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Data Warehouse to host several opportunities for educators and administrators: Save the dates for the following opportunities hosted by the CNYRIC's Data Warehouse team. eDoctrina Presentation June 6 – 8:30-10:00 a.m. – Educator Suite demonstration June 6 – 10:00-11:30 a.m. – Accountability Suite demonstration eDoctrina is a multi-purpose curriculum mapping and assessment and evaluation data software tool originating in Buffalo, NY and now being utilized in schools throughout the US.  This suite of web-based educational tools includes standards-based lesson and unit planners, an assessment builder (for both online and traditional, paper-based assessments), a parent/student portal, several unique data reports, a Student goal tracking tool, a PBIS tool, online courses (SOLe), teacher professional development ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Kristy Townsend:   "Using technology effectively has created a classroom culture of collaboration."    Kristy Townsend 5th Grade Teacher St. Margaret's School Syracuse Catholic Diocese Schools Congratulations to Kristy Townsend, our May 2017 Featured Teacher! Kristy has been teaching for nine years, with the last five being at St. Margaret's School in the  Syracuse Catholic Diocese . She currently teaches 5th grade at St. Margaret's School, where she started a 1:1 blended learning environment with Chromebooks last year.  What are some of the innovative ways that Kristy integrates technology into her curriculum? p.p1 {margin: ... more >>
CNYRIC team members participate in Earth Day Litter Cleanup: The outdoor space surrounding the CNYRIC received special attention on Saturday, April 22, thanks to several team members. Together, Joe Napoli, Teresa Fragola, Tammy Mahady, Shelly McConnell, Mike Rood, and Louis Lardear participated in the OCRRA Earth Day Litter Cleanup . Armed with wooden trash pickup tools and plastic bags, the volunteers cleaned up the area immediately around the CNYRIC buildings, as well as parts of East Molloy Road, headed west toward the main entrance of the Air Force Base. The CNYRIC crew collected a pickup truck full of litter! Well done to all of the participants! Thank you for beautifying our area and helping the environment!         more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Justin Ashworth:     "The students must own the learning. The tools and partnerships that are available today can help empower students to control their own education."        Justin Ashworth Library Media Specialist McNamara Elementary School Baldwinsville Central School District Congratulations to Justin Ashworth, our April 2017 Featured Teacher! Justin Ashworth is the Library Media ... more >>
Is your district's website ADA compliant?: In recent months, several school districts in New York State have been contacted by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) regarding website compliance violations of  section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 .  While OCR has not been specific regarding the details of the violations, the CNYRIC's e-Communications team has uncovered the following as the most significant culprits: The use of Adobe Flash Failure to use the Alt Text fields for images The overuse of graphics containing text Failure to use closed captioning for videos In general, most section 508 violations relate to the use of text, images, and videos and the ways in which they are able to be comprehended by people with visual or hearing impairments, or discerned by assistive technology software ... more >>
Meet our Featured Administrator: Mr. Andy Eldridge:     "The technology isn't the star of the show, but a means to ensure high-level learning is occurring."       Mr. Andy Eldridge Principal Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Congratulations to Mr. Andy Eldridge, our March 2017 Featured Administrator! Andy, a 20-year veteran educator, has been the principal of Jamesville-DeWitt ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Thane Doubet:   "These tools allow students to learn through technology and provide the teacher with the information required to adjust teaching to maximize learning for all students."       Thane Doubet Biology and Chemistry Teacher Cortland Junior Senior High School Cortland ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Kelly Guy:   "You don't have to shuffle papers and there is no chance to lose them.  If I am home sick I can see what we learned using EdPuzzle so I don't fall behind. Then I can open the classwork in Google Classroom and know what to do." -Fifth-grade student Kelly Guy Fifth-Grade Math A.A. Gates Elementary School Port Byron School District Congratulations to our January 2017 Featured Teacher Kelly Guy. Kelly works at A.A. Gates Elementary School in the Port Byron Central School District . Kelly is a 16-year veteran teacher, with three years at Port Byron CSD. Previously, she taught in Kansas City; Waimea, Hawaii; Conway, South Carolina, and toured for a month visiting schools ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Marianne Glose:   "The best part is that using this technology [Chromebooks and G Suite] allows the students to be curious and interested in learning. " Marianne Glose Second Grade Cherry Road School Westhill Central School District Congratulations to our December 2016 Featured Teacher Marianne Glose. Marianne has taught in the Westhill Central School District  for the past 29 years and currently teaches second-grade. Prior to teaching at Westhill, Marianne was the reading teacher at Cato-Meridian High School for one year and a pre-school teacher at Westside Nursery School for one year. What are some of the innovative ways that Marianne integrates technology into her curriculum? ... more >>
Connecting, collaborating, and forecasting: CNYRIC hosts statewide test scoring meeting: Nearly 50 New York State test scoring professionals recently gathered at the CNYRIC for a two-day meeting. Representatives from the state’s 12 regional information centers were present, as well as members of the New York City Department of Education, Yonkers Public Schools, Buffalo Public Schools, Rochester City School District, and Syracuse City School District. “Things change on a daily basis in the test scoring world, so this bi-annual meeting is a great opportunity for us to connect and exchange best practices,” said CNYRIC Systems Consultant Michele Rourke. As a leader in the state’s test scoring arena, the CNYRIC has hosted the meetings for more than a dozen years. “Much of the state uses the answer sheets that we create, ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Renee Patterson:   "As students begin to recognize that they have the tools and the know-how to find the answers they seek on their own, they have become more self-sufficient as researchers and subsequently, more curious and engaged in the topics covered in class." Renee Patterson ELA Onondaga Junior/Senior High School Onondaga Central School District Congratulations to our November 2016 Featured Teacher Renee Patterson. Renee works for Onondaga Central Schools (OCS) at Onondaga Junior/Senior High School and has taught ELA since 2004. During her tenure at OCS, she has taught ELA at the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 12th-grade levels, as well as several electives including Film Studies, Children’s Literature, ... more >>
Meeting spaces at the CNYRIC receive new names: The meeting spaces at the CNYRIC have been renamed. The name changes are a result of the organization's recent expansion into Rodax 7 and 8 (previously occupied by OCM BOCES), as well as the reorganization of several conference rooms. In an effort to remain consistent with OCM BOCES' meeting room theme of the Finger Lakes, the CNYRIC's meeting spaces are also named after waterways. Details regarding the new names are below.   PREVIOUS MEETING ROOM NAME NEW MEETING ROOM NAME Rodax 8_Large Conference Room  Onondaga Room Rodax 8_Small Conference Room  Oneida Room Rodax 8_Conference Room A Learning Lab   Rodax 2_Conference Room 1  ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher - John Nadler:     "With increased student motivation and diving deep into the digital tools, students are learning more than ever before."   John Nadler Eighth Grade ELA North Syracuse Junior High North Syracuse Central School District Congratulations to our October 2016 Featured Teacher John Nadler. John works for North Syracuse Central School at North Syracuse Junior High School . He has taught eighth grade English at the junior high for 19 years. He also is the senior advisor for the school's award-winning tech crew, 4D Productions . What are some of the innovative ways that John integrates technology into his curriculum? Over the years, John has used several ... more >>
CNYRIC earns New York School Public Relations Association 2016 Communications Contest Awards: September 2016 - The Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) is the proud recipient of two 2016 New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) Communications Contest Awards .  The CNYRIC earned both awards for the design and development of school district websites including Syracuse City School District and Ithaca City School District . NYSPRA will present all awards at the annual New York State School Boards convention on Oct. 28 in Buffalo. To learn more about the CNYRIC’s e-Communications services, including website design, please go to www.cnyric.org/e-communications .   more >>
CNYRIC Director Pamela Mazzaferro's plans for the CNYRIC: The Central New York Regional Information Center has a new leader. Director  Pamela Mazzaferro  began her new position Monday, Aug. 22.     Pam has developed and initiated a comprehensive entry plan for her first 90 days as director.  Click here to view the plan . The plan outlines the goals, objectives, major activities, and timeline for the next three months. Pam's top priority is to meet with stakeholders throughout the region to listen, learn, and collect information. The gathered data will be used to create a proposed action plan that aims to positively impact the 100,000 students in the region. "I look forward to meeting many educational leaders during the next few months," said Mazzaferro. "Together ... more >>
Pamela J. Mazzaferro becomes new director of Central New York Regional Information Center:   Pamela J. Mazzaferro, director of information technology for the Rome City School District, was appointed July 14 to become the new director of the Central New York Regional Informational Center (CNYRIC), which provides a broad range of technology services to 50 school districts in the region. Mazzaferro replaces former CNYRIC director Michael Fay, who retired earlier this year after 11 years at the helm. The CNYRIC is a division of the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Education Services (OCM BOCES). It is based at 6075 East Molloy Road in Syracuse. “We are extremely fortunate to have Pam on board because she possesses a great depth of knowledge, has experience in both the public and private sector and, most importantly, is committed to student learning,” ... more >>
Data Center team members receive Work-Based Learning Business Partnership Award: Dave Osborn, operations shift supervisor for the CNYRIC’s Data Center, received a call four years ago that changed everything.   “A special education teacher from OCM BOCES contacted me to discuss having some of her students work in the Data Center,” said Osborn. “Looking back, I didn’t realize what an opportunity my team and I had been given.”   Over the past four years, the Data Center has employed two students through BOCES’ Work-Based Learning Business Partnership program. The first was a wheelchair-bound male who found his niche. “He loved shredding papers,” said Osborn. “He liked the sound the machine made and was really happy doing the work.”   ... more >>
CNYRIC committed to the security of school districts' private information: Social Security numbers, email addresses, and student health details are just a few examples of the private information the Central New York Regional Information Center (CNYRIC) handles on behalf of 50 school districts and four BOCES. In addition to the organization's commitment to improving student learning, the CNYRIC places the highest importance on the security of its clients’ private information. The CNYRIC plans to conduct end-user training for all employees in August to ensure best practices continue to be utilized when working with critical data. “Providing end-user training for every CNYRIC employee is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the security of school districts’ information,” said CNYRIC Assistant Director Rick Dillon. ... more >>
Final AIMSweb/STAR User Groups and RTI PLC of the school year happening Friday, June 10: The CNYRIC Data Warehouse team is hosting the final AIMSweb/STAR User Groups and RTI PLC of the 2015-16 school year on Friday, June 10. The goal of each session is to bring together educators from the region to discuss the effective use of data and assessment to improve instruction and student learning. Below are the links to register for each session in My Learning Plan. Please note that the schedule has shifted slightly from the past, with the User Groups from 8:30-11:00 am and the RTI PLC from 12:00-3:00 pm.     AIMSweb User Group:   The spring AIMSweb User Group will focus how to best use end-of-year data to help assess the effectiveness of instruction and prepare for immediate intervention support in September. Additionally, we will discuss ways in which districts ... more >>
Meet our Featured Teacher: Penny Feeney:     "Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination." Daniel Bell   Penny Feeney Library Media Specialist Onondaga Hill Middle Schools Westhill Central School District Congratulations to our June 2016 Featured Teacher Penny Feeney. Penny is the School Media Specialist at Onondaga Hill Middle School, serving grades 5 - 8 in the Westhill Central School District . This is Penny's second year in the district after working as an Early Childhood Educator for 25 years. What are some of the innovative ways that Penny integrates technology into her curriculum? Penny has enjoyed introducing students and staff ... more >>



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Data Warehouse to host several opportunities for educators and administrators:
Save the dates for the following opportunities hosted by the CNYRIC's Data Warehouse team. eDoctrina Presentation June 6 – 8:30-10:00 a.m. – Educator Suite demonstration ... more >>

Meet our Featured Teacher: Kristy Townsend:
  "Using technology effectively has created a classroom culture of collaboration."    Kristy Townsend ... more >>

CNYRIC team members participate in Earth Day Litter Cleanup:
The outdoor space surrounding the CNYRIC received special attention on Saturday, April 22, thanks to several team members. Together, Joe Napoli, Teresa Fragola, Tammy Mahady, Shelly McConnell, ... more >>

Meet our Featured Teacher: Justin Ashworth:
    "The students must own the learning. The tools and partnerships that are available today can help empower students to control their ... more >>

Is your district's website ADA compliant?:
In recent months, several school districts in New York State have been contacted by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) regarding website compliance violations of  section 508 of the Rehabilitation ... more >>

Meet our Featured Administrator: Mr. Andy Eldridge:
    "The technology isn't the star of the show, but a means to ensure high-level learning is occurring." ... more >>

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