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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 full Fall 2020 Events Calendar here and our seat tracker here.

Email professional development inquiries to Kevin@inclusiveedny.org.

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October 2020

UDL & Funds of Knowledge: High Expectations in Remote Settings (Part 2)

October 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The data is clear: our students are suffering and racial inequities have become even more extreme in education in remote settings. In order to overcome these barriers, we must first see student culture and diversity as an asset and then we must design learning experiences that plan for cultural variability. In this session, UDL expert Katie Novak will guide participants through the concept of setting high expectations and explore what that looks like through the lens of UDL in remote…

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White Anti-Racist Affinity Group

October 29 @ 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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November 2020

UDL & Funds of Knowledge: Impact Over Intentions (Part 3)

November 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

“I didn’t mean it” rarely resonates with a student who has been hurt or harmed. If we want to truly overcome cultural barriers to improved learning outcomes, we must value impact over our intentions. In this session, join UDL practitioner and school leader Mirko Chardin to explore the role of our own implicit biases on how we design learning experiences and dive into how we can create safer learning environments for our students where they can thrive and succeed. By…

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Implementing Specially Designed Instruction (REPEAT)

November 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Providing supports to students with disabilities in inclusive settings has great benefit -- but how do you assure that each student still gets the individualized supports they need? In this session, learn effective strategies to leverage the power of multiple educators in a room to provide Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) in the inclusive co-taught classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to review lessons with SDI lens, consider when and how they would use they could embed and deliver SDI, and…

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Addressing Disproportionality, Cultivating Empathy, & Supporting Black Boys (Part 1)

November 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

This 3-part series designed to expand participants' understanding of empathy as a tool of culturally responsive/sustaining pedagogy. By attending this session, attendees will leave being able to describe the utility of empathy to improve the quality of student-teacher interactions with Black boys in particular, and youth of color more broadly. Attendees will also leave with perspectives useful to critically examine how their professional decisions and (inter)actions with youth produce (or impede) evidence of culturally responsive/sustaining pedagogy. Attendees must attend all…

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UDL & Funds of Knowledge: Building Community (Part 4)

November 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Our students and their families must feel welcome and honored in our learning environments in order for them to feel safe and thrive. The UDL guidelines encourage us to foster community and collaboration, but how do we do this with such diverse students and families, especially in remote learning settings? In this session, Mirko Chardin will lead participants in an exploration of best practices for building community and collaboration. By attending this session, attendees will... - Learn how to identify…

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Is My School a Better School Because I Lead It?

November 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

An empowering, introspective session for school and aspiring school leaders that will challenge each participant to examine their own leadership identity, presence, impact, mission, purpose, vision and value as the leaders of their schools. The entire session is engaging and interactive. It promises to inspire school leaders to think critically about both, their roles as leaders of their schools, and whether or not their schools are better schools BECAUSE they are the leaders of them. By attending this session, attendees…

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Decolonize the Classroom through Project-Based Learning (Part 1)

November 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

“Children learn what they live.” ( Dorothy Law Nolte, 1954) The same is true for teachers. Many of us unwittingly replicate the factory model of education because that is how we have been taught. Rosa Martin-Knoepfel and spiritchild have utilized “critically revolutionary hip hop pedagogy*,” for over a decade to counteract the racist, sexist past of public education and interrupt the school to prison pipeline. This workshop will use a mix of best practices in a variety of arenas, from…

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Tech to Support Student Voice & Choice

November 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Teaching students how to amplify their voices to create student choice opportunities in their own education is crucial. Come learn how to transform some of the tech tools you already use in the classroom (and some new tools too) to teach the standards while amplifying student voices to create student choice opportunities. By attending this session, attendees will leave with knowledge of how to differentiate between student voice and choice and how different tech tools can be used to amplify…

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Decentering Whiteness in Our MLL/ELL Instruction (Part 1)


November 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

How can I be a more culturally responsive-sustaining MLL/ELL educator? How can I view my current instructional practices with an anti-racist lens? In this initial session, participants will learn of the many ways in which whiteness is coded into and centered in the field and instruction of English Language Teaching, and the impact this has on racialized learners and teachers. By attending this session, attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of the 'hidden curriculum' of language teaching, the alignments…

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