the GST BOCES E-Learning Service - About Us

Mission

  • To provide regional students and educators access to high-quality, collaborative, cost-effective, and inclusive opportunities for teaching and learning through the use of internet-based technologies.

Our Service will...

  • Provide districts with the support and training required to locate appropriate educational videoconferencing opportunities, plan implementation strategies, and support integration of distance, online, and blended learning across the curriculum.
  • Assist districts in the design, development, utilization, management, and evaluation of E-Learning spaces and related technologies.
  • Represent the GST BOCES region at applicable regional, state, and/or national events and conferences.
  • Operate within the NYS-approved CoSER guidelines
  • Be compliant with all applicable NYS Commissioner's Regulations, the guidelines of NYS Ed Law 2d, and any other state or federal laws such as FERPA, CIPA, and COPPA.
  • Create materials -- including this website -- that are accessible to as many users as possible. This includes testing our documents to make sure they are meeting standard accessibility criteria. We check for:

Structure

  • Distance, Online, and Blended Learning Services are being consolidated under the "E-Learning" title and are available through the GST BOCES Cooperative Service (CoSER) agreement 430. Beginning in 2021-2022, schools participating in the E-Learning Service will have one base fee (430.000) and one discretionary budget (430.001).
  • Participation in the GST BOCES E-Learning service is available to New York State public school districts.
  • This program, by NYS CoSER definition, operates from September through June through CoSER 430 (NYS Criteria Guideline #5587)
    • What does this mean for summer programming?

      Under the current structure, all summer programming is coordinated through the GST BOCES Office of Summer School. Schools who have purchased 12-month subscriptions for online learning platforms or content can use them in the summer months without the direct support of the E-Learning Coordinator as they see fit.
    • What is a CoSER?

Leading through Professional Collaboration

  • The GST BOCES E-Learning Service is proud to be associated with the following organizations and groups:
NYS Distance Learning Consortium

New York State
Distance Learning
Consortium
NYS Distance Learning Contract Consortium
New York State
Distance Learning
Contract Consortium
via Erie1 BOCES
NYS Zoom Administrators' Group
New York State
Zoom Administrators
Group
via Erie2 BOCES
NYS Learning Network

New York State
Learning Network
via OHM BOCES

Participating School Districts