Professional Development: Thinking Critically About Poverty and the Poor

Registration is now open for Thinking Critically About Poverty and the Poor.  Poverty plays a critical role in the lives of many of our students. The purpose of this interactive course is for participants to examine their views and assumptions about poverty through the lens of the Federal government poverty guidelines, the nine- county Finger Lakes regional report on poverty, and work done on the common myths of poverty. This class is instructed by Dr. Jeff Linn, Chair and Professor of Educational Administration, SUNY College at Brockport.
Date: March 13, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM -3:30 PM
Location: The Conference Center at WFL BOCES, Newark, NYMyLearningPlan
Audience:  PK-12 Educators
Cost: $127.00 per person for WFL BOCES districts who purchase the core. $165 for all others.

Registration is now live through . Click here to register.

Please register by February 27, 2018.
To view the flyer with full program details, click here.

Professional Development: Developing Standards-based Units with the Understanding by Design (UbD) Unit Planning Template

Registration is now open for Developing Standards-based Units with the Understanding by Design (UbD) Unit Planning Template.  The UbD Unit Planning process developed by Wiggens and McTighe aids educators in developing units, lessons and assessments that are aligned with national, state and local education standards. This series will introduce the UbD 2.0 Unit Planning Template and then guide teachers through the creation of their first unit. Educators will then engage in a process of peer-review, revision, differentiating to meet diverse student needs, unit implementation and a final reflection.  This class is instructed by Dr. Peter Kalenda, Visiting Professor of Elementary and Secondary Education, SUNY College at Brockport.

Date(s): February 6 & 27, 2018
Time: 8:30-11:30 AM
Location: The Conference Center at WFL BOCES, Newark, NY
Audience:  PK-12 Educators
Cost: $127.00 per person for WFL BOCES districts who purchase the core. $165 for all others.
 Registration is now live through MyLearningPlan.  Click here to register

Please register by January 29, 2018

To view the flyer with full program details, click here.

Try our new Professional Development Classes this October

Brockport Research Institute has an extensive catalog of Professional Development courses to suit a variety of PD needs.  See our 2017-2018 Course Catalog here.  This month, we are offering 2 different classes – Evaluating Educational Initiatives and Grants 101:  An Introduction to Grant Writing

Grants 101: An Introduction to Grant Writing
Course Description: 
BRI President and CEO Dr. Sara Silverstone will provide an overview of the grant writing process for educational, government, and not-for-profit organizations. From identifying government, corporate and private funding opportunities that best match an organization’s needs to drafting a compelling, data-based narrative, “Grants 101” will help new grant writers to understand the funding process, create a competitive proposal, and communicate with program managers and private funders before, during, and after the funding process.  Please register online or call the Business & Social Sciences Division at 585-428-8130.
Date:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time:  10:00am – 11:30am
Location:  Central – Kate Gleason Auditorium, Central Library
Cost:  FREE
Intended Audience:  School District Office Leaders, School Site Leaders, Program Directors, Grant Professionals


Evaluating Educational Initiatives
Course Description:
Data-driven decision-making requires the systematic collection and analysis of valid data, which is what program evaluation is all about. During this session, Brockport Research Institute President, Dr. Sara Silverstone and Director of Evaluations, Tracy Herman, will provide an overview of program evaluation, including the importance of defining the evaluation questions/purposes, identifying data collection tools to measure the data necessary to answer those questions, and the process of data collection, analysis, and reporting. Attendees will then participate in a facilitated discussion on how to apply evaluation approaches to monitoring the implementation and outcomes of behavioral and curricular initiatives such as PBIS/RTI, Character Education or next generation NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards. Attendees will gain knowledge in the fundamentals of program evaluation as well as the application of evaluation approaches to assess and improve educational initiatives.
Date​: Friday, October 20, 2017
Time​: 8:00-11:00
8:00AM – 8:30AM – Breakfast & Registration
8:30AM – 11:00AM – Presentation
Location​: Genesee Valley Boces, Leroy, Room E
Cost:  $15.00 (includes breakfast)
Intended Audience:  School District Office Leaders, School Site Leaders, Program Directors, Grant Professionals





Back to School with BRI

Brockport Research Institute (BRI) can help with all of your Professional Development needs this year!  From a set curriculum to a customized program, we have an extensive network of experienced instructors that will give your organization many choices and resources to fit whatever needs you may have.  

Our Professional Development/CTLE Course Catalog for 2017-2018 is now available. To see how we can help your organization with it’s professional learning needs, check it out!

A few highlights from our Catalog

  • Evaluations
  • Grant Writing
  • Wellness and Physical Fitness
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning
  • Online Learning
  • Leadership
  • STEM Workshops
  • Pedagogy

Don’t see a course that fits your needs?  Ask about our customized programs!

Brockport Research Institute is a  NYS Approved CTLE Sponsor and a NYS certified M/WBE.



Computer Science Education for K-12

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released information about their Computer Science for All (CS for All: RRP) program.

The program is focused on providing all US K-12 students an opportunity to participate in computer science and computational thinking. They seek to provide high school teachers with professional development and ongoing support to teach these courses. K-8 teachers would be assisted in obtaining the instructional materials and curriculum necessary to integrate computer science into their teaching.

They anticipate there will up to 19 awards and $20 million in grant funds available for this program.

The full proposal deadline is February 28, 2017. For more details, please visit their website.


Health Workforce Retraining Program Success

We are pleased to announce that the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (GVEP) was just awarded two Health Workforce Retraining Program/Initiative Grants from the New York State Department of Health.


The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership will use the funds to support the Rochester Area and Western New York. They plan to use the grant funding to train entry-level health care workers for higher-skilled and higher paying jobs.  Their plans also include making emergency grant funds available to LPN students experiencing financial hardship and to make updates to their training facilities in order to maximize student learning with emerging medical technologies.  The GVEP will be helping to alleviate the health care worker shortage being felt all across New York State.

Brockport Research Institute was proud to assist the GVEP with their grant application and will be providing professional development as a part of their grant program. Congratulations!


NSF Energy for Sustainability Grant

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is offering an Energy for Sustainability grant program. This grant offers up to $100,000 per year for three years to support research to enable innovative developments in the production and storage of electricity and fuels.  The current focus of this grant includes topics like Biomass Conversion, Biofuels, and Bioenergy, Photovoltaic Solar Energy, and Advanced Batteries.  There are also funding applications for faculty career development and conferences and workshops.

The program is accepting submissions from October 1, 2016 through October 20, 2016. To read the full details and guidelines, visit their website.

If you’d like suggestions on how to utilize this grant program to benefit your organization, BRI is ready to help you!