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With all of the changes over the past few years, are there pieces that you feel may be missing from your literacy program and curriculum?

Are there past practices that you gave up, but you feel should be a part of your literacy program?

Do you want to cultivate independence in your readers?

Would you like to know more about Balanced Literacy?

Please join us as we explore the components of balanced literacy and how they are designed to scaffold readers toward independence. This day will be tailored for teachers who have large numbers of students who are emergent to level E. Lauren will analyze running records to determine the readers next steps in order to plan for instruction. Participants will specifically study read aloud, shared reading, shared writing, guided reading and word study. They will see live demonstrations of the components, analyze videos and spend a portion of the time planning lessons.

*A good follow-up to this session would be, Guided Reading, Strategy Lessons, and Small Groups, offered February 21-22, 2017 OR May 30-31, 2017


Lauren Kolbeck, Former Staff Developer at The Reading and Writing Project
With all of the changes over the past few years, are there pieces that you feel may be missing from your literacy program and curriculum?

Are there past practices that you gave up, but feel should be a part of your literacy program?

Do you want to cultivate independence in your readers?


Would you like to know more about Balanced Literacy?

Please join us as we explore the components of balanced literacy and how they are designed to scaffold readers toward independence. Lauren will analyze running records to determine the readers next steps in order to plan for instruction This day will be tailored for teachers who have large numbers of students who are level D to L. Participants will specifically study read aloud, shared reading, interactive writing, and word study. They will see live demonstrations of the components, analyze videos and spend a portion of the time planning lessons.

*A good follow-up to this session would be, Guided Reading, Strategy Lessons, and Small Groups, offered February 21-22, 2017 OR May 30-31, 2017


Lauren Kolbeck, Former Staff Developer at The Reading and Writing Project

3. Primary Principals' Network Meeting

Program: Principal Network Meetings

Audience: Primary Principals

Dates: 1/19/2017

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The agenda will include: Reading Data Tracking Grades 1-4 with Jenna Williams, Technology Standards K-12, Reader's Workshop Classroom Visits, Seesaw 5th Grade Classroom Visit, Zern and Social Studies Google Slides 4th Grade Classroom Visit, and CBT Preparation Strategies with Patti Fisher.

4. School Psychologist Meeting

Program: Special Education

Dates: 1/20/2017

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School Psychologist Meeting

5. Secondary Principals' Network Meeting

Program: Principal Network Meetings

Audience: Secondary Principals

Dates: 1/20/2017

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The agenda will include: Social Media and Schools-Policies, Guidelines, Protocols, and Share-outs (Rebekah Grim); New York State 3-8 Assessments-Computer-Based Testing Update (Patti Fisher), 3-8 Assessment Scoring (Jen French), and June Regents Scoring; Effective Teaching Rubric for Teacher Evaluations (Jim Nee); Elective Courses Across the BOCES-Share-out of the Types of Electives Middle and High Schools are Offering Students;and Round Table.

6. Principal's Academy Follow-Up Session 3

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 1/20/2017

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The topic of this session will continue the work of the summer Principal's Academy Retreat. This session will be a facilitated job-alike session. Participants in like positions will conduct roundtable problem solving sessions and networking.

7. Number Talk: Fractions, Decimals and Percentages- Book Study For 3-6 Teachers and Administrators

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 1/20/2017 to 2/17/2017

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January 20 - February 17
*All work will be done online using Schoology. Participants will receive an email with directions approximately 3-4 days prior to the Book Study.
*MSP Grant School Teachers/Administrators Book Study participants will receive a copy of the book. 3-6 math teachers are eligible for a $250 stipend as well.
*Non-Math Grant School Teachers and Administrators may participate. However, they will need to supply their own book. The cost for Non-Grant Teachers and Administrators is $100/per person for each Book Study. The Math Grant is not able to pay a stipend for Non-Math Grant educators.

About the book:
A number talk is a five- to fifteen-minute classroom conversation around purposefully crafted problems that are solved mentally.
This dynamic multimedia resource was created in response to the requests of teachers-those who want to implement number talks but are unsure of how to begin and those with experience who want more guidance in crafting purposeful problems. It supports teachers in understanding:
- what a classroom number talk is;
- how to follow students' thinking and pose the right questions to build understanding;
- how to prepare for and design purposeful number talks; and
- how to develop fractional reasoning and strategies for operating with fractions, decimals, and percentages.

Number Talks supports the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
It also includes an abundance of reference tables to help you quickly and easily locate strategies, number talks, and video clips.

8. Number Talk: Fractions, Decimals and Percentages- Book Study For 7-12 Teachers and Administrators

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 1/20/2017 to 2/17/2017

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January 20 - February 17
*All work will be done online using Schoology. Participants will receive an email with directions approximately 3-4 days prior to the Book Study.
If you would like to participate you will be given a book to borrow.


About the book:
A number talk is a five- to fifteen-minute classroom conversation around purposefully crafted problems that are solved mentally.
This dynamic multimedia resource was created in response to the requests of teachers-those who want to implement number talks but are unsure of how to begin and those with experience who want more guidance in crafting purposeful problems. It supports teachers in understanding:
- what a classroom number talk is;
- how to follow students' thinking and pose the right questions to build understanding;
- how to prepare for and design purposeful number talks; and
- how to develop fractional reasoning and strategies for operating with fractions, decimals, and percentages.

Number Talks supports the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
It also includes an abundance of reference tables to help you quickly and easily locate strategies, number talks, and video clips.


The MSP Grant is solely for K-6 teachers therefore no stipends can be paid with grant money
This is a required training for all new teachers administering the Alternate Assessment in ELA and Math. New teachers are required to participate in a full day session beginning at 8:30. A snow date is scheduled for the next day, January 24.
This is a required training for all teachers administering the Alternate Assessment in ELA and Math. Teachers who administered the Computer based assessment last year will attend a half-day session from 12:30 to 3:00. A snow date is scheduled for the next day, January 24.

11. McKinney-Vento Network Meeting

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 1/25/2017

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Network Meeting

12. BOOK STUDY: Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning

Program: SLV Teachers' Learning Center

Dates: 1/26/2017 to 3/2/2017

By popular request, come explore brain-based learning in this informative book that it is written by a classroom teacher with fifteen years prior experience as a brain researcher and practicing adult and child neurologist. We will look at memory, attention, learning, retention and test-taking. We will take a look at brain function, emotional impact the brain has on learning and reflect on our instructional design. Book will be supplied by SLVTLC. Online book study using Schoology Lerning Platform

13. LOTE and Technology - A winning combination!

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 1/27/2017

The goal of the workshop is to provide participants with several instructional technology resources, work and collaboration time. We will also take some time to learn and share with each other, so feel free to come with something to share. We will make a digital repository of these ideas for all participants. Ideally, every participant will have a product ready to use on Monday. Our topics may include, but are not limited to:

Google Classroom
G-Suite Apps: Docs, Forms, Slides, Drawings, and Sheets.
Adobe Spark
Back Channels
Nearpod
YouTube - curating and creating
Fun Formative Assessments
Flippity Resources
Screencast - How to and Why?
Social Media - Which one and Why?
Literacy Strategies and LOTE

14. Are Your Students Going To Be Ready For The New High School Social Studies Exams?

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 1/30/2017 to 1/31/2017

Will your kids be ready for the new regents exams? What changes have to be made in your curriculum to ensure student success on these exams? This workshop, led by Greg Ahlquist 2013 New York State Teacher of the Year, will provide participants the answers to these questions and more. Significant time will be given to ensuring your first unit of the year will help students reach expected achievement.
Teachers should bring social studies text books.

Registration will be held from 8-8:30.

15. Building Algebraic Thinking: A Hands On Approach

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 1/30/2017

Using Algebra tiles can help a student to better understand what is meant by combining like terms and how the distributive property is applied to multiplication of binomials. If you have students who are struggling to dig into the deeper understanding of algebraic thinking because they are hung up on the procedures, then Algebra Tiles may be the solution for bringing those students on board. Come investigate how to support your struggling students while giving a pictorial connection to your average students. (Grades 5-9)

16. Online Assessment in the Elementary Math Classroom

Program: Model Schools

Audience: K-6 teachers

Dates: 1/30/2017

Are you looking for instant feedback on your Math Assessments? Would you like your students to practice online assessments? Are you looking for ways to bring technology into your Math Classroom? Then come join Ron Jacobs and Nicole Charleson as they explore Google Forms! This workshop is intended to guide teachers in creating online assessments using Google Forms. Teachers will be introduced to Google Forms and how it can be utilized to create assessments, including equations and graphs within questions. Participants will be given time to create their own online assessments with help from the facilitators. This workshop will help teachers as they prepare students for computer-based NYS assessments.

17. Opinion/Argument Writing Bootcamp

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 1/31/2017

Participants will build on their knowledge of narrative and informational writing to understand the role of opinion/argument writing within the CCSS. Teachers will study methods for using mentor texts and classroom charts to promote both engagement and independence. Teachers will have time to analyze student work, as well as learn ways to support students' oral language to lift the level of their opinion/argument writing. In the afternoon, participants will work in primary and upper-grade groups. Primary teachers will build toolkits to support small group work and conferring within their opinion units. Upper grade teachers will study powerful methods for teaching personal essay, which will serve as the foundation for argument, content area and literary essays.
Participants will be trained in scoring procedures and must qualify before actual scoring of approximately 100 data folios. Teachers who administer the Alternate Assessment to their students are encouraged to participate. This is a full day session and lunch will be provided. A snow date is scheduled for the next day, February 2.

19. Principal's Academy Follow-Up Session 4

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 2/3/2017

The topic of this session will continue the work of the summer Principal's Academy Retreat.

20. Subsitute Teacher Training

Program: SLV Teachers' Learning Center

Audience: anyone

Dates: 2/4/2017

The six-hour training is designed for individuals who are interested in becoming or wish to better their role as a substitute teacher. Topics include application process, expectations, classroom management, navigating the classroom and lesson plans, safety, routines, consistency, anti-bullying, effective communication with students and teachers, etc. The program is free and available to anyone. For more information or to register: lindena@potsdam.edu

21. The School District Negotiator

Program: Fiscal Management

Audience: Superintendents, Business Officials, Principals

Dates: 2/6/2017

This is a professional workshop and unique learning opportunity for any and all members of district negotiating teams. The session will cover the foundation of negotiations, legal knowledge, preparation, table strategies, use of and defense against tactics, and practical tips on organization.

Registration Fee Based Upon Number of Participants - Fee Will Not Exceed $325/Participant

22. School Library System Day - 02/07/17

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians, Library Assistants, and Library Aides

Dates: 2/7/2017

The School Library System will hold a full day of professional activities. All school librarians, library assistants and library aides are encouraged to attend. The Fall 2016 Book Review Session will be held in the morning. The CC/Liaison session will take up the rest of the afternoon.
At this one day in-person workshop, we will be finding ways to use technology in the classroom, even if all you have is your teacher computer, a Smart board, and one mobile device (probably your own.) There is also an online extension to this session that must be completed to get credit for 12 hours. You will earn 6 hours from the in-person session.

At the in-person session, we will be looking at the following topics:

- Morning Paperwork: Using tips, tricks, and apps to manage papers digitally
- Student Stampede!: Giving homework credit with Class Dojo
- Getting Students to the Board: Making a jigsaw activity with Google Slides
- Check for Understanding: Collecting assessment data instantly with Plickers
- Study Help Videos: Planning, recording, and editing review videos starring students
- Managing Energy: GoNoodle brain breaks and sound level monitoring
- Resources to Send Home: Sending homework, resources, and announcements home with Remind

During this online hybrid session, you will be able to choose the activities you would like to do for additional credit. Activities to choose from include:
- Meet with friends from the workshop for coffee to discuss your experiences; provide a photo and summary (1 credit)
- Share a student-created explanation video and explain your experience in making it (2 credits)
- Journal about your experiences when trying out what we learned at the in-person workshop (1 credit)
- Using provided resources, try out a new tool on your own (2 credits)
- Find a new app or online tool to help with your instruction and post a review (2 credits)
- Create a digital media product that shows the main ideas of what you learned (1 point)

Please bring a mobile device with you, such as a smart phone or tablet, and make sure you know the username and password for your school Google and Schoology accounts.

24. Counselor's Workshop: Mindfullness Seminar

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 2/8/2017

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8:30 Registration * Breakfast will be served, compliments of Clarkson's Admissions Office

25. CSE Chairpersons' Meeting

Program: Special Education

Dates: 2/9/2017

Monthly Chairpersons' meeting.
The preschool modules are designed for professionals working with children ages 2 1/2- 5 years old.

The foundation of the Pyramid Model is grounded in the context of positive, supportive relationships between teachers and children, as well as with families and other professionals. These relationships are essential to implementing effective practices to support children's social emotional development. This module is based on the following principles:

A. Positive relationships with children serve as the foundation for addressing social emotional needs.

B. When children understand routines and the expectations for their behavior, and when they are engaged in activities that are meaningful, they are less likely to engage in challenging behavior.

C. Expectations and routine have to be taught to children using a range of teaching strategies.

Topics included in this module:




• Building positive relationships with children, families, and colleagues




• Designing environments, schedules, and routines




• Establishing rules




• Implementing activities that promote child engagement




• Modifying and adapting materials and activities to meet the individual needs of all children, including those with disabilities




• Providing encouragement and positive feedback to children

27. Secondary Principals' Network Meeting

Program: Principal Network Meetings

Audience: Secondary Principals

Dates: 2/16/2017

Agenda TBD

28. Student Projects for the 1:1 Classroom

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 2/16/2017


The increasing availability of devices in the classroom along with Google Apps for Education and Chrome Extensions provide a creative and collaborative learning opportunities. In this workshop we will explore uses of Google Drive, the Chrome Browser, and select Google Apps in ways that facilitate creative student demonstrations of learning. Participants will be introduced to add-ons for Google Drive, extensions for the Chrome browser along with intense work within Google Docs, Slides and Drawing. Examples of projects will be shared and a number of hands-on opportunities for you to create as we go. Examples include but not limited to: Come make a 3D museum to display your learning. Take it a step further and make it a narrated, virtual tour. We'll also explore a range of creative web tools for creation such as Padlet, Thinglink, Powtoon, Canva among others. By the end of this workshop, participants will have a toolbox full of ideas for powerful and creative student projects with Google integration.


Prerequisite: Should be familiar with Google Drive and have a general understanding of what it is.


Note: Please bring a Chromebook or laptop

29. Primary Principals' Network Meeting

Program: Principal Network Meetings

Audience: Primary Principals

Dates: 2/17/2017

Agenda TBD
Come learn about setting the foundation in K-2 for this important work. Who doesn't need a refresher on Guided Reading?

Do you want to make your small groups more effective?

Are 3-6 teachers in your building implementing Instructional Independent Reading, the Independent Reading Assessment, and/or strategies for instruction from The Reading Strategies Book? Come learn about setting the foundation for this important work.

This two-day training will focus on how working with small groups of readers can be a powerful instructional tool! On this day, participants will analyze a variety of reading assessments to plan for the readers' next steps. As we mine running records and other types of informal assessments, we will discuss various types of small group work. Specifically, we will study guided reading, strategy lessons and small group component work. Students need repeated practice to become proficient with their reading goals. Lauren will show you how to plan a sequence of small group lessons which scaffold students to independence. This day will focus on readers who are emergent to level K. Several of the small groups discussed and demonstrated with focus on comprehension skills and writing about reading that is appropriate for primary students. Teachers will see examples through videos. Finally, teachers will have the opportunity to plan and practice teaching a small group. Lauren will reference Jennifer Serravallo's, The Reading Strategies Book as participants plan for instruction.

Participants who are interested can purchase this book here http://www.heinemann.com/products/E07433.aspx

*Attendance at January 17 or 18 Balanced Literacy PD would be helpful, but not required.

Lauren Kolbeck, Former Staff Developer at The Reading and Writing Project

31. Mathematical Mindsets Book Study For 3-6 TEACHERS

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 2/27/2017 to 3/17/2017

February 27-March 17th..

*All work will be done online using Schoology. Participants will receive an email with directions approximately 3-4 days prior to the Book Study.


*MSP Grant Teachers/Administrators Book Study participants will receive a copy of the book as well as a $250 stipend.

*Non-Math Grant Teachers and Administrators may participate. However, they will need to supply their own book. The cost for Non-Grant Teachers and Administrators is $100/per person for each Book Study. The Math Grant is not able to pay a stipend for Non-Math Grant Teachers and Administrators.



About the book: Mathematical Mindsets provides practical strategies and activities to help teachers and parents show all children, even those who are convinced that they are bad at math, that they can enjoy and succeed in math. Jo Boaler-Stanford researcher, professor of math education, and expert on math learning-has studied why students don't like math and often fail in math classes. She's followed thousands of students through middle and high schools to study how they learn and to find the most effective ways to unleash the math potential in all students.

32. Mathematical Mindsets Book Study For PK-2 TEACHERS

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 2/27/2017 to 3/17/2017

February 27-March 17th..

*All work will be done online using Schoology. Participants will receive an email with directions approximately 3-4 days prior to the Book Study.


*MSP Grant Teachers/Administrators Book Study participants will receive a copy of the book as well as a $250 stipend.

*Non-Math Grant Teachers and Administrators may participate. However, they will need to supply their own book. The cost for Non-Grant Teachers and Administrators is $100/per person for each Book Study. The Math Grant is not able to pay a stipend for Non-Math Grant Teachers and Administrators.



About the book: Mathematical Mindsets provides practical strategies and activities to help teachers and parents show all children, even those who are convinced that they are bad at math, that they can enjoy and succeed in math. Jo Boaler-Stanford researcher, professor of math education, and expert on math learning-has studied why students don't like math and often fail in math classes. She's followed thousands of students through middle and high schools to study how they learn and to find the most effective ways to unleash the math potential in all students.

33. 1:1 Chromebooks in the 4-6 Grade Classroom

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 2/28/2017 to 3/1/2017

Devices in the classroom provide incredible opportunities for students to create, collaborate, and connect. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore ways in which Chromebooks, the Chrome Browser, G-Suite, Web Tools and a number of other tools are being used in the classroom. Participants in this workshop will explore and experience first hand purposeful ways to use technology and also to design student-centered, collaborative learning experiences. Key topics will include Formative Assessment, Collaboration (both inside and outside the classroom walls), and Creating. At the end of the workshop, participants will leave with a better understanding of how to implement devices into the classroom, a completed lesson, and toolbox full of resources. Join Kali Murphy, 5th grade teacher from Colton Pierrepont Central School and Emily DeRouchie-McMahon, ITCC, SLLBOCES as they take you on a two day journey, filled with tips, tricks, hints, favorite apps/extensions, success stories (and not so successful stories) on how to implement devices into your classroom.

Please bring your own Chromebook.

34. BOOK STUDY - Mindsets & Moves: Strategies That Help Readers Take Charge by Gravity Goldberg

Program: SLV Teachers' Learning Center

Audience: Reading Teachers, K-8 Teachers, Special Education Teachers

Dates: 2/28/2017 to 4/11/2017

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Do you ever feel as if you are working harder than your students? Would you like your students to become proactive, fully engaged readers? In her book, Mindsets & Moves, Gravity Goldberg provides a framework that helps educators and their students shift their thinking from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset; giving students the opportunity to monitor and ultimately take ownership of their reading lives. Guiding educators to deepen their understandings of student learning, Goldberg provides full-color photos and practical examples of best practices taking place in exemplary reading classrooms. Join us as we examine Gravity Goldberg's method for stepping back and providing students with the space they need to develop their independence as readers. NCCIRA will be providing refreshment. Books will be provided by the St. Lawrence Valley Teachers' Learning Center.

35. UPK-Module 2: Social Emotional Teaching Strategies

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 3/3/2017

The preschool modules are designed for professionals working with children ages 2 1/2- 5 years old.

The Pyramid Model for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
Would you like to better understand the importance of children's social emotional competence in terms of school readiness and the prevention of challenging behavior? The Pyramid Model is a framework to guide preschool professionals in developing strategies to use in promoting children's development and preventing challenging behaviors. While some children's challenging behaviors are developmentally normative and effectively addressed through adult vigilance and the use of appropriate guidance procedures, the materials in the modules are focused on identifying evidence-based practices for addressing challenging behaviors that are persistent or unresponsive to those approaches.

An important role for the early childhood teacher is to facilitate children's social emotional development such that children have the skills and foundation they need to be successful in school. This foundation includes the ability to solve problems, communicate emotions appropriately and effectively, and build friendships. This module focuses on effective strategies for teaching these skills to children.

Topics included in this module:



• Identifying teachable moments



• Facilitating the development of friendship skills



• Teaching problem solving



• Teaching children to recognize and express emotions



• Teaching anger management

36. Mindfulness for Teachers

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 3/7/2017 to 6/8/2017

Feeling overwhelmed from external pressures and a seemingly constant stream of educational changes beyond our control? Are your students experiencing increased stress and lacking self-awareness within the context of learning and the productive struggle? Mindfulness for Teachers can transform your classroom and ability to embrace the challenges we face as educators. From the top down, this training offers small steps over time that can lead to big changes in your professional world. Benefits from this training include strategies to reduce stress and anxiety, increase self-awareness, improve focus, engage in reflective problem solving, increase productivity, enhance the growth mindset and improve resiliency. Connection throughout the year will be included to support teachers working towards a more mindful professional and personal practice. Registration will be held from 8-8:30. Please bring a laptop if you have one available.


Dates:
March 7th 8:30-3- ESC BOCES- Canton

Webinar dates: April 6- 4:30-5:30
May 11- 4:30-5:30
June 8- 4:30-5:30

37. Principal's Academy Follow-Up Session 5

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 3/10/2017

The topic of this session will continue the work of the summer Principal's Academy Retreat.

38. Instructional Rounds Visit Gouverneur Middle School

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 3/14/2017

This session is an instructional rounds visit using the protocols and processes of instructional rounds.

"Participants in Instructional Rounds visits should have first attended either the Principals Academy Instructional Rounds training or have attended one of the Instructional Rounds Overview trainings. The number of participants required may be less then then maximum listed based on the scheduled needs of school. All who register for a visit will be informed of the final roster for that visit"

39. SLS Mentoring Program Day - 03/16/17

Program: School Library System

Audience: Pariticipants in the 2016-2017 SLS Mentoring Program

Dates: 3/16/2017

The School Library System Mentoring Program Day for the 2016-2017 school year gives mentoring partners the opportunity to get together with SLS staff during the morning to explore issues of concern to new and nearly new School Librarians. You are invited to attend the afternoon SLS Council meeting.

40. Cognitively Engaging All Students Conference

Program: School Improvement & SLV Teachers' Learning Center

Dates: 3/17/2017

New
Keynote: Michael Ford Our Student's Future: Why Students Must Be Independent Learners
Breakout sessions: Below is a sample of what is being planned for all attendees.
- General sessions on engagement strategies Learner Centered Institute
- Mindfulness and supporting students journey to independence Northern Zone Counselors
- Building Critical Thinking Skills through Writing North Country Art Teachers Association
- Infusing literacy engagement strategies that build vocabulary Liz Fisher
- Mindsets in the Classroom Practical Strategies for Student Independence 1/4 Nicole Warr
- Algebra and Algebra 2 teachers work days Josh Brosell and Jane Squires
- Technology tools to support Active Learning
- Sessions specifically geared toward Art teachers, School Counselors, and more.
- Much, much more!


Registration will be held from 7:30-8am, the session will being promptly at 8.
Have you ever wondered why some students cannot understand or recall important content after a 24-hour period? If your students are not learning the way you are teaching them, then you must teach them the way they learn! Experience 20 instructional strategies (based on brain research and learning style theory) that maximize memory and minimize forgetting. Increase learning for all students when strategies like drawing, metaphor, movement, music, and storytelling are used to teach curriculum objectives and meet international standards. Explore research that shows why these strategies are preferable to others. Ensure that brains retain key concepts, not only for tests, but for life! This workshop has been called both professionally and personally life-changing and lots of fun!

Registration will be held from 7:30-8am, the session will begin promptly at 8.
The preschool modules are designed for professionals working with children ages 2 1/2 - 5 years old.

Children's challenging behaviors most often serve to express some feeling, need, or meaning that they are unable to communicate in a more appropriate manner. This suggests the need for identifying the meaning and the skills that the child needs to communicate that meaning more effectively. This module focuses on effective strategies for observing children and identifying the meaning of their behavior as a means of identifying skills that could be targeted for instruction.

Topics included in this module:
- Identifying the function of challenging behavior
- Identifying behaviors and social skills to target for intervention

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43. Student Engagement

Program: MARCH STAFF DAY

Dates: 3/17/2017

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44. Geometry Teacher to Teacher Session

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 3/22/2017

This teacher to teacher session is intended to provide time for participants to collaborate. Professional development in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and/or assessment will be provided. The specific topics will be dependent upon the needs of the group. The materials and group work from the session will be housed in Schoology. REGISTRATION: 8-8:30 a.m.~SESSION: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

45. Primary Principals' Network Meeting

Program: Principal Network Meetings

Audience: Primary Principals

Dates: 3/23/2017

Agenda TBD

46. Substitute Teacher Training

Program: SLV Teachers' Learning Center

Audience: anyone

Dates: 3/25/2017

The six-hour training is designed for individuals who are interested in becoming or wish to better their role as a substitute teacher. Topics include application process, expectations, classroom management, navigating the classroom and lesson plans, safety, routines, consistency, anti-bullying, effective communication with students and teachers, etc. The program is free and available to anyone. For more information or to register: lindena@potsdam.edu

47. McKinney-Vento Poverty Webinar

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 4/12/2017

New
Poverty Webinar for district support leaders

48. CSE Chairpersons' Meeting

Program: Special Education

Dates: 4/13/2017

Monthly Chairpersons' meeting.

49. BOOK STUDY: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap by Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen

Program: SLV Teachers' Learning Center

Audience: Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Reading Teachers

Dates: 4/25/2017 to 5/23/2017

Do your students experience "summer slide"? Do they lose some reading skill, stamina, and knowledge during those summer months? Join us for a 3-session professional book study on Dr. Richard Allington's Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap and examine both the causes of and remedies for summer reading loss. We will take a closer look at how our students' socioeconomic status affects their rate of summer regression, and we will learn about ways that we, as educators, can combat summer reading loss with our students. Books will be provided by the St. Lawrence Valley Teachers' Learning Center.

50. School Library System Day - 04/26/17

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians, Library Assistants, and Library Aides

Dates: 4/26/2017

The School Library System will hold a full day of professional activities. All school librarians, library assistants and library aides are encouraged to attend. The Spring 2017 Book Review Session will be held in the morning. The CC/Liaison session will take up the afternoon.

51. Principal's Academy Follow-Up Session 6

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 4/28/2017

The topic of this session will continue the work of the summer Principal's Academy Retreat. This session will be a case conference with Q & A. Participants will bring examples of their most challenging conundrum behavioral/trauma cases for this session with psychologist Dr. James Levine.
*All work will be done online using Schoology. Participants will receive an email with directions approximately 3-4 days prior to the Book Study.


*MSP Grant Teacher Participants will receive a copy of the book as well as a $250 stipend. MSP Grant Administrator Participants will receive a copy of the book.

*Non-MSP Grant Teachers may participate. However, they will need to supply their own book. The cost for Non-Grant Teachers and Administrators is $100/per person for each Book Study. The MSP Grant is not able to pay a stipend for Non-Math Grant Teachers.


About the book: "The Growth Mindset Coach" is a complete and easy-to-follow guide for inspiring every student with the power of growth mindset.
Created by teachers for teachers, this is the ultimate guide for unleashing students potential through creative lessons, empowering messages and innovative teaching. Studies show that growth mindsets result in higher test scores, improved grades and more in-class involvement. When your students understand that their intelligence is not limited, they succeed like never before. With the tools in this book, you can motivate your students to believe in themselves and achieve anything.
*All work will be done online using Schoology. Participants will receive an email with directions approximately 3-4 days prior to the Book Study.


*MSP Grant Teacher Participants will receive a copy of the book as well as a $250 stipend. MSP Grant Administrator Participants will receive a copy of the book.

*Non-MSP Grant Teachers may participate. However, they will need to supply their own book. The cost for Non-Grant Teachers and Administrators is $100/per person for each Book Study. The MSP Grant is not able to pay a stipend for Non-Math Grant Teachers.


About the book: "The Growth Mindset Coach" is a complete and easy-to-follow guide for inspiring every student with the power of growth mindset.
Created by teachers for teachers, this is the ultimate guide for unleashing students potential through creative lessons, empowering messages and innovative teaching. Studies show that growth mindsets result in higher test scores, improved grades and more in-class involvement. When your students understand that their intelligence is not limited, they succeed like never before. With the tools in this book, you can motivate your students to believe in themselves and achieve anything.

54. CSE Chairpersons' Meeting

Program: Special Education

Dates: 5/11/2017

Monthly Chairpersons' meeting.

55. APL Effective Teaching refresher

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 5/17/2017

*The five basic teaching strategies.
*The interaction sequence (how to engage all students).
*Serial positioning/time management (focusing on instructional organization).
*Behavior management (The 6 behavior management guidelines plus the 5 steps in teaching a behavior).
*Effective note taking.

Built into this session we also touch upon homework and the essential need for repetitions and practice.

This is a very full, fast paced day for those teachers who have attended our previous APL Workshop.

Registration will be held from 8-8:30

56. Secondary Principals' Network Meeting

Program: Principal Network Meetings

Audience: Secondary Principals

Dates: 5/18/2017

Agenda TBD

57. Primary Principals' Network Meeting

Program: Principal Network Meetings

Audience: Primary Principals

Dates: 5/19/2017

Agenda TBD

58. Principal's Academy Follow-Up Session 7

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 5/19/2017

The topic of this session will continue the work of the summer Principal's Academy Retreat.

59. School Psychologist Meeting

Program: Special Education

Dates: 5/19/2017

School Psychologist Meeting
The preschool modules are designed for professionals working with children ages 2 1/2 - 5 years old.

After determining the meaning of children's challenging behavior and the skills the child needs to learn to communicate that meaning more effectively, a plan is developed to support the child's use of the new skills and to decrease the likelihood that the child will need to use challenging behavior. This module addresses: a)strategies for teaching new skills and arranging the environment to support appropriate behaviors and prevent challenging behavior, and b )building teams (professionals and family members) to effectively support the child's behavior across settings.

Topics included in this module:


• Developing a plan for supporting social emotional development and preventing challenging behavior


• Using a team approach to addressing challenging behavior and social emotional needs

61. Literacy and Learning: North Country School Library Systems Regional Conference

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians; Teachers; Library Aides & Assistants

Dates: 5/22/2017

Feed your love of books with the North Country School Library Systems Regional Conference: Literacy and Learning! The North Country School Library Systems are sponsoring a mini-conference featuring a keynote by John Schumacher, better known as Mr. Schu. Mr. Schu is the Scholastic Ambassador for School Libraries, a well-known blogger and all-around lover of books! He will be sharing his passion for books and literature, helping you to promote a culture of reading in your school. Rebecca Donnelly, author of "How to Stage a Catastrophe," will be our luncheon speaker. Ms. Donnelly is a librarian and first time novelist. She will share her insights on writing and storytelling. There will be vendors and book sales.

A limited block of King Village View and Double Queen Village View rooms at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel have been set aside for Sunday night at the rate of $129. Please call the hotel directly at (315) 686-1100 to book a room. This discount cannot be used to reserve rooms online. Mention that you are with the "North Country School Library Systems" when you call. These rooms and rates will be guaranteed until April 21, 2017.

A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.

Deadline for registration/cancellation is May 12, 2017. No refunds will be given after this date.

This conference is sponsored by Champlain Valley Educational Services SLS, Franklin-Essex-Hamilton SLS, Jefferson-Lewis SLS and St. Lawrence-Lewis SLS.

Date: Monday, May 22, 2017
Time: 8:00-3:30
Place: 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, 200 Riverside Drive, Clayton
Cost: $60
The preschool modules are designed for professionals working with children ages 2 1/2 - 5 years old.

After determining the meaning of children's challenging behavior and the skills the child needs to learn to communicate that meaning more effectively, a plan is developed to support the child's use of the new skills and to decrease the likelihood that the child will need to use challenging behavior. This module addresses: a)strategies for teaching new skills and arranging the environment to support appropriate behaviors and prevent challenging behavior, and b )building teams (professionals and family members) to effectively support the child's behavior across settings.

Topics included in this module:



• Developing a plan for supporting social emotional development and preventing challenging behavior



• Using a team approach to addressing challenging behavior and social emotional needs

63. K-2 Guided Reading, Strategy Lessons, and Small Groups (REPEAT of Feb 21-22, 2017)

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 5/30/2017 to 5/31/2017

Come learn about setting the foundation in K-2 for this important work. Who doesn't need a refresher on Guided Reading?

Do you want to make your small groups more effective?

Are 3-6 teachers in your building implementing Instructional Independent Reading, the Independent Reading Assessment, and/or strategies for instruction from The Reading Strategies Book? Come learn about setting the foundation for this important work.

This two-day training will focus on how working with small groups of readers can be a powerful instructional tool! On this day, participants will analyze a variety of reading assessments to plan for the readers' next steps. As we mine running records and other types of informal assessments, we will discuss various types of small group work. Specifically, we will study guided reading, strategy lessons and small group component work. Students need repeated practice to become proficient with their reading goals. Lauren will show you how to plan a sequence of small group lessons which scaffold students to independence. This day will focus on readers who are emergent to level K. Several of the small groups discussed and demonstrated with focus on comprehension skills and writing about reading that is appropriate for primary students. Teachers will see examples through videos and live demonstrations. Finally, teachers will have the opportunity to plan and practice teaching a small group. Lauren will reference Jennifer Serravallo's, The Reading Strategies Book as participants plan for instruction.

Participants who are interested can purchase this book here: http://www.heinemann.com/products/E07433.aspx

*Attendance at January 17 or 18 Balanced Literacy would be helpful, but not required.


Lauren Kolbeck, Former Staff Developer at The Reading and Writing Project

64. CSE Chairpersons' Meeting

Program: Special Education

Dates: 6/8/2017

Monthly Chairpersons' meeting.

65. Effective Teaching (Days 1-5)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 8/28/2017 to 10/25/2017

Location: Conference Rooms A & B

If you are looking for a staff in-service experience that is going to result in an immediate and positive impact on both student and staff performance look no further. This baseline staff development workshop has enjoyed rave reviews from every organization that has offered it.

This five-day workshop is designed to provide your staff with a top-notch professional growth experience focusing on instructional and classroom management skills.

Some outcomes that participants can expect are: increased student time on task, improved student behavior, improved student performance, insights into and options for classroom organization, motivation of students, and classroom management techniques that work.

Registration: 8:00-8:30 a.m. ~ Session: 8:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

66. Effective Teaching (Days 6-7)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Effective Teaching Days 1-5 Participants

Dates: 8/29/2017 to 8/30/2017

Location: Conference Room C

This training is based on what was taught in Effective Teaching Days 1-5, which was designed to provide participants with a top-notch professional growth experience focusing on instructional and classroom management skills.

Some outcomes participants can expect include: increased student time on task, improved student behavior, improved student performance, insights into and options for classroom organization, motivation of students, and classroom management techniques that work.


Registration: 8:00-8:30 a.m. ~ Session: 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

67. Understanding and Dealing with Challenging Students (2 Days)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 9/18/2017 to 9/19/2017

Location: Conference Room

This two-day workshop, designed for up to 30 participants, provides all members of the school community a "sampling" of topics to increase their awareness of the characteristics, needs, and alternative intervention strategies which work with students with social, emotional, and behavioral problems. Although it is an awareness level training, participants are provided with some practical techniques they can immediately apply in their school setting. It is applicable for any staff member who works in an environment with children or youth who have, or are at risk of developing, social, emotional, and/or behavioral problems.

Registration 8:00-8:30 a.m. ~ Session 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

68. Keeping Everyone Safe (2 Days)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: All Staff Working w/ Students

Dates: 10/2/2017 to 10/3/2017

Location: Conference Room

One of the primary fears staff members have is how to handle a student who is, or has the potential to become, physically aggressive. Keeping Everyone Safe prepares staff emotionally, mentally, and physically to cope with acting out, aggressive children and youth. It is not a course in self-defense; the actual hands-on, physical segment of the training is minimal. The primary goal of this program is to equip staff with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to avoid and de-escalate crisis situations without the need for physical intervention.

The program includes:

  • Sources of aggressive behavior.
  • Stages of crisis development.
  • Keeping others safe.
  • Supportive verbal and non-verbal de-escalation strategies.
  • Physical responses to attach.
  • Supportive physical intervention and transport techniques.
  • Crisis team development, roles, and communication.
  • Talking with students after a crisis, and development of policies and procedural safeguards.


  • Registration 8:00-8:30 a.m. ~ Session 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.