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Book Study: Mindsets in the Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools by Mary Cay Ricci (3 weeks)

This book study will focus on Mathematical Practice #1: Perseverance. When students believe that dedication and hard work can change their performance in school, they grow to become resilient, successful students. Inspired by the popular mindset idea that hard work and effort can lead to success, Mindsets in the Classroom provides educators with ideas for ways to build a growth mindset school culture, wherein students are challenged to change their thinking about their abilities and potential. The readings will take place in July. Participants will then introduce the concept to their students in September, and reflect with a final Schoology posting in October.

July 11-22
Sept 12, 13
October 17-19

This Book Study will be 100% web based on Schoology. There will be no in person sessions to complete this study. MSP Grant Participants will receive a copy of the book to keep, as well as a $250 stipend.

2. BOOK STUDY - Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids (and the rest of your class too!)

Program: SLV Teachers' Learning Center

Audience: Paraprofessionals, Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Curriculum Facilitators All are welcome!

Dates: 7/12/2016 to 7/26/2016

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If your rambunctious kids are driving you batty, or you've tried different things and it hasn't worked, then join me for this online Book Study and we will explore Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Students (and the rest of the class too!). Whole Brain Teaching recognizes that students learn the most when they are engaged in lessons that involve seeing, hearing, doing, speaking and feeling. We will use Schoology and Twitter to engage with our group of professionals in an online learning classroom. All on line using SCHOOLOGY AND TWITTER.

3. Improve Math Fluency Using Hands-on Learning Activities

Program: School Improvement

Audience: PK-6

Dates: 7/18/2016

Are your students struggling with math fluency? Then come spend the day with Nicole Warr, Instructional Coach! We will learn ways to improve math fluency with hands-on learning activities. Base Ten Games, Number Friends of Ten, DVD Case Whiteboards, Ken Ken Puzzles, and Legos are just a few of the fun activities we will explore. Since finding time is always a factor, we will also discuss ways to incorporate fluency activities into your day. It will be a day you won't want to miss! There will be no charge for those districts who are participants in the MSP Grant (Brasher Falls, Clifton Fine, Edwards Knox, Gouverneur, Hammond, Harrisville, Hermon DeKalb, Massena, Morristown, Norwood Norfolk, Ogdensburg).
Target audience grade pk-6

This is the last time this workshop will be offered!

4. Constructivist Design Conference for Educational Improvement

Program: Constructivist Design Conference

Audience: Area Educators

Dates: 7/18/2016 to 7/22/2016

Location: Student Center

The Constructivist Design Conference is a unique professional development opportunity which will provide your district, school, parent or university team facilitated "work" time. During the conference participants will develop programs, curriculum, assessments or initiatives to benefit all student within a learner centered framework. (Your team or school selects its own task.) The conference is co-sponsored by St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, St. Lawrence University Dept. of Education, and the Institute for Learning Centered Education. Team and individual registration options are available, please indicate your registration option choice when registering. The $925/participant price shown is the maximum registration amount it will be adjusted based on the registration option you choose. Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily by St. Lawrence University, as well as, a banquet dinner on July 21st. The institute for Learner Centered Education will send additional conference information via regular mail. Please review it carefully and respond if necessary. Space is limited to 40 Teams ~ First Come First Served! Contact Rachel Barr (rbarr@sllboces.org) for registration questions or Don Mesibov (dmesibov@twcny.rr.com) for conference questions. You must also register online at www.LearningCentered.org/conferences

5. PreK-2 MATH WORKDAY

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 7/19/2016

*Participants must have previously attended After School Math Session(s) and/or Math Fact Fluency Workshop with Nicole Warr
During the After School Math Sessions and the Math Fact Fluency Workshops a lot of resources were explored. Would you like more time with these resources? If so, join Nicole Warr and your Grade Level colleagues on July 19th. Please bring any materials/resources you would like to work with. For example, styrofoam cups for expanded form, pill boxes for place value, etc. If you are looking for ideas of materials explore the PPTs previously shared with you from the workshop(s) you attended. This is going to be a very individualized work day. It is time to explore, create and prepare for the upcoming school year!

Cost is free to those districts participating in the MSP Grant (Brasher Falls, Clifton Fine, Edwards Knox, Gouverneur, Hermon DeKalb, Massena, Morristown, Norwood Norfolk and Ogdensburg).

6. Responsive Classroom

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 7/19/2016 to 7/22/2016

Patrick Shaw, a Nationally Certified Trainer by the Northeast Foundation for Children, joins us from OCM BOCES to facilitate workshop that will focus on helping you become a more effective teacher by learning research-based strategies that lead to:
- Engaging Academic Instruction
- Better Classroom Management
- Positive Learning Communities.
- Developmentally Appropriate Instruction and
This interactive, highly practical 28- hour course is our new and improved entry-level training. It gives classroom and special area teachers everything needed to start using core Responsive Classroom teaching practices.
Registration will be held from 8-830.

Audience PK-6 classroom and special education teachers.

Cost: $1,071 per person plus $38 for materials per person (Cost will be reduced if more than 20 participants register)

7. Grades 3-6 MATH WORKDAY

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 7/20/2016

*Participants must have previously attended After School Math Session(s) and/or Math Fact Fluency Workshop with Nicole Warr
During the After School Math Sessions and the Math Fact Fluency Workshops a lot of resources were explored. Would you like more time with these resources? If so, join Nicole Warr and your Grade Level colleagues on July 20th. Please bring any materials/resources you would like to work with. For example, styrofoam cups for expanded form, pill boxes for place value, etc. If you are looking for ideas of materials explore the PPTs previously shared with you from the workshop(s) you attended. This is going to be a very individualized work day. It is time to explore, create and prepare for the upcoming school year!
Cost is free to those districts participating in the MSP Grant (Brasher Falls, Clifton Fine, Edwards Knox, Gouverneur, Hermon DeKalb, Massena, Morristown, Norwood Norfolk and Ogdensburg).

8. Creating Math Review, Grades PK-6

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 7/21/2016

Would you like the opportunity to create Math Review Questions to supplement the Math Modules? This was previously referred to as "Spiral Review". If so, join Nicole Warr on July 21st. Participants will explore Math Review based on The Balanced Math Program, while utilizing Grade Level CCLS from the current grade level, as well as the previous grade level(s). Modules will be available online. However, if you would like a hard copy of the modules please bring them with you. A minimum of 2-3 modules is recommended.
Cost is free to those districts participating in the MSP Grant (Brasher Falls, Clifton Fine, Edwards Knox, Gouverneur, Hermon DeKalb, Massena, Morristown, Norwood Norfolk and Ogdensburg).

9. Math Daily Three

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 7/22/2016

Created by "The Two Sisters", Math Daily Three mirrors Daily Five and Daily Cafe. The Math Daily Three includes Math By Myself, Math Writing and Math With Someone. Nicole Warr will guide you through the process of using the modules during Math Daily Three. This will be a great opportunity to learn ways to differentiate instruction, while building students independence, stamina and accountability.
Cost is free to those districts participating in the MSP Grant (Brasher Falls, Clifton Fine, Edwards Knox, Gouverneur, Hermon DeKalb, Massena, Morristown, Norwood Norfolk and Ogdensburg).


Bk Study: Leaders of Their Own Learning: Transforming Schools Through Student-Engaged Assessment by Ron Berger, Leah Rugen and Libby Woodfin (4 weeks)

This book study will focus on student engagement, with emphasis on the math classroom. Student-Engaged Assessment is not a single practice but an approach to teaching and learning that equips and compels students to understand goals for their learning and growth, track their progress toward those goals, and take responsibility for reaching them. This requires a set of interrelated strategies and structures and a whole-school culture in which students are given the respect and responsibility to be meaningfully engaged in their own learning. Leaders of Their Own Learning shows educators how to ignite the capacity of students to take responsibility for their own learning, meet new, ambitious standards, and reach higher levels of achievement. The readings and videos will take place July 25-August 12. Participants will then apply what they have learned in their classrooms, with a reflection via Schoology taking place October 24-28.

July 25-Aug 12
October 24-28

This Book Study will be 100% web based on Schoology. There will be no in person sessions to complete this study. MSP Grant Participants will receive a copy of the book to keep, as well as a $250 stipend.

11. Math Daily Three

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 7/26/2016

Created by "The Two Sisters", Math Daily Three mirrors Daily Five and Daily Cafe. The Math Daily Three includes Math By Myself, Math Writing and Math With Someone. Nicole Warr will guide you through the process of using the modules during Math Daily Three. This will be a great opportunity to learn ways to differentiate instruction, while building students independence, stamina and accountability.
Cost is free to those districts participating in the MSP Grant (Brasher Falls, Clifton Fine, Edwards Knox, Gouverneur, Hermon DeKalb, Massena, Morristown, Norwood Norfolk and Ogdensburg).


12. Creating Math Review, Grades PK-6

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 7/27/2016

Would you like the opportunity to create Math Review Questions to supplement the Math Modules? This was previously referred to as "Spiral Review". If so, join Nicole Warr on July 21st. Participants will explore Math Review based on The Balanced Math Program, while utilizing Grade Level CCLS from the current grade level, as well as the previous grade level(s). Modules will be available online. However, if you would like a hard copy of the modules please bring them with you. A minimum of 2-3 modules is recommended.
Cost is free to those districts participating in the MSP Grant (Brasher Falls, Clifton Fine, Edwards Knox, Gouverneur, Hermon DeKalb, Massena, Morristown, Norwood Norfolk and Ogdensburg).
What are the CR Part 154 Regulations and Amendments? What are the requirements for districts? Who are ELLs and how are they identified? What are the Programmatic Implications? What are the requirements of the Part 154 Comprehensive Plan that must be submitted in September?
9-12 and the presenter is listed in the last email.

Registration will be held from 8-8:30

14. PreK-2 MATH WORKDAY

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 7/28/2016

*Participants must have previously attended After School Math Session(s) and/or Math Fact Fluency Workshop with Nicole Warr
During the After School Math Sessions and the Math Fact Fluency Workshops a lot of resources were explored. Would you like more time with these resources? If so, join Nicole Warr and your Grade Level colleagues on July 19th. Please bring any materials/resources you would like to work with. For example, styrofoam cups for expanded form, pill boxes for place value, etc. If you are looking for ideas of materials explore the PPTs previously shared with you from the workshop(s) you attended. This is going to be a very individualized work day. It is time to explore, create and prepare for the upcoming school year!

Cost is free to those districts participating in the MSP Grant (Brasher Falls, Clifton Fine, Edwards Knox, Gouverneur, Hermon DeKalb, Massena, Morristown, Norwood Norfolk and Ogdensburg).

15. Grades 3-6 MATH WORKDAY

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 7/29/2016

*Participants must have previously attended After School Math Session(s) and/or Math Fact Fluency Workshop with Nicole Warr
During the After School Math Sessions and the Math Fact Fluency Workshops a lot of resources were explored. Would you like more time with these resources? If so, join Nicole Warr and your Grade Level colleagues on July 20th. Please bring any materials/resources you would like to work with. For example, styrofoam cups for expanded form, pill boxes for place value, etc. If you are looking for ideas of materials explore the PPTs previously shared with you from the workshop(s) you attended. This is going to be a very individualized work day. It is time to explore, create and prepare for the upcoming school year!
Cost is free to those districts participating in the MSP Grant (Brasher Falls, Clifton Fine, Edwards Knox, Gouverneur, Hermon DeKalb, Massena, Morristown, Norwood Norfolk and Ogdensburg).

16. Technology Supports Instruction - Summer Tech Camp

Program: Model Schools

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 8/2/2016 to 8/5/2016

At summer camp, participants learn to integrate technology to create a 21st century learning environment for their students. Participants will select mini-workshops that introduce them to new instructional technology tools, software programs, and teaching strategies. The agenda is fluid and changes per participants' request. Mini-workshops offered (this is not a complete list):

• Web 2.0 tools for K-5


• Web 2.0 tools for 6-12


• Coding


• Google Tools


• Using video to support instruction


• Free online assessment tools


• Educational Apps for content areas


• Plus many more instructional tools


• Chromebooks in the classroom
Plus many, many more! Participants will have email and phone support from a Model Schools ITCC throughout the 2016-17 school year.

17. Nature Up North Summer Teacher Workshop

Program: SLV Teachers' Learning Center

Audience: St. Lawrence County teachers in grades 3-12 who teach STEM Subjects and have a desire to incorporate more hands-on and nature-based learning into their curricula.

Dates: 8/3/2016 to 8/4/2016

Are you a St. Lawrence County teacher interested in incorporating more nature-based learning into your lessons? Do you want to increase opportunities for integrating outdoor learning with STEM content? Nature Up North is offering a workshop for local teachers on August 3rd and 4th during which we will discuss ways to improve STEM learning through citizen science and other place-based teaching strategies that also encourage students to connect with the local environment. This workshop is an excellent professional development opportunity for teachers from multiple STEM subject areas who wish to integrate more environmental thinking into their curricula. This is our third year hosting the workshop; all teachers who attended received a $200 stipend and professional development credit for their participation. ALSO Register online at: http://natureupnorth.org/form/summer-workshop-registration. Registration closes Friday, July 22nd.

18. Mindfulness for Teachers

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 8/9/2016 to 5/18/2017

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:

September Connection 9/22 Response due 9/30

October Connection 10/20 Response due 10/28

December Connection 12/1 Response due 12/9

January Connection 1/5 Response due 1/13

March Connection 3/8 Response due 3/16

May Gathering Thursday 5/18

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

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 8/10/2016 to 8/11/2016

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.
When students read, write, listen and speak about social studies topics they are not only learning about the world but also strengthening the English Language Arts skills that are the center of K-5 classrooms. Fitting everything into the day takes creative planning. Greg Ahlquist 2013 New York State Teacher of the Year, will help teachers think creatively to add social studies curriculum into their classrooms.
Teachers should bring social studies text books.

Registration will be held from 8-8:30

21. Implementing the Common Core Math Standards: Summer Math Camp for Grades Pk-6

Program: School Improvement & SLV Teachers' Learning Center

Audience: Grades Pk-6 Mathematics Educators

Dates: 8/15/2016 to 8/19/2016

Location: TBD

Overview: The K - 5 Common Core Curriculum, A Story of Units, culminates in Grade 6 with the development of Rational Numbers as a Number System. We will focus on the standards that outline this development, the mathematics behind the standards and the curriculum that implements the standards. This 35-hour professional development workshop will help teachers to deepen their understanding of the mathematics in the Common Core Mathematics Learning Standards and to use their knowledge to adapt modules (and other curricula) for fall implementation. In particular, teachers will learn the mathematical shifts, learn how to map standards across the grades, and learn about good mathematical practices. Each afternoon will include some facilitated work time. This in-depth experience should empower teachers to make more meaningful decisions when adapting curricula and planning their fall classes. School Year Expectations and follow-up: Participants will implement Common Core Lessons and provide reflection about success of the lesson. Participants will also participate in a Schoology forum for community building.
This Workshop is being funded through the MSP grant and will be free of cost for those districts who are participating in the grant. (Brasher Falls, Clifton Fine, Edwards Knox, Gouverneur, Hammond, Harrisville, Hermon-DeKalb, Massena, Morristown, Norwood-Norfolk and Ogdensburg)
Registration: 7:45-8:00 a.m. ~ Session: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

22. IFC Fun All Year Long

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians and Classroom Teachers

Dates: 8/17/2016

Location: High School Library

This presentation features fun library activities that align with the Empire Information Fluency Continuum and focus on a student-centered, inquiry-driven, school library program. Great for school librarians and classroom teachers, this day-long workshop includes a variety of songs, games, crafts, and activities for teaching information literacy skills to students in grades K-6. The presentation will include an introduction to the Empire Information Fluency Continuum and how to make it work for your library, crowd favorites from previous years' workshops, and all new student-tested and librarian-approved fun activities to keep you celebrating library skills from September to June and beyond. All participants will be given a copy of Mary Z's book and a CD of the documents to take and make your own. Co-sponsored by the Jefferson-Lewis School Library System and the St. Lawrence-Lewis School Library System.

23. Introduction to Writing Workshop, K-6

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 8/18/2016 to 8/19/2016

During this 2-day institute, Amy Roche, will explain how to improve writing instruction through the structure of Writing Workshop.

She will focus on topics such as:
- Building community in the Writing Workshop
- Mini-lessons or Focus lessons
- Conferences
- Share Sessions
- Yearlong Planning
- Units of Study
- Qualities of Writing
- Assessment
- Systems of Recordkeeping
- Steps of the Process

Amy will use many writing samples and video clips to help you imagine what this work would look and sound like in the classroom. You'll leave with many ideas on what you can try in your classroom tomorrow.

24. 1.8 Million Words: How to Build Independent Reading Stamina in a Common Core Classroom

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 8/22/2016 to 8/23/2016

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Do you want to see student achievement increase? Then come learn how to launch a powerful "Instructional Independent Reading" Program.

Whether you are using Expeditionary Learning modules or another curriculum, scheduling time for independent reading is an often omitted, yet critical, part of an effective literacy block.

Day 1: A comprehensive presentation that will support participants' understanding of what happens during the Instructional Independent Reading portion of a literacy block using powerpoint, videos, role-play, analysis of student work, etc. The day will be interactive to keep engagement and understanding at high levels. Teachers should be prepared to note-take.

Day 2 1/4Introduction to Jennifer Serravallo's Independent Reading Assessment (IRA) with a strong focus on the content, which supports text level complexities and students' growth through the levels. Ideas on how to use the framework of the IRA, whether you own it or not will be shared. These concepts are key to increasing the rigor and effectiveness of an independent reading time in your classroom. Lea will present the information and support participants' understanding of it through text analysis as well as focused read-alouds of these same texts across two different levels.
Grades 2-6 Educators (for any teacher with students reading at levels K+)

25. Algebra II Teacher to Teacher Session

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 8/22/2016 to 8/23/2016

This teacher to teacher session is intended to provide time for participants to collaborate over two days. 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.

26. Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) Training of Trainers (TxT)

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 8/22/2016 to 8/26/2016

This intensive five-day TCIS train-the-trainer competency-based certification course provides school districts the opportunity to develop an in-house training capacity in the TCIS curriculum. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the TCIS curriculum necessary to deliver the training to staff in their schools. Participants will have the chance to participate, practice, and receive feedback in conducting activities to gain immediate training experience. Training techniques such as role plays, small group discussions, guided fantasies, conducting practice sessions, and using audiovisual aids will be demonstrated.
Program Objectives
Participants will be able to:
- Day 1: Crisis as Opportunity. The TCIS system is presented along with how crisis is defined, ways that adults can prevent a crisis situation in the classroom milieu, and how to help students feel safe by creating a culture of nonviolence.
- Day 2: Triggering and Escalation. The importance of knowing the student and awareness of the environment in a crisis situation are discussed.
- Day 3: Escalation, Outburst and Recovery. Managing aggressive behavior, elements of a potentially violent situation are discussed. Strategies for co-regulating with a student when at the height of crisis outburst will be taught and practiced as well as the Life Space Interviewing following a crisis event.
- Day 4: Outburst, Recovery and Implementing the TCIS System. Participants participate in additional practicing of Life Space Interviewing skills, crisis co-regulation skills, and the various physical intervention skills.
- Day 5: Certification Evaluation and Testing: Crisis Co-regulation and Life Space Interviewing are practiced. All participants are tested for TCIS Associate Certification status with a written knowledge test and a Life Space Interview evaluation and physical intervention skills behavioral skills evaluation.

Registration will be held from 8-8:30 daily.

27. Lead Teacher Evaluator Certification Training for NEW Administrators

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 8/23/2016 to 8/24/2016

Description: During these sessions administrators will receive the necessary training to become certified lead evaluators. This training will help administrators meet the required components of the 3012-C and NEW 3012-D APPR Legislation. A third date for calibration will be agreed upon during this session. Registration will be held from 8-8:30.
This one-day offering will take returning participants on a journey from data collecting to analysis to synthesis and finally, to the unpacking of all of it with an ultimate goal of understanding the power of informed, thoughtful, and flexible planning.

More specifically the day will be organized as such:

1. Analyze a class set of student response forms from a classroom in __DISTRICT____ and the correlating scoring rubrics from the Independent Reading Assessment written by Jennifer Serravallo.
2. Organize and synthesis this whole class data to identify individual and small group instructional goals.
3. Unpack the goals and plan for short-term and long-term instruction.
4. Pre-think some if/then scenarios for each individual and/or small group.

Prerequisite: Participants need to have attended Days 1 and 2 of 1.8 Million Words training with Lea in order to attend this session (Days 1 and 2 were offered: June 29-30, 2015; November 2-3, 2015; May 10-11, 2016; or August 22-23, 2016)

29. Algebra I Teacher to Teacher Session

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 8/24/2016

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.

30. 2016-17 Mentoring Matters

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Mentors

Dates: 8/25/2016 to 5/24/2017

August 25, 2016 8:00-3:00 - During the morning portion of this session Mentors will be provided with information concerning the NYSED requirements and the role of the Mentor. Attributes, functions and coaching techniques will be a large part of the discussions. In the afternoon, Mentees will join the session to participate in shared activities.

January 19, 2017 (Noon-3:00) - During this session Mentors will continue practicing techniques through and hands-on activities. Further review of mentoring situations will provide suggestions for conversations with Mentees. Additional resources for mentoring will be provided.

May 24, 2017 (Noon-3:00) - This session will include both Mentors & Mentees and will complete the New Teacher Mentorship program for 2016-17. Reflection for PD will be available as well as the Regional Certification Officer on site. A salute to the Mentors and Mentees will conclude the afternoon.

Registration will be held from 8-8:30am

31. Geometry Teacher to Teacher Session

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 8/25/2016

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.

32. Math & Movement/Literacy & Movement Grades PreK-6

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 8/25/2016 to 8/26/2016

Using movement can help kids learn, retain and gain valuable skills while exercising their body and mind at the same time. Founded by Suzy Koontz, Math & Movement/Literacy & Movement uses simple and fun exercises to introduce the fundamentals of arithmetic, early algebra, and literacy skills. Each activity is based on extensive brain science research. Best of all, kids love to learn this way! Please join Nicole Warr, Math & Movement Consultant, for this 2-day training. Participants will explore Whisper/Loud Movements, Skip Counting Movements, Tapping at the Table Activities, Hallway Math, as well as Math& Movement/Literacy & Movement Hopping Mats. The majority of the two days will focus on Math & Movement. However, Literacy & Movement mats will be utilized as well. Please visit www.mathandmovement.com to learn more about this program. This is an amazing opportunity to transform your classroom!
Cost is free to those districts participating in the MSP Grant (Brasher Falls, Clifton Fine, Edwards Knox, Gouverneur, Hermon DeKalb, Massena, Morristown, Norwood Norfolk and Ogdensburg).

33. Units of Study in Reading Training K-5

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 8/25/2016

The goal of this training is to help you understand all of the components within the Units of Study for Reading Kit. A thorough understanding of all they contain will help you more effectively put them to use.

As well, theory and structures of reading workshop, including management and operations will be addressed. Tips for solving predictable problems will be shared.

The kits are full of resources such as: mini-lessons; conferring suggestions; learning progressions in reading for intermediate grades; a week-long template for interactive read aloud in each unit; a five day shared reading lesson that serves as a template for all of the week in the K-2 units.

These kits have been referred to in the 1.8 Million Words training with Lea Mercantini-Leibowitz as a resource for mini-lessons.

REQUIRED: each participant must bring their own Units of Study in Reading kit for their grade level. It is recommended, but not required to purchase the kits with the trade book pack. They can be purchased here: http://www.heinemann.com/search/searchResults.aspx?s=all&q=units+of+study+for+teaching+reading

Presenter will be Mike Ochs, Staff Developer, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

34. OPALS 101

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians, Aides, and Assistants

Dates: 8/25/2016

OPALS 101 is for newer school librarians, aides, and assistants, and will also be a good refresher for any school librarian, aide, or assistant. In OPALS 101, we will be going over the basics (loans, returns, loaned item reports, overdues, adding users, searching for books, setting the calendar for the OPAC) as well as looking at some of the features in Reports and Tools. If anyone has a new aide or assistant starting in the fall, it would be great if the librarian could attend this session along with their new staff member.

35. 2016-17 Mentoring Matters-For Previously Trained Mentors

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Mentors

Dates: 8/25/2016 to 5/24/2017

August 25, 2016 12:00-3:00 - Mentees will join the session to participate in shared activities focusing on mentoring requirements.

May 24, 2017 (Noon-3:00) - This session will include both Mentors & Mentees and will complete the New Teacher Mentorship program for 2016-17. Reflection for PD will be available as well as the Regional Certification Officer on site. A salute to the Mentors and Mentees will conclude the afternoon.

36. 2016-17 New Teacher Mentorship Program for Mentees

Program: School Improvement

Audience: New Teachers

Dates: 8/25/2016 to 5/24/2017

August 25, 2016 (Noon-3:00) - This session will provide opportunities for Mentees to gain a better understanding of the NYSED requirements necessary for professional certification. Time will be provided for Mentees and Mentors to establish a calendar and participate in coaching conversations. The Regional Certification Officer will provide an overview of certification requirements.

May 24, 2017 (Noon-3:00) - This session will complete the New Teacher Mentorship program for 2016-17. Reflection of the year and setting goals for the following year will be addressed. Resources for professional development will be available as well as the Regional Certification Officer. A salute to the Mentors and Mentees will conclude the session.

37. School Library System Orientation

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians, Library Assistants, and Library Aides

Dates: 8/25/2016 to 8/26/2016

The St. Lawrence-Lewis School Library System (SLS) will be offering its annual orientation for new and 'nearly new' school librarians, library assistants, and library aides.

SESSION: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

38. OPALS 201

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians, Aides, and Assistants

Dates: 8/26/2016

OPALS 201 will focus on updates made to OPALS in the last year, and newer bells and whistles of which you might not be aware. Newer school librarians, aides, and assistants, who attended OPALS 101 the day before should plan to also come to OPALS 201 to learn more about our OPACs. OPALS 201 will get more in depth looking at newer features and updates and will also include time for participants to implement the updates on their own OPACs.

39. Effective Teaching (Days 1-5)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 8/29/2016 to 10/26/2016

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.

40. Effective Teaching (Days 6-7)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Effective Teaching Days 1-5 Participants

Dates: 8/30/2016 to 8/31/2016

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.

41. Narrative Writing Boot Camp K-5

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 8/31/2016

Participants will build on their experience this year as teachers of narrative writing. We will study the narrative writing progressions as they relate to small moments, personal narratives and fiction units. Teachers will deepen their understanding of both conferring and effective small group instruction within the Writing Workshop. Teachers will also study methods for using mentor texts and classroom charts to promote engagement and independence. Teachers will have time to reflect on this year as well as plan for launching a powerful narrative unit in the fall.
Introduction to the Independent Reading Assessment Lea will share a powerful framework for in-depth understanding and teaching text level complexities of fiction text for levels K-W. Participants will be introduced to Jennifer Serravallo's Independent Reading Assessment (IRA) and her, The Reading Strategies Book. Ideas on how to use the framework and strategies of the IRA, whether you own the assessment or not will be shared. These concepts are key to increasing the rigor and effectiveness of intervention. Participants will receive access to immediately-helpful tools such as suggested timelines for students remaining in levels and mentor texts for small groups.

Bring any information that you have on the kids you will be servicing (assessment data from the end of the year from the IRA and/or F&P, DRA2, etc.). Also, if you are able, talk to the students' classroom teacher prior to coming to the training to get to know about what their needs/strengths are (consider doing this before the end of the school year with student that you know you'll have in the fall).

If you have attended one of the 1.8 Million Words workshops over the past year and/or you are interested in learning how to administer the IRA assessment, we will be offering a 4-hour webinar. Participants can link in from their school via a computer and landline. Once registered, participants will receive log-in information.


Required: at least one Independent Reading Assessment kit/team



Cost of webinar: $100/participant



If you would like to order a kit at NYS pricing and request expedited processing, contact Bob Webber, Scholastic, and mention that it is for this training: bwebber@scholastic.com.



Winner of 2013 and 2014 AEP awards, the Independent Reading Assessment is the only whole-book comprehension assessment available, and it's the only assessment that also includes hundreds of lessons to actually help teachers turn the formative assessment into instruction.
IRA has both fiction and nonfiction versions for grades three, four and five, spanning levels J-W, the resource comes with a collection of 32-36 actual trade books and sticky notes with pre-printed questions.



http://www.jenniferserravallo.com/independent-reading-assessment/



If you are unable to connect from your school, please contact Rachelle Amo for a location in which to meet: ramo@sllboces.org



Webinar will take place from 8:30-12:30 pm
***please log onto the webinar no later than 8:15 in order to troubleshoot in case there are problems***

44. Instructional Rounds Overview

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 9/16/2016

This session will provide an overview of Instructional Rounds. Instructional Rounds-a practice adapted to education from the field of medicine-embodies a specific set of ideas about how practitioners can work together to solve common problems and improve their practice. It is designed to help schools and districts support high-quality teaching and learning for all students. Instructional Rounds strategically connects school and district efforts with improvements at the instructional core and builds collaborative networks of educators who learn from one another about improving teaching and learning. This session is required for all educators who will participate in Instructional Rounds visits and is a prerequisite for the Instructional Rounds in Action: Refining the Process. (Principal Academy attendees have already completed this session.)

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

Program: School Improvement

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 9/19/2016 to 9/20/2016

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.

46. Keeping Everyone Safe (2 Days)

Program: School Improvement

Audience: All Staff Working w/ Students

Dates: 10/3/2016 to 10/4/2016

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.

    47. Instructional Rounds Visit K-12 - Colton Pierrepont

    Program: School Improvement

    Dates: 11/1/2016

    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"