Teacher Learning Center

A Professional Learning Resource for HFM BOCES Regional Teachers

eTeachNY is a coalition of education partners who have come together to support the implementation of the Teaching in Remote Learning Environments (TRLE) Initiative. In coordination with the New York State Education Department (NYSED), eTeachNY will support development and implementation of training related to six core areas: Social Emotional Learning, Culturally Responsive Education, ELLs, Shifting to Teaching Online, Families as Partners, Students with Disabilities.

Click below for two resources for planning your virtual lessons with a focus on student engagement.

Virtual Learning Planning
Protocols for Student Practice Using Technology (HFM)

15 Ideas for Building Community in Your Virtual Classroom

Attention Infographic Trust.pdf

Educational resources and lessons mapped to priority K-12 curriculum standards for Capital Region districts.


New schedule for 2020-21!

Monthly virtual PLCs hosted by HFM Instructional Coaches and staff.



Free programs for remote learning through Renaissance Learning and STAR 360.

Teach From Home- A temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Educating at a Distance

Continuing to provide your students with an education when they are not in your classroom every day is, for some, a daunting task. The multitude of resources (free and otherwise) now available to teachers and parents is unprecedented and, quite frankly, overwhelming. Take a deep breath, check out this quick guide for navigating the world of distance learning, and remember you are not alone.

Tips for Effective Distance Learning:

  • Allow students to work at their own pace. Create learning experiences that allow time for students to absorb content. Be flexible with due dates.

  • Less is more. Prioritize and be realistic about what students will be able to accomplish on their own at home. Assignments will likely take twice as long to finish and in upper grades, students are completing assignments from multiple teachers.

  • Give explicit instructions. Provide step-by-step instructions and specify the length of time students have to complete the learning or assignment.

  • Specify expectations. Be clear on what the task requirements are, when the deadline is, and how the work is to be submitted. Clarify how it aligns to learning objectives.

  • Be empathetic. This is a new and potentially frightening experience for our students. Assign a reasonable workload and encourage students to work together when possible. Seek their feedback about learning pace, emotional status, and workload.

  • Communicate. Let students know how often they should expect to hear from you, and stick to it. Tell students how and when they may reach you to provide support and answer questions. Provide feedback on student work.

  • Vet new resources. Check for suitability for your population, ease of use (for yourself and students), and standards alignment. Think about the purpose this resource serves and the educational outcomes it will support.

  • Have a support network. Continue to plan and have regular conversations with your colleagues and principal. Utilize other district and regional supports like school media specialists, instructional coaches, reading specialists, and other related service providers.Adapted from Online Teaching @ KIS: Do This, Not That by Alison Yang

The Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) are providing important information to P-12 schools related to school closures, meals, childcare, continuity of learning, mental health, accountability, special education, and test administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click on the image for the latest updates.