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focus strands

Focus strands for NW BOCES 18/19 Professional Learning Plan:
Through a comprehensive needs-assessment process, NW BOCES has decided to make a shift in the way we offer professional learning. Starting in 18-19, NW BOCES will offer 3 topic "strands" that will continue throughout the year- allowing educators, schools, and districts to engage in deep learning on a single topic. For the 18-19 school year, the strand topics will be:

1) Engaging students in authentic and relevant learning experiences;
2) Developing school leadership skills to support a rural school setting; and
3) Understanding and identifying specific learning disabilities and strategies to support students.

Each of these topics will have workshops, courses, and other offerings in the summer, at COLLAB, and during the school year in order to encourage educators to deepen their understanding and focus their learning around a cohesive topic.

authentic relevant

Opportunities that align with the Authentic and Relevant Learning strand include: January 17 SEED TLC: Access and Participation in the Thinking Classroom January 28 SEED Professional Practice Study: Exploring Performance-Based Assessment.
SLD targets Opportunities that align with the SLD strand include: Sept 25, Oct 16, Nov 13 Fall Book Study Steamboat Sept 25 Oct 16, Nov 13 Fall Book Study Granby October 5 COLLAB Sessions on SLD lead
Opportunities that align with the rural leadership strand include: September Supporting Beginning Teachers SEED Book Study January 23 Principal Learning Community February 25 Facilitating Teacher Teams & Authentic PLCs SEED Book Study February 28 Principal Learning Community March 1 SEED Facilitator Meeting April 29 Principal Learning Community June 13 Principal Learning Community
In addition to the above, NW BOCES is offering the following this spring: SEED Independent Study ELL Module 1
Fall 2018 Professional Learning opportunities were well-received with about 160 participants taking advantage of the different courses offered.
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