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October 2022

Literacy for Secondary MLLs/ELLs: Making Text Accessible (Part 2)

October 26, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Reading texts is central to learning content and tied to academic success. However, comprehending texts can be difficult for a number of reasons. Fortunately, there are things we can do to make a text more accessible to multilingual learners. In this interactive session, Tan will share how to engineer a text to make it more accessible and how to work with alternative texts when students still struggle with reading an engineered text. By attending this session, attendees will leave with...…

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ADHD: Brain, Behavior, Curriculum, and Culture (Part 2)

October 26, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

In this two-session series*, we will explore the latest understanding of how the ADHD brain works and implications for behavior support, curriculum and instruction, and classroom/school culture. Participants will explore tools to develop 1) ADHD-learner profiles, 2) ADHD-learner support plans to address specific individual needs (e.g., nutrition, sleep, exercise, sensory, emotional regulation, executive function, and concerning behavior), and 3) general classroom considerations for ADHD learners’ agency, engagement, understanding, and demonstration of learning. Neurodiversity affirming practices will be emphasized in these…

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Positioning Multilingual Learners for Success in K-8 Mathematics

October 27, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Teachers and leaders have the pivotal responsibility to establish and maintain conditions that facilitate the success and inclusion of children learning mathematics in languages that differ from their first languages—multilingual learners. The positioning of multilingual learners affects their identities, participation, agency, and abilities to develop communicative, social, and academic competencies. Kathryn Chval will share how exceptional teachers establish conditions for student success in K-8 mathematics classrooms. She will discuss specific strategies and images of practice that facilitate access, engagement, and…

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November 2022

How Teachers Can Turn Data Into Action

November 2, 2022 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Collecting, reviewing, and understanding data represents the best, most reliable way to identify what students retain from their learning and how to provide instruction and support to get them where they need to be. In this virtual session, Opal Dawson from ASCD will provide engaging, research-based professional learning on evaluating data and applying data analytics results to guide instruction. This session is specifically designed for teachers and interventionists who teach a group of students across multiple contents or who teach…

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Coordinating Inclusive Learning (Part 1)

November 10, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

After the initial rush to start the school year, have you found yourself getting stuck on the details of managing your SpEd program? Come get unstuck! Join us in this SEAT-FREE session with presenter Haley Hemwall, Senior Director of Inclusive Learning & Equity at East Harlem Scholars Academies, who will cover the following topics: - Pre and post IEP meeting steps for accountability – Helping your staff craft high quality teacher narratives – Facilitating meaningful IEP meetings Presenter: Haley Hemwall

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Coordinating Inclusive Learning (Part 2)

November 10, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

After the initial rush to start the school year, have you found yourself getting stuck on the details of managing your SpEd program? Come get unstuck! Join us in this SEAT-FREE session with presenter Haley Hemwall, Senior Director of Inclusive Learning & Equity at East Harlem Scholars Academies, who will cover the following topics: – Writing SMARTIE goals – Planning targeted daily instruction based on annual IEP goals – Goal tracking systems Facilitator: Haley Hemwall

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Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Building Foundational Skills for Struggling Readers (Part 2)

November 10, 2022 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us in this interactive Part 2 session* for new and experienced teachers that highlights the foundational skills students need to become successful readers. Techniques and strategies on differentiated instruction and adapting curriculum will be shared, as well as the importance of identifying whether a student demonstrates “unfinished” learning or a learning difference. Teachers will be presented with an array of techniques to support struggling readers using accommodations readily available to them. Note: This session is only for educators who…

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Supporting Newcomer MLLs/ELLs in the Elementary Classroom

November 10, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Do you have students new-to-English in your classroom? This session provides concrete, practical strategies for making grade-level content lessons comprehensible for elementary MLLs/ELLs even on the first day. In this interactive session, you will experience learning content in a new language and apply those strategies to your own lessons to support all your students, especially your Entering and Emerging multilingual learners. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - at least 10 practical strategies for making elementary content comprehensible…

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MLL/ELL Recruitment Mandates & Best Practices

November 14, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

In this session, participants will learn about state regulations for MLL/ELL retention and recruitment in charter schools and will explore resources to help comply with the regulations. Participants will walk through a month-by-month overview of the whos, whats, whys, and hows of MLL/ELL recruitment for the rest of the school year. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... -an understanding of the laws that govern MLL/ELL retention and recruitment in New York -resources to help comply with MLL/ELL recruitment…

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Autism: Brain, Behavior, Curriculum, and Culture (Part 1)

November 16, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

In this two-session series*, we will explore the latest understanding of how the Autistic brain works and implications for behavior support, curriculum and instruction, and classroom/school culture. Participants will explore tools to develop 1) autistic-learner profiles, 2) autistic-learner support plans to address specific individual needs (e.g., physiology, interoception, sensory, communication, cognition, and energy/emotional regulation), and 3) educational programming considerations for autistic learners, with an emphasis on learner agency, communication, curriculum, and culture. Neurodiversity affirming practices will be emphasized in these…

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Supporting Newcomer MLLs/ELLs in Secondary Content Classes

November 17, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Do you have students new-to-English in your content classroom? This session provides concrete, practical strategies for making grade-level content lessons comprehensible for secondary newcomer MLLs/ELLs even on the first day. In this interactive session, you will experience learning content in a new language and apply those strategies to your own lessons to help ALL students, especially your Entering and Emerging multilingual learners. By attending this session, attendees will leave with... - at least 10 practical strategies for making elementary content…

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December 2022

Ask Better Questions to Get Deeper Thinking

December 6, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wondering how to facilitate deeper thinking in your classroom? Then this session is for you! Text-specific questions are a more effective type of text-based question. Learn how to create these using text you already have to take students to the next level of thinking AND improve reading comprehension. Note: This session will NOT be recorded, so live attendance is encouraged. Presenter: Joan Pinkerton

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How Principals and Network/District Leaders Can Turn Data into Action

December 7, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Collecting, reviewing, and understanding data represents the best, most reliable way to identify what students retain from their learning and how to provide instruction and support to get them where they need to be. In this virtual session, Opal Dawson from ASCD will provide engaging, research-based professional learning on evaluating data and applying data analytics results to guide instruction. This learning opportunity is specifically designed for Principals, Executive Directors, Network Instructional Staff, and District Leaders, who oversee school-wide or network-wide…

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Autism: Brain, Behavior, Curriculum, and Culture (Part 2)

December 8, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

In this two-session series*, we will explore the latest understanding of how the Autistic brain works and implications for behavior support, curriculum and instruction, and classroom/school culture. Participants will explore tools to develop 1) autistic-learner profiles, 2) autistic-learner support plans to address specific individual needs (e.g., physiology, interoception, sensory, communication, cognition, and energy/emotional regulation), and 3) educational programming considerations for autistic learners, with an emphasis on learner agency, communication, curriculum, and culture. Neurodiversity affirming practices will be emphasized in these…

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January 2023

Resetting Co-Teaching Teams (For Leaders)

January 5 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Do you have co-teaching teams who feel fatigued? Dysfunctional? Stuck in a “one teach, one assist” rut? Join us for a morning of reflection and planning about how to work with teams who may fit into one of these categories (or others) and what tools, strategies, and structures that may need to be introduced or revisited to support individuals in co-teaching teams, as well as the team as a whole. The Collaborative team will provide work time for attendees to…

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Special Education Boot Camp: Spring Supports and Structures (Part 1)

January 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for these two mornings* of personal reflection and forward planning! Our virtual, mid-year boot camp will provide participants an opportunity to reconnect and reflect on the inclusive work in their schools and on their special education leadership. The Collaborative team will provide attendees with a digital binder of key resources, tools, and templates to help maintain compliance with typical Spring responsibilities (testing, progress monitoring, IEP meeting facilitation, enrollment, etc.) and strengthen their special education programs. Participants will have…

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Testing Accommodations for Special Populations

January 12 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

With state exams on the horizon, make sure you're up to date on the whats, whys, and hows of providing testing accommodations. Join the Collaborative for this season to learn about legal mandates and best practices for providing testing accommodations for your students with disabilities and MLLs/ELLs, including some important considerations to keep in mind as NYSED transitions to computer-based testing. Facilitators: Jeannine King & Jen Hall

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Special Education Boot Camp: Spring Supports and Structures (Part 2)

January 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for these two mornings* of personal reflection and forward planning! Our virtual, mid-year boot camp will provide participants an opportunity to reconnect and reflect on the inclusive work in their schools and on their special education leadership. The Collaborative team will provide attendees with a digital binder of key resources, tools, and templates to help maintain compliance with typical Spring responsibilities (testing, progress monitoring, IEP meeting facilitation, enrollment, etc.) and strengthen their special education programs. Participants will have…

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MLL/ELL Compliance: Spring 2023 Need-To-Knows

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

We have officially hit the mid-year point of the school year. While carving out time to reflect on the first half of the year to identify bright spots and areas for growth, MLL/ELL coordinators and program managers should also be looking forward to create a Spring semester plan to ensure MLL/ELL program compliance for a strong finish until June. We’ll cover mandates and best practices related to programming, instruction, assessment, and enrollment. Participants will have time for Q&A, as well…

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Lead from Your Seat: Counselor and Social Worker Leadership Cohort (Part 1)

January 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In this SEAT-FREE series designed especially for counselors and social workers, practitioners will come together to network and learn and share best practices around: managing your caseload and responsibilities, managing interns, working with colleagues outside of the counseling department, and working with external organizations. Participants will walk away with valuable strategies and tools to maximize their impact within their spheres of influence and allies in their work. Facilitator: Paula McMillan-Perez

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Mental Health & SEL Cohort: Trauma-Informed Care (Part 1)

January 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Addressing the mental health needs of our students remains a top priority as we continue to unpack the effects of the pandemic. Many schools are looking to trauma-informed care to address the mental and social emotional needs of their students. This virtual series looks at trauma and healing through an anti-racist lens, providing your school team with the theory and tools to better meet the needs of today’s students. This four-part series* for school teams will center concepts including trauma-informed…

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Leadership: Reconnecting with Yourself & Renewing Your Goals in the New Year

January 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Coming back from break is a great time to reflect on leader priorities and make necessary adjustments for the rest of the spring semester. In this two hour virtual workshop, all levels of leaders will engage in the Back to the Future Protocol to remember, re-envision and reinvigorate their goals for the New Year. Participants will also have time to rewrite and recommit to their individual professional and leadership goals. Overall, this session will help leaders remember their aspirational commitments…

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