Calendar of Events

  • 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
  • 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

    Unpacking the NYS Computer Science/Digital Fluency Standards: Focus Grades 2-3

    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, all districts will be encouraged to focus on curriculum development, resource acquisition, and professional development. This one hour session will effectively help you "unpack" the key concepts and subconcepts for grades 2-3. Participants will leave with a toolkit of suggested activities and lessons developed by educators across New York State.

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    Registered participants will receive the Zoom invite prior to session start.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Building Leadership Capacity - Initial Training for Evaluators of Teachers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This is the initial course for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. This workshop serves to build a foundation for evaluation, including a focus on evidence-based observation. Considerations for Teachers of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners will be explored. Participants will develop an understanding of APPR components and Independent Evaluators. Participants must attend all sessions to receive a certificate of completion that the district may use as evidence in their process of certifying Lead Evaluators.

    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
  • SECONDARY SLS Digital Library Users Group

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    The SWBOCES Digital Library Program is a collaborative online service that includes eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines. The SWBOCES Digital Library is an extension of school libraries' print collections. With 24/7 access, students and teachers can check out titles anywhere, anytime in multiple formats. Member libraries have one representative on the Digital Library Advisory Board that create collection development policy, choose books, and meet four times a year. For questions regarding this service, please contact Pam Berger.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • SECONDARY SLS Digital Library Users Group

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    The SWBOCES Digital Library Program is a collaborative online service that includes eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines. The SWBOCES Digital Library is an extension of school libraries' print collections. With 24/7 access, students and teachers can check out titles anywhere, anytime in multiple formats. Member libraries have one representative on the Digital Library Advisory Board that create collection development policy, choose books, and meet four times a year. For questions regarding this service, please contact Pam Berger.

    SWBOCES School Library System
  • PD Shorts: Equity Mindsets & Mindfulness

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

     

    During this PD Short, participants will deepen their understanding of implicit bias and consider ways one's personal and cultural experiences can affect one's ability to teach and lead. Participants will dive deeply into mindsets that limit opportunities to challenge inequities. Tools will be shared to allow participants to deeply reflect upon issues of bias and how to begin to teach and lead with a focus on equity.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Building Leadership Capacity - Initial Training for Evaluators of Teachers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    This is the initial course for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. This workshop serves to build a foundation for evaluation, including a focus on evidence-based observation. Considerations for Teachers of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners will be explored. Participants will develop an understanding of APPR components and Independent Evaluators. Participants must attend all sessions to receive a certificate of completion that the district may use as evidence in their process of certifying Lead Evaluators.

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

    Promethean Pop Up Session: Power Hour (For Technology Directors/Administrators)

    Learn what success can look like for teachers in your district as you evaluate effective usage of technology on your campuses to promote flexible learning environments. Explore the advantage of the Promethean ActivPanel and the benefits of resources that are included with each Promethean Panel -ActivInspire and Class Flow Lesson Delivery and Promethean Panel Management. Learn more about the Total Economic Impact of the Promethean Panel -how can your district save time and money without losing classroom instructional time. Hosted by Keith Fenton, Promethean Field SalesEngineer and Regina Yeager, Eastern NYS/QueensTerritory Manager

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    Registered participants will receive the Zoom invite prior to session start.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Virtual / Live Vendor Webinar

    Promethean Pop Up Session: Intro to Promethean Activepanel (For Prospective and Current Users of Promethean Panels & Supporting Software)

    This interactive session will explore your classroom technology needs by featuring the Essential tools for Promethean ActivPanel by demonstrating ways to assist in the shift toward flexible and collaborative classroom instruction. We will include an overview of the Promethean ActivPanel, and allow for participants to share what is essential to their classroom instruction. The session will also provide a brief overview of ActivInspire, Classflow (Promethean lesson-delivery software that is included with every Promethean Panel) and professional development/training that is provided to effectively use all resources. Hosted by Ryan Thornton and Regina Yeager, Eastern NYS/Queens Territory Manager.

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    Registered participants will receive the Zoom invite prior to session start.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Virtual / Live Vendor Webinar

    Promethean Pop Up Session: Activepanel User Group Session (For teachers, administrators & coaches currently using Promethean solutions)

    This session is designed with the Promethean Panel user in mind to focus on tips and tricks to maximize the usage of your current classroom technology. We will also introduce you to new features, updates to the Promethean ActivPanel, ActivInspire Software and Panel Management. We will review the Promethean award-winning Essential tools, timer, spinner, ScreenShare, interactive white board, and so many other features. This is your time to bring questions, and if you're able to be in front of your panel during the session for hands-on experience - all the better. Hosted by Ryan Thornton and Regina Yeager, Eastern NYS/Queens Territory Manager.

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    Registered participants will receive the Zoom invite prior to session start.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    TLI: Virtual Keynote Series

    Join Us for TLI Virtual Keynote Series with keynote: Alex J. Bowers, "The Data Gentleman"

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    Alex J. Bowers is a Professor of Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he works to help school leaders use the data that they already collect in schools in more effective ways to help direct the limited resources of schools and districts to specific student needs. His research focuses on the intersection of effective school and district leadership, organization and HR, data driven decision making, student grades and test scores, student persistence and dropouts. His work also considers the influence of school finance, facilities, and technology on student achievement. Professor Bowers studies these domains through the application of data science, and big data analytics, such as data visualization analytics, machine learning, multilevel and growth mixture modeling, and cluster analysis heatmap data dashboards.


    Note: For the Virtual Keynotes we waive the eight seat per district limit.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Unpacking the NYS Computer Science/Digital Fluency Standards: Focus Grades 4-6

    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, all districts will be encouraged to focus on curriculum development, resource acquisition, and professional development. This one hour session will effectively help you "unpack" the key concepts and subconcepts for grades 4-6. Participants will leave with a toolkit of suggested activities and lessons developed by educators across New York State.

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    Registered participants will receive the Zoom invite prior to session start.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • PD Shorts: Conferring with Writers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    It is just as essential that teachers know their students well throughout the school year, as they continue to grow as writers. During this PD Short, teachers will engage with and understand how to conduct frequent, targeted individual writing conferences enabling them to gather critical information about student learning and inform instruction.

    By the end of this session, participants will:
    - Learn a structure for conducting strong writing conferences
    - Develop a writing conference toolbox

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • ELEMENTARY SLS Digital Library Users Group

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    The SWBOCES Digital Library Program is a collaborative online service that includes eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines. The SWBOCES Digital Library is an extension of school libraries' print collections. With 24/7 access, students and teachers can check out titles anywhere, anytime in multiple formats. Member libraries have one representative on the Digital Library Advisory Board that create collection development policy, choose books, and meet four times a year. For questions regarding this service, please contact Pam Berger.

    SWBOCES School Library System
  • ELEMENTARY SLS Digital Library Users Group

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    The SWBOCES Digital Library Program is a collaborative online service that includes eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines. The SWBOCES Digital Library is an extension of school libraries' print collections. With 24/7 access, students and teachers can check out titles anywhere, anytime in multiple formats. Member libraries have one representative on the Digital Library Advisory Board that create collection development policy, choose books, and meet four times a year. For questions regarding this service, please contact Pam Berger.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Key Points Refresher Recertification

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Key Points Refresher is designed to help improve your understanding of key program concepts, enhance your skills and provide strategies to apply the information to workplace realities. Only participants who have completed the two-day Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training during the 2020-2021 school year are eligible to participate in the Refresher Training. These sessions will be conducted via Zoom on two separate half days. You must attend the two 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 part- ner. 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
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News and Announcements

  • We're hiring Teacher Aides - Apply today!

    Want to make a difference in children's lives? We're hiring Teacher Aides! See the flyer attached here for application information and more details!

    Southern Westchester BOCES
  • Collaborative project helps students use their skills

    As a thank you for their efforts, students and staff at the Center for Career Services received a stack of hand-made thank you notes from students at P. S./M. S 279 Captain Manuel Rivera, Jr. School in the Bronx. The notes of appreciation were the result of a special project that incorporated generous donations from the staff and students at the Center. 

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2021-22
  • Through innovative Twitter feed, LHRIC specialist makes data best practices fun and funny to learn

    Raheela Baig, a member of the LHRIC Data Privacy and Security Service team, has been recognized for her creative approach to sharing best practices and supporting Ed Law 2-d compliance on Twitter. Students at SWBOCES's Career Services campus will benefit from her recent honor in the form of scholarships to a statewide CTE skills competition. 

    News Feed - Lower Hudson Regional Information Center
  • Receive SWBOCES alerts on your mobile device

    Receive real-time SWBOCES alerts and updates on your mobile device by downloading the eChalk Notify app on the App Store or Google Play.  

    All alerts that appear on our websites are pushed directly to the app so you don't need to check the website to receive updates, including weather-related announcements or changes to in-person or remote instruction schedules. Watch a demonstration video from eChalk here.

    Simply download and launch the app and follow the prompts to connect using one of the codes below that corresponds to your BOCES Center. 

    SWBOCES: 9ZNOV7
    Adult & Community Services: F58Q2A
    Career Services: TEZ4W0
    Interscholastic Athletics: CLYJF6
    LHRIC: 82QCYN
    Professional Development: XNK0O1
    School Library System:  FOUPS5
    Special Services: 4NIIB7

    Any eChalk user can also log in to the Notify app to receive alerts from all classes and groups without using a code.

    Southern Westchester BOCES
  • SWBOCES gives college grad a chance to excel in a trade

    When Elver Maldonado graduated with a four-year degree in Finance, he figured his career path was set. “But it just didn’t click,” he said. So he turned to Southern Westchester BOCES, completing a five-course program in Construction Plumbing in seven months and landed himself a new job in a new career. 

    News Feed - Center for Adult and Community Services
  • Tools of the Trade, Fall 2021

    Click here to read our most recent Tools of the Trade!

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2021-22
  • St. Matt's Students Make Special Delivery to Grace Church

    A group of six students and four staff members in the SWBOCES program at St. Matthew’s School made an important delivery to Grace Episcopal Church in White Plains on Dec. 23 – bags and boxes of flip flops/shower shoes, toothbrushes, toothpaste and deodorant that they had collected in a donation drive. They walked about a half mile down Mamaroneck Avenue to the church and dropped off the items at the soup kitchen. It was a brisk day, and some sang Christmas carols like “Jingle Bells” as they walked.

    The items are much needed by people Grace Church serves who are unhoused, said David Nisenbaum, principal of St. Matthew’s School.

    “Before the pandemic began, St. Matthew's School had a long-standing partnership with Grace Church. Our students would work or volunteer at the soup kitchen,” Principal Nisenbaum said. “As with many organizations, Grace Church could not allow us to continue our volunteer work due to state regulations and for the safety of all parties. Subsequently, we came together and brainstormed what could be done to still be a part of that community and continue our acts of service in whatever way possible. We collectively decided to have a drive for their most needed items.”

    St. Matt’s received donations from staff members, students, families and other members of the SWBOCES community. Students used their vocational skills by sorting and organizing all the contributions and making a spreadsheet to fill out the donor form for the church.

    Thank  you to everyone who donated!

    News Feed - St. Matthews
  • Men take over the 'runway' in fashion design class

    A new generation of aspiring male fashion designers is looking to one day make their mark on the fashion industry. Inspired by the likes of Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger, this year there is an abundance of young men studying Fashion Design and Merchandising.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2021-22
  • Hands-on work offers students experience in the fashion industry

    Fashion Designer Marcelle Gakam found help for her boutique thanks to the Work-Based Learning program at Southern Westchester BOCES. The organization’s Center for Career Services had enthusiastic students wanting to learn about the industry, and she had work for them to do. Several interns are now helping in her shop at the Westchester Mall.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2021-22
  • Construction student-built greenhouse finds its way to new home

    Construction students assist White Plains community garden program with the construction of a new greenhouse. Its arrival in its new home was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony that brought together officials from White Plains, the Center for Career Services and community garden enthusiasts and supporters.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2021-22
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