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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 >>
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 .  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 >>

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From Around the Region: Baker Senior Selected for Prestigious Orchestra:
Parker Bruce, a senior at Baker High School, has been invited to perform with the NYO2, a program of the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall. Selection for the orchestra ... more >>

Meet our Featured Teacher: Kimberly Kanuck:
"By giving students the digital tools to start a project from inception to completion, Kimberly introduced them to entirely new ways of integrating technology into their ... more >>

From Around the Region: C-NS students building energy-efficient car for Eco Competition:
The Performance Engineering Team at Cicero-North Syracuse High School is a group of ambitious, hard-working students who meet every day after school and work together to build energy-efficient vehicles. ... more >>

CNYRIC's "Beyond the Buzz" Featured in NYSED Newsletter:
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently featured the CNYRIC's work with one-to-one (1:1) computing in the  January 2018  edition of its ... more >>

From Around the Region: Liverpool Students and Staff Participate in Hour of Code:
Coding has become one of the most important job skills employers seek in potential workers and it’s a skill gaining importance in fields beyond technology.  ... more >>

Meet our Featured Teacher - Alaina Weinsztok:
"Through the integration of technology into classroom and lab activities, Alaina's students gained invaluable skills that they’ll carry with them well beyond high ... more >>

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