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1. DASA Certification Training

Program: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Regional Catalog

Dates: 6/1/2020 to 6/15/2020

NewStarting Today
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District is a NYSED-approved provider. As of 3/30/20 all approved Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training Providers have been approved by NYSED to offer the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training Entirely Online in response to COVID-19 school closures.Sign up anytime prior to the synchronous session.

Objectives:

This training is in compliance with the requirements of the NYS Education Department. Participants will:
>Understand the intent components, and operational definitions present in the Dignity Act.
>Develop and enhance awareness and sensitivity to the range of experiences of the specific student populations as named in the Dignity Act.
>Understand how school climate and culture have an impact on student achievement and behavior.
>Understand bullying, harassment and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors.
>Enhance the understanding of diversity and multi-cultural environments and examine personal biases.
>Articulate the Reporting Requirements for Educators as specified in the Dignity Act.

Includes 3 hours of self-paced, online instruction (recorded PowerPoint with embedded questions) beginning 6/1 and a 3 hour live virtual meeting with the instructor on 6/15, 3-6 PM.

Cost: $70. Please make checks payable to BH-BL Central School District. Please note, while you may register and participate in the course prior to payment, documentation of completion will not be submitted to NYSED until payment has been received by BH-BL.
Please print the registration confirmation off of Frontline and mail it with a check upon registration to:
Dottie Salvatore, BH-BL School District, PO Box 1389, Ballston Lake, NY 12019. (Include a copy of your registration confirmation with the check)

2. DASA Certification Training

Program: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Regional Catalog

Dates: 6/1/2020 to 6/30/2020

NewStarting Today
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District is a NYSED-approved provider. As of 3/30/20 all approved Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training Providers have been approved by NYSED to offer the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training Entirely Online in response to COVID-19 school closures.Sign up anytime prior to the synchronous session.

Objectives:

This training is in compliance with the requirements of the NYS Education Department. Participants will:
>Understand the intent components, and operational definitions present in the Dignity Act.
>Develop and enhance awareness and sensitivity to the range of experiences of the specific student populations as named in the Dignity Act.
>Understand how school climate and culture have an impact on student achievement and behavior.
>Understand bullying, harassment and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors.
>Enhance the understanding of diversity and multi-cultural environments and examine personal biases.
>Articulate the Reporting Requirements for Educators as specified in the Dignity Act.

Includes 3 hours of self-paced, online instruction (recorded PowerPoint with embedded questions) beginning 6/1 and a 3 hour live virtual meeting with the instructor on 6/30, 1-4 PM.

Cost: $70. Please make checks payable to BH-BL Central School District. Please note, while you may register and participate in the course prior to payment, documentation of completion will not be submitted to NYSED until payment has been received by BH-BL.
Please print the registration confirmation off of Frontline and mail it with a check upon registration to:
Dottie Salvatore, BH-BL School District, PO Box 1389, Ballston Lake, NY 12019. (Include a copy of your registration confirmation with the check)

3. DASA Certification Training

Program: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Regional Catalog

Dates: 6/1/2020 to 7/14/2020

NewStarting Today
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District is a NYSED-approved provider. As of 3/30/20 all approved Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training Providers have been approved by NYSED to offer the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training Entirely Online in response to COVID-19 school closures.Sign up anytime prior to the synchronous session.

Objectives:

This training is in compliance with the requirements of the NYS Education Department. Participants will:
>Understand the intent components, and operational definitions present in the Dignity Act.
>Develop and enhance awareness and sensitivity to the range of experiences of the specific student populations as named in the Dignity Act.
>Understand how school climate and culture have an impact on student achievement and behavior.
>Understand bullying, harassment and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors.
>Enhance the understanding of diversity and multi-cultural environments and examine personal biases.
>Articulate the Reporting Requirements for Educators as specified in the Dignity Act.

Includes 3 hours of self-paced, online instruction (recorded PowerPoint with embedded questions) beginning 6/1 and a 3 hour live virtual meeting with the instructor on 7/14, 6-9 PM.

Cost: $70. Please make checks payable to BH-BL Central School District. Please note, while you may register and participate in the course prior to payment, documentation of completion will not be submitted to NYSED until payment has been received by BH-BL.
Please print the registration confirmation off of Frontline and mail it with a check upon registration to:
Dottie Salvatore, BH-BL School District, PO Box 1389, Ballston Lake, NY 12019. (Include a copy of your registration confirmation with the check)

4. DASA Certification Training

Program: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Regional Catalog

Dates: 6/1/2020 to 8/4/2020

NewStarting Today
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District is a NYSED-approved provider. As of 3/30/20 all approved Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training Providers have been approved by NYSED to offer the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training Entirely Online in response to COVID-19 school closures.Sign up anytime prior to the synchronous session.

Objectives:

This training is in compliance with the requirements of the NYS Education Department. Participants will:
>Understand the intent components, and operational definitions present in the Dignity Act.
>Develop and enhance awareness and sensitivity to the range of experiences of the specific student populations as named in the Dignity Act.
>Understand how school climate and culture have an impact on student achievement and behavior.
>Understand bullying, harassment and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors.
>Enhance the understanding of diversity and multi-cultural environments and examine personal biases.
>Articulate the Reporting Requirements for Educators as specified in the Dignity Act.

Includes 3 hours of self-paced, online instruction (recorded PowerPoint with embedded questions) beginning 6/1 and a 3 hour live virtual meeting with the instructor on 8/4, 1-4 PM.

Cost: $70. Please make checks payable to BH-BL Central School District. Please note, while you may register and participate in the course prior to payment, documentation of completion will not be submitted to NYSED until payment has been received by BH-BL.
Please print the registration confirmation off of Frontline and mail it with a check upon registration to:
Dottie Salvatore, BH-BL School District, PO Box 1389, Ballston Lake, NY 12019. (Include a copy of your registration confirmation with the check)

5. DASA Certification Training

Program: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Regional Catalog

Dates: 6/1/2020 to 8/24/2020

NewStarting Today
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District is a NYSED-approved provider. As of 3/30/20 all approved Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training Providers have been approved by NYSED to offer the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Training Entirely Online in response to COVID-19 school closures.Sign up anytime prior to the synchronous session.

Objectives:

This training is in compliance with the requirements of the NYS Education Department. Participants will:
>Understand the intent components, and operational definitions present in the Dignity Act.
>Develop and enhance awareness and sensitivity to the range of experiences of the specific student populations as named in the Dignity Act.
>Understand how school climate and culture have an impact on student achievement and behavior.
>Understand bullying, harassment and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors.
>Enhance the understanding of diversity and multi-cultural environments and examine personal biases.
>Articulate the Reporting Requirements for Educators as specified in the Dignity Act.

Includes 3 hours of self-paced, online instruction (recorded PowerPoint with embedded questions) beginning 6/1 and a 3 hour live virtual meeting with the instructor on 8/24, 3-6 PM.

Cost: $70. Please make checks payable to BH-BL Central School District. Please note, while you may register and participate in the course prior to payment, documentation of completion will not be submitted to NYSED until payment has been received by BH-BL.
Please print the registration confirmation off of Frontline and mail it with a check upon registration to:
Dottie Salvatore, BH-BL School District, PO Box 1389, Ballston Lake, NY 12019. (Include a copy of your registration confirmation with the check)

6. Effective Instructional Strategies for Remote Learning

Program: AATLAS

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Leaders

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 24, 2020)

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This course will allow K-12 educators to build a repertoire of effective instructional strategies to support remote learning. Topics directly or indirectly include blended learning, flipped classroom, lesson planning, instructional video use and design, and parent engagement and communication using technology. In collaboration with Questar III BOCES, the Spring 2020 MicroPD courses are made possible. If your school is affiliated with a BOCES, please register through Questar III BOCES. Otherwise, you should register through the Capital Region Teacher Center and use the link below to address payment.

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You are not officially enrolled until payment is received.

7. Homeschooling 101

Program: AATLAS

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Leaders

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 24, 2020)

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How do homeschool parents get their children to reliably, joyfully, and diligently complete their work each day? This course delves into strategies and techniques using positive parenting that have been developed over the last quarter of a century of the modern homeschool movement. All of the following topics will be covered: setup of the physical homeschool space, developing reasonable expectations, scheduling options to mitigate issues, developing a strong team attitude, practical resiliency skills, gradually increasing independence, natural consequences, and internalizing the skill of taking responsibility for time management and work quality. In collaboration with Questar III BOCES, the Spring 2020 MicroPD courses are made possible. If your school is affiliated with a BOCES, please register through Questar III BOCES. Otherwise, you should register through the Capital Region Teacher Center and use the link below to address payment.

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You are not officially enrolled until payment is received.

8. Remote Teaching Principles and Practices

Program: AATLAS

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Leaders

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 24, 2020)

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Remote teaching has become a reality for many of us in the field of education; however, remote teaching is far from new. This course will provide a brief overview of remote teaching's history, efficacy, and practice with the goal bridging the gap between the traditional classroom and the remote environment. In collaboration with Questar III BOCES, the Spring 2020 MicroPD courses are made possible. If your school is affiliated with a BOCES, please register through Questar III BOCES. Otherwise, you should register through the Capital Region Teacher Center and use the link below to address payment.

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You are not officially enrolled until payment is received.

9. Self-Directed Learning 101

Program: AATLAS

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Leaders

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 24, 2020)

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Self-Directed Learning 101 is a mini-course focused on intrinsically motivated learning in children and teens. We will focus on education that happens naturally through life and community experiences. This course is based on the book Unschooling: Exploring Learning Beyond the Classroom, to be published in September 2020 by Palgrave Macmillan. Throughout the course, we will discuss homeschooling, unschooling, project-based learning and democratic schooling, as well as how the basic tenets of unschooling can be applied to a traditional school environment. In collaboration with Questar III BOCES, the Spring 2020 MicroPD courses are made possible. If your school is affiliated with a BOCES, please register through Questar III BOCES. Otherwise, you should register through the Capital Region Teacher Center and use the link below to address payment.

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You are not officially enrolled until payment is received.

10. Transforming Literacy Instruction with Technology

Program: AATLAS

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Leaders

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 24, 2020)

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Education within the 21st century requires that we continually reimagine our definition of literacy and literacy instruction in the classroom. Literacy teachers around the world are called on to amplify their instruction with digital tools and other forms of technology to ensure students authentically create, communicate, collaborate and learn together. Technology and digital tools can provide new avenues for reading, writing and discussing learning, provide access and ownership for all students, and build a community of learners that introduces students to worlds beyond their classroom walls, giving an authentic and connected audience for their literate work. In collaboration with Questar III BOCES, the Spring 2020 MicroPD courses are made possible. If your school is affiliated with a BOCES, please register through Questar III BOCES. Otherwise, you should register through the Capital Region Teacher Center and use the link below to address payment.

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You are not officially enrolled until payment is received.

May enroll in this course until June 19th.

11. DASA Certification Training

Program: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Regional Catalog

Dates: 6/13/2020

After December 31, 2013, the amended Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) required all school professionals applying to the NYS Education Department for certification, to complete a six (6) hour training class in harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District is a NYSED-approved provider.

Objectives:

This training is in compliance with the requirements of the NYS Education Department. Participants will:
>Understand the intent components, and operational definitions present in the Dignity Act.
>Develop and enhance awareness and sensitivity to the range of experiences of the specific student populations as named in the Dignity Act.
>Understand how school climate and culture have an impact on student achievement and behavior.
>Understand bullying, harassment and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors.
>Enhance the understanding of diversity and multi-cultural environments and examine personal biases.
>Articulate the Reporting Requirements for Educators as specified in the Dignity Act.

Instructor: Juliann DellaRocco is an approved instructor for DASA trainings. She is an Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer and has been involved in bullying prevention initiatives for BH-BL since her retirement as Health Educator and District Health Coordinator.
Cost: $70. Please make checks payable to BH-BL Central School District
Please print the registration confirmation off of MyLearningPlan and mail it with a check at least one-week prior to the course to:
Dottie Salvatore, BH-BL School District, PO Box 1389, Ballston Lake, NY 12019. (You must include a copy of your registration confirmation with the check in order to be officially registered.)

12. LIMITLESS MIND: LEARN, LEAD, AND LIVE WITHOUT BARRIERS (JO BOALER): BOOK STUDY

Program: Professional Strategies

Dates: 6/16/2020 to 8/11/2020

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Stanford University professor, acclaimed math educator, and bestselling author, Jo Boaler, has spent decades studying the impact of beliefs and bias on education. In Limitless Mind, she explodes these myths and reveals the six keys to unlocking our boundless learning potential. Her research proves that those who achieve at the highest levels do not do so because of a genetic inclination toward any one skill, but because of the keys that she reveals in the book. Our brains are not "fixed," but entirely capable of change, growth, adaptability, and rewiring. Want to be fluent in mathematics? Learn a foreign language? Play the guitar? Write a book? The truth is not only that anyone at any age can learn anything, but the act of learning itself fundamentally changes who we are, and as Boaler argues so elegantly in the pages of this book, what we go on to achieve. Participants will need a copy of Limitless Mind for this program.

13. A TEACHER'S GUIDE TO SPECIAL EDUCATION: A BOOK STUDY

Program: Professional Strategies

Audience: Teachers, Special Education Teachers

Dates: 6/22/2020 to 7/27/2020

Capital Region teachers are welcome to participate in this timely book study! Inclusion is the intent and spirit of education law in 2020, but many teachers report feeling unprepared to work with students who have learning disabilities, cognitive impairment or behavioral challenges. A Teacher's Guide to Special Education by David F. Bateman and Jenifer L. Cline, begins with an analysis of the laws that impact our practice. Then the authors walk us through the practical implications, offering support and research-based solutions to common issues including grading, graduation, classroom management and IEP implementation. This hybrid course meets once on zoom synchronously, followed by asynchronous online assignments. Participants are expected to obtain their own copy of the text.

14. A COURSE JUST FOR PARAPROFESSIONALS

Program: Professional Strategies

Audience: Teaching aides, Teaching assistants, Teams of Teachers and their TAs.

Dates: 6/29/2020 to 7/27/2020

All paraeducators are invited to participate in this professional learning community! Meet with TAs from the region to build professional skills and learn more about supporting reading, writing and math in any classroom context. Included in this program are opportunities to practice computer skills and explore online resources. We will meet for three days in online zoom workshops and complete online assignments. Location:on line Date: 6/29 - 7/27 Time: 9AM - 11AM Facilitators: Liz Daley & MaryAnn Nickloy, GCRTC Teacher Leadership Coaches Contact: liz@teachers-center.org Fee: None. Registration is required.

15. MAKE JUST ONE CHANGE - BOOK STUDY AND APPLICATION

Program: Professional Strategies

Dates: 7/1/2020 to 8/12/2020

The authors of Make Just One Change argue that formulating one's own questions is "the single most essential skill for learning"½½½-and one that should be taught to all students. Drawing on twenty years of experience, the authors present the Question Formulation Technique, a concise and powerful protocol that enables learners to produce their own questions, improve their questions, and strategize how to use them. Make Just One Change features the voices and experiences of teachers in classrooms across the country to illustrate the use of the Question Formulation Technique across grade levels and subject areas and with different kinds of learners.

In this asynchronous online book study, participants will use Schoology to discuss the book while actively using the book's techniques to develop lessons for students. Online resources to support the book will also be shared.

Participants will need to obtain a copy of the book Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana.

16. DASA Certification Training

Program: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Regional Catalog

Dates: 7/8/2020

After December 31, 2013, the amended Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) required all school professionals applying to the NYS Education Department for certification, to complete a six (6) hour training class in harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District is a NYSED-approved provider.

Objectives:

This training is in compliance with the requirements of the NYS Education Department. Participants will:
>Understand the intent components, and operational definitions present in the Dignity Act.
>Develop and enhance awareness and sensitivity to the range of experiences of the specific student populations as named in the Dignity Act.
>Understand how school climate and culture have an impact on student achievement and behavior.
>Understand bullying, harassment and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors.
>Enhance the understanding of diversity and multi-cultural environments and examine personal biases.
>Articulate the Reporting Requirements for Educators as specified in the Dignity Act.

Instructor: Juliann DellaRocco is an approved instructor for DASA trainings. She is an Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer and has been involved in bullying prevention initiatives for BH-BL since her retirement as Health Educator and District Health Coordinator.
Cost: $70. Please make checks payable to BH-BL Central School District
Please print the registration confirmation off of MyLearningPlan and mail it with a check at least one-week prior to the course to:
Dottie Salvatore, BH-BL School District, PO Box 1389, Ballston Lake, NY 12019. (You must include a copy of your registration confirmation with the check in order to be officially registered.)

17. MATH 6-8 NYS NEXT GENERATIONS MATHEMATICS STANDARDS SUMMER SUPPORT PLC

Program: Math, Science & Technology

Dates: 7/10/2020 to 8/28/2020

Get ready to start Implementing the New York State Next Generation Mathematics Standards. Take some time to start preparing As with any set of standards, they need to be rigorous; they need to demand a balance of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and application and represent a significant level of achievement in mathematics that will enable students to successfully transition to post-secondary education and the workforce. Let us work together !

18. Reading in the Wild Book Study

Program: English Language Arts

Dates: 7/12/2020 to 8/16/2020

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Donalyn Miller is the reading guru. Her books, Reading in the Wild, will inspire teachers to create their own community of readers. Miller's ideas can be applied to K-12 English classes. Participants will read and response to Reading in the Wild, develop curricular applications with them for their classroom and collaborate with the other participants. We will become our own community of readers.

19. BOOK STUDY: WRITING INSTRUCTION THAT WORKS: PROVEN METHODS FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOMS

Program: English Language Arts

Audience: Grades 6-12

Dates: 7/13/2020 to 8/9/2020

This study of Writing Instruction that Works is open to all secondary teachers. In this book study, we will explore what writing and writing instruction looks like in schools today and what research suggests are the most effective instructional approaches across the content areas. The content of this book draws from a national study of writing instruction conducted in five U.S. states and will provide book study participants with practical guidance for incorporating writing instruction that supports learning in their content area. This 4-week course will use a hands-on, learner-centered approach as we walk through the following book chapters: Writing Today; Writing Instruction in Schools Today; Technology in Writing; English Language Learners; and the chapter that corresponds to your content area (e.g., Writing in ELA, Social Studies/History, Mathematics, or Science). You will be engaging in in-depth online discussions about your reading and creating/revising curriculum materials for your classroom based on your learning. Each weekly module is designed so that participants can make the course content meaningful and applicable to their specific content area and teaching context. Participants should secure a copy of the Writing Instruction that Works book by Applebee and Langer prior to the start of the course.

20. PODCASTING IN THE CLASSROOM - SUMMER 2020

Program: Math, Science & Technology

Dates: 7/13/2020 to 8/10/2020

This program will provide resources and best practices for using Podcasting in the Classroom. Discover how students as young as Elementary can create podcasts of their own as a knowledge product. We will also discuss and explore the world of educational podcasts - think of it as Professional Development on demand! This fully online program will use Schoology. Participants should expect to participate for 3 hours per week, over 5 weeks.

21. Teaching the Music Standards through Band/Chorus/Orchestra - Round 2

Program: Arts

Audience: Music Educators

Dates: 7/13/2020 to 8/17/2020

In this 15-hour online course, participants will analyze band, chorus, or orchestra music, including orchestration and style considerations for what makes it a quality piece for their students. Teachers will also isolate a challenging technical requirement/selection and create a specific exercise for students to gain skills for the selection. In addition, teachers will create an activity or method to relate the piece to one of the new standards for music performance. All exercises and activities/methods will be shared with course participants, along with an online library of activities for student achievement to be shared with area music teachers.

Location: Asynchronous online.
Date: 7/16-8/17
Fee: None. Registration required.
Facilitator: Kate Jarrard, GCRTC
CTLE Credit: 15 hours

22. THE SPACE: A GUIDE FOR EDUCATORS BOOK STUDY

Program: Math, Science & Technology

Dates: 7/13/2020 to 8/3/2020

This 15 hour Book Study focuses on the classroom learning environment and how to transform your "space." The Space: A Guide for Educators will provide great discussion among participants who want to improve their classroom space even if they are tight on a budget. Learn how to make your classroom truly innovative! Participants should secure a copy of The Space: A Guide for Educators book by Rebecca Louise Hare and Dr. Robert Dillon prior to the start of the course.

23. PREPARING FOR NYS NEXT GEN STANDARD: SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING AT THE PRIMARY LEVEL

Program: Professional Strategies

Audience: Grades preK-6

Dates: 7/15/2020 to 8/12/2020

***Note: The dates, times and format for this professional learning event have been modified from those listed in the GCRTC Core.*** Domain 3 of the Next Gen Standards is Social Emotional Learning. Join us this August to prepare for this change in your 2020-2021 school year! This course will introduce participants to the history and framings of social and emotional learning in primary grades curricula (focusing on the importance of pre-k and kindergarten), as well as programs and associated research. Participants will walk away with a variety of resources to help put this curriculum in place, as well as several example lessons to get you started. Though we will focus on the challenge of teaching these concepts to our younger learners, concepts will be adaptable for older elementary grades as well. In this 15-hour course, participants will: Gain a better understanding of why SEL is crucial at the primary level Learn the 5 SEL competencies Learn strategies to use in their classrooms Learn the short- and long-term benefits of SEL Walk away with several (free) resources to help teach to the NYS Next Gen Standards Contact: Lorena@teachers-center.org Fee: The total tax exempt cost is $178 per person for a single room, or $159 per person for a double room. Day use is $52 per day. If participants pay personally, tax must be charged and the cost per person is $196.08 for a single room, or $174.42 per person for a double room. Day use is $64.80 per person. CIGG will accept school credit cards and purchase orders with a tax exemption form. Contact the CIGG at 518-797-5100 to make payment arrangements.

24. ASTRONOMY AT THE FRONTIER 2020

Program: Math, Science & Technology

Dates: 7/20/2020 to 7/23/2020

Astronomy at the Frontier is a workshop designed to introduce teachers to online astronomical databases, and provide them with experience and hands-on activities that they can utilize in their classroom. The workshop focuses on four general topics that are at the frontier of astronomical research: exoplanets, stars and stellar evolution, galaxy evolution and cosmology, and gravitational waves. In this 4-day workshop, teachers will learn how to access data from the Exoplanet Archive, the Gaia satellite, the DESI Legacy Imaging Surveys, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

Each day will consist of lessons on one of the aforementioned topics, a tutorial on how to use the databases, hands-on activities using the data, and a working lunch and hack session where teachers can work on incorporating these activities into their curriculum. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Target Audience: Middle and High School Teachers

25. School Brass and Woodwind Instrument Repair

Program: Arts

Audience: School Band Teachers and other Music Faculty

Dates: 7/20/2020 to 7/23/2020

Many band teachers are often faced with instruments needing minor repairs, but also with diminishing repair budgets and limited resources and knowledge to get the job done. Bill Cole will work with participants to learn how to and and gain confidence in performing basic repair and maintenance techniques for their school fleet in order to keep their equipment student-ready to enhance consistent student learning. In this fully-online format, the focus will mostly be on preparing idle instruments for use (such as student instruments that have been set aside during a pandemic), including inspection, diagnostic skills, and what can be serviced by teachers vs. what will need to be sent to a shop, and will gain skills in how to help students diagnose and address problems remotely. Participants will supply their own instruments to work on and their own basic tools, with a list provided by Bill Cole in advance.

Location: Zoom
Dates/Times: 7/20-23, 9am-noon
Facilitator: Bill Cole, Cole's Woodwind Shop
Fee: None. Underwritten by GCRTC.
CTLE Credit: 12 hours
Why do so many students struggle with maths? Join us to discuss current math myths and bias' that interrupt our students learning. Then explore the powerful use of technology to engage and scaffold learning for diverse students in your math classroom or in math support classrooms. Review evidence-based instructional practices to engage higher order thinking for all students. Create resources and routines that empower students to adapt their own learning environments to enhance their learning style.

27. Visual Arts PLC

Program: Arts

Audience: Classroom Visual Arts Teachers

Dates: 7/22/2020 to 8/12/2020

In this 15-hour course, participants will engage in rich discussions, sharing ideas, lessons, and advice, researching and reporting, and supporting each other as we grow and improve to bring innovative learning opportunities to our students. Topics will be selected by participants, and may include: reopening plans, remote and/or in-person lesson plans, serving special education students and working with their TAs, cross-discipline lessons, incorporating the new standards, assessments and grading. Coursework will alternate between Zoom meetings and asynchronous activities.

Location: Synchronous and Asynchronous Online
Synchronous Dates/Times: 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 10am-noon
Fee: None. However, registration is required.
Facilitator: Kate Jarrard, GCRTC
CTLE Credit: 15 hours

28. 2020-2021 World Language Support Network and PLC - Albany/Saratoga Region - Summer Session

Program: Professional Strategies

Audience: Any Interested World Language Teacher

Dates: 7/28/2020 to 8/18/2020

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With so much uncertainty surrounding what school will be like come September 2020, it is essential for World Language teachers to work together to provide students the best learning possible. The possibility of continued distance learning, as well as the expected roll-out of the new NYS World Language Standards, require teachers to collaborate, explore new ways of learning and support disconnected students more than ever. We welcome all new and returning members to the 2020-21 PLC.

Topics:
- New NYS World Language Standards
- Differentiated Instruction in the Comprehensible Input 1:1 classroom
- Assisting students with chronic illness/absences,
- Improving students' ability to learn a new language by increasing access to teacher-created and authentic materials
- Best Practices in a 1:1 environment
- Speaking in a 1:1 environment
- Collaboration on meaningful activities to increase speaking comprehension and fluency

The PLC will meet for 15 hours total from July 2020-April 2021. Five of those hours will be over the summer, with 10 scheduled throughout the school year. All meetings will be in Clifton Park, with the understanding we will move to synchronous online meetings if needed.

Summer (Tuesdays):
July 28th, from 9-11am
August 18, 9-11am
30 min of outside work will be provided to prepare for each meeting, evidence of work will be required to document the hour of CTLE credit

Please also sign up for our Fall and Spring sessions!

29. DRONE CAMP

Program: Math, Science & Technology

Dates: 7/28/2020 to 7/29/2020

Welcome to Drone Camp! This innovative program centers on a team of 2 teachers and 6 students from your school! Participants will learn Drone basics including how to fly, how to maintain the device, as well as curriculum to bring back to your school! Best of all, the drone comes back to your school!

30. Enhancing Your Curriculum with Primary Sources Intro

Program: Arts

Audience: All Classroom Teachers

Dates: 8/4/2020

As teachers, we are constantly working to create and improve our lessons, but often overlook the power of primary sources. Primary sources are the raw materials of history--original documents and objects which were created at the time under study--and using these in your curriculum gives students a stronger sense of history and the complexity of the past, along with humanizing historical figures and creating relevant connections. This 3-hour introductory conversation will be extended this fall in a course designed to support teachers in creating units and lessons relevant to their subject area (any subject area at all!), primarily using the Library of Congress as our resource. You need only attend one of the meetings below.

Location: Queensbury TBD
Date: 8/4
Time: 9am-noon
Fee: None. However, registration is required.
Facilitator: Kate Jarrard, GCRTC
CTLE Credit: 3 hours

31. Enhancing Your Curriculum with Primary Sources Intro

Program: Arts

Audience: All Classroom Teachers

Dates: 8/6/2020

As teachers, we are constantly working to create and improve our lessons, but often overlook the power of primary sources. Primary sources are the raw materials of history--original documents and objects which were created at the time under study--and using these in your curriculum gives students a stronger sense of history and the complexity of the past, along with humanizing historical figures and creating relevant connections. This 3-hour introductory conversation will be extended this fall in a course designed to support teachers in creating units and lessons relevant to their subject area (any subject area at all!), primarily using the Library of Congress as our resource. You need only attend one of the meetings below.

Location: Colonie TBD
Date: 8/6
Time: 9am-noon
Fee: None. However, registration is required.
Facilitator: Kate Jarrard, GCRTC
CTLE Credit: 3 hours

32. Co-Teaching Conversations: A Summer Series

Program: Professional Strategies

Audience: Co-Teaching Teams, Direct Consultant - Teacher Teams, Paraeducator - Teacher Teams

Dates: 8/10/2020 to 8/31/2020

This series is open to all teachers, administrators, teaching assistants and professional development designers. For this hybrid program, we'll meet three times in August and complete three asynchronous assignments analyzing issues and creating solutions to common co-teaching conundrums. Topics include effective planning strategies, grouping strategies, assessment and authentic student feedback as well as best practices in SDI and differentiation. Our goal is to empower teachers to create a school culture that supports inclusion!

33. DASA Certification Training

Program: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Regional Catalog

Dates: 8/12/2020

After December 31, 2013, the amended Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) required all school professionals applying to the NYS Education Department for certification, to complete a six (6) hour training class in harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District is a NYSED-approved provider.

Objectives:

This training is in compliance with the requirements of the NYS Education Department. Participants will:
>Understand the intent components, and operational definitions present in the Dignity Act.
>Develop and enhance awareness and sensitivity to the range of experiences of the specific student populations as named in the Dignity Act.
>Understand how school climate and culture have an impact on student achievement and behavior.
>Understand bullying, harassment and discrimination, including indicators, early warning signs, prevention and intervention and how to interact with families of victims and aggressors.
>Enhance the understanding of diversity and multi-cultural environments and examine personal biases.
>Articulate the Reporting Requirements for Educators as specified in the Dignity Act.

Instructor: Juliann DellaRocco is an approved instructor for DASA trainings. She is an Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer and has been involved in bullying prevention initiatives for BH-BL since her retirement as Health Educator and District Health Coordinator.
Cost: $70. Please make checks payable to BH-BL Central School District
Please print the registration confirmation off of MyLearningPlan and mail it with a check at least one-week prior to the course to:
Dottie Salvatore, BH-BL School District, PO Box 1389, Ballston Lake, NY 12019. (You must include a copy of your registration confirmation with the check in order to be officially registered.)

34. GOOGLE CLASSROOM AND G SUITE

Program: Math, Science & Technology

Dates: 8/16/2020 to 8/30/2020

Participants will join a Google Classroom for the full student experience. Over the course of five weeks, a variety of assignments and tasks will be assigned, incorporating different components of G Suite. This program will provide a solid introduction for first-time Google Classroom users and highlight this year's major improvements and updates in Google Classroom for veteran users. Participants should expect to participate for 5 hours per week, over 3 weeks.

35. Adobe Photoshop and Applications for the Secondary Classroom

Program: Arts

Audience: Visual and Media Arts Teachers

Dates: 8/17/2020 to 8/20/2020

In this 15-hour course, participants will learn how to and gain confidence in using Adobe Photoshop for their secondary classroom. Participants will learn the fundamentals and perform tasks, practical examples, and complete projects. The participants will also create a lesson during the course, following the new state standards for Media Arts, which they will implement in their classroom in the fall, culminating with students providing a reflection about the new lesson.

EDIT: This course will be held completely online through synchronous and asynchronous instruction and activities using Zoom. Participants will need to secure their own copy of Adobe Photoshop, but 7-day trials are available. More details will be released soon.

Location: Synchronous and asynchronous online
Dates: 8/17, 8/19, 8/20
Time: 9am-2:30pm (30 minute break for lunch)
Fee: None. However, registration is required.
Facilitator: Marielle Martin, Bethlehem CSD
CTLE Credit: 15 hours

36. NYSSLS WRITING WORKSHOP

Program: Math, Science & Technology

Dates: 8/17/2020 to 8/18/2020

Get a head start on the school year and have some NYSSLS lessons ready to go with this teacher work session. In this two part, 8 hour session, you will have the time to work together or independently on developing lessons, units, or assessments. Options will be available to start at various stages in the process to best suit teacher needs and get the most out of your time. Whether you are just starting out and need to "unpack" the standards or have already developed lessons, you will be provided with tips and tools to help move you further through the process of implementation in your classroom. All levels, from Elementary to High School will benefit. A working lunch will be provided.

37. Creating Emotional Support Systems for our Students after Crisis

Program: Professional Strategies

Dates: 9/23/2020 to 11/4/2020

Wait List
Discussion topics will address how educators can foster equitable classrooms that support our students' well-being while transitioning from remote, home-based learning back to school-based learning. The central means of instruction will be restorative circle process. GCRTC registrants have first priority.

Each week will focus on meaningful issues related to:

>educator wellness and emotion regulation;
>building relationships that heal and support students;
>addressing the broad definition of grief and loss - supporting students in moving forward;
>repairing harm, bullying and mediation of behaviors that cause concern;
>establishing a long-term plan of action that supports the social-emotional needs of both students and educators.
The success of beginning educators is often directly related to a trusting mentor - mentee relationship. During these uncertain times, the quality of this relationship is more important than ever. Mentors must be cognizant of the importance of: support & praise, really listening, understanding feelings behind words, being honest yet sensitive, empathizing with diverse challenges and helping new teachers develop a healthy sense of confidence, security and self-sufficiency. This course provides a regional forum for both new and seasoned mentors to share and build essential mentoring skills over the course of the school year, so that support is available through all phases of the process. For each session, participating mentors will read and reflect on a timely mentoring topic for about an hour and then meet collaboratively for one and one half hours, via Zoom, to discuss that topic and learn from both research and one another. Participating mentors will also have an opportunity to ask questions in a collegial environment and support one another in honing their practice under the guidance of an experienced mentoring facilitator.

39. 2020-2021 World Language Support Network and PLC - Albany/Saratoga Region - Fall Session

Program: Professional Strategies

Audience: Any Interested World Language Teacher

Dates: 10/8/2020 to 11/12/2020

New
With so much uncertainty surrounding what school will be like come September 2020, it is essential for World Language teachers to work together to provide students the best learning possible. The possibility of continued distance learning, as well as the expected roll-out of the new NYS World Language Standards, require teachers to collaborate, explore new ways of learning and support disconnected students more than ever. We welcome all new and returning members to the 2020-21 PLC.

Topics:
- New NYS World Language Standards
- Differentiated Instruction in the Comprehensible Input 1:1 classroom
- Assisting students with chronic illness/absences,
- Improving students' ability to learn a new language by increasing access to teacher-created and authentic materials
- Best Practices in a 1:1 environment
- Speaking in a 1:1 environment
- Collaboration on meaningful activities to increase speaking comprehension and fluency

The PLC will meet for 15 hours total from July 2020-April 2021. Five of those hours will be over the summer, with 10 scheduled throughout the school year. All meetings will be in Clifton Park, with the understanding we will move to synchronous online meetings if needed.

Fall (Thursdays):
October 8, 4:30-6:30pm
November 12, 4:30-6:30pm
30 min of outside work will be provided to prepare for each meeting, evidence of work will be required to document the hour of CTLE credit

Please also sign up for our Summer and Spring sessions!

40. TEACHER AS WRITER, LEARNER & COACH: AUTHENTIC, PURPOSEFUL, & EFFECTIVE WRITING CONFERENCES

Program: English Language Arts

Audience: K-6

Dates: 10/13/2020 to 4/26/2021

How does your own writing make you feel? Do you want to share it with others or your students? How might you feel when you confer? Let's demystify writing conferences, writing processes, and writing conventions as we encourage one another and engage in uncovering writing for ourselves and our students. Come join us as we take an in-depth study of process writing, noticing and naming patterns within conventions and skills, and learn to nudge students towards the next "right' step based upon their writing approximations and strengths. We'll examine these methods in a three part process. Part one includes: finding new ways to deepen teacher and student relationships; choosing topics; understanding the what and why of conferring; why writing matters; student entry points into writing conferences; learning to reread & rewrite our own writing; and conferences with students and colleagues. In part two, we'll explore: bringing teacher writing into the classroom; quick writes in different genres; learning to be an audience; invitations for conferring and getting behind a student's writing plan; conference strategies for reluctant students; and studying our own conferring. We'll wrap up, in part three by analyzing writing process patterns and convention patterns to build our knowledge of, and response to, writing. We'll also use our own writing as exemplars to illuminate skills, strategies, and procedures, and to share what we grapple with within our own writing. Finally, we'll consider possible next steps to improve our conferring practices. We'll engage as writers, learners and coaches in this 45 hour professional learning journey. Required texts: Children Want to Write by Donald Graves (2013) edited by Thomas Newkirk and Penny Kittle; Inside Writing: how to teach the details of craft by Donald Graves and Penny Kittle (2005); and The Teachers Guide to Writing Conferences Grades K-8 by Carl Anderson (2018).

41. 2020-2021 World Language Support Network and PLC - Albany/Saratoga Region - Spring Session

Program: Professional Strategies

Audience: Any Interested World Language Teacher

Dates: 3/11/2021 to 4/15/2021

New
With so much uncertainty surrounding what school will be like come September 2020, it is essential for World Language teachers to work together to provide students the best learning possible. The possibility of continued distance learning, as well as the expected roll-out of the new NYS World Language Standards, require teachers to collaborate, explore new ways of learning and support disconnected students more than ever. We welcome all new and returning members to the 2020-21 PLC.

Topics:
- New NYS World Language Standards
- Differentiated Instruction in the Comprehensible Input 1:1 classroom
- Assisting students with chronic illness/absences,
- Improving students' ability to learn a new language by increasing access to teacher-created and authentic materials
- Best Practices in a 1:1 environment
- Speaking in a 1:1 environment
- Collaboration on meaningful activities to increase speaking comprehension and fluency

The PLC will meet for 15 hours total from July 2020-April 2021. Five of those hours will be over the summer, with 10 scheduled throughout the school year. All meetings will be in Clifton Park, with the understanding we will move to synchronous online meetings if needed.

Spring (Thursdays):
March 11, 4:30-6:30pm
April 15, 4:30-6:30pm

30 min of outside work will be provided to prepare for each meeting, evidence of work will be required to document the hour of CTLE credit Please also sign up for our Summer and Winter sessions!