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1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Assistant Principals Seminar

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: assistant principals

Dates: 10/7/2021

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.

11. 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.

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

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

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

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.

13. 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.

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

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 10/25/2021

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.

15. 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.

16. School Counselors Roundtable - Block 1

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: school counselors

Dates: 11/16/2021 to 1/11/2022

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. Covid-19 and the subsequent virtual and hybrid schooling models it has necessitated constitute significant obstacles for counselors seeking to connect with students and families. Although the majority of students are returning to school full time for the 2021-2022 year, many challenges remain for students and counselors at all levels. Additionally, a new element added to the role of counselors is continuing to provide support to students choosing virtual learning that is administered by other providers off site. 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 during this continued period of uncertainty. 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. The spring session will 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.

17. Dealing with Difficult Employees

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: administrators and educational leaders

Dates: 11/19/2021

This workshop will assist administrators in avoiding costly 3020A and Section 75 due process proceedings and demonstrate an efficient and inexpensive alternative to the formal disciplinary process. Participants will: -Learn how to conduct effective counseling sessions and improve employee behavior. -Learn how to write letters of counsel to be placed in an employee's file. -Understand how to address conflict inherent in the administrator's role. -Learn how to avoid expensive, time consuming formal disciplinary processes.

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

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 11/29/2021

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.

19. Project Based Learning in Action

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 11/30/2021

Project based learning (PBL) provides opportunities for students to learn in a dynamic and interdisciplinary manner - allowing them to make connections between content areas and develop critical thinking skills. This approach is also often far more relevant to life after graduation regardless of whether students attend college or enter the workforce. This half-day workshop will allow participants to attend Tech Valley's afternoon long block classes in the content area of their choice to see instructors and students in action. This activity will be followed by a facilitated dialog between Tech Valley's instructional leaders and program participants to allow space for attendees to brainstorm about how they can implement elements of PBL in their classrooms.

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

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 12/20/2021

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.

21. Science Educators Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: science teachers

Dates: 1/11/2022 to 5/10/2022

Science is a process grounded in inquiry. Courses such as Biology, Earth Science, Physics and Chemistry are a natural platform for students to develop their critical thinking, observation, calculation, prediction and analytical skills, making them an ideal environment for dynamic learning experiences that allow students to embrace their natural curiosity. The CASDA Science Educator Roundtable is a professional learning opportunity that will bring science teachers throughout the region together to collaborate, share resources, practices, lesson activities and strategies that will help them engage and challenge students for purposeful learning. The first session will gauge needs and interests to align agendas and activities to the goals of participating educators. Opportunities to integrate educational technology into science classrooms will be explored throughout the sessions.  Possible Topics: -Collaborative teaming and managing challenges in the inquiry-based classroom. -Utilizing STEM Ambassadors (Science, Technology, Engineering) to work with teachers and schools. -Creating dual credit opportunities for students in science. -Utilizing Google Suite products to engage students in science and create efficient ways to assess learning. -Teaching strategies that cultivate classroom equity. -Project-Based Learning ideas/projects in science.

22. School Mental Health Provider Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

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

Dates: 1/13/2022 to 5/12/2022

When you travel by air, before the plane takes off a flight attendant will remind you, "Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting others.” Why are we directed to take care of ourselves first? The answer, though seemingly counterintuitive, is if you become incapacitated you can't help anyone else. CASDA's Roundtables are designed to provide educators with a space for self-care and growth, so they are ready and equipped to provide the critical services needed by the students and families they serve. This five session Roundtable series is for school mental health provider, social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, school nurses and administrators. Join us for an opportunity to learn about some of the latest research on the mental health crisis in schools exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, engage with colleagues facing similar challenges and collaborate on developing and implementing creative solutions. The Roundtable will be facilitated by CASDA Executive Director Michael Piccirillo, Ed.D., a lifelong educator, and CASDA Consultant Brian Farr, CASAC M.S. in Ed., a NYS Credentialed Substance Abuse Counselor and Assistant Professor in the Chemical Dependency Program at Hudson Valley Community College.

23. How Leaders Can Design and Facilitate Compelling and Productive Meetings

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Business Administrators, and Building level Principals

Dates: 1/18/2022

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This workshop will assist administrators in creating compelling and productive meetings. Effective types of meetings will be reviewed along with strategies to effectively engage participants to achieve targeted meeting results. You will also review "meeting tools” to get results and learn ways to reduce "sneaker time” (wasted time outside of meetings).

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

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 1/31/2022

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? The School as a Community Institution

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 2/28/2022

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. School Counselors Roundtable - Block 2

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: school counselors

Dates: 3/15/2022 to 5/17/2022

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. Covid-19 and the subsequent virtual and hybrid schooling models it has necessitated constitute significant obstacles for counselors seeking to connect with students and families. Although the majority of students are returning to school full time for the 2021-2022 year, many challenges remain for students and counselors at all levels. Additionally, a new element added to the role of counselors is continuing to provide support to students choosing virtual learning that is administered by other providers off site. 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 during this continued period of uncertainty. 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. The spring session will 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.

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

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 3/28/2022

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? Educational Innovation - What Does it Mean?

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 4/25/2022

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.

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

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all educators

Dates: 5/23/2022

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.