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1. Using Applied Behavior Analysis in Classrooms

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Audience: Teachers, teaching assistants, therapists, behavior analysts, and other school-based personnel

Dates: 5/26/2020

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All Points will facilitate a session that addresses the application of the principles of applied behavior analysis and the evidence-based findings that support their effectiveness. Topics addressed in this session will include:

  • Understanding the science of applied behavior analysis
  • Determining the instructional needs of individual students through appropriate assessment methods
  • Functional assessment and development of behavior reduction plans
  • Development of functional communication skills
  • Discussion to support the development of sophisticated language skills for advanced students
  • Understanding the implementation of evidenced-based instructional methods and materials in academic skill areas
  • Understanding the development of classroom data management systems and methods to use data to make instructional decisions
  • Scheduling of activities and organization of the classroom to maximize the benefit of instruction


    This workshop will be facilitated virtually via Zoom. A lunch break will be built into the session.

  • 2. Flipped Classroom for Special Area Teachers

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: Special Area Educators (Music, Physical Education, Art, Health, etc.)

    Dates: 5/26/2020 to 6/9/2020

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    In this five-session series, K-12 Special Area Teachers will explore the Flipped Classroom model and how it can be applied to their practice. Teachers will create flipped classroom video recordings that can be used for current or future distance/blended learning instruction. Teachers will connect with regional educators and explore easy steps to create a bank of videos. Resources and materials will be shared.

    This series will be facilitated via Zoom.

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

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

    Dates: 5/27/2020 to 5/29/2020

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

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

    4. Introduction to Restorative Practices and the Art of Circle Keeping

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Teachers and leaders wanting to utilize restorative practices in their classrooms, schools, and districts

    Dates: 5/28/2020 to 5/29/2020

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    During this workshop, participants will develop their capacity around the framework for restorative practices. These practices work on building community and responding to challenging behavior through authentic dialogue, coming to understanding, and making things right. Using these methods consistently will help to create calmer, more focused classrooms. Teachers who use these methods often find that the overall proportion of time dedicated to managing behavior is reduced, which means that more instructional time becomes available.
    Cohort members will leave this training with the skills necessary for being a circle facilitator in a classroom or community. Restorative practices work toward strengthening communities and can help set things right when the integrity of the community has been challenged by harmful behaviors. When people come together for restorative interactions, they sit in circles and engage in thoughtful dialogue with the intention of developing authentic relationships. Circle dialogue is a fundamental element of restorative interactions and the restorative process. Classroom circles support the two main goals of restorative practices: building community and repairing harms through dialogue to set things right.

    5. Active Supervision - May 2020 (online training)

    Program: Regional Partnership Center

    Dates: 5/29/2020

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    This on-line, self-directed training is designed for Pre-K through 12th grade educators who would like training on effective Active Supervision strategies. Behavior research indicates that when school staff engage in Active Supervision, it helps decrease instances of negative student behaviors and also results in a variety of student outcomes, including improved student engagement, increased use of appropriate behaviors, and more positive staff-student relationships and rapport. This course will be open for registration from May 1 through May 31, 2020. Once you have registered on Frontline, you will be emailed a link for course content within two business days. At the end of the course please remember to fill in the attendance form to complete the process and receive CTLE credit. We also ask that you complete our evaluation so that we can improve this course, as well as future online offerings. If you miss the registration cut-off we will add you to the wait-list to be registered for future offerings of the same course.

    6. Establishing Classroom Procedures & Routines - May 2020 (Online Training)

    Program: Regional Partnership Center

    Dates: 5/29/2020

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    Developing and implementing procedures and routines is an effective classroom management strategy that has been shown to reduce problem behaviors, increase instructional time and increase student academic achievement. This on-line, self-directed course is designed for PreK - 12th Grade educators who would like to learn more about how to improve their classroom management through the use of procedures and routines. This course should take no more than 1.5 hours to complete and will be open for registration from May 11 through June 25, 2020. Once you have registered on Frontline, you will be emailed a link for course content within two business days. At the end of the course please remember to fill in the attendance form to complete the process and receive CTLE credit. We also ask that you complete our evaluation so that we can improve this course, as well as future online offerings. When you register, if you see that there is a wait list, please put yourself on it. You will still be admitted and sent the link for the course.

    7. Students with Disabilities Extension Series for the Grade 7-8 Extension

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: Special Educators who have an existing NYS Students with Disabilities Generalist Grades 1 - 6 certification

    Dates: 6/1/2020 to 6/23/2020

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    In June of 2018, NYS approved a new pathway for special educators to extend their existing certification to address the growing shortage of certified special education teachers in NYS. Special Educators who have an existing NYS Students with Disabilities Generalist Grades 1-6 certification and are interested in obtaining an extension for Grades 7-8, are invited to engage in a pedagogical study that is focused on students with disabilities on these grade levels. These three courses meet NYSED Students with Disabilities CTLE Certification criteria for extending an existing NYS Students with Disabilities Generalist Grades 1-6 certification to include grades 7-8. This extension can be obtained by completing this three course series: Knowledge of Students (15 hours), Instructional Strategies (15 hours), and Professional Practice (15 hours).


    The three courses will be facilitated on-line through Google Classroom; the courses will include Google Meetings to support participants. The series will begin on June 1, 2020 and run through June 23, 2020; each 15-hour course will be completed in one week.


    For detailed information about each course, please contact instructor Jim Desimone via jimnysut@gmail.com.

    Note: For those who wish to apply for Students with Disabilities Certification extension through NYS, please know eligible special educators must be current holders of NYS Students with Disabilities Generalist Grades 1-6 and have a minimum of 3 years teaching experience at 5th and/or 6th grade levels. Upon successful completion of the series, the participant will receive a Students with Disabilities CTLE Certificate for the series. The certificate will include the 45 hours of coursework for the three course series. It is the responsibility of the participant to submit the certificate and all necessary documentation to NYSED for certification extension consideration.

    8. Weekly School Library System Zoom Drop-in Meeting/End-of-Year Network Meeting

    Program: Professional Library

    Audience: School librarians and library media specialists

    Dates: 6/1/2020

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    Join us for this hour-long, weekly opportunity for us to check in with colleagues, discuss each other's distance learning experience, and share ideas for how we can support each other during this time. Weekly links are shared via the SLS listserv. This meeting will serve as our end-of-year network meeting, where participants will reflect on their successes, plan ahead, and the group will celebrate its retirees.

    9. Family Engagement: Communication and Culture (Online via Zoom)

    Program: Regional Partnership Center

    Dates: 6/2/2020

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    The aim of this online session is to ensure that educators are mindful of how they communicate with parents, guardians, and families to ensure that educational sites are culturally responsive and welcoming. Participants will receive a Google link for materials, which includes a prerecorded video to be viewed prior to participation in this online, interactive synchronous Zoom session. Please note that registration for this workshop will close 48 hours prior to the date of the workshop to allow participants time to receive and review these materials.

    10. Introduction to Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: District and Building Leaders, Literacy Leaders

    Dates: 6/3/2020

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    Join this GoToMeeting for an interactive introduction to Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS). This session is designed for district, building and literacy leaders interested in learning about the foundational reading science and brain research that informs this professional learning course, as well as best practices in reading assessment, diagnoses, instruction, and intervention.

    LETRS is an empowering professional learning course for instructors of reading, spelling, and related language skills. LETRS provides educators with the background, depth of knowledge, and tools to teach literacy to every student. LETRS can be used regardless of the literacy program in use.

    The full course includes two volumes; each volume consists of six full-day sessions (or twelve three-hour virtual sessions). The focus of Volume 1 is word recognition, including phonological awareness, decoding and sight recognition. The focus of Volume 2 is language comprehension, including background knowledge, vocabulary, language structure, verbal reasoning, and literacy knowledge.

    11. Understanding Problem Behavior in the Classroom and Home Learning Environment

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: K-12 Educators

    Dates: 6/4/2020 to 6/5/2020

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    As students struggle in classrooms, and now in home learning environments, we realize the importance of decreasing problem behavior more than ever. This course helps to further explore the science behind challenging behavior to include functions/causes of problem behavior and the power of reinforcement. With these deeper understandings, educators will be able to expand their toolkit of evidence based strategies for addressing problem behavior and find ways of conveying this information to families to provide support during these challenging times.

    Participant outcomes:

  • Develop the skills in analyzing functions of behavior
  • Learn to treat problem behavior as a skill deficit and how to teach replacement behaviors
  • Learn how to identify when and how to use reinforcement as a strategy to decrease problem behavior
  • Learn how to design and implement interventions based on individual student needs
  • 12. SLS Network Meeting: End-of-Year Reflection

    Program: Professional Library

    Audience: Library Media Specialists and Library Teachers

    Dates: 6/5/2020

    End-of-Year Reflection: Goal setting is an essential component of professional growth and accountability. Reflect on the progress that you made on your yearly professional goals and discuss your next steps for 2020-2021 with fellow LMS. Please bring either physical or virtual artifacts.

    School Library System Network Meetings are offered five times per school year and are vital in LMS communication throughout the region.

    Network meeting participants: *Learn best practices from across the region *Provide feedback on a school library program problem of practice using a defined protocol *Connect work to the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum, AASL National School Library Standards, and advocacy *Serve as a spokesperson for your school's and/or district's needs *Secure additional resources for your school/district *Play a critical role in the overall effective operation of the School Library System

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

    The PNW BOCES School Library System Network Meetings for the 2019-2020 school year will be held at the School Services Building at 200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, on the following dates and times: *Thursday, September 26, 2019, 8:30 am-10:30 am *Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm *Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm *Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 10:00 am-12:00 pm *Friday, June 5, 2020, 8:30 am-10:30 am

    Meeting participants will be able to use the Professional Library space for additional networking before and after network meetings.

    13. Weekly School Library System Zoom Drop-in Meeting

    Program: Professional Library

    Audience: School librarians and library media specialists

    Dates: 6/8/2020

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    Join us for this hour-long, weekly opportunity for us to check in with colleagues, discuss each other's distance learning experience, and share ideas for how we can support each other during this time. Weekly links are shared via the SLS listserv.
    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.

    15. Google Suite for Remote & Blended Learning

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: K-12 Educators

    Dates: 6/15/2020

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    Using the power of Google Classroom and G Suite educators can continue productivity for students and maintain instruction. Students can access content, complete assignments, join into conversations, either synchronously or asynchronously. Along with Google Meet, teachers can keep students and parents up-to-date with assignments and announcements. This platform will continue even during a "regular" day at school. Participants will review blended learning strategies that tie into the G Suite for Education environment.

    As if a transition to complete remote teaching isn't challenging enough, as an educator, you are also probably worrying about your students. Your students most likely have an understanding of what is going on and are looking for support as they adjust to this new reality. Lesson ideas for social emotional learning that can be incorporated into remote teaching will be shared. Strategies for maintaining student engagement will also be shared.

    Participant Requirements:

  • A computer - Mac or Windows-based
  • The latest version of Google Chrome
  • Flash/thumb drive or web-based storage account for storing and transferring files
  • Basic computer navigation skills
  • 16. Microsoft for Remote & Blended Learning

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: K-12 Educators

    Dates: 6/15/2020

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    Did you know Office 365 for Education has a feature that's perfect for remote learning? Microsoft Teams is your ideal solution for setting up a remote learning experience for your students. Join this opportunity to walk through how to best utilize this Microsoft app. This platform will continue even during a "regular" day of school. Participants will review blended learning strategies that tie into the Office 365 environment.

    As if a transition to complete remote teaching isn't challenging enough, as an educator, you are also probably worrying about your students. Your students most likely have an understanding of what is going on and are looking for support as they adjust to this new reality. Lesson ideas for social emotional learning that can be incorporated into remote teaching will be shared. Strategies for maintaining student engagement will also be shared.

    Participant Requirements:

  • A computer - Mac or Windows-based
  • The latest version of the Microsoft Teams/Office 365 application
  • Flash/thumb drive or web-based storage account for storing and transferring files
  • Basic computer navigation skills
  • 17. Weekly School Library System Zoom Drop-in Meeting

    Program: Professional Library

    Audience: School librarians and library media specialists

    Dates: 6/15/2020

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    Join us for this hour-long, weekly opportunity for us to check in with colleagues, discuss each other's distance learning experience, and share ideas for how we can support each other during this time. Weekly links are shared via the SLS listserv.

    18. Preventing Workplace Harassment - Part 2

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District and Building Level Leaders

    Dates: 6/18/2020

    When a claim of harassment is brought to the Title IX Offi cer, the ensuing actions often determine whether there is a positive outcome. The investigation and interviewing phases related to these cases are often complex and challenging. This course helps participants develop a plan for a thorough investigation of a harassment case. Participants also learn techniques for interviewing the claimant, alleged perpetrator, and witnesses that result in gaining the needed information to come to an informed decision about what transpired and what next steps are necessary.

    19. Living History - The History, Architecture, Geography, Literature, and Culture of Block Island

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: All educators, administrators and school staff

    Dates: 6/19/2020 to 6/20/2020

    Block Island's history is a rich one, encompassing Native American tribes, Revolutionary War heroes, legendary shipwrecks, and its emergence in the late 1800's as one of New England's premiere summer destinations.

    Participants will be visiting the Historical Society Museum and gift shops downtown - a white mansard-roofed building, the Historical house has an extensive collection of furniture, textiles, quilts, oral histories, fishing gear, tools, and Native American artifacts. Then participants will head to Issac's Corner, at the intersection of Center Road, Lakeside Drive, and Cooneymus roads. Named for the island's last full-blooded Native American, who died in 1886, it is near the Indian burial ground and the stone monument erected just last year in honor of the Manissean tribe. On that same corner is the gambrel-roofed cottage of composer and poet Arthur Penn.

    The course consists of a multimedia, interactive presentation and visits to the historical and cultural sites of Block Island, such as the Block Island Historical Society, and the North and Southeast lighthouses.

    Participants are responsible for all site and tour fees, travel, and meal costs. Participants are also responsible for purchasing Ferry tickets ahead of time and renting scooters on the island (estimated cost $150 per person). They must be purchased and reserved at least ONE MONTH before the course by the participant. Registration Fee - $150.00

    Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the history and culture of the Niantic people and their conflict with European culture in the 17th and 18th centuries
  • Explore the architectural history of the island's buildings
  • Describe the unique geographic features of the island
  • Discuss the literature of Block Island authors, such as John Greenleaf Whittier
  • 20. NYSUT - Developing Innovators and Innovation Skills

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

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

    CURI 6516 SUNY Empire State College,(formerly EDU 661113)

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

    This course focuses on developing innovation capabilities in students by exploring the discovery skills of associating, questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting. Participants learn how to create a culture of innovation and provide learning opportunities that promote perseverance, encourage curiosity, and ignite intrinsic motivation. Participants explore resources, strategies, and ideas for designing content-based lessons that incorporate discovery skills and foster the behaviors students need to be innovation-ready.

    Required Texts:The Innovator's DNA Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, ISBN #9781422134818 & Participant Supplement available as a download on MLP.

    Be mindful that New York State requires ALL students enrolled in a SUNY school to show proof of their MMR Immunization and Meningitis Vaccination when they have enrolled in a total of six or more credits that involve face-to-face instruction with an individual institution. (Online course work does not apply)

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

    Coordination fee: $40 payable to PNW BOCES

    21. NYSUT - STAR: Successful Teaching for Acceptance of Responsibility

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: Regular, special, and occupational education teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, grades K-12

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

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

    Successful Teaching for Acceptance of Responsibility® is a PLS 3rd Learning course designed to help experienced and beginner educators create a classroom environment in which responsible behavior is modeled, taught, and supported. Participants will explore the underlying causes of irresponsible behavior and learn specific strategies associated with four instructional approaches that empower students to be self-directed, responsible learners: helping students develop personal power, helping students use effective mental models, teaching students appropriate behaviors, and developing skills for positive student confrontation. As participants learn to mentor, model, coach, and facilitate responsible actions in their students, they likewise develop increasing responsibility and personal power in their own professional practice.

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

    Coordination fee: $40 payable to PNW BOCES.

    This course is offered through a collaboration with The Hudson River Teacher Center, NYSUT, Adelphi University and PNW BOCES.

    22. Making Vocabulary Meaningful for Students and Teachers

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Educators interested in building their vocabulary making skills

    Dates: 7/6/2020 to 7/9/2020

    With a focus on connotation, context clues, shades of meaning, and Greek and Latin roots, this course aims to give teachers of any discipline tools and lessons to effectively teach vocabulary in a meaningful and exciting way. The instructor will share his own lessons and projects that have made students more accountable for their own vocabulary building.

    Each day in this course, participants will focus on a different vocabulary strategy. Educators will begin each day reading an article based on the strategy focused on that day. After a discussion of the article, the instructor will share his lessons and student work. Participants will then work individually, share in subject-area groups, create a group lesson, and then meet in interdisciplinary groups. They will then share work in those groups and create an interdisciplinary lesson. Course participants will come back as a whole group and share best practices.

    Each day's intent is to not only learn new strategies, but also to add as many ideas and lessons to each teacher's vocabulary instruction repertoire as possible.

    23. NYSUT - Collaborative Inquiry for Students: Preparing Minds for the Future

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: Regular, special, and occupational education teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, grades K-12

    Dates: 7/13/2020 to 7/17/2020

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

    Collaborative Inquiry provides educators with research-based strategies for designing and implementing collaborative inquiry for students. The strategies are based on the 4-Ds of Appreciative Inquiry.

    Collaborative inquiry fosters the skills students need now and in the future to develop a deeper understanding and mastery of content knowledge and skills. Participants will explore and experience the collaborative inquiry models of problem-based learning, hypothesis-based learning, project-based learning, Appreciative Inquiry, and performance-based learning.

    EDU 661108 Empire State College

    Required Text: Available as an electronic download through ELT for purchase price of $65. Payment due at time of registration and is included in tuition price. DIRECTIONS FOR ELECTRONIC DOWNLOAD FOR THIS COURSE ARE LOCATED IN THE TEAM ROOM.Participants may print materials prior to class or bring laptop/ipad to access text online during class.

    Credit Options: 3 graduate credits through Empire State College In-service credit based on district policy

    Fees: Graduate fee: $1,340 In-service fee: $845 (includes required text)

    Coordination fee: $40 payable to PNW BOCES. Go to www.pnwboces.org/catalog to pay coordination fee.

    Target audience: Regular, special, and occupational education teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, grades K-12

    24. NYSUT: Introduction to Exceptionalities - Undergraduate Course ED 210 Cazenovia C1

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: Individuals pursuing Initial CTE certificates for teaching

    Dates: 7/13/2020 to 7/17/2020

    This course provides an overview of the education of children and youth with exceptionalities, focusing on those with disabilities and giftedness. Among the areas covered are: a review of the historical, philosophical and legal foundations of special education and other exceptionalities; definitions of exceptionalities and their prevalence, causes and characteristics. In addition, the course will cover current issues and trends in regard to how and where these children are educated. To register call, Cazenovia College (315) 655-7288 - there is a $375 tuition fee. A $40 registration fee will be paid to the Teacher Center.

    This course will be facilitated online.

    Required Text: Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education, 9th edition by William Heward, ISBN# 9780135035295

    25. Manhattanville College Rose Institute: Orton-Gillingham Learning Pathway - Teaching Multisensory Reading 1

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: Classroom teachers K-2, reading specialists, special education teachers

    Dates: 7/13/2020 to 7/24/2020

    Teaching Multisensory Reading 1 introduces participants to the Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading approach and how it is used in the classroom. This course is the first step to an Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Certification.

    The Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy at Manhattanville College is a teacher training institute dedicated to expediting the acquisition of foundational literacy skills by readers from a multitude of diverse backgrounds. Recognizing the complexity of both our English language and the reading process, the institute provides a combination of course work and in-school mentoring to enable teachers to teach their students how our written language works.

    For full details of the program, please email Renee.ORourke@mville.edu to schedule an advisement conference.

    All participants must register on My Learning Plan AND through Manhattanville College to participate in this course. Tuition for 3 graduate credits is $1,800. For participants who are NOT seeking graduate credit, the cost of the course is $1,100. All payments will be through Manhattanville College. Materials for the course will be purchased separately, please inquire for details.

    26. The 7th Annual Regional Leadership Institute (RLI)

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District and Building Level Leaders

    Dates: 7/15/2020

    Transformational leaders inspire and influence their teams toward a vision that is realized through shared purpose and a commitment to achieving positive outcomes for all students. This year, our 7th Annual Regional Leadership Institute will highlight the transformational leaders and teams in our region who have made an impact on the lives of their students and communities. Participants in this year's Regional Leadership Institute can expect to:
    • Hear powerful stories from a variety of the region's districts and take a deep dive into how these leaders realized their visions
    • Engage in role-based discussions with regional colleagues in similar leadership levels
    • Form an action plan with their district teams to transform teaching and learning in their schools.

    27. Living History: American Revolution 250 - Liberty or Loyalty

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: All educators, administrators and school staff

    Dates: 7/16/2020 to 7/17/2020

    250 years ago, colonists in the Hudson Valley were forced to make a choice to either remain loyal to England or join the Rebels in Revolution. Citizens of the Hudson Valley will be forced to make choices with dire consequences.

    The course will take participants to sites associated with the Patriots, as well as the Loyalist.

    The course will include Living History activities and an optional overnight encampment at Tilly Foster Farm.

    Registration Fee - $150.00

    28. NYSUT - Mindfulness in Today's Classroom

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Dates: 7/20/2020 to 7/24/2020

    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.

    29. NYSUT - Social Emotional Learning: A New Approach (CURI 6526)

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Dates: 7/20/2020 to 7/24/2020

    CURI 6526 SUNY Empire State College, was previously EDU 661119

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

    This course will introduce participants to the concepts of emotional intelligence and the importance of incorporating social-emotional learning in the classroom in order to create academic environments that cultivate caring, empathic and successful students. Through research-based activities, participants will develop strategies to teach to the "whole child", learn ways to motivate and engage students and promote positive interactions amongst students in order to increase academic achievement.

    Three Required Texts:The Educator's Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement: Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom 1st Edition, ISBN #13: 978141291481, The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights, ISBN #13: 9781934441152 & The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education Paperback 2014, ASIN: #B010EVNDP8 & additional participant booklet available as a download in Frontline.

    Be mindful that New York State requires ALL students enrolled in a SUNY school to show proof of their MMR Immunization and Meningitis Vaccination when enrolled in six (6) or more credits that involve face-to-face instruction. (Online course work does not apply)

    Fees: Graduate fee: $1,340 In-service fee: $845 (includes required text)

    Coordination fee: $40 payable to PNW BOCES

    30. Teaching Grammar: What Really Works (Grades 4-12)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: English Language Arts, Reading, and Special Education Teachers (Grades 4-12)

    Dates: 7/22/2020 to 7/23/2020

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    This two-day online series will demonstrate engaging ways to teach parts of speech, sentence structure, and the patterns of Standard English by using hands-on manipulatives, visuals, word games, and auditory rhythms. Grammar instruction is durable, sensible, and useful when students discover that most of it is about naming concepts that they already know intuitively, whether they are native speakers of English or not. This methodology is based on the principles of brain-based pedagogy and the principles of language acquisition.

    Participants will explore why traditional grammar instruction has not been effective and will focus on how to use parts of speech to improve writing and vocabulary. Participants will focus on phrases and clauses, punctuation, sentence combining, sentence elaboration, and using mentor texts to emulate well-written sentences.

    Amy Benjamin is the author of several books on teaching grammar, including Infusing Grammar into the Writer's Workshop.

    31. School Violence Prevention & Intervention Workshop

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: Candidates applying for New York State teacher certification

    Dates: 7/22/2020

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

    32. Edupreneur Insitute

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: Educators who want to learn, grow, and explore new avenues for entrepreneurship in education

    Dates: 7/23/2020

    Edupreneurs are global-minded educators with a passion for learning and are committed to sharing ideas, strategies, and expertise with colleagues in and beyond their schools. Technology and social media have provided more opportunity for educators to build their entrepreneurial skills and contribute to the field in meaningful and exciting ways. This institute will bring the edupreneurs in our region together to learn, grow, and explore new avenues for entrepreneurship in education. Session presenters will provide guidance for those considering pathways for expanding their reach. Participants will also hear from a panel of women in entrepreneurship, and a panel on the ethics and legal obligations of edupreneurs Current edupreneurs will develop a network of support with educators at all levels who are exploring an expansion of their reach and leveraging their expertise into publishing, social media, and consulting roles. EVAN ROB - KEYNOTE SPEAKER Evan Robb is presently a building level principal in Virginia. He has over twenty years of experience serving as a building level principal including opening a Junior High School. Prior to being a school principal, he was an English teacher, department chair, and Assistant Principal. Early in his career, Evan received the Horace Mann Educator of the Year Award. In addition, the NCTE Commission on Reading selected him to serve on its board. His first book titled, The Principal's Leadership Sourcebook: Practices, Tools, and Strategies for Building a Thriving School Community was published by Scholastic in the fall of 2007. His newest book, The Ten- Minute Principal is being published by Corwin in May 2019. Evan and Laura Robb collaborated with Davis Burgess Publishing to write, Team Makers which will be published in the summer of 2019. In addition, Evan and Laura will publish, A School Full of Readers with Benchmark Education in the fall of 2019.

    33. NYSUT - Critical and Creative Thinkers for a Global Age

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Dates: 7/27/2020 to 7/31/2020

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

    This course focuses on developing critical and creative thinkers who can operate in and competently address the issues and challenges of a global age. It focuses on the practice of critical and creative thinking through the use of thinking routines and promotes student engagement, understanding, and independence by making thinking visible. Participants examine the standards and dispositions of critical and creative thinkers, as they explore precise and emotive language, effective communication, inferential reasoning, logical fallacies,thinking from multiple perspectives, creative problem solving, and media literacy. Based in the context of global issues and challenges, the course models over 21 critical and creative thinking routines for the classroom that make thinking visible, foster collaboration and communication,and enhance engagement and understanding in a culture of thinking.

    Target audience: All educators grades K-12

    Credit Options: 3 graduate credits through In-service credit based on district policy

    Fees: Graduate fee: $1,340 In-service fee: $845 (includes required text)

    Coordination fee: $40 payable to PNW BOCES.

    34. NYSUT - Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: General education, special education, and occupational education teachers, grades K-12, and other support staff

    Dates: 7/27/2020 to 7/31/2020

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

    UNY 826 Adelphi University

    In this course, participants will explore strategies and design lessons that enhance learning and proficiency for the general population and also meet the needs of the exceptional learners and the unique and specific challenges they encounter.

    Required Text: Available as an electronic download through ELT for purchase price of $65. Payment due at time of registration and is included in tuition price. Participants may print materials prior to class or bring laptop/ipad to access text online during class.

    RequiredText: Available as an electronic download through ELT for purchase price of $65. Payment due at time of registration and is included in tuition price. Participants may print materials prior to class or bring laptop/ipad to access text online during class.

    Target audience: Regular, special, and occupational education teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers.

    Credit Options: 3 graduate credits through Adelphi University In-service credit based on district policy

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

    Coordination fee: $40 payable to PNW BOCES. Go to www.pnwboces.org/catalog to pay coordination fee.

    35. Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Introductory Course

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: General and special education teachers, grades 2-12, reading teachers, adult educators, administrators, support staff, parents

    Dates: 7/27/2020 to 7/29/2020

    This course presents the multi-sensory structured language principles and techniques of the Wilson Reading System. A Wilson® Credentialed Trainer describes general program concepts and provides hands-on instruction in the lesson plan format.

    Topics include:
  • Reading research
  • Basic principles of language structure
  • How to teach language with direct, multi-sensory methods
  • Review and reinforcement
  • Program implementation
  • Student placement, progress and monitoring
  • Lesson planning and procedures in the Wilson Reading System - modeling and practice.

    This 3-day prerequisite course for those teachers planning to enroll in WRS Level I Certification will provide a background to the program, descriptions, and WRS demonstrations. Participants will receive introductory packets.

    Participants should bring their WRS Instructor Manual. Participants are welcome to bring their WRS Introductory Sets if they are interested in exploring and organizing the materials. Sets and the WIST are not provided for participants and should be purchased through wilsonlanguage.com

    PNW BOCES is an Accredited Partner of Wilson Language Training®.
  • 36. Comprehension & Content: Literacy Instruction to Support Student Knowledge and Independence (K-8)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: K-8 general education and special education teachers, literacy coaches and specialists, literacy leaders

    Dates: 7/27/2020 to 7/29/2020

    Wondering how to bridge comprehension strategy instruction with rich and meaningful content? Engage in two half-day virtual workshops to learn from literacy experts from The Rose Institute at Manhattanville College on how to grow student knowledge about the natural world, historical topics, and social issues through exposure to content-rich texts and authentic literature. Participants will learn ways to integrate comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency instruction to support student content knowledge and flexible use of strategies, through modeling, guided practice, and support for individual students. Workshops will provide teaching tips for both classroom and distance learning environments.


    Day 1: The Importance of Background Knowledge for Reader Success and Joy

  • Why background knowledge matters for reading success
  • How comprehension strategy instruction supports student independence
  • Vocabulary and fluency - the building blocks of comprehension
  • Blending content into a workshop approach


    Day 2: Planning for Content and Process for Reader Success and Joy

  • Making read alouds memorable and interactive
  • Small group instruction
  • One-on-one conferring
  • 37. NYSUT - ACTIVE LEARNING IN THE CONTEMPORARY CLASSROOM

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: General education, special education, and occupational education teachers, grades K-12, and other support staff

    Dates: 8/3/2020 to 8/7/2020

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

    UNY 733 Empire State College

    Do we need active learning in today's classroom? Active learning is a form of learning in which teaching strives to involve students in the learning process more directly than in other methods. Active learning is important in the contemporary classroom. It creates a high level of self-monitoring, checking for understanding, and the application of various strategies. In doing this it helps students distinguish and differentiate between important and unimportant information, analyze, compare and contrast and dig deeper for meaning. This course is designed to help educators determine if contemporary classrooms serve as a context for active learning. In this course, participants will explore various practical active learning strategies and will learn how to successfully implement them into the classroom. Some of these strategies will include Flipped Classroom, Collaborative Grouping, Interactive Games, Stations, Reciprocal Questioning and Flexible Seating and Space Design. These strategies involve students working together and individually. Participants will learn how to create the right design for engaging students.

    Required Text: Required Text: Teaching in the Fast Lane How to Create Active Learning Experiences, ISBN #978-1- 4166-2338-0

    Target audience: Regular, special, and occupational education teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers.

    Credit Options: 3 graduate credits through Empire State College

    Fees: Graduate fee: $1,340 In-service fee: $845 (Inservice credits based on district policy)

    Coordination fee: $40 payable to PNW BOCES. Go to www.pnwboces.org/catalog to pay coordination fee.

    38. Academic Vocabulary for English Language Learners (Grades 4-12)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: English Language Arts, Reading, and Special Education Teachers (Grades 4-12)

    Dates: 8/11/2020 to 8/12/2020

    New
    Knowledge about Latin and Greek roots helps us figure out unfamiliar words, deepen our understanding of words, and find relationships among words that we didn't even know were related. But how can we teach word roots without just giving out lists and worksheets? We know that way doesn't lead to durable learning.

    In this two-day online series, participants will learn engaging, memorable ways to build deep word knowledge through the principles of pattern recognition, etymology, visuals, and meaningful repetition. We can help students hone their linguis-tic intuition so they can feel more confident around academic vocabulary. This workshop is especially useful for ELLs whose native language is based on Latin (Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian).

    39. NYSUT - Enhancing Literacy for All Students (UNY 802)

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: Regular, special, and occupational education teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, grades K-12

    Dates: 8/17/2020 to 8/21/2020

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

    Participants investigate research-based strategies, activities and assessments that are designed to improve students' literacy skills. Topics include development of decoding skills, building vocabulary, increasing reading comprehension, and types and purposes of writing. The role of literacy skills in all the New York State Learning Standards is also addressed.

    Required Text: Literacy Development in the Early Years - the eighth edition ISBN # 9780132484824 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle.

    UNY 802 Adelphi University

    Credit Options: 3 graduate credits through Empire State College In-service credit based on district policy

    Fees: Graduate fee: $1,340 In-service fee: $845 (includes required text)

    Coordination fee: $40 payable to PNW BOCES. Go to www.pnwboces.org/catalog to pay coordination fee.

    Target audience: Regular, special, and occupational education teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, grades K-12

    40. NYSUT: Human Development - Undergraduate Cazenovia - ED 134

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: Individuals pursuing Initial CTE certificates for teaching

    Dates: 8/17/2020 to 8/21/2020

    This course provides an overview of the theories, current research, and controversial issues in human development from birth to adolescence. It focuses on the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development of learners with different abilities and needs in the school environment. Various aspects of developmental contexts are explored, including heredity, culture, community, socioeconomic level/backgrounds, family, and school environment. To register call, Cazenovia College (315) 655-7288 - there is a $375 tuition fee. A $40 registration fee will be paid to the Teacher Center.

    This course will be facilitated online.

    Required Text: Child Development: Principles and Perspectives, Allyn & Bacon, 2005. ISBN #13-9780205482368

    41. Manhattanville College Rose Institute: Orton-Gillingham Learning Pathway - Teaching Multisensory Reading 2

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: Classroom teachers K-2, reading specialists, special education teachers

    Dates: 8/17/2020 to 8/21/2020

    Teaching Multisensory Reading 2 expands knowledge of literary appreciation and scientifically-based language arts content, including:
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Systematic phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence construction
  • Composition
  • Fluency
  • Text Structure
  • Text Comprehension

    The curriculum is structured, sequential, and cumulative. The methodology is explicit, interactive, diagnostic, multisensory, and integrated. Participants will hone their ability to differentiate instruction for students who need challenge and those who struggle. This course fulfills the course preparation requirement for the Academy of Orton Gillingham Associate level certification.

    For full details of the program, please email Renee.ORourke@mville.edu.

    All participants must register on My Learning Plan AND through Manhattanville College to participate in this course. Tuition for 3 graduate credits is $1,800. For participants who are NOT seeking graduate credit, the cost of the course is $1,100. All payments will be through Manhattanville College. Materials for the course will be purchased separately, please inquire for details.

  • 42. Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Introductory Course

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: General and special education teachers, grades 2-12, reading teachers, adult educators, administrators, support staff, parents

    Dates: 8/19/2020 to 8/21/2020

    This course presents the multi-sensory structured language principles and techniques of the Wilson Reading System. A Wilson® Credentialed Trainer describes general program concepts and provides hands-on instruction in the lesson plan format.

    Topics include:
  • Reading research
  • Basic principles of language structure
  • How to teach language with direct, multi-sensory methods
  • Review and reinforcement
  • Program implementation
  • Student placement, progress and monitoring
  • Lesson planning and procedures in the Wilson Reading System - modeling and practice.

    This 3-day prerequisite course for those teachers planning to enroll in WRS Level I Certification will provide a background to the program, descriptions, and WRS demonstrations. Participants will receive introductory packets.

    Participants should bring their WRS Instructor Manual. Participants are welcome to bring their WRS Introductory Sets if they are interested in exploring and organizing the materials. Sets and the WIST are not provided for participants and should be purchased through wilsonlanguage.com

    PNW BOCES is an Accredited Partner of Wilson Language Training®.
  • 43. DASA Dignity for All Students Act - Mandated 6 hour certification workshop

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

    Dates: 8/20/2020

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

    44. Creating a School-wide Action Plan Addressing the Needs of Transgender and Fluid Students

    Program: Center for Educational Leadership

    Audience: District and building level leaders

    Dates: 8/20/2020

    New
    ONLINE This workshop provides teams of school administrators, teachers, school psychologists, and pupil personnel leaders an opportunity to create specific action plans to address both the needs of the building and of the student when a student presents as transgender or gender fluid. The first portion of the workshop will review the most relevant issues, laws and school building/district responsibilities around this topic. The main purpose of the workshop, however, will focus on the creation of a pro-active action plan so that each school/district will be prepared to address such transgender specific issues as notice to staff and students, use of pronouns, changes to educational and medical records, use of restrooms and locker rooms, and participation in intramural and interscholastic sports. Each team can expect to leave the workshop with an initial draft of a school/district specific action plan ready for vetting by central office administrators, school boards and school district attorneys.

    45. NYSUT: Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment - Undergraduate Cazenovia - ED 343

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: Individuals pursuing Initial CTE certificates for teaching

    Dates: 8/24/2020 to 8/28/2020

    ED343 - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Cazenovia

    This course is designed to provide teachers with an opportunity to study, reflect, question, become knowledgeable about, and develop skills in curriculum, and instructional and assessment methods. Major topics include: using the New York State Common Core Learning Standards to build curricular units and lessons; identifying the characteristics of effective and intentional teaching; designing units that reflect an understanding of how student diversity influences curriculum and learning; writing effective lesson plans for instruction using a variety of approaches & technologies; designing assessments of and for student learning; and learning how to become a reflective practitioner. To register call, Cazenovia College (315) 655-7288 - there is a $375 tuition fee. A $40 registration fee will be paid to the Teacher Center.

    This course will be facilitated online.

    Required Textbook: Cruickshank, D, Jenkins, Deborah Bainer, & Metcalf, Kim L/ (2011). The Act of Teaching 6th Edition.

    46. Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) Volume 1

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Educators of reading, spelling, and related language skills, general and education teachers, reading teachers, interventionists, literacy leaders

    Dates: 8/31/2020 to 12/17/2020

    New
    LETRS is an empowering professional learning course for instructors of reading, spelling, and related language skills. LETRS provides educators with the background, depth of knowledge, and tools to teach language and literacy to every student. LETRS can be used regardless of the literacy program in use. Educators in this six-session program will benefit from:
  • Understanding the content and methodology of research-based, explicit, structured literacy instruction
  • Deep knowledge of the cognitive and language factors that shape student learning and of pedagogical detail
  • Information about how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students

    The focus of Volume 1 is word recognition. Topics addressed include:
  • The Challenge of Learning to Read
  • The Speech Sounds of English
  • Teaching Beginning Phonics, Word Recognition, and Spelling
  • Advanced Decoding, Spelling, and Word Recognition

    Participant materials are included in the cost of the workshop. Participants will have the option to continue this learning by registering for Volume 2; the focus of Volume 2 is language comprehension.
  • 47. Growing Independent Reading Through Classroom Libraries

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: K-5 teachers, literacy coaches, & literacy leaders

    Dates: 9/3/2020

    Students who have access to a well-organized classroom library have the potential to buzz about books with classmates and grow their own reading life. A classroom library is linked to independent reading through book shopping and stamina building.


    Many questions remain for educators about libraries as well as independent reading: How should I organize and categorize my library? How much should my students have access to the library? How do I ensure that my books are returned? How many minutes should my students be reading? How can I assess the books they are reading if I haven't read them? Educators who attend this workshop will find the answers to these questions, as well as develop new understandings about their role during independent reading and assessing readers not books.

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

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

    Dates: 9/16/2020

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

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

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Educators, administrators, literacy specialists, parents

    Dates: 9/18/2020

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

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

    Prerequisite: Completion of WRS Introductory Course.

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

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

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

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

    50. LifLife Guided Reading (Hybrid Course)

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Elementary teachers, AIS providers, reading teachers, literacy coaches

    Dates: 9/22/2020 to 10/7/2020

    How can educators embrace Guided Reading as an essential part of a balanced literacy or reading workshop program, and then effectively implement this practice in their own classroom? Join LitLife for a hybrid learning opportunity around Guided Reading!

    Participants will come together for a half-day session to discuss current Guided Reading practices and goals. Participants will learn about what is happening in other classrooms and what opportunities there are for growth as a Guided Reading teacher.

    Over the course of two weeks, participants will complete six hours of self-paced course work, including classroom activities and projects. The online course includes identifying students' instructional "sweet spots", planning Guided Reading lessons, and viewing live demonstrations of each essential technique in practice. Learning outcomes include:

  • The what and they why of GR
  • The importance of quality GR in the classroom
  • How to implement GR in your classroom (grouping students & selecting texts)
  • The structure of a GR lesson
  • GR supplementals and implementation in classrooms

    After completion of the online course, participants will come together to reflect and practice delivering lessons with colleagues. The in-person follow up includes tangible deliverables as well as opportunities to practice Guided Reading lessons and get questions answered by Guided Reading experts.
  • 51. Fundations® Level K

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 9/24/2020

    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 K. The Fundations Level K Workshop provides a practical, how-to overview of the Fundations Level K 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, multi-sensory methods
  • Practical guidelines for implementation
  • Participants write lesson plans and practice lesson activities for a particular Fundations level

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


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

  • 52. Fundations® Level 1

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 9/25/2020

    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.

  • 53. Elementary Math Leaders Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

    54. Math Chairs Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

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

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

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

    Come join the group and add to our combined knowledge and skill base.

    55. Reading Interventionists Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

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

    New
    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.

  • 56. Elementary ELA Leaders Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

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

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

    57. Arts Educators Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

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

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

    58. Fundations® Level 2

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 10/1/2020

    Fundations® 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 2. The Fundations Level 2 workshop provides a practical, how-to overview of the Fundations Level 2 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 2, administrators, and other interested educational professionals. Participants are encouraged to bring their kit or the manual.

    Credit: In-service credit based on district policy.


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

  • 59. Computer Science Teachers Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Teachers of K-12 computer science

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

    As computer science (CS) programs in districts grow, it is important for teachers in this area to support each other's learning. As an outreach program of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Lower Hudson Valley Chapter, the goal of this collegial circle is to bring quality professional development and collaboration to all CS teachers. In these sessions, computer science teachers will have an opportunity to exchange ideas on focused topics and receive training on various important computer science tools, curricula, and pedagogues, appropriate for all grade levels. Topics of focus may include physical programming, robotics, AP curricula, supporting younger learners, additional opportunities for PD and student participation, strategies for increasing diversity in CS classrooms, appropriate learning spaces, and other important issues as related to K-12 Computer Science education.

    60. Elementary Social Studies Leaders Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

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

    "A series of three online workshops that will aid teachers in thinking critically about how to use visuals to motivate students, to promote deep thinking in students, and to help students make personal and historical connections to what they are learning. These online presentations will build be one hour in length and build on each other. Session 1: Why use images? Selecting images with purpose. Session 2: How to See-looking at ways to analyze images and creating a Chain of Sequence-developing questions that scaffold to focus attention and promote thinking. Session 3: What's the connection-personal and historical? Helping students to articulate what they have learned. "

    61. Fundations® Level 3

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 10/2/2020

    Fundations® 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 3. The Fundations Level 3 Workshop provides a practical, how-to overview of the Fundations Level 3 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 plan 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 3, administrators, and other interested educational professionals Credit: In-service credit based on district policy Fee: $249 includes introductory materials; this training is COSER-aidable. This workshop is offered through a collaboration with Wilson Language Training® Corp.
  • 62. Secondary Social Studies Leaders Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Secondary social studies leaders

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

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

    63. Health Educators Collegial CIrcle

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

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

    64. Science Coordinators Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 10/6/2020

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


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

    66. Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

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

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

    67. World Language Leaders Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Foreign/world language teachers and administrators

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

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

    68. Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grade 1-5 general education and special education teachers, literacy coaches and specialists, leaders

    Dates: 10/9/2020

    Whitney La Rocca, contributing author to Patterns of Power:Inviting Writers into the Conventions of Language will facilitate this workshop that explores ways to harness language conventions to purposefully activate meaning in both comprehension and composition in grades 1-5.

    Meaning is made when reading and writing crash together in the conventions of language. Author's purpose is why, and author's craft is how. How do we move the conventions of language from being viewed as a right-and-wrong proposition with only one correct answer? Come discover brain-based, practical ways to use the reading-writing connection to teach grammar and editing in a way that grows young writers and readers.

    Participants in this workshop will receive:

  • An invitational process for using a bite-sized chunk of children's literature to naturally teach grammar through the study of models, inquiry, conversation, comparison, imitation, celebration, and application.
  • A clear understanding of how authentic grammar and conventions instruction is a journey of meaning-making as a reader and writer.
  • Practical do-tomorrow lessons that work without overwhelming learners-or teachers.
  • Tools for quick, practical, authentic grammar instruction based in author's purpose and craft.
  • Guided experience planning, teaching, and applying manageable and authentic grammar and conventions instruction.


    Whitney La Rocca will share revolutionary ideas, strategies, and tools for authentic grammar instruction that bolsters writing and reading instruction in a way that will make you think and laugh.

    Participants can purchase a copy of Patterns of Power and receive an extra 20% off the educator price. Use the discount code PNW20 when placing an order online (https://www.stenhouse.com/content/patterns-power) or by calling 1-800-988-9812.

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

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 10/13/2020

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


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

    70. STEM/STEAM Collegial Circle

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

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

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

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

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Music leaders and educators

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

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

    72. Mastery Through Making Sense: Using the Mathematical Practices

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Dates: 10/20/2020

    New
    Emily Johnson-Antoine is a former District Administrator of Information, Communication, and a Technology Specialist who taught in Pasco County, Florida. She was also a reading and math coach at the school-based level. She has presented at conferences in several states. She was also a trainer for the State of Florida on Common Core Mathematics. Emily was contracted by Apple to support a district-wide 1:1 iPad implementation. She currently supports New York districts with technology support, curriculum planning, student-centered classrooms, the new science standards, and redesigning libraries.

    73. Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) - Primary

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 10/21/2020 to 11/16/2020

    This three-day training includes an introduction to the LLI Orange, Green and Blue systems. The groundbreaking 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 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 systems.


    This three-day training includes:

  • An 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.

  • 74. 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: 10/22/2020 to 4/15/2021

    New
    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.

    75. Studying Skillful Teaching: Promoting Motivation, Learning, and Achievement

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: K-12 classroom teachers, coaches, and mentor teachers

    Dates: 10/22/2020 to 2/11/2021

    Nothing is more complex, challenging, or important than assuring high levels of learning for each and every student. And no single factor has a greater impact on student learning than skillful teaching. The Studying Skillful Teaching program is Research for Better Teaching's (RBT) cornerstone program for building teachers' capacity (i.e. the knowledge and skills, as well as the courage and conviction to promote students' motivation, learning, and increased achievement). It is based on the belief that teaching is a process of decision-making, and that skillful teachers never stop learning through experimentation, data analysis, study, and collegial sharing about what works best for their students. The Studying Skillful Teaching workshop is comprised of the following components:
  • Course schedules are designed to balance in-class learning and reflection with out-of-class application
  • Course readings draw upon the course text, The Skillful Teacher: Building Your Teaching Skills (2009), and current professional articles
  • Course assignments, of which there are three, strengthen participants' capacities in the areas of planning, teaching, and reflecting
  • Participants are expected to come prepared to each session having completed course readings and assignments and ready to engage in critical thinking and dialogue with fellow educators.

    ***Course includes lunch and cost of one copy of the required text, The Skillful Teacher.
  • 76. Fountas and Pinnell: Guided Reading - Responsive Teaching Across the Grades

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: K-8 teachers, reading specialists, special education teachers, literacy coaches

    Dates: 10/23/2020

    Guided Reading is a powerful small-group instructional context in which the teacher supports each reader's developing system of strategic actions for processing texts at increasingly challenging levels of difficulty.

    Participants in this workshop will explore how to use guided reading to meet students where they are and lead them forward with intention and responsive teaching. Participants will learn the structure of a lesson and explore how to observe children and teach in response to those observations.

    Participants will:

  • Consider the values and characteristics of guided reading
  • Learn the structure of a guided reading lesson
  • Develop an understanding of reading as a complex process
  • Develop an understanding of the systems of strategic actions that are necessary for the reader to think within, beyond, and about texts
  • Use The Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum as a tool to observe, teach for, and support reading behaviors in individual children >li>Explore how to assess and group children into temporary guided reading groups
  • Learn how to plan for effective guided reading lessons
  • Learn how to monitor student progress over time
  • 77. "Living History - American Revolution 250 - Clash of Cultures"

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: All educators, administrators and school staff

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

    In the lead up to the American Revolution, the Wappingers and the Colonists had struggled to live together peacefully. The course will examine the clash between the "last sachem" Daniel Nimham and the wealthy colonial Philipse Family in the Hudson Valley that would ultimately be decided in war. The course will include Living History activities, as well as a moderately strenuous hike to the Nimham Fire Tower.

    The course starts with a Multimedia presentation and discussion of Native American influence in New York, English Colonial developments in the Hudson Valley, and the conflict between Native Americans and English colonists in the American Revolution. Participants will then take a tour of Nimham Mountain and Putnam Veteran's Park

    Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the reasons for conflict between the Native Americans and early colonists in the Hudson Valley
  • Discuss the development of English settlement in the Hudson Valley
  • Summarize influence of Native American culture in the Hudson Valley

    Participants are responsible for all site and tour fees, and travel and meal costs.

    Registration Fee - $150.00

  • 78. Lindamood-Bell: Seeing Stars®

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 10/27/2020 to 10/28/2020

    The Lindamood® Seeing Stars® program develops symbol imagery: the ability to visualize sounds and letters in words for both phonological and orthographic processing. Students move through a series of steps from single consonants/vowels to multisyllabic and contextual reading to develop the imagery-language connection for competency in written language. The two-day Seeing Stars® (SI®) workshop focuses on helping students develop symbol imagery for written language. Through a series of steps, SI students learn to visualize sounds and letters in words, thereby improving phonological and orthographic processing in both receptive and expressive written language. All steps of the program are introduced, practiced, and modeled.


    Participants will develop strategies for:

  • Phonics/Phoneme awareness
  • Orthographic awareness
  • Reading fluency
  • Word attack
  • Word recognition
  • Spelling


    Each workshop participant must bring a Seeing Stars® kit; participants attending this workshop can purchase a kit at a discounted price. Please contact Julie Darling at (914) 248-2345 or jdarling@pnwboces.org for more information on ordering a kit.

  • 79. Teachers College Reading and Writing Project: Units of Study in Reading (6-8)

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 10/28/2020

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


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

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

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

    Dates: 11/2/2020

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

    81. Fountas & Pinnell Classroom: Reading Minilessons

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: K-6 teachers, literacy coaches and specialists, reading teachers

    Dates: 11/4/2020

    Reading minilessons are short, concise, purposeful lessons with a practical application in a specific area of literacy. Each minilesson engages children in inquiry that leads to the discovery of understanding of a general principle.

    Participants in this workshop will learn more about the values of this powerful instructional context. Participants will learn how to use The Reading Minilessons Book to engage children's thinking through high-quality texts.

    Participants will:

  • Consider the values and characteristics of reading minilessons
  • Become familiar with The Reading Minilessons Book
  • Develop an understanding of reading as a complex process
  • Develop an understanding of the systems of strategic actions that support effective thinking within, beyond, and about texts
  • Understand the structure of umbrellas and minilessons
  • Explore the different types of minilessons: management, literacy analysis, strategies and skills, and writing about reading
  • Understand how to assess and plan reading minilessons


    The Reading Minilessons Book, for any grade level, is required for all participants.

  • 82. Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) - Intermediate

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Grades 3 - 12 teachers, reading specialists, special education teachers, literacy coaches

    Dates: 11/5/2020 to 11/30/2020

    This three-day training includes an introduction to the LLI Red, Gold, Purple, and Teal systems, with special attention to what the research has shown to be effective instruction for older, struggling readers. In this seminar, participants will receive three days of intensive training (two days of start-up training and one follow-up day) on the systems and will learn specific strategies to address the needs of struggling older readers. In addition to an overview of the components and implementation, professional learning for these systems delves in to the advanced routines needed for intermediate students. These routines include a focus on comprehension, vocabulary development, and fluency as well as phonics and word study principles, book discussion formats, writing about reading routines, novel study units, test taking study, and silent reading.

    This three-day training includes:

  • Clear rationales for the instructional procedures in the LLI Red, Gold, Purple and Teal systems and how they all contribute to the reader's development of an effective processing system.
  • Opportunities to observe, discuss, and practice using the lesson frameworks, instructional procedures, and resources in the LLI Red, Gold, Purple and Teal systems.
  • A focus on supporting students to develop strategic actions for processing texts using a gradient of high quality fiction and nonfiction texts, written explicitly for the LLI Red, Gold, Purple and Teal systems.
  • Specific instruction on the assessment and record keeping in the LLI Red, Gold, Purple and Teal systems, that is crucial to inform teaching decisions and maximize effectiveness.
  • An introduction to the Online Resources website.

  • 83. Wilson: Just Words®

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: General education, special education, reading teachers, 4-12, administrators, and other interested educational professionals

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

    Wilson's Just Words® is a highly explicit, multi-sensory decoding and spelling program for students in grades 4-12 and adults who do not require intensive intervention, but do require explicit decoding and spelling instruction due to word-level deficits. This workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Just Words curriculum.

    Workshop Topics:

  • Understanding word structure
  • Student identification and placement
  • Program and unit structure and implementation
  • Hit the ground running: An in-depth review of Unit 1, measuring student progress, and Just Words InterActivities (an interactive whiteboard application).

    Participants should bring their manual and kit materials. Kits are not provided during the workshop.
    PNW BOCES is a Wilson Accredited Partner.
  • 84. Supporting ALL Students Within the Workshop Structure

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 11/12/2020

    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!

    85. Living History: American Revolution 250 - Dutch New York

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: All Elementary, Social Studies, Science, English and Special Education Educators (grades k – 12)

    Dates: 12/4/2020 to 12/5/2020

    This course will explore old Dutch influence in New York and show how it still echoes across contemporary American life in New York.

    In 1625 Dutch settlers founded Nieuw-Amsterdam as the capital of Nieuw-Nederland on the island of Manna-hata, which according to the Native Americans meant "island of many hills". An Englishmen working for the Dutch turned the Native American name into Manhattan. It was a location chosen for strategic reasons, large enough to be able to sustain the population and small enough to be defended by a fort. For a trading post it was a prime location as well, being close to both the ocean and rivers going inland.

    Remnants of Dutch life can be seen in places like the 18th century Dyckman House on Manhattan island and also in the large number of Dutch, Dutch-related or derived place names around the city.

    The course consists of a "classroom component" and a walking tour of Dutch sites in New York City including the Museum of the City of New York, The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, and a walking tour of Dutch sites in Manhattan.

    Registration Fee - $150.00

    Participants will be able to:

  • identify the reasons for Dutch settlement in the New World
  • discuss the development of Dutch culture in New Netherland
  • summarize influence of Dutch culture on the city today


    Note: Participants are responsible for all site and tour fees, travel and meal costs

  • 86. Novel-Based Reading: Teaching the Reader Not the Book

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Educators (Grades 5 & 6), literacy coaches, & literacy leaders

    Dates: 12/7/2020

    Educators are often comfortable using novels as a tool for teaching reading. This approach can sit within a Readers Workshop, providing the novel sits as a launching pad for explicit instruction. When educators use the novel alongside short stories, poems, articles, and independent reading, they can build a rich unit which grows thinking and writing for our readers. Shifting the mindset to teaching the reader and not the book is a way to arrive at broader goals for readers.


    Educators who attend this workshop will discover how to use the novels they love to teach readers while growing metacognition, analysis, and meaningful "writing abut reading" experiences. This workshop is geared toward 5th and 6th grade educators.

    87. Teaching Vocabulary: What Really Works (Grades 4-12)

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 12/8/2020

    Although the research consistently points to how important vocabulary is in all subject areas, many teachers have not addressed vocabulary instruction effectively or with sufficient emphasis. In this workshop, teachers will learn ways to teach generic academic vocabulary, subject-specific words, and words encountered in reading through the principles of natural language acquisition. Topics will include how words get learned and stay learned, how to select words for explicit instruction, giving students choices in the words they learn, formative and summative assessments, and word components.

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

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

    Dates: 12/14/2020

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

    89. Teaching Grammar: What Really Works (Grades 4-12)

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 12/14/2020

    This workshop will demonstrate engaging ways to teach parts of speech, sentence structure, and the patterns of Standard English by using hands-on manipulatives, visuals, word games, and auditory rhythms. Grammar instruction is durable, sensible, and useful when students discover that most of it is about naming concepts that they already know intuitively, whether they are native speakers of English or not. This methodology is based on the principles of brain-based pedagogy and the principles of language acquisition.

    Participants will explore why traditional grammar instruction has not been effective and will focus on how to use parts of speech to improve writing and vocabulary. Participants will focus on phrases and clauses, punctuation, sentence combining, sentence elaboration, and using mentor texts to emulate well-written sentences.

    Amy Benjamin is the author of several books on teaching grammar, including Infusing Grammar into the Writer's Workshop.

    90. Preparing Your Students for the English Regents Exam - Part I (Focus on Reading Comprehension)

    Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

    Audience: ELA Teachers, grades 9-12 (also relevant to 6-8 teachers); Special Education teachers

    Dates: 1/6/2021

    Focus on Reading: This workshop will address the strategies and time management for the reading comprehension questions. We will look carefully at how the questions are constructed, curriculum implications, and metacognitive implications for close reading of passages from fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction. Emphasis will be placed on practical, meaningful classroom strategies for building awareness of central idea, purpose of details in a text, and writer's craft. Because the skills on the ELA Regents exam are cumulative, this workshop is appropriate for grades 6-12. Needs of special education students and English language learners will be addressed.

    91. Start with Joy: Designing Literacy Learning for Student Success and Happiness

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: K-8 teachers, coaches, and literacy leaders

    Dates: 1/11/2021

    Are you looking for ways to make literacy learning more purposeful, memorable, and, above all, joyful? In this workshop, participants will be introduced to a seven-pillar framework that bridges literacy learning with evidence-based strategies for student happiness. The pillars are: Connection, Choice, Challenge, Play, Story, Discovery, and Movement.

    This workshop will support teachers across the domains of reading, writing, and speaking/listening with emphasis on how to infuse joy into read-alouds, small group instruction, conferring, minilessons, and writing instruction.

    Katie Egan Cunningham, author of Start with Joy: Designing Literacy Learning for Student Happiness with facilitate this workshop.

    92. Sonday System 1®: Multisensory Solutions for Reading

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: K-2 general and special educator teachers, reading teachers, literacy coaches and leaders

    Dates: 1/13/2021

    Join us for an introduction to multisensory teaching methodology and a detailed look at the implementation of Sonday System 1® Reading Intervention Program. The system is designed for Kindergarten - Grade 2 students. This session offers hands-on use of the materials and practical strategies to use with struggling readers. Focus is on Sonday System 1® instructional materials, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension instruction.

    Participants should bring a Sonday System 1® kit to the workshop.

    Winsor Learning provides Sonday System® programs and training based on Orton-Gillingham methods. Educational experts at industry-leading organizations such as the National Center for Learning Disabilities and the International Dyslexia Association have evaluated the Sonday System® and deemed that the program contained the required elements for teaching reading identified by the National Reading Panel.

    93. Sonday System®: Group Coaching

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: K-2 general and special educator teachers, reading teachers, literacy coaches and leaders

    Dates: 1/14/2021

    This workshop is for participants who have some experience with Sonday System 1®; the session will focus on participants' experiences using Sonday System 1®. The Winsor Consultant and participants will share experiences, strategies, and best practices. A focus will be on promoting fidelity of Sonday System® and building sustainability of Sonday System® throughout the district.

    Winsor Learning provides Sonday System® programs and training based on Orton-Gillingham methods. Educational experts at industry-leading organizations such as the National Center for Learning Disabilities and the International Dyslexia Association have evaluated the Sonday System® and deemed that the program contained the required elements for teaching reading identified by the National Reading Panel.

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

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

    Dates: 1/19/2021

    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.

    95. Preparing Your Students for the Regents Exam - Part 2 (Focus on Writing)

    Program: Curriculum Center

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

    Dates: 2/10/2021

    Focus on Writing: This workshop will address the strategies and time management for writing the two essays on the exam: Argumentation based on sources and literary analysis. Academic vocabulary and sentence construction will be included. Because the skills on the ELA Regents exam are cumulative, this workshop is appropriate for grades 6-12. Needs of special education students and English language learners will be addressed.

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

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

    Dates: 2/16/2021

    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.

    97. Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) Volume 2

    Program: Curriculum Center

    Audience: Educators of reading, spelling, and related language skills, general and education teachers, reading teachers, interventionists, literacy leaders

    Dates: 3/3/2021 to 6/29/2021

    LETRS is an empowering professional learning course for instructors of reading, spelling, and related language skills. LETRS provides educators with the background, depth of knowledge, and tools to teach language and literacy to every student. LETRS can be used regardless of the literacy program in use. Educators will benefit from:
  • Understanding the content and methodology of research-based, explicit, structured literacy instruction
  • Deep knowledge of the cognitive and language factors that shape student learning and of pedagogical detail
  • Information about how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students

    The focus of Volume 2 is language comprehension, including background knowledge, vocabulary, language structure, verbal reasoning, and literacy knowledge. Volume 2 covers Units 5-8:
  • Oral Language and Vocabulary
  • Understanding Reading Comprehension
  • Text-Driven Comprehension Instruction
  • The Reading-Writing Connection

    Completion of LETRS Volume 1 is a prerequisite. Participant materials are included in the cost of the workshop.
  • 98. DASA Dignity for All Students Act - Mandated 6 hour certification workshop

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

    Dates: 3/15/2021

    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.

    99. 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: 3/23/2021 to 11/4/2021

    New
    "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-responses)"

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

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

    Dates: 4/29/2021

    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.

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

    Program: NYS State Certification Courses

    Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

    Dates: 5/27/2021

    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.