Recognize the potential in others and yourself

As we begin a new school year, it is important to remember that even in circumstances that may be less than ideal, greatness can always be achieved. Learn how the book "Not For Bread Alone" embodies this idea, and why we must always encourage curiosity

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Sign up for our Book Study series

Questar III is pleased to offer its sixth annual Book Study Series. This year’s series will focus on Questar III’s strategic plan and initiatives. There is no cost to Questar III staff and school districts that participate in Co-Ser 522. Click below for more information on books and how to sign-up.

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Questar III plans Career Expo

Questar III is working with the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce, CEG and local districts on its annual Career Expo for students. Save the date for this year’s program by clicking below.

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Career expo 2015

Commissioner Elia and Teacher of the Year: Welcome Back to School

Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Charles Giglio, 2015 New York State Teacher of the Year, join in welcoming educators, families and students back to school.

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School Improvement

Maintaining excellence in the midst of change

This continues to be a time of great change for our school districts. It is our job to continually support our students in the midst of changing circumstances locally and across the state. Read a message from District Superintendent Gladys I. Cruz.

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Questar III mourns the death of Bob Gibson

Questar III BOCES Board President Robert “Bob” Gibson passed away on July 3. Gibson’s influence as a school board leader touched each part of the three counties Questar III serves and extended across the state as well.

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Teaching Mathematics to 21st Century Learners

Questar III partnered with Excelsior College to develop comprehensive, online, interactive professional development for K-8 teachers. These online courses are designed to help teachers understand best practices in mathematics instruction.

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Teaching in the 21st Century Online, Interactive Professional Development for K-12 Teachers

Working together to improve results

There's been a great deal of debate of the new APPR standards. While the evaluation system is still being finalized, it's important to remember the end goal. Learn more about how the APPR standards look to improve student achievement, teacher practice, and school leadership

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Questar III honored by the Times Union

Questar III BOCES was named one of the Capital Region’s Top Workplaces for 2015, according to a survey published in the Times Union. This is the second time the organization earned this regional distinction.

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Times Union 2015 Top Work Places

Criminal justice students use the iPad as learning tool

This year, Questar III students are participating in a tablet pilot program at Sackett Educational Center, Columbia-Greene Educational Center and Rensselaer Educational Center. Learn how criminal justice students are using the technology in their classroom.

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Impact of 37 BOCES

Did you know that 93 percent of students enrolled in a New York State BOCES Career and Technical Education program will graduate? Or that there are more than 27,625 adult students taught by BOCES workforce development programs? The impact of all 37 BOCES across New York State is clear. Check out this report to see how BOCES are helping schools.

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Parent brochure explaining Common Core Learning Standards

Questar III’s School Improvement Office developed a brochure to help parents and guardians better understand the changes happening in public education. The brochure, which is available by clicking the link below, provides suggestions on how to help your child with English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.  

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    Understanding New York's property tax cap

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  • Understanding New York’s learning standards

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