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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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December 2018

Speaking of Success: How to Recognize and Support Students with Speech & Language Impairments in the Classroom

December 3 @ 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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Communication skills are essential for school age children who are developing language critical to cognitive development and learning. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language at the heart of the classroom experience. This interactive session is intended to explain speech and language impairments and offer specific solutions and ideas to support language impaired students succeed in school, including lesson planning support, ideas for student differentiation, and more! Presenter: Sarah Schneider

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

December 3 @ 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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Equitable Participation in the Math Classroom

December 4 @ 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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Do you have some students that you can count on to always raise their hand, eager to answer your questions in class? And other students that rarely volunteer to share their ideas? In this interactive session, participants will do math together using a variety of participation protocols that allow for all voices to be heard and create a safe space for even those who are not confident to share their ideas. Participants will walk away with a paradigm of what…

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Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) Strategies for Elementary Teachers – Part 2

December 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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Participants will engage in discussions centered around their experiences using the tasks and scaffolds discussed in Session one. The goal is to come away with a deeper understanding of Multilingual Learners’ experiences in the classroom using those tasks and scaffolds as well as the effect on students' achievement. Participants will share stories about how the tools were integrated in lessons designed for students in inclusive classrooms. Participants will be expected to bring samples of five lesson plans and student work which will be used…

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Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) Strategies for Secondary Teachers – Part 2

December 5 @ 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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Participants will engage in discussions centered around their experiences using the tasks and scaffolds discussed in Session one. The goal is to come away with a deeper understanding of Multilingual Learners’ experiences in the classroom using those tasks and scaffolds as well as the effect on students' achievement. Participants will share stories about how the tools were integrated in lessons designed for students in inclusive classrooms. Participants will be expected to bring samples of five lesson plans and student work which will be used…

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

December 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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Youth Mental Health First Aid introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. This…

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Allies for Racial Justice White Affinity Group

December 6 @ 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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Translanguaging: Creating Language Equity in Your Classroom – Part 2

December 10 @ 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 session, we will dive deeper into practical ways to implement translanguaging - using students' home language and linguistic diversity as bridges to learning language and content - into diverse classroom and school contexts. This will include building a multilingual ecology, planning and teaching with language objectives, and continuing to build on ways to engage linguistically diverse families and communities. Presenter: Heather Woodley

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Fall Summit: Access, Justice, Visibility

December 12 @ 8:15 am - 3:30 pm
Brooklyn Law School: Forchelli Center, 205 State St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Morning Keynote: Disability & Innovation: The Universal Benefits of Inclusion Presenter: Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School and advocate for people with disabilities. People with disabilities represent the largest minority group, numbering one billion worldwide. Reaching a group of this scale creates value for everyone. Organizations that prioritize accessibility benefit by gaining access to a much larger user base, improving the experience for both disabled and non-disabled users, and facilitating further innovation. Morning Panel: Living & Breathing Access,…

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Teaching Tolerance Curriculum

December 13 @ 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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The Teaching Tolerance Curriculum is a collection of K-12 literacy-based, anti-bias, social justice resources that are aligned to the Common Core English Language Arts and Literacy standards and to the groundbreaking Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. The curriculum’s web-based modular design allows for maximum customization and differentiation. In this session, participants will learn how to use the comprehensive, literacy-based, anti-bias curriculum tools to engage students with meaningful texts through literacy learning and real-world application. Participants will practice with the flexible…

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