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Interactive Professional Learning Webinars

Rapid Learning Gains with Proven Instructional and Assessment Practices

The sessions in this strand offer proven and innovative instructional and assessment practices that support school-wide systems that help accelerate student learning, and strengthen the collaboration among teachers.

Using Literacy Protocols to Establish Schoolwide Systems towards Rapid Learning Gains – Part 1
Participants in this session will gain a deeper understanding about the power of protocols to develop learning habits that foster a richer school community. More specifically, participants guided by a teaching artist will:

  • Learn about the power of storytelling protocols and practice how to implement them in their classrooms
  • Role play and practice these protocols so the feel inspired and ready to use them with their students.
  • Leave the session as trainer of trainers so that the school can adopt them for school-wide implementation.

Presenters: Gia Bonavita, LEAP and Roser Salavert, Ed.D., Fordham PDRC
​Date: September 7, 2021
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Audience: Teachers, School leaders

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Differentiation: Addressing the Unique Needs of Every Student

Students are entering the classroom with specific needs unique to their developmental experience. The webinars in this series are designed to expand your teaching toolbox and leadership skills so as to build students confidence (K-12), help them set high academic expectations, and keep them on a path of school success despite learning loss due to the covid pandemic.

Accelerating Learning After COVID
Students need immediate solutions to make up for lost time. Learning loss has developed over the COVID pandemic, which impacts student motivation, academic readiness, and success outcomes. In this webinar, participants will:

  • Explore and practice how to engage students in writing their own end of year objectives thus developing the self-confidence and agency they need to stay on a path towards school success.
  • Learn how to foster a culture of readiness that enhances student motivation about school success including the college application process and their overall higher education success.
  • Review theory and best practices of the stages of student development for motivation and college readiness.
  • Presenters: Donald Garner, Ph.D.

Date: September 7, 2021
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Audience: Teachers, School leaders

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Cultivating Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education for All Students

In collaboration with ATAPE Group, LLC, this semester-long professional learning program will engage teachers in active exploration of key equity issues related to culturally responsive practices in a supportive, empowering, and facilitated learning environment with direct application to their classrooms.

A Rationale for Culturally Responsive Education (a repeat of August 25,2021)
Why is it so important for our teachers to create inclusive learning environments with culturally responsive classrooms? How do you create a culturally responsive affirming school environment? In this webinar, participants will:

  • Complete a collaborative Equity reflection to surface their ideas, perspectives, and equity work to date.
  • Discuss and exchange ideas to determine a collective areas of focus and individual areas of focus to be addressed in during this semester-long program.
  • Develop a preliminary equity statement for their school context.

Presenters: Sabrina King, Ph.D., ATAPE Group
Date: September 8, 2021
Time: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Audience: Teachers, School leaders

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Listening to Student Voice for a Stronger School Community

Listening to the student voice helps define the tone, expectations, and expression of a school and create a stronger community. This workshop series will equip educators with intersectional skills that support students in classroom learning and overall school community.

Creating Space through Student Voice To Foundations for a Thriving School Community
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the necessary foundations to create space for student voice in the classroom. Using the strengths of the school community and incorporating one’s mission, vision, and purpose the workshop will supply a platform for tangible solutions. Participants will discuss how to establish a holistic environment through the use of student groups, collaboration with school leaders, and a safe space for students to find their voice moving through COVID with SEL support.

Through this workshop:

  • Educators will be immersed in learning how to create the space for student voice that is supportive, inclusive, and navigates the impact of the pandemic which has made an impact on the lives of teachers and students
  • Participants will engage in practical skill-building activities to enhance one's SEL toolbox to diversify student interaction methods within the classroom
  • Develop skillful prompts for daily activities and curriculum implementation to promote a thriving supportive school community.

Presenters: Sara Steinweiss, Founder, Conflict Resolution Systems
Date: September 28, 2021
Time: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Audience: Teachers, School leaders

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Chat & Network for Educational Leaders

These monthly Chat & Network events, where a colleague/guest leads a conversation on pressing issues, affords school leaders a chance to hear from each other, share ideas, problem-solve, and meet new peers. Being part of this group, gives comfort and support; “no one is in this alone”.

What is your most pressing concern that you have experienced, as the new school year begins? How did you welcome teachers back?

Some are returning face to face; some from a hybrid school year; some totally virtual- what have you found to be your greatest challenge starting the new school year on a positive note?

Invited Guest: Eli Deu-Head of School, Williamsburg Northside School
Date: September 21, 2021
Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
Audience: Principals, Assistant principals, School leaders
CTLE Credits Hours For In-class Participation (All Webinars)

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April 2020

From Colleague to Colleague: Effective Strategies to Engage the School Community in Distance Learning

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Presenters: Aquila Leon-Soon, CEO of ATS+Partners; Derek Riley, managing director of Policy Studies; and Brian Eyer, Senior Improvement Specialist of policy Studies.

A Faith–based school principal will share how she transformed a well-rounded but traditional school into a vibrant and dynamic environment through the implementation of distance learning. The interview is the centerpiece of a facilitated professional forum that will be open to all participants.

Target Audience: School Leaders and Teachers

The Cultivation of Wellbeing in a Time of Crisis

April 6, 2020

Presenter: Dr. Amelio D’Onofrio, Clinical Psychologist, former Professor, Fordham University

In this session open to all members of the school community, Dr. D’Onofrio a renowned mental health expert who offers practical ideas on how to support the mental health and the well-being of children and adults while in isolation at home and quarantine.

Target Audience: School Leaders, Teachers, Community

Empowering Diverse Learners: Research-based Strategies for Success

April 20, 2020
12 – 1 p.m.

Presenter: Rebecca Blouwolff, 2020 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year

In this webinar, participants will explore effective strategies to engage and motivate all kinds of diverse learners while developing their language performance. They will also use these strategies to create activities distance learning activities that incorporate Google Classroom, Google Docs, FlipGrid, and Padlet.

Target Audience: Teachers

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Maintaining Community in the Face of “Social Distancing”

April 21, 2020
2 - 4 p.m.

Presenter: Joanne Picone-Zocchia, LCI Learner-centered initiatives

This session supports quality leadership while focusing on the context of maintaining a community in the face of “social distancing.” School leaders explore the attributes and manifestations of community, using the SOAR Framework for Leadership Development and using it to explicitly identify and connect the leadership practices and constructs most necessary to address the challenges they have identified.

Target Audience: School Leaders

Creating Multi-literacy Tasks to Support Students’ Emotional and Academic Learning (Pre-K to Grade 5)

April 22, 2020
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Presenter: Roser Salavert, Director of the NYS/NYC PDRC

The purpose of this session is to guide teachers in the analysis and use of Lifelong Practices (NYS NG Learning Standards) to create developmentally appropriate and engaging tasks that support literacy across content areas. The session includes activities for the home.

Target Audience: Teachers

Social and Academic Engagement in a Time of Uncertainty Part 1: Literacy and Social Engagement through Digital Learning

April 23, 2020
2 - 4 p.m.

Presenter: Liz Locatelli, LCI, Learner-centered initiatives

Social engagement is critical to learning and needs to be a part of the learning experience, especially at this time of uncertainty. In addition to social interaction, students now need to self-regulate and to take responsibility for their own learning more than they have in the past. To meet these two critical needs, we will refer to the NYS Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks and the Elements of Close Reading in preparing lessons that culminate in a meaningful response to the current situation. This first session will focus on how we can use the technology available to engage students in meaningful, rigorous learning that integrates Social and Emotional Learning with Advanced Literacy Experiences.

Following this session, participants will collect resources (texts, videos, and narrative as well as non-fiction texts) that demonstrate how people from diverse places and times have dealt with challenging experiences. These resources will be shared in Google Docs for use during session 2.

Target Audience: Middle and High School teachers

Writing is Thinking 101 for K-3, Session 1

April 24, 2020
2 - 4 p.m.

Presenter: Michelle Brochu, Strategic Inquiry, Ltd.

This introductory session supports K-3 teachers to develop students’ foundational writing skills. It includes helping teachers prioritize essential content and skills and design sentence-level activities that reinforce and assess key content while developing writing, oral language, reading comprehension, and thinking all at once.

Target Audience: Teachers

Going Virtual with the Interpretive Mode: Bringing Film to the Fore

April 27, 2020
12 - 1 p.m.

Presenter: Rebecca Blouwolff, 2020 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year

Panelists:
Mr. Wei Guo (Chinese), Riverdale Country School
Ms. Tounkara (French), FACE Foundation 
Ms.Lilikaki (Greek),  Holy Trinity Cathedral School 

This webinar aims at showing teachers how to transform all the time that students spend on screens into meaningful interpretive work in the target language! In this process, participants will review ACTFL’s best practices in the interpretive mode to create activities that encourage students to use textual proof to decide and make cultural comparisons.

Target Audience: Teachers

Helping Primary School Students Feel Safe and Secure

April 28, 2020
2 - 4 p.m.

Presenter: Liz Locatelli, LCI, Learner-centered initiatives

We all have some sense of how isolation and dislocation are affecting us, despite the fact that our feelings haven’t quite crystallized yet. Imagine now how are they affecting younger students!

Now more than ever, students need contact with their teachers; they need to see their faces and hear their voices even in small doses in order to internalize the connection. In this webinar, participants will also explore ways for students to share their feelings, reflections, and products with their classmates.

Target Audience: Teachers and School Leaders

Writing is Thinking (WIT) for Science

April 29, 2020
2 - 4 p.m.

Presenter: Michelle Brochu, Strategic Inquiry, Ltd.

This webinar is designed for teachers in grades 1-12. It provides an introduction to WIT strategies and aims to develop teachers' expertise using writing strategies so as to help students meet the demands of the Next Generation Science Standards. These Science writing activities are designed to be particularly effective when delivered remotely.

Target Audience: Teachers

Social and Academic Engagement in a Time of Uncertainty Part 2: Close Reading Online

April 30, 2020
2 - 4 p.m.

Presenter: Liz Locatelli, LCI, Learner-centered initiatives

Traditional best practices are also effective on-line. Now, more than ever, as students and teachers are feeling anxious about unclear expectations, teachers need to reassure them with very feasible and focused tasks, explicit directions, and specific criteria for success.

During this session we will use the model Warm-up, Learn, Do, Wrap-up and the Elements of Close Reading to guide students through a process that enables them to look deeply into complex, grade-level text for insights into the dispositions and behaviors that promote hope in a time of crisis. Strategies involved in the Close Reading Experience include: using a “Juicy Sentence” to introduce the text, getting the gist, annotating text and answering text-based questions that focus students on the parts of the text most relevant to the purpose for the reading.

Following the session, participants will have the opportunity to get actionable feedback on their lesson plans from the facilitator. Revised plans will be shared in Google Docs with all participants for future consideration. In session 3, participants who have implemented their lessons will join breakout groups to share challenges faced and insights gained.

Target Audience: Middle and High School Teachers

May 2020

Going Virtual: Being Creative in the Language Classroom

May 4, 2020
12 – 1 p.m.

Presenter: Rebecca Blouwolff, 2020 ACTFL National Teacher of the Year

Panelists:
Chasida Zilbiger, Heschel School (Hebrew)
Victoria Gilbert, Saint Davis School (Spanish)
Jamiylah Jones, The Well Spring School (Arabic)
Rosemary DeMaio, Preston High School (Italian)

Let’s get creative with the interpersonal mode as we engage our students in distance learning. With the contributions of our multilingual panelists, we will share how we approach and teach this most important mode of communication, and dive into some real-world tasks so that students can share how they’re experiencing the current situation, and take a break from screens while using their heritage or target language skills.

Target Audience: Language Teachers and School Leaders

Deepening Proficiency in Creating Rigorous Writing Tasks for Secondary Students

May 5, 2020
2 – 3 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Locatelli, LCI

The quality of work students produce is often determined by the quality of instructions and guidelines presented by their teachers. In this Webinar, teachers will review Next Generation Learning Standards for Writing as well as student samples to establish consistent criteria for quality products and performances in any modality (essay, PowerPoint, video, TedTalk, etc). They will explore ways to articulate the directions so that expectations are explicit and clear; they will also see how anchors can be used to help students to understand how quality work looks.

Target Audience: Secondary Teachers, particularly English, Humanities, ESL and Global

Let’s Design Online

May 11, 2020
9 – 11 a.m.

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Eddy, World Languages for Performance, LLC

In this webinar, participants will gain practice with performance task exemplars in the three modes of communication: Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational. Guided by the presenter, they will identify the performance target, design tasks in the modes, and develop specific “Can Do” statements. See Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) exemplars by topic and level with Can-Do statements and culturally authentic materials.

Target Audience: Middle and High School Language Teachers

Engaging Secondary School Students in Mathematics in a Virtual Environment

May 13, 2020
12 – 1 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Joseph Ferrantelli, Fordham University

According to a 2017 Educause survey, only 9 percent of academics prefer to teach “in a completely online environment.” Then 91 percent of us don’t. And then came COVID 19 which made online teachers of us all. This session will explore the resources, tools, strategies, and techniques that are being used by secondary school teachers to engage their students in a virtual environment.

Target Audience: Mathematics and Technology Secondary School Teachers, and School Leaders

Writing is Thinking – Session II

May 14, 2020
2 – 4 p.m.

Presenter: Michelle Brochu, WITSI

This webinar builds upon the foundational writing WIT strategies introduced in Session 1 (April 24, 2020). Participants will add to their WIT toolbox, strategies that will enrich children’s foundational writing while continuing to develop oral language, reading comprehension, and thinking all at once.

Target Audience: K-3 Teachers

Children and Art

May 18, 2020
2 – 4 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Eddy, World Languages for Performance, LLC

Let’s use music and visual art as authentic material for designing Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs) for the world language class. Can one song or work of art be used for different levels? Yes! Bring a favorite song, photograph, or painting, and we will design tasks that connect learners personally with the arts to develop proficiency, critical thinking skills, and intercultural competence.

Target Audience: Elementary School Language Teachers

Deepening Teachers’ Proficiency in Teaching Secondary Students to Analyze Literature

May 19, 2020
2 – 3 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Locatelli, LCI

In order to analyze literature, students need to recognize the various literary elements in a piece and to explain the impact of specific examples on the work as a whole. In this Webinar, teachers will work with the text to explore the various elements and to review different strategies that help students to gather, analyze, and write about each one.

This webinar will continue asynchronously via an online Professional Learning Community facilitated by Dr. Locatelli.

Target Audience: Secondary English and Global/Social Studies and Humanities Teachers

Engaging Elementary School Students in Mathematics in a Virtual Environment

May 20, 2020
12 – 1 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Joseph Ferrantelli, Fordham University

According to a 2017 Educause survey, only 9 percent of academics prefer to teach “in a completely online environment.” Then 91 percent of us don’t. And then came COVID 19 which made online teachers of us all. This session will explore the resources, tools, strategies, and techniques that are being used by elementary school teachers to engage their students in a virtual environment.

Target Audience: Elementary Teachers, and School Leaders

The Art of Game Design and Narrative for Learning

May 26, 2020
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Presenter: Chris Vicari, Adjunct Instructor, Fordham University

Utilizing games and multimedia to create meaningful classroom experiences has shown to facilitate learning and enhance student motivation. Additionally, collaborative play emphasizes the importance of applicable skill sets in contexts outside the classroom. This workshop series offers steps on creating simple and engaging game-like educational activities that connect with an interactive narrative that helps students apply their knowledge of a chosen subject.

Target Audience: K-12 teachers

Math Strategies in a Virtual Environment

May 27, 2020
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Joseph Ferrantelli, Fordham University

According to a 2017 Educause survey, only 9 percent of academics prefer to teach “in a completely online environment.” Then 91 percent of us don’t. And then came COVID 19 which made online teachers of us all. This session will explore the resources, tools, strategies, and techniques that are being used by math teachers to engage their students in a virtual environment.

Target Audience: Math Teachers

Writing is Thinking (WIT) for Science Session II

May 28, 2020
2 – 4 p.m.

Presenter: Michelle Brochu, Strategic Inquiry, Ltd.

WIT for Science focuses specifically on those WIT strategies that support the clear expression of scientific thinking and science concepts in alignment with the complexity of the Next Generation Learning Standards demand. In this, our second session, we will build on what we learned in session 1 and explore Sentence Types and Because/But/So. Participants will have the opportunity to develop tasks with the support of facilitators in smaller breakout rooms. For science educators, this was made especially for you!

Target Audience: Teachers

June 2020

The Art of Game Design and Narrative for Learning

June 3, 2020
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Presenter: Chris Vicari, Adjunct Instructor, Fordham University

Utilizing games and multimedia to create meaningful classroom experiences has shown to facilitate learning and enhance student motivation. Additionally, collaborative play emphasizes the importance of applicable skill sets in contexts outside the classroom. This workshop series offers steps on creating simple and engaging game-like educational activities that connect with an interactive narrative that helps students apply their knowledge of a chosen subject.

Target Audience: K-12 teachers

Leading with Empathy and Presence While Caring for Our Deepest Selves

June 5, 2020
3 - 4 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Amelio D’Onofrio, Clinical Psychologist, former Professor, Fordham University

The COVID-19 has tested leaders to lead in ways that were previously unimaginable, supporting teachers and caring for the learning and wellbeing of students, all from a distance. In times of crisis, compassion and empathy can also bring with its emotional fatigue and a sense of depletion. This webinar will identify some of the common experiences leaders have had, explore how emotional reactions may continue to evolve over time, and consider what to do to better care for ourselves. The conversation will also provide an opportunity for cultivating a deeper connection with those parts of ourselves that comfort, sustain, and inspire us and that, ultimately, are the source of our courage in leading others resolutely and with tenderness.

Target Audience: School Leaders District and Organization Administrators

Going Virtual: Expand Students' World View through Intercultural Communication

June 8, 2020
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Rebecca Blouwolff, 2020 ACTFL National Teacher of the Year with Chasida Zilbiger, Heschel School, Victoria Gilbert, Saint Davis School, Jamiylah Jones, The Well Spring School, Rosemary DeMaio, Preston High School, Wei Guo, Riverdale Country School, Panagiota Lilikakis, The Cathedral School, and Agnès Tounkara, FACE Foundation

Join this interactive webinar workshop to deepen your understanding of Intercultural Communicative Competence (ICC). After a presentation on investigating the 3 Ps (products, practices, and perspectives) and interacting through language and behavior, dive into a facilitated small-group discussion of this important topic for 21st Century learning.

Target Audience: Language Teachers and School Leaders

Supervision & Support: A Leadership Conversation in the COVID-19 Era

June 16, 2020
2 - 3 p.m.

Presenter: Kim Marshall, author of the Marshall Rubrics and Leadership Consultant
Dr. Jennifer L. Amos, Chief Academic Officer, United Nations International School

Traditional teacher evaluation has often been a challenge for administrators, requiring a substantial amount of time for pre-observation conferences, full lesson observations, lengthy written reports, and post-conferences. Then COVID-19 hit and teacher evaluation became much more challenging. Shifting to a coaching model of supporting teachers, rather than an evaluative model, may help to provide more meaningful feedback and lead to a more substantive improvement in instruction.

Audience: School, District, and Organizational Leaders

Best Practices for Working Remotely with Students Receiving Special Education

June 17, 2020
12 - 1 p.m.

Presenter: Vincenza Ferrantelli, Instructor, Hunter College Special Education

The purpose of this webinar is to provide special education teachers with guidance on how to deliver purposeful and meaningful instruction online. The webinar will include four sections: a) Know your students; b) create a positive classroom culture during remote learning, c) deliver instruction that is clear, specific and uses differentiated scaffolds, and 4) reflect on your teaching. Each section will be illustrated with best practices and examples.

Target Audience: Special Education Teachers

"We finished with a new paradigm, now where do we go from here?"

June 18, 2020
2 - 3 p.m

Presenter: Dr. Adele Ellis, Principal, Holy Trinity School

School quickly moved from in classroom to remote learning for the last three months of instruction for this school year. Through trial and error, we found creative ways to use online tools to sustain a learning environment outside the school building. In preparation for the 20-21 school year and the possibility of beginning remotely or a combination of remote and onsite, this webinar will provide an opportunity to share some of the best practices that can drive a more confident learning environment.

Audience: School, District, and Organizational Leaders

Mission & Vision: Refocusing your Leadership of the School Community in the Here & Now

June 23, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m

Presenter: Michael Pizzingrillo, Senior Project Associate, Center for Educational Partnerships, Fordham University

Participating in this leadership-focused webinar will allow you to take a necessary 'pause' at the end of the school year to refocus your leadership on the two essential components of all religious and independent schools, its mission, and its vision. The presenter will guide you through a reflective examination of both and provides guidance in next steps to "re-vision" your school in the current paradigm.

Audience: School, District, and Organizational Leaders

July 2020

Call to Adventure: Generating Gamified Learning Experiences Through Roleplay, Design, and Literacy

Cohort 1

  • Session 1: July 21, 2020 – Time 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: July 23, 2020 – Time 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Session 3: August 4, 2020 – Time 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Session 4: August 6, 2020 – Time 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Presenters: Chris Vicari, Adjunct Instructor, Fordham University with the collaboration of Writing is Thinking (WITSI)Consultants.

During this 4-session hands-on webinar (6 hours total), participants will create powerful learning experiences that incorporate game mechanics, literacy, and roleplay. In this context, game-based experiences build students’ confidence, agency (autonomy), and relatedness (empathy), which have a positive impact on their learning. At the end of the webinar, educators will have completed a game-based performance task ready to be implemented with their students.

Learning Outcomes

By participating and completing this course, educators will:

  • Discuss how games are beneficial for student learning and engagement
  • Deconstruct games into usable components for educational performance tasks
  • Learn how to design flexible game-like learning experiences that probe student content knowledge with little preparation time.
  • Reframe game mechanics to better connect with course content
  • Understand how to evaluate the effectiveness of game-based performance tasks
  • Complete a task that is ready to be implemented in the desired learning environment

Audience: Teachers, School Administrators, Paraprofessionals

CTLE Credits Hours: 6 hours (in-class participation) plus 2 hours (project completion)

Creating Adaptive Materials for Students with Diverse Learning Styles

Cohort 1

Session 1: July 21, 2020 – Time 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Session 2: July 23, 2020 – Time 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Presenters:

Kristen Goldmansour, Executive Director of Professional Development of Inclusive Practices at G&R Inclusive Group
Ellen Rice, Director of Instructional Coaching for Inclusive Practices at G&R Inclusive Group
Tina Ponce, Instructional Coach at G&R Inclusive Group

Session # 1:
A Child Study Protocol for Identifying and Addressing Instructional Barriers in General Education Content

During this webinar, participants will follow a child study protocol that supports teachers in identifying and discussing instructional barriers embedded in the daily general education curriculum. These instructional barriers are a common problem that makes it hard for some students to access the content. During this webinar participants will learn how to perform a task analysis of a classroom activity or lesson. They will use the task analysis to identify barriers and develop a specific learning goal for their selected focus student. Participants will use those short-term goals to create simple adapted materials to support their focus on the student.

Learning Objectives

By participating and completing session 1 of this mini-course, educators will learn:

  • How to implement the task analysis process to identify common instructional barriers in everyday lessons
  • How to use the G&R Adaptive Materials Child Study Protocol to support on-going problem-solving and conversation with colleagues
  • How to develop an adaptive material based on an individual student goal
  • How to create three simple adaptive materials: self-regulation tool, focus/attention support, and expressive language support.

Asynchronous homework and support between sessions: Participants will create one adaptive material prior to the second session. The material will include the student goal. Participants will be provided with virtual support from group leaders as needed. Materials will be shared with the group at the start of the second session.

Session # 2:
Choice Boards to Support All Learners

G&R’s live webinar will walk teachers and staff through creating choice boards to support all students, either in your classroom or through distance learning. Sample choice boards across grades and content will be provided. Participants will learn the systems and routines needed to create choice boards and explore the ways in which choice boards provide opportunities for differentiated instruction and support for individual student needs and strengths.

Learning Objectives

By participating and completing session 1 of this mini-course, educators will learn:

  • How to create choice boards that can incorporate a whole class unit or lesson while addressing at least one identified instructional barrier from the lesson design
  • The ways in which choice boards allow for differentiated work
  • How choice boards support increased access for all students, as well as individual students by embedding the use of one adaptive material

Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, School Administrators, Assistant Teachers, Related Service Providers/Out-of-Classroom Staff, Paraprofessionals

CTLE Credits Hours: 3 hours (in-class participation) plus 2 hours (project completion)

Creating Effective Science Lessons/Activities by Engaging Students Using High Quality Multimedia Interactive Content

Session 1: July 28, 2020 – Time 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Session 2: Jul 30, 2020 – Time 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Presenter
Jaclyn Sarnese, Professional Development Coordinator at Science Bits - International Science Teaching Foundation

In this 2-part webinar, participants will experience the 5E Instructional model – Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate to teach Science. Teachers will apply their new knowledge to create learning experiences to get students engaged as they become the drivers of their own learning, both in-person and distance learning environments.

Educators participating in this 2-part webinar will receive free instructional resources from the consultant.

Learning Objectives

  • Experience and buy-in to the rationale for creating relevance using constructivist theories of learning, learning science, and the 5E instructional model.
  • Gain exposure to curricular tool to assist with NGSS classroom instruction, both in-person and distance learning.
  • Plan units with flexibility in mind: adaptable to uncertain, potential hybrid learning environments
  • Apply new knowledge of the 5E model and curricular tool to create effective learning experiences.

Session # 1:
Introduction to the 5E Instructional Model

Learning Session: Teachers will be introduced to a research-based instructional methodology to promote genuine learning in all classroom environments. The 5E instructional model is an easy-to-follow unit planning tool to get students engaged as they become the drivers of their own learning. As a bonus, all participating teachers will be given a one-year subscription to SmartNGSS, a digital science curriculum that provides 5E units adaptable to any future learning environment.

Session Objectives

  • Experience and buy-in to the rationale for creating relevance using constructivist theories of learning, learning science, and the 5E instructional model.
  • Gain exposure to curricular tool to assist with NGSS classroom instruction, both in-person and distance learning.

Session Activities

  • Thought Experiments (ie psychological phenomena about learning)
  • Reflective, interactive activities to discover the stages of the 5E Model
  • Guided Demonstration of a SmartNGSS 5E Unit
  • Apply new knowledge of the 5E model to identify stages in SmartNGSS unit

Homework

  • Analyze an artifact (existing lesson plan or unit plan) for the fall that might be revisited if school were to re-open normally this fall.
  • Analyze artifact for 5E/constructivist quality (accompanying prompts)

Session # 2:
Translating the 5E Model to Hybrid Learning Environments

Working Session: Teachers should come prepared with an artifact that they collected and analyzed for homework after Session 1. Facilitator will guide teachers to analyze a unit (either their personal artifact or one of SmartNGSS’s many 5E units) for feasibility in various possible learning environments. Teachers will participate in collaborative discourse to adapt lessons by elevating existing strengths and resources. Teachers will leave with an additional model to adapt more of their science lessons for diverse learning environments.

Session Objectives

  • Plan units with flexibility in mind: adaptable to uncertain, potential hybrid learning environments.
  • Apply new knowledge of the 5E model and curricular tools to create effective learning experiences.

Session Activities

  • Facilitated group question-storming session.
  • Model lessons for distance learning in every E stage.
  • Tips and tricks for edtech tools to assist with distance learning.
  • Small group co-lesson design to adapt units for Hybrid environments and that align with the 5E instructional methodology.

Homework

  • Finish amending the unit and personalizing it for their unique students.

Audience: Science Teachers 4-8, School Administrators, Paraprofessionals

CTLE Credits Hours: 3 hours (in-class participation) plus 2 hours (project completion)

Exploring Culturally Relevant and Responsive Teaching Through the Culturally Relevant Read Aloud

Session 1: July 28, 2020 – Time 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Session 2: Jul 30, 2020 – Time 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Presenters
Dr. Sabrina Hope King and Ms. Tanya Friedman, ATAPE Group, LLC

This 2-session workshop will explore the purpose and possibilities of culturally relevant and responsive practice and our powerful Culturally Relevant Read Aloud Strategy. Participants will create a culturally relevant read aloud that they can implement at the beginning of the year.

  • What is culturally relevant and responsive teaching and learning?
  • How can Culturally Relevant Read Aloud and culturally relevant, rigorous questioning and discussion be used across the curriculum to support students' personal and literacy development?

Audience: Elementary level teachers

CTLE Credits Hours: 3 hours (in-class participation) plus 2 hours (project completion)

August 2020

Call to Adventure: Generating Gamified Learning Experiences Through Roleplay, Design, and Literacy

Cohort 2

  • Session 1: August 11, 2020 – Time 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: August 13, 2020 – Time 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Session 3: August 18, 2020 – Time 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Session 4: August 20, 2020 – Time 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Chris Vicari, Adjunct Instructor, Fordham University with the collaboration of Writing is Thinking (WITSI)Consultants.

During this 4-session hands-on webinar (6 hours total), participants will create powerful learning experiences that incorporate game mechanics, literacy, and roleplay. In this context, game-based experiences build students’ confidence, agency (autonomy), and relatedness (empathy), which have a positive impact on their learning. At the end of the webinar, educators will have completed a game-based performance task ready to be implemented with their students.

Learning Outcomes

By participating and completing this course, educators will:

  • Discuss how games are beneficial for student learning and engagement
  • Deconstruct games into usable components for educational performance tasks
  • Learn how to design flexible game-like learning experiences that probe student content knowledge with little preparation time.
  • Reframe game mechanics to better connect with course content
  • Understand how to evaluate the effectiveness of game-based performance tasks
  • Complete a task that is ready to be implemented in the desired learning environment

Audience: Teachers, School Administrators, Paraprofessionals

CTLE Credits Hours: 6 hours (in-class participation) plus 2 hours (project completion)

Creating Adaptive Materials for Students with Diverse Learning Styles

Cohort 2

Session 1: August 18, 2020 – Time 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Session 2: August 20, 2020 – Time 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Presenters
Kristen Goldmansour, Executive Director of Professional Development of Inclusive Practices at G&R Inclusive Group
Ellen Rice, Director of Instructional Coaching for Inclusive Practices at G&R Inclusive Group
Tina Ponce, Instructional Coach at G&R Inclusive Group

Session # 1:
A Child Study Protocol for Identifying and Addressing Instructional Barriers in General Education Content

During this webinar, participants will follow a child study protocol that supports teachers in identifying and discussing instructional barriers embedded in the daily general education curriculum. These instructional barriers are a common problem that makes it hard for some students to access the content. During this webinar participants will learn how to perform a task analysis of a classroom activity or lesson. They will use the task analysis to identify barriers and develop a specific learning goal for their selected focus student. Participants will use those short-term goals to create simple adapted materials to support their focus on the student.

Learning Objectives

By participating and completing session 1 of this mini-course, educators will learn:

  • How to implement the task analysis process to identify common instructional barriers in everyday lessons
  • How to use the G&R Adaptive Materials Child Study Protocol to support on-going problem-solving and conversation with colleagues
  • How to develop an adaptive material based on an individual student goal
  • How to create three simple adaptive materials: self-regulation tool, focus/attention support, and expressive language support.

Asynchronous homework and support between sessions: Participants will create one adaptive material prior to the second session. The material will include the student goal. Participants will be provided with virtual support from group leaders as needed. Materials will be shared with the group at the start of the second session.

Session # 2:
Choice Boards to Support All Learners

G&R’s live webinar will walk teachers and staff through creating choice boards to support all students, either in your classroom or through distance learning. Sample choice boards across grades and content will be provided. Participants will learn the systems and routines needed to create choice boards and explore the ways in which choice boards provide opportunities for differentiated instruction and support for individual student needs and strengths.

Learning Objectives

By participating and completing session 1 of this mini-course, educators will learn:

  • How to create choice boards that can incorporate a whole class unit or lesson while addressing at least one identified instructional barrier from the lesson design
  • The ways in which choice boards allow for differentiated work
  • How choice boards support increased access for all students, as well as individual students by embedding the use of one adaptive material

Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, School Administrators, Assistant Teachers, Related Service Providers/Out-of-Classroom Staff, Paraprofessionals

CTLE Credits Hours: 3 hours (in-class participation) plus 2 hours (project completion)

October 2020

Talk Tools: Speech to Print in the COVID-19 Classroom

Three-Part Professional Development Series

Presenter: Monica Covington-Cradle, M.S., SLP, TSHH, Cooke Institute, Literacy Coach

Participants in this highly interactive early childhood professional development series will engage in developmental techniques and strategies that help young children develop their language, literacy, and social-emotional skills to become successful learners in a classroom, or in a virtual learning environment.

Note: You are encouraged to attend all three sessions, but attendance to individual sessions will be accepted.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Review and study the process of language acquisition in children, including distinctions between typical/atypical development, and the components of oral language.
  • Learn to support and facilitate the development of effective oral language skills for diverse learners in the PreK-2 classroom and/or virtual learning environment.
  • Explore, navigate, and practice “in the moment” tools to enhance oral language development in the classroom setting. Teachers will learn to apply these strategies, tools and materials into a hybrid learning model (in-person or remote) the next day.

Target Audience: Pre-K - 2 General Educators, Special Educators, Paraprofessionals, Teaching Assistants

Part 1: The Root of Literacy: Oral Language Development

October 15, 2020
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
This workshop will begin with a broad overview of oral language development in the PreK-2nd grade student and its critical role in the classroom. Then, we will explore how language typically develops, ways to intentionally support the diverse language needs of young children, and ways to facilitate language development. Online resources will be included throughout the session.

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

Part 2: The Road to Results: Effective Literacy and Language Tools for the Blended Learning Classroom
October 29, 2020
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
This workshop will incorporate interactive story tools (i.e. green screen for Zoom) and collaborative digital tools (i.e. Padlet) into literacy instruction to foster language and literacy development and increase engagement.

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

Part 3: The Sweet Spot: Engaged, Elated, and Empowered 
November 19, 2020
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
This workshop will offer participants a structure to support children’s social-emotional development that embeds language and literacy throughout the day.  Activities such as using prompts, visuals, and games will be modeled and applied.

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

The Power of Storytelling: Podcasting and Music-Making to Support SEL

In partnership with the Jewish Educational Project

Presenter: Jess Kertz, Education Specialist at SoundTrap

Whether you are an Elementary teacher or teach Humanities, Math, Science, Languages, Art, or Religious Studies, storytelling through Podcasts and Music-Making are powerful tools to immerse students in meaningful content while fulfilling state standards and opening avenues for creative expression. Join other educators as we explore how to bring podcast production into your classroom to support:

  • Student exploration of academic content and/or social-emotional learning (SEL)
  • Integration of literacy skills – listening, speaking, and writing - into projects or PBL units of study.
  • Differentiation based on student affinities
  • Collaboration, regardless of teaching scenario (in-person, hybrid, or online)

This professional development offers teachers and administrators a big picture perspective on what podcast production entails and how it will benefit children's wellbeing and learning.  It includes an introductory session, with two grade-specific sessions. There is a separate registration for each session.

Session 1: Introduction

October 26, 2020
4 - 5 p.m.
This session offers participants an overview of storytelling and podcasting. Guiding questions:

  • How do I empower students to utilize their voices to develop their social-emotional wellbeing?
  • How does creativity enable success?
  • Why Storytelling? Why Music-Making?

Audience: K-12 teachers and administrators

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

November 2020

Talk Tools: Speech to Print in the COVID-19 Classroom

Three-Part Professional Development Series

Session 2

This interactive session allows participants to acquire technical podcasting skills to create student-centered projects. Guiding questions:

  • What technical skills and tools do I need to build podcasting and music-making into my curriculum?
  • How do I use Project Based-Learning (PBL) to engage my students and deepen their learning?

Part A
November 16, 2020
4 - 5:30 p.m.
Audience: Middle and High School educators

Part B
November 30, 2020
4:15 - 5:45 p.m.
Audience: Elementary School educators

1.5-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

Session 3

In this last session, participants will have the time to experiment with the tools covered and discuss a successful implementation with their students. The objective of this session is to build participant confidence, with time for experimentation and questions. Guiding questions:

  • How do I build the students' confidence to share their podcasts or music with an audience?
  • How do I integrate a podcast or music-making project into interdisciplinary planning with my colleagues?
  • How do I evaluate the effectiveness of these projects?

Part A
December 7, 2020
4 - 5 p.m.
Audience: Middle and High School educators

Part B
December 14, 2020
4 - 5 p.m.
Audience: Elementary School educators

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

FAFSA Completion Assistance Virtual Event 

In collaboration with College Bridge Café

Presenter: Isabel Pradas, Director of College Bridge Café 

Given the demand for training on the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA), we are offering the session at two different times to better accommodate the schedules  of Guidance Counselors and Student Support Staff

In this session, participants will go through the application process - screen by screen, so that they can effectively support their students.

During this session, participants will: 

  • Review the types of financial aid that are available to students
  • Analyze financial aid resources students are applying to when filing a FAFSA
  • Discuss FAFSA eligibility requirements and TAP eligibility requirements
  • Have a deeper understanding of how to support a family in completing the FAFSA
  • Explore the FAFSA to the TAP application pathway.

Session 1

November 17, 2020
1 - 2:30 p.m.

Audience: High School teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators

Session 2

December 1, 2020
4 - 5:30 p.m.

In addition, we are offering a FAFSA: Follow-up Q/A Session. For any questions that may come up.

Follow-up Session

December 1, 2020
3 - 4 p.m.

If you have any further questions or are seeking more information, please contact:

Roser Salavert, Ed.D. Fordham PRDC Director: rsalavert@fordham.edu

Theresa Andersen, Project Associate for Fordham PDRC: tandersen1@fordham.edu

Claudia Belmonte, Graduate Assistant: cbelmonte2@fordham.edu

Self-Care Practices for Teachers

Presenter: Suzie Marder, Westchester Day School

By understanding ourselves, and our own needs, we can more effectively navigate the complex and stressful situations that continue to arise during this challenging year.

November 23, 2020
8 - 9 p.m.

Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, School Administrators, Assistant Teachers, Related Service Providers/Out-of-Classroom Staff, Paraprofessionals

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

Making Meaning in Chaotic Times

Presenter: Dr. Amelio D’Onofrio, Former Professor, Fordham University

The meaning we make situates us in the world. It defines who we are and gives us a sense of purpose. Meaning connects us to others and holds us together. The chaos of our current world has profoundly disrupted our ability to make meaning and be at peace. This discussion will help us reflect on our place in this incongruous world, examine some of our fears and assumptions, and inspire us to create a renewed sense of meaning and purpose.

November 30, 2020
3 - 4 p.m.

Audience: Open to All Educators

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

December 2020

Observing and Supporting Teachers in a New Classroom Landscape

Presenter: Kim Marshall, Author of the “Marshall Memo”, National Consultant

This session is open to principals and heads of schools. Teachers feel emotionally stressed not only by the pandemic but also from the abrupt and ongoing changes. In this series, Kim Marshall will facilitate webinars that will provide specific practices and observation moves to effectively support and offer feedback to teachers, so that they also find ways to better connect with their students, who are eager to return to normalcy,  while ensuring that they continue to learn.

December 3, 2020
10 – 11 a.m.

Audience: School, District, and Organizational Leader

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

Adaptive Materials Series
Questioning for Clarity (Make & Take)

Presenters: Kristen Goldmansour and Ellen Rice - G&R Inclusive Group

During this session, teachers will use G&R's Adaptive Materials template to support students in asking and answering clarifying questions. In this interactive session, we will use tools such as Pear Deck, Jam Board, and Google Slides to create individualized materials for your students. Please come to the session with a specific student in mind for whom you would like to increase questioning and engagement.   

Session 1

December 3, 2020
4 – 5 p.m.

Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, School Administrators, Assistant Teachers, Related Service Providers/Out-of-Classroom Staff, Paraprofessionals

Follow-up Q&A Session

December 10, 2020
4 - 5 p.m.

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

January 2021

Making Literacy Connections Through Visual Arts Series

This program is designed for all teachers, regardless of subject or grade level. It aims at giving you the knowledge and the tools they may need to incorporate the visual arts into your lessons and student projects. During these webinars, Suzanne Demarco, a visual artist, and teacher coach will invite participants to actively create their own projects under her guidance. Thus, the reason for a list of suggested materials. Please see the details below.

Exploring Our New Normal Through Visual Mapping in Middle & High Schools (Session 1)

Project: The last time that I…

January 13, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Suzanne DeMarco, LEAP Teaching Artist​

  • Teachers will explore using visual mapping to help students process our new state of “normal” linking past to present, and future, events in (their) history
  • Teachers experiment with art techniques to enhance students’ creativity and critical thinking skills
  • Teachers will discuss how to use art as a tool in collaborative student discussions, developing key literacy skills through speaking, writing, and listening
  • Teachers will discuss how to use the arts to make connections to current events as well as links to history and how it influences what is happening in our world today
  • Project-based learning

Audience: Middle and High school educators – Teachers, Guidance Counselors, Paraprofessionals

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

Social and Emotional Development Through Art in the Elementary School (Session 2)

Project: What color is your day?

January 27, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Suzanne DeMarco, LEAP Teaching Artist

  • Teachers will acquire new techniques for using the arts to help students recognize & identify their emotions
  • Teachers will explore new art-making techniques for verbal, written, and visual communication
  • Teachers will discuss how the arts connect to visual, oral, and written literacy development

Audience: Elementary school educators – Teachers, Guidance Counselors, Paraprofessionals

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation


Leading Today's School

The leadership conversations among school, district, and organizational leaders continue this month with a focus on the evolving covid-19 pandemic, and most importantly, on the guidance that teachers may require to help their students overcome for school time loss during the fall and prepare them for a successful end of the school year.

Observing & Supporting Teachers in a New Classroom Landscape (Part - 2)

January 15, 2021
10 -11:30 a.m.

Presenter: Kim Marshall, Author of the “Marshall Memo”, National Consultant

Participants’ embraced the guidance that Kim Marshall offered during his interactive session last December on how to effectively support and observe teachers during these challenging times. Building on that collective knowledge, the aim of this session is to discuss what we may understand as ‘a new normal’ and acquire new tools that school leaders can use to provide teachers with feedback that enables them to motivate their students to end the school year with academic success. By request, session 2 has been extended to 90 minutes. Please see the details below.

Audience: School, District and Organizational Leaders

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation


Powerful Teaching Tools

We aim to enrich and deepen teachers’ instructional practices by offering professional development opportunities that support students’ social and emotional learning process while giving them the tools to marshal reading, writing and thinking skills to become lifelong learners that are problem solvers, innovators, and capable of agency and socially responsible decision making.

Literacy Learning Through Play (PreK-2)

January 14, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Marie Stamps, The Cooke Institute

This interactive early childhood session will offer participants opportunities to discuss, explore and reflect upon ways to teach young children how to play and develop language and social skills in today's classroom.

Participants will:

  • Do a deep dive into the theories and best practices of the stages of play of diverse learners and connect them to the NYS Next Generation Standards.
  • Practice tools to enhance play and language development, including strategies and resources that can be incorporated into a virtual model.
  • Discuss how to support families and facilitate the development of play skills at home.

Audience: Early Childhood Educators, School Administrators, Assistant Teachers, Related Service Providers/Out-of-Classroom Staff, Paraprofessionals

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

Adaptive Materials: Questioning for Clarity (Make & Take)

January 21, 2021
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Ellen Rise, G&R Inclusive Group

During this session, teachers will use G&R's Adaptive Materials template to support students in asking and answering clarifying questions. In this interactive session, we will use tools such as Pear Deck, Jam Board and Google Slides to create individualized materials for your students. Please come to the session with a specific student in mind for whom you would like to increase questioning and engagement.

Audience: General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, School Administrators, Assistant Teachers, Related Service Providers/Out-of-Classroom Staff, Paraprofessionals

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation


Caring for Self to Care for Others

As we continue to experience the impact of the pandemic, giving teachers an opportunity to caring for themselves is one of the most important tasks. The physical, emotional, and mental health of a teacher and /or an administrator is vital to the well-being of students and to the environment of the school. In January, we continue offering this support to all educators with sessions both in the afternoon and in the evening.

January 25, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.

From Crisis to Rebirth: Clearing a Path for Growth and New Beginnings

Presenter: Dr. Amelio D'Onofrio, Psychologist, former Fordham University Professor

Participants who attended Dr. D’Onofrio’s webinar in November experienced the benefits of his sessions. The choice of words, the tone of the presenter, and the message not only provide guidance and support, but they also immersed attendees in self-reflection and in finding balance during this time of crisis. This follow -up session builds upon those skills with the purpose of finding a path of growth as scientific advances give us hope for a new and bright future.

Audience: Open to all Educators

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

Self-Care Practices for Teachers II

January 25, 2021
8 - 9 p.m.

Presenter: Suzie Marder, Westchester Day School

Taking care of yourself is key to being a productive and caring teacher. In this series, Suzie Marder delivers interactive and participatory sessions that help to better understand ourselves and our own needs so that we can effectively navigate current and stressful situations.

Audience: Open to all Educators

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation


Becoming Tech Savvy

In this virtual professional development live webinars, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to use PowerPoint as an effective tool to present material in the classroom and encourage student learning. These sessions are designed for all educators. Early registrants will be able to send their slides to the presenter, so those slides could be customized if necessary and shared as an example during the sessions.

Tips and Tricks Using PowerPoint for Student Engagement (Session 1)

January 28, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Jorge Estrella, Fordham University – PDRC - Project Associate for Professional Development

The first session is designed for educators who want to learn the basics of PowerPoint Microsoft 365. At the end of the session, participants will learn the following:

  • Basic concepts of slide presentation design
  • Key design components
  • Use of the different capabilities of PowerPoint to engage students
  • All participants will have access to templates

Audience: Open to all Educators at the PowerPoint Beginner/ Intermediate Level

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

February 2021

Google Tools: Tips and Tricks from a Certified Educator

February 24, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Deirdre Mc Elroy, Teacher/Google Certified Educator at Holy Trinity School
This session will support teachers and educational professionals who are seeking to more fully integrate Google tools into their teaching practice. Using G Suite for Education tools will help teachers run their classroom more smoothly while injecting moments of fun and learning into the school day.

During this training session, participants will:

  • Discuss the key components of a lesson designed for the Google classroom
  • Learn how Google tools can be utilized throughout the school day, whether their school is in person, remote, or hybrid.
  • Collaborate to brainstorm ways to make a lesson idea a reality through the use of Google tools.
  • Create action steps that will enable participants to use or create google tools in their class or school

Audience: Open to all Educators

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

The Role of Teachers, Counselors and Principals Supporting Students to Determine Their Best Fit in Making College Decisions Part 1

February 9, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Isabel Pradas, College Bridge Cafe
College Bridge Cafe’s Training Session will support the Guidance Counselors and other relevant staff from Fordham’s PDRC networks of religious and independent schools in receiving the most up to date information on what students and their families should be considered in determining their “best fit” college when making their decision about the college they will attend. Counselors and other staff will also learn the ways in which the pandemic has impacted these factors and what students and their families should know. In this training participants will:

  • Learn the steps student should take after they have received their award acceptance letters
  • Review the factors a student should consider in choosing their “best fit” college
  • Understand how to help students and understand and compare their financial aid award letters.
  • Review the process students should take once they make their decision.

Audience: Guidance Counselors, Teachers, School Leaders

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Reaching the Needs of Every Child

February 11, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Marie Stamps, The Cooke Institute
This workshop will incorporate interactive tools to support young children’s autonomy and create opportunities for independent and differentiated learning. Teachers will explore how to promote children’s independence, self-regulation, and confidence by providing meaningful roles within the classroom setting to build, both in-person and remotely.

Audience: Early Childhood Educators, School Administrators, Assistant Teachers, Related Service Providers/Out-of-Classroom Staff, Paraprofessionals

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Comparing and Contrasting Through Visual Arts (Session 3)

Project: Does your world look like my world?

February 3, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Suzanne DeMarco, LEAP Teaching Artist

  • Teachers will share experiences with the art techniques and deepen their knowledge using them to look at visual arts through different lenses
  • Teachers will develop visual literacy skills by comparing and contrasting cultural differences and/or traditions
  • Teachers will engage in discussion on how weather, geography, astronomy, and other sciences connect to the visual arts and can impact & influence their students’ work

Audience: Middle and High school educators – Teachers, Guidance Counselors, Paraprofessionals

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) - Session 4

Project: Modeling Visual Thinking Strategies as a Teaching Tool

February 10, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Suzanne DeMarco, LEAP Teaching Artist

  • Teachers will be introduced to visual thinking skills and explore how to incorporate them in teaching ELA, Social Studies, English as a Second Language as well as World Languages
  • Teachers will make connections from VTS examples to different assignments and projects including history, current events, and personal stories
  • Teachers will explore how to facilitate collaborative VTS discussions to develop literacy and visual literacy skills including, listening, speaking, comparing/contrasting, and comprehension

Audience: Elementary school educators – Teachers, Guidance Counselors, Paraprofessionals

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

Tips and Tricks Using PowerPoint for Student Engagement (Session 2)

February 25, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Jorge Estrella, Fordham University – PDRC - Project Associate for Professional Development

This session is designed for educators who already mastered the basics of PowerPoint and are interested in creating more sophisticated presentations for their lessons using newly incorporated features into PowerPoint 365. At the end of the session, participants will have learned the following:

  • How to incorporate animations into their slides
  • Integrate videos, music, and to create a video clip (MP4) of your recorded PowerPoint presentation
  • Use of the Morphing features in PowerPoint
  • All participants will have access to templates

Audience: Open to all Educators

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

March 2021

Crisis and New Beginnings: Getting Unstuck from Adversity and Developing New Steps

March 1, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Amelio D'Onofrio, Psychologist, former Fordham University Professor
In this interactive webinar, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own experience of the difficulties and trauma of this past year. We will explore the stories about ourselves and our world that we have constructed and how those stories may have at times kept us stuck and at times freed us to be more ourselves. We will examine ways to empower ourselves to forge new attitudes and new acts of self-creation that will help us heal and feel more whole. We’ll explore such questions as: How do we mourn what we have lost yet develop a vision for the future? How does my attitude or that of those around me help or hinder my ability to develop and commit to a new plan of action? What kind of receptivity might I need to cultivate to allow others in and help me feel more connected? By the end of the session, participants will have gained a greater level of self-awareness as to their own process and will have outlined the next steps to take on their respective journeys.

Audience: Open to all Educators

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Empowering Families Through Play

March 4, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Marie Stamps, The Cooke Institute
Play is key to learning in the early years. In this webinar participants will explore ways in which they can educate and support their children's families on the value of play, and its role in learning. They will also learn of resources to strengthen the home-school connection and discuss the benefits of this collaboration on the overall language and literacy development of their children.

Audience: Early Childhood Educators, School Administrators, Assistant Teachers, Related Service Providers/Out-of-Classroom Staff, Paraprofessionals

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

The Role of Teachers, Counselors and Principals Supporting Students to Determine Their Best Fit in Making College Decisions Part 2

March 9, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Isabel Pradas, College Bridge Cafe
College Bridge Cafe’s Training Session will support the Guidance Counselors and other relevant staff from Fordham’s PDRC networks of religious and independent schools in receiving the most up to date information on what students and their families should be considered in determining their “best fit” college when making their decision about the college they will attend. Counselors and other staff will also learn the ways in which the pandemic has impacted these factors and what students and their families should know. In this training participants will:

  • Learn the steps student should take after they have received their award acceptance letters
  • Review the factors a student should consider in choosing their “best fit” college
  • Understand how to help students and understand and compare their financial aid award letters.
  • Review the process students should take once they make their decision.

Audience: Guidance Counselors, Teachers, School Leaders

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Visual Communication Strategies & Simplifying to Problem Solve (Session 5)

Project: Paper and Pencil Two- and Three-Dimensional Drawing Activity

March 3, 2021

4 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Suzanne Demarco, LEAP Teaching Artist

  • Teachers will explore how math and simple visual techniques can be used in visual communication
  • Teachers will deepen their understanding on how math and art are a part of everyday life through learning various simple and accessible art techniques
  • Teachers will use art techniques as means learn to problem solve and innovate

Audience: Middle and High school educators – Teachers, Guidance Counselors, Paraprofessionals

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

How to present work virtually​ (session 6)

Project: Mini Art Museum​

March 10, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Suzanne Demarco, LEAP Teaching Artist

  • Teachers will explore creative ways for presenting artwork in the virtual classroom and in-person through the creation of a miniature art museum
  • Teachers will learn how to be resourceful with art materials, using found and recycled materials to make art
  • Teachers will enrich their instructional toolbox with art techniques to develop verbal presentation skills in their students

Materials: Any type of small/med box (shoe or cardboard), scissors, glue (liquid or stick)
Audience: Elementary school educators – Teachers, Guidance Counselors, Paraprofessionals

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

Self-Care Practices for Teachers III - Change Facing the Next Chapter

March 1, 2021
8 - 9 p.m.

Presenter: Suzie Marder, Westchester Day School

March marks a year since the Covid-19 epidemic changed our lives and the lives of our students. Even now, we share the nervous anticipation of the possible changes and challenges that might lay ahead. The only thing we are certain of is that we will need to continue to be prepared to respond to whatever that "new reality" might be. For many of us, this lack of structure and certainty is extremely difficult. Join Suzie Marder, as we prepare for this next chapter, by exploring our relationship with change. Together, we will learn ways to use our emotional and mental strengths to help us manage the changes ahead.

Audience: Open to all Educators

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

Students Learn to Think Critically about the Central Idea of a Text

March 18, 2021
3 - 4 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Liz Locatelli, Learner-Centered Initiatives - LCI
The sudden switch to online learning and the inconsistencies in students' schedules are the resulting learning gaps. How can we address this gap? There is no easy answer, but having the tools to learn to think critically about a text is part of the solution. In this webinar, participants will deepen their ability to create lessons that help students to think critically about the central idea of a text by:

  • engaging in a simulated lesson that models best practices.
  • reflecting on how the various aspects of the lesson affected their thinking.
  • exploring ways to scaffold a lesson on central idea and use formative assessments to provide timely feedback.

Audience: Open to all Educators

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Maturing in Excellence: Developing Habits that Support Growing Adolescents

March 22, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Shana Eutsay, Fordham University
The students in our 6th grade class, become adolescents shortly before entering high school. Middle school is a precious and unique growth period and Dr. Eutsay who understands and works with young adolescents, taps into their interest and eagerness for discovery and learning to develop thinking, organizational and study habits that set them for success during their high school years and beyond. In this interactive webinar, participants will deepen their knowledge about the development of the young adolescents and extend their strategy repertoire to effectively prepare them for a successful end of the year and high school.

Audience: Open to all Educators

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Extending Google Tools to Create Units of Study

March 24, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Deirdre Mc Elroy, Teacher/Google Certified Educator, Holy Trinity School
This second session will support teachers as they continue to implement G Suite for Education tools in the classroom. Teachers will build upon the concepts shared in the first session so that they can create a routine and/a unit of study utilizing Google tools.
During this interactive session, participants will:

  • Learn how to organize and plan ahead using Google tools
  • Create units of study or projects using Google tools
  • Collaborate to practice making these tools

Audience: Open to all Educators

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Tips and Tricks Using PowerPoint for Student Engagement (Session 3)

March 25, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Jorge Estrella, Fordham University – PDRC - Project Associate for Professional Development

This is Q&A session, a forum to discuss different strategies and techniques that we use for slide design. The presenter will share advanced features of PowerPoint, and attendees will have the opportunity to share their own slide designs. All participants will have access to the slides presented in this session. Specific learning outcomes will be determined based on the level of engagement in previous sessions.

Audience: Open to all Educators

1-hour CTLE Credit for in-class participation

April 2021

STEM Education and 21st Century Skills with the New York Academy of Sciences

The STEM Education and 21st Century Skills Series will focus on active learning, with participants collaborating as they explore resources and share ideas and best practices with the support of an experienced K–12 educator. Participants will leave the workshop with tools, resources, and/or ideas they can implement in their classrooms. Teachers will enroll to three sessions for two-hours each.

Audience: K-12 experienced educators. The number of participants is limited to 35 per cohort –on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the limited capacity, we need to ask those who register to make the commitment to attend the three sessions.

Participants will be eligible for 6 hours of CTLE credits.

April Cohort

Session 1: Using Instructional Technology to Boost STEM in the Classroom

April 13, 2021
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Presenter: Chris Link, Director of Education - New York Academy of Sciences

Today’s students are “digital natives” and are fundamentally different from students in the past, mainly due to their immersion in technology and media. As a result, students in the 21st century should have different learning goals, and therefore require different teaching approaches. The integration and effective use of technology is fundamental in an information age and a knowledge-based society; technology use is no longer just an option for students and teachers, but a fundamental literacy.

By the end of this 2-hour session, participants will have:

  • Explored a variety of instructional technologies that can be used to engage students in STEM learning.
  • Evaluated the instructional technologies to determine alignment with classroom learning goals, and
  • Developed a plan to implement one or more of the instructional technologies.

Session 2: 10-Step Innovation Process for Middle and High School STEM Classrooms

April 20, 2021
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Presenter: Chris Link, Director of Education - New York Academy of Sciences

The New York Academy of Science has established an innovation process to help teams or individuals apply principles of scientific research and design thinking to solve real-world problems. This 10-step process provides a useful framework for creative problem solving, as well as hands-on experience that reflects the work of STEM professionals. The Innovation Curriculum offers instruction and resources to support educators in implementing this process with students, either over an extended period of 8–10 weeks or during an intensive 1–2 day workshop. Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), this project-based curriculum provides opportunities for students to build both STEM content knowledge and 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.

By the end of this 2-hour session, participants will have:

  • Learned how to use the Innovation Curriculum with their students.
  • Considered a challenge that they can use with their students.

Session 3: How to Assess Learning in Modern STEM Classrooms

April 27, 2021
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Presenter: Chris Link, Director of Education - New York Academy of Sciences

Assessing student learning in today’s STEM classrooms presents unique challenges. In addition to assessing students’ knowledge gains, STEM teachers often must evaluate student performance, which is inherently open-ended. Performance assessments do not typically yield a single correct answer, process, or product, making them more complex to manage.

By the end of this 2-hour session, participants will have:

  • Considered several strategies to evaluate student learning during performance events
  • Considered different strategies and digital tools for using portfolios to evaluate student learning.

Register for April Cohort

The “Normal” We Return To In The Fall Will Be Better

April 22, 2021

10 - 11:30 a.m.

Presenter: Kim Marshall, Author of the “Marshall Memo”, National Consultant

​In this leadership webinar, Kim Marshall accompanied by a panel of current school leaders will share what we all have learned from what we have been through this year – organization, communication, and instructional practices and reflect on “old” practices that we need to let go, and those that we want to keep, embrace and implement in order to create a thriving school environment that supports all learners, in the post-covid19 landscape.

Audience: Open to School, District and Organizational Leaders

Register for The Normal

CTLE Credits Hours: 1.5 hour (in-class participation) 

Practicing with G -Suite and Sharing Experiences in creating Lessons and Units of Study

April 15, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Deirdre Mc Elroy, Teacher/Google Certified Educator at Holy Trinity School

In this final session of the series, participants will refine their expertise using G tools in Education while sharing their experiences implementing their new tips and tricks. Teachers are encouraged to email their lessons and tasks with questions and ideas to the Fordham PDRC at pdrc@fordham.edu so that the presented can incorporate them into the interactive presentation.

Audience: Open to all Educators

Register for G-Suite

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Strategies That Promote Student-Led Quality Discussions

April 26, 2021
3 - 4 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Liz Locatelli, Learner-Centered Initiatives - LCI

Participating educators will engage in an online simulated academic discussion that allows them to reflect on the importance of:

a) clearly articulated criteria.

b) coming to the discussion with textual references and connections.

c) mapping the discussion and analyzing participation of members.

d) reflecting on one’s own participation and considering ways to participate more fully.

e) exploring ways to make the discussion deeper and more inclusive.

 Audience: Open to all Secondary Educators

Register for Quality Discussion

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Caring for Self to Care for Others

As we continue to experience the impact of the pandemic, giving teachers an opportunity to care for themselves is one of the most important tasks. The physical, emotional, and mental health of a teacher and /or an administrator is vital to the well-being of students and to the environment of the school. In January, we continue offering this support to all educators with sessions both in the afternoon and in the evening.

Crisis & New Beginnings: Supporting Students in Developing Next Steps

April 12, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Amelio D'Onofrio, Psychologist, former Fordham University Professor

This interactive presentation will help participants better understand the complexity of what our students have gone through this past year, how they may have suffered, and what have been the short-term and long-term effects of the pandemic on their ability to learn and on their social-emotional growth. Participants will also learn from each other by sharing their own strategies of success in helping students grow. At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to discuss the current and future needs of their students and will have started in developing concrete strategies to address some of those needs.

Audience: Open to all Educators

Register for Crisis New Beginnings

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation) 

A Year of Change: How Can We Best Support Our Students

April 12, 2021
8 - 9 p.m.

Presenter: Suzie Marder, Westchester Day School

In this last session of the series, we will reflect on how our own feelings about change and the coping mechanisms we have utilized this year can help inform us on how to best address the needs of our students. By the end of the session, participants will identify skills and strategies that they can implement in their own schools.

Audience: Open to all Educators

Register for A Year of Change

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation) 

TRAUMA-RESPONSIVE SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL)

This series led by a Conscious Discipline certified facilitator focuses on evidence-based organizational and classroom strategies on trauma-responsive social and emotional learning that promote students’ SEL with a positive impact on behavioral outcomes and academic achievement.

Conscious Discipline: The Brain State We’re In

April 19, 2021

Presenter: Amy Speidel, Master Instructor, Conscious Discipline 

The human brain is amazing, guiding thoughts and behaviors every day. Understanding what is happening in that complex organ can, at times, seem like a complicated maze. Learn to identify the three states of the brain (Survival, Emotional, and Executive), how each state operates, and how to guide ourselves first and then children from a lower state to a higher state, so that we can function optimally.  Participants in the session will:

  • Gain important insights on the three brain states.

  • Deepen their understanding about what triggers the brain into upset, and

  • Practice a structure for how to de-stress in order to guide children through emotionally challenging situations.

Audience: Open to all Educators

Register for The Brain State

Session 1A: 4 - 5 p.m.

Register for Session 1A

Session 1B: 8 - 9 p.m.

Register for Session 1A

(This is a repeat of the 4 p.m. session)

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

MAKING CONNECTIONS THROUGH THEATER-BASED LEARNING

The purpose of this Theater-Based Learning series is to equip all teachers with techniques used in the performing arts that they can implement across content areas to fully engage their students in their own learning. The program is rooted in a social justice framework and models a student-centered collaborative approach which is particularly helpful when working with students with disabilities. The series includes six related webinars, but each of them has its unique focus and purpose.

Session 1: Storytelling Through Theater for the Elementary Student

April 14, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Gia Bonavita, LEAP Artist
This session kicks off the drama-themed professional development series through a student-centered collaborative approach. In this session, participants will:

  • Explore how to use theater methods to teach elementary students about the storytelling process: main ideas, sequencing, conflict.

  • Experience basic theater storytelling techniques using non-verbal methods like pantomime.

  • Practice visual thinking strategies by exploring and creating tableaus.

Audience: Elementary School Teachers

Register for Storytelling April 14 webinar

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Session 2: Storytelling Through Theater for the Middle/High School Students

April 21, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Gia Bonavita, LEAP Artist

This session designed for secondary teachers focuses on storytelling within a social justice framework. In this session, participants will:

  • Discuss theater methods to teach middle and/or high school students about elements of the storytelling process: imagery, perspective/voice, movement.

  • Practice theater storytelling techniques using non-verbal methods like pantomime. 

  • Consider how to implement visual thinking strategies by exploring and creating tableaus 

  • Share ideas about how they plan to use these theater techniques to teach their students how to create their own stories. 

Audience: Middle/High School Teachers

Register for the Storytelling April 21 webinar

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation) 

Session 3: Theater Skills for Speaking and Listening Skill Development 

April 28, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Gia Bonavita, LEAP Artist

This session designed for elementary school teachers focuses on theater skills for speaking and listening. In this session, participants will:

  • Discuss classic theater warm-up games that develop speaking and listening skills. 

  • Create a collaborative story using the one-word method, which requires attentive listening. 

  • Build students’ confidence using theater techniques. 

Audience: Elementary School Teachers

Register for the Theater Skills webinar

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

May 2021

STEM Education and 21st Century Skills with the New York Academy of Sciences

The STEM Education and 21st Century Skills Series will focus on active learning, with participants collaborating as they explore resources and share ideas and best practices with the support of an experienced K–12 educator. Participants will leave the workshop with tools, resources, and/or ideas they can implement in their classrooms. Teachers will enroll to three sessions for two-hours each.

Audience: K-12 experienced educators. The number of participants is limited to 35 per cohort –on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the limited capacity, we need to ask those who register to make the commitment to attend the three sessions.

Participants will be eligible for 6 hours of CTLE credits.

May Cohort

Session 1: Using Instructional Technology to Boost STEM in the Classroom

May 4, 2021
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Presenter:​ Chris Link, Director of Education - New York Academy of Sciences   

Today’s students are “digital natives” and are fundamentally different from students in the past, mainly due to their immersion in technology and media. As a result, students in the 21st century should have different learning goals and therefore require different teaching approaches. The integration and effective use of technology is fundamental in an information age and a knowledge-based society; technology use is no longer just an option for students and teachers, but a fundamental literacy.

By the end of this 2-hour session, participants will have:

  • Explored a variety of instructional technologies that can be used to engage students in STEM learning.

  • Evaluated the instructional technologies to determine alignment with classroom learning goals, and

  • Developed a plan to implement one or more of the instructional technologies.

Session 2: 10-Step Innovation Process for Middle and High School STEM Classrooms

May 11, 2021
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Presenter: Chris Link, Director of Education - New York Academy of Sciences

The New York Academy of Science has established an innovation process to help teams or individuals apply principles of scientific research and design thinking to solve real-world problems. This 10-step process provides a useful framework for creative problem solving, as well as hands-on experience that reflects the work of STEM professionals. The Innovation Curriculum offers instruction and resources to support educators in implementing this process with students, either over an extended period of 8–10 weeks or during an intensive 1–2 day workshop. Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), this project-based curriculum provides opportunities for students to build both STEM content knowledge and 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.

 By the end of this 2-hour session, participants will have:

  • Learned how to use the Innovation Curriculum with their students.

  • Considered a challenge that they can use with their students.

Session 3: How to Assess Learning in Modern STEM Classrooms

May 18, 2021
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Presenter: Chris Link, Director of Education - New York Academy of Sciences

Assessing student learning in today’s STEM classrooms presents unique challenges. In addition to assessing students’ knowledge gains, STEM teachers often must evaluate student performance, which is inherently open-ended. Performance assessments do not typically yield a single correct answer, process, or product, making them more complex to manage.

 By the end of this 2-hour session, participants will have:

  • Considered several strategies to evaluate student learning during performance events.

  • Considered different strategies and digital tools for using portfolios to evaluate student learning.

Register for May Cohort

The Link Between Connection and Cooperation

May 4, 2021  -  Session 8 - 9 p.m.

May 24, 2021 -  Session 4 - 5 p.m. (This is a repeat of the evening session of May 4th)

Presenter: Amy Speidel, Master Instructor, Conscious Discipline 

Human beings are hard-wired for relationships and connections. However, there are some children with whom connection seems challenging and elusive, which consequently creates more resistance. Learn strategies to ensure more successful connections, and how connection encourages better cooperation. Participants in the session will:

  • Extend their knowledge about the link between connection and cooperation as it applies to relationships,

  • Explore and practice the ability to notice rather than judge in conflict situations.

Audience: Open to all Educators

May 4, 2021 8 - 9 p.m.

Register for Connection and Cooperation

May 24, 2021 4 - 5 p.m.

Register for Connection and Cooperation

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation) 

MAKING CONNECTIONS THROUGH THEATER-BASED LEARNING

The purpose of this Theater-Based Learning series is to equip all teachers with techniques used in the performing arts that they can implement across content areas to fully engage their students in their own learning. The program is rooted in a social justice framework and models a student-centered collaborative approach which is particularly helpful when working with students with disabilities. The series includes six related webinars, but each of them has its unique focus and purpose.

Session 4: Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and Poetry

May 5, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Gia Bonavita, LEAP Artist 

This session designed for secondary teachers focuses on using visual thinking strategies for interdisciplinary activities. In this session, participants will:

  • Discuss practices to incorporate visual thinking strategies and how those can be used as a teaching tool for subject areas in ELA and social studies.

  • Develop strategies on how to make connections from VTS examples to student assignments and personal stories.

  • Practice how to facilitate collaborative VTS discussions to develop literacy and theater literacy skills including, listening, speaking, comparing/contrasting, and comprehension.

  • Design activities using VTS to create an original poem in the style of Mad Libs.

Materials: pencil and paper

Audience: Middle/High School Teachers

Register for the Visual Thinking webinar

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation) 

Session 5: Playwriting for Middle and High School Students

May 19, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.

Presenter: Gia Bonavita, LEAP Artist 

This session designed for secondary teachers focuses on Playwriting strategies. In this session, participants will:

  • Discuss the basics of the playwriting process. 

  • Brainstorm about the difference between narrative writing and dialogue writing. 

  • Discuss various playwrights like: Wilson, Hansbury, Cruz, and Fuller. 

  • Format plays to build characters and create conflict schemes. 

Materials: pencil and paper 

PD Set-up: example playwrights

Audience: Middle/High School Teachers 

Register for the Playwriting webinar

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation) 

Session 6: How to Create Theater Presentations and Culminating Events  

May 26, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Presenter: Gia Bonavita, LEAP Artist

This session designed for elementary school teachers focuses on strategies to create theater presentations and culminating events. In this session, participants will: 

  • Design creative ways for presenting theater-based work in the virtual classroom and in-person.

  • Discuss the key components of a theater presentation: host, visual images, music, continuity of events.

  • Collaborate on designing strategies to develop verbal/public speaking presentation skills in their students using theater-based techniques for this virtual medium.

Audience: Elementary School Teachers

Register for the Theater Presentations webinar

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

June 2021

Developing Fine Motor Skills and Classroom Applications

Participants in this interactive early childhood 2-part mini-series will dive into ways fine motor skills develop as a prerequisite to handwriting. Whether in person or virtually, teachers can adapt and modify standards and curricula for young students to develop these skills and reach readiness goals. Throughout the series, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and apply techniques and strategies.

Participants will:

  • Understand theory and best practice of the stages of fine motor development from a clinician’s perspective.
  • Explore strategies and resources that can be incorporated in any classroom learning setting.
  • Differentiate and modify the classroom environment to best meet the needs of all children.

Part 1: Foundations and Mechanics of Early Childhood Writing

June 2, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.
Presenter: Tara Hanley, Occupational Therapist

This course will outline the different body mechanics, developmental skills, and environmental factors that influence handwriting in children PreK through 2nd grade. It will highlight each individual skill and how certain deficits in a skill can affect handwriting development. This session will also cover age-appropriate pre-writing and writing skills as a child develops from 3 years old to 8 years old.

Audience: Pre-K - 2nd grade General Educators, Special Educators, Paraprofessionals, Teaching Assistants

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Part 2: Handwriting Applications in the Early Childhood Classroom

June 9, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.
Presenter: Tara Hanley, Occupational Therapist

This course will provide different approaches for incorporating handwriting and activities that build upon skills needed for handwriting within the classroom environment. Environmental modifications, that can be applied to the early childhood classroom setting, will help promote handwriting development and be explored.

Audience: Pre-K - 2nd grade General Educators, Special Educators, Paraprofessionals, Teaching Assistants

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Powerful Teaching Tools

We aim to enrich and deepen teachers’ instructional practices by offering professional development opportunities that support students’ social and emotional learning processes while giving them the tools to marshal reading, writing, and thinking skills to become lifelong learners that are problem solvers, innovators, and capable of agency and socially responsible decision making.

Interactive Narratives: Using Dungeons & Dragons to Excite Your Students to Write!

June 3, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.
Presenter: Chris Vicari, Adjunct Instructor, Fordham University 

The rising popularity of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) has opened an engaging avenue for writing and narrative. D&D is a tabletop role-playing game that is a vehicle for collaborative storytelling experiences. Today, many students struggle with writing or often feel that the process is not inherently enjoyable. This webinar offers a training model that borrows elements from games like D&D and combines them with helpful processes that motivate students to write, explore their ideas, and playtest their work together.

Outcomes

  • How Dungeons & Dragons (and interactive roleplay) can encourage writing
  • Brainstorming (the helpful way!)
  • Creating a playable narrative arc that supports roleplay and collaboration
  • Learning how to world build and explore new ideas that support a story
  • Generating three-dimensional characters that are fun to interact with and play
  • Creating interesting scenes and encounters
  • Organizing your writing
  • Playtesting your ideas (and gaining the confidence to do so)

Audience: Open to All Educators

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Deep Dive: Universal Design for Learning

June 8, 2021
4 – 5 p.m.
Presenter: Adjowah Scott, Cooke Institute

Meeting the demands of your students with a broad range of abilities is a challenge that teachers face in today's classrooms. To address this challenge, this interactive workshop will focus on implementing the principles of Universal Design for Learning and will provide participants a pathway for designing flexible environments and instruction that accommodates the needs of all students. Participants will:

  • Understand theory and practice of UDL principles.
  • Explore UDL principles as they relate to students’ needs.
  • Incorporate UDL principles to adapt learning environments and intentionally design differentiated instruction from the onset.

Audience: Open to All Educators

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Planning with Backward Design, a Learning-Centered Model in Alignment with the NYSED Next Generation Learning Standards

June 14, 2021
1 – 2 p.m.
Presenter: Roser Salavert, Ed.D., Director, Fordham PDRC

In this webinar, participants will dive into the process of developing a lesson plan using the Backward design model. We will discuss its characteristics, how it differentiates from a traditional teaching-centered approach and study some examples. By working on these lesson plans aligned to the NYSED Next Generation Learning Standards, participants will deepen their familiarity with the Backward design and its implementation in a learning-centered classroom environment.

Audience: Primary and Secondary Teachers

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Designing Performance Tasks for a Backward Design Lesson

June 28, 2021
1 – 2 p.m.
Presenter: Roser Salavert, Ed.D., Director, Fordham PDRC

All authentic performance tasks share the same qualities. In a Backward design lesson, a performance task can be designed as a learning activity, or as a student assessment. By analyzing several examples and working on developing their own, participants in this webinar will increase their expertise in designing and implementing authentic tasks for a learning-centered classroom.

Audience: Primary and Secondary Teachers

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Leading Today's School

The leadership conversations among school, district and organizational leaders will focus on addressing teaching digital ethics and safety as planning to return to a “new normal” in the next school year. There will be an exchange of experiences and strategies to ensure the school community teaches students to use technology safely and responsibly within the curriculum, lesson plans, professional development, and family support tools.

#Digital Citizenship - Teaching Digital Ethics and Safety

June 29, 2021
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Christopher Scharbach, Ed.D

During this session, we will look at examples of ethical, responsible, and safe technology use in the classroom, as well as how to teach students about digital citizenship in the classroom.

During this session, participants will look at:

  • What does citizenship look like when we take it online?
  • As educators, administrators, and educational leaders, how do we engage in order to model responsible Digital Citizenship for our students?
  • What should students be aware of when it comes to online citizenship?

Audience: All Educators

CTLE Credits Hours: 1.5 hours (in-class participation)

Trauma-Responsive Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

This series led by a Conscious Discipline certified facilitator focuses on evidence-based organizational and classroom strategies on trauma-responsive social and emotional learning that promote students’ SEL with a positive impact on behavioral outcomes and academic achievement.

The Link Between Connection and Cooperation

May 24, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.
Presenter: Amy Speidel, Master Instructor, Conscious Discipline
This is a repeat of the evening session of May 4

Human beings are hard-wired for relationships and connections. However, there are some children with whom connection seems challenging and elusive, which consequently creates more resistance. Learn strategies to ensure more successful connections, and how connection encourages better cooperation. Participants in the session will:

  • Extend their knowledge about the link between connection and cooperation as it applies to relationships
  • Explore and practice the ability to notice rather than judge in conflict situations.

Audience: Open to all Educators

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)

Making Connections Through Theater-Based Learning

The purpose of this Theater-Based Learning series is to equip all teachers with techniques used in the performing arts that they can implement across content areas to fully engage their students in their own learning. The program is rooted in a social justice framework and models a student-centered collaborative approach which is particularly helpful when working with students with disabilities. The series includes six related webinars, but each of them has its unique focus and purpose.

Session 6: How to Create Theater Presentations and Culminating Events  

May 26, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.
Presenter: Gia Bonavita, LEAP Artist

This session designed for elementary school teachers focuses on strategies to create theater presentations and culminating events. In this session, participants will:

  • Design creative ways for presenting theater-based work in the virtual classroom and in-person.
  • Discuss the key components of a theater presentation: host, visual images, music, continuity of events.
  • Collaborate on designing strategies to develop verbal/public speaking presentation skills in their students using theater-based techniques for this virtual medium.

Audience: Elementary School Teachers

CTLE Credits Hours: 1 hour (in-class participation)