Teacher Wins Grant to Help Students Succeed


Christine Fitzgerald, a Dutchess BOCES teacher, has been awarded funds to purchase an organizational system to help her autistic spectrum students to be successful.

Mrs. Fitzgerald, who works at Union Vale Middle School in the Arlington Central School District, sought the funding through DonorsChose.org, an online donation vehicle established to help teachers raise money for educational purposes. Donors read project descriptions and then choose which effort they would like to support.

Looking for a career in education?

Career in EducationVisit the Mid-Hudson Cooperative Recruitment Program managed by Dutchess BOCES, which advertises teaching jobs and educational support vacancies for participating school districts. It covers the Hudson, Mid-Hudson and Lower Hudson Valley regions of New York State, including Dutchess and Ulster counties.


BOCES PEACCE Program Yoga class

The BOCES PEACCE Classrooms at Arlington High School have the opportunity to improve their yoga practice thanks to a $1,500 grant from the Hudson Valley Autism Society.

Students in Mrs. Slagle’s classroom have been practicing yoga for the past few years using a DVD as a source of guidance and education. Now students have the chance to learn yoga with Nancy Maldonado, a certified yoga instructor.

Spotlight: Adult Learning Institute ESL training

ALI ESL TrainingEnglish as a Second Language (ESL) is offered to help individuals to develop a deeper command of the English language whether at home, work, or in day-to-day life.

Dutchess BOCES ALI has offered ESL training for more than 20 years. In fact, our programming is based on a New York State-approved curriculum first introduced by author Robin Schwarz and later expanded upon by Beverly Baright, one of ALI’s own instructors.

Learn more about the Dutchess BOCES Adult learning Institute's part in providing ESL training HERE.

AHS Honors Veterans 2014

AHS Veteran's BoardStudents at the Dutchess BOCES Alternative High School welcomed the opportunity to recognize family members who had served in the military with a special bulletin board in honor of Veterans Day.

This thoughtful tribute featured photographs of family members in uniform along with the years they served, including several grandfathers who served during World War II.

Superintendent’s Conference Day Nov 2014

Superintendent's Conference Day

Dutchess BOCES staff members spent Tuesday, November 4th in numerous professional development sessions, including lesson design, classroom strategies, and team building for the classroom.

They also collaborated with the agency’s four task forces to address the areas of alternative funding, professional development, communications, and website redesign.


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