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January 2021

Change Agents for Equity, Language, & Literacy (Part 1)

January 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In this three part mini-course led by guest presenter Sarah Ottow, participants will be able to create or expand upon a vision for coaching practices and articulate a coaching mission statement for the school year. Participants will identify aspects of instructional design that are culturally and linguistically responsive along with looking at how student centered data leads to changes in educator mindset. This three part series will also provide the tools to explain techniques ensuring ongoing diagnostics, feedback, and progress…

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MLL/ELL Families as Partners: Navigating and Leveraging Ed Tech

January 22 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

As many of us learned during our switch to remote learning, providing students with technology is often only half the battle. In our final session of this national panel series, learn how to support families in navigating technology to support learning at home and learn about technology and resources that you can take back to your own MLL/ELL communities.   Panelists: Elizabeth Bowman, Director of Adult Education, Briya Public Charter School (D.C.) Lisa Luceno, Senior Director of Early Childhood Strategy,…

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Resetting Co-Teaching in 2021

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

When two teachers are in a room together (whether that room is virtual or brick-and-mortar!), how can we ensure the outcomes for kids are substantively different and more effective than if one teacher were teaching alone? If you and your co-teacher are looking to answer this question, or are finding yourselves in a pattern that you want to shift, then this session is for you. By reflecting on your co-teaching relationship, revisiting a shared vision of true collaborative teaching, and…

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Formative Assessment with Google Forms/Classroom

January 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Google classroom can be leveraged to create opportunities for students to share their thinking and for you to provide feedback. From using the question feature to the built-in Google Forms, you can create learning experiences that help you provided differentiate and timely feedback. By attending this session, attendees will leave with different ways to create questions leveraging Google Classroom and skills to create formative assessment tasks that provide differentiated and timely feedback. Presenter: Jason Trinh  

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Using Nearpod for Students to Show Math Thinking

January 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

What are our students thinking? One aspect of remote teaching that is challenging is “seeing” student work. This session is all about how to use Nearpod, an extension for Google Slides, to support students showing their thinking and work beyond their answer. Showing mathematical thinking supports cultivating mathematical identities, coaching in feedback, and anti-bias teaching of mathematics through student work evidence versus assumption. By attending this session, participants will expand their remote teaching toolkit by experiencing Nearpod, creating a Nearpod…

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White Anti-Racist Affinity Group

January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 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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February 2021

Progress Monitoring for Students with Disabilities

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

During a tumultuous year, we know special educators are committed to ensuring their students with disabilities receive super targeted support that is responsive to data and aligns to IEPs. During this session, we will explore current structures and systems for tracking and analyzing student academic achievement data. Participants will also have the opportunity to create an action plan that will leverage current data practices to track, monitor, and respond to students' IEP goals, whether in remote, hybrid, or brick-and-mortar environments.…

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Targeted Writing Support for MLLs/ELLs

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

For many of our grades 3-8 language learners, writing is the most challenging modality. In this session, participants will learn a variety of practical, research-based, and effective writing techniques for MLLs/ELLs in grades 3-8. These writing strategies will work across content areas and proficiency levels, as well as for both remote and brick-and mortar learning environments. By attending this session, attendees will leave with research-based writing instruction strategies and tools for MLL/ELL students in grades 3-8, whether in the brick-and-mortar…

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Back to Basics: Building Classroom Community through Virtual Morning Meeting

February 4 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

After months of teaching through a computer screen, how can we continue to engage students in new ways? Maybe the answer is right in front of us, and not necessarily “new.” Join pedagogical expert and current practitioner Sabena Perret as she shares the techniques she uses to keep teaching and learning joyful, impactful, and intentionally engaging. In this Online Learning: Back to Basics six-part series, Sabena will share concrete practices that will transform instruction in your classroom. Each session is discrete…

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NCI: CPI Verbal Deescalation and Crisis Prevention with PBIS Strategies

February 5 @ 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 unsafe behavior at the earliest possible stage. Participants will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately in order to verbally de-escalate behavior. This updated course integrates PBIS framework and demonstrates the connections between CPI, PBIS and the FBA process.  By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the workshop with certification in verbal de-escalation by the Crisis Prevention…

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Coaching for Student Engagement

February 8 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 pm

Are you seeing the same trends across classrooms? Are you observing compliant students that are cognitively disengaged? In this session you will learn to take your instructional coaching to the next level by re-evaluating the structures that support teachers to be intellectually prepared for instruction that promotes authentic, rather than compliant, student engagement, thinking and learning. Coaches will also walk away with new tools and strategies for creating and tracking targeted coaching plans for teachers. Presenter: Alexandra Apfel

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Assessing Students from Racially and Ethnically Minoritized Backgrounds (Part 1)

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

As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, educators’ (e.g., teachers, school psychologists, administrators) ability to effectively serve all students has never been more important. Coupled with being exposed to a comprehensive, evidence-based, and practitioner friendly assessment model that differentiates between language difference and educational disability (particularly Specific Learning Disability) for English Learner (EL) students, attendees will develop the skills necessary to effectively design culturally responsive assessment batteries to validly measure racially and ethnically minoritized (REM) students’ cognitive abilities and academic…

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The Equity-Focused Math Classroom (Part 1)

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

Part 1 of this two-part series* involves a deep dive into the ways in which many current instructional practices result in inequitable learning opportunities. This session is designed to provide a historical perspective of current realities, while providing rationale for change. By attending this session, attendees will leave with knowledge of ways that they can reduce the harm of inequitable practices and classroom structures. Participants will be encouraged to look for inequity in their daily practice and brainstorm paths for…

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Planning for Differentiation & Small Group Instruction

February 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Are kids behind? How far behind are they? Where are their gaps? The answers to these questions can seem daunting, especially as kids return from months of hybrid or remote instruction, while time hasn’t stopped and the curriculum keeps moving forward. Every school year, but this school year in particular, planning remedial lessons can be a challenge. During this session, we explore how to use Common Core State Standards as a guide to writing objectives and corresponding small group lessons…

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Differentiation for MLLs/ELLs During Distance Learning

February 11 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Language learners thrive when we differentiate instruction, but how can we sustain the spirit of differentiation in light of distance and virtual learning? In this session, MLL/ELL expert Tan Huynh will share examples of how to apply Carol Ann Tomlinson’s framework of differentiation during distance learning. Examples explored will specifically demonstrate how differentiation is still possible for language learners given our current context. Note that while this session is open to all, the content is best suited for teachers in…

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Back to Basics: Building Online Classroom Community & Fostering Student Relationships

February 11 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

After months of teaching through a computer screen, how can we continue to engage students in new ways? Maybe the answer is right in front of us, and not necessarily “new.” Join pedagogical expert and current practitioner Sabena Perret as she shares the techniques she uses to keep teaching and learning joyful, impactful, and intentionally engaging. In this Online Learning: Back to Basics six-part series, Sabena will share concrete practices that will transform instruction in your classroom. Each session is discrete…

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NYSESLAT Administration & Scoring: Kindergarten Writing

February 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

This year, our NYSESLAT Administration & Scoring trainings are spread across the entire week of 2/22. In this specific session, participants will receive an overview of administering the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in general, and then will have the opportunity to norm on scoring the Kindergarten Writing portion of the NYSESLAT using the state-published rubrics. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... -An understanding of the legal mandates and logistics associated with…

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NYSESLAT Administration & Scoring: 1st-4th Grade Writing

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

All charter schools are mandated to administer the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) annually to their MLL/ELL students. In this training, participants will learn the ins and outs of administering the Writing subtest of the NYSESLAT. Participants will have the opportunity to norm on scoring the 1st-4th Grade Writing portions of the NYSESLAT using the state-published rubrics. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - An understanding of the legal mandates and logistics…

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Assessing Students from Racially and Ethnically Minoritized Backgrounds (Part 2)

February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In part two of this two-part series*, participants will review the literature related to assessing and diagnosing students from different racial and ethnic groups for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Specific emphasis will be placed on how rater characteristics influence diagnostic decisions. An interactive workshop with multiple opportunities for active engagement, participants will be encouraged to consider the manner in which data are gathered throughout the assessment process and inform next steps for children and adolescents. Implications for school-based practice…

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The Equity-Focused Math Classroom (Part 2)

February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Part 2 of this two-part series* will discuss ways that educators are changing systems and practices that result in greater equity. After reflecting on lessons learned from the previous session, attendees will discuss their individual points of entry and walk away with actionable next steps for creating more equitable math classrooms for their students. By attending this session, attendees will leave with a protocol to use in performing an instructional audit for equity and practical examples of how to analyze…

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NYSESLAT Administration & Scoring: 5th-8th Grade Writing

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

All charter schools are mandated to administer the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) annually to their MLL/ELL students. In this training, participants will learn the ins and outs of administering the Writing subtest of the NYSESLAT. Participants will have the opportunity to norm on scoring the 5th-8th Grade Writing portions of the NYSESLAT using the state-published rubrics. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - An understanding of the legal mandates and logistics associated…

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Literacy and Executive Functioning: Understanding Their Relationship and Instructional Implications (Elementary)

February 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Each day, teachers use the information they collect from their students to make decisions about curriculum, learning, and next steps. This workshop will explore the connections between executive functions and literacy skills. By attending this session, participants will: understand executive functions and how they impact literacy objectives, identify and plan for hidden demands in the curriculum, and incorporate routines to differentiate and increase the accessibility of their K-5 curriculum. By attending this session, attendees will leave with another lens to…

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NYSESLAT Administration & Scoring: 9th-12th Grade Writing

February 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

All charter schools are mandated to administer the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) annually to their MLL/ELL students.  In this training, participants will learn the ins and outs of administering the writing subtest of the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). Participants will have the opportunity to norm on scoring the 9th-12th Grade Writing portions of the NYSESLAT using the state-published rubric. By attending this session, attendees will leave with...…

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Inclusion Principles to Engage ALL Learners (Part I)

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Every student has something to learn, something to teach, and something to contribute. This interactive virtual workshop will focus on high-leverage inclusive practices that will engage every learner during remote learning: equitable brain-based instructional opportunities and differentiated instruction utilizing a strength-based approach.  Teachers will explore inclusive practices and learn instructional strategies to engage and accelerate ALL students. In part one of two* of this interactive professional development** teachers and leaders will... - Gain practical strategies to engage ALL learners. -…

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Back to Basics: Developing Schedules & Sustainability

February 25 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

After months of teaching through a computer screen, how can we continue to engage students in new ways? Maybe the answer is right in front of us, and not necessarily “new.” Join pedagogical expert and current practitioner Sabena Perret as she shares the techniques she uses to keep teaching and learning joyful, impactful, and intentionally engaging. In this Online Learning: Back to Basics six-part series, Sabena will share concrete practices that will transform instruction in your classroom. Each session is discrete…

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NYSESLAT Administration & Scoring: K-12th Grade Speaking

February 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

All charter schools are mandated to administer the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) annually to their MLL/ELL students. In this training, participants will learn the ins and outs of administering the NYSESLAT Speaking subtest and will have the opportunity to norm on scoring student oral responses using the state-published rubric. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - An understanding of the legal mandates and logistics associated with administering the NYSESLAT - An…

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March 2021

The Power of Showing Up PLC

March 1 @ 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

In this six-week PLC*, practitioners read and implement strategies from Daniel Siegel’s The Power of Showing Up.  Over the course of six weekly sessions we’ll discuss how to implement what Siegel refers to as the 4 S's (Safe, Seen, Soothed, Secured). While this PLC is open to all, the content covered in the book will feel most applicable to grades K-8. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - A greater understanding of how brain development and attachment impacts…

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ABAR Social Studies Teachers: Nueva York (Im)migration & Activism (Part 1)

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

In part one of this two-part series* with the New-York Historical Society, teachers will learn about (im)migration, the emergence of Nueva York, and the fight for equal rights by activists in the Latinx community. Attendees will leave with resources from the New-York Historical Society’s free online curriculum guides: Nueva York, 1613 -1945, and Women & the American Story. Using these primary and secondary sources, teachers will learn strategies for teaching this topic in an equitable, inclusive, and culturally responsive way.…

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Literacy and Executive Functioning: Understanding Their Relationship and Instructional Implications (Secondary)

March 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Each day, teachers use the information they collect from their students to make decisions about curriculum, learning, and next steps. This workshop will explore the connections between executive functions and literacy skills. By attending this session, participants will: understand executive functions and how they impact literacy objectives, identify and plan for hidden demands in the curriculum, and incorporate routines to differentiate and increase the accessibility of their 6-12 curriculum. Another lens to use when analyzing student work and developing meaningful…

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Inclusion Principles to Engage ALL Learners (Part 2)

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

Every student has something to learn, something to teach, and something to contribute. This interactive workshop will focus on high-leverage inclusive practices that will engage every learner during remote learning: equitable brain-based instructional opportunities and differentiated instruction utilizing a strength-based approach.  Teachers will explore inclusive practices and learn instructional strategies to engage and accelerate ALL students. In part two of two* of this interactive professional development workshop** teachers and leaders will... - Gain practical strategies to engage ALL learners. -…

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Back to Basics: Developing Student Independence through Student-Led Conferences

March 4 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

After months of teaching through a computer screen, how can we continue to engage students in new ways? Maybe the answer is right in front of us, and not necessarily “new.” Join pedagogical expert and current practitioner Sabena Perret as she shares the techniques she uses to keep teaching and learning joyful, impactful, and intentionally engaging. In this Online Learning: Back to Basics six-part series, Sabena will share concrete practices that will transform instruction in your classroom. Each session is discrete…

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ABAR Social Studies Teachers: Civil Rights Activism (Part 2)

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

In part two of this two-part series*, teachers will explore the roles and activism of Black women in the fight to secure voting and civil rights during the 1960s. By attending this session, attendees will leave with primary and secondary sources from the New-York Historical Society’s collection and the Growth and Turmoil: 1948-1977 unit of our free online curriculum guide Women & the American Story. Using these resources, teachers will learn strategies for teaching this topic in an equitable, inclusive,…

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Remote Literacy: Guided Reading in the Virtual Classroom (Part 1)

March 9 @ 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Guided reading is proven to be one of the most effective strategies to supporting struggling readers. Even in a remote setting, there are many strategies to navigating technology and structuring guided reading in order to best meet the needs of individual students.  Throughout this webinar, teachers will analyze videos of high quality guided reading, as well as strategize how to best use technology to support virtual guided reading. By attending this session, attendees will leave with a vision for high…

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The Neuroscience of Engagement (Part 1)

March 10 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Educators often wonder why certain topics or lessons just don't stick? And why might the students not be engaging in a lesson that was planned around them? Once educators understand the simple neuroscience behind engagement, the planning and implementing of daily lessons change. By attending this session, attendees will leave with an in-depth understanding of the way the brain retains information, a multitude of strategies and activities to implement, and a new approach and basic philosophy on lesson design and…

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White Anti-Racist Affinity Group

March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 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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Specializing Online Instruction for Students with Disabilities (Part 1)

March 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Our goal is for ALL students to succeed in remote learning!  Though the setting of delivery may have changed, evidenced-based instruction can be adapted to accelerate teaching and learning in the remote learning environment. This interactive workshop designed for special educators will provide structures, strategies, and tools to support students with special needs during distance learning. Special educators will explore strategies and technology tools to provide specially designed instruction to accelerate the learning of students with disabilities. In this interactive…

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Back to Basics: Pacing & Lesson Plan Modifications for Synchronous & Asynchronous Learning

March 11 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

After months of teaching through a computer screen, how can we continue to engage students in new ways? Maybe the answer is right in front of us, and not necessarily “new.” Join pedagogical expert and current practitioner Sabena Perret as she shares the techniques she uses to keep teaching and learning joyful, impactful, and intentionally engaging. In this Online Learning: Back to Basics six-part series, Sabena will share concrete practices that will transform instruction in your classroom. Each session is discrete…

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Assessing Language Learners: Formed by Formative Data

March 12 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Long before we assess students summatively, we provide lots of opportunities to gather formative information from students.  With this data, we can better shape our instruction to meet the students before us.  In this session, Tan shares a framework for gathering formative assessment information from language learners.  He will provide examples from his class for you to see how the framework is implemented. By attending this session, attendees will leave with a framework for designing learning experiences that produce formative…

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Strengthening Your Vision and Implementation for Math Instruction (For Teachers)

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

Is your math program aligned to a college-ready bar? Examine your instructional model by engaging in math problem solving! We will unpack a rigorous problem and engage in mathematical discourse as students. We will then reflect on your current instructional vision for math. By attending this session, attendees will leave with an experiencing the type of learning that embodies the college-ready bar and understanding the kinds of shifts necessary in daily instruction needed to achieve this college-ready bar. Presenter: Rogers…

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After the Lottery: Enrolling & Identifying Your MLLs/ELLs

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Whether remote or in-person, there are many factors to consider when enrolling MLL/ELL families and students after your school has run its lottery. 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 audience Q&A. 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…

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Specializing Online Instruction for Students with Disabilities (Part 2)

March 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Our goal is for ALL students to succeed in remote learning!  Though the setting of delivery may have changed, evidenced-based instruction can be adapted to accelerate teaching and learning in the remote learning environment. This interactive workshop designed for special educators will provide structures, strategies, and tools to support students with special needs during distance learning. Special educators will explore strategies and technology tools to provide specially designed instruction to accelerate the learning of students with disabilities. In this interactive…

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Back to Basics: Assessing Student Learning and Engagement

March 18 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

After months of teaching through a computer screen, how can we continue to engage students in new ways? Maybe the answer is right in front of us, and not necessarily “new.” Join pedagogical expert and current practitioner Sabena Perret as she shares the techniques she uses to keep teaching and learning joyful, impactful, and intentionally engaging. In this Online Learning: Back to Basics six-part series, Sabena will share concrete practices that will transform instruction in your classroom. Each session is discrete…

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Effectively Educating Children with Autism (Part 1)

March 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this part one of this two-part series*, Leigh Cooper, the Clinical Development Supervisor of the NYC Autism Charter Schools - Bronx, will provide an overview of autism and discuss the pillars of effective education for this population of students. Time will be spent reviewing strategies to identify and address core deficits, promote skill acquisition and independence during small group instruction, and reduce behavior that interferes with learning. Applications for remote instruction will also be discussed. By attending this session,…

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Academic Language & Vocabulary Instruction for MLLs/ELLs (Elementary)

March 24 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Often our MLL/ELL students have mastered basic interpersonal communication skills (i.e. day-to-day social language), but are still developing their cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP). In this session, participants will learn about the three tiers of academic language and strategies to support language learners' academic vocabulary development within the context of content area instruction. Elementary educators will also receive an overview of multiple tools that will help anticipate the academic language needs of their MLLs/ELLs when lesson planning and will also…

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The Neuroscience of Engagement (Part 2 – For Coaches)

March 25 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

One tenet of engagement is consistency. In this session, we will reflect on the implementation of new strategies and the new way of thinking about engagement. As a group, we will share what has been working and share best practices among the participants. By attending this session, attendees will leave with feedback on their newly implemented engagement tactics, as well as even more possibilities to implement with consistency. Presenter: Leigh Shaw

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The Neuroscience of Engagement (Part 2 – For Teachers)

March 25 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

One tenet of engagement is consistency. In this session, we will reflect on the implementation of new strategies and the new way of thinking about engagement. As a group, we will share what has been working and share best practices among the participants. By attending this session, attendees will leave with feedback on their newly implemented engagement tactics, as well as even more possibilities to implement with consistency. Presenter: Leigh Shaw  

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April 2021

10 Best Practices for Virtual Co-Teaching for MLLs/ELLs

April 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Virtual learning presents very different challenges when it comes to planning, delivering, and assessing effective instruction. How do we boost rigor, engage interest & promote access for language learners online? Join us (co-teachers just like you!) as we discuss how we implement a co-teaching framework to overcome barriers and increase MLL/ELL participation and learning in this new virtual environment! By attending this session, attendees will leave with a set of best practices and guidelines for implementing co-teaching in a virtual…

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Developmental Math Content Across K-5th Grade

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

How has math learning changed during a global pandemic? What’s most important? This session aims to name the most important content to support our students mathematical proficiencies within their grade and also discuss how child development during the pandemic is impacting learning, which will have curricular implications for this school year and next. By attending this session, participants will leave the session with an understanding of what the most important content is for their grade in addition to how development…

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Remote Literacy: Using Metacognitive Comments to Grow Student Writing (Part 2)

April 8 @ 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

While we cannot replace an in person writing conference with students, in this workshop we will discuss strategies for using metacognitive comments to push student writing in both synchronous and asynchronous settings.  This interactive session will model a simulation lesson for teaching students how to become more metacognitive throughout the writing process and how teachers can give feedback to support this critical reflection process. By attending this session, attendees will leave with an ability to support student reflection and revision…

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New Visions Instructional Resources in Remote and Hybrid Settings

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Over the last year, New Visions for Public Schools has developed a range of free instructional resources to support teachers in remote and hybrid instruction. In this interactive workshop, you will have an opportunity to 1) explore some of the resources we have developed to integrate explicit instruction of skills into high school ELA curriculum; 2) access a coaching guide we developed to support teachers in enacting explicit instruction in remote contexts; and 3) experience some content-agnostic routines we have…

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Effectively Educating Children with Autism (Part 2)

April 13 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

In part two of this two-part series*, we will discuss how to apply the best-practice strategies reviewed in Part 1 when providing live and remote instruction to learners who present with more significant impairments related to autism spectrum disorder (e.g., learners with limited to no vocal speech, learners who engage in high rates of interfering behaviors). This session will be discussion-based and participants should come prepared with questions. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - A better understanding…

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Academic Language & Vocabulary Instruction for MLLs/ELLs (Secondary)

April 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Often our MLL/ELL students have mastered basic interpersonal communication skills (i.e. day-to-day social language), but are still developing their cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP). In this session, participants will learn about the three tiers of academic language and strategies to support language learners' academic vocabulary development within the context of content area instruction. Secondary educators will also receive an overview of multiple tools that will help anticipate the academic language needs of their MLLs/ELLs when lesson planning and will also…

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Developmental Math Content Across 6th-8th Grade

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

How has math learning changed during a global pandemic? What’s most important? This session aims to name the most important content to support our students mathematical proficiencies within their grade and also discuss how child development during the pandemic is impacting learning, which will have curricular implications for this school year and next. By attending this session, attendees will leave with an understanding of what the most important content is for their grade in addition to how development interacts with learning,…

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White Anti-Racist Affinity Group

April 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 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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Rethinking Professional Learning: Moving from “Sit and Get” to Personalized and Purposeful (Part 1)

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

In a time when our lives continue to become more personalized - through custom ads, personal shoppers, and movie and book recommendations - our professional learning experiences for educators have not kept pace. In too many districts and schools, teachers continue to participate in one-size fits all "sit and get" professional development sessions. Join national education expert Allison Rodman as we explore innovative practices in professional learning to design more personalized experiences that empower teachers to take a standing role…

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May 2021

Rethinking Professional Learning: Facilitating Powerful Adult Learning Experiences (Part 2)

May 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Professional learning experiences offer an incredible opportunity to empower educators to stretch their practice. However, too often, these events are one-size, fits all episodes. Together with national education expert Allison Rodman, we will explore a professional learning design cycle focused on priming, ushering, launching, socially constructing, and extending the learning loop beyond face-to-face engagements. We will examine ways to promote social construction during professional learning and consider the integral role reflection plays in the growth process. Finally, participants will leave…

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Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: Queering Post-Covid Returns

May 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Remote learning has presented queer and trans students with challenges and freedoms particular to their sexual and gender identities. Some may be thrilled to return to school in person, and others may be feeling anxious and reluctant. This workshop will provide you with opportunities to create and model liberatory environments for your LGBTQ+ students and their peers. By attending this session, attendees will leave with tangible ways to support LGBTQ+ students upon returning to in-person learning environments. Presenter: Kelsey Reeder

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Strengthening Your Vision and Implementation for Math Instruction (For Leaders)

May 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Is your math program aligned to a college-ready bar? Examine your instructional model, and consider how to drive teacher practice toward conceptual and engaging math instruction. In this session we engage in math problem solving and discourse, unpacking a rigorous problem as students. We will then reflect on your current instructional vision for math, and how to enhance teachers’ instructional capacity to reach that vision. By attending this session, leaders will leave with an experiencing the type of learning that…

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Special Education Advocacy: Families as Advocates

May 18 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Special Education is full of jargon and legalese that can sometimes be overwhelming and provide barriers for families when advocating for their children. Join Susan Horwitz, Supervising Attorney for the Education Law Project at The Legal Aid Society, for an overview of the families' rights throughout the special education process. During this session, Susan will discuss the referral process and impartial hearings. You will walk away from this session with a deeper understanding of families’ due process rights, and concrete…

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June 2021

Interrupting “Discipline:” The Work of Anti-Racist Educators

June 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

We have known that “schools are places of racialization” (Patel, 2015) but amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the centuries’ long devastation perpetrated by racism, this reality has become even more pronounced. Educators are more eager than ever to take up the work of becoming anti-racist and the impulse is to rush to identify strategies that will alter the landscape of our schools; however, lasting change requires us to take a step back and ask the question, “How do we become…

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White Anti-Racist Affinity Group

June 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 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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