Upcoming Professional Learning Events

  • Mentor Texts that Promote Social Emotional Learning at the Start of the School Year (remote)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    As soon as the first day of school, students should feel safe, valued, and free to be who they are. Sharing mentor texts from various text types and genres can act as a bridge to discuss community building and new emotions students may be feeling. These texts can also aid educators in helping students to set goals for the year and celebrate who they are and what they bring to the classroom.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • Building Academic Vocabulary: A Path to Comprehension (hybrid)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    There is a high correlation between vocabulary knowledge and comprehension of text. During this professional learning session, participants will deepen their understanding of the importance of academic vocabulary, explore strategies for selecting which words to teach, and determine effective techniques for teaching academic vocabulary to students.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • Virtual Meetup: Youth Mental Health First Aid Preview

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach anyone who regularly interacts with young people, age 12-18, who is experiencing a mental health challenge or is in crisis. It is like CPR for mental health. This course is an introduction to the 6-hour certification class. It will provide a brief overview of some of the key concepts, primarily the action plan.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • Reading + Math = Fun! Harnessing Mentor Texts for Interdisciplinary Instruction (remote)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Read alouds specifically designed for math can spice up our math lessons. What if our favorite mentor texts could stretch further and extend into our math lessons, as well? During this Professional Learning Session, participants will review multiple genres that can inspire interdisciplinary connections, as well as strategies for turning any mentor text into an opportunity for students to see that math is truly all around them.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • Mandated Autism Training (3 Hr. Course) VIA ZOOM VIDEOCONFERENCING

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Many students require individualized support to succeed academically and socially in the K-12 environment. As the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders increases, educators must be equipped with the tools necessary to meet this demand. As part of the New York State Regulations, this workshop will address the needs of students on the autism spectrum.
    This overview will meet the state mandate for certification and will include the following topics:
    -Definitions
    -Etiology and prevalence
    -Characteristics
    -Evidenced-based instructional methods
    -Behavior management resources

    Successful completion of this course meets the NYS Mandate.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • The Language Learning Continuum: Supporting ELLs/MLLs (hybrid)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    English Language Learners are a varied group. The process of learning a new language is specific to each learner. There are several stages on the Language Learning Continuum, and it is critical that teachers recognize each stage and support ELLs/MLLs with appropriate strategies relative to their stage. During this Professional Learning session, participants will explore the stages of the Language Learning Continuum and develop a toolkit of scaffolds to support ELLs.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • School Violence Intervention And Prevention Course VIA ZOOM VIDEOCONFERENCING

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    School violence is a significant public health issue and a harsh reality that educators face in the United States. School violence prevention is a top priority of policymakers nationwide. Education Law in New York State requires that certain individuals seeking licensure are required to complete two hours of training in school violence prevention and intervention. Upon completion, the learner will be able to:
    *Identify the goal of the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) legislation.
    *Discuss how the components of the SAVE legislation interface in the prevention of violence in schools.
    *Describe how educational, legal/regulatory, and environmental domains promote school safety within the SAVE legislation.
    *Describe how the Public Health model relates to school violence prevention and intervention.
    *Discuss risk and protective factors related to school violence
    Successful completion of this course meets the NYS Mandate.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • Child Abuse: Identification and Reporting Procedures - VIA ZOOM

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    According to the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention, at least in 7 students experience child abuse or neglect in the United States. While much progress has been made, there are things that can be done to protect children from abuse. Through this training, K-12 educators will become equipped with the knowledge to recognize and report signs of abuse.
    During the training, participants will be able to identify:

    •Child abuse and neglect
    •Professional issues and concerns
    •Community resources
    •Legal responsibilities in reporting child abuse/neglect cases

    Successful completion of this course meets the NYS Mandate.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • The Mandated 6 Hour DASA Certification Class (ACCESS VIRTUALLY via Zoom Videoconference)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    The ability to provide a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and bullying, is a top priority for K-12 educators nationwide. Through this 6-hour training participants will unpack the social patterns of harassment and discrimination based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex.
    The training will address:
    * The identification and mitigation of harassment
    * Bullying and discrimination
    * Strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • The Mandated 6 Hour DASA Certification Class (ACCESS VIRTUALLY via Zoom Videoconference)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    The ability to provide a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and bullying, is a top priority for K-12 educators nationwide. Through this 6-hour training participants will unpack the social patterns of harassment and discrimination based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex.
    The training will address:
    * The identification and mitigation of harassment
    * Bullying and discrimination
    * Strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings

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

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Evidence-Based Feedback and thoughtful Coaching Conversations support improved instructional practice. Participants will further develop skills in evidence-based observation and explore strategies for promoting teacher reflection that supports professional growth. Using a lens of equity in the evaluation process will be discussed. Attention to Current APPR updates from the state will be shared during the training. 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. The session will also include the most current updates from NYSED.

    Audience: This series is for continuing administrators who will be evaluating teachers and have previously completed the initial Lead Evaluator certification training. 

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

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Evidence-Based Feedback and thoughtful Coaching Conversations support improved instructional practice. Participants will further develop skills in evidence-based observation and explore strategies for promoting teacher reflection that supports professional growth. Using a lens of equity in the evaluation process will be discussed. Attention to Current APPR updates from the state will be shared during the training. 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. The session will also include the most current updates from NYSED.

    Audience: This series is for continuing administrators who will be evaluating teachers and have previously completed the initial Lead Evaluator certification training. 

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

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This course provides the foundational training for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. This structure of this workshop assists individuals in developing a functional understanding of APPR components and guidelines, while focusing on evidence-based observation. Participants will engage in a calibration activity and examine their own personal biases in order to promote equity in the process. This course can be used as evidence for certification as Lead Evaluators, Peer, 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 Learning and Curriculum Support
  • Building Leadership Capacity - Initial Training for Evaluators of Teachers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This course provides the foundational training for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. This structure of this workshop assists individuals in developing a functional understanding of APPR components and guidelines, while focusing on evidence-based observation. Participants will engage in a calibration activity and examine their own personal biases in order to promote equity in the process. This course can be used as evidence for certification as Lead Evaluators, Peer, 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 Learning and Curriculum Support
  • Building Leadership Capacity - Initial Training for Evaluators of Teachers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This course provides the foundational training for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. This structure of this workshop assists individuals in developing a functional understanding of APPR components and guidelines, while focusing on evidence-based observation. Participants will engage in a calibration activity and examine their own personal biases in order to promote equity in the process. This course can be used as evidence for certification as Lead Evaluators, Peer, 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 Learning and Curriculum Support
  • Building Leadership Capacity - Initial Training for Evaluators of Teachers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This course provides the foundational training for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. This structure of this workshop assists individuals in developing a functional understanding of APPR components and guidelines, while focusing on evidence-based observation. Participants will engage in a calibration activity and examine their own personal biases in order to promote equity in the process. This course can be used as evidence for certification as Lead Evaluators, Peer, 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 Learning and Curriculum Support
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Our DEI Institute brings together teachers, leaders, and experts from diverse backgrounds and perspectives who share responsibility for and a deep commitment to advancing equity. As colleagues, we will learn, collaborate, plan, and lead for actionable change to build more equitable and inclusive school communities.

Institute Highlights:
- Inspiring keynotes with experts
-All Sessions are Hybrid Sessions: Attend in person at 450 Mamaroneck Ave. Harrison NY, or via Zoom

- led by K-12 educators
- Work sessions to apply new learning to curriculum, practice, and policy
- Networking and community-building opportunities
- Customize your institute experience to meet personal and professional interests and needs

Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

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

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.