School Safety and Facilities

Brandon A. Cruz, Supervisor

Brandon CruzCoSer 644 provides training, consultation and technical assistance to create and maintain an educational environment that is a model for workplace safety and best practices. We  work directly with districts to handle matters of compliance with regulatory requirements and SAVE legislation.  

School Safety & Facilities
(914) 345-8500, Ext. 3167
bcruz@swboces.org

Events coming up

  • SWBOCES - 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd floor, Harrison, NY

    Physical Education PLCs & Leadership PE/HE CONSORTIUM

    Register here

    Instructor: Dr. Robert Schmidlein

    Physical Educators Teacher Leaders are essential to help a department grow and learn as professionals.

    This workshop will focus on models of leadership to drive physical education department leaders to become more than just a sounding board. The participants will engage in a variety of activities that include:

    • Curriculum round tables

    • Protocols for presenting

    • Protocols for discussions

    • 21st-century decision-making guidance for improved leadership

    The Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) will help guide mastery learning and grading, to accomplish a school-wide approach. Participants will develop PLCs to pilot lessons, assessments, and grading to improve instruction at their site by working with people across the county.

    The morning portion of the program will focus on:

    • Norms of collaboration

    • What is a PLC

    • How to become a mastery learning teacher and how does that lead to grades

    By the end of the workshop, participants will have a clear mentorship approach, a group of similar-minded cohort participants to help facilitate growth, and a clear vision for where their department will go.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • SWBOCES - 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd floor, Harrison, NY

    Curricular Mapping the New PE Standards PE/HE CONSORTIUM

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    Instructor: Dr. Robert Schmidlein

    Often teachers have lessons, assessments, and maps that are outdated and underused. The goal of this workshop is to map standards (psychomotor, cognitive, and affective) in a meaningful way to meet the needs of our changing student population. ELL, Autism, and at-risk youth will be addressed as well as traditional monocultural physical education settings.

    By the conclusion of the workshop, teachers will have tangible products to use for the current school year. The created maps will align with proficiency scales that are standard-based and drive both assessment and instruction.

    Free to members of the 2023-2024 Section One PE/HE Consortium

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • via Zoom

    RCRT General Meeting

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • via Zoom

    PD Short: Promoting Positive Student Behaviors in the Classrooms

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    Supporting students in exhibiting positive behaviors is an important role of the classroom teacher. During this session, participants will explore strategies for managing and responding to challenging student behaviors, while building effective, culturally responsive relationships to promote student and teacher success.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • via Zoom

    DBT Collegial Circle PE/HE CONSORTIUM

    Register here.

    The PE and Health Consortium is organizing a "DBT Collegial Circle" aimed at aiding members of the consortium in the region with their implementation endeavors.
    A Collegial Circle is a professional learning community made up of educators who are committed to enhancing or improving their professional practice. The members of the circle come together on a regular basis to discuss a common goal, need, interest, or question. In order for Collegial Circles to be successful, there must be a shared commitment to the purpose of the group.
    Free for Members of the 2023-2024 Section One PE/HE Consortium

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • via Zoom

    Arts in Education Information Session

    Register here.

    Join us for an information session to learn more about the NEW Arts in Education service provided by Southern Westchester BOCES. Arts in Education (Coser 433) offers engaging learning opportunities for students aligned to New York State Arts Standards. Districts can choose to host AIE experiences in school or visit local cultural institutions.

    During this session, we will:
    -Provide an overview of the Arts in Education service
    -Discuss the types of performances and experiences eligible through this service, including author and illustrator visits
    - Answer questions you may have about Arts in Education

     

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • via Zoom

    Elementary Literacy Study Group: Bringing NYSED's Literacy Initiative and SOR into Practice

    Register here

    Between NYSED launching its Literacy Initiative and publishing seven Literacy Briefs in January and ongoing attention to the Science of Reading and meeting students' academic needs, this study group will provide a recurring opportunity to convene with colleagues to collaborate around leading for literacy and the systemic and classroom-based practices that will support all students' literacy development. As schools and districts pursue similar aims and navigate similar obstacles, space for reflecting on and sharing practices and navigating challenges can serveas a forum for mutual support.

    We welcome teams of teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, reading specialists, department chairs, and all for whom literacy instruction is integral to join us as leaders of literacy.

     

     

     

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • via Zoom

    Secondary Literacy Study Group: Bringing NYSED's Literacy Initiative and SOR into Practice

    Register here

    Instructor: Dr. Hope Weinberg

    Between NYSED launching its Literacy Initiative and publishing seven Literacy Briefs in January and ongoing attention to the Science of Reading and meeting students' academic needs, this study group will provide a recurring opportunity to convene with colleagues to collaborate around leading for literacy and the systemic and classroom-based practices that will support all students' literacy development. As schools and districts pursue similar aims and navigate similar obstacles, space for reflecting on and sharing practices and navigating challenges can serveas a forum for mutual support.

    We welcome teams of teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, reading specialists, department chairs, and all for whom literacy instruction is integral to join us as leaders of literacy.

     

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • via Zoom

    SLS Secondary School Librarians Forum

    Register through My Learning Plan here

    Join your fellow secondary school librarians in the Southern Westchester Region to discuss issues that impact your teaching, library, and school community. Librarians are encouraged to submit topics of interest as we co-create our monthly agenda together. 

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
  • SWBOCES - 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, 3rd floor, Harrison, NY

    Restorative Practices Training for Students in Temporary Housing Program

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    Facilitator: Lori DeCarlo of Restorative Edge Consulting

    Please note that this training is limited to personnel who work with McKinney-Vento students and are approved to attend by SWBOCES's Students in Temporary Housing Program. If you have questions about whether you are eligible to attend, please contact Adam Weinstock (aweinstock@swboces.org).

    Lori will lead this interactive series to provide training to school leaders and program staff in the use of restorative practices designed to respond to the needs of youth affected by homelessness, trauma, loss, and other complex emotional challenges.

    Center for Professional Learning and Curriculum Support
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Mandated Training

The Mandated Training Link above lists School Safety training mandates and Facilities requirements for all NYS schools and districts.  Please refer to  the link and to our Training and Services listed below.

 

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Regional Facilities News

Southern Westchester BOCES is proud to partner with the Southeastern Chapter of the New York State School Facilities Association (NYSSFA).  Please use the links below to find the NYSSFA meeting calendar and training information.

NYSSFA Calendar

NYSSFA Training Opportunities

School Safety Training

  • Active Shooter Training
  • Building Level Emergency Response Planning
  • CPR/AED
  • Crisis Response Training
  • DASA/Violence Prevention refreshers
  • Develop Crisis Plans
  • Incident Command Management
  • Lockdown Emergency Training
  • New Building Emergency Plan Template
  • Risk Assessments
  • Safety Audits
  • Table Top Exercises

Facilities/Compliance

  • Asbestos testing and training
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Chemical Hygiene Plan Development
  • Chemical and Petroleum Storage
  • Cooling Towers Inspections
  • CPR/AED
  • Fire Inspections
  • Indoor Air Quality Testing
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Playground and Gymnasium Inspections
  • Right to Know
  • Underground Storage Tank Programs
  • Water Testing