Teaching & Learning

  • Accurate as of September 4, 2020

  • Nassau BOCES programs provide instructional practices that are intellectually challenging, authentic to student experiences, recognizes student strengths, and is differentiated and personalized to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.

    Reopening Mandatory Requirements

Continuity of Learning Plan

  • Nassau BOCES continuity of learning plan for the 2020-2021 school year is explained in the School Schedules section and prepares for the possibility of in-person, remote, and/or hybrid models of instruction.

New York State Learning Standards

  • Nassau BOCES educational programs provide curriculum and instruction which is aligned to the New York State Education Department which has established the student learning expectations (standards) for what all students should know and be able to do as a result of skilled instruction.


    Nassau BOCES’s school/program will continue to provide students each marking period with a final grade which is based on classroom participation as well as a student's performance on assignments. 

    School administration will develop grading procedures applicable to each model that are clear and transparent to students, parents, and caregivers as well as align clearly to the outcomes of the course and the State’s learning standards and are approved by their respective Executive Director.


    Student evaluation is considered a positive tool to indicate achievement and development in each class or subject in which a student is enrolled. Nassau BOCES recognizes that the classroom teacher has the primary responsibility to evaluate students and determine student evaluation reports. The instructional models under the three school schedules (i.e., in-per­son, remote and hybrid) will assess students’ learning adhering to Board Policy # 4710 Student Evaluation with a focus on:

    • Preassessment and embedded formative assessments to inform instruction
    • Build in time and opportunities for educators to collaborate and plan for the creation of preas­sessments
    • Consider the testing accommodations and/or modification needs of some students with disabilities as reflected on their Individualized Education Program

Teacher-Student Interaction

  • Nassau BOCES’s educational programs provide multiple opportunities for interaction between teachers and students whether delivered in- person, remotely or through a hybrid model of instruction:

    • Learning through direct instruction of a highly qualified teacher
    • Create student-centered learning environments which affirm racial, linguistic and cultural identities; prepare students for rigor and independent learning, develop students’ abilities to connect across lines of difference; elevate historically marginalized voices; and empower students as agents of social change utilizing the Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Teaching Framework➚.
    • Use of platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom or Zoom to:
      • Provide face to face interactive synchronous learning during remote instruction
      • Communicate using chat feature
      • Share instructional content using the channel feature
      • Create immersive classroom resources using PowerPoint
    • Facilitate teacher-student and peer-peer discussions
    • Provide oral and verbal feedback
    • Participate in virtual field trips
    • Provide students and families with Virtual tours, meetings and open houses whenever an in-person meeting is not possible

Instructional Equity NYSED Requirement

  • Equity is at the heart of all Nassau BOCES instructional decisions. All instruction is developed so that whether delivered in-person, remotely, or through a hybrid model due to a local or state school closure, there are clear opportunities for instruction that are accessible to all students. Instruction is aligned with State standards and include routine scheduled times for students to interact and seek feedback and support from their teachers. To learn more see the School Schedule section of this plan which provides an example of an instructional day.

Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Contact Person

External Agencies Health & Safety Assurance

  • Nassau BOCES works with a number of organizations to provide quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) internships, work-based learning experiences and NYS required professional experience for certification programs. We will require all organizations working with Nassau BOCES to provide a copy of their New York Forward Business Safety Plan which affirms they are in full compliance with DOH and CDC health requirements.

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