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Test Scoring Team Prepares for Assessment Season: “Our goal is to provide districts with excellent customer service, as well as ensure they understand how to  prepare their assessment materials for the vendor scoring process” Test Scoring Team Prepares for Assessment Season Thirty-eight districts to utilize test scoring support services The CNYRIC’s Test Scoring team continues to work closely with districts in preparation for the upcoming NYS 3-8 assessments. This year, 38 districts have opted to utilize Optimum Solutions Corporation (OSC) World’s test scoring service, and the CNYRIC is communicating regularly with the organization to ensure a seamless process.  To prepare ... more >>
Meet Our April Featured Teacher: "I believe that students learn best by doing and creating, and technology provides so many more opportunities for just that." ::Sarah Misco Sarah Misco Third Grade Teacher Wheeler Elementary School Onondaga Central School District Sarah is a third grade teacher at Wheeler Elementary School in the Onondaga Central School District , where she has taught third and fourth grades for six years. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Nazareth College where she has taught three semesters of Assistive Technology and two semesters of Web Design. What are some of the innovative ways that Sarah integrates technology into her curriculum? ... more >>
RTI Meeting Encourages Regional Collaboration: The Data Warehouse recently hosted a day of conversation and collaboration around various aspects of  Response to Intervention (RTI).   This was the second full-day meeting hosted by the CNYRIC this school year, with a final event taking place on June 5.  Each of the RTI days include morning sessions focused on universal screening tools, followed by an afternoon RTI Professional Learning Community (PLC).   Districts share strategies and best practices  During the recent meeting, approximately 100 attendees, including teachers, instructional specialists, school psychologists, and building leaders were present for both the Winter AIMSweb and STAR User Groups.  Each of these work groups focused on how to best leverage ... more >>
School District Spotlight: Altmar Parish Williamstown:   Our  Data Warehouse team  is pleased to present the  Altmar Parish Williamstown (APW) Central School District  with this month’s “School District Spotlight.” APW is located on the southern side of the Tug Hill Plateau in Oswego County and serves approximately 1,300 students. The APW Central School District has experienced many exciting changes this school year, including the arrival of new Superintendent Ms. Anita Murphy. Under the Board of Education’s direction and Ms. Murphy’s leadership, the district has taken on a number of new initiatives that are already having a positive impact on students and the community. Included among them are a revised APPR plan, utilization of Education ... more >>
Moving School Districts' Technology Efforts Forward: More than 30 districts currently participate in a CNYRIC service that supports their internal IT operations – and that number is expected to increase due to the expertise and value of the service offerings. The CNYRIC’s Managed Technical Support Service (MTSS) is designed to provide districts with custom IT support ranging from technology leadership and network administration to project-specific and on-site hourly support. “The combined knowledge base of our growing team of technologists enables us to provide districts with progressive, industry standard solutions that result in a more secure and effective technology deployment,” said Joe Scott, manager of the CNYRIC’s Managed Technical Support Service. “Additionally, our collaborative ... more >>
Instructional Technology Team Provides Powerful PD Opportunities: Schools across central New York were closed Feb. 16-20 for winter break, providing the perfect opportunity for teachers to attend professional development workshops at the CNYRIC. Nearly 30 educators, representing seven school districts and two BOCES, participated in at least one of the three workshops offered by the CNYRIC’s instructional technologists. The half-day learning opportunities included Media Makeover with mediaCONNECT, Google Tools for Schools, and BYOD and the 1:1 Classroom. Each was well attended and received positive reviews from attendees. Feedback from Attendees “My mind is flying with the possibilities, while simultaneously thinking about what our teachers are going to need to successfully maximize the potential of Google apps for education , said ... more >>
Meet Our March Featured Teacher: With more than 12 years of teaching experience, Margaret Middleton is the Library Media Specialist at K.C. Heffernan (K-3) for the Marcellus Central School District . Margaret joined Marcellus CSD in 2012, following nine years working for the Fulton City School District as a special education teacher. What are some of the innovative ways that Margaret integrates technology into her curriculum? Margaret is a video conferencing champion. She actively promotes the benefits of video conferencing to her school's educators in an effort to incorporate distance learning into every classroom. To help spread the word to teachers about the power of video conferencing, Margaret created this public service announcement . Her efforts have paid off, as ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher, November 2014: Mr. Johnsteven Melfi is a teacher at Onondaga Central Jr./Sr. High School in the Onondaga Central School District (OCS). He teaches Algebra II/Trigonometry with honors and Geometry with honors. His teaching career began 18 years ago at Bishop Grimes, and he has been at OCS for the past 16 years. Follow Mr. Melfi on Twitter: @jsm0525 What are some of the innovative ways Mr. Melfi integrates technology into his curriculum? This is Mr. Melfi's second year flipping his classroom. He records all of his lessons using present.me. At the end of each video, students reply to a Google Form to help Mr. Melfi assess the students' level of understanding. This practice allows him to see how students are doing before each class and provides a starting point for classroom instruction. ... more >>
School District Spotlight, October 2014, Onondaga Central: Our Data Warehouse team is pleased to continue the “School District Spotlight,” an initiative to showcase districts that embrace data.  This October we celebrate the Onondaga Central School District (OCS) . Embracing Data to Improve Learning Environment Throughout the past year, OCS took steps to evaluate how to best use data to inform district-wide decisions and improve the learning environment for staff members and students.  Recent initiatives introduced some new practices that capitalize upon the use of data, but also aim to build upon existing processes that have been successful for teachers in the past.  Collaborative Goal-Setting During the 2013-14 school year, the district leadership provided multiple opportunities to formally ... more >>
School District Spotlight: September 2014, Fayetteville-Manlius: Our Data Warehouse team is pleased to introduce the “School District Spotlight,” an initiative to showcase districts that embra ce data. This September we celebrate the Fayetteville-Manlius (F-M) School District , as it consistently uses data to inform, improve, and assess student learning.  From evaluating Board goals to differentiating instruction, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District is using data to inform, improve, and assess student learning.  The mission of the F-M School District is to provide excellence in education for all students.  In accordance with that mission, the F-M Board of Education established five district goals.  But simply establishing the goals was not sufficient.  The F-M Board went a step further and identified ... more >>
Experience the New CNYRIC Website: As  a leader in 21st century technology for 50 school districts across the Central New York region, it’s imperative that our website remain a pivotal resource for educators and administrators. In fact, our website,  www.cnyric.org , experiences nearly 1 million unique pageviews annually, with an average of five minutes spent on the site per visitor.   Website Launched Sept. 10, 2014 Armed with these analytics and more, our e-communications team designed the new website with users’ navigation needs in mind.  In addition to a modern, dynamic homepage, new website features include an easy-to-use services guide; events calendar; and an enhanced footer with real-time social media activity, news articles, and promotional messaging. ... more >>
Transform Instruction with New Tools: Learning Management Systems: Transform Instruction, Embrace New Tools Daily teaching is changing. So are the teaching tools. Several new Learning Management System (LMS) products such as Canvas, Schoology, and My Big Campus, in addition to Blackboard, are available for classroom integration. How do these tools work?  And how can they be used to transform instruction? Our Instructional Technology experts can assist educators as they explore these questions. Contact Model Schools Coordinator Rob Leo at rleo@cnyric.org to begin the conversation. Join New Course Plus, consider registering for our new course, “Blended Learning Class: Learning On-Line.” Part one begins Sept. 22. This course requires a commitment of at least 40 hours including two meetings ... more >>
Test Scoring Q & A: Q & A with Pam Dowse, Test Scoring Supervisor Q: What is Written Response Scoring? A: Its a new scoring process to help districts save time and resources when grading written or extended response questions on the NYS 3-8 assessments. This is the first year that we partnered with Optimum Solutions Corporation (OSC) to provide the scoring service, which is conducted by certified NYS teachers who undergo extensive training prior to scoring. To date, OSC has processed more than 43,000 tests for our 21 participating districts. Q: How does Written Response Scoring work? A: It’s a five-step process: 1. Tests are barcoded with student and school information, then administered; 2. Tests are hand-delivered to the CNYRIC by each district for the OSC in-take process; ... more >>
Meet Our Featured Teachers: Featured Teachers: Katrina Ercole & Maureen Manke 5th Grade, Driver Middle School, Marcellus Central School District What does a 21st-century classroom look like? Step inside Katrina Ercole and Maureen Manke’s 5th grade wing at Driver Middle School for the answer.  The pair co-teach and regularly integrate a wide variety of technology into their daily curriculum. From SMART Board utilization and Google Docs collaboration to interactive cross-country video conferencing, the duo empowers their students on a daily basis. Katrina has 11 years of teaching experience, all of which have been spent working in Marcellus. Maureen Manke is a Special Educator with 16 years of teaching experience, seven of which have been spent in Marcellus. What are some ... more >>
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Data Warehouse Facilitates Workshop on HS Graduation Requirements: As district administrators and counselors finalize graduating seniors’ credentials, the CNYRIC’s Data Warehouse (DW) department is prepared to provide support through a dynamic spreadsheet application. In fact, the DW recently hosted a High School Verification workshop to review rules regarding Regents exam diploma requirements including the new pathways to graduation regulations, as well as address high school accountability projections for next year’s New York State School Report Card. Regents Exam Diploma Requirements The diploma portion of the workshop consisted of a review of the new and existing regulations regarding earning a high school diploma.  This time included discussion of the new pathways regulations which recently went into effect ... more >>
CNYRIC Dives Deeper into Customer Service: Customer service has always been a focus of the CNYRIC, but the organization plans to elevate school district support in 2015 through a variety of new  initiatives. The CNYRIC released a survey to districts in October 2014 to examine customer satisfaction with its departments, services, and personnel.  Of the 143 respondents, more than 95 percent reported that they were satisfied or strongly satisfied with the CNYRIC’s overall customer service. CNYRIC Chief Technology Officer Mike Fay said, “The results are encouraging, but how do we make good service exceptional? We want to exceed our districts’ expectations.” District Satisfaction at the Core To accomplish this goal, the CNYRIC recently created three internal focus areas to proactively ... more >>
District Spotlight: Trumansburg CSD: Our  Data Warehouse team  is pleased to present  Trumansburg Central School District (TCSD)  with this month’s “School District Spotlig ht.” Trumansburg is a  small district, located northwest of Ithaca, whose mission lends itself toward data use for all: students and staff are encouraged to be self-motivated, confident, life-long learn ers who work effectively toward personal and professional goals.  As a district, TCSD has begun to create a District Dashboard, highlighting and tracking growth regarding its district goals while embracing the Data Wise Process.   Data Wise Process Trumansburg CSD Director of Instruction Sarah Vakkas and CNYRIC District Data Coordinator Michelle Robinette recently presented ... more >>
Meet Our January Featured Teacher: Susan Lohret is a first grade teacher at  Cicero Elementary  in the  North Syracuse Central School District .  She was hired in 2000. Teaching is her second career. She earned a business degree and worked in the private sector for a few years after college. She later earned her MS in Education at LeMoyne College. She has begun work on her CAS at SUNY Oswego as she wants to “gain a new perspective on education through the lens of an administrator.” What are some of the innovative ways that Sue integrates technology into her curriculum? Sue is very excited about the new iPad centers in all of the North Syracuse first grade classrooms this ... more >>
Smart Schools Bond Act: Investing in our Students' Futures: New York state school districts will receive a significant increase in funding to support 21st century technology initiatives as a result of the successful Smart Schools Bond Act Referendum . The plan, approved this November 2014, is to invest $2 billion in districts around the state to create schools and classrooms that will prepare students to thrive in tomorrow's economy. Regionally, our districts will receive more than $80 million. Next Steps The CNYRIC continues to be closely involved with discussions in Albany regarding the roll-out of Smart Schools funding. The original plan to release information to school districts in January 2015 may be extended as the various state agencies continue to work through the implementation details. We will keep you informed as new information ... more >>



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" 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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