Calendar of Events

  • Fundamentals of Writing Instruction

    Data reveals that students need a stronger foundation in writing to ensure they are prepared to meet the rigorous expectations of the Next Generation Learning Standards (NGLS) in ELA. Through modeling and practice, this series will engage teachers in the writing process with the purpose of deepening their expertise in writing, connecting what they are learning to the classroom, and ultimately improving writing instruction for students.
    By the end of this 4-day series, participants will:
    *Develop a deep understanding of the essentials for writing instruction.
    *Engage in processes to reflect on their own writing of narrative (memoir), informational text, and opinion/argument pieces.
    *Strategize to ensure student gains through developing strong writing practices.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Building Interactive e-Science Notebooks

    FREE Professional Learning Session Supported by The Teaching Remote/Hybrid Learning Environment (TRLE) Grant.

    eScience notebooks support students to manage work independently by enabling them to access and preview course materials and resources. eScience Notebooks also serve as a lab notebook where students can record their lab/classroom work (observations, ideas, data, drawings, investigations, and experiments) and wonderings. Using Google and open sources, participants will use eScience notebooks to experience science learning in the areas of inquiry, ecological systems, and properties of matter. Together we will discuss the use of eScience notebooks with students in remote, face-to-face, and blended learning environments. Participants will build eScience Notebooks that you can use with your students to co-create, communicate, share ideas, and demonstrate understanding through images, audio/video, quizzes/learning.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Fundamentals of Writing Instruction

    Data reveals that students need a stronger foundation in writing to ensure they are prepared to meet the rigorous expectations of the Next Generation Learning Standards (NGLS) in ELA. Through modeling and practice, this series will engage teachers in the writing process with the purpose of deepening their expertise in writing, connecting what they are learning to the classroom, and ultimately improving writing instruction for students.
    By the end of this 4-day series, participants will:
    *Develop a deep understanding of the essentials for writing instruction.
    *Engage in processes to reflect on their own writing of narrative (memoir), informational text, and opinion/argument pieces.
    *Strategize to ensure student gains through developing strong writing practices.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

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

    Model Schools: Start a District eSports Program

    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.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Fundamentals of Writing Instruction

    Data reveals that students need a stronger foundation in writing to ensure they are prepared to meet the rigorous expectations of the Next Generation Learning Standards (NGLS) in ELA. Through modeling and practice, this series will engage teachers in the writing process with the purpose of deepening their expertise in writing, connecting what they are learning to the classroom, and ultimately improving writing instruction for students.
    By the end of this 4-day series, participants will:
    *Develop a deep understanding of the essentials for writing instruction.
    *Engage in processes to reflect on their own writing of narrative (memoir), informational text, and opinion/argument pieces.
    *Strategize to ensure student gains through developing strong writing practices.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Leveraging Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Support All Learners

    FREE Professional Learning Session Supported by The Teaching Remote/Hybrid Learning Environment (TRLE) Grant.

    All teachers aim to provide students with enriching, responsive learning environments designed to meet the diverse needs of their students. However, many wonder how to most effectively remove barriers to learning and set up all students for success. During this session, participants will learn about the principles of UDL and determine ways to support all students.

    By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    •Identify the goals and underlying assumptions of the UDL framework

    •Apply specific strategies for designing lessons that remove barriers to learning to set up all students to succeed.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Fundamentals of Writing Instruction

    Data reveals that students need a stronger foundation in writing to ensure they are prepared to meet the rigorous expectations of the Next Generation Learning Standards (NGLS) in ELA. Through modeling and practice, this series will engage teachers in the writing process with the purpose of deepening their expertise in writing, connecting what they are learning to the classroom, and ultimately improving writing instruction for students.
    By the end of this 4-day series, participants will:
    *Develop a deep understanding of the essentials for writing instruction.
    *Engage in processes to reflect on their own writing of narrative (memoir), informational text, and opinion/argument pieces.
    *Strategize to ensure student gains through developing strong writing practices.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan. 

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Personalized Learning in the School Library Program

    FREE Professional Learning Session Supported by The Teaching Remote/Hybrid Learning Environment (TRLE) Grant.

    In this session, participants will explore how the school library program includes a repository of resources curated to meet students where they are, and how librarians offer a selection of services to set up students for success in achieving academic outcomes. Libraries are safe, affirming spaces where students are welcome to create, explore, and deepen their knowledge using technology, maker materials, and personal connections in a flexible, accommodating space.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Virtual Self-paced Workshop

    Model Schools: [PD Your Way] New Google Classroom/Meet Essential Features (Online)

    If you are in a Google district, you probably noticed some big changes to their apps during the past school year. Because of the pandemic, use of the Google platform and its corresponding apps grew tremendously. With that jump in usage came some observations and suggestions as to how the platform could better serve the needs of educators, and remain competitive with other learning management systems. In this online course, you will learn about the big (and not-so-big) changes that have been made to Classroom and Meet, and you'll be guided in how to best set up your Google Classes for success in the upcoming year.

    REGISTER NOW >

    NOTE: This course is 100% online and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. This course begins on August 2, and participants have until August 16 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
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Model Schools: Podcasting Institute

    Podcasts provide both creators and listeners with a significant platform to share ideas, information, and encourage conversation around various topics. Podcasts can be created and consumed effectively within K-12 classrooms, and this 3 hour institute will address a variety of topics to help students (and teachers) appreciate the art and science of podcast creation, distribution, and consumption.

    Three Sessions: Monday 8/2, Wednesday 8/4, Friday 8/6; each day: 8 am – 9 am

    REGISTER NOW >

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

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • PD Short: Youth Mental Health First Aid

    FREE Professional Learning Session Supported by The Teaching Remote/Hybrid Learning Environment (TRLE) Grant.

    Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach anyone who regularly interacts with young people, age 12-18, who is experiencing a mental health challenge or is in crisis. It is like CPR for mental health. This course is an introduction to the 6-hour certification class. It will provide a brief overview of some of the key concepts, primarily the action plan.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • The Mandated 6 Hour DASA Certification Class (ACCESS VIRTUALLY via Zoom Videoconference)

    The ability to provide a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and bullying, is a top priority for K-12 educators nationwide. Through this 6-hour training participants will unpack the social patterns of harassment and discrimination based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex.
    The training will address:
    * The identification and mitigation of harassment
    * Bullying and discrimination
    * Strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

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

    Model Schools: Nearpod - Engaging Young Learners

    Nearpod is perfect for early learners. It provides opportunities for students to engage with content, and share their learning. See how you can create and tools to enhance your young learners' experience.

    REGISTER NOW >

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

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Component Study - 3c Engaging Students in Learning

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    School leaders are an integral part of supporting teachers and improving learning across the school building. During this professional learning session, school leaders will closely examine and deepen their understanding around The Danielson Framework Component 3c - Engaging Students in Learning.
    During this session, participants will:
    - Enhance their knowledge around Component 3c.
    - Learn different types of engagement and how they look in teaching and learning.
    - Expand strategies for providing high-leverage feedback.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • PD Short: Blended Learning and the Social Emotional Connection

    FREE Professional Learning Session Supported by The Teaching Remote/Hybrid Learning Environment (TRLE) Grant.

    Through this learning experience, participants will acquire a foundation of knowledge about the relationship between academic performance and the development of social-emotional competencies and learn how it relates to student success academically and socially.
    Upon completion, participants will be able to:
    *Understand the significance of SEL in school and life.
    *Build a repository of blended learning resources, activities, and skills to bring back to their classroom, school, and learning community.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • The Mandated 6 Hour DASA Certification Class (ACCESS VIRTUALLY via Zoom Videoconference)

    The ability to provide a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and bullying, is a top priority for K-12 educators nationwide. Through this 6-hour training participants will unpack the social patterns of harassment and discrimination based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex.
    The training will address:
    * The identification and mitigation of harassment
    * Bullying and discrimination
    * Strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

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

    Model Schools: Canva for Education

    Giving students a choice in how they demonstrate their learning is a great way to increase student engagement. Learn how Canva for Education empowers students to create and communicate their learning visually.

    REGISTER NOW >

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

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Building Leadership Capacity - Ongoing Training for Those Who Observe Teachers

    There is tremendous opportunity during the observation cycle to promote reflective practitioners and focus on improved student outcomes. Participants will continue to develop their skills in providing evidence-based feedback during the observation cycle and will review the required components of APPR, while exploring recent updates to APPR regulations. This learning experience is appropriate for all Lead Evaluators who have been previously certified by their districts and can be used by districts as evidence for recertification.

    This is an advanced course for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. The session will also include the most current updates from NYSED.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • PD Short: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention

    FREE Professional Learning Session Supported by The Teaching Remote/Hybrid Learning Environment (TRLE) Grant.

    Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) training is for special educators and others who directly intervene in crisis situations. It is crucial that an individual's response matches the level of risk involved in a potential crisis situation. This one-hour course is an introduction to the full 2-day certification course in which participants learn to verbally de-escalate a person in crisis. They will also learn how to safely implement physical interventions as a last resort. Although this course places an emphasis on working with Special Education students, the strategies discussed are effective for all students and extend to our everyday lives.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
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News and Announcements

  • Pinning ceremony celebrates Practical Nursing students

    On June 28, 2021, we celebrated 14 students who completed our Practical Nursing program. Congratulations on your hard work at such a pivotal time in the field of health care. We wish you every success! 

    News Feed - Center for Adult and Community Services
  • SWBOCES guidance on masks for all programs and locations

    In accordance with New York State Department of Health guidance, Southern Westchester BOCES does not require that masks be worn outdoors on district grounds. Any individual who chooses to wear a mask outdoors at any SWBOCES location is encouraged and supported in doing so. Acceptable face masks continue to be required indoors at all SWBOCES locations, as per state Health Department guidance. SWBOCES will continue to follow all other protocols for social distancing, daily self-screening and other safety protocols.

    Southern Westchester BOCES
  • Summer Reading: PD team offers their top book picks

    Summer is a time to relax, rejuvenate, and read. This summer, you can do all of this with SWBOCES. Our Professional Development team's Summer Reading Campaign guides you through the summer with book recommendations, as well as invitations to share your summer reading, and ideas for getting kids to read during the summer break. See the latest pick featured on the PD home page. Stay connected by following @swbocespd on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all summer long!

    News Feed - Southern Westchester BOCES
  • Tools of the Trade, Summer 2021

    Here's a great opportunity to take a look at all the amazing things our students did this spring and early summer!

    News Feed Center for Career Services 2020-21
  • Pledge Project highlighted students, programs at Board meetings

    This past spring, we've featured students in our Special Services programs at our remote Board of Education meetings by inviting them to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. It was a great opportunity to highlight our students and our programs. We thank them for their participation 

    News Feed - Southern Westchester BOCES
  • Congratulations to all our ALC graduates!

    View the 2021 Center for Adult and Community Services' Adult Literacy Center Year-End Recognition presentation. The montage features our program completers in our English as a Second Language, High School Equivalency Exam Preparation, and American Citizenship Exam Preparation programs. Congratulations and best of luck to all our students! We wish you great success!

    News Feed - Center for Adult and Community Services
  • Congratulations, Tappan Hill Retirees!

    Congratulations and best wishes to the seven Tappan Hill School staff members who retired at the end of the school year after many years of dedicated service! They spent a total of 196 years working with children in our programs.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • Graduates Say Goodbye to SWBOCES after Many Years

    After 14 years as classmates and friends in Southern Westchester BOCES programs, Jesus Popoca and Karen Garcia-Tobon received their graduation certificates in a June 17 ceremony at Tappan Hill School that parents and friends watched via Zoom.

    Tappan Hill Principal Phyllis Rizzi congratulated the graduates, who held hands as they stood next to her. Karen began attending SWBOCES in 2005, and Jesus started in 2008.

    “Over the years, Karen and Jesus have formed a strong attachment and friendship, as you can see,” Ms. Rizzi said. “They genuinely care for each other and look to each other during daily classroom activities. They have a mutual supportive relationship.”

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • Fashion Statement

    Students in the Fashion Design and Merchandising Program at the Center for Career Services certainly sent a loud message with their end-of-year projects that made quite a statement.

    News Feed Center for Career Services 2020-21
  • Elisabeth Kramer is a Wellesley Book Award Winner

    Wellesley Book Award winner Elisabeth Kramer has found her place at the Center for Career Services in the Sound Production program. She has worked hard to catch up after joining the class in second quarter. Her hard work paid off!

    News Feed Center for Career Services 2020-21
  • A creative, lasting image

    Commercial Art student Angel Contreras left a lasting image on the walls of his school--he created a mural for the Television Production and Sound Production programs.

    News Feed Center for Career Services 2020-21
  • Congratulations to the 16 Rye Lake High School Graduates!

    Happiness, gratitude and relief were a few of the emotions members of the Rye Lake Campus High School Class of 2021 expressed to family, friends, teachers and staff who attended their graduation on June 10.

    Senior Christian Rivera – one of 16 graduates – said 2020-21 was “probably the most difficult school year I’ve ever had.” 

    “There was a time I wanted honestly just to quit school because it was so difficult, but I overcame it and honestly I feel blessed,” said Christian, speaking to faculty and staff who attended the graduation at Rye Lake, and family and friends who watched online.

    The Class of 2021 was one of the largest Rye Lake High School has ever had. Some graduates will start college in the fall; others will head straight into the workforce, attend a cosmetology program, or take time to travel and decide what they want to do next.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • Congratulations to Our Rye Lake Middle School Grads!

    For the four students who are moving up to ninth grade, Rye Lake Middle School was a short but meaningful pit stop on their education journey, Principal Marvin Elliott said during their graduation ceremony June 10.

    “The journey of a NASCAR driver can take anywhere from 100 to 200 laps,” Mr. Elliott said. “As a result, performance is key, for as we need food and water as fuel to survive, the NASCAR driver must also refuel to continue the race because at some point, the tires and brakes will become worn and torn. It is at those crucial moments when you must pause during your journey only to start again.”

    He offered plenty of advice as they refuel and prepare for high school. “Be grateful. Like yourselves a lot. Practice forgiveness. Aspire to be a mentor. Smile wide, laugh hard,” he said. “Do not rush to grow up. Treasure what is truly important. Learn from the past but don’t live in the past.”

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
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