Past sessions are now archived.

December 8, 2022
3:30 - 4:30 PM 

Best Practices for Lesson Planning

Description: Having very successful lessons hinges on having a great lesson plan. In this workshop, educators will practice writing great objectives and ensure that assessments measure what they planned for their students. Educators will also learn the importance of connecting to prior knowledge, and how to hook students to engage them in deeper learning.

Presenter(s): Liz Gallo, WhyMaker

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies 

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December 12, 2022
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Integrating and aligning social-emotional learning with career and technical education and/or workforce education/workforce development. (Part 2)

Description: This session will engage participants in the planning and implementation of social-emotional learning within the career and technical education/workforce development curriculum. 

Presenter(s):  Laura Ficarra, Brockport Research Institute 

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): SEL, WBL, Instructional Strategies 

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December 13, 2022
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Vocabulary! 3 Tiers of vocabulary & CTE (Part 3 of 5)

Description:  Vocabulary! How will students use the vocabulary they are learning in CTE classes in the ‘real world?’ In this series, educators will learn about the three tiers of vocabulary instruction, and what they mean for CTE courses and student learning. Also included in this series are strategies and resources for encouraging students to use, practice, and apply new content-specific vocabulary.

Presenter(s):  Jen Hesseltine, Jen Hesseltine Consulting

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies 

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December 14, 2022
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Best Practices with Multi-Tiered Systems of support in CTE Math Instruction

Description:  Enhancing teacher’s skills with strategies integrating Mathin CTE and strategies to meet the needs of students with special needs. Review best practices related to Multi-Tiered Systems of support (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RTI). Review best practices for Universal Design for Learning(UDL). Review the Math-in-CTE Model pedagogical framework. Explore five research-based strategies for use in CTE classrooms. Examine ways to assess student learning.

Presenter(s):  Susan Hildebrandt & Katrina Arndt, Brockport Research Insitute

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies 

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January 3, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Vocabulary! 3 Tiers of vocabulary & CTE (Part 4 of 5)

Description:  Vocabulary! How will students use the vocabulary they are learning in CTE classes in the ‘real world?’ In this series, educators will learn about the three tiers of vocabulary instruction, and what they mean for CTE courses and student learning. Also included in this series are strategies and resources for encouraging students to use, practice, and apply new content-specific vocabulary.

Presenter(s):  Jen Hesseltine, Jen Hesseltine Consulting

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies 

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January 4, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM 

Helping CTE Students Learn New Vocabulary

Description:  There are always so many new vocabulary words in our classes, that it can be overwhelming for our students. Learn lots of strategies to help students learn and retain new vocabulary.

Presenter(s): Liz Gallo, WhyMaker

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies 

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January 5, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM 

The Language Diverse Classroom: Effective English Communication for the Diverse Classroom - Part 1

Description: This interactive workshop is designed to help native English speakers adapt their English to be better understood by non-native English speakers. The first step in improving comprehensibility is to become aware of the idioms, expressions, and slang that are a natural part of native speech. By the end of this two-part workshop, participants will be able to recognize and modify their use of language to be better understood in the classroom.

Presenter(s): Kim Andersen, Captial Region Language Center

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies, Special Populations & ELLs, DEI

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January 10, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Enhancing Group Work in the CTE Classroom

Description:  Group work allows students time to collaborate, develop their social skills, and learn content at the same time. In this session, participants will learn how to effectively this session, participants will learn how to effectively design group work to ensure all students participate equally while learning. Tips and strategies regarding setting up and managing group work will be addressed. 

Presenter(s):  Sherry St.Clair, Reflective Learning

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies, Engagement Strategies 

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January 12, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM 

The Language Diverse Classroom: Effective English Communication for the Diverse Classroom - Part 2

Description: This interactive workshop is designed to help native English speakers adapt their English to be better understood by non-native English speakers. The first step in improving comprehensibility is to become aware of the idioms, expressions, and slang that are a natural part of native speech. By the end of this two-part workshop, participants will be able to recognize and modify their use of language to be better understood in the classroom.

Presenter(s): Kim Andersen, Captial Region Language Center

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies, Special Populations & ELLs, DEI

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January 17, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Vocabulary! 3 Tiers of vocabulary & CTE (Part 5 of 5)

Description:  Vocabulary! How will students use the vocabulary they are learning in CTE classes in the ‘real world?’ In this series, educators will learn about the three tiers of vocabulary instruction, and what they mean for CTE courses and student learning. Also included in this series are strategies and resources for encouraging students to use, practice, and apply new content-specific vocabulary.

Presenter(s):  Jen Hesseltine, Jen Hesseltine Consulting

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies 

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January 18, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Using an EmployabilityProfile as a formative assessment

Description:  This workshop will serve as a focus on driving instruction on the essential performance skills that are key to career readiness in an industry. Planning and analysis of a collective group of student employability profiles using a simple protocol will emphasize the needs of an individual student, a small group of students, or a whole class.

Presenter(s):  Stacey Eger-Converse

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies 

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January 19, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM 

The Language Diverse Classroom: Using Gender Inclusive Language in the Modern Day Classroom - Part 3

Description: This interactive workshop will be based on the guidelines from the United Nations for using gender-neutral/gender-inclusive language. Participants will review the guidelines and practice modifying written and verbal statements with the goal of taking this new knowledge back to the classroom.

Presenter(s): Kim Andersen, Captial Region Language Center

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies, Special Populations & ELLs, DEI

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January 31, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM 

Hindsight is 20/20 with Assessment

Description: This workshop will walk participants through a step-by-step guide to analyzing a current assessment(unit test, etc.) from a post-design perspective for its alignment to the initially intended purposes/instruction. While participating in the workshop, attendees can use existing assessments and examine and evaluate their content alignment but also practical administrative components such as time on test, etc. ensuring that explicit and implicit messages given to students align.

Presenter(s): Stacey Eger-Converse, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Watertown CSD

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies

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February 14, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Strategies of Effective Vocabulary Instruction

Description: Vocabulary is crucial to a student's ability to understand the content but vocabulary instruction can be a challenge for both students and educators. This session will focus on creative research-based strategies that will assist teachers as they help students retain the needed academic vocabulary for their field of study. Educators will explore rigorous and engaging ways to teach vocabulary and leave with easy, ready-to-use tools.

Presenter(s): Sherry St.Clair, Reflective Learning 

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies 

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March 7, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Google Sites as Portfolios

Description: Google Sites are such a wonderful tool for documenting student work as a portfolio. Learn how to use a template of a Google Site to capture your students' learning and growth over time. You can use it as an assessment tool to integrate writing and reading. Once you see how easy and current it is to use Google Sites, you will be hooked and have your students making sites right away.

Presenter(s):  Jonathan Redecker, WhyMaker

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies

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March 9, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Fostering Student Ownership of Work

Description:  Allowing students to take ownership of their work provides students with an opportunity to develop many valuable life lessons. However, creating a classroom culture of accountability can be challenging at times. In this session, educators will explore easy-to-implement tools and strategies to provide student choice, develop independent learning habits and provide formative feedback to continually help students grow.

Presenter(s): Sherry St.Clair, Reflective Learning 

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies 

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March 21, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Effective Student Presentations

Description: Presentations can benefit students in various ways. They can help students learn to speak to students in front of a group, prepare students for a needed professional skill, help students synthesize learned information, and assist students with their speaking skills. This session will help educators discover ways to set up the classroom environment to make the most of student presentations. Educators will learn strategies to manage class presentations, keep all students engaged during presentations as well as ways to provide meaningful feedback.

Presenter(s): Sherry St.Clair, Reflective Learning 

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies 

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March 22, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Differentiating for ELLs: Creating Lessons (part 1 of 3)

Description: This workshop will focus on creating lessons that are accessible to ELLs while maintaining the integrity of the curriculum and the learning outcomes.  By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to differentiate objectives on a given topic.

Presenter(s): Kim Andersen, Capital Region Language Center

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Special Populations & ELLS, Instructional Strategies 

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March 23, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Differentiating for ELLs: Differentiating Assessments (Part 2 of 3)

Description: In this workshop, the primary focus will be on how to create and use formal and informal assessments to help ELLs demonstrate their knowledge. By the end of the workshop, participants will have some new resources in their assessment-making tool kits.

Presenter(s): Kim Andersen, Capital Region Language Center

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Special Populations & ELLS, Instructional Strategies 

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March 29, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Differentiating for ELLs: Scaffolding for the Language-Diverse Classroom (Part 3 of 3)

Description: In construction, scaffolding helps to safely support and create elevation temporarily–until the project is complete. It serves the same purpose in the classroom! From modeling expectations to schema-building, scaffolding allows students to reach new heights with the help of various modes of content delivery.

Presenter(s): Kim Andersen, Capital Region Language Center

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Special Populations & ELLS, Instructional Strategies 

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March 30, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM 

Questioning as a Formative Assessment Technique

Description: We all use questioning in our classrooms. Rote questions, in-depth questions, and logistical questions are all pieces of a day for both us as educators and our students. But, what happens to the brain when questions are posed to students? Why is wait time important anyway? Investigate some of these topics and think more

Presenter(s): Stacey Eger-Converse, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Watertown CSD

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies

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April 25, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Integrating Reading in CTE

Description: In the CTE classroom, students are presented with numerous authentic texts such as lab reports, blueprints, business plans, and technical manuals. Students can greatly benefit from developing literacy skills to navigate through such texts. This workshop will introduce educators to various literacy strategies, ones that help students summarize materials they read, think critically about that material, and then use evidence from texts to support claims.

Presenter(s): Sherry St.Clair, Reflective Learning 

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies 

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April 26, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM 

Assessment Literacy In-Depth

Description: Learn more about authenticity, rigor, validity, reliability, and more components of quality assessment design. If you are designing assessments for your program on your own, you will want to consider all of these factors and others to ensure your assessment meets the needs of your curricular and instructional vision and also sends a clear message to students on what is important.

Presenter(s): Stacey Eger-Converse, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Watertown CSD

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies

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May 2, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Integrating Writing in CTE

Description: Research indicates that students' success in both college and career demands an ability to write effectively for a variety of purposes. Writing instruction is the responsibility of all educators. In this workshop, participants will develop an understanding of why writing instruction is critical and how various writing strategies can easily be integrated into CTE classrooms. 

Presenter(s): Sherry St.Clair, Reflective Learning 

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies 

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May 3, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Best Practices for ELLs Success: Tips/Best Practices for ELL Classroom Success (Part 1 of 3)

Description: This interactive workshop will highlight best practices for teaching ELLs while drawing on the successful experiences that the participants have had during this school year. Teachers will leave this workshop with a mini toolkit for future classroom success. 

Presenter(s): Kim Andersen, Capital Region Language Center 

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies, Special Populations & ELLs, Engagement Strategies 

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May 10, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Best Practices for ELLs Success: Best Practices for Creating Multimodal Lessons for ELL Success (Part 2 of 3)

Description:  Students learn in unique ways, and what works for some doesn't work for all. To help ELLs grasp content, the more modes the better! From infographics to video, the this two-part workshop will explore how to deliver a lesson in several different ways. Put your creative caps on and join the fun!

Presenter(s): Kim Andersen, Capital Region Language Center 

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies, Special Populations & ELLs

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May 17, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Best Practices for ELLs Success: Best Practices for Creating Multimodal Lessons for ELL Success (Part 3 of 3)

Description:  Students learn in unique ways, and what works for some doesn't work for all. To help ELLs grasp content, the more modes the better! From infographics to video, this two-part workshop will explore how to deliver a lesson in several different ways. Put your creative caps on and join the fun!

Presenter(s): Kim Andersen, Capital Region Language Center 

Audience: Educators

Content Area(s): Instructional Strategies, Special Populations & ELLs

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