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Upcoming Events and COVID-19

Due to the current state of affairs, we are reviewing our programming in order to deliver the best alternatives to our in-person events. The Collaborative is committed to our members' professional development, and will transition as many of our trainings as possible to webinars, chat room discussions, etc. For the time being, please assume that all in-person events are on hold. Thank you for your patience.

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

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June 2020

Annual Education Conference: Stepping Back & Stepping Up (Day 1)

June 2 @ 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

In Day 1 of our conference, Stepping Back & Stepping Up, we invite teachers to hear from two amazing morning keynotes before transitioning into an afternoon of learning from fellow practitioners and attending dynamic breakout sessions. Morning Keynotes 8:30 - 10:15 - Jamila Lyiscott, Critical Hope in the Context of Crisis. The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has changed our systems of education forever; it is a catalyst. In this keynote address, nationally renowned speaker and author Jamila Lyiscott will discuss the rich…

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Annual Education Conference: Stepping Back & Stepping Up (Day 2)

June 3 @ 8:45 am - 4:15 pm

In Day 2 of our conference, Stepping Back & Stepping Up, we invite leaders to learn from our expert keynote and from each other before transitioning into an afternoon of learning with engaging breakout sessions. Morning Activities 8:45 - 10:30 - Nathan Levenson, Leading During Unprecedented Times: Strategies to Help Plan and Priotize During COVID-19. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented solutions. The school schedules of the past are unlikely to be best, for a while. As we enter a post-COVID-19 school…

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NCI: Verbal De-escalation and Crisis Prevention

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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 workshop with certification in verbal de-escalation by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis. Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators on…

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Hidden Among Us: Creating Safe Spaces & a Care Culture (Part 3)

June 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The stories of some student populations, including their challenges and successes, have been historically overlooked by the education system. Led by an expert with lived experience, this series addresses how students and educators can collaborate to create safe classroom spaces. With a special focus on children with incarcerated parents, educators will learn and exchange strategies to address bias, create a care culture, and facilitate difficult conversations in a safe space. Work time will be allotted so that participants can walk away…

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NCI: Verbal De-escalation and Crisis Prevention

June 9 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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 workshop with certification in verbal de-escalation by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis. Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators on…

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Shifting Culture & Building a Gender Inclusive School Environment

June 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Online NY

In this workshop, participants will receive an overview of the history of gender inclusion in schools with information on shifts in law and language. Participants will also explore best practices for fostering gender-inclusive school culture. The workshop will include a review of case studies and policies, strategies for assessing current school protocols, and tools for building a strategic plan to transform school culture. Additionally, participants will have time to workshop a specific area that they would like to address at…

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Hidden Among Us: Creating Safe Spaces & a Care Culture (Part 4)

June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The stories of some student populations, including their challenges and successes, have been historically overlooked by the education system. Led by an expert with lived experience, this series addresses how students and educators can collaborate to create safe classroom spaces. With a special focus on children with incarcerated parents, educators will learn and exchange strategies to address bias, create a care culture, and facilitate difficult conversations in a safe space. Work time will be allotted so that participants can walk away…

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Supporting Queer & Trans Youth Remotely

June 17 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Facilitators: Kelsey Reeder, LCSW - Middle School Social Worker & LGBTQ+ Consultant, and Keesha Miller, LMSW - Middle School Social Worker & GSA Facilitator Due to social distancing orders, many LGBTQ+ youth have become isolated from affirming communities, coping mechanisms that inhibit self-harm and suicidality, queer and trans peers and social supports, GSAs, and the ability to express themselves without risk of being outed. Though LGBTQ+ youth often experience high rates of cyberbullying, not all internet engagement is harmful to this…

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White Anti-Racism Affinity Group

June 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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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Lunch & Learn: Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Practices

June 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join this seat-free Lunch & Learn to discuss what Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Practices look like in the classroom and beyond. You will hear from Natalie McCabe Zwerger of the NYU Metro Center about how we can apply our CR-SE lens to our remote and hybrid learning, the reopening of school buildings, and our approach to teaching in the fall. Facilitator: Natalie McCabe Zwerger

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