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					Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington BOCES
NERIC Chapter 793 Plan
2007-2011

CEWW BOCES, in cooperation with NERIC, provides services to component districts
for the purpose of building capacity in order to improve student achievement. These
services are coordinated to respond to the needs of component school districts through
the use of technology to increase efficiency and productivity. NERIC personnel serves as
a valuable resource to CEWW BOCES and its component school districts to maintain
standards of technological compatibility. The services outlined in this plan fall within the
parameters for co-sers established by SED.

Instructional Planning for Assessment (COSER 509)

The Instructional Planning for Assessment service provides instructional support by
training teachers and administrators in the development, proper administration and
correct analysis of student performance assessment and test data to plan for the
improvement of student achievement. Training and assistance is provided for the
development of classroom and school-wide assessments related to the state standards and
tests. In coordination and in cooperation with the Regional Information Center, CEWW
BOCES staff assists participating districts in analyzing assessment data and other related
measures in order to provide appropriate explanations, interpretations, descriptions and
displays of data vital to the districts for curricular and instructional planning and
implementation. The Assessment and Planning Coordinator ensures that participating
districts have accurate information regarding student accountability under the SASS and
NCLB regulations.

Also, the Assessment and Planning Coordinator assists in the reporting of data to the
Data Warehouse and works closely with the Northeastern Regional Information Center
and participating districts to ensure timely submission of data. In 2005, the coordinator
established a Regional Data Council to assist the Chief Information Officers from the
component school districts.

Person Responsible:
Coordination: Jane Landry, Assessment and Planning Coordinator
Supervision: Teri Calabrese-Gray, Assistant Superintendent
Technical Support: Northeastern Regional Information Center and State Education
Department

Microcomputer Repair (COSER 512)

CEWW BOCES is an Authorized Self-Servicing Repair Center for Micron (MPC),
Apple, and Epson. All repairs are performed by a CompTIA A+ Certified Technician.
CEWW BOCES provides for the repair of most computer hardware and peripherals, and
has the ability to perform in-shop warranty repair for Micron (MPC), Apple, and Epson
products, as well as facilitate warranty repair for most other equipment. Other services
include, but are not limited to; hardware installation, troubleshooting and diagnostics,
module and/or component level repair, in addition to recovery of most computer
operating systems. Our technician can also facilitate data backup, transfer and recovery
for most repairs where there is potential for critical data loss.

Our technician also provides telephone support for computer coordinators and onsite
technicians of participating districts. This support ranges from basic questions about
operating system functionality, to highly complex troubleshooting or diagnostics for
servers and hardware installations. Typically computer support technicians contact
CEWW BOCES when they have exhausted their other resources, and look to our service
for a solution. If our technician cannot solve their technical problems over the phone at
that time, he will research it using any means necessary to obtain the information and
usually contact the school with a possible working solution within a few days.

Person Responsible:
Coordination: Devon Jacobs, Microcomputer Repair Technician
Supervision: Teri Calabrese-Gray, Assistant Superintendent

Library Automation Service (COSER 555)

CEWW BOCES offers both OPALS-NA and Mandarin library automation systems.
These systems provide increased access to available materials, and serve as management
tools that provide bibliographies, circulation of materials, generate overdue lists, maintain
inventory, provide resource sharing schedules, and other organizational functions.

Participating districts receive instruction in the automation system of their choice and
become part of a networking system through ICICILL, which links the participating
school libraries to each other and libraries outside of the area for the purpose of resource
sharing.

Person Responsible:
Coordination: Jennifer Henry, School Library System Director
Consultation: School Library System Council
Supervision: Teri Calabrese-Gray, Assistant Superintendent
Technical Support: Northeastern Regional Information Center


Library Services / Media On-Line Resources (COSER 508)

Library Services/Media On-Line Resources will provide access to on-line and
instructional resources to participating school libraries. In addition to allowing school
libraries to purchase databases, School Library System will provide professional
development, training, and access to technical support for purchased products.

Person Responsible:
Coordination: Jennifer Henry, School Library System Director
Consultation: School Library System Council
Supervision: Teri Calabrese-Gray, Assistant Superintendent

Health, Safety, Risk Management (COSER 608)

This service provides direct support, assistance and training to insure that member school
districts are in compliance with Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations related to
health and safety in the workplace. The Training Specialist is involved with on and off
site training programs, consultations and advisement, as well as coordination of
compliance activities based on applicable standards and guidelines affecting the
following issues: AHERA and Asbestos Management, AED Program Leadership,
Bloodborne Pathogens / Infection Control, Building and Grounds Superintendents'
Network, Chemical Hygiene and Inventory Control, District-Wide School Safety
Planning, Building-Level Emergency Planning, Fall Protection Training, PPE Training,
Hazard Assessment, Indoor Air Quality, Integrated Pest Management, Lead Hazard
Training, Lock-Out / Tag-Out Awareness Training, Respirator Protection Program
Maintenance & Training, Respirator Use and Care Program, Right to Know and Hazard
Communications Awareness Program, Fire Safety Inspections, Annual Visual Safety
Inspections.

The Health, Safety, Risk Management Specialist created an online Material Safety Data
Sheet (MSDS) Database for CEWW BOCES and our component districts. Federal and
state guidelines require that employers have MSDS available for all hazardous products
used or produced in the work area. In addition, employers are required to provide MSDS
sheets to their employees who request them. The database satisfies these mandates by
providing this information upon request (less than 30 seconds) from any computer with
Internet access in any of our 40+ school buildings. The online database is constantly
being updated as new products are brought into the school buildings; the current site has
MSDSs for over 1400 products.

Person Responsible:
Coordination: Jeff Sisson, Health Safety Risk Management Coordinator
Supervision: Teri Calabrese-Gray, Assistant Superintendent
              BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
                      SOLE SUPERVISORY DISTRICT
                  FRANKLIN-ESSEX-HAMILTON COUNTIES



Chapter 793 Plan
The Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES, in cooperation with the Northeastern Regional
Information Center, has implemented a plan and organizational structure designed to
provide the following technology services to component school districts where
appropriate:


Regional Network – The Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES will continue to develop and
maintain the Regional Area Network.

Persons Responsible:
       Rick Swanston, Director of Management Services
       Rosemary Racine, Computer Operations and Technology Coordinator
       Caroline Durant, Management Systems Specialist
       Jay Bigelow, Coordinator – Administrative Services
       Leslie LaRose, Director of Special Services
       Judith Deyo, Technology Coordinator (Instructional Support)
       James Jarrard, Regional Information Center

Timeline: July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2008
       Ongoing: Maintain fully functional videoconference capabilities and sites at
                  Adirondack Educational Center, Central Administrative Office and the
                  North Franklin Educational Center.
       Ongoing: Maintain Internet connectivity at (ten) participating component school
                  districts.


Distance Learning – Distance Learning has been implemented using the Wide Area
Network to provide cost effective courses and related staff development activities to
expand student course offerings to component school districts in cooperation with the
Northeastern Regional Information Center. Services will include:
       1. Initial and ongoing staff development for teachers
       2. Technical support for distance learning systems
       3. Planning and ongoing coordination

Persons Responsible:
       Rick Swanston, Director of Management Services
       Leslie LaRose, Director of Special Services
Program Offerings – The Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES coordinates a range of
secondary and advanced placement courses for participating component school districts
in partnership with the Capital Region BOCES.


Library Automation Service – To provide, implement and maintain a library
automation service that includes database development with machine-readable (MARC)
records, network installations, linkage to computer systems, and instruction in using the
technology for the purpose of resource sharing.

Persons responsible:
       Supervision and Coordination: Donna Hanus, School Library System Director
       Consultation: School Library System Council
       Technical Support: Caroline Durant, Management System Specialist
                          Jay Bigelow, Coordinator – Administrative Services
                          Steve Ettinger, Administrative Coordinator

Timeline: July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2008

     July 1, 2006 – Maintain both the Mandarin and OPALS
automation systems in
                           districts that have requested resource
sharing.
       July 1, 2007 – Evaluate and where possible implement linking participants’
                      catalogs for resource sharing.
       July 1, 2008 – Evaluate and where possible implement access of catalogs and
                      databases throughout the State.


Model Schools Program – The Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES has developed a
Model Schools Program to include planning, management, technical support and
leadership for the provision of staff development activities, which will promote the
integration of technology into the teaching and learning process. This service will consist
of four instructional technology components including: planning, training, integration
and evaluation. Standards for learning are coordinated with each districts’ technology
plan. Focus will be on the alignment of technology plans within the context of the
Regents Standards.

Persons Responsible:
       Rick Swanston, Director of Management Services
       Leslie LaRose, Director of Special Services
       Judith Deyo, Technology Coordinator (Instructional Support)
       Kevin Elliott, Data and Technology Assistant

Timeline: July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2008
       Ongoing: Continue the support for participating school districts receiving
                  technology planning services.
       Ongoing: Continue instructional technology training and integration.
Library Automation (COSER 504) – To provide automation services that incorporate
database development, linkage of computer systems, instruction, staff training and the use
of technology for the purpose of resource sharing and instruction. The BOCES shall
service 20 libraries from 8 districts through the Horizon platform. Materials from 42
libraries (14 districts) shall be available on the Union Catalog.

Persons responsible:
Supervision and Coordination: Deborah Booth
Broad Oversight: HFM BOCES Technology Planning Team
Consultation: HFM BOCES SLS Council
Technical Support: David Patterson/NERIC

Timeline: 1/1/2007 – 6/30/2008


Distance Learning Network (COSER 405) – To increase the number of course
offerings and student enrollment on the ATM distance learning network, through the joint
efforts of the project's Executive and Program Committees. Superintendents, principals,
counselors and teachers will meet in the fall to finalize the 2007-2008 program, including
connectivity with other networks throughout the state. The distance learning service
provides initial and ongoing training and technical support for the interactive video and
audio system, in addition to ongoing coordination and management of activities. The
BOCES Program Office will coordinate a regional effort to provide credit-bearing
coursework at the Career and Technical Center for students from component districts
prior to the start of CTC classes.

Persons responsible:
Supervision and Coordination: Deborah Booth (HFM)/Mike Sylofski (NERIC)
Broad Oversight: HFM BOCES DL Executive Committee; Dr. Lorraine Hohenforst
(HFM)
Consultation: HFM BOCES Technology Planning Team
Technical Support: David Patterson/NERIC

Timeline: 1/1/2007 – 6/30/2008
Questar III BOCES


The NERIC provides a wide range of support services to Questar III and its component
school districts. Many of these services are supported and coordinated by Questar III.
These services are designed to provide support for component district compliance with
State Education Department data reporting requirements and to support the delivery of
instructional programs within the parameters of approved Co-Sers.


Questar III provides services that include: planning for, training about and purchasing of
technology for school districts. It also provides installation, maintenance and evaluation
services.


Questar III's activities are closely coordinated with the NERIC and are supportive of the
RICs role in the collection of student achievement data. Decisions about the means used
to collect data from school districts in the Questar III region are made in consultation
with the RIC and are cognizant of the mandates imposed on the NERIC and school
districts.


Additionally, Questar actively seeks information and advice from the NERIC in order to
maintain standards of technological compatibility between Questar, its components, the
NERIC, and other regional and statewide systems. This is particularly significant given
the initiatives of the Greater Capital Region Joint Management Team (JMT) and the
Eastern New York Regional School Support Center (ENYRSSC) to make more extensive
use of student achievement data to inform instructional practice and the deployment of
professional development resources by school districts.


These efforts involve a collaborative working relationship between the NERIC and each
of the BOCES within the JMT to focus on the development of useful reports for school
districts and to build the capacity of each BOCES to assist schools with data analysis
services. Questar III provides such specialized services to its component school districts
and relies upon the expertise of the NERIC in the production of reports.


A significant step towards closer coordination is the transfer underway and away from
the services of AAN to the NERIC by Questar III as provider of network services.


Distance Learning (CoSer 450) - Questar III, is currently implementing a change in
network providers from Adirondack Area Network to NERIC. It was decided that due to
the timeline and some resistance from our Instructional Videoconferencing service school
districts, that we would not change providers to the DL schools, at least not within the
current school year. Decisions are still to be made on whether the current
Videoconferencing service will remain as is, or whether a new service will be
implemented to match NERIC’s videoconference service. Form and function of Questar
III’s videoconference service is much different than NERIC’s. For example, Questar III’s
main use of the service is its HVCC DL daily course schedule vs NERIC’s classroom
virtual field trips to content providers nationwide. Loss of the HVCC DL courses to the
school districts would be a drastic change, and would likely have a negative impact on
whether school districts continue participating in the videoconference service.


Questar III is implementing a new subcoser within the DL CoSer. Questar III will, in the
beginning of the 07-08 school year, coordinate a multi channel distance learning program
using NERIC’s distance learning service/WAN. Network support and technical
assistance will be provided by NERIC and programmatic coordination will be handled
thru Questar III. This is an exciting change for Questar III and one in which we expect
will recruit new school districts into the DL program. Currently, one school district is
committing itself to the new service in the coming school year, with other’s expressing
interest as well.


Questar III is currently discussing other opportunities for sharing services with NERIC.
One shared service opportunity is the web based, online learning service Blackboard.
The annual license from Blackboard is very expensive and only moderate participation in
the CoSer from school districts has been seen by both Questar III and NERIC. More
detailed discussions regarding how a shared service would function is expected in the
coming weeks.


Microcomputer Shop Repair Service Program (COSER 513) - This service provides for
the repair of microcomputers from manufacturers, such as IBM, Dell, Compaq, Apple,
Hewlett Packard, and other brands of computers depending on parts and services manual
availability. Related equipment, such as monitors, printers, CD ROM drives and
scanners can also be repaired depending on parts and service manual availability. It is
now provided on site for school districts as well off site repair.


Library Automation Program (COSER 516) - Library Automation provides a service that
incorporates database management and maintenance, training of school staff, and
software and hardware technical support which connects participating buildings to each
other and library collections outside the region for the purpose of resource sharing.


Multimedia Library (COSER 511) – Questar III BOCES has redesigned the multimedia
library service and it now includes streaming video as an option to contract to utilize.


Model Schools Program (COSER519) - Questar III BOCES Model Schools Program
includes planning, management, technical support and leadership for the provision of
staff development that promotes the integration of technology into the instructional
process. The service consists of instructional technology planning, training and
evaluation. The program is designed to align technology plans with the Learning
Standards.


Customized professional development is provided to participating districts with the goal
of developing instructional skills with long-term impact and resulting in systemic
educational change. These include:


The development and application of common learning objectives.
Training and demonstration by classroom teachers experienced in the use of technology
The infusion of technology into learning for the achievement of the Learning Standards.
Trans--disciplinary curricula instruction using technology applications.
Cooperative learning approaches.
Courseware, multi-media and telecommunications applications.
Technological applications and authentic assessments for improvement of student
achievement.
Multiple intelligences and learning styles.


Staff development is customized to meet the needs of new staff, as well as teachers who
have progressed in the use of technology in the classrooms.


Instructional Technology (COSER534) - Questar III provides school districts with
curriculum based integrated learning systems, which incorporate skills, practice,
simulation and tool-software applications. Instructional support activities include
information services and career guidance information services. Instructional technology
services include planning, staff development and training, ongoing technical and end use
support, and linkages to learning standards. Additionally, the service includes the
acquisition and installation of hardware and software as well as maintenance of hardware
and networks. Positions offered to school districts through this service include Network
Engineers and Network Systems Support Aides.


Data Analysis/Data Coordination (CoSer 523)/ Data Analysis Service (CoSer 522) -
These services support school districts in their use of student achievement data derived
from test reporting and demographics to help facilitate improved instruction through
informed instructional practice, comprehensive planning activities and deployment of
professional development resources. A wide variety of user-designed reports and tables
are provided that enable districts to examine multiple variables and their
interrelationships.
In consultation with its component school districts, Questar III will continue to develop
data reports for the purpose of facilitating student achievement data analysis at the
building level.


The NERIC is able to retrieve data files for each Questar III school district from the State
Education Department site. These data will be furnished by the NERIC to Questar III as
soon as they are available to the NERIC. Data received from NERIC pertaining to
districts in the Questar III BOCES region will be forwarded to the Questar III without
Questar III needing to initiate this request.


The NERIC and Questar III will collaborate in the development of reports which contain
test score information from one or more of the school districts in the Questar III region.
The Questar III Data Analysis Specialist and MIS specialist will be directly involved in
supporting the development of these reports. This model of cooperation will involve
unified JMT support, including the ENYRSSC and NERIC in the development and
delivery of this work. Staff from throughout the participating agencies will be involved in
the design of these reports, to best utilize the talents and resources of the respective
agencies.


It is anticipated that the BOCES in the JMT will share data analysis resources to enhance
capacity of school districts throughout the region. The data analyst in each BOCES will
serve as the point of contact for all data support requests. In some instances the
ENYRSSC will also be working with a school district. There will be close cooperation
and coordination to make sure there is a seamless delivery model. Collective planning
initiatives involving the JMT, NERIC and ENYRSSC, will finalize the delivery system
for this cooperative effort.


Essentially the model maintains the NERIC as the focal point for data collection and
warehousing and as the production facility for these reports. The participating BOCES
serve as the designers, interpreters of the reports, while providing on-site data
coordination of systems support. Questar III will also work with their local school
districts to design and deliver appropriate professional development to facilitate improved
instruction.
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES 2007-2010 Regional Goals

Persons responsible:
Jennifer French, Supervisor of Instructional Technology
Craig Lalonde, IT Supervisor
Allison Wheeler, LRC Supervisor/ Director of School Library Services
Patricia Fisher, Model Schools Coordinator

Administrative Co-Ser (7710):

Cross Contract with NERIC (Contact: Jim Jarrard)

Instructional Technology Co-Ser 506 (6360):
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES operates an Instructional Technology (6360) Co-Ser designed to meet the instructional technology needs
that support component school district implementation of the NYS Learning Standards (Common Learning Objectives). The BOCES
works cooperatively with the Northeast Regional Information Center to provide services to the component districts. Districts are able
to purchase services directly from St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES or cross contract with NERIC. Services available include computer
hardware and software for instructional purposes, on-site computer technical support, computer networking, and assistance with
district planning. Internet Service will be offered through cross-contract with NERIC. (Contact: Jennifer French)



Timeline: 7/1/2007- 6/30/2010
Goals:
     1.    Assist all districts in implementing a QOS system (specs from the Statewide RIC directors) to ensure compatibility of
           voice, video and data transfer throughout the SLLBOCES aligns with statewide initiative. (Project begun in fall 2006)
     2.    Train existing technical staff in supporting district level VoIP and assist districts converting phone systems to VoIP.
           (Projects will work in conjunction with 621 Co-Ser Telephone Service and will follow NERIC system standards).
     3.    Investigate and potentially offer offsite backup service for crucial district instructional data.
     4.    Assist districts in developing disaster recovery plans.


Ongoing
     1.    Continue to work with component districts in an advisory capacity to upgrade the LANs in each school building to support
           the potential uses of broadband capabilities.


Computer Support Service Co-Ser 507 (6366)

Computer Support Service (Co-Ser 507) Services include technical support for district-
owned or unaided BOCES-owned computer hardware and software. Included are such
components as installation, repair, and maintenance of computers, printers, and other
computer peripherals used by teachers and students. Troubleshooting, upgrading
software and assisting with CD-ROMs/DVDs and telecommunications are all included.
Generally, the program’s goal is to provide the children in our schools with the best
instructional computing facilities possible.

The microcomputer repair service provides for the repair of microcomputers, monitors,
various drives, and other peripherals. The shop is licensed to do warranty work on Dell
and HP equipment. (Contact: Jennifer French, Craig Lalonde)
Model Schools Co-Ser 516 (6368):

The Model Schools Program offers support to teachers in the area of technology
integration in order to facilitate the implementation of the New York State Learning
Standards. Model Schools Administrators and professional developers meet with District
personnel to develop a customized, systemic plan to greater develop and execute the
integration of instructional technology. Model Schools coordinates and facilitates
professional development and curriculum alignment activities that lead to the integration
of technology into the teaching/learning process. Professional development will use three
main models: regional workshops, in district follow-up sessions, and in classroom
coaching and support. Building capacity in districts through intense work with teachers
remains a high priority. Attainment of the New York State Learning Standards by all
students will be the central goal.

All participating districts will analyze and delineate professional development needs in
the area of Instructional Technology as part of their Instructional Technology Plan,
Comprehensive District Education Plan, Professional Development Plan, Annual
Professional Performance Review plans and/or Academic Intervention Services Plan.
The Model Schools staff has increased from one to three professional staff. The Model
Schools program received a Title IID Competitive Grant on behalf of seven component
districts. Three consultant teachers had worked in the associated grant districts to
facilitate the implementation of technology enhanced teaching strategies in district
classrooms. The staff development model, including a weeklong summer institute for
teachers, in classroom support, and a peer review session for developed lessons will
continue to be offered and supported by local districts. (Contact: Patricia Fisher)


Timeline: 7/1/2007- 6/30/2010
Goals:

   1. To assist all districts in developing a multi-year educational technology plan
      which aligns which meets both the minimal requirements of Erate and the
      requirements of NCLB and the New York State Education Department.
   2. To promote professional communication and staff/curriculum development
      through telecommunications.
   3. To assess the impact of educational technology on teaching and learning.

Ongoing Goals:
   1. Increase the number and variety of staff development opportunities for teachers to
      integrate technology in teaching and learning including the use of Model Schools
      Instructional Technology Curriculum Coaches to assist teachers in their
      classrooms.
   2. Continue the work of curriculum-based committees to investigate and recommend
      hardware, software and strategies appropriate for the given curricular area as well
      as to meet the needs of diverse student populations.
Guidance Information System Co-Ser 515 (6364):

St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES will provide a computer based information system used to
help pupils make higher education, career decisions and student assessments. (Contact:
Craig Lalonde)



Library Automation Service Co-Ser 510 (6320)

The Library Automation (Co-Ser 510) is a comprehensive library automation service
that includes maintenance, support, training, and consultation for the Mandarin
Integrated Library Automation System, with which libraries are currently automated. In
addition, schools may purchase additional software, equipment and supplies needed for
library automation. Mandarin provides libraries with an online public access catalog,
combined with the ability to electronically circulate and inventory materials and maintain
accurate usage statistics.

Currently, paper library records are converted to the Library of Congress US MARC standard, which allows for a computerized
inventory and electronic interlibrary loan system for component districts. As of September 2004, all 18 school districts and their 40
libraries are automated. The automation of Parishville-Hopkinton was accomplished midway through school year 2003-2004.
Brasher Falls Central School came online in September 2004, the last district to be automated. Over the past three years, with rising
Mandarin costs and advances in online technologies, the School Library System has been investigating the viability of OPALS-NA,
which is both a library management system and an information and curriculum resource package now in development. The School
Library System Council and membership have approved transitioning from Mandarin to OPALS-NA, beginning July 1, 2007.
OPALS-NA will provide the same functions as Mandarin, plus federated searching of the local library catalog with C.E.R.F.
(Curriculum and Educational Resource Finder), the NY State Library-provided online resources (NOVEL databases), and selected
other online resources purchased by the School Library System, the Northern NY Library Network, and/or the local district. A three-
year implementation of OPALS-NA is anticipated. (Contact: Allison Wheeler)



Timeline: 7/1/2007 - 6/30/2010
Goals:
     1. Revise Library Automation Co-Ser to transition and get it approved; (By
        3/31/2007)
     2. Purchase central server to host OPALS-NA for the whole School Library System
        (SLS); move Hammond Central School over to OPALS-NA (Mandarin server is
        currently in crisis); move Brasher Falls’ catalogs and two nonpublic school
        catalogs, also currently piloting OPALS-NA, onto SLS server. (By 6/30/2007)
     3. Move Clifton-Fine, Hermon-DeKalb, Harrisville, Gouverneur, Edwards-Knox,
        and Canton Central school districts over to OPALS-NA; (By 6/30/2008)
     4. Move Ogdensburg City, Morristown, Lisbon, Heuvelton, Potsdam, Colton-
        Pierrepont, and Parishville Hopkinton school districts over to OPALS-NA; (By
        6/30/2009)
     5. Move Massena, Norwood-Norfolk, Madrid-Waddington school districts and the
        St. Lawrence-Lewis SLS Union Catalog over to OPALS-NA. All districts will be
        supported in Mandarin until they have transitioned to OPALS-NA. (By
        6/30/2010)
Distance Learning Co-Ser 408 (5877):


The principal goal of the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Distance Learning Program is to
expand lifelong educational and vocational opportunities in Northern New York. The
BOCES offers two levels of service to our districts: videoconferencing and multi-channel
high school classes.


The high school distance learning system is a multi-way, fully interactive, full-motion
video and audio system using fiber optic cable telecommunications equipment to connect
specially designed classrooms to other participating districts, and SUNY Canton. The
technology enables a teacher and students in a distance-learning classroom in one site to
see, hear, and interact with students in comparably equipped classrooms on the network.
The simultaneously interactive environment means that the teacher and students remain
in visual and verbal communication at all times during a class. The system currently has
ten component districts involved in the program: Edwards-Knox, Clifton Fine,
Gouverneur, Hammond, Brasher Falls, Norwood-Norfolk, Hermon-Dekalb, Morristown,
Heuvelton and Lisbon. SUNY Canton is a full partner in the system with a DL room. St.
Lawrence-Lewis BOCES has distance-learning rooms at Seaway Tech in Norwood,
Northwest Tech in Ogdensburg, and Southwest Tech in Fowler. The system is also used
for professional development of staff, Section X athletics coaching classes, community
assistance through Service Club meetings, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and
Control fire training courses to local fire departments, intra-school Safety Committee
round table meetings, industry apprentice training in math and science, business
development courses and Internet courses.


In addition to the multi-channel distance-learning network in ten school districts, St.
Lawrence-Lewis BOCES extends distance-learning services to all eighteen school
districts using state of the art video-conferencing equipment. Through the use of this
technology BOCES expands the learning opportunities to include national and
international connections for instructional offerings that include student course offerings,
virtual field trips, staff development, adult education, and consulting services. (Contact:
Jennifer French)
Timeline: 7/1/2007 - 6/30/2010
Goals:
   1. Increase the number of course offerings and types of content provided over the
      distance-learning network to include connectivity between St. Lawrence-Lewis
      BOCES and the Jeff-Lewis BOCES distance-learning network expanding our
      connectivity to 31 sites.
   2. Expand the multi-channel network to 12 school districts.
   3. Update Distance Learning classroom technology; improve ease of use by teachers
      and students and troubleshooting problems faster through network connectivity of
      equipment.
   4. Increase the number of college courses through the use of Videoconference
      equipment and local colleges.
Ongoing Goals:
   1. Expand the use of the network during evening hours for other educational uses
      such as Cooperative Extension courses.
   2. Expand the types of offerings and content available over video-conferencing
      distance learning technology.
     Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES

The following objectives were submitted by Anthony Muller, Director of School Support
Services at Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES:


Restructuring of Roles and Responsibilities: The WSWHE BOCES, as part of the review
of its service alliance with the NERIC, has defined roles in respect to technology support
and instructional services provided to WSWHE component schools. The WSWHE
BOCES has designed an alignment of service delivery that is in accord with the New
York State Education Department’s strategic plan to build local capacity of
schools/districts to enable all students to meet higher learning standards. This design
designates WSWHE BOCES as the primary leader, coordinator and procurer of a wide
range of technology services that include planning, training, purchase, installation,
maintenance and evaluation. NERIC provides an essential supportive role in this design.
A further description of essential WSWHE BOCES technology delivery elements is as
follows:


   School district needs drive the design of WSWHE BOCES services.

   Active involvement of district members through advisory committees assures full
    development of local school district educational capacity.

   WSWHE BOCES directs and coordinates the services that respond to expressed
    needs of districts in a timely and organized manner.

   WSWHE BOCES seeks cost-effective and efficient solutions that meet local needs.

   WSWHE BOCES acts as the coordinator of services for the local districts and is the
    point of contact for the delivery of these services. This single point of access reduces
    redundancy and confusion as well as strengthens service quality and WSWHE
    BOCES accountability.

   WSWHE BOCES, at the direction of advisory committees, invites NERIC to
    participate as consultants when appropriate.



   WSWHE BOCES consults with NERIC staff prior to making major decisions
    regarding connectivity standards affecting the implementation of technology within
    the various component districts.
   WSWHE BOCES actively seeks NERIC information and advice in order to maintain
    standards of technological compatibility between WSWHE BOCES, its components,
    the NERIC, and other regional and statewide systems.

The design for WSWHE BOCES service delivery is in direct response to the Board of
Regents’ and the State Education Department’s strategic plan for higher student learning
achievements. The WSWHE BOCES provides the leadership structure for technology
service delivery to component schools that facilitate the development of local capacity to
maximize success for raising academic standards. The goals and objectives for the
WSWHE BOCES technology services are described below.


The COSER services listed below are provided within State Education Department
parameters.


Distance Learning Consortium: (SAN) Saratoga-Adirondack Network (COSER
416) – BOCES coordinates the planning and implementation of two-way interactive
video network for purposes of sharing educational programs and staff development
opportunities between two or more districts simultaneously.


Person responsible:      David Ashdown, Coordinator for Instructional Technology
Integration Programs


Ongoing Goals:
       Expand the amount of 9-12 instructional programming, including more advanced
        placement courses.
       Extend the use of the network beyond K-12 instructional content, i.e. higher
        education courses and/or life and workforce skills development; community and
        staff development applications.
       Expand distance learning programming to provide more opportunities for students
        to participate in courses that integrate videoconferencing and/or online
        components into instruction (hybrid courses).
       Evaluate the need for equipment and network upgrades in member districts.
       Increase the number of inter-network course offerings among the WSWHE
        BOCES, Capital Regional BOCES and Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES
        distance learning partners, as well as those outside of the region.
       Investigate and pilot asynchronous, web-based courses for students and
        instructional staff in component schools.

Yearly Goals:
Timeline: 7/1/2006 – 6/30/2010
By 6/30/2007 – Increase the number of school districts involved in the SAN consortium
                to seventeen sites, adding Hadley-Luzerne CSD, Indian Lake CSD and
                Johnsburg CSD.
By 6/30/2007 – Build a partnership with WSWHE BOCES Adult Education program to
               offer courses to SAN communities.
By 6/30/2008 – Add two additional Distance Learning sites to the network for a total of
               19 sites.
By 6/30/2009 – Add two additional Distance Learning sites to the network for a total of
               21 sites.
By 6/30/2010 - Add two additional Distance Learning sites to the network for a total of
                23 sites.


Model Schools: Classroom Technology Planning and Utilization (COSER 501) –
This service, in combination with the Learning Technology Service, provides technology
planning, coordination, and leadership in the use of technology for instruction that is
consistent with reform initiatives such as those addressed in NYS Learning Standards,
Core Curriculums, and Assessments.


Activities will include technology plan development, staff development and multi-level
professional coaching and support, curriculum development, and assessment strategies.
The WSWHE BOCES will secure external staff development experts when this expertise
is not available within BOCES staff. This service will provide awareness, staff
development, and planning support to our component districts to facilitate the effective
use of instructional technology.


Person responsible:     David Ashdown, Coordinator for Instructional Technology
Integration Programs


Ongoing Goals:
      Offer a comprehensive staff development and technology integration training
       program in using on-site, centralized, after school and online training models.
      Participate in planning sessions with Capital Region BOCES, Questar III and
       HFM development offerings.
      Maintain the Model Schools website to post information regarding upcoming
       training opportunities and to provide schools with web based resources that are
       aligned with New York State Learning standards.
      Continue to develop shared Model Schools Trainers to assist component
       educators in the development and integration of instructional technology
       activities.
      Build the capacity of the of the regional BlackBoard service, including the
       WSWHE server, regional user/advisory group, and related professional
       development opportunities.
      Provide training on integrating videoconferencing technology into classroom
       instruction.
      Continue to provide geographically dispersed technology training, to provide
       remote rural areas with opportunities to participate in workshops.

Yearly Goals:
Timeline: 7/1/2006 – 6/30/2010


By 6/30/2007 – Facilitate a Videoconferencing Collaboration Listserv to facilitate
               classroom collaborations between school districts through
               videoconferencing technology
By 6/30/2008 – Provide support in incorporating emerging trends and best practices in
               instructional technology into the technology plans of component schools
By 6/30/2009 – Provide support in incorporating emerging trends and best practices in
               instructional technology into the technology plans of component schools
By 6/30/2010 – Provide support in incorporating emerging trends and best practices in
               instructional technology into the technology plans of component schools


Learning Technologies Service (COSER 504) – The Learning Technologies service is
designed to meet the instructional technology needs that support WSWHE BOCES
component school district implementation of the NYS Learning Standards (Common
Learning Objectives). The service provides assistance with technology planning
development of the common learning objectives.          The school district and BOCES
Learning Technology Plans are supported by the purchase, installation, maintenance and
on-going technical support of the hardware, software and wide area network services,
including Internet access, e-mail and through the implementation of other emerging
services. Instructional connectivity through Internet access expands the range and depth
of the teaching and learning environment and provides the platform for collection of
standardized elements of assessment. Through the School Improvement and Data
Analysis Service, pupil achievement data is analyzed and disseminated utilizing the wide
area network. On-going staff development is provided through the Model Schools
Service.


Persons responsible:   Thomas Bowen, Coordinator for Learning Technology
                       Nicole Catapano, PhD., Coordinator for Data Analysis Services
Ongoing Goals:
      Continue to facilitate the electronic collection, dissemination and analysis of pupil
       achievement data in participating school districts.
      Continue to build the infrastructure needed to support asynchronous web based
       instruction for students and teachers.
      Continue to support videoconferencing services between buildings within a
       district and between school districts.
      Continue to expand the capacity of the WAN to offer broadband technology
       solutions to participating districts as appropriate and requested.
      Continue to expand the implementation of Quality of Service (QOS) routing of
       network traffic.
      Continue to increase the security of the WAN by implementing technology
       solutions and procedures as appropriate.
      Continue to work collaboratively with the BOCES Technology services team to
       monitor a regional technology plan (793 Plan) for delivering and strengthening
       BOCES technology services.
      Continue collaboration with the Technology Advisory Group to support the
       establishment of technical standards for workstations, peripherals, network
       cabling, and wireless technology.
      Continue to communicate the regional and local value of a shared technology
       support team through the provision of the Shared LAN Technician Service and a
       Regional Technology Support Help Desk.

Yearly Goals:
Timeline: 7/1/2006 – 6/30/2010


By 6/30/2007 - Expand the capacity of the WAN to support document sharing systems as
                an added feature of collaborative online forums.
By 6/30/2007 - Expand the capability of the WAN infrastructure to support innovative
                instructional support initiatives such as the New York Virtual Learning
                Space.
By 6/30/2007 - Analyze 3-8 testing data and provide professional development regarding
                regional and statewide reports to participating districts.
By 6/30/2007 - Continue to assist local districts in preparing their data for submission
                into the data warehouse.
By 6/30/2007 - Continue to assist districts in understanding 3-8 testing issues.
By 6/30/2008 - Expand the WAN service to provide Wide Area Network Connections to
                18 school districts.
By 6/302008 - Continue to analyze 3-8 testing data and provide professional development
                regarding regional and statewide reports to participating districts.
By 6/30/2008 - Assist districts in understanding and using longitudinal student
                achievement data.
By 6/30/2008 - Assist districts in interpreting new Regents assessment data.
By 6/30/2009 - Expand the WAN service to provide Wide Area Network Connections to
                20 school districts.
By 6/302009 - Continue to analyze 3-8 testing data and provide professional development
                regarding regional and statewide reports to participating districts.
By 6/30/2009 - Continue to assist districts in understanding and using longitudinal
                student achievement data.
By 6/30/2009 - Continue provide professional development to participating districts
                regarding Regents assessment data.
By 6/30/2010 - Expand the WAN service to provide Wide Area Network Connections to
                22 school districts.
By 6/302010 - Continue to analyze 3-8 testing data and provide professional development
                regarding regional and statewide reports to participating districts.
By 6/30/2010 - Continue to assist districts in understanding and using longitudinal
                student achievement data.
By 6/30/2010 - Continue provide professional development to participating districts
                regarding Regents assessment data.

Media Services (COSER 505) - Media Services provides resources for teaching and
learning. Media Services has a library of over 8,000 videotapes, 150 multiple book titles,
240 audio books, 250 DVD’s, and 150 CD’s. We also support curriculum needs by
providing a library of 60 educational tapes to each elementary school that students can
check out. Seasonal boxes of videos (School Days, Fire Safety, winter, and spring topics)
are sent out monthly. An on-line booking system – is used by our clients. Web/Max is a
sophisticated and flexible computer program that provides online searching and booking
of all media – 24 hours/day.

Person Responsible – Teri Bruno, Supervisor, MultiMedia Services
Overall coordination – Thomas Bowen, Coordinator for Learning Technology


Ongoing Goals
      Continue to provide digital streaming from the Web/Max system to the school.
      Continue to collaborate with the Media Specialists in the schools to expand the
       CD collection of audio-books.
      Continue to expand the multiple book collection.
      Continue work with statewide media organizations to standardize digital media
       standards.
      Continue conversion of library holdings from VHS to DVD and other electronic
       delivery methods.

Yearly Goals:
Timeline: 7/1/2006 – 6/30/2010
By 6/30/2007 - provide a collection of digital “books on tape” delivered through MP3
                players.
By 6/30/2008 – upgrade centralized networking equipment to support video streaming.
By 6/30/2009 – expand the capability of the Media Library to support innovative
                instructional support initiatives such as the New York Virtual Learning
                Space.
By 6/30/2010– expand the capability of the Media Library to support innovative
               instructional support initiatives such as the New York Virtual Learning
               Space.


Technology Services (COSER 506) – Technology Services provides Audio Visual and
computer repair, helping to maintain school equipment in optimal condition for best
utilization as well as providing emergency repairs. The general repair and maintenance
for all types of school audiovisual and computer equipment are performed by factory
trained, certified audiovisual and computer technicians. The shop is factory trained to do
warranty work on various Dell, Apple, HP, and Xerox equipment.

Person Responsible – Henrietta Sherman, Supervisor, Technology Services
Overall coordination – Thomas Bowen, Coordinator of Learning Technology


Ongoing Goals
      Continue to support the BOCES and school districts with timely repair of
       technology equipment.
      Continue to upgrade training to provide support for new technology demands.

Yearly Goals:
Timeline: 7/1/2006 – 6/30/2010


By 6/30/2007 - provide repair and maintenance resources for videoconferencing
                equipment and electronic whiteboard equipment.
By 6/30/2008 – expand support for video production equipment.
By 6/30/2009 – expand the capability of Technology Services to support innovative
                instructional initiatives such as the New York Virtual Learning Space.
By 6/30/2010 – expand the capability of Tech Services to support innovative instructional
                initiatives such as the New York Virtual Learning Space.


Library Automation (COSER 527) – Maintain, expand and upgrade the library
automation service. This service includes catalog development, maintenance of local
standardization protocol, networking of computers, professional development and the
introduction and integration of additional technologies to increase resource sharing, and
availability impacting instruction.


Person responsible: Robin Young, Coordinator for School Library Services


Ongoing Goals:
      Continue to evaluate, maintain and upgrade a SirsiDynix Horizon Library
       Automation Centralized Server along with providing technological support and
       training to participating districts in order to optimize connectivity, access, and
       integration.
      Continue to develop programs, services and training based on the integration of
       new technologies impacting information literacy including but not limited to
       online database services, digital libraries, information portals, and federated
       searching.
      Continue to assist participating districts and libraries with information literacy
       related technological initiatives through comprehensive planning, proposals,
       procurement, installation, monitoring, and ongoing support to ensure successful
       implementation.

Yearly Goals:
Timeline: 7/1/2006 – 6/30/2010


By 6/30/2008 – Automate & add Hartford Central School District’s library to the Central
               Server, bringing the number of Central Server libraries from 41 to 42.
By 6/30/2008 – Facilitate Remote Patron Authentication (RPA) for component district
               students and staff by instituting a “system” library card utilizing student
               data from component district student management systems, thus
               enabling the utilization of federated searching, consortial management of
               digital audiobooks, and other new technologies requiring RPA.
By 6/30/2008 – Due to significant growth in the use of the Horizon Library Automation
               System, investigate the cost effectiveness and feasibility of moving data
               from the two current outdated in-house servers, to either four new in-
               house servers or utilizing the hosting option offered by SirsiDynix.
               Once the more favorable option is clear, migrate the data to the new
               hardware.
By 6/30/2009 – Upgrade the Horizon software package to version 8.0 and provide
               associated training to participating districts.
By 6/30/2009 – Transition the final Dynix stand alone district, Stillwater CSD, onto the
               Central Server.
By 6/30/2009 – Automate & add two additional schools to the Central Server, South
               Glens Falls CSD’s Harrison Avenue Elementary and Tanglewood
               Elementary, bringing the number of Central Server libraries from 42 to
               44.
By 6/30/2011 – Facilitate regional electronic interlibrary loan utilizing the SirsiDynix
               Horizon Library Automation Service.

Bus Driver Training (COSER 601) – School bus driver training courses are now
available through the WSWHE BOCES Distant Learning Network. School district
transportation staff may now fulfill their state law 19A requirements by attending courses
via the DL network at their home district or a nearby host. The following courses
provided are: 30-Hour Basic Course; 10-Hour Advance Course; 10-Hour Bus Monitor
Course; 2-Hour Safety Refresher Course; 3-Hour Pre Service for Drivers or monitors;
School Bus Rescue Extrication and First aid Training for Drivers/Attendants.

Person responsible: Lance Freiberger, Coordinator of Transportation Services
Overall coordination: Terry Blanchfield, Asst. Superintendent for Administrative
Services

Telephone Interconnect (COSER 640) – This COSER provides BOCES the authority
to pay a school district’s phone bill and receive BOCES aid for 50% of the cost for a
local call. The BOCES will have the responsibility of procuring the best available local
and long distant phone service for the participating component school districts. Federal
E-Rate reimbursement is included with this service which was scheduled to be
implemented July 1, 2006.

Person responsible: John Hales, Director of Business Office
Overall coordination: Terry Blanchfield, Asst. Superintendent for Administrative
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