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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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January 2019

Facilitating Critical Conversations

January 29 @ 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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Gain resources to help educators and students talk openly about historical roots and contemporary manifestations of social inequality and discrimination. Explore commonly held beliefs and biases that influence educators’ abilities to be responsive to all students. Engage in personal reflection; explore strategies for facilitating critical conversations with students and colleagues; plan student-centered instruction and investigate ways to teach about implicit bias, race, racism and other critical topics. This is the third session in our Teaching Tolerance Series. You do not…

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Aligning for Success: Differentiated Instruction, SDI and UDL

January 31 @ 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 session will explore how differentiated instruction, specially designed instruction, Universal Design for Learning align to support teacher and learner success. As “three peas in a pod” to enhance classroom level instruction, these teaching strategies and frameworks can be blended to support co-teaching, enhance tiered instruction in MTSS and address individualized learner needs. This session will use video, lecture and hands-on table activities to promote active engagement and discovery. By attending this session, attendees will leave with: • Increased understanding…

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February 2019

Leveraging Teaching & Co-Teaching by Looking at Student Work (LASW)

February 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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Teachers and co-teachers will learn to get closer to scholar work to better understand the gaps and barriers that scholars are experiencing in order to target supports and leverage various co-teaching models to offer targeted supports.  This workshop will expose participants to the powerful and simple protocol of Looking at Student Work to make adjustments to their existing planning to better meet the needs of scholars. Teachers will walk away with a powerful protocol that they can take back to…

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Webinar: Crafting Language Dives to Support English Language Development

February 6 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm
Online NY

In order for students to understand the language used in complex text, it is essential for them to analyze and practice using academic language in a meaningful way. Language Dives are one way for students to do this, and are particularly beneficial for English learners and language minority students. Based on research by Lily Wong Fillmore, Language Dives invite teachers and students to "slow down for 10-20 minutes to have a conversation about the meaning, purpose, and structure of a…

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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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