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1. Suicide Safety and Prevention - Online Only - Mental Health Association in New York State - S. Fisher

Program: Professional Development

Audience: All School Faculty and Staff

Dates: 2/26/2024

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Suicide Safety and Prevention for School Staff presented by the Mental Health Association in New York State This training is designed to meet the basic awareness needs of any and all school staff. Emphasis is on recognizing warning signs, understanding what it means to create a caring and competent school community, identifying the protocols in place at school to support a student with thoughts of suicide, and making a warm hand-off.

2. Code-A-Drone at the Cradle of Aviation Museum - In-Person Workshop

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 2/27/2024

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In-Person - 4:00 to 6:00PM Middle School and High School Teachers Embark on a transformative professional development journey designed to empower educators in the world of coding and drone technology. This program offers hands-on training and cutting-edge resources, enabling teachers to integrate coding principles seamlessly into their curriculum while exploring the exciting realm of drone programming. Elevate your classroom experience and equip your students with invaluable STEM skills by enrolling in our innovative coding drone workshop today! There is no charge for this workshop.

3. Honest and Thoughtful Conversations About Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging - Online Webinar - N. Kaplan

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers and Support Staff

Dates: 2/28/2024

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This workshop will serve as an entry point for participants to engage in honest and thoughtful conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Through self-reflection, participants will identify their own comfort level while acknowledging barriers that impede productive discussion and interactions. Strategies for making strong connections with students and families will be highlighted.

4. How to Teach an Online Course - E. Guarnieri

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/29/2024 to 4/3/2024

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Have you ever considered teaching an online course? Are you unsure about the various components in offering professional learning online? This course will provide participants with the tools needed to begin instructing online. Topics will include course planning and logistics, finding and creating content, course management, and offering feedback. Participants will examine offering courses in synchronous, asynchronous, and hybrid formats. Various apps for engaging your online course participants will be utilized. This course will be conducted through Google Classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to submit a course to Nassau TRACT for approval to be added to our catalog - this course is limited to 15 and free of charge.

5. Technology-Infused Discussion Groups: Digital Tools to Enhance Student Discourse - online only - L. Araoz

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/4/2024 to 4/15/2024

Student-led discussion groups epitomize student-centered, collaborative learning in all content areas, and when infused with technology, the learning experience is transformed! Join in a discovery of web-based applications, including Flip, Padlet, Google Classroom, Google Docs, Seesaw, AnswerGarden, and Voxer. Learn how these applications and platforms enhance the discussion group experience for students AND teachers. This course will show educators how technology can empower students by exposing them to various web-based applications that can be easily deployed in any classroom. With these digital tools, students can easily collaborate with their peers, share work with authentic audiences, and create content in a 21st-century learning environment. Additionally, it will demonstrate how to design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments to transform the learning culture in their own schools and classrooms. Authentic examples will be shared so that all educators can come away with ready-to-use activities and resources.

6. Narcan Training - Online Only -Nassau County Office of Mental Health - C. Panakos

Program: Professional Development

Audience: School Personnel

Dates: 3/4/2024

Nassau County has been addressing the opioid crisis on multiple fronts, one of them is educating its residents on the use of Naloxone, also known by the trade name Narcan. Participants will learn how and when to administer the lifesaving antidote that can reverse the fatal effects of an Opioid overdose and save a person's life. Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency & Developmental Disabilities Services has trained more than 10,000 people on how to administer Narcan since its inception. Despite the many obstacles that persist the Nassau County Office of Mental Health's goal is to help prevent drug related deaths and provide individuals in need with a second chance at recovery, improved health, and a better quality of life. That person may be your friend, your family member, your neighbor or your colleague. Please join us for this life saving workshop. Participants will receive certification to be able to administer Narcan in an emergency. Open to all. You do not have to be a Nassau County resident to attend.

7. A Love for Literacy- Building a Reading Classroom - Online Only - A. Moore

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Educators

Dates: 3/5/2024 to 4/19/2024

Reading lies at the center of every curriculum. Creating a classroom culture where reading is championed, valued and encouraged is the job of every educator. This sounds like an easy task but simple factors such as testing and schedules seem to eat away at the precious time we have in the classroom. Reading is much more than getting a book into a child's hands. We need to motivate our students to WANT to read if our goal is for reading to become a life-long habit. In this class you will explore various strategies to promote student ownership of reading and create/adapt ready-to-use materials for your classroom.

8. Differentiated Instruction - A. Warren

Program: Online In-service Courses

Dates: 3/5/2024 to 4/9/2024

Differentiated Instruction allows teachers to meet individual student needs while differentiating content, process, products, and learning environment. This course is designed to provide teachers with ready-to-implement tools and strategies and to learn how to best address the variety of student needs that they have in the class. Participants will learn how to support different learning styles, abilities, and preferences while creating a learning environment that promotes student success. Through Differentiated Instruction, teachers create an atmosphere where all students can take ownership of their learning and feel successful too!

9. Beyond Books: Using Book Creator in an Elementary Classroom - Online Only - J. Laurino

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Educators

Dates: 3/6/2024 to 4/17/2024

This course will teach the functionality of Book Creator including multimedia tools, embedding video/media, accessibility features and more. Participants will learn how to create or use templates promoting digital book making, texts for instruction and the use of interactive digital notebooks.

10. The Science of Reading - Online Only - D. Cecere

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 3/6/2024 to 4/12/2024

This is an asynchronous course. The following research-based course explores a deep-dive into the Science of Reading. The Science of Reading provides an understanding of the cognitive process that is essential for reading proficiency, called Structured Literacy. This course includes the Scarborough Rope, sound walls, and decodables. Teachers will immediately be able implement practical methods that help prevent most reading difficulties.

11. Digital Citizenship - Online Only - C. Sciarrotto

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Educators

Dates: 3/7/2024 to 4/18/2024

As technological advances increase each day and everyone has become more dependent on the internet for daily activities, it is crucial to teach students digital citizenship. In this course, you will learn what is Digital Citizenship and why is it important to teach? Additionally, you will learn about the different components and how to apply them in your classroom. New York State Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards on Digital Literacy will be the used.
Description: Many of our students love to play online games! Why not get them to learn something in the process? Why not get a classwork grade? YOU CAN! Learn about why games are a great way to casually assess your students. Often students are willing to showcase their level of knowledge when they are having fun. Learn how to make your own games or modify versions of the games you are already using! Students in this class will be making a GIMKIT, KAHOOT, BLOOKET and QUIZZIZ. They will also learn about different games that can be played in person with the class to make learning more fun, interesting, and interactive.
In this session, we'll explore new and innovative AI tools and resources that are picking up steam in classrooms around the world, such as AI for Education, EduAide.AI, MagicSchool.AI, Project Leo, and more.

14. Storyboarding with Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs - Online Webinar

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 3/11/2024

This workshop will provide coaching on how to implement storyboarding in the individual classroom or as a team. Dr. Jacobs will provide additional examples of storyboards and provide feedback to participants who wish to share their work for some brief coaching. She will respond to your questions with practical answers and recommended actions.

15. NYS Blue Ribbon Commission Changes and Recommendations - Online Webinar - R. Faccio

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers and Support Staff

Dates: 3/14/2024

The New York State Education Department presented the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures to the Board of Regents, Commissioner Betty A. Rosa announced. The Graduation Measures Initiative is an unprecedented effort bringing together student voices along with a diverse range of stakeholders-including parents, educators, administrators, school support staff, representatives of higher education, and the business community. The Blue Ribbon Commission created a roadmap for learning-centered education that best meets the needs of every student in New York State and incorporates competency imperatives that provide them with the practical skills needed for the dynamic demands of tomorrow's workforce. The Graduation Measures initiative sought to explore what it means to obtain a diploma in New York State and what that diploma should signify to ensure educational excellence and equity for all students in New York State. Building on the New York State Board of Regents and the Department's shared commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and with a foundation rooted strongly in the Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework, the initiative was developed to create equity in New York State public education; and ensure New York's students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in future endeavors. Guided by research, stakeholder feedback, and their expertise and experiences, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures identified high-level skills, knowledge areas, and competencies that holistically reflect successful outcomes of P-12 education. The Blue Ribbon Commission's recommendations will be reviewed and discussed during this presentation.

16. Promoting Brain Based Learning Skills in School Settings - A. Davoli

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/19/2024 to 4/16/2024

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In this course, you will be given an opportunity to explore the topic of brain based learning. In this class you will learn what brain based learning is and how to incorporate this practice with your students. Brain based learning can promote overall skills for your students in retention of material and active learning. Participants will learn and be provided tools and materials to bring back to their students, staff and classrooms. Many of the tools discussed and taught in this class will help varying student populations. This course will be online through the platform of Google Classroom.
It's time to Redefine Wellness! Despite all the progress made in medicine, more and more people are being diagnosed with physical and mental illnesses. We will explore how wellness has transformed in today's educational landscape, calling for us to embrace a more holistic, technology-driven, and interconnected approach. Join us for a day of energizing sessions, collaborative activities, and practical tools designed to empower educators in managing the ever-changing demands of their profession. Discover the keys to a re-defined wellness plan, providing you with actionable steps to enhance your well-being as an educator in this fast-moving, changing world. This is an opportunity to revolutionize your approach to wellness as an educator! **Key Highlights include: 1. Tech-Infused Wellness 2. Holistic Teaching and Learning: 3. Balancing Act 4. Emotional and mindful Resilience 5. Physical Wellness for Educators 6. Community Building 7. Reflect and Plan
This workshop will focus on understanding Title IX and its implications on all students, specifically students from marginalized groups. We'll share best practices in education for your topic/Connection to PSEL standards. We will review education laws: Title IX, ADA/IDEA, and DASA and provide guidelines for reviewing present district policies in these areas with an equity lens. This will help to ensure that all students are provided environments where diversity, equity, and inclusion are embedded in the school/district culture.

19. Robotics at the Cradle of Aviation Museum - In-Person

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 4/9/2024

In-person 4:00 - 6:00 PM for Middle School and High School teachers. Unleash your teaching potential with our specialized professional development course focused on Lego EV3 robotics and coding. Dive into a dynamic learning experience where educators discover the intricacies of building and programming robots using Lego's innovative EV3 system, equipping you to inspire students in the realms of engineering and computer science. Transform your classroom into an interactive hub of creativity and STEM exploration by enrolling in our engaging Lego EV3 workshop today!

20. Individualizing the Storyboard Approach - Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs - Webinar

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 4/10/2024

This workshop will specifically focus on ways to directly work with your students in creating their own storyboards. Whether these are designed in support of existing units or they are created by students themselves for their personal inquiries, Dr Jacobs will give you guidance on best practices to engage your students. She will provide a special focus on integrating authentic assessment opportunities into student-developed storyboards.

21. Understanding Anxiety - Online Webinar - L. Campbell

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers and Support Staff

Dates: 4/11/2024

In this world of increased anxiety, gaining understanding of how anxiety works and how to break the cycle could make a huge difference for us and those we care about. We have all experienced anxiety, yet it is managed differently by each of us, giving a difference result. In this workshop, we will focus on the 5 Keys to understanding anxiety, so that we can live a less stressful and more peaceful life.
In-Person - 4:00-6:00 PM - This training provides the latest research and best practices regarding remediating and supporting students with ADHD and Executive Function weaknesses. Participants will gain skills, strategies, and techniques to support students in need at the Point of Performance while balancing the needs of all students in the classroom in age-appropriate ways. Workshop Objectives:


• Discover eight executive function skills and their impact on learning, motivation, and behavior.


• Develop an understanding, the importance, and the consequences of the relationship between ADHD and executive function skill development.


• Learn strategies for engaging and maintaining students' attention and active participation and increase students' performance in structured activities and open learning times.


• Examine how to reduce students' stress levels to perform better and meet greater expectations.

23. Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management - Webinar - Kostas A. Katsavdakis, PhD, ABPP

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 4/18/2024

This brief overview will cover the basic concepts of Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management as it relates to workplace violence. We will review the differences between threat and risk, various forms of workplace violence, relevant assessment instruments and management approaches/tactics to ensure the safety of the workplace.
In-Person - 4:00-6:00 PM - This training provides the latest research and best practices regarding remediating and supporting students with ADHD and Executive Function weaknesses. Participants will gain skills, strategies, and techniques to support students in need at the Point of Performance while balancing the needs of all students in the classroom in age-appropriate ways. Workshop Objectives:



• Discover eight executive function skills and their impact on learning, motivation, and behavior.



• Develop an understanding, the importance, and the consequences of the relationship between ADHD and executive function skill development.



• Learn strategies for engaging and maintaining students' attention and active participation and increase students' performance in structured activities and open learning times.



• Examine how to reduce students' stress levels to perform better and meet greater expectations.

25. NYC 1980s - A Trip Back in Time - In-Person - L. Lynch

Program: Professional Development

Audience: All educators and pre-service teachers

Dates: 5/9/2024

This program will invite teachers to explore works on view, including the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, through the lens of the economic, social and cultural environment of 1980s NYC. Guest-curated by Christopher Pusey, former partner of Chase Contemporary and Dorian Grey Gallery, the installation will include period photography, sculpture and important works of art from some the most noted and influential artists during this pivotal time in art history. The scope of the exhibition will feature artists who were based in the downtown area of New York City known as Loisaida/LES (Lower East /East Village) who tested the limits of current contemporary art trends. Many works on display will be from artists who were considered pioneers in the advent of street art painting, performance art and film. The museum installation will also provide patrons specific immersion experiences in a few select exhibition rooms.

26. Find Your Well-being in Mindfulness - Online Webinar - L. Campbell

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers and Support Staff

Dates: 5/30/2024

Today's fast-moving world challenges us in many ways. In order to maintain a healthy mind and body, we need to enhance and deepen our well-being strategies. In this time together, we will introduce several mindful practices and simple ways to implement them daily. Mindfulness studies are have been proven to help our mind to overcome many anxious thought patterns and behaviors. Join us for special workshop on your well-being.