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1. Knowledge Cafe

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 10/30/2020

CTLE
NewStarting Today
Topics: Introduction to SAP, Website and SBO Guidebook

2. What is Title IX? An Overview of Title IX and Implementing Regulations

Program: School Improvement

Audience: School District Administrators, School Building Administrators, Title IX Coordinators, Dignity Act Coordinators

Dates: 10/30/2020

Starting Today
On May 6, 2020, the US Department of Education issued new regulations regarding legal obligations of school districts, colleges, and universities in responding to complaints of sexual harassment under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This introductory training module will provide participants with a broad overview of the new regulations and responsibilities of districts under them. This module will prepare district level administrators, principals, Title IX coordinators, and Dignity Act Coordinators to understand the key elements of the new regulations and how they will impact school district's handling of complains of sexual harassment. This training will be a prerequisite for more advanced Title IX training modules.

3. Culturally Responsive-Sustaining PD

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 11/3/2020

NewStarting Soon
Participants will explore the NYS Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework and supplemental materials through a series of interactive experiences. Activities will help teachers to support students in digging into biases, self-reflect, and evaluate tools to guide conversations in classrooms that are culturally responsive.

One time event

When: November 3, 2020

Time: 12-1pm

4. November Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 11/4/2020

CTLE
Starting Soon
Topics: Reserve Funds, Selected Accounting Issues, Building Aid and School Budget Process for new Business Officials

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

Program: School Library System

Audience: Learning A-Z users

Dates: 11/5/2020

NewStarting Soon
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.

6. Regents Living Environment Forum

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Regents Living Environment Educators

Dates: 11/5/2020

NewStarting Soon
The FREE Living Environment 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 science classrooms whether they are live, virtual or hybrid!

The topics discussed will include: Strategies/ tools/ formats you are using to reach students, how they are working. What are the challenges? How are you dealing with labs and hands-on activities- live/virtual/ etc.? What resources are you finding most helpful?

A Zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar.

7. High School English Zoom Forum/PLC

Program: School Improvement

Audience: High School English Educators

Dates: 11/9/2020

New
The FREE High School English 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 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?

A Zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar.

8. Using SeeSaw to Facilitate Differentiated and Authentic Learning

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 11/10/2020

SeeSaw is a popular learning management system utilized by districts to create meaningful partnerships and communication between students, teachers and families. Teachers are able to use SeeSaw to facilitate differentiated and authentic learning opportunities for all students using the tools built into the platform. Join Stephanie Carbone, Questar III Model Schools Specialist, to explore ways in which SeeSaw can be utilized to efficiently implement differentiated instruction. 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. 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.

9. Regents Chemistry Forum

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Regents Chemistry Educators

Dates: 11/12/2020

New
The Chemistry 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 science classrooms whether they are live, virtual or hybrid!

The topics discussed will include: Strategies/ tools/ formats you are using to reach students and how are they working. What are the challenges? How you are dealing with labs and hands-on activities- live/virtual/ etc.? What are the resources you are finding most helpful?

A Zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar.

10. 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.

11. Engagement Workshop

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 11/13/2020

New
This webinar will review key lesson elements to help engage ELL students. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with peers on how to incorporate these key elements into their virtual lessons.

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

Program: School Improvement

Audience: US History and Global History Educators

Dates: 11/16/2020

New
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.

13. Regents Earth Science Forum

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Regents Earth Science Educators

Dates: 11/17/2020

New
"The Earth Science Forum 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 science classrooms whether they are live, virtual or hybrid!
The topics discussed will include: Strategies/ tools/ formats you are using to reach students, how they are working and the challenges. How you are dealing with labs and hands-on activities- live/virtual/ etc. What are the resources you are finding most helpful.

A Zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar.

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

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 11/17/2020

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 to explore 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. 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.

15. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 11/18/2020

New
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.

16. November BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 11/18/2020

CTLE
Topics: Developing BOCES Administrative Budget

17. Connecting with Students Online Book Study

Program: School Improvement

Audience: K-8 teachers, teaching assistance, aids

Dates: 11/18/2020 to 12/2/2020

New
Come explore with us the latest Jennifer Serravallo book titled, Connecting With Students Online: Strategies for Remote Teaching & Learning. During this FREE two-session book study, participants will discuss how to best adapt their teaching practices for remote learning. We will focus on students' needs and explore: Prioritizing, Scheduling, Streamlining, Engaging Students, Conferring, and, Student Partnerships.

Session Requirements: 1) Own or have access to a copy of the book: Connecting With Students Online: Strategies for Remote Teaching & Learning by Jennifer Serravallo; 2) Commit to the two sessions: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 and Wednesday, December 2, 2020 from 3:30-4:30.

Please copy and paste the following link in your web browser to order book: https://www.heinemann.com/products/e13229.aspx

A Zoom link will be sent prior to the webinars.

18. SIFE: Instructional Protocols

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 11/18/2020

New
Participants will be introduced to a variety of instructional protocols to support SIFE Students. This will be the second workshop in a year-long series addressing Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education.

19. Regents Mathematics Forum/PLC

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Regents Math Educators

Dates: 11/19/2020

New
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.

20. Regents Physics Forum

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Regents Physics Educators

Dates: 11/19/2020

New
The Physics Forum 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 science classrooms whether they are live, virtual or hybrid! The topics discussed will include: Strategies/ tools/ formats you are using to reach students, how they are working and the challenges. How you are dealing with labs and hands-on activities- live/virtual/ etc…. What are the resources you are finding most helpful. A Zoom link will be sent prior to 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.

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.

23. SEL-Foster Relationships Remotely

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 11/24/2020

New
This one hour webinar will provide Social Emotional Learning resources and strategies in how to build relationships with students both in person and remotely. We will provide suggested strategies that can equip educators with the skills needed to build resilient and empathetic classrooms through Social Emotional Learning. We will also provide different resources that will continue to facilitate building relationships with students.

24. December STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 12/2/2020

CTLE
Topics: Homeless Youth

25. Maximizing Remote Learning for Special Education Students Through Technology

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 12/8/2020

When the pandemic forced schools to close their doors and move learning to remote classrooms, all students were presented with environments which were unfamiliar and unpredictable. While this is a challenge to all learners, our students who receive special education services felt the impact tremendously. As we navigate through this new school year, many districts are utilizing different models of instruction for their students. During this discussion with Stephanie Carbone, Questar III Model Schools Specialist, educational technology tools will be shared which can assist in removing barriers to the curriculum for students. Discussion will include immersive readers, speech to text, closed captioning, visual timers, choice boards and many more. 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. 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.

26. December Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 12/9/2020

CTLE
Topics: State Aid Output Reports, State Aid Reconciliation, Fund Balance and Cash Flow Projections

27. 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

28. December BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 12/16/2020

CTLE
Topics: BOCES Output Reports

29. 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. Open to Model Schools subscribers only.

30. January Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 1/6/2021

CTLE
Topics: ESSA, Mid-Year Review and Timely STAC Reminders

31. January BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 1/13/2021

CTLE
Topics: Tying out Service Contracts to BOCES Aid Runs, EPE Initial Reporting

32. February Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 2/3/2021

CTLE
Topics: Understanding State Aid Projections and Tax Cap

33. June BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 2/3/2021

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

34. February STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 2/10/2021

CTLE
Topics: Aid Projections and NYSED Gold Star Report

35. March BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 3/3/2021

CTLE
Topics: ESY Summer Program Dates

36. March Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 3/10/2021

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

37. March STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 3/17/2021

CTLE
Topics: DVPUB Verifications, DCPUB Cost Calculation and DCPOD Screen

38. 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.

39. April Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 4/9/2021

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

40. 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

41. April BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 4/16/2021

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

42. May BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 5/5/2021

CTLE
Topics: CoSer Restrictions & Survey of Best Practices

43. 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.

44. May Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 5/12/2021

CTLE
Topics: Health Services and Non-Resident Billing

45. MAY STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 5/19/2021

CTLE
Topics: Program Dates and Reapplications

46. 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

47. June Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 6/16/2021

CTLE
Topics: Preparing and Collecting Data for Year End Close