DATE:  November 6, 2017

    TIME:   4:00 p.m. – Middle School - Room D120 – Curriculum Office


    IN ATTENDANCE: Susan Dressel, Frank Guzzetta, Michael Irizarry, Thomas Izydorczak,

    Robert Morgan, Jennifer Palmerton, Mary Rauscher, Deborah Rickerson, Mary Lou Sworts, and Jill Wilkie




    1. CONSENSUS REPORT – Minutes –  October 2, 2017                                             

      Financial Report


           Motion:  To approve consensus report as presented.

           1st     Mary Rauscher       2nd    Deb Rickerson                 Carried:   Yes     


    1. Forthcoming Meetings
      • December 4, 2017 –Policy Board meeting
      • December 7, 2017 - Erie 1 BOCES
      • January 8, 2018 – Policy Board meeting
      • February 1, 2018 - NYSUT Office, Williamsville
      • February 5, 2018 – Policy Board meeting
      • March 5-7, 2018 - NYSTC Spring Symposium/Committee of 100-Albany, NY
      • March 12, 2018 – Policy Board meeting (due to conflict w/state mtg.)
      • April 9, 2018 – Policy Board meeting
      • May 7, 2018 – Policy Board meeting
      • May 17, 2018 - Buffalo State College
      • June 4, 2018 – Policy Board meeting


    1. State, Curriculum/TC Updates
    • Fall Focus Summary

    The director attended the NYSTC Fall Focus at NYSUT Headquarters on October

    1. More information was provided on how to best evaluate programs offered by Teacher Centers. It was the consensus of many that it was not necessary to travel for this particular meeting.   Teacher Center Zoom or Skype meetings have been very effective in the past.


    • Workshop Updates

          All workshops except the online RtI/AIS Strategies course have registrations.


    • ELA/Math Next Generation Standards

          The new ELA/Math Next Generation Standards have been approved.   The director will work with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction to execute the planned unpacking of the standards by grade level teacher leaders.


    • iPad

        The TC director’s current iPad has almost reached capacity and needs replacement.

        The Policy Board discussed the purchase of a new iPad with input from the Director

        of Computer Operations.




          Motion:  To approve purchase of new iPad for TC director.

           1st     Sue Dressel          2nd    Rob Morgan                 Carried:   Yes     


    1. Webmaster Update

          All information on the website is up to date.   The web page will be updated with the December Policy Board meeting and approved October Policy Board meeting minutes.


    1. Building Liaison Information
    • 2017-2018 summer payments due by end of October
    • 2017-2018 workshops are available – please sign up promptly
    • PDP Timekeeper is due 2 weeks prior to start of workshop—Please do not start working on course work before receiving approval.
    • Registrations are required for workshops, sent to the TC in electronic or hard copy format
    • Reflection Forms will be sent to participants for completion one month before the designated due date. Completed forms should be sent to the Teacher Center and the course instructor. If individuals have taken workshops from outside providers, they should contact the Teacher Center for a Reflection Form. Reflection Forms will not be available online due to being specific to each workshop.
    • Please remember that all Reflection Forms should be typed and submitted electronically.
    • The Teacher Center has received grant monies, so Breakout EDU kits have been ordered. Upon their arrival, staff will be notified of their availability.


    1. Needs Assessment Results – 169 received by due date; 172 total received
    • Last year’s total Needs Assessments received was 101 responses, so this year there was a noticeable increase!
    • Needs were organized from greatest need to least.   The Policy Board began discussing possible courses for the 2018-2019 school year.
    • Results from the District Initiative – Curriculum & Instruction 


    Microsoft Office 365


    Book Study - Differentiated Instruction/Whole Brain Teaching


    Differentiated Instruction


    Integrating Technology into Curriculum


    Microsoft Applications for the Classroom


    Independent Study


    AIS/RTI Strategies (Math, Reading, Writing, iReady)


    Book Study - Literacy Strategies


    Book Study - Kagan Structures


    Integrating Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM)


    Autism Spectrum Disorders


    Literacy in the Elementary Classroom (PK-6)


    NYS Next Generation Science Learning Standards (PK-12)


    Book Study - Math Strategies


    Writer's Workshop


    Safety First Class for PE Staff and Coaches


    Flipped/Blended Classroom - Parent Resources


    Guided Reading and Assessments (IRIs, Running Records, Fluency Checks) (PK-4)


    Thoughtful Education Lesson Plan Design


    Literacy in the Secondary Classroom (7-12)


    Common Formative Assessments


    NYS Next Generation English Language Arts - ELA (PK-6)


    NYS Next Generation Math Standards (PK-6)


    Data Driven Instruction Model/Data Analysis


    NYS Next Generation English Language Arts - ELA (7-12)


    NYS Next Generation Math Standards (7-12)


    • Results from the District Initiative – PBIS and Supports




    Teaching with Poverty in Mind (Eric Jensen, poverty simulation)


    Book Study - Discipline/Motivation


    PBIS (CKH, Discipline without Stress, Love and Logic)


    School Safety


    1. 2017-2018 Workshops / Registrations

    Current registrations for 2017-2018 workshops is 196.   The number of registrations has increased from the same time last year.   Reminders have been sent to staff about signing up for courses early, along with proper procedures.


    1. Laminator

    Discussion:   The Policy Board discussed several laminator choices which were

    presented.   After reviewing the various machines selected from the Internet, they were impressed with two of the machines. These companies are to be contacted to obtain more information and possible quotes. All decisions have been tabled until the December meeting.  


    1. Breakout EDU – Upgrade

    Eight Breakout EDU kits were ordered as per the grant. An email confirmation

    arrived with an offer for an upgrade of the program platform that comes with Breakout EDU kits. There is an annual fee. The Policy Board discussed the need for the additional programs, including whether these programs might be available through BOCES. It was decided that the upgrade might be extremely valuable at this time, as a “pilot program” for future decision making.


    Motion:   To purchase the 8 Breakout EDU Platform Upgrades for a total of $200.

           1st      Frank Guzzetta            2nd      Rob Morgan            Carried:   Yes    


     Motion to Adjourn:                 

           1st      Tom Izydorczak            2nd      Rob Morgan           Carried:   Yes    


    ADJOURNED:  5 p.m.

    NEXT MEETING:  December 4, 2017