IS Weekly Dispatch from OCM BOCES Instructional Support

Dr. Jeff Craig

June eBook Top 5 Collection
OCM BOCES Instructional Support would highlight these selections from our eBook Professional Library.
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ASCD Book Image The Principal 50: Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence
Guides school leaders through 50 self-reflection exercises designed to yield a deeper understanding of the meaning behind the work that they do.
ASCD Book Image 5 Myths About Classroom Technology: How Do We Integrate Digital Tools to Truly Enhance Learning?
Explains how you can assess and answer your students' technology needs in terms of access, purpose, and audience.
ASCD Book Image Differentiation in Middle and High School: Strategies to Engage All Learners
Explores how to use differentiated instruction to help students be more successful learners--regardless of background, native language, learning style, motivation, or school savvy.
ASCD Book Image How to Make Decisions with Different Kinds of Student Assessment Data
Identifies the critical elements and nuances of assessment data and how that information can best be used to inform improvement efforts in the school or district.
ASCD Book Image Real-World Projects: How Do I Design Relevant and Engaging Learning Experiences?
Describes how to connect with real-world experts, allies, and audiences; and what practical, field-tested strategies are essential for planning, assessing, and using technology to support successful projects.
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June 24, 2016


There are lots of lists – many shared on this Weekly Dispatch. This list of the 25 characteristics of successful teachers is a good one. Something to think about over the summer? Do we explicitly talk about all of them?

Use these five suggestions to guide your own professional learning this summer: Read, watch, attend, engage, and plan!

The Learning Network has published a guide to all of this year’s lessons and resources. There’s also a link to the archives.


If you are ready to rethink your high school, watch this video for your provocation and inspiration.

Hey! Your professional book collection now includes Solution Tree and Corwin titles in addition to all of the ASCD titles that you’ve had access to via the OCM BOCES Instructional Support e-library. Enjoy free access to books about RTI, literacy, PLC, social studies, technology, STEM, assessment, PBL, leadership, classroom management, motivation, and much more!

Touchstones book

Read this overview of The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching from the authors, and then check out the book in the professional e-book collection. The touchstones are the hallmarks of effective instruction, according to the authors.

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Is your district looking for ways to ensure that general and special education systems are designed to ensure that the most inclusive practices are available for students with disabilities? Join the RSE TASC August 17th and 18th as they present, General Education and Special Education: Creating a Unified System through a Mindful Culture of Collaboration. This free conference is specially designed for teams of general and special education teachers and administrators to begin to look at the current systems that are in place within districts that provide services to students with disabilities and identify ways in which those systems can respond to the needs of students in a more unified way.

Deeper Learning

What is Deeper Learning? What does it look like? Read the report from the Deeper Learning Network.

Interesting research was done about attendance. These researchers compared September attendance and determined that it is an important predictor of subsequent attendance issues. The moral of the story: jump on attendance issues right away!

The Special Education Process for Principals workshop is designed to deepen a school principal's understanding of the special education process. Key information regarding special education law and regulations is included to ensure each principal understands his or her role and responsibility in relation to the education of students with disabilities. Hot topics include collaboration between general education and special education, least restrictive environment, and the blueprint for students with disabilities.

If you are wondering about the content areas of the future, here they are! Content-areas are replaced with: literacy, patterns, systems, design, citizenship, data, research, and [interestingly] philosophy.


Some sections are nearing capacity! The Buck Institute for Education is teaming up with OCM BOCES to offer a four-day conference on the research-driven success of Project-Based Learning. The one-of-a-kind event embraces the Maker Movement and offers a long list of inspiring speakers and workshops aimed at bolstering your understanding and success with student-centered, inquiry-based learning. Don’t miss out on this chance to connect with fellow educators, renowned experts, and PBL trailblazers for an event guaranteed to spark creativity, collaboration, and innovation in the classroom.

The Atlantic is providing good background material to help you understand the Maker Movement.

The Teacher Centers in our area are providing the poverty simulation free of charge for teacher leaders and administrators. There are two sessions to choose from on August 11th. The object of the experience is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people and motivate them to become involved in activities which help reduce the stresses of our students and ways to support the families.

Don’t forget about looping as a proven way to increase student achievement and reduce transitions.

BOOIn her book How to Make Decisions with Different Kinds of Student Assessment Data, author Susan Brookhart uses a four-quadrant framework to describe different forms of assessment and how to apply those data. Here’s an excerpt; the entire book is available in the professional e-book collection.

This page will quickly link you to information about different reading comprehension strategies that work in multiple disciplines.

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Google Camp 2016 is coming up on August 11th and 12th!  CNYSLibs and SLS are excited to partner again this year for the event. It’s a chance to learn from others and to share your expertise.

Here’s the list of literacy practices that we should not do.

This column connects Understanding by Design, neuroscience, and computer games. We can learn something about achievable challenge and incremental progress that we can apply to our classrooms.

Almost everyone has the fidgets from time to time – just some kids more than others. Here’s a list of suggestions to accommodate that restlessness.

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