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1. Seal of Biliteracy Consortium Meeting

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Educators interested in the Seal of Biliteracy

Dates: 11/2/2020

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This will be the initial meeting for CiTi districts to determine if they want to participate in the consortium. The Zoom link and additional resources have been sent to Assistant Superintendents in the county for distribution.

2. Welcoming Rituals 101

Program: School Improvement

Audience: administration, educators

Dates: 11/2/2020

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The SEL Signature Practices from CASEL offer a simplistic structure that builds autonomy, belonging, and competence. A welcoming ritual is the first element that creates a climate of inclusion, belonging, and connection where all voices are heard through personal choice. This mini Zoom session offers "take home" activities for you to use immediately with students or any aged audience. Participants will engage in welcoming ritual activities, learn how to modify for virtual or in-person learning, and adapt for developmental needs. All participants will have a copy of the slide deck to adapt to their needs.

3. Mid-Week Mindfulness #7

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 11/4/2020

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Each time I ask educators what emotion is most present, the most common answers are "overwhelmed" and "anxious". I then think of Parker Palmer's words - "We teach who we are" and know that now more than ever, we must build into our schedule the habit of mindfulness and self-care. Our ability to maintain steady ground, presence, and calm in the face of uncertainty will have significant impact on our students and be a strong factor in keeping burnout at bay for ourselves. This weekly offering will focus on creating space for sharing together, building community and engaging in mindfulness practices that will sometimes be guided and sometimes be simple moments of silence and then dialogue.

4. How to Lift Social Emotional Learning Skills from Fiction and Nonfiction

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Librarian, ELA, Social Studies, K-12

Dates: 11/4/2020

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In this session, we will review our understanding of social emotional learning and how we can incorporate skill building through fiction and nonfiction texts. We integrate trauma-informed practices to explore character development. Participants will have digital access to resources that can grow with their classroom environment needs as well as participate in collaborative breakout rooms.

5. Dignity for All Students Act: (Dignity Act Coordinators and/or their Designees)/DASA Coordinator Training

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Dignity Act Coordinators and/or their Designees

Dates: 11/9/2020 to 11/16/2020

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This training will review the DASA regulations and updates; Review the roles and responsibilities of Dignity Act Coordinators; Share an overview of complaint process flow charts; Provide samples of DASA forms and investigation techniques; and provide an overview of best practices related to school-wide strategies for improved climate and culture. NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE 6hr REQUIRED TRAINING FOR CERTIFICATION. This training will be delivered in two - three hour sessions via Zoom. Participants will be emailed a link to the email address associated with their MLP account the morning of the training. No cost for employees of district which subscribe to the Oswego BOCES School Improvement Co-Ser. Tuition is $75.00 for all other attendees. If you are self-paying, please mail a Money Order or Bank Check payable to CiTi Treasurer, NO CASH please. Send to: Roseann Bayne, CiTi BOCES, 179 County Route 64, Mexico, NY 13114
This is one piece of an overarching course on online learning, you can additionally register for the full series in lieu of just this one session. Zoom information will be sent to participants via email after registration is confirmed.

If you would like to register for the full course (8-sessions), please register here before 10/19/2020.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) will be addressed in this session.

Engagement & Differentiating the Process: In this session, explore approaches on how to engage and differentiate student learning. Learn ways to integrate Web 2.0 tools and explore unique ways of teaching through gamification and choice.

This session will involve one hour synchronous learning via Zoom, and a remaining hour of independent work with required task(s) to complete.

Zoom information will be sent upon confirmation of registraton.

7. Harnessing the Power: Google and Microsoft - Strengths and Limitations

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 11/17/2020 to 5/18/2021

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This series is designed to help with computer skills & productivity through the understanding of similarities & differences between Microsoft & Google products & when it is best to use each platform.

Each session has information related to a specific type of product & includes tips & tricks to assist you in your position.

6 Online Sessions from 1-2 PM (Zoom)


11/17 MS Word & Google Docs: Many of us are familiar with the ins & outs of MS Word. We will compare Word & Google Docs, & see which program is better for doing specific functions.

1/26 MS Excel & Google Sheets: You will learn the basics of creating & using a spreadsheet, & identify the similarities & differences between MS Excel & Google Sheets. This is intended to help you pick the best tool for each job.

2/23 MS PowerPoint & Google Slides: Compare similarities & explore the differences between MS PowerPoint & Google Slides & explore the unique features for each platform to help determine what works best for you.

3/23 Adobe PDF, MS Fillable Forms & Google Forms: We will look at the similarities & differences between three tools commonly used to collect information: fillable PDFs made with Adobe, MS Forms, & Google Forms and will discuss the benefits & drawbacks of each.

4/20 MS Outlook & Google Calendar/Gmail: We will explore MS Outlook Email & Gmail, identify features that differentiate the two platforms & discuss the pros & cons of each. We will then look at MS Outlook Calendar & Google Calendar, examining their defining features. We discuss how to decide which tool best fits your needs, & how the platforms can work in conjunction with one another.

5/18 MS Publisher & Google Suite: We will explore the differences between how Google & MS handles publishing & basic paint/drawing tools. We will explore Publisher & understand limitations of Publisher files & publishing generically in Google, compare & contrast MS Paint & Google Drawings, & see Snipping Tool & how to take screenshots on Chromebook devices.

8. Mid-Week Mindfulness #8

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 11/18/2020

Each time I ask educators what emotion is most present, the most common answers are "overwhelmed" and "anxious". I then think of Parker Palmer's words - "We teach who we are" and know that now more than ever, we must build into our schedule the habit of mindfulness and self-care. Our ability to maintain steady ground, presence, and calm in the face of uncertainty will have significant impact on our students and be a strong factor in keeping burnout at bay for ourselves. This weekly offering will focus on creating space for sharing together, building community and engaging in mindfulness practices that will sometimes be guided and sometimes be simple moments of silence and then dialogue.
Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act or DASA) Workshop: Six hour training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention. New York State's Dignity Act seeks to provide the State's public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. School professionals applying for certification or license on or after DECEMBER 31, 2013 are required to complete six clock hours of course work or training in this area. This training is designed to fulfill that requirement. This is an in-person training. All participants will be required to complete a COVID screening. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines. Tuition is $75.00 for employees of district which subscribe to the Oswego BOCES School Improvement Co-Ser. Tuition is $100.00 for all other attendees. If you are self-paying, please mail a Money Order or Bank Check made out to CiTi Treasurer. NO CASH please. Send to: CiTi BOCES Attention: Roseann Bayne 179 County Route 64 Mexico NY 13114

10. Literacy Network 2020-2021 **November Session

Program: School Improvement

Audience: PreK-12 ELA/Reading/Literacy Educators

Dates: 11/18/2020

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This educator's network will focus on professional dialogue aligned to evidence-based practices in literacy. Topic will be: Effective Practices in Writing. Session will include opportunities to share remote teaching practices. Small group break-out discussions will also be included. Choose only one date in November as session topic/format repeats to accommodate various schedules.

11. Literacy Network 2020-2021 **November Session

Program: School Improvement

Audience: PreK-12 ELA/Reading/Literacy Educators

Dates: 11/20/2020

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This educator's network will focus on professional dialogue aligned to evidence-based practices in literacy. Topic will be: Effective Practices in Writing. Session will include opportunities to share remote teaching practices. Small group break-out discussions will also be included. Choose only one date in November as session topic/format repeats to accommodate various schedules.
This is one piece of an overarching course on online learning, you can additionally register for the full series in lieu of just this one session. Zoom information will be sent to participants via email after registration is confirmed.

If you would like to register for the full course (8-sessions), please register here before 10/19/2020.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) will be addressed in this session.

Assessment & Differentiating the Product: In this session, explore approaches for formal and informal assessments. The focus of this session will be to learn how to approach online assessments, rather than to create these assessments. Explore topics such as structure and methods, pacing/balancing your student's schedule, and strategies to improve citation and how to discuss plagiarism in an online world.

This session will involve one hour synchronous learning via Zoom, and a remaining hour of independent work with required task(s) to complete.

Zoom information will be sent upon confirmation of registration.

This is one piece of an overarching course on online learning, you can additionally register for the full series in lieu of just this one session. Zoom information will be sent to participants via email after registration is confirmed.

If you would like to register for the full course (8-sessions), please register here before 10/19/2020.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) will be addressed in this session.

Fostering Learning with Digital Media: In this session, explore ways to integrate digital media within your instruction. We will focus on utilizing specific approaches to build a community of learners prepared for the digital world we live in.

This session will involve one hour synchronous learning via Zoom, and a remaining hour of independent work with required task(s) to complete.

Zoom information will be sent upon confirmation of registration.

14. Literacy Network 2020-2021 **January Session

Program: School Improvement

Audience: PreK-12 ELA/Reading/Literacy Educators

Dates: 1/13/2021

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This educator's network will focus on professional dialogue aligned to evidence-based practices in literacy. Topic will be: Effective Practices in Writing. Session will include opportunities to share remote teaching practices. Small group break-out discussions will also be included. Choose only one date in January as session topic/format repeats to accommodate various schedules.

15. Literacy Network 2020-2021 **January Session

Program: School Improvement

Audience: PreK-12 ELA/Reading/Literacy Educators

Dates: 1/15/2021

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This educator's network will focus on professional dialogue aligned to evidence-based practices in literacy. Topic will be: Effective Practices in Writing. Session will include opportunities to share remote teaching practices. Small group break-out discussions will also be included. Choose only one date in January as session topic/format repeats to accommodate various schedules.
This is one piece of an overarching course on online learning, you can additionally register for the full series in lieu of just this one session. Zoom information will be sent to participants via email after registration is confirmed.

If you would like to register for the full course (8-sessions), please register here before 10/19/2020.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) will be addressed in this session.

Literacy & Accessibility: In this session, explore ways to build digital literacy and support learners of all needs. Learn how to build online content that can be utilized by students of different learning needs. Support basic digital skills to support the acquisition of knowledge through digital means.

This session will involve one hour synchronous learning via Zoom, and a remaining hour of independent work with required task(s) to complete.

Zoom information will be sent upon confirmation of registration.

This is one piece of an overarching course on online learning, you can additionally register for the full series in lieu of just this one session. Zoom information will be sent to participants via email after registration is confirmed.

If you would like to register for the full course (8-sessions), please register here before 10/19/2020.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) will be addressed in this session.

Real World Applications & Rigor: In this session, explore how to integrate real world experiences and enhance the rigor of your online classroom. Rigor doesn't mean more work, or harder work, but in a digital world we can extend it to real world applications that require students to utilize critical and analytical thinking strategies. Learn about best approaches to instil this level of rigor throughout your online teaching.

This session will involve one hour synchronous learning via Zoom, and a remaining hour of independent work with required task(s) to complete.

Zoom information will be sent upon confirmation of registration.

18. Literacy Network 2020-2021 **March Session

Program: School Improvement

Audience: PreK-12 ELA/Reading/Literacy Educators

Dates: 3/17/2021

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This educator's network will focus on professional dialogue aligned to evidence-based practices in literacy. Topic will be: Effective Practices in Writing. Session will include opportunities to share remote teaching practices. Small group break-out discussions will also be included. Choose only one date in March as session topic/format repeats to accommodate various schedules.

19. Literacy Network 2020-2021 **March Session

Program: School Improvement

Audience: PreK-12 ELA/Reading/Literacy Educators

Dates: 3/19/2021

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This educator's network will focus on professional dialogue aligned to evidence-based practices in literacy. Topic will be: Effective Practices in Writing. Session will include opportunities to share remote teaching practices. Small group break-out discussions will also be included. Choose only one date in March as session topic/format repeats to accommodate various schedules.
This is one piece of an overarching course on online learning, you can additionally register for the full series in lieu of just this one session. Zoom information will be sent to participants via email after registration is confirmed.

If you would like to register for the full course (8-sessions), please register here before 10/19/2020.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) will be addressed in this session.

Communication and Collaboration: In this session, explore ways to set expectations, establish norms, and foster effective parent communication skills. Learn best practices for digital communications professionally. Learn strategies for collaboration in the classroom.

This session will involve one hour synchronous learning via Zoom, and a remaining hour of independent work with required task(s) to complete.

Zoom information will be sent upon confirmation of registration.

This is one piece of an overarching course on online learning, you can additionally register for the full series in lieu of just this one session. Zoom information will be sent to participants via email after registration is confirmed.

If you would like to register for the full course (8-sessions), please register here before 10/19/2020.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) will be addressed in this session.

Reflection/Analysis: In this session, reflect on your learning and share takeaways amongst your colleagues. Lead breakouts on different topics and share your strengths and ask questions to shore up areas of uncertainty. By discussing and sharing, we can bring our ideas together as we embark on our digital journey.

This session will involve one hour synchronous learning via Zoom, and a remaining hour of independent work with required task(s) to complete.

Zoom information will be sent upon confirmation of registraton.

22. Literacy Network 2020-2021 **May Session

Program: School Improvement

Audience: PreK-12 ELA/Reading/Literacy Educators

Dates: 5/12/2021

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This educator's network will focus on professional dialogue aligned to evidence-based practices in literacy. Topic will be: Effective Practices in Writing. Session will include opportunities to share remote teaching practices. Small group break-out discussions will also be included. Choose only one date in May as session topic/format repeats to accommodate various schedules.

23. Literacy Network 2020-2021 **May Session

Program: School Improvement

Audience: PreK-12 ELA/Reading/Literacy Educators

Dates: 5/14/2021

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This educator's network will focus on professional dialogue aligned to evidence-based practices in literacy. Topic will be: Effective Practices in Writing. Session will include opportunities to share remote teaching practices. Small group break-out discussions will also be included. Choose only one date in May as session topic/format repeats to accommodate various schedules.