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1. Introduction to SeeSaw

Program: Model Schools

Audience: All Educators, Administrators

Dates: 7/9/2020

Starting Today
Seesaw is an educational platform that connects teachers with students and parents. It is an authentic way for students to show their learning. Participants will walk through creating an account, class, activity, and learn about the features of SeeSaw as an educational resource for teachers to use with students and families.

2. Using ThingLink to Create HyperDocs

Program: Model Schools

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 7/14/2020

Starting Soon
HyperDocs engage students in authentic learning experiences, are visually stimulating, and provide for student agency. Join Kerrie Burch, Director for School Library System and Model Schools as she shows participants how to create HyperDocs using Thinglink, an interactive learning tool. Participants should bring an existing HyperDoc they want to improve or have an existing plan for creating a HyperDoc based on a current lesson with them as this will be a hands-on session.

3. Mindfulness and Yoga - Wellness for Ourselves

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 7/14/2020

Starting Soon
We invite you to spend some time on you, time to dedicate to your own self care in this 75 minute vinyasa flow yoga class and meditation. When we take care of ourselves, we are better able to care for those we love. No matter if you're new to yoga, or a seasoned practitioner; Questar III's very own Margaret McMahan, Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor, and Kim Inglee, long time yogi, will joyfully guide you through a 60 minute yoga vinyasa flow designed for all levels, providing detailed instruction for the budding yogi and offer advanced yogis ques to go deeper into the postures. Then we will seamlessly transition into a guided grounding mediation to quiet the busy mind. We will wrap up with an open floor forum inviting questions and comments. Whatever your level, this session aims to provide a playful, fun, and inner peace cultivating experience.

4. Weekly SLS Meetings

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 7/15/2020 to 8/26/2020

Starting Soon
Topics: 7/15 - Social and Emotional Learning and Mental Health Part 1, 7/29 - Resource Sharing Day (bring an idea, resource, tech tool, collaboration story, lesson, book, or something else to share) , 8/5 - Social and Emotional Learning and Mental Health Part 2, 8/12 - Leveraging Reading at All Levels and for All Students (Sora for Fall, Using Children's books in the secondary environment, Addressing Social Justice) , 8/19 - Integrating Technology in the Library , 8/26 - Back to School Final Prep (Discussion about plans for school in September). Participants will receive credit for the sessions they attend only. Access to the session will be sent via Frontline the day before the event.

5. Engaging and Differentiating for All Students Remotely - Elementary Educators

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Educators K-5

Dates: 7/15/2020

Starting Soon
Learn the most effective ways to engage students in new content quickly and learn practical ways for differentiating for student learning needs by exploring hyperdocs and thinglinks.

6. Connecting Social Emotional Learning and Literacy

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 7/15/2020

Starting Soon
In this Webinar, we will explore Social Emotional Learning (SEL), the impact SEL has on positive climate and culture, and explore literacy ideas and strategies for reinforcing SEL practices in our classrooms, buildings, and districts. Date: 7/15/2020 Time: 10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Presenters: Kim Inglee, Christine Willmart Target Audience: All Educators A Zoom Link will be sent prior to the webinar.
We will discuss how to create community, establish routines and expectations, and tools for student engagement, through remote and/or in class instruction. Date: July 16, 2020 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Presenters: Melissa Macaluso, Kim Inglee, Heidi Bromley Target Audience: All Educators a Zoom Link will be sent prior to the webinar.

8. Teaching Assistants: How to Support all Learners

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Teaching Assistants and Aides

Dates: 7/17/2020

In this forum for teaching assistants and aides, we will discuss ways to best support different types of learners. We will share ideas, answer questions and provide ways to support students acadmically and social emotionally for the new school year.

9. Reading Resources for Secondary ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: 7-12 educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jul 20, 2020)

This one-hour session will introduce teachers to several online resources that can support ELL students' reading. The RBERN will showcase 3-4 favorites, then provide opportunities for teachers to share additional resources and collaborate with peers about virtual learning experiences.

10. Writing Resources for Secondary ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: 7-12 educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jul 21, 2020)

This one-hour session will introduce teachers to several online resources that can support ELL students' writing. The RBERN will showcase a few favorites, then provide opportunities for teachers to share additional resources and collaborate with peers about virtual learning experiences.

11. How We Can Approach Math Instruction for the Fall (Grades 3-8)

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs 3-8

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jul 21, 2020)

With so many unknown factors about the new school year how can we plan for the fall? During this PD, we will explore the gaps that students may have, ways to teach new material while addressing their gaps, and how to creatively combine lessons so teachers feel prepared for whatever model their school is utilizing come September.

12. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 7/22/2020

New
The amended Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) took effect on July 1, 2013, under this amended legislation beginning January 1, 2014, all persons applying to the NYS Education Department for an administrative or supervisory service, classroom teaching service or school service certificate or coaching license must complete six (6) hours of coursework or training in harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention and intervention. The training proactively addresses the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination and is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to create an affirming school environment for all students.

Participants must be in attendance for the full session to receive a certificate of completion. Given the current COVID-19 health situation, the training will be completed virtually, using Zoom.

Payment of $80.00 must be received before a participant is marked as COMPLETED. Training is limited to 20 participants, so register early. You will be contacted if the workshop must be cancelled.

The link to the zoom invitation will be sent out to registrants prior to the training.

13. July 22, 2020 Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 7/22/2020

CTLE
Topics: Getting Ready for State Aid Claims Forms. What Data Should You Gather Now?
We will discuss how to create community, establish routines and expectations, and tools for student engagement, through remote and/or in class instruction.

15. Phone-friendly Remote Learning Apps for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jul 22, 2020)

This one-hour session will introduce teachers to several application resources that can support the instruction of ELL students whose primary or sole form of Internet access is their smartphone. The RBERN will showcase a few favorites, then provide opportunities for teachers to share additional resources and collaborate with peers about virtual learning experiences.

16. Communication Devices for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jul 22, 2020)

Explore multiple ways to communicate to families using technology. We will explore into safety features, capabilities, translation features and more.

17. K-5 Hands on Science at Home

Program: School Improvement

Audience: K-5 Teachers

Dates: 7/23/2020

Science activities appropriate for kids to do at home, aligned to NYS Learning Standards, will be shared. Activities will be shared by the presenter and participants are asked to bring one activity to share with others. Audience: K-5 Teachers Date: July 23, 2020 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10 a.m. A zoom link will be sent prior to the workshop

18. Engaging and Differentiating for All Students Remotely - Secondary Educators

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Educators 6-12

Dates: 7/23/2020

Learn the most effective ways to engage students in new content quickly and learn practical ways for differentiating for student learning needs by exploring HyperDocs and ThingLinks.

19. Working with Families During Remote Learning

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jul 23, 2020)

Closed
Plunging into remote learning, families are finding stress, chaos and more. As more schools move to remote learning, parents can't help but wonder how to facilitate that learning for their kids while facing other life challenges (working from home, being unemployed, becoming a "teacher") This 1 hour PD will discuss the challenge, emotional standpoints, communication options, cultural viewpoints, and some creative solutions to help teachers work alongside parents during this remote learning period.

20. 6-8 Hands on Science at Home

Program: School Improvement

Audience: 6-8 Teachers

Dates: 7/23/2020

Science activities appropriate for kids to do at home, aligned to NY State Learning Standards, will be shared. Activities will be shared by the presenter and participants are asked to bring one activity to share with others. Audience: 6-8 Science Teachers Date: July 23, 2020 Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. A zoom link will be sent prior to the workshop.

21. Speaking and Listening Resources for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jul 23, 2020)

This one-hour session will introduce teachers to several online resources that can support ELL students' speaking and listening. The RBERN will showcase a few favorites, then provide opportunities for teachers to share additional resources and collaborate with peers about virtual learning experiences.

22. Working With Entering and Emerging ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jul 24, 2020)

This one-hour PD takes us into the waters on how to prepare your classroom for Entering and Emerging students. We will explore background knowledge on being an emergent bilingual, deep dive into their proficiency levels, and talk equip you with modifications and scaffolds.

23. Advocacy for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jul 24, 2020)

This one-hour session will explore what advocacy looks like at the following levels: Classroom advocacy, School advocacy, District advocacy, State-level advocacy, and National advocacy.

24. Connecting Social Emotional Learning and Literacy

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 7/28/2020

In this Webinar, we will explore Social Emotional Learning (SEL), the impact SEL has on positive climate and culture, and explore literacy ideas and strategies for reinforcing SEL practices in our classrooms, buildings, and districts.

25. Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards Training

Program: Model Schools

Audience: School Librarians, Instructional Technology Integrators, Instructional Technology Teachers, Content Area Teachers

Dates: 7/28/2020

Join us as we being to look at the new Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards with the intention of looking at them from the 30,000 foot view. This session will give participants an overview of the new standards so that they are able to begin to find ways to implement them in their instruction.

26. Gearing Up for Learning: Adjusting to a Post-COVID Learning Environment for School Librarians

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 8/6/2020

When schools closed in March our world was changed forever. We went into crisis mode and did the best we could with the resources we had available. They were unprecedented times for sure! With the new school year starting, many things are still uncertain. What will teaching look like? Will we be in school, following a hybrid model, or be completely online? How can I best help my students and teachers? In this workshop we will help you prepare for multiple scenarios for the upcoming year so that you are prepared and so that you can support your teachers and students with any transitions that may take place. A focus will be placed on making transitions from in-person learning to other types of learning (hybrid/online) and doing so as seamlessly as possible. Join us as we start planning for the new school year.

27. PLC: Dive into Fall- Setting the Stage for Language Learners' Success

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs and World Languages

Dates: On-Going (Ends Oct 19, 2020)

We would like to offer you the opportunity to join a professional learning cohort that will explore various scenarios and strategies which may impact your language learners as school resumes this fall. This PLC will meet for six sessions (8/10, 8.17, 8.31, 9/14, 9/28, 10/19) to share ideas and strategies for helping ensure the best possible outcomes for your students after the COVID-19 pandemic disruptions to the previous school year. The first week we will look at how school ended for your districts and share lessons learned from the Spring that impact your pedagogy going forward. The cohort will choose weekly topics and format of our hour-long sessions during the first week as well. *Once registered you will receive additional information on how to access this PLC.

28. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 8/19/2020

New
The amended Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) took effect on July 1, 2013, under this amended legislation beginning January 1, 2014, all persons applying to the NYS Education Department for an administrative or supervisory service, classroom teaching service or school service certificate or coaching license must complete six (6) hours of coursework or training in harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention and intervention. The training proactively addresses the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination and is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to create an affirming school environment for all students.

Participants must be in attendance for the full session to receive a certificate of completion. Given the current COVID-19 health situation, the training will be completed virtually, using Zoom.

Payment of $80.00 must be received before a participant is marked as COMPLETED. Training is limited to 20 participants, so register early. You will be contacted if the workshop must be cancelled.

The link to the zoom invitation will be sent out to registrants prior to the training.

29. August Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 8/19/2020

CTLE
Topics: Preparing the State Aid Claims Forms: How to Complete & Key Areas to Review and Maximize Aid.

30. Teaching Assistants: How to Support all Learners

Program: School Improvement

Audience: All Teaching Assistants and Aides

Dates: 8/21/2020

In this forum for teaching assistants and aides, we will discuss ways to best support different types of learners. We will share ideas, answer questions and provide ways to support students acadmically and social emotionally for the new school year.

31. Graduation Rate Improvement and Dropout Prevention Tool

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs, Administrators, Guidance Counselors

Dates: On-Going (Ends Aug 25, 2020)

In this brief introduction to the NYS Graduation Rate Improvement and Dropout Prevention Tool, participants will learn what the tool contains and how it can help them make data-driven decisions to improve graduation outcomes for students. Using sample NYS data and exemplars, participants will analyze demographic indicators, consider potential early warning system components, and explore characteristics of effective processes and structures they may pursue at the district and school level. Following this session, resource specialists will provide opportunities for personalized assistance in implementation on request.

32. Assessing ELLs Online

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs K-12

Dates: On-Going (Ends Aug 25, 2020)

New
We will be looking at formative and summative assessments for online learning. Participants will explore how to differentiate for diverse populations and leave with supplemental resources to help them achieve their content mastery.

33. Guided Reading for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: K-12

Dates: On-Going (Ends Aug 26, 2020)

New
In this 1 hour PD we will dive into Guided Reading with diverse populations. We will explore the planning, designing reading groups, scaffolding and adapting guided reading for online learning.

34. Back to School Social Emotional Learning for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Aug 26, 2020)

New
This one hour PD will provide Social Emotional Learning supports that will be helpful when schools reopen because students will return with varying degrees of anxiety and stress. Through the use of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies, educators can help students cope with back-to-school anxiety to truly thrive in class. We will provide suggested strategies that can equip educators with the skills needed to build resilient and empathetic classrooms through Social Emotional Learning. This session will provide different ways to better support ELLs' Social Emotional Learning through the use of literature and visuals.

35. Diversity Series Kickoff for School Librarians

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians

Dates: 8/26/2020

Maya Angelou said, "When you know better, do better", and that is what we intend to do. Please join us for a kickoff to our 20-21 Diversity Series. We are going to discuss plans for the year ahead regarding the why and how of conducting diversity audits of your collections.
As school librarians, we strive to help students build understanding and to make unbiased, educated opinions, and judgments. We already know, such goals do not begin and end with teaching research skills and information literacy. Programming and collection development can make a significant impact as well. And so, we will also discuss plans for what steps to take once your audit is complete.
Please bring with you your concerns, questions, ideas, successes, goals, and excitement about making your collections more diverse.
A Zoom link will be sent to you on the morning of the meeting.

36. Follett Refresher AM Session - For Staff NEW to Follett

Program: School Library System

Dates: 8/27/2020

This session is for new members and will include an overview of the system and service, as well as the latest product updates to Follett Destiny and Discover. There will be time available to work with your fellow librarians, as well as time for customized support. Participants must be from districts participating in the library automation CoSer at Questar III. A zoom link will be sent to you on the morning of the meeting.

37. Co-Teaching for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Aug 27, 2020)

New
In this hour long webinar, participants will review key elements of co-teaching for ELLs. Participants will be introduced to different options for virtual co-planning and how to design lessons to best support beginning, intermediate and advanced English Language Learners.

38. Follett Refresher PM Session - Product Updates and Support

Program: School Library System

Audience: Participants must be from districts participating in the library automation CoSer at Questar III

Dates: 8/27/2020

This session will include the latest product updates to Follett Destiny and Discover. There will be time available to work with your fellow librarians, as well as time for customized support. Participants must be from districts participating in the library automation CoSer at Questar III. A zoom link will be sent to you on the morning of the meeting.

39. Reading Strategies PD- Book Study

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs K-5

Dates: On-Going (Ends Aug 28, 2020)

New
This online session will explore Jennifer Serravallo's book Reading Strategies. The resource contains more than 300 strategies to support 13 reading goals linked to a variety of skills, genres, and reading levels. The session will give an overview of the book resource as well as share some strategies for adapting these reading tools to remote teaching and learning. These best practices support the needs of all learners- including ELLs who may be struggling with reading concepts. There is also an opportunity to earn an extra hour of CTLE credit in a self-paced follow-up activity that demonstrates the strategies addressed in this session. This session is appropriate for teachers of students in grades K-5. *Participants who register before August 7th will be mailed a free copy of the book to meet the needs of this session. You will need to complete a separate form that includes your home mailing address to receive the resource. **We ask that participants who register for this book study not register for the Writing Strategies session in order to afford these unique opportunities to a wide range of participants.

40. Writing Strategies PD- Book Study

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs K-5

Dates: On-Going (Ends Aug 28, 2020)

New
This online session will explore Jennifer Serravallo's book Writing Strategies. The resource contains more than 300 strategies to support writing goals based on student need. The session will give an overview of the book resource as well as share some strategies for adapting these writing tools to remote teaching and learning. These best practices support the needs of all learners- including ELLs who may be struggling with writing concepts. There is also an opportunity to earn an extra hour of CTLE credit in a self-paced follow-up activity that demonstrates the strategies addressed in this session. This session is appropriate for teachers of students in grades K-5. *Participants who register before August 7th will be mailed a free copy of the book to meet the needs of this session. You will need to complete a separate form that includes your home mailing address to receive the resource. **We ask that participants who register for this book study not register for the Reading Strategies session in order to afford these unique opportunities to a wide range of participants.

41. September Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 9/16/2020

CTLE
Topics: Special Education - Plan for the Year: Placement Types, STAC Process & the Collection of State Aid.

42. October Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 10/14/2020

CTLE
Topics: State Aid Claims Forms (Revisions and Edits) & Non-Resident Billing

43. November Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 11/4/2020

CTLE
Topics: Reserve Funds, Selected Accounting Issues, Building Aid and School Budget Process for new Business Officials

44. December Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 12/9/2020

CTLE
Topics: State Aid Output Reports, State Aid Reconciliation, Fund Balance and Cash Flow Projections

45. January Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 1/6/2021

CTLE
Topics: ESSA, Mid-Year Review and Timely STAC Reminders

46. February Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 2/3/2021

CTLE
Topics: Understanding State Aid Projections and Tax Cap

47. March Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 3/10/2021

CTLE
Topics: Budget Vote Process, Disclosure Requirements and Contingent Budget

48. April Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 4/9/2021

CTLE
Topics: State Budget Analysis, Property Tax Report Card and Budget Notice

49. May Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 5/12/2021

CTLE
Topics: Health Services and Non-Resident Billing

50. June Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 6/13/2021

CTLE
Topics: Preparing and Collecting Data for Year End Close