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1. Creating a Culturally Responsive School Climate

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 1/23/2021 to 2/27/2021

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In this six-week, twelve-hour asynchronous course, you will be able to meet the following objectives:


• Understand the role of culture in the education of multilingual students.


• Explore strategies to build a culturally responsive school climate.


• Apply strategies to build collaborative relationships with multilingual students and their families and foster family engagement.
*Recurring dates and times are for registration purposes. This PD is Asynchronous beginning on January 23 and ends March 8.
****To earn full CTLEs, please only register if you are willing to complete full requirements. No partial credit will be given.

2. Strategies for Building ELs' Academic Language

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 1/23/2021 to 2/27/2021

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In this six-week, twelve-hour asynchronous course, you will be able to meet the following objectives:


• Describe the three levels of academic language.


• Implement research-based strategies for selecting and teaching academic vocabulary to ELs in varied ways.


• Explore strategies for supporting ELs' academic language development at the word, sentence, and discourse levels.


• Develop strategies for collaborating with colleagues to support development of ELs' academic language.
*Recurring dates and times are for registration purposes. This PD is Asynchronous beginning on January 23 and ends March 8.
****To earn full CTLEs, please only register if you are willing to complete full requirements. No partial credit will be given.

3. Strategies for Making Content Accessible to ELs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 1/23/2021 to 2/27/2021

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In this six-week, twelve-hour asynchronous course, you will be able to meet the following objectives:
- Implement strategies for effectively scaffolding instruction for ELs of varying proficiency levels.
- Use structured academic conversations to support ELs' oral language development and understanding of content.
- Explore strategies for developing and implementing formative assessments to assess ELs' language and content learning and plan instruction tailored to meet ELs' specific academic needs.
- Develop strategies for collaborating with colleagues to support the instruction and assessment of ELs.
*Recurring dates and times are for registration purposes. This PD is Asynchronous beginning on January 23 and ends March 8.
****To earn full CTLEs, please only register if you are willing to complete full requirements. No partial credit will be given.

4. Elementary Principals Meeting

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Questar III BOCES Regional Elementary Principals

Dates: 1/26/2021

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Monthly meeting of Questar III Region Elementary Principals. This month's meeting features a presentation on resources for Arts in Education. A regional discussion and roundtable sharing will also be included.

5. High School English Zoom Forum/PLC

Program: School Improvement

Audience: High School English Educators

Dates: 1/26/2021

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This FREE third round High School English Forum is designed to continue our conversation and give you the opportunity to hear from your peers in various districts in our area. It will be both useful and reassuring for participants to discuss the challenges faced in the English classrooms whether they are live, virtual or hybrid!

The topics discussed may include: Strategies/ tools/ formats you are using to reach your kids and how they are working. What are the challenges? How are you working with hands-on activities in the live and/or virtual classroom? What are the resources you are finding most helpful? What curriculum decisions have you made to adjust to the COVID culture and limitations? Please share lessons, activities, websites, strategies, or tools that you find that work well. What challenges are you facing that you would like to discuss?

Whether you participated last month or not, please come and bring a friend.

A Zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar.

6. Developing Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Education - For Teachers

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 1/27/2021 to 3/1/2021

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This three-part series will provide strategies to understand, identify, and address the root cause of implicit bias and the tools needed to create a culture of accountability and a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices in the classroom. In this training, the presenters will develop the knowledge and tools needed to drive a DEI vision at the school and classroom level. This training will provide strategies to create accountability and a culture of DEI practices throughout your organization.

7. Secondary Principal Meetings

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Questar III BOCES Regional Secondary (MS & HS) Principals

Dates: 1/28/2021

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Monthly meeting of Questar III Regional Secondary (MS & HS) Principals. This month's meeting will feature a presentation on Adult Education. A regional discussion and roundtable sharing will also be included.

8. Speaking and Listening Resources for ELLs Online

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 1/28/2021

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

9. Formative Assessment for ELs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 2/1/2021

In this online, asynchronous course, you will:

• Define and explain the benefits of using formative assessments for ELs.

• Explore and apply strategies for developing valid formative assessment for ELs, and using formative assessment evidence to plan instruction for ELs.

• Build a repertoire of formative assessments that can be used with and scaffolded for ELs.

• Apply strategies to plan for EL formative assessment in your context. Course provides a certificate for one hour of PD. Participants can earn additional two PD hours by completing optional coursework.
*This is asynchronous, the listed date and time is only for registration purposes. We will advertise this once a month until we have reached our participant cap. ***To earn full CTLEs, please only register if you are willing to complete full requirements. No partial credit will be given.

10. Program Development Strategies for SLIFE and LTELs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 2/1/2021

In this online, asynchronous course, you will:
- Define terms and explain key characteristics of SLIFE and LTELs
- Describe the need for a school climate that supports SLIFE and LTELs
- Explore strategies for creating an effective instructional program for SLIFE
- Explore strategies for creating an effective instructional program for LTELs, and
- Apply strategies for supporting and engaging the families of SLIFE and LTELs.
Course provides a certificate for one hour of PD. Participants can earn additional two PD hours by completing optional coursework.
*This is asynchronous, the listed date and time is only for registration purposes. We will advertise this once a month until we have reached our participant cap. ***To earn full CTLEs, please only register if you are willing to complete full requirements. No partial credit will be given.

11. Increase Student Engagement Through Virtual Bitmoji Classrooms

Program: Model Schools

Audience: All Teachers

Dates: 2/1/2021

Is your virtual classroom suffering from the "winter blues" but you do not have time to attend a live webinar? Stephanie Carbone, Model Schools Specialist, and Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist, have created an asynchronous learning opportunity for teachers to independently explore ways to add some fun and engagement to their virtual space by creating interactive Bitmoji (or other emoticon) Classrooms.

In this session participants will explore:
* The theory behind creating a virtual classroom for students.
* What makes an effective virtual classroom.
* How to begin constructing your space.
* The Bitmoji Chrome extension.
* How to embed your classroom into your Learning Management System (Google Classroom & Seesaw).
* How to incorporate educational technology tools to make the greatest impact on your students.
* Educational examples, tips and templates to get you started.

The culmination of this class will be the creation of your own virtual classroom which includes at least 4 resources that were explored within the lesson. In order to receive 2 CTLE credits for this session, participants must complete and submit the learning task prior to February 28th at 11:59PM.

12. SIFE: Critical Thinking Tools

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 2/1/2021

Participants will be introduced to a variety of critical thinking tools to support SIFE Students in engaging with grade-level concepts across academic contexts. This will be the third workshop in a year-long series addressing Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education.

13. February Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 2/3/2021

CTLE
Topics: Understanding State Aid Projections and Tax Cap

14. Jennifer Serravallo: Virtual Presentation and Q&A

Program: School Improvement

Audience: K-8 Educators

Dates: 2/3/2021

Jennifer Serravallo is a literacy consultant, speaker, and the author of several popular titles including the NY Times Bestselling The Reading Strategies Book, The Writing Strategies Book, Understanding Texts & Readers, and The Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences. Complete Comprehension is a revised and reimagined whole book assessment and teaching resource based on the award-winning Independent Reading Assessment. Her latest book, Connecting with Students Online: Strategies for Remote Teaching and Learning offers concise, doable answers for teaching in this unprecedented pandemic. Jennifer was a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and taught in NYC public schools. Join us for a one hour presentation and Q&A.
These sessions will allow for participation in an interactive professional development virtual learning series (nine, 1.5-hour sessions, January through June) on culturally and linguistically relevant instructional and curricular practices where we explore ways to inspire, engage, and empower our youth. We will deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues (e.g., racism, poverty, language, gender, etc.) that impact student learning outcomes, while developing classroom approaches, strategies, and tools that foster and support cultural and linguistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. At the center of our collective work are Critical Inquiry Projects (CIP): classroom-based inquiry projects that afford students the opportunity to critically examine an experienced or recognized injustice from their lived social realities by intentionally blending academic knowledge with critical and social awareness to provide students with the necessary skill sets to actively participate in a democratic society.

Objectives for this virtual learning series are 1) to revisit and discuss the major tenets of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies and other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, 2) to review the application of asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classroom environments, and 3) to implement asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classrooms during the academic year.

This virtual learning series is informed by the most current and reputable evidence-based research on asset-based instructional and curricular practices, aligned with NYSED's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework, and adheres to the guidelines of specialized professional associations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.

16. SLS Mentor Meeting - February (1:30 time slot)

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 2/8/2021

Monthly meeting of the SLS mentors and mentees. Topics include library administration, classroom management, collaboration, technology, advocacy, communication, and more. Open to Questar III regional librarians who are part of the SLS Mentor program.

17. SLS Mentor Meeting - February (3:30 time slot)

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 2/8/2021

Monthly meeting of the SLS mentors and mentees. Topics include library administration, classroom management, collaboration, technology, advocacy, communication, and more. Open to Questar III regional librarians who are part of the SLS Mentor program.

18. State Aid Planning Winter Workshop

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 2/9/2021

CTLE
New
Topics: Governor's Budget Proposal and Building Aid

19. Academic Language for ELs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 2/10/2021

- Define importance of teaching academic language to ELs.
- Explore strategies for selecting academic vocabulary to focus on during instruction.
- Apply research-based strategies for supporting ELs' academic language development at the word, sentence, and discourse levels.
- Develop a lesson or unit using strategies for supporting ELs' academic language development.

20. February STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 2/10/2021

CTLE
Topics: Aid Projections and NYSED Gold Star Report

21. Music Educators Forum - Monthly Series - February

Program: School Library System

Audience: Music Educators and Administrators

Dates: 2/11/2021

Please join us for a discussion regarding best practices in the area of music education. Bring your questions, challenges and successes to share. This event is FREE and will be held online. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event. This event is open to music educators and administrators.

22. Resilience, Relationships, and Self-Care in the "New Normal"

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Questar III Region School Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Administrators

Dates: 2/12/2021

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The Questar III School Improvement team is proud to partner with The LaSalle School in Albany. This 90-minute facilitated discussion begins with an overview of the science of adversity and resilience, focusing on the impact of relationships and the importance of reducing staff burnout to improve healthy staff-student connections. Participants will then be provided the opportunity to discuss what is working in the current environment and what staff members are saying they need to be most effective in their roles.

23. State Aid Planning Winter Workshop

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 2/18/2021

CTLE
New
Topics: Governor's Budget Proposal and Building Aid

24. Knowledge Cafe

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 2/23/2021

CTLE
Topics: March SBO Calendar

25. Exploration and Analysis of ELL Attendance Rates

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators, Administrators, Counselors, Attendance Officers

Dates: 2/23/2021

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This session will explore data analysis related to ELLs and their attendance rates. Participants will begin to understand the relationship between attendance and student outcomes. By investigating strategies, participants will begin to develop a plan for increasing awareness of attendance strategies for their district/school staff as well as impacting student attendance rates in the near future. Educators, Administrators, Counselors, and Attendance Officers are encouraged to attend!

26. Regents Global History and Geography & US and Government Forum/PLC

Program: School Improvement

Audience: US History and Global History Educators

Dates: 2/23/2021

This Social Studies PLC is a space where area Social Studies teachers have the opportunity to connect and share ideas. Participants are invited to discuss challenges faced in the live, remote, or hybrid classroom. Share a lesson, activity, website, strategy, or tool you find works well. Ask your colleagues for ideas and advice. Or, just come to lend a listening ear as we vent about the frustrations of our current professional responsibilities and challenges. Please note, there will NOT be a formal presentation of any kind. This is intended to be an interactive discussion with colleagues.

Listed below are some possible discussion questions to help us get started:
What curriculum decisions have you made to adjust to the COVID culture and limitations?
What is working? What is challenging?
Which resources are you finding most helpful?
How have you been balancing your workload?

A zoom link with be sent prior to the webinar.

27. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 2/24/2021

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. Given the current COVID-19 health situation, the training will be completed virtually, using Zoom.

Payment of $80.00 must be received before a participant is marked as COMPLETED. Training is limited to 20 participants, so register early. You will be contacted if the workshop must be cancelled.

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

28. Regents Living Environment Forum

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Regents Living Environment Educators

Dates: 2/24/2021

Assessment strategies are a real challenge in our current hybrid or remote environment. This month's Living Environment PLC will focus on strategies teachers have been using to assess student understanding as well as assign grades. Come and share a strategy you have used and hear other ideas from colleagues. Bring questions and discussion ideas for the group and take away something you can use right away.

A Zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar.

29. Art Educators Forum - Monthly Series - February

Program: School Library System

Audience: Art Educators and Administrators

Dates: 2/25/2021

Please join us for a discussion regarding best practices in the area of art education. Bring your questions, challenges and successes to share. This event is FREE and will be held online. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event. This event is open to art educators and administrators.

30. Book Buzz 2.0 - SPRING Edition

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians and other educators

Dates: 2/25/2021 to 4/22/2021

Book Buzz 2.0 - If you love books, but don't have time to read them all, then please join us for some rigorous discussion about great new books. All that's required is your latest read (published within the last 2 years) and your thoughts. It's an awesome way to find out what books are out there and if they might work in your library or classroom. We meet once a month, three times in the fall and three times in the spring. That's it! There's a brief (newly streamlined) form to fill out for each meeting and voila - book buzz magic happens! Space is limited to ensure enough time for each person to share their book(s). Participants must attend all meetings to receive full credit. All meetings will be held online. Access information will be sent out the day before the event.
These sessions will allow for participation in an interactive professional development virtual learning series (nine, 1.5-hour sessions, January through June) on culturally and linguistically relevant instructional and curricular practices where we explore ways to inspire, engage, and empower our youth. We will deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues (e.g., racism, poverty, language, gender, etc.) that impact student learning outcomes, while developing classroom approaches, strategies, and tools that foster and support cultural and linguistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. At the center of our collective work are Critical Inquiry Projects (CIP): classroom-based inquiry projects that afford students the opportunity to critically examine an experienced or recognized injustice from their lived social realities by intentionally blending academic knowledge with critical and social awareness to provide students with the necessary skill sets to actively participate in a democratic society.

Objectives for this virtual learning series are 1) to revisit and discuss the major tenets of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies and other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, 2) to review the application of asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classroom environments, and 3) to implement asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classrooms during the academic year.

This virtual learning series is informed by the most current and reputable evidence-based research on asset-based instructional and curricular practices, aligned with NYSED's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework, and adheres to the guidelines of specialized professional associations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.

32. Formative Assessment for ELs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 3/1/2021

In this online, asynchronous course, you will:


• Define and explain the benefits of using formative assessments for ELs.


• Explore and apply strategies for developing valid formative assessment for ELs, and using formative assessment evidence to plan instruction for ELs.


• Build a repertoire of formative assessments that can be used with and scaffolded for ELs.


• Apply strategies to plan for EL formative assessment in your context. Course provides a certificate for one hour of PD. Participants can earn additional two PD hours by completing optional coursework.
*This is asynchronous, the listed date and time is only for registration purposes. We will advertise this once a month until we have reached our participant cap. ***To earn full CTLEs, please only register if you are willing to complete full requirements. No partial credit will be given.

33. Program Development Strategies for SLIFE and LTELs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 3/1/2021

In this online, asynchronous course, you will:
- Define terms and explain key characteristics of SLIFE and LTELs
- Describe the need for a school climate that supports SLIFE and LTELs
- Explore strategies for creating an effective instructional program for SLIFE
- Explore strategies for creating an effective instructional program for LTELs, and
- Apply strategies for supporting and engaging the families of SLIFE and LTELs.
Course provides a certificate for one hour of PD. Participants can earn additional two PD hours by completing optional coursework.
*This is asynchronous, the listed date and time is only for registration purposes. We will advertise this once a month until we have reached our participant cap. ***To earn full CTLEs, please only register if you are willing to complete full requirements. No partial credit will be given.

34. Spring Self-guided Book Study: Special Education Considerations for English Language Learners

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 3/1/2021 to 6/11/2021

Did you ever wish that book studies could be tailored to meet your needs? You are interested in some chapters of a book, but maybe not in others? Or maybe your time commitments vary and some weeks are better than others? Then this book study is for you! We are hosting our first self-guided, asynchronous book study with flexible reading selections and CTLE credits. Here is how it works:

- You sign up on MLP before the deadline: Midnight, February 12, 2021.
- We mail you your book to begin your independent book study, which runs for the spring semester (March 1-June 11).
- You use the chapter-specific Google forms to guide your reading responses to the chapters of your choice, in the order you select, any time during the book study window.
- One hour of CTLE credit will be provided for each chapter once your Google form assignments are submitted and reviewed.

That's it! You decide when, what, and how much to read. We provide the books and the CTLE credits, as well as additional guidance and individualized follow-up on request.

Chapter Titles:

A Framework for Considering the Special Needs of English Language Learners
A Collaborative Model of Information Gathering and Service Provision
Describing Before Diagnosing: Observation of Specific Behaviors that ELLs May Exhibit
Delivering a Continuum of Services
The Learning Environment Created for ELLs
Personal and Family Factors
Physical and Psychological Factors
Previous Schooling Factors
Oral Language and Literacy Development
Academic Achievement
Cross-Cultural Factors
Putting It All Together: How Do We Know That What We Are Doing Works?

35. Unlocking English Learners' Potential - Online Book Study

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 3/1/2021

Fostering English Learners' (ELs') access to content and acquisition of language is crucial to effectively position them for academic success. This book study is designed for educators looking for tools and strategies to support ELs' learning in their context. This professional development opportunity, applicable for teachers and administrators, allows you to independently read and reflect on your learning.
-Register before February 15th to receive a copy of the book. We will mail it to your home address within NY prior to the session.
*This is asynchronous, the listed date and time is only for registration purposes. We will advertise this until we have reached our participant cap.
***To earn full CTLEs, please only register if you are willing to complete full requirements. No partial credit will be given.

36. Put Equity Into Action - an Interactive Crash Course on Diversity in the School Library - Asynchronous

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 3/1/2021

Put equity into action with this asynchronous PD.

Within you will learn how to conduct a diversity audit (and what to do with the data), along with how to diversify your collection.

Gain or deepen your understanding of important notions, like cultural competency, implicit bias, and recognizing privilege.

Tour the impact of social and literary movements like, #OwnVoices and #WeNeedDiverseBooks, along with ways you can participate.

Learn about stereotypes and tropes that exist in literature and in the real world, as well as why they are harmful.

Learn why all of the above are so important to understand as a school librarian-- along with how to confront racism, and share ideas about how to be an antiracist school librarian!

You will walk away with resources, ideas and knowledge about diversity in the school library.

The culmination of this asynchronous PD session will be the completion of 4 learning tasks:

1. Conduct a mini diversity audit on a small subsection of your collection
2. Share the analysis of your findings
3. Share how you will put equity into action using your audit findings
4. Share something you would like to learn more about regarding diversity in the school library

Registered participants will receive, on 3/1/21, the interactive PD presentation, Padlet URL, and Google Doc with detailed instructions for the 4 learning tasks.


In order to receive 4 hours of CTLE credit for this session, participants must complete and submit all outlined learning tasks by 3/31/21 at 11:59 p.m.

37. Monitoring Progress Through Purposeful Assessment for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 3/2/2021 to 6/8/2021

In this 9 week PLC, participants will dive into content and language demands and how they align to the targets of measure for language proficiency. The PLC will cover in detail the language modalities: reading, speaking, listening and writing and how to analyze assessments for purposeful progress monitoring of ELLs.

38. March BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 3/3/2021

CTLE
Topics: ESY Summer Program Dates

39. Oral Language Development for ELs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 3/3/2021

- Describe why oral language development is essential to ELs' literacy development.
- Explore four key practices for fostering ELs' engagement and participation in academic conversations.
- Explore scaffolded oral language activities to foster ELs' understanding of content.
- Apply practices and strategies to develop a lesson in your context.

40. Twice-exceptional ELLS: Part 3

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 3/4/2021 to 3/11/2021

This two-session PD addresses specific ideas for meeting the classroom needs of ELLs with Disabilities. Participants will engage with the NYS Advanced Literacies, Universal Design for Learning, and other resources to explore opportunities for generating student success. You should have some prior knowledge of the differences between language difference and disability and ideally have participated in Parts 1 & 2 of this series. We will be referencing the text RTI for Diverse Learners that was provided for attendees of the previous sessions of RTI for ELLs. If you do not have a book, you may wish to purchase one prior to the first session but it is not mandatory. The ISBN is 9781452223452, 1452223459.

41. Regents Mathematics Forum/PLC

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Regents Math Educators

Dates: 3/4/2021

The Secondary Regents Mathematics Zoom Forum/PLC is designed to give you the opportunity to hear from your peers in various districts in our area. It will be both useful and reassuring for participants to discuss the challenges faced in mathematics classrooms whether they are live, virtual, hybrid or some combination thereof!

The topics discussed will include: Strategies/ tools/ formats you are using to reach your kids and how they are working. What are the challenges? How are you dealing with hands-on activities- live/virtual/etc.? What are the resources you are finding most helpful? What curriculum decisions have you made to adjust to the COVID culture and limitations?

Please share a lesson, activity, investigation, website, strategy, or tool you find works well. There will NOT be a formal presentation of any kind, rather an interactive discussion with colleagues.

A zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar.

42. SLS Mentor Meeting - March (1:30 time slot)

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 3/9/2021

Monthly meeting of the SLS mentors and mentees. Topics include library administration, classroom management, collaboration, technology, advocacy, communication, and more. Open to Questar III regional librarians who are part of the SLS Mentor program.

43. ELA Check In 3rd - 8th Grades

Program: School Improvement

Audience: ELA Grades 3-8

Dates: 3/9/2021

Let's Check In! During this session we will discuss instructional protocols, resources, websites, and tech tools that are being used in your classroom. Come to this Zoom with examples, student samples, lessons or anything else you would like to share. This will be a perfect time to trouble shoot and brainstorm ways to keep us motivated and moving forward with our students.

A Zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar.

44. March Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 3/10/2021

CTLE
Topics: Budget Vote Process, Disclosure Requirements and Contingent Budget

45. SLS Mentor Meeting - March (3:30 time slot)

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 3/11/2021

Monthly meeting of the SLS mentors and mentees. Topics include library administration, classroom management, collaboration, technology, advocacy, communication, and more. Open to Questar III regional librarians who are part of the SLS Mentor program.

46. March STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 3/17/2021

CTLE
Topics: DVPUB Verifications, DCPUB Cost Calculation and DCPOD Screen
These sessions will allow for participation in an interactive professional development virtual learning series (nine, 1.5-hour sessions, January through June) on culturally and linguistically relevant instructional and curricular practices where we explore ways to inspire, engage, and empower our youth. We will deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues (e.g., racism, poverty, language, gender, etc.) that impact student learning outcomes, while developing classroom approaches, strategies, and tools that foster and support cultural and linguistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. At the center of our collective work are Critical Inquiry Projects (CIP): classroom-based inquiry projects that afford students the opportunity to critically examine an experienced or recognized injustice from their lived social realities by intentionally blending academic knowledge with critical and social awareness to provide students with the necessary skill sets to actively participate in a democratic society.

Objectives for this virtual learning series are 1) to revisit and discuss the major tenets of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies and other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, 2) to review the application of asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classroom environments, and 3) to implement asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classrooms during the academic year.

This virtual learning series is informed by the most current and reputable evidence-based research on asset-based instructional and curricular practices, aligned with NYSED's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework, and adheres to the guidelines of specialized professional associations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.

48. ELA Check In K-2

Program: School Improvement

Audience: ELA Grades K-2

Dates: 3/23/2021

Let's Check In! During this session we will discuss instructional protocols, resources, websites, and tech tools that are being used in your classroom. Come to this Zoom with examples, student samples, lessons or anything else you would like to share. This will be a perfect time to trouble shoot and brainstorm ways to keep us motivated and moving forward with our students.

A Zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar.

49. Using Technology Within the Classroom to Ensure Cultural Diversity and Access

Program: Model Schools

Audience: all teachers

Dates: 3/23/2021

The phrase, "It's a small world," accurately reflects how technology is able to bring together diverse people and cultures from around the globe. Leveraging technology tools, apps and websites will ensure all students have access to meaningful lessons which promote tolerance, diversity and awareness. Join Stephanie Carbone from Questar III Model Schools for this interactive exploration of educational technology products that teachers can utilize to empower their students to value and appreciate cultural similarities and differences. A Zoom link will be emailed one day prior to the session. To ensure receipt of the link, please register prior to the day of the event. If paying by personal check, it is necessary that payment is received prior to the session. When registering please indicate the school district for which you are employed. Only direct employees of Questar III BOCES should choose the BOCES employee option.

50. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 3/24/2021

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. Given the current COVID-19 health situation, the training will be completed virtually, using Zoom.

Payment of $80.00 must be received before a participant is marked as COMPLETED. Training is limited to 20 participants, so register early. You will be contacted if the workshop must be cancelled.

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

51. Music Educators Forum - Monthly Series - March

Program: School Library System

Audience: Music Educators and Administrators

Dates: 3/24/2021

Please join us for a discussion regarding best practices in the area of music education. Bring your questions, challenges and successes to share. This event is FREE and will be held online. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event. This event is open to music educators and administrators.

52. SLS Communication Coordinator Meeting - AM SESSION

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 3/25/2021

New
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 in the Questar III region are welcome.
Sign up for AM or PM, not both. The same material will be covered in each session. Access information will be sent the day before the event.

53. Knowledge Cafe

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 3/25/2021

CTLE
Topics: April SBO Calendar

54. SLS Communication Coordinator Meeting - PM SESSION

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 3/25/2021

New
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 in the Questar III region are welcome.
Sign up for AM or PM, not both. The same material will be covered in each session. Access information will be sent the day before the event.

55. NYSESLAT Speaking and Writing Turnkey Training

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 3/29/2021

New
This training will address administration and scoring of the K-12 Speaking and Writing Sessions of the NYSESLAT. This training is for educators who are new to the NYSESLAT and have not received any training on administering or scoring this exam. Participants will review test structure, review rubrics and practice scoring.

56. Model Schools Sandbox Event #3

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 3/30/2021

"Dig" into new educational technology and strategies for incorporating technology into the classroom. Each event will focus on a different tool, or set of tools, that can be used for instruction, and will help educators learn how to best incorporate technology into their curriculum in a meaningful way. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event. Open to Model Schools subscribers only.

57. High School English Zoom Forum/PLC

Program: School Improvement

Audience: High School English Educators

Dates: 3/30/2021

High School English Zoom Forum Number 4! This fourth round is designed to continue our conversation and give you the opportunity to hear from your peers in various districts in our area. It will be both useful and reassuring for participants to discuss the challenges faced in the English classrooms whether they are live, virtual or hybrid!

The topics discussed may include: Strategies/ tools/ formats you are using to reach your kids and how they are working. What are the challenges? How are you working with hands-on activities in the live and/or virtual classroom? What are the resources you are finding most helpful? What curriculum decisions have you made to adjust to the COVID culture and limitations? Please share lessons, activities, websites, strategies, or tools that you find that work well. What challenges are you facing that you would like to discuss?

Whether you participated last month or not, please come and bring a friend.

A Zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar.

58. Art Educators Forum - Monthly Series - March

Program: School Library System

Audience: Art Educators and Administrators

Dates: 3/31/2021

Please join us for a discussion regarding best practices in the area of art education. Bring your questions, challenges and successes to share. This event is FREE and will be held online. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event. This event is open to art educators and administrators.

59. April Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 4/9/2021

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

60. SLS Mentor Meeting - April (3:30 time slot)

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 4/12/2021

Monthly meeting of the SLS mentors and mentees. Topics include library administration, classroom management, collaboration, technology, advocacy, communication, and more. Open to Questar III regional librarians who are part of the SLS Mentor program.

61. April STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 4/14/2021

CTLE
Topics: Review March Payments, New Summer Program Application - New or Amended and Statute of Limitations

62. SLS Mentor Meeting - April (1:30 time slot)

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 4/14/2021

Monthly meeting of the SLS mentors and mentees. Topics include library administration, classroom management, collaboration, technology, advocacy, communication, and more. Open to Questar III regional librarians who are part of the SLS Mentor program.
These sessions will allow for participation in an interactive professional development virtual learning series (nine, 1.5-hour sessions, January through June) on culturally and linguistically relevant instructional and curricular practices where we explore ways to inspire, engage, and empower our youth. We will deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues (e.g., racism, poverty, language, gender, etc.) that impact student learning outcomes, while developing classroom approaches, strategies, and tools that foster and support cultural and linguistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. At the center of our collective work are Critical Inquiry Projects (CIP): classroom-based inquiry projects that afford students the opportunity to critically examine an experienced or recognized injustice from their lived social realities by intentionally blending academic knowledge with critical and social awareness to provide students with the necessary skill sets to actively participate in a democratic society.

Objectives for this virtual learning series are 1) to revisit and discuss the major tenets of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies and other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, 2) to review the application of asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classroom environments, and 3) to implement asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classrooms during the academic year.

This virtual learning series is informed by the most current and reputable evidence-based research on asset-based instructional and curricular practices, aligned with NYSED's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework, and adheres to the guidelines of specialized professional associations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.

64. April BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 4/16/2021

CTLE
Topics: BOCES Capital Fund & Rental Reporting: SA-109 & SA-116A

65. Knowledge Cafe

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 4/21/2021

CTLE
Topics: May SBO Calendar

66. Scaffolding Content for ELs in Distance Learning and Hybrid Settings

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 4/21/2021

- Describe challenges and opportunities for ELs during distance and hybrid learning.
- Define scaffolding for ELs.
- Explore strategies for scaffolding distance learning tasks for ELs.
- Apply a 5-step framework to scaffold content instruction for ELs in a distance learning or hybrid environment.
These sessions will allow for participation in an interactive professional development virtual learning series (nine, 1.5-hour sessions, January through June) on culturally and linguistically relevant instructional and curricular practices where we explore ways to inspire, engage, and empower our youth. We will deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues (e.g., racism, poverty, language, gender, etc.) that impact student learning outcomes, while developing classroom approaches, strategies, and tools that foster and support cultural and linguistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. At the center of our collective work are Critical Inquiry Projects (CIP): classroom-based inquiry projects that afford students the opportunity to critically examine an experienced or recognized injustice from their lived social realities by intentionally blending academic knowledge with critical and social awareness to provide students with the necessary skill sets to actively participate in a democratic society.

Objectives for this virtual learning series are 1) to revisit and discuss the major tenets of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies and other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, 2) to review the application of asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classroom environments, and 3) to implement asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classrooms during the academic year.

This virtual learning series is informed by the most current and reputable evidence-based research on asset-based instructional and curricular practices, aligned with NYSED's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework, and adheres to the guidelines of specialized professional associations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.

68. May BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 5/5/2021

CTLE
Topics: CoSer Restrictions & Survey of Best Practices

69. Model Schools Sandbox Event #4

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 5/6/2021

"Dig" into new educational technology and strategies for incorporating technology into the classroom. Each event will focus on a different tool, or set of tools, that can be used for instruction, and will help educators learn how to best incorporate technology into their curriculum in a meaningful way. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event. Open to Model Schools subscribers only.

70. May Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 5/12/2021

CTLE
Topics: Health Services and Non-Resident Billing

71. Culturally Responsive Teaching

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 5/18/2021

- Discuss how cultural expectations for communication and behavior vary among cultures and strategies for responding to these differences.
- Explore strategies for building a culturally responsive school climate.
- Discuss and apply strategies for integrating culturally responsive teaching into the curriculum.
- Create a plan for incorporating the strategies presented in the session into your work with ELs and their families.

72. MAY STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 5/19/2021

CTLE
Topics: Program Dates and Reapplications
These sessions will allow for participation in an interactive professional development virtual learning series (nine, 1.5-hour sessions, January through June) on culturally and linguistically relevant instructional and curricular practices where we explore ways to inspire, engage, and empower our youth. We will deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues (e.g., racism, poverty, language, gender, etc.) that impact student learning outcomes, while developing classroom approaches, strategies, and tools that foster and support cultural and linguistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. At the center of our collective work are Critical Inquiry Projects (CIP): classroom-based inquiry projects that afford students the opportunity to critically examine an experienced or recognized injustice from their lived social realities by intentionally blending academic knowledge with critical and social awareness to provide students with the necessary skill sets to actively participate in a democratic society.

Objectives for this virtual learning series are 1) to revisit and discuss the major tenets of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies and other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, 2) to review the application of asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classroom environments, and 3) to implement asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classrooms during the academic year.

This virtual learning series is informed by the most current and reputable evidence-based research on asset-based instructional and curricular practices, aligned with NYSED's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework, and adheres to the guidelines of specialized professional associations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.

74. Knowledge Cafe

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 5/26/2021

CTLE
Topics: June SBO Calendar

75. Developing Culturally Resp0nsive and Inclusive School Leaders - For School Leaders

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators in ELL Leadership Roles

Dates: 5/26/2021 to 6/1/2021

This two-part series will provide strategies to understand, identify, and address the root cause of implicit bias and the tools needed to create a culture of accountability and a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices in the classroom. In this training, the presenters will develop the knowledge and tools needed to drive a DEI vision at the school and classroom level. This training will provide strategies to create accountability and a culture of DEI practices throughout your organization. Focusing on the five focus areas of, empathy, awareness, vulnerability, navigating conflict, and thinking and acting outside of own lens, leaders will learn how to lead on issues of diversity and inclusion from a place of responsiveness, rather than one of reactivity, to create an inclusive organization where everyone feels they belong.

76. June BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 6/2/2021

CTLE
Topics: Preparation for Closing Fiscal Year Submittal of Budget to SED for SBM4

77. June STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 6/2/2021

CTLE
Topics: Common STAC Errors, Statute of Limitations, NYSED Gold Star Report & Other Timely Information
These sessions will allow for participation in an interactive professional development virtual learning series (nine, 1.5-hour sessions, January through June) on culturally and linguistically relevant instructional and curricular practices where we explore ways to inspire, engage, and empower our youth. We will deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues (e.g., racism, poverty, language, gender, etc.) that impact student learning outcomes, while developing classroom approaches, strategies, and tools that foster and support cultural and linguistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. At the center of our collective work are Critical Inquiry Projects (CIP): classroom-based inquiry projects that afford students the opportunity to critically examine an experienced or recognized injustice from their lived social realities by intentionally blending academic knowledge with critical and social awareness to provide students with the necessary skill sets to actively participate in a democratic society.

Objectives for this virtual learning series are 1) to revisit and discuss the major tenets of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies and other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, 2) to review the application of asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classroom environments, and 3) to implement asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classrooms during the academic year.

This virtual learning series is informed by the most current and reputable evidence-based research on asset-based instructional and curricular practices, aligned with NYSED's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework, and adheres to the guidelines of specialized professional associations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.

79. June Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 6/16/2021

CTLE
Topics: Preparing and Collecting Data for Year End Close

80. Knowledge Cafe

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 6/23/2021

CTLE
Topics: July SBO Calendar
These sessions will allow for participation in an interactive professional development virtual learning series (nine, 1.5-hour sessions, January through June) on culturally and linguistically relevant instructional and curricular practices where we explore ways to inspire, engage, and empower our youth. We will deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues (e.g., racism, poverty, language, gender, etc.) that impact student learning outcomes, while developing classroom approaches, strategies, and tools that foster and support cultural and linguistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. At the center of our collective work are Critical Inquiry Projects (CIP): classroom-based inquiry projects that afford students the opportunity to critically examine an experienced or recognized injustice from their lived social realities by intentionally blending academic knowledge with critical and social awareness to provide students with the necessary skill sets to actively participate in a democratic society.

Objectives for this virtual learning series are 1) to revisit and discuss the major tenets of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies and other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, 2) to review the application of asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classroom environments, and 3) to implement asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classrooms during the academic year.

This virtual learning series is informed by the most current and reputable evidence-based research on asset-based instructional and curricular practices, aligned with NYSED's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework, and adheres to the guidelines of specialized professional associations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.