Office of Curriculum & Instruction


    This year we are excited to announce our expanded summer PD provided by funding through the Title II grant. Based on our feedback from last year and from a variety of stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, staff and building and grounds, we have made the following changes: 

    1. instead of 3 - 6 hours days, teachers can work up to 20 hours in order to accommodate busy schedules and child care
    2. summer work will be scheduled in-house for July only 
    3. out-of-district workshops are available to teachers (see listing below)
    4. additional supports provided by experts and consultants, as requested

    Summer Work Schedule: 
    Summer work hours will take place during the following weeks: 

    July 2-6, 2018 (no work on July 4th)
    July 9-13, 2018
    July 16-20, 2018
    July 23-27, 2018

    The Summer Work Registration will be open until June 1st, 2018. Link to registration: 

    Out-Of-District Workshop Offerings:  

    #1 Designing Integrated STEM Activities - July 10 - 14, 2018  9:00am - 3:00pm CA BOCES [30 hours*]

    Bring K-12 science teachers, school administrators and SBU science faculty together for a continuing discussion on bridging the gap between K-12 and college STEM education. Any challenges recognized from the discussion can lead to opportunities for networking and new partnerships between K-12 schools and SBU math and science departments and/or between K-12 schools for both short-term and long-term purposes. Provide a hands-on experience for K-12 teachers to develop integrative lessons. These activities are designed to be transferable to K-12 classroom to provoke student interests and increase their preparations in the STEM field that is in high demand.



    #2 Regional Collaborative - Teacher as Writers: Students as Writers - July 27 & 28, 2018

    The workshop has been designed to provide support in areas teachers identified as needs and time for teachers to collaborate with colleagues in neighboring districts that teach the same grade level. In the end we hope to build a community of teachers and learners to help each of us grow as teachers of writing.



    #3 Summer Math Conference - July 24, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [6 hours]

    Join fellow 3rd through 8th grade educators as we explore regional data to drive our assessments, curriculum, and instruction in a conference-style workshop. A focus of the day will be in exploring performance indicators with traditionally low performance. In addition to applying the Standards for Mathematical Practice with BOCES Curriculum Coordinators, you will hear from teachers who have found success meeting mathematics learning standards.



    #3 Summer ELA Conference - Aug. 6, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [6 hours]

    Join 3rd 8th grade colleagues to explore ELA Anchor Standard 2 (central ideas, themes, summaries, and supporting details) which is a consistently low performing area for students in the CA BOCES region. roughout the day, educators will focus on accessing and analyzing student performance data in order to focus on strategies to improve teaching and learning around Standard 2. Educators will engage in learning opportunities to share instructional strategies, analyze state assessment prompts, and build curriculum resources.



    #5 Daily 5 - July 16, Aug. 9, and Oct. 16, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [12 summer hours]

    The Daily 5 is more than a management system or a curriculum framework-- it is a structure that will help students develop the daily habits of reading, writing and working with peers that will lead to a lifetime of independent literacy.



    #6 Writing with Video: Rural Voices - July 16 - 20, 2018   8:30am - 3:00pm  Houghton College [32.5 hours*]

    Connect paper-and-pencil composition and reading skills with composing and reading with video with Dr. Sunshine Sullivan of Houghton College and Dr. David Bruce of The University at Buffalo.



    #7 Integrating Cooperative Learning - July 17-18, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [12 hours]

    Cooperative learning structures carefully engineer student interaction to maximize active engagement, on-task behaviors and communication skills. During this 2-day workshop, teachers will learn the difference between cooperative learning and group work and walk away with 10 structures to utilize in their classrooms during the 2018-19 school year.



    #8 Summer Tech Camp 2018 - July 16 & 17, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm CA BOCES [12 hours]

    Summer Technology Camp at CA BOCES is an opportunity for educators from around the region to TECHsplore the possibilities within educational technology. This year's theme will be TECHsploring our world and will spotlight teachers from the region and opportunities to use technology to reach beyond the four walls of our classrooms!



    #9 STEM Connections: From Curriculum to Careers - July 18 & 19, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [12 hours]

    Join P-12 teachers, counselors, and administrators to discuss the connections between STEM and career opportunities in our region. Educators will be immersed in tours of local manufacturing industry partner facilities, learn about emerging CA BOCES CTE programs that lead to future career opportunities, and discuss the connections to the K-12 curriculum. Emphasis will be placed on discussing available learning and employment opportunities in the region.



    #10 HS Math CLC Summer - July 31 & Aug. 1, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES/Salamanca [12 hours]

    Join fellow math educators from the region as we dig deeper and explore strategies and resources that support the implementation of the Next Generation Math Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice.



    #11 Project Based Learning - Aug. 2 & 3, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [12 hours]

    Project-Based Learning is an engaging, student-centered instructional approach. This two-day seminar will provide a foundational understanding of the PBL model from the Buck Institute of Education.



    #12 Engineering is Elementary - Aug. 7, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [6 hours]

    Teachers will explore the four lessons upon which each Engineering is Elementary (EiE) Kit is based. Lesson 1 introduces the engineering problem through a story. Lesson 2 provides background knowledge about the specific type of engineering involved. Lesson 3 allows students to explore the materials in scientific experiments that relate to the problem. Lesson 4 engages students in designing a solution using previous lessons to guide their decisions. Teachers will also learn about technology and engineering definitions that are important for students as well.



    #13 NYS Arts Standards Teacher Forum - Aug. 7, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [6 hours]

    Teachers of the arts will meet together to review the key aspects of the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts and to plan for implementation in their school districts. The morning will be devoted to reviewing the standards. Following this, participants will create work groups based on key needs for the region. There are any number of work groups possible, but some might include: Instrumental Teacher Work Group, Media Arts Work Group, Cross Disciplinary Arts Working Group, Primary Grade Visual Arts, etc.



    #14 Empowering Students to Own Their Learning - Aug. 13, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [6 hours]

    Guided by the book Empower by John Spencer and AJ Juliani, we'll explore how we can transform our teaching to become more student-centered, empowering our students to become more self-directed in their learning. We'll examine the challenges that standards, curriculum, and every day realities of school create for us, and plan for ways to get students more involved and engaged in their learning.



    #15 Enriching Students of Poverty - Aug. 8, 2018 & Jan. 9, 2019  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [6 summer hours]

    This workshop is designed for K-12 teachers to participate in a two part book study "Poor Students Rich Teaching-Mindsets for Change" by Eric Jensen. Participants will learn what research reveals about the connection between poverty, student behavior, and academic performance.



    #16 Advancing STEM Science Kit Training - Kindergarten - Aug. 14, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [6 hours]

    Teachers will receive kit-specific training on the Advancing STEM kits for their grade level. This training is scheduled to feature all four Kindergarten kits.



    #17 Advancing STEM Science Kit Training - Grade 1 - Aug. 15, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [6 hours]

    Teachers will receive kit-specific training on the Advancing STEM kits for their grade level. This training is scheduled to feature all four 1st grade kits.



    #18 Advancing STEM Science Kit Training - Grade 2 - Aug. 16, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [6 hours]

    Teachers will receive kit-specific training on the Advancing STEM kits for their grade level. This training is scheduled to feature all four 2nd grade kits.



    #19 Advancing STEM Science Kit Training - Grade 3 - Aug. 21 & 22, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [12 hours]

    Teachers will receive kit-specific training on the Advancing STEM kits for their grade level. 



    #20 Explicit Direct Instruction - Aug. 15, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [6 hours]

    EDI is an approach that delivers effective lessons that ALL students can learn and achieve




    #21 STEAM Circuit - Aug. 20, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [6 hours]

    STEAM is in the air, and this circuit will address many questions and topics surrounding the subject. Join fellow colleagues as we dig deeper to explore strategies and resources that support STEAM instruction in collaboration with other core subjects. This circuit is for any educators interested in learning about the STEAM mindset and how to infuse it within their district. With this circuit, the plan is to introduce an idea, carry it through the year with your school and showcase the work at the end of the year.



    #22 Curiosity and Questioning in the Question - Aug. 23, 2018  8:30am - 2:30pm  CA BOCES [6 hours]

    This workshop will help educators focus on student-centered learning through inquiry-based learning practices. Curiosity and questioning are inherent within us all, yet as children grow older, they may become more reserved in exploring their curiosity. The workshop will help kids develop autonomy, exploration and experimentation skills, bolster their imagination, and embrace intrinsic motivation. In addition, the workshop will offer ways teachers can get their students to ask questions through the Question Formulation Technique and also using Essential Questions to guide their lessons and units.





Overview of the Office of Curriculum & Instruction


    The Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School District offers a comprehensive, high quality instructional program to our learners. Guided by the Common Core State Learning Standards and NYS assessments, the District has articulated specific grade level curricula for all content area disciplines. In addition to state mandated assessments, we utilize local interim assessments to continuously measure student growth, offer academic intervention services to students in need of extra assistance, and challenge those students who exceed the standards in one or more areas. Our goal is to ensure our students are college and career ready!
    As you visit each of our links to the left of the screen, you will become aware of the many opportunities that are available for students at all grade levels. From Kindergarten screening through the high school graduation ceremony, parents are an important and valued component of our program. We rely on parents as first teachers and as partners in the educational process. These links also provide support and information for faculty and staff.
    Goal #1: Curriculum Alignment PreK-12
    Through PreK-12 curricular teams, the District will focus on vertical alignment across grade levels and subject areas.
    • Curriculum Alignment & Instructional Planning: developing curriculum and instructional plans across all subject areas (ongoing).
    • Common Core Alignment: ensuring K-12 ELA and math curriculum is aligned to the Common Core and NYS assessment expectations (year 4).
    • Social Studies Framework: continue to work on implementing the new framework and inquiry-based learning experiences, and preparing for the new Regents exams in Global 2 and US History (year 2).
    • Next Generation Science Standards: begin building awareness of the new science standards and develop an implementation plan over the next three years (year 1). 
    Goal #2: Literacy
    Literacy is the ability of our learners to use language, numbers, images, technologies, and other means to understand, communicate, and apply knowledge. The District will continue to place great emphasis on providing programming and supports to ensure that all students are literate and competitive in college, career, and beyond. 
    • SchoolRise: continue using the standards-based change process, elementary educators are collaborating to identify and develop a system for improving student achievement (year 2).
    • Guided Reading: build teachers' capacity for facilitating small group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency (year 2). 
    • Writer's Workshop: build teachers' capacity for implementing an interdisciplinary writing technique that will foster students' fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing (year 2).
    Goal #3: Response to Intervention 
    In order to ensure that all learners can succeed, the District is dedicated to providing a framework of supports and interventions tailored to meet the individual needs of students.
    • NYS Response To Intervention Program: plan and implement school-wide, multi-tiered prevention framework that provides supplemental, needs-specific interventions to students experiencing challenges academically, socially, and/or emotionally.  

  • From Striving to Thriving

    by Stephanie Harvey & Annie Ward Year Published: 2017

    When it comes to readers who need the most support, teachers can’t afford to waste time using fragmented, skill-and-drill interventions that don’t work. Literacy specialists Stephanie Harvey and Annie Ward demonstrate how to “table the labels” and use detailed formative assessments to craft targeted, personalized instruction that enable striving readers to do what they need above all - to find books they love and engage in voluminous reading. Loaded with ready-to-go lessons, routines, and “actions,” as well as the latest research, this book is a must for any teacher who strives to make every reader a thriving reader.

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