January 2019
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 is also 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.  
Principals' Meetings
Each month, principals from around the Broome-Tioga BOCES region meet to learn, network, and problem-solve challenges that they face in their work.

Over the course of the first semester, each division has focused on a variety of topics, from graduation pathways, to SCRIC instructional report access and availability, to what to look for in a math classroom.

The meetings also include a regional and state update from the Professional Development & Resource Center, along with an opportunity for “Around the Table” discussion. Some divisions have also decided to meet in area schools to be able to showcase the school building and take a tour. When asked what one principal valued most about the meetings, he said it was “the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues regularly in an uninterrupted setting and to generate new ideas that will expand opportunities for kids.” If you have not participated in your division meetings recently, we encourage you to attend the next meeting!

The chairs and BOCES team members for each division are listed below:

Elementary Principals
  • Kelly Parsons, CoChair - Deposit
  • Bob Rodgers, CoChair - Newark Valley
  • JoAnn Hawley - BOCES Representative

Middle School Principals
  • Eric Attleson, CoChair - Chenango Valley
  • Kevin Strahley, CoChair - Windsor
  • Pat Walsh - BOCES Representative

High School Principals
  • Dave Daniels, CoChair - Susquehanna Valley
  • Heath Georgia, CoChair - Owego-Apalachin
  • Kerri Bullock - BOCES Representative

Assistant Principals
  • Andrew Blaine, CoChair - Vestal
  • Jennifer Yurko, CoChair - Maine-Endwell
  • Nicole Waskie-Laura - BOCES Representative

For more information about the meetings, including the schedule and past agendas, please visit the PD&RC Leadership page here . You may also reach out to your division’s BOCES representative if you have any questions. We hope to see you at your next division meeting!

As culmination to a year of collaboration and kickoff for the upcoming year, leaders from across the region band together for two days of professional development at the Annual Leaders' Academy. This year's Academy will be held on August 7-8, 2019 and will feature keynote, Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, followed by a second day of breakout sessions facilitated by leaders in our region. Academy requests to present and registration coming soon!
Reading & Writing Argumentation in the Secondary ELA and Social Studies Classrooms
Participants align characteristic of argument.
According to Steven Katz, NYSED’s Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Assessment, the “new Framework-based Regents Examination in Global History and Geography II will be in June 2019.” This newly designed assessment’s most noticeable change is a move from the DBQ to the Enduring Issues Essay , in which students focus their argument skills by determining “a challenge or problem society has faced and debated or discussed across time” based on five given documents. This is a shift from the DBQ, which provided scaffolding to a specific question around specific content. Social Studies teachers are also shifting, looking to support their students in all things argument. 
In response, PD&RC has also re-calibrated the focus of their Reading and Writing Argumentation class, once mostly comprised of 9-12 English teachers, to an interdisciplinary lens, specifically supporting the cross-content skills found in Social Studies’ Enduring Issues Essay and English’s Argument Essay. 

On January 10 th , a balanced mix of secondary Social Studies and English teachers from numerous area districts met with Jaime Mendelis , Pat Walsh , and Nikki Waskie-Laura at Vestal’s Professional Develop Room for Day 3 of the course and continued the work of identifying the skills necessary for students to master the art of argument in English and Social Studies as well as the instructional and assessment strategies that support all levels of learners. 

Participants in this course began work in early October with alignment work around defining Argument, considering not only what it means to “argue” on state assessments but also in the world of social media and limitless platforms open for anyone to share their opinion. Skills such as “withholding judgment” and “moving from emotion and opinion-based to evidence-based reasoning” rose to the surface as goals that thread both assessment and life. From there, teachers studied the expository reading process, naming the thinking moves that advance readers to logical reasoning from sound evidence and to develop a stance on an issue worth arguing. Activities included experiencing the expository reading process as well as close studies and discussions around student work to assess, evaluate, and name abilities and next steps for readers of argument. Most recently, participants moved to the writing of argument and the role of talk, specifically in a flash-debate, as a precursor to writing.

The final meeting of the course will be February 1 st , and will support teachers in interdisciplinary planning, lesson and text set design, and creating assessments.
Snap Circuits
Are you looking to provide your students with an opportunity to follow directions, solve problems and gain satisfaction from a job well done? Then you might want to borrow our Snap Circuits kits!
Much like Lego, Snap Circuits require little/no reading to build. Each kit comes with a manual that uses pictures to help your students build up to 750 exciting projects such as doorbells, alarms, flying saucers and more!  
Snap Circuits makes learning electronics easy and fun for students ages 5-108! We have 4 different kits available – Beginner, Jr., Extreme and Pro. We also have a classroom set of Snap Circuits Jr. kits. You can find them by searching our catalog or by clicking here .
Perfect for a makerspace or stations, these kits are sure to be a hit with your students. Pair them with the BrainPOP video on Electric Circuits and you have a great mini-lesson on your hands.  

Please contact Kristina Garcia at kgarcia@btboces.org if you need assistance with ordering the Snap Circuits or any other Media Library resource.
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.

For more information,
please select links below, view the Arts-In-Education website  HERE ,
or contact Kathy Harasta at  kharasta@btboces.org .
* Binghamton Philharmonic *

CMT is a tribute band earning national acclaim for their uncanny, spot-on reproduction of the Beatles sound!

WHEN: March 14, 2019
WHERE: The Forum
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

Meets NYS Arts Standard:
Music: Connecting

Witness the exuberance and thrill of Wagner's time-honored masterpiece on gods, heroes, and mythical love.

WHEN: March 23, 2019
WHERE: The Forum
TIME: 7:30 p.m.

Meets NYS Arts Standard:
Music: Connecting
* The Catskill Puppet Theatre *
Bringing high quality children's theatre to schools, The Catskill Puppet Theatre offers the following:

Grades K-6 [Performances]
  • Lion's Whisker
  • Hiawatha
  • Sister Rain and Brother Sun
  • The Town That Forgot Hate
  • Willow Girl

Grades K-12 [Creating & Exploring]
  • Creating & Building Giant Parade Puppets, Rod Puppets, Shadow Puppets, Marionettes
  • Exploring the Art of Puppetry

Meets NYS Arts Standard:
Theater: Creating, Performing, Responding, Connecting
  Learn ~ Collaborate ~ Explore ~ Register Today!
Looking for more Professional Development opportunities?
Check out the PD&RC calendar here !