recently held a hands-on workshop focusing on instructional strategies for literacy engagement and scaffolding for ELLs. Research and evidence of exemplary literacy practices in the Hudson Valley demonstrates that ELLs greatly benefit from opportunities to use language in multiple contexts and in different modalities (reading, writing, listening and speaking). The well-attended workshop presented before, during and after reading strategies that promote discussion among students and vocabulary development. Teachers had an opportunity to use the NYSESLAT Performance Level Descriptions to inform instruction and assess progress. For more information on Hudson Valley RBE-RN, please visit their website .


Noteworthy News

  • 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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  • 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
    Words Worth While
    How to Create Behavior Plan that Work
    Building Engagement Through Writing
    Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder


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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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