Seminars for SRP’s


Addressing Aggressive Behavior in Schools

Seminar for SRPs 

12/10/2019   Pearl River

Special needs students experience many benefits as well as challenges in the classroom.  Some students may resist efforts of teachers and SRPs to support and guide them.  This resistance may be shown in passive ways or in more aggressive ways, such as acting out, tantrums, or even throwing objects.  This seminar will focus on strategies for managing the behavior of students who demonstrate aggressive and disruptive behaviors.  Participants will discuss the need to teach students to take responsibility for their own behavior, review a plan for ensuring they have the knowledge and skills to successfully change their behaviors, and proactive strategies for addressing specific misbehaviors.  Confrontation strategies and strategies such as redirection, cause and effect and overcorrection will be explored and practiced.  (3 hours)

Cognitive Strategies and Engagement

Seminar for SRPs 

01/29/2020   Tarrytown

03/24/2020   Pearl River  

The ultimate learning environment is rich in engagement.  When learners are engaged they are fully immersed in the learning.  This seminar delves into multiple strategies for educators to create that rich learning environment and motivate our 21st century students.  With cognitive engagement, the students do all the hard work of learning while the teacher is truly a facilitator.  (3 hours)

Conflict Management

Seminar for SRPs 

03/11/2020   Newburgh

Conflicts are normal and unavoidable occurrences in our everyday lives.  Most of these are minor and easily resolved.  Participants will address the benefits and disadvantages of conflict, key factors to be considered in resolving conflicts, and strategies for managing and resolving conflicts.  (3 hours)

Dealing with Difficult Students in the School Environment-Violence Prevention

Seminar for SRPs 

03/03/2020   Tarrytown

05/05/2020   Pearl River  

This seminar will offer strategies for dealing with students who exhibit chronic and extreme misbehavior, including violence.  Participants will learn what motivates students to misbehave, intervention techniques to use at the moment of misbehavior, how to avoid and defuse confrontations, and ways to reinforce desirable behavior.  (3 hours)

Disability Awareness   

Seminar for SRPs

03/12/2020   Tarrytown

04/21/2020  Pearl River

SRPs often work with students who are identified as having one of the thirteen disability categories.  This seminar will provide participants with a general understanding of these categories and key concepts related to the education of students with disabilities.   Participants will experience what it is like to have a disability and learn strategies for improving student learning and behavior.             (3 hours)

Family Partnerships to Improve Classroom Behavior

Seminar for SRPs

11/06/2019   Tarrytown 

This seminar engages educators in discussing the benefits of having consistent and positive family school partnerships through frequent communication.  Family Partnerships to Improve Classroom Behavior focuses on how educators can improve and enhance classroom behaviors and relationships with the students and families they serve.  (3 hours)

Gang Awareness: Empowering Educators

Seminar for SRPs 

02/27/2020   Tarrytown

Societal pressures follow students into schools every day.  This seminar focuses on the significant challenges that students confront in and outside of schools, including the complex reasons students engage in harmful social relationships, specifically gang activity.  As a result, students find it difficult to focus on academics when they have legitimate concerns about their safety.  This program addresses how gang involvement impacts the community, academic achievement and the day to day running of schools.  The learning environment is a crucial indicator of student success.  This training empowers educators with proactive strategies to assist in engaging “at-risk” students in healthy and positive ways that leads to building strong relationships and student learning.  (3 hours)

How SRPs Can Support Students with ADHD

Seminar for SRPs 

03/19/2020   Newburgh

The number of students in our classrooms diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other attention difficulties has increased dramatically.  The symptoms can disrupt the child’s learning and affect their relationships with peers and adults.  This seminar is designed to help the school-related professionals achieve a better understanding of ADHD and provide intervention strategies to facilitate positive student behavior.  (3 hours) (This seminar was previously titled ADHD Strategies)

How to Successfully Pass the Civil Service Exam – Clerical Series

Seminar for SRPs 

11/07/2019   Tarrytown

02/26/2020   Pearl River

This seminar will review the procedures to apply for a Civil Service Exam.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice answering sample civil service questions, as well as engage in some discourse around each question, and learn tips to successfully pass the exam.  (3 hours)  *This seminar will start at 5:00 pm.

How to Successfully Pass the Civil Service Exam – Custodial/Janitor Series

Seminar for SRPs 

11/14/2019   Tarrytown 

12/12/2019   Newburgh

This seminar will review the procedures to apply for a Civil Service Exam.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice answering sample civil service questions, as well as engage in some discourse around each question, and learn tips to successfully pass the exam.  (3 hours)  *This seminar will start at 5:00 pm.

Increasing Comprehension of ELLs

Seminar for SRPs 

01/30/2020   Newburgh

Many SRPs work with English Language Learners (ELLs) on a daily basis.  The seminar helps SRPs to understand the NYS regulations for identifying and providing services to ELLs, examine cultural factors that affect instruction for ELLs, and explore strategies for making academic content accessible to ELLs.  (3 hours)

Increasing Family Engagement to Promote the Achievement of ELLs

Seminar for SRPs

11/12/2019  Newburgh

What are some approaches educators can use to develop effective partnerships with bilingual families?  In this session, you will examine ways to increase family engagement and improve the home-school connection with the families of our English learners.  Time will be provided to create a parent engagement plan to target specific academic outcomes for ELLs.  (3 hours)

Learning Preferences: Four Styles for Success

Seminar for SRPs

11/12/2019   Pearl River

Adults and students learn in at least four different ways.  In this seminar, participants will examine four learning preferences or modes: kinesthetic, tactual, auditory and visual.  Through a variety of experiential activities participants will assess their own comfort levels in the four modes and rate their learning strengths in each.  The importance of adapting classroom support to address these preferences is embedded throughout the seminar.  (3 hours)

Managing Student Behavior

Seminar for SRPs 

02/05/2020   Tarrytown

03/04/2020   Pearl River

This seminar provides effective strategies for communicating expectations to students, creating an environment in which appropriate behaviors are more likely to occur, and helping students learn to make appropriate choices.  (3 hours)

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Seminar for SRPs

11/20/2019   Pearl River

Participants will explore the definition of mindfulness and how it relates to whole child instruction in the classroom.  Scenarios and strategies will be used to introduce techniques that will address trauma and other factors that may lead to stress felt by today’s students and/or educators.  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 mindfulness into their daily routines.  (3 hours)

Motivating Students Through Music: A Whole Child Approach

Seminar for SRPs   

04/15/2020   Newburgh

This seminar will seek to enhance the skills and knowledge needed to empower educators to impact the lives of students inside and outside of the classroom through music, lyrics, and poetry.  Music speaks to the heart of caring individuals when faced with struggles and hardship in the school setting.  Words are the key to bring about change in the life of a child. Motivating Students Through Music: A Whole Child Approach empowers educators to use the arts to engage students in learning and to promote positive behavior.  (3 hours)

Next Generation Standards: What SRPs Need to Know

Seminar for SRPs 

12/05/2019   Tarrytown

03/05/2020   Newburgh   

This seminar introduces school-related professionals to the state’s ELA and Math Learning Standards and presents strategies to support the lessons and environments necessary for student success.  Time will be spent familiarizing participants with how to understand the language of the standards and analyzing lessons to determine ways in which they can supports-based student learning.       (3 hours)

Proactively Confronting Trauma in the Classroom and Other Learning Spaces

Seminar for SRPs

01/07/2020    Tarrytown

04/30/2020    Newburgh

Students are affected by their experiences and impacted by the situations and events that they witness.  Exposure to trauma and traumatic events often create social, emotional and behavioral problems that can hinder academic progress.

This seminar will provide School-Related Professionals (SRPs) with an understanding of how trauma affects students and offer an opportunity to develop strategies to support and promote school-wide success.  (3 hours)

Ps and Cues: Planning, Prioritizing, Performing

Seminar for SRPs

12/05/2019   Newburgh  

In this seminar, participants will identify factors that make it difficult to complete tasks during the workday; use cues to prioritize activities; learn tips for managing details and distractions, and recognize the value of goal-setting as a first step in completing multiple tasks effectively.  (3 hours)

SRP’s Impact on the Learning Environment

Seminar for SRPs

01/21/2020    Tarrytown 

03/10/2020    Pearl River

This seminar will explore the relationships between administrators, educators, students, and para-professionals.  The seminar will focus on the crucial skills needed to create a safe, welcoming learning environment and will highlight the impact para-professionals have in establishing the learning environment from the time students board the school bus in the morning until the time they are returned home at the end of the day.  (3 hours)

Standing Up to Workplace Bullying

Seminar for SRPs

01/14/2020   Pearl River

Workplace bullying is pervasive in the United States and is especially so in school settings, where employees report being bullied at nearly three times the national average.  Bullying behavior may take many forms, including threats and even physical violence, and has a devastating effect on worker well-being and quality of life.  In this seminar, participants will learn how to recognize bullying behavior in the school workplace setting and practice strategies to stop and prevent it.  Also covered will be a range of individual, union and institutional strategies for addressing the problem.  (3 hours)

Supporting and Sustaining Social-Emotional Needs of English Learners Who Experience Trauma     

Seminar for SRPs

01/08/2020   Newburgh  

This seminar, designed for all educators who work with English Language Learners (ELLs), will address the multitude of trauma that many ELLs have experienced prior to, and since, their arrival to the US.  Immigration, under the best of circumstances, involves separation, loss and challenges to one’s identity.  Many of our recently-arrived ELLs present with traumatic stressors most educators have not dealt with before.  Participants will leave this seminar with strategies to help students who have experienced trauma, tools to support ELLs’ social and emotional healing, growth and well-being, and ways to build trusting relationships with this fragile cohort.  (3 hours)   

Supports for Students with Autism

Seminar for SRPs

12/11/2019   Newburgh

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 (ASDs).  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)

The Art & Craft of Motivation 

Seminar for SRPs

01/15/2020   Newburgh

This seminar will highlight research on the motivation of students and analyze how to connect with learners so their individual strengths are realized and encouraged.  Learning how to guide our students through challenges they face by supporting and opening up new horizons for them to explore, will lead to increased motivation.  SRPs strive to have students find relevance in what they are learning and become more independent, self-directed and collaborative as they grow academically and emotionally.  (3 hours)

The IEP: Supporting Student Instruction

Seminar for SRPs 

10/10/2019   Pearl River

Being a school-related professional today requires many skills to become an integral part of school-wide success.  In this seminar, participants will become familiar with the special education process, terms/concepts, and learn what is in an IEP and how it impacts an SRP’s role in supporting student instruction.  *New Member Seminar for SRPs with 1-4 years experience.  (2 hours)

Time Management

Seminar for SRPs 

05/06/2020   Tarrytown

During this seminar, participants will examine time wasters and learn to plan effectively.  Time is given for effective paper management and meeting tips.  Participants will also share ideas for effective classroom time management.  This seminar enables participants to examine their philosophy regarding time and use of time.  (3 hours)

Trauma Awareness in Education: Supporting Resiliency and Preventing Conflict

Seminar for SRPs

12/11/2019   Tarrytown

Increasingly our students experience exposure to multiple or prolonged traumatic events, such as child abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic violence.  This experience directly affects their social and emotional development and negatively impacts their behavior and academic growth in school.  It is becoming more common that educators are faced with the challenges of connecting with, and educating, students who have endured complex trauma.  Often the hurt that is felt by the student is placed on the educator and it can manifest in a variety of ways.  This seminar will engage participants in understanding the roots of trauma, its prevalence and causes, the characteristics and associated behaviors, as well as learning how to work with traumatized students in a proactive and positive way.       (3 hours)

Understanding Diversity: How Our Schools Are Changing

Seminar for SRPs 

10/16/2019   Newburgh   

This seminar is designed to help educate 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. *New Member Seminar for SRPs with 1-4 years experience.  (2 hours)

We Are All Intelligent: We Just Learn Differently

Seminar for SRPs 

01/21/2020   Pearl River 

03/25/2020   Newburgh

This seminar is based upon Howard Gardner’s “Theory of Multiple Intelligences.”  Participants will examine facts and myths about intelligence; understand the characteristics of each of Gardner’s eight intelligences; and identify and create multiple strategies for use in the classroom as well as other work settings.              (3 hours)

What Every SRP Should Know About The Dignity Act

Seminar for SRPs 

01/07/2020    Pearl River 

02/13/2020    Tarrytown

The Dignity Act maintains that it is the policy of the State of New York to afford all students in public schools an environment free of discrimination and harassment (Education Law 10).  This interactive two hour overview examines harassment, discrimination and bullying as it relates to the Dignity Act.  The seminar will focus on specific aspects of the Dignity Act that are important for school related professionals to know.  (2 hours)  *This training does not fulfill the state requirements for six clock hours of coursework or training in the Dignity Act in accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law.