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1. Intermediate Google Classroom

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Educators

Dates: 8/20/2020

For those participants who have experience using Google Classroom, this session will provide more advanced tips and best practices to make your classroom organized and easy to navigate. Join Stephanie Carbone, Questar III Model Schools Specialist, as she shares best practices to differentiate instruction/assignments, assigning questions to use as forums, and organizing information. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event. If paying by check, please make checks payable to Questar III Model Schools and mail to 10 Empire State Blvd., Castleton, NY 12033. Be sure to indicate the workshop for which you are paying.

2. Authentic Assessment for the Hybrid Learning Environment - DAY 1

Program: Model Schools

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 8/20/2020

Creating authentic assessments helps students master what they need to know better than any multiple choice test or simple discussion prompt. Moving to the online or hybrid learning environment this past spring highlighted the need for assessments that are authentic, allow for academic integrity, encourage higher level thinking, and allow students to create knowledge products that truly show their learning. Join the Questar III School Improvement Team for a two day workshop that will focus on formative and summative assessments that meet these needs. We will share tools for assessing students as well as examples of authentic assessments already in use. Participants should plan to bring a unit that they are planning to teach in the upcoming school year as there will be time to adjust assessments in that unit. It is also strongly recommended that participants sign up for and attend BOTH sessions. Day 1: August 20, 2020 1-3 pm Day 2: August 24, 2020 1-3 pm If paying by personal check, please send payment, made out to Questar III Model Schools, ATTN: Kerrie Burch to 10 Empire State Blvd., Castleton, NY 12033. Access information will be sent out via Frontline the day before the event.

3. Best Practices in a Online/Hybrid Environment Forum: MUSIC TEACHERS

Program: School Library System

Audience: Music Educators and Administrators

Dates: 8/25/2020

Wondering what worked and what didn't work last year during online learning? Have questions about how to proceed in the upcoming school year given multiple possibilities for learning? Please join us for a discussion regarding best practices in the area of music education. Participants will be emailed ahead of time asking for hot topics or questions they would like discussed during the forum. 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.

4. Diversity Series Kickoff for School Librarians

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 8/26/2020

Maya Angelou said, "When you know better, do better", and that is what we intend to do. Please join us for a kickoff to our 20-21 Diversity Series. We are going to discuss plans for the year ahead regarding the why and how of conducting diversity audits of your collections.
As school librarians, we strive to help students build understanding and to make unbiased, educated opinions, and judgments. We already know, such goals do not begin and end with teaching research skills and information literacy. Programming and collection development can make a significant impact as well. And so, we will also discuss plans for what steps to take once your audit is complete.
Please bring with you your concerns, questions, ideas, successes, goals, and excitement about making your collections more diverse.
A Zoom link will be sent to you on the morning of the meeting.

5. Follett Refresher AM Session - For Staff NEW to Follett

Program: School Library System

Dates: 8/27/2020

This session is for new members and will include an overview of the system and service, as well as the latest product updates to Follett Destiny and Discover. There will be time available to work with your fellow librarians, as well as time for customized support. Participants must be from districts participating in the library automation CoSer at Questar III. A zoom link will be sent to you on the morning of the meeting.

6. Best Practices in a Online/Hybrid Environment Forum: ART TEACHERS

Program: School Library System

Audience: Art educators and Administrators

Dates: 8/27/2020

Wondering what worked and what didn't work last year during online learning? Have questions about how to proceed in the upcoming school year given multiple possibilities for learning? Please join us for a discussion regarding best practices in the area of art education. Participants will be emailed ahead of time asking for hot topics or questions they would like discussed during the forum. 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.

7. Follett Refresher PM Session - Product Updates and Support

Program: School Library System

Audience: Participants must be from districts participating in the library automation CoSer at Questar III

Dates: 8/27/2020

This session will include the latest product updates to Follett Destiny and Discover. There will be time available to work with your fellow librarians, as well as time for customized support. Participants must be from districts participating in the library automation CoSer at Questar III. A zoom link will be sent to you on the morning of the meeting.

8. Introduction to SeeSaw

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Educators

Dates: 8/31/2020

Closed
Seesaw is an educational platform that connects teachers with students and parents. It is an authentic way for students to show their learning. Participants will walk through creating an account, class, activity, and learn about the features of SeeSaw as an educational resource for teachers to use with students and families. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event. If paying by check, please make checks payable to Questar III Model Schools and mail to 10 Empire State Blvd., Castleton, NY 12033. Be sure to indicate the workshop for which you are paying.

9. SLS Provided Resources

Program: School Library System

Audience: Classroom Teachers and Librarians

Dates: 9/30/2020

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 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.
A Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of the webinar.

10. OverDrive Advantage Account Training

Program: School Library System

Dates: 10/5/2020

Intended audience: Librarians wih Overdrive Advantage accounts

Join us for an introductory session on OverDrive Marketplace, your hub for digital content. This session will provide you an overview of shopping and purchasing with your Advantage account in Marketplace, including how to:

*Differentiate publisher lending models
*Browse and search for content
*Create and edit carts
*Purchase titles
*Create Collections
*View statistics
*Access additional help and training resources

This session will benefit school librarians who are new to selecting and purchasing digital content for their OverDrive Advantage account, or for those who would like a refresher on Marketplace basics.

A zoom link will be emailed via Frontline on the day before the webinar.

11. Leveraging Bitmoji and Virtual Learning Spaces to Enhance Remote Teaching & Learning

Program: School Library System

Audience: Educators who will have created a Bitmoji character prior to the webinar

Dates: 10/8/2020

Intended audience: educators who will have created a Bitmoji character prior to the webinar.

Join Stephanie Carbone, Model Schools Specialist, and Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist, to learn about leveraging virtual classroom scenes using Bitmoji characters and educational resources. In this session, we will discuss the why and the how of creating virtual spaces for your students. We will give an overview of the Bitmoji Chrome extension, virtual classrooms, embedding in Google Classroom & Seesaw, as well as share educational examples, tips, tricks, and templates. There will also be dedicated time for practice and Q & A.

A Zoom link will be emailed via Frontline on the day before the webinar.

12. Book Buzz 2.0 - FALL Edition

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians and other educators

Dates: 10/13/2020 to 12/8/2020

Closed
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! Hope to see you there. 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.

13. What's New in Destiny Discover - Questar III Library Automation Subscribers Only Please

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians from districts participating in the Library Automation CoSer at Questar III

Dates: 10/19/2020

Intended audience: librarians from districts participating in the Library Automation CoSer at Questar III

This session will include the October product updates to Follett Destiny Discover.

There will be time for discussion among fellow automation members with respect to leveraging Follett during remote learning.

Registrants must be from districts participating in the library automation CoSer at Questar III.

A zoom link will be emailed via Frontline on the day before the webinar.

14. School Library System Mentor Meeting #1

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 10/20/2020

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.
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.
Access information will be sent the day before the event. At this time all meetings will be held virtually.

15. Model Schools Sandbox Event #1

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 10/22/2020

"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.

16. Learn About Noodletools, the SLS Provided Student Research Management Platform

Program: School Library System

Audience: Secondary & upper elementary educators within the Questar III regions

Dates: 10/26/2020

Intended audience: secondary & upper elementary educators within the Questar III regions

Join us for an introductory session on the student research platform, Noodletools.

This session will provide an overview of student and teacher login options, as well as the scope of research management tools available with Noodletools:
Create/configure inbox
Create/configure project
Add source citations
Add notecards/outline
Provide/receive feedback

A zoom link will be emailed via Frontline on the day before the webinar.

17. SLS Communication Coordinator Meeting - GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING - AM SESSION

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 10/27/2020

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.
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.

18. SLS Communication Coordinator Meeting - GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING - PM SESSION

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 10/27/2020

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.
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.

19. Learning A-Z, Literacy and the Remote Classroom

Program: School Library System

Audience: Learning A-Z users

Dates: 11/5/2020

Educators often know about Reading A-Z and its printable, leveled readers, but what are RAZ Kids, RAZ Plus and how do the other A-Z products fit into the literacy curriculum and the virtual learning environment?

This session will provide an overview of the Learning A-Z suite of products and how they build critical thinking skills, provide digital activities designed to complement and reinforce teacher lessons, offer digital assessments, and engage students in both independent practice and collaboration.

A LAZ registration form will be emailed to you on the day before the webinar. After completing the LAZ registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

20. TeachingBooks: Diverse Books Toolkit for Secondary Educators

Program: School Library System

Audience: Secondary level educators

Dates: 11/12/2020

Join this hands-on, interactive workshop to discover online resources that deepen connections to diverse books. Easily engage readers, support families, and empower colleagues with sharing tools designed for you.

Work time will be given to explore and discover ways to implement TeachingBooks resources into any learning environment. Leave with your own custom lists and resources to support book selection and instruction. All easy to find in one place.

In this session, we will:
*Identify exceptional diverse books
*Bring culture and race to the forefront of literary conversations
*Learn the inspiration behind books directly from the author or illustrator
*Generate reports that examine cultural inclusion in your collections
*Facilitate student reflection on the cultural representation in the books each student reads

A Zoom link will be sent to registrants via Frontline on the day before the webinar.

21. Sora: Student Reading Engagement During Remote Teaching & Learning

Program: School Library System

Dates: 11/19/2020

The Questar III School Library System provides, for free, access to a wide selection of ebooks and audiobooks through Sora. Join us for an overview of Sora to learn how to navigate and use it to its fullest potential.

In this session, we will go over how to borrow, return, and renew titles, use search options, highlight and take notes, define words, use accessibility options, and other valuable features including epointplus titles and other simultaneous access information. We will also go over ways to keep students engaged in reading with the help of Sora.
A Zoom link will be emailed via Frontline to registered participants on the day before the webinar.

22. SLS Mentor Meeting - November (1:30 time slot)

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 11/23/2020

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.
Intended audience: secondary & upper elementary educators within the Questar III regions.

Join us for an introductory session on the student research management platform, Noodletools.

This session will not only provide an overview of the platform but will also extend your learning of the research management tools within:

Create/configure inbox
Create/configure project
Add source citations
Add notecards/outline
Provide/receive feedback

We will also discuss how to use Noodletools during remote teaching. Please bring a research project to work with.


A zoom link will be emailed via Frontline on the day before the webinar.

24. SLS Mentor Meeting - November (3:30 time slot)

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 11/23/2020

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.

25. Best Practices in a Online/Hybrid Environment Forum: ART TEACHERS

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Art Educators

Dates: 12/9/2020

Join us for a check in to see how the year is going so far. 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.

26. TeachingBooks: Diverse Books Toolkit for Elementary Level Educators

Program: School Library System

Audience: Elementary level educators

Dates: 12/10/2020

Join this hands-on, interactive workshop to discover online resources that deepen connections to diverse books. Easily engage readers, support families, and empower colleagues with sharing tools designed for you. Work time will be given to explore and discover
ways to implement TeachingBooks resources into any learning environment. Leave with your own custom lists and resources to support book selection and instruction. All easy to find in one place.

*Identify exceptional diverse books
*Bring culture and race to the forefront of literary conversations
*Learn the inspiration behind books directly from the author or illustrator
*Generate reports that examine cultural inclusion in your collections
*Facilitate student reflection on the cultural representation in the books each student reads

27. Best Practices in a Online/Hybrid Environment Forum: MUSIC TEACHERS

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Music Educators

Dates: 12/14/2020

Join us for a check in to see how the year is going so far. 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.

28. SLS Mentor Meeting - December (1:30 time slot)

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 12/15/2020

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.

29. SLS Communication Coordinator Meeting - AM SESSION

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 12/16/2020

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 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.

30. SLS Communication Coordinator Meeting - PM SESSION

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 12/16/2020

Closed
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.

31. SLS Mentor Meeting - December (3:30 time slot) - POSTPONED to 12/21

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 12/21/2020

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.

32. Model Schools Sandbox Event #2

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 1/5/2021

"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.

33. SLS Mentor Meeting - January (3:30 time slot)

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 1/11/2021

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.

34. School Library Advocacy Series - Regional Professional Development

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 1/14/2021 to 2/11/2021

This series will focus on various areas of school library advocacy including aligning advocacy efforts to building and district goals, impactful communication with multiple groups, and knowing your audience. We will introduce the new School Library Program Rubric as an advocacy tool as well. This is a professional development series intended for school librarians from the Capital Region BOCES, HFM BOCES, Questar III BOCES, and WSWHE BOCES. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event.

35. SLS Mentor Meeting - January (1:30 time slot)

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 1/14/2021

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.

36. NEW DATE JANUARY 14th - Diversity in the School Library-- Ideas for How to Be an Antiracist School Librarian

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 1/14/2021

As school librarians, we strive to help students build understanding and to make unbiased, educated opinions, and judgments. Therefore, it is supremely important that we, as school librarians, understand issues of inequity in publishing, implicit bias, how to recognize privilege, how to conduct a diversity audit, and what to do with the data.

In this session, we will review these important ideas as well as how to make strides toward becoming anti-racist school librarians!

It is not necessary for you to have attended the fall session to register for this session.

If you did attend the fall session, please feel free to bring any work you've done regarding diversity in your library (diversity audits, identification of gaps, priority lists, or programming ideas).

Please bring with you your concerns, questions, ideas, successes, goals, and excitement about becoming anti-racist school librarians!

A Zoom link will be emailed to you via Frontline the day before the webinar.
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.

38. Formative Assessment for ELs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 1/19/2021

-Define and explain the benefits of using formative assessments for ELs, including the connection between formative assessment and grading.
- 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.
- Collaboratively plan for EL assessment in your context.

39. Navigating Education Law 2d for Administrators

Program: Model Schools

Audience: School Administrators; District DPOs

Dates: 1/21/2021

Remote learning has shined a light on the need for teachers and students to use a variety of platforms for remote and hybrid learning, but New York State Education Law 2d has caused schools to pause and think about what software is acceptable for students and teachers to use. Gone are the days when teachers and students could sign up for any product they wished. Now we all have to consider what personally identifiable information is being collected and how it is being used. Free is not really free. Join Rafael Olazagasti, School Attorney, and Kerrie Burch, School Library System, Model Schools, and Arts Director, as they help administrators navigate the murky waters of this law so that they can protect the personally identifiable information of their students, teachers, and principals. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of what the law is, who it affects, and what they need to do to protect the privacy of student and teacher/principal data.

40. Strategies for Building ELs' Academic Language

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

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

Closed
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.

41. Strategies for Making Content Accessible to ELs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

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

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.

42. 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

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.

43. Formative Assessment for ELs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 2/1/2021

Closed
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.

44. 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.
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.

46. How Language Impacts Learning for ELLs (Session #1)

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 2/8/2021 to 2/25/2021

Closed
Join us asynchronously to participate in the eTeachNY ELL and/or ML Session 1. This session is designed to assist all teachers in understanding how to make content comprehensible for ELLs and/or MLs. Specifically, the session will focus on helping teachers understand how language impacts learning and specific ways to create meaning for students who speak other languages. Strategies include using visuals, experiences, and home language support to improve student achievement. ***Please register here on MLP to receive the link to the recorded webinar and the survey to receive credit.
Objective 1: Participants will understand key research and concepts that support instruction of ELLs, such as Comprehensible Input, Scaffolded Supports and Home Language Supports
Objective 2: Participants will identify key strategies to support ELLs in Content Area classes
Objective 3: Participants will have understanding of ways to increase student engagement and connections, thereby develop stronger relationships with ELLs online.

*Please note: the dates listed on MLP are not meeting dates. This opportunity is asynchronous, so you may complete it at any time. The dates signify the open and close dates for this opportunity. Please check our website for a recorded version.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. How Language Impacts Learning for ELLs (Session #1)

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 2/17/2021

Join us virtually to participate in the eTeachNY ELL and/or ML Session 1. This session is designed to assist all teachers in understanding how to make content comprehensible for ELLs and/or MLs. Specifically, the session will focus on helping teachers understand how language impacts learning and specific ways to create meaning for students who speak other languages. Strategies include using visuals, experiences, and home language support to improve student achievement.
Objective 1: Participants will understand key research and concepts that support instruction of ELLs, such as Comprehensible Input, Scaffolded Supports and Home Language Supports
Objective 2: Participants will identify key strategies to support ELLs in Content Area classes
Objective 3: Participants will have understanding of ways to increase student engagement and connections, thereby develop stronger relationships with ELLs online

52. Exploration and Analysis of ELL Attendance Rates

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators, Administrators, Counselors, Attendance Officers

Dates: 2/23/2021

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!

53. Art Educators Forum - Monthly Series - February

Program: School Library System

Audience: Art Educators and Administrators

Dates: 2/25/2021

Closed
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.

54. 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.

56. Formative Assessment for ELs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 3/1/2021

Closed
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.

57. Program Development Strategies for SLIFE and LTELs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 3/1/2021

Closed
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.

58. Unlocking English Learners' Potential - Online Book Study

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 3/1/2021

Closed
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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. NYS TESOL and Bilingual Certification Pathways and Programs Webinar.

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 3/3/2021

Closed
This webinar will describe different New York State certification pathways for TESOL and Bilingual Education . There will also be college representatives that will describe TESOL and Bilingual programs from their institution.

63. Inform, Inspire, and Empower with FactCite

Program: School Library System

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 3/4/2021

FactCite is a collection of databases for researches in grades K-12. Learn how to harness FactCite content-- designed to encourage reading and support curriculum.

Subscriptions provide unlimited multiuser access. In addition, students can access FactCite from anywhere on any device and is compatible with Google Classroom and other learning management systems.

Contact your school librarian now for a free trial!

A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants via Frontline the day before the webinar.

64. Information Session for Prospective School Librarians

Program: School Library System

Audience: Those who are interested in pursuing a School Library Media Specialist certification

Dates: 3/8/2021

Closed
Join us for an informational evening with six of the graduate schools in New York State that have school librarian certification programs. You will hear from program directors at Long Island University, Queens College, St. John Fisher College, Syracuse University, University at Albany, and the University at Buffalo. There will also be a short presentation regarding pathways to certification. This is an online event. Access information will be sent the day of the event. Please register at least 24 hours before the start of the event.

65. 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.

66. Titlewave Diversity Analysis

Program: School Library System

Audience: SLS Follett Automation CoSer Members

Dates: 3/9/2021

Follett has developed tools as part of the TitleWise Collection Analysis to assess diversity and social-emotional learning topics in school library collections. Also, there is a new analysis tool to assess diversity/SEL within lists being developed on Titlewave.

In order to gain access to this tool, Follett automation members must attend an informational session and then schedule its activation.
A Zoom link will be emailed via Frontline the day before the meeting.

67. Supporting ELLs Virtually Across Modalities

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Dates: 3/17/2021

This PD offers scaffolds and strategies that support ELLs language acquisition in all four modalities; reading, writing, listening and speaking with tech tools and resources.

68. Swank K12 Streaming - Simplify Films for Education

Program: School Library System

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 3/18/2021

Introducing Swank K12 Streaming for education! The subscription streaming platform provides teachers with access to feature films and documentaries for in-class use, as well as out-of-class assignments. We will discuss how Swank K12 Streaming simplifies the use of films for education no matter what learning environment your school is currently facing.

A Zoom link will be sent to registrants via Frontline the day before the webinar.
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.

70. 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.

71. SLS Communication Coordinator Meeting - AM SESSION

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 3/25/2021

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.

72. SLS Communication Coordinator Meeting - PM SESSION

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 3/25/2021

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.

73. 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.

74. Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners - Online Book Study

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 4/1/2021

Closed
This on-demand book study is self-paced and is designed for educators looking for tools and strategies to support the implementation of culturally responsive teaching.

Explore tools and strategies for culturally responsive teaching to help you build an even stronger school community that is inclusive of multilingual learners. The course is structured to be completed while reading the new book from Drs. Sydney Snyder and Diane Staehr Fenner, Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners: Tools for Equity.

The book includes practical, research-based tools for implementing culturally responsive teaching in your context. It explores topics such as:
- Building cultural competency,
- Placing students at the center of learning,
- Leveraging students' linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and
- Uniting students' schools, families, and communities.

-Register before March 22nd 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.

75. Titlewave Diversity & SEL Analysis

Program: School Library System

Audience: All School Librarians who use or would like to use Follett Titlewave

Dates: 4/1/2021

Follett has developed tools as part of the TitleWise Collection Analysis to assess diversity and social-emotional learning topics in school library collections. Also, there is a new analysis tool to assess diversity/SEL within lists being developed on Titlewave.

In order to gain access to this tool, Follett automation members must attend an informational session and then schedule its activation.
A Zoom link will be emailed via Frontline the day before the meeting.

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

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 4/12/2021

Closed
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.

77. 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.

79. NYSESLAT Speaking and Writing Turnkey Training - Asynchronous

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 4/19/2021

This is an asynchronous NYSESLAT training refresher. This presentation will review NYSESLAT format and structure. It also review important dates and administration overview as well as some practice with scoring speaking and writing components of the test . Participants will need to complete the google form at the end in order to receive CTLE credit.

80. 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.

81. SIFE Identification and the MLS

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELL

Dates: 4/22/2021

Closed
In this workshop participants will review how to identify a student with interrupted formal education as well as how to administer the Multilingual Literacy SIFE Screener.
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.

83. Asynchronous: The Seven Steps to a Successful Follett Inventory

Program: School Library System

Audience: School librarians from districts participating in the Questar III Library Automation CoSer

Dates: 5/3/2021

Intended audience: school librarians from districts participating in the Questar III Library Automation CoSer.



Conducting an inventory of your collection helps to determine resource shortages or surpluses, so you can utilize your book budget most effectively. In this asynchronous session, you will learn the 7 steps necessary to complete a successful collection inventory:

Preparation
Creating new inventory in the system
Scanning best practices
Uploading barcodes
Cleanup
Locating and reading reports
Finalizing

This session will conclude with the submission of one learning task: complete an inventory of a small subsection of your collection then submit your results by June 3rd by 11:59 p.m.

Optional: attend a Q & A session on Wednesday, May 19th from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Directions will be emailed to registered participants on May 3, 2021.

84. Promote Summer Reading to Combat the Summer Slide

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 5/3/2021

The summer slide is a regression in student reading ability that can occur over the summer months. Join School Library System Specialist, Amanda Karian, and special guest NYSED Librarian, Sharon Phillips to learn how to combat the slide with summer reading promotion. In this session, you will learn about:

Summer learning loss
Sora Sweet Reads summer reading program
NYS summer reading initiatives
Tips and ideas for promotion
Turnkey resources you can use to promote summer reading ASAP!

A Zoom link will be sent to participants via Frontline the day before the webinar.

85. Model Schools Sandbox Event #4

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 5/6/2021

Closed
"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.

86. 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.
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.

88. Communication Coordinator Meeting - PM SESSION

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians in the Questar III Region

Dates: 5/25/2021

Closed
ALL school librarians in the Questar III region are highly encouraged to attend this meeting to learn how to effectively use the revised NYSED School Library Program Rubric. The SLP Rubric will be used as the region's member plan. Join us as we take a deep dive into how the SLP Rubric can be used to improve the library program in your school. We will also learn about using the rubric for goal setting and action planning for the upcoming school year.

89. Communication Coordinator Meeting - AM SESSION

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians in the Questar III Region

Dates: 5/26/2021

ALL school librarians in the Questar III region are highly encouraged to attend this meeting to learn how to effectively use the revised NYSED School Library Program Rubric. The SLP Rubric will be used as the region's member plan. Join us as we take a deep dive into how the SLP Rubric can be used to improve the library program in your school. We will also learn about using the rubric for goal setting and action planning for the upcoming school year.

90. Developing Culturally Responsive 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.

91. SLS Mentor Meeting - MAY (1:30 time slot)

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 5/27/2021

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.

92. Growing Language and Literacy Book Study with Special Guest

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELs

Dates: 5/27/2021 to 7/13/2021

This book study will explore strategies for English learners that develop their literacy skills across grades and proficiency levels. It is based on five premises: asset-based mindset; individual variations; integrated content, language and literacy instruction; culturally and linguistically sustaining instructional and assessment practices; and purposeful interaction and collaboration. We will explore each chapter in it's own weekly asynchronous session, followed by a special event live culmination session that you will NOT want to miss!


Date of virtual kick-off event with Dr. Honigsfeld: 5/27/21 at 3:30-4:30pm

Book Study asynchronous work facilitated by RBERN: between 5/28-7/12 at the convenience of participants

Date of virtual Q&A event with Dr. Honigsfeld: 7/13/21 at 3:30-4:30pm

To get full credit, please plan to attend one of the live sessions in addition to completing the five asynchronous chapters. You are welcome to attend both live sessions.

93. Getting to Know the ESIFC: a Re-Introduction (ASYNCHRONOUS)

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 6/1/2021

The Re-Imagined ESIFC was introduced in the Fall of 2019 and then COVID hit a few months later putting the ESIFC on the back burner for many librarians. Now that life is beginning to return to normal, it's time to dust off that green binder and re-introduce yourself to the revised ESIFC. In this asynchronous professional development, participants will follow the inquiry cycle to delve into the ESIFC. There will be activities each step of the way and an opportunity for participants to interact with other participants through some of those activities asynchronously. This PD will be open to participants beginning June 1, 2021 through September 1, 2021. All work must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on September 1, 2021 in order to receive credit.
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.

95. 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.

97. July Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 7/14/2021

CTLE
Topics: The Basics of the State Aid Claim Forms

98. Knowledge Cafe

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 7/20/2021

CTLE
Topics: August SBO Calendar

99. Transparency Reporting

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 7/23/2021

CTLE
This webinar will review the new changes to the report and will review the revised excel template we have developed to assist our districts in completing the Transparency Report.

100. July BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 7/27/2021

CTLE
Topics: Maximizing Excess Cost Salaries, SA-156 and Designating Surplus

101. George Couros: The Innovator's Mindset

Program: Model Schools

Audience: All educators and administrators

Dates: 7/27/2021

Description: Carol Dweck's work has focused on the ideas of "fixed" and "growth" mindset, yet educators will need to go a step further with these notions to create the learning opportunities and that our students and schools deserve. We need to focus not only what we know, but what we do with what we know. In this talk, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of "The Innovator's Mindset" (as discussed in the book of the same title) and share persuasive examples on why this is so crucial for all educators. George's presentations are known to be emotional, humorous, all while pushing your thinking, and will connect to your heart first, in a way that will last with you long after this keynote.
This is part 1 of a 4 part series: Innovate, Invigorate, & Illuminate. Cost is $25 per person / per session. Participants paying by personal check: all checks must be received at 10 Empire State Blvd., Castleton, NY 12033 before the event in order to receive the access information. Please indicate the session(s) for which you are registering. Sessions will not be recorded.