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

OCM BOCES Instructional Support would highlight these selections from our eBook Professional Library.
View Professional eBook Library.
Book Image Fostering Grit
This book discusses how teachers teach the virtues of grit--tenacity, perseverance, and the ability to never give up while helping students enjoy learning and want to come to school, even through painful and frustrating experiences.
ASCD Book Image Data-Driven Decision Making
This workbook shows how to implement data-driven decision making and make it the key to assessing all school activities, from classroom instruction to budgeting.
ASCD Book Image Connecting Teachers, Students, and Standards
Features a field-tested framework for teaching to ensure inclusion and differentiated instruction are in harmony with standards-based education.
ASCD Book Image Learning on Display
Provides educators with information on how to plan creative museum projects that target content standards and develop students' understanding of required subject matter.
ASCD Book Image Concept-Rich Mathematics Instruction
Presents an instructional approach that helps students in every grade level understand math concepts so they can apply them on assessments, across the curriculum, and outside of school. Provides teaching practices and lesson ideas that give students a stronger foundation for reasoning and problem solving.

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!

January 13, 2017

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Did you know?  NYS’s School Counselor of the Year is a current Fayetteville-Manlius employee…and she got to visit the White House!

NYS Board of Regents discusses potential changes to teacher certification process.

The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case regarding special education.

Governor Cuomo
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Metropolitan Transportation

Wondering about Governor Cuomo’s education proposals in his State of the State speech?  Check them out here.

Biology teacher by day; Grammy voter by night.

What makes some school leaders “good” and others “great”? Why are some principals able to turnaround their schools, while others turn around and walk away (as evidenced by the exceptionally high turnover rate among school leaders)? Based on a scientific analysis of a large collection of research, as well as years of experience problem-solving with school and district leaders, McREL International has arrived at an intriguing answer: Balance.

NYS ASCD is hosting a blended learning conference centered around Bryan Goodwin's book, Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning, on March 15, at West Genesee High School.

Pam Allyn

The Central New York Reading Council would like to formally invite you to our 2017 Spring Conference on March 4, 2017 at West Genesee High School in Camillus, NY. This year's event, Super Reader Century: The Changing World of Reading and Why Our Kids Need to Be Powerful In It, will host Pam Allyn, author and literacy advocate, and presenters from Syracuse University, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Cortland, and LeMoyne College. Participants will earn a certificate for 3.5 hours of CTLE hours.


Professional Development Opportunities

Shaping Mindsets PART 2
(For those who  completed Shaping Mindsets on November 1, 2016)
Opportunity for follow-up on January 31

During this advanced workshop, educators will collaborate to create lessons to build a growth mindset learning environment in their classroom. Discover how shaping student mindsets can help boost academic motivation, persistence and performance and raise student achievement. 

PBL 101 for Elementary Educators
Begins February 1

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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