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BCIC December 2015

Here is the annotated agenda for the December 3, 2015, 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 video
Legislative Updates
Governor's Commission on Common Core Report is due in December
APPR Legislative meeting message is to educate legislators and then advocate
Teachers also need to advocate
Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment (CI&A) (webpage)
Instructional Technology & Design at the CNYRIC (webpage)
Teacher Centers
Teacher Center is partnering with OCM BOCES to bring speakers for Standards Based Topics
Higher Education
Brochures from SUNY Cortland were put on the sign-in table: Benefits of Hosting a Teacher Candidate and Field Experience and School Partnership Office 
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)
K-12 Counseling Plans Update (Penny Williams, Coordinator, Youth Development)
NYS Regulations still have not gone to public comment
Comprehensive developmental school counseling programs beginning in 2017-2018 (preK – 12)
Annual individual progress review plan
School counseling core curriculum instruction
Direct student services
Indirect student services
Agreement of duties between counselor and administrator
Data Analysis
Advisory Council
Counseling Support Events
School Symposium – Nov. 3rd @ OCC
ASCA Model TOT – Albany Dec. 2nd with NYSCA
Counselor Round Table – Dec. 10th  Focus on Data, Sexting
ASCA National Model Training – Jan. 12th
Counselor Round Tables focused on ASCA model implementation – Feb. 4th, April 11th
NYS School Counselor Regulations/ASCA Model Training for teams of Administrator/Lead Counselor from each district March 8th (on MLP next week)
Continue on your own from there, or
Join a cohort that will meet periodically and have “assignments” in between sessions for plan development

District Sharing

December: Cazenovia
Sue Tresco shared Cazenovia’s “Creating Opportunities” program that provides opportunities for all students to succeed academically
“How can we maximize our resources to give students options for success?”
The district looked at the number of periods that teachers were supervising study halls, In School Detention and Portico and looked for ways to minimize these numbers. They combined study halls and created a testing center in the In School Detention room. They also used Teaching Assistants in Portico.
This created over 40 periods of extra help that were manned by teachers in different departments and were strategically held during all lunch periods and as often as possible.
The principal is analyzing the data from the first quarter and they have seen all types of students taking advantage of the extra help.
They will continue this during the 2nd semester.
January: Fabius-Pompey (Imagination Library)
February: Baldwinsville
March: Liverpool (ENL)
April: Chittenango
May: FM
June: ESM

Standards (and Curriculum)

Social Studies
Science (Jessica Whisher-Hehl, Coordinator, Center for Innovative Science Instruction)
Jessica shared that the survey on the Draft NYSSLS is not open yet but it should be open any day and will then be open for 2 months
Jessica shared the work she has done comparing the Draft NYSSLS to the NGSS and showed participants how to get to that information on the website. NYSED added 14 PE’s at the K-HS level and 9 at the Pre-K level. These are highlighted on the draft document. NYSED also changed language in many standards and that is not indicated on the draft but is indicated in the document Jessica created.
Jessica promoted the upcoming “Draft Meetings” to discuss the NYSSLS draft
Kelly Sajnog reported that Liverpool’s science department met to talk about the Middle School band and looked at Rhode Island’s Model Curriculum Map. 6th Grade has many PE’s added and the concern is about content specialists at that level. Kelly asked what other districts were doing at the Middle School level and Jessica stated that she hoped that the region could come to consensus on what would be taught at each grade level in Middle School.
Science Leadership Meeting
Next meeting is January 8, 2016
Project Based Learning
Find information about training here

Data (and Assessment)

SED News:
Only students who started high school prior to fall of 2013 can take the old ELA Regents
What are districts doing for A2 this year? Updating the regional chart of programs, modules, and assessment choices.
Standards-Based Grading and Reporting (Joanne Keim, Coordinator, Project-Based Learning)
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.
Link to South Glens Falls' elementary report card guide 
Link to Fairport's guide
Middletown, RI's guide to K-8
Medford, OR's HS report card example
Joanne described the resources and asked participants to form small groups to discuss “What they noticed” (20 minutes)
Whole Group share-out of comments:
There is a need to help parents understand standards-based grading and how to look at the progress of their child throughout the year
A visual, such as a dashboard gauge, could be helpful for explaining progress towards mastery of standards to parents
The report cards were very busy and some participants felt there must be an easier way to convey the same information
The group believes that the standards-based approach needs to be rolled out to teachers, parents and the community
The message that needs to be conveyed to teachers is that this is a process and not an immediate change
Some participants believe that the process would be helped along by coming together with a consistent message and package – especially at the secondary level – some elementary schools have already made the change so it seems easier at that level
If NYSED would come out with a stand on standards-based reporting it would help lead the way
In DeRuyter, at the elementary level, the follow-up to the Nov 3rd PD is a book study with one of the books that was distributed and analyzing the research; the “Why”
In Lyncourt, Kim reported that the in-district discussion with middle school teachers as a follow up to Nov 3rd and facilitated by Lynn was successful in helping the teachers understand the “Why” of standards-based grading

Professional Practice (APPR and Pedagogy)

Special Education (Janel Payette, Coordinator, Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center)
A Summary of important news and developments
Blueprint infographic
Field Advisory
APPR 3012-d update


Regional Vision Update (slides)
Innovation Tech is now 9-11th grade
Seven Valleys New Tech Academy is on track
Family Information Night 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 January 7th in the Rodax 8 Large Conference Room. The topic is Imagination Library.