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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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May 2019

Trauma Informed Teaching and Learning – Elementary

May 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 highly participatory workshop, 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…

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Starting a Movement in a PLC: Building Culture from the Inside-Out

May 17 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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The most common challenge for schools on the Professional Learning Community (PLC) journey is how to transition from a culture of compliance to a culture of commitment. Collective responsibility in a PLC exists when two fundamental assumptions are in place: 1. We believe in our ability to ensure high levels of learning for all students 2. We make the collective commitment to ensure learning occurs for every student While educators agree that school communities should have some form of mission,…

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

May 20 @ 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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Allies for Racial Justice White Affinity Group

May 22 @ 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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ELL Lunch and Learn: Supporting ELLs’ Writing Development

May 31 @ 12:30 pm - 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 lunch and learn, ELL educators will have an opportunity to learn from their peers on a variety of topics. In the first half of the lunch and learn, participate in structured networking and problem-solving protocols around common barriers. In the second half of the event, learn how two schools, Heketi Community Charter School and New Visions Charter High School Humanities II, structured year-long plans to support ELLs’ writing development, both within and outside of the ELL department, using the WITsi framework. Participants…

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June 2019

NCI Modified Content: Verbal De-escalation and Physical Disengagement

June 5 @ 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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NCI Full Content: Verbal and Physical Intervention

June 5 @ 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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FOR PREMIER MEMBERS OF THE NYC SPECIAL EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE ONLY.  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 session with certification in verbal de-escalation, physical disengagement skills and physical holding skills by the Crisis Prevention Institute and…

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ELL Practitioner Series: Further Reflections on Lauching an ELL PLC (Webinar)

June 5 @ 12:30 pm - 1:10 pm
Online NY

In this webinar, St. Hope Leadership Academy's ENL Instructional Specialist will continue his walk-through of the lessons his school learned in launching their new ELL professional learning community (PLC). This is a follow-up to our 12/18/18 webinar, but registrants do not need to have attended that webinar. You can find Part 1 resources here. Presenter: Frederic Lim

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ELL School Tour: Heketi Community Charter School

June 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Heketi Community Charter School, 403 Concord Avenue
Bronx, NY 10454 United States
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In a follow up to the 05/31 ELL Lunch and Learn, Heketi staff will share WITsi strategies (Writing is Thinking through Strategic Inquiry) that they have implemented this year to support their multilingual learners’ writing development, as well as share areas of growth that they continue to strategize around in order to support all multilingual learners. Attendees will have an opportunity to visit classrooms to see students and staff in action, as well as time to debrief observations and pose…

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2019 Annual Education Conference: Reimagine Education

June 11 @ 8:15 am - June 12 @ 3:15 pm
Brooklyn Law School: Forchelli Center, 205 State St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Now in its 9th year, the NYC Special Education Collaborative’s Annual Education Conference convenes educators from across NYC to engage with and learn from national experts. Our speakers will inspire and challenge educators to reimagine education through the lens of equity and inclusion for all students. Join experts to discuss topics like critical listening and counter storytelling, multicultural education, and improving pedagogy in urban education. Check out the full agenda HERE June 11 Morning Moderated Q&A: Ibtihaj Muhammad Choose Your…

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