Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)
The Erie 2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES
In the western part of New York state, Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES (E2CCB) provides education leadership and services to 27 school districts across Chautauqua County, southern Erie County, and part of Cattaraugus County.
Several years ago -- like many New York districts -- districts in the region received funding to increase classroom technology. Leaders from both the BOCES and component districts identified a need to ensure that the technology would support student-centered instruction.
“In New York, we are undergoing a digital conversion through the Smart Schools Bond Act,” said David O’Rourke, E2CCB District Superintendent. “I saw school districts in our region moving to 1:1 without a deep instructional framework to ground the technology. I didn’t want to see our districts repeat what happened with SmartBoards, where they were installed, yet they didn’t change pedagogy. That resource gave us the responsibility to act more urgently.”
As a result, three districts and the E2CCB instructional programs came together to receive instructional training from Education Elements in a consortium model. Education Elements provides support to these district leaders in a central location, who then return to their districts to lead training.
In SY 2018-19, Education Elements will continue to build the capacity across the region through targeted coaching for E2CCB instructional staff who will support additional component districts, as well as continued training for BOCES site-based principals.
“Seeing the level of investment of our principals in the work has been really gratifying,” said O’Rourke. We’re developing new leadership skills. I think that our faculty also understands the emotional and moral purpose in this work.”