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1. Reimagining School Safety Through an SEL Lens

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: educators and administrators

Dates: 7/11/2023 to 7/13/2023

Why is it important for districts to assess SEL related programming and initiatives? Recent data shows that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic more of our students are experiencing poor mental health outcomes and exhibiting problematic behavior. When schoolwide, data driven SEL programs are utilized, students' sense of well-being, academic performance, and behavioral outcomes improve. Research shows us that SEL programming is more impactful if it is district wide, involves all school stakeholders, is well resourced, linked to district goals/mission, and regularly assessed. Participants will be provided with tools and supports to examine and assess current SEL related programming in their district. This workshop will include discussions and analysis related to:  -Current trends in student and staff social and emotional health and safety  -Data driven SEL related programming  -The creation of a district level SEL-action plan Assessment of and reflection on SEL related programming is essential to ensure alignment with key district goals and research-supported best practices. This session would be most beneficial if districts send a team of educators and administrators who would have first hand knowledge of current SEL related programming.

2. Balancing Restorative and Traditional Approaches to Discipline and Culture

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: educators and administrators

Dates: 7/20/2023

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What does it mean for disciplinary policies and practices to "work?" Who do they work for? What messages do they send to students, staff, and families? This workshop will explore the relationship between discipline and school culture and provide participants with restorative strategies that build community and encourage learning and accountability. -Explore essential concepts within the restorative practices continuum. -Understand the relationship between consequences and behavior. -Reflect on the role of disciplinary practices in school culture. What messages are we sending to kids? To educators?

3. Connecting ELA Data to Instruction

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: educators and administrators

Dates: 7/27/2023

The return of state testing presents an opportunity to rethink how we engage with data at both the classroom and systems level. This workshop will explore how assessment data can be used to highlight what is being taught successfully and what may need to be improved as you begin to develop priorities for the 2023-24 school year with a clear emphasis on implications for classroom instruction. The session will also provide strategies to ensure that data conversations are focused, productive, and avoid deficit driven narratives about both students and teachers. Learning Objectives: -Learn to analyze assessment data (state and local) to develop instructional priorities -Utilize data to evaluate current instructional strategies -Identify power standards and accompanying instructional methods -Supplement quantitative assessment data with qualitative data from multiple sources.

4. New Principals Seminar

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: new principals and assistant principals

Dates: 8/3/2023

This free seminar is an opportunity for new building leaders to interact with veteran leaders, receive advice and learn strategies for how to start their new role on a positive note. Additionally, this seminar will provide the opportunity to become part of a supportive peer network. Part of an ongoing effort to support school leaders, this seminar is the first of several learning/networking opportunities.

5. 2023-2024 Athletic Directors Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: Athletic Directors

Dates: 10/4/2023 to 5/15/2024

Join us to communicate, collaborate and share your practice with other Athletic Directors.

6. 2023-2024 Technology Supporting Diverse Learners Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: instructional and assistive technology educators

Dates: 10/13/2023 to 6/14/2024

Each month the Technology Supporting Diverse Learners Roundtable has an agenda that is driven by the ideas and needs of the members. This past year we discussed how technology can be used to support students of diverse needs and backgrounds such as reading and writing disabilities, communication needs, and executive function issues and more. This included demonstrations of tools and strategies including those that can be used by all students, and discussions for how to implement professional development. These presentations were led by members of the Roundtable as well as by outside vendors. We discussed how new technologies for hearing, vision, and artificial intelligence are changing the field. We covered process issues such as building up local capacity for assistive technology involving the students, families, support staff, teachers, and administrators. The Roundtable will continue to provide an opportunity to develop connections with peers in our area who are engaged in using technology to support students with diverse needs.

7. 2023-2024 Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: parent and community outreach coordinators, school leaders, business officials

Dates: 10/16/2023 to 5/13/2024

Parent engagement is a key to student success. Many school districts have created positions to coordinate community outreach and parent engagement. A common platform used by districts for parent engagement is through "Parent University” Programs. This four session roundtable will serve as a space for district staff in various outreach roles to explore the research on successful outreach and to share local practices and resources that can benefit each school district's efforts to consistently and effectively connect with and engage parents and the community.

8. 2023-2024 Speech and Language Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: Speech and Language educators

Dates: 10/17/2023 to 5/21/2024

This virtual roundtable will provide speech and language educators with the opportunity to share, discuss and learn about issues of concern to them in the field; exchange resources; and explore our ever changing roles. Each session will focus on specific topics determined by the participants. This year, a portion of the roundtable will aim to reflect on ethics and social emotional learning in the school based SLP's practice. Topics may include: Returning to the roots of our practice SEL and the SLP Bilingual Service Delivery Using AI to our advantage Maintenance Requirements for Licensure and your Cs

9. 2023-2024 Principal Collaborative

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: principals, assistant principals

Dates: 10/20/2023 to 5/17/2024

The Principal Collaborative is a unique, responsive professional development opportunity for principals and assistant principals to develop their leadership practice with colleagues in a mutually beneficial space.  Each of the six seminars will be facilitated by members of the Greater Capital Region Principals' Center in partnership with the Capital Area School Development Association. Topics for 2023-24 will be developed to meet participants' stated priorities with programs designed to help educators respond to emerging needs and bring research to practice. The first meeting in October will feature an interest survey and focus on the topics: "Reflections on the Opening of school” and "Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI)."

10. 2023-2024 MTSS Support Workshop and Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: all educators

Dates: 10/23/2023 to 5/20/2024

Effective MTSS programs are both complex and challenging. Instructional leaders must be able to work with teachers, interventionists, administrators, and support staff to ensure that MTSS systems are coherent, aligned and meeting the needs of all students. This requires deep knowledge of high leverage instructional practice, the ability to analyze multiple kinds of data to shape instruction and the ability to collaborate across multiple stakeholder groups. CASDA's MTSS Roundtable will provide participants with research, strategies, and a supportive community to share ideas, best practices, and reflections with colleagues from across the region. This yearlong learning collective will begin with a full day workshop to explore essential concepts and assess participant needs and then meet monthly (excluding December and April) to provide opportunities for continued reflection, learning, and growth. Possible Topics Include: -Effective Data Conversations and Practice -Classroom Differentiation and Scaffolding Strategies -Identifying Effective Interventions and Support -Formative Assessments and Effective Feedback

11. MTSS Support Full-Day Workshop

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 10/23/2023

Effective MTSS programs are both complex and challenging. Instructional leaders must be able to work with teachers, interventionists, administrators, and support staff to ensure that MTSS systems are coherent, aligned and meeting the needs of all students. This requires deep knowledge of high leverage instructional practice, the ability to analyze multiple kinds of data to shape instruction and the ability to collaborate across multiple stakeholder groups. CASDA's MTSS Support Workshop and Roundtable Series will provide participants with research, strategies, and a supportive community to share ideas, best practices, and reflections with colleagues from across the region. This yearlong learning collective will begin with a full day workshop to explore essential concepts and assess participant needs and then meet monthly (excluding December and April) to provide opportunities for continued reflection, learning, and growth.

12. What's On Our Minds?: A Space for Every Educator

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: all educators

Dates: 10/24/2023

The third year of this free virtual series will focus on the book, "Trauma-Responsive Schooling - Centering Student Voice and Healing” and supporting research as a guide. This five session workshop series will examine a case study involving a multi-year research project involving two elementary schools in rural Maine. Participants will explore how student-centered trauma-informed practices support individual healing and can lead to organizational transformation. Further, participants will reflect on how current trauma-focused practices in their schools can incorporate student-centered trauma-informed practices.

13. Fall 2023 Aspiring Leaders Seminar plus consultation

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: aspiring educational leaders

Dates: 10/26/2023

For educators (interns, new administrators, team leaders, department chairs) considering a career in administration, currently taking courses, or entering the field. Are you considering a school leadership role? Hear from a panel of experts on what it means to lead and how to close a school year strong. Engage with local college and university representatives about their administrative leadership programs. Join Principals' Center Board Members in mock interview breakout sessions. Hear from other aspiring leaders as the session wraps up. Begin building your network of peers in leadership roles and start on your path to becoming a school leader.

14. Fall 2023 Aspiring Leaders Seminar

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: aspiring educational leaders

Dates: 10/26/2023

For educators (interns, new administrators, team leaders, department chairs) considering a career in administration, currently taking courses, or entering the field. Are you considering a school leadership role? Hear from a panel of experts on what it means to lead and how to close a school year strong. Engage with local college and university representatives about their administrative leadership programs. Join Principals' Center Board Members in mock interview breakout sessions. Hear from other aspiring leaders as the session wraps up. Begin building your network of peers in leadership roles and start on your path to becoming a school leader.

15. Collaborating for Successful Co-Teaching

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: Special Education and ENL educators

Dates: 10/27/2023

Effectively co-taught classrooms are places of dynamic learning in which students' needs and engagement are prioritized in a uniquely inclusive environment. However, there is no clear roadmap to developing a co-teaching practice in which both teachers and students thrive in robust partnerships. This workshop will explore the essentials of organizing and collaborating to build a co-teaching partnership that centers the strengths of each teaching partner to best meet the unique needs of the students in their classrooms. We will also explore best practices for co-teaching to meet students' needs within MTSS structures. Practitioners in both Special Education and ENL co-taught classrooms are encouraged to attend together to develop their collective capacity and explore strategies to improve collaborative planning and instruction to best serve students. Participants will: - Build essential groundwork for collaboration. - Explore their own and their co-teachers needs and expectations for a strong partnership. - Brainstorm innovative ways to collaborate. - Explore different co-teaching models and when they can be applied. - Discuss strategies to meet different student needs in an MTSS context. - Discuss different scenarios that co-teachers may face. - Have a chance to plan a co-taught lesson to implement in their classroom.

16. SEL Through a Student Lens: Empowerment, Engagement and Agency Virtual Series

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: all educators

Dates: 11/6/2023 to 3/4/2024

Drawing from the latest research on student empowerment and the impact of caring, trauma-responsive adult relationships on student well-being and agency, this virtual series will explore with participants SEL through a student lens. This exploration into the organizational structures and mental models impeding authentic student empowerment, will provide participants the opportunity to reflect, share, question and plan for implementing changes to current models of SEL through student engagement and empowerment.

17. 2023-2024 School Counselors Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: school counselors

Dates: 11/9/2023 to 5/16/2024

School counselors serve an essential role in helping students maximize educational opportunities, develop and engage interests and plan for a future beyond graduation. Relationships and engagement with students and their families form the foundation of this work. The School Counselors Roundtable, a collaborative offering from CASDA and the Capital District Counselors Association (CDCA), is a professional learning community that will focus on strategies for developing and sustaining engagement with students and families. We will build upon themes identified in the initial meetings and continue to provide a space for counselors to share effective practices that meet the academic and social emotional needs of students, as well as seek to integrate the expertise and perspective of higher education counselors in order to build bridges to ensure support across the P-20 Continuum. Additionally, the roundtable will address the topic of coordination of support services for students in relation to the following needs: academic, social/emotional, risk/crisis, and mental health.

18. Fall 2023 Assistant Principals Seminar

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: assistant principals

Dates: 11/14/2023

Join CASDA and the Capital Region Principals' Center for the Assistant Principals Seminar. Assistant principals participating in this seminar will learn new strategies for effective leadership, student engagement, supervision, time management, school culture and equity. Principal Center Board members will address wellness for school leaders, dealing with student anxiety and teacher stress.

19. 2023-2024 MTSS Support Roundtable Only

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: all educators

Dates: 11/27/2023 to 5/20/2024

Effective MTSS programs are both complex and challenging. Instructional leaders must be able to work with teachers, interventionists, administrators, and support staff to ensure that MTSS systems are coherent, aligned and meeting the needs of all students. This requires deep knowledge of high leverage instructional practice, the ability to analyze multiple kinds of data to shape instruction and the ability to collaborate across multiple stakeholder groups. CASDA's MTSS Roundtable will provide participants with research, strategies, and a supportive community to share ideas, best practices, and reflections with colleagues from across the region. Following the one-day workshop held on 10/23, the remaining roundtable sessions will provide opportunities for continued reflection, learning, and growth. Possible Topics Include: -Effective Data Conversations and Practice -Classroom Differentiation and Scaffolding Strategies -Identifying Effective Interventions and Support -Formative Assessments and Effective Feedback

20. What's On Our Minds?: A Space for Every Educator

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: all educators

Dates: 11/28/2023

The third year of this free virtual series will focus on the book, "Trauma-Responsive Schooling - Centering Student Voice and Healing” and supporting research as a guide. This five session workshop series will examine a case study involving a multi-year research project involving two elementary schools in rural Maine. Participants will explore how student-centered trauma-informed practices support individual healing and can lead to organizational transformation. Further, participants will reflect on how current trauma-focused practices in their schools can incorporate student-centered trauma-informed practices.

21. School Mental Health Provider Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: school mental health providers, social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, school nurses and administrators.

Dates: 1/12/2024 to 5/10/2024

In the third year of this popular roundtable for Mental Health Providers we will explore the benefits and challenges of working collaboratively in a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS). As a member of a collaborative team responsible for addressing the social-emotional and mental health needs of students you can benefit from collaborating with other mental health providers in the region learning about research-based strategies and sharing professional experiences working in a network of support. This roundtable will continue to bring together educators in various support roles in their districts including social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, MTSS Coordinators, building administrators, special education teachers and subject area teachers.

22. Supporting Students in Finding Their Unique Voice: An Activity for Any 7-12 Teacher

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: 7-12 grade educators

Dates: 1/23/2024

Young adults often struggle with finding their voice, discovering their why, choosing a future path. They may feel the need to "trade pieces of themselves" to fit in socially, to find success academically, to navigate systemic inequities. This workshop will provide participants with a sample lesson they can use to assist their students in recognizing their individual diversity as a strength to build on and the place to begin expressing their unique voice. Join CASDA Executive Director, Dr. Michael Piccirillo for a one-hour virtual workshop centered on an activity any teacher can use to support their young adult students. Dr. Piccirillo will share a model activity he developed for a workshop with high school students and lead a discussion about the importance of empowering our students to find voice and agency. Participants will have an opportunity to share activities they have used to amplify student voice through self-awareness and will walk away with an activity they can modify for their use.

23. Structures Shaping Our Schools

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: K-12 educators, school leaders

Dates: 1/25/2024 to 3/14/2024

Have you ever wondered how education wound up here? Have you asked why the interests of students and families are often cast in opposition to educators? Over the course of 4 free sessions, we will explore key Supreme Court decisions, legislation and educational research to help us unpack how educators' teaching conditions and the living and working conditions of our students and families are shaped by similar power structures. We will explore the consequences of landmark judicial decisions such as Brown v. Board of Education, San Antonio v. Rodriguez and Parents Involved v. Seattle. We will also explore key explanatory research from Gintis and Bowles, Michael Apple, Jean Anyon, and Gloria Ladson Billings. Each session will be based on questions derived from key excerpts of judicial opinions, legislative text, and research articles (all texts will be shared before each session). Our goal is to provide a space for authentic discussion of how educators' teaching and working conditions were shaped by a deep and complex history that is often ignored in teacher preparation and admin certification programs. Examining this complexity can help educators engage in more informed and nuanced conversations about educational equity and school improvement while challenging our conceptions of what it means for schools to be "successful.” Learning Objectives -Understand how key judicial and policy decisions shape our educational environment. -Develop an awareness of how the living conditions of students and families impact our work in schools. -Sharpen our critical lens so we can participate more actively and effectively in policy decision making going forward.

24. What's On Our Minds?: A Space for Every Educator

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: all educators

Dates: 1/30/2024

The third year of this free virtual series will focus on the book, "Trauma-Responsive Schooling - Centering Student Voice and Healing” and supporting research as a guide. This five session workshop series will examine a case study involving a multi-year research project involving two elementary schools in rural Maine. Participants will explore how student-centered trauma-informed practices support individual healing and can lead to organizational transformation. Further, participants will reflect on how current trauma-focused practices in their schools can incorporate student-centered trauma-informed practices.

25. Reclaiming Concentration in the Classroom: A Book Study Series on "Stolen Focus" for K-12 Educators

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: K-12 educators, school leaders

Dates: 1/31/2024 to 5/22/2024

In this five-session book study, participants will explore Johann Hari's book, "Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention - and How to Think Deeply Again," and discuss its implications for K-12 education. In the book, Hari writes, "In the United States, teenagers can focus on one task for only sixty-five seconds at a time.” The implications of this in the classroom are staggering. But how did we get here, and what do we do next? Over five one-hour sessions, participants will delve into specific chapters of the book to develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges of attention and distraction in the classroom and uncover practical strategies to nurture deep thinking and focused learning among K-12 students. *Registrants will be mailed a copy of the book as part of the cost of registration. We will discuss: The relevance of Johann Hari's "Stolen Focus" to K-12 education. The critical importance of attention and deep thinking for student success in the modern classroom. The challenges of distraction and the impact of technology on student attention. The science and psychology of attention and its application in teaching. Strategies to address distraction and cultivate focused learning in the K-12 environment. How to develop practical, age-appropriate classroom strategies to promote deep thinking. Potential challenges and solutions within K-12 educational settings. How to create action plans for implementing the insights and techniques from the book in the K-12 classroom. Resources, lesson plans, and teaching materials aligned with the strategies discussed in "Stolen Focus."

26. Comprehensive School Safety: Connecting Programs and Initiatives

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: all educators

Dates: 2/7/2024

​Over the past several years, the availability of pandemic-related funding has resulted in the rapid growth of school-based programs that address social and emotional health and safety. What does this look like in practice? Facilitator Dr. Heather Reynolds' work with school districts shows that a range of programming and supports have been adopted that focus on connection, caring, and social and emotional supports (e.g., social and emotional learning, restorative practices, trauma informed approaches, positive behavior supports, etc.). This growth is certainly positive, but some districts are struggling to determine the impact of a wide range of programs that exist in some of their schools and classrooms, but not others.  Are you using programs and resources in ways that maximize the potential to impact all students and staff? How can you better connect a range of programming to increase the impact of what you already have in place over time? This one-hour conversation will introduce you to a process for examining your school safety programming through the lens of best practices and multi-tiered systems of support.   Please join us for an initial one-hour conversation about how you can begin this work in your schools and districts.

27. Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) as an Integrated Framework - An Introduction

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 2/9/2024

This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) as an Integrated Framework where the academic, behavioral, mental health, and social-emotional needs of students can be identified and supported. Attendees will learn about the tiered levels of intervention within the MTSS model, how MTSS relates to Special Education, sample interventions for academic, behavioral, mental health, and social-emotional supports, and different tools/forms that can be utilized throughout the MTSS process (ex: initial referral form, action/intervention plan, progress monitoring, etc.). Methods for determining benchmarks and criteria for entering/exiting the tiers will also be discussed. Various resources will be provided to the attendees in digital format. Learning Objectives: -Understand essential Integrated MTSS concepts -Learn about sample interventions for a variety of needs throughout tiers -Optimize referral, benchmarking, and progress monitoring processes

28. A Practical Guide for Reviewing Policy With An Equity Focus

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: educators

Dates: 2/13/2024

Many districts have adopted policies to support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in their schools and worked to ensure more equitable opportunities, experiences and outcomes for all students they serve. However, many educators have wondered "what does this look like in practice?” In this virtual workshop CASDA facilitators will model the use of a protocol to ensure the language in your policies is aligned to the equitable outcomes desired. Each participant will bring one District policy to examine, review and revise to align to equity outcomes. Participants will engage in discussion about the process by which they selected their policy, the data that supported their choice, and begin the work of evaluating and revising the policy based on equity outcomes data.

29. Cultural Brokers: A Tool for Authentic Family and Community Engagement

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: educators

Dates: 2/15/2024

Authentic family and community engagement is essential to student success, however, it remains a conundrum for schools and districts. Researchers in multiple contexts (Ishimaru, Lawson et. al.) have demonstrated that educational institutions utilizing cultural brokers to engage students, family, and community members produced positive outcomes for student and family engagement, and school climate. This session will help participants identify areas where they can improve family and community engagement and empowerment in their context and provide research-supported examples of how districts have utilized cultural brokers to bring students, families, and community members into closer and more equitable collaboration.

30. Engaging All Students: Differentiated Tier One Instruction

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 3/1/2024

"Engaging All Students: Differentiated Tier One Instruction," is designed to empower educators with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver high-quality, differentiated instruction in the tier one setting. Rooted in evidence-based practices, this program aims to enhance teaching effectiveness, student engagement, and strategies for more retention and transfer in all students. Foundations of Tier One Instruction: Participants will delve into the essential principles of tier one instruction, understanding its significance in promoting equitable learning experiences for all students. The program will emphasize the creation of a strong foundation to support differentiated teaching strategies. Understanding Diverse Learning Needs: Educators will explore various learning styles, multiple intelligences, and diverse student needs. Through case studies and interactive discussions, participants will develop a deep understanding of the individual differences present in their classrooms and learn how to cater to each student's unique requirements. Differentiation Strategies: The heart of the program lies in equipping educators with a rich toolkit of differentiation strategies. From flexible grouping and tiered assignments to choice boards and technology integration, participants will learn practical techniques to tailor instruction to meet the diverse needs of their students while maintaining a strong focus on tier one instruction.  Assessment and Progress Monitoring: Participants will gain insights into formative assessment tools and progress monitoring techniques to inform instructional decisions. Understanding how to continuously assess and adjust tier one instruction ensures that educators can respond effectively to their students' evolving needs.

31. What's On Our Minds?: A Space for Every Educator

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: all educators

Dates: 3/26/2024

The third year of this free virtual series will focus on the book, "Trauma-Responsive Schooling - Centering Student Voice and Healing” and supporting research as a guide. This five session workshop series will examine a case study involving a multi-year research project involving two elementary schools in rural Maine. Participants will explore how student-centered trauma-informed practices support individual healing and can lead to organizational transformation. Further, participants will reflect on how current trauma-focused practices in their schools can incorporate student-centered trauma-informed practices.

32. Practice Makes Perfect: Engaging Math Instruction Full Series

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: elementary, middle and high school math teachers

Dates: 3/27/2024 to 5/22/2024

If we want our students to think like mathematicians and develop the problem-solving skills that will serve them in any field of work, then we must help them develop their math practices. The math practice standards are not "something else” to teach a lesson about, but instead, a roadmap for how we can design instruction. These sessions are aimed at math teachers and will introduce a variety of instructional approaches that are highly engaging for students while also embedding the math practices. The instructional techniques presented over the course of three, hour-long sessions will be applicable for upper elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms. We will also discuss strategies for differentiation. In each session, participants will: Complete an example instructional activity to experience it from the student perspective Discuss how the practice standards are embedded in the instruction Explore ways to differentiate the instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners and incorporate student choice Each standalone session will focus on a different instructional approach. Register for one, two, or all three sessions! Session 1: Math Lab (Inquiry-Based Instruction) Session 2: Problem of the Day (Discourse-Based Instruction) Session 3: Multi-Day Project (Project-Based Instruction)

33. Practice Makes Perfect: Engaging Math Instruction Session One: Math Lab

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: elementary, middle and high school math teachers

Dates: 3/27/2024

If we want our students to think like mathematicians and develop the problem-solving skills that will serve them in any field of work, then we must help them develop their math practices. The math practice standards are not "something else” to teach a lesson about, but instead, a roadmap for how we can design instruction. These sessions are aimed at math teachers and will introduce a variety of instructional approaches that are highly engaging for students while also embedding the math practices. The instructional techniques presented over the course of three, hour-long sessions will be applicable for upper elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms. We will also discuss strategies for differentiation. In each session, participants will: Complete an example instructional activity to experience it from the student perspective Discuss how the practice standards are embedded in the instruction Explore ways to differentiate the instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners and incorporate student choice

34. Level Up!: Gamify your Classroom to Increase Engagement Full Series

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: K-12 classroom teachers

Dates: 4/11/2024 to 5/9/2024

Turning your classroom activities into games is a great way to bolster student engagement. These sessions will introduce a variety of classroom games that can increase student engagement without sacrificing quality learning or wasting time. The variety of classroom games presented over the course of five, hour-long sessions will include both computer and paper-based games and will be applicable for upper elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms across all subject areas. We will also discuss strategies for differentiation. In each session, participants will: Play an example game to experience it from the student perspective Learn about game mechanics and how to create the game Explore ways to differentiate the game to meet the needs of diverse learners and incorporate student choice Leave with a template so you can create your own! Each standalone session will focus on a different game concept. Register for one, some, or all five sessions! Session 1: Digital Escape Room Session 2: The Incredible Chase Session 3: Mystery Pixel Session 4: Whodunnit? Session 5: Ditch the Worksheet (Adapting your Worksheets into Quick Games)

35. Level Up!: Gamify your Classroom to Increase Engagement Session One: Digital Escape Room

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: K-12 classroom teachers

Dates: 4/11/2024

Level Up!: Gamify your Classroom to Increase Engagement Session One: Digital Escape Room - Turning your classroom activities into games is a great way to bolster student engagement. These sessions will introduce a variety of classroom games that can increase student engagement without sacrificing quality learning or wasting time. The variety of classroom games presented over the course of five, hour-long sessions will include both computer and paper-based games and will be applicable for upper elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms across all subject areas. We will also discuss strategies for differentiation. In each session, participants will: Play an example game to experience it from the student perspective Learn about game mechanics and how to create the game Explore ways to differentiate the game to meet the needs of diverse learners and incorporate student choice Leave with a template so you can create your own!

36. Level Up!: Gamify your Classroom to Increase Engagement Session Two: The Incredible Chase

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: K-12 classroom teachers

Dates: 4/18/2024

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Level Up!: Gamify your Classroom to Increase Engagement Session Two: The Incredible Chase - Turning your classroom activities into games is a great way to bolster student engagement. These sessions will introduce a variety of classroom games that can increase student engagement without sacrificing quality learning or wasting time. The variety of classroom games presented over the course of five, hour-long sessions will include both computer and paper-based games and will be applicable for upper elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms across all subject areas. We will also discuss strategies for differentiation. In each session, participants will: Play an example game to experience it from the student perspective Learn about game mechanics and how to create the game Explore ways to differentiate the game to meet the needs of diverse learners and incorporate student choice Leave with a template so you can create your own!

37. Practice Makes Perfect: Engaging Math Instruction Session Two: Problem of the Day

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: elementary, middle and high school math teachers

Dates: 4/24/2024

If we want our students to think like mathematicians and develop the problem-solving skills that will serve them in any field of work, then we must help them develop their math practices. The math practice standards are not "something else” to teach a lesson about, but instead, a roadmap for how we can design instruction. These sessions are aimed at math teachers and will introduce a variety of instructional approaches that are highly engaging for students while also embedding the math practices. The instructional techniques presented over the course of three, hour-long sessions will be applicable for upper elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms. We will also discuss strategies for differentiation. In each session, participants will: Complete an example instructional activity to experience it from the student perspective Discuss how the practice standards are embedded in the instruction Explore ways to differentiate the instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners and incorporate student choice

38. Level Up!: Gamify your Classroom to Increase Engagement Session Three: Mystery Pixel

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: K-12 classroom teachers

Dates: 4/25/2024

Level Up!: Gamify your Classroom to Increase Engagement Session Three: Mystery Pixel - Turning your classroom activities into games is a great way to bolster student engagement. These sessions will introduce a variety of classroom games that can increase student engagement without sacrificing quality learning or wasting time. The variety of classroom games presented over the course of five, hour-long sessions will include both computer and paper-based games and will be applicable for upper elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms across all subject areas. We will also discuss strategies for differentiation. In each session, participants will: Play an example game to experience it from the student perspective Learn about game mechanics and how to create the game Explore ways to differentiate the game to meet the needs of diverse learners and incorporate student choice Leave with a template so you can create your own!

39. Level Up!: Gamify your Classroom to Increase Engagement Session Four: Whodunnit?

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: K-12 classroom teachers

Dates: 5/2/2024

Level Up!: Gamify your Classroom to Increase Engagement Session Four: Whodunnit? - Turning your classroom activities into games is a great way to bolster student engagement. These sessions will introduce a variety of classroom games that can increase student engagement without sacrificing quality learning or wasting time. The variety of classroom games presented over the course of five, hour-long sessions will include both computer and paper-based games and will be applicable for upper elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms across all subject areas. We will also discuss strategies for differentiation. In each session, participants will: Play an example game to experience it from the student perspective Learn about game mechanics and how to create the game Explore ways to differentiate the game to meet the needs of diverse learners and incorporate student choice Leave with a template so you can create your own!
Level Up!: Gamify your Classroom to Increase Engagement Session Five: Ditch the Worksheet (Adapting your Worksheets into Quick Games) - Turning your classroom activities into games is a great way to bolster student engagement. These sessions will introduce a variety of classroom games that can increase student engagement without sacrificing quality learning or wasting time. The variety of classroom games presented over the course of five, hour-long sessions will include both computer and paper-based games and will be applicable for upper elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms across all subject areas. We will also discuss strategies for differentiation. In each session, participants will: Play an example game to experience it from the student perspective Learn about game mechanics and how to create the game Explore ways to differentiate the game to meet the needs of diverse learners and incorporate student choice Leave with a template so you can create your own!

41. What's On Our Minds?: A Space for Every Educator

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: all educators

Dates: 5/21/2024

The third year of this free virtual series will focus on the book, "Trauma-Responsive Schooling - Centering Student Voice and Healing” and supporting research as a guide. This five session workshop series will examine a case study involving a multi-year research project involving two elementary schools in rural Maine. Participants will explore how student-centered trauma-informed practices support individual healing and can lead to organizational transformation. Further, participants will reflect on how current trauma-focused practices in their schools can incorporate student-centered trauma-informed practices.

42. Practice Makes Perfect: Engaging Math Instruction Session Three: Multi-Day Project

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: elementary, middle and high school math teachers

Dates: 5/22/2024

If we want our students to think like mathematicians and develop the problem-solving skills that will serve them in any field of work, then we must help them develop their math practices. The math practice standards are not "something else” to teach a lesson about, but instead, a roadmap for how we can design instruction. These sessions are aimed at math teachers and will introduce a variety of instructional approaches that are highly engaging for students while also embedding the math practices. The instructional techniques presented over the course of three, hour-long sessions will be applicable for upper elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms. We will also discuss strategies for differentiation. In each session, participants will: Complete an example instructional activity to experience it from the student perspective Discuss how the practice standards are embedded in the instruction Explore ways to differentiate the instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners and incorporate student choice

43. Advancing Literacy for ALL: A Workshop on Implementing Science of Reading-Based Curriculum Changes for Educators

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: K-12 educators of all subject areas, Literacy coaches and specialists, Curriculum coordinators, School administrators, district and building level

Dates: 5/30/2024

Join us for a dynamic professional development day designed to empower educators in advancing literacy through the Science of Reading. In this workshop, we will delve into the fundamentals of the Science of Reading instructional best practices, equipping you with the knowledge and strategies needed to plan for literacy instruction in ALL content areas. Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and how these live within our Literacy instruction. Key Highlights: Understanding the Science of Reading: -Explore the core principles and research-backed strategies that form the foundation of the Science of Reading. -Gain insights into how these principles can transform literacy outcomes for students. Inventorying Your Current Practices: -Learn practical approaches for assessing your district's current literacy curriculum and instructional methods. -Identify strengths and areas for growth, laying the groundwork for informed decision-making. Strategic Planning for Curriculum Changes: -Develop a roadmap for implementing Science of Reading-based on your literacy curriculum. -Collaborate with fellow educators to create action plans tailored to your district's unique needs. Integrating DEI in Literacy Education: -Explore ways to infuse Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) principles into your literacy instruction. -Discuss strategies for creating an inclusive and culturally responsive literacy environment. -Collaborate on integrating diverse perspectives and voices in reading materials.

44. Engaging All Students: Differentiated Tier One Instruction Part Two

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 5/31/2024

Building upon the foundational concepts introduced in the first session, the second day of professional development on Differentiation as a Tier One best practice is designed to further equip educators with a diverse toolkit of instructional strategies and assessment techniques tailored for whole group instruction and individual student work. Expanded Instructional Strategies: Participants will delve into a couple of additional instructional strategies tailored for both whole group instruction and individual work settings. Through interactive demonstrations and collaborative discussions, educators will explore how these strategies can be effectively integrated into their teaching practices to cater to diverse learner needs. Enhanced Whole Group Processing: Recognizing the importance of collective reflection and learning, this session will allocate more time for whole group processing. Educators will have opportunities to engage in structured discussions, share insights, and exchange best practices related to differentiation in Tier One instruction. Facilitators will provide guidance and prompts to foster meaningful dialogue and deepen understanding. Progress Monitoring and Assessment Techniques: A significant portion of the session will be dedicated to exploring a variety of progress monitoring and assessment techniques tailored for Tier One differentiation. From formative assessment strategies to diagnostic tools, participants will learn how to effectively gauge student progress, identify areas for growth, and adjust instruction accordingly. Case studies and real-world examples will be utilized to illustrate practical application.