BOCES Teachers, Staff Train For The Year Ahead

Two teachers wearing face coverings sit side by side watching a staff training on a computer.
This week, teaching faculty from across our organization are preparing through workshops and training for the start of a school year unlike any other.

While our educators differ in terms of the subjects and skills they teach — from special education to welding, heavy equipment operation and college level coursework — they have one important thing in common: a desire to best support our students at a time of uncertainty and change.

With COVID-19 precautions in place and the possibility that teaching and learning may need to happen virtually, teachers are creating lesson plans and preparing classrooms and labs for a different type of school year and BOCES.

More than two dozen professional development opportunities — with titles like Engaging Students in the Remote Environment, Motor Play From 6-12 Feet Away and Mindfulness in the Classroom to Support Mental Health and Wellness of Students — are giving educators plenty of opportunities to prepare for whatever the school year brings.

“We know our teachers are preparing for a year unlike any other they have experienced,” said Deputy District Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Lauren Gemmill. “In addition to offering them workshops focused on curriculum and instruction, we have a number planned to address remote learning and the social emotional needs of not only students, but staff as well.”

Capital Region BOCES students return to in-person learning starting on September 14. Administrators, maintenance staff, faculty and others have been working throughout this summer to plan and prepare for a safe and healthy return to in-person learning on our campuses and in our programs.