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1. The AI Infused Classroom Book Study

Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

Dates: 12/12/2023 to 6/6/2024

Curious about AI and how it can relate to your classroom and student learning? Join our book study featuring the book: The AI Infused Classroom by Holly Clark.

Session Details

  • Discuss reading
  • Share a new AI educator-friendly tool to explore
  • Discuss classroom application

    *No reading assignment due on December 12th, but you may pre-read if you would like!

    Please borrow or purchase the book prior to the first meeting on December 12th. It can be found on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You may be able to find it at a local library as well.

    PLEASE NOTE: All 4 sessions will be virtual. Zoom links will be emailed to attendees before the first meeting.

    Author Holly Clark has more than twenty-five years of experience as an educator and as one of the first teachers in the United States to have a 1:1 classroom, bestselling author of the Infused Classroom series, Holly Clark, takes a future-oriented approach to technology integration in education. Through her training and speaking engagements, she equips educators worldwide to effectively use technology, including AI, in their classrooms. And now, with The AI Infused Classroom, she offers a thoughtful, practical guide for navigating the latest iteration of edtech.

    With the right mindset, the right questions, and the right strategies, you can use AI to create and broaden meaningful learning experiences for every student.

  • 2. Asynchronous: Using Canva to Create Engaging Teaching Resources - Beginners - Recording

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: K - 12 educators, librarians

    Dates: 2/13/2024

    Unlock your creativity and transform your teaching materials during this workshop! Whether you're new to Canva or looking to enhance your design skills, this hands-on session will empower you with the tools and knowledge to craft captivating educational content. Dive into the world of graphic design as we guide you through the basics of Canva, from creating eye-catching presentations to designing visually appealing worksheets. Watch the video to discover how to harness the power of this user-friendly platform and captivate your students with vibrant, interactive, and educational resources that will make learning a truly unforgettable experience. Don't miss out on this opportunity to level up your teaching game - let's make learning fun, engaging, and visually stunning together!

    Link to Form with Recording

    This is an asynchronous event. Date and time are for Frontline purposes only

    3. Asynchronous: Using Microsoft Reading Progress with Learners

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: K - 12 educators, librarians, reading specialist, literacy specialist

    Dates: 5/21/2024

    Have you used Microsoft Reading Progress?

    Microsoft Reading Progress is a powerful tool designed to enhance literacy education by providing teachers with actionable insights into students' reading abilities. This innovative feature integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Teams, allowing educators to assess and monitor individual students' reading fluency in real-time. Teachers can easily assign passages, track oral reading fluency, and receive automatic assessments that highlight words per minute, accuracy, and more. The tool also generates comprehensive reports that enable educators to identify trends, set personalized goals, and tailor their instructional approach to meet the unique needs of each student. With its user-friendly interface and data-driven approach, Microsoft Reading Progress empowers teachers to make informed decisions, fostering a supportive and targeted learning environment for students as they develop essential literacy skills.



    Link to Nearpod Lesson

    4. Become an Education Escape Artist!

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: K-12 teachers, librarians, administrators, instructional specialists

    Dates: 5/22/2024

    Break free from direct instruction and get students engaged and interacting in escape rooms! After escaping as a group, you will dissect and examine the elements of an escape experience and learn how AI tools can cut your design process in half! You will see how high, low and no-tech escape rooms can be developed and executed for different learning outcomes and objectives. Attendees will walk away with simplified tools for students to develop escape rooms along with a resource guide to craft your own homemade escape rooms using Google and Microsoft Tools! NOTE: We will visit the Breakout EDU platform briefly, but the paid version is not required or necessary in order to participate or use the resources you will receive.

    5. Using Canva to Create Engaging Teaching Resources - Newbies

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: K - 12 educators, librarians

    Dates: 5/29/2024

    Starting Soon
    Unlock your creativity and transform your teaching materials during this workshop! Whether you're new to Canva or looking to enhance your design skills, this hands-on session will empower you with the tools and knowledge to craft captivating educational content. Dive into the world of graphic design as we guide you through the basics of Canva, from creating eye-catching presentations to designing visually appealing worksheets. Join us to discover how to harness the power of this user-friendly platform and captivate your students with vibrant, interactive, and educational resources that will make learning a truly unforgettable experience. Don't miss out on this opportunity to level up your teaching game - let's make learning fun, engaging, and visually stunning together!

    6. Implications for AI for the Future of K-12 Education

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: Members of the K-12 Digital Consortium

    Dates: 5/30/2024

    Starting Soon
    We are inviting district teams to come together to share their concerns and solution ideas about the opportunities and risks that AI may present for K-12 schools. Themes we plan to discuss in cross-district small groups include: realizing the potential of AI to increase K-12 educators' productivity; realizing the potential of AI to improve instruction/learning; addressing concerns about academic dishonesty; developing K-12 educators' knowledge about AI; addressing the challenge of making AI-related policies; addressing AI-related privacy & cybersecurity issues. The event will start with activities designed to ground the discussions of these themes in a concrete understanding of what AI tools can do. This will be followed by brief presentations intended to inform the small group discussions. Participants will then be able to join the small group discussing their chosen theme, and hear report backs of highlights of every discussion. Towards the end, district teams will also have an opportunity to discuss implications and possible next steps for their district, which will then be shared with the large group so everyone can benefit from the ideas thus generated.

    NOTE: This is a K-12 Digital Consortium event. If your district is not yet part of the Consortium but may be interested in joining it, please contact Dave Miller (dmiller@warner.rochester.edu).

    7. SEL & Sensory Bins for ALL Ages: A Make & Take Experience (Summer-time theme!)

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: K-12 teachers, librarians, administrators, instructional specialists, OT/PT

    Dates: 6/11/2024

    Support K-12 social emotional learning and sensory development using sensory bins! Play with a variety of sensory bins, learn their purposes, and create a summer-themed sensory bin to take and use in your classroom! You will leave with an understanding of how sensory bins benefit learning and get information that will help you create suitable sensory bins in the future! You will also acquire knowledge of how AI can help you customize sensory activities for content area(s), grade level(s), and even personalize bins to fit individual students' needs in a snap! There will also be a brief overview of Canva creations!

    Prior to the session, please:

    Sign up for a free Canva Educators account and dabble with an AI platform of interest (Microsoft Copilot, Google Gemini, ChatGPT, etc.)

    Note: While AI platforms are currently not Ed Law 2d Compliant, it is a tool that can cut teacher planning time in half. If you cannot register for an account using a district email, it is your choice if you would like to use a personal account to register.

    8. EdTech Adventure: Coding a Digital Story - Summer Asynchronous Offering

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: K-12 Educators, any subject area.

    Dates: 7/1/2024

    This summer, learn how to get your students showing, telling, and sharing their knowledge using block coding and beyond! This session will start off with a debrief of free block coding tools (scratch, code.org, Microsoft Make Code) and how they address the NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards. Then, you will be set free to develop/revitalize a lesson series to incorporate one of the tools you learned and blend together your content area standard(s) with one (or more) of the NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency standards. Upon completion of this coursework, you will receive 4 hours of CTLE credit. Ignore the date and time of this session - it is asynchronous. This posting will have a link to the course work by July 8th. Those registered before that date will receive an email with the link once it is ready for you.

    9. EdTech Adventure: Nearpod's New Features and FUNctions - Summer Asynchronous Offering

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: All Educators, All Levels of Education, All Subject Areas. (E for Everyone!)

    Dates: 7/1/2024

    New
    Learn from Nearpod's own Samantha Golden all about what's new in Nearpod! Then, choose your own EdVenture and complete the Nearpod coursework or dive right into creating! You can receive 1 hour of CTLE Credit for completing the training portion with Samantha, another for completing the Nearpod certificate. And an additional hour for sharing your completed lesson sample and description. Links to this session will be emailed to those who register before July 8th. After that date, the link will be up on this posting. Ignore all dates and times in this posting. This is an ASYNCHRONOUS Session.

    10. EdTech Adventure: Write your own EdVenture with Book Creator! - Summer Asynchronous Offering

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: All Educators, All Levels of Education, All Subject Areas. (E for Everyone!)

    Dates: 7/1/2024

    Book Creator is a free tool that provides a fantastic way for students to take ownership of their learning by creating original publications! Use it with parents, students, or colleagues or share with them what you or your students have created! You can collaborate on templates; create your own templates; link information; record your voice or videos; add pictures, gifs, drawings! The possibilities are endless! In this asynchronous session you will learn: How Book Creator meets the needs of diverse students. How Book Creator can be used across subjects and grade levels. How to access Book Creator's ready-to-remix templates and activities for the classroom. How to use Book Creator to align to the NYS CS & DF Standards/SEL. AND... How to create your own! You will receive 2 hours of CTLE credit once you've completed the training and submitted your original book to our library! Links to this session will be emailed to those who register before July 8th. After that date, the link will be up on this posting. Ignore all dates and times in this posting. This is an ASYNCHRONOUS Session.

    11. EdTech Adventure: AI Tool Smashing - ASYNCHRONOUS

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Dates: 7/1/2024

    New
    There seems to be a new AI tool for education every day. Which tool is the most effective? Which tool is Ed Law 2d approved? Which tool will engage learners? Which tool will help educators create content?

    During this session, attendees will learn about the tried and true AI tools for educators, AI tools embedded into resources we already use, and upcoming AI tools that will rock your teacher world.

    Join us in shaping the future of education and preparing students for success in an increasingly AI-driven world.

    12. EdTech Adventure: Become a Canva PRO! (Intermediate/Advanced) - ASYNCHRONOUS

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Dates: 7/1/2024

    Embark on a journey to unlock your inner graphic artist in this workshop! If you've dabbled in design and are eager to take your skills to the next level, this immersive session is your ticket to becoming a true digital artist. Dive deep into the creative possibilities of Canva as we explore advanced design techniques, graphic elements, and the art of visual storytelling. With hands-on practice and expert guidance, you'll gain the confidence and expertise to craft striking visuals that stand out in a crowded digital landscape. Join us and harness the power of Canva to create stunning graphics that leave a lasting impression, whether for personal projects, business endeavors, or creative expression. Elevate your design game and turn your visions into breathtaking realities - your artistic journey begins here!

    Date and time are for Frontline purposes only. This is an asynchronous activity

    13. EdTech Adventure: Creating Graphic Artists using Canvas Newbie Level - ASYNCHRONOUS

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Dates: 7/1/2024

    Unlock your creativity and transform your teaching materials during this workshop! Whether you're new to Canva or looking to enhance your design skills, this hands-on session will empower you with the tools and knowledge to craft captivating educational content. Dive into the world of graphic design as we guide you through the basics of Canva, from creating eye-catching presentations to designing visually appealing worksheets. Watch the video to discover how to harness the power of this user-friendly platform and captivate your students with vibrant, interactive, and educational resources that will make learning a truly unforgettable experience. Don't miss out on this opportunity to level up your teaching game - let's make learning fun, engaging, and visually stunning together!

    Date and time are for Frontline purposes only. This is an asynchronous activity

    14. EdTech Adventure: Literacy Support with Reading Progress - ASYNCHRONOUS

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Dates: 7/1/2024

    *New* Reading Progress is available for non-Microsoft users!

    Wish you could hear all of your students read at the same time, give them real-time feedback, and instantly coach them through their struggle spots? You can with Microsoft Reading Progress. If you use Teams at your school, you have access to this free reading program that could be a game changer for your literacy instruction. For non-Microsoft users, there is a new interface accessible for you to leverage this amazing tool.

    Date and time are for Frontline purposes only. This is an asynchronous activity

    15. Summer Professional Reading EdVenture - Asynchronous Conference

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Dates: 7/1/2024

    Select 1, 2, or a few books to read from our 16 professional development titles HERE and earn 10 CTLE credits after completing a reader response! This brochure outlines how to get your reading material and how to participate in detail.

    Here are the basics and some in-person opportunities you may decide to engage in!

    1. Select and obtain your books.
    2. Open your email from us with your link to the Summer Reading EdVenture Conference website (will be sent June 14th)
    3. Fill out your bracket as you read.
    4. Complete detailed book reviews for CTLE credit in Book Creator*
    5. Once you are done reviewing all the books you wanted to read, tell us by submitting your filled in bracket via email to katherine_rice@boces.monroe.edu SUBJECT: BRACKET by September 5th.
    6. Participate in the Book Battle in September by voting for winning books in 4 rounds starting September 6th. Winners get bragging rights and a prize at the end of September!

    *A Book Creator asynchronous offering is available for those who would like to complete it.

    Let's chat about these great topics!

    Please join us for Collegial Circles where we will discuss the topics of each Reading Region. No prior reading necessary but encouraged. Register HERE!


    CTLE CREDITS WILL BE ADJUSTED BASED ON HOW MANY BOOKS YOU READ AND RESPOND TO.


    Need more info, please reach out to katherine_rice@boces.monroe.edu.

    16. EdTech Adventure: Teaching and Learning in an AI Infused World - ASYNCHRONOUS

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Dates: 7/8/2024

    In this thought-provoking program, educators will embark on a journey to explore the dynamic intersection of education and artificial intelligence (AI).

    As technology continues to revolutionize the way we live and work, it's crucial for educators to be well-versed in leveraging AI tools to enhance the teaching and learning experience. This workshop is designed to empower teachers with the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to navigate the evolving landscape of education in an AI-infused world.
    The following topics will be explored:
  • AI Tools in the Classroom
  • Pedagogical Strategies
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Developing AI tool fluency

    By the end of this workshop, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to embrace AI as a valuable tool in their educational toolkit. Join us in shaping the future of education and preparing students for success in an increasingly AI-driven world. Enroll now and embark on a transformative learning experience at your own pace!

  • 17. 2024 NYS Computer Science & Digital Fluency Summer Institute - Grades K - 8 (Smart Start)

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: K - 8 Educators, Instructional Specialist, Curriculum Leaders

    Dates: 7/15/2024 to 7/19/2024

    Hosted by Monroe One BOCES - Facilitated by NYSCATE - Funded by NYSED Smart Start Grant

    4 Day Summer Institute (day 5 is optional) will immersed attendees in the NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards as well as the NYS Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks. Each session will include inclusion activities, engaging strategy, brain breaks and optimistic closings. Educators will experience the standards at work and facilitators will model the standards and instructional technology integration throughout the 4 days while using research artifacts such as articles, videos, and learning experience to increase the knowledge of the attendees. Overarching NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards will be embedded throughout the entire experience are Digital Literacy Standards and Impact of Computing Standards. Educators will adapt and/or create new lessons/units tied to the learning throughout the cohort to integrate the NYS CSDF Standards.

    The four-day Summer Institute includes:  

  • Day #1 - Overview of standards and the "Why", Scope of the Year Ahead, Introduction to Computational Thinking, and Explore & Experience Computational Thinking 
  • Day #2 - Explore and experience the Impacts of Computing and Networks & System Design Concept areas. TPACK Framework integration  
  • Day #3 - Explore and experience the Cybersecurity Concept & Digital Literacy Standards areas and interactive stations with plugged and unplugged learning experiences.  
  • Day #4 - Lesson Creation and presentation, Portfolio Overview 
  • Day #5 - Optional - facilitated work time on lesson adaptation and portfolio creation 

    Attendees: Please bring computer, lesson and or unit to adapt, and lunch

    For full details of the summer institute, please visit Smart Start Summer Institute Details
  • 18. Education Escape Artist: Summer Workshopping Option!

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: K-12 teachers, librarians, administrators, instructional specialists

    Dates: 7/17/2024

    Want more ideas for creating escape rooms? This is the next level workshop that will provide work time to design, collaborate, and work with Kate to develop custom escape experiences for your content area using the resources provided in the session: "Become an Education Escape Artist". This day is designed for those experienced with developing classroom escape experiences and/or those who have attended the "Become an Education Escape Artist" offering within the last 2 years.

    19. Reading Region: Artificial Intelligence: Policy & Practicality Collegial Circle

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: Educators participating in the Professional Reading EdVenture only

    Dates: 7/24/2024

    For participants in the Professional Reading EdVenture only

    This session will delve into the thought-provoking reading bracket on Artificial Intelligence, focusing on both its policy implications and practical applications. Through the reading, attendees have gained a deeper understanding of how AI policies and practical considerations shape industries, economies, and everyday life. Engage in stimulating discussions with fellow participants, sharing perspectives and insights on the evolving AI landscape.

    No prior reading is necessary to join this collegial circle

    Join us in person (snacks provided) or jump on a Zoom call to contribute.

    Zoom Link

    20. Reading Region: Student Agency and Empowerment Collegial Circle

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: Educators participating in the Professional Reading EdVenture only

    Dates: 7/25/2024

    For participants in the Professional Reading EdVenture only

    This session will delve into the thought-provoking reading bracket on Student Agency and Empowerment. Join us as we navigate the pages of empowerment and student-led learning, unraveling the potential for transformative education. Together, let's empower minds and cultivate a future where every student's voice is heard and valued. We look forward to having you in this enriching workshop!

    No prior reading is necessary to join this collegial circle.

    Join us in person (snacks provided) or jump on a Zoom call to contribute.

    Zoom Link

    21. 2024 NYS Computer Science & Digital Fluency Summer Institute - Grades K - 8 (Smart Start)

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: K - 8 Educators, Instructional Specialist, Curriculum Leaders

    Dates: 7/29/2024 to 8/2/2024

    Hosted by Monroe One BOCES - Facilitated by NYSCATE - Funded by NYSED Smart Start Grant

    4 Day Summer Institute (day 5 is optional) will immersed attendees in the NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards as well as the NYS Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks. Each session will include inclusion activities, engaging strategy, brain breaks and optimistic closings. Educators will experience the standards at work and facilitators will model the standards and instructional technology integration throughout the 4 days while using research artifacts such as articles, videos, and learning experience to increase the knowledge of the attendees. Overarching NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards will be embedded throughout the entire experience are Digital Literacy Standards and Impact of Computing Standards. Educators will adapt and/or create new lessons/units tied to the learning throughout the cohort to integrate the NYS CSDF Standards.

    The four-day Summer Institute includes:  

  • Day #1 - Overview of standards and the "Why", Scope of the Year Ahead, Introduction to Computational Thinking, and Explore & Experience Computational Thinking 
  • Day #2 - Explore and experience the Impacts of Computing and Networks & System Design Concept areas. TPACK Framework integration  
  • Day #3 - Explore and experience the Cybersecurity Concept & Digital Literacy Standards areas and interactive stations with plugged and unplugged learning experiences.  
  • Day #4 - Lesson Creation and presentation, Portfolio Overview 
  • Day #5 - Optional - facilitated work time on lesson adaptation and portfolio creation 

    Attendees: Please bring computer, lesson and or unit to adapt, and lunch

    For full details of the summer institute, please visit Smart Start Summer Institute Details
  • 22. Reading Region: Best Practice: Foundations & Pedagogy Collegial Circle

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: Educators participating in the Professional Reading EdVenture only

    Dates: 7/29/2024

    For participants in the Professional Reading EdVenture only

    Collaboratively build your teaching toolkit! We will discuss and discover new ways to enhance our instructional practices. This collegial circle will provide a platform for educators to learn from each other, gain a deeper understanding of the principles and theories that underpin successful classroom practices, and discuss various teaching strategies and approaches! This will be a great time, exchanging ideas and exploring potential ways to apply the concepts from the books from this reading region into your curriculum.



    No prior reading is necessary to join this collegial circle.



    Join us in person (snacks provided) or jump on a Zoom call to contribute.



    If you intend to join virtually, please email katherine_rice@boces.monroe.edu once you've registered.

    23. Reading Region: An Interdisciplinary Approach: PBL, STE[A]M, Inquiry & Beyond! Collegial Circle

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Audience: Educators participating in the Professional Reading EdVenture only

    Dates: 7/30/2024

    For participants in the Professional Reading EdVenture only

    Gain valuable insight into interdisciplinary approaches that incorporate Project-Based Learning (PBL), STE[A]M, inquiry-based learning, and more. Engage in collaborative discussions with colleagues to exchange ideas and explore potential ways to apply the concepts from the books in this reading region into your curriculum.



    No prior reading is necessary to join this collegial circle.



    Join us in person (snacks provided) or jump on a Zoom call to contribute.



    If you intend to join virtually, please email katherine_rice@boces.monroe.edu once you've registered.

    24. Adventures in Coding: Explore, Create, Innovate!

    Program: Model Schools - Instructional Specialist- CTLE Approved Sponsor

    Dates: 8/7/2024

    Discover the magic of coding and its potential to empower your students. This dynamic professional development workshop will equip you, regardless of your coding experience, to ignite your students' curiosity and creativity through the power of coding. We will explore block coding platforms for beginners and discover other exciting tools like micro:bits and MakeyMakey. You will dive headfirst into creating coding projects, to gain the first-hand experience and joy of bringing your ideas to life. We will collaborate to boost our curriculum, learning how to seamlessly integrate creative coding into various STEAM subjects, language arts, and beyond!