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Events

To empower our schools in their development of world-class inclusive educational environments, the NYC Special Education Collaborative offers over 30 professional development opportunities each semester. These opportunities include: workshops, panel discussions, practicums, mini-conferences, and webinars.

Email professional development inquiries to megan@NYCsped.org.


August 22, 20179:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Workshop: Special Populations Boot Camp

Presented By:  Megan Davis-Hitchens Ohlssen and Bridget Foley

The Special Education Boot Camp is filled with all the information your school needs to run a successful special education program. The Collaborative team will provide attendees with a digital binder of resources, tools, and templates to help schools ensure compliant and quality programs.   Strand:  Workshop - Staff Development Suggested Audience:  Special Education Leads  

August 23, 20179:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Co-Teaching Series #1: Introduction to Co-Teaching

Presented By:  Megan Davis-Hitchens Ohlssen and Bridget Foley

Is your school beginning to develop a more inclusive setting? Is your school thinking about using ICT classrooms as a means to building a “school for all”?  Come to this training to both learn about co-teaching or for a refresher on how to ensure your school is developing a truly inclusive and collaborative teaching model.  This session will cover the research behind co-teaching, review the models of co-teaching and dive into the principles for ensuring successful implementation Strand:  Workshop - Inclusive Practices Suggested Audience:  New Co-Teaching Teams  

August 25, 20178:30 AM - 12:00 PM

ELL Boot Camp

Presented By:  Melissa Katz

In this session, participants will learn about the laws that govern ELLs and ELL parent services in charter schools, as well as best practices for ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations. Participants will come away with actionable next steps and a better understanding of ELL identification, assessment, programming, instruction, and language access. Strand:  ELL Compliance & Assessment** Suggested Audience:  ELL Coordinators **Note that schools receive a set amount of seats to ELL Compliance & Assessment, based on their Membership with the NYC Special Education Collaborative:
  • Select/Core - 1 seat/semester
  • Enhanced - 2 seats/semester
  • Premier - 3 seats/semester

August 28, 20179:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wilson Fundations: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade

Presented By: Jean DeRosa

Wilson FUNdations is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program for the general education classroom. Fundations is based upon the Wilson Reading System® principles and serves as a prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure. Rather than completely replace core curriculum, Fundations provides the research-validated strategies that complement installed programs to meet federal standards and serve the needs of all children.br> Teachers incorporate a 30-minute daily Fundations lesson into their language arts classroom instruction. Fundations lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during Storytime activities. Furthermore, targeted small group intervention is available for students in the lowest 30th percentile.
  • Monday, 08/28 - Kindergarten
  • Tuesday, 08/29 - 1st Grade
  • Wednesday, 08/30 - 2nd Grade
Strand: Academic Intervention Support Suggested Audience:  K-2 classroom teachers, literacy specialists, and intervention teachers  

August 29, 20172:30 - 3:30 PM

Webinar: Administering the NYSTITELL

Presented By:  Melissa Katz

In this webinar, participants will learn about the different federal, state, and city regulations around ELL identification. We will go through different examples of NYSITELL questions, discuss scoring considerations, and explore testing logistics. Q&A time will be built in for participants to pose questions. Strand:  ELL Compliance & Assessment** Suggested Audience:  ELL Coordinators **Note that schools receive a set amount of seats to ELL Compliance & Assessment, based on their Membership with the NYC Special Education Collaborative:
  • Select/Core - 1 seat/semester
  • Enhanced - 2 seats/semester
  • Premier - 3 seats/semester

August 31, 20179:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wilson Training & Program Overview

Presented By: Anna Reeve

This two-day workshop (August 31 & September 1st) will provide participants with an overview of the Wilson Reading System and is intended for participants with no previous training on the Wilson Reading System. Participants will learn about appropriate student identification and placement, program implementation, and progress monitoring using the Wilson Reading System. Principles of language structure and how to teach language with direct, multisensory methods are demonstrated, shown in videos, and practiced during the workshop. Participants explore the standard 10-part Wilson Lesson Plan and practice planning and delivering a lesson and receiving feedback. Strand: Academic Intervention Support (This is a seat-free academic intervention support for members!  In other words, it won't detract from your Academic Intervention Support allotment) Suggested Audience: Classroom Teachers, Literacy Specialists, and Intervention Teachers  
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August 15, 20179:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Rebels with Applause: Brain Compatible Approaches for Motivating Reluctant Learners

Presented By: Rick Smith

How do we get our reluctant learners to participate more without creating confrontation? This lively workshop provides K-12 teachers with practical strategies based on current research on the brain that help boost student motivation and retention. Participants will leave with strategies for breaking up lectures and increasing opportunities for engagement, and dozens of ways to increase student attention and retention, especially for your reluctant learners. The session will provide classroom management strategies that are geared primarily for the at-risk student and lesson planning ideas. Strand:  Workshop - Behavior Supports, Culturally Responsive Teaching, & Social/Emotional Learning Suggested Audience:  Classroom Teachers & Support Staff  

August 7, 20179:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Reading Approach

Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with persons who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing of the sort associated with dyslexia. This five-day (August 7-11) intensive training program introducing participants to the Orton-Gillingham multisensory reading approach and how it is used in the classroom. The course follows the curriculum and guidelines of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. This interactive session includes the fundamentals of OG, lesson planning support, student differentiation, presentation, and more! Certificate of completion will be awarded after successful fulfillment of course requirements. This week long course will provide teachers with CTLE credits. Suggested Audience: Reading teachers, special education teachers, speech pathologists, and anyone interested in learning more about teaching using the Orton-Gillingham Approach. Cost: Discounted rate for Collaborative members (includes materials and breakfast/snacks each day)
  • Premier Schools - $600
  • Enhanced Schools - $637.50
  • Select/Core Schools - $675
  • Non-Member schools - $850

June 9, 20179:00 AM - 4:30 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety – 06/09/17

Presented by Bridget Foley Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately. By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis. Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators  (**FOR ENHANCED & PREMIER MEMBERS ONLY)

June 7, 20172:00-3:00 PM

ELL Identification and Enrollment (Webinar)

Presented by Melissa Katz

In this webinar, participants will learn about different legal mandates and best practices around ELL identification and enrollment. Time will be built in for participants to pose questions.

Suggested Audience: ELL Coordinators, Operations Managers

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

*Please note, webinars are seat-free and do not detract from seat allocations with Special Education Collaborative membership. Consider it a freebie!

May 31, 20172:00-3:00 PM

Webinar: Supporting Immigrant Families

Presenters: Melissa Katz & Corey Callahan

In this informative webinar, participants will learn about a broad range of topics including ICE in schools, enrollment procedures, and communication with families. Attendees will also have an opportunity to pose questions and access resources culled from other NYC charter schools, the NYC DOE, Advocates for Children, the New York Immigrant Coalition, and more.

Suggested Audience: School Leaders, ELL Leads, Family Coordinators Suggested Grade Level: Grades K-12

May 24, 20179:00 - 11:30 AM

Panel Disussion: The Role of the SpEd Director

Presented by Jeffrey Imwold, High School Specialist at the Special Education Collaborative

With so many demands on our time, one essential question continues to shape our work: do we focus our time on driving instruction for students or on compliance with special education law? In this panel discussion, we'll hear from a variety professionals leading special education programs in order to hear their perspectives on how they spend their time and how they can best drive outcomes for our students with special needs. By attending this session, attendees will be able to leave with concrete next-steps for how they schedule their time and focus their energy in leading a special education program.

Suggested Audience: Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, and School Leaders

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School 

May 22, 20179:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: The Nuts and Bolts of the Multi-Tiered System of Support Framework: Procedures to Ensure Sustainability

Presented by Kim Gibbons

Is your school implementing a RTI framework but ready to refine your process? Or, is your building partially implementing the framework but ready to move implementation to the next level? Regardless of where you are at in your journey, send a team to this workshop to  take your building or district to the next level!

This workshop will provide an overview of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework with an an emphasis on how to sustain practices over time. Information will be provided on recent research on the MTSS framework with a focus on the five areas of (1) Assessments, (2) Data-Based Decision Making, (3) Tiers of Supports, (4) Infrastructure, and (5) Fidelity and Evaluation.  Participants will be guided through the use of an implementation rubric to gauge their current level of implementation and establish action plans for implementation.

 

By attending this session, attendees will:

1. Understand the elements needed for successful MTSS implementation. 2. Assess their current level of implementation using an objective rubric. 3. Understand the importance of a written implementation plan and leave the session with a plan for next steps in their building.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

May 18, 20179:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Talking about Race in the Classroom: A Training for Educators Committed to Racial Justice

Presented by Border Crossers

In this flagship training, educators strengthen their analysis of how racism manifests in schools and

classrooms, enhance their understanding of how racism affects children, practice utilizing tools to

address race and racism with students, and gain strategies to support a school-wide culture of

respect, equity and inclusivity.

By the end of the training, participants will:

1. Deepen their knowledge of the history and definition race and racism

2. Enhance their understanding of the how race and racism manifests in classrooms, schools and

the lived experiences of students

3. Practice applying a racial equity lens to scenarios related to race and racism in the classroom

4. Gain strategies for creating racial equity in classrooms and schools

 

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Related Service Providers 

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

May 17, 20179:00 - 11:00 AM

Working Group: Progress Monitoring IEP Counseling Goals

Presented by Abigail Smith 

When a student is recommended to receive school-based counseling on an IEP, there are goals that come along with this mandate. Progress monitoring is supposed assess whether or not there is movement toward these goals and whether or not the therapeutic interventions being used are effective; however, social-emotional progress can be quite challenging to qualify, quantify, track and assess.



This session will take the form of a working group, where mental health professionals can come together to tackle some of these challenges, learn from each other, and walk away with practical next steps to make progress monitoring more purposeful, informative, and sustainable.



By attending this session, attendees will leave with:

  • Guidance related to creating progress monitoring schedules
  • Ideas related to operationalizing large concepts (e.g. self-esteem or anxiety)
  • Suggestions related to data collection
  • An understanding of how multi-variable influences interact with progress monitoring
  • Ways that trends/patterns can be used to instruct PD and school initiatives
  • Practical next steps to bring back to their school


Suggested Audience: Related Service Providers (counselors, social workers, psychologists, therapists) who work with creating, supporting and/or monitoring social-emotional and behavioral goals.

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School 

May 13, 20178:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Annual Education Conference Day 3: Training Teachers

Morning Keynote by Dr. Chris Emdin, Associate Professor at Teacher’s College of Columbia and author of the New York Times Best Seller For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Y’all Too

Lunchtime Keynote: "Motivating & Managing Hard to Reach, Uninterested and Disruptive Students" by Brian Mendler author of several books including That One Kid and The Taming of the Crew. He has also co-authored Strategies for Successful Classroom Management, Power Struggles 2nd Edition, and the bestseller Discipline With Dignity 3rd Edition: New Challenges, New Solutions.

Breakout Sessions will be presented primarily by current charter school educators. Topics include:

  • Developing Digital Literacy for Students with Special Needs
  • Engaging ELLs through Student Interaction
  • Including Students with Print-Based Reading Disabilities in the General Education Environment
  • Affinity Group: White Educators Against Racism
  • Algebra Before Arithmetic!
  • Steps for Supporting Struggling Readers from a Speech-Language Pathologist’s Perspective
  • Interventions based on Observations: Meeting Physical/Sensory Needs of Students in the Inclusive Classroom
  • Data for Days.: How to Collect and USE Data to Reach ALL Learners
  • Emotional Readiness of Co-Teaching
  • Anti-Bias Education in Elementary School Classrooms
  • We Need to Talk: Diversity & Inclusion
  • Bringing Meditation and Peace to Your Classroom: A Practical Approach
  • Increasing Student Choice without Increasing Teacher Workload and more!

May 12, 20178:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Annual Education Conference Day 2: Inspiring School Leaders

Morning Keynote: Best Practices in Raising Achievement for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities by Nathaniel Levenson

All school districts want to improve outcomes for students with special needs and for students who struggle, but current practices don’t always align with best practices. Nathan Levenson, President of District Management Group, will outline best practices for improving outcomes for struggling students. Leaders will discuss best practices in reading, and strategies for finding more time during the day for intervention and remediation. The importance of content strong staff, allowing special educators to play to their strengths, and optimizing the role of paraprofessionals will also be explored. Leaders will also learn how to expand social, emotional, and behavior supports despite tight budgets.

Lunch Keynote: Let’s Hear From the Other Side - parent and advocate Maria Sanders and Eye to Eye Diplomat Speaker Matt Brown

Afternoon Keynote: Variability is the Norm: Using Universal Design for Learning to Unlock Student Potential by Lisa Carey

This interactive session will guide school leaders through the purpose and promise of using UDL to guide all students toward expert learning. In the past, schools have addressed student differences by categorizing students as average, above average, or below average. Leaders will explore why these labels do not fully address student variability and how schools that include student options and choice can lead to instructional practices and systems that support all students in rigorous learning.

May 11, 20178:30 - 10:30 AM

Breakfast & Learn: A Massachusetts Charter School’s Journey to Supporting ELLs

Presented by Jocelyn Goodwin

This breakfast and learn will provide a glimpse into the planning and implementation of practical and proven strategies developed by Match Charter Public Schools in Boston, MA. Match has been locally recognized for its innovative instructional components that support English Learners. Come learn from Jocelyn Goodwin, the Assistant Principal and Director of the English Learner Program, whose work has led her ELLs, who comprise 55% of the Elementary school population, to great success.

   Suggested Audience: ELL Teachers, ELL Coordinators, School Leaders Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School **This event is seat-free for Collaborative members! In other words, attending this event won't detract a seat from your workshop seat allocation!

May 11, 20179:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Annual Education Conference Day 1 – Empowering Parents: Supports for Parent Coordinators

Morning Session: Understanding the IEP by INCLUDEnyc's Lori Podvesker

Parent coordinators will explore resources that support parents in reading and understanding all sections  of an IEP, and tools to provide an understanding of student and parental rights. Attendees will learn strategies for successful IEP meetings, evaluations, letter writing, mediation, and impartial hearings.

Lunch Session: A Parent's Journey: Navigating Your Child Through Special Education - Lunchtime Keynote by Maria Sanders

Maria Sanders will share her journey through the board of education and beyond with her 2 autistic and learning challenged boys. One son was diagnosed with severe ADHD and Maria and her husband were told he would never read or graduate with a regular education diploma or degree. Her 2nd son was born on the spectrum with Asperger's and she was told he would never be socialized with normal children and to hold him back in kindergarten. Currently, her oldest son is a 21 year old senior in college with a 3.3 GPA, writing a book about his autistic journey, while the younger son is entering high school next year with an IQ in math of 135.

Afternoon Session: Advocacy Skills: Coaching Parents to Become Advocates for Their Children by INCLUDEnyc's Jean Mizutani

In this session, parent coordinators will gain the information needed to identify next steps and resolve disagreements within any system, including school, the community, and health care. Attendees will identify and practice skills of advocacy, focusing on appropriate dispute resolution procedures and effective communication.

May 11, 201710:30 - 11:30 AM

ELL Working Group: What Do Outstanding Services for ELLs Look Like?

Presented by Melissa Katz and Nyissia Spruill

Since New York State published the Blueprint for ELL Success, ELL leads and school leaders have begun to think more and more about what outstanding services for ELLs look like. In this working group, participants will have an opportunity to network with other ELL practitioners, share best practices, and explore the topic of outstanding ELL supports.

   Suggested Audience: ELL Teachers, ELL Coordinators, School Leaders Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School **This event is seat-free for Collaborative members! In other words, attending this event won't detract a seat from your workshop seat allocation!

May 10, 20179:00 AM - 4:30 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety – 05/10/17

Presented by Bridget Foley Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately. By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis. Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators  (**FOR ENHANCED & PREMIER MEMBERS ONLY)

May 4, 20171:00 - 4:00 PM

Differentiating for High School Students with Disabilities

Presented by Jeff  Imwold, Director of Student Support Services for KIPP NYC College Prep High School

Supporting students with disabilities in a content classroom in high school presents a variety of challenges. Every type of disability requires different ways to address the content, and balancing the content with differentiation strategies can be particularly challenging. In this session, we will look at some low-hanging fruit strategies to support students with different disability profiles, so that you or the teachers you coach leave ready to support your kids differently the very next day.



Suggested Audience: Special Education Teachers,Deans/Coaches, School Leaders

Suggested Grade Level: High School

April 26, 20179:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Neuropsychology In Your Classroom

Presented by Mandi White-Ajmani 

This workshop will focus on helping educators understand the role that psychological disorders and neuropsychological strengths and weaknesses may play in children's behavior and functioning in class. We will discuss the signs and symptoms of common psychological difficulties and how they impact a child's learning. We will also talk about typical supports and service providers for treating various problems. Finally, we will end with a question-and-answer period, where participants will have a chance to share their experiences and challenges.

 

By attending this session, attendees will leave with:

  • basic knowledge of the signs and symptoms of common psychological disorders
  • familiarity with the manifestation of these disorders in school children
  • information on how to distinguish typical developmental challenges from atypical, maladaptive tendencies -an understanding of what is meant by "neuropsychology"
  • information on how neuropsychological strengths and weaknesses affect learning and behavior
  • a breakdown of the myriad service providers that can effectively treat maladaptive classroom behavior and learning problems
Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, Related Service Providers 

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School 

April 5, 20179:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Essentials of Speech-Language Therapy: Session Observation and Deconstruction

Presented by Lauren Buisson-Hudacek

Have you ever walked by a speech and language therapy session and wondered "how is this speech language pathologist meeting that student's IEP goals by playing board games?" Join City Sounds of NY to learn more! Session attendees will review the building blocks of speech and language and the general components of quality speech and language sessions. Attendees will watch videotaped speech-language therapy sessions coupled with professional commentary to learn more about how speech-language pathologists (1) structure their sessions, (2) tailor their goals to meet the needs of their students as well as academically-aligned core curriculum, and (3) engage their students.

Attendees will leave the session with paper handouts outlining the building blocks of speech and language as well as "what to look for" in quality speech and language sessions. In addition, attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of the various components within a speech and language session and how SLPs meet their student's IEP goals using both creative and curriculum-aligned methods.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, ELL Teachers, Related Service Providers

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

April 4, 20179:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Children with Developmental Disabilities: Learn about: Developmental Milestones

Presented by Gary Shulman

This session will explore the various developmental disabilities, typical developmental milestones and the red flags to look out for that might cause concern and point to the necessity for an evaluation so the child's needs can be appropriately met. We will learn about the various support services for children with developmental disabilities and strategies to help parents deal with the very overwhelming and stressful issues they confront when caring for a child with a developmental disability.



By attending this session, attendees will learn:

  • An understanding of the various developmental disabilities and how they impact the child and family.
  • Developmental milestones in typically developing children so we know when to be concerned.
  • Family support services for parents caring for children with developmental disabilities.
  • Strategies to support the emotional needs of the families.
  • The importance of sharing information that can relieve family stress when caring fro children with disabilities.
Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Operations Leads, Related Service Providers

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

March 29, 20171:00 PM - 4:00 PM

10 Easy Steps to Understanding the Teenage Brain

Presented by Jeff Imwold, Director of Student Support Services for KIPP NYC College Prep High School

Working with teenagers can be extremely rewarding, and also bring phenomenal challenges. Our students' brains are developing more every day, and the more we understand how their brains develop, the more we can support them. In this session, we will focus on the biology of the teenage brain, but also on some strategies to respond to some of the academic and emotional behaviors we see in our adolescents.

Attendees will learn differentiation strategies that focus on how to better support our adolescent students, all of whom are in different stages of their brain development.



Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Related Service Providers

Suggested Grade Level: High School 

March 24, 20179:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The 2017 NYSESLAT and You (Repeat Session)

Presented by Melissa Katz

Anyone administering and scoring the NYSESLAT must receive training in how to do so. In this session, attendees will learn about the administration of the 2017 NYSESLAT. We will practice scoring the Speaking and Writing subtests using the NYSESLAT rubrics. Attendees will have time to further explore scoring materials related to their particular grade bands. Attendees will leave knowing how to score the Speaking and Writing subtests of the NYSESLAT. They will walk away with materials to turnkey scoring to other qualified staff at their schools.

(The material presented in this session will be identical to the info presented in the 03/20/17 session.)

Suggested Audience: ELL Teachers

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

March 23, 20179:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Integration of Mindfulness in the Classroom

Presented by Renee Metty 

Learn how mindfulness can help you and your students reconnect your mind and body while at the same time improving attention and self regulation.  Beginning with the basic neuroscience behind stress and how mindfulness tools and techniques can help prepare the brain for learning, we begin to notice the patterns of our mind.  You will engage in activities that can be implemented right away to decrease stress and promote self-regulation, learning readiness and a positive peaceful school environment. This is an interactive and experiential workshop that includes small and large group sharing, games, activities, practices as well as some didactic teaching to help deepen your understanding of mindfulness and it's impact at your school.  Participants should be prepared to interact and engage with others, reflect and have fun!



By attending this sessions, educators will leave with:
  • Tools to implement immediately for themselves and their students
  • Games to play with staff and students to increase focus, attention and connection
  • The basic neuroscience behind stress and how it impacts teaching and learning
  • A 3-phase approach to cultivate presence in the classroom and with colleagues
Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, School Leaders



Suggested Grade Level: Elementary 

March 22, 20179:00 AM - 4:30 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety – 03/22/17

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately. By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators  (**FOR ENHANCED & PREMIER MEMBERS ONLY)

March 20, 201712:30-3:30 PM

The 2017 NYSESLAT and You

Presented by Melissa Katz

Anyone administering and scoring the NYSESLAT must receive training in how to do so. In this session, attendees will learn about the administration of the 2017 NYSESLAT. We will practice scoring the Speaking and Writing subtests using the NYSESLAT rubrics. Attendees will have time to further explore scoring materials related to their particular grade bands. Attendees will leave knowing how to score the Speaking and Writing subtests of the NYSESLAT. They will walk away with materials to turnkey scoring to other qualified staff at their schools.

Suggested Audience: ELL Teachers

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

March 16, 20175:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Affinity Group: White Educators Against Racism – Focus on Parent Relationships

Presented by Anna Reeve

This will be an informal group discussion for white educators who would like to develop their racial identities while simultaneously becoming more effective anti-racist allies for students and colleagues of color.  We 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.  This group is ongoing and welcomes new participants to drop in.  This month's discussion will specifically focus on parent relationships.

 

By attending this sessions, attendees will leave with a greater understanding of how white privilege impacts and plays out with parent relationships and how to approach parent relationships and conversations from a more anti-racist lens.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches,  School Leaders, Operations Leads, Related Service Providers Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School 

March 16, 20179:00 - 11:00 AM

Differentiating a Secondary CTT Literature Classroom

Presented by Anna Reeve

This workshop is designed for 5th-12th grade teachers or school leaders who are currently co-teaching or coaching literature. Participants will learn strategies to effectively differentiate a literature classroom in which all students are reading the same text but are reading at very different levels. Strategies for supporting comprehension, fluency, and response to reading will be addressed.



By attending this session, attendees will leave with strategies for supporting comprehension, fluency, and response to reading in a secondary CTT classroom.



Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches

Suggested Grade Level: Middle, High School 

March 16, 201712:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Strategies for Google Docs in a Writing Classroom

Presented by Anna Reeve

This workshop is designed for 4th-12th grade teachers who have access or currently use computers in their writing class. Teachers will learn strategies for effectively using data and providing feedback to student google docs, as well as strategies for differentiation and building student metacognition and independence in writing through the use of google docs.



By attending this session, teachers will learn strategies for effectively using data and providing feedback to student google docs, as well as strategies for differentiation and building student metacognition and independence in writing through the use of google docs.



Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches

Suggested Grade Level: Middle, High School 

March 15, 201712:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Kagan Cooperative Learning

Presented by Anna Reeve

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.



By attending this session, attendees will leave with: strategies and structures for creating strategic, differentiated partner and group work.



Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders 

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School 



March 15, 20179:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Supporting Common Core Speaking Standards through Portfolio Presentations

Presented by Anna Reeve

This workshop is designed for school leaders or teachers who would like to increase their awareness of school wide and classroom practices that align to Common Core Speaking Standards. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to create portfolio based assessments and run a portfolio program in their schools and classrooms that measure student academic growth and provide character building opportunities to students



By attending this sessions, participants will leave with a better understanding of how to create portfolio based assessments and run a portfolio program in their schools and classrooms that measure student academic growth and provide character building opportunities to students.



Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School 

March 8, 20172:00 - 5:00 PM

Including Students with Print-Based Reading Disabilities in General Education Curriculum

Presented by Bridget Foley Teachers and administrators will leave with practical ways to ensure meaningful inclusion of students with print based reading disabilities within General Education settings, including specific strategies and applicable resources. We will explore best practices including Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies, appropriate accommodations and scaffolds that can be implemented in the GE classroom in order to increase student access to grade level work across content areas. We will also review applicable (mostly free) tools and resources that can be implemented in all classrooms in order to increase access to content and inclusion within the class. Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Related Service Providers  

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

March 7, 20179:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Building Culturally Relevant Classrooms

Presented by Noah Borrero 

This mini-conference empowers educators with the skills they need to establish life-altering relationships with students. Participants identify and address their experiences with students and their own potentially disempowering mindsets to better connect with and leverage the cultural assets of their students.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Related Service Providers 

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

March 6, 20179:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NYS Math Test Roadmap

Presented by Jessica Willm

From March 6th, 2017, there are 47 instructional days to the NYS math exam. This session is devoted to analyzing a benchmark assessment to prioritize content based on the NYS testing blueprint, to create small groups for remediation or reteach, and to utilize best instructional practices to ensure students are successful on the 2017 NYS math assessment.

By attending this session, attendees will leave with:

  • Scope and sequences of teaching objectives leading up to the NYS math test
  • Data analysis and strategy design tools for prioritizing students and content for instruction
  • Instructional strategies to collect and respond to data during instruction


Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders 

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School 

March 2, 20176:30 - 8:00 PM

NYC Charter School TEACHER Career Fair: Brooklyn/Queens/Staten Island

The Annual NYC Charter School Career Fairs are sponsored by the NYC Special Education Collaborative in partnership with the New York City Charter School Center.  

School/Organization registration is CLOSED. This Career Fair is intended primarily for TEACHERS.  Administrators and related service providers (counselors/social workers/speech providers) need not apply.

March 1, 20176:30 - 8:00 PM

NYC Charter School TEACHER Career Fair: Manhattan/Bronx Schools

The Annual NYC Charter School Career Fairs are sponsored by the NYC Special Education Collaborative in partnership with the New York City Charter School Center.  

School/Organization registration is CLOSED. This Career Fair is intended primarily for TEACHERS.  Administrators and related service providers (counselors/social workers/speech providers) need not apply.

February 28, 20179:00 - 11:30 AM

Panel Disussion: Social Justice in Schools

Presented by Abigail Smith 

This panel discussion will be led by a dynamic group of Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals, who are passionate about the work that they do in schools, and how that work promotes social justice for students and their families. After each panelist shares how they have integrated specific practices related to social justice into school, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and/or share their own experiences, with the ultimate goal being continued collaboration and professional development.

Panel Members:

  • Meeta Gandhi - LCSW; Regional Supervisor, KIPP NYC
  • Marina Badillo -  LCSW; Middle School Social Worker, Harlem Village Academies
  • Carlos Alvarez - LCSW; Elementary School Social Worker, KIPP Infinity
  • Misha Thomas - Mental Health Professional; Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Trainer

By attending this session, attendees will leave with:

  • Examples of school-based programming and/or structures that promote social justice
  • Specifics related to how programming and/or structures can be implemented
  • Professional contacts who are available for continued collaboration
Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Operations Leads, Related Service Providers

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School 

February 28, 20171:00 - 4:00 PM

Lesson Planning for Special Populations

Presented by Melissa Katz & Bridget Foley

Many times teachers are tasked with crafting lesson plans that are effective for all students without receiving support in planning specifically for special populations. In this session, attendees will learn about different considerations that must be made when lesson planning for special populations. Attendees will be exposed to different tools and templates to use during the lesson planning process. Work time will be built in for participants to work on their own lesson plans and receive feedback on accessibility for special populations.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, ELL Teachers, Deans/Coaches

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

February 17, 20179:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Determining Language from Disability

Presented by Cristian Solorza

Many teachers find it difficult to discern whether an emergent bilingual child also has a learning disability. Participants will explore this issue and learn some important questions to keep in mind. Informal assessments will be analyzed and used as tools that can guide teachers in a better understanding of the processes that are taking place and help them differentiate between them.



  Suggested Audience: ELL Teachers

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

February 16, 20179:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Co-Teaching and Collaboration: Strategies to Exceed Standards in the Differentiated Classroom

Presented by Susan Fitzell

Customized to build upon previous training, this strategy-packed seminar will provide general education teachers, special educators and other specialists involved with collaboration in the general classroom with practical, easy-to-integrate, proven techniques for making a co-taught inclusive classroom more successful. A multitude of ideas will be presented to help all students be more productive and successful in the content areas.



Participants will discover realistic options for taking co-teaching up a level through data-driven grouping strategies, station teaching and efficient time management. Strategies are specifically targeted to general education teachers as well as special education needs, gifted learners and English language learners.

The seminar’s focus will be on maximizing the skills of each co-teacher or specialist, managing time and chunking lesson plans® to increase targeted instructional time through tried and true, best practice co-teaching techniques. Teachers often say, “Show me what it looks like!” This session includes multiple, concrete examples of co-teaching approaches in action and includes un-rehearsed video examples of co-teaching in real classrooms in each of the core content areas. We will:

  • Discover a lesson-planning approach that maximizes instructional time, creates options for multilevel instruction, incorporates standards, and utilizes the skills of all adults in the classroom
  • Explore realistic options for general and special education teachers to work together successfully to maximize student learning through data-driven grouping strategies, differentiated instruction and efficient time management
  • Build a powerful success model to help your students with special needs meet and exceed rigorous state standards


Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

February 15, 20179:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Responding to Underperformance: What to Do When Staff Do Not Meet Professional Expectations

Presented by Jeremy Abarno 

Join us for a special opportunity to meet the Ascend Managing Director of Talent and learn how the network leverages best practices to effectively identify and document unsatisfactory performance, write improvement plans, and communicate changes in employment status.

During this session, you will practice detecting and responding to common performance problems, distinguish between cases that require close management and progressive management, and define necessary elements in an improvement plan.



Suggested Audience: Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Operations Leads

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

February 10, 20179:00 AM - 4:00 PM

ELL Workshop: Co-Planning, Co-Teaching, & Co-Assessment for ELLs with Maria Dove

Presented by Maria Dove

In this session, participants will explore strategies for differentiating instruction—content, process, and product—for English learners both in and out of the co-taught setting. The day will focus on how to best serve English learners at all levels of language proficiency with a special focus on entering and emerging students in K-12 classes. Participants will analyze videos of best strategies and co-teaching for ELLs and discuss co-teaching in the framework of the collaborative instructional cycle—co-planning, co-teaching, co-assessment, and reflection. Time will be provided for participants to plan and create instructional materials for their students.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, ELL Teachers, Deans/Coaches

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School 

February 8, 20179:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Habits of Mathematical Problem Solving

Presented by Jessica Willm

A habit is a routine practice. In math, our students often have habits that prevent them making sense of solving problems, and in communicating and using precise, appropriate mathematics and mathematical language. In this session, participants will unpack 8 habits of instructional moves that will help students become mathematical problem solvers.



By attending this session, attendees will leave with:

• Instructional strategies to increase student engagement • Instructional strategies to support comprehension of math word problems • Instructional strategies to support student ownership of learning



Suggested Audience:  General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

February 3, 20179:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Including Students in the IEP Process

Presented by Bridget Foley

IEPs are developed with the goal of promoting the inclusion of students with disabilities. However, students are the ones most often left out of the process. In this session we will discuss developmentally appropriate ways in which students can be involved in the IEP process and more fully included in their education. Teachers and administrators will think critically about meaningful ways to engage students and families in this process and best practices to ensure positive outcomes and leave with applicable resources and tools.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Related Service Providers

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

February 2, 20179:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Mini-Conference: Leading Weekly Data Meetings

Presented by Jesse Corburn

The process of data-driven instruction can transform a school. Data Driven Instruction emphasizes the key idea that effective instruction is not about whether we taught something, but instead it is about whether students learned it. To that end, immediate analysis leads to deeper analysis.  Leaders can help their teachers guide students to get better faster through weekly data analysis.  In this module, you will learn how to maximize the use of data in your school through implementation of weekly data meetings and effective reteaching plans.

 



By attending this session, attendees will leave with:

1. The ability to lead teachers through unpacking a standard to understand what students need to know and be able to do to demonstrate mastery 2. The tools to create an exemplar and lead teachers through the creation and analysis of exemplars 3. A framework for reviewing student work against the standard and the exemplar to analyze the gap in students' conceptual understanding 4. A framework for determining how to reteach against the gap in understanding and the tools to coach the practice of that reteach 5. Tools for Aggressive Monitoring to monitor student understanding



Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders



Suggested Grade Level: High School

February 1, 20179:00 - 11:30 AM and 1:00-3:30

Mini-Boot Camp (By Borough)

These meetings will provide school based special populations leads with an update on Collaborative happenings, a review of important special education and ELL requirements, and an open discussion on special populations in charter schools.

*THESE SESSIONS ARE SEAT FREE!* Please register for your borough based meeting below:

For Bronx/Manhattan Schools Location: DREAM Charter School (1991 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10029) Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

For Brooklyn/Queens/Staten Island Schools Location: International Charter School (55 Willoughby St, Brooklyn, NY 11201) Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

January 27, 20179:00 AM - 4:30 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety – 01/27/17

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately. By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators  (**FOR ENHANCED & PREMIER MEMBERS ONLY)

January 26, 20179:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Increasing Participation for Students with Learning Disabilities with Free and Affordable Classroom Technologies

Presented by Mark Surabian

Innovative educators have literally hundreds of Instructional (IT) and Assistive Technologies (AT) available to them for addressing the many obstacles that may inhibit active participation for their students with learning and accessibility challenges. Students who have dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and other learning challenges (which confound their participation and the independent completion of classroom and homework assignments) may benefit from various technologies which empower them to become and remain active learners. Even though these students receive remedial and therapeutic supports to develop their learning skills, educators are still faced with the challenge of keeping them actively participating because of gaps and obstacles that keep them from being more independent and accountable for their work. The primary goal of assistive technology is to offer support to the student so they can demonstrate their current abilities while not being inhibited by their disabilities, thereby allowing them to take ownership of their learning tasks.

 

This half day workshop will present attendees with information and demonstrations of the most effective technologies available for enhancing student participation in reading, writing, note-taking, math, and organizational tasks. Attendees may bring their own computers or tablets to augment their participation even more.

 

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches,S chool Leaders, Related Service Providers.

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

 

**This event is seat-free for Special Education Collaborative Members!  In other words, it won't detract from your membership seat allocation.  

January 26, 20172:00-3:30 PM

Webinar: Demystifying Testing Accommodations

Presenters: Melissa Katz and Bridget Foley

In this webinar, participants will learn about testing accommodations for special populations, including the recent changes made to the "test read aloud" accommodation. Tools for planning implementation of the accommodations will be provided. Participants will have an opportunity to pose questions during the Q&A portion.

Suggested Audience: Student Services Coordinators, ELL Coordinators, Special Education Coordinators

Suggested Grade Level: Grades 3-12

January 24, 20179:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Orton-Gillingham Through the Grades

Presented by Ann Edwards

Participants will get an overview of recent brain research on dyslexia and other learning disabilities.  They will learn the difference between an approach and a program.The session will give an overview of the Orton-Gillingham Approach as it applies to basic skills and advanced morphology for older students.



By attending this session, attendees will leave with an understanding of the structure of the English language and the importance of introducing it to students in a structured, systematic, multi-sensory fashion. They will learn basic skills for younger students and how to adapt those skills for middle and high school students.



Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers,Special Education Teachers,Deans/Coaches, School Leaders,Operations Leads, Related Service Providers

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

January 19, 20175:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Affinity Group: White Educators Against Racism – Focus on Talking About Race in the Classroom Post-Elections

Presented by Anna Reeve

This will be an informal group discussion for white educators who would like to develop their racial identities while simultaneously becoming more effective anti-racist allies for students and colleagues of color. We 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. This group is ongoing and welcomes new participants to drop in. This month's discussion will specifically focus on talking about race in the classroom post-elections.



Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches,School Leaders, Operations Leads, Related Service Providers .

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary,Middle,High School 

January 18, 20179:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Scaffolding Language and Content: Planning for MLL’s and their Peers

Presented by John Balbi

Participants will engage in tasks to deepen their understanding of Multilingual Learners’ experiences in the classroom. They will use these experiences to plan lessons integrating selected scaffolds which can be utilized across content areas. Using the SIOP (Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol) planning model, participants will be able to integrate tasks appropriate to each of six scaffolds in a lesson plan. There will be two hands on experiences where participants will use the scaffolds to deepen their understanding of the scaffolds and how they can be used to teach ELA to MLL’s and their peers.



By attending this session, attendees will leave with:

1. An appreciation of MLL’s experiences in the classroom.

2. An understanding of why the six specific scaffolds are good for all learners but especially MLLs.

3. A hands-on experience using the scaffolds.

4. An awareness of the SIOP Protocol to create a lesson plan for MLLs and their peers.



Suggested Grade Level: 
Elementary, Middle , High School

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers,Deans/Coaches, School Leaders

January 13, 20179:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tier 2: Simple Plans and Practiced Implementation

Presented by Christina Braganza

Over the past two years, Achievement First collectively built skill in behavior intervention. Two years ago, we focused on the structures, specifically setting up a GLCST and CST. Last year, we focused on the components of behavior intervention, such as functions of behavior, teaching replacement behaviors, and using reinforcement to incentivize replacement behaviors. (The bulk of time together was spent workshopping plans on paper.) This coming year, we took a big step forward to focus on execution. Our big goal was to significantly improve the execution of behavior intervention by focusing on leader MODELLING and DRILLS/PRACTICE to use to develop teacher skill.



This PD is focused on: • Adapting 4 simple Tier 2 plans and creating an agenda for rolling out the plan. • Practicing rolling out the plans, including modeling key components of the plan (to ensure strong implementation).

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

January 11, 20179:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Student Voice and Choice in the Classroom

Presented by Bridget Foley

Teachers will explore best practices in order to elicit student voice and empower students to have more choice and autonomy in the classroom and their learning. Participants will consider principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), particularly around engagement, and discuss concrete examples of how to include more student choice and voice in daily learning. We will also address strategic problem solving strategies for whole class, small group and individual students. These strategies can be used in order to better engage and empower students to address academic, social/emotional and behavioral aspects of learning.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers

Suggested Grade Level: Elementary, Middle, High School

December 15, 20168:30 - 10:30 AM

Panel: Exploring Top Special Populations Issues Encountered with NYC Charter Schools

Presenters: Dixon Deutsch & Corey Callahan

The Charter Center and Special Education Collaborative invite you to join us for a panel discussion about legal issues schools encounter with respect to services for students with disabilities and English language learners in charter schools.  Come listen to in-house charter school lawyers and counsel representing charter schools discuss issues such as how to create successful and compliant programs for special populations, how to effectively utilize impartial hearings and steps schools can take to protect themselves against legal challenges.

Breakfast will be provided from 8:30-9:00 AM; the session will began at 9:00 AM. Panelists:
  • Kent Anker, Democracy Prep
  • Susan Briggs, Cohen, Schneider & O’Neill
  • Marion Katzive, Bond, Schoeneck & King
  • Emily A. Kim, Success Academy
  • Kevin P. Quinn, Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna
Suggested Audience: Administrators, Special Education Coordinators, School Leaders This event is seat-free for Special Education Collaborative Members !  In other words, it won't detract from your membership seat allocation.  

December 15, 20161:00 - 3:30 PM

Workshop: Coaching Checks for Understanding and Questioning Strategies for Special Populations

Presented by Melissa Katz

Many times teachers feel confident about how students are responding and understanding new material, only to be surprised and disappointed when the exit tickets tell a different story. In this workshop, we’ll discuss different strategies that teachers can use to gather in-the-moment data to gauge student understanding and adjust instruction immediately. Participants will also learn about different ways to scaffold questioning for ELLs. Time will be built in for coaches to practice observing and giving feedback on checks for understanding and questioning.

Suggested Audience: Coaches

December 14, 20169:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Coaching Classroom Management

Presented by Donna Meers

Coaching Classroom Management is the perfect companion to CHAMPs, Discipline in the Secondary Classroom, or any research-based approach to managing student behavior. The effective leadership of administrators, instructional coaches, master teachers, mentors, behavior specialists, school psychologists, department chairs, subject area specialists, and literacy coaches can help teachers create calm and productive classrooms.

Help teachers spend less time dealing with disruptions and more time engaged in the business of teaching. Work with teachers to implement proactive, positive, and instructional approaches, which research has demonstrated achieve results far superior to traditional authoritarian, punitive, or exclusionary models.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders

December 13, 20169:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: CHAMPS: A Positive and Proactive Approach to Classroom Management

Presented by Donna Meers

The second edition of CHAMPS assists classroom teachers to design (or fine tune) a proactive and positive classroom management plan that will overtly teach students how to behave responsibly. The new 2nd edition includes tips and resources to make this definitive guide to classroom management even more user-friendly.

CHAMPS strategies are easy to implement and will: Reduce classroom disruptions and office referrals Improve classroom climate Increase student on-task behavior Establish respectful and civil interactions By following the effective, research-based practices outlined in CHAMPS, teachers develop methods for clearly communicating their expectations on every classroom activity and transition.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Related Service Providers

December 10, 20169:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: CST 060 Test Prep

Presented by JBB Test Prep

This workshop will focus on how to prepare for the Students with Disabilities (CST 060) exam. Participants will learn how to break down multiple-choice questions into categories, eliminate error and trap choices, interpret prompts and use the basic principles that typically earn a high score. Each participant will be coached and then have their on-site original essay graded and reviewed individually, providing them with one to one feedback.

Suggested Audience: Teachers seeking "Highly qualified" status in Special Education

December 9, 20169:00 AM - 4:30 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety – 12/09/16

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately. By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators  (**FOR ENHANCED & PREMIER MEMBERS ONLY)

December 7, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Using Collaboration and Data to Drive the FBA/BIP Process

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

In order to have authentic conversations about student behavior and create effective behavior plans, data must be gathered and analyzed collaboratively. This session will focus on data collection, and provide tools and frameworks for collaborating on developing Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators

December 6, 20169:00 - 11:00 AM

Workshop: TNTP: Communicating Teacher Performance at the Mid-Year

Presented by Versha Munshi-South of TNTP (The New Teachers Project)

Mid-year evaluations are an essential element of a school's talent management process. Participants will have the opportunity to plan for, and practice, communicating mid-year performance to teachers.  By attending this session, attendees will learn to:

  • Identify steps to communicating mid-year performance data to teachers
  • Deliver meaningful and holistic feedback that is grounded in evidence
  • Identify the purpose and structure of an improvement plan


Suggested Audience: Deans/Coaches, School Leaders

December 6, 201611:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Lunch & Learn: Best Practices in ELL Supports from Washington D.C.

Presented by Alicia Passante & Hannah Groff of Center City Public Schools

Center City Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C. will provide a glimpse into the planning and implementation of practical and proven strategies that they have developed. Center City PCS is locally and nationally recognized for its innovative instructional components that support their English Learners.

Alicia Passante is the ELL Program Manager for the 6 charter schools in the Center City PCS network, whose work has led her CMO’s ELLs to achieve the highest gains of all schools in Washington D.C.  Hannah Groff is the Language Access Coordinator for all 6 campuses and works to provide equal academic access to linguistically diverse families.

 Suggested Audience: School Leaders

**This event is seat-free for Collaborative members! In other words, attending this event won't detract a seat from your workshop seat allocation!

December 1, 20169:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Power-Packing Instruction for Long-Term ELLs: A Teacher’s Toolbox

Presented by Nancy Cloud 

After consideration of the key learning characteristics of LTELL students, this mini-conference will:

  • Explore an approach to LTELL curriculum design in which teachers choose interesting and important topics that motivate learners, while power-packing instruction with the skills and strategies students need.
  • Connect level-appropriate and engaging adolescent literature, informational texts and multimedia around a broad, real-world theme that inspires students to want to read and write and listen for information.
  • Learn to choose materials LTELLs want to read and how to move students forward through a series of leveled texts on a theme, while teaching close reading tactics that can support them as struggling readers when faced with text above their level.
  • Explore ways of inspiring LTELLs to write using motivating tools designed to push their writing abilities forward across the major writing genres.

 Special attention will be given to academic vocabulary development as is required to support academic reading and writing; the type required by standards-based assessments at the secondary level.



Suggested Audience: Grades 5-12 Teachers (General & Special Education)

November 30, 20169:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Effective Supervision, Coaching, & Evaluation of Teachers (with Kim Marshall)

Presented by Kim Marshall

Putting teacher evaluation in the larger context of school leadership, this mini-conference will get participants actively involved in thinking through the time management issues of getting into classrooms frequently and systematically, having a good eye for instruction, and designing a way of giving feedback that really improves teaching and learning. We will work with videos of classrooms and practice effective ways of following up with teachers face to face and ultimately with accurate and fair rubric scores.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Operations Leads

November 29, 20161:00 - 4:00 PM

Workshop: Supporting Paraprofessionals in an Inclusive Environment

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

 Including paraprofessionals in school-wide and classroom based systems is integral to building collaborative and inclusive learning environments. This session will explore the roles and responsibilities of paraprofessionals, including the support from supervising teachers, and school based teams. We will also explore ways to build the role of paraprofessionals in supporting students in your classrooms. Participants will develop a framework for how to support paraprofessionals, and how to build a program that maximizes adult support to increase student achievement. This session is not designed for paraprofessionals but will have tools you can use to support in building their capacity.br>

 Suggested Audience: Teachers, Coaches/Deans, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

November 29, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Integrating Speech and Language Strategies into ELA

Presented by Lauren Buisson-Hudacek

This session will describe the underpinnings of language as well as review common speech and language strategies for the classroom. A sample ELA unit will be annotated with suggested modifications for students who present with speech and language difficulties. Attendees will have the opportunity to revise model lesson plans and discuss various speech and language modifications in small groups

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Related Service Providers

November 18, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: ELL Engagement in the Classroom

Presented by Melissa Katz

Many teachers question how they can authentically engage their ELL students, especially those with lower levels of English proficiency. In this workshop, we will explore different activities and approaches to lesson planning to make sure that teachers are engaging their English Learners in the classroom. Topics covered range from purposeful groupings and group work to tracking oral language progress through whole classroom discussion participation. Participants will walk away with a bigger arsenal of ELL engagement strategies to use when planning lessons and activities.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers

November 16, 20169:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: No Fail Co-teaching: Using the CTIME Process for Continuous Improvement (Mini-Conference)

Presented by: Wendy Murawski

This engaging session provides a process to help teachers and administrators identify the most critical competencies, enable peer support and reflection, and use the Plan-Do-Study-Act model for more effective co-teaching. Participants will be introduced to the CTIME flowchart to document and focus on specific domains when observing and supporting co-teachers. The focus of the presentation is not on "Co-teaching 101" as an introduction to Co-teaching, but rather how to take co-teaching to the next level for sustainability and continuous improvement from whatever level the school or team is currently functioning.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Operations Leads, Related Service Providers  

November 14, 20169:00 - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Section 504: Policy and Practice

Presented by Dixon Deutsch

This session will cover the legal background of Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the responsibilities of NYC charter schools. Attendees will leave the session with a training deck and a resource toolkit to implement Section 504 requirements at their school site.

Suggested Audience: Special Education Coordinators, Administrators/School Leaders

November 10, 20169:00 - 11:00 AM

Workshop: Using Data to Differentiate Writing Instruction in an ICT Classroom

Presented by Anna Reeve

This 2-hour workshop is designed for participants who are interested in more effectively utilizing two teachers in a writing classroom through the use of targeted data practices. This workshop is open to co-teaching pairs, as well as just individual teachers who teach in an ICT setting. Throughout this workshop participants will watch video of strong co-teaching classrooms, learn how to more effectively target student writing through conferences, and develop strategies for investing students in their individual writing goals and progress. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Create an individualized goal setting system for an ICT writing classroom that can easily live in the classroom each day.
  • Implement targeted student conferences in an ICT classroom that are data driven.
 

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers

November 9, 20169:00 - 11:00 AM

Workshop: Practicing Disability Justice: Ableism, Mass Incarceration, and Movements for Racial Justice

Presented by Lydia X.Z. Brown

Ableism and white supremacy depend on each other to sustain the prison-industrial complex in many nuanced ways. Buzzwords like “mass incarceration” and “school to prison pipeline” appear everywhere from blog posts and academic symposiums to the front pages of some of the most widely read newspapers in the world. In the context of more widely publicized police violence against low-income, Black, Brown, Indigenous, queer, trans, and disabled people everywhere from Florida and Ferguson to Baltimore, Chicago, and Los Angeles, conversations about institutionalized racism and the prison-industrial complex demand attention. Organizing, scholarship, and policy must grapple with the inevitable connections between prison abolition, disability justice, and the Black Lives Matter movement – among other movements and spaces – while seeking ethical means of addressing pressing issues now (such as through trauma-informed, multiculturally competent de-escalation strategies and nonviolent conflict resolution) and imagining ethical alternatives to imprisonment.

 

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Operations Leads, Related Service Providers



This event is seat-free for members! In other words, attending this event won't detract a seat from your workshop seat allocation!

November 9, 20165:30 - 8:00 PM

Workshop: Affinity Group for White Educators: Becoming an Anti-Racist Ally

Presented by Anna Reeve

This is a round table conversation designed for participants who identify as white and want to actively work against systems of power and privilege to become more anti-racist educators. This is part one of an ongoing conversation the Collaborative plans to engage with throughout the course of the year in order to more effectively examine and engage with white privilege and how to support dialogue around race within our schools- both with students and staff of color- as white educators.

This event is seat-free for members! In other words, it doesn't detract from your workshop seat allotment!

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Administrators, School Leaders, Related Service Providers

November 9, 201612:30 - 4:00 PM

Academic Intervention Support: Wilson Reading Step-Back Session

Presented by Anna Reeve

This workshop is designed for participants who took the September Introduction to Wilson Reading System workshop or an equivalent WRS introductory workshop are interested in strengthening their procedures, evaluating their own WRS lessons, and gaining further clarity on how to proceed in higher Wilson substeps including procedures for multisyllabic words, vowel-consonant-e syllables and the introduction of long vowel sounds. Lastly, participants will use current student Wilson data to effectively plan more targeted instruction. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Strengthen WRS procedures for each part of the phonics block.
  • Effectively teach Wilson Substeps 3.1-4.5 (including syllabication and the introduction of long vowel sounds)
  • Use student data to effectively plan for future instruction.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers

November 8, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: 10 Ways to Coach Your Special Education Team

Presented by Anna Reeve

In this workshop special education coordinators and school leaders will be introduced to different techniques for coaching around a broad array of interventions and CTT instruction.  We will discuss strategies for managing up and ensuring quality of interventions, creating a strong SPED team identity, and effectively managing time to increase quality and effectiveness of your special education team.

 

Suggested Audience: Special Education Coordinators, Coaches/Deans, School Leaders

November 3, 20161:00 - 3:00 PM

Workshop: Reading Fluency Techniques & Strategies

Presented by Anna Reeve

This 2-hour workshop is designed for participants looking to develop an increasing array of strategies to effectively target reading fluency. The workshop will go over foundations of reading fluency and introduce to participants to various teaching strategies to utilize in an ICT classroom (target conferences, strategies for building fluency in whole class read alouds, and partner reading, etc.), as well as strategic fluency strategies for supplemental interventions (repeated reads, choral reading, targeting vowel teams, etc.). Participants will be introduced to a variety of structured fluency programs: Six Minute Solutions, Great Leaps, etc. Finally, participants will learn how to creatively use technology to target reading fluency. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Implement structured fluency instruction into a whole class setting.
  • Implement structured fluency interventions that include progress monitoring and goal setting.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers

November 3, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Using F&P Data to Drive Guided Reading

Presented by Anna Reeve

This three-hour workshop is designed for participants who have a base understanding of a guided reading lesson and currently use F&P Benchmark Assessments to sort students into guided reading interventions. The workshop builds on participants’ understanding of an F&P Benchmark Assessment in order to create truly targeted, individual intervention goals for all students in a guided reading group. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Create progress monitoring goals for students based on F&P data analysis.
  • Implement strategies for tracking student progress on a daily and weekly basis.
  • Implement strategies for investing students in their own progress goals and progress monitoring.
 

Suggested Audience: Teachers & Coaches currently using F & P

November 2, 20169:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Think Smart: Mindsets Plus Skill Sets Equals Results

Presented by Kathleen Kryza

Kathleen Kryza will share the latest cognitive research on what it takes to shape successful learners in and beyond the classroom. She will offer many practical ideas and strategies for developing students’ executive function by working with their mindsets and self-regulation skill sets to prepare them for school and for life.

Kathleen presents in a “Live it to Learn It” model. The workshop will include many doable, practice strategies so teachers can experience what it feels like to learn in an inspiring classroom. The session will be a blend of whole class presentation, engaging and interactive group participation, and individual time for self-reflection. All pedagogy will be supported with current brain-based and instructional research. Kathleen’s mission is for you to leave her workshop inspired and excited to transform your classroom into a vibrant community of students who love learning.

By attending this sessions, educators will:

• Know how to create a culturally, emotionally and academically safe classroom environment, so that all learners feel safe, and are engaged and willing to learn. • Learn how effort, discipline and deliberate practice contribute more to school success than IQ or innate ability • Develop strateiges for how to weave Growth Mindset thinking into your daily school environment and classroom instruction. • Know how to foster good work habits, build self regulation and metacognitive skill sets • Be able to teach students to talk deeply and self assess regularly

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders

November 2, 20161:00 - 2:00 PM

Webinar: ELL Recruitment & Retention

Presented by Melissa Katz

In this webinar, ELL coordinators and school leaders will learn about federal and state regulations around ELL services, both for students and families. Participants will gain knowledge around best practices for maintaining compliance with federal and state mandates.

Suggested Audience: School Leaders, ELL Coordinators, Operations Managers

October 28, 20169:00 AM - 4:30 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety – 10/28/16

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately. By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators  (**FOR ENHANCED & PREMIER MEMBERS ONLY)

October 26, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Differentiation for ELLs Through Co-Teaching

Presented by Maria Dove

The purpose of this workshop is to explore collaborative teaching practices ESOL and general education teachers engage in. Various co-teaching models that promote an integrated service delivery for the sake of ELLs in K-12 instructional settings will be discussed. Participants will explore the entire collaborative instructional cycle: co-planning, co-instruction, co-assessment, and reflection as well as compare the advantages and challenges of different class configurations for co-taught instruction.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Related Service Providers

October 26, 20161:00 - 4:00 PM

Workshop: Response to Intervention (RTI): The What, Why & How

Presented by Dixon Deutsch & Melissa Katz

In this workshop, participants will learn about what makes for a solid RTI foundation and how to develop such a foundation, identify key components of a sound intervention plan, understand the phases of RTI implementation, and construct a plan for implantation of RTI. Participants will be exposed to a variety of effective tools, including best practices around the formation and implementation of a Child Study Team, to help with the rollout of RTI in their own schools. Finally, case scenarios and Q&A time will also be built in for participants to gain knowledge around common pitfalls and solutions of RTI implementation.



Suggested Audience: Teachers, Coaches/Deans, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

October 25, 20168:30 - 10:30 AM

Workshop: TNTP – Developing Teachers’ Mindsets for Students to Achieve

Presented by Versha Munshi-South

Drawing from Carol Dweck's work on growth mindset, this session will explore the various ways that mindsets about students reveal themselves in a school setting. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how fixed mindsets impact student culture and learning and create a plan to address adult mindsets in their building.  After completing this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Recognize actions and mindsets that indicate when a belief in all students’ ability to achieve is not being upheld
  • Identify the root causes of the fixed mindsets that exist in their building and relate them to the idea of (un)conscious bias
  • Articulate how fixed mindsets influence culture and achievement in our schools
  • Design a professional development to develop a growth mindset in teachers


Suggested Audience: Deans/Coaches, School Leaders

October 20, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Implementing Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) Through the Co-Planning Process

Presented by: Megan Davis-Hitchens

In the world of RTI, MTSS, co-teaching, CRT, and more, what makes special education special?

In order to support students with unique needs in an inclusive setting, school staff must ensure that all students have access to the general education curriculum through appropriate accommodations, strategies, instructional delivery models, and more. Co-teaching and co-planning are two of the ways that specially designed instruction (SDI) can be implemented. As more schools continue to develop inclusive educational environments and engage in co-teaching as a primary instructional model, it is critical that school based staff understand the special education service requirements under IDEA along with high impact strategies for teaching a diverse group of learners.

Building systems that support authentic co-planning and developing the skillsets of teachers to specially design instruction for a diverse group of students is critical to improving the learning opportunities for all students. The information presented in this session will provide teachers and administrators with practical tools, strategies, and systems related to co-planning practices and specially designed instruction. These resources will aid teachers in enhancing their planning process, building a stronger co-teacher relationship, and building skillsets around SDI. Administrators will learn more about the importance of supporting and coaching co-planning and understand that their co-teaching model is a critical vehicle for the delivery of SDI. This session will target systems, collaborative practices, templates, solutions to common challenges, and ideas related to co-planning. The session will also provide a background on SDI, including sample strategies, class inventories/summaries, and evaluation tools for ensuring students needs are met. If teachers and administrators collaborate to strengthen their co-planning practices to deliver high quality SDI, students will achieve maximum academic growth and greater social/emotional wellness.



Suggested Audience: Special Educators & Coaches

October 20, 20161:00 - 4:00 PM

Workshop: Writing High Quality IEPs: Collaboration and Common Core Alignment

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

The Individual Education Program (IEP) is designed to outline supports and services required for individual students to achieve success. The IEP is also used to provide teachers and school staff with information and strategies to guide their work with the student. The quality of an IEP is only as meaningful as the team’s approach to its development and how it is implemented. Participants will explore a collaborative process for writing IEPs and how to align goals and strategies to the Common Core. The training will provide participants with strategies and resources for creating authentic IEPs.  This session is designed for anyone who plays a role in writing or implementing an IEP.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Support Staff, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

October 19, 20169:00 - 12:00 PM

Building the Responsive Classroom: How to Create a Safe, Joyful Environment That Fosters Rigorous Learning

Presenter: Brandon Sorlie – Chief Academic Officer, Ascend Learning

Join us for a special opportunity to meet the Ascend Chief Schools Officer and hear how the network's decision to implement Responsive Classroom allows our schools to focus on intellectual and social learning, nurturing a strong sense of belonging, and promoting student agency in both thought and action.  During the session, you will learn about the philosophy of Responsive Classroom, identify key practices, and hear about the challenges and successes Ascend experienced in moving towards a responsive approach.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Dean/Coaches, School Leaders, Related Service Providers

October 17, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Disciplining Special Populations

Presented by Dixon Deutsch

This workshop will give you an overview of the procedures relating to disciplining students with special education needs to ensure that you have the skills necessary to be your site-based expert.  Through a review of the laws and case scenarios, participants will leave the session understanding how discipline should look through the lens of special education.  Participants will have an opportunity to raise issues pertaining to specific school’s needs, and time will be incorporated during the workshop so that your school’s needs can be addressed on an individual basis.

Suggested Audience: Administrators, Deans, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

October 13, 20169:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Academic Intervention Support: Wilson Fundations 2nd Grade

Presented by Wilson Language Training

Wilson FUNdations is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program for the general education classroom. Fundations is based upon the Wilson Reading System® principles and serves as a prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure. Rather than completely replace core curriculum, Fundations provides the research-validated strategies that complement installed programs to meet federal standards and serve the needs of all children.br>

Teachers incorporate a 30-minute daily Fundations lesson into their language arts classroom instruction. Fundations lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during Storytime activities. Furthermore, targeted small group intervention is available for students in the lowest 30th percentile.br>

Suggested Audience: 2nd Grade Teachers

**This session is part of our new Academic Intervention Support membership benefit.  Core members receive 1 seat, Enhanced 2 seats, Premier 3 seats. Additional seats can be purchased here.

October 12, 20169:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Academic Intervention Support: Wilson Fundations 1st Grade

Presented by Wilson Language Training

Wilson FUNdations is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program for the general education classroom. Fundations is based upon the Wilson Reading System® principles and serves as a prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure. Rather than completely replace core curriculum, Fundations provides the research-validated strategies that complement installed programs to meet federal standards and serve the needs of all children.br>

Teachers incorporate a 30-minute daily Fundations lesson into their language arts classroom instruction. Fundations lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during Storytime activities. Furthermore, targeted small group intervention is available for students in the lowest 30th percentile.br>

Suggested Audience: 1st Grade Teachers

**This session is part of our new Academic Intervention Support membership benefit.  Core members receive 1 seat, Enhanced 2 seats, Premier 3 seats. Additional seats can be purchased here.

October 11, 20169:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Academic Intervention Support: Wilson Fundations Kindergarten

Presented by Wilson Language Training

Wilson FUNdations is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program for the general education classroom. Fundations is based upon the Wilson Reading System® principles and serves as a prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure. Rather than completely replace core curriculum, Fundations provides the research-validated strategies that complement installed programs to meet federal standards and serve the needs of all children.br>

Teachers incorporate a 30-minute daily Fundations lesson into their language arts classroom instruction. Fundations lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during Storytime activities. Furthermore, targeted small group intervention is available for students in the lowest 30th percentile.br>

Suggested Audience: Kindergarten Teachers

**This session is part of our new Academic Intervention Support membership benefit.  Core members receive 1 seat, Enhanced 2 seats, Premier 3 seats. Additional seats can be purchased here.

September 29, 2016BRONX: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM BROOKLYN: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Workshop: Nuts & Bolts: Special Education Billing/Reimbursement Practicum

Presented by Dixon Deutsch

This practicum will cover the special education reimbursement process of the NYC DOE. From a review of the NYS rules that govern reimbursement to practicing student scenarios, attendees will understand the complex process of converting a student’s program to that of reimbursement dollar amounts from the city. One-on-one work time will be available in the latter portion of the workshop and attendees will leave the session with the foundation they need to ensure a complete and accurate student reimbursement reporting process for the October deadline.

This is a borough-based workshop. The morning session will be held at South Bronx Early College Academy (639-55 St. Ann's Avenue, Bronx, NY 10455), and the afternoon session will be held at Williamsburg Charter High School (198 Varet St, Brooklyn, NY 11206) (The material covered in the sessions is identical, so please only register for one session) Suggested Audience: Administrators, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

September 28, 20161:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Analyzing ELL Baseline Data 2.0

Presented by: Melissa Katz

In this workshop, attendees will receive a brief refresher on how to read the RLAT and work time will be built in for participants to analyze their individual school’s data with the new NYSESLAT cut off scores. Additionally, we will explore different ways to develop and track individual goals for students based on data and how to its instructional implications. Participants will be given time to work in self-selected groups based on data trends to build an action plan to address strengths and weaknesses.

Suggested Audience: ELL Coordinators, ELL Teachers

September 28, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Analyzing ELL Baseline Data 1.0

Presented by: Melissa Katz

Back by popular demand, new ELL coordinators and teachers will learn how to analyze the baseline data from the NYSITELL and NYSESLAT in the RLAT, an ATS report. Attendees will learn about using both state and school-level assessment data to drive ELL instruction and grouping. Work time is built in for schools to work with their own data, so all will walk away with a plan of action.

Suggested Audience: ELL Coordinators, ELL Teachers

September 26, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Setting a Foundation For Excellence: Exploring Routines, Procedures & Systems in Building a Vibrant School Culture

Presented by Chris Habetler

 

We're now one month into the new school year.  Are you looking to establish a more orderly classroom or school setting?  Perhaps your systems could use a refresh.  Routines, procedures, and systems play a key role in establishing a foundational school culture. Participants will explore their value, learn to evaluate the quality, and write their own Routines, Procedures, and Systems.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, School Leaders, Operations Leads

September 22, 20161:00 - 2:00 PM

ELL Webinar: Working with Your ELL Families: Best Practices and Legal Mandates

Presented by Melissa Katz

  In this webinar, ELL coordinators and school leaders will learn about federal and state regulations around ELL services, both for students and families. Participants will gain knowledge around best practices for maintaining compliance with federal and state mandates.  

Suggested Audience: School Leaders, ELL Coordinators, Operations Managers *Please note, webinars are seat-free and do not detract from seat allocations with Special Education Collaborative membership. Consider it a freebie!

September 20, 20168:30AM - 3:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Co-Teaching 201 with Marilyn Friend

Presented by Marilyn Friend

Co-teaching offers options to enable students with disabilities, those who are English learners, and those with other special needs to reach their potential by providing them with access to the general education curriculum while ensuring that they receive the specially designed instruction to which they are entitled.  When teachers carefully analyze their complementary areas of expertise and blend those unique strengths, they create classrooms that are richer, more intensive, and more tailored to address student needs.  However, co-teaching partnerships are  developmental, and even experienced co-teachers can continue to increase their knowledge and refine their skills. This session will address questions that you have related to the co-teaching practice you have been implementing for the past several years, to extend concepts already introduced with elaborated ideas and strategies, and to add techniques, especially those related to increasing instructional intensity in the Common Core State Standards.  The intent is to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your co-teaching practice, to celebrate its strengths, and to learn specific strategies to move co-teaching to the next level.

Suggested Audience: Experienced Teachers, Experienced Coaches

TO ATTEND, REGISTRANTS MUST HAVE COMPLETED A 1.0 CO-TEACHING WORKSHOP (WITH ANY ORGANIZATION). WE ARE HOSTING A 1.0 CO-TEACHING EVENT ON 09/16, WHICH YOU CAN REGISTER FOR HERE

September 19, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: SESIS 101 and Using SESIS Reports for Special Education Advocacy and Compliance

Presented by: Megan Davis-Hitchens

In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of the NYCDOE's Special Education Student Information System (SESIS). This overview training of SESIS, including basic navigation, searching student documents, and a discussion on roles and responsibilities of Charters and CSEs. The session will provide information on running reports, logging attendance, progress monitoring, and documenting parental and CSE outreach. In addition, the session will explore best practices and how to troubleshoot common issues in SESIS. The second half of this workshop will explore how to run compliance reports to better organize information for advocacy with the CSE. This is a critical workflow for addressing compliance issues related to missing services, delayed evaluations, and more.

Attendees must bring a fully charged laptop. 

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

September 16, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Co-Teaching 101

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

Is your school beginning to develop a more inclusive setting?  Has your school veered off the path from your original vision of what an ICT classroom would be and you need a refresher?  Is your school thinking about using ICT classrooms as a means to building a “school for all”?  Come to this training to both learn about ICT settings or for a refresher on how to ensure your school is developing a truly inclusive and collaborative teaching model.  This session will cover the research behind ICT, review the five models of ICT and dive into the principles for ensuring a successful implementation of ICT supports at your school.

 Suggested Audience: Co-Teachers

September 14, 20168:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Workshop: Special Populations Boot Camp

Presented By:  Megan Davis-Hitchens, Dixon Deutsch, & Melissa Katz

 

Our 2016 Special Populations Boot Camp is filled with all the information your school needs to run a successful special education and ELL program. The Collaborative team will provide attendees with a digital binder of resources, tools, and templates to help schools ensure compliant and quality programs.

SPOPS Boot camp is broken into 2 sections:

  • ELL in the morning: 8:30-11:30 AM
  • Special Education in the afternoon: 12:00-4:00 PM

On the below registration link, you can select morning (ELL), afternoon (SPED) or both.  Breakfast will be available from 8:00-8:30 AM.  Those attending the full day will receive lunch from 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM.  

ATTENDING THE FULL DAY WILL ONLY DETRACT ONE SEAT FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIP ALLOCATION, NOT TWO.

This workshop is designed for school based special education and ELL support staff that are new to charter schools, new to their role, or staff that are looking to move their program from compliant to innovative. Suggested Audience: New Special Education & ELL Staff

September 9, 20161:00 - 3:00 PM

Workshop: Introduction to Guided Reading

Presented by Anna Reeve

This two-hour workshop is designed for participants with limited guided reading experience. The workshop will introduce participants to the foundations of a guided reading lesson plan. Using the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, participants will learn how to place students in appropriate guided reading group, plan an effective introduction, and script targeted questions throughout a guided reading lesson. Additionally, participants will develop deeper understanding about key strategic actions to target during a guided reading lesson.

Upon competing of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Define and identify strategic actions in the Fountas and Pinnell guided reading framework.
  • Plan and practice a strong guided reading introduction.
  • Plan and practice implementing a strong guided reading conference.
 

Suggested Audience: New Teachers

September 1, 20169:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Academic Intervenion Support: Wilson Reading: Training & Programmatic Overviews

Presented by Anna Reeve This two-day workshop (September 1 and 2) will provide participants with an overview of the Wilson Reading System and is intended for participants with no previous training on the Wilson Reading System. Participants will learn about appropriate student identification and placement, program implementation, and progress monitoring using the Wilson Reading System. Principles of language structure and how to teach language with direct, multisensory methods are demonstrated, shown in videos, and practiced during the workshop. Participants explore the standard 10-part Wilson Lesson Plan and practice planning and delivering a lesson and receiving feedback. Upon completion of this two-day workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Define dyslexia, and describe common characteristics.
  • Explain the process of identifying appropriate students and placing them in the Wilson Reading System.
  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of WRS principles of instruction: explicit, sequential, cumulative, and diagnostic multisensory instruction.
  • Identify the lesson components for Block 1 (Decoding/Word Study), Block 2 (Encoding/Spelling), and Block 3 (Listening & Reading Comprehension) of the WRS Lesson Plan.
  • Prepare a WRS Lesson plan.
*Attendees must bring their Wilson Starter Kit. If a school would like the Collaborative to pre-order these materials to arrive at the training, please email Patrick. The school will be invoiced the cost of materials and shipping. Suggested Audience: New Teachers from Core, Enhanced & Premier Schools **This session is part of our new Academic Intervention Support membership benefit.  Core members receive 1 seat, Enhanced 2 seats, Premier 3 seats.

August 30, 201610:00 AM - 4:00 PM

August 2016 Career Fair

We've heard from many of our schools about hiring needs, so we will be hosting a small-scale Career Fair at the New York City Charter School Center on August 30.  The fair is for teachers and administrators only.  Related service providers will not be in attendance, due to feedback from our last career fair.

DATE/TIME

Tuesday, August 30th

  • Charter Elementary Schools: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Charter Middle/High Schools:  2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Please note that school registration is closed.   TEACHERS REGISTER HERE

August 29, 20161:00 - 2:00 PM

ELL Webinar: What You Need to Know About ELL Identification and the NYSITELL

Presented by Melissa Katz   In this webinar, participants will be trained on how to identify ELLs in compliance with federal and state regulations. Topics will include: the ELL identification process, NYSITELL administration, mandated parent notification and language access.   Suggested Audience: ELL Coordinators, Operations Managers *Please note, webinars are seat-free and do not detract from seat allocations with Special Education Collaborative membership. Consider it a freebie!

August 26, 20168:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Workshop: Special Populations Boot Camp

Our 2016 Special Populations Boot Camp is filled with all the information your school needs to run a successful special education and ELL program. The Collaborative team will provide attendees with a digital binder of resources, tools, and templates to help schools ensure compliant and quality programs.

SPOPS Boot camp is broken into 2 sections:

  • ELL in the morning: 8:30-11:30 AM
  • Special Education in the afternoon: 12:00-4:00 PM

On the below registration link, you can select morning (ELL), afternoon (SPED) or both.  Breakfast will be available from 8:00-8:30 AM.  Those attending the full day will receive lunch from 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM.  

ATTENDING THE FULL DAY WILL ONLY DETRACT ONE SEAT FROM YOUR MEMBERSHIP ALLOCATION, NOT TWO.



This workshop is designed for school based special education and ELL support staff that are new to charter schools, new to their role, or staff that are looking to move their program from compliant to innovative.

Presenters: Megan Davis-Hitchens, Dixon Deutsch, & Melissa Katz

Suggested Audience: New Special Education & ELL Staff

June 1, 20168:00 AM - 3:00 PM

2016 Annual Education Conference

The NYC Special Education Collaborative's 6th Annual Education Conference represents one of the largest gatherings of special education educators, administrators, advocates and parents in New York City. This year's conference theme is: Build Your Skill Set, Challenge Your Mindset. It will take place on May 31 & June 1, 2016. Our Annual Education Conference brings world-class professional development to the NYC schools special education sector and capstones the school year by celebrating the successes and gains our members made in their efforts to provide high-quality instruction. This premier conference is the first and only special education conference in NYC for NYC charter school staff (but we welcome all educators).

May 13, 20168:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety – 05/13/16

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately. By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators  (**FOR ENHANCED & PREMIER MEMBERS ONLY)

May 4, 20168:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Special Event: Restorative Justice Practices: An Overview

Presented by Schoene Mahmood, The Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) 

Description: The Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Urban Resilience (CURes) provides school communities with safe, inclusive, and effective tools to enhance relationship development within a healthy school environment. CURes has designed this workshop to actively engage participants in broadening their understanding of Restorative Practices and its principles, equipping them with application techniques, and offering strategies for implementation. This interactive workshop consists of presentations, role-play, and small group exercises.

For member schools, there will be a $75 fee associated with this special event. However, attending will NOT detract from a school's mini-conference allotment. Non-members will be required to pay the standard non-member fee of $300 per registrant.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, Administrators/School Leaders, Related Service Providers, Counselors

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY. YOU CAN REGISTER FOR THE WAITLIST BY CLICKING ON THE BELOW BUTTON.

May 3, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Neutrality of Hearing Officers in Disciplinary Hearings

Presented by Deusdedi Merced

Are you confident in the role of Hearing Officers at your disciplinary hearings?  Has your Hearing Officer had impartiality training on neutrality, communicating effecting and ensuring a fair hearing?  If you have questions and/or have not had a proper training on Hearing Officer conduct during disciplinary hearings, then attending this training will set you on the right path.

Suggested Audience: School Leaders, Board Chairs, Hearing Officers

April 22, 201611:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Panel: Beyond the Ordinary – Therapeutic Approaches for Students who Live Through Terrible Things

Presented by Sam Guzzardi

As school social workers and counselors, we work with students struggling with a range of issues including academic difficulties, attention problems, affect regulation, and frustration tolerance. We may also encounter young people who have lived through some of life's most difficult experiences, including being victims of crime, separation from caregivers, exposure to extreme violence at home or in the community, and other traumatic events. These students are often experienced as “difficult” in the school environment, and consume a large amount of the mental and emotional energy of their counselors.

This panel discussion will be a lively, engaged conversation about how to approach counseling with students who have lived through terrible things. We will hear perspectives from practitioners from a range of settings experienced in working with children and adolescents that have lived through traumatic events. Attendees will leave with new theoretical and practical approaches to serving this population.

Suggested Audience: Counselors

April 19, 201611:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Panel: A Conversation with National Charter School Special Education Leaders (Independent Charters)

Presented by The NYC Special Education Collaborative  Independent charter school leaders (both special education and general education) are welcome to attend a conversation with national charter school special education leads. The NYC Special Education Collaborative is hosting a national convening of city and cooperative special education leaders and we carved out time to invite our members to the table to discuss special education problems/challenges/solutions that are taking place in other cities. Citywide charter school leads will be attending from LA, New Orleans, DC, and a few additional localities. Lunch will be served, so come listen to what other cities/charter schools are doing with special education and leave with a new perspective on what special education can do for students with disabilities. Suggested Audience: Independent Charter School Leaders & Special Education Leads Membership Special: If both the School Leader AND Special Education lead attend, both seats are free!

April 18, 201611:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Panel: A Conversation with National Charter School Special Education Leaders

Presented by The NYC Special Education Collaborative 

Charter management organizations and charter network leaders (both special education and general education) are welcome to attend a conversation with national charter school special education leads. The NYC Special Education Collaborative is hosting a national convening of city and cooperative special education leaders and we carved out time to invite our members to the table to discuss special education problems/challenges/solutions that are taking place in other cities. Citywide charter school leads will be attending from LA, New Orleans, DC, and a few additional localities. Lunch will be served, so come listen to what other cities/charter schools are doing with special education and leave with a new perspective on what special education can do for students with disabilities.

Panelists:


Suggested Audience:  Charter School Leaders (Principal, VP, ED) and Special Education Leads

Membership Special: If both the School Leader AND Special Education lead attend, both seats are free!

April 14, 20166:00 - 8:00 PM

Workshop: Supporting Parents With Their Needs, Wants, Wishes and Dreams – Programs & Services that Bring Relief to Parents of Children with Disabilities

Presented by Gary Shulman



Parents of children with disabilities and special needs are often devastated by the "labeling" of their child. They turn to professionals for support, information and counseling. This workshop looks at a family in an holistic way. If there are stressors at home, it is difficult for a child to function appropriately at school.

This interactive workshop will give you an overview of the programs, services and systems that can empower parents of children with special needs and disabilities. We will share our already existing knowledge base and expand from there to learn about the many "treasures" of NYC that help to maximize a child's abilities and strengths while providing the necessary therapeutic intervention to deal with the diagnosed special need.

Put yourself in the shoes of a parent whose child has been diagnosed as having a disability and with that mind-set let's brainstorm together ways that we can provide them with support, hope and encouragement. This workshop will give you the tools to do that, and much more. You will be given information, motivation and inspiration to be the best possible support for your parents and their children.



Suggested Audience: Parents, Special Education Teachers, Administrators/School Leaders

April 11, 20169:00 - 11:00 AM

Panel Discussion: Post-Secondary Options for Students Graduating without a Regents Diploma

Presented by Jeff Imwold, Director of Student Support Services for KIPP NYC College Prep High School

As the number of students with disabilities continues to increase in NYC charter schools, so has the number of students with more moderate to severe disabilities who are not able to pass the NYS regents exams. While these students cannot earn a NYS high school diploma, there are options available for them to live happy, successful, independent lives! Join us for this panel discussion.

 

Suggested Audience: Special Education Teachers, Administrators/School Leaders, Related Service Providers, Counselors



Membership Special: If both the School Leader AND Special Education lead attend, both seats are free!

Panelists include: Bethany Chase, Aaron Hollinger, Janice Moynihan, Marlon Goulbourne, Ron Herman

April 11, 20162:00 - 3:00 PM

ELL Webinar: The Ins and Outs of Successful ELL Enrollment

Presented by Melissa Katz  

In this webinar, participants will learn about both legal mandates and best practices for successful ELL enrollment. We'll look specifically at Home Language Identification Surveys, language access, and documentation. Attendees will have an opportunity to pose questions and will walk away with immediately actionable next steps.

Suggested Audience: ELL Coordinators, Operations Managers

*Please note, webinars are seat-free and do not detract from seat allocations with Special Education Collaborative membership. Consider it a freebie!

April 8, 201611:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Panel: A Conversation on Inclusion with Local and National Experts

Come eat lunch with the Collaborative and hear from special education leaders at both the local and national level speak to their work on inclusion. Attendees will hear perspectives on inclusion from school leaders, a state-wide non-profit organization that works with schools/districts and school-site special education leads. There will be ample time for questions and answers to both the panelists’ work on inclusion and your questions as they pertain to building an inclusive school, environment and mindset.  Panelists:

 
  • Erin Studer, Executive Director of Charter School Programs at CHIME Institute. Mr. Studer holds a bachelor’s degree in religion with a minor in English from the University of Iowa, a master’s in special education from National University, and he was among the first cohort to graduate in 2011 from California State University, Northridge's doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. During his career he has taught general education and special education in grades 7-12, has been a high school dean, a curriculum coordinator, and a principal. As a teacher and administrator he has worked with students K-12 and at the college level and has provided training for hundreds of teachers in the areas of neurodevelopment, cooperative learning strategies, and inclusion practices.
  • Carol Quirk, Co-Executive Director of the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education.  Before founding MCIE, Dr. Quirk was the executive director of a supported employment agency for adults with developmental disabilities, adjunct faculty at The Johns Hopkins University, Director of a North Carolina Technical Assistance Project for early intervention services, a psychologist at a regional residential center, and teacher of students with severe disabilities in Connecticut. She received her Ed.D. from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Quirk was a member of the national Board of Directors and Past President of TASH, and was a member of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. She has provided consultation to Russia, Vietnam, and Trinidad & Tobago related to including students with disabilities and transition planning; she serves as an expert witness on issues related to inclusive education and positive behavioral supports; and has provided consultation and strategic planning for other nonprofit organizations.
  • Jaclyn Okin Barney, Disability Rights Attorney & Advocate.  Jaclyn has been practicing law for more than fourteen years, focusiny her career on advocating for the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. After law school, Jaclyn was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), where she advocated for high school students with disabilities to obtain appropriate services to prepare them for post graduation experiences. In her latter years of working at NYLPI, Jaclyn took on the role of coordinator of Parents for Inclusive Education (PIE), a parent-led group of educational reformers that works to ensure that all students with disabilities in the NYC public schools have access to meaningful inclusive educational and community opportunities.  Since Jaclyn’s departure from NYLPI in early 2010, she has maintained a private disability mainly practice assisting families in NYC with special education issues.
  • Ruchika Chopra, Director of Office of Inclusive Education, District 75, NYCDOE.  Ruchika began her teaching career as a Special Education teacher in New Delhi, India. She moved to Massachusetts to continue her studies further in Special Education while working in different schools and settings. She joined the Office of Inclusive Education in September 2004 as an Inclusion Coach. Since 2006 she has been heading the Office of Inclusive Education where she works with teachers and administrators to support them in developing inclusive environments for students with disabilities.
Suggested Audience: School Leaders, Special Education Leaders

Membership Special: This event is seat-free for members!  

April 1, 20161:00 - 4:00 PM

ELL Workshop: The 2016 NYSESLAT and You

Presented by Melissa Katz The purpose of this workshop is to train teachers to become familiar with the 2016 CCLS-aligned changes and implementation of the Speaking and Writing modalities from the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). Participants will identify and understand the revised elements of the NYSESLAT exam and practice using rubrics to reliably and validly score the constructed-response items in the Writing and Speaking subtests. **Note, this event is organized by the NYC Charter School Center and does not detract from Special Education Collaborative member seat allotments.  Consider it a freebie!  Suggested Audience: ELL Coordinators, ELL Teachers

March 31, 20169:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation: Mini-Observations and Teacher Feedback

Presented by Kim Marshall 

Kim Marshall returns to deliver one of our most popular topics! These sessions will explore why the conventional model isn't working and how supervisors can get into classrooms, be perceptive observers, and coach teachers on continuous improvement. For mini-observations to be effective at improving teaching and learning, participants will explore ten elements need to be in place. Coaching of teachers needs to be based on data and feedback needs to be authentic to the teacher. This interactive session is full of practical tools, application sessions, video observation practice, and group discussion.

Suggested Audience: Coaches/Deans, Administrators and School Leaders

March 30, 20169:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Effective Use of During-the-Year Assessments & Data Display

Presented by Kim Marshall

This workshop will distinguish between summative, interim, and on-the-spot assessments and provide practical guidance on how each can improve teaching and learning. Clickers and frequent small-group discussions will involve participants in thinking through how they can maximize the positive impact of assessments in their schools.



Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, Administrators/School Leaders

March 23, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Bridging Literacy in Elementary School Math: Teaching Students to Read Math Word Problems

Presented by Jessica Willm

Do your students "get" how to solve math problems but then are lost when they see word problems? Do your students struggle with deciphering the context and so choose addition to solve? This session will provide strategies for teachers to utilize with students when it comes to solving word problems.



Suggested Audience: Elementary Gen Ed Teachers, Elementary Special Ed Teachers, Elementary Deans/Coaches, Elementary Administrators/School Leaders

March 23, 20161:00 - 4:00 PM

Workshop: Bridging Literacy in Middle School Math: Teaching Students to Read Math Word Problems

Presented by Jessica Willm

Do your students "get" how to solve math problems but then are lost when they see word problems? Do your students struggle with deciphering the context and so choose addition to solve? This session will provide strategies for teachers to utilize with students when it comes to solving word problems.



Suggested Audience: Middle School Gen Ed Teachers, Middle School Special Ed Teachers, Middle School Deans/Coaches, Middle School Administrators/School Leaders

March 22, 20169:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Workshop and Panel: Attachment and Trauma: Understanding and Overcoming the Impact of Ambiguous Loss

Presented by Toni Heineman


Most of us have more experience with ambiguous loss than we do with death - co-workers change jobs, classmates move away, new neighbors take the place of old - all relatively expectable events in our lives. Other ambiguous losses are more problematic. Children in the foster case system don't know whether their be reunited with the biological parents. Children of divorce may lose contact with a parent. A parent who is dying of a terminal illness is both present and absent, as is the parent suffering from depression or addiction. This workshop will review attachment theory, developmental theory, and theory of mind as they relate to the effects of ambiguous loss. During the training, participants will use interactive conversation cards to learn strategies for support students in need.
Following the training, there will be a lunch panel with Community Based Organizations that work to support families and schools in this work.
This training/panel will provide attendees with knew knowledge and ways of analyzing student behaviors/experiences, as well as connect schools will local resources.


Suggested Audience: Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, Counselors, Social Workers, School Leaders

March 18, 20169:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Mini-Conference: Don’t We Already Do Inclusion? & You’re Going to Love This Kid!

Presented by Paula Kluth

Don't We Already Do Inclusion?  This presentation is not only filled with ideas for teaching diverse learners, but is also focused on change itself and, more specifically, on how those concerned about inclusion can create change even when they are not in positions of power. The activities, examples, and illustrations in this workshop are designed to help participants refine their vision and their skills when it comes to inclusion. The ideas are no or low cost and many can be achieved by any number of stakeholders—including students and families. Come and learn tried and true techniques as well as some out-of-the box solutions such as involving traditional and social media, “shrinking” the change, phoning for help, advertising, and writing your way to progress.

You're Going to Love This Kid!  In this interactive session, participants will learn practical ways of supporting students with autism spectrum labels & other disabilities within a general education classroom. Topics addressed include defining (and redefining) autism, listening to the voices of those with autism, differentiating instruction, creating more active and responsive lessons, making the classroom comfortable, and providing opportunities for communication and social skill development. The session will focus on the importance of pushing beyond access and participation and asking schools to challenge students and to understand each learner as complex and capable.

This full-day mini-conference includes two sessions but counts as one mini-conference seat total. Attendees must attend the full-day.

Suggested Audience: Gen Ed Teachers/Special Ed Teachers, Deans/Coaches, Administrators/School Leaders, Related Service Providers, Counselors

March 16, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ELL Workshop: The 2016 NYSESLAT and You

Presented by Melissa Katz The purpose of this workshop is to train teachers to become familiar with the 2016 CCLS-aligned changes and implementation of the Speaking and Writing modalities from the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). Participants will identify and understand the revised elements of the NYSESLAT exam and practice using rubrics to reliably and validly score the constructed-response items in the Writing and Speaking subtests. **Note, this event is organized by the NYC Charter School Center and does not detract from Special Education Collaborative member seat allotments.  Consider it a freebie!  Suggested Audience: ELL Coordinators, ELL Teachers

March 15, 20165:30 - 7:30 PM

Workshop: Using Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures to Differentiate

Presented by Anna Reeve

Throughout this 2 hour PD session, teachers will learn the fundamental elements to creating strong cooperative learning structures in their classrooms.  They will learn how to pair students and create a seating chart that maximizes learning for all students in the classroom.  The majority of the PD will focus on learning basic Kagan cooperative learning structures, watching video of these structures, and practicing rolling out these structures to in a classroom.  Finally, teachers will learn how to incorporate movement and positive gambits into cooperative learning structures.  By the end of the PD, teachers will have ideas for structuring cooperative learning that is accountable and builds positive interdependence among students- and can be used daily through many different parts of a lesson varying in content.

Suggested Audience: General Ed/Special Ed Teachers, Deans/Coaches

March 12, 20169:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: CST 060 Test Prep: 03-12-16

Presented by JBB Test Prep

This workshop will focus on how to prepare for the Students with Disabilities (CST 060) exam. Participants will learn how to break down multiple-choice questions into categories, eliminate error and trap choices, interpret prompts and use the basic principles that typically earn a high score. Each participant will be coached and then have their on-site original essay graded and reviewed individually, providing them with one to one feedback.

Suggested Audience: Teachers seeking "Highly qualified" status in Special Education

**This event was originally scheduled for 01/23/16 but was rescheduled due to the snowstorm. If you registered for the 01/23 session and did not cancel, your registration carries over to the 03/12 date. **

March 9, 20169:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy

Presented by Pete Wright

In this comprehensive day-long program, attendees will understand the five key statutes of IDEA 2004, acquire an in-depth understanding of the charter school requirements of IDEA 2004 and Section 504 and learn how to quickly find answers to their legal questions about special education law. This will include an analysis of significant special education decisions that impact charter schools.

Suggested Audience: Special Education Coordinators, School Leaders

March 4, 20168:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety – 03/04/16

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately. By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators  (**FOR ENHANCED & PREMIER MEMBERS ONLY)

PLEASE NOTE, THE 03/04 CPI IS AT CAPACITY. WE DO STILL HAVE OPENINGS FOR OUR 05/13 CPI.

February 29, 20169:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Workshop: Structured TEACCHing: The Learning Style of Individuals with Autism and the TEACCH Approach to Intervention

Presented by Mary Van Bourgondien

At the completion of the training, participants will be able to: •Identify the learning characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder •Describe the principles of Structured TEACCHing including individualized Schedules, work systems and meaningful visual structure that promotes independence within educational activities •Problem solve behaviors using Structured TEACCHing principles

Suggested Audience: Special Education Coordinators, Administrators/School Leaders

February 26, 20161:00 - 3:30 PM

ELL Workshop: The Internationals Approach: Scaffolding Rigorous Academic Content for ELLs

Presented by Daria Witt

 Daria Witt is responsible for the areas of professional and curriculum development, model documentation, and other academic programs and services for the Internationals Network. In this workshop, which begins with a lesson taught entirely in a foreign language, the Driving Question that will be answered is: “How do we help our students with limited English proficiency to access rigorous content, skills, and academic language?” After an initial experience in which the content is delivered in the foreign language with no scaffolding and no supports, participants are taught the same content through activities, curriculum, and instruction that models good teaching for English Language Learners. Participants have the opportunity to reflect on the experience of the two different lessons and to look closely at several of the techniques the “teacher” uses that were effective for them. This workshop puts participants in the shoes of their students and helps them gain first-hand experience with the benefits of teaching students with the techniques expanded on in the other workshops.

**Note, this event is organized by the NYC Charter School Center and does not detract from Special Education Collaborative member seat allotments.  There is a $75.00 fee, and the event will be capped at 40 registrants. 

Suggested Audience: ELL Coordinators, ELL Coaches, Teachers

February 26, 20168:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Workshop: ALICE – Active Shooter Response Training

Presented by  Lisa & Greg Crane



ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) is a comprehensive program which utilizes existing communication technology, building infrastructure and training for citizens to use pro-active strategies which moves beyond the traditional “Lockdown-only”. ALICE provides a toolbox of options from which those under attack can choose based on what works best for their situation. We address providing information, consideration for mass evacuation, the effective use of barricades during Lockdown and our counter concepts which makes the job of shooting accurately more difficult. Participants will leave with ideas and concepts which will start conversations with their citizens and law enforcement administrators.

Suggested Audience Pending: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, Administrators/School Leaders, Related Service Providers, Counselors

February 11, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Establishing Strong & Consistent Classroom Routines & Procedures

Presented by  Chris Habetler

Of course building strong routines is only part of building a strong class culture, but it is an important and often overlooked part of the formula. Strong routines help the class function smoothly, reduce misbehavior, reduce frustration, and, when done well, help build a positive identity for the class and build strong habits that promote student independence. In this session, participants will learn: 1. Why routines are an essential part of building strong classrooms 2. How to design a strong routine / improve current routines 3. How to (re)invest students and (re)teach routines 4. How to descaffold teacher actions and increase student automaticity. 5. How to leverage routines to improve pacing, joy and class culture.

Suggested Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Deans/Coaches, Administrators/School Leaders 

February 10, 20169:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Coaching Classroom Management

Presented by Mike Booher

Coaching Classroom Management is the perfect companion to CHAMPS, Discipline in the Secondary Classroom, or any other research-based approach to managing student behavior. The leadership of administrators, master teachers, and other coaches can help teachers create calm and productive classrooms.

This training provides ideas and suggestions for coaches who will be working with teachers in either an evaluative or nonevaluative role. Participants learn strategies and suggestions to help organize staff for effective classroom management implementation, including communicating clear expectations to staff, and structuring classroom observations. Participants will learn to effectively use tools such as:

• Observation forms • Staff development materials • Checklists • Rating scales • Tip sheets for classroom walk-throughs

Suggested Audience: Deans/Coaches, Administrators/School Leaders, Related Service Providers

February 9, 20169:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Modified Promotional Criteria & Lights Retention Scale

Presented by Dixon Deutsch & Megan Davis-Hitchens

 

Light’s Retention Scale (LRS) is a tool that schools can use to support their conversations on retention. Based on 20 measures that schools consider for retention, the LRS is designed to include parents in the process and to allow those charged with the retention decision to evaluate many different data points to allow for a comprehensive decision on retention. This workshop will review the LRS, looking at each retention factor in detail, and allow for practice on two case studies. At the end of the workshop, school teams will be able to fully use the LRS as an additional tool within all of their retention meetings. <b>



Suggested Audience: Special Education Coordinators, Administrators/School Leaders

February 9, 20162:00 - 3:00 PM

ELL Webinar: Adjusting Guided Reading for ELLs

Presented by Melissa Katz

  In this webinar, participants will learn about the different considerations that must be made for ELLs when using guided reading as a language support. We will explore how to adjust instruction before, during, and after reading, including explicit vocabulary and phonics instruction. All will walk away with both a better understanding of how to adapt guided reading instruction to best meet the needs of their ELLs and immediately actionable next steps.

Suggested Audience: Gen Ed Teachers, Special Ed. Teachers, ELL Teachers

*Please note, webinars are seat-free and do not detract from seat allocations with Special Education Collaborative membership. Consider it a freebie!

February 5, 20161:00 - 3:30 PM

ELL Workshop: PART 2: Inquiry-based Strategies for Engaging Your Special Populations

Presented by The New York Historical Society

In this hands-on session - the second in a two-part series – seasoned educators from the NYHS will build on the strategies in Part 1 (October 28) and extend into the realm of using visual aids to drive student learning. Participants will practice the deconstruction and analysis of visuals and discuss how using these strategies in the classroom can provide a powerful learning opportunity for all students, particularly those with language and learning needs. Attendees will walk away with classroom-ready strategies and sample lessons to scaffold this inquiry-based work for their students.

*Note:
  • this event will be hosted AT the NY Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
  • you did not have to attend Part 1 in order to attend Part 2
  • this event is organized by the NYC Charter School Center and does not detract from Special Education Collaborative member seat allotments.  Consider it a freebie! 


  • Suggested Audience: Gen Ed Teachers, Special Ed. Teachers, ELL Teachers

February 4, 20169:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Workshop: Demystifying Testing Accommodations

Presented by Melissa KatzEnuma Igweatu

In this session, participants will learn about testing accommodations for students with IEPs and English Language Learners. Attendees will have an opportunity to pose questions and build an action plan to meet the needs of their own students.

Suggested Audience: Special Education Teachers, Administrators/School Leads

February 2, 2016

Charter School Advocacy Day 2016

Join the thousands of parents and school staff who have traveled to Albany year after year to showcase our schools and build meaningful relationships with the elected officials who are responsible for the laws that govern charter schools.  Transportation and meals (breakfast and lunch) included.  (This event is not affiliated with NYC Special Education Collaborative Membership)

January 30, 20169:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: CST 060 Test Prep: 01-30-16

Presented by JBB Test Prep

This workshop will focus on how to prepare for the Students with Disabilities (CST 060) exam. Participants will learn how to break down multiple-choice questions into categories, eliminate error and trap choices, interpret prompts and use the basic principles that typically earn a high score. Each participant will be coached and then have their on-site original essay graded and reviewed individually, providing them with one to one feedback.

Suggested Audience: Teachers seeking "Highly qualified" status in Special Education

January 28, 20168:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety – 01/28/16

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately. By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators  (**FOR ENHANCED & PREMIER MEMBERS ONLY)

January 27, 20169:00 - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Section 504s and Parental Due Process

Presented by Dixon Deutsch, Enuma Igweatu, and Harold Hinds

This session will cover the legal background of Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the responsibilities of NYC charter schools. Additionally, this session will dive into new content regarding parental rights to due process. Attendees will leave the session with a training deck and a resource toolkit to implement Section 504 requirements at their school site.

Suggested Audience: Special Education Coordinators, Administrators/School Leaders

January 25, 20169:00 - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Counselors & Social Workers Leveraging Teachers (Part 2)

Presented by Sam Guzzardi

Findings from a wide range of disciplines confirm that fostering healthy attachments in school is a key component to supporting the success of all students, including students who have severe difficulty with behavior and learning.  In this second part of a two-part series, school counselors and social workers will have the opportunity to speak about their efforts to support teachers and other school staff in having one-on-one conversations that foster teachers' ability to be secure attachment objects for students.  This session will focus on discussing participants' successes and difficulties with the model, troubleshooting challenging scenarios with teachers, and learning additional techniques for ensuring that teachers are supported in their interactions with the students who challenge them the most.

Suggested Audience: Counselors/Social Workers, Administrators/School Leaders, Deans/Coaches Please do not register unless you attended Part 1 last Fall.

December 11, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Self-Regulation and Executive Functioning: Mindsets + Skills Sets = Results

Presented by Kathleen Kryza

  This inspirational and practical workshop focuses on giving students the tools to manage their own learning by applying the research of Carol Dweck (Mindsets: The New Psychology of Success), Jack Naglieri and Tulio Otero on executive function, and PASS Theory (Planning, Attention, Simultaneous, Successive). Participants will learn strategies for helping students develop growth-mindsets, learn connections between the brain and executive functioning, and learn techniques for teaching students to how be metacognitive.  

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators

December 10, 20159:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Workshop: NYSAA in Science and Social Studies

Presented by Ronald Miller, Regional Lead Trainer, NYSAA at Measured Progress  

This FREE, full-day workshop will provide important updates on preparing, administering, and submitting the New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) in Science & Social Studies. Please review the revised timeline administration for NYSAA in Science and Social Studies. Attendees must have their NYSAA Manuals with them for this training.

The assessment period for Science and Social Studies is December 7th, 2015 to February 12th, 2016. All schools should receive their NYSAA Manuals by the second week of December.  

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators.

OPEN TO MEMBERS & NON-MEMBERS FOR FREE!

December 8, 20155:30 - 7:30 PM

Workshop: Common Core Algebra Regents Unit Design: A Proven Strategy for Students Entering Below Grade Level (Dinner Session)

Presented by Lauren Brady

 This session will provide teachers with specific instructional strategies for improving Common Core Algebra Regents curriculum that have been proven successful for Level 1 & 2 students, English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. Participants can expect an interactive guide through the process of designing an effective ninth grade Common Core Algebra unit: from analysis of Regents patterns to conceptualization of the unit arc. We will address question choice, pacing, scaffolding lessons and selection of productive struggle problem solving tasks. The process will be modeled through the lens of one unit, but the techniques are replicable across all units. 

Suggested Audience: HS Teachers, Coaches/Deans, Administrators

December 8, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Using Collaboration and Data to Drive the FBA/BIP Process

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens  

In order to have authentic conversations about student behavior and create effective behavior plans, data must be gathered and analyzed collaboratively. This session will focus on data collection, and provide tools and frameworks for collaborating on developing Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans.  

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators

December 4, 20158:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately. By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators  (**FOR ENHANCED & PREMIER MEMBERS ONLY)

December 3, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Sensory Smart Strategies for School Success

Presented by Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L

This presentation will provide attendees with practical sensory and motor strategies to help students feel, function, and learn at their best. Topics will include the relationship between sensory challenges and behavioral and learning issues, and activities to improve core strength, fine motor skills, and gross motor skills. Participants will learn techniques for decreasing sensitivity to noise, touch, movement, visuals, taste and smell, as well as strategies for avoiding sensory overload, self-stimulatory behaviors, and managing meltdowns. The session will discuss real-life solutions for circle time, desk time, free play, recess, and more. Participants will gain the ability to understand and screen for sensory processing challenges in students, and how sensory challenges impact behavior and learning. Teachers will be able to implement over 20 therapeutic activities to advance sensory, motor and attention skills, in addition to environmental modifications to help children maintain an optimal state of arousal.

Lindsey Biel is coauthor of the award-winning book Raising a Sensory Smart Child and author of Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens. She teaches workshops to teachers, therapists, parents, and other across the country.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Related Service Providers, Counselors, Coaches/Deans, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

December 2, 20159:00 - 11:00 AM

Workshop: Involving the Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) in Response to Intervention (RTI)

Presented by Amy Grillo & Lauren Buisson-Hudacek

 RTI is a comprehensive service delivery system that requires significant changes in how a school designs and provides services to meet the needs of all students. This session will highlight how the speech-language pathologist (SLP) can play a number of important roles in the RTI framework, including team member, technical assistance provider, curriculum and instruction advisor, problem-solver, and direct service provider for assessment and intervention activities.  In addition, the session will offer how SLPs can bring a specialized knowledge and skills to the table regarding the language processes of listening, speaking, reading and writing – all essential skills for academic success.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Related Service Providers, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

November 20, 20158:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Mini-Conference: 60 Sixty Second Practical Behavior Interventions

Presented by Beverley Johns | Mini-Conference  

This engaging session focuses on over 60 practical behavior interventions that are easily used within any classroom. The interventions will fall within four different categories- Teacher's Desk-Side Manner, Avoiding Power Struggles, Behavior Academic Connections, and Active Engagement and Movement to Decrease Behavior Problems. Interventions will be demonstrated. Participants will develop goals for their classroom, and leave with numerous strategies for immediate implementation.  

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Coaches/Deans

November 19, 201510:00 - 11:30 AM

Webinar: Teaching Adolescents How to Write in the 21st Century

Presented by Stacy Rosenblaum, Dr. Dana Dorfman, and Dr. Barbara McKeon

Join us as we examine the challenges faced by 20th Century educators as they teach 21st Century learners how to write with purpose.  Issues addressed will include: the stages of adolescent brain development and writing fluency, the evolution of writing instruction, the developmental implications of using more technology in the classroom, and the role teachers and parents in fostering writing independence.

 Suggested Audience: MS/HS Teachers, Coaches, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

November 18, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: A Model for Developing the Co-Teaching Relationship

Presented by Dixon Deutsch

 The co-teaching relationship is at the core of a strong and inclusive special education program.  Many schools have various models and supports that target the co-teaching relationships but most do not target the leadership styles of the co-teachers themselves.  In this workshop, the Collaborative will lead participants through a survey on Interpersonal Leadership Styles (ILS) and discussion on how leadership styles can impact co-teaching roles and habits in the inclusive classroom.  This workshop will review the ILS, with thorough practice in small group breakouts of similar leadership styles and co-teaching pairs.  

There is a $32.50 materials fee per participant, which includes the ILS survey and leadership guides.  To ensure maximum benefit of your co-teaching team, the Collaborative requests that co-teachers attend the workshop together.  

Suggested Audience: Administrators, Coaches/Deans, Co-Teaching Partners

November 18, 20151:00 - 4:00 PM

Workshop: Preparing Students with Disabilities for Successful Transition to College

Presented by Elizabeth C. Hamblet

  This session educates professionals about disability services and academic expectations at college so that they can make sure that their student is prepared. It provides research based information on successful transition, including: • Knowing the law & research – this section will explain the legal changes students will encounter in prevailing disability laws at college, and what the research says are the qualities and skills that successful college students with disabilities possess; • Understanding student’s rights and responsibilities • Developing essential personal, academic and life skills • Understanding college accommodations • Finding the right college – this section offers tips to help students research disability services at their target colleges, and provides answers to some commonly-asked questions about disclosing students’ disability during the admissions process.  

Suggested Audience: Special Education Teachers, Coaches/Deans, Administrators, Counselors

November 17, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ELL Workshop: Let There Be Talk: Incorporating Speaking and Listening Activities into Instruction

Presented by Melissa Katz

 Speaking and listening key for ELLs’ English language development, but too often teachers maintain silent classrooms. In this workshop, participants will learn about different activities and strategies to promote oral and aural language development in the classroom.

**Note, this event is organized by the NYC Charter School Center and does not detract from Special Education Collaborative member seat allotments.  Consider it a freebie! 

Suggested Audience: Teachers

November 16, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Leveraging Teachers: A Critical Step in Supporting High-Need Students (Part 1)

Presented by Sam Guzzardi

 In this session, school-based social workers and counselors will learn and practice proven techniques for supporting teachers who work with high-need students. Teachers are the front line resource in supporting students, and school-based mental health staff can strengthen and streamline their practice by leveraging the resource that is the classroom teacher. Together, we'll talk about how social workers and counselors can reach out to teachers and coach them in supporting the behavior and learning of students with whom they struggle. Our session will focus on the use of evidence-based approaches, and save time to practice the skills we discuss and learn.

 Suggested Audience: Counselors

November 13, 20158:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately. By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators  (**FOR ENHANCED & PREMIER MEMBERS ONLY)

November 9, 20159:00 - 11:30 AM

Workshop: Response to Intervention 1.0: The Starting Line

Presented by Julie Gronquist-Blodgett

This session will explore the purpose and structure for RTI in a school based setting. Participants will build a variety of knowledge and skills needed to implement RTI in their building, including:
  • Determining where students fall when establishing an RTI systeM
  • Criteria for selecting intervention
  • Tracking movement in RTI system
  • Tracking interventions and consistency
Participants will develop a plan for implementing RTI in their school.

**Please note, if you'd like to attend both the morning and afternoon RTI sessions, you must register using both forms.  Attending both events will count as two seats from your school's seat allotment.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Coaches/Deans, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

November 9, 201512:30 - 3:30 PM

Workshop: Response to Intervention 2.0: Taking Your RTI to the Next Step

Presented by Julie Gronquist-Blodgett

  This 2.0 is for participants who've started RTI but have ongoing questions or those that participated in the Starting Line session. This workshop will explore what happens when a tier isn't the right fit anymore (both moving kids up when progress isn't made and moving them down when progress is made), and what teacher development needs to happen to ensure tier 2 and 3 are strong. There will also be discussion on the involvement of stakeholders (service providers, parents, etc.) in driving RTI success. Participants will develop concrete next steps for improving the effectiveness of their current RTI model.

**Please note, if you'd like to attend both the morning and afternoon RTI sessions, you must register using both forms.  Attending both events will count as two seats from your school's seat allotment.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Coaches/Deans, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

November 6, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Writing High Quality IEPs: Collaboration and Common Core Alignment

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

The Individual Education Program (IEP) is designed to outline supports and services required for individual students to achieve success. The IEP is also used to provide teachers and school staff with information and strategies to guide their work with the student. The quality of an IEP is only as meaningful as the team’s approach to its development and how it is implemented. Participants will explore a collaborative process for writing IEPs and how to align goals and strategies to the Common Core. The training will provide participants with strategies and resources for creating authentic IEPs.  This session is designed for anyone who plays a role in writing or implementing an IEP.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Support Staff, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

November 3, 20159:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Universal Design for Learning 2.0 with Katie Novak, Ed.D.

Presented by Katie Novak, Ed.D. | Mini-Conference

Katie Novak is the author of the best selling book on inclusive education, UDL Now! A Teacher’s Monday Morning Guide to Common Core Implementation using Universal Design for Learning. Her discussion of UDL focuses on using the framework to lower barriers to learning and increase learning opportunities for all students. Discussion will include UDL and Common Core Standards, engaging students in UDL, building staff developments and evaluations that incorporate to UDL. This session is a must for schools looking to learning practical strategies for implementing and enhancing UDL practices school-wide.

Suggested Audience: Coaches, Administrators, School Leaders

November 2, 20151:00 - 2:00 PM

ELL Webinar: In It for the Long Haul: A Timeline for ELL Recruitment Throughout the School Year

Presented by Melissa Katz

In this webinar, school leaders and operations managers will learn about the state mandated requirements for ELL recruitment. Best practices for ELL recruitment, culled both locally and nationally, will be shared and participants will walk away with clear next steps to bolster their ELL recruitment efforts.

**Note, this event is organized by the NYC Charter School Center and does not detract from Special Education Collaborative member seat allotments.  Consider it a freebie! 

Suggested Audience: School Leaders, Operations Managers  

October 29, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Building the Capacity of Paraprofessionals to Support Inclusive Classrooms

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

 Including paraprofessionals in school-wide and classroom based systems is integral to building collaborative and inclusive learning environments. This session will explore the roles and responsibilities of paraprofessionals, including the support from supervising teachers, and school based teams. We will also explore ways to build the role of paraprofessionals in supporting students in your classrooms. Participants will develop a framework for how to support paraprofessionals, and how to build a program that maximizes adult support to increase student achievement. This session is not designed for paraprofessionals but will have tools you can use to support in building their capacity.

 Suggested Audience: Teachers, Coaches/Deans, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

October 29, 20155:30 - 7:30 PM

Workshop: Using F&P Data to Drive Guided Reading (Dinner Session)

Presented by Anna Reeve

In this session, teachers will learn how to analyze F&P running records and comprehension questions in order to inform instruction.  Teachers will learn practical strategies for collecting and using data throughout guided reading lessons.  Additionally, teachers will learn and practice implementing the flow of a guided reading block.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Coaches

October 28, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ELL Workshop: PART 1: Inquiry-based Strategies for Engaging Your Special Populations

Presented by The New York Historical Society

  In this hands-on, interactive workshop, seasoned educators from the New York Historical Society will model classroom-ready techniques designed to engage students in critical thinking through guided observation, hands-on analysis, and student-driven conversation about artifacts. The session – the first in a two-part series – will explore how these activities build analytical skills that can be applied across subject areas, including science and math. Attendees will walk away with a plan for how to use these activities in their classroom to make academic content accessible for all learners.

**Note, this event is organized by the NYC Charter School Center and does not detract from Special Education Collaborative member seat allotments.  Consider it a freebie! 

Suggested Audience: Teachers

October 23, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: UDL 101: The What, Why and How!

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

The goal is accessibility, and as educators it is our role and responsibility to ensure students have access to learning experiences that build knowledge. Universal Design for Learning is the curriculum planning process that provides access for all learners. This session will provide background on UDL, discuss the importance of implementing UDL school-wide, and give practical strategies and tools for making UDL sustainable. The session will also discuss how to do UDL in a Common Core Standards focused environment. This UDL designed UDL workshop will support educators at all levels by providing examples for how to implement in classrooms and staff trainings.

Suggested Audience: Administrators, Coaches/Deans, Teachers, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

October 22, 20159:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation: Mini-Observations and The Double Role Play

Presented by Kim Marshall 

These sessions will explore why the conventional model isn't working and how supervisors can get into classrooms, be perceptive observers, and coach teachers on continuous improvement. This two-part session is full of practical tools, application sessions, and group discussion. Nuts and Bolts of Mini-Observations: For mini-observations to be effective at improving teaching and learning, ten elements need to be in place.

The Double Role Play: During this section, attendees will watch a brief classroom video of a realistic classroom segment and people observe and take notes. Pairs will take turns role-playing the feedback conversations with the teacher. The teacher will then provide feedback to the partner in the principle or coach role. Attendees will work together to discuss compliments and areas for improvement, and debate which areas of need are most important. To close the activity, attendees will write an email to the teacher summarizing the observation and feedback conversation.

Suggested Audience: Coaches/Deans, Administrators and School Leaders

October 20, 20159:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Two-Day ELL Conference with Margarita Florez

Presented by Margarita Florez

  Margarita Florez is the Managing Director of Learning for KIPP LA. As a founding school leader, she led KIPP Comienza Community Prep, a school with more than 50% ELLs, to academic success with scores in the 94th percentile on the California Standards Tests. Join Margarita in this ELL focused conference as she shares the tools and strategies she used to lead her scholars, staff, and school to success. Topics covered include unpacking Common Core standards, content and language objectives, language forms and functions, effective checks for understanding, and questions for short and long-term assessment. Attendees will leave this conference with both the ability to analyze standards by content, cognition, and language and to create higher order thinking questions to assess students’ knowledge.

 **Note, this conference is organized by the NYC Charter School Center and is fee-based.  This conference is not associated with the NYC Special Education Collaborative. Rates depend on whether participants choose to attend only Day 1, only Day 2, or both Day 1 and 2.

October 20th: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
October 21st: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Suggested Audience: ELL Coordinators, Teachers, Instructional Coaches

October 16, 20159:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Workshop: The LEA Representative and Writing Legally Compliant IEPs

Presented by Teri E. Engler

The LEA representative is the individual who is responsible for ensuring that the District's IEP meeting procedures are legally correct. Do you have the knowledge and skills for running a legally-compliant IEP meeting? The IEP is a school district's blueprint for the provision of a free, appropriate public education to children with disabilities, and there are a myriad of requirements for writing legally-compliant IEPs. This session will provide participants with an overview of legal requirements and best practices for professionals who serve as LEA representatives, and provide a comprehensive analysis of IEP requirements under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act and its implementing regulations, as well as case law interpreting these requirements.

 Suggested Audience: Administrators, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

October 14, 20159:00 - 11:00 AM

Workshop: Applying Co-Teaching Models to Include the Speech Language Pathologist

Presented by Amy Grillo & Lauren Buisson-Hudacek

Co-teaching is a model that emphasizes consistent collaboration and communication among all members of a team to meet the needs of all students. This session will highlight how to include related service providers, such as an SLP, effectively to this interdisciplinary team.  In addition, this session will offer practical, co-teaching models for “push in” and “pull out” service delivery that can be readily incorporated into the classroom. Opportunities to apply co-teaching models to related service delivery is threaded throughout each day, and our hope is to shed light on these moments. Attendees will leave the session with a framework that outlines the elements of co-teaching and co-teaching models for push-in and pull-out service delivery to readily incorporate into school/classroom models.  In addition, attendees will role-play how to include related service providers into various co-teaching models.

 Suggested Audience: Teachers, Related Service Providers, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

October 13, 20151:00 - 3:00 PM

Webinar: IDEA Disability Categories and Eligibility

Presented by Kate Dove and Brigette Dutra

The session will provide an overview of the thirteen disability categories under IDEA, eligibility determination process, and implications for service delivery. Attendees will gain a general understanding of each of the thirteen IDEA disability categories, an overview of the eligibility determination criteria and process, and implications for service delivery for the high-incidence disabilities based on best practices and current educational research.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Deans, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

October 9, 20159:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Creating/Maintaining Inclusion and Teaching for All: Co-planning and Effective Behavior Supports

Presented by Dr. Julie Causton | Mini-Conference

This interactive session is a must for any teacher, administrator or special education director who has been working to create more inclusive schools, or wishes to do so. Filled with useful ideas and strategies, this interactive class will cover HOW to create inclusive schools from the district, to the classroom level, to the student level. Presenter Julie Causton has worked to reform dozens of schools across the country to become more inclusive, and these inclusive efforts have yielded dramatic achievement results for students with and without disabilities. She has provided independent educational evaluations in several due process hearings and just completed writing a book entitled 30 Days to Effective Co-Teaching. Dr. Causton’s dynamic presentation will focus on responsive, and engaging ways to educate children with autism, challenging behavior, or any disability label within the context of general education. Attendees will leave with a deep understanding of exclusive education, along with many strategies to help create and maintain an inclusive school or community.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Coaches/Deans, Related Service Providers, Administrators and School Leaders, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

October 7, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Special Education Discipline: What You Need to Know and Do

Presented by Dixon Deutsch

This workshop will give you an overview of the procedures relating to disciplining students with special education needs to ensure that you have the skills necessary to be your site-based expert.  Through a review of the laws and case scenarios, participants will leave the session understanding how discipline should look through the lens of special education.  Participants will have an opportunity to raise issues pertaining to specific school’s needs, and time will be incorporated during the workshop so that your school’s needs can be addressed on an individual basis.

Suggested Audience: Administrators, Deans, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

October 2, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: Assistive Technology Supports for Struggling Learners: Reading, Writing, Organization, Note-taking, and Math Tools

Presented by Mark Surabian

The concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has taught us that many of the barriers to learning are due to the inaccessibility of the content we deliver to our students. For over 30 years innovative educators have employed a vast number of Assistive Technologies (AT) within their classrooms to address the many obstacles that may inhibit active student participation. Students with learning and sensory challenges (and even English Language Learners) have benefited in countless ways from such technologies that make learning more accessible. This half day workshop will present attendees with information and demonstrations of readily available tools built into classroom technologies as well as various affordable apps and online tools that empower student participation across all subjects.

 Suggested Audience: Teachers, Related Service Providers, Special Education Coordinators/Lead

October 1, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ELL Workshop: Analyzing ELL Baseline Data 1.0

Presented by Melissa Katz

  Back by popular demand, participants will learn how to analyze ELL baseline data. Attendees will learn about using State and school assessment data to drive ELL instruction and grouping. Work time is built in, so all will walk away with immediate, actionable next steps.

**Note, this event is organized by the NYC Charter School Center and does not detract from Special Education Collaborative member seat allotments.  Consider it a freebie! 

Suggested Audience: ELL Coordinators, ELL Teachers

September 29, 20158:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately. By utilizing discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute and strategies to support students and staff in moments of crisis.

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Deans, Administrators  (**FOR ENHANCED & PREMIER MEMBERS ONLY)

September 23, 20152:00 - 3:00 PM

Webinar: What You Need to Know About Serving ELLs and Their Families

Presented by Melissa Katz   In this webinar, participants will learn about federal and State regulations around ELL services, both for students and families. Participants will gain knowledge around best practices for maintaining compliance with federal and State mandates. **Note, this event is organized by the NYC Charter School Center and does not detract from Special Education Collaborative member seat allotments.  Consider it a freebie!    Suggested Audience: School Leaders, ELL Coordinators, Operations Managers

September 22, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: ICT 1.0: Inclusive Co-Teaching

Presented by Dixon Deutsch Is your school beginning to develop a more inclusive setting?  Has your school veered off the path from your original vision of what an ICT classroom would be and you need a refresher?  Is your school thinking about using ICT classrooms as a means to building a “school for all”?  Come to this training to both learn about ICT settings or for a refresher on how to ensure your school is developing a truly inclusive and collaborative teaching model.  This session will cover the research behind ICT, review the five models of ICT and dive into the principles for ensuring a successful implementation of ICT supports at your school. This session is the first in a series of workshops, and serves as the foundational course for all other co-teaching trainings.  Suggested Audience: Co-Teachers

September 18, 20158:30 AM - 12:30 PM

CANCELLED Workshop: Special Education Bootcamp

Each year we host over 100 special education directors, coordinators, and new special education staff at our ever popular "SPED boot camp”. This crash course on all things SPED in charters provides attendees with valuable information on regulations, tools to support program design, compliance guides, data trackers, and more! We will cover topics that focus on the charter landscape in NYC, SPED law, working with the LEA, roles and responsibilities of charters, and CSE relationships. Presenters: Megan Davis-Hitchens & Dixon Deutsch Suggested Audience: New special education staff THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT

September 16, 20151:00 - 3:00 PM

Webinar: SPED Billing and Reimbursement

Presented by Dixon Deutsch This webinar will cover the special education reimbursement process of the NYC DOE. From a review of the NYS rules that govern reimbursement to practicing student scenarios, webinar participants will understand the complex process of converting a student’s program to that of reimbursement dollar amounts from the city. Attendees will leave the session with the foundation they need to ensure a complete and accurate student reimbursement reporting process for the October deadline.  **Note, webinars do not detract from Special Education Collaborative member seat allotments.  Consider it a freebie! Suggested Audience: Administrators, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

September 16, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ELL Boot Camp: Learn the Ropes of ELLs in Charters

Presented by Melissa Katz   In this session, participants will learn about the laws that govern ELLs and ELL parent services in charter schools, as well as best practices for ensuring compliance. Participants will come away with actionable next steps and a better understanding of ELL identification, programming, instruction, and language access.  **Note, this event is organized by the NYC Charter School Center and does not detract from Special Education Collaborative member seat allotments.  Consider it a freebie!   Suggested Audience: School Leaders, ELL Coordinators

September 8, 20159:00 - 11:00 AM

Special Education Student Information System (SESIS) Training

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens   This is an overview training of SESIS, including basic navigation, searching student documents, and a discussion on roles and responsibilities of Charters and CSEs. The session will provide information on running reports, logging attendance, progress monitoring, and documenting parental  and CSE outreach. In addition, the session will explore best practices and how to troubleshoot common issues in SESIS. This session is appropriate for any staff member who will be using SESIS.   Suggested Audience: Teachers, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

September 8, 20152:00 - 3:00 PM

Webinar: ELL Identification and Parent Notification

Presented by Melissa Katz In this webinar, participants will be trained on how to identify ELLs in compliance with federal and state regulations. Topics will include: the ELL identification process, NYSITELL administration, mandated parent notification and language access. **Note, this event is organized by the NYC Charter School Center and does not detract from Special Education Collaborative member seat allotments.  Consider it a freebie!  Suggested Audience: ELL Coordinators, Operations Managers  

September 4, 201512:00 - 1:00 PM

Webinar: Starting Off Right: Charter Schools and DOE-Assigned Related Service Agencies

Presented by Amy Grillo and Dixon Deutsch  Do you have new agencies and/or a new provider providing related services to your students for this upcoming academic year?  Are you new to your role and/or ensuring that your students receive their related services?  Would you like to “reset” the relationship with your DOE-assigned agency?  Join the NYC Special Education Collaborative and one of the city’s most sought-after speech agencies, City Sounds of New York, to explore the world of related services and relationship building amongst NYC’s vast and complex related services system. We’ll cover the NYC charter school related services process, how to build an effective relationship with your agencies, learn expectations the DOE has of your agencies, and tips for starting the school year off on the right foot.   **Note, webinars do not detract from Special Education Collaborative member seat allotments.  Consider it a freebie! Suggested Audience: Special Education Coordinators/Leads

September 4, 20159:00 - 11:00 AM

Special Education Student Information System (SESIS) Training

Presented by Megan Davis-Hitchens   This is an overview training of SESIS, including basic navigation, searching student documents, and a discussion on roles and responsibilities of Charters and CSEs. The session will provide information on running reports, logging attendance, progress monitoring, and documenting parental  and CSE outreach. In addition, the session will explore best practices and how to troubleshoot common issues in SESIS. This session is appropriate for any staff member who will be using SESIS.   Suggested Audience: Teachers, Special Education Coordinators/Leads

September 3, 20151:00 - 4:00 PM

ELL Boot Camp: Learn the Ropes of ELLs in Charters

Presented by Melissa Katz   In this session, participants will learn about the laws that govern ELLs and ELL parent services in charter schools, as well as best practices for ensuring compliance. Participants will come away with actionable next steps and a better understanding of ELL identification, programming, instruction, and language access.  **Note, this event is organized by the NYC Charter School Center and does not detract from Special Education Collaborative member seat allotments.  Consider it a freebie!   Suggested Audience: School Leaders, ELL Coordinators

August 28, 20158:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Workshop: Special Education Bootcamp

Each year we host over 100 special education directors, coordinators, and new special education staff at our ever popular "SPED boot camp”. This crash course on all things SPED in charters provides attendees with valuable information on regulations, tools to support program design, compliance guides, data trackers, and more! We will cover topics that focus on the charter landscape in NYC, SPED law, working with the LEA, roles and responsibilities of charters, and CSE relationships.

Presenters: Megan Davis-Hitchens & Dixon Deutsch

Suggested Audience: New special education staff

August 26, 20159:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Wilson Just Words

Wilson's Just Words is a highly explicit, multisensory decoding and spelling program for students grade 4-12, who require explicit decoding and spelling instruction due to word-level deficits. Just Words is based on the research validated Wilson Reading System® and moves at an accelerated pace by focusing primarily on the concentrated study of word structure for reading and spelling. Participants MUST attend both days of the workshop (08/26 AND 08/27)

August 21, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Conscious Classroom Management

Why is it good classroom management is often invisible? How can we understand and utilize these invisible skills with our students? This is a lively, fun, and interactive workshop that addresses these questions, giving K-12 teachers dozens of practical, eye-opening strategies they can use for managing students effectively, focusing on both prevent and intervention. In this fast paced, laughter-filled seminar, you will learn and explore: • How to make invisible management skills visible • How to “hold your ground” in ways that invite student cooperation • Seven non-verbal strategies to get kids focused • Four ways to de-escalate teacher and student tension in the classroom • A dozen simple strategies for easy classroom transitions • Practical approaches for motivating your reluctant learners • Strategies that result in reduced anxiety and a fresher, more positive approach to teaching

Presenter: Rick Smith: http://www.consciousteaching.com/rick-smith/

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Coaches/Deans

August 20, 20159:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Wilson FUNdations Grade 2

Wilson FUNdations is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program for the general education classroom. Fundations is based upon the Wilson Reading System® principles and serves as a prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure.Rather than completely replace core curriculum, Fundations provides the research-validated strategies that complement installed programs to meet federal standards and serve the needs of all children.

Teachers incorporate a 30-minute daily Fundations lesson into their language arts classroom instruction. Fundations lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during Storytime activities. Furthermore, targeted small group intervention is available for students in the lowest 30th percentile.

August 19, 20159:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Wilson FUNdations Grade 1

Wilson FUNdations is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program for the general education classroom. Fundations is based upon the Wilson Reading System® principles and serves as a prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure. Rather than completely replace core curriculum, Fundations provides the research-validated strategies that complement installed programs to meet federal standards and serve the needs of all children.

Teachers incorporate a 30-minute daily Fundations lesson into their language arts classroom instruction. Fundations lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during Storytime activities. Furthermore, targeted small group intervention is available for students in the lowest 30th percentile.

August 18, 20159:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Wilson FUNdations Kindergarten

Wilson FUNdations is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program for the general education classroom. Fundations is based upon the Wilson Reading System® principles and serves as a prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure. Rather than completely replace core curriculum, Fundations provides the research-validated strategies that complement installed programs to meet federal standards and serve the needs of all children.

Teachers incorporate a 30-minute daily Fundations lesson into their language arts classroom instruction. Fundations lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during Storytime activities. Furthermore, targeted small group intervention is available for students in the lowest 30th percentile.

August 17, 20158:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Workshop: Special Education Bootcamp

Each year we host over 100 special education directors, coordinators, and new special education staff at our ever popular "SPED boot camp”. This crash course on all things SPED in charters provides attendees with valuable information on regulations, tools to support program design, compliance guides, data trackers, and more! We will cover topics that focus on the charter landscape in NYC, SPED law, working with the LEA, roles and responsibilities of charters, and CSE relationships.

Presenter: Megan Davis-Hitchens & Dixon Deutsch

Suggested Audience: New special education staff

June 19, 20158:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators (available to Enhanced & Premier members only)

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis.In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.


Presenter: Megan Davis-Hitchens - Program Manager, NYC Special Education Collaborative

June 9, 20158:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators (available to Enhanced & Premier members only)

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis.In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.

Presenter: Megan Davis-Hitchens - Program Manager, NYC Special Education Collaborative

June 3, 20158:00 AM - 3:00 PM

2015 Annual Special Education Conference

The NYC Special Education Collaborative's 5th Annual Education Conference represents one of the largest gatherings of special education educators, administrators, advocates and parents in New York City.

This year's conference theme is: Building Your Inclusive School Mindset & Practice.

Our Annual Education Conference brings world-class professional development to the NYC schools special education sector and capstones the school year by celebrating the successes and gains our members made in their efforts to provide high-quality instruction. This premier conference is the first and only special education conference in NYC for NYC charter school staff (but we welcome all educators).

Day A: Wednesday, June 3rd - 8:00-3:00 PM
Day B: Thursday, June 4th - 8:00-3:30 PM

For a detailed agenda and session guide, please click HERE.

May 30, 20159:00 AM - 12:15 PM OR 1:00 - 4:15 PM

Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention

This workshop will provide (6) cumulative hours of training - three (3) hours online and three (3) hours face-to-face. Registrants MUST successfully complete the online training by Wednesday May 27th in order to attend the face-to-face session on Saturday, May 30th. Links and instructions to the online session will be emailed to you after the submission of the completed registration form AND the receipt of payment in full. Cost is $100 per attendee.

This training will provide you with the required certificate needed by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

We are offering two time slots. Sign up for either the morning or afternoon session, not both:

Morning (9:00 AM-12:15 PM)

Afternoon (1:00-4:15 PM)

May 28, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM OR 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Core Instructional Routines: Differentiating for the Needs of Diverse Learners

Suggested Audience: Elementary Teachers, Administrators, ELL Coordinators, Special Education Coordinators

The Common Core classroom stresses student independence, not just the ability to accomplish tasks with the teacher.  Yet, despite the rhetoric about increasing rigor and independence, Special Education and ESL teachers will continue to face the challenge of helping their students reach current expectations. Participants in this workshop will explore the literacy expectations of the CCSS, with a particular focus on how to differentiate for the needs of English Language Learners or Students with Disabilities.   They will practice a repertoire of effective instructional routines that they can return to use the next day in their classrooms and share with co-teachers. *The morning mini-conference is focused on special education. The afternoon mini-conference focused on ELLs.

Presenter: Judith Dodge – National Presenter and Author

May 27, 20158:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators (available to Enhanced & Premier members only)

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis.In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.

Presenter: Megan Davis-Hitchens - Program Manager, NYC Special Education Collaborative

May 26, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Middle & High School Can Still Be Fun! Active Learning for the Inclusive Classroom, 6-12

Suggested Audience: Middle/High School Teachers, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators

This hands-on workshop demonstrates strategies to engage students in the comprehension and analysis of material in a variety of subjects.  The techniques include performance-based approaches and various easy-to-use technologies.  These activities can engage a variety of learners and offer rigor.  This workshop will explain the rationales as well as the methods for engaging students in meaningful learning.  There will be a focus on literacy across the curriculum, language arts, social studies, foreign language, and science.

Presenter: Dr. Christopher Shamburg – Professor and Author

May 21, 20158:00 - 10:00 AM

Intervention Showcase and Breakfast (Session 3)

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators

Are you looking for new programs or supports to provide to your school teams? Are your teachers interested in using other intervention curriculums to support a wider range of students? These intervention showcase sessions will provide you with exposure to various evidence based programs that are offered in schools nation wide. Join us for breakfast and an opportunity to learn about different intervention programs. This session will explore Preventing Academic Failure and Really Great Reading.

May 19, 20158:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators (available to Enhanced & Premier members only)

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis.In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.

Presenter: Megan Davis-Hitchens - Program Manager, NYC Special Education Collaborative

May 18, 20159:00 - 11:00 AM

A Model for Developing the Co-Teaching Relationship

Suggested Audience: Administrators, Special Education Coordinators

The co-teaching relationship is at the core of a strong and inclusive special education program. Many schools have various models and supports that target the co-teaching relationships but most do not target the leadership styles of the co-teachers themselves. In this workshop, the Collaborative will lead participants through a survey on Interpersonal Leadership Styles (ILS) and discussion on how leadership styles can impact co-teaching roles and habits in the inclusive classroom. This workshop will review the ILS, with thorough practice in small group breakouts of similar leadership styles and co-teaching pairs. There is a $35 materials fee per participant, which includes the ILS survey and leadership guides. To ensure maximum benefit of your co-teaching team, the Collaborative requests that co-teachers attend the workshop together.

Presenter: Dixon Deutsch – Vice President, Special Education Collaborative & ELL Supports

May 15, 20159:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Hiring Superstars – Leadership Breakfast and Panel Discussion

Suggested Audience: Administrators, Special Education Coordinators, School Leaders Hiring superstars is at the foundation of ensuring that your school is setup for success. Without the right people onboard, your school will be heading in the wrong direction. This breakfast panel will allow participants to learn how to make better hires, including how to probe deeply into candidates’ past experiences, see candidates in action by simulating real job activities, and conduct reference checks that make it easy for references to tell the full story about a candidate. We’ll also have a panel of hiring experts from throughout the charter sector speaking on advice for hiring the right superstar. Presenter: Dixon Deutsch – Vice President, Special Education Collaborative & ELL Supports

May 14, 20156:30 - 8:00 PM

High School Special Education Resource Share

Suggested Audience: High School Teachers, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators

This is our final high school resource share of the 2014-15 school year. Please bring a PD, study guide, lesson plan, or other resource to share with the team!

Presenter: Jeffrey Imwold – Director of Student Support Services at KIPP NYC College Prep

May 13, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Response to Intervention 2.0: From Planning to Practice

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators, ELL Coordinators

You may have had initial RTI training that explained the rationale of using RTI and potential tiers of interventions but left not exactly knowing what your next steps should be.  This workshop will cover the principles of RTI planning, steps needed to ensure a smooth liftoff and allow attendees to hear from one school on their RTI rollout. Participants will explore some tracking options and troubleshoot the nuts and bolts of rolling out RTI.

Presenters: Brian Blough (Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School) and Dixon Deutsch (Vice President, Special Education Collaborative & ELL Supports) 

May 13, 20151:00 - 3:00 PM

SWD Discipline Part II: Deep-dive on Scenarios and Part I’s Questions

As a follow up to the NYC Special Education Collaborative’s late March SPED discipline training, we’ll gather in a more informal setting to do a deep-dive on SPED discipline scenarios and your questions from the MDR portion of the presentation.

This session is only open to those who attended the Part 1 workshop on 03/27/15.

May 12, 20158:00 - 10:00 AM

Intervention Showcase and Breakfast (Session 2)

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators

Are you looking for new programs or supports to provide to your school teams? Are your teachers interested in using other intervention curriculums to support a wider range of students? These intervention showcase sessions will provide you with exposure to various evidence based programs that are offered in schools nation wide. Join us for breakfast and an opportunity to learn about different intervention programs. This session will explore Wilson’s Just Words and Great Leaps.

May 7, 20159:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m

Mini-Conference: Universal Design for Learning: Addressing Variability of All Learners

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators

Wondering how to address the challenges of the variability of learners in today’s classrooms? Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides you with a framework for designing lessons that supports flexible, inclusive instruction. Attendees will develop an understanding of the UDL guidelines that provide considerations for thinking about how information and concepts should be represented, about varied ways to demonstrate understanding, and about flexible ways to engage learners. Attendees will also have access to online resources that support applying UDL to educational practices. *These 2.5 hour mini-conference sessions are the same. 

Presenter: Grace Meo – Senior Director of Professional Learning and Outreach Services, CAST

May 6, 20158:00 - 10:00 AM

Intervention Showcase and Breakfast (Session 1)

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators

Are you looking for new programs or supports to provide to your school teams? Are your teachers interested in using other intervention curriculums to support a wider range of students? These intervention showcase sessions will provide you with exposure to various evidence based programs that are offered in schools nation wide. Join us for breakfast and an opportunity to learn about different intervention programs. This first session will explore CPI’s Crisis Prevention Program and Visualizing & Verbalizing.

May 5, 20158:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators (available to Enhanced & Premier members only)

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis.In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.

Presenter: Megan Davis-Hitchens - Program Manager, NYC Special Education Collaborative

April 30, 20158:15 AM - 3:00 PM

Mini-Conference: No-Nonsense Nurturer Classroom Culture Program

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Administrators Many dedicated teachers, even those with potential or experience, struggle with student achievement because they cannot keep their students engaged and on task. The Center for Transformative Teacher Training developed the No-Nonsense Nurturer® (NNN) Program to provide teachers and coaches with tools to rapidly and significantly transform classroom cultures. The No-Nonsense Nurturer (NNN) Program is a dynamic, research-validated approach to classroom management and classroom culture. It has empowered and enabled thousands of teachers at all grade levels to promote the academic success of their students. Through video analysis, case studies, self-reflection and planning, participants learn the NNN Four-Step Model and how to apply the strategies in their classroom to ensure 100% of their students are 100% on-task 100% of the time. Presenter: The Center for Transformative Teacher Training (CT3)

April 28, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Utilizing Therapists to Create an Inclusive Classroom

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Related Service Providers, Special Education Coordinators

Attendees will analyze ways to utilize therapists (Speech, OT, PT and Counselors) within the classroom, eliminating students missing valuable academic time to receive services. We will also explore other school related areas such as P.E., Art, Music, Lunch and Recess to incorporate services. Attendees will evaluate a typical day and explore the areas of the day where students requiring services could benefit from “Push-In” rather than “Pull-Out” services. We will also explore how to create effective lesson plans with the support of therapists in mind.

Presenter: Linda Colucci, M.Ed. – Director of Special Services, Bloomfield Public Schools

April 27, 20158:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators (available to Enhanced & Premier members only)

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis.In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.

Presenter: Megan Davis-Hitchens - Program Manager, NYC Special Education Collaborative

April 24, 20152:30 - 4:00 PM

LIVE Speech-Language Therapy and Session Deconstruction

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Related Service Providers, Special Education Coordinators

Join the NYC Special Education Collaborative and City Sounds of NY in this exciting opportunity for educators this spring! Using a two-way mirror, session attendees will watch LIVE speech-language therapy coupled with professional commentary to learn more about how speech-language pathologists (1) structure their sessions, (2) tailor their goals to meet the needs of their students as well as academically-aligned core curriculum, and (3) engage their students.

Presenter: Lauren Buisson M.S., CCC-SLP – Clinical Manger, City Sounds of New York

April 23, 20155:30 - 7:30 PM

All of Us Are Special Educators

Suggested Audience: High School Teachers, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators

This high school session will focus on how to create a school culture of “All of us are Special Educators.” We'll examine the recruitment, onboarding, professional development, observation, and evaluation processes needed in order to ensure a school-wide mindset that it is everyone’s job to support our students with special needs.

Presenter: Jeffrey Imwold – Director of Student Support Services at KIPP NYC College Prep

April 14, 20159:00 - 11:00 AM

Demystifying Differentiation in the High School ELA Classroom

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Administrators

In this workshop participants will learn, through experience and exposure to core elements, how to practice true differentiation in the classroom. Facilitators will model instructional practices that support strong differentiation and highlight key differentiation strategies in practice at Innovation HS. Discover the difference between scaffolding and differentiating, how to check for understanding in real time and respond accordingly, and capture student learning in creative ways.

Presenters: Eric Reyes and Kerrie O’Neil – Teachers at The Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation

April 1, 20159:00 - 11:00 AM

Implementing Responsive Classroom in Your Classroom or School

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Administrators

Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based education approach associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. Responsive Classroom practices help educators develop competencies in four key domains—each of which enables and enriches the others: Engaging Academics, Positive Community, Effective Management, and Developmental Awareness. During this session, participants will learn the philosophy of Responsive Classroom, identify key practices for teachers using Responsive Classroom, and learn about the successes and challenges Ascend teachers and leaders have had in moving from a proscriptive approach in managing student discipline to a responsive approach.

Presenter: Brandon Sorlie – Chief Academic Officer, Ascend Learning

March 27, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Special Education Discipline: What You Need to Know

Suggested Audience: Administrators, Special Education Coordinators

This workshop will give you an overview of the procedures relating to disciplining students with special education needs to ensure that you have the skills necessary to be your site-based expert. Through a review of the laws and case scenarios, participants will leave the session understanding how discipline should look through the lens of special education. Participants will have an opportunity to raise issues pertaining to specific school’s needs, and time will be incorporated during the workshop so that your school’s needs can be addressed on an individual basis.

Presenter: Dixon Deutsch – Vice President, Special Education Collaborative & ELL Supports

March 24, 20151:00 - 4:00 PM

The 2015 NYSESLAT and You: What the New Changes Look Like and What They Mean for You and Your Students

The purpose of this workshop is to train teachers to become familiar with the 2015 CCLS-aligned changes and implementation of the Speaking and Writing modalities from the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). Participants will identify and understand the revised elements of the NYSESLAT exam and practice using rubrics to reliably and validly score the constructed-response items in the Writing and Speaking subtests. This session is being offered on two dates: Monday, March 23, 2015, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

March 19, 20159:00 AM - 11:00 AM

WEBINAR: Light’s Retention Scale – A Tool for Supporting Retention Conversations

Suggested Audience: Administrators, Special Education Coordinators Light’s Retention Scale (LRS) is a tool that schools can use to support their conversations on retention. Based on 20 measures that schools consider for retention, the LRS is designed to include parents in the process and to allow those charged with the retention decision to evaluate many different data points to allow for a comprehensive decision on retention. This webinar will review the LRS, looking at each retention factor in detail, and allow for practice on two case studies. At the end of the webinar, school teams will be able to fully use the LRS as an additional tool within all of their retention meetings. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SESSION WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED AS AN IN-PERSON WORKSHOP AT THE NYC CHARTER SCHOOL CENTER. IT IS NOW BEING OFFERED AS A WEBINAR. Presenter: Dixon Deutsch – Vice President, Special Education Collaborative & ELL Supports

March 19, 20156:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Special Education Resource Share

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators

In this resource share session, we will share professional development sessions, diagnostics, IEP exemplars, and other resources in order to contribute to our collective libraries. We will also take a look at the Special Education Collaborative’s online resource library to mine resources and identify areas where additional resources are needed. Please come with a resource to share!

Presenter: Jeffrey Imwold – Director of Student Support Services at KIPP NYC College Prep

March 18, 20158:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators (available to Enhanced & Premier members only)

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis.In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.

Presenter: Megan Davis-Hitchens - Program Manager, NYC Special Education Collaborative

March 17, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rocking It: High Leverage Strategies for New Teachers 2.0

Suggested Audience: Teachers

The state exams are on the horizon and you’re in your final push. Don’t sacrifice engagement and rigor for basic review! Come to this interactive workshop to learn and practice easily implemented techniques to help you engage and instruct all your students, including those with diverse needs, effectively.

Presenters: Megan Davis-Hitchens and Melissa Katz – Program Manager and ELL Specialist

March 12, 20158:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators (available to Enhanced & Premier members only)

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis.In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.

Presenter: Megan Davis-Hitchens - Program Manager, NYC Special Education Collaborative

March 10, 2015

2015 Career Fair

Thank you for your interest in the 5th Annual NYC Charter School Career Fair!

Info/Registration for SCHOOLS: tinyurl.com/peeqnwg

Info/Registration for JOB-SEEKERS: charterjobs.nyc

March 5, 20158:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Mini-Conference: Rethinking School Discipline: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators Traditional approaches to school discipline are based on the assumption that challenging students are behaving badly in order to get something or avoid something. However, research in the neurosciences has clearly demonstrated that challenging students lack the skills, not the will to behave well. This free presentation, co-sponsored with the KIPP network, will describe an approach that focuses on teaching at-risk students the skills they need to succeed while developing the helping relationships upon which all change is built. Presenter: Dr. Stuart Ablon – Director of Think:Kids

March 3, 2015Various

NYC Collaborates Study Tour: Educating English Language Learners (ELLs)

NYC Collaborates, an initiative of New York City's District-Charter Compact, facilitates opportunities for NYC's educators to come together to share ideas and best practices in order to improve public education. In late February/early March, NYC Collaborates is hosting a free learning tour series, open to both district and charter school employees, on Educating English Language Learners (ELLs).  For more information and to register, visit nyccollaborates.org/events.

March 2, 20158:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators (available to Enhanced & Premier members only)

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis.In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.

Presenter: Megan Davis-Hitchens - Program Manager, NYC Special Education Collaborative

February 26, 20159:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Improving a Child’s Capacity to Learn Through Sensory Motor Play

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Related Service Providers, Special Education Coordinators

This session will discuss essential sensory systems for postural and motor control that support attention and learning in school. We will focus on the critical role of the vestibular system functioning and the functions of other "hidden sensory system" in the learning process. We will exploration of the sensory system’s impact on all children in the classroom setting and its varying consequences throughout the day. The session will identify activities that will improve student participation for a variety of classroom demands and strategies to integrate services for all students and avoid isolation of the services delivered outside of the classroom. The importance of sensory processing for executive functioning will be reviewed and the topics of sensory modulation and regulation for the social requirements of school participation will be emphasized.

Presenters: Paula McCreedy OTR/L and Prudence Heisler OTR/L – Special Programs in Occupational Therapy Services (S.P.O.T.S.)

February 26, 20155:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Coaching Teachers on Differentiation

Suggested Audience: High School Teachers, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators

In this professional development session, we will examine best practices for helping general education teachers and special education teachers to become stronger differentiators, in order to meet the varied needs of our students and broaden our impact.

Presenter: Jeffrey Imwold – Director of Student Support Services at KIPP NYC College Prep

February 26, 20153:00 - 5:00 PM

NYC Collaborates Presents: The Success Academy Approach to Close Reading

NYC Collaborates, an initiative of New York City's District-Charter Compact, facilitates opportunities for NYC's educators to come together to share ideas and best practices in order to improve public education.

This free workshop, sponsored by NYC Collaborates, invites you to a new workshop designed to share Success Academy Charter School’s approach to close reading, while incorporating aspects of its professional development. Created and led by Arin Lavinia, Senior Managing Director of Academic Excellence at Success, this interactive workshop will allow participants to experience some of the best practices developed over years of work in literacy instruction and teacher and leadership development.  

February 24, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rocking It: High Leverage Strategies for New Teachers 1.0

Suggested Audience: Teachers

In this interactive workshop, we will explore different high leverage strategies to manage, engage, and instruct your students, including your special populations. Attendees will learn and implement several evidence-based techniques that will expand their knowledge base and strengthen their practice.

Presenters: Megan Davis-Hitchens and Melissa Katz – Program Manager and ELL Specialist

February 13, 20158:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators (available to Enhanced & Premier members only)

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis.In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.

Presenter: Megan Davis-Hitchens - Program Manager, NYC Special Education Collaborative

February 10, 20158:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Administrators

How can we modify and enhance our teaching to help all of our students meet the new rigors of the Common Core? In this interactive session, Dr. Silver will introduce participants to the Core Six: six easy-to-use, research-based strategies that teachers at all grade levels can use to develop the most important Common Core skills. Participants will discuss some challenges they face in addressing the Common Core and focus on how two literacy strategies—Reading for Meaning and Vocabulary’s CODE—can provide classroom-ready response to these challenges. Each attending school will receive a copy of The Core Six: Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence with the Common Core.

Presenter: Dr. Harvey F. Silver – Cofounder and President of Silver Strong & Associates and Thoughtful Education Press

February 9, 20151:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Webinar: Let’s Get Graphic: Using Graphic Organizers Across Content Areas

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Coaches

Graphic Organizers are a great way to differentiate for the variety of learners in your classroom. In this webinar, we’ll review different graphic organizers that can be used across content areas and grade levels. Participants will walk away with an arsenal of new thinking maps and an understanding of how to use them in the classroom.

Presenter: Melissa Katz – ELL Specialist, NYC Charter School Center

Cost: Free for members; $150 for non-members

February 9, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Safe Space Training and LGBTQ Panel Discussion

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators, School Leaders

Unlike more visibly under-represented groups, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons cannot be readily identified.  This combination of both Safe Space training and an LGBTQ panel discussion will allow participants to become trained in providing a safe space for LGBTQ identified people and learn from a panel of school experts in supporting students that identify as being LGBTQ.  The Safe Space Program is an initiative to educate allies who support LGBTQ individuals in your campus community, and our panelists will speak to ensuring a safe environment for all of your students.

The Special Education collaborative is excited to host this free community event in partnership with Renaissance Charter School.

Presenter: Renaissance Charter School and GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)

February 6, 20159:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Webinar: Demystifying Testing Accommodations

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators, ELL Coordinators

Who gets what and where and how long? We know the topic of testing accommodations can be overwhelming and we’re here to help! As we gear up for the testing season and beyond, this webinar will address the ins and outs of testing accommodations for your students with disabilities and English Language Learners.

Presenters: Megan Davis-Hitchens (Program Manager, NYC Special Education Collaborative) and Melissa Katz (ELL Specialist, NYC Charter School Center)

Cost: Free for members; $150 for non-members

February 4, 20159:00 AM - 12:00 PM

All Kids Can Succeed: Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators, Special Education Coordinators

Students on the autism spectrum and those with behavioral challenges often present with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This workshop describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety. The second part of the presentation details strategies to motivate students to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills into the natural setting and increase acceptance and tolerance from peers. Information will be delivered through lecture, interactive exercises, and video clips.

Presenter: Jed Baker, Ph.D. - Director, Social Skills Training Project

February 3, 20158:30 AM - 4:00 PM

CPI: Verbal De-escalation and Principles of Personal Safety

Suggested Audience: Teachers, Counselors, Administrators Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and principles of personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis. In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training. Presenter: Megan Davis-Hitchens - Program Manager, NYC Special Education Collaborative

December 19, 20149:00 - 11:00 AM

Supporting Parents with Their Needs, Wants, Wishes and Dreams: Programs and Services that Bring Relief to Parents of Children with Disabilities

Parents of children with disabilities and special needs are often devastated by the "labeling" of their child. They turn to professionals for support, information and counseling. This workshop looks at a family in an holistic way. If there are stressors at home, it is difficult for a child to function appropriately at school. This interactive workshop will give you an overview of the programs, services and systems that can empower parents of children with special needs and disabilities. We will share our already existing knowledge base and expand from there to learn about the many "treasures" of NYC that help to maximize a child's abilities and strengths while providing the necessary therapeutic intervention to deal with the diagnosed special need. Put yourself in the shoes of a parent whose child has been diagnosed as having a disability and with that mind-set let's brainstorm together ways that we can provide them with support, hope and encouragement. This workshop will give you the tools to do that, and much more. You will be given information, motivation and inspiration to be the best possible support for your parents and their children.

December 18, 20148:00 - 10:00 AM

FBA/BIP Practicum

This practicum focuses on the construction of strong Functional Behavioral Assessments and the creation and implementation of Behavior Intervention Plans. Participants will bring sample FBAs and BIPs and work in teams to enhance these supports for students. Teams will target implementation strategies, building student independence, and support for staff on future development and design of BIPs. This session is appropriate for special education leads and teachers, general education teachers, and school-based support staff.

December 11, 20146:30 - 8:30 PM

Panel Discussion: High School Transition

The high school working group is opening its sessions to those interested in learning about various topics related specifically to the best practice and challenges of high school work. This panel session will focus on supporting students with special needs through the middle school to high school transition, and the high school to post-secondary transition.  **Please note that High School workshop seats do not count toward your semesterly workshop seat allotment. **

December 10, 20148:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Mini-Conference: The Together Professional with Maia Heyck-Merlin

As a professional, are you juggling one too many lists or calendars? Have your To-Do lists strangely multiplied? Do you have stories of waking up in the middle of the night and remembering a long overdue deadline? Are you constantly pulled into the Crisis of the Day with no time to focus on what really matters? Do you notice teachers following you down hallway to get answers to e-mails? Perhaps yellow Post-it notes have inadvertently become the decorating strategy du jour in offices? The Together Professional workshop will focus on the purpose, process, and usage of the following five tools: the Comprehensive Calendar, the Upcoming To-Do List, Thought Catchers, Meeting Notes and the Daily/Weekly Worksheet. Emphasis will be placed on planning ahead, prioritizing clearly, increasing efficiency and improving follow-through. Participants will learn why they need each tool and how it’s different from what they might be using now. Leaders will also review various samples and then select or build customized versions that work for them. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have created a personalized and complete organization system that withstands the pressures of working in schools or school-supporting environments. Attendees are required to complete a survey prior to attending the workshop. These surveys will be sent out several weeks prior to the the workshop.

December 9, 20149:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Mini-Conference: Accountability within the American School Counselor Association Model

Since its launch in 2003, the ASCA National Model has been implemented across the nation. States, districts and individual schools are bringing their school counseling programs in line with the ASCA National Model and obtaining Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) status. This presentation is designed around the model's accountability component. What does accountability mean to school counseling? Most educators concur that accountability is a shared concern and a shared responsibility in which counselors, administrators, teachers and school staff all contribute to the comprehensive structure of school that focuses on curriculum, climate, teaching, and learning. Carolyn Stone will demonstrate an easy approach to implementing an accountable school counseling program to show how school counselors effectively impact student success and can report hard data to show how students are different because they have a school counselor. Data stories will be presented from school counseling programs that change lives by using an accountability system to impact grades, test scores, higher education going rates, course enrollment patterns, and other measurable indicators of student success.

December 5, 20148:30AM - 3:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Co-Teaching: Beyond the Basics with Dr. Marilyn Friend

Co-teaching offers options to enable students with disabilities, those who are English learners, and those with other special needs to reach their potential by providing them with access to the general education curriculum while ensuring that they receive the specially designed instruction to which they are entitled.  When teachers carefully analyze their complementary areas of expertise and blend those unique strengths, they create classrooms that are richer, more intensive, and more tailored to address student needs.  However, co-teaching partnerships are  developmental, and even experienced co-teachers can continue to increase their knowledge and refine their skills. This session will address questions that you have related to the co-teaching practice you have been implementing for the past several years, to extend concepts already introduced with elaborated ideas and strategies, and to add techniques, especially those related to increasing instructional intensity in the Common Core State Standards.  The intent is to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your co-teaching practice, to celebrate its strengths, and to learn specific strategies to move co-teaching to the next level.

November 24, 20149:00 - 11:00 AM

Section 504 for NYC Charters

This session will cover the legal background of Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the responsibilities of NYC charter schools. Attendees will leave the session with a training deck and a resource toolkit to implement Section 504 requirements at their school site.

November 21, 20144:00 - 5:00 PM

Webinar: Obtaining a Second Certification for SPED

Are you interested in obtaining an additional certification in special education? Do you have teachers in your school that are looking for a second certification in special education? This session will provide you with information on how your general education teachers can obtain a second NYS teacher certificate in special education.  **Please note that webinars do not detract from your school's semesterly seating allotment.  Think of it as a bonus workshop ** THIS SESSION WILL BE PRE-RECORDED AND EMAILED TO ALL REGISTRANTS BY 11/21/14.

November 20, 20149:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mini-Conference: Proven Interventions for Supporting Children & Adolescents with ODD, ADHD and Anxiety

You've worked with that child, the one who throws blood-curdling tantrums when he doesn't get his way. He's defiant and hostile towards authority, refuses to do anything until his 3 why questions are answered. Staying focused and on-task is extremely difficult for him with his hyperactive behavior disrupting those around him. He's bossy to his peers, making the rules up himself, and getting upset if they are not followed explicitly. As adults, we feel manipulated and controlled by this child as he pushes to do things his way. And frequently, he does not respond to interventions and consequences that work for most children and adolescents. Attend this seminar and discover temperament traits that put a child at risk for a diagnosis of ODD; are found with ADHD; and are linked to an increased risk of anxiety disorders. Walk away with proven strategies for treating temperament including; recognizing the red flag temperament traits found in ODD, ADHD and anxiety, developing skills for executive functioning and cognitive processing, preventing meltdowns and oppositional behavior, decreasing problems with temperament traits that affect ADHD, reducing the risk of unneeded medication, and much more!  

November 18, 20149:00 - 11:00 AM

Facilitating Meaningful School-Based Group Work, Part 2

Group work is a powerful modality for supporting young peoples success in school.  Group work can also maximize the number of students a counselor or social worker sees in a given day, and provides "real time" opportunities for students to interact socially with the support of a professional.  This workshop will focus on  troubleshooting common issues that participants have in executing the group work planning process that was outlined in the first session, as well as exploring challenges in the middle and end phases of the group process. Session one was delivered on September 23, 2014.  Even if you didn’t attend Part 1, you are still welcome to attend Part 2.  Simply download and review the Part 1 materials prior to this session: http://tinyurl.com/lttgo6t Part 1 focused on how to bolster the group work program at your school site.  Participants discussed "front end" preparation for setting up a results-driven group work program, including issues of group composition, group structure, designing curriculum and eliciting buy-in from administrators.

November 13, 20143:30 - 5:30 PM

Post Secondary Supports: Transition to Adult Services

This interactive workshop will take the participants on a journey of discovery about special needs transition treasures in NYC. We will explore resources dealing with the important areas of life for someone with a disability aging out of the public or private school system such as: college, vocational, employment, socialization, independent living, public benefits, financial aid, housing as well as any and all issues expressed by participants. Let's come together and dream about the future!

November 12, 20149:00 - 11:00 AM

Building A Strong Child Study Team

Is your school working on developing a Child Study Team? Are you looking for ways to maximize time and staff resources by strengthening your existing Child Study Team? Do you want support with challenging students and your RTI program is overwhelmed? This session will focus elements of strong CSTs and provide strategies for collaborating as a team of professionals and developing systematic resources for your staff. By building a strong school-based Child Study Team, your school teams will have access to a depth of knowledge and support. This session is appropriate for special education leads and teachers, general education teachers, and school-based support staff.

November 7, 20149:00 - 11:00 AM

Execu-Sensory and Neuropedagogy: The Brain in Wholistic Learning and Behavior Connection

Attendees will explore the vital connections between the anatomical brain and the functional brain, and the introduction of delivering instruction via the knowledge of brain functioning. Attendees will increase their awareness of how technology is a digital dichotomy between educators and students, and how these can influence the kind of brain that is produced based on the fast-paced, ever-evolving global environment. In this session the Pre-Frontal Cortex is highlighted to build upon Executive Functioning Skills as the Learning Connection in the classroom. These skills, methods and strategies can ultimately fast track the student into a sense of successful awareness of their skill levels during various school experiences. Neuro-pedagogy 101 will explore the practical application of the theory as it pertains to specific executive functioning skills. Please bring a fully-charged laptop.

November 6, 20145:30 - 7:30 PM

Regents Resource Share

The high school working group is opening its sessions to those interested in learning about various topics related specifically to the best practice and challenges of high school work. This session will focus on the sharing of resources for regents exams. Please bring resources and be ready to share and learn!  **Please note that High School workshop seats do not count toward your semesterly workshop seat allotment. **

November 3, 20149:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Simple Sentence & Descriptive Paragraph Writing: Teaching Students with Writing Difficulties

Writing is tricky. Many things must go "right" for proficient writing to occur, including handwriting, spelling, grammar/usage, organization, etc. Writing can be especially tricky for students (grades 4 to 12) struggling with sentence construction. Sentence construction is the skill of composing words into a common structure understandable to readers (e.g., simple, compound, or complex types).  This is a critical skill.  The Common Core State Standards call for students to use a variety of sentence types in their writing by the end of third grade. This session will benefit teachers of students in upper-elementary through high school grades struggling to compose complete, simple sentences. Attendees of this session will learn some research-based strategies to teach simple sentence writing and ways of extending sentences to paragraphs in short, supplemental lessons.

October 29, 20149:00 - 11:00 AM

Trans-Disciplinary Collaboration: Integrating Speech-Language Strategies into the Classroom

Speech and language skills are critical to successfully navigating the classroom, from following directions to verbally expressing ideas to building relationships with peers. For children with speech and language difficulties, these everyday occurrences can feel daunting, and at times, can become roadblocks to success. This session will highlight discerning “red flags” in the classroom and provide an overview for various hallmark characteristics for the following disorders: articulation, fluency, pragmatic language and auditory processing. In addition, this session will offer practical strategies that can be readily incorporated into the classroom. Natural opportunities to encourage speech and language are threaded throughout each day, and our hope is to shed light on these moments.

October 29, 20141:00 - 3:00 PM

Webinar: NYSAA Administration Information

This webinar will provide important information on preparing, administering, and submitting the New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA). Participants will review eligibility and age ranges for the 2014-2015 NYSAA. This session will explore sample datafolios and discuss how to use provided checklists to prepare for your Collegiate Review. Participants will also receive important materials, contact information, and administration dates.

October 27, 20149:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Observing and Coaching Teachers

Uncommon Schools believes that at the heart of each school leader's work is the ability to be an excellent coach. Coaching their teachers and staff members to excellence in the classroom is imperative to increasing student outcomes. This session, led by Emily Hoefling Crouch, Principal of Leadership Prep Canarsie, will focus on the "how" of coaching. Participants will actively engage in modeling and practice that will improve one's understanding of how to effectively coach in a school setting.

October 24, 20149:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Conscious Classroom Management: Stuff You Can Use for Managing and Motivating All Our Students

How do we make invisible classroom management skills visible and practical? How do we get our reluctant learners to participate? How do we engage our students and teach in brain-friendly ways? This lively, fun, and interactive workshop addresses these questions, giving K-12 teachers practical solutions for successfully managing their classrooms. Walk away with stuff you can use immediately to help with classroom management and motivating your students, including; non-verbal strategies to get kids focused and on-task, ways to de-escalate teacher and student tension in the classroom, ways to increase student participation, proven techniques for reaching and turning around your most reluctant students, and strategies that result in reduced anxiety and a fresher, more positive approach to teaching.

October 23, 20146:30 - 8:30 PM

High School Child Study

The high school working group is opening it’s sessions to those interested in learning about various topics related specifically to the best practice and challenges of high school work. This session will focus on high school level Child Study Teams.  **Please note that High School workshop seats do not count toward your semesterly workshop seat allotment. **

October 21, 20149:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Evaluating Your Evaluations

In this engaging workshop, attendees will learn the difference between psychological, educational, and neuropsychological evaluations and assessments of emotional functioning, including what each does and does not cover. We will explore how to be a critical consumer of evaluation reports, including assessing the quality of the evaluation, learning the components of a comprehensive evaluation, and discerning what the evaluation tells you and does not tell you about a student. Attendees will also learn how evaluation reports can help formulate IEP’s, differentiate instruction, and better understand students’ needs and strengths.

October 20, 20149:00 - 11:00 AM

Response to Intervention (RTI): The What, Why, and How to Launch

RTI has morphed over the years since its first inclusion in the IDEiA of 2004.  Come learn the basics on RTI and how to create an effective action plan to ensure a smooth launch of your RTI program. This session will cover what RTI is and why schools are using this philosophy not only as a means for pre-referral interventions but just as great school practice. We’ll close out the session going through the stages of an RTI launch to ensure your school is ready to take on RTI.

October 16, 20149:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Extending Place Value, Fractions & Decimals

Participants will explore concrete, representational and abstract models to extend students' understanding of the counting patterns in whole numbers beyond 100 and develop fractional concepts. Using a variety of models including base ten blocks, place value disks, fraction bars, area models and model drawing, participants will extend their content knowledge while learning how to scaffold student understanding of these concepts. Attendess will unpack common misconceptions and foundational concepts in order to better support their students' needs. With that knowledge, attendees will leave the workshop with the ability to pair simple, concise language and a variety of representations to make difficult concepts more concrete.

October 14, 20141:00 - 2:00 PM

Webinar: Get a Grip on Online OT

Demand for OT in school settings is growing due to increases in cases of learning disabilities, sensory processing disorder (SPD) and autism combined with the rigors of the Common Core Standards. Since many charter schools often find it difficult to locate and retain quality and experienced OTs, many national charter organizations have looked to online occupational therapy to address therapist shortages, improve access to quality clinicians, ensure accountability, allow for greater scheduling flexibility, and improve student engagement and outcomes. So what does it look like and how does it work? Find out from online occupational therapists Robyn Chu and Elizabeth Haas.  **Please note that this is a pre-recorded webinar from Presence Learning.**

October 14, 20149:00 - 11:00 AM

ICT (Inclusive Co-Teaching)

Is your school beginning to develop a more inclusive setting? Has your school veered off the path from your original vision of what an ICT classroom would be and you need a refresher? Is your school thinking about using ICT classrooms as a means to building a “school for all”? Come to this training to both learn about ICT settings or for a refresher on how to ensure your school is developing a truly inclusive and collaborative teaching model. This session will cover the research behind ICT, review the five models of ICT and dive into the principles for ensuring a successful implementation of ICT supports at your school. This session will serve as the foundational course for Dr. Marilyn Friend’s December 5th session.

October 9, 20149:00 - 11:00 AM

Paraprofessionals: Roles and Responsibilities

Do you have students or classrooms receiving support from paraprofessionals? Are you looking for ways to maximize supports for all students in your classrooms? This session will explore the roles and responsibilities of paraprofessionals, including the support from supervising teachers, and school based teams. We will also explore ways to build the role of paraprofessionals in supporting students in your classrooms. This session is appropriate for special education leads/teachers, general education teachers, and school-based support staff.  

September 29, 2014

2014-15 Advocacy: Borough Meetings 9/30/2014

On September 30th, we are hosting meetings in three boroughs to address what schools can do to advocate for their caseloads, related services, out-of-compliance cases and network with other special education leads at charter schools.  Come speak with representatives from the NYC Special Education Collaborative on your outstanding issues and stay to discuss how best to advocate for your students and families. Costs: -FREE for Collaborative members (attending this meeting does NOT count towards your seat allocation) Location: Brooklyn: Achievement First Brownsville Elementary 2021 Bergen St Brooklyn, NY 11233   Manhattan: Harlem Children's Zone 245 West 129th Street, 1st Floor, Multi-purpose Room New York, NY 10027   The Bronx: Brilla College Prep 413 E 144th St Bronx, NY 10454    

September 24, 2014 9:00-11:00 AM

2014-15 Workshop: IEP Meetings 09/24/14

The Individual Education Program (IEP) is designed to outline supports and services required for individual students to achieve success. The IEP is also used to provide teachers and school staff with information and strategies to guide their work with the student. The quality of and IEP is only as meaningful as the team’s approach to its development and how it is implemented. This session will explore a collaborative process for writing IEPs and how to align goals and strategies to the Common Core. The training will provide participants with strategies and resources for creating authentic IEPs.  This session is for special education teachers or leaders, general education teachers or leaders, and support staff. Costs: -FREE for Collaborative members (These seats do not count toward your membership seat allotment) -$250 per non-member attendee

September 23, 20149:00-11:00 AM

2014-15 Workshop: Counseling Groups 9/23/2014

Group work is a powerful modality for supporting young people succeed in school.  Group work can also maximize the number of students a counselor or social worker sees in a given day, and provides "real time" opportunities for students to interact socially with the support of a professional.  In this two-part training, you will receive specific support and guidance around how to bolster the group work program at your school site.  In addition, participants will discuss "front end" preparation for setting up an results-driven group work program, including issues of group composition, group structure, designing curriculum and eliciting buy-in from administrators.  Session two will be delivered in November (TBD). Costs: -FREE for Collaborative members (Please see your membership seat allotment) -$250 per non-member attendee

September 23, 20141:00 - 3:00 PM

2014-15 Webinar: Staying out of Due Process

School administrators know: blunders can and do occur in the development and implementation of educational programs for students with disabilities. Process- or content-related mistakes can be the basis for finding a school system has denied FAPE (free appropriate public education). All school personnel should be trained about the development and implementation of IEPs, especially with the expected impact of the shift toward emphasis on student achievement. Educators and SPED staff must do their best to engage parents in the IEP process and to avoid mistakes that may lead to litigation and that could be fatal to a school system’s legal position. This presentation will highlight five practical “do’s and don’ts” that SPED administrators need to remember when implementing the requirements of the IDEA and when training staff to do so. Presenter: Julie Weatherly, Esq. Costs: -FREE for Collaborative members (These seats do not count toward your membership seat allotments) -$150 for non-members

September 22, 201412:00 - 1:30 PM

2014-15 Webinar: SPED Billing & Reimbursement

This webinar will cover the special education reimbursement process of the NYC DOE. From a review of the NYS rules that govern reimbursement to practicing student scenarios, webinar participants will understand the complex process of converting a student’s program to that of reimbursement dollar amounts from the city. Attendees will leave the session with the foundation they need to ensure a complete and accurate student reimbursement reporting process for the October deadline. Costs -FREE for Collaborative members (These seats do not count toward your membership seat allotments) -$150 for non-members

September 12, 20141:30-3:30 PM

2014-15 Workshop: SESIS 09/12/14

The Collaborative will host a two-hour training on using the Special Education Student Information System (SESIS). This session is appropriate for new staff that do not have experience with SESIS or for staff that simply need a refresher course.  All attendees are required to bring a laptop. Cost -FREE for Collaborative members (Please see your membership seat allotment) -$200 per non-member attendee

September 12, 20149:00 AM-12:30 PM

2014-15 Workshop: SPED Boot Camp 09/12/14

Our ever popular "SPED boot camp" is back and better than ever! Your new special education directors and coordinators and any new special education staff to charter schools will enjoy this crash course on all things SPED in charters. We'll cover topics that focus on: charter NYC landscape, SPED legalese in charters, CSE roles, responsibilities & relationships, and review tools to start the school year off.  All attendees are required to bring a laptop. Costs -FREE for Collaborative members (Please see your membership seat allotment) -$250 per non-member attendee

August 29, 20149:00 AM - 12:00 PM

2014-15 Workshop: SPED in Charters Boot Camp, 08/29/14

Our ever popular "SPED boot camp" is back and better than ever! Your new special education directors and coordinators and any new special education staff to charter schools will enjoy this crash course on all things SPED in charters. We'll cover topics that focus on: charter NYC landscape, SPED legalese in charters, CSE roles, responsibilities & relationships, and review tools to start the school year off. All attendees are required to bring a laptop. Costs -FREE for Collaborative members (Please see your membership seat allotment) -$250 per non-member attendee

August 28, 20149:00AM - 4:00PM

2014-15 Workshop: Wilson FUNdations (2nd Grade) 08/28/14

Each full-day Wilson FUNdations level-specific workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the FUNdations curriculum for the designated level(s). At the completion of each day's workshop, participants will be able to: -Obtain background knowledge and understand the research base of the why and how of FUNdations instruction -Identify the skills taught in the specific FUNdations level, in the following areas: phonemic awareness; phonics and word study; vocabulary; high frequency trick words; fluency; comprehension; handwriting, spelling, and punctuation -Understand the principles of instruction: explicit instruction, sequential and cumulative instruction, engaging multiple learning styles with multisensory instruction, repetition, and feedback -Prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures -Build a learning-focused classroom that maximizes instruction time Cost -$175 per Collaborative Attendee -$250 per Non-Member

August 27, 20149:00AM - 4:00PM

2014-15 Workshop: Wilson FUNdations (1st Grade) 08/27/14

Each full-day Wilson FUNdations level-specific workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the FUNdations curriculum for the designated level(s). At the completion of each day's workshop, participants will be able to: -Obtain background knowledge and understand the research base of the why and how of FUNdations instruction -Identify the skills taught in the specific FUNdations level, in the following areas: phonemic awareness; phonics and word study; vocabulary; high frequency trick words; fluency; comprehension; handwriting, spelling, and punctuation -Understand the principles of instruction: explicit instruction, sequential and cumulative instruction, engaging multiple learning styles with multisensory instruction, repetition, and feedback -Prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures -Build a learning-focused classroom that maximizes instruction time Cost -$175 per Collaborative Attendee -$250 per Non-Member

August 26, 20149:00AM - 4:00PM

2014-15 Workshop: Wilson FUNdations (Kindergarten) 08/26/14

Each full-day Wilson FUNdations level-specific workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the FUNdations curriculum for the designated level(s). At the completion of each day's workshop, participants will be able to: -Obtain background knowledge and understand the research base of the why and how of FUNdations instruction -Identify the skills taught in the specific FUNdations level, in the following areas: phonemic awareness; phonics and word study; vocabulary; high frequency trick words; fluency; comprehension; handwriting, spelling, and punctuation -Understand the principles of instruction: explicit instruction, sequential and cumulative instruction, engaging multiple learning styles with multisensory instruction, repetition, and feedback -Prepare a daily learning plan and practice lesson activity procedures -Build a learning-focused classroom that maximizes instruction time Cost -$175 per Collaborative Attendee -$250 per Non-Member

August 25, 20141:00 - 3:00 PM

2014-15 Workshop: SESIS 101, 08/25/14

The Collaborative will be hosting short two-hour trainings on using the Special Education Student Information System (SESIS). This session is appropriate for new staff that do not have experience with SESIS or for staff that simply need a refresher course. All attendees are required to bring a laptop. Cost -FREE for Collaborative members (Please see your school's membership seat allotment) -$200 per non-member attendee Location NYC Charter School Center Training Room 111 Broadway, Suite 604 New York, NY 10006

August 25, 20149:00 AM - 12:00 PM

2014-15 Workshop: SPED in Charters Boot Camp, 08/25/14

Our ever popular "SPED boot camp" is back and better than ever! Your new special education directors and coordinators and any new special education staff to charter schools will enjoy this crash course on all things SPED in charters. We'll cover topics that focus on: charter NYC landscape, SPED legalese in charters, CSE roles, responsibilities & relationships, and review tools to start the school year off. All attendees are required to bring a laptop. Costs -FREE for Collaborative members (Please see your membership seat allotment) -$250 per non-member attendee

August 15, 201412:00 - 2:00 PM

2014-15 Workshop: SESIS 101, 08/15/14

The Collaborative will be hosting short two-hour trainings on using the Special Education Student Information System (SESIS). This session is appropriate for new staff that do not have experience with SESIS or for staff that simply need a refresher course. All attendees are required to bring a laptop. Cost -FREE for Collaborative members (Please see your school's membership seat allotment) -$200 per non-member attendee Location NYC Charter School Center Training Room 111 Broadway, Suite 604 New York, NY 10006

June 6, 20148:30-10:00 AM

Counseling Working Group

The goal of the Counseling Working Group is to provide solutions-oriented support and consultation for counselors in charter schools, and to foster connections among them here and beyond. To sign-up for the working group, please email Patrick Keyes at patrick@NYCsped.org.

June 3, 2014June 3rd & 4th - Full-day

Our 4th Annual Education Conference

DAY 1 - To Advocate (June 3rd): In this comprehensive day-long program, attendees will understand the five key statutes of IDEA 2004, acquire an in-depth understanding of the charter school requirements of IDEA 2004 and Section 504 and learn how to quickly find answers to their legal questions about special education law. This will include an analysis of significant special education decisions that impact charter schools.

DAY 2 - To Innovate (June 4th): Our educators work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure their students receive rigorous, high-quality instruction in the classroom every day. Day two provides attendees an opportunity to learn the special education landscape from nationally recognized special education experts and top-notch educators. With a blend of both large session keynotes and smaller breakouts, there is a session for everyone!

May 29, 20146:30-8:30 PM

High School Working Group

Our high school working group has its final meeting of the semester. The focus will be a "resource share" amongst members, looking at IEPs for students that need more creative programs and beginning of year PD plans for staff. To sign-up for the working group, please email Patrick Keyes at patrick@NYCsped.org.

May 20, 20148:00-11:00 AM

SPED Discipline, MDRs and Suspensions

This workshop will give you an overview of the law relating to disciplining children with special education needs and provide you with hands-on training and critique. The goal of this session will be to train educators in being active participants in MDR and suspension procedures and to provide educators the tools to review and create school documents to support your school’s policies and procedures. You will have an opportunity to raise issues pertaining to your specific school’s needs, and time will be incorporated during the workshop so that your school’s needs can be addressed on an individual basis. Participants will take part in mock disciplinary hearings and receive constructive criticism in a risk-free and supportive environment.

May 19, 20141:00-4:00 PM

Counselors: Executive Functions – What Do School Counselors Need to Know and Be Able to Do?

Participants will learn how executive functions impact academic achievement and student functioning in K-12 environments. We will review interventions that develop executive functions and will receive comprehensive resources for further professional development about executive functioning skill development. Interventions with evidence of efficacy at the student, classroom, and school level will be identified. There will be opportunities to practice with some of the intervention materials.

May 16, 20148:00-1:00 PM

Envisioning and Expressing for Language Comprehension

Learn the techniques and steps to improve language comprehension and expression in all settings. A presentation of techniques used to teach students to envision written and verbal input for enhancement of language comprehension and expression. The presentation overviews a series of steps to improve one’s ability to make a movie in their minds while reading to improve comprehension. The presentation breaks down the steps for execution of the technique along with suggestions for modified use from the perspective of a speech-language pathologist implementing the technique in therapy sessions.

May 9, 20149:00-5:00 PM

CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention & Principles of Personal Safety

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis. In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.

May 8, 20149:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Together Leader

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED. Are your school leaders juggling one too many lists or calendars? Have their To-Do lists strangely multiplied? You must have heard their stories of waking up in the middle of the night and remembering a long overdue deadline? Are they constantly pulled into the Crisis of the Day with no time to focus on what really matters? Do you notice teachers following them down hallway to get answers to e-mails? Perhaps yellow Post-it notes have inadvertently become the decorating strategy du jour in offices? The Together Leader workshop will focus on the purpose, process, and usage of the following five tools: the Comprehensive Calendar, the Upcoming To-Do List, Thought Catchers, Meeting Notes and the Daily/Weekly Worksheet. Emphasis will be placed on planning ahead, prioritizing clearly, increasing efficiency and improving follow-through. Participants will learn why they need each tool and how it’s different from what they might be using now. Leaders will also review various samples and then select or build customized versions that work for them. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have created a personalized and complete organization system that withstands the pressures of working in schools or school-supporting environments.

April 28, 20148:00-2:30 PM

Differentiating Your Writing Instruction: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Grades 6-12

Differentiation means different things to different educators. First we will find a consensus of what it means and then explore ways of modifying our already solid instruction into even more effective instruction by addressing a variety of differentiation strategies, including providing more writing choices to students, designing tiered writing prompts, assigning multi-modal writing, and using flexible, temporary grouping configurations. You will see proven examples of how middle and high school teachers have found ways to fine-tune their teaching to address different learners' needs.

April 10, 20149:00-11:00 AM

Counselors: Supporting Students Exposed to Trauma: School-Based Interventions

Children exposed to trauma and violence often have difficulty with concentration, attention, and processing ideas. Difficulty holding a thought, or mentalizing, may be behind these challenges. School experiences that foster mentalization can increase students' desire to attend classes, strengthen their capacity to pay attention, and improve their grades and graduation rate. This workshop will provide participants with interventions that support mentalization in students. In addition, counselors will learn proven techniques for supporting educational outcomes in children exposed to trauma.

April 4, 20149:00-10:00 AM

Special Education Enrollment: Do’s and Don’ts

Applications are submitted and the lottery has been pulled...now what? Ensure that your enrollment process is legally compliant when it comes to enrolling students with disabilities. We’ll cover the do’s and don’ts of enrollment and what to do next to ensure your program is ready for the fall.

April 2, 20145:00-7:00 PM

Responding to Fluency Needs

In this session we will discuss a broad overview of reading fluency, look at the F&P rubric to assess fluency and norm on areas to target based on student audio clips, and then dive into interventions that can be done whole group or one on one and at home to improve scholar fluency. Lastly, we will talk about creative ways to invest scholars in improving fluency.

March 31, 20148:00-12:00 PM

Counselors: Negotiating the Legal and Ethical Complications of Working with Minors in Schools

Participants will analyze ethical and legal issues through the application of ASCA ethical codes, case and statutory law, school board rules, court cases, and community standards. Participants will be given the opportunity to increase their understanding of the complexities of respecting a minor’s right to confidentiality amid the competing interest of parents rights to be the guiding voice in their children lives. Negligence cases will guide the discussion and offer best practice principles.

March 28, 20149:00-5:00 PM

CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention & Principles of Personal Safety

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis. In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.

March 26, 20145:00-7:00 PM

Creating Math Notebooks for MS/HS Students

Many teachers have mandates to use math notebooks or journals in class, but do not have a structure that incorporates useful, purposeful content. Teachers will discuss and create an exemplar math notebook for students that incorporates content, purpose and accountability. Teachers will also share and get some ideas to make math notebooks more useful and fun.

March 26, 20142:00-4:00 PM

Math Literacy for Middle School Students

How many of your students are pretty good at math but horrible at word problems? This session aims to connect literacy strategies and math content to ensure that student can apply math procedures in context. Participates will leave the session with strategies for vocabulary instruction, writing in math, and ways to improve students' understanding of word problems.

March 14, 2014ES: 9:00-12:00 PM & MS: 1:00-4:00 PM

Guided Reading: What You Really Need to Know to Move Students Up the Common Core Continuum

Participants will learn the key moves of a GR lesson to ensure all students are reading with fluency and comprehension. Topics covered will include: components of a strong guided reading lesson, using reading assessments to drive the guided reading lesson, the importance of text introduction, the guided reading conference, the comprehension conversation, and overall next steps to take in your guided reading lesson delivery.  Please bring a guided reading book to the session.

March 13, 20149:00-4:00 PM

Managing to Change the World – One Day Management Training

This is a fast-paced crash course in the basics of effective management. In a single information-packed day, we'll cover effective delegation, giving feedback, how to make the most of your check-ins with your teams, and much more. We'll discuss real-life situations participants are facing and work through how to approach them, and send you home with loads of hands-on, practical advice and tools that you can put to work the very next day.

March 7, 20149:00-11:00 AM

Transitioning to Adult Services for Students with Disabilities

Transitioning to the world of adult services can be scary and confusing for any student. Students with disabilities and their families need to know all their available options so that the abilities, talents, skills and passions of the student with special needs, can be nurtured and supported. This session will present a wide array of transition options available to the student with disabilities and their families. Through a series of multi-sensory, participatory experiences, participants will explore their already existing knowledge of transition services and be introduced to a wide array of new and creative transition support services for the aging out student. There will be games, lecture, small group work, case studies, questions and answers as well as group brain-storming.

March 7, 20149:00-5:00 PM

CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention & Principles of Personal Safety

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis. In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.

March 5, 20149:00-4:00 PM

Think Differently: A New Approach for Understanding & Helping Children with Challenging Behavior

Traditional approaches to school discipline are based on the assumption that challenging students are behaving badly in order to get something or avoid something. However, research in the neurosciences has clearly demonstrated that challenging students lack the skills, not the will to behave well. This presentation will describe an approach that focuses on teaching at-risk students the skills they need to succeed while developing the helping relationships upon which all change is built.  Session will cover: Traditional Approaches vs. the Unconventional Wisdom, 5 Domains of Thinking Skills, Assessment of Problems to be Solved and Skills to be Trained, Prioritizing Problems to Solve, and the Problem Solving Process. Activities will include lecture, videos, group practice, and Q&A.

March 3, 20143/3: 8:30-4:00 PM & 3/4: 8:30-11:30 AM

Introduction to Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) for Grades K-5

In this 1.5 day session, participants will work with the CGI frameworks for problems and strategies to learn how students understand mathematics and to guide instructional decisions. Attendees will (a) categorize problems according to mathematical demands and recognize student responses and cognitive development; (b) facilitate classroom discussion that strengthens children’s ability to reason about arithmetic; and (c) design and sequence problems meeting the Common Core math standards for K-5.

February 28, 20149:00-5:00 PM

CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention & Principles of Personal Safety

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis. In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.

February 26, 20146:00-8:00 PM

Differentiated to the Core: Using Differentiation Strategies to Help Students Access and Master the Standards of the Common Core

In this session participants will add to their toolkit of differentiated strategies to reach all scholars and help them to access and succeed with the Common Core standards with a focus on literacy. This session will be appropriate for K-8 teachers. We will work through a multi-modal approach using arts infusion, technology, writing to learn, text annotation and other strategies to accomplish our goal.

February 25, 20145:00-7:00 PM

Elementary Math Literacy

How many of your students are pretty good at math but horrible at word problems? This session aims to connect literacy strategies and math content to ensure that student can apply math procedures in context. Participates will leave the session with strategies for vocabulary instruction, writing in math, and ways to improve students' understanding of word problems.

February 25, 20142:00-4:00 PM

Math Games for Elementary Students

Math games are engaging, motivating, and allow students to apply content in various ways in which worksheets and textbooks don't allow. For teachers, math games can be stressful, chaotic and require too much prep. This session focuses on how to organize, launch and maintain math games to support student learning and fun.

February 25, 20149:00-10:00 AM

Testing Accommodations and Modifications

In this webinar, participants will learn about testing accommodations and modifications. There will also be a review of New York State’s guidelines on acceptable accommodations/modifications for use during the state test. The webinar will be archived for future viewing.

February 14, 2014(K-5): 8:00-12:00 PM, (6-12): 1:00-5:00 PM

Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching Using the Cognitive Model

Students who are identified with reading disabilities/difficulties struggle for a different reasons. In order to determine what intervention is most appropriate for each individual student, teachers must be familiar with a variety of diagnostic assessments. Participants will be given a list of guiding questions and assessments that can be used to answer questions for each of the core components of comprehensive literacy instruction.  The morning session will target special educators in grades K-5, the afternoon session will target special educators in grades 6-12.

February 10, 20148:00-11:00 AM

Using the DOE’s Promotional Criteria and an Overview of Light’s Retention Scale

This session will explore promotional criteria for students with disabilities and the Light's Retention Scale for use in considering retention decisions. The first half of the session will provide an overview of the DOE's modified promotional criteria policy and how to correctly use the DOE forms. The second half of the session will be for attendees that would like more information on the Light's Retention Scale, a tool schools can use to aid in retention decisions. If interested in attending the Light's Retention Scale portion, please ensure that your school has purchased a LRS Kit.

February 10, 201412:30-3:30 PM

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in School Counseling

The goals of this session are for counselors to understand and be able to use cognitive-behavioral therapy in a school setting, to know and be able to implement basic CBT strategies and interventions, examine ways of working with individual students and groups in schools, and to have comprehensive resources for further reading and research about CBT.

February 7, 20148:00-11:30 AM

Create a “Live” Math Classroom in the K-4 Setting

Participants will learn to actively involve ALL students in mathematical thinking. Create an environment which promotes the development of number sense, reasoning & strategic thinking. Ensure that the first 5 minutes of your math class engage all students and that every minute counts by providing independent task time activities. Differentiate to meet the needs of all. Ensure that the language of mathematics is integrated throughout your activities and provide tools for constant assessment. Practical ideas galore!!!

February 7, 201412:30-4:00 PM

Mathematics Spoken Here – Grades 5-9

Participants will attend to critical elements for managing a healthy mathematics environment, set up a menu with starters, mental math, stumpers and independent task time. Engage all students in mathematical communication, build a firm math foundation which focuses on number sense, reasoning, computational efficiency, relationship thinking, and strategic problem solving. In addition, attendees will learn about starters to motivate and independent task time to differentiate so that ALL are involved with the language of mathematics.

February 5, 20149:00-5:00 PM

CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention & Principles of Personal Safety

Through training in CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, attendees will develop prevention strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Attendees will learn to organize thinking about how behavior escalates and how to respond appropriately during moments of crisis. By utilizing group discussions, role-plays and activities, attendees will leave the session with certification in verbal de-escalation and personal safety by the Crisis Prevention Institute to support students and staff in moments of crisis. In order to qualify for official certification, attendees must be present for the full length of the training.

January 31, 20147:30-11:00 AM

On-boarding for New SPED Coordinators

The special education on-boarding workshop is for new SPED directors/coordinators, staff new to the NYC charter sector, or individuals that need a background on special education and the NYC charter sector. The 3.5 hour session will cover the charter sector landscape, legalese of Federal and NYS SPED legislation, your LEA and what you need to know about SPED. In addition, we'll cover the tools needed to launch your program mid-year.

January 29, 20141/30: 8:00-12:30 PM & 1/31: 12:00-5:00 PM

Building Capacity for Creating FBAs/BIPs

This session will support school teams with developing procedures for establishing capacity to efficiently assess and implement individualized positive behavior supports.  An interactive research-based manualized training widely used for school personnel will be presented. Participants will practice: effectively conducting efficient functional behavioral assessments (FBA) , designing behavior support plans (BSP), and leading school teams in implementing effective behavior plans.  Attendees will participate in interactive and cooperative learning activities on case studies focused on:
  1. Defining & Understanding Behavior
  2. Conducting FBA Interviews
  3. Observing & Summarizing Behavior
  4. Critical Features of Behavior Support Plans
  5. Building Behavior Support Plans from FBA information
  6. Implementation & Evaluation of Behavior Supports
  7. Leading a Team through the Behavior Support Planning Process.
Between the two half-day sessions, participants are asked to apply what they have learned and bring back materials to the second training day.

January 21, 201410:00-12:00 PM

Needs, Wants, Wishes and Dreams: Programs and Services that Bring Relief to Parents of Children with Disabilities

This interactive workshop will give you an overview of the programs, services and systems that can empower parents of children with special needs and disabilities. We will share our already existing knowledge base and expand from there to learn about the many "treasures" of NYC available to families caring for children with disabilities. Learn how you can support those children and families so they can find relief from the various difficulties they encounter in life. The session will be presented in a multi-sensory interactive manner. We will engage in games, activities, case studies, questions and answers, using our already existing knowledge as a springboard to expand into new and exciting areas of family support services for parents of children with disabilities. You will have an opportunity to raise any and all issues pertaining to children with disabilities and their families.

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