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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

UDL in Practice: Practitioner to Practitioner (Part 1)

January 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Community Roots Charter School, 51 St Edwards St
Brooklyn, NY 11205 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 2/13/19. You must attend both sessions. In this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and hear about the evolution of practice within this framework. Additionally, attendees will observe classrooms that use this model and speak to a number of practitioners about their approach. Participants will be encouraged to consider the implications for their own…

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Introduction to Accommodating and Modifying Student Assignments

January 28 @ 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 this workshop, teachers will learn ways to get to know their students’ needs, preferences, strengths, and interests, and better understand how they can use that information in their lesson planning. Participants will also learn the difference between accommodations and modifications, see examples of how to adjust work for students, and have ample planning time with teachers of the same content area and grade level to tailor assignments to meet students’ needs. Presenter: Corey Green

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Aligning for Success: Differentiated Instruction, SDI and UDL

January 31 @ 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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This session will explore how differentiated instruction, specially designed instruction, Universal Design for Learning align to support teacher and learner success. As “three peas in a pod” to enhance classroom level instruction, these teaching strategies and frameworks can be blended to support co-teaching, enhance tiered instruction in MTSS and address individualized learner needs. This session will use video, lecture and hands-on table activities to promote active engagement and discovery. By attending this session, attendees will leave with: • Increased understanding…

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February 2019

Leveraging Teaching & Co-Teaching by Looking at Student Work (LASW)

February 1 @ 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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Teachers and co-teachers will learn to get closer to scholar work to better understand the gaps and barriers that scholars are experiencing in order to target supports and leverage various co-teaching models to offer targeted supports.  This workshop will expose participants to the powerful and simple protocol of Looking at Student Work to make adjustments to their existing planning to better meet the needs of scholars. Teachers will walk away with a powerful protocol that they can take back to…

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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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Using Data to Reteach Math Content

February 11 @ 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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The best feedback is rooted in evidence or data, specific to an error, and followed up on. This session aims to provide an iterative structure for teachers to look at student work against the exemplar to discern what students need to reach mastery. Participants will analyze samples of student work in mathematics to avoid the pitfall of reteaching an entire skill to get to the specific gap that students have to take teaching and learning to the next level. Please…

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Using UDL to Teach to the Edges of your Classroom – A UDL Planning Session (Part 2)

February 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Community Roots Charter School, 51 St Edwards St
Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States
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In this session, we will be taking a look at how to increase the opportunity for learning in our lessons based on what you know about your students, the curriculum and the relationship between the two. We will observe in classrooms, and discuss how our understanding of learner variability can impact the amount of choice and independence incorporated into a single lesson or unit. Student engagement increases dramatically when given choice about how they will learn and what they will…

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Social/Emotional Development in Early Adolescence

February 26 @ 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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This session will discuss the typical emotional, neurological, and physical development paths of children ages 10-14 and the ways they impact education. This session will place challenging early adolescent behaviors into developmental context. We will take a strengths-based approach to identify ways to channel students’ tendencies into opportunities for growth. In addition to lecture and video, this session will use small-group discussion, role-playing, and reflection on our own experiences as adolescents. We will work together to identify ways to provide…

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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

Executive Functioning – What It Is, Why It’s Important, and How To Work On It

March 5 @ 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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This presentation provides an introductory understanding of what executive functioning is and its different components. The concept of capability versus achievement is discussed and how executive function deficits play out in achievement and transition. The presentation also discusses research-based interventions for remediating executive function deficits. By attending this session, attendees will leave with: 1) An understanding of what executive function skills are 2) An understanding of how executive function deficits affect transition 3) Being able to identify interventions to remediate…

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