May 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 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.  
Sharing the Vision: Future Ready Together - Part I
On Thursday, May 17th, over 70 administrators and librarians gathered to engage in collaborative conversations about the Future Ready Libraries movement.

The day began with a keynote/mini-workshop delivered by Mark Ray, a 20-year teacher-librarian and instructional technology facilitator, current Director of Innovation and Library Services for Vancouver Public Schools in Washington State, and Future Ready Librarians Lead. Mark lead the group through a series of interactive, hands-on activities, in district and cross-district groups, designed to drive at a holistic understanding of the Future Ready Libraries Framework.

Librarians and administrators, within district teams, closed the morning by identifying top priorities and challenges by group, and brainstorming intersections and common ground for the work of implementing Future Ready initiatives; see participants' opinions on what the top priority should be to prepare students below. To see all the results of the group survey, visit: .

For the remainder of the day, librarians continued the work of the morning by examining each component of the Future Ready Framework in depth, creating “Future Ready” pathways for the key priority areas identified during the morning session. They also drafted SMART goals with the additional consideration of FRETS: Friends, Resources, Expertise, Time, and Space.

Librarians left with insight into their administrators’ over-arching priorities, and initial plans to move their library programs forward in alignment to these shared goals and the Future Ready Framework. 
Sharing the Vision: Future Ready Together - Part II
Librarians in the Broome-Tioga BOCES region each year nominate an administrator who has made significant contributions to the field of school librarianship. Librarians nominate an administrator who is knowledgeable about school libraries and who advocates for school librarians and for the work of librarians in supporting students. The nominees are visionary about the future of school librarianship, literacy and technology.

On May 17, 2018, at the annual “Sharing the Vision” conference for librarians and administrators from districts in the Broome-Tioga BOCES region, Nicole Waskie-Laura was recognized as the “Administrator of the Year.”

The librarians of the region nominated Waskie-Laura based on her vision and leadership and her advocacy for the work of librarians in our districts. She has served as the school library system (SLS) director in the Broome-Tioga BOCES region for the past five years. The school library systems encompasses a network of public and nonpublic school library media centers across the state. Waskie-Laura supports the collaboration of school libraries with public and university libraries to support student learning.

Broome-Tioga BOCES is very proud to recognize Nicole Waskie-Laura as the recipient of the Administrator of the Year award!
Algebra I Regional Collaboration
On April 18 th regional math specialist, Cody Osterhout , joined teachers from eight districts for the third-and-final 2017-2018 session of the Algebra I Collaboration series. 

The day began with review and reflection of the year’s efforts with an emphasis on collaboration and continuum through the use of the Algebra I Materials Padlet. The Padlet provided an outlet for participants to share resources with each other and highlight the great work being done! Activities during the year included data discussions, as well as group work with Quizlet Live and Puzzling Polynomials .

During the culminating session, teachers presented strategies they had contributed to the Padlet and provided their peers with insight regarding their processes and outcomes. This led to a group discussion regarding how they embedded their chosen strategies into their Regents review.

Rounding out the day, participants explored Estimation 180 as students, rather than teachers, to gain a better understanding of how to approach the use of this number sense resource with their classes. Enlightenment and fun was had by all!

If you didn’t have an opportunity to participate in this year’s series, consider joining the group next year for three awesome sessions!
New Class Set Books
The Media Library has a number of brand-new books available in class sets for loan. New titles include:
Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson 

o   Novel told in verse about author’s
childhood growing up in the 1960s
in North Carolina and New York
o   2014 National Book Award Winner;
2015 Coretta Scott King Award
Winner; 2015 Newbery Honor Book

The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander

o   Fourteen-year-old twin basketball
stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with
highs and lows on and off the court
as their father ignores his declining
o   2015 Newbery Award Winner

Far From the Tree
by Robin Benway

o   Novel about three adopted/foster
care siblings finding one another
o   2017 National Book Award Winner
by David Elliott

o   The myth of the Minotaur, retold
in contemporary verse

Each Kindness
by Jacqueline Woodson  

o    Powerful picture book about bullying
and the lost opportunity to show
someone kindness
The Creativity Project
edited by Colby Sharpe 

o   40 authors and illustrators
provided story starters for
each other & responded by
transforming the prompts into any
form of creative work they wanted
to share; book includes both
prompts and responses.
  Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism
by M. Aaronson & M. Budhos  

o    Nonfiction text about two young Jewish refugees who revolutionized the way war is documented and reported 

For additional assistance with ordering these exciting class sets,
or any other Media Library Resource,
please contact:

Kristina Garcia


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