Professional Development

Communication & Engagement Best Practices for Teachers and School Leaders During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Without a doubt, today’s educational landscape looks different than ever before. Since March 2020, schools throughout the nation have been operating under the umbrella of a global pandemic and are learning to provide instruction and support to families in new and creative ways. While effective and timely school-to-home communication has always been a priority, engaging with children and parents has never been more important—or challenging.

To help educators connect with students, parents and guardians during these unprecedented times—and beyond—this two-hour program will explore setting and managing expectations for both educators and parents, share tips for communicating during remote learning, and discuss tools and tactics for effective engagement.  Learn more about this program and register.

Teacher Roadmap 2020-2021 Professional Development Opportunities

As we look ahead to reopening our schools in September, professional development for teachers is essential. Capital Region BOCES has developed a teacher roadmap of professional development opportunities for the 2020-2021 school year. You can access the full catalog here.

NERIC Instructional and E-learning Services

The Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC), a division of Capital Region BOCES, is a resource for cooperative educational technology services and support.

NERIC’s Instructional and E-learning Services offer a comprehensive selection of software, tools and systems targeted to support and enhance classroom and school instructional goals and objectives. Selection planning, implementation services, professional development and ongoing support and services are offered in numerous areas.

Professional Growth Opportunities

Designing education to meet the needs of a 21st-century global society requires the ability to rapidly adapt and apply technology to work creatively to generate new ideas, new theories, new products and new knowledge. NERIC’s Model Schools service provides a high-quality, affordable means of allowing educators to share and build upon their knowledge with colleagues across the region.

Model Schools is a comprehensive support program for districts and is comprised of educational technology professionals with specific areas of expertise. The purpose of the program is to assist districts in their efforts to evaluate, vision, plan and integrate technology into curriculum as a tool to improve student achievement.

Through this service, NERIC staff work with teachers, technology coordinators and administrators to enhance their technology literacy through regional workshops, webinars, online professional development, special events and conferences. Model Schools encourages networking, sharing of best practices and envisioning of future technology uses through district participation in regional events.

Model Schools has added a variety of new classes to support teachers and will continue to evaluate needs and add courses to suit these needs. Access the full catalog of courses.

The Instructional and E-learning teams also created a repository of virtual learning resources with information about a variety of online and virtual tools, who they are intended for, and how to access them.