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BCIC September 2014

Here is the agenda (and minutes) for the September 11, 2014, BCIC meeting (slides). The meeting is 8:30-10:30a and will be held in the Rodax 8 Large Conference Room.

Welcomes and Introductions

Updates and News

SED Updates
AIS flexibility extension (Regents agenda item)
Pressure on Regents with regard to Pathways from legislature?
Legislative Updates
Pressure on Regents with regard to Pathways from legislature?
Little promotion of technology bond act, yet
NY has some $ windfall, discussion about how to use that just starting to heat up
Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment (CI&A) (webpage)
Variety of regional opportunities
Based on your requests and suggestions
Based on RTTT/Reform Agenda/Regional Vision
Training and events are advertised:
PD enews
Weekly Dispatch
Districts have on-site days:
1.5-3.5 CI&A
Network Team Districts have 3 more
Instructional Technology & Design at the CNYRIC (webpage)
Many dates and sessions are posted at the website
TALKS will focus on the Flipped Classroom; enrollment is already high
Teacher Centers
Will soon send out offerings list
Will be supporting the professional learning group work again this year
New Teacher Welcome Project is September 11th, 25-30 teachers expected from a variety of districts
Higher Education
No representative present
CNY NYS ASCD (webpage) meeting schedule for the year:
October 15, 2014 Teachers Talk about PBL. After a quick review of Project Based Learning (PBL), we’ll split up into like-groups to talk about our PBL experiences, lessons, and plans. Located at East Syracuse Minoa High School.
December 2, 2014 Pulling the Weeds. We all have “weeds” to pull from our schools to allow us to be more focused and productive. Let’s talk about the weeds we’ve been able to pull in our schools and talk about those that remain to be pulled. Located at West Genesee High School
February 12, 2015 Evidence of 6 & 7. NYS Teaching Standards 6 &7 are all about our actions as professionals. In the new APPR it is important to provide evidence of our professional responsibilities, collaboration, and growth. We’ll talk about these Teaching Standards and the evidence we use. Located at the SCSD Professional Development Center.
March 18, 2015 Visible Learning. We use the term “research-based strategies” quite frequently, but what are the teaching and school strategies that are actually most supported in research? Location TBA
May 13, 2015 Annual Meeting. Join us to celebrate another great year for CNY NYS ASCD and to start planning for the next. Location TBA

District Sharing

September: Start Up Liverpool
Very successful (and different) approach to conference day
Here's the agenda
Day started with a pep rally, including reference to The Golden Circle
LHS set up like a conference would be set up at a conference center
Groups of teachers worked on projects and could get just-in-time topical support on a variety of technology topics
#startupliverpool hashtag
Made a Storify to capture the day
Blogged the day
Teachers were involved through the process, including the Association
Have seen measurable increase in the use of many different tools
October: ESM
November: CNYLDP
December: volunteer needed

Standards (and Curriculum)

Social Studies
Regents items
A plan or "roadmap" for Social Studies is going to the Regents (Regents agenda item)
Global History and Geography I (Grade 9) begins with the Paleolithic Era and continues to a period of Global Interactions from approximately to 1750. Global History and Geography II (Grade 10) begins with a snapshot of the world at 1750, incorporates the Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution, and continues to the present. 
The first administration of the Regents Examination in Global History and Geography will be June 2018 and the Regents Examination in United States History and Government will be June 2019. 
Field Guide status
Social Studies Leadership Network recruitment (coming soon)
CI&A support
Computer Science
Board of Regents considering STEM choices (Regents agenda item)
Project Based Learning
PBLNY 2014 report
PBL 2015 dates are August 3-4-5 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool (bigger so we don't have to turn anyone away)
PBL 101 cohorts are being added (and filling up) as fast as possible
October 17th Connections Event (flyer) will connect teachers with authentic project ideas
PBL primers are scheduled to occur at all Principal Meetings
PBL coaching is occurring in 11 districts
PBL 401 leadership training and coaching will be offered later in the year, following presentations to all principal groups and BCIC
Literacy Leadership Network (first meeting is September 24th)
General Session -- a prerequisite (November 17th)
Social Studies (December 2nd)
Science (December 3rd)
Special Areas (December 1st)
Literacy for Students with Severe Disabilities (October 21st session)

Data (and Assessment)

Common Formative Assessment Work
Data-Driven Instruction Cohort starts September 29th. There are four sessions that will meet over the course of the year. They will practice and apply the common formative assessment process, including attention to protocols for looking at student work and making instructional decisions based on the student work. 
Assessment Project
Five districts have been working in parallel to conduct audits of their district assessment systems and the assessments in their system.
Feedback from summer work and the audits should be completed by Sept 15.  This should inform focus and makeup of team to send for phase two. 
Then, the five districts, through the successful RFP, will work on revising their assessments to make them more authentic and performance-based and to increase the coherence within a balanced assessment system. Participating districts will have to decide who will work on which assessments.
CI&A is following the processes, with LCI, thus building their capacity to do this work with all our other districts
Discussion about 3-8 Assessment
The "So what? Now What?" presentation about 3-8 assessment results that was prepared for the CSA was presented (slides)
We have a pretty short discussion about vendor scoring of 3-8 assessments. No district expressed any doubts about their decision (expect for science -- that did not go well and districts are not going to do science again). No data exists about any differences between audits of home-scored and vendor-scored assessments
Assessment choices this year
The discussion about our experiences with Algebra (new and old) suggested that the pass rates were in fact similar. Mastery rates, however, were dramatically lower on the new assessment which will also have an impact on students seeking to earn a Regents Honors diploma.
This year, the old and new Geometry option is available to districts.
Experiences comparing the old and new ELA Regents suggested that the new exam might be better. Students did at least as well.
At this point, the option to take both the old Comprehensive ELA and new CCLS ELA 11 and counting the higher of the two is NOT permissible (see page 2 of the memo). HOWEVER, SED has been contacted and replied that they are considering this and that a decision will be made soon.
We still maintain the Regional chart for tracking our choices about the assessments and modules

Professional Practice (APPR and Pedagogy)

Lead Evaluator Training is scheduled.
Principal Evaluator Training is scheduled.


Regional Vision Update (slides)
Community presentations
Innovation Tech Opening
Hartnett location update
PBL NY event information (both 2014 and 2015)
Professional Learning Community
The summer event went well. District had time to reflect and plan as well as learn.
2014-2105 plans include ongoing support work -- districts that didn't participate in the summer can participate in this group.
The PLC at Work Institute is August 12-14, 2105. It is now being advertised by Solution Tree. Don't sign up with them, however. BOCES has discounted seats.
Our PLC coaches will be trained in a Coaching for Coaches program from Solution Tree. 


District Race to the Top Planning & Self-Assessment
Resources you can use, including maps, plans, and assessment tools
What have you been able to do?
Resources to help you with this are posted.

Future Meeting Planning

The next BCIC meeting is October 9th in the Rodax 8 Large Conference Room. Joanne Keim will be here to do a PBL primer for us and we can discuss ways to support our leaders and teachers with their implementation. For November, the focus will be writing. What would be helpful?