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1. Deeper Dive: P|NW BOCES Integrated Social Studies/ELA Curriculum K-2

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: SS/ELA K-6 general education teachers, 7-8 social studies teachers, social studies/humanities department chairs

Dates: 10/21/2019

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This deeper-dive workshop is designed for teachers who have experience working with the SS/ELA curriculum. The workshop will utilize SS/ELA grade level curriculum material to highlight the important links between the social studies Framework, Next Generation ELA standards, and Enduring Understandings. This will include in-depth analysis of the standards and learning experiences that will allow participants to view inquiry from both the ELA and social studies lens. Additionally, we will identify enduring understandings as a group, across grade levels, to support student holistic learning. As a culminating activity, each participant will design a comprehensive SS/ELA pacing guide for the 2019-2020 school year. Participants are encouraged to bring their school calendar and a laptop/tablet. Join us as we chart an interdisciplinary inquiry experience for our students.

2. Reading Interventionists Collegial Circle

Program: Curriculum Center

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

Dates: 10/21/2019 to 6/10/2020

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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.

  • 3. World Language Leaders Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Foreign/world language teachers and administrators

    Dates: 10/21/2019 to 4/2/2020

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    If you are a foreign/world 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 Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES to meet with other chairs 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.

    Topics discussed during these sessions will include, but are not limited to, the following:
    -Articulation
    -Rubrics
    -Use of target language
    -Curriculum writing
    -Educational technology tools
    -Connecting with other disciplines
    -Assessments
    -Organization updates, information from regional affiliates, curriculum, and programmatic resources, and
    -Aligning with the revised Next Generation Learning Standards.

    4. Science 21 Administrators Briefing1 (AM)

    Program: Science 21

    Audience: Administrators

    Dates: 10/22/2019

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    For Science21 Administrators or Science Kit Contact: This 2.5 hour session is an opportunity to get acquainted with elements of Science21 and learn how the curriculum changes will affect your district's schools. There will be a question and answer opportunity at the end of the session. This briefing will address the following topics: - New York State Science Learning Standards Overview ~ Changing Scope and Sequence of Science21 ~ Curriculum and Instructional changes in the program ~ Submitting Orders ~ Budget Cycle ~ Kit and Training planning ~ Kit Management. Note: this is a half-day session from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM.

    5. 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: 10/22/2019

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    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 bring a set of the Unit of Study books; sets can be purchased here: http://www.heinemann.com/products/E04717.aspx

    6. Active Learning & Innovative Spaces Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Teachers and leaders interested in exploring elements of active learning and learning space design

    Dates: 10/22/2019 to 3/5/2020

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    Many school districts in our region are exploring active learning and how innovative space can amplify student learning. This collegial circle will allow teachers and leaders from throughout the region to learn together, share best practices, exchange ideas, celebrate successes, debrief our learning, and build a network of learners around active learning and innovative space.

    The goals of this year's meetings are to begin to build a network of active learning/innovative space leaders from throughout the region as well as to explore and discuss any topics of interest to the group.

    We will convene for three in-person sessions. The sessions will be participant-driven, with an initial survey to guide our session agenda.

    7. Assistive Tech: Assistive Technology Summit 2019

    Program: Education Technology

    Audience: Teachers, Related Service Providers, Leaders

    Dates: 10/23/2019

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    Join school professionals looking to enhance their knowledge of assistive technology. Learn about a wide-range of technology options that help individuals increase, improve, and maintain learning and functional capabilities. The day will feature the following breakout sessions: AT to Support Executive Function Throughout the Lifespan; Access Abilities: Designing for All Learners with Apple; Beyond ADL: Enrichment and Creativity Through Tech, Helping High School Students Who Have Learning Disabilities with their Transition into College; Facilitating Use of AAC: Where to Begin?; Be Empowered by Technology with Microsoft Accessibility Tools; Jamboxx: The Adaptive, Breath-powered Instrument for Everyone; Apps, Extensions and Accessibility for Middle and High School Students; Assessing, Accommodating, and Supporting Struggling Readers; Inclusion with Kurzweil; Using Your SMART Panel/Notebook Software to Support Learning for All; and Finding the Right Reading & Writing Accommodations for your Students (PNWBOCES Model Schools members receive a 15% discount.)

    8. Collegial Circle for Visual Arts Educators

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 10/24/2019 to 5/13/2020

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    In a technically-focused world, we have a responsibility to educate the whole child to become a global citizen in his or her community. 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.

    The focus of the collegial circle this year is on exploring ways to incorporate 21st century skills in the art classroom and on methods to leverage the A in STEAM to connect with other content areas. This program will provide K-12 art teachers with ideas on how to integrate other content areas into their art curriculum in ways that will motivate, engage, and create real-world experiences for their students.

    9. Elementary ELA Leaders Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 10/24/2019 to 5/21/2020

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    During this collegial circle, elementary ELA teachers and leaders will meet to take a closer look at ELA topics in elementary classrooms.

    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.

    Each meeting will be designed to promote learning and dialogue around topics such as:
  • Literacy assessment and responsive teaching
  • Creating lifelong readers and writers
  • Advanced literacies
  • Reading interventions and strategies for struggling learners, and more.


    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.

  • 10. Regional Science Education Forum

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: District and building leaders who are involved in the science education planning; open to P|NW BOCES Curriculum Council districts only

    Dates: 10/24/2019 to 3/23/2020

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    This forum will focus specifically on implementation of the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards at the district level. Leaders participating in the forum sessions will have the opportunity to share effective implementation strategies, discuss challenges, and contemplate next steps. Forum participants will also study reference documents to help inform current and future decision-making regarding science teaching and learning.

    Along with helping districts address implementation challenges, the forum will allow district participants to generate questions that may be common to the region and facilitate regional partnerships and solutions. The following resource documents will be referenced in the forums:
    - A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (https://www.nap.edu/catalog/13165/a-framework-for-k-12-science-education-practices-crosscutting-concepts)
    - Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (https://www.nap.edu/catalog/18802/guide-to-implementing-the-next-generation-science-standards)
    - Using Crosscutting Concepts to Prompt Student Reponses (https://ccsso.org/resource-library/using-crosscutting-concepts-prompt-student-reponses)

    11. Fundations® Level 1

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 10/25/2019

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    Fundations® provides a research-based supplemental (Tier 1) and intervention (Tier 2) program for students in kindergarten through third grade. Each workshop addresses a specific level (K, 1, 2, or 3), and this workshop addresses Level 1. The Fundations Level 1 Workshop provides a practical, how-to overview of the Fundations Level 1 program. This workshop prepares teachers beginning to use the program and is also appropriate for reading support personnel.

    Workshop Topics
  • Underlying principles of Fundations
  • How the Fundations daily lesson plans and activities address the five areas of reading, teach the principles of language structure, and incorporate direct, multisensory methods
  • Practical guidelines for implementation
  • Participants write lesson plans and practice lesson activities for a particular Fundations level

    Target Audience: General education, special education, and reading teachers for grade 1, administrators, and other interested educational professionals. Participants are encouraged to bring their kit or manual. Credit: In-service credit based on district policy


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

  • 12. Graduation Requirements Update and a Look Ahead

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: School and district leaders

    Dates: 10/25/2019

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    Please join us for an update on state graduation requirements. This session is only open to members of the PNW BOCES Curriculum Center service.

    13. Secondary ELA Leaders Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 10/25/2019 to 5/21/2020

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    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 issues. Members exchange valuable information and ideas not only at the meetings but also via digital means throughout the year.

    2/12/19 - Rescheduled to 4/24 12:00-3:00PM

    14. Cultivating Confidence in Teaching K-2 Mathematics

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: K-2 teachers and math leaders

    Dates: 10/28/2019 to 11/22/2019

    Confidence is a necessary quality for teaching and learning. Only when we believe in ourselves, and our ability to grow, can we truly pass on knowledge and skills to others.

    In this two-day workshop, teachers will experience a variety of math stretches, hands-on activities, stations, and rich mathematical discussions that will increase student, as well as teacher confidence in the K-2 mathematics classroom.

    Participants will leave this workshop with instructional strategies to immediately use in their classroom that increase mathematical confidence, foster a growth mindset, and develop a willingness to take risks.

    15. DASA Dignity for All Students Act - Mandated 6 hour certification workshop

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

    Dates: 10/28/2019

    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.

    16. So You're Doing Small Groups in Literacy, Now What?

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: (K-5) District and building leaders, literacy leaders

    Dates: 10/28/2019

    Participants will take a deep dive into the current literacy programs (K-5) in their schools and districts, including what is being used and how it is being used. Participants will explore the research base for transformative literacy practices for all students and turn their understanding of the complex world of research into a simple framework and plan to improve literacy outcomes for all students in their schools and/or districts.

    Outcomes:
  • Internalize what the data and research reveals for the design of a successful literacy plan
  • Analyze current site or district literacy programs
  • Develop a simple framework and plan to improve literacy outcomes for all students
  • 17. Teachers College Reading and Writing Project: Units of Study in Writing 6 - 8

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 10/28/2019

    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 minilessons, 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 bring a set of the Unit of Study books; sets can be purchased here: http://www.heinemann.com/products/E04717.aspx

    18. Transition Planning: Take a Tour! - WJCS

    Program: Regional Partnership Center

    Dates: 10/28/2019

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    Do you want to learn more about programs, services, and educational opportunities available to high school students and young adults with disabilities?

    WE-CAN (Westchester Educators and Community Agencies Network) meets throughout the year to tour organizations throughout Westchester. You will actually see programs in progress, meet providers, learn about the eligibility and referral process, and network with educators from other districts.

    Organization: Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS)
    Topics: In addition to an agency overview, you will learn about vocational and educational training services for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, including autism. Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) eligibility will also be reviewed.

    19. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA): An Overview

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: DASA Coordinators, Principals, and Assistant Principals

    Dates: 10/28/2019

    The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) is the law that requires school districts in New York State to provide all students with an environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. This workshop takes an in-depth look at the specific provisions of the Dignity Act, including the newer interpretations that address the needs of transgender and nonconforming students. The workshop is a combination of lecture, discussion, and group hypotheticals. Topics include:



    • Types of prohibited conduct



    • Classes of protected students



    • Hostile environments



    • Conduct off school property



    • Reporting obligations



    • Investigation requirements



    • Liability for inaction

    20. Inquiry Lessons: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

    Program: Science 21

    Audience: K-6

    Dates: 10/29/2019

    The ability to design and conduct a controlled experiment is a skill every science teacher and student needs to have. A "fair" test of a single factor, where other variables are held constant, leads to new scientific understanding. In this workshop participants will develop a working knowledge of independent, dependent and controlled variables and will learn how to design experimental procedures that are repeatable, and will lead to the accurate measurement and recording of data. To develop these skills, teachers will conduct several hands-on experiments, taken from the SCIENCE 21 curriculum, and work cooperatively to create a procedure for a novel experiment. The concepts taken from this workshop will fit fluidly with some of the engineering goals specified in the New York State Science Learning Standards and will also help prepare students for concepts tested on the New York State Elementary/Intermediate Level Science Tests.

    21. Leadership Development for Supervisors and Managers (Facilities, Food Service and Transportation)

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: Supervisors and Managers for Facilities, Food Service and Transportation

    Dates: 10/29/2019

    In this workshop, supervisors and managers participate in discussions and learning activities geared toward building their leadership skills in:

    • The challenges of staff management

    • Motivating team members

    • Addressing underperforming staff

    • The aspects of employment law every supervisor should know

    • Technology tools - effective use of PowerPoint and Google Slides

    22. Neuropsychology of Reading: Implications for Instruction & Intervention

    Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

    Dates: 10/29/2019

    This presentation will provide a neuropsychological framework for the assessment and remediation of reading problems, including methods for assessing auditory processing capacities (phonological awareness and phonological processing), language abilities, working memory, executive functions, and reasoning abilities. How these mental capacities impact on various aspects of reading skill development will be explored in depth. Discussion of remediation will focus on the most effective approaches and materials for more specialized reading instruction along with an understanding of what various remedial approaches do, and do not, provide. Equal emphasis will be placed on the reading research literature and the clinical practice of assessing reading problems and identifying appropriate instructional methods. Learning objectives: At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the components of a neuropsychological framework for diagnostic assessment of reading difficulties.
  • Link assessment results to evidence-based remedial reading instructional practices.
  • Describe the major areas of emphasis in the remediation of reading difficulties.
  • List evidence-based programs and techniques that can be used to address reading difficulties

    Lunch will be provided.

    PNW BOCES is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PNW BOCES maintains responsibility for the program.

    Our facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals who need special accommodations should contact us at least two weeks prior to the workshop.

  • 23. Tech Tuesday: Seek and Share -- October -- Project-Based Learning

    Program: Model Schools

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

    Dates: 10/29/2019

    Join us for a highly interactive session on PBL based on the Buck Institute Gold Standard philosophy presented in collaboration with Teq. (Districts will only be charged for seats beyond their Model Schools membership allotment.)

    24. Day 1 Present and Practice

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: Building leaders, administrative assistants and teachers

    Dates: 10/29/2019

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    This is a series of one-hour sessions to enhance your skills and hone in on your needs.

    25. Present and Practice

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: Building leaders, administrative assistants and teachers

    Dates: 10/29/2019 to 5/5/2020

    This is a series of one-hour sessions to enhance your skills and hone in on your needs.

    26. It All Adds Up: Project Based Learning in Mathematics 7-12

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Secondary math teachers and leaders

    Dates: 10/30/2019 to 1/30/2020

    Incorporating elements of project based learning (PBL) into instruction can happen in any grade and in any discipline.

    This two-day workshop is designed for mathematics teachers who wish to enhance their curriculum by implementing project based learning. Research has shown that project based learning has increased student performance, strengthened engagement, and fostered 21st century skills by giving students the opportunity to explore real-life applications of mathematical concepts. The goal of this workshop is to enrich educators' skills for developing, implementing, and continuing project based learning approaches.

    During the first day, participants will discuss research on best practices, explore multiple examples of projects executed in math courses at the high school level, and collaborate to create and implement their own projects. The objective of this workshop is for participants to create a project they will teach prior to the second meeting.

    During the second meeting, teachers will present, discuss, reflect, and gain feedback on their project and discuss next steps to continuing to build a PBL-infused classroom.

    27. Preparing Your Students for the Regents Exam (Parts II: Focus on Writing the Argumentation Essay)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: English Language Arts, Reading, and Special Education teachers, grades 6-12

    Dates: 10/30/2019

    As Part II of a three-part series, this workshop will take a deep dive into Part II of the Regents exam. Teachers will learn strategies to help students manage their time on the exam, and to plan and write an argumentative essay that synthesizes multiple texts. They will also learn how to teach students to analyze editorials and other informational articles as a classroom practice.

    Target audience: English and special education teachers, grades 9-12. (This workshop, because it draws from the ELA Reading and Writing Standards, is also relevant to grades 6-8).

    28. Three-Act Tasks with Graham Fletcher (A Focus on Numbers and Operations in Fractions for Grades 3-6)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grades 3-6 teachers and math leaders

    Dates: 10/30/2019 to 12/5/2019

    During this two-day learning series, participants will have the opportunity to learn alongside Graham Fletcher in both a workshop and lab-school setting.

    During the initial day, educators will explore the use of Three-Act Tasks as regular practice. Participants will study the implementation of these tasks and explore the scalable nature of them, as a means to focusing on inclusive math practices. Educators will engage in tasks as a means to determining how these tools can be embedded into math lessons, and the teacher moves required to make them land effectively for students. Participants will also reflect on how these tasks can be used as valuable formative assessment to determine student growth and future work.

    During the second session, participants will meet in schools in Mahopac, New York, to share details on the Three-Act Task work they have engaged in since the initial meeting, seek feedback and support to grow the work, and build their skills in using these tasks. During the day, Graham will model task work in two different math classrooms, and educators will have the opportunity to view the lessons, reflect on implementation, and consider next steps using the support of the cohort and the knowledge and skills of Graham Fletcher.

    A Grades K-3 cohort will be meeting at Rockland BOCES with a focus on numbers and operations in Base 10. Meeting dates will be October 29 and December 4. Registration details can be found here:
    https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=11003&I=3112380

    29. Secondary Co-Teaching - Series A

    Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

    Dates: 10/31/2019 to 12/20/2019

    Day 1: Understanding Instructional Barriers, Co-Teaching Structures and Effective Collaboration Techniques Days 2 & 3: Understanding the foundations of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Multi-Sensory Instruction and Whole Group Strategies to Support Access for Students with Diverse Learning Styles Participants will be provided with strategies, structures and resources to apply in their classrooms in between sessions, with the expectation of sharing experiences and outcomes at each subsequent session. Participants are expected to attend all sessions with their co-teacher(s). Lunch will be provided. Our facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals who need special accommodations should contact us at least two weeks prior to the workshop.
    This is a workshop designed to work with building and district level emergency response team members who have been designated as a Public Information Officer. Topics explored will be internal vs. external communications, types of communications, media sites, templates, best practices, and lessons learned.

    31. HR Essentials for Administrators - Please note April date change

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: Human Resource Leaders

    Dates: 11/1/2019 to 4/23/2020

    THE DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED FOR THE 4TH SESSION OF THIS WORKSHOP. THE NEW DATE IS APRIL 27, 2020. Human Resources is complex and can be overwhelming to anyone new to the role. In addition to providing technical guidance, this series of sessions helps new HR administrators think through the multifaceted variables (some legal, some strategic, and some political) that inform careful decisions and sound professional practices. This highly interactive workshop focuses on several essential topics based on the interests and input of participants. Topics include: HR systems to ensure systematic, efficient, and accurate practices Labor relations and the art of communicating with union leadership Employee accountability; using leverage to promote effective performance Managing compliance requirements to serve strategic goals

    32. Social Emotional Learning Strategic Planning Institute Year 2: Enriching and Deepening SEL in our Schools

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Participants in the 2018-2019 P|NW BOCES and CASEL SEL Strategic Planning Institute

    Dates: 11/1/2019 to 4/17/2020

    In 2018-19, ten P|NW BOCES districts participated in the five-day SEL Strategic Planning Institute, preparing them to develop and implement SEL initiatives.

    Two days of further learning and support time will be provided to interested district teams to support districts with sustaining and growing SEL. Based on input from participants, these two days will be a mix of the following:
    - Districts working in community to share their progress, successes, and resources, as well as problems of practice
    - Deepening participant team knowledge on important topics including SEL professional development and facilitation, and strategies for guiding and leading school-level SEL implementation
    - Consultation with the CASEL facilitator to address specific problems of practice.

    In September 2019, participating district teams will complete an SEL self-assessment and a short report with 2019-20 SEL implementation goals and challenges. The self-assessment and report will be used to finalize the program and to plan for consultation with the CASEL facilitator.

    33. OPALS User Group Meeting

    Program: Professional Library

    Audience: Library Media Specialists, Library Clerks and Library Aides

    Dates: 11/1/2019

    The Putnam|Northern Westchester BOCES School Library System will host an OPALS User Group meeting at 200 BOCES Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY. Join fellow librarians at this local User Group meeting with Harry Chan to learn how to get the most out of your library software. Attend this FREE User Group meeting and in addition to having your questions answered by the CEO of MediaFlex, you will gain valuable insight on the latest features and updates! LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED. For questions regarding this activity, please contact Kathy Friedlander at kfriedlander@pnwboces.org.

    34. Problem Solving Thinking That Empowers Continuous School Improvement

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Building and district leaders

    Dates: 11/1/2019

    Educational leaders are faced with a vast array of initiatives all competing for limited capital and human resources. Those seeking to align the best practices of their work with never-ending new demands will find that a systematic problem solving approach helps them make productive decisions to continuously improve leadership, instruction, and student performance.

    During this half-day workshop, leaders will learn to: - Use a problem solving approach to continuous improvement at school and district levels
    - Adapt guiding questions for problem solving to any situation
    - Align work through problem solving thinking to maximize efficient use of time and resources
    - Assess creative and critical thinking processes in the organization.

    Resources incorporated in this workshop include: - Cycle of Problem Solving to guide thinking
    - System of Problem Solving to connect teaching and learning throughout the district
    - Guiding Questions for Problem Solving.

    35. Regional ENL Forum: Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education (CRSE) Framework

    Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

    Dates: 11/1/2019

    Participants will examine inclusive practices that promote learners' sociocultural integration. The teaching activities included will help educators leverage students' knowledge and heritage as they engage in the learning process and become members of classroom communities.

    Our facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals who need special accommodations should contact us at least two weeks prior to the workshop. Please arrive early to allow time for parking and registration.

    36. 10 Tools in Google Classroom you SHOULD be Using

    Program: Education Technology

    Audience: Teachers

    Dates: 11/4/2019

    Using Google Classroom but know there's a lot more it could be doing for you? Here's your chance to bring your skills to the next level. Join us for a day of interactive instruction to learn and practice 10 tools that are guaranteed to enhance your Google Classroom experience. Topics will range from organizing materials to self-graded tests and sending feedback to students via online grading. Prior experience with Google Classroom and a Google Classroom account are required. (Participants must bring their own technology.)

    37. Cross-Curricular Project-Based Learning for Elementary Teachers

    Program: Education Technology

    Audience: Elementary School Teachers

    Dates: 11/4/2019

    Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a great way for students to demonstrate understanding while making various curriculum connections. During this workshop we will use the Buck Institute Model for Gold Standard PBL as we discuss best practices and suggestions for implementing a successful Project-Based Learning initiative in your classroom or larger school community. Together in a collaborative effort we will begin to build a PBL unit for you to use in your school or classroom. Join us for a dynamic day of learning and planning. (Participants will need to bring their own technology to this event.)

    38. Developing Artistically Literate Students: What the 2017 New York State Arts Standards Mean for Arts Educators

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: K-12 arts teachers, arts coordinators

    Dates: 11/4/2019 to 3/9/2020

    During this workshop, teachers will explore how the 2017 New York State Learning Standards in the Arts are designed to develop artistically literate students and citizens. We will explore the philosophical foundation for the new standards and what they mean for curriculum development, as well as instruction and assessment in the arts classroom. We will explore several different approaches to assessment and how these can be tailored to align to the standards and meet the unique challenges of an arts learning environment. Participants will learn how to navigate the resource documents provided by NYSED and will either develop a new unit or revise an existing unit to align with the 2017 standards.

    Through completing this learning series, participants will have:
    - Explored the concept of an artistically literate citizen and how it informs the philosophical foundation for the 2017 NYS Arts Standards
    - Gained familiarity with the structure and content of the 2017 NYS Arts Standards and Resource documents
    - Explored a variety of approaches to formative and summative assessment in the arts
    - Learned a process for aligning a unit to the new standards and either develop a new unit or modify a current unit.

    39. NAGging Math Problems?

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Secondary mathematics teachers and leaders

    Dates: 11/4/2019 to 12/10/2019

    Attacking mathematics problems using Numerical, Algebraic, and Graphic methods (NAGging) can yield Creative and Critical Thinking, Communicating, and Collaboration (The 4Cs) in your classroom

    Problem solving using a variety of approaches builds fluency, improves the understanding of mathematical connections, and makes metacognition much more meaningful, while embracing the interconnectedness of mathematics. Through this approach, motivating students becomes part of the equation and is embedded within the lesson while utilizing necessary classroom structures. In this workshop, resources and techniques will be shared that will allow teachers to take a NAGging approach to their work in math. Participants are encouraged to bring some of their favorites lessons and techniques that incorporate elements of the NAG model. Time will be provided to begin to develop a lesson that considers math through this lens. Educators are encouraged to bring their own devices to the workshop session.

    40. The Writing Revolution: Advancing Thinking Through Writing (K-2)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grades K-2 teachers in all content areas, secondary school leaders, district leaders, instructional coaches, special education teachers

    Dates: 11/4/2019 to 12/16/2019

    This 2-day course introduces Kindergarten through 2nd grade educators to the Hochman Method, an explicit set of sequenced strategies for teaching expository writing that can be integrated into any content. Educators will learn specific TWR strategies that build the vocabulary and language skills necessary for future success in writing. TWR faculty will present age-appropriate examples and techniques for scaffolding and differentiation.

    There will be opportunities to practice and create activities, as well as receive feedback from TWR faculty.

    41. Cultivating a Culture of Creativity

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Teachers at all levels interested in fostering greater levels of creativity in their classrooms

    Dates: 11/5/2019 to 12/3/2019

    School is a place where students should be encouraged and supported to be creative and to explore their interests. Teachers who create authentic experiences and design structures to build student responsibility for their learning create an environment where students are empowered to change the world. Fostering creativity and problem solving skills will help students to fulfill these dreams. These students will in turn become life-long learners who feel connected, interested, and motivated by the content in which they are engaging.

    In this two-day experiential workshop, participants will learn about, discuss, and create structures that inspire student creativity in today's innovative society. Participants will explore how creativity is infused in problem-based learning, will engage with and create structures to build student efficacy, and will reflect on the teachability of creativity. This workshop will use Dr. Nancy Sulla's book, Building Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement as a resource (registration costs include the book). This two-day workshop will offer participants time to explore how creating a culture of creativity empowers students to change the world as well as time to create tools to support this.

    42. Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention - Primary

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grades K - 2 teachers, reading specialists, special education teachers, literacy coaches

    Dates: 11/5/2019 to 12/16/2019

    This three-day training includes an introduction to the LLI Orange, Green and Blue systems. The groundbreaking new Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention is a small-group, supplementary intervention program designed for young children who struggle with reading and writing. Designed to bring children up to grade-level performance in as few as 18-24 weeks, LLI is a powerful, research-based early intervention program that can prevent literacy difficulties before they turn into long-term challenges. Professional Support for LLI includes three days of training (two days of intensive learning plus one follow-up day) to give participants an in-depth understanding of the LLI systems:
  • LLI Orange System, Levels A-C (Kindergarten)
  • LLI Green System, Levels A-J (Grade 1)
  • LLI Blue System, Levels C-N (Grade 2)

    Several components included in each LLI system will be explored, including the new Fountas and Pinnell professional books When Readers Struggle: Teaching That Works, The Fountas & Pinnell Prompting Guide 1, and the Program Guide, which comprehensively outlines the implementation of the System. THIS THREE DAY TRAINING INCLUDES:

  • Overview of the Lesson Framework
  • Understanding the demands of texts
  • Assessing and grouping students
  • Teaching within the LLI Lessons
  • Using the Prompting Guide
  • Documenting progress.

    In additional to learning how to implement LLI lessons, participants will deepen their understanding of many research-based techniques to help struggling readers make accelerated progress.

  • 43. Lindamood-Bell: Visualizing and Verbalizing®

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Classroom teachers, special education teachers, literacy coaches, and reading specialists

    Dates: 11/5/2019 to 11/6/2019

    The Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®) program develops concept imagery for both oral and written language. Through a series of steps, students learn to create an imaged gestalt and integrate that imagery with language as a basis for language comprehension and thinking. The development of concept imagery improves reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing. The workshop provides instruction in the steps of Visualizing and Verbalizing, videos of student-instructor interactions, and guided practice sessions.

    During this two-day workshop, participants will learn steps to develop:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral language comprehension and expression
  • Written language expression
  • Following directions
  • Vocabulary

    Kits are not included in cost of workshop. Participants MUST bring their V/V kit to this event. To purchase materials, Gander Publishing is providing a special discount code to participants in our program.Please call (800) 233-1820 by 10/24/19 to order your kit using the discount code: CWSPNW1119
  • 44. Manhattanville College Rose Institute: Making Sense of Words - Phonics, Fluency & Engagement for K-5 Readers

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: K-5 Teachers, Coaches and Support Staff

    Dates: 11/5/2019

    The Rose Institute for Learning and the Literacy Department in the School of Education at Manhattanville College, in partnership with PNW BOCES, will be offering a superintendent's day professional learning opportunity.

    K-5 teachers and support staff will participate in three literacy workshops to learn skills and strategies to support and enhance instruction for readers at all levels. The techniques are complimentary and will strengthen and enrich what schools are presently doing. A phonics workshop will be offered to all. Participants will then choose two additional workshops to attend:
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Assessment
  • Syllabication
  • Instruction for At-Risk Students
  • Interactive Read-Aloud and Student Conversations
  • Children's Literature to Support Striving Readings
  • Reading like a Writer

    The Literacy Department at Manhattanville College's School of Education is committed to preparing teachers with skills and expertise to deliver literacy instruction that is balanced, engaging, and research-based. The Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy, the successor organization to the well regarded New York City based Reading Reform Foundation, has become a vital part of Manhattanville's literacy department. The Rose Institute specializes in training teachers to provide instruction in the foundational knowledge necessary to read fluently. The training is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, which is applicable to all beginning readers.
  • 45. The 4th Annual - Professional Skills Update for the Educational Office Professionals

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District and Building Level Clerical Support Personnel

    Dates: 11/5/2019

    In this day-long experiential institute, participants engage in small and whole group activities, examine and role-play realistic everyday problems, learn new strategies and new research-driven ideas about managing time on the job, and discuss social emotional wellness. Topics include:

    • How feelings guide behavior, focus, and personal/professional success and well-being

    • Strategies and mindfulness practices to reduce stress, deal with confl ict, and create an optimal offi ce environment

    • How to build teams, achieve work/personal balance, deal with challenging workloads, and personalities

    • Setting priorities and communicating effectively and assertively

    • Sharing of best practices

    46. The Newly Updated Empire State Information Fluency Continuum

    Program: Professional Library

    Audience: Library Media Specialists and Library Teachers

    Dates: 11/5/2019

    Participants will learn how to use the newly updated Empire State Information Fluency Continuum to meet the needs of their students, to foster collaboration, and as a tool for advocacy. Participants will develop a plan for how they are going to use the ESIFC in their work.

    47. Professional Human Capital Leaders in Education (pHCLE)

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: ALL HR Personnel

    Dates: 11/5/2019

    PNW BOCES is pleased to partner with the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA), to offer a certification program for human capital leaders in Pre-K-12 education. As many school districts struggle to recruit and retain top talent and ensure equitable access to excellent educators, schools need knowledgeable and skilled human capital professionals now more than ever.

    48. Best Practices for Accounts Payable Staff

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: AP Clerks, Treasurers and Purchasing Staff

    Dates: 11/6/2019

    Overview of A/P processing including best purchasing practices, claims auditing, required documentation, maintaining files and trouble shooting vendor issues.

    49. Exploring the Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CRS) Framework: An Instructional Leadership Team Institute

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Instructional leaders at the classroom, building, and district levels

    Dates: 11/6/2019 to 3/2/2020

    The Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CR-S) Education Framework is intended to help education stakeholders create student-centered learning environments that affirm cultural identities, foster positive academic outcomes, develop students' abilities to connect across lines of difference, elevate historically marginalized voices, empower students as agents of social change, and contribute to individual student engagement, learning, growth, and achievement through the cultivation of critical thinking.

    The Framework was designed to support education stakeholders in developing and implementing policies that educate all students effectively and equitably, as well as provide appropriate supports and services to promote positive student outcomes. The framework is grounded in four principles:
    - Welcoming and Affirming Environment
    - High Expectations and Rigorous Instruction
    - Inclusive Curriculum and Assessment
    - Ongoing Professional Learning
    (from the NYSED CR-S Framework)

    During this two-and-a-half-day institute, education leaders will:
    - Develop an understanding of culturally-responsive and sustaining education (including exploring implicit bias)
    - Plan how to incorporate the four principles of the CR-S Framework into their school communities
    - Participate in a collegial share of their anticipated action plan.

    Districts should register as instructional leadership teams (this could include teacher leaders, building administrators, and district administrators).

    50. Threat Assessment Team Training

    Program: Regional Safety Services

    Dates: 11/7/2019

    This training is designed as an introduction to building a threat assessment team. This training covers the core principles of building a threat assessment team in a school or district, the value and data behind its implementation, various models and templates currently in practice, and next steps in turn keying this information back to your home district. This is a workshop done in conjunction with the Westchester County PD.

    51. Happiness by Design: A Six Pillar Framework for Educational Leaders

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District and Building Level Leaders

    Dates: 11/7/2019

    In this full-day workshop, educational leaders are introduced to a six-pillar framework for making student and teacher happiness as much a priority as achievement. Learn from research why now is the time to intentionally design for happiness as a fundamental responsibility of school leadership. Using tenets of Design Thinking, participants are supported and encouraged to reflect on the state of happiness in their school communities and to intentionally design solutions by considering questions such as:
    • How do we make connections stronger
    • How can we incorporate student and teacher choice
    • How can we develop an emphasis on student discovery through structures like Genius Hour and Capstone Projects Practical implementation strategies are offered for instructional leaders to take action in their school sites.

    52. Teaching with Books of Choice: A New Kind of Literature Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: English Language Arts, Reading, and Special Education teachers, grades 6-12

    Dates: 11/7/2019

    The Next Generation ELA Learning Standards open many doors to encourage students to become lifelong readers. As educators, we know the importance of choice in reading material to get students actively engaged. This workshop will demonstrate a new kind of discussion-based reading assessment, one that draws from Socratic Seminar, Literature Circles, and Book Clubs. Students choose to read a book from a list of quality contemporary and classic literature and then participate in a structured conversation leading to an understanding of universal themes. The unique feature of the Books of Choice Circles is that the students have all read different books. Poetry, editorials, and informational articles will also be provided.

    53. Literacy Learning Walk - Middle School Small Group Instruction

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 11/7/2019

    New
    The Literacy Learning Walk will provide the opportunity for Carmel Central School District to host a learning walk around an identified problem of practice - small group instruction/AIS in middle school. Visiting districts will serve as critical friends; visiting districts will gain new insight around the problem of practice and can provide feedback to the hosting district.

    The Literacy Learning Walk will take place at George Fischer Middle School from 9:20 AM to 12:20 PM. The address is:
    281 Fair St.
    Carmel, NY 10512

    Lunch will be provided.

    54. ESTEAM Road Trip

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District and Building Level Leaders, Technology Director and Teachers (teams are encouraged)

    Dates: 11/8/2019

    Join regional colleagues on a Road Trip to Yorktown CSD to explore the district's ESTEAM approach. ESTEAM presents Empathy as the foundation for STEAM, looking at designing solutions by fi rst understanding the needs from an empathetic lens. In this full-day workshop, participants gain the knowledge, skills, and strategies to effectively implement Empathy into STEAM curriculum. The day consists of case studies, tabletop activities, debriefing sessions, and a discussion of best practices. All participants will travel by bus to and from Yorktown schools.

    55. Challenge Success Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Teachers and leaders from Challenge Success districts

    Dates: 11/8/2019 to 5/6/2020

    The purpose of this collegial circle is to provide opportunities for teachers and leaders in Challenge Success districts across the region to share ideas about their successes and struggles in implementing Challenge Success in their schools.

    Topics for discussion will be generated from the group; initial ideas for discussion include:
    - Creating a team and maintaining enthusiasm and focus
    - Deciding on projects
    - Structures to put into place and how to include others in the process
    - Building and district-wide communication
    - Surveys.

    One potential outcome of the collegial circle meetings could include developing a regional Challenge Success network, a speaker's bureau, and a bank of events, activities, and resources pertinent to Challenge Success.

    56. PPS and Special Education Leadership: Surviving, thriving and Reaping Professional and Personal Rewards

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Dates: 11/8/2019 to 4/2/2020

    This series is designed to support the new and/or untenured Director in gaining knowledge of general special education job responsibilities that need to be addressed throughout the school year. Job responsibilities such as beginning school year tasks, state reporting, special education grant writing, budget development, staffi ng, APPR evaluation, annual processes, time management, and ending school year tasks are reviewed in a project-based format. This type of instructional format allows directors to gain hands-on experience through networking with the presenter, as well as other new directors.

    57. Answering the Call: Becoming the Courageous Leader in an Age of Challenge

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District and Building Level Leaders

    Dates: 11/12/2019 to 2/25/2020

    Learn how to advance the skills and strategies necessary to successfully lead with courage in the face of challenging issues and difficult conversations. In this workshop, participants examine the following:
    • How self-awareness and relationship awareness can transform leadership styles and reduce fear and anxiety in leaders and their constituents
    • How to address conflict, create calm in a crisis, communicate with honesty and authority, make difficult decisions, and take risks and action
    • How Emotional Intelligence and building teams and networks are crucial to leading change
    • Handling aggression through assertiveness
    • Being an influencer, model, and communicator This interactive workshop draws from the current and top academic, corporate, and research institutes, as well as neuroscience and psychology research in the fields of leadership, mindfulness, and Social-Emotional learning. Participants share stories and challenges, review real world cases, and discuss best practices on topics such as active shooter cases, social media, undocumented youth, increases in adolescent suicide, racial discrimination, and the LGBT culture.

    58. Number Talks with Sherry Parrish: Building Computational Fluency for Grades 3-5

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grades 3-5 teachers and math coaches/leaders

    Dates: 11/12/2019 to 12/18/2019

    Come explore Number Talks, a five- to fifteen-minute classroom routine designed to support students as they look for and make numerical relationships to develop accurate, efficient, and flexible computation strategies. During the initial day of the workshop series, participants will:
    - Investigate whole-number computation strategies
    - Develop an understanding of the underlying principles of Number Talks using classroom videos and whole-group Number Talks
    - Practice facilitating Number Talks through small-group rehearsals
    - Create an initial plan for implementing Number Talks.

    The second day of the workshop series offers a collaborative forum to process, analyze, and refine implementation of Number Talks in participants' classrooms. Educators will use initial experiences to:
    - Navigate challenges in facilitating Number Talks
    - Consider the role of choosing purposeful problems
    - Refine recording student strategies
    - Develop next steps.

    59. Tech Tuesday: Seek and Share -- November-- Meeting the Needs of ENL Students

    Program: Model Schools

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

    Dates: 11/12/2019

    Join us to discuss how to help meet the needs of ENL students using technology presented in collaboration with Hudson Valley RBERN. This workshop will allow participants to learn new technologies, practice using them, and plan for a future lesson. (Districts will only be charged for seats beyond their Model Schools membership allotment.)
    Description: We will celebrate school psychologists and discuss the many ways we can use our profession for advocacy. We will also have a presentation on creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth.

    The goal of this workshop is to discuss providing inclusive classroom spaces for students who identify as LGBTQIA+. By attending this workshop, participants will be able to walk away with an understanding of possible barriers LGBTQIA+ students may face when coming out and learn how to create more inclusive spaces.

    Continuing education credits will be awarded upon completion of an evaluation form at the end of the day.

    School Psychologists: Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists (#1120). Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES maintains responsibility for the program.

    Social Workers: Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Worker as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers (#SW-0127).

    Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental health practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (#MHC-0117).

    Our facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals who need special accommodations should contact us at least two weeks prior to the workshop.

    Lunch will be served

    Please arrive early to allow time for parking and registration.

    61. Tabletop - Scenarios Requiring Reunification (Lunch 'n Learn)

    Program: Regional Safety Services

    Dates: 11/12/2019

    At this Lunch 'n Learn we will explore a few different scenarios (time permitting) requiring a school/district to enact their reunification plan both on and off campus. Questions and injects will be posed to test your depth and capacity. Participants should bring their current reunification plan.

    62. DASA Dignity for All Students Act - Mandated 6 hour certification workshop

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

    Dates: 11/12/2019 to 11/13/2019

    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.

    63. Number Talks with Sherry Parrish: Building Computational Fluency for Grades K-2

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grades K-2 teachers and math coaches/leaders

    Dates: 11/13/2019 to 12/19/2019

    Join us as we welcome Sherry Parrish to the region to explore Number Talks, a five- to fifteen-minute classroom routine designed to support students as they look for and make numerical relationships to develop accurate, efficient, and flexible computation strategies. During the initial day of the workshop series, participants will:
    - Investigate addition and subtraction strategies
    - Explore models and tools to support the development of foundations in early number theory
    - Develop an understanding of the underlying principles of Number Talks using classroom videos and whole-group Number Talks
    - Practice facilitating Number Talks through small-group rehearsals
    - Create an initial plan for implementing Number Talks.

    The second day of the workshop series offers a collaborative forum to process, analyze, and refine implementation of Number Talks in participants' classrooms. Educators will use initial experiences to:
    - Navigate challenges in facilitating Number Talks
    - Consider the role of choosing purposeful problems
    - Refine recording student strategies
    - Develop next steps.

    64. NYS Certification for Lead Evaluators of Principals

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District Level Leaders

    Dates: 11/13/2019

    This full-day workshop is intended to share learning from colleagues regarding problems of practice or best practices in implementing the APPR evaluation system. This program fulfi lls the APPR requirements for lead evaluators of principals. Materials and resources are provided regarding principal observation visits and the use of student learning objectives as required by 3012-d regulations. The requirements of 3012-d are provided in the online material. Additional reading materials are provided to support collaborative evaluations of commitment, support and accountability beyond compliance.
    What are the implications of the College Board's changes to the AP English Language course and exam? During this workshop, participants will prepare to effectively teach to those changes. Participants will:
  • study the new rubrics and their implications for classroom instruction;
  • apply the new rubrics to AP essay exemplars;
  • calibrate teacher essay scoring to move ahead confidently with our current students;
  • analyze the new multiple choice questions on writing;
  • integrate skills related to the multiple choice writing questions through modification of the teacher's current curriculum and the development of new lessons; and
  • discuss ways to utilize the online AP classroom resources for teachers and students.
  • Every manager at some point in his or her career has dealt with unacceptable employee behavior such as excessive absenteeism, policy violations, inappropriate comments, unprofessionalism, and more. It is one of the most anxiety-provoking situations supervisors encounter. This workshop provides participants with practical strategies for approaching and effectively handling these situations. Interactive group exercises such as role-playing with real-life scenarios help participants gain a sense of confi dence when confronted with these issues.
    Putnam Transition Consortium: Improving Post-secondary Outcomes for Young Adults in Putnam County with Disabilities

    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. Each meeting will contain a mini-teach from one of our members, collaborative case studies, and community planning.

    68. Supporting Students Recovering from Concussion

    Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

    Dates: 11/14/2019

    This presentation will allow educators to gain an understanding of the struggles a student may face after sustaining a concussion. The presentation serves a dual purpose. First, educators will learn about the science of concussions including the possible symptoms, recovery time frames and some barriers that could prolong symptoms. Second, the presentation will provide concrete examples of adjustments and accommodations that can be made in the classroom to help concussed students return to learning. We will also discuss the value of a Concussion Management Team and best practices for creating one.

    Attendees of this presentation will:

    1. Gain an appreciation of the struggles a concussed student faces

    2. Learn about concussions including: Symptoms, Causes, Recovery, Barriers to recovery

    3. Examine how an effective Concussion Management Team operates

    4. Be trained on 'Return To Learn' protocols including the teams involved, the three tier process of academic interventions, and the specific academic adjustments for the classroom

    Our facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals who need special accommodations should contact us at least two weeks prior to the workshop.

    Please arrive early to allow time for parking and registration.

    69. Manhattanville College School District Leader Certificate Program Information Session

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: Those interested in pursuing and SDL Certification

    Dates: 11/14/2019

    Manhattanville College is the place to complete the 11 credit hour Professional Diploma leading to the New York State School District Leader level certification. The program requires three classes (3 credit hours each) and a 2 credit hour district level internship. Each candidate receives individual transcript evaluation and course selection. The program offers a "fast track"½ to district level certification as well as multiple administrative networking opportunities in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. All classes are offered in collaboration with Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Center for Educational Leadership at 50% tuition fee reduction.

    70. Yale Cohort 3 - Support Network

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: Yale Cohort 3 Team Members

    Dates: 11/15/2019

    This half-day session serves as a refresher for implementation teams and as an opportunity to receive additional support. Registration is from 8:00 - 8:30. This program is solely for Yale Cohort 3 Team Members

    71. Teaching Hard History in Grades K-6

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grades K-6 educators

    Dates: 11/15/2019

    Social studies is a content area that fosters opportunities for educators to practice culturally-responsive pedagogy on a daily basis. Yet, when it comes to connecting to student self-identity, race, and individual culture, many of our classrooms are falling short.

    This workshop will answer the compelling question: How can we ensure our classrooms foster culturally-responsive pedagogy to support action civics? Through engaging activities and collegial discussions, lessons and strategies developed to address hard history topics will be shared. This workshop aims to encourage dialogue among educators to increase culturally-responsive pedagogy strategies in their classroom for student self-, national-, and global-awareness that support action civics.

    72. **INVITATION ONLY** Team Implementation Guidance - SW BOCES

    Program: Regional Partnership Center

    Dates: 11/15/2019

    This half-day work session provides school teams with an opportunity to work on tasks related to their school's implementation of positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) while receiving support and consultation from the Regional Partnership Center (RPC) specialists. This work session is by invitation only.

    Prior to attending, teams should identify areas they wish to target and bring the appropriate materials with them. The RPC specialists are available to help schools extend their understanding and application of evidence-based practices related to building effective multi-tiered systems of behavioral supports.

    *Please note that this is a work session. School teams should determine what they would like to work on and bring the appropriate materials with them.*

    Presenter's Recommendation: Sign-up for the Team Implementation Guidance Breakout Session in the afternoon to extend your work.

    The Breakout session is a follow-up to the morning Team Implementation Guidance (TIG) session. The TIG Breakout provides schools with individual team time to continue working on tasks related to their school's implementation of multi-tiered systems of behavioral support / PBIS. Please let the RPC specialists know if you need assistance or resources related to your team's area of focus. This Breakout Session is by invitation only.

    *Please note that this is a work session. School teams should determine what they would like to work on and bring the appropriate materials with them.*

    74. Think Tank: Educational Technologists

    Program: Model Schools

    Audience: PNWBOCES Model Schools Members: Instructional Coaches

    Dates: 11/15/2019 to 4/24/2020

    This Think Tank is a four part series of sessions that will focus on staying current with educational technology trends in the K-12 setting. Participants will help support each other as we review articles, share resources, and discuss how to keep current in an ever changing industry. (Districts will only be charged for seats beyond their Model Schools membership allotment.)

    75. Small Group Strategy Instruction and Guided Reading

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: K-8 educators, literacy coaches, reading specialists, and instructional leaders

    Dates: 11/18/2019

    Efficient and effective differentiation begins with small group work. Utilizing different small group structures can accelerate a reader's growth by helping him or her move up in levels, as well as become a more proficient, independent, and deeper thinker at his or her independent level. Striking a balance between guided reading and strategy lessons in purposeful ways can be the answer to accelerating a reader's growth potential.

    Participants will leave with:

  • A clear understanding of the structures of guided reading as well as strategy groups
  • An understanding of how to craft a teaching point with skills and strategies
  • The essentials for crafting a good book introduction
  • The understanding of a variety of teaching methods such as demonstration, explanation with examples, guided practice, and inquiry
  • An overview of the reading process and integrating the cueing systems of Meaning, Structure, and Visual information
  • 76. Advanced Mental Health Team Training (Part 2)

    Program: Regional Safety Services

    Dates: 11/18/2019

    This workshop is the second part to the Advanced Mental Health Team Training offered in this past Spring and again this fall. This workshop will build upon concepts introduced in Part 1 and provide participants with materials to turnkey concepts and protocols back to their home districts. Some concepts that will be covered are Developing Mental Toughness, Team Logistics, Trauma Informed School, etc.

    77. NYSUT - Mindfulness in Today's Classroom

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Dates: 11/18/2019 to 12/19/2019

    To register for this course go to www.nysut.org/elt

    Healthy stress is natural. Helping students learn how to appropriately deal with the daily stressors throughout their day is important so they can develop this life skill. Left unchecked, stress can reach unhealthy levels and impact all facets of children's development. In our current modern education system, toxic stress can lead to anxiety, depression, health issues, low academic performance, decreased social interactions and other emotional concerns. These negative effects of toxic stress impact both teachers and students thus resulting in an unhappy classroom environment. In this course, participants will examine the causes of toxic classrooms and more importantly learn tools and strategies to address the stress in our schools.

    Mindfulness allows educators to discover their professional impact through five essential elements-Happiness, Engagement, Alliances, Risk and Thought (HEART). Through this exploration of the "heartprint", they leave on each child, teachers will be able to explore how their personal and professional qualities impact the students in their room. The author to the course text, Dr. Timothy Kanold indicates, "HEART provides a road map for the path of an educational professional: Professionals are emotionally more positive and thus Happier, are generally more Engaged in their work, seek Alliances as part of happier collaborative communities, are more willing to take focused Risks, and exhibit a Thought and wisdom practice that results in increased student learning.".

    Target audience: All educators grades K-12

    Credit Options: 3 graduate credits through SUNY Empire State College

    In-service credit based on district policy

    Fees: Graduate fee: $1,340 In-service fee: $845

    Coordination fee: $40 payable to PNW BOCES.

    78. Curriculum Development Piloteer Meetings - Grade FOUR (4 Sessions)

    Program: Science 21

    Audience: 4th grade Piloteers for New Curriculum

    Dates: 11/19/2019 to 6/18/2020

    This series of workshops will be for teachers that are registered to pilot the new Science curriculum for the 4th grade. We will be meeting for a full day each of the four dates to review and discuss. We will be reviewing lesson effectiveness, material suitability, time constraints, content appropriateness and literacy/math connections. Teachers will provide feedback and guide future edits to the curriculum.

    79. Pace University Data Informed Inquiry for Educational Leaders: A Certificate Program

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District and Building Level Leaders, and CIO/DDAs (experienced)

    Dates: 11/19/2019 to 3/3/2020

    In this immersive four-day experience, participants learn the Data Inquiry process as a means of addressing real problems of practice from their own districts. Working with other leaders from the Hudson Valley Region, participants will sharpen data collection, analysis, and technology skills and leverage learning to improve outcomes for their districts. Each participant (or school/district) team is guided through an inquiry project designed to improve learning outcomes for students in their setting. Participants will present their projects to one another and to other educators. The fee for this program is $900 per individual and $800 for district teams of 2 or more.

    80. Preparing Your Students for the Regents Exam (Parts III: Focus on Writing the Literary Analysis Essay)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: English Language Arts, Reading, and Special Education teachers, grades 6-12

    Dates: 11/19/2019

    As part III of a three-part series, this workshop will take a deep dive into Part III of the Regents exam. Teachers will learn strategies to help students manage their time to write a rhetorical analysis of a given text after a cold reading and incorporate these writing skills into continuous instruction, transcending the limited requirements of the exam itself.

    Target audience: English and special education teachers, grades 9-12. (This workshop, because it draws from the ELA Reading and Writing Standards, is also relevant to grades 6-8).

    81. Assistive Tech: Assistive Technology Forum November 2019

    Program: Education Technology

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

    Dates: 11/19/2019

    Join us for an opportunity to share and learn about assitive technology from low tech to high tech. This forum is specifically designed for individuals who support assistive technology. (Please consider joining us for informal discussion/lunch from 1:00-1:30.)

    82. Fundamental Negotiation Skills - Cornell Managing Organization Conflict Program

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District and Building Level Leaders

    Dates: 11/20/2019 to 12/10/2019

    New
    Fundamental Negotiation Skills November 20 and December 10, 2019 Presenter: Debra Osofsky Negotiation is a general practice for resolving conflict. In this workshop, participants practice fundamental workplace negotiation skills through role-playing and experiential learning situations. Key workshop topics include:
    • Negotiation fundamentals
    • One-on-one approaches to negotiation
    • Small-group negotiation situations
    • Collective negotiations in a workplace setting

    83. Three-Day Assessment Institute for Teachers of United States History and Civic Literacy: Day 1 - Constructed Response Questions; Short Essays

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Teachers of US History and Civic Literacy

    Dates: 11/20/2019

    Days one and two of this institute are designed to examine in-depth two of the three tasks included in the new Framework-based Assessment, consider how these tasks influence classroom instruction, and create a bank of assessment questions that can be used to measure student understanding of the United States History and Civic Literacy practices and the content embedded in these tasks. Day three will be dedicated to reviewing scoring of the new assessment.

    Teachers may choose to attend all three days of the Institute or attend single sessions. Teachers can bring electronic devices to access documents; additional devices will also be available. Attendance at any one of the sessions will allow teachers to access all work created in the Institute.

    84. Alternative School Coordinators Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Coordinators of alternative schools

    Dates: 11/20/2019 to 3/24/2020

    A goal of every district is to support all students, and through the creation of a variety of alternative school programs, we can help our students meet their goals and the goals of our districts.

    During these collegial circle sessions, program coordinators will have the opportunity to share program progress, identify and seek feedback on ideas and potential challenges, and explore tips and strategies for making programs even more successful. Potential topics during these sessions will include:

    -Design and staffing of alternative programs
    -Liaising with staff and departments from the traditional school
    -Relationships, parent communication, and community involvement
    -Requirements for entry and requirements for program completion
    -Future work and continued obstacles.

    85. Discovery Education Professional Learning Workshop

    Program: Professional Library

    Audience: (Both current and potential users of Discovery Education) Curriculum, Instructional Technology, Supervisors of Content Areas, Turn-Key Trainers, Library Media Specialists, Department Heads, Lead Teachers

    Dates: 11/21/2019

    Learn, share, and connect with educators from across the region as we explore engaging content, resources, and tools available to you and your students! Whether you are new to Discovery Education or looking to learn what's new with Streaming, this workshop demonstrates the robust content and maximize your experience with Streaming's features and resources.

    Discovery Education is partnering with Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES to provide a customized Professional Learning workshop to support current and potential Discovery Education Streaming District Partners. This session is designed to demonstrate how Discovery Education Streaming supports multiple learning modalities with content that is easy to integrate, aligned to standards, and supports differentiation.

    Bring your own device for this unique learning and hands-on session that will:

    *Highlight popular resources and tools such as Board Builder and SOS Instructional Strategies to engage students

    *Feature creative ways to invigorate educators in your schools using your current Discovery Streaming subscription

    *Explore recent service enhancements

    Light breakfast will be provided.

    86. Music Educators Collegial Circle: A focus on the Impact of Music on the Whole Child

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Music leaders and educators

    Dates: 11/21/2019 to 5/14/2020

    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.

    87. Transition Planning: Take a Tour! - WCC

    Program: Regional Partnership Center

    Dates: 11/21/2019

    Do you want to learn more about programs, services and educational opportunities available to high school students and young adults with disabilities? WE-CAN (Westchester Educators and Community Agencies Network) meets throughout the year to tour organizations throughout Westchester. You will actually see programs in progress, meet providers, learn about the eligibility and referral process, and network with educators from other districts. * Organization: Westchester Community College (WCC) * Topics: In addition to an introductory overview about WCC, you will also learn about: * The Office of Students with Disabilities and TRIO Student Support Services * The Academic Support Center (ACS) * Academic and Student Life Facilities * We will tour the campus and see many programs in progress!
    Emergency and Crisis Response Planning should be for the entire population. A one size fits all mentality does not work with a school's population due to the wide variety and diversity of students. During this workshop we will examine modifications and expansions to safety planning and protocols for persons with special needs. We will share and discuss the pros and cons and how we can continue to work towards the goal of keeping our populations safe.

    89. Assistive Tech: TOPP (Technology/Occupational/Physical Therapy Practices) PLC November 2019

    Program: Education Technology

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

    Dates: 11/22/2019

    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. The conference room is available starting at 1 PM for lunch and networking.

    90. Addressing Government Within the New United States History and Government Framework

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Social studies teachers in grades 7, 8, and 11, social studies department chairs

    Dates: 11/25/2019

    This workshop will demonstrate how to examine constitutional issues (a major course theme) within the context of specific developments in United States History.

    Participants will explore (in historical context)* the following issues: - Constitutional principles
    - Powers of Congress
    - Roles of the president
    - Expansion of presidential powers
    - Supreme Court as interpreter of the Constitution
    - Individual rights
    - Extension of civil rights
    - Development of political parties.

    *The specifications in the 11th grade Framework will inform the selection of historical examples. However, the examination of the content would be useful for teachers of grades 7 and 8 as well.

    Note: Please bring recommendations of print and electronic resources in U.S. History that you have found helpful to share with the other participants.

    91. Elementary Co-Teaching - Series A

    Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

    Dates: 11/25/2019 to 1/7/2020

    The three-day workshop series for ELEMENTARY Co-Teachers includes: Day 1: Understanding the six Co-Teaching Models, Co-Teaching Structures and Effective Collaboration Techniques Day 2: Inclusive Lesson Planning for the Whole Group & the Individual Student Day 3: Adaptive Materials to Support Diverse Learners in Least Restrictive Environments Participants will be provided with strategies, structures and resources to apply in their classrooms in between sessions, with the expectation of sharing experiences and outcomes at each subsequent session. Participants are expected to attend all sessions with their co-teacher(s). Lunch will be provided. Our facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals who need special accommodations should contact us at least two weeks prior to the workshop.

    92. Medicaid Processing - Claiming for Reimbursement, Accounting for Revenue, and Preparing the Annual Cost Report

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: Treasurers, Business Administrators, and Staff involved in Medicaid Processing

    Dates: 11/25/2019

    Medicaid reimbursement starts with determining eligibility and ends with documenting the costs involved in serving eligible students. This workshop covers start to finish the rules, regulations (state and federal), and procedures that need to be in place to assure school districts are maximizing Medicaid revenue.

    93. Secondary Co-Teaching - Series B

    Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

    Dates: 11/25/2019 to 1/9/2020

    The three-day workshop series for SECONDARY Co-Teachers includes: Day 1: Understanding Instructional Barriers, Co-Teaching Structures and Effective Collaboration Techniques Days 2 & 3: Understanding the foundations of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Multi-Sensory Instruction and Whole Group Strategies to Support Access for Students with Diverse Learning Styles Participants will be provided with strategies, structures and resources to apply in their classrooms in between sessions, with the expectation of sharing experiences and outcomes at each subsequent session. Participants are expected to attend all sessions with their co-teacher(s). Lunch will be provided. Our facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals who need special accommodations should contact us at least two weeks prior to the workshop.

    94. An Educator's Guide for Migrant Students, Trauma & Social Emotional Learning

    Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

    Dates: 11/25/2019

    When children are impacted by stress and trauma, supports must be provided to develop various skills in order to even begin to tackle the aftermath of these experiences. This workshop will build participants' awareness of the various traumas and stresses that can affect many of our students, specifically undocumented migrant students. We will identify practical classroom strategies for incorporating social emotional learning to support both teachers and students.

    Lunch will be provided.

    Our facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals who need special accommodations should contact us at least two weeks prior to the workshop. This workshop will be repeated on 3/13/2020. Please see listing.

    95. Think Tank: Teacher Teams

    Program: Model Schools

    Audience: PNWBOCES Model Schools Members: Teachers, Technologists

    Dates: 11/25/2019 to 3/3/2020

    This Think Tank will focus on modifying an existing instructional unit by incorporating technology. Sending pairs of teachers is strongly encouraged. Participants will complete this work during our sessions, implement their plans, and share results. This Think Tank is 2 half days and 1 full day. (Districts will only be charged for seats beyond their Model Schools membership allotment.)

    96. Best Practices for Clinicians:Transition Planning for Diverse Populations

    Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

    Dates: 11/25/2019

    When planning for life after high school, the student's team must take a variety of factors into consideration to help articulate and support the best plan for every student. Students are culturally, linguistically, economically, and academically diverse. This session will provide a brief overview of considerations for supporting our diverse students in transition planning.

    Social Workers: Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Worker as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers (#SW-0127).

    Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (#MHC-0117).

    Credits will be awarded upon completion of an evaluation form.

    Our facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals who need special accommodations should contact us at least two weeks prior to the workshop.

    Please arrive early to allow time for parking and registration.

    97. Writing in Science

    Program: Science 21

    Audience: K-6

    Dates: 12/2/2019

    Science is a content area built around doing. ~ And that doing involves everything from thinking, to experimenting, to writing. ~ In fact, science is as filled with opportunities for reading and writing as any other content area, and a large part of the doing of science requires the putting of words to paper (or screen) and/or the drawing of figures and diagrams. ~ In this workshop, participants will explore a number of ways to help learners of all ages become scientific writers, equally as engaged in running tests as reflecting on their learning. ~ Attendees will explore a variety of simple and detailed writing prompts, investigate methods to shift from more standard types of lab reporting to more inquiry-based formats, and consider opportunities for deeper writing throughout the science curriculum, in particular, Science 21.

    98. Integrated Co-Teaching for English Language Learners

    Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

    Dates: 12/2/2019

    Through an interactive presentation approach, video demonstrations and hands-on activities, participants will gain a practical understanding of the 6 co-teaching models, using Marilyn Friend's and Honigsfeld & Dove's frameworks for collaborative instruction. Co-teachers will learn when and how to use the models presented, and will also be introduced to resources to help them differentiate between ENL Teacher instructional foci and Content Teacher instructional foci. Participants will receive a template for collaborative planning, and time to start planning within the cloud using the resources presented.

    By the end of this session, participants will understand:

  • What the 6 integrated co-teaching models are and how they differ
  • How to decide which co-teaching models to best utilize in any given lesson
  • How ENL and Content teachers can leverage their expertise to deliver instruction together
  • The elements of effective ENL co-planning
  • How to use resources to assist in co-planning language and content instruction

    Lunch will be provided.

    Our facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals who need special accommodations should contact us at least two weeks prior to the workshop.

  • 99. Transition Specialist Network - PNW BOCES

    Program: Regional Partnership Center

    Dates: 12/2/2019

    The Transition Specialist Network (TSN) is a gathering of educators and community professionals who implement transition programs and practices in their schools and agencies. Join us as we discuss ideas, share resources, and collaboratively build comprehensive transition programs in our region. Each session includes networking time to connect with other leaders in transition, timely and pertinent updates, and learning sessions on topics requested by the group. Meeting topics will be announced following the first gathering on Sept. 23.

    TSN dates are: Sept. 23, 2019 Dec. 2, 2019 Feb. 5, 2020 Mar. 31, 2020 June 4, 2020

    All sessions will be held at PNW BOCES from 9 am - 12 pm. Please sign up for each meeting separately.

    100. Supporting ALL Students Within the Workshop Structure

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Teachers grades K - 5, co-teachers, literacy coaches, and instructional leaders

    Dates: 12/3/2019

    Do you ever find yourself wondering how to support certain students within your Reading/Writing Workshop? At one time or another, every student has probably said something like, "How long am I supposed to work for?!", "I'm done!", "I learned all these strategies last year!", "I tried that already; it's not working!", or sometimes, silence, (or a head down on the table,) says everything.

    Most students benefit from modifications within the workshop structure and in our workshop, teachers will build upon their repertoire of strategies to help better meet the needs of students who require extra support or need to be challenged further. The workshop will focus on students who excel above grade level expectations, as well as students with IEPs and English Language Learners; but many of these strategies will be applicable to all!

    101. Supporting New Principals

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, and Human Resource Directors

    Dates: 12/3/2019

    This program is designed to aid and guide superintendents and assistant superintendents in supporting new principals in their districts. Participants will discuss factors to consider when setting a new principal up for success, including:
    • Adapting to a new culture/system
    • Empathy for the learning curve
    • Office/team management
    • Building relationships
    • Developing a culture of trust