November 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.  
Curriculum Essentials for Administrators
On October 25th, twenty-eight administrators from across the region came together for the first-of-three Leaders’ PLC sessions for the 18-19 school year. In this series we focus on what it takes to ensure learning for all in our classrooms and actions leaders can take to support teachers and teams in this work.

The October session focused on the essential building blocks for districts and schools to create guaranteed and viable curriculum. We began by considering guidance from leaders in the field such as Rick DuFour and John Hattie regarding the power of collaborative teams, and we defined what collaboration looks like and the work that teams must do to guarantee curriculum for all students. 

We considered the vast number of standards teachers are responsible for (even with the reduction of standards that occurred with the revisions to the ELA, Math, and SS standards!), and shared a process for prioritizing those standards using the work that Larry Ainsworth has been doing with some of our statewide professional development groups.

Having discussed the why, the what, and the how of prioritizing standards, we practiced a bit of this prioritization to get a feel for the work of teacher teams. Some participants shared how they are going about this work, and the BOCES team contributed ideas regarding how to help teams get started.

The final two parts of this series will build on the conversation begun at this session, extending to the creation of clear learning outcomes and success criteria for students, alignment of priority standards to assessment, and strategies and ideas for teacher teams to make use of their data for instructional decision making and student self-assessment. 

Select links below to register for the second and third sessions in the Leaders' PLC series:
Kindergarten Academy
Throughout the school year, twenty kindergarten teachers from seven districts are participating in Kindergarten Academy to support literacy development through tier 1 instruction in the core classroom. 
 
This multi-day series is paced according to the critical points in the year when we would be expecting instruction to successfully move kindergartners to new levels in their reading. Teachers identify the critical skills underlying success in each of these levels, and pair this knowledge with precise, efficient data collection, to create lessons targeted to students’ needs. Part of this work involves building teachers’ instructional toolkits with additional strategies to address critical foundational and comprehension skill development.  

Along the way throughout the series we also partner with our behavioral support specialist to discuss setting up routines and procedures for a successful kindergarten classroom, as well as with our library media specialist regarding resources teachers can use through our library systems to better meet student needs.
Multiple Book Sets
Are you looking for a book for your next whole class read, hosting a ‘ Battle of the Books ’ or do you run a student book club? If so, you might be interested in checking out our multiple book sets. 
 
Currently we have 511 sets of multiple books. Each set contains, on average, 25 books. We have classic picture books, such as Curious George and The Very Hungry Caterpillar as well as books that have been made into movies, including The Help and Wonder . Some of our newer titles include: The Hot Zone , Each Kindness , We Are Okay , Brown Girl Dreaming , The Hate U Give , and Bull . For a complete list, CLICK HERE , or search the Library Media Catalog with the Call No ‘MB’.
 
As always, please contact Kristina Garcia at kgarcia@btboces.org if you need assistance ordering any of our Media Library Resources. 
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.
A Traveling Theater Company for Children

The magic of theater is brought to your schools by EPAC's traveling theater company, A Time to Pretend , with staging suitable for auditoriums, gymnasiums and even large classrooms. Performances include:

  • BFG (Big Friendly Giant) : Using puppetry, the story centers around a giant that catches dreams and gives them to children.

  • Penelope and the Wolf : Provides a female perspective on the classic, Peter the Wolf, and reinforces the importance of reading.

  • The Recess Queen : An interactive story about bullying and friendship comes to life with the help of the audience.

Meets NYS Arts Standard:
Theater: Connecting

The Fun with Glass program allows students to experience up to three activities in this hands-on glass adventure. Students can learn how to blow glass, pull and shape molten glass, fuse colored shards, or sandblast a drinking glass. A free hour-and-a-half guided tour that includes the live hot glass show may be added to the program.

Meets NYS Arts Standard:
Visual Arts: Creating, Responding, Connecting
For more information,
please select links above, view the Arts-In-Education website HERE ,
or contact Kathy Harasta at kharasta@btboces.org .
  Learn ~ Collaborate ~ Explore ~ Register Today!
Looking for more Professional Development opportunities?
Check out the PD&RC calendar here !