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

OCM BOCES Instructional Support would highlight these selections from our eBook Professional Library.
View Professional eBook Library.
Book Image Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind
The purpose of this book is to provide the rationale behind engaging students, generate more ideas, and build the attitudes to succeed with students who live in poverty. This book is a "no excuses" resource that will get teachers on the path toward making good things happen every single day.
ASCD Book Image STEM Leadership
This text shows K-12 school leaders how to support STEM programs that excite students and teachers--even if the leader is not an expert in science, technology, engineering, or math.
ASCD Book Image Teaching in Tandem
This book focuses on creating a successful partnership while co-teaching within a classroom, and examines topics such as organization, engaging students with multiple perspectives, and responding to parental concerns. Provides guidance based on answering questions posed by real co-teachers, and is suitable for principles, teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators.
ASCD Book Image What Works in K-12 Online Learning
Provides an overview of effective online teaching and learning practices.
ASCD Book Image Managing Diverse Classrooms
Discusses some of the most powerful cultural differences that can lead to classroom conflict for many students and how educators can capitalize on these differences to make their classroom a harmonious, productive environment.

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!

October 7, 2016

Wondering about the educational impact of Pre-K? Take a look at this study’s results.

Commissioner Elia is continuing to lead the work around the Common Core State Standards and communicating changes in assessments to parents.

Want to see inquiry grow in classrooms?  Invest in training teachers to ask curiosity-driven questions.

Shifting the conversation on discipline in schools to one of students demonstrating “mindfulness”.

Education Week previews some of the education cases on the Supreme Court’s docket for 2016-2017.

Interested in hearing how some are dreaming of remodeling school for the modern era?  Take a look at the impact virtual reality could have.

Everson Museum of Art Education Events

March 2, 2017 5:30pm-7:30pm
$10 Members, $15 Non-Members
Pre-registration required
Space is limited

School Tours
Hour long docent-led tours are available Tuesday through Friday, 10:00am-Noon, free of charge for school groups K-12. To book a tour, please contact Qiana Williams, or (315) 474 6064 x303. Please call at least three weeks in advance as tour dates book quickly.

Join the education department in a private viewing and tour of Bradley Walker Tomlin: A Retrospective.
Educator resources will offer many ways to engage your students in
pre- and post- tour activities. Meet colleagues, share ideas and enjoy light refreshments.
Please contact Qiana Williams at or (315) 474 6064 x303 to reserve your place.

Professional Development

Pre-Calculus in the Common Core Mathematics Curriculum
October 19  

Do you teach Pre-Calculus?  This opportunity is for you to meet with other teachers to learn about what changes are needed in Pre-Calculus courses as a result of Common Core curriculum.

Formative Assessment Strategies: Check-Ups for Learning
October 20

Evidence shows that learning increases when students have a clear understanding of where they are in relation to the learning goals and specific steps they can take to close the gap. This half day session will focus on designing, implementing and using formative assessment strategies to make instructional decisions and provide students with meaningful feedback and opportunities for self-reflection.

Please note: the room and facilitators will also be available after the workshop, from 12:00-3:00, if participants want work time, planning or support to apply the best practices of learning targets to an upcoming unit or lesson.  This is something new added to provide additional time for teams or individuals to have dedicated time to plan for implementation of new knowledge and skills offered from the morning.

Calling all teachers who worked with PBL 101 prior to fall 2015: there is a session especially for you !  Updating Your PBL to Gold Standard on October 19 reviews the updated work since you were exposed to PBL and provides an opportunity to rethink projects with the new essential project design elements.

AIS Mathematics Collaborative
Oct 17

Providers of AIS in mathematics must have a thorough knowledge of the coherence of the mathematics content standards and of the strategies that are used throughout the grade levels to build deep understanding. AIS providers must also be able to diagnose the learning gaps of students, and provide appropriate strategies needed. These sessions will provide the opportunity to work with other AIS providers to deepen our understanding and explore, apply, and share instructional strategies that work with struggling learners. Join other AIS teachers to share idea

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