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1. School Social Work Peer Group 2023-2024

Program: Trauma, Illness and Grief (TIG)

Audience: School Social Workers

Dates: 9/12/2023 to 6/11/2024

Meet with other school social workers in the region for professional development, case reviews, peer support/mentorship and networking. Drop in format, come to as many sessions as you can.

2. ENL Educators Cohort

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades K-12 ENL Educators

Dates: 11/14/2023 to 3/11/2025

In Person
This cohort will focus on supporting K-12 English as New Language (ENL) teachers in the Genesee Valley region. The cohort will give teachers the opportunity to engage in learning and networking with other ENL professionals around best practices in ELL education. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in learning focused on topics that will be determined by the participants and the needs of the region. Lunch is on your own.

3. LiNC - Librarian Networking Collective

Program: School Library System

Audience: PreK-12 School Librarians

Dates: 1/16/2024

Have you ever wished you could have more conversations with other school librarians? Have you looked for a supportive community to share the challenges and joys of being a school librarian at your grade level? Do you want to talk to your colleagues that "get it”? This group is for you! In LiNC, you will be among friends. We will foster a supportive, collaborative, joyful community of school librarians in Monroe One and 2 BOCES and the Genesee Valley BOCES regions. Throughout this twenty-week Schoology course, some discussions will be K-12 and others will be split by grade level. We will also host periodic Zoom meetings where we can put faces to names and have live discussions. This work will be asynchronous, with weekly discussions and resources posted by the facilitators, as well as opportunities for you to set the topic. Each week should take only about a half hour, so you have the opportunity to earn a half credit of CTLE per week. You can participate as much or as little as you would like, and credits will be granted based upon how much you choose to participate. Since capacity varies throughout the year, we understand and expect that not everyone will be able to join in every discussion. We hope this will be a place to share advice and resources, to ask questions, to validate your experiences, and to learn from each other. The Zoom meetings will be posted separately. Disregard the date below as this will start January 16 and run until June 14. This group is for PreK-12 School Librarians only.

4. Online Book Study: Learning to Depolarize by Kent Lenci

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades 6-12 General/Special Education Teachers, Interventionists, Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders, and Administrators

Dates: 2/28/2024 to 5/16/2024

Book Study
Book Included
Closed
The 2024 presidential election is approaching sooner than we realize, and you might find yourself engaging in political discussion more frequently with your students and colleagues. Maybe you always were? Are you struggling with divided political mindsets in your classroom? Finding it challenging to work with parents on hot-button issues? Join School Improvement for a ten-week book study to explore and discuss Learning to Depolarize by Kent Lenci. The text describes how teachers and administrators can prepare students for the partisan political world they are set to enter upon graduation. Through extensive research and experience in the classroom, Lenci offers strategies and practices to help students collaborate and converse across social and political divides. Topics addressed by this work include the causes and consequences of political polarization in our society, why schools must address the challenge head-on, bridge-building in the classroom, media literacy and social-emotional learning as tools for depolarization, and partnering with parents across the divide. Kent Lenci will kick off our book study with a synchronous meeting on 2/28/24. He will be one of our featured speakers at Genesee Valley BOCES, in the Fall of 2024, just before the presidential election as well!

Course Launch Date: February 28, 2024

Course Close Date: May 16, 2024

Format: Online Hybrid Book Study

Location: Zoom/Google Classroom

Registration Closes On: February 21, 2024

5. Regional CSE Chairperson Meeting (Genesee Valley BOCES Districts Only)

Program: Special Education

Audience: Gensee Valley BOCES Regional Special Education Administrators

Dates: 3/21/2024

In Person
Regional CSE Chairperson Meetings are to provide special education leaders in the Genesee Valley BOCES area with updates from the Office of Special Education, NSYED, and regional networks. Time will also be given up to guest speakers, professional learning, and collaborative projects.

6. How to Teach Executive Function In Any Classroom (Grade 4-12)

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 4/8/2024 to 5/17/2024

Want your students to focus attention, remember instructions, plan, organize, set goals, and be able to juggle multiple tasks? Executive Functioning Skills are the mental processes that enable students to do so. They lay the foundation for learning! When students have daily practice employing them they are more likely to succeed academically and in the workplace. This course will focus on a suite of Executive Functions that research has shown have a positive impact on students and their academic success. Those skills are Working Memory, Planning & Time Management, Organization, Goal Setting, Accountability, and Self-Regulation. Each participant will have access to the asynchronous course How to Teach Executive Function in Any Classroom with Mitch Weathers and will be asked to reflect in Schoology and create a Classroom Action Plan to synthesize your learnings. Mitch Weathers (course instructor) will meet with participants twice during the course to check in and offer additional support to participants. Meeting will be on April 15 & May 15 from 4:00-5:00 Meet Your Instructor: Mitch Weathers is an award winning teacher, speaker, adjunct professor, and creator of Organized Binder. He believes deeply that students are successful when learning in predictable environments. His program equips educators with an instructional protocol to establish a daily routine that gives students practice with and daily modeling of executive functioning skills.

7. Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: All

Dates: 4/11/2024

In the United States, at least one in four youth experiences trauma severe enough to negatively affect their school success.* Give hope and help to these students with this reader-friendly how-to guide, your springboard for building responsive, trauma-sensitive preK-12 schools. Drawing on her extensive experience as a school counselor, trainer, and mother, trauma expert Jen Alexander delivers a comprehensive framework for building a safe, supportive school environment that helps all students learn and thrive. You'll start with an evidence-based introduction to the profound impact of trauma on a child's development, attachment, and behavior. Then you'll get an effective multi-tier system of support (MTSS) for developing a trauma-sensitive learning environment, including both universal strategies (Tier 1) and more intensive interventions (Tier 2 and Tier 3) for students who need more support. Compelling anecdotes and sample scripts illuminate challenges and solutions, and the included forms and worksheets are valuable tools for helping educators build the mindset and skills necessary for becoming trauma-sensitive. With this engaging, highly practical guide to what works and why, your school team will gain insights and develop action plans that make a real difference in the lives of all kids, including our most vulnerable youth.

8. Math Specialists and Service Providers Network Meeting

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Math Specialists and Service Providers

Dates: 5/10/2024

Please join us for the Spring meeting of the Math RTI Network! At this meeting we will be welcoming presenters from the The Center for Professional Development and Education Reform at the Warner Graduate School at the University of Rochester. They will lead us in professional development on "Teaching and Learning through the Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices.

9. Eating Disorders Prevention Conference

Program: Trauma, Illness and Grief (TIG)

Audience: Physical Education Teachers, Athletic Directors & Coaches, Health Teachers , FACS Teachers, School Nurses

Dates: 5/30/2024

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A curriculum based education and prevention for: Physical Education Teachers, Athletic Directors & Coaches, Health Teachers, FACS Teachers &School Nurses. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mary Tantillo, Founder of The Healing Connection. Learn the signs & symptoms of eating disorders, Education & prevention strategies with students, How to meet NYS Learning Standards with a prevention lens, Interdisciplinary crosswalk strategies for your school. Hear from individuals with lived experience with eating disorders. Lunch Included!

10. Mentors Network

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Mentors

Dates: 5/30/2024

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Date: Thursday, May 30, 2024 Time: 8:30 - 2:30 Location: Genesee Region Teacher Center Room 115 - Batavia The Robert Morris Building *** We ask you to please enter the building at the Community School door. It is in the parking lot on the corner of Richmond Ave and Vern Ave. Please check in with the secretary and receive a name tag.*** AGENDA Collegial Conversations: *Welcoming and Connecting, *TCTRC & GRTC Updates from Pat & Juanita Supporting the Improvement of Practice: *What does support look like from Year 1 - Year 2 - Year 3 for Mentors? For Mentees? *New Teacher/Staff Orientation Topics *Questions and Queries - what are some questions or difficulties you are having? Open Forum / Carousel Charting Action Planning time and networking with your colleagues Next Steps: Setting meeting dates and possible agenda topics for next year. BRING YOUR CALENDARS Agendas are set by you and based on your needs or questions. Please contact Beth if you have any questions or topics to be discussed. bpeck2060@gmail.com

11. Genesee Valley BOCES Regional Curriculum Council Meeting (session 4 of 4)

Program: Curriculum Council

Audience: Instructional Administrators

Dates: 5/31/2024

In Person
Lunch Provided
Starting Soon
The Genesee Valley BOCES Administrative Curriculum Council meets often throughout the school year in efforts to collaborate with other Instructional Leaders in the region, hear updates from various departments, and continue professional learning together.

12. An Instructional Delivery Framework: Gradual Release of Responsibility (Regional Summer Program Staff Only)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Genesee Valley BOCES Regional Summer Program Teacher & Administrators

Dates: 6/1/2024

Asynchronous
Starting Soon
During this asynchronous session, participants will be introduced to an instructional framework that shifts the cognitive load from the teacher to the students. The goal of the Gradual Release of Responsibility Framework is to provide appropriate instruction, moving students towards independence. Participants will explore guided practices, collaborative learning, and independent application.

All session materials will be sent to participants on June 1, 2024 via email. Participants will have until July 31, 2024 to complete the asynchronous session.

13. Archetyping the Master Teacher (Regional Summer Program Staff Only)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Genesee Valley BOCES Regional Summer Program Teacher & Administrators

Dates: 6/1/2024

Asynchronous
Starting Soon
In this session, participants will examine research-based practices that educators should know and be able to do within classrooms. This opportunity is grounded in the article 'Principles of Instruction: Research-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know' by Barak Rosenshine (2012). This professional-learning opportunity explores ten evidence-informed classroom practices that effective educators have employed for decades. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their instructional delivery, identify areas to make small shifts in practice, and potentially identify areas for future continuous improvement.

All session materials will be sent to participants on June 1, 2024 via email. Participants will have until July 31, 2024 to complete the asynchronous session.

14. Foundations of Fluency: 3 Part Video Series (Regional Summer Program Staff Only)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Genesee Valley BOCES Regional Summer Program Teacher & Administrators

Dates: 6/1/2024

Asynchronous
Starting Soon
Video 1: Foundations of Fluency - Number Concepts

Description: Certain skills and understandings are good (and necessary) beginnings for fluency. This session unpacks what those skills and understandings are while providing classroom-ready resources for teaching and practicing them. This session also helps pinpoint where to provide intervention when student fluency stalls.

Video 2: Foundations of Fluency -Basic Facts

Description: There is nothing basic about basic facts. Though fluency goes beyond basic facts, they do play a role in students' growth and ultimately their overall fluency. This session examines proven approaches to realizing basic fact fluency. Instructional sequences and resources will be provided. This session also helps provide ideas for intervention and reteaching in later grades.

Video 3: Foundations of Fluency - Strategies for Addition & Subtraction

Description: There are five significant strategies for addition and subtraction of whole numbers laying the foundation for work with later number types. This session is a deep dive into those strategies highlighting what they are and how they work while providing classroom-ready resources to help teach them.

Session recordings will be sent to participants on June 1, 2024 via email. Participants will have until July 31, 2024 to complete the asynchronous session.

15. Learning Through Play ( Regional Summer Program Staff Only)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Genesee Valley BOCES Regional Summer Program Teacher & Administrators

Dates: 6/1/2024

Asynchronous
Starting Soon
This asynchronous 3-hour course on play-based learning equips educators to integrate more play into their teaching practices, promoting holistic development across cognitive, social, emotional, and physical domains. Participants will explore the theoretical foundations of learning through play, including the key roles it serves in childhood development. Learn strategies for creating stimulating learning environments, incorporating more playful learning into the classroom, and designing play, challenge, and STEAM-based learning activities that will benefit students at all grade levels.

All session materials will be sent to participants on June 1, 2024 via email. Participants will have until July 31, 2024 to complete the asynchronous session.

16. The Science of Reading - In Brief (Regional Summer Program Staff Only)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Genesee Valley Regional Summer Program Teacher & Administrators

Dates: 6/1/2024

Asynchronous
Starting Soon
On January 10, 2024, The New York State Education Department (NYSED) kicked off a literacy initiative to release supporting literacy documents to the field of education. At this event, Nonie Lesaux (2024) presented her seven literacy briefs to two (2) administrators per New York State district. Her presentation intended to strengthen attendees' knowledge of evidence-based literacy practices in PK-12 education under the title of: The Science of Reading. Now, the briefs have been released to classroom educators to build background knowledge and develop common language and understanding as well. In this professional learning session, participants will have the opportunity to read the briefs and reflect on their significance to their practice/understanding!

All session materials will be sent to participants on June 1, 2024 via email. Participants will have until July 31, 2024 to complete the asynchronous session.

17. Unleashing the Science of Learning (Regional Summer Program Staff Only)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Genesee Valley BOCES Regional Summer Program Teacher & Administrators

Dates: 6/1/2024

Asynchronous
Starting Soon
Research and evidence in education reminds teachers that they can better help students learn if they understand the processes through which student learning takes place. By applying the principles of cognitive science, teachers can help improve students' ability to manipulate knowledge and retain information over time, leading to more effective learning and better academic performance. Teaching students how to learn and effectively acquire information is as important as teaching them course content. This session will help ensure that this vital information is in the hands of those who need it the most.

All session materials will be sent to participants on June 1, 2024 via email. Participants will have until July 31, 2024 to complete the asynchronous session.

18. Online Book Study: On Your Mark by Dr. Thomas Guskey (GV BOCES Administrators Only)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: GV BOCES Administrators Only

Dates: 6/12/2024

Book Study
New
Join the School Improvement Team for a five week book study to explore and discuss Dr. Thomas Guskey's text, On Your Mark: Challenging The Conventions of Grading and Reporting (2015) in preparation for the 2024 Leadership Institute. This book is based on examining the need to align grading and reporting practices to reflect learning vs. student compliance. Participants can expect to engage in pre-reading, independent reflection, and discussion at scheduled Zoom meetings. When registration closes, a reading calendar will be sent to participants.

Course Launch Date: June 12, 2024

Course Close Date: July 24, 2024

Format: Hybrid Book Study (asynchronous & synchronous)

Location: Zoom

Registration Closes On: June 7, 2024

19. Regional CSE Chairperson Meeting (Genesee Valley BOCES Districts Only)

Program: Special Education

Audience: Gensee Valley BOCES Regional Special Education Administrators

Dates: 6/13/2024

In Person
Regional CSE Chairperson Meetings are to provide special education leaders in the Genesee Valley BOCES area with updates from the Office of Special Education, NSYED, and regional networks. Time will also be given up to guest speakers, professional learning, and collaborative projects.

20. End of Year PE Network

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: PE Teachers

Dates: 6/20/2024

Location: Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures 5662 NY-64, Canandaigua, NY 14424 Instruction and climbing time on the seven high ropes courses Time: 9:00 am -1:00 pm Lunch: 1:00 - 2:00 pm (Pack a lunch and eat on the mountain) Care to Share time/presentation: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

21. An Instructional Delivery Framework: Gradual Release of Responsibility (Regional Summer Program Staff Only)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Genesee Valley BOCES Regional Summer Program Teacher & Administrators

Dates: 7/1/2024

Asynchronous
During this asynchronous session, participants will be introduced to an instructional framework that shifts the cognitive load from the teacher to the students. The goal of the Gradual Release of Responsibility Framework is to provide appropriate instruction, moving students towards independence. Participants will explore guided practices, collaborative learning, and independent application.

All session materials will be sent to participants on July 1, 2024 via email. Participants will have until July 31, 2024 to complete the asynchronous session.

22. APPR Re-Certification for Lead Evaluators of Teachers (July 2024 Cohort)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Lead Evaluators of Teachers, Principals, and Superintendents

Dates: 7/1/2024

Asynchronous
The State Education Department requires all evaluators of teachers and principals to be certified through an appropriate training process. Lead evaluators are those who conduct summative annual professional performance reviews (APPR) of teachers. Each district must certify that these lead evaluators have been trained in the minimum requirements as outlined in the APPR regulations. The components of this APPR re-certification training are based on the four-day Lead Evaluator Certificate Training. This asynchronous session is meant to serve as an opportunity for lead evaluators to annually revisit the major components of that training and renew certification, which will allow continued evaluation of teachers. This session is meant to be viewed in collaboration with an administrative team within your building or district, but it may be viewed by independent administrators as well.

Participants will receive information to access the asynchronous materials prior to the session date. Participants must complete the webcast by the last date of the cohort month.

23. Archetyping the Master Teacher (Regional Summer Program Staff Only)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Genesee Valley BOCES Regional Summer Program Teacher & Administrators

Dates: 7/1/2024

Asynchronous
In this session, participants will examine research-based practices that educators should know and be able to do within classrooms. This opportunity is grounded in the article 'Principles of Instruction: Research-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know' by Barak Rosenshine (2012). This professional-learning opportunity explores ten evidence-informed classroom practices that effective educators have employed for decades. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their instructional delivery, identify areas to make small shifts in practice, and potentially identify areas for future continuous improvement.

All session materials will be sent to participants on July 1, 2024 via email. Participants will have until July 31, 2024 to complete the asynchronous session.

24. Foundations of Fluency: 3 Part Video Series

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Genesee Valley BOCES Regional Summer Program Teacher & Administrators

Dates: 7/1/2024

Asynchronous
Video 1: Foundations of Fluency - Number Concepts

Description: Certain skills and understandings are good (and necessary) beginnings for fluency. This session unpacks what those skills and understandings are while providing classroom-ready resources for teaching and practicing them. This session also helps pinpoint where to provide intervention when student fluency stalls.

Video 2: Foundations of Fluency -Basic Facts

Description: There is nothing basic about basic facts. Though fluency goes beyond basic facts, they do play a role in students' growth and ultimately their overall fluency. This session examines proven approaches to realizing basic fact fluency. Instructional sequences and resources will be provided. This session also helps provide ideas for intervention and reteaching in later grades.

Video 3: Foundations of Fluency - Strategies for Addition & Subtraction

Description: There are five significant strategies for addition and subtraction of whole numbers laying the foundation for work with later number types. This session is a deep dive into those strategies highlighting what they are and how they work while providing classroom-ready resources to help teach them.

Session recordings will be sent to participants on July 1, 2024 via email. Participants will have until July 31, 2024 to complete the asynchronous session.

25. Learning Through Play ( Regional Summer Program Staff Only)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Genesee Valley BOCES Regional Summer Program Teacher & Administrators

Dates: 7/1/2024

Asynchronous
This asynchronous 3-hour course on play-based learning equips educators to integrate more play into their teaching practices, promoting holistic development across cognitive, social, emotional, and physical domains. Participants will explore the theoretical foundations of learning through play, including the key roles it serves in childhood development. Learn strategies for creating stimulating learning environments, incorporating more playful learning into the classroom, and designing play, challenge, and STEAM-based learning activities that will benefit students at all grade levels.

All session materials will be sent to participants on July 1, 2024 via email. Participants will have until July 31, 2024 to complete the asynchronous session.

26. The Science of Reading - In Brief (Regional Summer Program Staff Only)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Genesee Valley Regional Summer Program Teacher & Administrators

Dates: 7/1/2024

Asynchronous
On January 10, 2024, The New York State Education Department (NYSED) kicked off a literacy initiative to release supporting literacy documents to the field of education. At this event, Nonie Lesaux (2024) presented her seven literacy briefs to two (2) administrators per New York State district. Her presentation intended to strengthen attendees' knowledge of evidence-based literacy practices in PK-12 education under the title of: The Science of Reading. Now, the briefs have been released to classroom educators to build background knowledge and develop common language and understanding as well. In this professional learning session, participants will have the opportunity to read the briefs and reflect on their significance to their practice/understanding!

All session materials will be sent to participants on July 1, 2024 via email. Participants will have until July 31, 2024 to complete the asynchronous session.

27. Unleashing the Science of Learning (Regional Summer Program Staff Only)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Genesee Valley BOCES Regional Summer Program Teacher & Administrators

Dates: 7/1/2024

Asynchronous
Research and evidence in education reminds teachers that they can better help students learn if they understand the processes through which student learning takes place. By applying the principles of cognitive science, teachers can help improve students' ability to manipulate knowledge and retain information over time, leading to more effective learning and better academic performance. Teaching students how to learn and effectively acquire information is as important as teaching them course content. This session will help ensure that this vital information is in the hands of those who need it the most.

All session materials will be sent to participants on July 1, 2024 via email. Participants will have until July 31, 2024 to complete the asynchronous session.

28. Book Show and Tell 5

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants

Dates: 7/1/2024

Book Look
Our goal will be to "Build our Stack” of book resources that we can use for Reading, Writing, and beyond. We can share and discuss our favorite books for all the subjects areas and elementary grade levels through a google slides presentation. Topics for Read Alouds for Social Studies and Science or Social Emotional health are wonderful. It is hard to keep up with the newest resources, but together we can enjoy and learn together. You'll come out of this with a list of resources that you can use throughout your school year. I will share from my favorite collection of books that I use as Read alouds and how I connect them to what my students are learning. These books can be used for shared reading, Mentor Texts or in small groups in schools with or without programs. Participants should be ready to share at least 8-10 of their favorite books also.

29. Executive Function

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: teachers, Assistants, administration

Dates: 7/1/2024

Every educator wants to know: What has the greatest impact on student success? The answer: Executive Function Skills. They are crucial for students′ academic success and personal growth, yet many of our students lack the skills required to engage in learning, such as organization, planning, time management, and self-regulation. This book shows how educators can create a more engaging and effective learning experience while addressing the epidemic of disengagement and executive dysfunction. With practical guidance to make the skills "stick" for students, this vital resource also provides The three keys to teaching executive functions: Clarity, Modeling, and Routine An explanation of the specific executive functioning skills essential for student success Strategies for students to practice executive functions within the context of what they are learning Practical guidance for establishing a consistent and safe learning environment Guidance on how to expose all students to this universal MTSS/RTI Tier 1 intervention Educators can empower students to take more risks, improve their academic performance, and prepare them for the future with the help of this innovative resource. (Source Amazon.com)

30. Mentoring Matters

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Mentors

Dates: 7/1/2024

Want to expand your skills as a mentor? Mentoring is a complex process of working with teachers new to a district. This course will take an in-depth look at the best practices of how to work with teachers and begin a learning-focused relationship. Learn from experts Laura Lipton & Bruce Wellman by reading the 3rd edition of their book, Mentoring Matters: A Practical Guide to Learning-Focused Relationships. During the course participants will be responding to online questions, interacting online with others participants, and practicing learning-focused conversations.

31. Essential Classroom Management

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 7/2/2024

Join us in exploring the essentials of classroom management, using the book by Dr, Tracey Garrett and additional resources. We will journey through the essentials to create your personal classroom management plan. The course will explore the physical design of the classroom, routines and procedures, relationships, managing instruction and addressing discipline issues. The culminating project will be to develop your own classroom management plan. This 12 hour CTLE course is designed as a blended learning experience using Schoology and Zoom. You will be expected to post comments to discussion prompts and to build a learning community by replying to other participants' comments.

32. Essential Classroom Management Batavia

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 7/2/2024

Join us in exploring the essentials of classroom management, using the book by Dr, Tracey Garrett and additional resources. We will journey through the essentials to create your personal classroom management plan. The course will explore the physical design of the classroom, routines and procedures, relationships, managing instruction and addressing discipline issues. The culminating project will be to develop your own classroom management plan. This 12 hour CTLE course is designed as a blended learning experience using Schoology and Zoom. You will be expected to post comments to discussion prompts and to build a learning community by replying to other participants' comments.

33. "Seeing White"

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants, Admin

Dates: 7/7/2024

Podcast
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history of systemic racism in the U.S. They will be able to identify ways that this is still impacting U.S. society and culture, including education. This course will provide a safe space for participants to process difficult events and relevant concepts that are discussed in the podcast episodes. Participants will listen to the Scene On Radio's Season 2, "Seeing White” Podcast hosted by John Biewen independently, over 6 weeks. DIscussion questions will be provided in Schoology, providing the participants with opportunities to process and reflect on their learning. Note that some episodes are marked as "optional” because time is limited. Participants are encouraged to listen to all episodes, if they are able. Also, deadlines can be flexible as summer can be a busy.time, as long as assignments are completed and turned in by August 31st.

34. Becoming The Educator They Need

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants, Admin

Dates: 7/7/2024

Book Study
In many educational statistics in the United States, black and brown males are often overrepresented in categories that have to do with hardship and defeat (unemployment, incarceration, and homicide). Many are disengaged from the educational system and underrepresented in categories connected with academic achievement (enrollment in honors' classes, college degree attainment, etc.). This pattern is evident in urban, suburban and rural schools throughout the U.S. Author Robert Jackson offers strategies and practices that educators can employ in their classrooms and settings to help counter these disturbing trends and provide support for young men of color. The book is relatively short, and supplemental resources such as articles and videos are included in this course to provide opportunities for personal reflection, resources for lessons, and further information and guidance for educators. (Resource for book description Pedro Noguera, August 2019). Note that deadlines can be flexible as summer can be a busy.time, as long as assignments are completed and turned in by August 31st.

35. Daring Greatly Book Study

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants, Admin

Dates: 7/7/2024

Book Study
"The uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure we face every day are not optional. Our only choice is a question of engagement.” -Brené́ Brown In Daring Greatly, Brené́ Brown argues that vulnerability is not weakness and the biggest obstacle to experiencing connection with others is shame. Brown provides insights into the power of stepping into the arena and how to have the courage to let failure be our teacher. She argues that we can do this by engaging with vulnerability and not letting the fear of discomfort, criticism or hurt control us. Through practical suggestions created with over 12 years or research, Brown creates a roadmap for Wholehearted Living by being willing to dare greatly. She asks and answers questions including: "What drives our fear of vulnerability?” "How are we protecting ourselves from vulnerability?” "What price are we paying when we shut down and disengage?” "How do we own and engage with vulnerability so we can start transforming the way we live, love, parent, and lead?”

36. "Hear" and Now: A Podcast for Mindful Educators

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants, Admin

Dates: 7/8/2024

Podcast
Do you enjoy podcasts? Are you interested in mindfulness? "Hear" and Now: A Podcast for Mindful Educators is a four hour online course (four weeks, approximately one hour per week) from July 8th-August 2nd. It will be self-paced and asynchronous on Google Sites. This course is designed to support teacher wellness by applying self-compassion, radical acceptance, loving-kindness, and a both/and approach to support educators personally and professionally. Each week will include a podcast and activities. Let's grow together this summer!

37. Considering your ELLs with Culturally Responsive Teaching

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants

Dates: 7/8/2024

Explore culturally responsive instructional strategies and create instructional plans using knowledge of both English language learners and Culturally Responsive Teaching methods.

38. Engaging the Rewired Brain

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants

Dates: 7/8/2024

Book Study
Come participate in a book study by Dr. David A. Sousa an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of more than twenty books that suggest ways educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. Learners will have the opportunity to follow along with assigned chapters at their own pace, complete a variety of companion activities to further their understanding of the topic and engage in meaningful conversations with others in the educational field.

39. Sanctuaries: Self Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants, Admin

Dates: 7/8/2024

eBook Study
Join us and discover insights and strategies to make space in our busy lives of teachers. These include giving oneself permission to take a break, practicing mindfulness, being truly present, and developing systems that make life more manageable.

40. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the classroom

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants, Admin

Dates: 7/8/2024

Add a little bit As Teachers we navigate between delivering academic content and incorporating social emotional learning into our classroom and lessons.Through different book looks and articles you will learn and develop knowledge on the science behind emotions, how to address emotions, classroom practices,and 9 factors that are essential in establishing a positive educational environment. As educators we are striving to create a holistic approach that supports student's overall well being and success.

41. The Happiness Advantage

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants, Admin

Dates: 7/8/2024

Book Study
Join us and discover The Happiness Advantage and how small shifts in our mind-set and habits can increase our level of happiness. Together we will read Shawn Anchor's seven (7) researched based principles and begin implementing them into our lives.

42. Tiny Hands Make Teamwork

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers and assistants

Dates: 7/8/2024

Kids love them, so join us to learn how "tiny hands” can be added to classroom lessons that will inspire the connection of play and learning. Our day together will be spent playing games with "tiny hands” and see how these activities build cooperation among students and help build classroom respect and rapport. Leave this workshop able to implement immediately in your classroom.

43. Self-Compassion for Educators

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants, Admin

Dates: 7/8/2024

Book Study
Do you struggle to soothe your "inner critic"? Are you interested in learning to develop self-compassion? Please join a book study of "Self-Compassion for Educators" by Lisa Baylist. This is an eight hour online course (four weeks, approximately two hours per week) from July 8th-August 2nd. It will be self-paced and asynchronous on Google Sites. This course is designed to support self-compassion including mindfulness skills, guided meditation, gratitude practices, and more! Each week will include reading of the book and related activities. This summer, take some time to be kind to your mind!

44. Math Games for Grades K-2

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: teachers and assistants

Dates: 7/9/2024

Join us for a day of play and leave with a variety of standards based math games to use immediately in your classroom. These games can be used to enhance or reteach math skills and perfect for a classroom center!

45. An Introduction to SLIFE (Students with limited or interrupted informal education)

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants

Dates: 7/10/2024

SLIFE are a subgroup of English language learners. Analyze SLIFE strengths and challenges while learning how to support them in your classroom. Discuss student scenarios and then create scaffolded, instructional plans for those students.

46. Teaching That Changes Lives Book Study

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: teachers, assistants, administration

Dates: 7/10/2024

Interested in expanding your knowledge of MINDSETS? This course will expand your knowledge by offering an opportunity to participate in a book study exploring the book Teaching That Changes Lives: 12 Mindset Tools for Igniting the Love of Learning by Dr. Marilee Adams. In this easy reading allegory, Dr. Adams shares "thinking, skills and possibilities” through the eyes of a teacher. Readers have shared with Dr. Adams "how much they personally benefited from the mixture of story & practical application” provided in the book. This asynchronous, 5 section course will use Schoology & have a recommended pacing "due date” for each section. However, flexibility will be given due to it being a summer course.

47. The Power of No Regret Book Look

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: teachers, assistants, administration

Dates: 7/10/2024

Everybody has regrets, Daniel H. Pink explains in The Power of Regret. They're a universal and healthy part of being human. And understanding how regret works can help us make smarter decisions, perform better at work and school, and bring greater meaning to our lives. Drawing on research in social psychology, neuroscience, and biology, Pink debunks the myth of the "no regrets” philosophy of life. And using the largest sampling of American attitudes about regret ever conducted as well as his own World Regret Survey-which has collected regrets from more than 15,000 people in 105 countries-he lays out the four core regrets that each of us has. These deep regrets offer compelling insights into how we live and how we can find a better path forward. As he did in his bestsellers Drive, When, and A Whole New Mind, Pink lays out a dynamic new way of thinking about regret and frames his ideas in ways that are clear, accessible, and pragmatic. Packed with true stories of people's regrets as well as practical takeaways for reimagining regret as a positive force, The Power of Regret shows how we can live richer, more engaged lives.

48. Creating Connections: Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Culturally Responsive Teaching in Schools

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades K-12 General/Special Education Teachers, Interventionists, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators

Dates: 7/10/2024

InPerson
Lunch
It has never been more important for educators to create connections with students, and foster learning environments in which all students feel represented, understood, and empowered. This professional learning session gives participants the opportunity to explore the Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education (CR-SE) Framework and how it connects to Zaretta Hammond's work on culturally responsive teaching. Participants will enhance their understanding of the CR-SE's four principles and acquire practical strategies for implementing culturally-responsive practices into instruction. This session aims to equip educators with the necessary tools and insights to create more inclusive learning environments that celebrate diversity, promote equity, and respond to the cultural backgrounds of all students.

49. Co-Teaching for ELLs

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants, Admin

Dates: 7/12/2024

Learn about the different types of co-teaching models and explore different co-planning materials and methods. Discuss when to use different models of co-teaching depending on the content and grade level being taught.

50. Online Book Study: Ambitious Science Teaching

Program: School Improvement

Audience: K-12 Science Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders, and Administrators

Dates: 7/15/2024

Book Study
Book Included
Join the School Improvement Team for a six-week book study to explore and discuss the text, Ambitious Science Teaching, by Mark Windschitl, Jessica Thompson, and Melissa Braaten. Participants will explore a framework for science teaching that ensures instruction is both rigorous and equitable. The authors organize this book around the following four sets of core teaching practices: planning for engagement with big ideas; eliciting student thinking; supporting changes in students' thinking; and drawing together evidence-based explanations (Windschitl, Thompson, Braaten 2018).

Participants can expect to participate in a virtual book study by reading, writing, and posting in Google Classroom. A syllabus and a copy of the book will be provided to participants prior to the book study launch date. Assignments and discussions will be posted throughout the week. In order to receive credit, participants must complete all requirements. CTLE hours will be awarded based upon online participation and completion of course tasks. Registration for this course closes June 28, 2024.

Course Launch Date: Monday, July 15, 2024

Course Close Date: Friday, August 23, 2024

Format: Online Book Study

Location: Google Classroom

51. Don't Waste Your Time: Applying the 80/20 Rule in the Classroom

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants

Dates: 7/15/2024

The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 Rule, states that 80% of outcomes result from 20% of causes. In other words, 80% of the effect that we have comes from only 20% of what we do. Well-known in the business and corporate world, the Pareto Principle can help teachers understand how to identify and prioritize highly impactful instructional outcomes and learning opportunities. They will also understand how efficient planning and instruction increases student engagement and reduces teacher burnout by minimizing feelings of low productivity. Teachers will leave this workshop being able to identify decisions and necessary changes within their locus of control, knowing how to communicate the need for change to other stakeholders, and being able to identify high-priority, high-return instructional practices and how to implement those practices in their classroom.

52. Strategies and Differentiation for ELLs

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: ELL teachers

Dates: 7/15/2024

Participants will be able to identify language targets for each lesson that correlates with the learning target. They will also be able to identify what types of differentiation would best support students' different learning styles. Participants will leave understanding the important connection between content language and material as ELLs not only learn a second language, but learn new content alongside their peers. This course provides a better understanding of how to incorporate both simultaneously.

53. The Energy Bus

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants, Admin

Dates: 7/15/2024

Book Study
The Energy Bus is a book that teaches how to use positive energy to achieve personal and professional success. This book is both a story and a guide of 10 Rules to fuel your life, work, and team with positive energy. How are you going to drive your Energy Bus?

54. TCIS: Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (Levels I & II)

Program: Special Education

Audience: Grades K-12 Paraprofessionals, General and Special Education Teachers, School Counselors, and School Psychologist

Dates: 7/16/2024 to 7/19/2024

Closed
The Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) training program for child and youth care staff presents a framework for implementing a crisis and management system that reduces the need to rely on high-risk interventions. The TCI framework complements the Response to Intervention (RTI) approach and also includes aspects of trauma-informed care. Staff who are trained in the TCI program are provided a crisis prevention and intervention model designed to teach staff how to help children learn constructive ways to proactively diminish crisis and also support students and staff to react to a crisis. The skills, knowledge, and professional judgment of staff in responding to crises are critical factors in helping young people learn constructive and adaptive ways to deal with frustration, failure, anger, rejection, hurt, and depression. Program objectives include learning to proactively prevent and/or de-escalate a potential crisis situation with a child or young person, manage a crisis situation in a therapeutic manner, and if necessary, intervene physically in a manner that reduces the risk of harm to children and staff and process the crisis event with children and young people to help improve their coping strategies. Upon completion, this training will certify the attendee in Levels I & II certification.

Attendance is required for all four days to receive certification.

Lunch will be on your own on 7/16, 7/17, and 7/18. Lunch will be provided on 7/19.

55. Bridging Divide in the Classroom with Strategic Discourse

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades K-12 General/Special Education Teachers, Interventionists, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators

Dates: 7/17/2024

In Person
Lunch Included
Join us for an immersive, full-day professional development workshop dedicated to transforming student discourse within the classroom. Inspired by the innovative strategies in Read, Talk, Write, by Nancy Motley, this workshop delves into the art of perspective-taking, social-emotional learning (SEL), and political bridging to enrich your teaching toolkit. Prepare to explore beyond the traditional debate format. We'll introduce you to diverse methods that not only encourage students to engage in meaningful discussions on challenging topics, but also enhance their reading and writing abilities through advanced discourse skills. In today's society, where understanding and communication are paramount, equipping students with these skills is more relevant than ever.

56. Discipline is Restorative In Nature

Program: School Improvement

Audience: K-8 General Education, Special Education & Intervention Teachers, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators

Dates: 7/17/2024

In Person
Lunch Included
Biographical Sketch: Brad Weinstein is the co-author of the Washington Post bestseller Hacking School Discipline and has been featured in numerous publications and podcasts. He is also a co-author of The AI Classroom and an upcoming book tentatively titled Balanced Discipline. He has spent the last several years working with schools across the world with the implementation of restorative practices. Brad has dedicated his career to empowering students with the skills they need for success in a rapidly changing world. He first carried out this vision as an elementary and middle school teacher before becoming the principal of a high school on the east side of Indianapolis. Brad became the founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a STEM-focused network of schools dedicated to authentic learning by tackling real-world problems.

Session Description: This session will explore the restorative mindset and the basic practices that lead to understanding behaviors and building connections in the classroom. Participants can expect to examine inequitable power structures that exist within schools, and how classroom circles can support a warm and welcoming classroom environment.

57. Regional Genesee Valley BOCES Special Education Summer Summit

Program: Special Education

Audience: Special Education Leaders, Building Leaders, Instructional Leaders, Superintendents, & Special Education Support Staff, and Teachers.

Dates: 7/22/2024 to 7/23/2024

In Person
Breakfast Included
Lunch Included
The Genesee Valley BOCES Special Education Summer Summit is a dynamic and inclusive gathering that brings administrators & educators together from across the region to explore innovative strategies, best practices, and emerging trends in special education. This inspiring event provides a platform for collaboration, learning, and professional growth through guest speakers and interactive workshops. Participants will engage in meaningful dialogue, share valuable insights, and gain practical tools to promote equitable and inclusive educational environments for students with disabilities. With a focus on fostering leadership skills, fostering collaboration, and addressing the unique challenges in special education, this conference serves as a catalyst for positive change and empowers attendees to shape the future of special education for the betterment of all students.

Cost includes a light breakfast and lunch on both days.

58. Youth Mental Health First Aid

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants, Admin

Dates: 7/22/2024

Youth Mental Health First Aid® is a public education national certification course. Participants learn to recognize and respond to the signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health challenge or crisis, to identify community resources, and to link individuals in need of support to appropriate care. This skills-based course includes a 5-step action plan which can be used in various types of crisis and non-crisis situations. Once we have the participants identified we will need to enter them into our class using their email addresses--on our end for the certification. There is a pre/post questionnaire, quiz, and survey also. They will need to complete all of that so that they can receive the certification. Certification lasts 3 years. This is a course that does require two trainers to teach. Can you remind me again of the stipend? And is that per trainer or total? Thanks in advance and please let me know if you need any other information from me.

59. Engagement in the Classroom Through Questioning and Inquiry

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades K-12 General/Special Education Teachers, Interventionists, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators

Dates: 7/24/2024

In Person
Lunch Included
In an era where both technology and societal norms are constantly evolving, our students' learning environments and needs are also changing. Despite these shifts, the importance of engaging students with meaningful questions that explore "big ideas,” or critical content themes, remains a cornerstone of effective instruction. School Improvement invites you to participate in a special summer session focused on innovative practices that captivate students through essential and compelling questions. These questions are designed not only to challenge students, but also to encourage them to develop their own insights into the content. During our session, participants will explore strategies that seamlessly integrate into inquiry-based lessons and units, enhancing our collective pedagogical approach. Join us for a day dedicated to refining our skills in crafting questions that stimulate student curiosity and foster deep learning. This hands-on session promises to equip educators with practical techniques to create more engaging, thought-provoking, and meaningful learning experiences for students.

60. De-Stress the Test Book Study

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants

Dates: 7/29/2024

eBook Study
In this book study, participants will learn the history and evolution of testing practices, the brain's response to stress, and methods of coping and de-escalating in times of stress. They will also learn how to create a "Body- and Brain-Friendly Classroom and Testing Environment," how to encourage "The Development of Student Agency Through Self-Efficacy, Growth Mindset, and Perseverance,” and how to prepare students for high-stakes testing.

61. From Burned Out to Fired Up

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants

Dates: 7/29/2024

eBook Study
Educators. Are. Burned. Out. Many of us chose this profession with a sense of purpose and determination, only to emerge feeling like helpless, empty shells. In this book study, educators will recognize and reflect on their own needs, motivations, and internal narratives. They will uncover the keys to building resilience by reframing those internal narratives, igniting a newfound sense of purpose and passion. Participants will identify and define personal and professional goals, rediscover the power of positive interactions, and craft personalized, actionable roadmaps for the future. *This ebook is available through the Gale library. Participants will not receive a print copy of the book

62. Genesee Valley BOCES 2024 Leadership Institute

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Genesee Valley BOCES K-12 Building and District Leaders

Dates: 7/31/2024 to 8/1/2024

2 day event
AGENDA: A more detailed agenda is forthcoming

Day 1:
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Thomas Guskey & More
Professional Learning Breakout Sessions

Day 2:
Conversation Stations/District Work Time/Team Building

**This event is for GV BOCES component districts only

**Participation in the 2024 Leadership Institute serves as annual APPR re-certification for leaders.

63. APPR Re-Certification for Lead Evaluators of Teachers (August 2024 Cohort)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Lead Evaluators of Teachers, Principals, and Superintendents

Dates: 8/1/2024

Asynchronous
The State Education Department requires all evaluators of teachers and principals to be certified through an appropriate training process. Lead evaluators are those who conduct summative annual professional performance reviews (APPR) of teachers. Each district must certify that these lead evaluators have been trained in the minimum requirements as outlined in the APPR regulations. The components of this APPR re-certification training are based on the four-day Lead Evaluator Certificate Training. This asynchronous session is meant to serve as an opportunity for lead evaluators to annually revisit the major components of that training and renew certification, which will allow continued evaluation of teachers. This session is meant to be viewed in collaboration with an administrative team within your building or district, but it may be viewed by independent administrators as well.

Participants will receive information to access the asynchronous materials prior to the session date. Participants must complete the webcast by the last date of the cohort month.

64. Educational Benefit

Program: Special Education

Audience: Grades K-12 Special Education Teachers, Interventionists, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators

Dates: 8/6/2024

In Person
Students with disabilities are expected to make educational progress and benefit from the support and services provided to them, in order to ensure that a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) has been provided and sustained. During this session, participants can expect to examine three-year trend data (of one student), as a case study, in an effort to locally replicate the process. This session is most effective when districts send small stakeholder teams.

65. Leveraging Cognitive Science and Classroom Experience: Powerful Teaching in the Classroom

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades K-12 General/Special Education Teachers, Interventionists, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators

Dates: 8/8/2024

In Person
Lunch Provided
This session allows participants the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the science behind effective teaching and learning while exploring research-based strategies recommended by cognitive scientist, Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D. and veteran classroom teacher, Patrice M. Bain, Ed.S. These research-based "Power Tools” are strategies that can quickly and easily be implemented in the classroom to increase student learning and achievement by improving students' long-term retention of knowledge.

66. Teaching Coding in Grades 5-8 with Scratch Encore (Online Asynchronous)

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Upper Elementary and Middle School Teachers and Librarians

Dates: 8/9/2024

This online asynchronous course introduces educators to the basics of teaching programming with Scratch to students in grades 5-8 using Scratch Encore, a culturally responsive, intermediate computer science curriculum. Each week, participants are introduced to key computer science concepts (e.g., loops, synchronization), and then apply those concepts as they complete programming assignments in Scratch. Helpful pedagogical practices and teaching strategies are introduced throughout the course. No prior background in either coding or the Scratch programming environment is required. The asynchronous course will be accompanied by support from Model Schools staff and a Zoom wrap up meeting with local educators who have completed the course to discuss plans for implementation of content. Access to the course will be shared with participants ahead of the June 1st start date. Participants will have until August 11th to complete requirements to earn session credit.

67. TCIS: Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (Levels I & II)

Program: Special Education

Audience: Grades K-12 Paraprofessionals, General and Special Education Teachers, School Counselors, and School Psychologist

Dates: 8/12/2024 to 8/16/2024

The Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) training program for child and youth care staff presents a framework for implementing a crisis and management system that reduces the need to rely on high-risk interventions. The TCI framework complements the Response to Intervention (RTI) approach and also includes aspects of trauma-informed care. Staff who are trained in the TCI program are provided a crisis prevention and intervention model designed to teach staff how to help children learn constructive ways to proactively diminish crisis and also support students and staff to react to a crisis. The skills, knowledge, and professional judgment of staff in responding to crises are critical factors in helping young people learn constructive and adaptive ways to deal with frustration, failure, anger, rejection, hurt, and depression. Program objectives include learning to proactively prevent and/or de-escalate a potential crisis situation with a child or young person, manage a crisis situation in a therapeutic manner, and if necessary, intervene physically in a manner that reduces the risk of harm to children and staff and process the crisis event with children and young people to help improve their coping strategies. Upon completion, this training will certify the attendee in Levels I & II certification.

Attendance is required for all four days to receive certification.

Lunch will be on your own on 8/12, 8/14, and 8/15. Lunch will be provided on 8/16.

68. Enhancing Student Relationships Through Social Emotional Learning Strategies

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades K-12 General/Special Education Teachers, Interventionists, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators

Dates: 8/13/2024

In Person
Lunch Provided
In today's educational environment, the importance of fostering strong, supportive relationships cannot be overstated. This professional development session is designed to provide educators with the necessary tools and techniques to cultivate essential connections with students. This session will delve into the five core competencies of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and how to integrate them into daily educational practices to strengthen relationships and promote a healthy, supportive, and positive school environment. The use of practical, evidence-based strategies to prioritize social emotional learning will create a more empathetic, understanding, and connected school community resulting in increased academic success and personal growth.

69. Inclusive Models: Consultant Teaching & Integrated Co-Teaching

Program: Special Education

Audience: Grades K-12 General/Special Education Teaching Teams, Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders, and Administrators

Dates: 8/13/2024

In Person
Lunch Provided
Working as a second teacher in a general education classroom can be tricky. Knowing where one teacher's role ends and begins can be ambiguous. This session will clarify for participants the difference between a consultant teacher versus an integrated co-teacher, and how they intended to work with the general education staff. This full day workshop will cover the regulations governing the continuum of services, caseload, role in the classroom, and collaboration with general education teachers. Participants will explore various teaching models to be used in the consultant teacher and integrated co-teaching setting, as well as tools to plan and support inclusion through Specially Designed Instruction (SDI). This is a great opportunity for general and special education teaching pairs to collaborate, and it is recommended that they attend together.

Registration will include a copy of the book The Co-Teaching Book of Lists to support the learning.

70. Building Capacity: Leading Continuous Improvement in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders, and Administrators

Dates: 8/13/2024

In Person
Lunch Included
The call for change and improvement is all too familiar in our educational institutions. School leaders frequently find themselves at the forefront of these demands, recognizing the need for transformation yet grappling with the formulation of an effective strategy. This professional learning session aims to equip administrators with the tools for strategic, long-term planning complemented by iterative, short-term action phases, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of school-based initiatives. Participants will engage in a blend of instructional content dedicated to the development of preliminary plans for both existing and future projects regarding curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

71. Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids

Program: Teacher Center Catalog

Audience: Teachers, Assistants, Admin

Dates: 8/15/2024

Book Study
Hands On Workshop
We will be completing a book study on Whole Brain Teaching, which consists of management and engagement techniques that tap into all parts of the brain. The techniques require constant attention from the scholars which allows them to develop a greater understanding of academics. With high engagement, comes the ability to communicate, think cognitively, problem-solve, and build lasting relationships. This transforms the classroom experience into a highly energetic learning environment backed by neuroscience.

72. SLS Learn & Work Day

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians in the GV BOCES region

Dates: 8/15/2024

Join us for some refreshers on library tools and then dive into some related work while we are here to answer questions and help you work through any issues. We will cover customizing your Library.FYI page, catalog clean up tips for Follett Destiny, how to use advanced Sora tools, creating Beanstack challenges, etc. This session will be participant-driven so bring your questions and let us know what you want to focus on. Time will be provided to work with these tools to build subject guides, clean up your records, or work on other tasks with support. Lunch will be provided.

73. Greater Rochester Region School Library Conference

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians and School Library students

Dates: 8/21/2024

GRRSL: BEaR - Greater Rochester Region School Librarians: Books, Education and Readership Hosted by M1 BOCES, M2 BOCES, GV BOCES, WFL BOCES and Rochester City School District. This will be a full conference day with keynote (TBD), breakout sessions, vendor exhibits and lunch included. The conference day will be located at St. John Fisher University. Stay tuned for more information about presenters.

74. TIG Boot Camp for Administrators

Program: Trauma, Illness and Grief (TIG)

Audience: Administrators

Dates: 8/28/2024

Administrators plan an essential role during a critical incident. They are often the ones gathering the TIG team, participating in strategic planning and crafting crisis communications. This one day training is designed for Administrators that haven't had time to take the full five day TIG training, or are looking for a refresher. An overview of trauma, grief, chronic illness, suicide prevention & intervention, threat assessment with a focus on strategic planning. Lunch included.

75. APPR Re-Certification for Lead Evaluators of Teachers (September 2024 Cohort)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Lead Evaluators of Teachers, Principals, and Superintendents

Dates: 9/2/2024

Asynchronous
The State Education Department requires all evaluators of teachers and principals to be certified through an appropriate training process. Lead evaluators are those who conduct summative annual professional performance reviews (APPR) of teachers. Each district must certify that these lead evaluators have been trained in the minimum requirements as outlined in the APPR regulations. The components of this APPR re-certification training are based on the four-day Lead Evaluator Certificate Training. This asynchronous session is meant to serve as an opportunity for lead evaluators to annually revisit the major components of that training and renew certification, which will allow continued evaluation of teachers. This session is meant to be viewed in collaboration with an administrative team within your building or district, but it may be viewed by independent administrators as well.

Participants will receive information to access the asynchronous materials prior to the session date. Participants must complete the webcast by the last date of the cohort month.

76. Crafting Quality Questions: Enhancing Instruction and Assessment

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades K-12 General/Special Education Teachers, Interventionists, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators

Dates: 9/3/2024

Asynchronous
In the rapidly evolving educational landscape, the ability to formulate quality questions stands as a cornerstone of effective instruction and assessment development. This professional learning session is designed to equip educators with the theoretical underpinnings and practical strategies necessary for creating questions that not only gauge student understanding accurately, but also stimulate deeper thinking and learning. Drawing upon a rich tapestry of research from assessment and instructional experts, participants will delve into the intricacies of question design, exploring its impact on learning outcomes and assessment validity.

Course Launch Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2024

Course Close Date: Thursday, October 31, 2024

77. Regional CSE Chairperson Meeting (Genesee Valley BOCES Districts Only)

Program: Special Education

Audience: Gensee Valley BOCES Regional Special Education Administrators

Dates: 9/12/2024

In Person
Regional CSE Chairperson Meetings are to provide special education leaders in the Genesee Valley BOCES area with updates from the Office of Special Education, NSYED, and regional networks. Time will also be given up to guest speakers, professional learning, and collaborative projects.

78. Data Driven Instruction: Take it Back to the Classroom

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades K-12 General/Special Education Teachers, Interventionists, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators

Dates: 9/12/2024 to 12/12/2024

Hybrid
Navigating the complexities of classroom data and the pressures of high-stakes testing scores can be overwhelming for educators. These challenges often introduce stress into the annual, curricular journey. This session is designed to integrate data practices into your classroom, offering fresh insights into interpreting data from student work. A significant emphasis will be placed on formative assessment practices. This session will be a ‘hybrid' learning model that merges the flexibility of an online platform with the interaction of live Zoom sessions. This opportunity kicks off with an introductory Zoom meeting on September 12th, from 1:30 to 2:30 PM, and wraps up with a concluding session on December 20th. In between Zoom sessions, participants will examine, unpack, and discuss different data-driven, instruction practices they can implement in their classroom. This format allows educators to digest content and engage in discussions at their own pace, accommodating diverse schedules and learning preferences. Throughout this professional development experience, participants will delve into analyzing student data across various dimensions from formative to summative. Our goal is to unlock and explore a spectrum of instructional strategies and assessment tools tailored to enhance teaching efficacy and student outcomes. Join us for this journey to demystify data and discover its potential to inform and transform your instructional practices.

79. Eating Disorders Awareness & Prevention Training

Program: Trauma, Illness and Grief (TIG)

Audience: Physical Education Teachers, Athletic Directors & Coaches, Health Teachers , FACS Teachers, School Nurses

Dates: 9/19/2024

A curriculum based education and prevention for: Physical Education Teachers, Athletic Directors & Coaches, Health Teachers, FACS Teachers &School Nurses. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mary Tantillo, Founder of The Healing Connection. Learn the signs & symptoms of eating disorders, Education & prevention strategies with students, How to meet NYS Learning Standards with a prevention lens, Interdisciplinary crosswalk strategies for your school. Hear from individuals with lived experience with eating disorders. Lunch Included!

80. TIG Training Fall 2024

Program: Trauma, Illness and Grief (TIG)

Audience: School Administrators, Mental Health team, SROs, nurses, teachers

Dates: 9/24/2024 to 12/11/2024

Full TIG Training will give an overview of the important considerations for administrators, counselors and staff when responding to critical incidents in their school community. Attendees will become aware of best practices and trauma informed care, and how to best utilize and support your district's TIG team during a crisis. Topics include grief & loss at school -trauma -suicide risk & intervention in youth and adolescents -chronic & acute illness -school violence: intervention & prevention -managing media and communication during incidents , with an emphasis on a team approach to strategic planning in the first hours after an incident. *Please confirm with your TIG Coordinator before signing up

81. Learning to Depolarize: Helping Students Reach Across Lines of Divide

Program: School Improvement

Audience: K-12 General Education, Social Studies, Special Education & Intervention Teachers, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators

Dates: 9/25/2024

In Person
Lunch Included
Featured Speaker
Biographical Sketch: Kent has taught, coached, and occupied several leadership positions at the middle-school level over the past twenty years. He is a recipient of various honors, including the Margot Stern Strom Teaching Award from Facing History and Ourselves and the NAIS Teacher of the Future designation. He earned his Ed.M. in Learning and Teaching from Harvard University. In partnership with the Better Arguments Project, Kent created a curriculum to encourage civil discourse among middle- and high-school students. He has helped envision and execute programming for the K-12 sector of the National Week of Conversation, and he serves on the Education Advisory Team for Courageous Rhode Island. Kent has also worked with a number of schools to help educators navigate the complexities of political polarization. By virtue of temperament and experience, he is well suited to gently, purposefully, and humorously leading students and faculty members through difficult discussions.

Description: As the election approaches, your school and community may be more politically active than ever. Join School Improvement and Kent for an entire day dedicated to learning and engagement, aimed at "depolarizing" and assisting students, staff, and community members in engaging in meaningful political discussions. These discussions are designed to understand a diverse set of perspectives. Rather than seeking to change or alter opinions, Kent's approach integrates media literacy, civic engagement, and social-emotional learning into a comprehensive toolkit for educators and districts. This toolkit addresses the challenges of political discourse in the 21st century. Our students are poised to enter a politically divided society, and Kent will work with us to help students "disagree better" and engage in respectful conversations with those who hold different views.

82. Proactive & Reactive Practices within Restorative Discipline

Program: School Improvement

Audience: K-8 General Education, Special Education & Intervention Teachers, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators

Dates: 9/25/2024

Synchronous
Biographical Sketch: Brad Weinstein is the co-author of the Washington Post bestseller Hacking School Discipline and has been featured in numerous publications and podcasts. He is also a co-author of The AI Classroom and an upcoming book tentatively titled Balanced Discipline. He has spent the last several years working with schools across the world with the implementation of restorative practices. Brad has dedicated his career to empowering students with the skills they need for success in a rapidly changing world. He first carried out this vision as an elementary and middle school teacher before becoming the principal of a high school on the east side of Indianapolis. Brad became the founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a STEM-focused network of schools dedicated to authentic learning by tackling real-world problems.

Session Description: This opportunity is designed to equip educators with comprehensive strategies to create a positive and inclusive learning environment. Participants will explore evidence-based approaches to preventive discipline, emphasizing the development of reflective listening, open-ended questions and collective commitments. The session will delve into reactive practices. This learning opportunity aims to empower educators to consider consequences that are restorative in nature, ensure harm has been repaired, and explore action planning for the future.

Participants will receive the Zoom link the day prior to the session.

83. Effective IEP Advocacy, Social Emotional Goals & Implementation

Program: Trauma, Illness and Grief (TIG)

Dates: 9/26/2024

Everything you need to know about creating effective social emotional support on a students' IEP, including criteria guideline, effective goal writing, advocacy for services and implementation.

84. APPR Re-Certification for Lead Evaluators of Teachers (October 2024 Cohort)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Lead Evaluators of Teachers, Principals, and Superintendents

Dates: 10/1/2024

Asynchronous
The State Education Department requires all evaluators of teachers and principals to be certified through an appropriate training process. Lead evaluators are those who conduct summative annual professional performance reviews (APPR) of teachers. Each district must certify that these lead evaluators have been trained in the minimum requirements as outlined in the APPR regulations. The components of this APPR re-certification training are based on the four-day Lead Evaluator Certificate Training. This asynchronous session is meant to serve as an opportunity for lead evaluators to annually revisit the major components of that training and renew certification, which will allow continued evaluation of teachers. This session is meant to be viewed in collaboration with an administrative team within your building or district, but it may be viewed by independent administrators as well.

Participants will receive information to access the asynchronous materials prior to the session date. Participants must complete the webcast by the last date of the cohort month.

85. NYS Computer Science & Digital Fluency Standards Implementation

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Curriculum leaders, librarians, STEAM teachers, others involved standards implementation

Dates: 10/1/2024

The CS/DF standards are now meant to be fully implemented across all schools in New York State. The standards address technology skills that are becoming increasingly important for participation in life, work, and citizenship; skills our students need to be successful, regardless of what future career paths they may take. Intended to be implemented across all grade levels and subject areas, how can we make sure all students are getting the skills they need? Join us to explore how to prioritize the standards, figure out what tools and resources you can use, and build out lesson plans from there. In-district follow up support is available for Model Schools districts.

86. Explicit Writing Models Featuring The Writing Revolution (TWR)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades 3-12 Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders, and Administrators

Dates: 10/2/2024 to 10/10/2024

In Person
Lunch
"Help - My students can't write!” Although this is an American sentiment expressed all too frequently, there has been little to address the decades of statistics that support the perspective… until now! TWR, also known as the Hochman Method, presents a self-contained ecosystem of explicit writing approaches. Such approaches include: sentence-level strategies, single and multiple-paragraph outlines (SPO & Transition Outline) and summary techniques, as well as note-taking and annotation frameworks. TWR is not a program or curriculum; it is, however, a collection of explicit instructional methods poised to address the longstanding deficiency of writing skills still plaguing schools today. In Part 1, participants can expect to learn and understand six (6) guiding principles, as well as a selection from the ten (10) sentence-level strategies. In Part 2, participants will continue to investigate single and multi-paragraph outline structures, as well as annotating techniques and infusing sentence-level work.

Registered participants will receive a copy of the text The Writing Revolution for extended use.

It is highly recommended to register with a colleague that is horizontally or vertically aligned, as there are interleaved discussion periods to consider applying the content to your curriculum and instruction.

87. TIG Tune Up Series: Trauma Informed Yearbooks, Graduations & Special Events

Program: Trauma, Illness and Grief (TIG)

Audience: Administrators, School Mental Health team, SROs, Nurses,Teachers and Coaches

Dates: 10/2/2024

Learn/Review best trauma infored practices for those milestone moments - including yearbooks, graduations & other special events One hour Zoom discussion.

88. Artificial Intelligence Implemented in the Classroom

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Teachers interested in incorporating AI into their classroomster Science Courses

Dates: 10/3/2024

Artificial intelligence is a powerful force. Rather than shying away from potential misuse, how can we teach our students to use it ethically and responsibly for good? For them to fully understand its potential and flaws, they need to see it in action. How can we do this safely with Ed Law 2d and student privacy in mind? Join us to explore AI implementation in the classroom. Learn how to teach students of any age about this increasingly important technology.

89. GSA Conference Day

Program: Trauma, Illness and Grief (TIG)

Audience: GSA Leaders, any educational LGBTQ+ allies

Dates: 10/8/2024

This one day conference is an informative and supportive gathering for leaders of Gay-Straight Alliance or other LGBTQ+ clubs in our region. In today's world, GSA advisors face unprecedented challenges, from navigating shifting political landscapes to ensuring the safety and well-being of LGBTQ+ students in their schools. Embracing such a role and being there for your students every day can be overwhelming at times, which is why GLOW OUT! and their partners at GLYS want to provide you with a full day of programmatic, emotional, and social support for the school year ahead. In addition to GSA basics (legal protections, local and national resources, ways to structure your club, etc.) we will also have time to share triumphs and challenges, plan collaborative events for the year ahead, develop innovative strategies for advocacy and support, and become a stronger community together. Lunch Included.

90. Navigating the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades K-12 General/Special Education Teachers, Interventionists, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, and Administrators

Dates: 10/9/2024

In Person
Lunch Provided
Science instruction is shifting in New York State. Join the School Improvement Team to explore the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards (NYSP12SLS). Participants will become familiar with the structure and key components of the NYSP12SLS, including the three dimensions of science learning: Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts. Educators will also learn strategies for incorporating these dimensions into their curriculum, thereby making science education more engaging and accessible for all students.

91. Creating a Restorative School

Program: School Improvement

Audience: School Administration and Behavior Team Members

Dates: 10/9/2024

Synchronous
Biographical Sketch: Brad Weinstein is the co-author of the Washington Post bestseller Hacking School Discipline and has been featured in numerous publications and podcasts. He is also a co-author of The AI Classroom and an upcoming book tentatively titled Balanced Discipline. He has spent the last several years working with schools across the world with the implementation of restorative practices. Brad has dedicated his career to empowering students with the skills they need for success in a rapidly changing world. He first carried out this vision as an elementary and middle school teacher before becoming the principal of a high school on the east side of Indianapolis. Brad became the founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a STEM-focused network of schools dedicated to authentic learning by tackling real-world problems.

Session Description: This professional learning opportunity is designed to empower educators with the knowledge and skills to create a restorative school that values empathy, collaboration, and community building, ultimately enhancing the overall well-being and success of both students and staff. Time will be spent considering a restorative change process, reviewing a restorative readiness assessment, and reflecting on the new learning.

Participants will receive the Zoom link the day prior to the session.

92. Participation in Government & Economics Cohort

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Participation in Government & Economics Teachers, Social Studies Teachers 7-12

Dates: 10/9/2024 to 3/12/2025

Synchronous
The Participation in Government & Economics (PIG & ECON) Cohort invites social studies educators to collaborate on curriculum, have discussion around instruction, and examine the role of assessment with peers across the Genesee Valley region. This cohort aims to welcome not only PIG and ECON educators, but also social studies teachers at all levels, who are eager to integrate economics and civic education into their 7-12 classrooms. The cohort's objective is to explore best practices and current research in civic and economic education, and to tailor these insights to suit individual teaching styles and students' needs. Sessions will occur three times a year, lasting one hour each and conducted virtually via Zoom.

93. Agriculture Education Cohort

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Agriculture Educators, Technology and Science Teachers

Dates: 10/10/2024 to 3/6/2025

In Person
Lunch Provided
The Ag Cohort is intended to provide professional learning for agricultural (Ag) educators. It is an opportunity to collaborate on important issues and topics affecting their practice. Participants will discuss best practices for advancing Ag education programs in districts through classroom instruction, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), and Future Farmers of America (FFA). The cohort will collaborate with representative members from organizations such as Future Farmers of America (FFA), Career & Technical Education (CTE) and Agri-businesses in our GV BOCES region. Tours of local Agri-businesses will be scheduled as part of the professional learning days.

94. US History & Government Cohort

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades 7-8 Social Studies and Grade 11 U.S. History & Government Teachers

Dates: 10/15/2024 to 3/26/2025

In Person
Lunch Provided
The US History & Government Cohort will allow grades 7-8, and 11 social studies teachers to create a vibrant community where educators can engage with peers in their field. This cohort is structured to offer updates from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and regional education authorities, alongside fostering a collaborative environment. The cohort aims to facilitate the sharing of best educational practices, enhance our collective expertise in content, and ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of social studies education. For the 2024-2025 academic year, our focus will be on refining historical source analysis techniques, developing inquiry-based learning strategies, and integrating the latest historical research into our teaching practices.

95. Science 9-12 Cohort

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades 9-12 Science Teachers

Dates: 10/16/2024 to 3/5/2025

In Person
Lunch Provided
The Science 9-12 Cohort will afford secondary science teachers the opportunity to connect with other secondary science teachers. The cohort model is structured to provide NYSED/regional updates and collaborative opportunities. The goal of the cohort is to learn best practices and why they work, as well as what these practices look like in a classroom. Participants will collaborate with colleagues to implement the best practices and reflect on implementation. The cohort structure also allows teachers to share personal implementation and reflections with the larger group. The focus will be on exploring the crosscutting concepts, integrating disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts, and designing 3-dimensional assessments aligned to the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards.

96. STEAM Cohort

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Grades K-12 STEAM Teachers (or those pursuing a STEAM position)

Dates: 10/17/2024

This cohort is designed for educators that are working in a STEAM-related position, interested in moving into such a position, or interested in integrating EdTech and other STEAM activities and resources into their regular classroom/library. The Cohort will be introduced to a variety of EdTech and STEAM tools and resources. Options for integrating STEAM activities into a variety of curricular areas will be explored, with additional emphasis on building collaborative relationships with other teachers for planning STEAM activities including how to build a STEAM culture in your school building. Lunch will be provided.

97. Regional CSE Chairperson Meeting (Genesee Valley BOCES Districts Only)

Program: Special Education

Audience: Gensee Valley BOCES Regional Special Education Administrators

Dates: 10/17/2024

In Person
Regional CSE Chairperson Meetings are to provide special education leaders in the Genesee Valley BOCES area with updates from the Office of Special Education, NSYED, and regional networks. Time will also be given up to guest speakers, professional learning, and collaborative projects.

98. Genesee Valley BOCES Regional Curriculum Council Meeting (session 1 of 4)

Program: Curriculum Council

Audience: School Administrators

Dates: 10/18/2024

In Person
Lunch Provided
The Genesee Valley BOCES Administrative Curriculum Council meets throughout the school year in effort to collaborate with other Instructional Leaders in the region, hear updates from various departments & NYSED, and continue professional learning together.

99. Computer Science Cohort

Program: Model Schools

Audience: Grades 6-12 Teachers of Computer Science

Dates: 10/22/2024

This cohort brings together middle and high school educators who teach computer science and are seeking to enhance their teaching methods, explore new curricula, and connect with like-minded educators. This cohort-based model will comprise three intensive sessions that will delve into curriculum exploration, instructional models, peer networking, and evidence-based approaches to teaching computer science at the secondary level. Participants will engage in collaborative learning experiences that support ongoing growth and development in their teaching practice. Throughout the three sessions, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with other cohort members, share ideas and resources, and receive feedback from expert facilitators. By the end of the program, teachers will have gained valuable insights, practical strategies, and a supportive network of peers to help them excel in their computer science teaching practice.

100. Global History & Geography Cohort

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades 6, 9-10 Global History & Geography Teachers

Dates: 10/22/2024 to 4/9/2025

In Person
Lunch Provided
The Global History & Geography Cohort for grades 9 and 10 teachers is designed to create a vibrant community where educators can engage with peers in their field. This cohort is structured to offer updates from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and regional education authorities, alongside fostering a collaborative environment. The cohort aims to facilitate the sharing of best educational practices, enhance our collective expertise in content, and ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of social studies education. For the 2024-2025 academic year, our focus will be on refining historical source analysis techniques, developing inquiry-based learning strategies, and integrating the latest historical research into our teaching practices.

101. Mathematics 5-8 Cohort

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Grades 5-8 Math Teachers

Dates: 10/23/2024 to 3/20/2025

In Person
Lunch Provided
The Mathematics 5-8 Cohort will afford mathematics teachers the opportunity to connect with other 5-8 math teachers. The cohort model is structured to provide NYSED/regional updates and collaborative opportunities. The goal of the cohort is to learn best practices and why they work, as well as what these practices look like in a classroom. Participants will collaborate with colleagues to implement the best practices and reflect on implementation. The cohort structure also allows teachers to share personal implementation and reflections with the larger group.