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1. Special Education Directors Virtual Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: Special Education Directors

Dates: 9/17/2020 to 5/20/2021

The impact of COVID-19 on school systems is especially pronounced in special education. However, students with IEPs remain deserving of and legally entitled to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. The Special Education Directors Roundtable is a professional learning community that will create a space for educators to share challenges, solutions to common problems, and research-supported strategies to help them provide the best possible education for their students. CASDA facilitator Colleen Ulrich will share relevant insights and guide discussions to identify best practices for this unprecedented time.  

2. Athletic Directors Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: Athletic Directors, Physical Education Teachers

Dates: 10/7/2020 to 5/19/2021

A professional learning community for Athletic Directors to share best practices in athletics, physical education, school culture and emerging relevant issues.

3. Instructional and Assistive Technology Virtual Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: Instructional Technology teachers

Dates: 10/16/2020 to 5/14/2021

In order to maintain the meaningful networking opportunities and robust conversations that make the roundtable experience so unique, we are combining our Instructional Technology and Assistive Technology Roundtables for 2020-2021. Technology enhances differentiated instruction, which makes meeting the individual learning needs of all students more streamlined and efficient. Collaboration and support among assistive and instructional technology professionals will be critical during the 20-21 school year since everyone will be new to navigating remote, hybrid, and live streamed classroom instruction. Join CASDA for a monthly gathering of AT and IT professionals from across the Capital District. Learn about current devices, tools and strategies for students with special needs, stay up to date with legislation changes, and improve your collaboration with staff and families to support the effective provision and use of technological devices and services.

4. Intro to EdPuzzle

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: All educators

Dates: 1/12/2021

In this session, participants will create an Edpuzzle account and make simple videos with embedded questions. We will also review how to import your classes into Edpuzzle as well as grade assignments.

5. Intro to the Formative App

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: All educators

Dates: 1/19/2021

Formative, which is also known as GoFormative, is a web-based tool that allows teachers to create digital formative assessments, tasks, or assignments that are easily accessible from any electronic device: laptop, tablet, or smartphone.​ Participants in this session will learn how to set-up, create and use assessments on this platform.  We will discuss using this tool to implement data-driven instruction while also saving time on grading.  We will also explore how Formative can help support asynchronous and synchronous assessments which maintain test security.

6. Advanced EdPuzzle

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: All educators

Dates: 1/26/2021

This session is geared for educators with an Edpuzzle account who are looking for advanced training on features like cutting videos, embedding images and differentiated instructional techniques. We will also discuss pedagogical strategies to enhance virtual or hybrid learning.

7. Action Based Conversations - Accomplished Leadership Series

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: Building Leaders

Dates: 2/17/2021 to 3/1/2021

This series is designed for building leaders to improve their leadership practice through the study of rigorous, research based learning including the NB Principal standards, 9 Core Leadership Propositions, and Architecture of Accomplished Leadership. This professional learning opportunity will provide rich, deep, collaborative conversations to allow the personal and professional exploration of accomplished leadership to improve school culture, climate, and student learning.

8. Data for Instructional Leadership - In-Person

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: school leaders and their teams

Dates: 8/4/2021

This workshop will help leaders and their teams, (BLT, Attendance, ad-hoc committees...Data Team or PLC) learn what kinds of data to identify, collect, analyze and monitor to drive academic growth. All educational settings have opportunities for growth, especially if your building has a SCEP Plan, or is attempting to address opportunity gaps and disproportionality. This workshop will examine the concepts that will allow your team to make evidence-based decisions about instruction, and that align both professional development and classroom practice through the development and monitoring of achievable targets. We will be examining NYS School Report Card data to identify your data points for growth. Participants will be able to identify data sources for their self-identified area(s) of improvement at the district, school, classroom and student level, as well as understand what kinds of evidence should and should not inform program development and practice. We will touch on breaking down data by race, poverty, language and disability status to identify opportunity gaps and places where culturally and linguistically diverse students are not being well served by current practices. Participants will begin to understand what their "data looks like” such that progress monitoring and modifications of their plans can be made in real time on a regular basis. Follow-up data coaching will be available to provide ongoing support for an additional fee.

9. Data for Instructional Leadership - Virtual

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: school leaders and their teams

Dates: 8/4/2021

This workshop will help leaders and their teams, (BLT, Attendance, ad-hoc committees...Data Team or PLC) learn what kinds of data to identify, collect, analyze and monitor to drive academic growth. All educational settings have opportunities for growth, especially if your building has a SCEP Plan, or is attempting to address opportunity gaps and disproportionality. This workshop will examine the concepts that will allow your team to make evidence-based decisions about instruction, and that align both professional development and classroom practice through the development and monitoring of achievable targets. We will be examining NYS School Report Card data to identify your data points for growth. Participants will be able to identify data sources for their self-identified area(s) of improvement at the district, school, classroom and student level, as well as understand what kinds of evidence should and should not inform program development and practice. We will touch on breaking down data by race, poverty, language and disability status to identify opportunity gaps and places where culturally and linguistically diverse students are not being well served by current practices. Participants will begin to understand what their "data looks like” such that progress monitoring and modifications of their plans can be made in real time on a regular basis. Follow-up data coaching will be available to provide ongoing support for an additional fee.

10. Engaging Classroom Instruction Through PBL Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: all teachers

Dates: 8/31/2021 to 6/7/2022

Following a year of hybrid and virtual instruction, many educators are asking "how can we engage students in their learning?” Project Based Learning is an instructional model that offers meaningful learning experiences that cultivate agency and inquiry without compromising curriculum. This approach offers tremendous flexibility for students and educators to co-create lessons that foster skill development across disciplines and nurture 21st century skills such as critical thinking and collaboration that are transferable to any learning and working environment. PBL can build upon all that teachers have learned about educational technology by leveraging digital tools to move beyond the traditional classroom and take learning into the real world. This Roundtable series will examine how to shift learning toward a more student-centered, authentic, engaging experience for students. Tech Valley High School was founded on the premise of sharing its PBL-centered instructional program with school districts throughout the region. The Project Based Learning for Engaging Instruction Roundtable offers a space for Tech Valley's experts to share their experiences with colleagues throughout the region in a forum that will empower all participants to develop instructional practices that engage all of your students. Who is this Roundtable for? Teachers looking for practical, hands-on support in designing and implementing projects. Teachers who are looking for thought partners around projects in the classroom. Teachers who would like to improve the projects they use in their classrooms. Teachers who have not used projects in their classroom and would like to learn more about how they can use projects and aspects of PBL to provide more engaging and authentic instruction for students.

11. Athletic Directors Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: Athletic Directors

Dates: 10/6/2021 to 5/18/2022

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

12. Communicating With Difficult Audiences

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: administrators and educational leaders

Dates: 10/6/2021

This workshop will assist administrators with strategies to comfortably address difficult audiences. Participants will learn: -Effective ways to prepare for and present to difficult audiences. -How to disarm combative audience members. -Effective ways to get your points across.

13. Assistant Principals Seminar

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: assistant principals

Dates: 10/7/2021

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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.

14. IT/AT Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: Instructional technology educators, assistive technology educators

Dates: 10/8/2021 to 6/10/2022

Collaboration and support among instructional and assistive technology professionals will remain critically important as educators continue to integrate strategies for virtual and hybrid instruction developed during the pandemic. ​Participants of the IT/AT Roundtable will be provided short presentations on a variety of topics followed by discussion and sharing of ideas and strategies for improving support services.

15. ELL Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: ENL, ELL, LOTE teachers

Dates: 10/12/2021 to 5/10/2022

Join us for a roundtable to discuss best practices along with the latest research on teaching Multilingual Learners. This will be a space to learn collaboratively and explore issues, questions and themes related to teaching MLLs. Each session we will come prepared to speak about a different topic. While some topics will be planned, we will also create space to address subjects important to the participants as we work to build a learning community that serves educators and students.

16. Leadership in Support of Engagement and Instructional Innovation Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: school leaders

Dates: 10/12/2021 to 5/10/2022

As a leader, are you reflecting on the past year and wondering how best to support and encourage your teachers to apply what they have learned about engaging students in their learning? This joint venture involving CASDA and Tech Valley High School will provide instructional leaders with the space to share how they are moving forward as innovative leaders after their experiences during COVID-19. Tech Valley High experts will model the successes they have experienced with hiring for innovation, engaging students through opportunities for student voice and choice, cross-curricular opportunities, improved school culture, and how these strategies can be used in any school. Tech Valley HS was founded on the premise of sharing its innovative instructional program with school districts throughout the region. The Leadership in Support of Engagement and Instructional Innovation Roundtable offers a space for Tech Valley's experts to share their experiences with colleagues throughout the region in a forum that will empower all participants to develop instructional practices that engage all of your students. Who is this Roundtable for? -Leaders who want to provide instructional support to teachers as they reimagine teaching and learning. -Leaders who are looking for thought partners around instructional innovation -Leaders who aim to develop instructional innovation and increase engagement in teaching and learning in their organization

17. Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Schools: A Free Virtual Series

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 10/13/2021 to 4/6/2022

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This five-part free virtual series will explore the topic of student trauma using the book, "Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education”, by Alex Shevrin Venet. Why should we discuss trauma through an equity lens? As the author states, "Trauma informed educational practices respond to the impacts of trauma on the entire school community and prevent future trauma from occurring. Equity and social justice are key concerns of trauma-informed educators as we make changes in our individual practice, in classrooms, in schools, and in district-wide and state-wide systems” (Venet, 2021, p.10). Over the five sessions participants will explore the importance of 1) bringing equity to the center of trauma-informed practices, 2) viewing trauma as a lens, not a label, 3) cultivating unconditional positive regard for students, 4) taking a systems view of trauma for impactful and sustained change, 5) examining classroom practices and pedagogy to support healing practices. We will explore Venet's book alongside current research in education, sociology and public health on the relationship between trauma and equity in public institutions in order to provide participants with an interdisciplinary critical lens to transform their classroom, school or district. Join us for one or all five of the sessions. It would benefit your experience if you purchase the book, however, reading the book prior to or during the series is not required to participate.

18. 2021-2022 Principal Collaborative

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: principals, assistant principals

Dates: 10/15/2021 to 5/13/2022

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 eight seminars will be facilitated by members of the Greater Capital Region Principals' Center in partnership with the Capital Area School Development Association. Topics for 2021-22 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 topic: First Session Revision: Reopening Challenges and Successes.

19. Getting at the Core of Governance: A Free Virtual Workshop Series

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: school board members, business officials, school leaders

Dates: 10/18/2021 to 2/14/2022

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Based on the book, "The Governance Core: School Boards, Superintendents, and Schools Working Together,” by Davis Campbell and Michael Fullan (2019), this workshop series guides the district leadership team through a process focused on the critical work of school governance. Using the book as a guideline, sessions will include these topics: Governance Mindset, Moral Imperative, Alignment/Coherence, Systems Thinking and Governance Tools. Additionally, the book will be supplemented with case studies and research from the field. Whether new to your role as a board member or a veteran, this free workshop will challenge you to see governance through a different lens. Join Michael Piccirillo, Ed.D., Executive Director of CASDA and retired superintendent of schools, for five sessions designed to provide actionable strategies and engage participants in thoughtful discussion about the many facets of governance.

20. New Leaders Seminar - Plus Consultation

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 10/21/2021

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For all educators (teachers, graduate students, interns, team or teacher leaders, supervisors) considering a career as a principal or school administrator. This registration includes a consultation from 4-4:30 p.m. prior to the seminar.

21. New Leaders Seminar

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 10/21/2021

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For all educators (teachers, graduate students, interns, team or teacher leaders, supervisors) considering a career as a principal or school administrator. 

22. What's On Our Minds? Reflecting on the Start of the School Year

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 10/25/2021

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Join CASDA Executive Director, Dr. Michael Piccirillo each month for free, hour-long virtual sessions discussing challenges, sharing research, strategies and solutions on topics of interest to educators. Join us every month or pick and choose the sessions you attend based on topics of interest to you. Special guests will be joining us for sessions to share their expertise. One-hour CTLE credit each session.

23. Trauma-Informed Education in Rural Schools: A Free Virtual Series

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 11/9/2021 to 5/10/2022

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Trauma impacts everyone in every community. However, the challenges vary by type of community and those faced by rural schools and communities are unique. Trauma-informed education research based on the book, "Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education," by Alex Shevrin Venet (2021), focuses on the systemic and structural changes schools can make to proactively address student and adult trauma. Research specific to rural schools like "food deserts,” inequitable housing, transportation barriers, lack of access to medical care and other trauma-related structural influences will be examined. Additionally, a review of community assets-based research will offer proactive steps the school system and educators can take. Over the five sessions participants will explore the importance of 1) bringing equity to the center of trauma-informed practices, 2) viewing trauma as a lens, not a label, 3) cultivating unconditional positive regard for students, 4) taking a systems view of trauma for impactful and sustained change, 5) examining classroom practices and pedagogy to support healing practices in the context of rural school and community experiences.

24. What's On Our Minds? Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 11/29/2021

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Join CASDA Executive Director, Dr. Michael Piccirillo each month for free, hour-long virtual sessions discussing challenges, sharing research, strategies and solutions on topics of interest to educators. Join us every month or pick and choose the sessions you attend based on topics of interest to you. Special guests will be joining us for sessions to share their expertise. One-hour CTLE credit each session.

25. What's On Our Minds? Inquiry-Driven Schools

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 12/20/2021

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Join CASDA Executive Director, Dr. Michael Piccirillo each month for free, hour-long virtual sessions discussing challenges, sharing research, strategies and solutions on topics of interest to educators. Join us every month or pick and choose the sessions you attend based on topics of interest to you. Special guests will be joining us for sessions to share their expertise. One-hour CTLE credit each session.

26. What's On Our Minds? Teacher/Student Learning Partnerships

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 1/31/2022

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Join CASDA Executive Director, Dr. Michael Piccirillo each month for free, hour-long virtual sessions discussing challenges, sharing research, strategies and solutions on topics of interest to educators. Join us every month or pick and choose the sessions you attend based on topics of interest to you. Special guests will be joining us for sessions to share their expertise. One-hour CTLE credit each session.

27. What's On Our Minds? The School as a Community Institution

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 2/28/2022

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Join CASDA Executive Director, Dr. Michael Piccirillo each month for free, hour-long virtual sessions discussing challenges, sharing research, strategies and solutions on topics of interest to educators. Join us every month or pick and choose the sessions you attend based on topics of interest to you. Special guests will be joining us for sessions to share their expertise. One-hour CTLE credit each session.

28. What's On Our Minds? The DEI Journey in Schools

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 3/28/2022

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Join CASDA Executive Director, Dr. Michael Piccirillo each month for free, hour-long virtual sessions discussing challenges, sharing research, strategies and solutions on topics of interest to educators. Join us every month or pick and choose the sessions you attend based on topics of interest to you. Special guests will be joining us for sessions to share their expertise. One-hour CTLE credit each session.

29. What's On Our Minds? Educational Innovation - What Does it Mean?

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 4/25/2022

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Join CASDA Executive Director, Dr. Michael Piccirillo each month for free, hour-long virtual sessions discussing challenges, sharing research, strategies and solutions on topics of interest to educators. Join us every week or pick and choose the sessions you attend based on topics of interest to you. Special guests will be joining us for sessions to share their expertise. One-hour CTLE credit each session.

30. What's On Our Minds? Reflecting on the School Year - Celebrating the Opportunities

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 5/23/2022

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Join CASDA Executive Director, Dr. Michael Piccirillo each month for free, hour-long virtual sessions discussing challenges, sharing research, strategies and solutions on topics of interest to educators. Join us every month or pick and choose the sessions you attend based on topics of interest to you. Special guests will be joining us for sessions to share their expertise. One-hour CTLE credit each session.