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To empower our schools in their development of inclusive educational environments, we are offering our spring 2021 programming completely online – including workshops, panel discussions, practicums, mini-conferences, and webinars.

Email professional development inquiries to Kevin@inclusiveedny.org.

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January 2021

Change Agents for Equity, Language, & Literacy (Part 1)

January 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In this three part mini-course led by guest presenter Sarah Ottow, participants will be able to create or expand upon a vision for coaching practices and articulate a coaching mission statement for the school year. Participants will identify aspects of instructional design that are culturally and linguistically responsive along with looking at how student centered data leads to changes in educator mindset. This three part series will also provide the tools to explain techniques ensuring ongoing diagnostics, feedback, and progress…

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MLL/ELL Families as Partners: Navigating and Leveraging Ed Tech

January 22 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

As many of us learned during our switch to remote learning, providing students with technology is often only half the battle. In our final session of this national panel series, learn how to support families in navigating technology to support learning at home and learn about technology and resources that you can take back to your own MLL/ELL communities.   Panelists: Elizabeth Bowman, Director of Adult Education, Briya Public Charter School (D.C.) Lisa Luceno, Senior Director of Early Childhood Strategy,…

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Resetting Co-Teaching in 2021

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

When two teachers are in a room together (whether that room is virtual or brick-and-mortar!), how can we ensure the outcomes for kids are substantively different and more effective than if one teacher were teaching alone? If you and your co-teacher are looking to answer this question, or are finding yourselves in a pattern that you want to shift, then this session is for you. By reflecting on your co-teaching relationship, revisiting a shared vision of true collaborative teaching, and…

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Formative Assessment with Google Forms/Classroom

January 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Google classroom can be leveraged to create opportunities for students to share their thinking and for you to provide feedback. From using the question feature to the built-in Google Forms, you can create learning experiences that help you provided differentiate and timely feedback. By attending this session, attendees will leave with different ways to create questions leveraging Google Classroom and skills to create formative assessment tasks that provide differentiated and timely feedback. Presenter: Jason Trinh  

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Using Nearpod for Students to Show Math Thinking

January 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

What are our students thinking? One aspect of remote teaching that is challenging is “seeing” student work. This session is all about how to use Nearpod, an extension for Google Slides, to support students showing their thinking and work beyond their answer. Showing mathematical thinking supports cultivating mathematical identities, coaching in feedback, and anti-bias teaching of mathematics through student work evidence versus assumption. By attending this session, participants will expand their remote teaching toolkit by experiencing Nearpod, creating a Nearpod…

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White Anti-Racist Affinity Group

January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 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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February 2021

Progress Monitoring for Students with Disabilities

February 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

During a tumultuous year, we know special educators are committed to ensuring their students with disabilities receive super targeted support that is responsive to data and aligns to IEPs. During this session, we will explore current structures and systems for tracking and analyzing student academic achievement data. Participants will also have the opportunity to create an action plan that will leverage current data practices to track, monitor, and respond to students' IEP goals, whether in remote, hybrid, or brick-and-mortar environments.…

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Targeted Writing Support for MLLs/ELLs

February 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

For many of our grades 3-8 language learners, writing is the most challenging modality. In this session, participants will learn a variety of practical, research-based, and effective writing techniques for MLLs/ELLs in grades 3-8. These writing strategies will work across content areas and proficiency levels, as well as for both remote and brick-and mortar learning environments. By attending this session, attendees will leave with research-based writing instruction strategies and tools for MLL/ELL students in grades 3-8, whether in the brick-and-mortar…

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Back to Basics: Building Classroom Community through Virtual Morning Meeting

February 4 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

After months of teaching through a computer screen, how can we continue to engage students in new ways? Maybe the answer is right in front of us, and not necessarily “new.” Join pedagogical expert and current practitioner Sabena Perret as she shares the techniques she uses to keep teaching and learning joyful, impactful, and intentionally engaging. In this Online Learning: Back to Basics six-part series, Sabena will share concrete practices that will transform instruction in your classroom. Each session is discrete…

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NCI: CPI Verbal Deescalation and Crisis Prevention with PBIS Strategies

February 5 @ 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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