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1. Wilson Reading System® Level I Certification: Fall Web Practicum Cohort

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Educators, administrators, literacy specialists, parents

Dates: 9/18/2020

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The Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Level I Certification course is designed to prepare teachers to effectively implement WRS Steps 1-6 with students reading and spelling below grade level, and those diagnosed with a language-based learning disability. A Wilson® Credentialed Trainer meets with each teacher/student pair five times during the school year via Skype, and provides observations with written and verbal feedback. Participants must demonstrate mastery of the Wilson lesson plan, including multi-sensory techniques, and effective strategies in a 1:1 setting. WRS teachers enrolled in the Web Practicum certification program must complete all requirements of the program to be WRS Level I Certified.

WRS Web training includes a 90 hour online component, teacher/student observations, and the required teacher/student practicum. Observations will be conducted via Skype.

Prerequisite: Completion of WRS Introductory Course.

Credit: In-service credit based on district policy. Eligible for nine graduate credits through Fitchburg State University for an additional fee.

Required materials: All participants need the WRS Introductory Set (Steps 1-6), 4th Edition. Sets must be purchased separately and are not included in the cost of the practicum. WRS Introductory Set (Steps 1-6), 4th Edition can be purchased directly from Wilson Language Training® 1-800-899-8454.

Registration is required by September 9, 2020. This training is offered through a collaboration with Wilson Language Training® Corp and PNW BOCES.

PLEASE NOTE: A Jump Start session will be offered on 9/18/2020 from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM. This session will be facilitated online and will provide valuable information to launch the practicum; the session is not mandatory for participants. Participants will be introduced to their Wilson® Credentialed Trainer by email.

2. Grade K, Unit Workshops Sess1 (3 units; 6 meetings)

Program: Science 21

Audience: K

Dates: 9/21/2020 to 2/8/2021

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New Science 21 Curriculum aligned to the New York State Science Learning Standards - The Kindergarten trainings are a series of six workshop meetings, every two centered on a new unit. In addition to focusing on the lessons and materials within the redesigned Grade K curriculum, these sessions will dive into background knowledge for the science and engineering practices, the crosscutting concepts, and the scientific core ideas explored throughout the grade level. This experiential workshop will allow teachers to spend time performing the instructional techniques and lesson tasks before using the curriculum in their own classrooms! Manuals are included in the cost of the training. For initial online meeting dates, manuals can be accessed through the Science 21 website. Hard copies will be shipped once workshop registrations are confirmed through My Learning Plan.

3. Building Resilience in Facing Covid Challenges

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Audience: District Level Leaders and Building Level Leaders

Dates: 9/21/2020 to 9/28/2020

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Every school staff member now faces the daunting and unfamiliar challenges that the Covid crisis presents. We all need to build resilience, the ability to bounce back from the stress and anxiety that occurs and adapt to the new conditions in order to continue to be effective. The good news is we can build our capacity for resilience. It is not a fixed personality trait. Instead, resilience is a capacity that develops over a lifetime. Successful response to adversity strengthens it. These three sessions will strengthen and expand the participant's repertoire of resilience skills. Together, participants will explore the sources of resilience and practice how to increase resilience resources and put them more effectively into action. *Please note: Many workshops through the early fall will be held virtually. In the event circumstances require an in-person workshop to shift online, you will be notified of such changes as soon as we are made aware of the change

4. Grade 1, Unit Workshops Sess1 (3 units; 6 meetings)

Program: Science 21

Audience: 1st

Dates: 9/21/2020 to 2/8/2021

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New Science 21 Curriculum aligned to the New York State Science Learning Standards - The Grade 1 trainings are a series of six workshop meetings, every two centered on a new unit. In addition to focusing on the lessons and materials within the redesigned Grade 1 curriculum, these sessions will dive into background knowledge for the science and engineering practices, the crosscutting concepts, and the scientific core ideas explored throughout the grade level. This experiential workshop will allow teachers to spend time performing the instructional techniques and lesson tasks before using the curriculum in their own classrooms! Manuals are included in the cost of the training. For initial online meeting dates, manuals can be accessed through the Science 21 website. Hard copies will be shipped once workshop registrations are confirmed through My Learning Plan.

5. New Lead Evaluator of Teachers Training

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Educators who will serve as lead evaluators for the first time in 2020-2021

Dates: 9/22/2020 to 12/9/2020

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These gear-up sessions are for new administrators who have not been previously trained. The State Education Department requires all evaluators of teachers to be certified through an appropriate training process. Lead teacher evaluators are those who conduct Annual Professional Performance Reviews. This training meets SED regulation and prepares participants to objectively evaluate classroom lessons. The course provides resources and strategies for successfully collecting data from teachers and students. These sessions will include a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning and will be presented in four 2.5-hour sessions. Office hours will be provided allowing us to customize you and/or your team's experience.

6. New Teacher Implementation K- 8 Orientation to SS/ELA

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: SS/ELA Teachers New to the Grade Level or Program

Dates: 9/22/2020

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If you are new to the Integrated Social Studies/ELA Curriculum or your grade level, please join us for an orientation and introduction to the curriculum and its extensive array of resources. Districts who have subscribed for the 2020-2021 school year can send two teachers per grade level to this full-day training (additional staff can attend for a fee of $91.00 per participant). Attendees will gain a better understanding of SS/ELA's design, foundational principles, lesson plans, resources, and assessments, and how they can be utilized in classroom, blended, or virtual teaching spaces. Teachers will also have an opportunity to work with other teachers new to the program as they learn how to incorporate SS/ELA into their daily classroom instruction. The curriculum's designers will lead groups through best practices related to the SS/ELA curriculum and the New York State Social Studies Framework while providing ample time to explore.

7. Function-Based Thinking - September 2020

Program: Regional Partnership Center

Dates: 9/22/2020

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Function-based thinking is a Tier 1 strategy that can prevent mild to moderate problem behaviors from escalating to more severe or chronic issues. This training will define behavioral functions, describe how to determine the functions(s) of a given behavior, and explain how to use that information to improve on-the-spot responding, as well as to teach students new skills and prevent future occurrences of challenging behaviors. This training is designed for preschool - grade 12 educators in both general education and special education settings. This is a self-directed, asynchronous course. There is no "liveā€¯ component to the course. In order to receive credit for completion, all coursework must be completed by September 30th. *Registered participants will receive an email with the link to the session on September 23rd, once registration has closed.

8. Tech Tuesday: Seek and Share -- September -- Creating a Sense of Community During On-line Instruction

Program: Model Schools

Audience: PNWBOCES Model Schools Members: Teachers, Technologists, Administrators

Dates: 9/22/2020

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Join us to discuss strategies for creating a sense of community during on-line instruction. This workshop is structured to allow participants to learn about the topic, share what they know, reflect on their practice, and plan for future lessons. This session will be held on-line using Zoom. The link will be sent the day before the session.

9. RULER Orientation Session - Cohort 4

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Audience: Cohort 4 teams for RULER

Dates: 9/22/2020

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Yale University RULER Orientation Session for Cohort 4 for schools that are signed up for the RULER program

10. Grade 1, Unit Workshops Sess2 (3 units; 6 meetings)

Program: Science 21

Audience: 1st

Dates: 9/23/2020 to 2/10/2021

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New Science 21 Curriculum aligned to the New York State Science Learning Standards - The Grade 1 trainings are a series of six workshop meetings, every two centered on a new unit. In addition to focusing on the lessons and materials within the redesigned Grade 1 curriculum, these sessions will dive into background knowledge for the science and engineering practices, the crosscutting concepts, and the scientific core ideas explored throughout the grade level. This experiential workshop will allow teachers to spend time performing the instructional techniques and lesson tasks before using the curriculum in their own classrooms! Manuals are included in the cost of the training. For initial online meeting dates, manuals can be accessed through the Science 21 website. Hard copies will be shipped once workshop registrations are confirmed through My Learning Plan.

11. Grade K, Unit Workshops Sess2 (3 units; 6 meetings)

Program: Science 21

Audience: K

Dates: 9/23/2020 to 2/10/2021

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New Science 21 Curriculum aligned to the New York State Science Learning Standards - The Kindergarten trainings are a series of six workshop meetings, every two centered on a new unit. In addition to focusing on the lessons and materials within the redesigned Grade K curriculum, these sessions will dive into background knowledge for the science and engineering practices, the crosscutting concepts, and the scientific core ideas explored throughout the grade level. This experiential workshop will allow teachers to spend time performing the instructional techniques and lesson tasks before using the curriculum in their own classrooms! Manuals are included in the cost of the training. For initial online meeting dates, manuals can be accessed through the Science 21 website. Hard copies will be shipped once workshop registrations are confirmed through My Learning Plan.

12. Assistive Tech: TOPP (Technology/Occupational/Physical Therapy Practices) PLC September 2020

Program: Education Technology

Audience: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants

Dates: 9/23/2020

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Join us as we explore ways to improve student outcomes and support each other through the exploration of strategies, including technology, within school based OT and PT therapy. This forum is designed for individuals working in OT and PT departments. This workshop will be held on-line using Zoom. The link to the meeting will be sent the day before the event.

13. RULER Orientation Session - Cohort 4

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Audience: Cohort 4 RULER Team members

Dates: 9/23/2020

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Yale University RULER Orientation Session for Cohort 4 for schools that are signed up for the RULER program

14. Fundations® Level K Virtual Launch Workshop

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grade K classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, instructional coaches, and other interested educational professionals

Dates: 9/24/2020

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Fundations® Virtual Launch Workshops provide the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations curriculum. This highly interactive remote workshop was developed with extensive participant input and was designed to maintain participation and motivation for optimal learning, with strategically placed breaks and an extended lunch. Additionally, the workshop design allows for teacher input and active engagement via activities and discussion throughout each session.

At the completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations: print awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness and the alphabetic principle, sound mastery, phonics, vocabulary, high frequency/trick words, fluency, comprehension strategies, handwriting, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities with multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback.
  • Identify and understand the use for all materials in the Fundations Teacher's Kit, and have a sense of how to find and use the many extended resources available on the Prevention/Early Intervention Learning Community for Fundations (membership included with participation in this workshop).
  • Use the Teacher's Manual to prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures.
  • Visualize the flow and pace of a full Fundations lesson completed with fidelity.


    This workshop is offered through a collaboration with Wilson Language Training® Corporation.

    **This session will run from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM.

  • 15. PBIS Coaches Forum: SEL and Behavior Resources for Returning to School - via online ZOOM

    Program: Regional Partnership Center

    Dates: 9/24/2020

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    This virtual forum will provide educators with resources to support students' social-emotional wellness and pro-social behavior. Participants will have the opportunity to share with each other about successes and challenges they've experienced while supporting behavior and SEL during remote, hybrid, and in-person learning. *Please note that registration for this workshop will close at 3:30 pm on Monday, September 21, 2020. Please be sure to register by the deadline as this will give us a finalized registration list for the meeting so that we are able to admit people into the session. Unfortunately, due to security requirements, we cannot accommodate last minute registrations. Registered participants will receive an email with the Zoom link 24 to 48 hours prior to the session.

    16. Preventing Workplace Harassment and Title IX Training

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: Title IX Officers/Coordinators and District and Building Level Leaders

    Dates: 9/24/2020 to 11/16/2020

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    Workplace harassment, sexual harassment, and discrimination create unhealthy and unproductive school environments. In this virtual session, participants will gain a clear understanding of the legal definition of harassment, the new NYS guidelines, and prevention strategies. They will also learn how to respond when an employee or student makes a harassment claim and the steps involved in conducting a comprehensive investigation. *Please note: Many workshops through the early fall will be held virtually. In the event circumstances require an in-person workshop to shift online, you will be notified of such changes as soon as we are made aware of the change

    17. Navigating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 9/24/2020

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    Join Facing History and Ourselves for a virtual workshop, as we model pedagogical approaches and tools that are central to building reflective classroom spaces and navigating difficult conversations. This workshop focuses on how to cultivate brave spaces for students so that open and civil dialogue can take place in the classroom community. Participants will leave with concrete pedagogical strategies to engage students in meaningful discussions about identity, controversial current events, painful histories, and other challenging moments in the classroom. This workshop is designed for middle and high school educators.

    18. Fundations® Level 1 Virtual Launch Workshop

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grade 1 classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, instructional coaches

    Dates: 9/25/2020

    Fundations® Virtual Launch Workshops provide the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations curriculum. This highly interactive remote workshop was developed with extensive participant input and was designed to maintain participation and motivation for optimal learning, with strategically placed breaks and an extended lunch. Additionally, the workshop design allows for teacher input and active engagement via activities and discussion throughout each session.

    At the completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations: print awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness and the alphabetic principle, sound mastery, phonics, vocabulary, high frequency/trick words, fluency, comprehension strategies, handwriting, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities with multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback.
  • Identify and understand the use for all materials in the Fundations Teacher's Kit, and have a sense of how to find and use the many extended resources available on the Prevention/Early Intervention Learning Community for Fundations (membership included with participation in this workshop).
  • Use the Teacher's Manual to prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures.
  • Visualize the flow and pace of a full Fundations lesson completed with fidelity.


    This workshop is offered through a collaboration with Wilson Language Training® Corporation.

    **This session will run from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM.

  • 19. Grade 2, Unit Workshops Sess1 (3 units; 6 meetings)

    Program: Science 21

    Audience: 2nd

    Dates: 9/25/2020 to 2/12/2021

    New Science 21 Curriculum aligned to the New York State Science Learning Standards - The Grade 2 trainings are a series of six workshop meetings, every two centered on a new unit. In addition to focusing on the lessons and materials within the redesigned Grade 2 curriculum, these sessions will dive into background knowledge for the science and engineering practices, the crosscutting concepts, and the scientific core ideas explored throughout the grade level. This experiential workshop will allow teachers to spend time performing the instructional techniques and lesson tasks before using the curriculum in their own classrooms! Manuals are included in the cost of the training. For initial online meeting dates, manuals can be accessed through the Science 21 website. Hard copies will be shipped once workshop registrations are confirmed through My Learning Plan.

    20. New York State Certification for Lead Evaluators of Principals - Option 1 - 6 Hours

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District Level Leaders

    Dates: 9/25/2020 to 10/9/2020

    This virtual workshop will focus on the evaluation process as it relates to principals. Participants will:


    • Brainstorm those qualities that make for a highly effective principal


    • Review the Standards for Educational Leadership and the recommended State rubrics that are available to lead evaluators


    • Walk through the process in both face-to-face and virtual situations


    • Share good practices that have been used, as well as problems that may be encountered along the way This workshop fulfills the APPR requirements for lead evaluators of principals. All materials needed will be provided digitally before the workshop begins. This year, participants will have two virtual options for fulfilling the Lead Evaluator requirements for New York State: Option 1 - 6 hours Option 2 - 12 hours *Please note: Many workshops through the early fall will be held virtually. In the event circumstances require an in-person workshop to shift online, you will be notified of such changes as soon as we are made aware of the change

    21. NY Education Policy Fellowship Program Leadership in Times of National Crisis

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: All School Leaders

    Dates: 9/25/2020 to 5/14/2021

    We invite you to apply for or refer a colleague to the New York Education Policy Fellowship Program. The New York Education Policy Fellowship Program is a unique, yearlong professional development experience open to building and district level leaders, board of education members, leaders of education organizations, and graduate students with an interest in education policy and related issues. Established in 1977, the New York Education Policy Fellowship Program focuses on policy, leadership, and networking. The program is co-sponsored by the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis at Teachers College and Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES. Throughout the 2020-21 school year, Fellows will look at federal and state issues through the lens of "Leadership in Times of National Crisis."¯ Due to the uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 program will be held virtually via Zoom including break-out groups to facilitate discussion and networking. Participants have found the range of New York Education Policy Fellowship Program experiences to be enriching and valuable in the performance of their current positions, and in preparing them to assume new, more challenging responsibilities.

    22. Elementary Math Leaders Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Elementary administrators, teachers, math specialists, coaches, and district math coordinators

    Dates: 9/29/2020 to 5/17/2021

    If you want to play a leadership role in your school and stay current with curriculum and practices in the teaching and learning of elementary mathematics, join the Elementary Math Leadership group!

    The goal of this professional learning community of elementary math teachers/leaders is to address the challenges and issues inherent in teaching and learning mathematics.

    The Elementary Math Leaders group is comprised of math lead teachers, math specialists, coaches, classroom teachers, and district math coordinators who have a math leadership role in their schools. The workshop series will be held during five half days and will provide a forum for participants to be informed and stimulated in the area of elementary math. The leaders play an active and integral role in the design of the meetings and topics of study are generated by both the facilitator and members.

    A listserv is maintained by the facilitator which affords the opportunity for ongoing communication among the participants.

    23. Make it Useful: Using Data to Inform Small Group Instruction (Grade K&1)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grade K/1 General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Teachers, Literacy Coaches

    Dates: 9/29/2020

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    This session is part 2 of a three-session learning series. Participants can register for all three sessions in the series or for individual sessions. The learning series includes:
  • Part 1 - Administering Reading Assessments Virtually
  • Part 2 - Make it Useful: Using Data to Inform Small Group Instruction
  • Part 3 - Virtual Small Group Reading Instruction: Strategy Groups v. Guided Reading


    This session will build upon the work of the previous session (Administering Reading Assessments Virtually). Participants will analyze the data collected from our virtual assessments. The presenter will share digital systems for which educators can easily collect and organize data.

    Participants will link assessment findings directly to planning for instruction. The presenter will discuss and provide models for using assessment results to plan for individual, small-group, and whole-group instruction via virtual platforms.

  • The New York State Social Studies Framework provides opportunities for teachers to connect the key ideas, conceptual understandings, and standards and practices to current events. As the nation enters an election season and struggles with issues of social and racial equity, districts have begun to grapple with connecting curriculum and instruction in significant ways for students. Join us for a morning of updates and inquiry as we:
    - Explore the most recent information from NYSED
    - Share best practices for connecting the Framework to current events in meaningful ways with a focus on cultural responsiveness and equity
    - Learn about regional opportunities for teachers and administrators to continue the work through professional learning
    - Review how the SS/ELA curriculum continues to evolve to meet the needs of K-8 teachers across NY State in classroom and virtual spaces.

    25. Make it Useful: Using Data to Inform Small Group Instruction (Grade 2&3)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grade 2/3 General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Teachers, Literacy Coaches

    Dates: 9/29/2020

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    This session is part 2 of a three-session learning series. Participants can register for all three sessions in the series or for individual sessions. The learning series includes:
  • Part 1 - Administering Reading Assessments Virtually
  • Part 2 - Make it Useful: Using Data to Inform Small Group Instruction
  • Part 3 - Virtual Small Group Reading Instruction: Strategy Groups v. Guided Reading


    This session will build upon the work of the previous session (Administering Reading Assessments Virtually). Participants will analyze the data collected from our virtual assessments. The presenter will share digital systems for which educators can easily collect and organize data.

    Participants will link assessment findings directly to planning for instruction. The presenter will discuss and provide models for using assessment results to plan for individual, small-group, and whole-group instruction via virtual platforms.

  • 26. Secondary Math Chairs Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Mathematics teachers and special educators of grades 6 through high school, curriculum leaders, coaches, mentors, chairpersons, and supervisors and administrators K-12

    Dates: 9/29/2020 to 5/17/2021

    During Math Chairs meetings, members will have the opportunity to share issues, discuss concerns, and provide feedback on happenings in their districts.

    Participants will have four meetings during the school year to discuss the following (and more):
    -State Education updates
    -The Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards and timeline across grade levels and courses
    -Assessments and their implications for students
    -Current practices that influence learning
    -Regents exam analyses.

    Come join the group and add to our combined knowledge and skill base.
    Psychological safety refers to a feeling that a person can try new things without fear of failing. It refers to a feeling of trust that we can share our ideas without ridicule or judgment. Psychological safety has proven to make a difference in the work lives of adults, but what about students? This session aims to look at the role that psychological safety plays in creating a classroom environment that truly facilitates high levels of learning for all students.
    How do we support students in developing the kind of mathematical reasoning that is necessary for the 21st century? This webinar focuses on the power using of 10-15 minute mini-lessons to develop students' mathematical reasoning and ability to communicate their thinking with precision and clarity. These routines can be incorporated into any teacher's classroom - live or virtual, and can be used with any curriculum resources.
    - Experience a variety of new routines and think about how they can be used to develop different kinds of mathematical thinking and to refine student communication
    - Learn specific tools for implementing these routines and engaging students in the virtual classroom
    - Consider how to deconstruct routines within the framework of big ideas and strategies (e.g., what mathematical big ideas and strategies does this routine develop/support?).

    29. Make it Useful: Using Data to Inform Small Group Instruction (Grade 4&5)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grade 4/5 General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Teachers, Literacy Coaches

    Dates: 9/29/2020

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    This session is part 2 of a three-session learning series. Participants can register for all three sessions in the series or for individual sessions. The learning series includes:
  • Part 1 - Administering Reading Assessments Virtually
  • Part 2 - Make it Useful: Using Data to Inform Small Group Instruction
  • Part 3 - Virtual Small Group Reading Instruction: Strategy Groups v. Guided Reading


    This session will build upon the work of the previous session (Administering Reading Assessments Virtually). Participants will analyze the data collected from our virtual assessments. The presenter will share digital systems for which educators can easily collect and organize data.

    Participants will link assessment findings directly to planning for instruction. The presenter will discuss and provide models for using assessment results to plan for individual, small-group, and whole-group instruction via virtual platforms.

  • 30. Reading Interventionists Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Reading specialists, literacy specialists, special education teachers providing reading intervention services, and literacy coaches

    Dates: 9/30/2020 to 5/17/2021

    During this collegial circle, reading interventionists will meet for a closer look at topics around work to support struggling readers of all ages. Along with the face-to-face sessions exploring teaching and learning of literacy, participants will have access to a web portal for the sharing of resources, requesting of information, and continuation of conversations held during collegial circle sessions. Participants will be invited to explore a variety of professional texts and articles including Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom (Fisher, Frey, and Hattie) and Who's Doing the Work (Burkins and Yaris). Each meeting will be designed to promote learning and dialogue around topics such as:
  • - Building foundational reading skills
  • - Effective guided reading groups
  • - Teacher and student led dialogic instruction to support comprehension
  • - Successful independent reading
  • - Use of technology to enhance student engagement and individualize instruction.

    Participants will be invited in advance to offer input towards additional discussion topics for each meeting and will be able to communicate with the facilitator and share resources with other participants via the online web portal.

  • 31. Secondary ELA Leaders Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: English Language Arts teachers, middle school administrators, and high school administrators

    Dates: 9/30/2020 to 5/19/2021

    During meetings of the ELA Leaders Collegial Circle, participants explore topics of relevance and importance. The group selects both timely topics and age-old concerns. The agendas are shaped around elements of curriculum and instruction, such as new teacher mentorships, digital writing assessment, departmental course offerings, elective programs, and promising new book titles. Group members also problem-solve and seek advice from one another: How do we balance units in classic and contemporary texts? How do we handle AP course admissions? How do we run our summer reading programs? Overall, the meetings are a great opportunity to share ideas, improve programs, and hear how different schools approach a variety of issues. Members exchange valuable information and ideas not only at the meetings but also via digital means throughout the year.

    32. Establishing Instructional Control (Online) Fall 2020 Rise 360

    Program: Regional Partnership Center

    Dates: 9/30/2020

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    In this 1-hour, self-directed course, participants will learn the benefits of, and the procedures for, establishing instructional control through a caring, authoritative relationship. When instructional control has been established, students are less likely to engage in challenging behavior and more likely to follow the instructor's directions. *Registered participants will receive an email within 72 hours of enrollment with the link to the session. You must complete the session BEFORE 9/30/20. Attendance will be done by October 8th.

    33. Family Engagement: Communication and Culture On-Line Schoology/Zoom

    Program: Regional Partnership Center

    Dates: 9/30/2020

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    This course aims to ensure that educators are mindful with how they communicate with parents, guardians, and families to ensure that educational sites are culturally responsive and welcoming. Participants will complete the self-guided course on Schoology prior to participation in an online, interactive synchronous Zoom session. Registration will be open from Thursday, September 10, 2020 through Wednesday, September 30, 2020. On October 1, 2020, all registered participants will be emailed instructions to access the Schoology workshop content, which will need to be completed by October 8, 2020. On October 9, 2020, all participants who completed the Schoology session will be emailed a link for the Zoom sessions (you can choose the one that works best with your schedule).

    34. Functional Communication Training - Online Rise 360

    Program: Regional Partnership Center

    Dates: 9/30/2020

    Functional communication training (FCT) is an effective, evidence-based strategy for reducing challenging behaviors and supporting students' language development. This course will provide detailed information about how to successfully use FCT and includes interactive activities and examples of classroom applications of this strategy. This training is designed for preschool - grade 12 educators who work with students with disabilities. This is a self-directed course, meaning that you can complete this course at your own pace, as long as you finish everything prior to the course end date.

    35. Elementary ELA Leaders Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Elementary ELA leaders and elementary or district level administrators responsible for ELA

    Dates: 9/30/2020 to 5/19/2021

    Through this collegial circle, regional literacy leaders will have the opportunity to learn, share, and grow around topics of interest and importance. Participants will have a forum for sharing resources and ideas, and a platform for continuing conversation and learning between sessions. Sessions will include coffee talks around hot topics selected by participants, a learning piece around an article or text, and a sharing of district initiatives, processes, or challenges. Topics addressed will include assessment practices, phonemic awareness/phonics/grammar, curriculum adoption and implementation, and literacy intervention programs and processes.

    36. SLS Network Meeting: Goal Setting

    Program: Professional Library

    Audience: Library Media Specialists and Library Teachers

    Dates: 9/30/2020

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    Goal Setting: Goal setting is an essential component of professional growth and accountability. Set and discuss your professional goals for the school year with fellow LMS.

    School Library System Network Meetings are vital in LMS communication throughout the region. Network meeting participants: *Learn best practices from across the region *Connect work to the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum, AASL National School Library Standards, and advocacy *Serve as a spokesperson for your school's and/or district's needs *Secure additional resources for your school/district *Play a critical role in the overall effective operation of the School Library System

    Participants communicate information back to their schools and districts about: *New York State Standards, AASL National School Library Standards, and Empire State Information Fluency Continuum implementation *Research tools and tools to service special-needs and ELL students *Subscription databases and educational technology tools *Free resources to support classroom instruction

    The PNW BOCES School Library System Network Meetings for the 2020-2021 will be held virtually via Zoom. Future meeting dates TBD.

    37. Grade 3, Unit Workshops Sess1 (4 units; 8 meetings)

    Program: Science 21

    Audience: 3

    Dates: 9/30/2020 to 4/6/2021

    New Science 21 Curriculum aligned to the New York State Science Learning Standards - The Grade 3 trainings are a series of six workshop meetings, every two centered on a new unit. In addition to focusing on the lessons and materials within the redesigned Grade 3 curriculum, these sessions will dive into background knowledge for the science and engineering practices, the crosscutting concepts, and the scientific core ideas explored throughout the grade level. This experiential workshop will allow teachers to spend time performing the instructional techniques and lesson tasks before using the curriculum in their own classrooms! Manuals are included in the cost of the training. For initial online meeting dates, manuals can be accessed through the Science 21 website. Hard copies will be shipped once workshop registrations are confirmed through My Learning Plan.

    38. Assistive Tech: Assistive Technology Forum September 2020

    Program: Education Technology

    Audience: Administrators, Special Education Teachers, Related Service Providers, Technologists

    Dates: 9/30/2020

    Join us for an opportunity to share and learn about assistive technology from low tech to high tech. This forum is specifically designed for individuals who support assistive technology. This forum will be held on-line using Zoom. A link will be sent via e-mail the day before the event.

    39. Arts Educators Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Teachers of the visual arts and leaders responsible for arts coordination

    Dates: 10/1/2020 to 5/19/2021

    In a technically-focused world, we have a responsibility to educate the whole child. Art has always provided diverse opportunities for communication, expression, and motivating activities for all types of learners. As we move into a new era of art education, our programs should be able to further support this. The collegial circle for visual arts teachers will allow us to meet, share, and communicate approaches for this type of classroom and curriculum. This program will provide K-12 art teachers with ideas on how to motivate, engage, and create real-world experiences for their students.

    40. Fundations® Level 2 Virtual Launch Workshop

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grade 2 classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, instructional coaches, and other interested educational professionals

    Dates: 10/1/2020

    Fundations® Virtual Launch Workshops provide the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations curriculum. This highly interactive remote workshop was developed with extensive participant input and was designed to maintain participation and motivation for optimal learning, with strategically placed breaks and an extended lunch. Additionally, the workshop design allows for teacher input and active engagement via activities and discussion throughout each session.

    At the completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations: phonics and word study, vocabulary, high frequency/trick words, fluency, comprehension strategies, handwriting, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities with multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback.
  • Identify and understand the use for all materials in the Fundations Teacher's Kit, and have a sense of how to find and use the many extended resources available on the Prevention/Early Intervention Learning Community for Fundations (membership included with participation in this workshop).
  • Use the Teacher's Manual to prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures.
  • Visualize the flow and pace of a full Fundations lesson completed with fidelity.


    This workshop is offered through a collaboration with Wilson Language Training® Corporation.

    **This session will run from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM.

  • 41. A Framework for Central Office Leaders: How to Effectively Support and Improve Leadership Practice

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District Level Leaders

    Dates: 10/1/2020 to 12/9/2020

    In this three-part virtual series designed to support Central Office leaders, Dr. Pia Durkin will guide participants in answering:
    • How can we recognize, analyze, and fill leadership gaps?
    • How can we give high-impact feedback that makes a
    • difference in practice?
    • How do we ensure excellence and equity in decision-making
    • and supervision?
    • How do we build results-focused teams, spot concerns, and
    • fix them to maximize progress?
    • How can we manage conflict and toxicity to increase our productivity and those we lead? SESSION 1: Using the Will and Skill Leadership Framework to diagnose the underlying areas where and how leaders are struggling, participants will design action steps to fill those gaps so they may more fully impact staff to address excellence and equity issues within their districts and schools. SESSION 2: Unpacking the elements of feedback make hearing, understanding, and receiving feedback challenging. Participants will work on how to better frame and share high-impact feedback, let go of the "small stuff," and help others deliver difficult feedback to individuals and teams while nurturing a positive work environment. SESSION 3: Managing conflict and toxicity is part of every leader's job. Using a four-stage model to dissect the underlying reasons for conflict, when and how to take it on, resolve issues, and practice effective repair strategies to sustain relationships, leaders will use these tools to balance leadership tensions and help others become more productive. *Please note: Many workshops through the early fall will be held virtually. In the event circumstances require an in-person workshop to shift online, you will be notified of such changes as soon as we are made aware of the change.

    42. Computer Science Teachers Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Teachers of K-12 computer science

    Dates: 10/1/2020 to 4/15/2021

    As computer science (CS) programs in districts grow, it is important for our CS teachers in the region to support each other's learning. As an outreach program of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Lower Hudson Valley Chapter, the goal of this collegial circle is to bring quality professional development and collaboration to all CS teachers. In these sessions, computer science teachers will have an opportunity to collaborate and exchange ideas on focused topics. They will receive training on various important computer science tools, curricula, and pedagogies, appropriate for all grade levels. Topics of focus may include physical programming, robotics, AP curricula, supporting younger learners, additional opportunities for PD and student participation, strategies for increasing diversity in CS classrooms, appropriate learning spaces, standards, and other important issues as related to K-12 Computer Science education. ALL teachers who teach CS at any grade level are encouraged to enroll.
    How do we support students in developing the kind of mathematical reasoning that is necessary for the 21st century? This webinar focuses on the power using of 10-15 minute mini-lessons to develop students' mathematical reasoning and ability to communicate their thinking with precision and clarity. These routines can be incorporated into any teacher's classroom - live or virtual, and can be used with any curriculum resources. In this webinar series, teachers will:




    • Experience a variety of new routines and think about how they can be used to develop different kinds of mathematical thinking and to refine student communication.




    • Learn specific tools for implementing these routines and engaging students in the virtual classroom.




    • Consider how to deconstruct routines within the framework of big ideas and strategies (e.g., what mathematical big ideas and strategies does this routine develop/support?).

    44. Fundations® Level 3 Virtual Launch Workshop

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grade 3 classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, instructional coaches, and other interested educational professionals

    Dates: 10/2/2020

    Fundations® Virtual Launch Workshops provide the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations curriculum. This highly interactive remote workshop was developed with extensive participant input and was designed to maintain participation and motivation for optimal learning, with strategically placed breaks and an extended lunch. Additionally, the workshop design allows for teacher input and active engagement via activities and discussion throughout each session.

    At the completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the skills taught in Fundations: phonics and word study, vocabulary, high frequency/trick words, fluency, comprehension strategies, handwriting, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Understand the principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, and cumulative instruction that engages multiple learning modalities with multisensory instruction, repetition, and immediate, specific feedback.
  • Identify and understand the use for all materials in the Fundations Teacher's Kit, and have a sense of how to find and use the many extended resources available on the Prevention/Early Intervention Learning Community for Fundations (membership included with participation in this workshop).
  • Use the Teacher's Manual to prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures.
  • Visualize the flow and pace of a full Fundations lesson completed with fidelity.


    This workshop is offered through a collaboration with Wilson Language Training® Corporation.

  • 45. Grade 3, Unit Workshops Sess2 (4 units; 8 meetings)

    Program: Science 21

    Audience: 3

    Dates: 10/2/2020 to 4/8/2021

    Closed
    New Science 21 Curriculum aligned to the New York State Science Learning Standards - The Grade 3 trainings are a series of six workshop meetings, every two centered on a new unit. In addition to focusing on the lessons and materials within the redesigned Grade 3 curriculum, these sessions will dive into background knowledge for the science and engineering practices, the crosscutting concepts, and the scientific core ideas explored throughout the grade level. This experiential workshop will allow teachers to spend time performing the instructional techniques and lesson tasks before using the curriculum in their own classrooms! Manuals are included in the cost of the training. For initial online meeting dates, manuals can be accessed through the Science 21 website. Hard copies will be shipped once workshop registrations are confirmed through My Learning Plan.

    46. Secondary Social Studies Leaders Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Secondary social studies leaders

    Dates: 10/2/2020 to 4/13/2021

    Are our students prepared for the changes that will continue to come to Social Studies? We are now entering the final stages of preparing our students for the introduction of New York State's latest model of social studies assessments based on evidence-centered design. Fall, winter, and spring meetings will keep us informed of the most current information being shared by New York State. Has your classroom instruction adapted to the shifts promoted by the state? Have you incorporated primary and secondary sources into your curriculum? Have you integrated the social studies practices into your lessons? During these sessions, members will share ideas and opinions about the latest issues affecting the field, and engage in collegial conversation about preparing all levels of learners for the exciting changes in instruction and assessment they are about to experience.

    47. Grade 2, Unit Workshops Sess2 (3 units; 6 meetings)

    Program: Science 21

    Audience: 2

    Dates: 10/2/2020 to 2/24/2021

    Closed
    New Science 21 Curriculum aligned to the New York State Science Learning Standards - The Grade 2 trainings are a series of six workshop meetings, every two centered on a new unit. In addition to focusing on the lessons and materials within the redesigned Grade 2 curriculum, these sessions will dive into background knowledge for the science and engineering practices, the crosscutting concepts, and the scientific core ideas explored throughout the grade level. This experiential workshop will allow teachers to spend time performing the instructional techniques and lesson tasks before using the curriculum in their own classrooms! Manuals are included in the cost of the training. For initial online meeting dates, manuals can be accessed through the Science 21 website. Hard copies will be shipped once workshop registrations are confirmed through My Learning Plan.
    The research is in: our understanding of any topic is most embedded in long-term memory when we stretch learning over time and tackle new things in different and challenging ways. Furthermore, when testing is only viewed as a tool of assessment, we overlook its power for learning. This module will explore some of the fascinating research surrounding memory and testing, and identify key characteristics that must impact the design of ongoing assessment structures. Teachers will then design, or redesign, their own testing structures based on a set of standards, gleaning ideas from our examination of different models that have been tried, tested, and found successful in real classrooms. The module begins with a 2-hour synchronous virtual meeting, followed by virtual feedback and office hours, and ends with another 2-hour synchronous session. As a part of the middle segment, each participant will have an opportunity for a 1:1 conference with the facilitator to discuss individual needs, questions, or ideas.
    This online session is designed for building and district level administrators to receive an update on the implementation of the New York Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS). In this briefing, there will be an overview of the changes to the implementation timeline and updated information from New York State Education Department. After the update, there will be a review of best practices in science education from around New York State and nationally. These best practices will include a summary of phenomenon-based learning, how to employ the three dimensions of the standards and a review some of the expected pedagogical shifts for these new science standards.

    50. DASA Dignity for All Students Act - Mandated 6 hour certification workshop (Facilitated via Zoom)

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

    Dates: 10/5/2020 to 10/6/2020

    In accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law, all applicants for Certification in NYS registered programs are required to complete six clock hours of Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyber bullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). This workshop will address the social patterns of harassment, bullying, and discrimination including, but not limited to those acts based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. It will also cover the identification and mitigation of harassment, bullying, and discrimination; and strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings. Successful completion of this course will meet the certification requirements in Sec14 (5) of Chapter 102 of the Laws of 2012.

    This certification workshop will be conducted via Zoom. Participants will be emailed a Zoom link and all necessary materials.

    51. Health Educators Collegial CIrcle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/5/2020 to 5/12/2021

    This collegial circle will focus on how health educators are in a unique position to have a profound impact on their students, colleagues, school culture, and community. As more school districts are focusing on social emotional learning, health educators can and should be seen and utilized as experts in this field. Participants will have four half-day meetings during the school year to collaborate on lessons, share ideas and opinions about the current health curriculum, and imagine and plan for how their role can be expanded within their school, district, and community. The group will select topics that are timely and relevant. Group members will share concerns and challenges and problem-solve together. Meetings will be a great opportunity to share ideas, recommend resources, improve programs, and discuss a variety of issues.

    52. Science Coordinators Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Middle and high school teachers, and district administrators for science and technology

    Dates: 10/5/2020 to 5/17/2021

    The goals of this year's meetings are to continue building the network of science leaders throughout the Lower Hudson Valley region, delve into the P-12 New York State Science Learning Standards, and explore and discuss any topics of interest to the group.

    Four meetings will be held with participant-driven agendas that will include current topics, as well as perennial favorites. Participants will be contacted in advance for input towards the discussion topics of each meeting, and will be able to communicate with the facilitator and other participants using the science coordinators listserv/Google Group.

    We look forward to contacting experts when appropriate to assist our group.

    This year there will be a particular focus on unpacking, understanding, and planning for implementation of the adopted New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS). There will also be continued updates on the NYSSLS as we receive them from NYSED.

    Member-generated agenda items have included the following:
    - APPR/SLOs
    - Curriculum mapping
    - AP enrollment
    - Latest technology for science classrooms
    - State Education Department updates
    - Potential grant funding
    - Science competitions (local/regional/national)
    - New course offerings
    - Industry internships/awards/visitations
    - Scholarships
    - Teacher mentoring
    -STANYS.

    53. Live Lessons in a Virtual Classroom

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/5/2020

    New
    Live instruction helps cultivate the culture of a successful virtual learning community and can effectively increase student engagement and performance. This interactive training will equip participants with the skills to develop and deliver purposeful and intentional instruction through engaging live lessons that will elicit high rates of student responses. Learn from our digital experts how to get the most "bang for your buckā€¯ when designing live lessons to meet the learning needs of students.

    54. Teachers College Reading and Writing Project: Units of Study in Reading (K-2)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Classroom teachers, school leaders, reading coaches, literacy coaches, curriculum leaders, ELA department leaders

    Dates: 10/6/2020

    This workshop will orient participants to the foundation of reading workshop and the Units of Study books. Participants will learn the series underlying methods and progressions, and receive an overview of aligned resources. Support will be provided on designing units of study, teaching minilessons, and understanding trajectories of skill development. Strategies for whole class, small group, and 1:1 conferring will be incorporated into the session.


    Participants should have access to a set of the Unit of Study books for the workshop; sets can be purchased here: https://www.heinemann.com/shop/

    55. Teaching Social Studies in a virtual setting: Re-imagining framework based instruction

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Secondary social studies leaders

    Dates: 10/6/2020 to 10/9/2020

    What will school opening look like this year? How will we organize and deliver quality social studies instruction? How will we measure student growth in this new educational environment? This virtual workshop will help you design an organizational plan for the year and provide space for participants to collaborate as we map our curriculum during this "new normalā€¯
    • Day 1 (2.5 hrs) - What will social studies instruction look like (9-12)? How much of the traditional curriculum can reasonably be covered? What do we emphasize? Can we integrate instruction?
    • Day 2 (2.5 hrs) - How do we measure student growth in Social Studies and communicate that growth to parents (9-12)?

    56. Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents and HR Directors

    Dates: 10/6/2020

    New
    Alex Trikalinos, Executive Director of the Office of Educator Quality and Professional Development, in the State Education Department will present an overview of the current Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) requirements and answer questions related to APPR.

    57. Tech Tuesday: Seek and Share -- October-- Supporting Your Instruction Using Zoom

    Program: Model Schools

    Audience: PNWBOCES Model Schools Members: Teachers, Technologists, Administrators

    Dates: 10/6/2020

    New
    Join us to discuss strategies for supporting your instruction with Zoom. This session will be held on-line using Zoom. The link will be sent the day before the session.

    58. Clarkson University Masters of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Chinese Language Information Session

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: Teachers interested in receiving their Masters of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Chinese Language

    Dates: 10/6/2020

    Putnam | Northern Westchester (PNW) BOCES, in partnership with Clarkson University, is proud to offer the Masters of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Chinese Language, a 38-credit program leading to NYS certification in the teaching of Chinese. Join us to learn more about program details including admission and enrollment requirements.
    Last year was extraordinary in the demands it placed on us to redesign ourselves as teachers. Unfortunately, it also highlighted how little professional development is available designed specifically for mathematics teachers and focused on a content area that is both sequential and structured. The solution is that we, as mathematics teachers, are going to have to develop our own professional development. This workshop, in three parts, is focused on the Action Research cycle as a structured approach to personal development. This research technique has the teacher pose a question, research possible solutions, implement a specific practice and collect evidence. In the workshops, we will learn about the structure of the action research cycle and the tools researchers use in their work. Through guided discussion, participants will propose their own areas of work and lay out an experimental design. In subsequent sessions, participants will share back their work (an essential part of the research cycle) and reevaluate their focus.

    60. Elementary in Action

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/6/2020

    New
    This interactive training will equip elementary-level instructors with strategies and ideas to engage students and parents/guardians in their learning experience. Benefit from examples and non-examples of scenarios and strategies regarding student pace, performance and live lesson design. At the end of the session, participants will have a toolbox of ideas for enhancing the student-experience that they will be ready to implement right away.

    61. Learning Lounge: Science Educators

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/6/2020 to 6/1/2021

    New for the 2020-2021 school year, PNW BOCES will be offering, monthly learning lounges where educators from around the region and beyond can come together virtually to share ideas, trouble shoot, and support one another as we enter unprecedented times. We know that the collective wisdom of a group and the ability to connect among and between districts can foster new learning and innovative solutions. Therefore, participants will benefit from organic conversations determined by the group that are expertly facilitated by a content area leader from the region. Consider joining one of the learning lounge series and be prepared to share, learn, and thrive together! (Note: All meetings start in the month of October)

    62. Learning Lounge: Secondary Math

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/6/2020 to 6/1/2021

    New for the 2020-2021 school year, PNW BOCES will be offering, monthly learning lounges where educators from around the region and beyond can come together virtually to share ideas, trouble shoot, and support one another as we enter unprecedented times. We know that the collective wisdom of a group and the ability to connect among and between districts can foster new learning and innovative solutions. Therefore, participants will benefit from organic conversations determined by the group that are expertly facilitated by a content area leader from the region. Consider joining one of the learning lounge series and be prepared to share, learn, and thrive together! (Note: All meetings start in the month of October)

    63. Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Elementary world language teachers and administrators supporting the world languages

    Dates: 10/7/2020 to 4/15/2021

    Let's discuss FLES. This collegial circle will focus on the specific needs of elementary world language teachers. The meetings will help to build a community of local teachers who will collaborate, share, and discuss best practices from their early language classrooms. Three meetings will be held with participant-driven agendas that will include current topics such as curriculum development, student-centered activities, comprehensible input, assessment, and the use of technology in the classroom. There will also be a listserv fostering communication and collaboration among FLES teachers in the group. In addition, we plan to host a site visit to a local FLES program during which we can help plan, execute, and debrief a live lesson.

    64. New York State ELA Learning Standards Updates and Resources

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/7/2020

    Join this session to learn about important ELA updates from the New York State Education Department. During this session, participants will:
  • Review the newly revised ELA Learning Standards and Assessment Implementation Timeline
  • Dive deeper into Phase III - Full Implementation
  • Explore Write On, NY! - a new initiative to support writing across the state
  • Review the Guide for Aligning Local Curricula to the Next Generation ELA Learning Standards
  • Explore the Resource Guides for Scaffolding Instruction of English Language Arts
  • Along with Curriculum Focal Points, the NYS Next Generation Mathematics Standards continue emphasize the practice of mathematics in the classroom. This working session is focused on the mathematical practice standards embedded in the New York State standards. This can seem counterproductive when our most pressing worry is expressed as lost time and lost content, but this is exactly when we should re-emphasize classroom culture and practice. These eight practice standards are the foundation of a growth mindset in mathematics; using them to guide our lesson planning will help ensure that students are at the center of our work. In this workshop, teachers will use the curriculum focal points and the mathematics practice standards to brainstorm potential approaches to instruction.

    66. SuperEval - User Group

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: Current SuperEval Users

    Dates: 10/7/2020

    SuperEval is the premier, one-of-a-kind, online evaluation system for school superintendents based on a rubric developed by the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS). The SuperEval platform subscription provides access to the SuperEval tool for the superintendent and all of the districts' Board of Education members. Access to all of the evaluation tools for school principals, assistant principals and central office administrators is available for an additional annual subscription fee. A variety of training options are offered. On October 7, 2020, PNW BOCES is offering a User Group Session for current SuperEval users and an Awareness Session for those wishing to learn more. Facilitators: Michael Horning, Jr., Executive Vice President of PLS 3RDL and Dr. Edward Fuhrman, Jr. SuperEval User Group 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. This 90-minute interactive workshop is intended for current users of the SuperEval platform. The workshop will explore best practices and strategies for efficiently using this evaluation tool. While many suggestions will be made by the presenters, facilitated conversations will allow participants to share their own practices and experiences with the group leading to an authentic and collaborative learning workshop.

    67. Becoming a Designer of Student Learning - Module A: Power Up Student Voice and Choice By Designing An Authentic Task (Fall Cohort)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Teachers of all grade levels and disciplines

    Dates: 10/7/2020 to 10/21/2020

    Students learn deeply when they are asked to use their knowledge and skills to create, design, teach or solve real problems. This module will highlight six design moves that increase authenticity and amplify student voice and choice. Teachers will be able to design or revise an authentic task for their students in this interactive workshop. The module begins with a 1.5 hour synchronous virtual meeting, followed by a 2 hour self-paced segment, and ends with another 1.5 hour synchronous session. Each participant will also have an opportunity for a 1-1 conference with the facilitator and will receive written feedback.

    68. SuperEval - Awareness Session

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District interested in SuperEval

    Dates: 10/7/2020

    SuperEval is the premier, one-of-a-kind, online evaluation system for school superintendents based on a rubric developed by the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS). The SuperEval platform subscription provides access to the SuperEval tool for the superintendent and all of the districts' Board of Education members. Access to all of the evaluation tools for school principals, assistant principals and central office administrators is available for an additional annual subscription fee. A variety of training options are offered. On October 7, 2020, PNW BOCES is offering a User Group Session for current SuperEval users and an Awareness Session for those wishing to learn more. Facilitators: Michael Horning, Jr., Executive Vice President of PLS 3RDL and Dr. Edward Fuhrman, Jr. SuperEval Awareness Session 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This interactive session will provide an in-depth overview to SuperEval: an online evaluation platform for leadership evaluations. Originally designed for superintendent evaluations, the platform and process was quickly found to have tremendous value to allow all education leaders the ability to be reflective and build a portfolio of leadership practices to assert one's performance in an evaluation rather than defend it.

    69. Elementary Social Studies Leaders Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Elementary social studies lead teachers, social studies district or building administrators

    Dates: 10/7/2020 to 4/13/2021

    This year presents unique challenges for Elementary Teachers as we teach Social Studies in a blended/hybrid/remote learning model. If you want to play a leadership role in your school and/or stay current with the curriculum and practices in the teaching and learning of elementary social studies, join the Elementary Social Studies Leadership group. The goal of this professional learning community of elementary teachers/leaders is to address the challenges and issues inherent in the teaching and learning of social studies. Our collegial circle will explore: * Supporting Social Studies Instruction in a blended/remote learning model * How to utilize tools such as hyperdocs to strengthen our instructional practices. * The use of literature to engage students in conversations around diversity, inclusion, and equity.
    The context of mathematics education in the 2020-2021 school year cannot be the same as it was in the past. The move to distance learning has impacted mathematics instruction and, worse, has affected students differently. As teachers, we need a strategic approach to ensure that 1) our focus is on essential, foundational content, and that 2) we help close achievement gaps across our student body. The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics has identified Curriculum Focal Points, which highlight the instructional areas necessary at each grade level. What are these Focal Points, and how can they help to frame an organizational model for adapting curriculum? How can we provide students a solid foundation for success next year in the light of uncertainty that lies ahead? In this introductory workshop, we will explore strategies for assessing needs, adapting curriculum, and maximizing impact to serve our students in the coming school year. This workshop will introduce teachers to the Focal Points, share resources for teachers and leaders to use in examining their curriculum for the year, and include small group discussion work around sample content.

    71. World Language Leaders Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Foreign/world language teachers and administrators

    Dates: 10/7/2020 to 5/17/2021

    If you are a foreign language department chair, director, coordinator or lead teacher who wants to be aware of Languages Other Than English (LOTE) policy on standards and assessments from the State Education Department as well as the latest news from the field, come to PNW BOCES to meet with other leaders and share experiences, expertise,successes and challenges. There will be a series of four meetings this year. As a participant you will be included on a listserv that fosters communication among members and with the facilitator throughout the year.

    72. Learning Lounge: Art

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/7/2020 to 6/2/2021

    New for the 2020-2021 school year, PNW BOCES will be offering, monthly learning lounges where educators from around the region and beyond can come together virtually to share ideas, trouble shoot, and support one another as we enter unprecedented times. We know that the collective wisdom of a group and the ability to connect among and between districts can foster new learning and innovative solutions. Therefore, participants will benefit from organic conversations determined by the group that are expertly facilitated by a content area leader from the region. Consider joining one of the learning lounge series and be prepared to share, learn, and thrive together! (Note: All meetings start in the month of October)

    73. Learning Lounge: Secondary Social Studies

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/7/2020 to 6/2/2021

    New for the 2020-2021 school year, PNW BOCES will be offering, monthly learning lounges where educators from around the region and beyond can come together virtually to share ideas, trouble shoot, and support one another as we enter unprecedented times. We know that the collective wisdom of a group and the ability to connect among and between districts can foster new learning and innovative solutions. Therefore, participants will benefit from organic conversations determined by the group that are expertly facilitated by a content area leader from the region. Consider joining one of the learning lounge series and be prepared to share, learn, and thrive together! (Note: All meetings start in the month of October)

    74. Teachers College Reading and Writing Project: Units of Study in Writing 3 - 5

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Classroom teachers, school leaders, reading coaches, literacy coaches, curriculum leaders, ELA department leaders

    Dates: 10/8/2020

    During the writing workshop, students are invited to live, work and learn as writers. They observe their lives and the world around them while collecting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing well-crafted narrative and expository texts. Participants in this program will be brought behind the scenes of the Reading & Writing Project's Units of Study for Teaching Opinion, Informational, and Narrative Writing and will learn the series' underlying methods, principals and progressions.

    This workshop offers detailed support in the foundations of reading and writing workshop, including ways to design units of study, teach mini-lessons, and lead small group work. These workshops also focus on the importance of data-driven, assessment based instruction, and understanding trajectories of skill development.

    Participants should have access to a set of the Unit of Study books for the workshop; sets can be purchased here: https://www.heinemann.com/shop/

    75. Grade 6, Unit Office Hours (4 units; mthly)

    Program: Science 21

    Audience: 6th

    Dates: 10/8/2020 to 5/6/2021

    The Unit workshops are a series of eight office hour sessions, held monthly, that focus on implementing the lessons from each of the four units of Science 21. Teachers entering their second year of Science 21 will also benefit from the additional curriculum support during their second year of implementation. Teachers should bring their Science 21 Curriculum Manuals with them to the office hours if they have them; otherwise a new one can be provided.
    Inter-agency collaboration is an evidence-based practice in improving post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. It is a key component of a transition program that moves students from secondary settings (e.g., middle school/high school) to adult life, utilizing comprehensive transition planning and education that creates individualized opportunities, services, and supports to help students achieve their post school goals in education/training, employment, and independent living. Our mission is to improve transition plans and post-secondary outcomes for Putnam County youth and young adults through communication and education of all transition stakeholders, including students, families, schools, and community agencies. Our goal is smooth and effective transition for students so they can live, learn, and earn in our community. Our model is a Community Transition Team, to improve community awareness, coordination, and communication among service providers, educators, community agencies, organizations, and families in Putnam County. This team will support students in achieving their goals after high school. Our plan of action will be to meet monthly to share information, questions, and resources. Pertinent transition topics, news, and events will be shared. We will also meet on Thursday, November 12 and Thursday, December 10, 2020. You MUST register for each session separately. *Please note that registration for this workshop will close at 3:30pm on the Tuesday prior to each session (10/6/20, 11/10/20 and 12/8/20, respectively). You must register for each session separately. Please be sure to register by the deadline as this will give us a finalized registration list for the meeting so that we are able to admit people into the session. Unfortunately, due to security requirements, we cannot accommodate last minute registrations. The Zoom link for each session will be emailed to all registered participants 24 hours prior to each event.

    77. Grade 4, Unit Office Hours (4 units; mthly)

    Program: Science 21

    Audience: 4th

    Dates: 10/8/2020 to 5/6/2021

    The Unit workshops are a series of eight office hour sessions, held monthly, that focus on implementing the lessons from each of the four units of Science 21. Teachers entering their second year of Science 21 will also benefit from the additional curriculum support during their second year of implementation. Teachers should bring their Science 21 Curriculum Manuals with them to the office hours if they have them; otherwise a new one can be provided.

    78. Grade 5, Unit Workshops (4 units; mthly)

    Program: Science 21

    Audience: 5th

    Dates: 10/8/2020 to 5/6/2021

    The Unit workshops are a series of eight office hour sessions, held monthly, that focus on implementing the lessons from each of the four units of Science 21. Teachers entering their second year of Science 21 will also benefit from the additional curriculum support during their second year of implementation. Teachers should bring their Science 21 Curriculum Manuals with them to the office hours if they have them; otherwise a new one can be provided.

    79. Establishing Relationships & Building Rapport

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/8/2020

    New
    One of the keys to student success in an online environment is developing positive teacher-student relationships. Discover how to create a positive presence in your online course. Learn strategies for building rapport and techniques to strengthen relationships that improve student engagement in your class.

    80. Learning Lounge: Music

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/8/2020 to 6/10/2021

    New for the 2020-2021 school year, PNW BOCES will be offering, monthly learning lounges where educators from around the region and beyond can come together virtually to share ideas, trouble shoot, and support one another as we enter unprecedented times. We know that the collective wisdom of a group and the ability to connect among and between districts can foster new learning and innovative solutions. Therefore, participants will benefit from organic conversations determined by the group that are expertly facilitated by a content area leader from the region. Consider joining one of the learning lounge series and be prepared to share, learn, and thrive together! (Note: All meetings start in the month of October)

    81. Social Emotional Learning in Music Class

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/8/2020 to 11/5/2020

    Social emotional learning is something that music teachers incorporate into their classrooms everyday. We will explore more ways to incorporate SEL into our music classes as well as how to identify the SEL topics, lessons, and activities that we already do. We will explore how to maximize the SEL whether we are in or out of distance learning.

    82. Learning Lounge: Elementary World Language Teachers

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/8/2020 to 6/10/2021

    New for the 2020-2021 school year, PNW BOCES will be offering, monthly learning lounges where educators from around the region and beyond can come together virtually to share ideas, trouble shoot, and support one another as we enter unprecedented times. We know that the collective wisdom of a group and the ability to connect among and between districts can foster new learning and innovative solutions. Therefore, participants will benefit from organic conversations determined by the group that are expertly facilitated by a content area leader from the region. Consider joining one of the learning lounge series and be prepared to share, learn, and thrive together! (Note: All meetings start in the month of October)

    83. Strengthening Mathematics Instruction through Technology

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/13/2020 to 11/13/2020

    This virtual workshop examines the role of web-based technology in supporting students' exploration of mathematics. The focus is on three technology tools -- desmos, geogebra, and Google's Apps for Education Suite -- as the canvas on which to design student-centered, growth-oriented high school-level mathematics activities. No experience required: we will introduce ourselves to the various platforms through guided practice and discussion using material drawn from geometry, algebra 2, and precalculus. Participants will leave each session with:
    - Worksheets for each of the session activities
    - Digital examples of work from each activity
    - Resources to use in learning more about each tool.

    84. Teachers College Reading and Writing Project: Units of Study in Reading (3-5)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Classroom teachers, school leaders, reading coaches, literacy coaches, curriculum leaders, ELA department leaders

    Dates: 10/13/2020

    This workshop will orient participants to the foundation of reading workshop and the Units of Study books. Participants will learn the series underlying methods and progressions, and receive an overview of aligned resources. Support will be provided on designing units of study, teaching minilessons, and understanding trajectories of skill development. Strategies for whole class, small group, and 1:1 conferring will be incorporated into the session.


    Participants should have access to a set of the Unit of Study books for the workshop; sets can be purchased here: https://www.heinemann.com/shop/

    85. Learning with Monica Burns: Supporting English Language Learners through Leveraging Technology

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Teachers and support staff that work regularly with English Language Learners

    Dates: 10/13/2020 to 10/28/2020

    During this two-day workshop series, participants will explore how they can support English Language Learners with a variety of technology tools. Educators will explore Chromebook, iPad, mobile, and web-based tools that can be used to help students working on language acquisition skills. This two-part series will cover simple solutions, favorite tools, and tips for supporting English Language Learners.

    Teachers and support specialists are encouraged to bring a device that is similar to what their students have access to in the classroom as a means to interact and create content during the two-day session. The goal for this series of workshops is to share best practices for embedding support in whole-group instruction and develop an action plan to meet the needs of individual students with technology.

    86. STEM/STEAM Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Teachers and administrators serving in informal or formal STEM/STEAM leadership roles

    Dates: 10/13/2020 to 5/12/2021

    Participants help to shape the agendas for these workshops. We will continue to arrange site visits to observe exemplary STEM and STEAM programs in different schools. Participants share resources and activities and ideas. On occasion, a STEM vendor will host a meeting and share their product line and ideas for how various items can enhance programs at specific grade levels. We continue to support one another with strategies for starting and growing industry partnerships. Participants also keep one another up to date on STEM and STEAM events occurring in our region.

    87. Learning Lounge: Science Research

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/13/2020 to 6/8/2021

    New for the 2020-2021 school year, PNW BOCES will be offering, monthly learning lounges where educators from around the region and beyond can come together virtually to share ideas, trouble shoot, and support one another as we enter unprecedented times. We know that the collective wisdom of a group and the ability to connect among and between districts can foster new learning and innovative solutions. Therefore, participants will benefit from organic conversations determined by the group that are expertly facilitated by a content area leader from the region. Consider joining one of the learning lounge series and be prepared to share, learn, and thrive together! (Note: All meetings start in the month of October)

    88. Learning Lounge: Secondary World Language Teachers

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/13/2020 to 6/8/2021

    New for the 2020-2021 school year, PNW BOCES will be offering, monthly learning lounges where educators from around the region and beyond can come together virtually to share ideas, trouble shoot, and support one another as we enter unprecedented times. We know that the collective wisdom of a group and the ability to connect among and between districts can foster new learning and innovative solutions. Therefore, participants will benefit from organic conversations determined by the group that are expertly facilitated by a content area leader from the region. Consider joining one of the learning lounge series and be prepared to share, learn, and thrive together! (Note: All meetings start in the month of October)

    89. Learning Lounge: Secondary English

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/13/2020 to 6/8/2021

    New for the 2020-2021 school year, PNW BOCES will be offering, monthly learning lounges where educators from around the region and beyond can come together virtually to share ideas, trouble shoot, and support one another as we enter unprecedented times. We know that the collective wisdom of a group and the ability to connect among and between districts can foster new learning and innovative solutions. Therefore, participants will benefit from organic conversations determined by the group that are expertly facilitated by a content area leader from the region. Consider joining one of the learning lounge series and be prepared to share, learn, and thrive together! (Note: All meetings start in the month of October)

    90. SED Arts Learning Standards Update

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/14/2020

    This session will provide participants with an overview of the 2017 New York State Learning Standards for the Arts with a focus on the performing arts: Theatre, Dance and Music. Participants will review and discuss the conceptual framework guiding the standards as well as the Arts Standards implementation guide and available resources for teachers and schools. Additionally, we will review the New York State Arts Standards Roadmap, current status of standards implementation and next steps as we continue Building Capacity while moving towards full standard implementation.
    A series of three online workshops that will aid teachers in thinking critically about how to use visuals to motivate students, to promote deep thinking in students, and to help students make personal and historical connections to what they are learning. These online presentations will build be one hour in length and build on each other. Session 1: Why use images? Selecting images with purpose. Session 2: How to See-looking at ways to analyze images and creating a Chain of Sequence-developing questions that scaffold to focus attention and promote thinking. Session 3: What's the connection-personal and historical? Helping students to articulate what they have learned.

    92. School Violence Prevention & Intervention Workshop

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: Candidates applying for New York State teacher certification

    Dates: 10/14/2020

    Candidates applying for New York State teacher certification must complete two hours of coursework in school violence prevention and intervention. An electronic file will be sent to the state reporting completion of the course. Registration fee must be paid by credit card. For more information contact cbraden@pnwboces.org or call 914-248-3692.

    93. Being Generationally Savvy

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District and Building Level Leaders

    Dates: 10/15/2020

    Are there communication challenges between colleagues of different ages? Do more teachers/educators want a life-work balance vs. a work-life balance? Generational factors might be coming into play. Who are these four generations in the workplace? What are their strengths and needs? What structures and communication protocols should be designed to work well with them all? And what knowledge do leaders need to help every group thrive? Using Jennifer's book, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate and Create Community, this virtual workshop will provide tools and resources on this increasingly intriguing topic. Participants will learn how to:

    • Formulate a better understanding of each generation's

    • motivations and needs in the workplace

    • Prepare tools and structures that will translate into better,

    • more effective collaboration for generationally diverse teams

    • Become more skilled at creating a climate of inclusion for

    • all generations

    • Adapt language skills to communicate effectively with different generations *Please note: Many workshops through the early fall will be held virtually. In the event circumstances require an in-person workshop to shift online, you will be notified of such changes as soon as we are made aware of the change.

    94. Moving Beyond Multiple Choice Assessment in Virtual Spaces

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Secondary social studies leaders

    Dates: 10/16/2020

    How can we assess student understanding of our content in authentic ways when they are working outside of the classroom? How do we encourage deep thinking and intellectual growth? This workshop will explore multiple strategies for engaging students in content, assessing student understanding, and providing feedback that supports academic growth. This virtual workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn as a large group and then receive individual/small group coaching from the facilitator.
    This series of virtual workshops is designed to provide a space for teachers to investigate current and past historical debates on important global and national topics in social studies. Each mini workshop will focus on a different topic and provide historical context as well as strategies for leveraging these in the social studies classroom. Teachers may participate in one or more of these modules.

    96. Virtual Small Group Reading Instruction: Strategy Groups v. Guided Reading (Grade K&1)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grade K/1 General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Teachers, Literacy Coaches

    Dates: 10/19/2020

    New
    This session is part 3 of a three-session learning series. Participants can register for all three sessions in the series or for individual sessions. The learning series includes:
  • Part 1 - Administering Reading Assessments Virtually
  • Part 2 - Make it Useful: Using Data to Inform Small Group Instruction
  • Part 3 - Virtual Small Group Reading Instruction: Strategy Groups v. Guided Reading


    Children rely upon systematic, small group reading instruction in order to grow as readers. Teachers of reading can pull two kinds of small groups: strategy-based reading groups or guided reading groups. Both types of grouping meet the criteria of individualizing instruction for children - yet the methods and purposes differ.

    In this study group, educators will explore the differences between both forms of small groupings so that they can make informed decisions about which methods will best match the needs of their readers. Special emphasis will be placed on all of this work as a virtual or hybrid platform.

  • How do i support the independence in small groups virtually and in person?
  • How do I decide who is getting guided reading and who needs a strategy group whether virtually or in-person?
  • How do I pull together strategy groups virtually or in-person?
  • How do I track growth virtually or in-person?
  • What is the balance between how many times I meet readers for guided reading verses strategy instruction>
  • 97. Virtual Small Group Reading Instruction: Strategy Groups v. Guided Reading (Grade 2&3)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grade 2/3 General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Teachers, Literacy Coaches

    Dates: 10/19/2020

    New
    This session is part 3 of a three-session learning series. Participants can register for all three sessions in the series or for individual sessions. The learning series includes:
  • Part 1 - Administering Reading Assessments Virtually
  • Part 2 - Make it Useful: Using Data to Inform Small Group Instruction
  • Part 3 - Virtual Small Group Reading Instruction: Strategy Groups v. Guided Reading


    Children rely upon systematic, small group reading instruction in order to grow as readers. Teachers of reading can pull two kinds of small groups: strategy-based reading groups or guided reading groups. Both types of grouping meet the criteria of individualizing instruction for children - yet the methods and purposes differ.

    In this study group, educators will explore the differences between both forms of small groupings so that they can make informed decisions about which methods will best match the needs of their readers. Special emphasis will be placed on all of this work as a virtual or hybrid platform.

  • How do i support the independence in small groups virtually and in person?
  • How do I decide who is getting guided reading and who needs a strategy group whether virtually or in-person?
  • How do I pull together strategy groups virtually or in-person?
  • How do I track growth virtually or in-person?
  • What is the balance between how many times I meet readers for guided reading verses strategy instruction>
  • 98. Music Educators Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Music leaders and educators

    Dates: 10/19/2020 to 5/19/2021

    This collegial circle will focus on ways in which music educators can foster their instruction to have a deeper impact on their students, schools, districts, and communities. During the collegial circle sessions, and through discussion, shared reading, and options for Learning Walks, participants will:
    - Review research and practices that optimize the impact of music education
    - Understand and embrace the new Core Arts Standards
    - Explore ways in which music educators can perfect and refine their craft
    - Identify ways in which to collaborate with local community partners in order to create authentic arts experiences for students.

    99. Creating Diverse and Inclusive School Communities: A Focus on Millennial Educators

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District and Building Level Leaders and Human Resources Administrators

    Dates: 10/19/2020 to 12/14/2020

    This program will explore the opportunities and challenges for creating and sustaining a healthy teaching force in the United States. Millennials are the largest generational cohort in American history, with approximately ninety million members and, of these, roughly 43 percent are people of color. Noting that a diverse teaching and learning community enhances student achievement, particularly for the underserved and underachieving preK-12 student population, Dilworth argues that efforts to recruit, groom, and retain teachers of color are out-of-date and inadequate. She and the contributors offer fresh looks at these millennials and explore their views of the teaching profession; focus attention on their relation to schools and teaching; and consider how these young teachers feel about teaching for social justice. Participants will gain insights on this unique and valuable group of prospective and practicing preK-12 educators and understanding of the need for more contemporary approaches to recruitment, preparation, hiring, and placement. *Please note: Many workshops through the early fall will be held virtually. In the event circumstances require an in-person workshop to shift online, you will be notified of such changes as soon as we are made aware of the change

    100. Virtual Small Group Reading Instruction: Strategy Groups v. Guided Reading (Grade 4&5)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grade 4/5 General and Special Education Teachers, Reading Teachers, Literacy Coaches

    Dates: 10/19/2020

    New
    This session is part 3 of a three-session learning series. Participants can register for all three sessions in the series or for individual sessions. The learning series includes:
  • Part 1 - Administering Reading Assessments Virtually
  • Part 2 - Make it Useful: Using Data to Inform Small Group Instruction
  • Part 3 - Virtual Small Group Reading Instruction: Strategy Groups v. Guided Reading


    Children rely upon systematic, small group reading instruction in order to grow as readers. Teachers of reading can pull two kinds of small groups: strategy-based reading groups or guided reading groups. Both types of grouping meet the criteria of individualizing instruction for children - yet the methods and purposes differ.

    In this study group, educators will explore the differences between both forms of small groupings so that they can make informed decisions about which methods will best match the needs of their readers. Special emphasis will be placed on all of this work as a virtual or hybrid platform.

  • How do i support the independence in small groups virtually and in person?
  • How do I decide who is getting guided reading and who needs a strategy group whether virtually or in-person?
  • How do I pull together strategy groups virtually or in-person?
  • How do I track growth virtually or in-person?
  • What is the balance between how many times I meet readers for guided reading verses strategy instruction>
  • 101. Adapting the SS/ELA Curriculum to Blended and/or Distance Learning

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: K - 8 teachers in SSELA districts;Teachers (Elementary);Teachers (Secondary);

    Dates: 10/20/2020 to 11/18/2020

    The PNW BOCES Integrated Social Studies/ELA Curriculum offers many opportunities for student involvement and engagement, but it is housed in a portal that only teachers can access. How can you take these lessons and adapt them for a blended learning environment, or even for a distance learning environment? In this workshop, participants will examine strategies and best practices, and will have hands-on "work time" to transform current lesson(s) into new a format that can be delivered differently. This workshop will offer solutions for both Google and Microsoft districts. When you register, you will be asked which platform is utilized by your district.