Catalog: Questar III BOCES Web Registration

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1. Phone-friendly Remote Learning Apps for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends May 26, 2020)

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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.

2. Quarantine Reads - Elementary Edition

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians and Teachers (Elementary)

Dates: 5/27/2020

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Join other elementary librarians and teachers in a discussion of the best books being read during school closures. Please come to this meeting ready to share one or two books you have been reading and would recommend to others. Our goal is that you will leave with a long list of books to recommend during reader advisory sessions and for summer reading. Please note that one hour is allotted to this webinar, but it may go over that time allotment due to the size of the group. We will give the appropriate credit based on how long the session lasts.

3. May 2020 BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 5/28/2020

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Topics: The process to claim state aid for BOCES Capital and Rental expenses for component schools, the submission of the SA-109 and SA116 SAMS forms, and end of year reminders.

4. A-EDU 15.3: Self-Directed Learning 101

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 5/29/2020 to 6/24/2020

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Self-Directed Learning 101 is a mini-course focused on intrinsically motivated learning in children and teens. We will focus on education that happens naturally through life and community experiences. This course is based on the book Unschooling: Exploring Learning Beyond the Classroom, to be published in September 2020 by Palgrave Macmillan. Throughout the course, we will discuss homeschooling, unschooling, project-based learning and democratic schooling, as well as how the basic tenets of unschooling can be applied to a traditional school environment. The Spring 2020 MicroPD courses are made possible due to a partnership with Questar III BOCES and the Academy for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and Schools (AATLAS) at the University at Albany.

5. A-EDU 16.3: Remote Teaching Principles and Practices: Remote Teaching Principles and Practices

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 5/29/2020 to 6/24/2020

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Remote teaching has become a reality for many of us in the field of education; however, remote teaching is far from new. This course will provide a brief overview of remote teaching's history, efficacy, and practice with the goal of bridging the gap between the traditional classroom and the remote environment. The Spring 2020 MicroPD courses are made possible due to a partnership with Questar III BOCES and the Academy for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and Schools (AATLAS) at the University at Albany.

6. A-EDU 17.3: Effective Instructional Strategies for Remote Learning

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 5/29/2020 to 6/24/2020

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This course will allow K-12 educators to build a repertoire of effective instructional strategies to support remote learning. Topics directly or indirectly include blended learning, flipped classroom, lesson planning, instructional video use and design, and parent engagement and communication using technology. The Spring 2020 MicroPD courses are made possible due to a partnership with Questar III BOCES and the Academy for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and Schools (AATLAS) at the University at Albany.

7. A-EDU 18.3: Homeschooling 101

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 5/29/2020 to 6/24/2020

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How do homeschool parents get their children to reliably, joyfully, and diligently complete their work each day? This course delves into strategies and techniques using positive parenting that have been developed over the last quarter of a century of the modern homeschool movement. All of the following topics will be covered: setup of the physical homeschool space, developing reasonable expectations, scheduling options to mitigate issues, developing a strong team attitude, practical resiliency skills, gradually increasing independence, natural consequences, and internalizing the skill of taking responsibility for time management and work quality. The Spring 2020 MicroPD courses are made possible due to a partnership with Questar III BOCES and the Academy for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and Schools (AATLAS) at the University at Albany.

8. A-LTL 2.3: Transforming Literacy Instruction with Technology

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 5/29/2020 to 6/24/2020

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Education within the 21st century requires that we continually reimagine our definition of literacy and literacy instruction in the classroom. Literacy teachers around the world are called on to amplify their instruction with digital tools and other forms of technology to ensure students authentically create, communicate, collaborate and learn together. Technology and digital tools can provide new avenues for reading, writing and discussing learning, provide access and ownership for all students, and build a community of learners that introduces students to worlds beyond their classroom walls, giving an authentic and connected audience for their literate work. The Spring 2020 MicroPD courses are made possible due to a partnership with Questar III BOCES and the Academy for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and Schools (AATLAS) at the University at Albany.

9. Teaching Assistants: Strategies to support all students' learning Forum

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Teaching Assistants

Dates: 5/29/2020

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Teacher assistants and aides will share with each other ideas and resources for supporting their teacher and students during this time. Questar BOCES special education specialist will also provide strategies and resources for supporting student learning and mental health. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the workshop.

10. Phone-friendly Remote Learning Apps for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 1, 2020)

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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.

11. Forming Connections Between School and Public Libraries

Program: School Library System

Audience: School and Public Librarians

Dates: 6/1/2020

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Join us as we bring together public and school librarians to discuss collaborating with each other in the virtual world. Topics will be determined before the event based on survey feedback. Access to the meeting will be sent via Frontline before the meeting.

12. Ichabod Crane Primary School Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning for US

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Ichabod Crane Primary School Educators

Dates: 6/2/2020

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Connect with friends and colleagues as we discuss and share strategies to support ourselves and each other during COVID 19. A link to the Zoom Invitation will be sent prior to the workshop.

13. Quarantine Reads - Secondary Edition

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians and Teachers (Secondary)

Dates: 6/3/2020

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Join other secondary librarians and teachers in a discussion of the best books being read during school closures. Please come to this meeting ready to share one or two books you have been reading and would recommend to others. Our goal is that you will leave with a long list of books to recommend during reader advisory sessions and for summer reading. Please note that one hour is allotted to this webinar, but it may go over that time allotment due to the size of the group. We will give the appropriate credit based on how long the session lasts.

14. Sora/Follett Integration & Enhancing Summer Reading Using Collections

Program: School Library System

Audience: Follett Automation Service Members

Dates: 6/3/2020

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For SLS Follett Automation Service Members
Join us for a virtual discussion regarding the integration of the shared SLS Sora catalog with your Follett catalogs. We will review with you the process, the pros & cons, and answer any questions you may have.
During the second half, we will show you how to enhance your summer reading initiative using Discover Collections, as well as, share example Discover Collections that can be duplicated and shared.
If there are specific questions you would also like addressed, please contact Amanda at least one week before the meeting.

15. Ichabod Crane Middle School Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning for US

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Ichabod Crane Middle School Educators

Dates: 6/3/2020

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Connect with friends and colleagues as we discuss and share strategies to support ourselves and each other during COVID 19. A link to the Zoom Invitation will be sent prior to the workshop.

16. Ichabod Crane High School Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning for US

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Ichabod Crane High School Educators

Dates: 6/4/2020

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Connect with friends and colleagues as we discuss and share strategies to support ourselves and each other during COVID 19. A link to the Zoom Invitation will be sent prior to the workshop.

17. Twice-Exceptional ELLs Online PD Session

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 8, 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 PD will cover ELLs with Disabilities and ELLs with 504s. 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.

In this three hour session, the first two hours will cover content with multiple opportunities for interaction. This will be followed by a workshop-style book study that will allow participants a deep-dive into a topic of their choosing.

Participants of this session will receive a copy of the book Special Education Considerations for English Language Learners by Hamayan, Marler, Sanchez-Lopez and Damico (mailed to your home address)

*Participants need to be registered by May 28th in order to receive the book.

There will also be an optional opportunity for a fourth hour CTLE credit through a one-hour follow-up assignment to make the PD session's learning meaningful and further utilize the book resource.

18. June 2020 STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 6/10/2020

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Topics: Statute of Limitations; online verification; NYSED gold star report; other timely information

19. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 6/11/2020

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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.

20. Secondary Science: 5 E for ELLs

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Secondary Level Science Teachers, TESOL teachers

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 12, 2020)

Co-created by a Science and TESOL instructor team, this session is designed to help content and embedded ENL teachers access best practices of Next Generation Science Instruction for English Learners. Specifically, this two-hour workshop will provide science teachers with practical strategies for implementing the 5E model in diverse Living Environment and Earth Science classes. Participants will engage with sample lessons to experience differentiation and scaffolding selection and creation first hand.

21. June 2020 Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 6/17/2020

CTLE
Topics: Preparing and Collecting Data (Year-End Closing and ST-3 Items)

22. Response to Intervention (RtI) for ELLs (UPDATED FOR ONLINE LEARNING)

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Administrators and Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 18, 2020)

Twice-Exceptional ELLs 2.0 - a deeper dive into strategies and considerations to support English Learners using the RtI process. This workshop will help administrators and educators to identify strategies and possible structures of programs that will support their ELLs using the RtI process. Participants will then have the opportunity to review their existing RtI process and analyze intervention strategies and practices. In this three hour session, the first two hours will cover content with multiple opportunities for interaction. This will be followed by a workshop-style book study that will allow participants a deep-dive into a topic of their choosing. Participants of this session will receive a copy of the book RtI for Diverse Learners by Catherine Collier (mailed to your home address). *Participants need to be registered by May 28th in order to receive the book. There will also be an optional opportunity for a fourth hour CTLE credit through a one-hour follow-up assignment to make the PD session's learning meaningful and further utilize the book resource.

23. Developing Responsive Classroom Communities for SIFE and Newcomer Learners

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 24, 2020)

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Over the course of three morning sessions we will survey the diverse experiences of SIFE and Newcomer learners, both in and outside of the classroom. Participants examine the factors that may inhibit such students from participating fully in classroom communities and develop strategies to address their needs and create inclusive classrooms and school communities.

24. Growth Mindset PD- Book Study

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 29, 2020)

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Hosted by ELA and ENL Specialists at Questar, this online session will explore Carol Dweck's updated version of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Participants will be required to read parts of the book and complete assignments to facilitate a collaborative discussion with colleagues in this two-part online book study. Teachers who transition to a growth mindset have found success with struggling learners, especially ELLs. This session is appropriate for teachers of students in grades K-12. *Participation in both days of this session is required. **Participants who register before June 1st 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.

25. CTE and ENL

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: CTE Educators

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 23, 2020)

This 2 hour PD will transition CTE teachers into the world of ENL. It will let them see the different levels, what it means to be a language learner and some supports that teachers can bring back to their classroom to guide their instruction.

26. CTE and ENL

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: CTE Educators

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 23, 2020)

This 2 hour PD will transition CTE teachers into the world of ENL. It will let them see the different levels, what it means to be a language learner and some supports that teachers can bring back to their classroom to guide their instruction.