Professional Development Opportunities E-News from OCM BOCES Instructional Support

January 2016

Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment:
Regional Sessions


OCM BOCES convenes several networks for specific content areas of areas of interest.  While these groups meet over the course of the year, registration is for each session- participants are welcome to join at any point.  Session content is guided by attending groups.

Literacy Leadership Network- this group is focused on literacy standards, assessments and instruction to meet literacy needs of students K-12.  The next meeting is February 24.

Instructional Coaches Network is an opportunity for instructional coaches to share practices, collaboratively expand skills and offer support for each other. Topics for the year were identified at the fall meeting.  The next meeting will be Feb 10 as the group continues their inquiry into refining coaching skills.

Social Studies Network will continue to explore resources and instructional approaches and demands pertinent to the NYS Framework.   The January session is cancelled to allow the OCM BOCES staff to attend the Statewide Professional Development for Social Studies. The next session is February 25. Join at any time!

Project Based Regional Network will be March 31.  PBL Regional Network is a new opportunity for PBL 101 trained leaders and teachers to network, share ideas, and learn from one another. PBL Regional Network participants will engage in collegial dialogue and learning experiences to gain a deeper understanding of Project-Based Learning principles and practices.  Please register a least a week in advance.

Curriculum Development

Social Studies Follow-up for Summer Curriculum Work – Grades 5-8. These facilitated sessions are for teachers and administrators who participated in the Summer 2015 Social Studies Curriculum Work to continue the process of curriculum mapping, unit design and inquiry writing.

Participants will have opportunities to share information, ideas and instructional practices on the teaching and learning of social studies content and skills. Sessions are offered each month and participants may sign up for a single session or for multiple sessions, as desired.  The next session is February 23.

Summer 2016- Curriculum work for grades 9-12 and grades K-4 will be July 18-21. Registration will open soon.

Instructional Practices

Project Based Learning:

PBL101: Project Based Learning
PBL-101 is a foundational four-day workshop inspired by the work of the Buck Institute for Education, New Tech Network, Edutopia and Expeditionary Learning. It provides attendees with the skills and knowledge needed to design, assess and manage a rigorous, relevant, and standards-based project. The workshop is a balanced blend of direct instruction, video analysis, hands-on work time, resource sharing, and peer collaboration and feedback.

March 1 and March 14 are two sessions coming up soon that still have room for you!

For teachers implementing PBL!  March 7 will be PBL Educamp.  This is an opportunity for a day of deeper learning around all things PBL! Since you've been trained, have you desired to learn more about creating challenging Driving Questions? Engaging students in Inquiry? Facilitating student reflection? Or, do you have some learning or experience to share with others around Student Voice and Choice? Managing Critique and Revision during and after a PBL experience? If these questions appeal to you, come to PBL Edcamp: An Unconference created and facilitated BY the participants!

Instructional Strategies for Students from Poverty - February 10
Eric Jensen's findings and suggestions will be incorporated with Hattie, McRel and Budge and Parrott research on instructional strategies to highlight specific moves and decisions teachers may make in their instructional design to support students from generational poverty. Participants are encouraged to bring a device to access internet for work time.

January 28 join a group for  Co-Teaching:  What to do with two teachers in the room? Many teachers have been introduced to models for co-teaching but many still wonder just what exactly does each teacher do. Many schools have incorporated co-teaching into the continuum of support for students, however sometimes, wondering how do we effectively use the expertise of both teachers. This day will address the question: How might instruction look different with two teachers?

Preparing and supporting learning for diverse students can be challenging!  Scaffolding for Student Outcomes: Meeting Diverse Needs meets for four days during February and March. Educators will examine how standards-based education and differentiation work together to promote appropriately high levels of achievement for all students.

By Request! Standards Based  Planning for the 21st Century - Instruction for All is a comprehensive course that is very well received and beneficial whether you are in your second year of teaching or 20th year!  The spring sessions begin March 4 and run for five sessions between then and June.

Responsive Classroom

For educators implementing Responsive Classroom:  Join a two day advanced session on Effective Management February 25 and 26

You'll learn new Responsive Classroom practices and deepen your thinking about the practices you learned in RCC. Create a calm, orderly environment that promotes autonomy and enables students to focus on learning. (Prerequisite: RCC or RCI) Topics in this 2-day (14-hour) module include: 

  • Positive teacher language
  • Classroom Organization
  • Role-play
  • Strategies for building empathy and responding to misbehavior Problem-solving Conferences

Special Event

Response to Intervention at Work Institute will be in Syracuse June 28-30, 2016.  This Solution Tree event will showcase application of PLC!  OCM BOCES has limited discounted seats available for this event.

Some Blogs by Our Team:

Through Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment component districts have the opportunity to send participants to regional offerings at no additional fees. Other districts may also attend and fees apply. Regional offerings are developed based on district input and expressed interests. Additional focus areas or alternative dates may be arranged especially for a district using included days or at regular daily rates. CI&A facilitates support for instruction through coaching, regional sessions and direct in-district work.

  • In-District Days: Districts may contract for specialized work or projects by contacting Lynn Radicello at
  • Coaching: OCM BOCES offers direct instructional coaching in the areas of literacy, Project Based Learning, math and general instructional coaching. Districts may arrange for coaching by contacting Lynn Radicello at
  • Regional Sessions: Registration is usually through My Learning Plan.  Most sessions are posted by summer for the coming school year. Additional sessions may be added according to emerging requests. Offerings are found on MLP, are highlighted in Jeff Craig’s weekly blast and are described in the monthly PD enews.

Other PD Events From OCM ISS

Instructional Support Services (ISS) is the division within OCM BOCES that provides support through district specific work, regional workshops and networking opportunities and technical assistance. Within ISS there are several departments- please note the departments operate under different cosers and State Education Department Contracts so pricing may differ according to the varied regulations.

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