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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 >>
Beyond the Buzz: Technology Integrators Leading the Way: "Bey ond the Buzz: Technology Integrators Leading the Way" is now available online. Read about talented teachers throughout central New York, as well as dynamic districts that are infusing technology into their schools. more >>
Introducing New Service: District e-Communications Support: In t oday’s connected world, timely, two-way district communication is an opportunity for school administrators to share news, listen, and build trust with their community stakeholders. Whether it’s showcasing student talent through a digital newsroom, providing emergency notifications via text message, live tweeting an athletic event, sharing student projects on Instagram, or promoting the budge vote in an e-newsletter – a strategic community relations plan is key to a district’s success. New Service to Provide Districts with Public Relations Assistance After speaking with many district leaders, the CNYRIC determined there is significant demand for in-district public relations support. Our new e-Communications Support Service aims to help district ... more >>
Data Spotlight: Lyncourt Union Free School District: Our Data Ware house team is pleased to present Lyncourt Union Free School District (LUFSD) with this month’s “School District Spotlight.” As a Pre-K through eighth grade district, LUFSD uses data to inform decision-making and improve student outcomes.  Developing a Plan Several years ago, LUFSD Superintendent James J. Austin asked staff to research the Professional Learning Community model and focus on collective responsibility for all students’ success.  Through their research, they developed the Lyncourt Child-Assessment-Response-Evaluation (C.A.R.E.) Team.  The C.A.R.E. Team is comprised of a cross-section of school personnel with various backgrounds and expertise.  Teachers are given release time every 4-6 weeks to meet with ... more >>
ITD TALKS: Flipped Classroom Pioneer Delivers Dynamic Day: Flipped Classroom Pioneer Jon Bergmann inspired more than 100 Central New York teachers and administrators during his interactive workshop at the CNYRIC Wednesday, Oct. 22. Throughout the day-long ITD TALKS event, Bergmann shared insightful tools, tips, and tactics for implementing flipped K-12 classrooms.   Flipped Classroom A flipped classroom is a form of blended learning in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed.  Students learn content by watching teacher-created video lectures at home and homework is conducted in class. “If kids go home and don't have the help they need with homework; the flipped classroom provides support outside of school,” said Bergmann Technology Has Changed Bergmann began his presentation ... more >>
Meet Our Featured Teachers, October 2014, The STEAM Team: Pine Grove STEAM Team 8th Grade, Trans-Disciplinary Pine Grove Middle School East Syracuse Minoa Central School District The STEAM Team is a trans-disciplinary group of eighth grade teachers at Pine Grove Middle School in the East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District. The team is focused on creating 21st century learning opportunities by integrating technology and engineering principles into Science, Math, English Language Arts and Social Studies. They are currently in the fourth year of implementation working in this framework. Team members include Jason Fahy, Physical Science; Kevin Michaud, Social Studies; Tina Oakley, Math; Nicole Petranchuk, Writing; Tim Patterson, Technology; Taylor Hunt, Literature; Scott Porter, Special Education; and Diandra Western, ... 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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