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1. Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning: What is it?

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Educators

Dates: 5/20/2020 to 6/24/2020

This 10-hour online course has been developed specifically for educators to better understand Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning. This course is made up of four 1-hour live (Zoom) sessions and six 1-hour independent work sessions. The entire course will last 5 weeks, beginning on Wednesday, May 20 and concluding on Wednesday, June 24. In this course, you will find a combination of: independent learning, written reflection, interactive Zooms, and a culminating project. The independent learning time is composed of various podcasts, articles and videos (to amount to approximately 1 hour of independent learning time each week).

2. MAP Peer Review Study Group Sessions: Formative Assessment and Feedback Practices with Special Consideration to Blended Learning (INVITE ONLY)

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Experienced Monroe Assessment Project participants

Dates: 11/4/2020 to 5/12/2021

This professional learning experience focuses on participants deepening their formative assessment and feedback practices while examining the influence and impact of remote learning models and tools on these practices. Participants will work as a whole learning community as well as within "MAP Peer Pods” throughout the course of the school year via facilitated webinars.

3. MAP: The Podcast Series (INVITE ONLY)

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Experienced Monroe Assessment Project participants

Dates: 11/5/2020 to 6/9/2021

Participants in the professional learning experience will be interviewed about their Monroe Assessment Project experience specific to their development as formative assessment designers and feedback providers. The completed podcast series will be available to all who contributed to help them share their wisdom, talents, and exemplary work with others in their home districts. We will meet as a whole group twice (one hour sessions) and the interviews themselves will be scheduled with individual participants. In addition to the 2 mandatory meetings listed, participants will schedule 1 conference time and 1 podcast interview time with the facilitators. A total of 6 CTLE hours will be awarded for participation in this program.

4. Standards Based Grading Book Study: Grading from the Inside Out by Tom Schimmer

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Classroom teachers, Building and district level leaders

Dates: 11/9/2020 to 5/26/2021

In Grading from the Inside Out, Tom Schimmer establishes that the time for grading reform is now. Traditional grading procedures no longer work due to vast changes in pedagogy and assessment. Covid-19 has raised questions further around grading practices for educators everywhere. Book study participants will learn about the 3 components of the standards-based grading (SBG) mindset that are reforming grading practices; debunk myths about SBG; discover alternative ways to manage things like homework; understand the hazards of punitive grading; clarify their own next steps regarding assessment and grading practices. Please join us for this blended learning experience culminating in a webinar with Tom Schimmer himself. This is a blended learning experience where there will be reading and response assignments in-between the live webinars. Ample time is given for completion of assignments. BOOKS ARE INCLUDED.

5. MAP: The Writing Collaborative (INVITE ONLY)

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Experienced Monroe Assessment Project participants

Dates: 11/10/2020 to 5/13/2021

Participants in this professional learning experience will write short pieces about their individual Monroe Assessment Project journey specific to their individual projects and impact on their own and students' learning. Writers will be supported in this endeavor via feedback and conferences with the initiative's organizer. Participants will be able to use the completed publication as a resource to teach others what and how they do what they do as MAPpers. In addition to the 2 meetings listed, participants will schedule a conference time with the facilitator and a peer review meeting with other writers. A total of 6 CTLE hours will be awarded for participation.

6. Standards Based Grading Book Study: Standards Based Learning in Action: Moving from Theory to Action by Tom Schimmer

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Classroom teachers, School and district based leaders

Dates: 11/12/2020 to 5/26/2021

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Standards Based Learning in Action: Moving Theory to Practice offers implementation practices and processes compare students' comprehension to performance standards instead of comparing them to each other. Participants will learn concrete steps for putting standards based learning in action; strategies for implementing change; how to align and sequence units with standards; how to create proficiency scales and rubrics; and how to communicate with both parents and students about classroom practices. Please join us for this blended learning experience culminating in a webinar with Tom Schimmer himself. This is a blended learning experience where there will be reading and response assignments in-between the live webinars. Ample time is given for completion of assignments. BOOKS ARE INCLUDED.

7. Social Studies Leadership Cohort

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Social Studies District Leaders & Curriculum Coordinators/Developers

Dates: 12/2/2020 to 5/26/2021

Social Studies in New York has been undergoing a variety of changes over the past couple of years. In order to keep pace with these updates and amendments, our region must work together to benefit from the resources and expertise we have. These workshops are a continuation of previous years' work to offer people who are in leadership positions a chance to troubleshoot issues, brainstorm ideas and share resources with people in similar positions across our districts. A portion of each session will be spent reviewing updates from NYSED, discussing current work, sharing resources, etc. The other portion of the session will be dedicated to designing presentations, teacher tools and databases of resources that can be used back in each participant's district. We will be establishing an online resource that will allow us to share materials, deliver updates and ask questions as we begin to implement these changes in curriculum, instruction and assessment in each of our districts.
As of now, we will be meeting virtually for all three meetings. The zoom link will be sent the week of the meeting. If we are able to meet in-person later in the year details will be shared prior to those meetings.

8. The Savvy Ally Book Study Series with author Jeannie Gainsburg

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Classroom teachers, school leaders, counselors, social workers, teaching assistants, school nurses

Dates: 12/3/2020 to 5/5/2021

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Please join us for this 3-part book study series (book is included with cost of registration) focused on becoming knowledgeable and effective allies to our LGBTQ+ students, parents, and coworkers. Topics will include: understanding LGBTQ+ identities and terms, LGBTQ+ etiquette, tips for having respectful conversations, dealing effectively with push back, answering common questions and concerns, allying responsibly, and sustaining our ally actions by caring for ourselves. Part 1 kicks off with The Savvy Ally author, Jeannie Gainsburg, followed by a Part 2 book study of The Savvy Ally led by Jeanette Adams-Price. Part 3, with both Jeannie and Jeanette, concludes the series with a Q and A session with the author and an actionable next steps finale.

9. Social & Emotional Learning - Leaders Meeting

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Dates: 1/15/2021 to 6/4/2021

Regional Social & Emotional Learning Community Meeting to explore and discuss districts' reopening successes and needs. The group will continue to explore resources and tools to support district efforts in this area.

10. Solution Focused Support Team Meetings: A series of 3 one-hour sessions

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: All Teachers, Mental Health Professionals and Administrators

Dates: 1/19/2021 to 3/23/2021

This series is designed to support educators who may be feeling overwhelmed, stressed, worried, or inadequate in the current environment of unprecedented uncertainty and challenge. Educators, while juggling their own individual and family's needs, are providing even more educational and emotional support to the children (and families) they work with. As educators bear witness to the struggles of the students and families, they become increasingly vulnerable to anxiety, depression or symptoms of secondary trauma. The goal of this series is to foster resilience, increase hope, and encourage agency in educators themselves. It seems especially important, during this challenging time, that educators actively engage in self-care, self-compassion and connection-building.

A Solution-Focused Reflecting Team (Norman and Visser, 2003) is one potential opportunity for staff to engage in self-care that is both meaningful and hopeful. SF Reflecting Teams can offer a place and space for teachers to have honest conversations about their struggles in a way that feels supportive and helpful. We will be following a SF format called a SF Reflecting Team (Norman and Visser 2003) as a framework for our conversation. Workshop participants will be provided with a summary of the steps in this framework and examples of SF questions that can be used in the clarification round.

11. Book Talk: Cultivating Genius by Gholdy Muhammad

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: P-12 Educators

Dates: 3/2/2021 to 6/15/2021

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This 10-hour online course has been developed specifically for educators to provide them with 'An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy'. This course is designed as a facilitated discussion of Gholdy Muhammad's book, Cultivating Genius. We will meet synchronously (via Zoom) every three weeks for 1.25 hours. There will also be about 30 minutes of asynchronous (written reflection) work to be completed between sessions. Participants are responsible for purchasing their own book. Please have pages 5-37 (this includes Acknowledgements, Foreword, the Intro, and Chapter 1) read before our first session on March 2. "In Cultivating Genius, Dr. Gholdy E. Muhammad presents a four-layered equity framework-one that is grounded in history and restores excellence in literacy education. This framework, which she names, Historically Responsive Literacy, was derived from the study of literacy development within 19th-century Black literacy societies. The framework is essential and universal for all students, especially youth of color, who traditionally have been marginalized in learning standards, school policies, and classroom practices."

12. Weekly Virtual Lunch & Learn: What does it mean to be actively anti-racist? (Part 1)

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: PK-12 Educators and Leaders

Dates: 3/3/2021 to 4/7/2021

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In this ongoing virtual course, we will come together weekly to examine current media (an article, book, infographic, podcast, or video) to develop our understanding of what it means to be actively anti-racist. In an effort to create and foster anti-racist spaces, we are offering this unique opportunity to engage in regular conversations about anti-racism. We will do this by looking closely at what experts in the field are doing. The content of each week's session is accessible to new learners; the classes do not build upon each other. No particular background knowledge is needed to participate; this course is specifically designed to focus on the basics of (an introduction to) what it means to be actively anti-racist. To get the most out of this experience, we encourage weekly attendance. However, the sessions are planned as a drop in so you may join for the topics that most interest you. It is important that you register for all five sessions, even if you are not able to attend all sessions. NON-SUBSCRIBERS: Attend as many weeks as you can. You will only be charged for the sessions you are present for ($15 per session). Questions? Email Mary Beth Elko directly marybeth_elko@boces.monroe.edu

13. LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) 3rd Edition, Volume 2

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Teachers, Reading Specialists, Special Education Teachers, ENL Teachers, Building Administrators

Dates: 3/8/2021 to 6/4/2021

LETRS stands for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling. This comprehensive professional development empowers teachers to understand the science behind how students learn to read and why some students struggle. LETRS participants will deepen their knowledge of the what, why and how of scientifically based reading instruction - while sharpening their ability to diagnose why students are struggling and how to provide proven interventions. LETRS 3rd Edition professional development is delivered in a series of units that address each essential component of reading instruction and the foundational concepts that link each component. The full LETRS course is two volumes (volume 1 focuses on word recognition; volume 2 focuses on language comprehension). This 6 day series will address volume 2.

14. Science Leaders Meeting

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: District Science Leaders or their representative

Dates: 3/10/2021

This meeting will focus on information passed down from NYSED Office of State Assessment during the Science Statewide Meetings as well as topics determined important by the group. This meeting is intended for District Science Leaders or their representatives.

15. Solution Focused Interviewing for School Mental Health Professionals (Beginner)

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: School Mental Health Professionals

Dates: 3/12/2021

This workshop is a combination of active learning experiences and discussions. Participants will learn questions which are characteristic of SFBT and how to incorporate these questions into their work as Mental Health Professionals: Preferred Future Questions, Scaling Questions, Coping Questions, Exception Questions. Participants will also practice affirming client strengths and identifying next small steps towards a goal. Participants will leave the workshop feeling energized, refreshed, and ready to take their next small step to incorporate these SF questions into their work in a way that is most useful for them.
Participants can choose to continue their learning by registering for the Advanced Level session (scheduled for the afternoon - second half of the day).
This session is best done in-person; however if needed the session can be moved to an online environment. Participants will be notified by email if the location changes.

16. Solution Focused Interviewing for School Mental Health Professionals (Advanced)

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: School Mental Health Professionals

Dates: 3/12/2021

This workshop is a combination of active learning experiences and discussions. Participants will practice SFBT Questions and learn how to stay Solution Focused in a conversation. Participants will learn a Solution Focused Framework that can be used in parent conferences or meetings. Participants will view a video exemplar of SFBT and will have the opportunity to role play a SF conversation. Participants will leave the workshop understanding how they can consistently and intentionally incorporate SF techniques into their conversations in schools with students, colleagues, and parents.
This session is best done in-person; however if needed the session can be moved to an online environment. Participants will be notified by email if the location changes.

17. LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) 3rd Edition, Volume 1

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Teachers, Reading Specialists, Special Education Teachers, ENL Teachers, Building Administrators

Dates: 3/16/2021 to 6/4/2021

LETRS stands for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling. This comprehensive professional development empowers teachers to understand the science behind how students learn to read and why some students struggle. LETRS participants will deepen their knowledge of the what, why and how of scientifically based reading instruction - while sharpening their ability to diagnose why students are struggling and how to provide proven interventions. LETRS 3rd Edition professional development is delivered in a series of units that address each essential component of reading instruction and the foundational concepts that link each component. The full LETRS course is two volumes (volume 1 focuses on word recognition; volume 2 focuses on language comprehension). This 6 day series will address volume 1.

18. Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners - Session 1

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: All educators

Dates: 4/8/2021

Join Dr. Stacey Exner, Psychologist & Mindfulness Teacher, for 60 minutes of Mindfulness Meditation. This session is perfect for beginners or those interested in refreshing their Mindfulness practice. You'll leave with simple strategies to cultivate changes in your brain. You will leave with strategies to develop and implement a consistent mindfulness practice.
Dr. Stacey Exner, Psy.D. is a Teacher on Special Assignment in the Webster CSD for secondary special education. Her training is as a School Psychologist and was in that role at Schroeder High School for 12 years before transitioning into the role of a TOSA. She has teamed with Erica Ebert the last two years to provide training at BOCES for staff wanting to bring mindfulness to their districts and classrooms. She has participated in Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training with Erica. Her goal is to combine her extensive training in psychology and her knowledge of mindfulness in order to assist others in striving towards mindful wellbeing.
Dr. Exner is offering four sessions on this topic. Participants can choose to attend 1 or more sessions. All sessions are focused on mindfulness and the important concepts associated with the practice. New strategies will be introduced each time.

19. Elementary Principals Forum

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Elementary Principals

Dates: 4/13/2021

This is an opportunity for Elementary Principals to meet virtually in order to share ideas and problem solve as a group.

20. Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners - Session 2

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: All educators

Dates: 4/15/2021

Join Dr. Stacey Exner, Psychologist & Mindfulness Teacher, for 60 minutes of Mindfulness Meditation. This session is perfect for beginners or those interested in refreshing their Mindfulness practice. You'll leave with simple strategies to cultivate changes in your brain. You will leave with strategies to develop and implement a consistent mindfulness practice.
Dr. Stacey Exner, Psy.D. is a Teacher on Special Assignment in the Webster CSD for secondary special education. Her training is as a School Psychologist and was in that role at Schroeder High School for 12 years before transitioning into the role of a TOSA. She has teamed with Erica Ebert the last two years to provide training at BOCES for staff wanting to bring mindfulness to their districts and classrooms. She has participated in Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training with Erica. Her goal is to combine her extensive training in psychology and her knowledge of mindfulness in order to assist others in striving towards mindful wellbeing.
Dr. Exner is offering four sessions on this topic. Participants can choose to attend 1 or more sessions. All sessions are focused on mindfulness and the important concepts associated with the practice. New strategies will be introduced each time.

21. Solution Focused Support Team Meetings: A series of 3 one-hour sessions

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: All Teachers, Mental Health Professionals and Administrators

Dates: 4/27/2021 to 6/8/2021

This series is designed to support educators who may be feeling overwhelmed, stressed, worried, or inadequate in the current environment of unprecedented uncertainty and challenge. Educators, while juggling their own individual and family's needs, are providing even more educational and emotional support to the children (and families) they work with. As educators bear witness to the struggles of the students and families, they become increasingly vulnerable to anxiety, depression or symptoms of secondary trauma. The goal of this series is to foster resilience, increase hope, and encourage agency in educators themselves. It seems especially important, during this challenging time, that educators actively engage in self-care, self-compassion and connection-building.

A Solution-Focused Reflecting Team (Norman and Visser, 2003) is one potential opportunity for staff to engage in self-care that is both meaningful and hopeful. SF Reflecting Teams can offer a place and space for teachers to have honest conversations about their struggles in a way that feels supportive and helpful. We will be following a SF format called a SF Reflecting Team (Norman and Visser 2003) as a framework for our conversation. Workshop participants will be provided with a summary of the steps in this framework and examples of SF questions that can be used in the clarification round.

22. Monroe County Literacy Leaders Meeting #3

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: District Literacy Leaders

Dates: 4/28/2021

The Monroe County Literacy Leaders group meets throughout the school year in order to provide ELA specific updates from NYSED; explore best curriculum, assessment, and instructional practices; and provide networking opportunities among group members. Meetings during the 2020-2021 school year will focus on the continuation of the standards implementation road map as well as focus on writing instruction.

23. Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners - Session 3

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: All educators

Dates: 5/6/2021

Join Dr. Stacey Exner, Psychologist & Mindfulness Teacher, for 60 minutes of Mindfulness Meditation. This session is perfect for beginners or those interested in refreshing their Mindfulness practice. You'll leave with simple strategies to cultivate changes in your brain. You will leave with strategies to develop and implement a consistent mindfulness practice.
Dr. Stacey Exner, Psy.D. is a Teacher on Special Assignment in the Webster CSD for secondary special education. Her training is as a School Psychologist and was in that role at Schroeder High School for 12 years before transitioning into the role of a TOSA. She has teamed with Erica Ebert the last two years to provide training at BOCES for staff wanting to bring mindfulness to their districts and classrooms. She has participated in Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training with Erica. Her goal is to combine her extensive training in psychology and her knowledge of mindfulness in order to assist others in striving towards mindful wellbeing.
Dr. Exner is offering four sessions on this topic. Participants can choose to attend 1 or more sessions. All sessions are focused on mindfulness and the important concepts associated with the practice. New strategies will be introduced each time.

24. Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners - Session 4

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: All educators

Dates: 5/20/2021

Join Dr. Stacey Exner, Psychologist & Mindfulness Teacher, for 60 minutes of Mindfulness Meditation. This session is perfect for beginners or those interested in refreshing their Mindfulness practice. You'll leave with simple strategies to cultivate changes in your brain. You will leave with strategies to develop and implement a consistent mindfulness practice.
Dr. Stacey Exner, Psy.D. is a Teacher on Special Assignment in the Webster CSD for secondary special education. Her training is as a School Psychologist and was in that role at Schroeder High School for 12 years before transitioning into the role of a TOSA. She has teamed with Erica Ebert the last two years to provide training at BOCES for staff wanting to bring mindfulness to their districts and classrooms. She has participated in Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training with Erica. Her goal is to combine her extensive training in psychology and her knowledge of mindfulness in order to assist others in striving towards mindful wellbeing.
Dr. Exner is offering four sessions on this topic. Participants can choose to attend 1 or more sessions. All sessions are focused on mindfulness and the important concepts associated with the practice. New strategies will be introduced each time.

25. Science Leaders Meeting

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: District Science Leaders or their representative

Dates: 6/2/2021

This meeting will focus on information passed down from NYSED Office of State Assessment during the Science Statewide Meetings as well as topics determined important by the group. This meeting is intended for District Science Leaders or their representatives.

26. Elementary Principals Forum

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Elementary Principals

Dates: 6/8/2021

This is an opportunity for Elementary Principals to meet virtually in order to share ideas and problem solve as a group.

27. Standards-Based Assessment and Grading

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: District teams which could include administrators, teacher leaders/coaches and teachers

Dates: 7/28/2021 to 7/30/2021

Becoming a standards-based school or district is much more extensive than simply changing your report card. This 3-day institute will take participants on a deep-dive of what it truly means to create a standards-based instructional environment. The first day will focus on standards-based instruction and will highlight the importance of determining the cognitive complexity of standards, creating learning progressions, developing clear criteria and rubrics, and determining the most accurate assessment methods. In addition, day one will highlight the keys to effective feedback and why the separation of achievement from behavioral characteristics is so crucial to assessment accuracy. Days 2 and 3 will focus on developing a standards-based mindset to create a seamless relationship between the instructional and grading paradigms. Specifically, participants will come to know how the grading true north can serve as a metaphorical compass to guide all grading decisions and why traditional grading has run its course. As well, participants will come to know the theory and practices that allow schools and teachers to give students full credit for their learning, redefine student accountability, and repurpose homework.
Lunch is included all 3 days
Each participant will receive Tom Schimmer's book, "Grading from the Inside Out"
Deadline to register: June 30, 2021