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1. HyperDocs Tutorial

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 4/6/2020

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Engage students with online learning with HyperDocs. HyperDocs is similar to webquests, but they are more engaging and interactive than traditional webquests. This webinar will focus on how to create engaging and inquiry-based lessons for students. This format can be used in the Microsoft or Google environment.

2. Primary Science Share with Jane King

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Primary (K-2) Teachers

Dates: 4/7/2020

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Use Zoom to connect with colleagues from other districts to learn about and share ideas for science on-line learning. Come to the workshop with something to share (i.e. a strategy, an activity, a website, etc.) and hear what others are doing with their students. Have your documents ready. A link to the Zoom Invitation will be sent prior to the workshop.

3. Middle School Science NGSS Share with Jane King

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Middle Level (Grades 6-8)Teachers

Dates: 4/7/2020

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Use Zoom to connect with colleagues from other districts to learn about and share ideas for science on-line learning. Come to the workshop with something to share (i.e. a strategy, an activity, a website, etc.) and hear what others are doing with their students. Have your documents ready. A link to the Zoom Invitation will be sent prior to the workshop.

4. Social Emotional Well Being: For Our Students, Their Families and For Ourselves

Program: School Improvement

Audience: All Participants Welcome

Dates: 4/7/2020

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Connect with colleagues from other districts as we discuss and share strategies to support our students, their families, as well as our own social emotional well-being. A link to the Zoom Invitation will be sent prior to the workshop.

5. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers

Program: School Library System

Dates: 4/7/2020

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America's Historical Newspapers 1/4 learn how to access and support the assignments and curriculum students and teachers use primary sources from hundreds of US historical Newspapers. The content covers eras in history such as the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, Information Age and more. This collection of unique primary sources also supports English Language Arts, Science and more. Learn how to search for historical content like political cartoons using the available filters and tools to get to the information. Additionally, this session will explore how to access over 4700 lesson plans, cover the hot topics that are going on around the world and more.

6. Screencasting with Screencastify

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers, staff, support staff, and those who would like to learn how to record their screens and create screencasts.

Dates: 4/7/2020

Screencasting
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Screencasting is a good way of taking your lessons asynchronous and flipping your virtual lessons, allowing for your synchronous time ("live" time) with students to be engaging and focus on what was already taught in the videos you created. We will be exploring screen casting with Screencastify- a Google Chrome Extension.

This is a suggestion of a Chrome extension that can be used for a specific purpose. Please check with your individual district as to their Ed Law 2D policy in reference to this software and all software.

7. Apirl 2020 STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 4/8/2020

CTLE
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Topics: Review March payments; Statute of Limitations; 2020-21 Program Service Dates; Reapplication process; DCERT

8. RESCHEDULED - SLS Communication Coordinator Meeting - JOINT WITH COUNCIL

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 4/8/2020

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4/8/2020 - This meeting will include presentations from librarians on various tech tools and makerspace ideas that they are currently using in their libraries. Presentations include Nearpod, GooseChase, Low Tech Makserspace Ideas, Using Google Forms for Sign In, Databses Statistics, and more. This will count as one of the four Communication Coordinator/Council meetings for this year. A Zoom link will be sent to participants the day before the event. One of at least four meetings for SLS Communication Coordinators as mandated by NY State Education Law 90.18. Communication coordinators are updated on topics relevant to the profession such as changes in curriculum, technology, and the Information Fluency Continuum. Professional Development is provided on current issues. Information is disseminated to district librarians after each meeting. All school librarians are welcome. Lunch is provided. Please bring an electronic device such as a laptop or tablet. Council members should sign up once.

9. SLS Council Meeting - RESCHEDULED

Program: School Library System

Audience: SLS Council Members

Dates: 4/8/2020

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4/8/20 - This meeting will include presentations from librarians on various tech tools and makerspace ideas that they are currently using in their libraries. Presentations include Nearpod, GooseChase, Low Tech Makserspace Ideas, Using Google Forms for Sign In, Databases Statistics, and more. This will count as one of the four Communication Coordinator/Council meetings for this year. A Zoom link will be provided the day before the event. One of four meetings of the School Library System Council. The Council acts as a guide to the School Library System through the development of goals, objectives and action plans that align to the five-year plan. This group is represented by school librarians, administrators, public librarians, Capital District Library Council, and others.

10. Writing in the Content Areas for Primary Teachers

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Primary (Grades K-2) Teachers

Dates: 4/8/2020

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Let's have a discussion and share resources around writing in the classroom. We will talk about how to use writing to communicate in all academic areas in a virtual as well as classroom environment.

11. Intermediate Science Share with Jane King

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Intermediate (Grades 3-5) Teachers

Dates: 4/8/2020

NewStarting Soon
Use Zoom to connect with colleagues from other districts to learn about and share ideas for science on-line learning. Come to the workshop with something to share (i.e. a strategy, an activity, a website, etc.) and hear what others are doing with their students. Have your documents ready. A link to the Zoom Invitation will be sent prior to the workshop.

12. Reading Resources for Elementary ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: K-6 educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Apr 8, 2020)

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This one-hour session will introduce teachers to several online resources that can support ELL students' reading. The RBERN will showcase 3-4 favorites, then provide opportunities for teachers to share additional resources and collaborate with peers about virtual learning experiences.

13. April 2020 Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 4/9/2020

CTLE
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Topics: State Budget Analysis, Property Tax Report Card, Budget Notice, Budget Statement

14. Writing in the Content Areas for Intermediate Teachers

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Intermediate (Grades 3-5) Teachers

Dates: 4/9/2020

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Let's have a discussion and share resources around writing in the classroom. We will talk about how to use writing to communicate in all academic areas in a virtual as well as classroom environment.

15. Reading Resources for Secondary ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: 7-12 educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Apr 9, 2020)

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This one-hour session will introduce teachers to several online resources that can support ELL students' reading. The RBERN will showcase 3-4 favorites, then provide opportunities for teachers to share additional resources and collaborate with peers about virtual learning experiences.

16. Writing in the Content Areas for Middle SchoolTeachers

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Intermediate (Grades 6-8) Teachers

Dates: 4/9/2020

NewStarting Soon
Let's have a discussion and share resources around writing in the classroom. We will talk about how to use writing to communicate in all academic areas in a virtual as well as classroom environment.

17. Screencasting with Screencastify

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers, staff, support staff, and those who would like to learn how to record their screens and create screencasts.

Dates: 4/9/2020

Screencasting
ClosedNewStarting Soon
Screencasting is a good way of taking your lessons asynchronous and flipping your virtual lessons, allowing for your synchronous time ("live" time) with students to be engaging and focus on what was already taught in the videos you created. We will be exploring screen casting with Screencastify- a Google Chrome Extension.

This is a suggestion of a Chrome extension that can be used for a specific purpose. Please check with your individual district as to their Ed Law 2D policy in reference to this software and all software.

18. Co-Teaching in an Online Classroom

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of English Language Learners

Dates: On-Going (Ends Apr 10, 2020)

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In this hour long webinar, participants will review key elements of co-teaching for ELLs. Participants will be introduced to different options for virtual co-planning and how to design lessons to best support beginning, intermediate and advanced English Language Learners.

19. SLS Provided Resources

Program: School Library System

Dates: 4/14/2020

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The Questar III School Library System provides, for free, valuable resources to all schools within the Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties. Join us for an overview of the those resources: PowerKnowledge Science Suite, Rosen Interactive eBooks, NewsBank, TeachingBooks and Sora. We will also delve into NovelNY; the free databases provided to all NYS residents by NYS.

This webinar is for Questar III member schools. We cannot accept participants from schools outside of Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties.

20. Sora Webinar

Program: School Library System

Dates: 4/16/2020

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The Sora app has one essential mission: to get your students reading more. Whether it's for class or fun, Sora empowers readers by pairing titles from the best catalog of ebooks and audiobooks available to schools with tools to engage every student, no matter their level, preference or pace.

And only Sora enables students to check out titles from the local public library's digital collection without ever leaving the app. The result of this vital library-school partnership? Students read more.

The webinar will include an overview of how to access and use Sora, information about summer programming, as well as Q&A.

21. Digital Citizenship: How Educators Can Help Set Students Up for Success

Program: School Library System

Dates: 4/21/2020

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Digital Citizenship requires students to be informed, active and reflective members of many different types of digital communities. In this increasingly connected world, it is so important to set students up for success in their relationships with technology and each other. In this webinar, you will: *Learn about digital citizenship and what it means as an educator *Define ways to teach digital citizenship, including developing skills and dispositions in students *Be introduced to activities and resources you can use with students *Identify ways to implement digital citizenship into your classrooms, schools, or districts

22. TeachingBook Webinar

Program: School Library System

Dates: 4/23/2020

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Discover the NEW TeachingBooks!

All the same great resources! A new look! Explore videos filmed in authors' studios, lessons, book trailers, and vocabulary lists. Discover resources that will expand the experience readers have with books. Deepen connections to books while discovering online materials to engage readers, support families, and empower colleagues.

Agenda:
Reveal insights with book and author resources
Expand accessibility for all audiences
Discover new titles that enrich reading
Set up for Success

23. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 4/29/2020

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The amended Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) took effect on July 1, 2013, under this amended legislation beginning January 1, 2014, all persons applying to the NYS Education Department for an administrative or supervisory service, classroom teaching service or school service certificate or coaching license must complete six (6) hours of coursework or training in harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention and intervention. The training proactively addresses the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination and is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to create an affirming school environment for all students.

Participants must be in attendance for the full session to receive a certificate of completion. Payment of $80.00 must be received prior to the day of the training in a check or money order. Training is limited to 20 participants so register early. You will be contacted if the workshop must be cancelled.

Please make checks payable to: Questar III BOCES 10 Empire State Blvd. Castleton, NY 12033

The link to the zoom invitation will be sent out prior to the training

24. Focus Group 4: Tech and ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: All educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends May 6, 2020)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 3:45PM-5:45PM
The Fourth Focus group for the 2019-2020 school year will explore different technology tools in these categories:

- Communication tools
- Translations tools
- Different ways to make text accessible
- Tools students can use to produce or publish their work
- Interactive Assessments
- Augmented and virtual Reality
- And more!

25. SLS Communication Coordinator Meeting

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 5/13/2020

One of at least four meetings for SLS Communication Coordinators as mandated by NY State Education Law 90.18. Communication coordinators are updated on topics relevant to the profession such as changes in curriculum, technology, and the Information Fluency Continuum. Professional Development is provided on current issues. Information is disseminated to district librarians after each meeting. All school librarians are welcome. Lunch is provided. Please bring an electronic device such as a laptop or tablet.

26. May 2020 STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 5/13/2020

CTLE
Topics: Summer school applications; district chargebacks; tracking payments; reconciling aid; out-of-state placements

27. School Library System Mentor Meeting #4

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 5/13/2020

The mentor program is an essential piece to a new librarian's professional growth. The mentor meetings foster a professional learning community in which new librarians discuss topics related to the profession and receive professional development on topics specifically related to the field of librarianship. This program does not take the place of any district mentor program, but serves as a supplement to the district program. This last meeting will serve as a time for reflection on the year and goal setting for the next year. The overall goal of this program is to support the librarians and create a professional network that they can use to fortify their library program in the schools.

28. SLS Council Meeting

Program: School Library System

Audience: SLS Council Members

Dates: 5/19/2020

One of four meetings of the School Library System Council. The Council acts as a guide to the School Library System through the development of goals, objectives and action plans that align to the five-year plan. This group is represented by school librarians, administrators, public librarians, Capital District Library Council, and others.

29. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 5/20/2020

The amended Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) took effect on July 1, 2013, under this amended legislation beginning January 1, 2014, all persons applying to the NYS Education Department for an administrative or supervisory service, classroom teaching service or school service certificate or coaching license must complete six (6) hours of coursework or training in harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention and intervention. The training proactively addresses the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination and is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to create an affirming school environment for all students.

Participants must be in attendance for the full session to receive a certificate of completion. Payment of $80.00 is due on the day of the training in check, MO or cash. Please make checks payable to Questar III BOCES. Training is limited to 20 participants so register early. You will be contacted if the workshop must be cancelled.

Lunch will be provided.

30. Model Schools Liaison Meeting

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Instructional Technology teachers, Tech Directors, Ed Tech Coaches

Dates: 5/21/2020

The Model Schools Liaison meetings determine the district needs with regard to instructional technology, discuss the latest instructional technology trends, determine how to integrate technology into classrooms effectively, and discuss updates to state standards and policies. This group is for Instructional Technology teachers, Tech Directors, Ed Tech Coaches, and any others who are involved with instructional technology decision making in your district.

31. May 2020 Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 5/27/2020

CTLE
Topics: Health Services and Non-Resident Billing

32. Twice-Exceptional ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: all administrators and educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 1, 2020)

Monday, June 1, 2020 from 9:00AM-3:00PM
Even if we are experts in serving the needs of our English Language Learners, when another variable is added, it can be a challenge to make the best decisions for students who are ELLs plus. This PD will cover ELLs with Disabilities, ELLs with 504s and Gifted and Talented ELLs. We will explore the national and state regulations for each area and use these to better understand the procedures needed to ensure our ELLs are receiving the support they need and deserve. If you've ever been faced with any of the questions below, this PD is for you!

- Should I refer my ELL to Special Education?

- How can I tell the difference between language disability and language difference?

- Are my school's processes for referrals in the best interest of our ELLs?

- How will my ELL exit Special Education or ENL classification?

- How might parents of ELLs respond to Special Education programs, 504 plans or Gifted and Talented opportunities?

- How might I collect data to evaluate the effectiveness of the learning environment?

Participants will receive a copy of the book Special Education Considerations for English Language Learners by Hamayan, Marler, Sanchez-Lopez and Damico.
**Lunch will be provided**

33. June 2020 STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 6/10/2020

CTLE
Topics: Statute of Limitations; online verification; NYSED gold star report; other timely information

34. June 2020 Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 6/17/2020

CTLE
Topics: Preparing and Collecting Data (Year-End Closing and ST-3 Items)

35. Response to Intervention (RtI) for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Administrators and Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 18, 2020)

Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 9:00AM-3:00PM
Twice-Exceptional ELLs 2.0- a deeper dive into strategies and considerations to support English Learners using the RtI process. This workshop will help administrators and educators to identify strategies and possible structures of programs that will support their ELLs/MLLs using the RtI process. Participants will then have the opportunity to review their existing RtI structure as it is currently used with ELLs/MLLs and analyze intervention strategies and practices.

Participants will receive a copy of the book RTI for Diverse Learners by Catherine Collier to support with more than 200 instructional interventions.
**Lunch will be provided**

36. CTE and ENL

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: CTE Educators

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 23, 2020)

This 2 hour PD will transition CTE teachers into the world of ENL. It will let them see the different levels, what it means to be a language learner and some supports that teachers can bring back to their classroom to guide their instruction.

37. CTE and ENL

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: CTE Educators

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 23, 2020)

This 2 hour PD will transition CTE teachers into the world of ENL. It will let them see the different levels, what it means to be a language learner and some supports that teachers can bring back to their classroom to guide their instruction.

38. Teaching for Deeper Learning with Harvey Silver & Jay McTighe

Program: School Improvement

Audience: All k-12 Educators: teachers, teacher-leaders, instructional coaches, and administrators

Dates: 8/12/2020 to 8/13/2020

In this institute, Jay McTighe and Harvey Silver, authors of ASCD's brand-new member book Teaching for Deeper Learning, will guide you through the what, why, and how of deep learning: What it is, why it's so critical to student success, and how to make it work in your school or district. Together, Jay and Harvey will show you how to raise student achievement by establishing a deep learning culture-one that teaches all students the skills they need to make meaning, think conceptually, and transfer their learning to the real world.