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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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February 2019

The Highly Engaged Inclusive Classroom

February 8 @ 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 fast-paced workshop, Susan Hentz will integrate a wealth of practical strategies, tools, and ideas for creating a highly engaging classroom where every student is an active learner. The presenter will share numerous successful techniques to motivate students, maintain their involvement and improve their achievement. From active learning tools to dynamic exit activities, participants will receive countless tips, tools and strategies for strengthening skills and improve their learning environment that encourages students to listen, participate and be fully involved.…

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

February 11 @ 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 colors, 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 members…

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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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ELL Practitioner Series: “I’m New to This” – Advice for New ELL Coordinators

February 13 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Online NY

In this webinar, participants will hear from a current fellow practitioner and get ideas on what to prioritize when first taking on the role of an ELL Coordinator. Presenter: Laura Reyes, ELL Coordinator at Dr. Richard Izquierdo Charter School

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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

Honoring Students Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

March 1 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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This session will focus on culturally relevant teaching specifically for emergent bilinguals (ELLs/multilingual learners). We look at specific curriculum and materials across content areas that reflect the lives, experiences, and languages of these learners and their communities. We will also explore ways to engage multilingual families in diverse literacy practices, virtual spaces, and school involvement. This session focuses on elementary school classrooms, but all are welcome and we will make connections to all grade levels and learning contexts. By attending…

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NCI Modified Content: Verbal De-escalation and Physical Disengagement

March 2 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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(Previously referred to as “CPI part 1”) ONLY for Enhanced and Premier members of the NYC Special Education Collaborative.   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. By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and physical disengagement skills by the Crisis…

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