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To empower our schools in their development of inclusive educational environments, we are offering our fall 2020 programming completely online – including workshops, panel discussions, practicums, mini-conferences, and webinars.

Collaborative members can download our Fall 2020 seat tracker here.

Email professional development inquiries to Kevin@inclusiveedny.org.

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September 2020

Co-Teaching Best Practices: Effective Co-Planning

September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

As 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 this session, 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 much more. Considerations will be discussed on brick-and-mortar vs. hybrid vs. remote learning environments. *Co-teaching pairs should attend together. Coaches are welcome! Presenters: Jennifer Rodriguez…

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

September 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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. Facilitator: Michelle Grier *This event…

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Empowered Learners: Self-Regulation Tools & Strategies (Access) [Part 1]

September 29 @ 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

This is the first in a series of four live webinars that will respond to the challenges: "How do I engage and motivate learners? How do I sustain students' attention and focus? How can I support learners to take charge of their learning? In following UDL guidelines, this first workshop will set the foundation for understanding self-regulation as well as how to provide opportunities for each learner to access strategies to empower their learning. By attending this session, attendees will…

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NCI: CPI Verbal Deescalation and Crisis Prevention with PBIS Strategies

September 30 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI), participants will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or unsafe behavior at the earliest possible stage. Participants will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately in order to verbally de-escalate behavior. This updated course integrates PBIS framework and demonstrates the connections between CPI, PBIS and the FBA process.  By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the workshop with certification in verbal de-escalation by the Crisis Prevention…

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October 2020

Coffee & Conversations: Principal Cohort Meeting

October 1 @ 9:00 am - 9:45 am

Calling all principals! Special Education knowledge is not just for your SPED Coordinator – understanding pertinent guidance and the law will help you avoid lawsuits, remain in compliance, and overall build a program that emphasizes inclusive practices. Come learn about our 2020 Principal Cohort opportunity from our newest team member, Alexandra Apfel, who is a former charter school principal and special populations advocate. During this SEAT-FREE event, Alexandra will share how having critical Special Education knowledge can help school leaders make informed, legally compliant,…

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Co-Teaching for MLLs/ELLs in the Brick-and-Mortar/Remote Environment

October 1 @ 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Effective co-teaching for English learners (ELs) is a goal-centered enterprise that incorporates co-construction of essential curricula, collaborative lesson planning, the development of differentiated assessment tools and techniques, and thoughtful examination and reexamination of instructional delivery—all negotiated to inform the co-teaching process. In this interactive webinar, participants will explore the essentials of co-teaching in both face-to-face and remote environments and examine various co-teaching class configurations and determine how they translate to virtual learning. This session will highlight successful instruction and organizational…

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White Anti-Racist Affinity Group

October 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This will be an informal group discussion for white educators who would like accountability towards doing the work of unpacking white privilege. Participants will engage in dialogue around identifying and understanding white privilege and how to engage in conversations around race so that we do not perpetuate racial injustice in our schools and classrooms. It is a space where white educators can practice, model, and improve anti-racist practices through asking ignorant questions and processing deep emotion without co-opting multiracial dialogues…

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Leveraging Video in Coaching: Follow Through & Problem Solving


October 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

In part 3 of this 3-part series for coaches, we will explore the stances we take up as coaches and how video can be a positive disruptor for teacher empowerment in the coaching process;  examine how video can be utilized to coach teachers providing synchronous remote learning; and practice ways to harness video as a post-observation conferencing tool. Coaches will leave the workshop series with concrete approaches designed for observing K-12 teachers in remote teaching contexts;  options to engage teachers…

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Managing Student Anxiety by Leveraging CBT Practices

October 6 @ 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

This workshop will provide participants with information regarding how anxiety can impact children and adolescents in school settings and will provide descriptions of how specific anxiety disorders manifest in children and adolescents.  We will also explore the key principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and identify how to utilize CBT strategies within a school setting to support students with anxiety. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... 1.  Knowledge of specific anxiety disorders and how they manifest in children…

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The Whole Brain Child PLC

October 6 @ 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

In a time of physical distancing and collective trauma, social emotional learning has taken on new importance. In this six-week PLC, practitioners will read and implement strategies from Daniel Siegel’s The Whole-Brain Child. Over the course of six weekly sessions (Thursdays from 12pm-1pm), we’ll discuss how to develop age-appropriate SEL experiences that nurture our students’ emotional and intellectual development – both in this trying time and beyond. Attendees will walk away with: • A greater understanding of how brain development…

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