Calendar of Events

  • DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Leaders' Network

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This Network will support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives and DEI point-personnel across our region. As the DEI point person for your school/district, we invite you to meet with DEI Leader colleagues to collaborative on DEI policy, strategic planning, and implementation; engage in turnkey DEI focused professional development; learn from experts; and explore DEI resources for student and adult learners.
    Specifically, as a member of the DEI Leaders' Network you will:

    • Consider the questions, is my school/district equitable? and How do I know?, and respond with evidence

    • Deepen your understanding of the NYSED DEI policy and the NYSED Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Frameworks

    • Develop your entry plan as DEI leader for your school/district

    • Identify district/school informed goals/outcomes for your role and your DEI work

    • Learn about Equity Visits and host one

    • Explore ways to effectively engage stakeholder groups in your school/district's DEI work; plan, engage, and share with the network

    • Select and adopt curriculum frameworks to examine exciting curriculum and, where needed, make recommendations to teaching colleagues to embed DEI in day-to-day teaching and learning

    • Examine, practice, and implement research-based data collection and data study protocols

    • Design and share your DEI plan

    • Identify and contribute to Network resources and co-construct priorities

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Initial Certification Training

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    Managing aggressive and violent behavior has become an essential skill relevant to all school personnel. Staff members need safe, effective behavior management training designed to maintain the care, welfare, safety and security of all involved in a crisis. Teachers and support staff will explore a range of "risk behaviors" and practice appropriate de-escalation strategies to address these behaviors while maintaining the best possible professional attitude. These sessions will be conducted via Zoom on three separate half days. You must attend the three half-days that are listed together on the list below. In addition, we are asking that individuals attend in pairs or trios so that they can perform the physical interventions with a partner. All participants must complete the physical interventions in order to receive certification. If you have further questions regarding the course, please contact Brandon Cruz via email at bcruz@swboces.org.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Software Series: Smart-Lumio

    Model Schools Webinar
     
    Do you love SmartNotebook? Join me to discover the online version, Lumio, that delivers engaging lessons - no matter where your learners are. Lumio is the digital learning tool for transforming lessons into active, collaborative learning experiences that engage students on their own devices.
     
     
    Registered participants will receive Zoom connection information via email prior to session start.
    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Software Series: Edpuzzle as a Learning Tool

    Model Schools Webinar

    This webinar will present ways to use this versatile tool to maximize student learning, rather than for assessment purposes. There is so much video content available today but very often the video misses the mark. Use Edpuzzle to scaffold, enhance and extend your students' learning.

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    Registered participants will receive Zoom connection information via email prior to session start.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Software Series: Introducing the LEGO Learning System

    Model Schools Webinar

    2021 has been a transformative year for LEGO Education with the introduction of many new programs & resources to support integrated STEAM instruction. In this session you will learn about the LEGO Learning System and it's full continuum of scaffolded programs, as well as taking a closer look at SPIKE Essential - LEGO Education's all-new K-5 instructional program.

    REGISTER NOW >

    Registered participants will receive Zoom connection information via email prior to session start.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Initial Certification Training

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    Managing aggressive and violent behavior has become an essential skill relevant to all school personnel. Staff members need safe, effective behavior management training designed to maintain the care, welfare, safety and security of all involved in a crisis. Teachers and support staff will explore a range of "risk behaviors" and practice appropriate de-escalation strategies to address these behaviors while maintaining the best possible professional attitude. These sessions will be conducted via Zoom on three separate half days. You must attend the three half-days that are listed together on the list below. In addition, we are asking that individuals attend in pairs or trios so that they can perform the physical interventions with a partner. All participants must complete the physical interventions in order to receive certification. If you have further questions regarding the course, please contact Brandon Cruz via email at bcruz@swboces.org.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Aimsweb SEL Overview

    Social Emotional Screener Webinar

    Aimsweb has a new Social Emotional Screener built in to their platform.

    During our Zoom meeting we will review your screening options within AimswebPlus including the BASC BESS and SSIS SEL. By the end of our time together you will be able to answer the following questions.

    • What screeners are available in Aimsweb?
    • What does the screening process look like?
    • How long does a screener take?
    • What kind of data will I receive?
    • What interventions are available?
    • Are there other options for accessing these screeners? 
    • How much does it cost for my district to get started?

    REGISTER NOW >

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison

    Board of Education Meeting

    The Board of Education meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at 450 Mamaroneck Avenue in Harrison, with some exceptions. See the full list of 2021-22 Board of Education Meeting Dates

    Southern Westchester BOCES
  • Leading Leaders: Initial Training for Those Who Supervise and Evaluate Principals (Hybrid Course)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    This is the initial course for district leaders who supervise and evaluate principals. In this four-part session, we will:

    -build a foundation for principal evaluation through the nine required training elements and related leadership rubrics,
    -explore the use of school visits and related evidence gathering practices,
    -discuss aligning supervision and evaluation to district and NYSED initiatives,
    -shift evaluation from a compliance activity to a professional growth opportunity, and
    -emphasize developmental feedback for continuous growth.

    A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of this course which can be used as evidence for certification of principal evaluators.

    These sessions will be available in person at 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd Floor, Harrison, NY 10528 OR VIA ZOOM

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Initial Certification Training

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    Managing aggressive and violent behavior has become an essential skill relevant to all school personnel. Staff members need safe, effective behavior management training designed to maintain the care, welfare, safety and security of all involved in a crisis. Teachers and support staff will explore a range of "risk behaviors" and practice appropriate de-escalation strategies to address these behaviors while maintaining the best possible professional attitude. These sessions will be conducted via Zoom on three separate half days. You must attend the three half-days that are listed together on the list below. In addition, we are asking that individuals attend in pairs or trios so that they can perform the physical interventions with a partner. All participants must complete the physical interventions in order to receive certification. If you have further questions regarding the course, please contact Brandon Cruz via email at bcruz@swboces.org.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Leading Leaders: Recertification Training for Those Who Supervise and Evaluate Principals (Hybrid)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This is the recertification course for district leaders who supervise and evaluate principals. In this two part session, we will:

    -continue to leverage evaluation and supervision to drive effective, developmental feedback that supports principals in their practice,
    -review the nine required training elements and related leadership rubrics,
    -examine new NYSED guidance,
    -revisit APPR plans in the context of the 2021-2022 school year,
    -focus on how we can assist principals in addressing NYSED's DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Policy in their schools.

    A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of this course which can be used as evidence for certification of principal evaluators. PD Shorts and additional resources will be shared throughout the year to extend participant learning, address mid-year updates, and supplement the recertification course.
    Participants: Central Office Administrators and Independent Evaluators who are responsible for supervising and evaluating school principals and have already been certified as principal evaluators.

    These sessions will be available in person at 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd Floor, Harrison, NY 10528 OR VIA ZOOM

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Virtual Meetup: Suicide Awareness Month: A Time to Raise Awareness

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    We would like to remind you that September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. Join us on October 1st as we share vital resources, spread hope, and strengthen our region's commitment to suicide prevention and mental health promotion each and every day. Please remember that although September is designated as Suicide Prevention Month, we can raise awareness all year long. We look forward to seeing you at this special event.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Virtual / Live Vendor Webinar

    Software Series: Start The Year with Clarity (Brightbytes)

    Model Schools Webinar

    Many of you have used T&L in the past - but many of you are new to your role and/or it's been some time since you've engaged with BrightBytes. During this session, Glen Zollman from BrightBytes will provide attendees with:

    • An overview of the BrightBytes platform - including both the traditional Technology & Learning (T&L) module as well as the Modern Technology & Learning Solution (MLS) solution. Your district has the option to choose between using one of these two solutions for collecting data this year.
    • A walkthrough of how to administer a data collection. A Collection Kickoff Guide will also be provided to help support districts through this process.
    • An opportunity to discuss how the BrightBytes data can inform and measure progress on your revised tech plans - due in June of 2022.
    • Registered participants will receive Zoom connection information via email prior to session start.

      REGISTER NOW >

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Virtual Self-paced Workshop

    Unpacking CS/Digital Fluency Standards (ONLINE)

    Model Schools ‘PD Your Way’

    The New York State K12 Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards were adopted by the Board of Regents in December 2020 and beginning September 2021, districts will be encouraged to focus on curriculum development, resource acquisition, and professional development. This three hour session will effectively help you "unpack" the key concepts and subconcepts K-12. Successful completion of this course will help participants anticipate how these standards can be addressed in various disciplines.

    REGISTER NOW >

    NOTE: This course is 100% online and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. This course begins on October 6, and participants have until October 27 to complete all required assignments and activities to receive CTLE credit. LHRIC Model Schools utilizes the Schoology Learning Management System. Upon registration, you will receive a welcome message from your instructor with information on how your course works, what you can expect, how to get help along the way, and steps you need to take in order to enroll.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • DASA Coordinator Course - VIA ZOOM

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    New York State's Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) took effect July 1, 2012 and was amended, effective July 1, 2013. This training is designed to review the requirements as outlined in the law and focus on implementation issues and best practices. Participants will:

    • Review the law, definitions and requirements of the Dignity Act
    • Share best practices and lessons learned
    • Raise awareness and sensitivity to the effects of bullying, harassment and discrimination
    • Identify strategies for prevention and intervention
    • Examine investigative practices

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • DASA Coordinator Course - VIA ZOOM

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    New York State's Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) took effect July 1, 2012 and was amended, effective July 1, 2013. This training is designed to review the requirements as outlined in the law and focus on implementation issues and best practices. Participants will:

    • Review the law, definitions and requirements of the Dignity Act
    • Share best practices and lessons learned
    • Raise awareness and sensitivity to the effects of bullying, harassment and discrimination
    • Identify strategies for prevention and intervention
    • Examine investigative practices

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Leading Leaders: Initial Training for Those Who Supervise and Evaluate Principals (Hybrid Course)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    This is the initial course for district leaders who supervise and evaluate principals. In this four-part session, we will:

    -build a foundation for principal evaluation through the nine required training elements and related leadership rubrics,
    -explore the use of school visits and related evidence gathering practices,
    -discuss aligning supervision and evaluation to district and NYSED initiatives,
    -shift evaluation from a compliance activity to a professional growth opportunity, and
    -emphasize developmental feedback for continuous growth.

    A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of this course which can be used as evidence for certification of principal evaluators.

    These sessions will be available in person at 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd Floor, Harrison, NY 10528 OR VIA ZOOM

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Start a District Esports Program

    Model Schools Webinar

    Have you been curious about what it takes to start and maintain a district esports program or club? You may need help in navigating all the possible considerations: from soliciting interest and recruiting students, to selecting appropriate games, to ensuring a supportive technical and facility infrastructure. There are many moving parts, whether you are interested in a middle school club or a competitive high school program. Join us for an information session on how to get started.

    REGISTER NOW >

    Registered participants will receive Zoom connection information via email prior to session start. Registered participants will receive Zoom connection information via email prior to session start.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Columbus Day - LHRIC offices closed

    LHRIC - Lower Hudson Regional Information Center
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News and Announcements

  • Help is just a text away

    Center participates in GoT 5 Challenge to assist teens in getting help they may need.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2021-22
  • Students Make Cards for Troops on 9/11 Day of Remembrance and Service

    In honor of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Tappan Hill School students thanked members of the U.S. military with beautiful hand-made cards.

    “You are our heroes. You keep us safe. We appreciate you,” Callum, who is in   teacher Linda Christiansen’s class, wrote inside one of his cards. On the outside, he glued a paper cutout of a hand stamped in blues, purples and greens with Dot Markers.

    Tappan Hill collaborated on the project with Volunteer New York’s RISE program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The cards are for Mahopac-based United for the Troops, which includes them with care packages for troops serving overseas. Patty and Jim Rathschmidt founded the group after their son went to serve in Iraq in 2007. Since then, they have delivered 25,000 packages of essential items, T-shirts, snacks, cards, letters and more to members of the military.

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
  • Meet the new principal at Rye Lake Lower Campus!

    A Rye Lake's Lower Campus, new Principal Julia Dolan has found a sense of community and a place to pursue her passion for special education. “Everything for me is student-centered,” Ms. Dolan said. “Every decision that’s made has to be made around the students.”

    News Feed - Rye Lake Lower Campus
  • Meet the new principal at St. Matthew's School!

    David Nisenbaum has come full circle in his career in education with his arrival at St. Matthew's School in White Plains. "I just felt always this connection to serving a population of students that for me held a very special place in my heart,” he says.

    News Feed - St. Matthews
  • Careers campus welcomes students back for 2021-22

    This first day of school at the Careers campus in Valhalla could have been even more momentous than it was, but things have been close to normal here since students returned in person a year ago. Still, the first day of school is a big deal. It's just that while it's good to be back, folks here are quick to point out that they've been back.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2021-22
  • There's a new face on campus

    Welcome to Phil Donohue, our new assistant principal, a veteran CTE instructor with years of experience in New York City schools. “I think students learn best by doing,” Mr. Donohue said from his office in Building D on the Valhalla campus. “That’s been the center of my educational practice. Kids can’t sit for an hour and be talked at for 45 minutes at time. They need to use higher level thinking to solve problems. If that can be accomplished, other things will fall in line. 

    News Feed Center for Career Services 2020-21
  • Tappan Hill Students Spread Cheer, One Banner at a Time

    The COVID-19 pandemic forced a shutdown of SWBOCES Tappan Hill School teacher Erroll Rivera’s flower program, in which his multiply disabled students created and delivered bouquets around the school for special occasions.

    A separate project Mr. Rivera had been working on with his students -- using a die cut machine to make “Happy Birthday” banners for classmates -- prompted Principal Phyllis Rizzi to suggest expanding it to mark special occasions schoolwide.

    “So, we took the banner idea and we said ‘Well, let’s make a banner and we could put it in the hallway and wish people a happy birthday,’” Mr. Rivera said.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • Tappan Hill students practice Pollock-style art in summer session

    Students at Tappan Hill School learned to paint in the style of artist Jackson Pollock during their latest weekly summer art class. We're so proud of their artwork!

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
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