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BCIC October 2015

Here is the annotated agenda for the October 22, 2015, BCIC meeting (slides). The meeting is 8:30-10:30a and will be held in the Rodax 8 Large Conference Room. Immediately after the meeting, Solution Tree will be here to demo their online PD tools. We can explore these regionally, if there is interest. Here's an overview and here's a recorded webinar.

Welcomes and Introductions

Updates and News

SED Updates
Legislative Updates
Governor's Commission on Common Core
Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment (CI&A) (webpage)
Instructional Technology & Design at the CNYRIC (webpage)
Teacher Centers
Higher Education
CNY NYS ASCD (webpage) meeting schedule for the year:
December 15, 2015 Talking About Homework
Cathy Vatterott (AKA the Homework Lady) will share her ideas about good homework at ESM High School.
March 10, 2016 Talking About Standards-Based Grading
As part of the regional conversation about Standards-Based Grading and Reporting, we'll take a look at the progress some schools have made and look for some lessons.
May 11, 2016 
Annual Meeting
Join us to celebrate another great year for CNY NYS ASCD and to start planning for the next (at Laci's)

District Sharing

October: Share how preparing for November 3rd and other Standards-Based Grading and Reporting efforts
In Liverpool, middle schools are engaged in a book study. They are also mapping our their grading practices.
The elementary school in DeRuyter has been looking at standards-based grading for some time. They are working to understand that there is more to this than 1-2-3-4 and are building common understanding.
Schools in ESM have built steps into their action plans to make the transition.
Other schools are reading articles or holding asynchronous "discussions" on different electronic platforms.
December: Cazenovia
January: your district name here
February: Baldwinsville
March: your district name here
April: your district name here
May: your district name here
June: your district name here

Standards (and Curriculum)

Updating the regional chart of programs, modules, and assessment choices.
Social Studies
Follow-up for Summer Curriculum Work – Grades 5-8:
Facilitated sessions are for teachers and administrators who participated in the Summer 2015 Social Studies Curriculum Work to continue the process of curriculum mapping, unit design and inquiry writing. Group will meet October 26.   The next session is November 17 and will be followed by another opportunity December 15.
Release of draft NYSSLS probably in November
PD about Framework held on October 20th
Science Advisory on October 7th
Science Leadership Meeting
Oct. 7th meeting was attended by over 50 people
Next meeting is January 8, 2016
Handed out 50 copies of the Framework
Project Based Learning
Connections 2015 event
Find information about training here

Data (and Assessment)

SED News:
3-8 Stand-alone field testing can be computer-based
Practice items available soon (practice with the math tools)
No plan for Regents exams to be computer-based at this time
Standards-Based Grading and Reporting
Guskey and Jung November 3rd - attendance is over 1200 and registration is closed.
Vatterott December 16th - capacity is limited. Register nowHere's the book in the ASCD collection.
Dueck February 9th - registration is not up yet. Here's the book in the ASCD collection.
Book discussion: 
Spilt into two halves based on book for 3x3; here are what our groups generated:
1.Communicate students’ acquisition of knowledge instead of an arbitrary percentage or letter
2.Values all students and their process, and product of learning
3.Grading should reflect the mastery of standards which may include accommodations and modifications
1.Clarify the purpose of grading and reporting.
2.Align all classroom and school policies and practices with the stated purpose.
3.Ensure proposed changes are supported by strong research evidence.
1.Accurate and specific feedback on achievement is a priority for our district.
2.All grading and reporting policies and procedures are aligned to providing accurate and consistent feedback for our students and parents.
3.Grading and reporting is a true measure of progress to support all learners with multiple opportunities to demonstrate success.
Link to South Glens Falls' elementary report card guide 

Professional Practice (APPR and Pedagogy)

APPR 3012-d update


Regional Vision Update (slides)
Innovation Tech is now 9-11th grade
Seven Valleys New Tech Academy is on track
Counselor and administrator informational meeting on November 4th, 9a, McEvoy 701
Family Information Night tentatively planned for December 9th
Family tour night to Innovation Tech will be scheduled soon
Professional Learning Community
RTI at Work Institute at OnCenter, June 28-30 (we will have 200 discounted seats)

Future Meeting Planning

The next BCIC meeting is December 3rd in the Rodax 8 Large Conference Room. We are switching over to a first Thursday of the month meeting schedule.