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.
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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 18, 2016

It’s Go Time! was the theme of our Regional Science Conference last week, and it certainly was an excellent opportunity for all participants to learn about the anticipated transition to the New York State Science Learning Standards. Our deepest gratitude and warmest congratulations go out to all of the members of the teaching teams who allowed conference-goers to take a peek into their classrooms.  Way to set a model for the whole region!

Western New York’s Houghton College is making the news for their innovative approach to providing access to college for refugees.

Commissioner Elia and the Board of Regents say no new changes to 3-8 tests until 2019.


What is this Maker Movement stuff, anyway?

A great place to be a kid: Why culture in schools matters.

Throughout the region, student mental health continues to be a topic of concern.  CNYASCD continues the conversation at OCM BOCES on January 11.  Registration information is in this flyer.


Professional Development Opportunities

Instructional Rounds: A Collaborative Process to Improve Instruction
Nov 30

In this workshop, we will explore the building blocks of Instructional Rounds with an emphasis on why we might engage in this form of professional development and how we will implement the practice into our professional learning. Come see how Instructional Rounds can be an incredible opportunity to support professional growth!

6-8 Mathematics Collaborative
Dec 5

This is an opportunity for middle level teachers in grades 6 - 8 to come together to learn, reflect, share successes, collaborate and plan for mathematics instruction within a supportive community. Participants will be able to work with others in their grade band to explore new strategies, share successful practices and refine existing lessons to meet Common Core Standards for Content and Practice. Participants will be connected via a Schoology site for continued communication throughout the school year.

PBL 101 for K-12 Educators
Starts Dec 7

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.

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