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1. Teaching In an Age of Stress - Mykal Karl

Program: Inservice Courses

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 10/3/2022 to 11/1/2022

Participants will expand their knowledge of stress and stressors to improve the quality of instruction in their professional practice and learn to recognize the signs of stress early in order to use specific interventions. Participants will learn how to leverage the power of self regulation, mind/body connections and the power of the brain in play and unfocused time to improve student outcomes in content areas.

2. Unpacking the NYS Computer Science/Digital Fluency Standards - E. Guarnieri

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/4/2022 to 11/8/2022

Participants will unpack the NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency Standards. The standards will be analyzed, and resources will be developed for use in the classroom. Participants will create their own lessons and activities, and begin to develop a resource library for these standards. Google Classroom will be the platform for the course. Participants must have a Google account in order to complete the activities. A personal Google account may be used.

3. The Power of Student Agency: Engaging Students Through Voice and Choice - K. Turri & L. Brophy

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

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

This course is designed to help educators create an environment where students can be creative and self-directed learners. If we want students to thrive, we need to empower them with the tools to become architects of their own learning. This course aims to walk teachers through the process of designing student-centered inquiry lessons to create learning experiences that leverage student curiosity, encourages exploration, and allows the members of a learning community to learn with and from each other. There will be a strong emphasis on building student agency through choice and voice. Participants will explore the various purposes of utilizing choice, such as encouraging retrieval practice and providing students agency in terms of how they demonstrate their learning. Each module includes resources, templates, and action items designed to encourage teachers to take what they are learning and create resources and lessons they can use with students immediately. This course will be conducted in an asynchronous online setting utilizing Google Classroom as the delivery platform. Course Objectives Participants will be able to: Define student agency and the role it plays in the classroom. Examine the various purpose of choice boards, such as encouraging retrieval practice or providing students agency in terms of how they demonstrate their learning. Explore ways that playlists can differentiate and personalize instruction for students. Create learning opportunities that allow students choice and voice the content and process of their work. Select and use digital tools to create, revise, and publish digital artifacts

4. Multi-Tier Approach to Teaching Students with Varying Abilities - A. Testagrose

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/11/2022 to 11/15/2022

In this course, you will be given an opportunity to explore multi-tier approaches to support teaching skills to students. Meeting students' current levels and moving them forward is important. This class will help all learn strategies and techniques to support in teaching all students. This course will provide educators with the understanding of the specific approaches and levels to teach students. This course will incorporate resources, lessons and programs to utilize in your own classroom. This course will be online through the platform of Google Classroom.

5. Creating Calm: Using Strategies to Teach Students with Special Needs Emotional Regulation A. Barragato

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/12/2022 to 11/16/2022

Emotion regulation is the ability to exert control over one's own emotional state. It may involve behaviors such as rethinking a challenging situation to reduce anger or anxiety, hiding visible signs of sadness or fear, or focusing on reasons to feel happy or calm. The ability to regulate emotions is challenging for students with special needs. Emotional regulation is important because it empowers one to choose emotional responses and actions. In the course, strategies to identify and self-regulate emotions will be outlined. Participants will develop a tool kit with resources to implement calm within their daily practice. This course is beneficial for teachers, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapist, Social Workers and School Psychologists.

6. Lets Learn about LessonPix - K. Sardi

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/13/2022 to 11/17/2022

LessonPix is a competitor to Boardmaker. It creates PDFs with ease and allows you to upload your work into other platforms to make them interactive. It is also an economical choice for speech language pathologist and all teachers working in the special education setting. In this course, you will learn how to make quick PDF materials for your special education students. You will explore all the settings and functions of LessonPix. To take this class you do not need a subscription, however, all of your materials will have a watermark on them. You need a subscription to remove the watermark. Check with your school district/department liaison to see if they have a group subscription. This course will be presented as a self-paced online format using Google Classroom, topics will include: 1. What is LessonPix and how is it different from other platforms? 2. Navigating the Dashboard 3. Editing symbols, saving work as PDFs and printing projects 4. Using Community Templates and using the play tools feature 5. Uploading work to PowerPoint and google to make it interactive.

7. Computer Science in STEM Classes - Fred Feraco

Program: Inservice Courses

Dates: 10/13/2022 to 11/10/2022

This course will incorporate elements of Cybersecurity, Computer programing, programing for aquarium and hydroponic systems, and Artificial Intelligence. Fred Feraco is a Research Science Teacher.

8. Project Learning and Rubric Creating - L. Schifano

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/17/2022 to 11/28/2022

Students sometimes need a creative outlet, especially since we now have limited time in the classroom. Project learning allows students to showcase what they know in a creative and fun way, while sharing the knowledge they have of a topic. Student in the class will learn about the benefits of project learning, Learn about different types of projects to showcase learning, how to create a project learning activity, learn how to create and make their own rubrics, and learn about the different types of project learning there is out there! Students will walk away from the class with a project idea and rubric to use with their classes.
This full day conference will offer teachers the opportunity to recharge as you begin the new school year. Laura Lynch will lead a tour and discussion of the Museum's exhibits and Deborah DeBetta will lead us in Mindfulness activities in the scenic atmosphere of the museum. Together they will help educators understand and implement innovative ways to take care of their mental, emotional and physical health.

10. Differentiation and Techniques in the ENL Classroom Grades 6-12 - M. Gargiulo & M. Vasko

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Grades 6-12

Dates: 10/18/2022 to 11/21/2022

The course entails unique and effective techniques to use for the ENL Classroom. Teachers will learn about ENL best practices to modify instruction and adapt their own lessons and curriculum to fit the needs of ENL students. This course can apply to any content area and grade levels ranging from middle school to high school. Teachers will have the opportunity to create useful materials and learn through collaboration with other members of the course. The four-week course will take teachers through different modifications and technques weekly. Teachers will submit their work at the end of each week

11. Flexible Seating Systems in the Classroom - K. Stordeur

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/18/2022 to 11/22/2022

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Flexible seating is gaining popularity in classrooms across the country. Research demonstrates the multitude of benefits flexible seating can have on academic performance. Movement increases blood flow, which in turn increases the amount of oxygen delivered to you brain to help keep your mind alert. Flexible seating systems also facilitate trunk muscles for improved posture and core strength. For students with attention deficit disorder, flexible seating provides just enough movement to help reduce in seat fidgeting, which in turn enhances focus. For students with social anxiety and testing anxiety, flexible seating offers not only more comfortable seating, but allows for flexibility of location in the classroom, allowing the anxious or inattentive student a place that can minimize stress and distractions for enhance focus and participation, engagement, and thus improved performance. Providing seating alternatives can create an environment that is engaging for students with a variety of needs, as well as the typically developing student or even those with superior intellect. As we have all experienced the constraints placed upon us during this recent pandemic, flexible seating systems can be manipulated to allow ample space between students and staff as well. This course will include research on flexible seating systems in the classroom, provide a rationale for diverse types of seating systems, safety considerations, and offer a variety of options for classroom systems that can be used in all settings and age groups. This course will also provide educators and therapists with the tools they need to identify the type of system that will most benefit students in their classroom, as well as facilitate lessons, academic performance, engagement, attention, and anxiety reduction.

12. Emerging from a Pandemic: Self-Care for Educators - C. Korolczuk

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/20/2022 to 11/17/2022

The profession of education is stressful work, especially during times of a global pandemic and political turmoil. It is essential now, more than ever, that educators identify and learn appropriate tools to combat and alleviate job related stress. Through a mix of fun learning activities, interesting discussions and meaningful independent work, this course will focus on:
• Identifying and managing stress related triggers in the workplace
• Turning work's obstacles into advantages
• Building the proper mindset needed to navigate work related stressors
• Incorporating mindful practices as stress reduction tools
• Developing individualized self-care plans designed to reduce future work related stress This engaging course is appropriate for general and special education teachers, school psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors and any other professionals who interact with children regularly. This course will fulfill CTLE requirements.

13. A New Bully - Customizable Professional Development

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: All

Dates: 10/27/2022 to 12/1/2022

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Bullies have always existed, so why is it important to address cyber-bullying? In a nutshell, it can be extremely detrimental to the victim's physical and mental health and, in some cases, possibly deadly. Since cyber-bullying allows the anonymity of bullying from a distance, it can also be easily hidden from parents, friends and school administrators and adds an almost invisible dimension to the traditional face-to-face bullying that can be hard to detect and address. A primary goal of this course requires that teachers will learn various techniques that they can implement upon return to their classrooms. Additionally, teachers will reflect on what they are learning and propose a way to integrate cyber-bullying content into the classroom curriculum. This course is appropriate for all K-12 school professionals.

14. How Teachers can influence the lives of their students - C. Gruenfelder

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/1/2022 to 11/29/2022

This course will focus on how educators have a big role in the lives of their students and about the different influences they have in affecting students' connection to school, motivation, academic performance, and psycho-social well-being. It will talk about the ways teachers can change lives by focusing on home, school, internal and instructional factors and what the long term impact a teachers has on his or her students future outcomes. Also, fostering skills like self-regulation instead of just test scores. This class is beneficial for all educators K-12, and related service providers. For this class you will need a google classroom account.

15. Advancing ELL Family-School Relationships - William Young

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: ALL

Dates: 11/2/2022 to 12/7/2022

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Anxiety and stress are major factors in the lives of both school professionals and students. The purpose of this course is to enhance student performance by minimizing the negative effects of stress in the classroom. Participants learn a working definition of stress and anxiety, study research findings on the cause of stress, learn reasons explaining its impact upon teaching and learning, and conduct a thorough assessment of stress factors in their classrooms. This knowledge facilitates application of tools and techniques to identify, prevent, and manage stressors to improve academic success. Participants will also identify specific students experiencing debilitating stress and take actions to address these problems and help the student restore personal equilibrium and enhance their performance. This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers and school professionals.

16. Autism Spectrum Disorder - Christine Mazza

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: ALL

Dates: 11/3/2022 to 12/8/2022

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We have all heard the expression, "on the spectrum,” but what does it mean? What implications would this have on your classroom? This course will review the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Participants will examine best instructional practices and methodologies. This course is appropriate for all teachers K-12.

17. Multi Cultural Education for the 21st Century - Tiffany Galligan

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: ALL

Dates: 11/7/2022 to 12/12/2022

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Teachers in the 21st Century classroom are facing the most diverse group of students from a racial, cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic background. As diversity increases, so does the need for teacher training in developing pedagogical skills to meet the demands that are a result of this increased diversity. Teachers in this course will develop lessons and instructional strategies that benefit all students, native English speaking and ELL students. Teachers will develop competencies and skills to teach within their content and implement an understanding of how language is structured, acquired, developed, and how they vary.

18. Podcasts in the Classroom - C. Castellano

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/8/2022 to 12/13/2022

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This in-service will provide a basic understanding of what podcasts are and how teachers can use them to increase communication with their students and families. Participants will have the opportunity to create an oral history for their class as well as engage students at a deeper level. For this in-service participants will need a personal gmail account.

19. Thrivers:: Why Some Students Shine....ONLINE Book discussion with Dr. Michele Borba

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 11/8/2022

Study with the author of "Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine". Thrivers are different: they flourish in our fast-paced, digital-driven, often uncertain world. Why? Through her in-depth research, Dr. Borba discovered that the difference comes down not to grades or test scores, but to seven character traits that set Thrivers apart--confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism. The even better news: these traits can be taught to children at any age...in fact, parents and educations must do so. In Thrivers, Dr. Borba offers practical, actionable ways to develop these traits in children from preschool through high school, showing how to teach kids how to cope today so they can thrive tomorrow. Participants will receive a book prior to the presentation.

20. Ed Tech Tools for the Classroom - Dr. Monica Burns

Program: Conferences

Audience: Educators

Dates: 11/9/2022

In a world awash in technology, what EdTech skills and strategies should educators focus on to ensure they are making the best use of online spaces for classroom learning? This session will include an overview of the top technology strategies for all learning environments. Participants will examine ways to help students navigate online spaces, share their learning and connect their work to relevant audiences, develop transferable skills, and create digital learning products. During this interactive session, participants will explore ways to curate the best digital resources for students, how to introduce opportunities for students to explore the world, as well as the importance of developing collaboration structures and assessing students with intention. The session will conclude with tips for planning future tech-rich learning experiences. Registration 8:00 to 8:30. Presentation begins at 8:30. Lunch included

21. Belonging-Centered Classroom Management - Online Webinar - L. Barron and P. Kinney

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 11/10/2022

Classroom management can be defined as the strategies and attitudes through which a teacher organizes and operates the classroom environment in order to provide the best possible setting for academic and social-emotional learning. It is the thread that runs through everything that happens. And for most teachers, it is a matter that requires thought and concern on a daily basis. Belonging and classroom management go hand-in-hand, complementing and supporting each other. The relationship between the two can be complex, but it's genuinely difficult to have one without the other. This webinar will focus on sharing specific, practical strategies that promote belonging-centered classroom management. We will also help teachers develop a mental filter to run their management strategies through to ensure their words and actions promote, rather than diminish, the chances that students will feel a sense of belonging.

22. Mars by Remote Through Coding - In-Person At The Cradle Of Aviation Museum

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 11/29/2022

Mars exploration depends on the dynamic communication system between NASA and their Martian rovers. Through hands-on activities, teachers will explore ways that will help their elementary students develop the computational thinking skills, problem solving techniques and team building strategies that NASA is using with their rovers. Educators will spend time learning how to code robots, engage in team building challenges and spend time in the theater

23. Implementing Project Based Learning - Suzie Boss

Program: Conferences

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 12/6/2022

Getting Off to a Good Start with PBL Project-based learning has the potential to lead to deeper, more engaging learning for your students. But not all projects generate the same high-quality results. This hands-on workshop is designed to guide you through the project design process. Expect to build your toolkit of strategies for managing and assessing PBL, including classroom routines for student-centered learning and check-ins to make sure all students are making progress toward important learning goals. Case studies from across content areas and grade levels will inspire you to design real-world projects that will challenge your students to be effective problem solvers. Registration - 8:00AM - Presentation - 8:30AM - Lunch Included

24. Ed Tech Tools - Conference Follow up - ONLINE - Continue Learning with Dr. Monica Burns

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 12/7/2022

Dr. Monica Burns will continue to discuss technology in the classroom. No previous participation is required. In a world awash in technology, what EdTech skills and strategies should educators focus on to ensure they are making the best use of online spaces for classroom learning?

25. Book Study with Mykal Karl using the book ONWARD by Elena Aguilar - Participants will receive copy of ONWARD to prepare for the course.

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Educators - all levels

Dates: 1/9/2023 to 2/27/2023

This 15 hour online asynchronous book study will explore the area of educator stress. Onward tackles the problem of educator stress and provides a practical framework for taking the burnout out of teaching.