School Improvement

Co-Ser 555

School Improvement [Base Service]

Co-Ser 555.001

Through this service, the ongoing process of school redesign and reform is supported. Designed to assist and support school districts in strategic planning and implementing change, this service offers collaboration and support of district teams in the development of comprehensive and strategic district plans by providing supportive resources and/or team participation. District teams include, but are not limited to, Comprehensive District Education Plan, Professional Development, MTSS, AIS, and Building-Level. Local and regional activities are provided, as well as access to materials and practical assistance. Research and development on all current Regents Reform Initiatives is supported through this service.

Ulster BOCES staff provides leadership and resources. In addition, this service helps build county capacity through participation in statewide networks that focus on systematic improvement, such as SCDN, DATAG, Assessment Liaisons, Middle-Level Liaison, and the Statewide ELA, Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, SEL and Early Learning professional workgroups.

Professional development in leadership, teaching and learning, curriculum and instruction, and data analysis is supported through this Co-Ser and its extensions. Participation in the Base Service (Co-Ser 555.001) is required to be eligible to purchase any of the School Improvement Extensions listed below.

School Improvement: Professional Development [Extension]

Co-Ser 555.001.002

Districts may choose to use this Co-Ser to develop customized opportunities including in-district facilitation as well as planning and coordination. Arrangements and charges will vary based on the district needs and the nature/scope of requests either on a per diem or project basis.

Professional Development in Assistive Technology

Co-Ser 555.001.004

This service provides professional development training to both general education and special education teachers promoting the integration of Assistive Technology (AT) within the academic environment. Teachers will be provided professional development and coaching on appropriate AT supports to help ensure that access is provided to all students who need differentiation of technology and UDL tools in the learning environment. This extension is eligible for NYS aid and may be utilized in concert with Co-Ser 329.


Barbara Tischler Hastie
phone: 845.255.1402 x1374
fax: 845.255.3836

Instructional Rounds, lesson study or inquiry cycles [Extension]

Co-Ser 555.002

Accomplished educators and those striving to improve their practices can gain insightful understanding of what high-quality instruction looks like and what schools and districts need to support it. This program structures visitations to schools or specific classrooms based on the desired outcomes of the observing team. If improving instruction is part of a building’s/district’s Comprehensive District Education Planning (CDEP), School Improvement, and Professional Development Plan (PDP), the related substitute costs are aidable.

Educational Data Analysis Support [Extension]

co-ser 555.003

This service supports districts to advance student achievement by deepening understanding of the data-driven classroom and district data analysis. Through this service, support for the work of existing and newly formed data teams is offered. In addition, this service offers two in-district professional development opportunities. These sessions are collaboratively designed with the district and customized to suit individual district’s needs. Also included is the leveraging of opportunities for access to Graphical Interface Software (purchasing available through Co-Ser 525.007). Other items in this service include:

  • Leadership support in data information sharing
  • Access to comprehensive data resource
  • 1 in-district workshop (no more than 3 hours)
  • ESSA Support
  • Review and provide feedback to district presentations
  • NYSED initiatives
  • Access to JMT Data Team sharing
  • Participation in Instructional Services Data Conference
  • Customized district reports

instructional specialist for educational data analysis [extension]

co-ser 555.003.001

In-district instructional data support/coaching for administrators and professional development/coaching for teachers is available on a per diem or project basis.

Examples of targeted work include:

  • Data Team, CDEP, PDP, RTI, AIS facilitation
  • NWEA/STAR facilitation/coaching
  • Data-driven dialogues
  • Analyze and review State assessment data
  • Facilitation and coaching on research-based vendor assessments (i.e., STAR and NWEA)
  • Assessment review and design
  • Statewide Data System training
  • Prepare district presentations
  • District report card predication
  • Utilize various statistical techniques to project performance based on history
  • Data analysis with graphical interface software:
    • Training/coaching/project management

Participation in Co-Ser 555.003 Educational Data Analysis Support is required.


Supporting Diverse Learners


This service is focused on continuing to support, sustain, and implement high-quality practices for all students, staff, and districts in Ulster County. Work to build a continuum of services to support all learners includes developing a framework and practice for inclusive schools, implementing and defining success criteria for inclusive schools, and thoughtful placement through planning of resources. Implementation practices for Rti, AIS, SIT, or other district teams is also provided, including implementation stages, usable interventions, and implementation evaluation and planning tools. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – from compliance to commitment to growth – is a focus. Administrative team planning for district alignment of practices is provided, including developing manuals of practice, policies, and procedures that connect special education, Rti, and AIS to NYSED standards. Specially designed instruction is an integral aspect of the service, including IEP and lesson design alignment, connecting IEP goals to student needs, and unraveling the IEP to fit benchmark standards and to fit the role of a general education teacher or assistant.


Barbara Tischler Hastie
phone: 845.255.1402 x1374
fax: 845.255.3836

NYS Grades 3-8 ELA & Math Scoring [Extension]

co-ser 555.007

Ulster BOCES supports districts by facilitating the scoring process for NYS Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Math Assessments. This service ensures that the delivery method is in accordance with all NYSED regulations and district scoring practices. Ulster BOCES disseminates all NYSED scoring updates and other information that ensures quality processes to districts.


Barbara Tischler Hastie
phone: 845.255.1402 x1374
fax: 845.255.3836

Regional Scoring New Scorer & New Rubric Training [Extension]

co-ser 555.007.002

New scorer training for all teachers new to the profession or discipline is essential to consistent and accurate scoring. Participants will distinguish the difference between grading and scoring, become familiar with the appropriate scoring rubric, and practice scoring with a trained scoring leader. New scorer training is available for applicable New York State exams, including Science 4 and 8 and all Regents exams. Information on all New York State testing requirements and expectations are included in this service.

Regional Scoring Collaborative Alignment [Extension] Proficiency at Checkpoint A & The Comprehensive Examination at Checkpoint B

co-ser 555.007.003

Districts will have access through Ulster BOCES for two World Language final exams: The Proficiency at Checkpoint A and The Comprehensive Examination at Checkpoint B. District leaders will work with BOCES staff to order an exam of choice. This service includes preparation and delivery of exam materials.

Curriculum Mapping [Extension]

co-ser 555.010

This service is designed to support districts in the development of curriculum mapping and related resources. This may include guided preparation of materials by a team of teachers to support NYSED Standards, new assessment practices, and technology applications. Product orientation sessions for each project are designed to support implementation at the local level. Continuous updating of instructional practices around standards is included. This targeted work can be delivered during the summer or school year.

Major Initiatives [Extension]

co-ser 555.012

Collaborative one- to three-year initiatives are recommended by the Instructional Advisory Council to facilitate data-driven instructional improvements to enhance student performance. Key district educators are tapped to receive extensive training, produce materials, and support improvement in the district. Focused countywide curriculum development projects centered on new standards can be developed through this extension. Accomplished educators provide in-class coaching to assist teachers with improving their content knowledge and instructional delivery.

Contact Box

Sarah Dudley-Lemek
Director of Instructional Services 
phone: 845.255.1402

175 Route 32 North
New Paltz, NY 12561