2023 Spring Seminars

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

*All virtual and in-person seminars will begin at 4:30 PM.

**Online Seminars: There are two online seminars listed below.  Participants have thirty (30) days from the day access is granted to complete and upload all the assignments.  An experienced instructor will provide feedback and coaching.  At the end of the thirty days, participants who successfully complete the requirements will receive a grade of Pass and a certificate of completion.  If not, a grade of Fail will be entered.  Please be mindful when registering, which seminar you are registering for.

Mitigating School Violence to Cultivate a Positive School Climate 

Online Seminar for Teachers

03/06/2023 – 04/05/2023

Violence, anger, and disruptive behaviors are negatively impacting the well-being of our staff and students in the school environment.  A school’s culture and climate are the primary indicators of student achievement and behavior.  When students and staff are connected to the school through its culture, everyone thrives.  Current systems in NYS such as the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) legislation, the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), local Codes of Conduct, district safety plans, and workplace protections serve to support all stakeholders in a school community.  De-escalation techniques and conflict resolution practices compromise the next level of restoring community in a school so educators can safely work to support students so they can learn.  (5 hours)  


 Extinguishing Educator Burnout

Online Seminar for Teachers   

04/03/2023 – 05/03/2023   

In this seminar, participants will examine how they can re-energize themselves to maintain or regain a positive outlook and love of working in schools.  They will dive into specific, immediate actions they can take to enhance their well-being and thrive both on and off the job.  Materials will explain how shifts in awareness, attitudes, and actions can be transformational for educators and their students.  Specific steps related to mindfulness, empathy, gratitude, and altruism that educators can use on their own and with students will be shared.  Equipped with these tools, educators can be their best, so they can give their best to the learners in their care.  (5 hours)


**In-Person Seminars:  There are seven (7) in-person seminars listed below.  These seminars will be held at the Tarrytown Regional Office.  For address and directions please click here.

Managing Stress and Change 

In-Person Seminar for Teachers and SRPs


What are ways that we can effectively cope with stress and change?  There are several measures a person can take to manage stress like managing their choice of nourishment, addressing change through practical daily interventions, and creating healthy habits.  This seminar will provide several strategies to increase self-care and provide a foundation of good health.  (2 hours)


Social Emotional Learning

In-Person Seminar for Teachers and SRPs 


SEL is critical to the success of all students.  But what does it really mean?  In this seminar participants will be able to define SEL, identify the competency areas connected to SEL, reflect upon their own current teaching practices and plan for how to integrate SEL into their daily lesson plans.  (3 hours)


Proactively Confronting Trauma in the Classroom and Other Learning Spaces

In-Person Seminar for SRPs


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)


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

In-Person Seminar for SRPs


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.  The seminar will highlight the inner strengths, talents, and abilities that you as an SRP possess.  (3 hours)


Scaffolding Instruction Across Language Proficiency Levels

In-Person Seminar for Teachers and SRPs
05/02/2023                                                                                                                          Participants will be introduced to the theories that influence best practices; explore different forms of scaffolding and best ways to use them; examine different language levels and what to expect from students at those levels; learn how to use formative assessments to inform instruction and understand and implement the steps for scaffolding.  (3 hours)

Promising Practices for Long-Term ELLs

In-Person Seminar for Teachers and SRPs


In this seminar, participants develop an understanding of who our ELLs are and learn about strategies, frameworks, and even policy recommendations that both engage with the gifts that LTELLs possess and work to address their needs.  (3 hours)


Disability Awareness

In-Person Seminar for SRPs


SRPs often work with students who are identified as having one of the categories.  This seminar will provide participants with a general understanding of the thirteen disability 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)


**Virtual Seminars: There are nine (9) virtual seminars listed below.  These are live web-based seminars.  

Shifting Mindsets for Effective Family School Engagement

Virtual Seminar for Teachers and SRPs


Are assumptions about families and community getting in the way of deeper connections needed for student success?  The relational piece is the necessary ingredient for any meaningful family-school engagement effort to be sustained.  This session will identify key assumptions that get in the way of building relationships of trust and respect with families and describe asset-based thinking for building powerful partnerships with families.  (2 hours)


Managing Anxiety During Uncertain Times 

Virtual Seminar for Teachers and SRPs
I’m frustrated and stressed out!  This has been a difficult year!  This session will provide the factors that affect our response to a loss of control, stress, and anxiety.  Coping strategies will be discussed and shared, as well as ways to build resilience.  (2 hours)

Building Dynamic Classroom Communities with a Tech Toolbox

Virtual Seminar for Teachers
Whether it is the first day of school or the 100th Day celebration, instructional technology can be a vital tool in fostering dynamic classroom communities.  This virtual workshop will help educators find opportunities for students to build community and engage with content through the thoughtful incorporation of instructional technology platforms that promote collaboration.  Using the ISTE Standards as a framework, this workshop will explore how teachers can create a Classroom Tech Toolbox to empower their students as members of a community of connected learners.  (3 hours)

How to Successfully Pass the Civil Service Exam – Clerical Series

Virtual Seminar for SRPs
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)

Establishing Inclusive Classrooms Where Newcomer ELLs Thrive

Virtual Seminar for Teachers
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.  In order to meet the unique academic, social, and emotional needs of these students, participants will begin by identifying who their newcomers are.  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.  As the demographics of our classrooms continue to reflect the political climate and refugee resettlement of our country and the world, we need to educate others, advocate together, and elevate our ELLs.  (3 hours) 

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

Virtual Seminar for SRPs
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 needed to create 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)

New Day, New Direction: Managing Conflict Using Resolution Strategies

Virtual Seminar for SRPs
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)

Identifying Individual Differences

Virtual Seminar for New Teachers 
This seminar explores how to develop an environment that encourages a growth mindset, discusses growth vs. fixed mindset.  (1.5 hours)

Collegial Collaboration and Action: Addressing Hostile and Aggressive Student Behavior

Virtual Seminar for Teachers 
This seminar is designed to encourage conversations focused on addressing difficult student behaviors.  Educators will be encouraged to share their own case studies which will be used to review, analyze and discuss evidence-based approaches.  Research articles will guide strategies portion of the seminar.  Participants will also engage in discussions around research and explore alternative strategies that can assist with hostile and aggressive behavior.  (3 hours)