March 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.  
5th Annual ConnectED
On March 14th, Binghamton City School District served as host for the   5th Annual Southern Tier ConnectED Conference  in collaboration with Broome-Tioga BOCES, NYSCATE, and The Teacher Center Networks. This year's ConnectED conference sold out with over 700 attendees representing 26 school districts from around the region and state.
The event kicked off with a keynote address from Diana Laufenberg , Executive Director for Inquiry Schools on “Finding Motivation” - the dynamics between compliance, engagement, challenge and motivation for learning. Diana advocated that "academic risk taking, productive tension, and appropriate levels of challenge are all part of the calculus that sets the stage for students to choose learning for themselves."
Following the keynote address, attendees chose from a record number of 60 one-hour sessions to see first-hand how teachers are using instructional technology in their classrooms with students. Sessions included a 2nd grade class from Binghamton CSD sharing their technical prowess with G Suite, virtual reality, design thinking, digitizing classrooms, literacy, and student safety. Also, for the first time, 84 students from the Monticello area attended ConnectED sessions as part of their “Future Educators” program.
A sincere  THANK YOU TO ALL   for making this event a success! More Connecting - Collaborating - Creating - Communicating to follow in 2020!
BT Regional Arts Conference
On Thursday, March 14th, over one hundred Art, Dance, Music, and Theater teachers from around the region joined together for the 2nd Annual Broome-Tioga Arts Conference at Chenango Valley MS/HS. The conference was kicked off with a keynote on Assessment & Reflection Aligned to Standards by Dr. Kelly Parkes from the Teachers College at Columbia University. Dr. Parkes was a lead writer for the model cornerstone assessments in music, and spoke about the components of the assessments and how they can be used to assess the arts standards.

Following the keynote, the music and art teachers had an opportunity to further explore assessments related to their standards. The day concluded with three breakout sessions, where teachers had a variety of opportunities to further their learning. Many of the sessions provided hands-on opportunities, where teachers were using pottery wheels, creating mosaics, drumming and dancing, or singing and playing kazoos to learn more about assessment. We would like to send a special thank you to all of the teachers in the region who volunteered to present a session, as well as to Chenango Valley for hosting this wonderful event!
The BT BOCES Professional Development & Resource Center team will be continuing to work with the regional Arts Advisory Committee to plan for professional development opportunities for teachers focused on the NY State Learning Standards for the Arts.
4th Annual Southern Tier Math Conference
Approximately 200 educators from around the area attended the 4th Annual After-School Southern Tier Math Conference at Vestal Middle School on March 13th. There were over 30 presentations that participants were able to attend including Fostering a Growth Mindset in the Math Classroom, Engaging Your Students with Doodle Notes, Math Literacy: Where Reading, Writing & Math Intersect, Google Basics in the Math Classroom, Intervention and Student Engagement, and Hyperdocs.

Participants had the opportunity to view products from EduDrone, Zearn, Geogebra, Texas Instruments, and Eureka Math. Teachers also had the chance to collaborate with colleagues during refreshments, and win raffle prizes donated from the vendors! The feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive. 

We extend our thanks to Vestal Central School District for the use of their facilities, The Master Teacher program of NYS for support and refreshments, the vendors for giveaways and the presenters for sharing their expertise on best teaching practices. Finally, a big thank you to all of the conference attendees, because without you this event would not have been possible!
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.
Binghamton University Theatre
A version of Sophocles' Antigone that stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security.

AUDIENCE: Middle & High School Students
DATE: May 3, 2019
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Watters Theatre, Fine Arts Building

Meets NYS Learning Standards for the Arts:
Theater / Responding
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Speak the Speech
Romeo & Juliet
Shakespeare Live! provides grades K-12 in-school performances of Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo & Juliet, along with Speak the Speech workshops.

Meets NYS Learning Standards for the Arts:
Theater: Performing, Responding, Connecting
For more information,
please select  links  above, view the Arts-In-Education website  HERE ,
or contact Kathy Harasta at .
  Learn ~ Collaborate ~ Explore ~ Register Today!
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