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To empower our schools in their development of inclusive educational environments, each semester we offer dozens of workshops, panel discussions, mini-conferences, and more!

Email professional development inquiries to Kevin@inclusiveedny.org.

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January 2022

DBT: Dialectics; Overview of Mindfulness and Skills

January 31 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am

Session 1 of 5: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Academy with the Child Mind Institute. This school year, responding to student mental health needs in the midst of the current pandemic must be a priority for schools. We know our students cannot learn and succeed at their fullest potential when mental health needs are not being addressed. In response, we are excited to be partnering this semester with the Child Mind Institute to offer their DBT Academy Advanced Mental Health training…

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February 2022

DBT: ABCs of Basics of Behavior, Overview of Distress Tolerance Skills

February 2 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am

Session 2 of 5: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Academy with the Child Mind Institute. This school year, responding to student mental health needs in the midst of the current pandemic must be a priority for schools. We know our students cannot learn and succeed at their fullest potential when mental health needs are not being addressed. In response, we are excited to be partnering this semester with the Child Mind Institute to offer their DBT Academy Advanced Mental Health training…

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Responding to Data Part 1: How to Write Quality Constructed-Response Assessments & Scoring Guides

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Learn how to write short-response assessment questions aligned to the rigor of the “unwrapped” Priority Standards. Then learn how to use a simple yet effective scoring guide in a rubric format, to accurately and quickly score/grade student responses. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... -How to write a short constructed-response question that directly aligns to the “unwrapped” Priority Standard concept–skill and its level of rigor so that students will have to demonstrate that skill at the same level.…

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Exploring Socio-Emotional Health & Wellness through Mindfulness in School & in Life

February 2 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This workshop is designed to offer those that work with adolescents a way to integrate mindfulness into settings with youth.. We will also explore how mindfulness can enhance our own personal growth, reduce the risk for conditions such as empathy fatigue, vicarious traumatization and burnout while increasing emotional resilience. Each participant will leave with a toolkit of core practices and experiential activities that will invite and build present moment awareness and mindful presence. By attending this session, attendees will leave…

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DBT: Overview of Emotion Regulation Skills, Interpersonal Effectiveness

February 7 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am

Session 3 of 5: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Academy with the Child Mind Institute. This school year, responding to student mental health needs in the midst of the current pandemic must be a priority for schools. We know our students cannot learn and succeed at their fullest potential when mental health needs are not being addressed. In response, we are excited to be partnering this semester with the Child Mind Institute to offer their DBT Academy Advanced Mental Health training…

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Designing Effective Graphic Organizers for MLLs/ELLs

February 7 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Scaffolds that allow students to work more independently without constant teacher assistance are crucial for enabling all students to access tasks. Learn how to customize any graphic organizer so that your MLLs/ELLs can engage in higher-order thinking activities with minimal teacher support. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - Sample adapted graphic organizers - Opportunities to apply criteria and adapt graphic organizers for MLLs/ELLs Speaker: Daria Witt and Jessica Payano

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Trauma: What Is It and How Does It Impact the Brain and Learning?

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

Regardless of socio-economic status, race, or geographical location, trauma does not discriminate! Because trauma is so prevalent in homes and communities in every corner of the world, educators must assume that we will face the impacts of trauma in our classrooms. This session seeks to provide an introductory framework for understanding sources of trauma and realizing the impact trauma has on the brain and learning, all in an effort to foster a warm and nurturing trauma-sensitive classroom that can support…

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Responding to Data Part 2: The Instructional Pathway to Learning the Standards

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

Learning Progressions are the “building blocks” of daily instruction derived from the “unwrapped” Priority Standards. Think of learning progressions as the prerequisite concepts and skills students need to learn on the way to achieving the “unwrapped” Priority Standards and related learning targets and success criteria. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... -How to plan the learning progressions—from simple to complex—that scaffold student understanding to the rigorous “unwrapped” Priority Standard(s). -How to then sequence these “building blocks” in the…

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Supporting Positive Behavior: Verbal De-Escalation for Teachers (Part 1)

February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This session will draw on the principles of CPI Non-violent Crisis Intervention to learn and practice strategies that can be used in the classroom to de-escalate behavior. This is part of a series focused on supporting positive behavior through principles of PBIS and the Trauma Informed framework. Session 1 will focus on the NCI Verbal De-escalation continuum to give teachers the tools to respond to challenging behaviors in the moment. This session will use CPI principles but does not end…

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Concretizing Antibias Practices

February 10 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

In this session, participants will explore a student-centered and anti-bias approach to engage learners with ABAR educator/author Liz Kleinrock. Participants will learn strategies to concretize anti-bias and anti-racist ideas into self reflection practices, curriculum and lesson design, and building relationships with students/caregivers. By attending this session, participants will leave with... - Ideas and strategies to push their anti-bias lens and teaching practice. Speaker: Liz Kleinrock

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