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To empower our schools in their development of inclusive educational environments, the Collaborative For Inclusive Education offers over 50 professional development opportunities each semester – including workshops, panel discussions, practicums, mini-conferences, and webinars.

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March 2020

White Anti-Racism Affinity Group

March 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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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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Teaching Hard History: American Slavery

March 6 @ 9:00 am - 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 interactive workshop, teachers will explore Teaching Tolerance's framework -- Teaching Hard History: American Slavery and engage in inquiry-based lessons to deepen their content knowledge of this topic. Participants will increase their capacity to teach effectively about American slavery by reflecting on and discussing with other educators how assumptions and biases may affect their approach to the subject. Through collaborative discussions, teachers will address some common concerns that derail teaching about slavery and share ideas about how to create…

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Teacher, Know Thyself: Grow Your Racial Literacy, Decolonize Behavioral Support (Part 2)

March 9 @ 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 part two of this workshop series, participants will build on their growing schema for growing their racial literacy 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 more racially-literate lenses. Participants will take a critical eye to their classrooms and ask questions such as: Which aspects of the classroom's physical space reflect ideological or institutional oppression? How might the behavioral support systems…

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Considerations for Co-Teaching Success Across Multiple Inclusive Classrooms (Webinar)

March 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this webinar, learn from one school district's journey of co-teaching success. The middle school leadership team from Cedar Rapids Community School District will share out how they prepared and supported teachers with their co-teaching initiative. Components that will be explored include a) collaborative agreement and support amongst building administration, central/district office, and teachers and b) the ongoing learning and support co-teachers have received. Attendees will leave the webinar with a roadmap that one school district has used to set…

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Supportive Space for Educators of Color: A People of Color Affinity Group

March 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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This group will be an informal supportive space for educators of color to build community and strengthen their self-advocacy tools and anti-racist pedagogy. We will engage in dialogue about racism, oppression, and its impact on educators of color, students and the communities in which we work. We will also discuss best practices for self-care, self-advocacy, and practicing anti-racist pedagogy and anti-racist dialogue within school spaces. This group is ongoing, and welcomes new participants to drop-in. *This event is seat-free for…

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NYSESLAT Scoring & Administration (REPEAT)

March 12 @ 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 repeat of our 3/2/20 training, participants will learn the ins and outs of administering the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). Participants will have the opportunity to norm on scoring the Speaking and Writing portions of the NYSESLAT using the state-published rubrics. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... An understanding of the legal mandates and logistics associated with administering the NYSESLAT An understanding of the NYSESLAT Speaking and Writing rubrics and…

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Restorative Practices & Racial Justice (Part 2)

March 13 @ 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 two-part series is designed for school-based staff and community members to understand the implementation of restorative practice through a culturally responsive and racially just lens. The series will explore the following essential questions: To what end are we implementing restorative justice in schools? To whom does the circle belong? How do we encourage a circle process built from diverse, multi-cultural histories? In what ways are we implementing a practice that is rooted in histories we fail to explore or…

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Leveraging PLCs to Foster ELL/MLL-Inclusive Classrooms: Part 2 (Site Visit)

March 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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During this site visit, attendees will be able to observe one of Harlem Link Charter School's ELL/MLL Professional Learning Community (PLC) in action. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask school staff questions about their approach toward developing a more inclusive instructional model for multilingual learners and how to leverage PLC strategies and structures to increase the capacity of general education teachers to serve ELLs/MLLs. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... Strategies for planning and structuring a PLC…

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NCI: Verbal De-escalation & Physical Disengagement

March 18 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI), participants will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Participants will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately in order to de-escalate. By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the workshop with certification in verbal de-escalation, physical disengagement skills and physical holding skills by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis.…

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April 2020

Fostering Effective Collaboration & Interaction for MLL/ELL Students

April 1 @ 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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Although most teachers already understand the benefits of having students learn collaboratively, many of them simply tell their MLLs/ELLs to work together and hope for the best. Discover how to get your MLLs/ELLs talking to each other in meaningful ways by test-driving innovative activity structures that foster organized, purposeful, and productive collaboration. Learn how to micro-structure student conversations in order to maximize student interactivity. Explore the five essentials of collaboration that any activity needs to be truly collaborative, as well…

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