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Instructional Services

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Instructional Services’ goal is to provide collaborative support in order to meet the diverse needs of our districts as they strive to meet state and local goals for raising academic achievement.

Tara Caraco, Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (518) 736-4360, FAX: (518) 736-4361

School Improvement  – COSER 532

Per New York State Education Department (NYSED) CoSer guidelines, general staff development services to districts require that BOCES establish a base-fee structure and that a district subscribe to the base service before a district can receive aid on staff development services. The fee is determined by each district’s RWADA.

Activities and benefits included in the base service are as follows:

  • BOCES Aid for district staff attendance in shared district workshops.
  • BOCES Aid for in-district staff training/consultation by BOCES employees.
  • BOCES Aid for substitute teachers for participants attending half- or full-day training.
  • BOCES Aid for cooperative curriculum development projects involving at least two districts.
  • Turnkey workshops to provide districts with up-to-date information from NYSED.
  • New York State Alternate Assessment administration training and support.
  • Meetings for secondary and elementary principals.
  • Support with the Next Generation Learning Standards in planning for implementation.
  • Curriculum Council Meetings
  • New mentor training
  • Computer Based Testing support
  • Regional Superintendents Conference Days support
  • Danielson Framework and APPR training
  • Trend reports for English Language Arts (ELA) and math (grades 3-8)

Data Analysis

This service provides assistance to component districts in creating, improving/sustaining a culture of data-driven decision making through protocols, common language and goal setting. These services can be tailored to support administrative teams, data teams, departments and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in collecting and analyzing data through a systematic, research-based approach.

Custom work consists of district or school-specific projects and includes:

  • State assessment error analysis;
  • Predictive studies;
  • Survey construction/analysis; and
  • Program evaluation.

Other opportunities are available for an additional fee. To see a full list of all our opportunities and to register, visit MyLearningPlan.

In-District Coaches (Curriculum/Data/Instructional)

Instructional Services can assist districts in their efforts to improve student achievement through high quality, research based professional development and school-based consulting services.

The service includes:

  • Embedded coaches in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA), math, data, special education, reading or other content-specific areas to meet the unique needs and challenges that districts face pre-k through grade 12.
  • Offerings based on specific district needs for embedded staff development in any of the disciplines.
  • A Shared Curriculum Coach provides initial consultation and district or building-wide assessment and curriculum development and mapping. This individual will consult with district administration and design and deliver targeted professional development for instructional staff.

NYS 3-8 Assessment and Regents

Instructional Services will facilitate the regional scoring or third-party vendor scoring of these assessments and Regents exams.

Arts in Education – COSER 414

This service allows component districts to receive BOCES aid on activities designed to integrate the artsA students uses drumstick on a bucket, another uses her hands on a lap drum and a third students uses drumsticks on her legs into education. Unlike other CoSers, activities that are single-district in nature can be aidable. The sharing requirement is met through participation in the Core service.

The Core supports the coordination of programs and provides the following services:

  • Coordination of scheduling, contracting and payments to any performances, theaters, authors and institutions;
  • Technical assistance for local Arts-In-Education program planning;
  • An advisory council composed of school district representatives;
  • Evaluation of the Arts-In-Education programs; and
  • The Arts and Enrichment Service’s online directory of resident artist-educators, listing all approved providers.

Exploratory Enrichment – COSER 412

Activities scheduled through the Exploratory Enrichment COSER extend instruction to address the state learning standards for academic or occupational subject areas.

The program is designed to provide students with activities that exceed or are different from content offerings found in standard courses.

Activities are BOCES aidable if they meet the following criteria:

  • Activity focus is curriculum-based for academic or occupational subjects;
  • Activities must be shared in one of two ways:
    • 1.  In-school activities must be held at another participating district during the same school year; OR
    • 2.  Out-of-school activities must be attended by at least two districts

Related costs NOT eligible for BOCES aid include transportation, food and admission tickets.

The Arts and Enrichment/Exploratory Enrichment Resources directory contains a section that identifies many Exploratory Enrichment providers.

Home School Liaison – COSER 560

Districts are confronted with state-mandated responsibilities for students who are instructed at home. These mandates are based on state legislation or interpretation of federal opinions. In addition, the courts are involved settling precedent-setting disputes which can further inform districts. Home school coordination as a BOCES service provides consistency in process, definitions, expectations, documentation and communication for parents.

The Home School Liaison will review and maintain all student documentation to ensure compliance with state mandates, and keep parents informed of their obligations under Part 100 while providing districts with regular updates regarding compliance.

The service will also provide parent support by offering assistance with completion of paperwork and connecting parents with local home school support groups.

Regional Certification

HFM BOCES cross contracts with Capital Region BOCES for Regional Certification services. Certification questions and requests can be directed to:

Ken Ziegler and Tommy Holecek
Ph: (518) 862-4918