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January 2022

DBT: Dialectics; Overview of Mindfulness and Skills

January 31 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am

Session 1 of 5: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Academy with the Child Mind Institute. This school year, responding to student mental health needs in the midst of the current pandemic must be a priority for schools. We know our students cannot learn and succeed at their fullest potential when mental health needs are not being addressed. In response, we are excited to be partnering this semester with the Child Mind Institute to offer their DBT Academy Advanced Mental Health training…

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February 2022

DBT: ABCs of Basics of Behavior, Overview of Distress Tolerance Skills

February 2 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am

Session 2 of 5: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Academy with the Child Mind Institute. This school year, responding to student mental health needs in the midst of the current pandemic must be a priority for schools. We know our students cannot learn and succeed at their fullest potential when mental health needs are not being addressed. In response, we are excited to be partnering this semester with the Child Mind Institute to offer their DBT Academy Advanced Mental Health training…

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Responding to Data Part 1: How to Write Quality Constructed-Response Assessments & Scoring Guides

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Learn how to write short-response assessment questions aligned to the rigor of the “unwrapped” Priority Standards. Then learn how to use a simple yet effective scoring guide in a rubric format, to accurately and quickly score/grade student responses. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... -How to write a short constructed-response question that directly aligns to the “unwrapped” Priority Standard concept–skill and its level of rigor so that students will have to demonstrate that skill at the same level.…

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Exploring Socio-Emotional Health & Wellness through Mindfulness in School & in Life

February 2 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This workshop is designed to offer those that work with adolescents a way to integrate mindfulness into settings with youth.. We will also explore how mindfulness can enhance our own personal growth, reduce the risk for conditions such as empathy fatigue, vicarious traumatization and burnout while increasing emotional resilience. Each participant will leave with a toolkit of core practices and experiential activities that will invite and build present moment awareness and mindful presence. By attending this session, attendees will leave…

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DBT: Overview of Emotion Regulation Skills, Interpersonal Effectiveness

February 7 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am

Session 3 of 5: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Academy with the Child Mind Institute. This school year, responding to student mental health needs in the midst of the current pandemic must be a priority for schools. We know our students cannot learn and succeed at their fullest potential when mental health needs are not being addressed. In response, we are excited to be partnering this semester with the Child Mind Institute to offer their DBT Academy Advanced Mental Health training…

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Designing Effective Graphic Organizers for MLLs/ELLs

February 7 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Scaffolds that allow students to work more independently without constant teacher assistance are crucial for enabling all students to access tasks. Learn how to customize any graphic organizer so that your MLLs/ELLs can engage in higher-order thinking activities with minimal teacher support. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - Sample adapted graphic organizers - Opportunities to apply criteria and adapt graphic organizers for MLLs/ELLs Speaker: Daria Witt and Jessica Payano

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Trauma: What Is It and How Does It Impact the Brain and Learning?

February 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Regardless of socio-economic status, race, or geographical location, trauma does not discriminate! Because trauma is so prevalent in homes and communities in every corner of the world, educators must assume that we will face the impacts of trauma in our classrooms. This session seeks to provide an introductory framework for understanding sources of trauma and realizing the impact trauma has on the brain and learning, all in an effort to foster a warm and nurturing trauma-sensitive classroom that can support…

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Responding to Data Part 2: The Instructional Pathway to Learning the Standards

February 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Learning Progressions are the “building blocks” of daily instruction derived from the “unwrapped” Priority Standards. Think of learning progressions as the prerequisite concepts and skills students need to learn on the way to achieving the “unwrapped” Priority Standards and related learning targets and success criteria. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... -How to plan the learning progressions—from simple to complex—that scaffold student understanding to the rigorous “unwrapped” Priority Standard(s). -How to then sequence these “building blocks” in the…

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Supporting Positive Behavior: Verbal De-Escalation for Teachers (Part 1)

February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This session will draw on the principles of CPI Non-violent Crisis Intervention to learn and practice strategies that can be used in the classroom to de-escalate behavior. This is part of a series focused on supporting positive behavior through principles of PBIS and the Trauma Informed framework. Session 1 will focus on the NCI Verbal De-escalation continuum to give teachers the tools to respond to challenging behaviors in the moment. This session will use CPI principles but does not end…

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Concretizing Antibias Practices

February 10 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

In this session, participants will explore a student-centered and anti-bias approach to engage learners with ABAR educator/author Liz Kleinrock. Participants will learn strategies to concretize anti-bias and anti-racist ideas into self reflection practices, curriculum and lesson design, and building relationships with students/caregivers. By attending this session, participants will leave with... - Ideas and strategies to push their anti-bias lens and teaching practice. Speaker: Liz Kleinrock

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Refining Your Coach Approach: Building Principal & Coach Partnerships (Part 2)

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Schools are complex systems. It’s no wonder that leading one is not easy, but strong partnerships can make the job less challenging. When the principal and coach are clear on school improvement initiatives, what high-quality instruction looks like, and how the coaching model supports these efforts, things fall into place.  In Part Two of this three-part series with national expert Diane Sweeney*, instructional coaches, principals, and network leaders will explore how to build strong principal and coach partnerships by learning…

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Restoring Students’ Innate Power: Trauma-Responsive Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Dynamic Spaces.

February 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

This session addresses a critical gap in traditional approaches to trauma-informed instruction. We’ll explore the central role that culturally responsive pedagogy plays in mitigating trauma within diverse student populations. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - Examine social constructs that make up one’s picture of identity and belonging - Understand the foundations of a culturally responsive approach, including the distinctions between culturally responsive and multicultural practice - Explore tools and resources for engaging in identity-based conversations with team…

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DBT: Follow Up and Generalization

February 16 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am

Session 4 of 5: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Academy with the Child Mind Institute. This school year, responding to student mental health needs in the midst of the current pandemic must be a priority for schools. We know our students cannot learn and succeed at their fullest potential when mental health needs are not being addressed. In response, we are excited to be partnering this semester with the Child Mind Institute to offer their DBT Academy Advanced Mental Health training…

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Responding to Data Part 3: Short Formative Assessments for Learning

February 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A quick, informal check for student understanding needs to occur after instruction of a specific learning progression. Quick progress checks provide immediate feedback to educators about students’ understanding of the learning progression in focus and where to go next instructionally so as to prepare students for success on Priority Standards-based assessments. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - Create short, formative assessment (think “exit ticket) that directly aligns to the skill(s) and concept(s) of a specific learning progression.…

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Supporting Positive Behavior: Trauma Informed Structures and Routines (Part 2)

February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This series is designed to support teachers in responding to difficult behaviors in the moment as well as adjusting their current classroom routines to support positive behavior. This session will follow up on the NCI verbal de-escalation continuum by introducing strategies that will support development of community and prevent difficult behaviors from disrupting the learning. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - Ways to establish consistent routines that are trauma informed and promote de-escalation of disruptive behavior. Speaker:…

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Scaffolding Writing for MLLs/ELLs

February 28 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Learn the fine art of scaffolding writing assignments, in which supports grant Multilingual Learners access to the task without compromising the rigor at its heart. Gain key tips on modeling and the use of paragraph frames that provide crucial structure to student writing. Part 2 (If applicable) - By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - Concrete ways to scaffold any writing task to engage and provide access to more students. - Concrete examples and guided practice in applying…

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March 2022

Understanding Yourself So You Can Better Understand Others

March 2 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

This session is designed with the educator in mind! Often educators neglect their personal struggles to exert more emotional energy for their students, yet come up short because of their personal burdens. Participants will be guided through realistic steps to take to implement self-care and awareness in order to be the best they can in and outside of the classroom. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - A motivation to focus on self-care in order to be healthier,…

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Integrating the Science of Reading Practically in K-2 Classrooms

March 3 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Drawing on the Science of Reading, a scientific, brain-based approach to reading, this session will dive into how students learn to read. From there, this session will also focus on how to bring the science of reading in K-2 classrooms in practical ways that can push teacher practice, support coaches through science based literacy support, and ultimately close major opportunity gaps in our communities. Participants will walk away with concrete strategies they can use to teach reading across any curriculum…

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2022 NYSESLAT Speaking Administration & Scoring (Grades K-12)

March 8 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

In this training, participants will learn the ins and outs of administering the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). Participants will have the opportunity to norm on scoring the K-12th Grade Speaking portion of the NYSESLAT using the state-published rubric. *This session will be held virtually. This session is for participants looking for a NYSESLAT test administration and scoring refresher or is more comfortable participating in a virtual session. Our in person NYSESLAT Administration &…

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Intro to Trauma for Secondary Educators

March 8 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The impact of trauma on the brain and body has shown itself this year more than ever as we see students struggle with behavior and learning. This session is designed to teach educators how to recognize trauma responses in their classrooms. The session will also provide middle and high school educators some tools to help students regulate behaviors and return to learning in a safe way. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - An understanding of what trauma…

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2022 NYSESLAT Writing Administration & Scoring: Grades 1-12

March 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In this training, participants will learn the ins and outs of administering the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). Participants will have the opportunity to norm on scoring the Grades 1-12 Writing portions of the NYSESLAT using the state-published rubric. *This session will be held virtually. This session is for participants looking for a NYSESLAT test administration and scoring refresher or is more comfortable participating in a virtual session. Our in person NYSESLAT Administration &…

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Refining Your Coach Approach: Measuring the Impact of Coaching on Learning (Part 3)

March 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Would you like to know how coaching impacts student AND teacher learning? What about understanding how the teachers’ perceptions about coaching have shifted with the implementation of Student-Centered Coaching? In the final session of this three-part series with national coaching expert Diane Sweeney*, participants will dig into the processes and strategies for doing just that. This session is well suited for instructional coaches, principals, and network leaders who wish to: - Learn how the Results-Based Coaching Tool is used to…

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2022 NYSESLAT Writing Administration & Scoring: Kindergarten

March 10 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

In this training, participants will learn the ins and outs of administering the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). Participants will have the opportunity to norm on scoring the Kindergarten Writing portions of the NYSESLAT using the state-published rubric. *This session will be held virtually. This session is for participants looking for a NYSESLAT test administration and scoring refresher or is more comfortable participating in a virtual session. Our in person NYSESLAT Administration & Scoring…

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After the Lottery: Enrolling & Identifying Your MLLs/ELLs

March 15 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

In this webinar, participants will learn about different legal mandates and best practices around MLL/ELL identification and enrollment. Time will be built in for participants to pose questions to be answered by the presenter. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... -An understanding of federal and state regulations as they relate to MLL/ELL enrollment and identification -Best practices to implement when enrolling and identifying MLLs/ELLs Speaker: Jennifer Hall **Note that schools receive a set amount of seats to ELL…

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Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and Progress Monitoring

March 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Specially Designed Instruction is a core component of support for students with IEPs in the classroom. This session is designed to give teachers a basic understanding of what SDI is, how it supports students with disabilities, and how to begin implementing SDI with progress monitoring in your classroom. This is an excellent session to support new Special Education teachers, teachers new to Special Education, and teachers looking for ways to better support their students with disabilities in the general education…

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Connecting Literacy Goals Across Components

March 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In order for students to become expert readers, their literacy instruction needs to be focused and streamlined throughout the school day. In this session, participants will see the through line across each literacy block of a school day. Educators will identify priority standards, and connect guided reading goals to literacy instruction happening throughout the day. Participants will walk away with a clear pathway to enhancing students' investment and achievement in reading. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... -Understanding…

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Identifying and Managing Trauma in the Classroom

March 23 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Being able to define trauma is only the first step in creating a trauma-sensitive classroom. This session will provide attendees with concrete ways to identify trauma in their students and then create a safe environment to build resilience through classroom community. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - Tools to use to identify trauma in the classroom and then support students through trauma-sensitive strategies. Speaker: Anna Laughlin

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DBT: Follow Up and Troubleshooting

March 25 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am

Session 5 of 5: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Academy with the Child Mind Institute. This school year, responding to student mental health needs in the midst of the current pandemic must be a priority for schools. We know our students cannot learn and succeed at their fullest potential when mental health needs are not being addressed. In response, we are excited to be partnering this semester with the Child Mind Institute to offer their DBT Academy Advanced Mental Health training…

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April 2022

Lunch & Learn: Retention vs. Promotion?

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Retaining a student (or not) can change the trajectory of a student’s life for better or for worse. Is there a “right” decision when considering retention or promotion? And if so, how do we make it? At this Lunch & Learn, Ali Apfel will discuss evidence-based pros and cons of grade level retention, talk about factors beyond academics and the importance of seeing a child holistically, and explore a tool that can be used in tandem with schools’ decision making…

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May 2022

MLL/ELL Compliance: Closing Out the Year and Planning Your Summer

May 25 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

It's never too early to begin planning MLL/ELL programming and supports for next school year. MLLs/ELLs are a population of students that have been disproportionately affected by COVID academically. It is vital that schools get their MLL/ELL programming and supports launched ASAP in Fall 2022 following the initial MLL/ELL Identification window. In this session learn the various tasks that can be done at the close of the school year and throughout the Summer to ensure MLL/ELL identification and programming compliance,…

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