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1. Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Evaluations - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 2/26/2018

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Throughout New York state students who are culturally and linguistically diverse are over-represented in special education classifications. One of the leading factors in this problem is the inappropriate use of standardized evaluation measures and reporting of scores. In this training participants will learn about culturally and linguistically appropriate evaluation methods, as well as the regulations behind these methods. Dynamic assessments and model evaluations will be discussed. This training is intended for speech evaluators, school psychologists, and administrators of special education.

2. Arts for Learning! Arts for Life! A Look at the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts and their Implications

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Arts educators, administrators responsible for the arts, and central office curriculum leaders

Dates: 2/27/2018

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With new arts standards, schools and districts must consider their current practices and how to shift curriculum, instruction, and assessment to help learners meet and exceed the new benchmarks set.

This half-day workshop will provide educators of the arts, as well as administrators, with an overview of the new arts standards including connections to the five disciplines of: Visual Arts, Media Arts, Music, Dance, and Theater (a second discipline specifc workshop can be offered later, based on need). After the standards awareness portion of the morning, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a short needs assessment experience to help in defining areas of support in the arts moving forward.

3. Engineering in the Elementary Classroom

Program: Science 21

Audience: K-6

Dates: 2/27/2018

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The New York Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) include engineering for all students. This workshop will provide a comprehensive review of the engineering practices. Participants will explore, through hands on design problems and challenges, the shifts in instruction that are needed to successfully implement engineering in their classrooms. They will use this experience to master the engineering design cycle and learn the new vocabulary. They will leave with resources to plan further activities and an understanding of how to integrate engineering into their Science, CCLS, ELA and Math curricula.

4. Promoting Academic Language & Literacy in Spanish-ADVANCED

Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

Dates: 2/27/2018 to 2/28/2018

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This two-day professional development workshop designed to provide participants with effective methodologies for teaching academic language and literacy to students receiving instruction in Spanish. The session will focus on improving the development of student comprehension, as well as targeting and strengthening writing instruction. The two-day session will be facilitated in Spanish. Participants must have attended the beginner course to register for the Advanced workshop.

5. Blending Grammar and Vocabulary Instruction

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: General education teachers grades K-5, secondary ELA teachers, and ELA instructional coaches

Dates: 2/28/2018

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In this workshop, participants will explore strategies to teach both grammar and vocabulary simultaneously while connecting them to the writing process and to reading comprehension. Teachers will learn easy-to-use, engaging models applicable to every elementary and secondary ELA classroom. Participants will also engage in demonstrations of RxEdit and RxRevise, which address individual writing deficits through a differentiated, innovative approach.

Techniques to be explored include:
-Morphology charts
-Graphic organizers for pre-writing and revision
-Ready-to-go resources for teaching vocabulary in the context of well-written sentences drawn from literature

6. New CSE/CPSE Chairperson Training (3-Day) - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 2/28/2018 to 3/13/2018

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This three-day training is designed for new CSE and Subcommittee Chairpersons. Participants will gain an understanding of the Chairperson's role as defined within the laws and regulations of New York State and will learn to facilitate parent participation throughout the CSE process. A specific session on the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) process will also be provided.

7. IEPs for English Language Learners Part 2 - SW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 2/28/2018

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The Individualized Education Program is the cornerstone of the special education process for each student. It is the tool to document how one student’s special needs related to his/her disability will be met within the context of an educational environment. English Language Learners have specific needs that other students may not. In this training participants will use evaluations and other documentation to develop a culturally and linguistically appropriate IEP for an ELL student. All participants must have attended part 1 of this training in the past to learn the background knowledge required for this training.

8. Diploma and Credential Options for Students with Disabilities - Rockland BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 3/1/2018

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Join us as we examine all graduation and exiting credential options for students with disabilities including the 4+1 Pathway, the appeals process, local diploma options, the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential and the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential. *Please Note: This workshop is intended as an overview only. Participants will learn about graduation options, updates to diploma requirements and eligibility requirements for the CDOS and Skills credentials.

9. PBIS Booster: Social-Behavior Lesson Planning - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 3/1/2018

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This full-day workshop will focus on critical elements necessary for designing a curriculum to teach school-wide behavior expectations and skills. Participants will receive instruction on, resources for, and opportunities to review and create social/emotional/behavioral lesson plans consistent with research-based practices and the fidelity indicator items from the Benchmarks of Quality (BOQ). Participants will engage in the active construction of their own lesson plan and will receive collaborative feedback with an objective of leaving the workshop with one or more completed lessons and an action plan for the future development and teaching of social behaviors. DAY OF TRAINING: Participants are asked to bring copies of their school’s PBIS Matrix or lists of their school-wide expectations and skills. If desired, participants may also bring examples of previous social-behavior lesson plans to review and modify during the workshop. It is highly recommended participants bring their own laptops or electronic devices which support Microsoft Word in order to create personal, electronic versions of their lesson plans. Presenter's Recommendation: Register for the Team Implementation Guidance (TIG) on 3/12/18 for additional support in application of skills learned and/or in turn-keying content at your school.

10. Brunch and Lunch: iTutor

Program: Education Technology

Audience: Guidance Counselors and Administrators

Dates: 3/1/2018

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Please join us for a Brunch & Learn sponsored by iTutor on how virtual tutoring is helping schools bring differentiated instruction to students and is an effective solution for schools implementing Next Generation English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards for ENLs/ELLs, and SWDs. You will also learn how virtual tutoring, and the unlimited ability to re-play recorded sessions, give students who are no longer enrolled in last year’s courses, an advantage as they prepare to take the August Regents and the SAT in March/May/June/August.

11. OPALS User Group Meeting

Program: Professional Library

Audience: Library Media Specialists, Library Clerks and Library Aides

Dates: 3/1/2018

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The Putnam|Northern Westchester BOCES School Library System will host an OPALS User Group meeting at 200 BOCES Dr., Yorktown Heights, NY. The meeting will be from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join fellow librarians at this local User Group meeting with Harry Chan to learn how to get the most out of your library software. Attend this FREE User Group meeting and in addition to having your questions answered by the CEO of MediaFlex, you will gain valuable insight on the latest features and updates! LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED. For questions regarding this activity, please contact Kathy Friedlander at kfriedlander@pnwboces.org.

12. NYSUT - Teaching Students to be Peacemakers

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Dates: 3/1/2018 to 3/29/2018

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To register for this course go to www.nysut.org/elt

This course will provide theory, a research background and strategies for participants to implement a peacemaker program in their classes and school. Participants will be able to teach conflict management procedures and skills to students and apply negotiating techniques and peer mediation strategies to manage conflict in the learning environment. The program is designed to have educators experience these skills and strategies and then apply them to their students. The strategies presented are intended to teach students how to negotiate, manage anger, mediate conflicts and practice peacemaking skills. The fundamental principle of the course is that students must be taught constructive behavior patterns and these teachings must be continuously reviewed and refined so they become a permanent characteristic of the students' behavior. .

Target audience: All educators grades K-12

Credit Options: 3 graduate credits through Adelphi. In-service credit based on district policy

Fees: Graduate fee: $1,065 In-service fee: $645 (includes required text)

Coordination fee: $40 payable to PNW BOCES. Go to www.pnwboces.org/catalog to pay coordination fee.

13. Neuropsychology of Reading: Implications for Instruction & Intervention

Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

Dates: 3/2/2018

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This presentation will provide a neuropsychological framework for the assessment and remediation of reading problems, including methods for assessing auditory processing capacities (phonological awareness and phonological processing), language abilities, working memory, executive functions, and reasoning abilities. How these mental capacities impact on various aspects of reading skill development will be explored in depth. Discussion of remediation will focus on the most effective approaches and materials for more specialized reading instruction along with an understanding of what various remedial approaches do, and do not, provide. Equal emphasis will be placed on the reading research literature and the clinical practice of assessing reading problems and identifying appropriate instructional methods. Learning objectives: At the end of the program, participants will be able to: 1. Describe the components of a neuropsychological framework for diagnostic assessment of reading difficulties. 2. Link assessment results to evidence-based remedial reading instructional practices. 3. Describe the major areas of emphasis in the remediation of reading difficulties. 4. List evidence-based programs and techniques that can be used to address reading difficulties. PNW BOCES is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer continuing education for school psychologists. PNW BOCES is solely responsible for all aspects of the program and its content.

14. Follett User Group Meeting

Program: Professional Library

Audience: Library Media Specialists, Library Clerks and Library Aides

Dates: 3/2/2018

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Putnam|Northern Westchester BOCES School Library System will host a Follett User Group Meeting. Join fellow LMS, Library Clerks, and Library Aides from the region at this local User Group meeting with Rusty White to get the most out of your library software. Topics being covered:


•Review existing features and functionality


•Google Chrome extension – see your library resources first when doing a Google search!


•Single sign-on


•Learning Mgt System (LTI) Integration


•Open Educational Resources


•Biblionasium integration


•Destiny Discover There is no fee to attend. For questions regarding this activity, please contact Kathy Friedlander at kfriedlander@pnwboces.org.

15. Generation Ready - Strengthening Literacy Teaching and Learning for the Adolescent Reader (Grades 6-8)

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grades 6 -8 classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and instructional leaders

Dates: 3/6/2018

Moving all students to reading on or above grade level by the beginning of high school necessitates a specific comprehensive strategy, including increasing effective literacy instruction and academic vocabulary across ELA and content areas.

This workshop deepens teachers’ understanding of the complexity of the texts they use and the challenges these pose for the readers, helping them plan and implement small group work that allows students to collaborate around complex texts. Participants will also learn how to identify students struggling with comprehension and how to track progress over time through a tiered assessment strategy.
The Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential is a credential awarded to students who are prepared for entry level employment. All students may earn this credential as an approved pathways assessment for graduation. Students with disabilities may also earn this credential as a pathways assessment, an additional credential issued with a diploma, or as a stand alone exiting credential. One of the requirements for Option 1 of the CDOS Commencement Credential is 216 hours of Career and Technical education and/or work-based learning (with at least 54 hours of WBL). Students can earn these hours in a variety of ways including registered work-based learning programs. This session will provide an overview of the four registered work-based learning programs in New York State and requirements for program registration. Students may also earn the CDOS Commencement Credential by passing one of the National Work Readiness Credential Assessments. This session will provide an overview of each of the possible assessments for Option 2. Attending the CDOS Overview workshop prior to registering for this session is highly recommended.

17. DBT in Schools Information Session

Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

Dates: 3/6/2018

PNW BOCES is excited to announce the 3rd DBT in Schools Information Session. We are honored to have Dr. Alec Miller, Co-founder and Clinical Director of Cognitive Behavioral Consultants (CBC) present the evidence base, biosocial theory and the format and structure of the treatment model for the third cohort of school districts interested in implementing DBT. DBT targets youth who exhibit at least some degree of emotional and behavioral dysregulation and uses all of the DBT modes of treatment. This model is more broadly considered secondary and tertiary prevention interventions and often pull students out of class for skills group.Please join us to learn more about bringing DBT into you school district.

18. Questioning as a Leadership Strategy

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Building leaders, district leaders, and teacher leaders

Dates: 3/7/2018 to 4/20/2018

The art of asking questions can be a powerful force in helping us to identify and solve problems, come up with innovative solutions, and pursue fresh opportunities. In a world ruled by answers, the benefit of inquiry can be lost, particularly for leaders tasked with making difficult decisions in short time frames.

During this workshop series, participants will have the opportunity to learn alongside Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, as they reflect on the value of inquiry and consider what makes questions so necessary to the lives that we lead. Regional educational leaders will then work with attendees to explore a number of questioning strategies, including the Question Formulation Technique, the Framework for Accountabile Decision-Making, and the Why-What If-How Protocol that can help make questioning an integral part of their leadership repertoire. In-between sessions, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in a QFT experience in their home schools/districts and share their findings and wonderings during the second session.

19. Viewing and Doing: Literacy for a Visual Culture (Grades 9-10)

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grades 9-10 ELA teachers

Dates: 3/7/2018

Join a community of teachers committed to supporting students’ creative expression and critical thinking through the process of viewing and creating media. Learn how to use the Jacob Burns Film Center’s (JBFC) free online resources to help your students develop their capacity as storytellers and communicators. You’ll also learn from classroom teachers who are effectively integrating these media arts strategies into English Language Arts and Literacy instruction with the JBFC’s curriculum Image, Sound, and Story. This hands-on and interactive workshop in the JBFC’s Media Arts Lab will leave you inspired and equipped to teach through your students’ language: image, sound, and story.
This program is solely for those currently enrolled in the Hudson Valley Cohort 1. In an effort to further support the important work undertaken by your schools, we have established the Yale CEI Professional Support Network for current school based implementation teams and district level leaders to move this important work from theory to practice. Your leadership and participation in the PNW BOCES Center for Educational Leadership//Yale Initiative which includes Anchor training, understanding of RULER, the Mood Meter, Charter and Best Self Strategies has already put you, your district and your building at the forefront of this transformational work. What will your leadership team's work look like after two months? Has your team created a vision, goals, environments of care and collaboration? Are folks beginning to recognize their emotions and see the importance of how their feelings impact their teaching? We will be meeting regionally to share best practices, answer questions and address challenges, and customize implementation to meet the discreet needs of your building. We will continue to immerse ourselves in the ""how" of transforming our schools.

21. Young Makers and Engineers: A Focus on Making in Grades K-2

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Teachers and administrators of grades K-2

Dates: 3/7/2018

Making involves skills that apply learning, regardless of the age.

This workshop will focus entirely on activities and projects suitable for young makers in grades K-2. Participants will explore resources and ideas that can be used to inspire student imagination, creativity, and making skills, including some that spring from fairy tale stories, folk tales and popular literature.

Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas with colleagues, design projects, and learn new techniques. Suggestions will be provided for age-appropriate tools and scaffolding skills. Safety considerations will be discussed as well. Connections will also be made to engineering vocabulary and the design cycle, reinforcing students understanding of the making process, problem-solving, and learning from failure.

22. Mandarin User Group Meeting

Program: Professional Library

Audience: Library Media Specialists, Library Clerks, and Library Aides

Dates: 3/8/2018

Putnam|Northern Westchester BOCES School Library System will host a Mandarin User Group meeting. Join fellow LMS, Library Clerks, and Library Aides from the region at this local User Group meeting to learn how to get the most out of your library software and learn more about new features of Mandarin M5 and Oasis. Attend this free User Group meeting and in addition to having your questions answered by our Mandarin representative, you will gain valuable insight on all the latest feature and upgrades.
This half-day forum provides an opportunity for school administrators to stay up-to-date on current research, national trends in multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), and evidence-based practices to implement in their schools. During the 2017-2018 forums, administrators will have the opportunity to assess their current systems and practices and work towards developing a multi-tiered system of support that includes tiered interventions, student data collection, and fidelity of implementation measures. Administrators will receive individualized support from the RSE-TASC specialists to review their school's current social and behavioral programs and determine how to effectively measure student success. Keywords: PBIS, MTSS, Responsive Classroom, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice, Ruler, DBT
Putnam Transition Consortium: Improving Post-secondary Outcomes for Young Adults in Putnam County with Disabilities Interagency collaboration is an evidence-based practice in improving post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. It is a key component of a transition program that moves students from secondary settings (e.g., middle school/high school) to adult life, utilizing comprehensive transition planning and education that creates individualized opportunities, services, and supports to help students achieve their post school goals in education/training, employment, and independent living. Our mission is to improve transition plans and post-secondary outcomes for Putnam County youth and young adults through communication and education of all transition stakeholders, including students, families, schools, and community agencies. Our goal is smooth and effective transition for students so they can live, learn, and earn in our community. Our model is a Community Transition Team, to improve community awareness, coordination, and communication among service providers, educators, community agencies, organizations, and families in Putnam County. This team will support students in achieving their goals after high school. Our plan of action will be to meet monthly to share information, questions, and resources. Pertinent transition topics, news, and events will be shared. Each meeting will contain a mini-teach from one of our members, collaborative case studies, and community planning.

25. Hudson River Teacher Center Secondary Science Standards Update- Middle School

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Audience: Science teachers, teaching assistants, special education teachers and department leaders in grades 6 - 8

Dates: 3/9/2018

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At this half-day workshop, participants will learn how to read and interpret the three dimensions of the New York State P-12 Science Standards with a focus on grades 6 - 8. This event is open to Hudson River Teacher Center Member districts.

26. Hudson River Teacher Center Secondary Science Standards Update- High School

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Audience: Science teachers, teaching assistants, special education teachers and department leaders in grades 9 - 12

Dates: 3/9/2018

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At this half-day workshop, participants will learn how to read and interpret the three dimensions of the New York State P-12 Science Standards with a focus on grades 9 - 12. This event is open to Hudson River Teacher Center Member districts.

27. Historical Expeditions: The Vietnam War

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Audience: All educators, administrators and school staff

Dates: 3/9/2018 to 3/10/2018

Vietnam was one of the longest wars in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

This course will combine a lecture and discussion presentation and site visitations to the New York Historical Society and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City.

Participants will be able to:
- discuss the events leading up to the American intervention in Vietnam
- identify the leaders of both sides of the conflict
- define the effects of the war at home
- apply knowledge learned in this course into classroom lessons about history, citizenship and democracy

Friday, March 9th, 2018 (4:00 PM – 9:00 PM) Multimedia presentation at Carmel High School

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 (9:00 AM – 7:00 PM) Site visit to New York Historical Society and Intrepid Air and Space Museum

28. Recertification Training of Lead Evaluators of Teachers-Spring Cohort

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Lead evaluators of teachers who have previously attended the initial lead evaluator training

Dates: 3/12/2018

This workshop fulfills the requirement for recertification of lead evaluators of teachers. Participants should have previously taken the new lead evaluator of teacher training. This workshop is an opportunity for teams from a district or individuals to share problems of practice in implementing 3012-d and enhance their skills in supervision and coaching of teachers. The basic requirements of 3012-d will be reviewed and inter-rater reliability training will be included.

Based on past requests, an additional half-day session for inter-rater reliability training is being offered this year. The session will take place on February 1, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Registration can be accessed here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13064&I=2445719.

29. Tackling the Social Studies Enduring Issues in the MIddle School Classroom

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Middle school social studies teachers, chairs, and administrators

Dates: 3/12/2018 to 4/25/2018

Your incoming students beginning in September 2017 will face a new type of questioning on social studies New York State assessments as they proceed through the grades.

Since all districts in the state are working to implement the 2014 Social Studies Framework, now is the time to prepare your students for Evidence-Centered Design on assessments.

This workshop will model and provide opportunities for teachers to view, create, collaborate, and share appropriate tasks usable in their classrooms. The tasks will focus on strategies to address document analysis, multiple choice questions, and short answer questions as preparation for the enduring issue essay. Teachers can expect to come away with specific examples that they can integrate into their lessons.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet, and if one is not readily available, PNW BOCES will provide a laptop so you can participate in question development.
Monthly meeting of the Lower Hudson RSE-TASC regional team. Professional development and planning to support regional schools and districts in improving outcomes for students with disabilities.

31. Digital Privacy Technology Showcase

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Teachers, administrators, educational technology specialists, information technology specialists, and human resources specialists

Dates: 3/13/2018

Technology Showcases are designed to present a landscape of options for K-12 teachers that support their specific content area(s) and address ISTE NETS Technology Standards for students. By design, these sessions showcase a variety of technology tools and applications suitable for multiple devices and encourage active discussion regarding immediate use in classrooms.

Technology Showcase sessions are designed with the idea of learn today, do tomorrow, in mind. Participants can expect to see, try, and discuss a wide variety of technology applications that are accessible via web browser, tablet/mobile device, and/or smartphone. Attendees will accomplish this through a balance of guided instruction, partner/group work, and independent reflection.

Technology Showcases are intended to help participants use technology during various instructional moments within their respective disciplines. Examples include:
-Research & planning
-Prep of digital curriculum or instructional materials
-A displayed do now, online quiz/game, or flash cards
-A presentation
-A demo/tutorial
-Subject matter interactives
-Online videos w/questions
-Data collection using surveys, polls, and forms
-One-on-one review of desk work
-Pairs, trios, teams, and whole group work
-Comments, edits, suggestions
-Media
-Formative/summative assessment.

How can we use our knowledge of technology to support our awareness of digital privacy? The “Privacy Paradox” is a 5-day personal challenge from WNYC’s Note to Self podcast series and challenges each of us to examine the science, psychology, and technology behind our choices for developing and maintaining our digital identities. Using the content from these episodes as a launching pad, participants will work together to develop a personal privacy doctrine that will allow each attendee to become more informed about the choices people make regarding digital privacy
*This is a work session designed for school teams, in which teams should bring school data and/or materials they would like to work on.* This half-day work session provides schools with an opportunity for individual consultation, professional development, and technical assistance from the RSE-TASC trainers in order to improve the fidelity of implementation for your school's social and behavior supports. We are available to help your school extend their understanding and application of evidence-based practices related to building effective multi-tiered systems of behavioral interventions. Whether you are looking for guidance on your individualized FBA and BIP materials, your targeted group behavior curriculum, or your school-wide teaching of expectations, the RSE-TASC team is available to advise and assist you.

33. Library Council Meeting

Program: Professional Library

Audience: SLS Council Members

Dates: 3/14/2018

The School Library System Council is responsible for developing and approving the Plan of Service; is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Plan of Service; does long-range and short-range planning, and supports the Plan of Service by serving on a committee; evaluates the system's services; and approves the annual budget and the system's annual report.

The PNW BOCES School Library System Council meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will be held at the School Services Building at 200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, directly following network meetings, unless otherwise noted: *Tuesday, September 26, 2017 *Thursday, November 9, 2017 *Thursday, January 11, 2018 *Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8:30 am-10:00 am (preceding network meeting) *Wednesday May 16, 2018, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm

34. The Effective Workshop: Leading Conferences and Small Groups With Traction and Accountability:

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Teachers grades K - 5, co-teachers, literacy coaches, and instructional leaders

Dates: 3/14/2018

Conferring and small group time is limited and precious, so teachers always need to make the most of their teaching time. Workshop presenter, Alyssa Newman of Prime Learning Advisors, will be sharing several unique strategies to lift the level of workshop teaching in both conferences and small groups. Teachers will have an opportunity to think carefully about all aspects to fine-tune planning and teaching structure, as well as create tools/modifications to support students in working independently long after group work is over.

35. SLS Network Meeting: Internet Safety and Best Practices for Databases

Program: Professional Library

Audience: Library Media Specialists and Library Teachers

Dates: 3/14/2018

Internet Safety, presented by Westchester County Assistant District Attorney from the High Technology Crime Bureau: Learn how you, in your role, can keep your students safe on the internet. Learn about current cases with different apps.

Best Practices for Databases: Most students access current, high-quality research materials through subscription databases. At this meeting, LMS will explore best practices and share their top databases.

School Library System Network Meetings are offered five times per school year and are vital in LMS communication throughout the region.

Network meeting participants: *Learn best practices from across the region *Provide feedback on a school library program problem of practice using a defined protocol *Serve as a spokesperson for your school's and/or district's needs *Secure additional resources for your school/district *Play a critical role in the overall effective operation of the School Library System

Participants communicate information back to their schools and districts about: *Common Core State Standards and Empire State Information Fluency Continuum implementation *Common Core research tools and tools to service special needs and ELL students *Subscription databases and educational technology tools *Free resources to support classroom instruction

The PNWBOCES School Library System Network Meetings for the 2017-2018 school year will be held at the School Services Building at 200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, on the following dates and times: *Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:30 am-9:30 am *Thursday, November 16, 2017, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm *Thursday, January 11, 2018, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm *Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 10:00 am-12:00 pm *Friday, June 1, 2018, 7:30 am-10:00 am

Meeting participants will be able to use the Professional Library space for additional networking before and after network meetings.

36. Teachable Moments: Science 21, In the News (2nd Session)

Program: Science 21

Audience: K-6

Dates: 3/15/2018

Nothing keeps curriculum current like tying it to what’s happening in the world around us!  Join us for a BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) learning session as we discuss current science happenings and how these can be incorporated into the Science 21 curriculum at different grade levels.  The facilitator will share a number of resources and articles prior to each session.  Feel free to bring some of your own resources and ideas to the session as well!  Since discussed topics will change as science events in the world do, you can enroll in one or both sessions!  Note: these are half-day sessions from  12:00-3:00.

37. Teachable Moments: Science 21, In the News! (Session 2)

Program: Science 21

Audience: K-6

Dates: 3/15/2018

TEACHABLE MOMENTS: SCIENCE 21, IN THE NEWS! Nothing keeps curriculum current like tying it to what’s happening in the world around us!  Join us for a BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) learning session as we discuss current science happenings and how these can be incorporated into the Science 21 curriculum at different grade levels.  The facilitator will share a number of resources and articles prior to each session.  Feel free to bring some of your own resources and ideas to the session as well!  Since discussed topics will change as science events in the world do, you can enroll in one or both sessions!  Note: these are half-day sessions from 12:00-3:00.

38. Generation Ready - A Balanced Approach to Teaching Literacy in Grades K - 2

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grades K-2 classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and instructional leaders

Dates: 3/16/2018

Literacy teaching can only be described as truly effective when it positively impacts student learning. Successful teachers can skillfully integrate a range of instructional approaches and resources to meet the diverse learning needs of their students. Successful literacy learning and teaching involves a shift in responsibility from teacher to student, with new learning introduced in the most supportive setting. This new learning takes place in the zone of proximal development; It is in the struggle that new learning occurs.

During this workshop, participants will:
-Learn to flexibly use a range of instructional practices to meet the diverse needs of their students. These strategies are the tools of effective practice and teachers should plan for whole class, small groups and independent work.
-Develop varying degrees of support that gradually releases responsibility that will come through shared, guided reading and writing (to, with, and by) with the students, leading to independent reading and writing by the students
-Support students to develop the stamina and resilience that comes from engaging them in challenging tasks where they read and write for authentic purpose.
District clerks, both new to the position and experienced, will benefit from this session which is inclusive of new strategies and resources. This workshop will review roles and responsibilities of the district clerk including: a review of the district clerk’s duties and responsibilities, how to develop well-constructed agendas and minutes, executive session, freedom of information/open meetings laws, school budgets and district elections and annual re-organization meetings. This program is under coser #614.

40. Generation Ready - A Balanced Approach to Teaching Literacy in Grades 3 - 5

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grades 3-5 classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and instructional leaders

Dates: 3/16/2018

Literacy teaching can only be described as truly effective when it positively impacts student learning. Successful teachers can skillfully integrate a range of instructional approaches and resources to meet the diverse learning needs of their students. Successful literacy learning and teaching involves a shift in responsibility from teacher to student, with new learning introduced in the most supportive setting. This new learning takes place in the zone of proximal development; It is in the struggle that new learning occurs.

During this workshop, participants will:
-Learn to flexibly use a range of instructional practices to meet the diverse needs of their students. These strategies are the tools of effective practice and teachers should plan for whole class, small groups and independent work.
-Develop varying degrees of support that gradually releases responsibility that will come through shared, guided reading and writing (to, with, and by) with the students, leading to independent reading and writing by the students
-Support students to develop the stamina and resilience that comes from engaging them in challenging tasks where they read and write for authentic purpose.

41. Escalation Workshop

Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

Dates: 3/16/2018

The Escalation Workshop opens people’s eyes to the warning signs of relationship abuse. As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to identify the early warning signs of relationship abuse, including emotionally abusive behaviors that are often overlooked or downplayed, understanding of the difference between unhealthy and healthy relationship behaviors, and ways to engage young people in a preventative conversation on this topic, use strategies and action steps for talking with young people participants suspect or are concerned are experiencing or perpetrating unhealthy relationship behaviors and understanding of the intersection of related topics including the role of alcohol, consent, and technology and social media in healthy and unhealthy relationships.Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0127

42. Assistive Technology Forum March 2018

Program: Education Technology

Audience: Administrators, Special Education Teachers, Related Service Providers, Technologists

Dates: 3/16/2018

Join us for an opportunity to share and learn about assitive technology from low tech to high tech. This forum is specifically designed for individuals who support assistive technology. The focus of the March meeting will be announced in February.

43. TOPP (Technology/Occupational/Physical Therapy Practices) PLC March 2018

Program: Education Technology

Audience: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants

Dates: 3/19/2018

Join us for an opportunity to learn and share best practices regarding the use of technology as part of occupational and physical therapy. This forum is designed for individuals working in OT and PT departments.

44. Superintendent and School Board Relations

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Dates: 3/20/2018

A healthy, productive Superintendent-Board relationship is key to a school district’s success. Join us as we explore this relationship from both a legal and practical standpoint. Douglas Gerhardt, Esq., from Harris Beach will discuss the legal underpinnings of the Superintendent-Board relationship, outlining the roles and responsibilities of each, as set forth in law. Dr. Marie Wiles will engage participants in interactive discussions and exploration of different scenarios to learn strategies to foster effective communication and collaborative problem solving as well as ways to cultivate mutual trust and respect.

45. Crossing the Finish Line: Student Exit Summaries - SW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 3/20/2018

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Student Exit Summaries (SESs) are required for all students with IEPs during their exiting years. These are crucial documents as they can greatly assist students as they enter the next phases of their post high school lives. During this workshop we will discuss guidelines and regulations for completing SESs. We will view actual forms, and we will explore how districts gather and share SESs with students and families.

46. Generation Ready - Engaging Students in Discourse to Deepen Comprehension in Grades 3 - 5

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grades 3-5 classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and instructional leaders

Dates: 3/20/2018

Purposeful dialogue (quality conversations and student discourse), both between teacher and student and student and other students, is important in becoming literate. It develops students who are responsible to each other as listeners and makers of meaning. Through reciprocal reading exchanges, students work with the teacher (and a “more expert other”) and as they explore deeper meanings in texts they can share interpretations and responses. In small group discussion students have the opportunity both to engage in extended conversations about complex ideas and to have their understandings deepened by the ideas of their peers.

In this workshop, educators will take a deeper look at discourse, how to build it into literacy work, and ways to truly engage students in it in the upper elementary grades.

47. Generation Ready - Engaging Students in Discourse to Deepen Comprehension in Grades 6-8

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grades 6-8 classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and instructional leaders

Dates: 3/20/2018

Purposeful dialogue (quality conversations and student discourse), both between teacher and student and student and other students, is important in becoming literate. It develops students who are responsible to each other as listeners and makers of meaning. Through reciprocal reading exchanges, students work with the teacher (and a “more expert other”) and as they explore deeper meanings in texts they can share interpretations and responses. In small group discussion students have the opportunity both to engage in extended conversations about complex ideas and to have their understandings deepened by the ideas of their peers.

In this workshop, educators will take a deeper look at discourse, how to build it into literacy work, and ways to truly engage students in it in the upper elementary grades.

48. DASA Dignity for All Students Act - Mandated 6 hour certification workshop

Program: NYS State Certification Courses

Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

Dates: 3/20/2018 to 3/22/2018

In accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law, all applicants for Certification in NYS registered programs are required to complete six clock hours of Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyber bullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). This workshop will address the social patterns of harassment, bullying, and discrimination including, but not limited to those acts based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. It will also cover the identification and mitigation of harassment, bullying, and discrimination; and strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings. Successful completion of this course will meet the certification requirements in Sec14 (5) of Chapter 102 of the Laws of 2012.

49. Advocating for the School Library Program through Branding and Promotion

Program: Professional Library

Audience: Library Media Specialists, Library Teachers, and Administrators

Dates: 3/21/2018

Branding and promoting a school library program with students, faculty, administrators, and other key stakeholders will help it to thrive. Participants will explore advocacy best practices, including self-reflection to assess for effectiveness, using the American Library Association's Everyday Advocacy Toolkit for Promoting School Library Programs. Participants will practice techniques for advocating effectively through branding and promoting the school library program, share best practices, and develop individual plans.
Calling all educators and community agency providers! Please join us for an exciting new learning and networking opportunity designed to identify community-based supports and opportunities for high school students and young adults. School staff will become familiar with programs and services available to transitioning students including work readiness, career awareness, job placement, college and vocational supports, day habilitation and much more. Agency providers will gain knowledge about school programming needs and post-school planning.WE-CAN will meet in a different community agency location each month. Participants will learn about services each organization offers and how these offerings can benefit transitioning students. During the March event we will tour a vocational training program. You will observe students in action in both classroom and actual vocational settings. Light refreshments will be provided. Parking: Metered parking is available on Fisher Court next to the Slater Center. Parking is also available across the street in the Couthouse/Library lot. Please register for each event separately. WE-CAN Dates:
• Mar. 21, 8:30 am – 10:00 am, Culinary Tech Center, White Plains
• Apr. 13, 8:30 am – 10:00 am, Location to be determined
• May 9, 8:30 am – 10:00 am, Location to be determined
• June 13, 8:30 am – 10:00 am Location to be determined

51. FBA-BIP: Tier 3 Behavioral Interventions 3-Day - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 3/21/2018 to 5/18/2018

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This 3-day institute will walk school teams through the process of developing effective functional behavior assessments (FBAs) and behavior intervention plans (BIPs) using evidence-based tools and strategies, including techniques for assessing fidelity of implementation and monitoring student progress. Topics covered include behavioral data collection via indirect and direct assessments, the competing behavior pathway, and function-based intervention strategies that focus on teaching appropriate behaviors to replace challenging behaviors within the context of PBIS systems. Participants will have the opportunity to apply the information to create or modify their own plans, and will be asked to collect data in between training days to allow for meaningful application of the concepts covered. At the end of the training, participants will be able to design effective FBAs and BIPs, which will in turn increase students' pro-social behaviors. Presenter's Recommendation: Sign up for the Team Implementation Guidance (TIG) on 6/6/18 to receive additional support in application of skills learned and/or in turn-keying this content at your school.

52. Manhattanville: Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy Leadership Awareness Session

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Literacy coaches, school building leaders, school district leaders, human resources directors

Dates: 3/21/2018

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The Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy at Manhattanville College and PNW BOCES have partnered to offer a 13-credit graduate certificate program designed primarily for current Early Childhood, Childhood, Special Education and/or Literacy educators that prepares teachers to use a phonics-based approach to teaching reading. Modeled after the pioneering work of Dr. Samuel T. Orton, and adapted by Romalda Spalding, this approach, combined with an intensive in-school teacher training program, has been offered by The Reading Reform Foundation of New York for over 33 years and uses a multisensory approach to teaching reading, writing, spelling and comprehension.
The program features:
A unique 13-credit graduate certificate program
Phonics-based, multisensory approach to teaching reading, writing, spelling and comprehension
In-classroom, yearlong practicum featuring one-on-one mentoring

During this information session, participants will understand the scope and sequence of the program, costs, options for districts, and certification pathways available to all students in the program. District leaders and building leaders are encouraged to attend as well to hear about COSER-aidable options for schools.

53. School Violence Prevention & Intervention Workshop

Program: NYS State Certification Courses

Audience: Candidates applying for New York State teacher certification

Dates: 3/21/2018

Candidates applying for New York State teacher certification must complete two hours of coursework in school violence prevention and intervention. A certificate will be distributed to participants at the completion of the course. Forty five dollar registration fee must be paid by credit card. For more information contact jdarling@pnwboces.org or call 914-248-2345.

54. Supporting Struggling Learners in Secondary Mathematics

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Secondary math teachers, building/district administrators, math coaches, and district math coordinators

Dates: 3/22/2018 to 5/10/2018

The purpose of this workshop series is to identify the core principles of effective mathematics programs focusing primarily on the importance of instructional supports that can help accelerate learning and significantly narrow the achievement gap for middle and high school students.

Educators are seeking guidance on how best to teach students with disabilities and disadvantaged students who have traditionally struggled in the area of math, particularly regarding algebraic concepts. The session will highlight specific strategies to support the development of algebraic reasoning and thinking as well as continue to shift the mindset around math teaching and learning. Dr. Riccomini will draw upon the most currently available research-based evidence for teaching mathematics to struggling students and students with disabilities.

55. Threat Assessment Team Workshop

Program: Regional Safety Services

Dates: 3/22/2018

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Threat Assessment is a powerful tool which should be part of your school safety planning process. In this seminar we will learn: What is threat assessment? Does our school need a threat assessment team? Who should be on the team. Sergeant Amery Bernhardt will answer these questions and with our other presenters provide you with a framework for your own threat assessment team. KEY SPEAKER: Amery Bernhardt, a Sergeant with the Westchester County Department of Public Safety in New York and coordinator of department’s School Resource Officer program. He has conducted training and numerous exercises with schools. Additional presenters: Janice Severson, NYS Police Safe Schools Coordinator; Trooper Kristi Wilson, NYS Police School and Community Outreach Coordinator; Frank Guglieri, Regional Safety Coordinator; Carol Sneyd, Regional Safety Technician.
Transgender and nonconforming students have taken the spotlight in recent months. This workshop will be a combination of presentation, discussion, hypotheticals and group participation. It will contain updated information and resources. Topics will include: Legal definitions Current status of State and Federal Law Issues of concern for schools (restrooms, locker rooms, field trips, team sports, communication, etc.)
This workshop focuses on transition planning and assessments for students who have multiple disabilities. Join us as we discuss community agency eligibility and services. We will look at assessments especially targeted for students transitioning into the adult world. Various options will be explored and strategies for identifying and accessing post-secondary opportunities will be identified. Additionally, OPWDD Employment Training Supervisors Grady Miller and Bryan Bischoff will be on hand to discuss employment support initiatives both during and post high school, for youth who qualify.

58. Using Picture Books to Promote Pro-social Skills

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Pre-K - Grade 3 teachers, special education teachers, elementary school social workers and school psychologists

Dates: 3/23/2018

This half-day interactive workshop will focus on how educators can utilize picture books to enhance and promote pro-social skills. The goal for the session is two-fold: participants will learn how to be discerning about picture book selection with respect to strengthening social skills and will review specific strategies to conduct effective read-aloud sessions. The ideas discussed at this workshop will be directly related to the content cited in the New York State Next Generation ELA Standards. Attendees will receive a copy of the book Jamal and Me, written by Carol Franks-Randall on the day of the workshop.

59. DASA Dignity for All Students Act - Mandated 6 hour certification workshop

Program: NYS State Certification Courses

Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

Dates: 3/24/2018

In accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law, all applicants for Certification in NYS registered programs are required to complete six clock hours of Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyber bullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). This workshop will address the social patterns of harassment, bullying, and discrimination including, but not limited to those acts based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. It will also cover the identification and mitigation of harassment, bullying, and discrimination; and strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings. Successful completion of this course will meet the certification requirements in Sec14 (5) of Chapter 102 of the Laws of 2012.
This follow-up training is geared towards districts who participated in the Student-Directed IEPs series held since 2014. This event will offer participants an opportunity to continue developing skills and knowledge necessary for the student-directed IEP planning process. Topics will include: * Updates on Current Research * Strategies and Resources for Supporting Student Involvement in Their Own IEP Development Processes * Sharing of Current Practices * Showcase of Best practices in the Region * Facilitated Planning to Increase Capacity in Your District

61. Swap Your Center: Grades K - 2

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grades K - 2 teachers, special education teachers, instructional coaches, literacy specialists

Dates: 3/27/2018

Learning centers are spaces in a classroom at which students engage in group or independent skill-building learning activities inspired by and related to the current unit of study. To keep students learning, engaged, and active, centers must be unique and meaningful. In this special event, teachers will share center ideas with colleagues across disciplines in grades K - 2. Every Center Swap participant is expected to bring a center idea that is program agnostic. Each participant will have a space in the room to display the center where other attendees can experiment with the center and see it in action. In addition to visiting each center, workshop participants will provided with access to a digital compilation of the “how-to” for every center idea contributed to the event. To participate in this program, please register below and complete this application form: https://goo.gl/forms/hf7B1p053PNgk2K02

62. SWIS Training *By Invitation Only* - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 3/27/2018

The School-Wide Information System (SWIS) is a web-based system used to improve behavior support in schools by providing school personnel with accurate, timely, and practical information for making decisions about school environments. Participants will learn to maximize the appropriate use of SWIS. Existing SWIS schools should send all new users. New SWIS schools should send teams of 3-5 individuals who will assume the following roles: SWIS Administrator, Data Entry, and Data Analyst/ Reporter. Users will receive a user name and password after attending this training.

63. Swap Your Center: Grades 3 – 5

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grades 3 - 5 teachers, special education teachers, instructional coaches, literacy specialists

Dates: 3/27/2018

Learning centers are spaces in a classroom at which students engage in group or independent skill-building learning activities inspired by and related to the current unit of study. To keep students learning, engaged, and active, centers must be unique and meaningful. In this special event, teachers will share center ideas with colleagues across disciplines in grades 3 - 5. Every Center Swap participant is expected to bring a center idea that is program agnostic. Each participant will have a space in the room to display the center where other attendees can experiment with the center and see it in action. In addition to visiting each center, workshop participants will provided with access to a digital compilation of the “how-to” for every center idea contributed to the event. To participate in this program, please register below and complete this application form: https://goo.gl/forms/rlJ9I9mC22VzvQQH3

64. Supporting Students with Brain Injury

Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

Dates: 3/28/2018

Each year over 1,000,000 children sustain brain injuries ranging from mild to severe. Problems seen in children subsequent to brain injury may include deficits in attention and concentration, memory, organizational skills, executive functioning, changes in behavior, social skills and emotional control. These can present significant challenges for school personnel. As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to understand brain injury in all children (not just student athletes), recognize the signs & symptoms of brain injury, understand how to respond appropriately & assist with the student’s recovery process using a team approach (The REAP Protocol), identify teaching strategies/classroom accommodations that can assist with the student’s recovery and identify FREE resources available to children, their families and school personnel, including the statewide FACTS program. Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0127

65. Student Centered Learning

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Audience: K- 12 teachers and specials teachers

Dates: 4/9/2018 to 5/7/2018

Twenty first century learners must know how to be critical thinkers. We will examine ways to refocus our teaching so students can become more active learners. In turn, we can become more effective facilitators: empowering our students to find their voices and demonstrating their understanding and knowledge of the subject at hand. We will examine our current teaching styles and reflect on ways to start making changes. We will also look at our assessment tools (e.g. Flubberoo) which has some flaws making it hard to gain information on critical thinking. Instead we will create meaningful assessments that will effectively measure student learning. At the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of the components of a student-centered classroom and the tools you need to put it into practice. This class will be instructed and have participation between the instructor and participants. The participants will also have adequate time to comment and share.

66. SLS Annual Joint Conference - Fostering Dynamic Learning in School Libraries

Program: Professional Library

Audience: School Library Media Specialists, Building and District Administrators

Dates: 4/10/2018

SLS Annual Joint Conference - Fostering Dynamic Learning in School Libraries

Conference highlights:

*Special focus on the new AASL National School Library Standards

*Administrator of the Year Award

*Opening keynote with Sue Kowalski, Pine Grove MS LMS in East Syracuse and 2016 Library Journal Mover and Shaker

*Closing keynote with Annie Ward, Assistant Superintendent at Mamaroneck and co-author of From Striving to Thriving: How to Grow Confident Capable Readers

*Ten breakout sessions with special focus on the alignment to the new AASL National School Library Standards

*Exhibits

*Author signings

*Raffle

*Continental breakfast

*Lunch at Cermele Cafe.

Invite your administrators to join you to celebrate the admin award, network at a continental breakfast, and hear Sue Kowalski's morning keynote address: 8:00am-10:00am. Invite them to hear the Annie Ward's afternoon keynote address: 1:45 pm-3:00 pm. Email Kathy Friedlander with invited administrators' names to register.

Early Bird Special: Before March 2-$125; After-$150. For questions regarding this activity, please contact Kathy Friedlander.

67. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations - UPDATED

Program: Science 21

Audience: K-6

Dates: 4/10/2018

The ability to design and conduct a controlled experiment is a skill every science teacher and student needs to have. A "fair" test of a single factor, where other variables are held constant, leads to new scientific understanding. In this workshop participants will develop a working knowledge of independent, dependent and controlled variables and will learn how to design experimental procedures that are repeatable, and will lead to the accurate measurement and recording of data. To develop these skills, teachers will conduct several hands-on experiments, taken from the SCIENCE 21 curriculum, and work cooperatively to create a procedure for a novel experiment. The concepts taken from this workshop will fit fluidly with some of the engineering goals specified in the New York State Science Learning Standards and will also help prepare students for concepts tested on the New York State Elementary/Intermediate Level Science Tests.

68. The Power of Your Elevator Speech

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Dates: 4/10/2018

An elevator speech is a clear, brief message or “commercial” about you. It communicates who you are, what you're looking for and how you can benefit your school and district. It's typically about 30 seconds, the time it takes people to ride from the top to the bottom of a building in an elevator. Having a clear, articulate elevator speech and being able to cultivate that skill for your staff can reap incredible value in your school and district. Participants will: Examine personal or organizational mission, vision and goals to identify key ideas and stand –out terms Participants will examine and prioritize the aspects of their work to streamline their focus Participants will develop and practice a short memorable “speech” to serve as their introduction to new colleagues, peers, potential clients, etc.
Calling all educators and community agency providers! Please join us for an exciting new learning and networking opportunity designed to identify community-based supports and opportunities for high school students and young adults. School staff will become familiar with programs and services available to transitioning students including work readiness, career awareness, job placement, college and vocational supports, day habilitation and much more. Agency providers will gain knowledge about school programming needs and post-school planning. WE-CAN meets monthly and the first event will take place at ACCES-VR. Senior Transition Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Debbie Gabrione will discuss opportunities for students and young adults – including the addition of funded youth services which will be available sometime next year. WE-CAN will meet in a different community agency location each month. Participants will learn about services each organization offers and how these offerings can benefit transitioning students. Please register for each event separately. Light refreshments will be provided. WE-CAN Dates: * Jan. 10, 8:30 am – 10:00 am, ACCES-VR, 75 South Broadway, 2nd floor, White Plains. (Paid parking is available around the corner on Lyon Place.) * Feb. 7, 8:30 am – 10:00 am, Location to be determined * Mar. 21, 8:30 am – 10:00 am, Location to be determined * Apr. 11, 8:30 am – 10:00 am, Location to be determined * May 9, 8:30 am – 10:00 am, Location to be determined * June 13, 8:30 am – 10:00 am Location to be determined

70. Sort Your Heart Out: Words Their Way in K-2

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: K - 2 teachers, instructional coaches, reading specialists, teacher-leaders, building and district administrators

Dates: 4/12/2018

Word study is far more than spelling instruction; it’s the ideal combination of phonics, vocabulary, writing, and fluency! Yet word study can be complex to understand, challenging to plan, and tricky to differentiate. This workshop will overview the foundations of word study, as well provide a multitude of instructional ideas, games, and activities. At the end of this workshop, attendees will:



• Understand both how word study fits into the ELA block and the synchrony among reading, writing, and spelling development



• Be skilled in assessing the spelling levels of diverse students



• Plan weekly word study instruction



• Differentiate word study instruction across various levels of students



• Link word study instruction to reading
Putnam Transition Consortium: Improving Post-secondary Outcomes for Young Adults in Putnam County with Disabilities Interagency collaboration is an evidence-based practice in improving post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. It is a key component of a transition program that moves students from secondary settings (e.g., middle school/high school) to adult life, utilizing comprehensive transition planning and education that creates individualized opportunities, services, and supports to help students achieve their post school goals in education/training, employment, and independent living. Our mission is to improve transition plans and post-secondary outcomes for Putnam County youth and young adults through communication and education of all transition stakeholders, including students, families, schools, and community agencies. Our goal is smooth and effective transition for students so they can live, learn, and earn in our community. Our model is a Community Transition Team, to improve community awareness, coordination, and communication among service providers, educators, community agencies, organizations, and families in Putnam County. This team will support students in achieving their goals after high school. Our plan of action will be to meet monthly to share information, questions, and resources. Pertinent transition topics, news, and events will be shared. Each meeting will contain a mini-teach from one of our members, collaborative case studies, and community planning.

72. Branding, Blogging, Building: Forming Relationships and Getting the Word Out Via Social Media

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Teachers and leaders interested in utilizing social media tools to share educational happenings

Dates: 4/13/2018 to 5/22/2018

We can tell our stories in a number of different ways. But, whether done face-to-face or virtually, and whether in written or verbal form, all stories are always better when the people who want to tell them get the chance to do so.

In this two-day workshop, teachers and leaders will gain experience with a number of virtual information-sharing tools, and explore how to use a variety of these to tell stories and share pertinent information. Whether getting the word out through Twitter, Instagram, or a variety of blogging sites, or using tools like Voxer or Smore to share information with the community-at-large, social-media tools can be precisely the engine to help us each build a brand and continue to build relationships.

Participants should bring a tablet or laptop to this workshop series.

73. Wilson: Just Words®

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: General education, special education, reading teachers, 4-12, administrators, and other interested educational professionals

Dates: 4/16/2018 to 4/17/2018

Wilson's Just Words® is a highly explicit, multisensory decoding and spelling program for students in grades 4 -12 and adults who do not require intensive intervention, but do require explicit decoding and spelling instruction due to word-level deficits. This 10-hour workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Just Words curriculum.

Workshop Topics:
Understanding word structure
Student identification and placement
Program structure and implementation
Getting Started: Unit Structure
Hit the ground running...an in-depth review of Unit 1, Measuring student progress, Just Words InterActivities, an interactive whiteboard application Participants should bring their manual and kit materials. Kits are not provided during the workshop.
PNW BOCES is a Wilson Accredited Partner.

Monthly meeting of the Lower Hudson RSE-TASC regional team. Professional development and planning to support regional schools and districts in improving outcomes for students with disabilities.

75. Fundations® Level 1

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grade 1 classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, instructional coaches

Dates: 4/17/2018

Fundations® provides a research-based supplemental (Tier 1) and intervention (Tier 2) program for students in kindergarten through third grade. Each workshop addresses a specific level (K, 1, K/1, 2, or 3), and this workshop addresses Level 1. The Fundations Level 1 Workshop provides a practical, how-to overview of the Fundations Level 1 program. This workshop prepares teachers beginning to use the program and is also appropriate for reading support personnel.
Workshop Topics
Underlying principles of Fundations
How the Fundations daily lesson plan and activities address the five areas of reading, teach the principles of language structure, and incorporate direct, multisensory methods
Practical guidelines for implementation
Participants write lesson plans and practice lesson activities for a particular Fundations level
Target Audience: General education, special education, reading teachers for grade 1, administrators, and other interested educational professionals Credit: In-service credit based on district policy

This workshop is offered through a collaboration with Wilson Language Training® Corp.

The session focuses on RULER an evidence-based approach for social and emotional learning. In the awareness session, Dr. Marc Brackett will provide an overview of the Yale Center’s work and the Anchor Training. The schedule and cost commitments required for participation in the 2018 – 2019 school year will be examined.

77. Aspiring Superintendents Workshop

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Dates: 4/18/2018

The aspiring superintendents workshop is a one-day program offered through a partnership with the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) and Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation (LEAF). School leaders with an interest in the superintendency are encouraged to attend. Topics will include: The superintendency as a career Educational and financial leadership roles of the superintendent Superintendent and school board relationships Professional and personal challenges associated with the job The resume, credentials and interview process The rewards of being a school superintendent

78. Fundations® Level 2

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grade 2 classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, instructional coaches

Dates: 4/18/2018

Fundations® provides a research-based supplemental (Tier 1) and intervention (Tier 2) program for students in kindergarten through third grade. Each workshop addresses a specific level (K, 1, K/1, 2, or 3), and this workshop addresses Level 2. The Fundations Level 2 Workshop provides a practical, how-to overview of the Fundations Level 2 program. This workshop prepares teachers beginning to use the program and is also appropriate for reading support personnel.
Workshop Topics
Underlying principles of Fundations
How the Fundations daily lesson plan and activities address the five areas of reading, teach the principles of language structure, and incorporate direct, multisensory methods
Practical guidelines for implementation
Participants write lesson plans and practice lesson activities for a particular Fundations level
Target Audience: General education, special education, reading teachers for grade 2, administrators, and other interested educational professionals Credit: In-service credit based on district policy Fee: $249 includes introductory materials; this training is COSER-aidable. This workshop is offered through a collaboration with Wilson Language Training® Corp.

79. Studying Authors Craft in Writing Workshop

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: General education teachers grades K-8, literacy coaches, and instructional leaders

Dates: 4/18/2018

In this workshop, participants will study a variety of author tools and learn how to use these writing moves as effective teaching strategies. They will also learn how to use the structure and method of interactive read-alouds to facilitate the teaching of author's craft in their own classroom. Participants will spend time reading engaging, high-interest books in order to mine them for writing and illustrating strategies. The presenter will discuss the many instructional implications of the craft moves readers notice in texts.

Please note: Teachers will need to bring two to three of their favorite read-alouds as the group will spend time preparing the texts to use as interactive read-alouds in an upcoming unit of study.

80. Fundations® Level 3

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grade 3 classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading specialists, instructional coaches

Dates: 4/19/2018

Fundations® provides a research-based supplemental (Tier 1) and intervention (Tier 2) program for students in kindergarten through third grade. Each workshop addresses a specific level (K, 1, K/1, 2, or 3), and this workshop addresses Level 3. The Fundations Level 3 Workshop provides a practical, how-to overview of the Fundations Level 3 program. This workshop prepares teachers beginning to use the program and is also appropriate for reading support personnel.
Workshop Topics
Underlying principles of Fundations
How the Fundations daily lesson plan and activities address the five areas of reading, teach the principles of language structure, and incorporate direct, multisensory methods
Practical guidelines for implementation
Participants write lesson plans and practice lesson activities for a particular Fundations level
Target Audience: General education, special education, reading teachers for grade 3, administrators, and other interested educational professionals Credit: In-service credit based on district policy Fee: $249 includes introductory materials; this training is COSER-aidable. This workshop is offered through a collaboration with Wilson Language Training® Corp.

81. Rethinking Formative Assessment

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Elementary and secondary educators interested in learning more about formative assessment strategies

Dates: 4/19/2018 to 5/22/2018

None of us can deny the importance of assessment. And yet, at times our emphasis on assessing learning looks solely through the summative lens. Formative assessment, our data collected on learning as it is happening, is a necessary and powerful means to seeing learning in the here and now.

In this two-day workshop, participants will:
-Explore how formative and summative assessment differ
-Consider why formative assessment must be a necessary part of an educator's repertoire
-Engage in methods on how to utilize formative assessment before, during, and after learning
-Learn ways to add voice and choice to formative assessment through reflections, success critieria, and family and community engagement.

Throughout the two-day session, educators will explore various technology tools available as either no-cost or low-cost options to making formative assessment easier, more efficient, and more effective to use. To facilitate common discussion, participants will be grouped by grade-band at various points during the series.

82. Treasurers Preparation for Year End

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Dates: 4/19/2018

The treasurer’s role in the district’s year–end accounting is critical for an accurate financial closing. The workshop will review fiscal year–end accounting routines. Topics will include:

• Analyzing receivables & payables

• Reconciling state aid payments

• Closing the special aid fund

• Preparing documents for the external auditor The date for this program was originally March 29th but was changed to April 19 because some districts are off for spring break.

83. Preventing Workplace Harassment and Title IX Oficers/Coordinators Training

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Dates: 4/19/2018

Harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination create unhealthy and unproductive school environments. Training and education are the best protection against potential litigation. In this two-hour session designed specifically for Title IX Officers/Coordinators, participants will gain a clear understanding of the legal definition of harassment and focus on prevention strategies that can be applied in the workplace. Participants will learn how to respond when an employee or student makes a harassment claim as well as the steps involved in conducting a comprehensive investigation.

84. The CSE Roundtable - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 4/19/2018

This collegial Lower Hudson group will continue to meet to discuss issues that impact CSE Chairs and CSE members, Directors of Special Education, and Directors of Pupil Personnel in our region. We will be discussing changes to the regulations, new policy initiatives, mental health issues, bilingual issues and transition. Specific topics are determined by the group based on ongoing needs assessment.

85. Instructional Strategies that Support Success for English Language Learners (Elementary Educators)

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Elementary teachers and leaders

Dates: 4/20/2018

English Language Learners (ELLs) represent such a wide range of academic and linguistic backgrounds and have varying social and emotional needs, so meeting their learning needs is often a challenge for the classroom teacher.

Participants in this workshop will develop an understanding of the process of second language acquisition and the variables that make a difference in student success. Discussion will also include an overview of the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) Model and how it can be used as a tool that is beneficial for all students, not just ELLs. Participants will have opportunities to experience and experiment with various best practices, with the goal of developing new techniques to use in their classrooms on the following day.

This workshop is intended for teachers at the elementary level who are facing the challenge of supporting ELLs in their classrooms and want to develop the knowledge and skills to do so successfully.

86. Rethinking the Teaching of Fractions: Models, Discovery, and Discussion

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grades 3-5 teachers, elementary level coaches and administrators, and district math coordinators

Dates: 4/20/2018 to 5/15/2018

Rather than simply memorizing rules, exploring fraction concepts through hands-on investigations allows for students to make sense of how fractions work and discover rules for themselves. Through simple investigations in which students create models, gather and observe data, test their thinking, and discuss their conjectures, they are able to deepen their understanding of fractions.

Participants will work with math educator and author Sue O’Connell to gather ideas for simple fraction investigations that enliven classrooms and deepen student understanding.

During this two-day learning series, participants will:
-Explore varied models that help students make sense of fraction concepts.
-Identify critical questions and engaging investigations that get students thinking and talking about fractions.
-Discover strategies to help students comprehend and solve fraction problems.
-Discover hands-on activities for centers or practice.
Welcome to The Forum - a group developed by school staff who exclusively serve students with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The group meets four times per year to network, share updates and new initiatives, and collaboratively problem solve. In addition to the above, April's meeting will focus on the Student Exit Summary for students who are alternately assessed and the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential.

88. Uncovering What a Reader Needs: Eight Authentic Methods for Conferring with Readers That Pay off with Progress and Engagement

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: K-8 educators, literacy coaches, reading specialists, and instructional leaders

Dates: 4/20/2018

John Hattie (2007) suggests that feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement. Therefore, it is time to reclaim what we know is a stronger measure of progress: ongoing, authentic formative assessment. Readers and reading are too complex to be diagnosed in a single sitting, with a single task, or with a series of tasks; assessing a reader takes time. In order to move a reader forward, we must uncover how a reader holistically approaches reading and shift our mindsets to assessing the reader as opposed to reading tasks.

Assessing the reader rather than the reading requires teachers look through a variety of lenses. Once teachers become familiar with using these lenses, assessing, deciding, and coaching becomes far easier, whether one teaches kindergarten or fifth grade. In this workshop, educators will:
-Define the variety of skills that can be assessed within each step of the process
-Develop a clear, systematic approach to conferring with students using a step-by-step method
-Deepen their understanding that reading instruction must be authentic, holistic, and natural in its approach rather than restricted to skills taught in isolation and assessed by worksheets and tasks.

89. Evaluating Science Teaching and Learning in Three Dimensions

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Leaders who are responsible for evaluation teachers, both at the elementary and secondary level

Dates: 4/20/2018

With the presence of new standards comes a wonderful opportunity to rethink evaluation of science teaching and learning.

This workshop will provide administrators with the background knowledge to understand how the three dimensions of the new standards (the Science and Engineering Practices, the Disciplinary Core Ideas, and the Crosscutting Concepts) should be applied to classroom instruction and assessment.

We will review what to look for during classroom observations and how to support teachers to develop fluency of the new standards. We will also review what should be considered when developing three-dimensional assessments.

90. DASA Dignity for All Students Act - Mandated 6 hour certification workshop

Program: NYS State Certification Courses

Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

Dates: 4/21/2018

In accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law, all applicants for Certification in NYS registered programs are required to complete six clock hours of Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyber bullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). This workshop will address the social patterns of harassment, bullying, and discrimination including, but not limited to those acts based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. It will also cover the identification and mitigation of harassment, bullying, and discrimination; and strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings. Successful completion of this course will meet the certification requirements in Sec14 (5) of Chapter 102 of the Laws of 2012.

91. Executive Functioning for Learners of All Ages

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Teachers, coaches, and building and district leaders

Dates: 4/23/2018

In recent research, executive function skills have been identified as having a huge impact on a learner's success in school, particularly when that student suffers from an Executive Function Disorder, or EFD. In these cases, supports are put in place to build the student's skills and teach coping strategies for the deficits with which he or she struggles. And yet, adult learners may be left to figure out how to develop their own executive function skills. Lesson planning and the delivery of a well-planned lesson, require a high level of executive functioning skills as well. To further complicate matters, these skills are also factors a supervisor considers when measuring a teacher's effectiveness during observations.

In this session, participants will explore the variety of evaluation tools and the executive functions (organization, task flexibility, time management, working memory, etc.) required for a teacher to qualify as effective. Attendees will also review current research pertaining to the identification of this issue, as well as what leaders can do to support faculty members struggling with poor executive function skills.

92. Instructional Strategies that Support Success for English Language Learners (Secondary Educators)

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Secondary teachers and leaders

Dates: 4/23/2018

English Language Learners (ELLs) represent such a wide range of academic and linguistic backgrounds and have varying social and emotional needs, so meeting their learning needs is often a challenge for the classroom teacher.

Participants in this workshop will develop an understanding of the process of second language acquisition and the variables that make a difference in student success. Discussion will also include an overview of the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) model and how it can be used as a tool that is beneficial for all students, not just ELLs. Participants will have opportunities to experience and experiment with various best practices, with the goal of developing new techniques to use in their classrooms on the following day.

Please bring a short text in your subject matter that you would like to adapt for ELLs.

This workshop is intended for teachers at the secondary level who are facing the challenge of supporting ELLs in their classrooms and want to develop the knowledge and skills to do so successfully.
This workshop is part of a three part series on transition planning and assessments for student populations that have individual transition needs. This session will focus on students whose postsecondary goals includes entering the workforce immediately upon exiting school. Two additional workshops will provide information on how to support transition for students whose goals include attending college and transition planning for students with multiple disabilities. Each workshop in the series requires a separate registration. This workshop will provide information on transition planning, transition assessments, and resources for youth whose post secondary goals include entering the workforce immediately or shortly after exiting from high school. During this workshop, we will cover strategies for transition planning, post secondary goals, entry-level employability skills, and transition assessments. Attendees will learn how to prepare students for a career upon exiting high school and what resources can assist in this process.

94. Becoming a Problem Solver for Life

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Teachers and building administrators

Dates: 4/24/2018 to 5/17/2018

Moving from answer-seeker to problem-solver is a key transition for any learner. This two-day learning series will move participants from theory into practice by introducing a system for operationalizing problem-solving as part of teaching and learning.

During Session 1, using the Cycle for Problem Solving, participants will consider an integrated approach to the 4C’s (Collaboration, Communication, Critical and Creative Thinking), will explore models of classroom problem solving, and will apply the processes of problem-solving to existing best practice. The unique interaction of critical and creative thinking will be an important focus for this session.

In Session 2, developmental levels of problem-solving, with models and rubrics for product and process assessment, will guide participants in organizing teaching to further engage and empower students as problem-solvers for life.
This workshop will give early childhood professionals an opportunity to review developmental milestones and explore how to use these to inform their practice and identify developmentally appropriate expectations for preschoolers, with an emphasis on promoting healthy social-emotional development. The use of developmentally appropriate practices to support students' development has been shown to effectively promote student learning and prevent challenging behavior. Participants will have the opportunity to consider how to apply the content covered into their classrooms.

96. DBT Intermediate Training

Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

Dates: 4/26/2018

DBT Intermediate training is for participants who have already completed the DBT Foundational training, are part of a consultation team, and are actively practicing DBT in a school setting. This training will focus on improving individual counseling skills and will focus on increasing motivation and commitment, increasing specificity in targeting and chain analysis, as well as understanding and identifying secondary targets in DBT. This workshop will utilize demonstrations, role-plays, and group participation to further case conceptualization and skill By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: 1. Name and identify the secondary targets in DBT when they present in students in a school setting 2. Demonstrate use of 3 DBT commitment strategies 3. Identify the prompting event and short term vs. long term consequences in a chain analysis Please note: In order to attend this training, you or your district team must have completed the Foundations of DBT and DBT Skills with Cognitive Behavioral Consultants.Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0127
*This is a work session designed for school teams, in which teams should bring school data and/or materials they would like to work on.* This half-day work session provides schools with an opportunity for individual consultation, professional development, and technical assistance from the RSE-TASC trainers in order to improve the fidelity of implementation for your school's social and behavior supports. We are available to help your school extend their understanding and application of evidence-based practices related to building effective multi-tiered systems of behavioral interventions. Whether you are looking for guidance on your individualized FBA and BIP materials, your targeted group behavior curriculum, or your school-wide teaching of expectations, the RSE-TASC team is available to advise and assist you.

98. ESSA: Implications and Opportunities for New York State Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: All educators interested in learning more about the ESSA and its implications for New York State

Dates: 4/27/2018

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has made major changes to federal programs for K-12 schools.

During this learning session, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the new requirements around holding students and schools accountable for performance, strategies for improving low-performing schools, opportunities to promote a well-rounded education, and funds available for professional development. In addition, the group will explore New York State's ESSA plan and timetable for implementation, as a means to help better prepare for changes necessary at the classroom, school, and district level.
There has been a consistent, well-funded effort to discredit public education, and to replace it with a privatized "choice" system. The proponents of privatized "choice" refer to public schools as government schools, and believe that only free market principles and competition can improve educational outcomes. Through their advocacy of charter schools, online schools, voucher schools as well as neo-vouchers funding schemes, such as Educational Savings Accounts and tax credit scholarships, the proponents of this market-based approach have three objectives--put the education of our nation's students in private hands, fund religious education and educate students at the lowest possible cost. Carol Burris, will describe the concerted efforts to privatize public education and how this will impact federal policy. Carol Burris is the Executive Director of the Network for Public Education. She served as principal of South Side High School in Rockville, NY and was recognized by New York School Administrators Association as their Outstanding Educator of the Year (2010) and as High School Principal of the Year (2013). Carol has authored/co-authored three books and numerous journal articles on educational equity, teacher evaluation and detracting. She is a frequent guest blogger for the Answer Sheet of the Washington Post.

100. Living History: The Battle of Ridgefield and the Ride of Sybil Ludington

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Audience: all educators and school staff

Dates: 4/27/2018 to 4/28/2018

On April 27, 1777, British troops marched towards Compo Beach after they destroyed the supplies stored for General George Washington’s Army in Danbury. On their journey south towards the Hudson Valley – where General Washington was camped – the British encountered and battled with 700 patriot fighters, who were well armed and ready to defend their land and freedom. Many of these militiamen were alerted to the presence of the British by a young girl named Sybil Ludington. Ever ready for battle, the Americans successfully erected a barricade across the north end of Ridgefield’s main street. The American Militia, led by Generals Benedict Arnold and Benjamin Silliman, met the British at the barricade and stopped their advance. Participants will visit the town of Ridgefield and take a walking tour to see where the actual events of this historic battle took place.
**Participants are responsible for all site fees, travel, and meal costs

101. Assistive Technology Forum April 2018

Program: Education Technology

Audience: Administrators, Special Education Teachers, Related Service Providers, Technologists

Dates: 4/30/2018

Join us for an opportunity to share and learn about assitive technology from low tech to high tech. This forum is specifically designed for individuals who support assistive technology. The focus of the April meeting will be announced in March.