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CONNECTIONS The Official Publication Of Southern Westchester Board Of Cooperative Educational Services

Fall 2010

SWBOCES Names Four New Administrators

Four accomplished administrators with varied backgrounds have joined Southern Westchester BOCES in key positions this year. James T. Langlois, Ed.D. Interim District Superintendent

James T. Langlois, Ed.D., has been named SWBOCES interim District Superintendent by the Board of Education. Dr. Langlois has been District Superintendent of Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES for the past six years, and will continue serving in that position. Before joining PNWBOCES, he was superintendent of schools in Goshen, N.Y., for eight years, and before that served as an assistant superintendent on Long Island. He began his career in public education 45 years ago as a high school English teacher in Connecticut. Dr. Langlois was recently elected Vice President/Treasurer of the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS). He also serves on the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Governing Board and is a member of the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) Government Relations Committee. Dr. Langlois has taught graduate educational leadership courses at Fordham University and SUNY New Paltz. Susan Carr Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services An experienced educational administrator with a keen sense of students’ needs and the vision to

take the instructional goals of Southern Westchester BOCES into the 21st century, has assumed the position of assistant superintendent for educational services. Susan Carr, a former assistant superintendent for instruction at Madison-Oneida BOCES, was formally hired on Aug. 16. She will oversee the Center for Career Services, the Center for Special Services, and the Center for Professional Development & Curriculum Support. Ms. Carr’s position as an assistant superintendent was redefined following the retirement of Raymond Healey, who served as assistant superintendent of special education for four years. At Madison-Oneida BOCES, Ms. Carr had many responsibilities, which included providing leadership and support to the career and technical, special education, alternative education, early childhood education, staff and curriculum development, adult and continuing education, and instructional support programs. Her leadership skills also helped the district’s Alternative Education Program achieve a 95 to 100 percent graduation rate for the period 2006 through 2009, and Ms. Carr routinely interviewed new administrators, teachers, teaching assistants, and aides in an effort to further support student achievement throughout that district. Teachers a Positive Influence It was, however, during her tenure as a guidance counselor and department chair at West Genesee High School in Camillus, that she became acutely aware of the needs of students and ways that instructors could positively influence their future. “During my time there, I really got to know the students well and understand them and was then able to bring that information Continued on page 2

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Districts and SWBOCES Collaborate on English Language Learning Initiative

The SWBOCES Center for Professional Development & Curriculum Support and the Center for Career Services are assembling a panel of experts from seven local school districts to provide better educational opportunities for non-English speaking students and training for teachers and administrators in English Language Learning instruction.

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he initiative, spearheaded by former BOCES District Superintendent Robert Monson, is based on talks with the Greenburgh Central 7, New Rochelle, North Rockland, Ossining, Port Chester, Tarrytown and White Plains school districts. Administrators have been examining ways BOCES can improve professional development for teachers and administrators, and offer services most suited to needs in the region, including targeted instruction for students in the area of vocational education. Sandra A. Simpson, chief operating offiContinued on page 5

C O N T E N T S SWBOCES Recognized for Communications Excellence . . .3 Career Services on The Today Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 LHRIC Brings Blackboard K12 to Districts . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Foreign Language Learning Critical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Phys Ed Training Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

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and understanding to teachers throughout the school,” said Ms. Carr, who holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from West Chester University. She also has a master’s degree in school counseling and a certificate in advanced study in educational administration, both from Syracuse University. Students’ difficulties with the writing process and with other subjects such as math could be solved more efficiently, Ms. Carr discovered, if teachers changed their instructional practices and tackled specific problems more deliberately. She also encouraged teachers to promote problem solving and to stimulate creativity among their students. The lessons she learned as a guidance counselor would later be useful to her when she acquired the position of elementary principal and K-8 curriculum coordinator of the Morrisville-Eaton Schools. While there, Ms. Carr helped the school achieve a 25 percent increase in its fourth grade ELA scores, and in 2003, it was recognized as one of the “Most Improved Schools in New York State.” Over the past 10 years, Ms. Carr, who is married to Ron, an attorney, and has two grown children living in the New York City area, said her focus and that of other administrators has been on how students learn. That, she said, is crucial as educators continue to embrace the 21st century learning skills that children will need to be successful. “As we understand how students learn, we also realize that learning is as much about doing as it is about listening,” she noted. That, she said, will be one of the cornerstones of her tenure here at BOCES. She also intends to focus on promoting creativity, collaboration and innovation throughout the BOCES instructional programs. “I’m very excited about this new position and the challenges that lie ahead. We as educators are much like scientists, trying new things and evaluating them and, above all, being innovative.” Dr. Barbara Walkley Interim Director of Professional Development & Curriculum Support Bringing with her a strong background in teaching, curriculum development, and business

consulting, Dr. Barbara Walkley has joined Southern Westchester BOCES as Interim Director of Professional Development & Curriculum Support. Dr. Walkley replaces Dr. Robert J. Reidy Jr., who left SWBOCES in 2009 to head up the New York State Council of School Superintendents. Dr. Walkley, who recently retired as assistant superintendent of curriculum, staff development and instruction for the Mahopac school district, will work with SWBOCES for the next year, helping to transition the center through recent changes that include changes in state regulations that will affect BOCES. Business Consulting Experience Pivotal to her role here is Dr. Walkley’s 15 years of experience as an organizational development consultant to such businesses as Toshiba, Corning, Schweizer Aircraft, various manufacturing firms, and several Fortune 500 companies in the Elmira, N.Y., area. Dr. Walkley said she became interested in organizational development and how change affects businesses in the late 1980s, a time when many companies began the shift to a team concept in the workplace. “As a consultant, I did a lot of team building within different organizations,” she said. “The Professional Development & Curriculum Support Center has gone through a change process already. We’ve become more collaborative and team-oriented, and I’d like to continue building on the work that’s been started.” Another of her initial goals is to do more outreach to districts. “I would like to have the districts look to BOCES as their first resource,” she said. SWBOCES also will have a major role to play with the districts in putting to work their share of the $700 million awarded to New York State by the federal government in the Race to the Top program. The money is part of a $4 billion package earmarked for states that have a comprehensive plan for education reform and school improvement. “New York State is really looking to change the model of how we educate children,” Dr. Walkley said. “There’s a lot to do and we will be working with the districts to help accomplish this.” A Teacher First Dr. Walkley began her career teaching reading to migrant students for New York State after graduating with a degree in art and elementary education from SUNY-Geneseo in upstate New York. She next took a job at Parley Coburn Elementary School in Elmira, where she 2

worked alongside two other teachers in an open classroom instructing students in grades 4-6. She landed a job three years later as the gifted education teacher for the Elmira school district, rotating on different days among the city’s elementary and middle schools to work with students. Five years later, she went to work for Schuyler Chemung Tioga BOCES (renamed the Greater Southern Tier BOCES) in Elmira, where she stayed for 19 years providing professional development for BOCES staff and the component districts, teacher and administrative training, and curriculum development support. Dr. Walkley went to Mahopac six years ago. “I really appreciated going from a BOCES to a district,” she said. “As a BOCES, we advise districts, but we can’t control what a district does. Working in Mahopac, I was able to put into practice what I had long been advising districts to do.” One of her greatest accomplishments while at Mahopac was aligning systems and people. Each school in the district, she said, “was its own silo.” And after discovering that teachers across the district had never met, she created avenues for networking, collaboration and sharing best practice, which “had a big impact on student performance.” Dr. Walkley currently lives in Poughkeepsie with her cat, Tom, and enjoys hiking in the parks of the Hudson River Valley. A lifelong artist, she likes to sculpt and sew in her free time, but said that “my first love has always been teaching.” Isabel Burk Coordinator of School Safety With more than 22 years as a consultant for the SWBOCES Center for Professional Development & Curriculum Support, and for a majority of the school districts in both southern and northern Westchester, Isabel Burk has hit the ground running as SWBOCES’ newly hired coordinator of school safety. Ms. Burk, who began her career as a health teacher in the New York City Public Schools, replaces Rosemary Lee, who retired in June. In her new position, Ms. Burk will be responsible for assessing districts’ hazardous and risk management policies, in addition to providing training for teachers and administrators on a variety of topics such as school safety policies, Continued on page 3


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personal safety, bullying, child abuse protection, and alcohol and drug abuse. A well-respected New York State credentialed prevention professional, and a nationally certified health education specialist, Ms. Burk has been running her own consulting company, The Health Network, since 1996. In that capacity, she has provided customized training for schools, law enforcement agencies, first responders, and DARE officers. She also has served as the keynote speaker at several state and national conferences, including the DARE International Training

Conference, Ohio Supreme Court Training Conference, Indiana Safe Schools Academy, the New England Narcotics Officers Association Conference, and the New York State Office of Children & Family Service. Ms. Burk, who lives in New City, said she is committed to keeping schools safe for children. “When students feel accepted in school, they are more likely to live up to the social standards there and are able to perform better academically,” she said. While alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse continue to be threats to today’s young people, Ms. Burk sees other dangers that have become more prominent in recent years, and believes that schools need more guidance in areas like cyber-bullying.

The author of two books and more than 300 articles, Ms. Burk, who holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s in health education, both from Lehman College, said she has some specific goals going into the job. They include working with school district administrators in the southern Westchester region to offer state-of-the-art technical assistance, using data to assess needs, and developing a customized plan for prevention and early intervention. Ms. Burk is excited to be a full-time employee of BOCES. “I’m so overjoyed to be here,” she said. “With my visibility, reputation and skills, there could not be a better fit.”

SWBOCES Recognized for Excellence in Communications

Career Services Featured on The Today Show

Southern Westchester BOCES has been recognized for outstanding achievement in educational communications by the New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA). Award-winning recipients in NYSPRA’s 31st-Annual Communications Awards were honored on Oct. 22, 2010, at the annual NYSPRA Awards Luncheon held in conjunction with the 2010 New York State School Boards Association Convention in New York, NY.

Southern Westchester BOCES’ Center for Career Services was featured in a segment of The Today Show’s “Education Nation” series that focused on career and technical education. The segment aired the morning of Sept. 28 on NBC.

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uzanne Davis of the SWBOCES Public Information Office won an Award of Merit for her story, “Undefeated by Health Challenges, BOCES Deaf Student is Just Your Average Teenage Girl.” The NYSPRA contest continues to be one of the largest of its kind in the nation. With more than 400 entries in 13 categories from across New York State, the 2010 contest was a closely drawn competition. “This year’s winners should feel especially proud of their awards which recognize excellence in school communications,” said Marcia Kelley, NYSPRA President and School Information Officer of the East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District. “Entries were judged by a distinguished panel of professionals from around the country. The judging was very competitive, with only one-third of all entries receiving awards.” NYSPRA is a chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. As a statewide group of professional school communicators, members are committed to the development and dissemination of communications designed to engage parents, staff, community residents and other stakeholders as partners in education. The statewide awards provide an opportunity for recognition of the outstanding work performed by school communication professionals who support student achievement and school improvement initiatives through effective communications.

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ducation Nation is a nationally broadcast, in-depth conversation involving parents, students, teachers and leaders in politics, business and technology, about improving education in America. The weeklong series kicked off on Monday, Sept. 27, and included education stories on all NBC Networks, programs and platforms, including the Nightly News, Today, Meet the Press, Your Business, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, msnbc.com and nbclearn.com. Linda Suarez, director of the Center for Career Services, and three students – Alaysia Mickens, From left: Students Alaysia a senior from New Mickens, New Rochelle; Nick Fontana, Pleasantville; and Mark Hall, White Plains, were Rochelle High School; Nick Fontana, a senior at interviewed for The Today Show’s “Education Ardsley High School; and Nation” series. Mark Hall, a senior from White Plains High School – were interviewed for the segment, which focused on the ways that technology has changed today’s career and technical education, and how rigorous academic studies are blended with vocational training in preparing students for the 21st century global workforce. “This was an excellent experience for all of the students on campus,” said Ms. Suarez. “The fact that they were identified by a major news organization validates their time here.” Too often, she said, career and technical education programs are viewed as an alternative, rather than mainstream, form of education. “The media is starting to focus on all educational options. CTE is not new; it’s just getting more exposure because the government needs to put people back to work.”

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Career Services Brings the Dell Netbook to Campus Students at the Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Career Services are trading in their paper notebooks for electronic ones.

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he campus has purchased 39 Dell Latitude 2100 Netbooks for classroom use, along with two Mobile Computing Stations where the computers are stored and charged. The Latitude 2100 is a line of education-focused netbooks designed for K-12 students. Fifty-seven additional Netbooks and two charging stations have been ordered for the 2010 -11 school year for a total of 96 Netbooks and four stations, with the goal of having 600 Netbooks in two years’ time, said Dr. Clement Ceccarelli, supervisor of the Advanced Career and Technical Education program. Instructional material can be downloaded onto the Netbooks, replacing expensive textbooks, and students can access their individual work folders on a shared server. The Netbooks each have a link to the Internet, allowing students to do web research. With its lightweight design and built-in mobility, the Netbook can be used in any classroom, and is especially useful in such courses as auto mechanics and electrical construction, where students can view video lessons and train at their work station. “The Netbook brings students closer to their work and puts the web at their fingertips,” Dr. Ceccarelli said. Another important benefit of the Netbook’s mobility is that students in different programs can more easily collaborate on joint projects. “The real world is all about working on teams and collaborating with teams in different disciplines,” said Dr. Ceccarelli. The next goal, he said, is to bring the campus completely wireless. “We want to give each student a Netbook so they can move around campus, work in teams and collaborate.”

A Netbook sits on a Mobile Computing Station.

LHRIC Offering Districts Blackboard K12 A video clip starring an adorable first-grader named Sarah talking about how easy it is – even for a little kid like her – to use Blackboard K12, drives home an important message to viewers: online instruction has made blended learning (part face-to-face classroom time, part online course work) a reality in schools across the country.

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n a nutshell, Blackboard K12 is a col laborative course management tool that makes use of multimedia content, including wikis, blogs, journals, chat, and other interactive tools. It has emerged as a strong solution for schools interested in providing collaborative learning experiences for students and teachers through blended and fully online courses. Teachers and administrators from New Rochelle and Putnam/ Northern Westchester BOCES had a chance to try the program out during a three-day training session on the latest version (9.1) of Blackboard K12 in August. It was the first training session offered by the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (LHRIC) in preparation for offering Blackboard to districts starting in September. The RIC will host all Blackboard technology and software and, beginning in mid-October, began offering nine online professional development courses for Model Schools members in the eLearning Center hosted in Blackboard. A Flexible Tool Districts that sign on with the LHRIC will be able to create and add their own content to their Blackboard site and develop an online presence with a unique web design and URL reflective of the school district. The new version of Blackboard allows teachers and students to log on to pages designed specifically for both audiences, provides synchronous communication, integration of Web 2.0 tools, and the ability to align lessons and resources to New York State and national standards. Blackboard also offers something traditional classroom instruction typically doesn’t: flexibility. “The tool is particularly useful for students who work or are homebound, who can’t fit a course into a tight academic schedule, who need to work at a faster pace, and whose learning styles don’t necessarily work well in a 4

traditional classroom environment,” said Sarah Martabano, regional and distance education coordinator for the LHRIC. And with its collaborative features, Blackboard serves as a “great communications tool, whether it’s used for posting files and homework assignments, or working on a group project,” added Blackboard trainer Kimberly Hillyard. “It’s another way of communicating and sharing information.”

Participants learn to use Blackboard K12 in a three-day training session hosted by the LHRIC.

Taking Blackboard for a Test Drive

At New Rochelle High School, teacher Kevin Luciana has developed an online curriculum for a required health class for juniors and seniors. Mr. Luciana started in September with a hybrid curriculum that includes classroom and online instruction via Blackboard. The health course will be offered fully online in a condensed version in January, most likely to Advanced Placement students who have a difficult time fitting the class into a tight schedule. It also will be offered to students who didn’t pass the course in their junior year. Aside from the obvious advantage of providing students with more flexibility, Blackboard, he said, is “great for kids who, for whatever reason – shyness, a language barrier – aren’t doing well in a traditional classroom setting. Blackboard gives them a whole other environment to thrive in.”


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cer and deputy district superintendent for SWBOCES, has followed up with the initiative, hosting a districtwide meeting in early October. Several initiatives have emerged, including an off-campus graduate program that was offered to teachers over the summer in partnership with the College of New Rochelle, and specialized training in ELL instruction for school district administrators. In addition, the Center for Career Services has developed a pilot program for English Language Learners, to be woven into their Career and Technical Education programs starting this fall. Partnership with College of New Rochelle

The partnership with the College of New Rochelle came about when the Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support began a series of conversations with college representatives, including Dr. Ronald Valenti, director of the college’s District and College Partnerships. The 15-credit advanced Certificate in English as a Second Language has been made available to general education teachers from prekindergarten through grade 12 who already teach ESL in their districts. Dr. Valenti, a former superintendent for the Harrison and Blind Brook school districts, said the partnership is a much needed service for educators throughout the county. “Partnerships and the regional delivery of services, as well as shared services, is a smart move in terms of 21st century learning,” he said. “Combining the services of a higher education institute and a BOCES is also more fiscally responsible, especially at a time when school budgets are being tightened.” Additional Training for Teachers and Administrators

The collaboration with local districts includes additional BOCES training for administrators and teachers known as Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP). The training, provided by Pearson Education, Inc. at BOCES in October, is an evidence-based initiative for improving the academic achievement of English language learners, and provides administrators with ways to effectively implement it in their schools. The three-day training initiative will focus either on elementary or secondary level ELL instruction, and on teaching content while developing students’ lan-

guage capabilities. Advanced training in coaching and implementation also will be offered for districts interested in retaining effective SIOP coaches.

Enterprise, an online business model training program. Ms. Suarez said she also is eager to implement a bi-lingual GED program taught entirely in Spanish.

The training sessions, which will take place through December, will help schools implement best practices in the area of English Language Learning, identify the needs that exist in their classrooms, and design a coaching and implementation model to meet any obstacles that may arise in the future, said Suzanne Doherty Spicci, BOCES coordinator of professional development.

“I really like the fact that this will be a comprehensive bi-lingual program that will take students from high school and transition them into the world of work,” said Ms. Suarez.

“The scope and breath of what we can do is incredible if we pool our resources and work together,” said Ms. Doherty Spicci. Career Services Center to Offer Vocational Courses in Spanish

This fall, the BOCES Center for Career Services began offering bi-lingual programs in cosmetology, culinary arts and electrical construction, which includes training in the use of green technology. Linda Suarez, director of the Center, said two additional Spanishspeaking instructors have been hired as a result. “This really is a grassroots production,” said Ms. Suarez, referring to the districts’ commitment to providing an ELL program that suits the needs of all students, some of whom frequently return to their native countries, have learning disabilities or are aging out of the K-12 system without the adequate skills to prepare them for the workplace. Knowing the safety requirements that apply to various industries is an important part of the learning process, said Ms. Suarez, and such regulations are more easily understood if delivered in a student’s native language. “The idea is to give them the opportunity to learn a skill set without the complications of the English language,” she said. The Center also will work with The Westchester Community College Gateway Program, an initiative that provides post-secondary education and other opportunities for students from other countries. Support services will include career coaching, vocational assessment, VESID services, and assistance through agreements with other local colleges. Additional plans for the bi-lingual program at Career Services include a one- or two-year Computer Information Technology Program that will include instruction in English literacy and computer literacy, and training in Virtual 5

Key Points • Approximately 10 students from Port Chester and White Plains school districts are enrolled in bilingual CTE programs for 2010-11. • A bilingual cosmetology teacher was hired for 2010. • Nine teachers and two administrators from Career Services have completed Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) training in bilingual education lesson planning and improving academic achievement for ELL students. • A guidance counselor at the Center for Career Services has been appointed to facilitate appropriate program placement for bilingual students. • A separate enrollment application for ELL/Bilingual CTE students is available in Spanish. • Upcoming districtwide meetings are planned with guidance counselors and faculty to address the needs of ELL students and how SWBOCES can better serve the districts.

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Feed the Children Donates School Supplies to BOCES Homeless Student Program Feed the Children, an international relief organization that distributes food, clothing, medicine and other necessities to children and families in need, delivered a donation of 980 colorful new backpacks, boxes of school supplies, hygiene items, books and non-perishable breakfast and snack items to the Southern Westchester BOCES Homeless Student Program in August.

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he backpacks were distributed before the start of the school year to homeless students in area school districts and through community-based organizations that provide services for families in need. Volunteers from recipient school districts, Family Ties of Westchester, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving families with special needs children, and The Children’s Village Sanctuary, were on hand bright and early to help stuff the backpacks at the HSP’s location at 2 Westchester Plaza in Elmsford. Westchester County, one of the nation’s wealthiest counties, has not been immune to the effects of the economic downturn in recent years, said Maria McGinty, coordinator of the HSP, noting that many otherwise financially stable

Volunteers: Leilani Yicar, Ann Rouchaud, Maria McGinty, Maggie Rozmus, Conner Simmons and Percio Bernal.

families have had to seek temporary housing due to job and home loss. The backpacks and supplies will be a big help to families who would not be able to

New Rochelle Student’s Design Wins Logo Competition A logo designed by New Rochelle High School senior Alaysia Mickens was the winner in a competition open to all Commercial Art students at the Southern Westchester BOCES Center for Career Services.

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he competition was hosted by the SWBOCES Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA), established last spring to help parents of special needs children network and share information. SEPTA’s five-member Executive Board chose Alaysia’s logo from among 20 entries. The design includes the SEPTA acronym and an encircled silhouette of a child holding a parent’s hand. The logo will be used on the SEPTA website, letterhead, envelopes and as a stand alone. “The Board was looking for a logo that would indicate what SEPTA is all about – parents and children working together

purchase them for their children. “How great is this for a kid who doesn’t have anything?” asked Ms. McGinty. “The students can start school with a brand new backpack and school supplies and feel good. Feed the Children has been just fabulous to work with on this.”

Stuffed backpacks ready for delivery.

“We’re very grateful that all of the students were so responsive,” she said. “The Board was absolutely amazed by the students’ work. Our biggest problem was choosing just one logo.” Alaysia received a $30 prize and a letter from the Board thanking her for creating a symbol that represents SEPTA’s mission. “Your logo embodied the message of this newly formed organization,” the letter read. Mr. Powers also was thanked for supporting the competition and guiding the students through the design process.

A logo designed by New Rochelle senior Alaysia Mickens, a Commercial Art student at the SWBOCES Center for Career Services, was selected by Special Education PTA board members to represent the newly formed organization.

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In addition to her Commercial Art studies, Alaysia serves as the afternoon president of the campus’s chapter of the National Technical Honor Society, and was interviewed in September by The Today Show for a segment on the “Education Nation” series (see story on page 3). Both experiences have “put me a step ahead,” she said.


Foreign Language Learning Critical to American Success

years or more of Rosetta Stone language instruction scored higher on the verbal section of the SATs.

A very clear message was sent to local educators attending an Oct. 4 workshop to mark the “Rosetta Stone Kickoff” hosted by the LHRIC’s Model Schools Program: if America is to remain competitive in today’s global economy, its young people must acquire strong multi-lingual skills.

Because Americans pride themselves on their creativity and flexibility, the Rosetta Stone approach is a perfect one, she said. Not only will the classroom edition allow instructors to teach students at the foundational and operational level, the resources of the teacher also can be used in a more cost-effective way, she explained.

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he event, held at the LHRIC’s offices in Elmsford, included an online presentation by Cathy Quenzar, Rosetta Stone’s senior director for education, and a subsequent in-house session led by Syed Ahmed Mustafa, regional director, Education Sales, and Michelle Samuels, strategic account manager for the company’s tri-state customer base. The LHRIC is the only regional information center in New York State to collaborate with Rosetta Stone on this initiative. The Rosetta Stone® language-learning software is produced by Rosetta Stone, Ltd., and uses a combination of images, text and sound to help students become proficient in a foreign language. Until recently, the Rosetta Stone Classroom program was available only as a CD-ROM, but it is now fully accessible online. In her talk, Ms. Quenzar noted that in an evolving world of globalization, students must be both multilingual and multicultural citizens. The push toward globalization is evident, added Ms. Quenzar, in economic data that shows a dramatic growth in S&P revenues over the last decade. In 1990, one-third of American companies’ S&P revenues were international; today, it is at least half, and by 2025, global sales will account for at least two-thirds, if not three-quarters, of the S&P 500 revenues, she explained. As a result, American companies are increasingly looking toward foreign-born job applicants who already have the language skills to compete in a global economy. “Americans entering the job market just don’t have the needed language skills,” she added. Ms. Quenzar said that within the American education market, the company is seeing the most demand at the elementary level, and rightly so, she added, because learning a foreign language at a young age is crucial. However, a study released last year reported a decrease in the number of elementary schools across the nation offering foreign language instruction. In 1997, 24 percent of elementary schools

offered a foreign language; that number has now dropped to 15 percent. At the middle school level, foreign language instruction was offered at 75 percent of the nation’s schools. Today, approximately 58 percent of the country’s middle schools are offering similar programs. Meanwhile in European schools, Ms. Quenzar noted that 60 percent of all children take a second foreign language in school. In addition, approximately 200 million people (of all ages) in China currently are learning English, while the number of Americans learning Chinese is a mere 60,000. The individual benefits to students learning a new language using the Rosetta Stone system include not only proficiency in the language being learned, but also higher test scores in ELA, math and social studies across several grades. According to a College Board study, students who have had four

In reviewing how Rosetta Stone works in the classroom, Mr. Mustafa suggested that 20 to 30 minutes of instruction per day is perfect for most students. The company’s classroom edition, which correlates with state and national learning standards, includes an immersive environment rich with engaging activities. Milestones at the end of each unit simulate real-life situations, and interactive grammar and spelling activities reinforce lessons, making the learning more enjoyable, he added. “As the world continues to shrink, this is no longer a need,” stressed Mr. Mustafa. “It is an expectation.” Districts interested in finding out more about the Rosetta Stone Classroom edition can contact Leslie Accardo at laccardo@lhric.org.

Reading Recovery® Teachers in Training Graduate On June 8, teachers from the New Rochelle, North Rockland, North Salem, and Port Chester school districts completed an intense year of training for certification as Reading Recovery® teachers.

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he teachers received four graduate credits from New York University, which partners with SWBOCES to deliver the program. The training was conducted by Mary Ellen Cull of the BOCES Center for Professional Development & Curriculum Support. Ms. Cull is coordinator of the Reading Recovery program and also functions as an adjunct professor for New York University. Debbie Eisenberg, Reading Recovery teacher leader; Dr. Bob Reidy, former interim director of the Professional Development Center; school principals; and fellow Reading Recovery teachers helped celebrate the graduates’ accomplishments. The BOCES Reading Recovery project has been From left: Debbie Eisenberg Lever, Reading Recovery teacher delivering intervention to the leader, graduates Leslie Claiborn, New Rochelle; Liz Aufiero, lowest-achieving first-graders North Rockland; Jennifer Martz, North Salem; Ann Comunale, North Rockland; Nancy Capparelli, Port Chester; for close to 20 years and Mary Ellen Cull, coordinator of the SWBOCES Reading has served more than 10,000 and Recovery Program. children. 7


BOCES Southern Westchester 17 Berkley Drive, Rye Brook, NY 10573 914 - 937- 3820 w w w. s w b o c e s . o r g Board of Education President Georgia Riedel Vice President Joseph Wooley John DeSantis Nancy Fisher Richard Glickstein Beverly A. Levine James Miller Interim District Superintendent James T. Langlois, Ed.D. Chief Operating Officer/Deputy District Superintendent Sandra A. Simpson Assistant Superintendents Susan L. Carr Educational Services Nancy A. Jorgensen, Ed.D., Human Resources Stephen J. Tibbets Business and Administrative Services Connections Editor: Suzanne M. Davis Contributing Writer: Colette Connolly Office of Public Information The Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services, its officers and employees, shall not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, marital status, gender, age, handicapping condition or sexual orientation. This policy of nondiscrimination includes access by students to educational programs, counseling services for students, course offerings and student activities, recruitment, appointment and promotion of employees, and employment pay and benefits, and it is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended and then promulgated thereunder, not to discriminate in such a manner. SWBOCES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

“The Mission of Southern Westchester BOCES is to collaborate with school districts and communities to meet their educational challenges by providing regional leadership and cost-effective, high-quality services.”

Title IX Coordinator Michael R. Gargiulo, Director of Human Resources Section 504 Coordinator Thomas DiBuono, Director of Facilities & Operations

Workshop Provides Training on State’s Physical Education Standards Coordinators from the Healthy Schools New York organization, funded by a five-year grant from the New York State Department of Health, turned out out Sept. 30 for a workshop sponsored by the SWBOCES Center for Professional Development & Curriculum Support on how to assist school districts in developing and implementing quality physical education programs for all students.

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grant awarded to OCM BOCES from the DOH helped fund the training workshop. The award came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment ActCommunities Putting Prevention to Work state initiative. Mary Case, program manager of the OCM BOCES Youth Development Department, and Kari Shanahan, also from OCM BOCES, worked with staff from the state Education Department and SWBOCES to develop the workshop. Ms. Case’s job is to facilitate training workshops for coordinators of the Healthy Schools New York group regarding state and national physical education standards, state regulations and mandates, as well as national physical education guidelines. The coordinators come from 18 funded organizations statewide that are working through the DOH grant to provide technical assistance to school districts to develop and implement comprehensive policies for increasing physical activity, improving nutrition and reducing tobacco use. The one-day training included two presentations by Trish Kocialski, associate in physical education at the New York State Education Department, on “Building Quality Physical Education Programs” and “How to Implement Elementary Physical Education Instruction;” an afternoon panel discussion on moving toward quality physical education programs; and a walkthrough of the national standards for physical education, conducted by Ms. Case. One of the goals of the workshop, explained Suzanne Doherty Spicci, BOCES coordinator of professional development, was to give participants an understanding of the state physical education mandates and provide them with an opportunity to discuss successful strategies as well as barriers to implementation. Ms. Doherty Spicci heads up the SWBOCES Section One Physical 8

Panelists discuss physical education mandates and policies during a recent workshop held at the Center for Professional Development & Curriculum Support. From left: George Blessing, Jim Dennett, Michelle Marie Shaw, Joan Neuendorf, Chris Serra, Donna Pirro, and Ray Papallardi.

Education and Health Education Professional Development Consortium, which provides high-quality, specialized workshops, courses and conferences for physical education and health education teachers, supervisors, and administrators. Panel Discussion Highlights Improvements, Challenges A panel discussion titled “Moving towards Quality PE Programs” was helpful to many participants, providing an opportunity to gather information and advice from physical education directors in several local districts. The panel included George Blessing, director of physical education for the Scarsdale Schools; James Dennett, director of athletics, physical education and health in the Ossining School District; Joan Neuendorf, department chairperson for physical education, health, project adventure, and aquatics for the Ramapo School District; Ray Pappalardi, teacher leader for K-12 physical education and athletic director in the Edgemont School District; Donna Pirro, director of athletics and physical education for the Mount Pleasant School District; Chris Serra, director of physical education and aquatics, Clarkstown Central School District; and Michelle Marie Shaw, director of physical education, North Rockland Central School District.

Connections Fall 2010  

A quarterly newsletter published by Southern Westchester BOCES with school and administrtive news of interest to the 33 component school dis...

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