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1. Regional Literacy Leaders (for Teachers and Administrators in Monroe County Schools))

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Teacher leaders and administrators employed in school districts in Monroe County.

Dates: 11/4/2021 to 5/25/2022

The Regional 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 2021-2022 school year will focus on the continuation of the standards implementation road map as well as focus on writing instruction.

2. LETRS Work Group

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Educators who have had LETRS training

Dates: 2/2/2022 to 6/1/2022

I've gone through LETRS teacher training, now what? If you want to continue your literacy instruction learning journey with colleagues who have experienced LETRS, join in this work group to share successes and challenges and to further explore the impact and influence of the science of reading.

3. Final Speech to Print Book Study Group

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 2/16/2022 to 6/15/2022

Please join us for this book study series focused on becoming knowledgeable about the structure and function of language. Speech to Print, Third Edition, gives K-12 educators the foundation of language essentials they need to deliver successful structured literacy instruction. We will discuss two chapters per meeting. Participants should read the assigned chapters ahead of time. This asynchronous work is included in the total number of CTLE hours received. REGISTRANTS MUST PURCHASE A COPY OF SPEECH TO PRINT, THIRD EDITION, by Louisa Cook Moats, ON THEIR OWN.

4. 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: 3/17/2022 to 5/25/2022

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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 4-day series will address volume 1. In addition, participants will receive a LETRS manual and 1-year access to an online learning platform with additional professional learning about the Science of Reading.

5. Mindfully in the Middle

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: 5th - 8th Grade Teachers

Dates: 5/3/2022 to 5/17/2022

Middle Level students really are unique! They need tools to help them deal with changing emotions and increasing academic demands, not to mention the many negative stressors they face in their world today. A regular mindfulness routine has been proven to help build executive functioning skills and assist students in managing ADHD, stress, anxiety, and depression. It has also been shown to improve compassion and empathy.
This workshop is a largely experiential learning opportunity from which teachers will be able to benefit personally, as well as professionally. Teachers will learn the basics of mindfulness and how to use it with students. Don't worry if you have never practiced mindfulness before, this is a beginner's experience! Many resources will be provided, with recommendations for how to use them in the least time-intrusive and most effective way in the classroom setting so that you can hit the ground running in September!
The following format outlines the expected learning outcomes:
PART ONE -The WHAT, WHY, and HOW of Mindfulness in the classroom.
PART TWO -Reinforce and Reset! Open and honest discussions about how it felt to use mindfulness in the classroom and personally.
PART THREE -Loving-Kindness/Empathy/Connection practices.

6. Regional Science Leaders Meeting

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Regional Science Leaders or their representative

Dates: 5/18/2022

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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 Regional Science Leaders or their representatives.

7. 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: 5/24/2022 to 6/14/2022

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 4-day series will address volume 1. In addition, participants will receive a LETRS manual and 1-year access to an online learning platform with additional professional learning about the Science of Reading.

8. 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: 5/25/2022 to 6/9/2022

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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 4-day series will address volume 2. In addition, participants will receive a LETRS manual and 1-year access to an online learning platform with additional professional learning about the Science of Reading.

9. Linden Lunch and Learn #5: Identity Part 4 (INVITE ONLY) VIRTUAL

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Dates: 5/27/2022

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We will continue to dialogue and learn together about identity in order to better understand our own identity and share with others to help develop a more inclusive work space (15 Linden) that illustrates the diversity among us. Adam Vasquez will lead us in the creation of "Pecha Kucha" (Chit Chat). Your Pecha Kucha will contain pictures or images only! The purpose is visual storytelling, so words are not used on the slide. Each Pecha Kucha contains a total of 4 power point slides per person. Please come to the lunch and learn with photos on your laptops that you can access to create your Pecha Kucha. Think about images that represent you personally and professionally. You may have more than one image on each slide as long as they are related to the theme or message you are sharing for that slide. We ask that you share 2 slides or images for personal content, and 2 slides or images for professional content. (At the end you will have a total of 3 slides, again you may have a slide with more than one image on it.) Feel free to bring your lunch!

10. Elementary Principals Forum

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Elementary Principals

Dates: 6/21/2022

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

11. INVITE ONLY - 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: 6/27/2022 to 7/12/2022

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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 4-day series will address volume 1. In addition, participants will receive a LETRS manual and 1-year access to an online learning platform with additional professional learning about the Science of Reading.

12. 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: 6/27/2022 to 7/12/2022

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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 4-day series will address volume 1. In addition, participants will receive a LETRS manual and 1-year access to an online learning platform with additional professional learning about the Science of Reading.

13. INVITE ONLY - 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: 6/29/2022 to 7/27/2022

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 4-day series will address volume 1. In addition, participants will receive a LETRS manual and 1-year access to an online learning platform with additional professional learning about the Science of Reading.

14. The Savvy Ally Virtual Book Study Series

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

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

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/25/2022

Please join us for this book study series focused on becoming knowledgeable and effective allies to our LGBTQ+ students families, colleagues, friends, and neighbors. Topics 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. Asynchronous reading will be assigned for each webinar session. REGISTRANTS MUST PURCHASE A COPY OF THE SAVVY ALLY BY JEANNIE GAINSBURG ON THEIR OWN and have completed reading of the Prologue and chapters 1-4 prior to the first session on July 1, 2022. A ZOOM LINK WILL BE EMAILED TO ALL REGISTRANTS ON JUNE 29, 2022.

15. *INVITE ONLY MAPPL: Developing Engaging and Impactful Professional Learning Experiences

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: Experience MAPpers

Dates: 7/6/2022 to 3/7/2023

Participants will design professional learning experiences to be implemented in their settings. The focus of these designs will be based on learning from previous participation in the Monroe Assessment Project. The summer days will focus on the design with opportunities for feedback and revision. There will be two follow-up sessions during the 2022-2023 school year to analyze the implementation process as well as any collected data. Participants will need to bring books and any other materials of personal project importance from their previous MAP or MAPPL experiences.

16. Summer 2022 Breaking Down the Barriers-Book Study of the Limitless Mind by Jo Boaler

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Dates: 7/14/2022 to 8/25/2022

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In this Summer book study, we will take a deep dive into the book, The Limitless Mind, by Jo Boaler. We will explore breaking barriers to learning, embracing the growth mindset and how this can create equity in the classroom. The hybrid series includes three synchronous zoom sessions. Asynchronous reading will be assigned for each webinar session, in addition to weekly reflections on a schoology page. This series will be a foundational kick-off to a regional focus on equity in the math classroom. Although Boaler is known for her work in math education, this series is relevant for ALL. Participants must purchase their own copy of The Limitless Mind, by Jo Boaler. If possible, please read the INTRODUCTION ONLY prior to the first session.

17. The Design of Learning Centered Environments

Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/18/2022 to 7/19/2022

Knowledge and competencies for success in today's world are vastly different from those of the 20th Century. Research continues to solidify the argument that students learn better when they are personally and actively engaged in learning. (Nair) Over the course of two days, teachers will engage in the design of student-centered classroom environments through a modality of learning called Project-Based Learning (PBL). Understanding will result from the opportunities created to engage with one another in solving complex questions about the latest research on the relationship between space, cognition, and teaching. Educators will demonstrate their new understandings by presenting the evolution of their thinking through the design of their classroom environments. The redesign of learner-centered spaces is more about what we value as teachers and the pedagogies that we use to honor the learning, than simply buying new furniture. With very little resources, we can transform our classroom into learner centered spaces that allow for individualization, stimulation, and conditions necessary for processing information.

A prerequisite is to have measurements of your classroom, length and width, and bring some pictures of windows, doors, and shelving locations.

Participants will:
  • Identify the values that we want to communicate through our environment on supporting and monitoring student learning.
  • Draw on theoretical knowledge related to student-centered environments, cultures of thinking, and culturally responsive teaching for the design of learning spaces.
  • Explore the relationship between the physical learning environment, pedagogy, and teacher collaboration.
  • Identify the design principles that support student-centered environments.
  • Design classroom environments that support the acquisition, processing, and transferring of knowledge and skills.
  • Design spaces that offer flexibility in supporting multiple learning modalities and make students thinking visible.
  • 18. Safe Zone Training for Educators

    Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: Classroom teachers, School leaders, GSA Advisors, School Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists, School Nurses

    Dates: 7/20/2022

    Have you ever wished you had a safe, non-judgmental space to ask questions about LGBTQ+ individuals and identity? Are you confused by the differences between gender, expression, identity and orientation? Have you ever wondered what the letters in the LGBTQ+ initialism mean? Would you like strategies for creating more welcoming and affirming learning spaces for LGBTQ+ students, colleagues, and families? This professional learning opportunity provides the tools you need! While progress is slowly being made to create more welcoming and affirming learning spaces there is still much to be done. For LGBTQ+ students, colleagues, and families the school environment can pose numerous threats and obstacles. Below are some eye-opening statistics from GLSEN's (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) 2019 National School Climate Report: 86% of LGBTQ+ students were harassed or assaulted at schools; 2 in 5 LGBTQ+ students of color were bullied or harassed based on race or ethnicity; 84% of trans students felt unsafe at school because of their gender. Anti-LGBTQ discrimination means that LGBTQ+ students miss more school, have lower GPAs, and lower self-esteem. This dynamic, interactive professional learning session focuses on building your ally skills, developing welcoming and affirming learning spaces through the use of inclusive and respectful language, terminology, pronouns and discourse, assessing the physical environment for inclusivity, creating inclusive learning opportunities, and knowing where to go for resources and support. Attending this workshop is a proactive step towards creating welcoming and affirming learning spaces. Program participants will receive a Safe Zone sticker and course materials. Contact Jeanette_Adams-Price@boces.monroe.edu for more information. Once registered you will be sent a link to a video to watch prior to the 7/12/22 program.

    19. 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: 7/27/2022 to 7/28/2022

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    Becoming a standards-based school or district is much more extensive than simply changing your report card. This 2-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. Day two 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.
    Deadline to register: June 30, 2022

    20. Taking a Deeper Dive into 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: 7/29/2022 to 8/23/2022

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    If you came to our 3-day institute with Tom Schimmer last summer, you've read his books and/or you've been developing a standards-based approach in your classroom, this two-day session is for you! This professional learning experience focuses on the "how" not the "why". Day 1 will be in-person and day 2 will be virtual. Both days will be organized such that the morning time focuses on formative assessment practices (i.e., feedback, proficiency scales and success criteria) and the afternoon time focuses on grading practices (i.e., re-assessment, student accountability, gradebook conversions). Time will also be allotted for networking/collaboration as well as work time to plan for the upcoming school year.
    Deadline to register: June 30, 2022

    21. INVITE ONLY - 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: 8/2/2022 to 8/18/2022

    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 4-day series will address volume 1. In addition, participants will receive a LETRS manual and 1-year access to an online learning platform with additional professional learning about the Science of Reading.

    22. 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: 8/2/2022 to 8/18/2022

    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 4-day series will address volume 1. In addition, participants will receive a LETRS manual and 1-year access to an online learning platform with additional professional learning about the Science of Reading.

    23. 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: 8/4/2022 to 8/16/2022

    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 4-day series will address volume 2. In addition, participants will receive a LETRS manual and 1-year access to an online learning platform with additional professional learning about the Science of Reading.

    24. LETRS for Administrators

    Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: School Administrators and Instructional Leaders/Coaches

    Dates: 8/8/2022 to 8/11/2022

    LETRS for Administrators is designed to prepare principals and literacy coaches to improve literacy outcomes in districts and schools. Outcomes for participation in LETRS for Administrators initial training are to:
    1. Strengthen understanding about the science of reading in order to support reading instruction and intervention at the district and school level
    2. Increase knowledge of the LETRS routines, techniques, and lesson plans in order to analyze current practices to improve literacy outcomes
    3. Develop an understanding of reading assessments and how to integrate them into current assessment frameworks

    Participants in LETRS for Administrators will receive print and online resources that support instructional leaders in the implementation of LETRS professional development, and provides useful professional resources to support their efforts in raising reading achievement.

    25. Introduction to Executive Function Skills: What is it and how can it help my students?

    Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: K-12 Educators

    Dates: 8/18/2022

    "He is so disorganized!” "I would lose my head if it weren't on my shoulders!” "She is always late!” Any of these sound familiar? The good news is none of these skills are just who we are or just who our students are. The skills we use to learn, work, and manage life, or our executive function skills, are governed by our brain and therefore are never fixed. Executive Function skills are considered the management system of the brain. When our students struggle with executive function skills, it can make it hard for them to focus, follow directions, handle their emotions, and stay on task. Given the different learning opportunities students have experienced during the pandemic, they are ever more in need of developing their executive function skills.

    In this introductory workshop, teachers will learn:
  • background information about how different parts of the brain control different aspects of executive function
  • 10 skills that fall into the 3 main areas of executive function - working memory, cognitive flexibility, and self-control
  • strategies that will help develop student executive function skills
  • 26. Safe Zone Training for Educators

    Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: Classroom teachers, School leaders, GSA Advisors, School Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists, School Nurses

    Dates: 11/2/2022

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    Have you ever wished you had a safe, non-judgmental space to ask questions about LGBTQ+ individuals and identity? Are you confused by the differences between gender, expression, identity and orientation? Have you ever wondered what the letters in the LGBTQ+ initialism mean? Would you like strategies for creating more welcoming and affirming learning spaces for LGBTQ+ students, colleagues, and families? This professional learning opportunity provides the tools you need! While progress is slowly being made to create more welcoming and affirming learning spaces there is still much to be done. For LGBTQ+ students, colleagues, and families the school environment can pose numerous threats and obstacles. Below are some eye-opening statistics from GLSEN's (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) 2019 National School Climate Report: 86% of LGBTQ+ students were harassed or assaulted at schools; 2 in 5 LGBTQ+ students of color were bullied or harassed based on race or ethnicity; 84% of trans students felt unsafe at school because of their gender. Anti-LGBTQ discrimination means that LGBTQ+ students miss more school, have lower GPAs, and lower self-esteem. This dynamic, interactive professional learning session focuses on building your ally skills, developing welcoming and affirming learning spaces through the use of inclusive and respectful language, terminology, pronouns and discourse, assessing the physical environment for inclusivity, creating inclusive learning opportunities, and knowing where to go for resources and support. Attending this workshop is a proactive step towards creating welcoming and affirming learning spaces. Program participants will receive a Safe Zone sticker and course materials. Contact Jeanette_Adams-Price@boces.monroe.edu for more information.

    27. Safe Zone Training for Educators

    Program: Office of School Improvement - CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: Classroom teachers, School leaders, GSA Advisors, School Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists, School Nurses

    Dates: 3/9/2023

    New
    Have you ever wished you had a safe, non-judgmental space to ask questions about LGBTQ+ individuals and identity? Are you confused by the differences between gender, expression, identity and orientation? Have you ever wondered what the letters in the LGBTQ+ initialism mean? Would you like strategies for creating more welcoming and affirming learning spaces for LGBTQ+ students, colleagues, and families? This professional learning opportunity provides the tools you need! While progress is slowly being made to create more welcoming and affirming learning spaces there is still much to be done. For LGBTQ+ students, colleagues, and families the school environment can pose numerous threats and obstacles. Below are some eye-opening statistics from GLSEN's (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) 2019 National School Climate Report: 86% of LGBTQ+ students were harassed or assaulted at schools; 2 in 5 LGBTQ+ students of color were bullied or harassed based on race or ethnicity; 84% of trans students felt unsafe at school because of their gender. Anti-LGBTQ discrimination means that LGBTQ+ students miss more school, have lower GPAs, and lower self-esteem. This dynamic, interactive professional learning session focuses on building your ally skills, developing welcoming and affirming learning spaces through the use of inclusive and respectful language, terminology, pronouns and discourse, assessing the physical environment for inclusivity, creating inclusive learning opportunities, and knowing where to go for resources and support. Attending this workshop is a proactive step towards creating welcoming and affirming learning spaces. Program participants will receive a Safe Zone sticker and course materials. Contact Jeanette_Adams-Price@boces.monroe.edu for more information.