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Summer learning opportunities abound for area educators

Register online

Register online through My Learning Plan. You will need to create an account with a password to sign up.  

Download the interactive course guide and sign up today!

An added value to participate is the fact that member districts may be eligible to submit claims for reimbursement on summer stipends for teachers (maximum stipend reimbursement up to $95/day per teacher).

Contact Deputy Director for Assessment, Accountability and Technology Aaron Bochniak at 518-862-5311 or


When you love teaching, you just can’t turn it off at the end of June.

And now you don’t have to!

Enjoy a summer filled with learning at Capital Region BOCES.

Variety of workshops and seminars

Area educators are invited to join us for nearly 25 seminars and workshops — created by and for educators — in math, English, social studies and more.

You'll get a jump-start on next school year in a fun, meaningful and supportive atmosphere during the School Improvement Team’s Summer 2016 Professional Learning Series.

This is a great opportunity to:

  • Develop lesson plans and activities you can use in your classroom.

  • Deepen your understanding of the standards.

  • Open your imagination to the possibilities of inquiry in your classroom.

  • Create, deliver and get feedback on an inquiry-based lesson.

  • Brainstorm ways to address particular topics in your classroom.

  • Collaborate with same grade-level peers region-wide.

  • Plan and implement effective lessons to target student needs.

  • Identify and create ways to help struggling students.

  • Help students develop critical thinking and analytical skills.

Sample course topics include using the daily five in elementary classrooms, making the most of guided reading groups, diving deep into a number of the math strands, implementing the new social studies framework and analyzing various instructional approaches to collaborative learning.

Due to time constraints during the summer, many of the sessions offered are foundational in nature, but also lay the groundwork for ongoing work into the school year. Many are the first session in a series, with the remaining sessions to be offered asynchronously, in a blended learning model.

Sessions will be facilitated by members of the School Improvement Team: Abigail Mouravieff-Apostol, Jason Breslin, Lisa Ball and Tom Schweizer.

Watch videos about the social studies offerings and math/ELA sessions.

Two-day instructional coaching workshop with Peter DeWitt

There will also be an opportunity for coaches, aspiring coaches, staff developers and other school leaders to join guest presenter and experienced trainer, developer and researcher Dr. Peter DeWitt as he describes the nuts and bolts of instructional coaching. This event is being held in collaboration with the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center July 14-15, 2016. Course details and registration link.

Additional summer offerings:

Dignity for All Students Act

This training proactively addresses the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination and is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to create an affirming school environment for all students. Learn more & register

Project-Based Learning Institute

This three-day workshop engages participants in learning the principles for designing, assessing and managing standards-focused projects, as well as using performance assessments to judge the relevant work generated by 21st-century learners. Through a combination of direct instruction, video analysis and hands-on group work, participants will have the opportunity to plan, design and receive peer feedback on an engaging and rigorous project using the Buck Institute for Education model and tools. Learn more & register

Deep Dive into the Draft New York State Science Learning Standards Content

This three-day event will introduce content in the draft New York State Science Standards, including Matter and Its Interactions, Energy, and Earth's Place in the Universe. Secondary teachers will provide participatory activities to support K-5 teacher reinforcement of important science concepts. Student misconceptions, alignment to other content areas and K-5 resources will be shared. Learn more & register


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