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To empower our schools in their development of inclusive educational environments, the NYC Special Education Collaborative offers over 65 professional development opportunities each semester – including workshops, panel discussions, practicums, mini-conferences, and webinars.

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November 2018

Coming from Self-Awareness: Mindfulness and SEL in the Classroom – Secondary

November 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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In this interactive session, participants will take a critical look at themselves as educators: how they are as well as what they do in the classroom. Participants will explore how mindful awareness combined with social and emotional learning (SEL) can help to create the kind of safe and supportive classroom environment needed for teaching and learning. Participants will look at teenage brain development: how students learn best, why they behave the way they do, and how to address some of…

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Co-Teaching Session 3: Intro to Co-Planning (UDL & SDI for Co-teaching) – Repeat Session

November 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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$325.0

Elizabeth Stein, author of Elevating Co-teaching through UDL, says that co-teachers must “establish consistent planning routines, listen to each other’s ideas, and combine the expertise of both co-teachers”. In the third session of our co-teaching series, co-teaching pairs will have the opportunity to consider different ways to co-plan, create planning structures, watch a co-planning conversation, review co-planning templates, and understand how principles of UDL and SDI can be weaved into their planning. *Co-teaching pairs should attend together. Coaches are welcome!…

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Co-Teaching Session 4: Sustaining Your Co-Teaching Program – What Leaders and Coaches Need to Know (Repeat Session)

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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In her book Collaborative Teaching in Secondary Schools, Wendy Murawski states that administrators must “ensure parity between the two teachers, encourage both educators to actively engage with students at all times, and need to confirm that teachers (especially special educators) have consistent schedules”. In the final session of our co-teaching series, school leaders and coaches will begin to explore these areas through reviewing the definition of co-teaching and the co-teaching models, exploring co-teaching rubrics and feedback sheets, and problem-solving common…

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Rethinking Behavior & Verbal De-escalation

November 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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Presented By:  Megan Ohlssen What is challenging behavior and where does it come from? How does our interpretation of student behavior prompt how we respond? This session focuses on shifting how we think about behavior from disruptive defiance to a actual skill deficit. Participants will explore how they define behavior, why students act out, and how to respond appropriately. Participants will learn about ways to build skill and use verbal deescalation to support students and prevent future behaviors.

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Using Data & Collaboration to Drive the FBA/BIP Process

November 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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In order to have authentic conversations about student behavior and create effective behavior plans, data must be gathered and analyzed collaboratively. This session will focus on data collection, and provide tools and frameworks for collaborating on developing Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans. Presented by Megan Ohlssen

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Elevating Co-teaching Through UDL

November 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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Providing equitable learning experiences in any inclusive classroom has its share of rewards and challenges. With UDL to the rescue, specific action steps transform any challenge as co-teachers embrace a solution seeking mindset. Through this interactive session, co-teachers will connect UDL with their own co-teaching experiences. This workshop will provide strategies for strengthening co-teaching relationships, instruction, and assessment in any inclusive setting. *Co-teaching pairs should attend together. Coaches are welcome! Presenter: Elizabeth Stein

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December 2018

Speaking of Success: How to Recognize and Support Students with Speech & Language Impairments in the Classroom

December 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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Communication skills are essential for school age children who are developing language critical to cognitive development and learning. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language at the heart of the classroom experience. This interactive session is intended to explain speech and language impairments and offer specific solutions and ideas to support language impaired students succeed in school, including lesson planning support, ideas for student differentiation, and more! Presenter: Sarah Schneider

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Supportive Space for Educators of Color – A People of Color Affinity Group

December 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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This group will be an informal supportive space for educators of color to build community and strengthen their self-advocacy tools and anti-racist pedagogy. We will engage in dialogue about racism, oppression, and its impact on educators of colors, students and the communities in which we work. We will also discuss best practices for self-care, self-advocacy, and practicing anti-racist pedagogy and anti-racist dialogue within school spaces. This group is ongoing, and welcomes new participants to drop-in. *This event is seat-free for members…

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Equitable Participation in the Math Classroom

December 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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Do you have some students that you can count on to always raise their hand, eager to answer your questions in class? And other students that rarely volunteer to share their ideas? In this interactive session, participants will do math together using a variety of participation protocols that allow for all voices to be heard and create a safe space for even those who are not confident to share their ideas. Participants will walk away with a paradigm of what…

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Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) Strategies for Elementary Teachers – Part 2

December 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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Participants will engage in discussions centered around their experiences using the tasks and scaffolds discussed in Session one. The goal is to come away with a deeper understanding of Multilingual Learners’ experiences in the classroom using those tasks and scaffolds as well as the effect on students' achievement. Participants will share stories about how the tools were integrated in lessons designed for students in inclusive classrooms. Participants will be expected to bring samples of five lesson plans and student work which will be used…

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