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

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March 2019

Engaging Families as Partners

March 14 @ 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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Come learn from the charter network that has had 100% attendance at every Family Report Card Conference, across all of their campuses, since its founding in 2013. In this session, two of Brilla Public Charter Schools founding leaders will share the strategies they have used to successfully engage families as partners in achieving exceptional outcomes for scholars. Brilla will share their innovative approach to cultivating and maintaining meaningful relationships with families, which begin even before the first day of school.…

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Trauma Informed Teaching and Learning – Secondary

March 15 @ 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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Recent research has shown that traumatic childhood experiences are much more common than previously known or recognized. These experiences have a profound impact on a student's ability to function in the classroom and learn. In this mini-course, teachers will learn what trauma is, how it affects the young people in our care, and how it manifests in the classroom. We will look at how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) impact the still-developing brain and what can be done to create more…

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After the Lottery: ELL Enrollment and Identification

March 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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In this webinar, participants will learn about different legal mandates and best practices around ELL identification and enrollment. Time will be built in for participants to pose questions to be answered by the presenter. Presented by: Melissa Katz  **Note that schools receive a set amount of seats to ELL Compliance & Assessment, based on their Membership with the NYC Special Education Collaborative: Select/Core - 1 seat/semester Enhanced - 2 seats/semester Premier - 3 seats/semester

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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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NYSESLAT Scoring & Administration (Repeat)

March 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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Anyone administering and scoring the NYSESLAT must receive training in how to do so. In this session, attendees will learn about the administration of the 2019 NYSESLAT. We will practice scoring the Speaking and Writing subtests using the NYSESLAT rubrics. Attendees will have time to further explore scoring materials related to their particular grade bands. Presented by: Melissa Katz **Note that schools receive a set amount of seats to ELL Compliance & Assessment, based on their Membership with the NYC…

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April 2019

NYSESLAT Scoring & Administration (Repeat)

April 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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Anyone administering and scoring the NYSESLAT must receive training in how to do so. In this session, attendees will learn about the administration of the 2019 NYSESLAT. We will practice scoring the Speaking and Writing subtests using the NYSESLAT rubrics. Attendees will have time to further explore scoring materials related to their particular grade bands. Presented by: Kristen Coelho **Note that schools receive a set amount of seats to ELL Compliance & Assessment, based on their Membership with the NYC…

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Social Workers/Counselors’ Toolbox

April 10 @ 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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School social workers and counselors are often called to solve a range of issues and accomplish a multitude of tasks, sometimes outside of their job description. They often do this work with limited resources and supports. This session is solely dedicated to the school social worker and counselor experience. Participants will reflect on their current roles, and learn about organizational tools and resources to support their practice. This is an interactive workshop. Participants are not asked to disclose any confidential…

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Coaching for Equity, Language and Literacy – Session 3

April 11 @ 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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Session 3 - Equitable Assessment Practices & Measuring our Impact The Coaching for Equity, Language, and Literary Program is designed for coaches dedicated to the mission of improving culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy through a social justice education approach. Change agents for effective coaching for equity, language and literacy need a strong vision and mission statement for what this looks like in practice. Session 3 Objectives: identify trends and patterns in your coaching data that show your impact on equity-based…

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Empowering and Educating Families about the IEP Process

April 16 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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Want to help families with the special education process? Looking for ways to help keep families organized? Come participate in a "red binder" session where you can learn how to help build a resource binder for your families to keep track of all of their testing, appointment letters, IEPs or documents needed to help ensure students get the support they are entitled to! By attending this session, attendees will leave with: sample of what a "red binder" can look like…

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