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

OCM BOCES Instructional Support would highlight these selections from our eBook Professional Library.
View Professional eBook Library.
Book Image Pyramid of Behavior Interventions: Seven Keys to a Positive Learning Environment
Students thrive when educators commit to proactively meeting their behavioral as well as academic needs. This book will help teachers and school leaders transform the research on behavior, response to intervention, and professional learning communities into practical strategies they can use to create a school culture and classroom climates in which learning is primed to occur.
ASCD Book Image RTI in Middle and High Schools
Perhaps more than any other single initiative, response to intervention is likely to restructure how middle and high school teachers teach in a very profound way. This timely and targeted resource discusses the innovations of RTI, differentiated instruction, and instructional technologies. Based on numerous real-world case studies, this book explores solutions for the complex challenges the RTI implementation process brings.
ASCD Book Image Succeeding with Inquiry in Science and Math Classrooms
Research shows that inquiry-based instruction boosts students' critical thinking skills and promotes the creative problem solving needed for an energized learning environment. This guide helps hone the necessary skills to plan and implement inquiry-based lessons that engage math and science students.
ASCD Book Image 100+ Ways to Recognize and Reward Your School Staff
Provides school administrators with practical, easy-to-use, and inexpensive ways to reward and recognize the efforts of their staff. More than 100 ideas are divided into three categories based on the amount of effort they require.
ASCD Book Image Better Learning Through Structured Teaching
Describes a purposeful classroom structure that relies on four phases. Included with the description of each phase are practical strategies that help teachers use this approach, plus tips on how to differentiate instruction, make effective use of class time, and plan backwards from learning objectives.

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!

November 4, 2016

The Washington Post applauds the impact of Head Start programs.

Ever wonder how NYC kids may differ from those in our area?  Read this profile.

Kid Science Adviser program launches at the White House.

Wondering how to capture student feedback?  Check out these response systems.

This NY Times Op. Ed. examines three small attitude interventions that have a large impact

Marching Band Competition
Image: Pam Warwick Ginsburg

Congratulations to all of the School Marching Bands that competed in the NYS Championships last weekend!


Professional Development Opportunities

Standards Based Planning for the 21 Century:
Instruction for All

Begins Nov 9

An important goal of the workshop is for participants to become comfortable with and build skills at using the standards-based planning process. *What makes planning for teaching and learning in a standards-based environment different from planning for teaching and learning in a non-standards based environment? Why are these differences significant?

This series infuses the work of reform in NYS with solid proven instructional and assessment practices. It includes the elements from ITIP.

Participants are eligible for support at no additional cost which will be discussed during the training.

Math Leadership
Nov 14

The purpose of the group is to share information from SED , BOCES and from districts to the region and with each other. The desired outcome is to support each other as individuals, as well as, systems towards continuous improvement in the instruction of mathematics. Participants will have opportunity to collectively explore resources to build capacity.

7-12 Literacy Collaborative
Nov 15

Are you interested in engaging your students in deeper learning of your content area through literacy-based instruction? If you answered yes to this question, please join the 7-12 Literacy Collaborative. Participants will have the opportunity to explore, apply, and share literacy-based instructional strategies that work in any content area.

Follow Us Online
Ed-News sign up here OCM BOCES Instructional Support (IS) offers specialized E-Newsletters centered around our different departments. To view the choices or to sign up, visit our E-News Sign-up page. You may unsubscribe at any time. Like us on Facebook Check out our blog Read our tweets Visit our website Visit
© 2016 OCM BOCES Instructional Support

This is the weekly blast from OCM BOCES Instructional Support Services. The intention is to provide a composite of current news and regulatory information rather than an unwieldy stream of forwarded messages. The inclusion of any item in this weekly blast should not be construed as an endorsement of any idea or product; rather, it’s just a collection of timely information to help you sift through all the information you receive in your busy job. Feel free to contact OCM BOCES IS with any questions.