Catalog: Questar III BOCES Web Registration

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1. Supporting All Students: TA forum

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 9/21/2020

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We will be discussing what is working and not working for our students during this new school year. You will be learning some strategies for keeping students engaged and sharing solutions with each other on ways to keep students safe, happy and enjoying their learning.

2. State Aid Planning Fall Workshop

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 9/22/2020

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3. Intermediate Google Classroom

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 9/22/2020

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For those participants who have experience using Google Classroom, this session will provide more advanced tips and best practices to make your classroom organized and easy to navigate. Join Stephanie Carbone, Questar III Model Schools Specialist, as she shares best practices to differentiate instruction/assignments, assigning questions to use as forums, and organizing information. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event. If paying by check, please make checks payable to Questar III Model Schools and mail to 10 Empire State Blvd., Castleton, NY 12033. Be sure to indicate the workshop for which you are paying.

4. Twice-Exceptional ELLs Online PD Session

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators and Administrators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Sep 22, 2020)

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Even if we are experts in serving the needs of our English Language Learners (ELLs), when another variable is added, it can be a challenge to make the best decisions for these students. This one-hour session will cover ELLs with disabilities and ELLs with 504s, as well as ELLs with suspected disabilities. We will explore the national and state regulations for each area and use these to better understand the procedures needed to ensure our ELLs are receiving the support they need and deserve.
Specifically, participants will learn about the differences between ELL and SWD designations in terms of identification, mandates, service provision, and exit pathways. We will also address misconceptions and choosing appropriate assessments.

5. Cario-Durham Teacher Lead Evaluator Re-certification Training

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 9/23/2020

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This workshop will dive deeper into performance levels and hands on practice, with emphasis on:
- Inter-rater reliability
- Impact on your role as an administrator
- How the APPR process can be used to strengthen your school's goals.

We will practice scoring an example using video clips and your district rubric.
Participants will:
- Hone their evaluation skills and fulfill the re-certification requirements.
- Use the rubrics determined in their own district APPR plan.

6. September STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 9/23/2020

CTLE
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Topics: Calculating In-District Placements, DCPUB Cost Calculation & Review Public STACs

7. State Aid Planning Fall Workshop- Suppplemental Schedules 10-16

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 9/23/2020

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Topics: Learn how to complete Supplemental Schedules 10-16

8. Family Engagement

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Sep 23, 2020)

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Plunging into remote learning or hybrid learning , families are finding stress, chaos and more. As more schools move to remote or hybrid 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.

9. Students are Back...Now What?

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 9/23/2020

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We will explore and discuss how virtual, hybrid and in person learning is going these first few weeks. We will discuss the challenges in creating new routines and problem solve the pitfalls. Learn and share student engagement techniques for reviewing routines and procedures as well as making transitions more effective. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar.

10. State Aid Planning Fall Workshop

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 9/24/2020

CTLE
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11. Grades 6-8 Math: Using Virtual Manipulatives

Program: School Improvement

Audience: 6-8 Educators

Dates: 9/24/2020

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With health limitations on sharing of our usual tools and manipulatives, we need to re-focus by using the virtual manipulatives to engage students in all types of learning environments. Come learn how to maximize the tools available for our primary students. You will take away activities that you can utilize no matter what the platform or math program your district is using. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar. A zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar.

12. Sora Basics Refresher

Program: School Library System

Audience: Educators in the Questar III region (Columbia, Rensselaer, and Greene counties)

Dates: 9/24/2020

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The Questar III School Library System provides, for free, access to a wide selection of ebooks and audiobooks through Sora. Join us for an overview of Sora to learn how to navigate and use it to its fullest potential.
We will go over how to borrow, return, and renew titles, use search options, highlight and take notes, define words, use accessibility options, and other valuable features including epointplus titles and other simultaneous access information.
A Zoom link will be emailed via Frontline to registered participants on the day before the webinar.
Intended audience: Educators within Columbia, Rensselaer, and Greene counties.

13. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 9/25/2020

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.

14. Teacher Lead Evaluator Initial Training

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Administrators

Dates: 9/29/2020

This webinar will discuss current Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) 3012-D law and how it will impact your role as an administrator. Hands on practice with performance levels and how it relates to your district's teacher evaluation tool.
The following questions will be addressed:
- What is the purpose of the APPR process and how can it be used to strengthen your school's goals?
- What are the various protocols and logistics for an effective evaluation?
- How are differences in performance levels determined? In particular, what is the difference between Proficient and Distinguished performance levels?
- What exactly is "Student Centered Instruction"? What does it look like and sound like in real classrooms? What instructional moves can teachers make to strengthen Student Centered Instruction in their classrooms?
- How is Inter-Rater Reliability defined? We will practice scoring examples using video clips, written samples and the rubric.

15. Teacher Lead Evaluator Re-Certification Training

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Administrators

Dates: 9/29/2020

This workshop will dive deeper into performance levels and hands on practice, with emphasis on:
- Inter-rater reliability
- Impact on your role as an administrator
- How the APPR process can be used to strengthen your school's goals.

We will practice scoring an example using video clips and your district rubric.
Participants will:
- Hone their evaluation skills and fulfill the re-certification requirements.
- Use the rubrics determined in their own district APPR plan.

16. Introduction to HyperDocs and ThingLink

Program: Model Schools

Audience: All

Dates: 9/29/2020

HyperDocs engage students in authentic learning experiences, are visually stimulating, and provide for student agency. In this session participants will learn 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.

17. Literacy Discussion Forum: Let's share and Learn!

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 9/30/2020

Come and meet with neighboring school districts to discuss our current literacy practices. We will explore our virtual worlds as well as realities within our classrooms. What is working for you? What new things have you tried? What obstacles have you faced? Let's collaborate! A Zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar.

18. SLS Provided Resources

Program: School Library System

Audience: Classroom Teachers and Librarians

Dates: 9/30/2020

The Questar III School Library System provides, for free, valuable resources to all schools within the Rensselaer, Columbia, and Greene counties. Join us for an overview of those resources: PowerKnowledge Science Suite, Rosen Interactive eBooks, NewsBank, TeachingBooks, and Sora. We will also delve into NovelNY; the free databases provided to all NYS residents by NYS.

This webinar is for Questar III member schools. We cannot accept participants from schools outside of Rensselaer, Columbia, and Greene counties.
A Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of the webinar.
This year provides the opportunity to look closely at the critical concepts we'll be teaching students. Teachers will learn how to use the UDL framework to help ensure that students' learning is differentiated, scaffolded and accessible for all. This will help gauge students' understanding of the concepts and help you plan more efficiently.

20. October BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 10/7/2020

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Topics: BOCES Aid Projections & Impact on Component Districts October Reminders

21. Teacher Lead Evaluator Re-Certification Training

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Administrators

Dates: 10/8/2020

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This workshop will dive deeper into performance levels and hands on practice, with emphasis on:
- Inter-rater reliability
- Impact on your role as an administrator
- How the APPR process can be used to strengthen your school's goals.

We will practice scoring an example using video clips and your district rubric.
Participants will:
- Hone their evaluation skills and fulfill the re-certification requirements.
- Use the rubrics determined in their own district APPR plan.

22. Leveraging Bitmoji and Virtual Learning Spaces to Enhance Remote Teaching & Learning

Program: School Library System

Audience: Educators who will have created a Bitmoji character prior to the webinar

Dates: 10/8/2020

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Intended audience: educators who will have created a Bitmoji character prior to the webinar.

Join Stephanie Carbone, Model Schools Specialist, and Amanda Karian, School Library System Specialist, to learn about leveraging virtual classroom scenes using Bitmoji characters and educational resources. In this session, we will discuss the why and the how of creating virtual spaces for your students. We will give an overview of the Bitmoji Chrome extension, virtual classrooms, embedding in Google Classroom & Seesaw, as well as share educational examples, tips, tricks, and templates. There will also be dedicated time for practice and Q & A.

A Zoom link will be emailed via Frontline on the day before the webinar.

23. Secondary ELLs and Science

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Oct 13, 2020)

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In this session participants will explore strategies for helping diverse students master Next Generation science curriculum skills, concepts, and engineering practices. They will also interact with select strategies as they manifest in specific lesson examples. Finally, participants will explore HS and MS level resources for meeting the needs of diverse learners.

24. Book Buzz 2.0 - FALL Edition

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians and other educators

Dates: 10/13/2020 to 12/8/2020

Book Buzz 2.0 - If you love books, but don't have time to read them all, then please join us for some rigorous discussion about great new books. All that's required is your latest read (published within the last 2 years) and your thoughts. It's an awesome way to find out what books are out there and if they might work in your library or classroom. We meet once a month, three times in the fall and three times in the spring. That's it! There's a brief (newly streamlined) form to fill out for each meeting and voila - book buzz magic happens! Hope to see you there. Participants must attend all meetings to receive full credit. All meetings will be held online. Access information will be sent out the day before the event.

25. October Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 10/14/2020

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

26. Using Edpuzzle as a Formative Assessment

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 10/15/2020

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Videos are a great way to engage our visual learners, but tracking student understanding can be a challenge. Edpuzzle allows teachers to embed questions right within any video. In this session, learn how to utilize this tool to track student progress and accountability. Included will be discussion regarding best practices, scaffolding and differentiation of material in addition to tips on how to include this versatile resource across subject areas and grades. It is recommended to have an Edpuzzle account prior to this training in order to fully take advantage of the learning opportunities. A Zoom link will be emailed one day prior to the session. To ensure receipt of the link, please register prior to the day of the event. When registering please indicate the school district for which you are employed. Only direct employees of Questar III BOCES should choose the BOCES employee option.

27. Secondary ELLs and Social Studies

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Oct 20, 2020)

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In this session participants will explore strategies for specific social studies curriculum requirements such as background knowledge, vocabulary, and asset-oriented assessments. They will also interact with select strategies as they manifest in specific social studies practices. Finally, participants will explore HS and MS level resources for meeting the needs of diverse learners.

28. October STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 10/21/2020

CTLE
Topics: Review of Aid Categories and Statute of Limitations

29. Model Schools Sandbox Event #1

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 10/22/2020

"Dig" into new educational technology and strategies for incorporating technology into the classroom. Each event will focus on a different tool, or set of tools, that can be used for instruction, and will help educators learn how to best incorporate technology into their curriculum in a meaningful way. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event. Open to Model Schools subscribers only.

30. 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

31. November BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 11/18/2020

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Topics: Developing BOCES Administrative Budget

32. December STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 12/2/2020

CTLE
Topics: Homeless Youth

33. December Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 12/9/2020

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

34. December BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 12/16/2020

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Topics: BOCES Output Reports

35. Model Schools Sandbox Event #2

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 1/5/2021

"Dig" into new educational technology and strategies for incorporating technology into the classroom. Each event will focus on a different tool, or set of tools, that can be used for instruction, and will help educators learn how to best incorporate technology into their curriculum in a meaningful way. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event. Open to Model Schools subscribers only.

36. January Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 1/6/2021

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

37. January BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 1/13/2021

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Topics: Tying out Service Contracts to BOCES Aid Runs, EPE Initial Reporting

38. February Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 2/3/2021

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Topics: Understanding State Aid Projections and Tax Cap

39. June BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 2/3/2021

CTLE
Topics: Preparation for Closing Fiscal Year Submittal of Budget to SED for SBM4

40. February STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 2/10/2021

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Topics: Aid Projections and NYSED Gold Star Report

41. March BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 3/3/2021

CTLE
Topics: ESY Summer Program Dates

42. March Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 3/10/2021

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

43. March STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 3/17/2021

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Topics: DVPUB Verifications, DCPUB Cost Calculation and DCPOD Screen

44. Model Schools Sandbox Event #3

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 3/30/2021

"Dig" into new educational technology and strategies for incorporating technology into the classroom. Each event will focus on a different tool, or set of tools, that can be used for instruction, and will help educators learn how to best incorporate technology into their curriculum in a meaningful way. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event. Open to Model Schools subscribers only.

45. April Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 4/9/2021

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

46. April STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 4/14/2021

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Topics: Review March Payments, New Summer Program Application - New or Amended and Statute of Limitations

47. April BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 4/16/2021

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Topics: BOCES Capital Fund & Rental Reporting: SA-109 & SA-116A

48. May BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 5/5/2021

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Topics: CoSer Restrictions & Survey of Best Practices

49. Model Schools Sandbox Event #4

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 5/6/2021

"Dig" into new educational technology and strategies for incorporating technology into the classroom. Each event will focus on a different tool, or set of tools, that can be used for instruction, and will help educators learn how to best incorporate technology into their curriculum in a meaningful way. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event. Open to Model Schools subscribers only.

50. May Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 5/12/2021

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Topics: Health Services and Non-Resident Billing

51. MAY STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 5/19/2021

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Topics: Program Dates and Reapplications

52. June STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 6/2/2021

CTLE
Topics: Common STAC Errors, Statute of Limitations, NYSED Gold Star Report & Other Timely Information

53. June Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 6/16/2021

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Topics: Preparing and Collecting Data for Year End Close