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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 >>
Meet February's Featured Teacher: Jennifer Woody: "When students design math sentences to be shared with the class via Google Classroom, they are working at the highest level of Bloom's Taxonomy."   Jennifer Woody 3rd Grade Teacher Freemont Elementary School  East Syracuse Minoa Schools Congratulations to this month’s Featured Teacher, Jennifer Woody. Jen teaches Grade 3 at  Fremont Elementary Schoo l in the  East Syracuse Minoa Central School District . She is in her tenth year at ESM and has been a teacher for 11 years. What are some of the innovative ways that Jennifer integrates technology into her curriculum? At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District entered the ... more >>
Meet January's Featured Teacher - Brian VanGorder: "All students in his classroom maintain a Weebly digital portfolio where they store and reflect on the classroom work in ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science and Art. The students also keep a digital journal and maintain their own blog as part of their online portfolio."      Brian VanGorder 5th Grade Caroline Elementary School Ithaca City School District Congratulations to our January 2016 Featured Teacher Brian VanGorder. Brian is a 3rd year 5th Grade teacher at Caroline Elementary School in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD). Mr. VanGorder has been an instructional leader during the district’s transition to Google Apps for ... more >>
Meet December's Featured Teacher - Amoreena Tellaeche: "Students had a hands-on opportunity to learn that there is more than one way to solve a problem and that they will need stamina and critical thinking to see it through."    Amoreena Tellaeche 4th - 6th Grade Virgil Elementary School  Cortland Enlarged City School District Congratulations to our December 2015 Featured Teacher Amoreena Tellaeche. Amoreena is a national Board Certified teacher and just started her 21st year of teaching. She taught mostly in Dual Immersion Spanish classes for 11 years in San Diego, California, and has been teaching in Cortland for 10 years. She works with grades 4 through 6 at Virgil Elementary School, where she ... more >>
Meet November's Featured Teacher - Micah Shippee: "As instructional designers, teachers are bridge builders, striving to bridge the gap between students and content. Emergent technology provides educators with a perfect tool to construct projects and lessons that appeal to students and reach their needs."    Micah Shippee 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher Liverpool Middle School  Liverpool Central School District Congratulations to our November 2015 Featured Teacher Micah Shippee. Micah is 16 year veteran teacher in the Liverpool Central School District. What are some of the innovative ways that Micah integrates technology into his curriculum? In Micah's social studies classes, ... more >>
Meet October's Featured Teacher - Sara Hughes: Students benefit from her "just don't give them the fish" approach to teaching as her expectation is that students will OWN their OWN learning and strive for success not just wait for the answers. Sara Hughes 7th Grade Social Studies Pine Grove Middle School East Syracuse Minoa Central School District Congratulations to our October 2015 Featured Teacher Sara Hughes. Sarah is a 7th grade social studies teacher on the STEAM Team at Pine Grove Middle School. She joined the district in 2004. What are some of the innovative ways that Sara integrates technology into her curriculum? Sara. Hughes is an exemplary leader in many ways. She thinks big but pays attention to detail in ... more >>
CNYRIC Wins NYSPRA Awards: The Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) was recently the recipient of three public relations awards given annually by the New York State Public Relations Association (NYSPRA).  The CNYRIC won two awards in the website category for our work on the Union Springs School District website and our own CNYRIC website.  Only five awards were handed out in the website category and the CNYRIC earned the top two spots with Honor ratings for both projects.  The CNYRIC also won an award for our CNYRIC Connections e-newsletter.  One of only three awards in this category, we received the highest distinction with an Excellence rating for our work on this publication.  NYSPRA will present all awards at the annual New York State School Boards convention in ... more >>
Instructional Technology Team's Summer PD Attracts Nearly 350 Educators:   More than 340 teachers and administrators from nearly 30 school districts participated in at least one of the Instructional Technology team’s professional development workshops this summer. Opportunities included both on-site and online workshops, as well as classes in several component districts. “Our growing team of instructional technologists worked hard to develop professional development offerings that would meet the needs of local educators, and I’m confident we accomplished that goal,” said Model Schools Coordinator Rob Leo.  Courses focused on timely topics such as Google Apps for Education, Mobile Learning Technologies, Critical Thinking and Coding, as well as several other technologies that foster collaboration ... more >>
Meet Our September Featured Teacher: Students in Susanne's class are not only encouraged to develop a lifelong love of reading, but also develop authentic skills that will serve them throughout their years at FM and beyond.  Susanne Miller 7th Grade English Language Arts Wellwood Middle School Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District Congratulations to our September 2015 Featured Teacher Susanne Miller. A dedicated  seventh grade English Language Arts teacher in the Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District,  Susanne has shown tremendous enthusiasm for integrating technology into her practice to engage her students. With more than 20 years of teaching experience, Susanne   is a "voracious learner regarding instructional ... more >>
CNYRIC Connections June 2015: The June 2015 CNYRIC Connections e-newsletter is now available. Read about professional development opportunities, this month's Featured Teacher, our new Digital Signage service, and more!  more >>
Improve Internal Communications with Digital Displays:   Are you looking for an efficient way to engage students, staff, and building visitors with up-to-date news and district information? Consider implementing digital signage throughout your schools. The CNYRIC’s new Digital Signage Service supports digital displays that showcase school district events, news, photography, video, social media activity, and more. Each custom-built presentation is 100 percent cloud-based and pulls content dynamically from a variety of sources. Districts are responsible for preparing the signage location by installing power, a network drop, the mount, and display.  For more information about the Digital Signage Service, including pricing, please contact Public Information Specialist Danica Kaltaler at dkaltaler@cnyric.org .  more >>
Data Warehouse Facilitates RTI PLC: Opportunity to Explore, Discuss, and Collaborate More than 75 educators attend day-long event featuring AIMSweb and STAR   The CNYRIC’s Data Warehouse recently hosted the third Response to Intervention (RTI) work session of the school year.  Over 75 educators attended the morning’s AIMSweb and STAR user groups which provided the opportunity for teams and individuals from the region to explore key data reports from the assessment systems, dialogue with peers about effective data meetings, and discuss how AIMSweb and STAR can continue to help improve instruction.  The CNYRIC’s Data Coordinators facilitated conversations and offered insight on how to best leverage the assessment tools and results.  ... more >>
School District Spotlight: McGraw Central: Data Warehouse recognizes district’s focus on data to support students The CNYRIC’s Data Warehouse is pleased to shine its School District Spotlight on McGraw Central this month. The accolade aims to showcase local districts that are successfully embracing data to improve education and strengthen student achievement.  During the 2014-15 school year, the McGraw Central School District (CSD) made data central to its efforts to increase student success. The district has focused on analyzing data to adjust classroom instruction, tracking data outcomes to measure progress toward established Board of Education goals, and benchmarking all students’ achievement.   School district implements proactive student screenings ... more >>
Meet Our June Featured Teacher: While her students believed they had strong computer skills, they actually only had strong gaming skills. This has opened a world of real life/college and career computer skills allowing them to spark a new interest.   Tricia DiFulvio 6th Grade Teacher McGraw High School McGraw Central School District Congratulations to our June 2015 Featured Teacher Tricia DiFulvio. Tricia is completing her 20th year of teaching, the last three of which have been spent in the McGraw Central School District . She considers herself blessed to work with sixth grade students at McGraw High School focusing on ELA and social studies. Additionally, she spends ... more >>
CNYRIC Connections May 2015: The May 2015 CNYRIC Connections e-newsletter is now available. Read about this month's Featured Teacher, e-Learning opportunities, and more!  more >>
CNYRIC Assists Districts with NYSED Technology Plans: Following the approval of the SMART Schools Bond Act in 2014 , New York state school districts may have access to $2 billion of funding to build 21 st century learning environments.  Before a district can apply for SMART Schools funding, it must submit a certified Instructional Technology Plan survey to the NYS Education Department. The deadline to submit surveys is Oct. 16, 2015.   CNYRIC hosts informational meetings In an effort to help districts prepare for the Instructional Technology Plan survey, the CNYRIC recently hosted two orientation sessions. Representatives from all four BOCES regions and over 40 school districts were in attendance. The survey, which is required under Part 100.12 of the Commissioner's Regulations, is designed to allow districts the ... more >>
Meet Our May Featured Teacher:     “It is much easier to access Schoology as I do not worry about losing a piece of paper or having to carry around a textbook for my assignments.” - Student testimonial Shirley Terrinoni Music Teacher Hannibal High School Hannibal Central School District Our May 2015 Featured Teacher has more than 30 years of teaching experience. For the past 15 years, Shirley has taught Music Theory, Guitar, and Band to students in grades 9-12 at Hannibal High School. What are some of the innovative ways that Shirley integrates technology into her curriculum? Shirley incorporates technology into many ... more >>
CNYRIC Enhances Support for Robotics and Coding: “There is definitely a huge opportunity for computer science education in schools – kids are hungry for knowledge.”   CNYRIC Enhances Support for Robotics and Coding Instructional technology program aims to elevate districts’ computer science offerings Marcellus Central School District’s PTO has organized and hosted  Discover Your Talent Day  for the past nine years. Recently held on a Saturday morning in March, this year’s event attracted more than 250 K-3 students.  Nearly 50 volunteer instructors provided students with a diverse selection of hands-on experiences. This year CNYRIC Instructional ... more >>
CNYRIC Connects Students Around the World with e-Learning Opportunities: Did you know that the CNYRIC’s American Sign Language (ASL) e-Learning classroom reaches nearly 65 students in eight districts across New York state? Led by e-Learning Coordinator Amy Spath and ASL Instructor Laura LaTray-Corey, the program provides ASL education via videoconferencing throughout the school year. The program continues to expand as additional students become interested in learning a new language, as well as earning high school and/or college credits. Recently, four students were inducted into the ASL Honor Society (ASLHS). Since its inception in 2006, the ASLHS’s mission is to encourage and recognize high academic achievement in ASL studies for students. The e-Learning program recently coordinated two major events: Floyd Little at Fabius-Pompey School ... more >>
School District Spotlight: West Genesee: Our Data Warehouse team is pleased to recognize the West Genesee Central School District with this month’s “School District Spotlight.”  During the summer of 2013, five instructional specialists, two literacy coaches, and the district data administrator from the West Genesee Central School attended the Got Data? Now What? full-day workshop facilitated by Bruce Wellman and sponsored by the Data Warehouse department. This workshop was pivotal in creating a frame of reference for how the district planned to move forward in using data to inform instruction.  In the 2014-2015 school year, the instructional support team implemented the work of Wellman and Laura Lipton’s book “Got Data? Now What?” by utilizing ... more >>

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From Around the Region: Skaneateles CSD Grad Returns to Talk Shop with Students:
From Around the Region with Skaneateles Central School District Nancy Menapace Cable, a 2005 graduate of Skaneateles High School, recently returned to SHS to speak with seniors in Matt Slauson’s ... more >>

Meet our Featured Teacher: Keith Ward:
  "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 >>

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