Upcoming Professional Development Events

  • Leveraging Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Support All Learners

    FREE Professional Learning Session Supported by The Teaching Remote/Hybrid Learning Environment (TRLE) Grant.

    All teachers aim to provide students with enriching, responsive learning environments designed to meet the diverse needs of their students. However, many wonder how to most effectively remove barriers to learning and set up all students for success. During this session, participants will learn about the principles of UDL and determine ways to support all students.

    By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    •Identify the goals and underlying assumptions of the UDL framework

    •Apply specific strategies for designing lessons that remove barriers to learning to set up all students to succeed.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

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  • Personalized Learning in the School Library Program

    FREE Professional Learning Session Supported by The Teaching Remote/Hybrid Learning Environment (TRLE) Grant.

    In this session, participants will explore how the school library program includes a repository of resources curated to meet students where they are, and how librarians offer a selection of services to set up students for success in achieving academic outcomes. Libraries are safe, affirming spaces where students are welcome to create, explore, and deepen their knowledge using technology, maker materials, and personal connections in a flexible, accommodating space.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

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  • PD Short: Youth Mental Health First Aid

    FREE Professional Learning Session Supported by The Teaching Remote/Hybrid Learning Environment (TRLE) Grant.

    Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach anyone who regularly interacts with young people, age 12-18, who is experiencing a mental health challenge or is in crisis. It is like CPR for mental health. This course is an introduction to the 6-hour certification class. It will provide a brief overview of some of the key concepts, primarily the action plan.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

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  • The Mandated 6 Hour DASA Certification Class (ACCESS VIRTUALLY via Zoom Videoconference)

    The ability to provide a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and bullying, is a top priority for K-12 educators nationwide. Through this 6-hour training participants will unpack the social patterns of harassment and discrimination based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex.
    The training will address:
    * The identification and mitigation of harassment
    * Bullying and discrimination
    * Strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

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  • PD Short: Blended Learning and the Social Emotional Connection

    FREE Professional Learning Session Supported by The Teaching Remote/Hybrid Learning Environment (TRLE) Grant.

    Through this learning experience, participants will acquire a foundation of knowledge about the relationship between academic performance and the development of social-emotional competencies and learn how it relates to student success academically and socially.
    Upon completion, participants will be able to:
    *Understand the significance of SEL in school and life.
    *Build a repository of blended learning resources, activities, and skills to bring back to their classroom, school, and learning community.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

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  • Component Study - 3c Engaging Students in Learning

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    School leaders are an integral part of supporting teachers and improving learning across the school building. During this professional learning session, school leaders will closely examine and deepen their understanding around The Danielson Framework Component 3c - Engaging Students in Learning.
    During this session, participants will:
    - Enhance their knowledge around Component 3c.
    - Learn different types of engagement and how they look in teaching and learning.
    - Expand strategies for providing high-leverage feedback.

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  • The Mandated 6 Hour DASA Certification Class (ACCESS VIRTUALLY via Zoom Videoconference)

    The ability to provide a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and bullying, is a top priority for K-12 educators nationwide. Through this 6-hour training participants will unpack the social patterns of harassment and discrimination based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex.
    The training will address:
    * The identification and mitigation of harassment
    * Bullying and discrimination
    * Strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in educational settings

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Building Leadership Capacity - Ongoing Training for Those Who Observe Teachers

    There is tremendous opportunity during the observation cycle to promote reflective practitioners and focus on improved student outcomes. Participants will continue to develop their skills in providing evidence-based feedback during the observation cycle and will review the required components of APPR, while exploring recent updates to APPR regulations. This learning experience is appropriate for all Lead Evaluators who have been previously certified by their districts and can be used by districts as evidence for recertification.

    This is an advanced course for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. The session will also include the most current updates from NYSED.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

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  • PD Short: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention

    FREE Professional Learning Session Supported by The Teaching Remote/Hybrid Learning Environment (TRLE) Grant.

    Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) training is for special educators and others who directly intervene in crisis situations. It is crucial that an individual's response matches the level of risk involved in a potential crisis situation. This one-hour course is an introduction to the full 2-day certification course in which participants learn to verbally de-escalate a person in crisis. They will also learn how to safely implement physical interventions as a last resort. Although this course places an emphasis on working with Special Education students, the strategies discussed are effective for all students and extend to our everyday lives.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

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  • What to Look for When Assessing the Teaching of Writing: Keeping the NGLS in Mind

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    The NYS Next Generation Standards have given teachers much to think about when it comes to effective and engaging writing instruction for their students. While teachers are aligning curriculum and teaching practices to the NYS Next Generation Standards, administrators now have new elements of teaching and learning for which they are looking as well. This session will support administrators in focusing observations of writing instruction in their K-6 grade classrooms.
    During this session, participants will:
    - Learn best teaching practices to help students understand and learn to love writing
    - Consider conferring and assessment of writing aligned with the NYS Next Generation Standards
    - Explore the stages of the writing process and the importance of each when teaching effective writing instruction
    - Discuss how teachers are spending their "writing time” and how to help them to make the most of it
    - Discuss ways to support teachers in focusing on the purpose of their instruction above all else

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  • Building Leadership Capacity - Ongoing Training for Those Who Observe Teachers

    There is tremendous opportunity during the observation cycle to promote reflective practitioners and focus on improved student outcomes. Participants will continue to develop their skills in providing evidence-based feedback during the observation cycle and will review the required components of APPR, while exploring recent updates to APPR regulations. This learning experience is appropriate for all Lead Evaluators who have been previously certified by their districts and can be used by districts as evidence for recertification.

    This is an advanced course for supervisors who will be observing teachers and/or serving as Lead Evaluators. The session will also include the most current updates from NYSED.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Mandated Autism Training (3 Hr. Course) VIA ZOOM VIDEOCONFERENCING

    Many students require individualized support to succeed academically and socially in the K-12 environment. As the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders increases, educators must be equipped with the tools necessary to meet this demand. As part of the New York State Regulations, this workshop will address the needs of students on the autism spectrum.
    This overview will meet the state mandate for certification and will include the following topics:
    -Definitions
    -Etiology and prevalence
    -Characteristics
    -Evidenced-based instructional methods
    -Behavior management resources

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

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  • Child Abuse: Identification and Reporting Procedures - VIA ZOOM

    According to the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention, at least in 7 students experience child abuse or neglect in the United States. While much progress has been made, there are things that can be done to protect children from abuse. Through this training, K-12 educators will become equipped with the knowledge to recognize and report signs of abuse.


    During the training, participants will be able to identify:
    •Child abuse and neglect

    •Professional issues and concerns

    •Community resources

    •Legal responsibilities in reporting child abuse/neglect cases

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

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  • School Violence Intervention And Prevention Course VIA ZOOM VIDEOCONFERENCING

    School violence is a significant public health issue and a harsh reality that educators face in the United States. School violence prevention is a top priority of policymakers nationwide. Education Law in New York State requires that certain individuals seeking licensure are required to complete two hours of training in school violence prevention and intervention.

    Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

    *Identify the goal of the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) legislation.

    *Discuss how the components of the SAVE legislation interface in the prevention of violence in schools.

    *Describe how educational, legal/regulatory, and environmental domains promote school safety within the SAVE legislation.

    *Describe how the Public Health model relates to school violence prevention and intervention.

    *Discuss risk and protective factors related to school violence
    Successful completion of this course meets the NYS Mandate.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

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  • Building Capacity with the School Library Program Rubric

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    In this session, participants will take a deep dive into the three domains of the School Library Program Rubric: Teach For Learning, Build the Learning Environment, and Empower Learning Through Leadership, all grounded in the foundations of Accessibility, Cultural Responsiveness, Equity, Ethics, Intellectual Freedom, and Policy. Participants will spend time in collaborative planning groups to identify areas for growth and develop action plans for their return to school in September.

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  • Introduction to Race, Equity, and Social Justice

    Free Professional Learning Session Supported by The Teaching Remote/Hybrid Learning Environment (TRLE) Grant.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    Beginning the journey as an anti-racist educator can be daunting and those new to the process benefit from a special introductory experience. In this session, you will engage in an overview of the work of race, equity, and social justice, and will learn key terms and concepts important for preparing for participation in the remainder of the Institute.

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  • Labor Contract Negotiations and Contract Administration in the Public Schools

    This course will provide a general summary of the skills and knowledge necessary for public school administrators in New York State to carry out functions related to the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements. The course will begin with a basic overview of the underlying legal framework under the Taylor Law for teacher and civil service contracts. Also covered in the class will be concepts related to the preparation for and conduct of labor negotiations from a management perspective. The Course will address general issues related to contract administration and grievance handling. The approach to the Course will be by way of lecture, reading, and simulations related to the aforementioned topics.
    *Additional time will be required for out of class for simulations and summaries of results on 8/10 and 8/11

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

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  • Institute for Race, Equity, and Social Justice

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    In order to fully prepare students to understand the complex challenges facing our society, we must deeply explore the roles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and the ways in which they impact teaching and learning in K-12 schools. In the Institute for Race, Equity, and Social Justice we examine the powerful intersect of Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education (CRSE) Frameworks, Next Generation Learning Standards (NGLS), Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards while emphasizing NYSED's new policy on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This is challenging and rewarding work. Together we will share our experiences and learn from one another to better understand our work. You will leave with new insight, new tools, and opportunities to plan forward.
    During this Institute, you will:
    -Explore practical strategies and reflect on your own equity journey and understand your lived experiences and how they have shaped your attitudes and beliefs.
    -Consider the question, "Is my school/district an equitable school/district?” and identify evidence in support.
    -Apply DEI lens when viewing school practices and policies, as you consider ways to make your school/district more equitable.
    -Establish equitable and effective student-centered learning experiences that affirm cultural identities, elevate historically marginalized voices, and promote diverse and inclusive teaching and learning.
    -Strengthen your capacity as an equity leader and consider ways to engage colleagues in this important work.
    -Identify and remove obstacles that reduce student access, participation, and success.

    This series is subsidized by TRLE Grant Free extension activities are TRLE-sponsored

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • Institute for Race, Equity, and Social Justice

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan

    In order to fully prepare students to understand the complex challenges facing our society, we must deeply explore the roles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and the ways in which they impact teaching and learning in K-12 schools. In the Institute for Race, Equity, and Social Justice we examine the powerful intersect of Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education (CRSE) Frameworks, Next Generation Learning Standards (NGLS), Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards while emphasizing NYSED's new policy on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This is challenging and rewarding work. Together we will share our experiences and learn from one another to better understand our work. You will leave with new insight, new tools, and opportunities to plan forward.
    During this Institute, you will:
    -Explore practical strategies and reflect on your own equity journey and understand your lived experiences and how they have shaped your attitudes and beliefs.
    -Consider the question, "Is my school/district an equitable school/district?” and identify evidence in support.
    -Apply DEI lens when viewing school practices and policies, as you consider ways to make your school/district more equitable.
    -Establish equitable and effective student-centered learning experiences that affirm cultural identities, elevate historically marginalized voices, and promote diverse and inclusive teaching and learning.
    -Strengthen your capacity as an equity leader and consider ways to engage colleagues in this important work.
    -Identify and remove obstacles that reduce student access, participation, and success.

    This series is subsidized by TRLE Grant Free extension activities are TRLE-sponsored

    Center for Professional Development and Curriculum Support
  • UDL and Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Free Professional Learning Session Supported by The Teaching Remote/Hybrid Learning Environment (TRLE) Grant.

    Click here to register through My Learning Plan.

    All teachers aim to provide students with enriching, responsive learning environments designed to meet the diverse needs of their students. However, many wonder how to most effectively remove barriers to learning while establishing classrooms that are culturally responsive and sustaining. During this session, participants will discuss overlaps between the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and culturally responsive teaching practices. Participants will discuss strategies that leverage the principles of UDL to support the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Attention will be paid to how to use UDL practices in blended learning environments.
    Zoom links and information will be emailed the day before the course begins.

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Teaching in Remote/Hybrid Learning Environments (TRLE) Grant

The Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant was developed to support educators in creating innovative practices to respond to and address the challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis.  New York State was one of 11 states awarded funds under this grant competition.  Southern Westchester BOCES, in partnership with LHRIC, Rockland BOCES, and Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES applied for funding through the Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant with the plan to provide educators professional learning opportunities to support in implementing high-quality and effective practices in remote/hybrid teaching and learning in order to lead to success for all students.

Click here to learn more about the TRLE Grant.

 

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Coronavirus Resources Page

 Southern Westchester BOCES has been assembling and sharing reliable resources about the COVID-19 outbreak since January 2020. In response to the rapidly changing situation, coupled with requests from our districts, we have created this COVID-19 Resource Page. This continuously updated repository provides information and guidance from medical professionals and public health officials, curated to inform and protect the health and safety of our community.

     Brandon Cruz
     Supervisor of School Safety & Facilities
     (914) 345-8500, Ext. 3167
     bcruz@swboces.org

What is a PD Short?

 

PD Shorts are concise and targeted professional learning opportunities showcasing practices you can use with your students immediately. During synchronous 60-minute sessions, you will learn from an expert and collaborate with colleagues. Expect to engage with new content, while experiencing innovative online pedagogy and tools. CTLE credits available.