August 2018
The Professional Development & Resource Center (PD&RC) Pride is a monthly email communication celebrating the work facilitated by BT BOCES PD&RC to advance teaching and learning. This will also be an opportunity to highlight resources available for loan as well as upcoming regional events. We hope you find this communication helpful and welcome your feedback.  
Elementary Humanities Hub
What are the Social Studies Practices? Where are they currently being taught and assessed?

Given the “full plate” of elementary educators, what might purposeful, relevant and engaging integration of ELA and social studies look like? 

These were the overarching questions as Kathryn Bailey , N ikki Laura and Pat Walsh brought K-5 educators together on August 13th and 14th for the first ever elementary “humanities hub”.

Teachers from Broome-Tioga BOCES, Chenango Forks, Chenango Valley, Harpursville and Owego-Apalachin examined the K-5 Social Studies Framework and the six Social Studies Practices .

Participants examined “pictures of the possible”, then made application to a unit they will be teaching in the upcoming year. They focused on aligning assessment tasks with learning outcomes in ELA and social studies, using carefully selected and meaningful sources. Teachers engaged in a generative process, discussing outcomes, engaging questions, formative tasks and performance criteria.

Plans are for the group to reconnect during the school year to reflect on powers of the work and to make informed adaptations to their units.

Additional social studies PD can be found by viewing the PD&RC's 2018-19 Catalog and also by visiting the BT BOCES social studies page HERE .
32nd Annual Leaders' Academy - A Celebration of Learning & Leading!
On August 8th and 9th,125 leaders gathered at the Doubletree Hotel in Binghamton to learn from and with each other.

On day one, Kerri Bullock , Director of Broome-Tioga BOCES Professional Development & Resource Center, welcomed University of Kentucky Professor Emeritus, Dr. Tom Guskey. Dr. Guskey reminded the assembled group to, “ always be aware of your powerful influence on students .” He shared the research base for Mastery Learning and its focus on getting ALL kids to success. Participants were invited to use the lens of Mastery Learning to reflect on their current practices, attitudes, and beliefs. In the afternoon, Dr. Guskey brought participants back to five crucial steps for effective assessment practice including the significance of clear learning goals that are supported by clearly specified performance criteria. He urged the group to “ gain consistency through purpose .”

Day two of the Academy featured a new format this year that consisted of breakout sessions facilitated by leaders and district teams. Presenters leading the learning came from Binghamton, Broome-Tioga BOCES, Chenango Valley, Deposit, Johnson City, Maine-Endwell, NYSED, Owego, Sidney, SUNY-Broome, and Windsor. Thank you to all who presented and all who enthusiastically participated!

Comments from leaders attending this year's Academy included:

  • It was a great mix to have both an international speaker and our own regional leaders. Thank you for all your work---it was a really beneficial two days.

  • I appreciate the time the committee took to think about this professional development. Thank you all.

  • The timing vs. last year was a lot better in regards to being able to integrate some of the ideas that I learned. When it gets closer to September the craziness of beginning of the year planning overtakes everything.

Planning for next year's Academy is already underway. In the meantime, please consider joining your colleagues for the PD&RC's three-part series, 2018-19 Leaders' PLC , where the focus will be on two critical questions: 1. What does ensuring learning for all look like in the classroom and 2. How do leaders best support teachers engaged in this work? Click here for additional information and registration .

Visit the Regional Leadership page HERE for additional opportunities and resources.
Puzzlets Now Connect with Dash Robots!
Puzzlets now connect with Dash robots to teach coding concepts to primary students in a hands-on, screen-free environment!

Puzzlets use icon-based tiles that are placed on a tray to arrange beginning block code. Now, in addition to coding a character on an iPad, Puzzlets can be used to code Dash robots.

The Puzzlets tray connects wirelessly to Dash, allowing students to create code that makes Dash move, light up and make sounds. No mobile device or app is needed. You can borrow the Puzzlets and Dot/Dash through the Media Library; visit

For additional assistance with Puzzlets and Dash, or any other Media Library Resource, please contact Kristina Garcia at .
Arts-In-Education provides cooperative performance scheduling of professional artists in the areas of dance, media arts, music, theater and the visual arts for component school districts. Performances occur in participating schools or at a performing arts center. Residencies in the arts are an integral part of this service and can be custom designed to fit district curriculum needs. All performances serve to enhance the regular curriculum and to integrate the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts.
is a professional symphony orchestra dedicated to providing our region with performances of live classical music at the Forum Theater. 

Student priced tickets are available for the following performances:
·          Scheherazade, Sept. 29
·          Video Games Live, Nov. 16
·          Classical Mystery Tour, March 14
·          Wagner’s Ring Cycle in One Night
·          A Night at the Ballet, May 11

Meets NYS Arts Standard:
Music: Responding and Music: Connecting
Ralph Masiello offers “Drawing Out Your Inner Illustrator/Author” program for grades K-12. 

Meets NYS Arts Standard:
Media Arts Responding, Media Arts: Connecting
For more information, please view the Arts-In-Education website HERE , or contact Kathy Harasta at .
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Looking for more Professional Development opportunities?
Check out the PD&RC calendar here !