Model Schools

The Model Schools Program leads and supports districts in using technology to provide the best possible learning environment for every student. Our Technology Integration Instructional Specialists focus on providing ongoing professional learning opportunities that help teachers integrate relevant technology into their classrooms. All professional learning comes with the support teachers need to connect their learning to student learning.

In collaboration with component districts, we currently offer these PD opportunities through Model Schools. Additionally, all of our instructional specialists embed technology integration into their work. We invite your input in developing opportunities to meet your needs.

Dedicated FTE‘s:  In addition to general support, districts can purchase a dedicated person, by the FTE, to work directly with them at the district or building level.

What We Do

Our Work

We help educators integrate technology into their classrooms in ways that promote meaningful and effective teaching and learning. As members of the School Improvement Services team, our work is to promote both organizational learning and teacher learning that leads to positive measurable outcomes for every student. We do this through focused research-based work on our identified Regional Priorities.

See our updates in the SIS Weekly Bulletin, or visit our YouTube Playlist!

Professional Development Calendar

Here are our current Professional Development offerings. All professional development comes with the support teachers need to connect teacher learning with student learning. This includes work within classrooms. Examples of ongoing work include our asynchronous professional learning opportunities.

Integrated Professional Development

We collaborate with other Instructional Specialists to provide integrated professional development offerings. Please see the SIS professional development calendar for all offerings. Examples include the Autism Collaborative Community, ongoing work with the NYS Science Learning Standards, building leadership and capacity around RtI Interventions, and igniting student creativity along with Cooperative Enrichment and School Library Systems.

Our Instructional Strategies

We employ a variety of instructional strategies and delivery methods to reach the needs of all teachers, administrators, and students.

In-person workshops are facilitated opportunities for teachers to actively engage and create dynamic learning opportunities for students.

Online professional development opportunities allow teachers to participate in professional development from any location. Some offerings are synchronous, scheduled, collaborative opportunities. Others are asynchronous, allowing teachers to participate in professional development at their own pace, place, and time.

Hybrid online/in-person opportunities go beyond one-time professional development to provide sustained opportunities with built-in time for support and follow-up.

Instructional Support

All professional development comes with the support teachers need to connect teacher learning with student learning. All instructional specialists are available to provide support in connecting meaningful pedagogy and practice. We work with teachers and administrators in the areas of preparation, instructional delivery, assessment, and reflection. This includes work within classrooms.

Planning & Decision-Making

We also serve as partners in decision-making and planning. Examples of this work include the planning and creation of Active Learning Spaces, as well as planning and implementation around Computer-Based-Testing.

Additional Information

NYSED Computer-Based-Testing

Information about computer-based-testing.

NYSED Educational Design and Technology

Information on Educational Design and Technology from the Office of Curriculum, Assessment, and Educational Technology.



NYSCATE (the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education) is an organization of educators committed to transforming teaching and learning for the benefit of students.


The vision of ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education) is a world where all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making:

ABCs of CBM, A Practical Guide to Curriculum-based Measurement
by: Michelle K. Hosp, John L. Hosp, Kenneth W. Howell

Advanced Formative Assessment in Every Classroom, A Guide For Instructional Leaders
by: Connie M. Moss, Susan M. Brookhart

Assessing Comprehension Thinking Strategies
by: Ellin Keene

Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom
by: Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey

Common Formative Assessments
by: Larry Ainsworth, Donald Viegut

Data Analysis for Comprehensive Schoolwide Improvement
by: Victoria Bernhardt

The Data Coach’s Guide to Improving Learning for All Students
by: Nancy Love, Katherine Stiles, Susan Mundry, Kathryn DiRamma

Data-Driven Dialogue, A Facilitator’s Guide to Collaborative Inquiry
by: Bruce Wellman, Laura Lipton

Formative Assessment, Responding to Your Students
by: Harry Grover Tuttle

Key Elements of Observing Practice
by: Kathryn Parker Boudett, Elizabeth A. City, Marcia K. Russell

Results NOW
by: Mike Schmoker

Using Data to Improve Learning for All, A collaborative Inquiry Approach
by: Nancy Love, Susan M. Brookhart

Contact Us

Justin DiMatteo
Regional Technology Integration Instructional Specialist
607-257-1551, ext. 1018
T: @justin_dimatteo

Matt O’Donnell
Shared Technology Integration Instructional Specialist
607-257-1551, ext. 1064
T: @edtechmro

Paul Wiech
Regional Technology Integration Instructional Specialist
607-257-1551, ext. 1012
T: @PaulWiech

Brian VanGorder
Shared Technology Integration Instructional Specialist
607-257-1551, ext. 1065
T: @MisterVanGo