IS Weekly Dispatch from OCM BOCES Instructional Support
Jennifer Spong
September eBook
Top 5 Collection

OCM BOCES Instructional Support would highlight these selections from our eBook Professional Library.
View Professional eBook Library.
Book Image Cell Phones in the Classroom
Provides practical ways teachers and administrators from schools around the world are using cell phones for classroom projects, homework assignments, and communication with parents.
ASCD Book Image Freedom to Fail
This text provides a raft of strategies for ensuring that students experience small, constructive failures as a means to greater achievement, and offers practical suggestions for ensuring that constructive failure doesn't detrimentally affect students' summative assessments.
ASCD Book Image The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching
Drilling down into 12 daily touchstones of great teaching, this book makes it easier for educators to stay focused on the hallmarks of effective instruction.
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 Web 2.0, How-to for Educators
Explores the very best online collaborative tools available today (including blogs, wikis, and social networking) and Web 2.0 applications (Skype, Google Earth, Wordle, and more) that make a difference in education.

Hello! Please allow me to introduce myself as Jen Spong, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services. I am excited to join the OCM BOCES team and contribute to finding innovative ways to support the needs of our component districts. I look forward to meeting you!


September 23, 2016


It's Go Time

Registration is now open for the regional science conference set for November 8th. Space is limited, so don’t hesitate to claim your spot.



This Education Week article explores the results when students lead their own anti-bullying campaign.



The New York State Association of Supervision & Curriculum Development’s Central New York Affiliate cordially invites you to Let’s Talk About… Student Mental Health with Jeanne Elmer from Contact of Syracuse. The event is October 5, 2016 at West Genesee High School. MLP registration available here.



The CNYRIC Model Schools team has published their professional development offerings for October.  Take a look!


Professional Development

The fall catalog of offerings from Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment is up. Click here to learn more about standards-based instruction, leadership, deeper learning, literacy, standards-areas, culture, assessment, and much more!



George Curous helps us get out of the innovation rut and go deep.



Look here for Brain Based Learning Strategies.



Read how a NJ school district is exploring the concept of blended learning.



This ASCD article takes a look at the contagious nature of leadership.

Kid President

An oldie, but a goodie: A pep talk for teachers and students, compliments of Kid President.



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