2021 Fall Seminars

*To register for these seminars, please click on the title of the seminar and it will direct you to Frontline to register.

*All seminars will begin at 4:30 PM.

A Proactive and Positive Environment for Student Achievement 

Seminar for SRPS (with 5 years or less experience in the classroom)

10/27/2021

Ending the achievement gap requires addressing all factors that influence their achievement and behavior of students including: class learning, school climate, and motivation theory.  In this seminar participants will learn that a positive educational environment is a major ingredient of effective schools.  Participants will examine research-based techniques that empower “at risk” students, decrease problem behavior, and improve student achievement in general.  When the environment is engaging, the likelihood for success is greatly increased.  (2 hours)

 

Building Community, Collaboration, and Equity

Seminar for Teachers and SRPs  

10/20/2021   

Educators will discuss strategies for building commu­nity by using the distinctive traits and talents of in­dividuals and establish a culture of collaboration to meet individual student needs.  (1.5 hours)

 

Crafting a Learning Community for Classroom and Virtual Discussions 

Seminar for Teachers

11/22/2021  

Effective and powerful classroom/virtual discussions do not just occur; they require a learning community that fosters their development. The use of different types of norms, selected scaffolds, and knowledge of the stages and continuum of classroom discussion are explored.  (3 hours)    

 

Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom  

Seminar for Teachers 

12/09/2021 

In order to meet the needs of our diverse student pop­ulation, educators must possess the mindset and skills needed to foster a positive learning environment for all students as it is critical to their academic success. Culturally responsive instructional practices honor and support this diversity, connecting learning to stu­dents’ cultural and linguistic background while build­ing on prior experiences. As a result, educators create an inclusive environment that is accessible and relat­able to all students.  (3 hours)

 

Designing and Differentiating Assessments

Seminar for Teachers

11/01/2021    

Participants will discuss providing multiple opportunities for students to showcase abilities and differen­tiating assessment methodologies.  (1 hour)

 

Designing Assessment to Monitor Student Progress toward Instructional Goals

 

Seminar for Teachers
11/15/2021 

In this session, educators will discuss how they assess learning experiences that they create or coordinate, tracking what students do and do not learn while evaluating the effectiveness of their instructional strategies.  (1 hour)

 

Designing Effective Instruction and Learning for English Learners

Seminar for Teachers
11/10/2021 
The five high-leverage principles presented in this seminar synthesize the work of leading scholars and educators and reflect basic practices that can improve teaching and learning for English learners across the content areas. Participants will examine evidence-based instructional strategies that can be incorporat­ed into daily lesson plans and routines as well as deter­mine effective ways to teach and assess both language and disciplinary content.  (3 hours)

Educators Valuing Diversity

Seminar for Teachers
12/06/2021 
This seminar is designed to help practitioners educate their students who will be living in a world of diverse communities. It will promote awareness of global dif­ferences while identifying shared values. It encour­ages the understanding of one’s own culture as the doorway to understanding other cultures.  (2 hours)

Establishing Inclusive Classrooms Where Newcomer ELLs Thrive  

Seminar for Teachers
12/16/2021
Newcomer students are recently-arrived immigrants representative of a range of languages, cultures, school experiences, literacy skills, and immigration circumstances. Many speak little or no English and may lack any formal education in their native countries. Guided by Eight Promising Practices, participants will learn ways to create an inclusive classroom for newcomer ELLs with spaces that embrace the voices of linguisti­cally diverse communities and provide pathways for authentic learning opportunities.  (3 hours)

Growth Mindset, Growing Minds to Achieve Success  

Seminar for Teachers
12/01/2021 
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the start­ing point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities. ~ Dr. Dweck.

Motivating students to have a growth mindset is crucial in developing active, confident learners. This seminar explores how to develop an environment that encourages a growth mindset, discusses growth vs. fixed mindset and engages participants on how to sustain mindset changes in the classroom.  (3 hours)

Healing Circles  

Seminar for Teachers and SRPs
12/06/2021 
This seminar provides an overview of Healing Circles.  Healing Circles create a safe space to acknowledge the impact of Covid-19 on the school community and for expressing emotions and concerns; to access the healing effects of connecting with others to deal with the impact on their lives.  Teachers, staff, and students will need time to transition back to school. To be at their best, educators need time to debrief, express their concerns on everything from personal and student safety to instructional practice, and acknowledge their own feelings of grief.

Healing circles are built on a foundation of kindness and respect.  Circle participants listen with compassion and understanding and hold all stories shared in the circle in confidence.  All participants speak with intention and have an equal voice.  (2 hours)

How to Survive On-line Facilitation

Seminar for Teachers and SRPs
12/13/2021
Online or remote facilitation can be very challenging. This seminar provides a forum for educators to dis­cuss current obstacles facing remote learning. In ad­dition, this session provides tips for planning remote lessons, organization, as well as coping skills. Specific platforms addressed and discussed in the seminar are Weebly, Google Classroom, Zoom, Google Hangouts Meet, Screencasting tools, online assessments (edpuz­zle, quizizz, fipgrid, quizlet, kahoot, gimkit and google forms).  (3 hours)

I Think I Can I Know I Can: Motivating Students to Learn  

Seminar for SRPs
11/29/2021 
This seminar analyzes why some students are not motivated to learn and how to increase the positive environment necessary for learning.  Participants will discuss ideas, strategies, and activities to increase engagement and motivation for students.  This seminar will highlight the inner strengths, talents, and abilities that you as an SRP possess.  (3 hours)

Intersectionality: The Crossroads

Seminar for Teachers and SRPs
11/30/2021 
What do we mean by intersectionality? How did this concept emerge? How does it specifically affect women, our students, staff and women of color?  This seminar engages educators in explaining, describ­ing and recognizing intersectionality. Participants grapple with the complexity of intersectionality and its importance to the feminist/women’s movement, education, and their lives. Participants will begin to analyze the intersection between Power, Privilege and Identity by examining case studies that illustrate these dynamics within school structures. A plethora of resources will be provided to help empower educators to create more efficient and equitable practices that impact students, staff and communities.  (3 hours)

It Takes a Village, Impact of SRPs and Developing the Whole Child 

Seminar for SRPs
12/09/2021 
This seminar will explore factors impacting student learning and achievement by identifying ways SRPs can support student learning in and out of the classroom.  The seminar will focus on crucial skills need to create a safe, welcoming learning environment from the time students board the school bus in the morning until the time they return home at the end of the day.  (3 hours)

Paraprofessionals in the 21st Century

Seminar for SRPs
11/03/2021 
Being a school-related professional in today’s society requires many skills to become an integral part of school-wide success. In this seminar participants will identify the knowledge and skills they already bring to their job, distinguish between the roles and responsibilities of the SRP and classroom teacher, and demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical standards, including confidentiality.  (2 hours)

Partners in the Classroom: Collaborating Effectively with Teaching Assistants

Seminar for Teachers
12/16/2021 
This seminar is designed for the new member who is working with teacher assistants. Participants will explore the roles and responsibilities of Teaching As­sistants, as well as characteristics that describe effec­tive teaching assistants. Scenarios and strategies will be used to introduce techniques that will lead to a positive working relationship between teachers and assistants. The seminar’s interactive activities will model how these techniques can be implemented in a teacher’s practice. The content will be mindful of the diverse learners and backgrounds present in a classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to prepare next steps needed to integrate effective teaching assistant practice into their daily routines.  (3 hours)

Real Life Virtual & Classroom Challenges: Strategies for Success

Seminar for Teachers 
10/18/2021 
This seminar is designed for the new member who is working to create a classroom/virtual environment that is positive and productive. Participants will ex­plore the potential challenges faced by educators and strategies to address them. Scenarios and strategies will be used to introduce techniques that will lead to a positive working relationship between teachers, stu­dents, and families. The seminar’s interactive activities will model how these techniques can be implemented in a teacher’s practice. The content will be mindful of the diverse learners and backgrounds present in a classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to prepare next steps needed to introduce effective ap­proaches to establishing and maintaining a proactive teaching practice.  (2 hours)

Restorative Practices: Promoting a Positive School Culture and Climate

Seminar for SRPs
12/15/2021 
This seminar provides an overview of discipline disparities, restorative practices, and ways to promote positive discipline in schools.  RP examines recent data collected on disciplinary trends by the US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.  Key ideas and components of Restorative Practice are presented.  Research and reasons for using restorative practices as an alternative to suspensions and other punitive approaches to misbehavior are explored.  This seminar will offer educator’s strategies to engage in restorative questioning, dialogue, and tier I restorative circles.  (3 hours)

SIFE Success: Know Your Students and Strategies!

Seminar for Teachers 
11/03/2021 
“Help! I have a newcomer in my classroom! What should I do?” Teachers can start by taking this founda­tional seminar on Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE) students and spend time exploring characteristics of SIFE students to better serve their needs in the classroom. During this seminar, partici­pants will learn how to design classroom environ­ments and apply specific strategies that both honor students’ backgrounds and support the intense needs of this population in order to foster SIFE success. This also provides a strong knowledge base for future learn­ing opportunities on SIFE literacy, differentiation and culturally responsive instruction.  (3 hours)

Teaching for Clarity to Improve Student Achievement

Seminar for Teachers 
12/02/2021 
Teaching with clarity allows the students to see the “big picture” of the what and why of their learning, engaging students of poverty by fostering a strong academic environment and child well-being. The seminar will identify ways to integrate clarity in teacher practices.  (3 hours)

The Way I See Things: Supporting Students with Autism

Seminar for SRPs
11/08/2021 
Ending the achievement gap between students with and without disabilities requires addressing the essential factors that can influence their success. This three-hour training provides up-to-date information on the clinical and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Attention will be given to how these features manifest themselves and present unique instructional and learning challenges within educational settings. The seminar provides evidence-based, pro-active strategies for helping children and adolescents with ASDs succeed in schools today.  (3 hours)

Working Safely in Schools: Preventing Illness and Injuries when Toileting Students 

Seminar for SRPs
11/18/2021 
This seminar discusses the precautions to take to prevent exposures and injuries. The seminar will focus on exposure to diseases and transmission. Also highlighted are the components of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and its enforcement, the physical risks of manual lifting and what equipment and devices can eliminate risks. Tips will be provided to SRPs about the tools that can help them assess equipment needs, as well as strategies for how to approach administration about liability concerns.  (3 hours)