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1. Special Education Directors Virtual Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: Special Education Directors

Dates: 9/17/2020 to 5/20/2021

The impact of COVID-19 on school systems is especially pronounced in special education. However, students with IEPs remain deserving of and legally entitled to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. The Special Education Directors Roundtable is a professional learning community that will create a space for educators to share challenges, solutions to common problems, and research-supported strategies to help them provide the best possible education for their students. CASDA facilitator Colleen Ulrich will share relevant insights and guide discussions to identify best practices for this unprecedented time.  

2. Athletic Directors Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: Athletic Directors, Physical Education Teachers

Dates: 10/7/2020 to 5/19/2021

A professional learning community for Athletic Directors to share best practices in athletics, physical education, school culture and emerging relevant issues.

3. Instructional and Assistive Technology Virtual Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: Instructional Technology teachers

Dates: 10/16/2020 to 5/14/2021

In order to maintain the meaningful networking opportunities and robust conversations that make the roundtable experience so unique, we are combining our Instructional Technology and Assistive Technology Roundtables for 2020-2021. Technology enhances differentiated instruction, which makes meeting the individual learning needs of all students more streamlined and efficient. Collaboration and support among assistive and instructional technology professionals will be critical during the 20-21 school year since everyone will be new to navigating remote, hybrid, and live streamed classroom instruction. Join CASDA for a monthly gathering of AT and IT professionals from across the Capital District. Learn about current devices, tools and strategies for students with special needs, stay up to date with legislation changes, and improve your collaboration with staff and families to support the effective provision and use of technological devices and services.

4. Intro to EdPuzzle

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: All educators

Dates: 1/12/2021

In this session, participants will create an Edpuzzle account and make simple videos with embedded questions. We will also review how to import your classes into Edpuzzle as well as grade assignments.

5. Intro to the Formative App

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: All educators

Dates: 1/19/2021

Formative, which is also known as GoFormative, is a web-based tool that allows teachers to create digital formative assessments, tasks, or assignments that are easily accessible from any electronic device: laptop, tablet, or smartphone.​ Participants in this session will learn how to set-up, create and use assessments on this platform.  We will discuss using this tool to implement data-driven instruction while also saving time on grading.  We will also explore how Formative can help support asynchronous and synchronous assessments which maintain test security.

6. Advanced EdPuzzle

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: All educators

Dates: 1/26/2021

This session is geared for educators with an Edpuzzle account who are looking for advanced training on features like cutting videos, embedding images and differentiated instructional techniques. We will also discuss pedagogical strategies to enhance virtual or hybrid learning.

7. Action Based Conversations - Accomplished Leadership Series

Program: CASDA Webinar

Audience: Building Leaders

Dates: 2/17/2021 to 3/1/2021

This series is designed for building leaders to improve their leadership practice through the study of rigorous, research based learning including the NB Principal standards, 9 Core Leadership Propositions, and Architecture of Accomplished Leadership. This professional learning opportunity will provide rich, deep, collaborative conversations to allow the personal and professional exploration of accomplished leadership to improve school culture, climate, and student learning.

8. Data for Instructional Leadership - In-Person

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: school leaders and their teams

Dates: 8/4/2021

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This workshop will help leaders and their teams, (BLT, Attendance, ad-hoc committees...Data Team or PLC) learn what kinds of data to identify, collect, analyze and monitor to drive academic growth. All educational settings have opportunities for growth, especially if your building has a SCEP Plan, or is attempting to address opportunity gaps and disproportionality. This workshop will examine the concepts that will allow your team to make evidence-based decisions about instruction, and that align both professional development and classroom practice through the development and monitoring of achievable targets. We will be examining NYS School Report Card data to identify your data points for growth. Participants will be able to identify data sources for their self-identified area(s) of improvement at the district, school, classroom and student level, as well as understand what kinds of evidence should and should not inform program development and practice. We will touch on breaking down data by race, poverty, language and disability status to identify opportunity gaps and places where culturally and linguistically diverse students are not being well served by current practices. Participants will begin to understand what their "data looks like” such that progress monitoring and modifications of their plans can be made in real time on a regular basis. Follow-up data coaching will be available to provide ongoing support for an additional fee.

9. Data for Instructional Leadership - Virtual

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: school leaders and their teams

Dates: 8/4/2021

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This workshop will help leaders and their teams, (BLT, Attendance, ad-hoc committees...Data Team or PLC) learn what kinds of data to identify, collect, analyze and monitor to drive academic growth. All educational settings have opportunities for growth, especially if your building has a SCEP Plan, or is attempting to address opportunity gaps and disproportionality. This workshop will examine the concepts that will allow your team to make evidence-based decisions about instruction, and that align both professional development and classroom practice through the development and monitoring of achievable targets. We will be examining NYS School Report Card data to identify your data points for growth. Participants will be able to identify data sources for their self-identified area(s) of improvement at the district, school, classroom and student level, as well as understand what kinds of evidence should and should not inform program development and practice. We will touch on breaking down data by race, poverty, language and disability status to identify opportunity gaps and places where culturally and linguistically diverse students are not being well served by current practices. Participants will begin to understand what their "data looks like” such that progress monitoring and modifications of their plans can be made in real time on a regular basis. Follow-up data coaching will be available to provide ongoing support for an additional fee.

10. ACEs, Assets and Action

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: school leaders and their teams

Dates: 8/6/2021

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Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are prevalent in all communities. However, addressing the impact of ACEs on students and families in these communities brings with it unique challenges for educators. This workshop will explore the foundations of the ACEs research in order to help educators understand when and how it can function as a tool to guide trauma-informed practices. We will also explore the relationship between ACEs and structural inequality such as food deserts, environmental degradation and social determinants of health. Educators will develop an understanding of how ACEs do not arise in a vacuum and will develop approaches to support students in school and community settings. As a result of this workshop, participants will better understand the nature of ACEs and will use research-based strategies involving equity audits and asset mapping to develop action plans for addressing ACEs in their community.

11. Integrating Effective Virtual Teaching Tools into In-Person Instruction - In-Person

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all teachers

Dates: 8/17/2021

Teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to educators. Teachers responded by developing innovative hybrid and virtual instruction strategies that engaged students and supported academic growth. In this PD session, we will share examples of how to effectively integrate these practices utilizing online platforms such as Formative, Google Classroom (including Jamboards) and Edpuzzles to name a few as we plan to return to in-person teaching for the Fall. Teachers will be able to use this time to hear from colleagues about how they will integrate successful tools and strategies into the in-person setting and transfer content. We will work collaboratively and seek input from all participants on their experiences this year in hybrid, in-person and fully virtual classes. Participants will leave with directly applicable strategies that can be seamlessly plugged into their classroom instruction after school reopens.

12. Integrating Effective Virtual Teaching Tools into In-Person Instruction - Virtual

Program: CASDA Conference

Audience: all teachers

Dates: 8/17/2021

Teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to educators. Teachers responded by developing innovative hybrid and virtual instruction strategies that engaged students and supported academic growth. In this PD session, we will share examples of how to effectively integrate these practices utilizing online platforms such as Formative, Google Classroom (including Jamboards) and Edpuzzles to name a few as we plan to return to in-person teaching for the Fall. Teachers will be able to use this time to hear from colleagues about how they will integrate successful tools and strategies into the in-person setting and transfer content. We will work collaboratively and seek input from all participants on their experiences this year in hybrid, in-person and fully virtual classes. Participants will leave with directly applicable strategies that can be seamlessly plugged into their classroom instruction after school reopens.

13. Leadership in Support of Engagement and Instructional Innovation Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: school leaders

Dates: 8/26/2021 to 5/10/2022

As a leader, are you reflecting on the past year and wondering how best to support and encourage your teachers to apply what they have learned about engaging students in their learning? This joint venture involving CASDA and Tech Valley High School will provide instructional leaders with the space to share how they are moving forward as innovative leaders after their experiences during COVID-19. Tech Valley High experts will model the successes they have experienced with hiring for innovation, engaging students through opportunities for student voice and choice, cross-curricular opportunities, improved school culture, and how these strategies can be used in any school. Tech Valley HS was founded on the premise of sharing its innovative instructional program with school districts throughout the region. The Leadership in Support of Engagement and Instructional Innovation Roundtable offers a space for Tech Valley's experts to share their experiences with colleagues throughout the region in a forum that will empower all participants to develop instructional practices that engage all of your students. Who is this Roundtable for? -Leaders who want to provide instructional support to teachers as they reimagine teaching and learning. -Leaders who are looking for thought partners around instructional innovation -Leaders who aim to develop instructional innovation and increase engagement in teaching and learning in their organization

14. Engaging Classroom Instruction Through PBL Roundtable

Program: CASDA Roundtable

Audience: all teachers

Dates: 8/31/2021 to 6/7/2022

Following a year of hybrid and virtual instruction, many educators are asking "how can we engage students in their learning?” Project Based Learning is an instructional model that offers meaningful learning experiences that cultivate agency and inquiry without compromising curriculum. This approach offers tremendous flexibility for students and educators to co-create lessons that foster skill development across disciplines and nurture 21st century skills such as critical thinking and collaboration that are transferable to any learning and working environment. PBL can build upon all that teachers have learned about educational technology by leveraging digital tools to move beyond the traditional classroom and take learning into the real world. This Roundtable series will examine how to shift learning toward a more student-centered, authentic, engaging experience for students. Tech Valley High School was founded on the premise of sharing its PBL-centered instructional program with school districts throughout the region. The Project Based Learning for Engaging Instruction Roundtable offers a space for Tech Valley's experts to share their experiences with colleagues throughout the region in a forum that will empower all participants to develop instructional practices that engage all of your students. Who is this Roundtable for? Teachers looking for practical, hands-on support in designing and implementing projects. Teachers who are looking for thought partners around projects in the classroom. Teachers who would like to improve the projects they use in their classrooms. Teachers who have not used projects in their classroom and would like to learn more about how they can use projects and aspects of PBL to provide more engaging and authentic instruction for students.