Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News

Learning, Then Working, at BOCES

August 14, 2018

Qadar Chevalier showed Transitions student Zach Malota how he can dunk a basketball.  Now the 6-foot-1-inch Zach tries to do the same every time he goes to gym class.

“Watching Zach try to dunk is my favorite part of the day,” said Qadar. “He had never done anything like that before, so it feels great seeing him trying something new and knowing that I helped with that.”


Social Worker Helps Immigrant Students Cope with Trauma

August 06, 2018

Desahogarse. It means to unburden. And it is the word most often used by Central American teens to describe the benefit of telling someone about the trauma they experienced in their homeland before coming to the United States.

Stephanie Carnes, a bilingual social worker at the Career and Technical Education Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, presented her findings on the value of Desahogarse at the North American Refugee Health Conference in Portland, Oregon, in June.


Quality Questions for Better Learning Outcomes

July 26, 2018

The simple act of asking a question is one of the most important skills a student can learn. So says Gregory Brown, Ed.D., Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES’ regional coordinator of social studies and blended learning. Brown recently brought his unique expertise regarding Question Formulation Technique to Leadership Week, an annual summer conference held in the Hendrick Hudson School District.
“Leadership Week provides our administrators and teacher leaders with a unique opportunity to reflect on our successes, identify priorities for the coming year and work collaboratively on implementing best practices,” said Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter. “Dr. Brown’s presentation on QFT was a valuable addition to our program.”


Somers Students Stop by PNW BOCES for Summer Enrichment

July 24, 2018

The lazy days of summer may be here, but students in the Somers School District’s Extended School Year program are making the most of these steamy months, enjoying weekly visits to Gerry Markel’s Architecture and Design classroom at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES. Throughout the summer, the visiting students will be immersed in a range of design projects, both the hands-on variety and those done via computer.


DASA Training at PNW BOCES

July 23, 2018

All teachers in New York State seeking certification must take a class on the Dignity for All Students Act. This mandated workshop was offered this week at PNW BOCES, and participants learned about the social patterns of harassment, bullying, and discrimination, as well as strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in an educational setting.


Getting a Read on Student Learning

July 19, 2018

Providing teachers with the tools needed for success in the classroom is one of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES’ greatest strengths. Over the summer, numerous workshops and training sessions are taking place – all designed to help teachers acquire critically important skills.

BOCES has been an Accredited Partner with Wilson Language Training for several years and has offered courses for Wilson for more than two decades. This month, a Wilson trainer spent time at BOCES’ Yorktown campus, sharing general program concepts and providing hands-on instruction in the lesson plan format to area classroom, reading and special education teachers.


Training the Trainers for Crisis Intervention

July 17, 2018

How best to de-escalate a potentially violent or chaotic situation within a school? Better yet, how to recognize possible triggers and prevent such a situation from happening in the first place?

During a five-day session in the School Services Building, teachers and administrators from seven area school districts learned techniques for avoiding or diffusing a crisis. The program, “Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) Training of Trainers,” was facilitated by Misha Thomas M. Div. and Michele Pierro, M.S., two trainers from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology - Residential Child Care Project.


The 5th Annual Regional Leadership Institute for Social-Emotional Wellness.

July 12, 2018

PNWBOCES' Board Trustee Anita Feldman, Keynote Speaker Eddie Slowikowski and PNWBOCES' District Superintendent Dr. James Ryan at the 5th Annual Regional Leadership Institute.

Please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6zcv-9p6hg&feature=youtu.be 



Tech Center Summer Campers Get Real

July 11, 2018

Color wars and archery have their place at summer camp, but campers at Putnam | Northern Westchester’s Tech Center are learning real-life skills with an accent on having fun.

During the month of July, area students between the ages of 12 and 15 are taking part in the Tech Center’s unique mini-camps on BOCES’ Yorktown campus.


PNW BOCES Hosts Summer Institute for Social Studies Teachers

July 09, 2018

It’s never too early to prepare for the school year, and this week, Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES’ Curriculum Center is holding a Social Studies Summer Curriculum Alignment Institute for eleventh grade teachers.

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