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November 2019

Implicit Bias: How Good, Well-Meaning People Can Produce & Perpetuate Harmful Behaviors and Outcomes

November 18, 2019 @ 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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Most people in this country adamantly reject any form of racism, sexism, prejudice and discrimination. However, research shows us that the same people unknowingly reveal recurring patterns of subconscious bias in their thoughts, feelings and actions. This bias is more commonly known as implicit bias. According to the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass…

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Building Queer & Trans Inclusive Schools: Queer & Trans Affirmation (Part 2)

November 20, 2019 @ 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 this follow-up to "Building Queer and Trans Inclusive Schools: Educating Ourselves (Part 1)", participants will have the chance to apply what they have learned already, as well as an additional understanding of social forces and structures that impact the LGBTQ+ community. This training will prepare participants to navigate conversations and situations with colleagues, youth, teachers, and administrators around LGBTQ+ identities and issues. Attendees will leave this session with a knowledge of the following: existing research on the experiences of…

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Session 3: Intro to the Co-Teaching Models (REPEAT)

November 21, 2019 @ 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 the next workshop of our co-teaching series, we will explore Wendy Murawski’s question, “How is what these two teachers are doing substantively different and more effective for kids that what one teacher would be doing alone?” Co-teaching pairs will dig deeper into what it means to co-teach, understand the qualities of effective co-teaching, and learn about a variety of co-instruction models, focusing on the three high-leverage models. Participants will have the opportunity to review lessons with different co-teaching models,…

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Session 4: Intro to Co-Planning (REPEAT)

November 21, 2019 @ 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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As Elizabeth Stein, author of Elevating Co-teaching through UDL, says that co-teachers must “establish consistent planning routines, listen to each other’s ideas, and combine the expertise of both co-teachers”. In the third workshop of our co-teaching series, co-teaching pairs will have the opportunity to consider different ways to co-plan, create planning structures, watch a co-planning conversation, review co-planning templates, and much more.  *Co-teaching pairs should attend together. Coaches are welcome! Presenter: Corey Green

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Restorative Practices & Racial Justice Seminar (Part 2)

November 22, 2019 @ 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 two-part series is designed for school-based staff and community members to understand the implementation of restorative practice through a culturally responsive and racially just lens. The series will explore the following essential questions: To what end are we implementing restorative justice in schools? To whom does the circle belong? How do we encourage a circle process built from diverse, multi-cultural histories? In what ways are we implementing a practice that is rooted in histories we fail to explore or…

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December 2019

Supporting Multilingual Learners: Equitable Reading Assessments and Guided Reading

December 2, 2019 @ 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 call for teachers to base their literacy instruction on a robust view of bilingualism, such as translanguaging, and the ways in which linguistically informed decisions impact equity for emergent bilinguals is clear. Yet, many teachers are unsure about how to begin this work in their classrooms. In this session, participants will be introduced to a process by which reading assessments, such running records, can be adapted to accurately document the reading capabilities of students who use two or more…

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Intro to Accommodating Student Assignments

December 3, 2019 @ 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 this workshop, teachers will learn ways to get to know their students’ needs, preferences, strengths, and interests, and better understand how they can use that information in their lesson planning. Participants will also learn the difference between accommodations and modifications, see examples of how to adjust work for students, and have ample planning time with teachers of the same grade level to tailor assignments to meet students’ needs. Presenter: Jennifer Rodriguez

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Intro to Project Based & Inquiry Learning That Promotes Culturally Responsive Learning Spaces in STEM

December 3, 2019 @ 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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Culturally responsive STEM curriculum is an instrument that transforms how children are taught the STEM disciplines and produces knowledge derived from their cultural assets and knowledge constructs. In this introductory session, educators will utilize interactive, hands-on sessions to engage in STEM "hactivities", while simultaneously developing a draft lesson plan that utilizes culturally responsive teaching strategies. In this session, educators will learn how to incorporate project-based learning strategies supported through the utilization of student shared cultural experiences (a main component of…

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Effectively Educating Children with Autism

December 4, 2019 @ 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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Members of the NYC Autism Charter School Leadership Team will provide an overview of autism and discuss the pillars of effective education for this population of students. Participants will leave this session with a more comprehensive understanding of autism, an understanding of basic behavioral principles as they apply to this population, instructional strategies to promote learning and skill acquisition, and management strategies to decrease challenging behavior. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... a more comprehensive understanding of autism…

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NCI: Verbal De-escalation & Physical Disengagement

December 5, 2019 @ 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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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, physical disengagement skills and physical holding skills by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis.…

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Dive Deeper into Dyslexia Supports: A Speech-Language Pathologist’s Perspective

December 9, 2019 @ 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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This workshop will highlight the basic fundamentals of dyslexia and provide information about the statistical prevalence, general classroom instructional supports and modifications, and specific remediation strategies to assist students with dyslexia. By attending this session, attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of dyslexia and specific resources and intervention methods to support elementary, middle and high school students. Presenter: Lauren Hudacek M.S., CCC-SLP

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Teacher Language Attitudes & the Overrepresentation of Students of Color in Special Education—Exploring the Possible Connections

December 9, 2019 @ 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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Research has proven, time and again, that students of color are overrepresented in and over-referred for special education services—a trend rooted in cultural misunderstandings about students’ language and behavioral presentations. The research has documented a connection between teachers’ language attitudes and special education referrals (especially regarding the emotional and behavioral disturbance category). While increasing numbers of researchers are working to document these practices and offer viable solutions to address and effect change in this trend, the family-teacher partnership holds immense…

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

December 10, 2019 @ 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 color, 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…

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Strategies for Supporting Newcomer MLLs/ELLs & SLIFE Students

December 11, 2019 @ 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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This workshop is designed to facilitate teaching and learning in diverse contexts. Participants will engage directly in best practice techniques as they explore Newcomer/SLIFE education, culturally-sensitive trauma, and impactful instructional tools that lead to healthy socio-linguistic integration and academic success. The day will be divided into three distinct workshop sessions, with the following objectives. We will: a) establish a common knowledge and vocabulary around Newcomer/Recent Arriver and SLIFE students; b) identify key manifestations of transition shock (trauma) and gain tools…

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Using Data to Guide Change

December 12, 2019 @ 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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Kelly Wickham Hurst is a 23 year public school veteran as both a classroom teacher and an administrator in guidance, dean and assistant principal roles. In 2016, she created Being Black at School to help advocate for Black students both in schools with educators as well as for parents raising Black children. In addition to this, she is a National Trainer & Organizer for Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training. In her session, educators will learn how to use data to…

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White Anti-Racism Affinity Group

December 12, 2019 @ 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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Ethics and Protocols of Live Interpretation

December 13, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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Federal law mandates that MLL/ELL parents receive the same information that English speaking parents receive in a language they understand. The Department of Justice and the Office for Civil Rights have stated that schools may use staff to act as translators and interpreters, provided that staff are trained. In this training, participants will learn about cultural competency and the ins and outs of interpretation. They will have an opportunity to participate in role-plays related to common scenarios that arise during…

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Supporting MLLs/ELLs Through UDL: Recruiting Interest & Culturally Responsive Teaching (Part 2)

December 17, 2019 @ 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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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to lesson planning that emphasizes engagement and multiple entry points for all students. In this session, participants will be able to understand the overlap of UDL and culturally responsive teaching and will learn strategies to plan for access and engagement for MLLs/ELLs. Work time will be built in to problem-solve common barriers to implementation and to edit upcoming lesson or unit plans using the strategies and tools explored in the workshop. Presenter: Melissa…

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Supporting MLLs/ELLs Through UDL: Work Session

December 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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Join us in an optional work session to think through how to bring lessons learned to life in your own schools. Participants will be able to speak with fellow practitioners and walk away with actionable next steps. Presenter: Melissa Katz *This event is part of the MLL/ELL Instruction strand and is seat-free for members of The Collaborative for Inclusive Education.

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January 2020

MLL/ELL Testing Accommodations (Webinar)

January 13 @ 3:00 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 webinar, participants will learn about legal mandates and best practices for providing ELLs testing accommodations. Common pitfalls and solutions will be explored and Q&A time will be built in for attendees to pose questions. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... An understanding of the state regulations around MLL/ELL testing accommodations Ideas for best practices in implementing testing accommodations throughout the year **Note that schools receive a set amount of seats to ELL Compliance & Assessment, based…

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Using Data in Specially Designed Instruction

January 21 @ 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 this workshop, participants will learn strategies to monitor the implementation of academic special education services. Participants will look at how our school (Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy Schools) tracks student performance on both a daily and unit level, their performance on common core standards, and how we use this information to reflect and evaluate the effectiveness of specially designed instruction. The "Special Education E-Binders" are our way of holding ourselves accountable for not only implementing services, but ensuring that…

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NCI: Verbal De-escalation & Physical Disengagement

January 23 @ 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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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, physical disengagement skills and physical holding skills by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis.…

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Supporting Multilingual Students with Disabilities: Teacher Session

January 24 @ 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 this workshop, the presenter provides an overview of critical issues regarding language acquisition, disability status, and identification processes. Participants will have the opportunity to explore an evidence-based assessment tool used to comprehensively evaluate and untangle language impairment, language acquisition, and other language-related needs. They will then practice scoring and interpreting assessment results using a case study. To investigate the next steps after identification, participants will discuss instructional strategies, assistive technology, and classroom cultural practices used to support multilingual students…

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Supporting MLLs/ELLs with Disabilities: Leadership & Related Services Session

January 24 @ 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 workshop, the presenter provides an overview of critical issues regarding language acquisition, disability status, and identification processes for administrators, coaches, and related service providers. Participants will have the opportunity to explore an evidence-based assessment tool used to comprehensively evaluate and untangle language impairment, language acquisition, and other language-related needs. They will then practice scoring and interpreting assessment results using a case study. To investigate the next steps after identification, participants will discuss systems-level approaches and school-wide cultural practices…

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Tuning In: Reducing Stress & Anxiety Through Music & Mindfulness

January 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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Music can be a powerful means of self-awareness, relaxation, and creative expression. This workshop will explore how music allows an avenue to authentic connection with ourselves and others, and cultivates the inner ability to pause and notice in our daily lives. We will explore various experiential methods that combine music and mindfulness to allow for increased self-awareness, reduced stress, and simple coping skills. Elementary teachers will learn strategies that will help both students and themselves address anxiety inside and outside…

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Intro to Adapting Curriculum for MLLs/ELLs

January 28 @ 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 this session, participants will explore concrete ways to adapt curriculum (all content areas) to the needs and strengths of multilingual learners of various language backgrounds and literacy experiences. This includes incorporating languages objectives into lesson planning, integrating and making space for students' home languages, and engaging families and communities in schools and learning. Participants will have opportunities to view and discuss sample lessons, resources and materials and collaboratively work to create their own curriculum for personalized contexts. Note: Participants…

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Using Data to Inform Instruction in the High School Classroom (Part 1)

January 28 @ 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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Come learn with current NYC charter practitioner and National Board Certified Teacher, Allison Dodson-Bonaminio! In Part 1 of a two-part series, educators will gain insights into the what, why, and how of assessment in the high school classroom. Throughout the session, attendees will focus on the foundations of effective assessment. There will also be time to explore designing formative assessments and attendees will be able to take back strategies to use right away in their classrooms. By attending this session,…

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Leveraging Values & Strengths in Leadership (Part 1)

January 29 @ 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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Kara Ronin once wrote, "When you lead by your values, you make decisions at a higher level than what you "should" be doing and how you "should" be leading. You lead with independent courage. You make decisions that are congruent with who you are and what you stand for." This professional development will guide leaders through an experience of exploring and defining their own personal values that can drive them in their work. In addition, leaders will analyze how their…

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You Want What?!: Gathering What’s Needed for Data-Based Decision Making

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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Exactly how pronounced and severe is the student's present level of inappropriate behavior? How effective are our academic and behavior change interventions? Increasingly, educators are being required to engage in data collection that contributes to data-based decision making by the Committee on Special Education. This collection and analysis process is an essential part of a well-planned and effectively-implemented positive behavior change program. In this activity-filled session, participants will learn about data recording and how to define target behaviors, identify the…

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February 2020

Growing Listening Skills in Youth with Auditory Processing Difficulties & CAPD

February 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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Let's build listening skills! This workshop will highlight the basic fundamentals and specific characteristics of auditory processing difficulties and Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). In addition, this session will offer information about assessment, intervention, and general classroom instructional supports/modifications. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... -a deeper understanding of auditory processing difficulties/CAPD -specific resources and intervention methods to immediately incorporate into the classroom Presenter: Lauren Hudacek

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Leveraging PLCs to Foster ELL/MLL-Inclusive Classrooms: Part 1 (Webinar)

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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This webinar will describe Harlem Link Charter School's strategic approach toward developing a more inclusive instructional model for multilingual learners. The webinar will cover how to incorporate professional learning community (PLC) strategies and structures as a vehicle to build teacher capacity for the holistic instruction of multilingual learners. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... Strategies for planning and structuring a PLC Other best practices for teachers of MLLs Collaborative structures for building teacher capacity Presenter: Kristina Ferre

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NYS Math Test Prep: Best Practices & High Impact Strategies

February 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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This session is devoted to sharing best practices on NYS math test prep. The session will identify prioritized content based on the NYS testing blueprint, strategies for how to reteach for deep student engagement, and sharing of best instructional practices to ensure students are successful on the 2020 NYS math assessment. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - A scope and sequences of teaching objectives leading up to the NYS math test - Data analysis and strategy design…

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Building Authentic Relationships

February 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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Relationship building is an essential piece of teaching; how can we do it better? In this session with Ramapo for Children, participants will explore both the challenges and possibilities of building authentic relationships with students. We will explore how rigor requires relationships and identify and practice strategies that can deepen our relationships with young people. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - Specific strategies for deepening relationships with young people. - Self-reflection practices for showing up authentically in…

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Implementing Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategies

February 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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This workshop is designed for teachers and school leaders who would like to facilitate more effective partner and group work in their classrooms and schools that includes differentiation best practices. The workshop will focus on cooperative learning structures that can be used with a wide variety of ages and can be applied to any content area. Presenter: Anna Reeve

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Differentiating Whole Class Novels in the Co-Taught Classroom

February 6 @ 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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This workshop is designed for 4th-12th grade teachers or school leaders who are currently co-teaching or coaching literature in a setting where a whole class novel is being used. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... Strategies to effectively differentiate a literature classroom in order to support struggling readers Strategies for supporting comprehension, fluency, and response to reading Note: If you have already taken Anna's session about differentiating a CTT Literature and Writing classroom, do not sign up for…

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Restorative Practices & Racial Justice (Part 1)

February 7 @ 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 two-part series is designed for school-based staff and community members to understand the implementation of restorative practice through a culturally responsive and racially just lens. The series will explore the following essential questions: To what end are we implementing restorative justice in schools? To whom does the circle belong? How do we encourage a circle process built from diverse, multi-cultural histories? In what ways are we implementing a practice that is rooted in histories we fail to explore or…

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Teacher, Know Thyself: Grow Your Racial Literacy, Decolonize Behavioral Support (Part 1)

February 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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Whether we are aware of it or not, the classroom management approaches we adopt are a direct reflection of the values we espouse. Too often, these values are shaped by racist narratives that have embedded themselves within the institution of the school. For the students we teach (and especially for students of color), this means that they are subjected routinely to punitive approaches that cause lasting and undue harm. In the first installment of this two-part workshop series, participants will…

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Critical Listening to Develop Leadership and Community in Schools

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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Critical listening is an important tool for cultivating healthy, supportive relationships with colleagues and loved ones. One of the challenges of critical listening, however, is that this practice can bring to light individual and cultural biases that disrupt the listener’s ability to support and empathize with the speaker. During this workshop, participants will develop skills in equity-based critical listening, learning how to disrupt and name moments of bias while supporting others in developing empathy and an expanded worldview. We will…

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College Access for Undocumented & DACAmented students

February 12 @ 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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Every year, approximately 98,000 undocumented students graduate from high school, yet only 5-10% of them go onto college. High school counselors and educators can play an important role in providing resources and guidance on the college admission process and financial aid for undocumented students. This session supports educators in building knowledge and skills in order to effectively support immigrant students through the college-admissions process. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... An understanding of key federal and NY state…

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Integrating Vocabulary Instruction Throughout the Content Areas

February 12 @ 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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This secondary workshop will provide a research and theoretical base for how to integrate vocabulary instruction into our middle and high school classrooms in ways that are meaningful and authentic, allowing for long-term retention. Participants will explore a variety of hands-on, culturally responsive, and practical activities that all content area teachers can use. Special emphasis will be placed on working with diverse learners, specifically students with special needs and ELLs/MLLs. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... An understanding…

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How to Survive Being A Teacher: Restorative Poses & Community Building

February 13 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
NYC Charter School Center – Training Room, 111 Broadway, Suite 604
New York, NY 10006 United States
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Educators who work with students in trauma often carry the weight of their students with them. This session offers physical respite for those who struggle with “compassion fatigue”.  Using restorative yoga poses, designed to allow the body to rest and recover as well as gentle movement sequences, students will be encouraged to quiet the mind.  This one-hour workshop will include aromatherapy (essential oils), mandalas, and lying down–so please bring a yoga mat or a towel and dress with comfort in…

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