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1. IEP Institute 1: Developing Quality IEPs (2 Day) SWB

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 2/28/2017 to 3/14/2017

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This two- day-training is intended for TEAMS of special educators and special education administrators who want to learn how to develop effective, quality IEPs that can positively affect student outcomes. Day 1: IEP Review and Educational Benefit On Day 1 teams of teachers, support staff and an administrator will participate in a guided self- review of the IEPs of one of their students to determine if the IEPs are compliant and reflect best practice, as well as to see if they indicate that the student has made appropriate progress in his or her educational plan. Participants must bring paper copies (5) of one student's IEPs for three academic school years. Any personal identifiers must be redacted from the IEPs to maintain student confidentiality. Day 2: Developing an Effective IEP On Day 2 participants will be introduced to the critical elements of a standards-based IEP, learn best practices in the development of IEPs, and learn of the direct links between well-conceived IEPs and improved student outcomes. Participants will also have opportunities to modify their own IEPs in order to make them more effective.

2. Assistive Technology Forum February 2017

Program: Education Technology

Dates: 2/28/2017

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Join us for an opportunity to share and learn about asssitive technology from low tech to high tech. This forum is specifically designed for individuals who support assistive technology.

3. Differentiating and Modifying Curriculum to Meet the Needs of all Learners in Your Class

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Dates: 3/1/2017 to 4/28/2017

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As teachers, we must be prepared to respond to a variance among learners in our classrooms. Throughout this class, participants will navigate through the differences between differentiation and modification of curriculum. Participants will also explore different ways to meet the needs of all learners in different classrooms, as well as explore co-teaching models and strategies for a successful partnership. The practical format of this class will lend itself to real life teaching situations. This self-paced class will help participants to develop lessons that include multiple modalities as well as lessons that will pique the interest of students with various learning styles in classrooms.

4. NYSUT - Collaborative Inquiry for Students: Preparing Minds for the Future™

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Audience: Regular, special, and occupational education teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, grades K-12

Dates: 3/1/2017 to 4/1/2017

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

Collaborative Inquiry provides educators with research-based strategies for designing and implementing collaborative inquiry for students. The strategies are based on the 4-Ds of Appreciative Inquiry.

Collaborative inquiry fosters the skills students need now and in the future to develop a deeper understanding and mastery of content knowledge and skills. Participants will explore and experience the collaborative inquiry models of problem-based learning, hypothesis-based learning, project-based learning, Appreciative Inquiry, and performance-based learning.

EDU 661108 Empire State College

Required Text: Available as an electronic download through ELT for purchase price of $65. Payment due at time of registration and is included in tuition price. DIRECTIONS FOR ELECTRONIC DOWNLOAD WILL BE EMAILED TO PARTICIPANTS TWO WEEKS PRIOR TO COURSE START DATE. Participants may print materials prior to class or bring laptop/ipad to access text online during class.

Credit Options: 3 graduate credits through Empire State College 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.

Target audience: Regular, special, and occupational education teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, grades K-12

5. Effectively Managing Crisis Situations

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Dates: 3/2/2017 to 4/5/2017

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The ability to effectively respond to a crisis is an essential quality for school and district leaders. The ease with which information and misinformation is shared on social media and the 24-hour news cycle adds a level of complexity to an already complex process. Although no two crises are the same, they do follow a predictable cycle of planning and preparation, response, recovery and debriefing. In this workshop, best practices in crisis response will be explored through case studies, a panel of regional experts and group discussions. Participants will be involved in a variety of interactive activities and leave with practical materials and resources to assist them through future crises.

6. Engineering in the Elementary Classroom

Program: Science 21

Audience: K-6

Dates: 3/2/2017

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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.

7. Promoting Academic Language and Literacy in Spanish: Developing Language Skills in the Content Areas

Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

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

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This professional development will consist of a two-day workshop. The Spanish Literacy professional development workshop is designed to provide participants with effective methodologies for teaching academic language and literacy in Spanish to students at all levels of proficiency. This two-day professional development program will provide participants with practical, research-based strategies along with practical tools for developing metalinguistic awareness in students that will lead to academic success in both Spanish and English. An emphasis will be placed on developing academic language and literacy skills in content classrooms in which Spanish is the medium of instruction.
In this workshop participants will:



• Analyze the Principles of Effective Instruction for Language Learners and participate in activities that model those principles



• Learn how to foster the development of academic language in Spanish in content area instruction



• Build students' metalinguistic awareness to promote cross-linguistic transfer




• Examine similarities and differences between the languages as it relates to instruction of emergent bilingual students on the following topics: Phonology (sound-letter correspondences,Morphology (word formation), Lexicon (cognates and false cognates), Grammar (sentence structure), Pragmatics (language use)



• Apply the Principles of Effective Instruction for Language Learners to their lesson planning



• Determine strategies and activities to build students' literacy skills in the context of a balanced literacy program



• Promote academic language and literacy development in content area instruction
Please note: This workshop will be facilitated in the Spanish language.

8. CSE Part 2: Next Steps - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 3/2/2017

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This one-day training is open only to those CSE Chairs and Subcommittee Chairs who have attended our New CSE/CPSE Chairperson Training within the past five years. As a follow-up to the intensive three-day training, we will have an opportunity to further discuss eligibility and placement, FAPE, collaborating successfully with parents, running effective meetings, IEP development, and new graduation options.

9. Advancing Equity in Education-ACTION Collaborative Network

Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

Dates: 3/2/2017

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This interactive workshop is based on two thought experiments aimed at engaging participants in the complexities of achieving equity in education and the complex social and economic forces affecting student learning. The goal of the workshop is to raise awareness to the effects of injustice in the lives of youth. What are the forces at play (e.g., peer pressure, poverty, plight)? How might cycles of inequity influence how, why, and what students learn? How might educators disrupt the cycles of inequity so that youth might become empowered to transform their communities and their lives? To answer these questions, the workshop is organized around three core experiences. The first experience is a 30-min simulation activity meant to characterize real world events, while becoming the basis for reflective dialogue. Following the simulation experience, participants will be invited to reflect upon and dialogue about feelings and observations, comparing the simulated experience to the actual world and its various learning contexts. The session will conclude with a small interactive presentation meant to summarize and extend ideas introduced in the workshop. The presentation will also attempt to draw connections from parts 1 and 2 of the workshop to move participants closer to more relevant and restorative educational practices for their districts

10. Language Acquisition vs. Learning Disabilities - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 3/3/2017

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This workshop will help school personnel learn how to distinguish a learning disability from the normal language acquisition process. Participants will understand the guiding principles that are used when determining an appropriate course of action for English Language Learners suspected of having a disability. Particular attention will be paid to the natural acquisition processes of a second language and on using RtI to reduce the referral of ELLs to special education services.

11. ELL's: Meeting the Academic Needs of English Language Learners

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Dates: 3/6/2017 to 4/16/2017

English Language Learners present special challenges for teachers in today's classrooms. A successful ELL teacher learns to balance the language learning needs of the students with the appropriate content. The knowledge and skills students gain in ELL classes positively affect their lives at school and home. As the diversity of the United States increases, so too does the need for teachers of second language learners. Participants in this course will create lesson plans that incorporate strategies to reach ELL students. This class is appropriate for all K-12 teachers.
In this workshop, teachers will participate in activities designed to develop an inquiry approach to learning math with tasks which actively engage and challenge students. Teachers will experience a rich collection of tasks on number, operations, and algebraic thinking as well as explore ways to incorporate them into their math program. Math tasks on various entry levels will be explored and differentiated to meet the needs of all students.

13. Fountas and Pinnell Introduction to Teaching in a Readers' Workshop (Grades 3 - 5)

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

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

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In this two-day introductory workshop, participants learn the structure of the readers' workshop and the opportunities it offers to scaffold student learning through whole group, small group, and individual learning experiences. Teachers will learn how to:


Design minilessons using assessment data and the Continuum of Literacy Learning to meet the needs of their readers
Design literacy centers that support independent practice of authentic reading, writing, and word study
The importance of independent reading, responding to reading, and whole group sharing to summarize student learning

14. Leadership Development for Supervisors and Managers (Facilities, Food Service and

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Dates: 3/7/2017 to 5/16/2017

This series will focus on supervision, stakeholder relations, goal setting, project planning, and effective use of technology. After each onsite session, there will be an optional one-hour online follow-up session where participants can log in to ask questions and share successes.

15. Adobe DC Professional - Basics

Program: Staff Development (PNW BOCES Employees Only)

Dates: 3/7/2017

Learn the new Acrobat DC interface; edit text and images in a PDF; send for e-signature.

16. Transitioning to the New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) - The K-12 Progressions

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: District teams, preferably composed of at least one teacher teaching science from each building, and a building or district administrator

Dates: 3/8/2017 to 5/18/2017

The NYSSLS have three dimensions-the Science and Engineering Practices, the Disciplinary Core Ideas, and the Cross-Cutting Concepts. The dimensions are foundational for all student achievement in science, since Performance Expectations and sample assessments include all three. It is vital that all teachers of science understand the progressions of these dimensions both at their grade level/course and also as part of the overall P-12 program. If students are to achieve mastery, educators must begin to clearly articulate what students are expected to know and do at each grade and work together to build on previous years' learning. Progression documents are already available which will provide a framework for workshop discussion and planning. This two-day workshop is designed for teams of teachers representing each building in a district.

During the initial day, participants will become fully aware of the progressions of the dimensions, P-12. They will explore the resources available for planning the transition to a NYSSLS-aligned curriculum. They will identify critical areas and develop an action plan. They will also structure communication between buildings through the team and continue their work in district.

During the second session, teams will report back and receive feedback. Participants will receive New York State Education Department and NYSSLS updates and explore models of success from NGSS States. They will then refine their plans to identify specific mastery expectations and strategies to support all students learning science.

17. Accessibility Features to Promote Learning

Program: Education Technology

Dates: 3/8/2017

Join us for an opportunity to learn about some of the accessibility features that are part of every computer. From use of text to speech to just increasing a computers font, these simple techniques can help our children with learning or physical limitations in a tremendous way.

18. PBIS Coaches' Forum - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 3/9/2017

Coaches' Forums will provide opportunities for PBIS team leaders (coaches & co-coaches) to expand their understanding of critical components of PBIS implementation, enhance the fidelity of practice at their setting, and improve their coaching and leadership skills. Through attendance at Coaches' Forum meetings, PBIS Coaches will network with colleagues across the region, engage in discussion of effective practices, and review materials and tools for future use with their school teams. PRESENTERS' RECOMMENDATION: For schools or coaches new to PBIS - Sign up for our New Coaches' PBIS Basic Training workshop which will run during the afternoon session (immediately following) this workshop. The morning Forum and afternoon Basic Training were designed in collaboration to provide our PBIS Coaches with a full day of training to support their school implementation efforts and enhance their coaching and leadership abilities.
School Safety Lunch and Learn - Hosted by PNW BOCES and Anonymous Alerts. This seminar will provide an overview of trends and facts regarding bullying, cyberbullying, drug/alcohol use or dealing, and safety threats throughout the nation, with a focus on New York. In addition, Fred Lane will speak about cybertraps for administrators, staff, and school boards.

20. The Legal Rights of Transgender and Nonconforming Students: What Every School Leader Should Know

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Dates: 3/9/2017

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Transgender and nonconforming students have taken the spotlight in recent months. This workshop will be a combination of presentation, discussion, hypotheticals and group participation. The topics being covered are students' rights to request name change, parent input, change of school and medical records, community bathrooms, locker rooms and sports participation.
This half day workshop is designed for PBIS Coaches' interested in building and enhancing their Tier 2 supports. Content will focus on strategies to assess student need for Tier 2 supports as well as the design and implementation of Tier 2 interventions. This will include the development and delivery of Tier 2 intervention teams as well as social - emotional skills groups.

22. New Coaches' PBIS Basic Training - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 3/9/2017

This half-day training is designed for PBIS Coaches' whose schools are in the early stages of PBIS implementation. Content will focus on the essential elements of effective implementation at the Tier 1 / Universal level. Coaches will learn about effective systems and practices to implement and sustain PBIS and will have the opportunity to consider how to apply the information covered to their unique settings and student populations. PRESENTERS' RECOMMENDATION: Sign up for our PBIS Coaches' Forum which will run during the morning session (immediately prior) to this workshop. The morning Forum and afternoon Basic Training were designed in collaboration to provide our PBIS Coaches with a full day of training to support their school implementation efforts and enhance their coaching and leadership abilities.
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.

24. Appy Hour March 2017

Program: Education Technology

Dates: 3/9/2017

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Join us for cider and cheese and share an iPad app, computer application or website. Have some fun and learn from each other! Our focus will be on resources for students in classrooms that use the EFL framework.

25. Mindfulness in Schools Forum

Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

Dates: 3/10/2017

PNW BOCES is excited to announce the Mindfulness in Schools Forum for school districts in the region to meet on a regular basis to review best and current practices in Mindfulness. We are honored that Briarcliff Manor UFSD's Todd Elementary School is our first district to share their exemplary Mindfulness practices with their students and staff.

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

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Lead evaluators of teachers previously trained who require recertification training

Dates: 3/10/2017 to 5/9/2017

This two-day workshop fulfills the requirement for lead evaluators of teachers to be recertified after initial lead evaluator training and is an opportunity to share problems of practice regarding implementation of 3012-d. Also of importance, is the opportunity to explore and support supervision and coaching practices when providing feedback to teachers based on differentiation of needs. Inter-rater reliability will also be one strand of this workshop.

27. National Board Certification Writing Retreat

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Dates: 3/10/2017 to 3/11/2017

This 2 day writing retreat is designed for candidates already engaged in the National Board Process. Candidate Support Providers will be available to answer questions, give feedback on entries and/or videos, and guide candidates toward building a successful portfolio. You may opt to utilize this as a quiet work time or work collaboratively with other candidates. Please bring your National Board Materials and a device. Wifi will be available.

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

Program: NYS State Certification Courses

Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

Dates: 3/11/2017

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, and registrants who participate in the entire 6-hour training will receive a Certification of Completion. Credit Card, Check OR Money Order - DISTRICT BILLING/PO NOT AVAILABLE.

29. Mandarin User Group Meeting

Program: Professional Library

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

Dates: 3/13/2017

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 with Holly Pizzuta 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 Holly, our Mandarin representative, you will gain valuable insight on all the latest feature and upgrades.

30. The Homework Conversation

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Dates: 3/13/2017

Homework can be a critical part of the educational process that impacts every member of the learning community. However, as currently utilized, homework practices are outdated, deeply rooted in tradition and focus more on compliance and task completion rather than growth and learning. The presenters will focus upon research regarding current homework practices and make a compelling case for the need to change our homework assignments so that they promote student inquiry, questioning skills, active engagement based on interest and curiosity, and feedback to students that is meaningful and specific.

Based on research about the brain, motivation, persistence and student differences, Dr. Kasun, Mr. Aldarelli and Dr. Huguenin developed a powerful presentation in which they share their journey to improve and enhance homework practices globally. This engaging presentation details how educators can change their philosophy, set policies, and create practices that promote "home learning". By utilizing practical innovative applications that leverage the use of technologies such as Verso, Google Docs, etc., homework can become more meaningful and impactful for student learning. Participants Will:
Understand how to influence the development of homework policies that promote growth learning as opposed to compliance and task completion.
Obtain information regarding current and relevant research studies pertaining to homework practices and the impact on student achievement.
Walk away with innovative strategies that leverage the use of technology to promote collaborative and engaging homework assignments.

Join us as we examine all graduation and exiting options for students with disabilities including the 4+1 Pathway, the appeal 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.

32. SLS Network Meeting: Collection Development

Program: Professional Library

Audience: Library Media Specialists

Dates: 3/15/2017

Collection Development: Explore best practices in analyzing your library's collection, material selection, and weeding. Also, share the materials that are flying off of the shelves.

School Library System Network Meetings are offered four 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 2016-2017 school year will be held at the School Services Building at 200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, from 7:30 am-9:30 am on the following dates: *Tuesday, September 27, 2016 *Tuesday, November 15, 2016 *Wednesday, March 15, 2017 *Friday, June 2, 2017

33. Blended Learning Series: Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Teachers and leaders hoping to build their leadership capacity

Dates: 3/15/2017

What makes some school leaders great and others not so great? Why are some principals able to turnaround their schools, when others turn around and walk away, as evidenced by the exceptionally high turnover rate among school leaders? Based on a scientific analysis of decades of research and years of experience working with real principals solving real problems, McREL International experts have arrived at a simple answer: Balance.

In this blended learning workshop led by Bryan Goodwin, Matt Seebaum, and Grace Gutierrez of McREL International you'll learn about the three key roles leaders must balance to be effective: 1) visionary strategists (providing a clear focus for improvement efforts), 2) optimistic change agents (overcoming resistance to change by inspiring others to believe better outcomes are possible), and 3) purpose-driven team builders (developing strong communities where people share goals and an abiding sense of purpose).

To help you be visionary strategists and focus your schools on doing what matters most, we'll first introduce you to five key leverage points that research shows can change the odds for students. To help you serve as change agents, we'll also give you insights from research about why people resist change and manage the personal transitions that are often at the heart of people's resistance to change. Finally, we'll provide you with some practical strategies you can use right away to develop a shared sense of purpose-a purposeful community-in your school.

After our day together, you'll walk away with practical strategies that self-professed ordinary people have used to become extraordinary leaders, and can help all leaders continuously improve.

34. Library Council Meeting

Program: Professional Library

Audience: Library Council Members

Dates: 3/15/2017

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 PNWBOCES School Library System Council meetings for the 2016-2017 school year will be held at the School Services Building at 200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, from 9:30 am-11:00 am (directly following network meetings), unless otherwise noted: *Tuesday, September 27, 2016 *Tuesday, November 15, 2016 *Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm *Wednesday, January 18, 2017, from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm (SNOW DATE) *Wednesday, March 15, 2017 *Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 3:30 pm-5:00 pm

35. Preparing for the New Advanced Placement History Exams: Strategies for Improving Essay Responses

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Teachers of Advanced Placement United States History, European History and World History; Social Studies Supervisors

Dates: 3/15/2017

At the 2016 grading of the Advanced Placement United States and European History exams, the new rubric for the Long Essay and for the Document Based Question were applied for the first time in the evaluation of student essays. These rubrics are now in place for the 2017 administration for all three AP History exams.

This half day workshop will examine the demands of the new rubrics as well as the Historical Thinking Skills which the rubrics address. Materials designed to strengthen students' ability to apply the Historical Thinking Skills in their essay writing will also be shared. Mrs. Grant will use examples drawn from her experience as a teacher and consultant in APUSH and AP European; the discussion of essay strategies and Historical Thinking Skills will be helpful for teachers of AP World History as well.

36. Elementary-Level Science (ELS) Performance Test Training

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Elementary teachers, science coordinators, teachers and/or leaders who will be administering or rating the ELS assessment

Dates: 3/16/2017

This one day workshop will prepare participants to set up, administer, and score the current version (Form A) of the New York State Elementary-Level Science test. This workshop will be most worthwhile to educators new to the ELS assessment. As a result of this workshop, educators will:
-Identify Grades K-4 Learning Standards and core major understandings that are being addressed in the ELS assessment
-Become familiar with how to set up the three task stations for the performance test
-Acquire helpful tips for the setup and administration of the performance test
-Be able to administer, and learn how to score, the performance portion of the ELS test
-Turnkey train other elementary level teachers who will be administering and scoring the performance component
-Share strategies and ideas for developing parallel tasks and learning activities.

37. Investigations Under the Dignity Act

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Dates: 3/16/2017

This hands-on, practical training is designed to ready participants to conduct investigations under the Dignity Act. With an eye toward DASA's "prompt and thorough investigation mandate, this training will cover: Investigation planning Preservation of evidence Interviewing techniques Note taking and documentation Resolution of credibility issues Legal issues associated with investigations of students and staff in NYS public schools Training objectives, learning activities and discussion will reflect the scenarios and dilemmas that Dignity Act Coordinators are likely to face when discharging their investigative responsibilities. Participants will have access to a pre-workshop, online course covering the general legal requirements of DASA.

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

Program: Science 21

Audience: K-6

Dates: 3/16/2017

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.

39. ESSA: Implications and Opportunities Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: All educators interested in learning more about the ESSA

Dates: 3/17/2017

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

During this learning sesison, 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.

With many of these decisions to be made at the state and local level, attendees will also have the chance to learn about ways in which they can provide input to help shape these policies as they are being put in place.

40. Maximizing Usage of the Graphing Calculator to Increase Students' Scores on the Algebra Regents

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Teachers of Algebra I, secondary math teachers, secondary science teachers

Dates: 3/17/2017

The focus will be functions, graphing functions, range and domain, solving equations, factoring and statistics. Participants will receive lessons they can use in their classroom. A graphing calculator is needed for this workshop.
Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES and Right Reason Technologies are offering districts a few opportunities to learn about the RightPath™ platform and how districts are using RightPath™ to: - Share local and regional assessments - Improve & streamline the completion of: o Instructional planning o Data informed instruction o APPR - Successfully use eLearning to creatively increase graduation rates, student success and even save money! IMPROVING STUDENT SUCCESS Discuss how our partner districts are improving student success by implementing innovative models with the following programs and share how you think it might help yours: 1) Assessment Creator & Administrator - Leverage district & regional assessments through designated Item Banks & Consortia. Administer electronically or on paper, easily score and analyze results. 2) Instructional Planning with Planbook Plus - fully integrated Teacher Planbook that facilitates planning & sharing. 3) eLearning - blended, guided, integrated, effective! a) Credit Recovery / Learning Recovery / Summer School b) Homebound, Suspended & Alt Education c) Regents Prep 4) Observations - Efficiencies that dramatically improve the process. 5) RtI Management & Remediation 6) Data Management & Reporting - how to tie it all together!

42. Testing Accommodations - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 3/17/2017

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This workshop will focus on how teams of professionals can determine appropriate testing accommodations for students with disabilities. We will cover federal and state regulations and review the types and purposes of various testing accommodations. Using a case study approach we will discuss eligibility and how to determine the appropriate testing accommodation.

43. Biomimicry: Inspiring and Engaging Students While Linking Science, Engineering, ELA, and the Arts

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grades 6-12 educators interested in learning more about how biomimicry can be integrated into current teaching practices

Dates: 3/22/2017

Are you looking for a way to inspire the next generation of world-builders - engineers, designers, research scientists, chemists, architects, city planners, and educators?
Biomimicry is a rapidly growing discipline that offers teachers a compelling way to engage students of all ages and crosses the boundaries traditionally found in education. It supports the goals of the New York State Science Learning Standards, the Common Core Learning Standards, and STEAM, and offers solution-based thinking while inspiring young people with a sense of the possible. It links design (arts) and science, and offers a model of relevancy because it will be part of many of the jobs of the future. Biomimicry also provides a plethora of literature for linking ELA to science and the Reading Standards for Literature.
Over the course of the workshop, participants will explore:
- How we view nature
- Biomimicry vs. Bio-inspired Design
- Principles of Biomimicry
- Case studies
- A design challenge
- Resources
- Biomimicry today

We will also do a walk-though of the Biomimicry Institute's Educators Tool Kit and their website, ASKNATURE, as well as Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES' Biomimicry Kit.

Please note that attendees should bring a lunch for this workshop.

44. Follett User Group Meeting

Program: Professional Library

Audience: Library Media Specialists, Library Clerks and Library Aides

Dates: 3/22/2017

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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 Pam DeMar and Kim Hering 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.

45. Intermediate-Level Science (ILS) Assessment Training

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grade eight science teachers, middle school science teachers, and teachers or leaders who will be administering and rating the ILS assessment

Dates: 3/22/2017

This one-day workshop will prepare participants to set up, administer, and score the performance test (Part D) of the ILS (Intermediate Level Science) assessment that was first administered in spring 2001. This workshop will be most worthwhile for educators new to the ILS assessment.
As a result of this workshop, educators will:
-Identify Grades 5-8 MST Learning Standards and core major understandings that are being assessed
-Become familiar with how to set up the three task stations for the performance test
-Acquire helpful tips for the setup and administration of the performance test
-Be able to administer the performance test portion of the ILS assessment
-Learn how to score the performance test portion of the ILS exam
-Turnkey train other middle level science teachers who will be scoring the performance test component of the ILS assessment
-Share strategies and ideas for developing parallel tasks and learning activities.

46. IEP Institute 2: Developing IEP Quality Goals (2-Day) - SW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 3/22/2017 to 3/28/2017

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This two-day training is intended for special educators and special education administrators who want to improve their ability to develop effective and compliant IEP goals as well as learn how to measure students' progress towards reaching those goals. Day 1 will focus on learning the components of an effective IEP goal, along with how to ensure the goals align with Common Core Learning Standards, and how to prioritize and select goals for inclusion in the IEP. Day 2 participants will learn the basics of Curriculum Based Measures (CBMs) and how to progress monitor specific literacy and math goals using these evidence-based tools.

47. Excel - Beyond the Basics

Program: Staff Development (PNW BOCES Employees Only)

Dates: 3/22/2017

Learn how to create and utilize formulas and functions in Excel. Basic knowledge of Excel is a prerequisite for this workshop.

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: 3/22/2017 to 3/23/2017

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, and registrants who participate in the entire 6-hour training will receive a Certification of Completion. CREDIT CARD ONLY - DISTRICT BILLING/PO NOT AVAILABLE.

49. Aspiring Superintendents Workshop

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Dates: 3/23/2017

The aspiring superintendents' workshop is a one-day program offered through a partnership with the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation (LEAF) and the Center for Educational Leadership at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. School leaders with an interest in the superintendency are encouraged to attend. Topics 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

50. Collegial Circle for Visual Arts Educators

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Teachers of the visual arts and leaders responsible for arts coordination

Dates: 3/23/2017 to 5/23/2017

With a technically focused world we have a responsibility to educate the whole child to become a global citizen in his or her community. Art has always provided diverse opportunities for communication, expression, and motivating activities for all types of learners and as we move into a new era of art education our programs should be able to further support this. The newly created collegial circle for visual arts teachers will allow us to meet, share and communicate approaches for this type of classroom and curriculum.

The focus of this collegial circle this year will be on exploring ways to incorporate 21st century skills in the art room and on methods to leverage the A in STEAM to connect with other content areas. This program will provide K-12 art teachers with ideas on how to integrate other content areas into their art curriculum in ways that will motivate, engage, and create real world experiences for their students.

51. Studying Authors Craft in Writing Workshop

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Dates: 3/23/2017

In this workshop, teachers will study a variety of author's craft and learn how to use these writing moves as effective teaching tools. 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. We will spend time reading engaging, high-interest books in order to mine them for writing and illustrating strategies. We will discuss the many instructional implications of the craft moves we notice in the texts. Teachers will need to bring 2-3 of their favorite read alouds as we will spend some time preparing the texts to use as interactive read alouds in an upcoming unit of study.
Literacy is the foundation for success in school, and is also one of the most challenging aspects of school for English Language Learners. This training is designed with these difficulties in mind. This training is intended to assist teachers in understanding high quality, evidence based practices in Literacy when taking into account the special needs of Students with Disabilities who are also English Language Learners. This training is not intended as a training for basic literacy teaching techniques, rather its focus is on what is different for an ELL who has a disability when teaching literacy, when compared to teaching literacy to a student with a disability who is not an ELL. An assumption is that the teachers attending this training have a background in literacy or have attended a training on literacy for SWD in the past.

53. Living History - Historical Expeditions: Gangs of New York

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Dates: 3/24/2017 to 3/25/2017

The transformation of New York City during the first half of the nineteenth century was both rapid and dramatic. In a generation, New York had transformed itself from a large mercantile city with an extensive but ill-defined hinterland into a world metropolis. The new metropolis at the mouth of the Hudson had by 1860 become a vast and complicated society whose variety and complexity was staggering. Massive immigration from Ireland and Germany had transformed the population of the city and added to tensions between nativists and these new groups of people. Crime was especially rampant in Manhattan neighborhoods like Five Points, Hell's Kitchen, the Fourth Ward and the Bowery, where back alleys and tenements became infested with thieves, hustlers and street thugs. These groups trafficked in everything from robbery to murder, and their names could strike fear into the hearts of even the most crime-hardened city dwellers. From river pirates to knife-wielding adolescents, get the facts on 19th century New York's most notorious street gangs. Ethnic tensions within the city exploded during the Civil War into the New York City draft riots, the worst riots in American history. This course will explore the culture of the nation's greatest metropolis in the 1850's and 1860's and take participants to the actual streets these gangs ran!

Participants will be able to:


- discuss the culture of New York City in the 1850's and 1860's
- identify ethic and racial tensions between groups in New York City prior to the Civil War
- summarize the major events leading to the New York City Draft Riots
- define the effects of the Draft Riots

54. Fountas and Pinnell Introduction to Teaching in a Readers' Workshop (Grades K - 2)

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Dates: 3/28/2017 to 3/29/2017

In this two-day introductory workshop, participants learn the structure of the readers' workshop and the opportunities it offers to scaffold student learning through whole group, small group, and individual learning experiences. Teachers will learn how to:


Design minilessons using assessment data and the Continuum of Literacy Learning to meet the needs of their readers
Design literacy centers that support independent practice of authentic reading, writing, and word study
The importance of independent reading, responding to reading, and whole group sharing to summarize student learning

55. How Proper Accounting Drives State Aid

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Dates: 3/28/2017

School districts need to maximize all resources in the tax-cap environment. Maximizing state aid helps districts to ensure that every dollar spent will have the greatest return. Do you know how proper accounting drives state aid? How should all members of the business office prepare for the independent audit? To ensure this program will help districts meet their financial goals, this program will cover: Proper coding for ST-3 and Schedule C re-allocation Transportation Aid Excess Cost Aid Summer handicapped aid (4408)

• CPSE (4410)to help districts meet their financial goals

56. *By Invitation Only* Yonkers FBA-BIP - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 3/28/2017

This workshop is by invitation only. The Yonkers FBA-BIP steering committee is invited to attend this work session. Goals of the steering committee include: - Implement a consistent robust process for identifying students in need of support and for implementing effective FBAs and BIPs; - Create in-district expertise to provide on-going professional development and support in implementation of that system.
*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.
After attending this workshop, participants will be able to identify the proactive classroom management structures, including data, systems, and practices which support improved student outcomes. Dr. Brandi Simonsen is a Professor at the University of Connecticut's Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER) and coordinates their graduate program on Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support. She is a nationally recognized speaker, researcher, and author in the field of PBIS implementation and over the course of her career, Dr. Simonsen has worked as a teacher, administrator, and clinician for students with a wide range of educational and behavioral needs across a variety of settings.
Effective teaching and efficient use of limited instructional time in classrooms are critical to meeting the rigorous demands of the Common Core. In this three-day training, participants will learn the key components of Explicit Direct Instruction, a research based framework for developing and delivering classroom lessons to students of all abilities, which has proven to be especially effective for students with disabilities. Participants will leave with a portfolio of specific strategies they can immediately implement in their classrooms, as well as the tools for creating lessons across all content areas that are engaging, rigorous, effective and support the Common Core goals in both math and ELA.
Student self-determination is the driving force behind this five-part series. Participants will learn about evidence-based practices as well as tools and resources to enable students to become more actively involved in their own IEP processes. Each session will feature a book study as well as information, tools and resources all developed to help students participate more fully in the development of their IEPs. All participants will be given a copy of Getting the Most Out of IEPs by Colleen Thoma and Paul Wehman. Chapters from this book will be reviewed during the first four meetings. Please plan to attend all five sessions including the final gathering which is an opportunity for educators and students to showcase their work. You must register for each session separately. The dates are: Oct. 19, 2016 Dec. 5, 2016 Feb. 10, 2017 Mar. 30, 2017 May 12, 20177

61. Assistive Technology Forum March 2017

Program: Education Technology

Dates: 3/30/2017

Join us for an opportunity to share and learn about asssitive technology from low tech to high tech. This forum is specifically designed for individuals who support assistive technology.

62. SLS Annual Joint Conference - School Libraries: Transforming Learning

Program: Professional Library

Audience: School Library Media Specialists, Building and District Administrators

Dates: 3/31/2017

SLS Annual Joint Conference - School Libraries: Transforming Learning

Keynote: Unbridling School Library Spaces to Empower Learners

The keynote address will spur dialogue and reflection on how new active learning pedagogies are changing schools and school libraries. How can we create environments that foster creativity, active learning, inquiry and project-based learning? Bret Foster - keynote speaker; Chief Information Officer; Anderson County Schools (Lawrenceburg, Kentucky), Tech Education Specialist, and teacher.

Conference highlights: Administrator of the Year Award, many breakout sessions, Exploratorium, 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 the keynote address. Time: 8:00am-10:00am. Administrator price: $25. Email Kathy Friedlander with invited Administrators' names to register.

Early Bird Special: Before March 4-$125; After-$150. For questions regarding this activity, please contact Kathy Friedlander.

63. Living History: Inquiry into the Remarkable Life of Alexander Hamilton

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Dates: 3/31/2017 to 4/1/2017

Alexander Hamilton arrived alone to America at the age of 15 and rose up to become "the $10 dollar Founding Father without a Father". Alexander Hamilton successes were many and this class presents the whole sweep of Hamilton's turbulent life: his exotic, brutal upbringing; his brilliant military, legal, and financial exploits; his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, and Monroe; his illicit romances; and his famous death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804. With renewed interest in Hamilton due to the Broadway hit, this course will give teachers the content that they need to bring Hamilton's amazing story to the classroom. This course will also include a site visitation to his country home ,"Hamilton Grange", that he built on his Harlem Estate.
This three-part series for administrators will focus on a number of key factors associated with effective implementation of core instructional, behavioral and post-secondary practices to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. The series will start with a review of evidence-based practices along with the key implementation drivers that enhance successful implementation. Schools will be given the opportunity to assess their systems leverage points for change and develop strategic quality improvement plans for the coming school year.

65. IEP Institute 1: Developing Quality IEPs (2-Day) - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 4/3/2017 to 4/24/2017

This two- day-training is intended for TEAMS of special educators and special education administrators who want to learn how to develop effective, quality IEPs that can positively effect student outcomes. Day 1: IEP Review and Educational Benefit On Day 1 teams of teachers, support staff and an administrator will participate in a guided self- review of the IEPs of one of their students to determine if the IEPs are compliant and reflect best practice, as well as to see if they indicate that the student has made appropriate progress in his or her educational plan . Participants must bring paper copies (5) of one student's IEPs for three academic school years. Any personal identifiers must be redacted from the IEPs to maintain student confidentiality. Day 2: Developing an Effective IEP On Day 2 participants will be introduced to the critical elements of a standards-based IEP, learn best practices in the development of IEPs, and learn of the direct links between well conceived IEPs and improved student outcomes. Participants will also have opportunities to modify their own IEPs in order to make them more effective.

66. Foundations of Dual Language Education

Program: Guidance & Child Study Center

Dates: 4/4/2017

This workshop, based on CAL's highly-acclaimed Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, will provide dual language educators with research-aligned strategies and hands-on activities that promote bilingualism, biliteracy, and multicultural competence for their emergent bilingual students learning in English and a partner language. Participants will engage in interactive activities that integrate language and content and promote mutual respect between and among students of varying linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Through exploration of concrete instructional and classroom examples, participants will be invited to actively reflect on their instructional practices. In addition, opportunities will be provided for collaboration with colleagues in the design of research-aligned activities that participants will then be able to turn around and implement immediately in their own classrooms.

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

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 4/5/2017 to 5/3/2017

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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.
Join us as we examine all graduation and exiting options for students with disabilities including the 4+1 Pathway, the appeal process, local diploma options, the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential and the Skills 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.

69. Skype for Business Basics

Program: Staff Development (PNW BOCES Employees Only)

Dates: 4/5/2017

Topics will include: Call Transfers, Status Indicators, Instant Messaging, Screen Sharing

70. Child Abuse Identification and Reporting Workshop

Program: NYS State Certification Courses

Audience: Regular, special education teachers, administrators, physicians, medical personnel, chiropractors, dental hygienists, dentists, psychologists, pupil personnel professionals

Dates: 4/5/2017

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Child Abuse Identification Workshops are required by the State of New York for many community and school related jobs. The Hudson River Teacher Center is an approved New York State site for these workshops. Registration is required one week prior to scheduled workshops. Participants will receive State Education Department Certification of Completion. CHECK OR MONEY ORDER ONLY - DISTRICT BILLING/PO NOT AVAILABLE. Target audience: Regular, special education teachers, administrators, physicians, medical personnel, chiropractors, dental hygienists, dentists, psychologists, pupil personnel professionals

71. Building Your School/District Brand: Let Your Story Be Heard!

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Educators, K-12

Dates: 4/6/2017 to 5/11/2017

When is the last time something amazing happened in your school? How many people knew about it? The work done in schools all across the globe is spectacular. Kids gather, learn, leave, and make the world we live in a better place, so amazing things happen all the time.

The issue is the stories about schools are being told by people who have no affiliation with schools. The idea of branding schools isn't about selling kids or making false promises, it's about promoting the amazing things happening for those not experiencing them on a daily basis. Telling the story of schools helps create a narrative that builds culture and gives everyone in your community an identity. Utilizing social media and being the chief storyteller in your district is a great way to celebrate the success of students with parents and the community.

In this workshop, educators will have the opportunity to learn about how tools, like social media, can be used to get the word out on the great things happening in your classroom, school, or district. Participants will not only learn how to promote the great work taking place, but how to build a brand that resonates with aspects of mission, vision, and guiding principles.

During the second date, participants will have the opportunity to share what they have accomplished so far and what their next steps will be.

72. Digital Storytelling in Grades 3-5

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Teachers of students in grades 3 - 5, instructional coaches

Dates: 4/6/2017 to 5/22/2017

During this two-day workshop series, participants will learn how they can energize everyday lessons and unit-long activities with a variety of technology tools. Educators will explore Chromebook, iPad, and mobile and web-based tools that can be used to help students demonstrate their understanding and create shareable products for an authentic audience. This two-part series will cover a range of creation tools and provide teachers with an opportunity for hands-on practice through interactive activities. This session is designed for third, fourth, and fifth grade teachers looking to incorporate digital storytelling across subject areas including informational, narrative, and persuasive writing.

The second part of this series will include a session with both 3-5 and 6-8 teachers. This session will provide an opportunity to share implementation of session one goals and reflect on the use of digital storytelling to support learning objectives. Participants are encouraged to bring a device that is similar to what their students have access to in the classroom.
Preschool and early childhood teachers report that managing problem behaviors is the single greatest challenge they face. Viewing these behaviors from a functional perspective allows educators to understand why these behaviors are occurring and, as a result, respond to them more effectively, as well as develop effective prevention and teaching strategies. This introductory-level workshop will provide participants with a basic overview of how problem behaviors are learned and maintained and discuss how to use this information to inform their practice and improve social and behavioral outcomes for students.
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.

75. Digital Storytelling in Grades 6-8

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Teachers of students in grades 6-8, instructional coaches

Dates: 4/7/2017 to 5/22/2017

During this two-day workshop series, participants will learn how they can energize everyday lessons and unit-long activities with a variety of technology tools. Educators will explore Chromebook, iPad, and mobile and web-based tools that can be used to help students demonstrate their understanding and create shareable products for an authentic audience. This two-part series will cover a range of creation tools and provide teachers with an opportunity for hands-on practice through interactive activities. This session is designed for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade teachers looking to incorporate digital storytelling across subject areas including informational, narrative, and persuasive writing. The second part of this series will include a session with both 3-5 and 6-8 teachers. This session will provide an opportunity to share implementation of session one goals and reflect on the use of digital storytelling to support learning objectives. Participants are encouraged to bring a device that is similar to what their students have access to in the classroom.

76. Good Starts = Great Governance - The Importance of Entry

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Dates: 4/18/2017 to 5/2/2017

Every year hundreds of school boards across the nation engage in the arduous and complex ritual of hiring a new superintendent in the hopes of bringing that special someone to lead their schools. Many school boards employ search consultants, hold community meetings to gather in put for a superintendent profile, parade candidates through public forums, and interrogate finalists through multiple interviews by various constituent groups. This is the most important decision made by a school board, so they need to get it right. Simply put, the data are clear: leadership matters. Superintendent and board stability aligns with positive student achievement. There is no runway: boards and superintendents have both an ethical and pragmatic obligation to make the relationship work efficiently and effectively right from the start.

77. WRS ® Introductory Workshop

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Audience: Target Audience: Regular, special, and occupational teachers, grades 3-12, reading teachers, adult educators, administrators, support staff, parents

Dates: 4/18/2017 to 4/20/2017

This 15 hour workshop presents the multi-sensory structured language principles and techniques of the Wilson Reading System. A Wilson trainer describes general program concepts and provides hands-on instruction in the lesson plan format. The topics include: Reading research Basic principles of language structure How to teach language with direct, multi-sensory methods Review and reinforcement Program implementation Student placement, progress and monitoring Lesson planning and procedures in the Wilson Reading System - modeling and practice This 3-day prerequisite workshop for those teachers planning to enroll in WRS Level I will provide a background to the program, descriptions, and WRS demonstrations. Participants will receive introductory packets. Target Audience: Regular, special, and occupational teachers, grades 3-12, reading teachers, adult educators, administrators, support staff, parents Credit: In-service credit based on district policy Fee: $559 includes introductory materials and lunch; this training is COSER aidable This workshop is offered through a collaboration with The Hudson River Teacher Center, Wilson Language Training and PNW BOCES.

78. IEP Study Group - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 4/18/2017

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In this three-hour workshop participants will revisit and incorporate best practices into the development of Standards Based IEPs. There will be an opportunity to learn, share and receive feedback from peers as well as onsite technical support from the regional special education training specialist. Participants will also be asked to bring copies of their own student’s IEPs for informal feedback. This workshop is open to those individuals who have attended the RSE-TASC’s “Developing Quality IEPs” or “Developing Effective IEP Goals” workshops.

79. Developing Behavior Plans for Preschoolers (2-Day) - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 4/19/2017 to 5/10/2017

This two-day workshop is designed for professionals working in preschool and early childhood settings who would like to learn more about developing effective, evidence-based interventions to address students' challenging behaviors. The process of conducting functional behavior assessments (FBAs) and developing individualized behavior intervention plans (BIPs) within the framework of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) will be reviewed in detail, with emphasis on the prevent-teach-reinforce for young children (PTR-YC) model. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of tools and practice applying strategies.

80. Introduction to OneNote

Program: Staff Development (PNW BOCES Employees Only)

Dates: 4/19/2017

OneNote is a digital note-taking application. Learn to capture your ideas, to do lists, and meeting notes in one place. Learn to share a notebook with team members for project planning and collaboration.

81. Teacher and Student Reflection

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Dates: 4/20/2017 to 5/12/2017

Reflection is an integral part of the learning experience; this course will emphasize and encourage teacher and student reflection as a path to higher level thinking. Participants will reflect on their teaching practices and the student reflective interactions to deepen the learning experience for all. The course will encourage teachers to incorporate end of class prompts that are important to keep learners thinking and reflecting long after the bell rings. Participants will review various ways to reflect including creating blogs, wikis, and multi-media. Journal entries will be kept online and submitted as part of the learning process during the course.

82. Self-Publishing for Students: Developing Entrepreneurs Through E-books

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Educators wishing to help their students and other learners explore self-publishing

Dates: 4/20/2017

Thanks to technology, authorship is at everyone's fingertips, and today's writers are able to share their work with others on multiple platforms and in various formats. Innovative and entrepreneurial writers have discovered they do not need permission from a major publishing house to call themselves authors and deliver their work to the world. Why should students wait to be adults to share the stories and essays they have inside?

By using the free tools available, students can publish their work, whether it be the first novel of a trilogy or a collection of poems or essays. In this session, participants will:
-Identify the steps to publishing from start to finish (including completing the manuscript, formatting, and paying attention to the details - everything from page breaks to fonts to copyright considerations)
-Explore the available platforms (including but not limited to Kindle, NOOKPress, and Smashwords)
-Understand the roles that social media and marketing play in getting your novel noticed (via tools like Goodreads, Wattpad, Facebook/Instagram/Twitter, virtual book tours, and review swaps)
Exploring these aspects and more will help participants to empower their students with the power of self-publishing!

83. Transforming District Summative Assessments to Align with the New York State Social Studies Prototypes, Grades 6-8

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Teachers of social studies in grades 6 - 8

Dates: 4/20/2017 to 5/16/2017

How do we create summative assessments that reflect the shifts articulated in the Social Studies Framework? The New York State Department of Education has created new assessment models, and teachers are invited to participate in the regional creation of questions based on the 2014 Social Studies Framework. Each question will be based on a stimulus and will incorporate Practices, Key Ideas, Concepts and Content. All questions developed will be shared by the participants through Goggle Docs.

You are encouraged to bring your own laptop or iPad, but if one is not available, we will provide a laptop so you can participate in question development.

84. Preventing Workplace Harassment and Title IX Officers, Coordinators Training

Program: Center for Educational Leadership

Dates: 4/20/2017

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 as well as 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.

85. Transition Specialist Network - SW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 4/20/2017

The Transition Specialist Network is a gathering of educators and community professionals who implement transition programs and practices in their schools and agencies. Join us as we discuss ideas, share resources, and collaboratively build comprehensive transition programs in our region. The Transition Specialist network will meet four times during the 2016-17 school year. Please register for each offering separately on My Learning Plan. The dates are listed below: Sept. 26, 2016, 9:00-11:30am, PNW BOCES, Yorktown Heights, NY January 5, 2017 9:00-11:30am, Southern Westchester BOCES, Harrison, NY April 20, 2017 9:00-11:30am, Southern Westchester BOCES, Harrison, NY June 9, 2017, 9:00-11:30am, PNW BOCES Yorktown Heights, NY

86. CSE Roundtable (4 of 4) - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Audience: CSE Chairs, PPS Directors, Special Directors, Pupil Personnel Services

Dates: 4/20/2017

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

87. Next Steps: An Intensive Workshop on Developing Curriculum Materials for the New Science Standards

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Secondary educators already familiar with the New York State Science Learning Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards who are interested in developing curriculum materials

Dates: 4/21/2017

Designed for teachers who are already familiar with the new science standards and are ready to write aligned science curriculum, this workshop will provide materials and support for you (and your colleagues) in planning and developing a unit that supports three-dimensional learning and helps students develop proficiency on a targeted set of Performance Expectations.

With guidance and coaching, participants will use a design process to develop lessons that fit together coherently, and build on each other to enable students to develop a deeper understanding of the practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts over the course of the unit.

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

Program: NYS State Certification Courses

Audience: All individuals pursuing SED certification/licensure

Dates: 4/22/2017

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, and registrants who participate in the entire 6-hour training will receive a Certification of Completion. Credit Card, Check OR Money Order - DISTRICT BILLING/PO NOT AVAILABLE.
In order to facilitate positive cross-racial, cross-ethnic, and cross-cultural relationships, we have to acknowledge the dynamics of power and privilege. We must begin by investigating societal power structures that impact teaching and learning and then develop solutions for breaking down barriers to equity and racial justice. Part of this investigation requires each of us to personally reflect on the salience of race in our own lives, including a loss or gain of societal privileges based on our individual identities.
This workshop will prompt participants to investigate: 1) the impact of systemic racism in schools, 2) the salience of our staff and students' multiple identities and their attributed power and privilege, and 3) techniques for building a critical racial consciousness. Participants will leave with the tools to incorporate shared language around race, power, and privilege and with actionable steps for promoting positive racial, ethnic and cultural development through intentional relationships across diverse identities.

90. Enhancing Formative Assessment through Embedded Technology

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: Grade K-12 teachers

Dates: 4/24/2017

The focus of this workshop will be how to successfully embedded digital formative assessment in a lesson and use it to drive instructional decisions. Research on the topic will be shared along with a variety of online tools that can be used in classrooms with one-to-one technology, as well as those classrooms with less technology available. Participants will learn about the power of the data collected via these tools, and the reports available, to drive instructional decisions and have an opportunity to create formative assessments and/or templates for use in their classrooms.

91. Fundations® Level K

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Audience: General education, special education, reading teachers, K-3, administrators, and other interested educational professionals

Dates: 4/25/2017

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). The Fundations Level Workshop provides a practical, how-to overview of the Fundations program. This five-hour 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, K-3, administrators, and other interested educational professionals Credit: In-service credit based on district policy Fee: $259 includes introductory materials; this training is COSER aidable. This workshop is offered through a collaboration with The Hudson River Teacher Center, Wilson Language Training® Corp and PNW BOCES.
Well-developed transition planning is critical for students with special needs who plan to attend college. Join us as we explore: * college supports and eligibility; * 2-year, 4-year and certificate options; * strategies to develop student's self-determination skills; * transition assessments; * developing appropriate IEP goals as well as Student Exit Summary recommendations; and * much more!
Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) is the foundation upon which special education is built. Educators who have the responsibility for developing and implementing individualized education programs often misunderstand it. During this workshop, participants will explore current New York State Education Department (NYSED) Part 200 regulations related to SDI, develop an operational understanding of the definition of SDI, and practice with case studies to identify ways to address the unique needs of a student that result from a child's disability. These essential understandings are indispensable to ensure access to the general curriculum through accommodations and modifications, so that students can meet the same academic standards as their nondisabled peers and to ensure progress toward meeting IEP goals and objectives.

94. OPALS User Group Meeting

Program: Professional Library

Audience: Library Media Specialists, Library Clerks and Library Aides

Dates: 4/25/2017

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.

95. Going Beyond Sourcing: Judging the Credibility of Information Online (Grades K-8)

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: K-8 Social Studies Teachers and Administrators

Dates: 4/26/2017

A report based on research by the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG)shows a dismaying inability by students to evaluate information they see on the Internet. Students, for example, had a hard time distinguishing advertisements from news articles or identifying where information came from. "Many people assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally perceptive about what they find there," said Professor Sam Wineburg, the lead author of the report. "Our work shows the opposite to be true."

This workshop will look at the examples of civic online reasoning that led to SHEG's conclusions, and then turn to sourcing documents, and distinguishing between primary and secondary sources, as required by the NYSED Social Studies Framework. Participants will then go beyond these to consider specific examples and strategies teachers can use in the classroom to train students to:

- distinguish advertisements from news articles

-determine where information comes from

determine who created an article or story

evaluate the credibility of a website, Facebook and Twitter feeds, and comments left in readers' forums on news sites or blog posts and other digital messages that shape public opinion.

-distinguish between natural and artificially constructed evidence in photographs.

Teachers will collaborate in creating examples for their unique grade level, and will leave with materials to use in the classroom.

96. Fundations® Level 1

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Audience: General education, special education, reading teachers, K-3, administrators, and other interested educational professionals

Dates: 4/26/2017

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). The Fundations Level Workshop provides a practical, how-to overview of the Fundations program. This five-hour 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, K-3, administrators, and other interested educational professionals Credit: In-service credit based on district policy Fee: $259 includes introductory materials; this training is COSER aidable. This workshop is offered through a collaboration with The Hudson River Teacher Center, Wilson Language Training® Corp and PNW BOCES.

97. Redefining Homework

Program: The Hudson River Teacher Center

Dates: 4/27/2017

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Teacher training is vital to the successful implementation of any program or approach to instruction. Countless hours of professional development and adult learning are devoted to new strategies that teachers can use to enhance their daily lessons. Teachers rarely receive training on the development and implementation of high quality homework assignments that challenge students to think critically and collaborate beyond the walls of the of the classroom. This workshop is designed specifically for teachers to begin to transform traditional homework assignments into meaningful tasks that engage students students in learning and thinking.

In this full day session, teachers will be provided with an interactive training that will assist them in developing “home-learning” assignments that leverage the use of the technology to promote 21st century skills. This training will provide teachers with an opportunity to learn how to develop activities that get students asking questions instead of solving problems, provide quality feedback so they can improve their learning, and collaborate in an interactive manner so our students can be creative and innovative while taking ownership of their learning.

Teachers will walk away with practical and easy-to-use strategies that support the use of technology to promote collaborative and engaging homework assignments that will transform their teaching. All attendees should bring a laptop, iPad, or mobile device so they can experience the strategies first hand. Please join us for a great day of learning and conversation.

98. Going Beyond Sourcing: Judging the Credibility of Information Online (Grades 9-12)

Program: Curriculum Center

Audience: 9-12 Social Studies Teachers and Administrators

Dates: 4/28/2017

A report based on research by the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG)shows a dismaying inability by students to evaluate information they see on the Internet. Students, for example, had a hard time distinguishing advertisements from news articles or identifying where information came from. "Many people assume that because young people are fluent in social media they are equally perceptive about what they find there," said Professor Sam Wineburg, the lead author of the report. "Our work shows the opposite to be true."

This workshop will look at the examples of civic online reasoning that led to SHEG's conclusions, and then turn to sourcing documents, and distinguishing between primary and secondary sources, as required by the NYSED Social Studies Framework. Participants will then go beyond these to consider specific examples and strategies teachers can use in the classroom to train students to:

- distinguish advertisements from news articles

-determine where information comes from

determine who created an article or story

evaluate the credibility of a website, Facebook and Twitter feeds, and comments left in readers' forums on news sites or blog posts and other digital messages that shape public opinion.

-distinguish between natural and artificially constructed evidence in photographs.

Teachers will collaborate in creating examples for their unique grade level, and will leave with materials to use in the classroom.
For students to thrive at school, they must feel proud of who they are; they must love themselves. As a result, our leadership and instruction must include students' lives as cultural referents and be grounded in emotional intelligence and culturally responsive pedagogy. Therefore, during this session, participants will receive an overview of the five key skills of emotional intelligence-recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotions-as well as explore opportunities to connect emotional intelligence to culturally relevant practices. Dena Simmons, Ed.D. is an activist, educator, and student of life from Bronx, New York. She serves as the Director of Education at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She writes and speaks nationally about social justice pedagogy and creating emotionally intelligent and safe classrooms within the context of equity. Dena has been profiled in the Huffington Post, the AOL/PBS project, MAKERS: Women Who Make America, and a Beacon Press Book, Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists.

100. IEP Institute 2: Developing Quality Goals (2-Day) - PNW BOCES

Program: RSE-TASC

Dates: 5/1/2017 to 5/8/2017

This two- day-training is intended for special educators and special education administrators who want to improve their ability to develop effective and compliant IEPs as well as learn how to measure students' progress towards reaching those goals. Day 1 will focus on how to align the IEP with the Common Core Learning Standards, and how to identify goals for inclusion in the IEP. Day 2 participants will learn the basics of Curriculum Based Measures (CBMs) and how to progress monitor specific literacy and math goals using these evidence-based tools.
Connecting students with authentic employment experiences is a key factor ultimately leading to career success. Join us for this morning workshop as we explore the roles and responsibilities for job coaches, both on and off campus. We we will explore strategies for working with employers. We will also review strategies for assessing skills in a work setting and collecting data to monitor progress and develop goals. Please Note: A separate workshop will be held during the afternoon, Job Developing: Preparing Students for Employment. You must register for each workshop individually.