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  • Notice of Special Board meeting ... The Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, May 16, at 5 p.m. at the George Farber Administrative Center, 71 Clinton Road, Garden City. The Board will go into executive (closed) session immediately to discuss negotiations and no action is expected to be taken.
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  • Opportunity for young artists ... Budding artists from preschool to high school are invited to enter the 2013 Arts Alive LI Festive Poster Contest, presented by the Long Island Arts Alliance and Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Monetary prizes will be awarded and the winning posters will be showcased at venues across Long Island. The deadline is May 24, 2013. For design guidelines, templates and the official entry form, please visit artsaliveli.org/poster-contest.
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  • Revised 2012-2013 and approved 2013-2014 calendars … The 2012-2013 school calendar was amended during the Jan. 30, 2013, Board meeting. As we have received information from our 56 component Nassau County school districts, we will be now be closed on Monday, March 25 and open for student attendance on Monday, April 1, 2013. In addition, the 2013-2014 school calendar is now available.
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  • Policy manual updates ... The Nassau BOCES Board Policy Manual has been updated to reflect the December 13, 2012, revision of Policy #2350, Board Meeting Procedures; and Policy #5252, Student Activities Funds Management; as well as the adoption of Policy #8110, Nassau BOCES Building Safety. View the complete manual at www.nassauboces.org/policies.
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  • Adult Learning Center "aces" NYSED report card ... Our Adult Learning Center program has received a "highly proficient" rating on its Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) Report Card for the 2010-11 year, making it one of the highest-rated BOCES adult education programs in the state.
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  • Every Long Islander should know Barry Tech ... After taking the opportunity to tour our regional school in Westbury, Rauch Foundation President Nancy Rauch Douzinas was so impressed -- she championed Barry Tech through her "What Every Long Islander Should Know" column. This series of articles appears monthly in a number of Long Island business and community newspapers. Read all about Barry Tech on the Long Island Index website.
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Doshi STEM Program classroom
   
The Doshi STEM Program at Nassau BOCES …This fall we opened a pioneering educational program — Long Island’s first science-centered high school. Through partnerships with Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Long Island Matrix of Science and Technology, students from six school districts are learning from industry leaders, visiting state-of-the-art research facilities and seeing the inner workings of Long Island science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) businesses. Learn more.

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$2 million Virtual Advanced Placement Grant …
Nassau BOCES was awarded a $2 million grant by the New York State Department of Education to develop, implement and provide access to online Advanced Placement (AP) courses for Long Island’s low-income students. Teachers and educational leaders from throughout Long Island gathered for a kick-off event to launch this initiative. Learn more.


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Center for Online Learning …
Our newly formed Center for Online Learning is a central hub for online courses and content for students, educators and adults. It is home to the Nassau BOCES Virtual School, which allows districts to offer their students a variety of additional courses. Learn more.

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Security Command Center …
Recently unveiled, the new Nassau BOCES Customer Care and Security Center provides participating school districts with real-time security monitoring. The center is connected to the Nassau County Police Department and allows the police the ability to tap into schools’ live camera feeds during crisis situations. Learn more.

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Dedication to Customer Care … Our new Customer Care and Security Center also will be a one-stop-shop for school district personnel to learn about Nassau BOCES’ programs and services. It is currently home to our team of technical experts that handles more than 4,000 Help Desk tickets every month.  Learn more.

$2.5 Million New York State P-TECH Grant ... A Nassau BOCES-led consortium has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from NYSED that will prepare hundreds of Long Island students for high-skill jobs in demanding technology fields. The Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) grant will enable Nassau BOCES and the project’s financial lead, Uniondale UFSD, to move forward with an educational partnership that will leverage public and private resources, including school districts, Western Suffolk BOCES, Farmingdale State College and aerospace manufacturer Arkwin Industries Inc. Learn more.  
 
Harvard Strategic Data Project … Harvard University recently selected Nassau BOCES to participate in its Strategic Data Project, which was created to revolutionize the way data are collected, analyzed and shared to improve outcomes for students. Learn more
 
Partnerships with Higher Learning Institutions … Our Special Education department is conducting joint research projects with Yale University, Columbia University and other renowned academic institutions eager to study and learn from our successes. In addition, psychiatric fellows from North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center and Nassau University Medical Center are coming to Nassau BOCES’ programs to do their residencies in pediatric psychiatry. Learn more.


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Hofstra University Youth Programs Partnership … Over the summer we partnered with Hofstra University to provide a wide variety of programs for young people, including outdoor adventures and career exploration courses in fields such as aviation and criminal justice. Learn more.
 
Pearson Assessment Pilot … Nassau BOCES participated in a major pilot of a new assessment that will measure college readiness. The computer-based assessment was developed by Pearson to engage students while analyzing their abilities in 21st-century skills. Learn more.

College Courses for Special Education Students …
We recently introduced an innovative initiative that helps special education students to earn college credit while preparing them for the world of higher education. Partnering with Farmingdale State College’s “University in the High School,” Nassau BOCES now provides dual-enrollment opportunities for special needs high school students. Learn more

Pace University Certificate Program … Nassau BOCES, in partnership with Pace University and The Center for Educational Leadership at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, is offering a new professional certificate program for educational administrators who have the responsibility of a District Data Administrator/Chief Information Officer (DDA/CIO) in a public school district. It is set to begin in spring 2014.

Nassau School and Municipal Savings Initiative ... The Nassau School and Municipal Savings Initiative is a cooperative effort among Nassau BOCES, Nassau County, Nassau County school districts and public agencies to reduce costs by sharing services. The project began in earnest in 2009, although school officials have been meeting and planning for implementation since 2006. The initiative is supported by a $1 million 21st Century Demonstration Grant from the New York State Department of State. Results from this initiative will be used as a model for similar programs throughout the state.


Revised: February 11, 2014
 

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