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Professional Development

Jessica Docteur
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Programs
P: (315) 255-7688

The Professional Development Unit at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES offers numerous development and enrichment opportunities for staff within the nine districts Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES serves. 



Providers in the Integrated Professional Learning service will function as the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Network Team, as outlined in the New York State Regents Reform Agenda, and will deliver staff development in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment and data. This service will be provided by three Professional Learning Coaches with the depth and the breadth of knowledge in these areas.  In accordance with NYSED guidelines, the Professional Learning Coach assigned to your district will work with your faculty and staff to ensure successful implementation of the Network Team Deliverables.   

District leadership, in collaboration with the Professional Learning Coach and the Director of Curriculum and Staff Development, will prioritize needs, establish outcomes and design sustained job-embedded learning opportunities that are aligned with district goals and Regents Reform Agenda initiatives. By design of the model, each Professional Learning Coach will provide high-quality, research-based, customized, job-embedded opportunities for learning.  

CoSer Overview


A fixed number of customized on-site service days determined in collaboration with the district and BOCES, as well as:

  • Unlimited participation in all regional workshops (EEI, Common Core Learning Standards, etc.)

  • Unlimited participation in all Regional Assessment Development Projects

  • Training and support for regional scoring of 3-8 assessments

  • On-site support for summer curriculum and staff development as available

  • Participation in and support for MOODLE

Possible Focus Topics for On-Site Professional Learning:

  • Implementation of Common Core Learning Standards, including awareness and crosswalk of current models, gap analysis and adjustment, and curriculum mapping or unit and lesson design aligned to new standards.

  • Implementation of instructional best practices aligned to CCLS through on-site coaching, observation with feedback, and model lessons with follow-up.

  • Using data for continuous improvement, including facilitating data-drive dialogue, coaching meetings with school-based inquiry teams, analyzing student performance data in the inquiry team model, assessment development and dnalyanalysis
    • loping 21st Century Skills by increasing teacher awareness for 21st Century Skills, increasing teachers’ and students’ technology literacy, and integrating technology with curricula and instruction, as outlined in the CCLS

Supervision of PDU

The Director of Curriculum and Staff Development oversees the quality of service delivery provided by the Professional Learning Coaches through the Integrated Professional Learning CoSer.  The Director is responsible for the coordination and alignment of all professional development services in the professional development unit, including on-site, regional, and state-led learning opportunities, as outlined in the Regents Reform Agenda.  This alignment is facilitated by the coordination of the regional Curriculum and Staff Development Council and collaboration with NYSED through participation in the Staff and Curriculum Development Network (S/CDN).

Leadership Development

The Director of Curriculum and Staff Development is responsible for providing professional development opportunities for school leaders.  The Director attends all monthly regional principal group meetings in a resource capacity and offers professional development opportunities that are uniquely designed for administrators.  Reflective coaching services are available for administrators at any level.  This job-embedded service is provided on-site to support administrators in their goal-oriented effort to lead schools.  Learning opportunities are offered regionally as well as upon request by individual districts for local teams, including administrators, teacher leaders, and members of local Boards of Education.  A cornerstone of the Director’s work with leaders will be providing regional and on-site support for implementation of new teacher and principal evaluation systems as articulated in Education Law 3012-C. 

Coordination of CoSer

The BOCES Director of Curriculum and Staff Development coordinates the requests for collaborative staff development activities between component districts, other BOCES and SED.  Through participation in the School Improvement CoSer, districts have access to opportunities that can impact the goals of their individual School Improvement Plans as related to acquiring, updating, and maintaining competencies that will impact local results.  Examples of professional development activities that may be appropriate for the School Improvement Coser are:

  • SHARED presenters and/or workshops provided by outside consultants

  • Attendance at regional workshops or professional learning communities offered by the BOCES (Shared Initial Activity)

  • Substitute teacher payment for teachers attending workshops provided by BOCES

  • Attendance at summer regional workshops (Shared)

  • District sponsored follow-up to regional professional development

All requests are subject to the guidelines and approval processes required in the School Improvement CoSer.

Annual Professional Performance Review

Teacher Evaluation Training

The Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES has been providing Lead Evaluator Training for teacher evaluators since August 2011. This training is designed for all leaders who observe and evaluate teachers. All evaluators must be trained in accordance with the requirements of the new APPR regulation. Training must address the following nine components:

  • The NYS Teaching Standards

  • Evidence-based observation

  • Application and use of the student growth percentile model and the value-added growth model

  • Application and use of the selected state-approved teacher practice rubric

  • Application and use of any assessment tools used to evaluate teachers

  • Application and use of any state-approved locally selected measures used to evaluate teachers

  • Use of the Statewide Instructional Reporting System

  • The scoring methodology used to evaluate a teacher, including how score are generated for each subcomponent and the composite effectiveness score

  • Specific considerations in evaluating teachers of English language learners and students with disabilities

Year six of the training program will continue in 2016-2017 with the required components and will include opportunities for evaluators to demonstrate inter-rater reliability. This training will provide resources and support for administrators as they continue to implement a rigorous and comprehensive system for evaluating teachers.

APPR Guidance Document

The most recent update of the APPR Guidance Document was released in May 2016.
Find the updated information here.

APPR 2.0

Additional APPR resources to help districts implement Education Law 3012-d can be found here.

APPR Overview
This brief presentation can be used to provide staff with an overview of the key changes in Education Law 3012-d.

APPR Summary
This summary document can be modified to provide a snapshot of the highlights in your district’s negotiated APPR plan.

Curriculum and Staff Development Council (CSDC)

CSDC is a key regional meeting where ideas and information are shared and regional staff development needs are discussed. All meetings are scheduled from 9:00-11:00 and agendas will be distributed one week in advance. If you are interested in joining CSDC, please contact Jessica at 255-7688 or email

2017-2018 Meeting Schedule

The CSDC meeting dates for the 2017-2018 school year have been set. All meetings are from 9 AM-11 AM. Please mark your calendars for the following dates:

October 4, 2017
November 8, 2017
December 6, 2017
January 17, 2018
February 7, 2018
March 7, 2018
May 16, 2018






Brian K. Hartwell, Ed.D.
District Superintendent of Schools

1879 West Genesee Street Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: (315) 253-0361

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