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1. SLS Mentor Meeting - April (3:30 time slot)

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 4/12/2021

ClosedStarting Soon
Monthly meeting of the SLS mentors and mentees. Topics include library administration, classroom management, collaboration, technology, advocacy, communication, and more. Open to Questar III regional librarians who are part of the SLS Mentor program.

2. April STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 4/14/2021

CTLE
Starting Soon
Topics: Review March Payments, New Summer Program Application - New or Amended and Statute of Limitations

3. SLS Mentor Meeting - April (1:30 time slot)

Program: School Library System

Audience: Librarians

Dates: 4/14/2021

Starting Soon
Monthly meeting of the SLS mentors and mentees. Topics include library administration, classroom management, collaboration, technology, advocacy, communication, and more. Open to Questar III regional librarians who are part of the SLS Mentor program.

4. NYSESLAT Speaking and Writing Turnkey Training

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 4/15/2021

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This training will address administration and scoring of the K-12 Speaking and Writing Sessions of the NYSESLAT. This training is for educators who are new to the NYSESLAT and have not received any training on administering or scoring this exam. Participants will review test structure, review rubrics and practice scoring.
These sessions will allow for participation in an interactive professional development virtual learning series (nine, 1.5-hour sessions, January through June) on culturally and linguistically relevant instructional and curricular practices where we explore ways to inspire, engage, and empower our youth. We will deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues (e.g., racism, poverty, language, gender, etc.) that impact student learning outcomes, while developing classroom approaches, strategies, and tools that foster and support cultural and linguistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. At the center of our collective work are Critical Inquiry Projects (CIP): classroom-based inquiry projects that afford students the opportunity to critically examine an experienced or recognized injustice from their lived social realities by intentionally blending academic knowledge with critical and social awareness to provide students with the necessary skill sets to actively participate in a democratic society.

Objectives for this virtual learning series are 1) to revisit and discuss the major tenets of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies and other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, 2) to review the application of asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classroom environments, and 3) to implement asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classrooms during the academic year.

This virtual learning series is informed by the most current and reputable evidence-based research on asset-based instructional and curricular practices, aligned with NYSED's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework, and adheres to the guidelines of specialized professional associations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.

6. April BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 4/16/2021

CTLE
Starting Soon
Topics: BOCES Capital Fund & Rental Reporting: SA-109 & SA-116A

7. NYSESLAT Speaking and Writing Turnkey Training - Asynchronous

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 4/19/2021

This is an asynchronous NYSESLAT training refresher. This presentation will review NYSESLAT format and structure. It also review important dates and administration overview as well as some practice with scoring speaking and writing components of the test . Participants will need to complete the google form at the end in order to receive CTLE credit.

8. Academic External Program Review

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 4/19/2021

New
7-12 certified content area teachers will review curricula of the Criminal Justice, Automotive Technology, Welding and Agricultural Science (Proposed new program) courses offered by Questar III BOCES.

External reviewers will determine the course content, standards and assessment are appropriately aligned to NYS expectations.

Participants will meet in one 3-hour video conference to review related materials and discuss course details with CTE content area and career instructors.

This is open only to those content area teachers, career teachers and external reviewers that have been pre-approved through the Office of School Improvement at Questar III BOCES.


A zoom link will be sent prior to the webinar.

9. Aspiring Superintendent Series - Session1: Superintendent - Board of Education Relations

Program: School Improvement

Audience: Current Educational Leaders in the Questar III Region Aspiring to the Role of Superintendent

Dates: 4/19/2021

Session 1: Superintendent - Board of Education Relations
This session will focus on the importance of the relationship between a school district's Superintendent and Board of Education. East Greenbush CSD Superintendent Jeff Simons and Questar III BOCES Director of Human Resources & East Greenbush CSD Board of Education President Mike Buono will be our featured speakers.

10. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 4/21/2021

The amended Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) took effect on July 1, 2013, under this amended legislation beginning January 1, 2014, all persons applying to the NYS Education Department for an administrative or supervisory service, classroom teaching service or school service certificate or coaching license must complete six (6) hours of coursework or training in harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention and intervention. The training proactively addresses the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination and is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to create an affirming school environment for all students.

Participants must be in attendance for the full session to receive a certificate of completion. Given the current COVID-19 health situation, the training will be completed virtually, using Zoom.

Payment of $80.00 must be received before a participant is marked as COMPLETED. Please make the check payable to Questar III BOCES and send to Christine Willmart at 10 Empire State Boulevard, Castleton, NY 12033. Training is limited to 20 participants, so register early. You will be contacted if the workshop must be cancelled.

The link to the zoom invitation will be sent out to registrants prior to the training.

11. Knowledge Cafe

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 4/21/2021

CTLE
Topics: May SBO Calendar

12. Scaffolding Content for ELs in Distance Learning and Hybrid Settings

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 4/21/2021

- Describe challenges and opportunities for ELs during distance and hybrid learning.
- Define scaffolding for ELs.
- Explore strategies for scaffolding distance learning tasks for ELs.
- Apply a 5-step framework to scaffold content instruction for ELs in a distance learning or hybrid environment.

13. SIFE Identification and the MLS

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELL

Dates: 4/22/2021

In this workshop participants will review how to identify a student with interrupted formal education as well as how to administer the Multilingual Literacy SIFE Screener.
These sessions will allow for participation in an interactive professional development virtual learning series (nine, 1.5-hour sessions, January through June) on culturally and linguistically relevant instructional and curricular practices where we explore ways to inspire, engage, and empower our youth. We will deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues (e.g., racism, poverty, language, gender, etc.) that impact student learning outcomes, while developing classroom approaches, strategies, and tools that foster and support cultural and linguistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. At the center of our collective work are Critical Inquiry Projects (CIP): classroom-based inquiry projects that afford students the opportunity to critically examine an experienced or recognized injustice from their lived social realities by intentionally blending academic knowledge with critical and social awareness to provide students with the necessary skill sets to actively participate in a democratic society.

Objectives for this virtual learning series are 1) to revisit and discuss the major tenets of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies and other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, 2) to review the application of asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classroom environments, and 3) to implement asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classrooms during the academic year.

This virtual learning series is informed by the most current and reputable evidence-based research on asset-based instructional and curricular practices, aligned with NYSED's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework, and adheres to the guidelines of specialized professional associations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.

15. May BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 5/5/2021

CTLE
Topics: CoSer Restrictions & Survey of Best Practices

16. Model Schools Sandbox Event #4

Program: Model Schools

Dates: 5/6/2021

"Dig" into new educational technology and strategies for incorporating technology into the classroom. Each event will focus on a different tool, or set of tools, that can be used for instruction, and will help educators learn how to best incorporate technology into their curriculum in a meaningful way. Access information will be sent via Frontline the day before the event. Open to Model Schools subscribers only.

17. Supporting ELLs in early education

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 5/11/2021

New
This PD will explain the identification protocols issued by NYS. It will also go over best practices and resources for EML's instruction.

18. May Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 5/12/2021

CTLE
Topics: Health Services and Non-Resident Billing

19. Culturally Responsive Teaching

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 5/18/2021

- Discuss how cultural expectations for communication and behavior vary among cultures and strategies for responding to these differences.
- Explore strategies for building a culturally responsive school climate.
- Discuss and apply strategies for integrating culturally responsive teaching into the curriculum.
- Create a plan for incorporating the strategies presented in the session into your work with ELs and their families.

20. Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Program: School Improvement

Dates: 5/19/2021

The amended Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) took effect on July 1, 2013, under this amended legislation beginning January 1, 2014, all persons applying to the NYS Education Department for an administrative or supervisory service, classroom teaching service or school service certificate or coaching license must complete six (6) hours of coursework or training in harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention and intervention. The training proactively addresses the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination and is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to create an affirming school environment for all students.

Participants must be in attendance for the full session to receive a certificate of completion. Given the current COVID-19 health situation, the training will be completed virtually, using Zoom.

Payment of $80.00 must be received before a participant is marked as COMPLETED. Please make the check payable to Questar III BOCES and send to Christine Willmart at 10 Empire State Boulevard, Castleton, NY 12033. Training is limited to 20 participants, so register early. You will be contacted if the workshop must be cancelled.

The link to the zoom invitation will be sent out to registrants prior to the training.

21. MAY STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 5/19/2021

CTLE
Topics: Program Dates and Reapplications
These sessions will allow for participation in an interactive professional development virtual learning series (nine, 1.5-hour sessions, January through June) on culturally and linguistically relevant instructional and curricular practices where we explore ways to inspire, engage, and empower our youth. We will deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues (e.g., racism, poverty, language, gender, etc.) that impact student learning outcomes, while developing classroom approaches, strategies, and tools that foster and support cultural and linguistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. At the center of our collective work are Critical Inquiry Projects (CIP): classroom-based inquiry projects that afford students the opportunity to critically examine an experienced or recognized injustice from their lived social realities by intentionally blending academic knowledge with critical and social awareness to provide students with the necessary skill sets to actively participate in a democratic society.

Objectives for this virtual learning series are 1) to revisit and discuss the major tenets of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies and other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, 2) to review the application of asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classroom environments, and 3) to implement asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classrooms during the academic year.

This virtual learning series is informed by the most current and reputable evidence-based research on asset-based instructional and curricular practices, aligned with NYSED's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework, and adheres to the guidelines of specialized professional associations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.

23. Communication Coordinator Meeting - PM SESSION

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians in the Questar III Region

Dates: 5/25/2021

New
ALL school librarians in the Questar III region are highly encouraged to attend this meeting to learn how to effectively use the revised NYSED School Library Program Rubric. The SLP Rubric will be used as the region's member plan. Join us as we take a deep dive into how the SLP Rubric can be used to improve the library program in your school. We will also learn about using the rubric for goal setting and action planning for the upcoming school year.

24. Communication Coordinator Meeting - AM SESSION

Program: School Library System

Audience: School Librarians in the Questar III Region

Dates: 5/26/2021

New
ALL school librarians in the Questar III region are highly encouraged to attend this meeting to learn how to effectively use the revised NYSED School Library Program Rubric. The SLP Rubric will be used as the region's member plan. Join us as we take a deep dive into how the SLP Rubric can be used to improve the library program in your school. We will also learn about using the rubric for goal setting and action planning for the upcoming school year.

25. Knowledge Cafe

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 5/26/2021

CTLE
Topics: June SBO Calendar

26. Developing Culturally Responsive and Inclusive School Leaders - For School Leaders

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators in ELL Leadership Roles

Dates: 5/26/2021 to 6/1/2021

This two-part series will provide strategies to understand, identify, and address the root cause of implicit bias and the tools needed to create a culture of accountability and a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices in the classroom. In this training, the presenters will develop the knowledge and tools needed to drive a DEI vision at the school and classroom level. This training will provide strategies to create accountability and a culture of DEI practices throughout your organization. Focusing on the five focus areas of, empathy, awareness, vulnerability, navigating conflict, and thinking and acting outside of own lens, leaders will learn how to lead on issues of diversity and inclusion from a place of responsiveness, rather than one of reactivity, to create an inclusive organization where everyone feels they belong.

27. June BO-Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 6/2/2021

CTLE
Topics: Preparation for Closing Fiscal Year Submittal of Budget to SED for SBM4

28. June STAC Talk

Program: Special Education Aid Assistance Service

Dates: 6/2/2021

CTLE
Topics: Common STAC Errors, Statute of Limitations, NYSED Gold Star Report & Other Timely Information
These sessions will allow for participation in an interactive professional development virtual learning series (nine, 1.5-hour sessions, January through June) on culturally and linguistically relevant instructional and curricular practices where we explore ways to inspire, engage, and empower our youth. We will deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues (e.g., racism, poverty, language, gender, etc.) that impact student learning outcomes, while developing classroom approaches, strategies, and tools that foster and support cultural and linguistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. At the center of our collective work are Critical Inquiry Projects (CIP): classroom-based inquiry projects that afford students the opportunity to critically examine an experienced or recognized injustice from their lived social realities by intentionally blending academic knowledge with critical and social awareness to provide students with the necessary skill sets to actively participate in a democratic society.

Objectives for this virtual learning series are 1) to revisit and discuss the major tenets of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies and other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, 2) to review the application of asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classroom environments, and 3) to implement asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classrooms during the academic year.

This virtual learning series is informed by the most current and reputable evidence-based research on asset-based instructional and curricular practices, aligned with NYSED's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework, and adheres to the guidelines of specialized professional associations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.

30. June Coffee Talk

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 6/16/2021

CTLE
Topics: Preparing and Collecting Data for Year End Close

31. Knowledge Cafe

Program: State Aid Planning

Dates: 6/23/2021

CTLE
Topics: July SBO Calendar
These sessions will allow for participation in an interactive professional development virtual learning series (nine, 1.5-hour sessions, January through June) on culturally and linguistically relevant instructional and curricular practices where we explore ways to inspire, engage, and empower our youth. We will deepen our collective understanding of the complex issues (e.g., racism, poverty, language, gender, etc.) that impact student learning outcomes, while developing classroom approaches, strategies, and tools that foster and support cultural and linguistic inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. At the center of our collective work are Critical Inquiry Projects (CIP): classroom-based inquiry projects that afford students the opportunity to critically examine an experienced or recognized injustice from their lived social realities by intentionally blending academic knowledge with critical and social awareness to provide students with the necessary skill sets to actively participate in a democratic society.

Objectives for this virtual learning series are 1) to revisit and discuss the major tenets of Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Pedagogies and other asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks, 2) to review the application of asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classroom environments, and 3) to implement asset-based instructional and curricular frameworks in classrooms during the academic year.

This virtual learning series is informed by the most current and reputable evidence-based research on asset-based instructional and curricular practices, aligned with NYSED's Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework, and adheres to the guidelines of specialized professional associations that govern pertinent content areas and relatable instructional practices.

33. Exploration and Analysis of ELL Attendance Rates

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 6/28/2021

New
This session will explore data analysis related to ELLs and their attendance rates. Participants will begin to understand the relationship between attendance and student outcomes. By investigating strategies, participants will begin to develop a plan for increasing awareness of attendance strategies for their district/school staff as well as impacting student attendance rates in the near future. Educators, Administrators, Counselors, and Attendance Officers are encouraged to attend!

34. Supporting ELLs in Early Education

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 6/29/2021

New
This PD will explain the identification protocols issued by NYS. It will also go over best practices and resources for EMLs instruction in early education.

35. SIFE Identification and the MLS

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 7/1/2021

New
In this workshop participants will review how to identify a student with interrupted formal education as well as how to administer the Multilingual Literacy SIFE Screener.

36. Writing Strategies Book Study: K - 5

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 8/16/2021

New
This online session will explore Jennifer Serravallo's book Reading Strategies. The resource contains more than 300 strategies to support 13 reading goals linked to a variety of skills, genres, and reading levels. The session will give an overview of the book resource as well as share some strategies for adapting these reading tools to remote teaching and learning. These best practices support the needs of all learners- including ELLs who may be struggling with reading concepts. This session is appropriate for teachers of students in grades K-5. *Participants who register before July 26th will be mailed a free copy of the book to meet the needs of this session. You will need to complete a separate form that includes your home mailing address to receive the resource.

37. Guided Reading with ELLs in Mind

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 8/17/2021

New
In this 1 hour PD we will dive into Guided Reading with diverse populations. We will explore the planning, scaffolding and adapting guided reading for ELLs.

38. Thinking like a Reading Teacher

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 8/17/2021

New
Focus Grades ( 6 - 12 )

This presentation will focus on different reading needs of ELLs. It will review ways that content teachers can make text more accessible to students.

39. Science Strategies for ELLS

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 8/18/2021

New
This hour-long session will provide secondary Science teachers with strategies and protocols to assist English Learners in accessing content, concepts, and engineering practices required by the NGSS.

40. Reading Strategies Book Study: K-5

Program: Capital District RBE-RN

Audience: Educators of ELLs

Dates: 8/19/2021

New
This online session will explore Jennifer Serravallo's book Writing Strategies. The resource contains more than 300 strategies to support writing goals based on student need. The session will give an overview of the book resource as well as share some strategies for adapting these writing tools to remote teaching and learning. These best practices support the needs of all learners- including ELLs who may be struggling with writing concepts. This session is appropriate for teachers of students in grades K-5. *Participants who register before July 26th will be mailed a free copy of the book to meet the needs of this session. You will need to complete a separate form that includes your home mailing address to receive the resource.