May 2017
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.   

Social Studies Communities of Practice -  The Keys to Connecting, Creating and Forging Ahead!
This month both the Middle School Social Studies Community of Practice and the Global History and Geography Community of Practice held their culminating sessions for the 2016-17 school year.  Fifty-two teachers and administrators from 10 districts and Broome-Tioga BOCES participated in the work with Pat Walsh and Nicole Laura .  During the sessions this year, teachers explored and shared resources and highlighted how they are aligning curriculum and instruction with the Social Studies Practices and the  New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework.  Highlights from the work this year include:
  1. Infusing best practice with Media Literacy into daily instruction
  2. Using the Question Formulation technique to keep questions at the center of our teaching and learning and strengthen our students use of questioning and collaborative conversation
  3. Retooling our assessment practice and getting ready for the new Global History and Geography II Exam with Greg Ahlquist.  Greg is on the NYSED Social Studies Content Advisory Panel and Teaches AP Euro and Global History and Geography at Webster High School in Webster New York.

Planning is already underway for 2017-2018!

Physical Education Professional Development
Physical Education teachers from around the Broome-Tioga BOCES region had opportunities this year to focus on specific goals to enhance student learning. The teachers worked with Kerri Bullock throughout the year to implement new instructional units and practices. Many teachers at the high school level participated in Planning and Teaching for Lifelong Fitness, where they learned new strategies for teaching fitness, dance, and golf. At each session, the teachers used the equipment that is available for loan through the Comprehensive School Health & Wellness service to plan for instruction aligned to the Curriculum & Assessment Guidance Document for Physical Education.

Other teachers chose to participate in Designing and Implementing Assessments for Physical Literacy. At these sessions, teachers learned about effective assessment practices, including the development and use of formative assessment tasks and rubrics. They designed new assessments and reflected on the use of the assessments to enhance learning in their classes. The participating teachers appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers to create assessments. One participant stated, “ this workshop was very helpful in assisting me to reflect and create age/grade-level appropriate rubrics and assessments.”  

The professional development that had the most participation was Using Technology to Enhance Student Learning in Physical Education . Approximately 20 physical education teachers from Grades K-12 joined together to think about purposeful ways that technology could be used in a physical education setting. The participants created google forms for assessments, videos with QR codes to enhance stations, practiced video analysis to enhance skill performance, and learned how to use new strapless heart rate monitors to influence students’ motivation and effort.  

The participating physical education teachers enjoyed the structure and content of the professional development available to them throughout this year. We look forward to continuing to support their work in teaching students how to live healthy and physically active lives!

The Media Library recently purchased a number of new classroom book sets with a social studies focus. New titles can be used to support multidisciplinary lessons and collaborative Humanities units.
Titles include:  

The Passion of Dolssa Grades 7-12; Set in Post-Inquisition France, a young woman is accused of heresy .  

This Land is Our Land: A History of US Immigration Grades 6-10 This book explores the history of American immigration from the early colonization of the continent to the contemporary discussions involving undocumented aliens.  

March – Books 1-3 Grades 8-12; Congressman John Lewis’ firsthand account of the civil rights movement, in graphic novel format March of the Suffragettes: Rosalie Gardiner Jones and the March for Voting Rights Grades 7-12; The forgotten, true story of “General” Rosalie Gardiner Jones, her all-women “army”,  and the 175 mile march she led from NYC to Albany  

The Seeds of America Trilogy: Chains, Ashes, and Forge Grades 7-12; The story of the Revolutionary War told from the perspective of three young slaves.

These titles, and many others, can be borrowed through SNAP - ​  

  Learn ~ Collaborate ~ Explore  ~ Register Today!

With over 46 PD summer sessions to choose from, we are offering something for EVERYONE. 

Come learn with us this summer and earn CTLE credits!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~


Join us for the

31st Annual Principals' Academy


Looking for more PD opportunities?
Check out the PD&RC calendar here !