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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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January 2019

Facilitating Critical Conversations

January 29 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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Gain resources to help educators and students talk openly about historical roots and contemporary manifestations of social inequality and discrimination. Explore commonly held beliefs and biases that influence educators’ abilities to be responsive to all students. Engage in personal reflection; explore strategies for facilitating critical conversations with students and colleagues; plan student-centered instruction and investigate ways to teach about implicit bias, race, racism and other critical topics. This is the third session in our Teaching Tolerance Series. You do not…

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February 2019

Culturally Responsive Teaching In Critical Times

February 11 @ 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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In "A Talk to Teachers", James Baldwin cautioned that teachers have to be willing to "go for broke" when it comes to the work that surrounds molding and shaping young minds. In this workshop, educators will be able to develop an understanding of what Culturally Responsive/Relevant Teaching is, and how they can situate such practices within the realms of their classrooms or schools. Often, the term "culturally responsive teaching" evokes ideas of implementing students' cultures into classroom settings and practices,…

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Teacher, Know Thyself: Decolonize the Mind, Decolonize Behavioral Support (Part I: Theoretical Considerations)

February 26 @ 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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***This workshop is part of a Professional Learning Cohort (PLC). You will automatically be registered for PART 2 on 03/22/19. You must attend both sessions. Whether we are aware of it or not, the classroom management approaches we adopt are a direct reflection of the values we espouse. Too often, these values are shaped by colonized narratives that abound in society at-large and that have embedded themselves within the institution of the school. For the students we teach (especially students…

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March 2019

Racially Inclusive Staff Communities: The Purpose and Place for Affinity Groups

March 7 @ 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 this workshop, educators will learn how race-based affinity spaces can be an important tool for creating a racially inclusive staff community. Participants will participate in affinity groups and will learn how to start and maintain affinity groups as well as think through challenges to implementing affinity groups. School leaders are highly encouraged to participate. Presenters: Michelle Grier & Anna Reeve

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Elevating Students’ Stories: Culturally Responsive Practices with Insight on Supporting Immigrant Students & Families

March 20 @ 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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In this interactive session, educators will be able to understand the importance of creating safe and welcoming spaces in order for students to thrive. By participating in activities and case studies, as well as viewing sample lesson plans, participants will learn and adopt strategies to create a safe classroom/school environment. Through collaboration and structured work time with others in similar roles, participants will work together to plan how to take their learnings from the morning back to their classrooms and…

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Teacher, Know Thyself: Decolonize the Mind, Decolonize Behavioral Support (Part II: Practical Implications—Decolonizing Our Classroom Spaces & Procedures)

March 22 @ 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 the second and final session of this workshop series, participants will build on their growing schema for decolonizing school spaces by applying this knowledge to their own classrooms. Moving from small- and whole-group discussions to hands-on project work, teacher-participants will re-imagine their spaces as seen through decolonized lenses. Participants will take a critical eye to their classrooms and ask questions such as: -       Which aspects of the classroom’s physical space reflect an ideological or institutional oppression? -       How might…

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