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.
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. ...
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 ...
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."
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 ...
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."
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 ...
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."
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 ...
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."
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, ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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!
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 email@example.com .
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. ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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!
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...