Calendar of Events

  • Building Leadership Capacity - Initial Training for Evaluators of Teachers

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    This course provides the foundational training for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. This structure of this workshop assists individuals in developing a functional understanding of APPR components and guidelines, while focusing on evidence-based observation. Participants will engage in a calibration activity and examine their own personal biases in order to promote equity in the process. This course can be used as evidence for certification as Lead Evaluators, Peer, 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 Learning and Curriculum Support
  • Introducing the BRAND-NEW Discovery Education Student Portal!

    This virtual event is being hosted by Discovery Education. Wednesday, August 10, 10 AM ET

    SWBOCES School Library System
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Vendor Spotlight: Nearpod and NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards

    Nearpod has recently developed content based on the new NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards. Explore this new content and how to engage learners while expanding teacher resources. Nearpod is a program that takes presentations and slideshows to the next educational level, promoting varied student responses and learning styles. Nearpod's extensive library of educational content for learning and life skills saves time and allows any lesson to be "digitized” and enhanced with opportunities for student feedback and interaction.

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    Registered participants will receive a Zoom link prior to session date.Registered participants will receive Zoom invite by email prior to session start

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Increasing Student Engagement with Ready-to-Use Activities!

    This virtual event is hosted by Discovery Education. Wednesday, August 10, 11:30 AM ET

    SWBOCES School Library System
  • Introducing the BRAND-NEW Discovery Education Student Portal!

    This virtual event is hosted by Discovery Education and is specifically for those who subscribe to Discovery Education Experience. Wednesday, August 10, 3:30 PM ET

    SWBOCES School Library System
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    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.

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    Registered participants will receive webinar instructions prior to session start.
    There are 3 sessions: 8/9, 8/11 & 8/17

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

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    This course provides the foundational training for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. This structure of this workshop assists individuals in developing a functional understanding of APPR components and guidelines, while focusing on evidence-based observation. Participants will engage in a calibration activity and examine their own personal biases in order to promote equity in the process. This course can be used as evidence for certification as Lead Evaluators, Peer, 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 Learning and Curriculum Support
  • PD Shorts: The Power of a Trauma Sensitive Educator

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    A trauma-sensitive focus on education fosters a school climate where students feel safe and confident in their ability to learn. Trauma-informed practices considers how trauma impacts learning and behavior. During this workshop, educators will learn the foundation of how trauma impacts the brain and learning and how to build a resilience in their learners.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • Meeting the Needs of ALL Learners with Discovery Education

    This virtual event is hosted by Discovery Education and is specifically for those who subscribe to Discovery Education Experience. Thursday, August 11, 10 AM ET

    SWBOCES School Library System
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Introduction to IXL

    This "Crash Course” is designed for anyone curious or new to IXL. Our session begins with a brief overview of functional information relevant to IXL, and then examines the Continuous Diagnostic feature of the program. Included are ways to use the Real Time Center, showing exactly what the students are working on at the moment and if they need assistance. Additional overview of the SmartScore (an algorithm-based assessment tool) and tips on what to look at after student practice will be addressed.

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    Registered participants will receive a Zoom invite prior to session start date.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Developing Inclusive Curriculum: Selecting and Using Culturally Responsive Texts (Hybrid)

    Click here to register though My Learning Plan.

    The texts educators select to highlight and offer in their classroom libraries are vital aspects of developing and inclusive classroom where all students feel as thought they belong. During this professional learning session, participants will explore texts with a lens on being culturally responsive. Additionally, educators will consider ways to develop and deepen conversation about texts with even the youngest students, to create classrooms and a world on a journey towards justice and freedom.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • Increasing Student Engagement with Ready-to-Use Activities and Quiz!

    This virtual event is hosted by Discovery Education and is specifically for those who subscribe to Discovery Education Experience. Thursday, August 11, 3:30 PM ET

    SWBOCES School Library System
  • Increasing Student Engagement with Ready-to-Use Activities!

    This virtual event is being hosted by Discovery Education. Thursday, August 11, 4 PM ET

    SWBOCES School Library System
  • Virtual Self-paced Workshop

    New Google Classroom & Meet

    If you are in a Google district, you have noticed many changes to Google's apps during the past school year. During the pandemic, use of the Google platform and its corresponding apps grew tremendously. With that jump in usage came 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 changes that have been made to Google apps, and you'll be guided in how to best set up your Google Classrooms for success in the upcoming year.

    This course is 100% online and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. This course begins on August 15, 2022, and participants have until September 2, 2022, to complete all required assignments and activities to receive CTLE credit. LHRIC Model Schools utilizes the Schoology Learning Management System.

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    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 to enroll.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Virtual Self-paced Workshop

    The Agile Classroom

    A student-centered approach, Agile classrooms emphasize collaboration, communication, self-organization, and social skills that will benefit them not only in the classroom, but through all areas of life. Agile Classrooms empowers you with an operating system for 21st Century Learning that provides structures to scaffold and adapt student choice and collaboration. Agile Classrooms are based on real-world approaches that the most innovative companies in the world use. In an Agile Classroom, your students are better able to meet the learning goals of today while being ready for the modern world of work they will enter. NOTE: This course is 100% online and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. This course begins on August 15, and participants have until August 26, to complete all required assignments and activities to receive CTLE credit. LHRIC Model Schools utilizes the Schoology Learning Management System.

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    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 Self-paced Workshop

    Formative Assessment Tools (ONLINE)

    In "The Fundamentals of Teaching,” Mike Bell states that "When repetition leads to long-term memories, there are physical changes in the brain. Brain memories disappear very quickly unless they are repeated. Our brains are made up of billions of nerve cells or neurons, all connected together. We form memories when some of these pathways become strengthened by being repeatedly used." This session will focus on formative assessment tools that will help your students create these pathways leading to deeper learning. PD Your Way NOTE: This course is 100% online and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. This course begins on August 15th, and participants have until August 26th to complete all required assignments and activities to receive CTLE credit. LHRIC Model Schools utilizes the Schoology Learning Management System.

    REGISTER IN MLP >

    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

    Lumio Playground

    Join the fun! If you are new to Lumio or have used Lumio but have questions stop by our Lumio Playground! This will be an open forum for questions answers and structured play!

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    Connection information will be provided to participants prior to session.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Virtual / Live Interactive Webinar

    Strawbees Awareness Session (CS/DF Standards Series): Come Build With Us!

    Calling ALL makers! Strawbees is an award-winning Swedish Ed Tech company that inspires the next generation of inventors. They provide physical building and coding solutions supported by curriculum aligned, class ready resources. Join us for a "virtual build" series, demonstrating the power and engagement of linking physical building exercises with STEAM concepts. This is a four part series with four separate mini projects: "This is Not a Tetrahedron", "Create a Lesson from a Pocketful of Ideas", "The Sustainability Station", "Why Skyscrapers Are Not Built With Concrete." Participants will be invited to participate in each virtual build without the need for any elaborate materials or equipment.
    Meet our host: https://classroom.strawbees.com/for-schools/meet-fanny

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    Registered participants will receive webinar instructions prior to session start.
    This is a 4 session program: 7/13, 8/16, 8/18 & 10/11

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Mentor Texts that Promote Social Emotional Learning at the Start of the School Year (remote)

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    As soon as the first day of school, students should feel safe, valued, and free to be who they are. Sharing mentor texts from various text types and genres can act as a bridge to discuss community building and new emotions students may be feeling. These texts can also aid educators in helping students to set goals for the year and celebrate who they are and what they bring to the classroom.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
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News and Announcements

  • ESY students put their handprint on summer, make artful memories

    This summer the Extended School Year Only Class created a Handprint Project to memorialize their time together this summer. Each student picked their own color and was able to become an artist and do multiple handprints at one time. By doing this project, students were able to have a keepsake to look back on their time together. This is the second year that ESY students completed this project, and hopefully this tradition will continue. Our students enjoy their time here at the ESY Summer Program, and we look to continue to come up with innovative projects for them to take home. Pictured, from left to right, are teaching assistant Adrian Drezga, students Ozan Dinler, Ethan Marino, John Fitzgerald, Nicholas Rittmeyer, Christian Leary, and Brooke Furtado, teacher Hollie Smith, and teaching assistant Lydia Daley.

    News Feed - Center for Special Services
  • New play spaces unveiled on Rye Lake Campus

    There were cheers and leaps for joy as adaptive playground and fitness equipment were unveiled on the Rye Lake Campus July 26. 

    News Feed - Rye Lake Middle/High School
  • Looking back at Commencement Season 2022

    Take a last look back at the 2022 commencement season. Each spring, we celebrate many end-of-year recognition and "moving up" ceremonies that honor the hard work, perseverance and joy of learning that distinguish our students, educators and programs. Before we fully shift our focus to 2022-23, we want to once again congratulate and offer best wishes to all the graduates!

    .News Feed - Southern Westchester BOCES
  • SWBOCES student chosen for the William P. Schliemann Scholarship Award

    Animal Science grad is the recipient of the 2022 William P. Schliemann Scholarship Award.

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2021-22
  • A message from Dr. Harold Coles, District Superintendent

    Dear Colleagues,

    It is with great pleasure and excitement that I can announce to you that the Southern Westchester BOCES Board of Education tonight has appointed Dr. Brendan J. Lyons as our new Deputy Superintendent/Chief Operating Officer. 

    Dr. Lyons emerged as the successful candidate for this important leadership position following an exhaustive search process and a series of interviews involving stakeholders from across our organization. During that process, he impressed with both his extensive leadership experience, his analytic approach to problem-solving and his demonstrated commitment to the success and well-being of all students and staff. 

    Dr. Lyons is well known to our region, having served for many years as a teacher and as a building- and district-level leader. Most notably, he has been superintendent in two large school districts, Arlington and Lakeland. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina, a master’s from SUNY New Paltz and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University.

    We are proud to welcome such a staunch advocate for students with both roots in the classroom and experience managing complex organizations. Dr. Lyons embraces the values we hold closely, those of respect, trust, collaboration and excellence. The Board of Education and I welcome him and look forward to his taking our BOCES to even greater heights of success in service of our students and our districts.

    Thank you,

    Harold A. Coles, Psy.D.
    District Superintendent

    Southern Westchester BOCES
  • Special Commencement 2022 edition of Tools of the Trade is out!

    The Summer 2022 edition of the Center for Career Services Tools of the Trade newsletter is out. Look for copies on campus, or view and download the digital version here. Besides a full color spread of photos from our Recognition Ceremonies, see scenes from the Annual Car Show and Nature of Fashion Show, read about our visit with U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman, our National Technical Honor Society inductions, and so much more!

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2022-23
  • Adult Education staff participates in New Rochelle's 'Taste of Union Avenue'

    Staff members Maria Guerrero, Erma Andrews, Monica Sanchez and Erick Gamero represented the Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Adult & Community Services at the First Annual Taste of Union Avenue event in New Rochelle Saturday, July 16. 

    Presented by the City of New Rochelle Department of Development and the Hispanic American Advisory Committee, the Taste of Union Avenue offered enriching and fun activities, including entertainment, live music, children’ s games, and arts and crafts, along with a variety of ethnic foods from all of Latin America.  

    The SWBOCES team was on hand to share information with the community about the wide range of programs we offer, from Adult Literacy to workforce training in the automotive and construction trades and in healthcare.  

     

    News Feed - Adult & Community Services
  • Adult Literacy staff represent SWBOCES at Hispanic Heritage Festival

    Staff members Maria Guerrero, Erma Andrews and Monica Sanchez represented the Center for Adult & Community Services at the Hispanic Heritage Festival this past weekend at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. They shared information about programs and answered questions in an effort to increase awareness of Southern Westchester BOCES offerings.
     
    "This was such a tremendous opportunity to interact with our community and spread the word about the range of programs we offer," said Ms. Guerrero, Supervisor of Adult Literacy. "It was a privilege to be a part of this celebration of Hispanic Heritage and to talk to people about ways our programs can help them to earn their high school equivalency, learn to speak English more proficiently or, if desired, to prepare for the U.S. Citizenship exam."
    News Feed - Adult & Community Services
  • SWBOCES communications team tallies a record 14 national school PR awards

    The SWBOCES School Communications Team has been honored with an astounding 14 awards including three first-place Awards of Excellence, in the National School Public Relations Association's 2022 Publications and Digital Media Excellence Awards.

    "This tally of awards by our industry's leading professional organization marks a new record for the Communications team here at SWBOCES and a real point of pride given that it comes from our esteemed colleagues and peers who know the value and importance of the work we do," stated Director of Communications Brian Howard. "This is a reflection of the excellence that our BOCES engenders and which our component districts have come to expect. We are grateful for the recognition." 

    The awards reflect work produced for six component districts and four SWBOCES divisions. Read more about the SWBOCES showing in the 2022 NSPRA competition here.

    .News Feed - Southern Westchester BOCES
  • Driving students to success

    Local car company partners with the Southern Westchester BOCES’ Valhalla Careers Campus to create a pipeline of skilled technicians and automotive professionals. 

    News Feed - Center for Career Services 2021-22
  • Specially designed flower beds bring joy to Tappan Hill students

    Specially designed flower beds are creating joy and excitement for students who attend SWBOCES Center for Special Services programs at Tappan Hill School in Tarrytown.

     

     

    News Feed - Tappan Hill
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