Upcoming Professional Development Events

  • Building Leadership Capacity - Initial Training for Evaluators of Teachers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This is the initial course for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. This workshop serves to build a foundation for evaluation, including a focus on evidence-based observation. Considerations for Teachers of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners will be explored. Participants will develop an understanding of APPR components and Independent Evaluators. Participants must attend all sessions to receive a certificate of completion that the district may use as evidence in their process of certifying Lead Evaluators.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Principal Article Study

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    School leaders are invited to join an Article Study Group. Similar to a Book Club, but with quick-read articles, participants will read, discuss, and share their thinking about a current article through discussion protocols. School leaders will engage with others across the region to discuss timely issues, network with other school leaders, and share successes and challenges. For questions regarding this activity, please contact Tracy Tyler at ttyler@swboces.org.

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  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Initial Certification Training

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    Managing aggressive and violent behavior has become an essential skill relevant to all school personnel. Staff members need safe, effective behavior management training designed to maintain the care, welfare, safety and security of all involved in a crisis. Teachers and support staff will explore a range of "risk behaviors" and practice appropriate de-escalation strategies to address these behaviors while maintaining the best possible professional attitude. These sessions will be conducted via Zoom on three separate half days. You must attend the three half-days that are listed together on the list below. In addition, we are asking that individuals attend in pairs or trios so that they can perform the physical interventions with a partner. All participants must complete the physical interventions in order to receive certification. If you have further questions regarding the course, please contact Brandon Cruz via email at bcruz@swboces.org.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Leaders' Network

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    This Network will support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives and DEI point-personnel across our region. As the DEI point person for your school/district, we invite you to meet with DEI Leader colleagues to collaborative on DEI policy, strategic planning, and implementation; engage in turnkey DEI focused professional development; learn from experts; and explore DEI resources for student and adult learners.
    Specifically, as a member of the DEI Leaders' Network you will:

    • Consider the questions, is my school/district equitable? and How do I know?, and respond with evidence

    • Deepen your understanding of the NYSED DEI policy and the NYSED Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Frameworks

    • Develop your entry plan as DEI leader for your school/district

    • Identify district/school informed goals/outcomes for your role and your DEI work

    • Learn about Equity Visits and host one

    • Explore ways to effectively engage stakeholder groups in your school/district's DEI work; plan, engage, and share with the network

    • Select and adopt curriculum frameworks to examine exciting curriculum and, where needed, make recommendations to teaching colleagues to embed DEI in day-to-day teaching and learning

    • Examine, practice, and implement research-based data collection and data study protocols

    • Design and share your DEI plan

    • Identify and contribute to Network resources and co-construct priorities

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Initial Certification Training

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Managing aggressive and violent behavior has become an essential skill relevant to all school personnel. Staff members need safe, effective behavior management training designed to maintain the care, welfare, safety and security of all involved in a crisis. Teachers and support staff will explore a range of "risk behaviors" and practice appropriate de-escalation strategies to address these behaviors while maintaining the best possible professional attitude. These sessions will be conducted via Zoom on three separate half days. You must attend the three half-days that are listed together on the list below. In addition, we are asking that individuals attend in pairs or trios so that they can perform the physical interventions with a partner. All participants must complete the physical interventions in order to receive certification. If you have further questions regarding the course, please contact Brandon Cruz via email at bcruz@swboces.org.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Building Leadership Capacity - Initial Training for Evaluators of Teachers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This is the initial course for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. This workshop serves to build a foundation for evaluation, including a focus on evidence-based observation. Considerations for Teachers of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners will be explored. Participants will develop an understanding of APPR components and Independent Evaluators. Participants must attend all sessions to receive a certificate of completion that the district may use as evidence in their process of certifying Lead Evaluators.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Initial Certification Training

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Managing aggressive and violent behavior has become an essential skill relevant to all school personnel. Staff members need safe, effective behavior management training designed to maintain the care, welfare, safety and security of all involved in a crisis. Teachers and support staff will explore a range of "risk behaviors" and practice appropriate de-escalation strategies to address these behaviors while maintaining the best possible professional attitude. These sessions will be conducted via Zoom on three separate half days. You must attend the three half-days that are listed together on the list below. In addition, we are asking that individuals attend in pairs or trios so that they can perform the physical interventions with a partner. All participants must complete the physical interventions in order to receive certification. If you have further questions regarding the course, please contact Brandon Cruz via email at bcruz@swboces.org.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • SECONDARY SLS Digital Library Users Group

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    The SWBOCES Digital Library Program is a collaborative online service that includes eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines. The SWBOCES Digital Library is an extension of school libraries' print collections. With 24/7 access, students and teachers can check out titles anywhere, anytime in multiple formats. Member libraries have one representative on the Digital Library Advisory Board that create collection development policy, choose books, and meet four times a year. For questions regarding this service, please contact Pam Berger.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • PD Shorts: Equity Mindsets & Mindfulness

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    During this PD Short, participants will deepen their understanding of implicit bias and consider ways one's personal and cultural experiences can affect one's ability to teach and lead. Participants will dive deeply into mindsets that limit opportunities to challenge inequities. Tools will be shared to allow participants to deeply reflect upon issues of bias and how to begin to teach and lead with a focus on equity.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Building Leadership Capacity - Initial Training for Evaluators of Teachers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This is the initial course for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. This workshop serves to build a foundation for evaluation, including a focus on evidence-based observation. Considerations for Teachers of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners will be explored. Participants will develop an understanding of APPR components and Independent Evaluators. Participants must attend all sessions to receive a certificate of completion that the district may use as evidence in their process of certifying Lead Evaluators.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • PD Shorts: Conferring with Writers

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    It is just as essential that teachers know their students well throughout the school year, as they continue to grow as writers. During this PD Short, teachers will engage with and understand how to conduct frequent, targeted individual writing conferences enabling them to gather critical information about student learning and inform instruction.

    By the end of this session, participants will:
    - Learn a structure for conducting strong writing conferences
    - Develop a writing conference toolbox

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • ELEMENTARY SLS Digital Library Users Group

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    The SWBOCES Digital Library Program is a collaborative online service that includes eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines. The SWBOCES Digital Library is an extension of school libraries' print collections. With 24/7 access, students and teachers can check out titles anywhere, anytime in multiple formats. Member libraries have one representative on the Digital Library Advisory Board that create collection development policy, choose books, and meet four times a year. For questions regarding this service, please contact Pam Berger.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Key Points Refresher Recertification

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Key Points Refresher is designed to help improve your understanding of key program concepts, enhance your skills and provide strategies to apply the information to workplace realities. Only participants who have completed the two-day Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training during the 2020-2021 school year are eligible to participate in the Refresher Training. These sessions will be conducted via Zoom on two separate half days. You must attend the two days that are listed together on the list below. In addition, we are asking that individuals attend in pairs or trios so that they can perform the physical interventions with a part- ner. All participants must complete the physical interventions in order to receive certification. If you have further questions regarding the course, please contact Brandon Cruz via email at bcruz@swboces.org.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Virtual Meetup: Asthma Management In Schools

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    Come join us for this important meetup to learn more about the effects of asthma on our youth and specific programs that are available to our schools through the American Lung Association. The first part of our presentation by Dr. Amy Brown and Dr. Amy Ansehl will provide a brief overview of the clinical management of asthma, focused on tips for early diagnosis and goals for prevention. The second part of our presentation will be conducted by Farah Chatila and Melesha Brissett from The American Lung Association's Asthma Management in Schools Program. They will provide information and resources to assist school personnel in helping students with asthma remain healthy, optimize learning, and participate fully in school.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Building Leadership Capacity - Ongoing Training for Those Who Observe Teachers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    There is tremendous opportunity during the observation cycle to promote reflective practitioners and focus on improved student outcomes. Participants will continue to develop their skills in providing evidence-based feedback during the observation cycle and will review the required components of APPR, while exploring recent updates to APPR regulations. This learning experience is appropriate for all Lead Evaluators who have been previously certified by their districts and can be used by districts as evidence for recertification.

    This is an advanced course for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. The session will also include the most current updates from NYSED.

    Audience: This series is for continuing administrators who will observing teachers and and have previously completed the initial evaluation certification training. Materials:
    Participants should bring a copy of the rubric being used in their district for teacher evaluation.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Key Points Refresher Recertification

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Key Points Refresher is designed to help improve your understanding of key program concepts, enhance your skills and provide strategies to apply the information to workplace realities. Only participants who have completed the two-day Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training during the 2020-2021 school year are eligible to participate in the Refresher Training. These sessions will be conducted via Zoom on two separate half days. You must attend the two days that are listed together on the list below. In addition, we are asking that individuals attend in pairs or trios so that they can perform the physical interventions with a part- ner. All participants must complete the physical interventions in order to receive certification. If you have further questions regarding the course, please contact Brandon Cruz via email at bcruz@swboces.org.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • PD Shorts: Powerful Independent Reading Practices

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    Independent reading can take many forms in a classroom. During this PD Short, participants will learn why independent reading is important, the most important aspects of independent reading, and effective ways to engage students in independent reading. Educators will gain access to tools to support their independent reading instruction.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Building Leadership Capacity - Ongoing Training for Those Who Observe Teachers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    There is tremendous opportunity during the observation cycle to promote reflective practitioners and focus on improved student outcomes. Participants will continue to develop their skills in providing evidence-based feedback during the observation cycle and will review the required components of APPR, while exploring recent updates to APPR regulations. This learning experience is appropriate for all Lead Evaluators who have been previously certified by their districts and can be used by districts as evidence for recertification.

    This is an advanced course for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. The session will also include the most current updates from NYSED.

    Audience: This series is for continuing administrators who will observing teachers and and have previously completed the initial evaluation certification training. Materials:
    Participants should bring a copy of the rubric being used in their district for teacher evaluation.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • SLS Council Meeting - VIA ZOOM

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    The School Library System Council is responsible for developing and approving the Plan of Service; is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Plan of Service; recommends for approval the annual budget prior to submission to the District Superintendent for his signature; and supports the activities of the School Library System, through service on a committee.

    For questions regarding this activity, please contact Pam Berger.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • PD Shorts: From Ally to Co-Conspirator

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    Being an ally in the context of equity and social justice is an important step in moving towards a more equitable society. In this PD Short, participants will examine their commitment to DEI by looking at moving from the role of ally, to co-conspirator, an individual who is committed to action and change.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
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Teaching in Remote/Hybrid Learning Environments (TRLE) Grant

The Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant was developed to support educators in creating innovative practices to respond to and address the challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis.  New York State was one of 11 states awarded funds under this grant competition.  Southern Westchester BOCES, in partnership with LHRIC, Rockland BOCES, and Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES applied for funding through the Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant with the plan to provide educators professional learning opportunities to support in implementing high-quality and effective practices in remote/hybrid teaching and learning in order to lead to success for all students.

Click here to learn more about the TRLE Grant.

 

Coronavirus Resources Page

 Southern Westchester BOCES has been assembling and sharing reliable resources about the COVID-19 outbreak since January 2020. In response to the rapidly changing situation, coupled with requests from our districts, we have created this COVID-19 Resource Page. This continuously updated repository provides information and guidance from medical professionals and public health officials, curated to inform and protect the health and safety of our community.

     Brandon Cruz
     Supervisor of School Safety & Facilities
     (914) 345-8500, Ext. 3167
     bcruz@swboces.org