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Meet our Featured Teacher: Renee Patterson:   "As students begin to recognize that they have the tools and the know-how to find the answers they seek on their own, they have become more self-sufficient as researchers and subsequently, more curious and engaged in the topics covered in class." Renee Patterson ELA Onondaga Junior/Senior High School Onondaga Central School District Congratulations to our November 2016 Featured Teacher Renee Patterson. Renee works for Onondaga Central Schools (OCS) at Onondaga Junior/Senior High School and has taught ELA since 2004. During her tenure at OCS, she has taught ELA at the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 12th-grade levels, as well as several electives including Film Studies, Children’s Literature, ... more >>
Meeting spaces at the CNYRIC receive new names: The meeting spaces at the CNYRIC have been renamed. The name changes are a result of the organization's recent expansion into Rodax 7 and 8 (previously occupied by OCM BOCES), as well as the reorganization of several conference rooms. In an effort to remain consistent with OCM BOCES' meeting room theme of the Finger Lakes, the CNYRIC's meeting spaces are also named after waterways. Details regarding the new names are below.   PREVIOUS MEETING ROOM NAME NEW MEETING ROOM NAME Rodax 8_Large Conference Room  Onondaga Room Rodax 8_Small Conference Room  Oneida Room Rodax 8_Conference Room A Learning Lab   Rodax 2_Conference Room 1  ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher - John Nadler:     "With increased student motivation and diving deep into the digital tools, students are learning more than ever before."   John Nadler Eighth Grade ELA North Syracuse Junior High North Syracuse Central School District Congratulations to our October 2016 Featured Teacher John Nadler. John works for North Syracuse Central School at North Syracuse Junior High School . He has taught eighth grade English at the junior high for 19 years. He also is the senior advisor for the school's award-winning tech crew, 4D Productions . What are some of the innovative ways that John integrates technology into his curriculum? Over the years, John has used several ... more >>
CNYRIC earns New York School Public Relations Association 2016 Communications Contest Awards: September 2016 - The Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) is the proud recipient of two 2016 New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) Communications Contest Awards .  The CNYRIC earned both awards for the design and development of school district websites including Syracuse City School District and Ithaca City School District . NYSPRA will present all awards at the annual New York State School Boards convention on Oct. 28 in Buffalo. To learn more about the CNYRIC’s e-Communications services, including website design, please go to www.cnyric.org/e-communications .   more >>
CNYRIC Director Pamela Mazzaferro's plans for the CNYRIC: The Central New York Regional Information Center has a new leader. Director  Pamela Mazzaferro  began her new position Monday, Aug. 22.     Pam has developed and initiated a comprehensive entry plan for her first 90 days as director.  Click here to view the plan . The plan outlines the goals, objectives, major activities, and timeline for the next three months. Pam's top priority is to meet with stakeholders throughout the region to listen, learn, and collect information. The gathered data will be used to create a proposed action plan that aims to positively impact the 100,000 students in the region. "I look forward to meeting many educational leaders during the next few months," said Mazzaferro. "Together ... more >>
Pamela J. Mazzaferro becomes new director of Central New York Regional Information Center:   Pamela J. Mazzaferro, director of information technology for the Rome City School District, was appointed July 14 to become the new director of the Central New York Regional Informational Center (CNYRIC), which provides a broad range of technology services to 50 school districts in the region. Mazzaferro replaces former CNYRIC director Michael Fay, who retired earlier this year after 11 years at the helm. The CNYRIC is a division of the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Education Services (OCM BOCES). It is based at 6075 East Molloy Road in Syracuse. “We are extremely fortunate to have Pam on board because she possesses a great depth of knowledge, has experience in both the public and private sector and, most importantly, is committed to student learning,” ... more >>
Data Center team members receive Work-Based Learning Business Partnership Award: Dave Osborn, operations shift supervisor for the CNYRIC’s Data Center, received a call four years ago that changed everything.   “A special education teacher from OCM BOCES contacted me to discuss having some of her students work in the Data Center,” said Osborn. “Looking back, I didn’t realize what an opportunity my team and I had been given.”   Over the past four years, the Data Center has employed two students through BOCES’ Work-Based Learning Business Partnership program. The first was a wheelchair-bound male who found his niche. “He loved shredding papers,” said Osborn. “He liked the sound the machine made and was really happy doing the work.”   ... more >>
CNYRIC committed to the security of school districts' private information: Social Security numbers, email addresses, and student health details are just a few examples of the private information the Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) handles on behalf of 50 school districts and four BOCES. In addition to the organization's commitment to improving student learning, the CNYRIC places the highest importance on the security of its clients’ private information. The CNYRIC plans to conduct end-user training for all employees in August to ensure best practices continue to be utilized when working with critical data. “Providing end-user training for every CNYRIC employee is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the security of school districts’ information,” said CNYRIC Assistant Director Rick Dillon. ... more >>
Final AIMSweb/STAR User Groups and RTI PLC of the school year happening Friday, June 10: The CNYRIC Data Warehouse team is hosting the final AIMSweb/STAR User Groups and RTI PLC of the 2015-16 school year on Friday, June 10. The goal of each session is to bring together educators from the region to discuss the effective use of data and assessment to improve instruction and student learning. Below are the links to register for each session in My Learning Plan. Please note that the schedule has shifted slightly from the past, with the User Groups from 8:30-11:00 am and the RTI PLC from 12:00-3:00 pm.     AIMSweb User Group:   The spring AIMSweb User Group will focus how to best use end-of-year data to help assess the effectiveness of instruction and prepare for immediate intervention support in September. Additionally, we will discuss ways in which districts ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Penny Feeney:     "Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination." Daniel Bell   Penny Feeney Library Media Specialist Onondaga Hill Middle Schools Westhill Central School District Congratulations to our June 2016 Featured Teacher Penny Feeney. Penny is the School Media Specialist at Onondaga Hill Middle School, serving grades 5 - 8 in the Westhill Central School District . This is Penny's second year in the district after working as an Early Childhood Educator for 25 years. What are some of the innovative ways that Penny integrates technology into her curriculum? Penny has enjoyed introducing students and staff ... more >>
Watch the 'About the CNYRIC' video: Test scoring. Instructional technology. Professional development. Report card printing. The Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) provides  more than 100 diverse services to school districts and BOCES throughout Central N ew York, all in an effort to support student learning. “It can be challenging to encapsulate what the CNYRIC does because we offer such a wide range of services,” said Inte rim Chief Technology Officer Peter Ciarelli. “I’m pleased to announce that we now have a solution to that challenge, and it only takes four minutes to view.” The CNYRIC is thrilled to introduce a visually-pleasing video that provides a thorough overview of the organization. The video, developed by the CNYRIC’s e-Communications ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Ellen Lefort:   "iDoceo has changed the way I teach and plan. I am able to spend much less time on busy work and organization, which frees me up to focus on content and student learning."      Ellen Lefort Music Teacher Onondaga Nation School LaFayette Central School District Congratulations to our May 2016 Featured Teacher Ellen Lefort. Ellen is the music teacher at Onondaga Nation School in the Lafayette Central School District . She teaches grades K-8 General Music, grades 4-6 Band, and grades 7-8 Band. She has been teaching for eight years. What are some of the innovative ways that Ellen integrates technology into her curriculum? Ellen uses a variety ... more >>
Critical Thinking Through Coding pilot program inspires student learning: Ten Central New York school districts participated in the CNYRIC’s Critical Thinking Through Coding (CTTC) pilot program during the 2015-2016 school year.  For  one-month increments, districts received access to a variety of robotic devices, CTTC curriculum, and onsite instructional technology support. The program was used in kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms, but can be adapted for all grade levels.  As a result of the pilot program’s success, CTTC is now available as a CNYRIC service. Districts can customize the service to meet their needs and budgets. About CTTC Critical Thinking Through Coding was developed by the CNYRIC's Model Schools Program, led by Instructional Technologists Jason Clark and Nick Lefort. With the recent ... more >>
Peter Ciarelli to serve as interim chief technology officer: The Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) is under new leadership following the retirement of former Chief Technology Officer Mike Fay. With nearly 40 years of experience in education, Peter Ciarelli has been appointed interim director of the organization and begins his new role today.   “Mr. Ciarelli is highly qualified and respected in the area,” said OCM BOCES District Superintendent Jody Manning. “He will serve us well as we search for a full-time director.”   Ciarelli previously worked as assistant superintendent for technology services in the Williamsville Central School District and as assistant principal and director of technology in the Westhill Central School District. Prior to Westhill, Ciarelli spent most of his career ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher - Katie Clift: "Despite CAD and 3D printing being new technologies to her, Katie enthusiastically met the challenge to provide this experience to her students."       Katherine Clift Seventh Grade Science Teacher Camillus Middle School  West Genesee Central School District Congratulations to our April 2016 Featured Teacher Katie Clift. Katie teaches seventh grade science at Camillus Middle School in the West Genesee School District . She has been teaching for 13 years, all of which have been with the West Genesee district. What are some of the innovative ways that Katie integrates technology into her curriculum? Twenty-first century skills ... more >>
Jeremy Dodds selected as new program manager: The CNYRIC is pleased to announce that Jeremy Dodds has been selected as the organization’s new Project Manager for the Data Warehouse, Test Scoring, and Programming departments. He replaces Don DeJohn, who recently retired after a long career at the RIC.   With 20 years of experience in the education industry as an educator and math and science coordinator, Dodds brings a variety of knowledge and skills to the leadership position. For the past five years, he has served as a CNYRIC District Data Coordinator, working closely with the Fayetteville-Manlius and McGraw School Districts.   “I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with a great team of people who are committed to supporting school districts throughout the region,” said ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Krysten Balfe:     Krysten Balfe 5th & 6th Grade Teacher Rome Catholic Elementary School  Syracuse Diocese Schools Congratulations to our March 2016 Featured Teacher Krysten Balfe, a fifth and sixth grade teacher at  Rome Catholic Elementary  in the  Syracuse Diocese . Krysten has taught at the school for the past four years. What are some of the innovative ways that Krysten integrates technology into her curriculum? Students in Krysten's multi-grade classroom have access to Android tablets which are used daily to enhance learning opportunities. This one-to-one technology integration allows Krysten to connect her students with the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) cloud-based ... more >>
Chief Technology Officer Michael J. Fay announces retirement: The Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) celebrates the career of Chief Technology Officer Michael Fay who recently announced his retirement. Fay plans to conclude his nearly 30-year career as an education administrator this March. Since 2004, Fay has served as the CNYRIC’s leader, overseeing a broad range of services for 50 school districts across four BOCES regions. During his tenure, Fay’s strategic vision has enabled the CNYRIC to significantly increase district participation and strengthen its reputation as one of the most respected regional information centers in the state. Throughout the past 11 years of organizational growth and success, Fay has remained committed to the CNYRIC’s common goal: to improve student learning. “It’s ... more >>
Test scoring team prepares 30 districts for Computer-Based Field Testing: Thirty school districts in the CNYRIC’s region have elected to administer Computer-Based Field Testing  (CBT) for the upcoming ELA and Mathematics assessments.  This year districts have the option of using computers for these statewide exams (Science will continue in the same format as in past years). The New York State Education Department (NYSED) plans to transition to exclusive CBT by 2020. How will CBT work? Each participating district will administer field tests in a school for an entire grade within one content area. CBT sessions will be conducted over a three-week time period. Nextera, a test administration system developed by Questar Assessment, Inc., will be accessible on a variety of devices including laptops, tablets, Chromebooks, Macs, and PCs.  ... more >>
CNYRIC earns SOC II certification following year-long audit: The CNYR IC is proud to announce it recently earned Service Organization Control (SOC) II certification , following the completion of a year-long, thorough SOC  audit. Conducted by independent accounting firm Mountjoy Chilton Medley, LLP , the audit included extensive review of all CNYRIC data systems used to contain and manage school district information.   “The SOC audit was an excellent opportunity to confirm the processes we have in place for managing school districts’ private information are secure,” said CNYRIC Data Privacy and Information Security Officer Steven Tryon. “Maintaining the integrity of district data is our No. 1 priority – earning a SOC II certificate reinforces that commitment.”   In order to earn ... more >>



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  "Students were allowed to work with software and hardware in a way that replicates how these technologies are used in the world of work. They were not tasked ... more >>

From Around the Region: Liverpool CSD's Nate Perry Elementary students use art to express "What Lifts You":
For Liverpool Central School District's Nate Perry Elementary art teacher Christina Cutlip, introducing her students to contemporary artists is just as important as teaching them about ... more >>

From Around the Region: Lansing High School named National Blue Ribbon School:
Congratulations to Lansing High School! Lansing High School in the Lansing Central School District was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School.   On Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, ... more >>

Meet our Featured Teacher: Heather Snyder:
  "Heather has been able to teach her students not only how to use the iPads, but put the children in charge of their own assessments... Heather used iPads ... more >>

Beyond the Buzz: An Administrator's Guide to One-to-One Computing:
" Beyond the Buzz: An Administrator's Guide to One-to-One Computing"  is now available online. Read about developing one-to-one computing ... more >>

CNYRIC earns New York School Public Relations Association 2017 Communications Contest Award:
September 2017 - The Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) is the proud recipient of six 2017 New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) Communications Contest Awards . ... more >>

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