2020-21 Free Webinars

  • 2020-21 Professional Development Offerings

    Note: These webinars are free, but pre-registration is required. In order to qualify for a certificate of completion, you must be registered on My Learning Plan and sign in during the webinar. If you have questions concerning registration, contact Janet Sluka at 516-396-2263 or email prek@nasboces.org

     

    Play All Day: Structures and Strategies for Joyful, Responsive and Exploratory Learning—Part One

    This two-part workshop will dig into the dynamic possibilities of classrooms structured around play. Participants will explore playful structures to engage children in thoughtful, creative and intellectual work whether live, hybrid or virtual. We will explore how teachers can meet standards, benchmarks and the unique needs of children at this time in history, while maintaining and promoting a culture of joyful play in early childhood. (Part Two is on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.)

    Presenter: Kristi Mraz is a teacher, author and consultant whose books include Purposeful Playand Kids First From Day One.

    Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020
    Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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    Professional Learning Circle: Time to Share, Exlore and Learn from One Another

    A professional learning circle—or PLC—is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise and works collaboratively to learn from one another. As you begin a new school year, the PLC will offer the opportunity to share your practice and learn from one another. This is the first in a series of monthly Zoom meetings for teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, directors and other early educators. You can register for one session—or for as many as you are interested in.

    Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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    Book Club: Don't Look Away

    Develop your toolkit for building an anti-bias classroom or learning setting by joining our four-week long book club using the text Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms.Through lively discussions, guest speakers and practical resources provided at each session, you will explore bias, equity, setting expectations and family engagement to ensure culturally responsive experiences in your child care center or classroom. Once you have registered, we will send you a copy of the book and a journal in advance, using the home address you provide.

    Facilitator: Jacob Dixon is the CEO of Choice for all, a non-profit focusing on child and family well-being. He is also an adjunct professor at Bank Street College of Education. 

    Dates: Tuesdays October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2020
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

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    Helping Create Lifelong Readers from the Start with Great Read-Alouds

    In this live webinar, Sarah Cordova will share some of her favorite authors and titles that are developmentally appropriate and engaging for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. She’ll also share tips for doing the online and video read-alouds that have been a staple during this pandemic.

    Presenter: Sarah Cordova is a former teacher who is now a nationally recognized literacy consultant. She has worked in elementary classrooms across the country, supporting administrators, literacy coaches and teachers.

    Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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    Race Talk and Anti-Bias Eduction and Why They Matter

    In this webinar, participants will learn some of the history of racism and why it is important to understand that history. They will learn how society perceives race and how those perceptions impact our lives, and the meaning of terms such as “microaggression,” “white privilege,” “color blindness,” and “systemic racism.” Effective strategies for addressing race and the goals of anti-bias education will be introduced, as well as what this can look like in their classrooms. Finally, participants will find out the stages in children’s development of racial/cultural identity and attitudes.

    Presenters: Stephanie Dockweiler, Elizabeth Box, Tamara Pelosi and Janiva Jones from Long Island-based QS2 Training and Consulting.

    Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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    Professional Learning Circle: Sharing How We Work with Children with Special Needs

    A professional learning circle—or PLC—is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise and works collaboratively to learn from one another. With support from a subject matter expert, the PLC will offer the opportunity to share your practice and learn from one another. This is the second in a series of monthly Zoom meetings for teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, directors and other early educators. You can register for one session—or for as many as you are interested in.

    Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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    Play All Day: Structures and Strategies for Joyful, Responsive and Exploratory Learning—Part Two

    This two-part workshop will dig into the dynamic possibilities of classrooms structured around play. Participants will explore playful structures to engage children in thoughtful, creative and intellectual work whether live, hybrid or virtual. We will explore how teachers can meet standards, benchmarks and the unique needs of children at this time in history, while maintaining and promoting a culture of joyful play in early childhood.

    Presenter: Kristi Mraz is a teacher, author and consultant whose books include Purposeful Playand Kids First From Day One.

    Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
    Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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    Professional Learning Circle: Sharing How We Work with Emergent Multilingual Learners

    A professional learning circle—or PLC—is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise and works collaboratively to learn from one another. With support from a subject matter expert, the PLC will offer the opportunity to share your practice and learn from one another. This is the third in a series of monthly Zoom meetings for teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, directors and other early educators. You can register for one session—or for as many as you are interested in.

    Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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    Picture Books that Promote Inclusion and Build Community

    In order for our students to feel valued in our classrooms, they must be represented in the books we share with them. Whether it is the characters on the pages of our read-alouds, the families and cultures that are represented, or the author’s experiences that inspire the picture books we share, children need to feel represented and heard.  Our mentor texts can also be springboards to discuss the issues of our time with the students who are sitting before us.

    Presenter: Sarah Cordova is a former teacher who is now a nationally recognized literacy consultant. She has worked in elementary classrooms across the country, supporting administrators, literacy coaches and teachers.

    Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
    Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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    Professional Learning Circle: Sharing How We Engage Our Families

    A professional learning circle—or PLC—is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise and works collaboratively to learn from one another. With support from a subject matter expert, the PLC will offer the opportunity to share your practice and learn from one another. This is the fourth in a series of monthly Zoom meetings for teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, directors and other early educators. You can register for one session—or for as many as you are interested in.

    Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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    Making Language Stick: Teaching the Next Generation Learning Standards to Pre-K Students

    We as teachers may feel dread thinking about “grammar,” and remembering rote, disconnected workbook exercises. What we’ve failed to understand is that the key to delivering solid, practical grammar instruction has always been right under our noses. Using Jeff Anderson’s Everyday Editingas a guide, we will discuss a philosophy crafted to help students both understand and enjoy grammar.

    Presenter: Sarah Cordova is a former teacher who is now a nationally recognized literacy consultant. She has worked in elementary classrooms across the country, supporting administrators, literacy coaches and teachers.

    Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
    Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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    Professional Learning Circle: Cultural Competence

    A professional learning circle—or PLC—is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise and works collaboratively to learn from one another. With support from a subject matter expert, the PLC will offer the opportunity to share your practice and learn from one another. This is the fifth in a series of monthly Zoom meetings for teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, directors and other early educators. You can register for one session—or for as many as you are interested in.

    Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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    Writing Workshops for Our Youngest Writers: Examining an Illustration Study

    When our students don’t yet know their letters, sounds or the basics of written language, how do they communicate meaning? Starting the year with an illustration study is a perfect way to build a foundation for strong writing. In this webinar, participants will learn about the Next Generation Learning Standards. The power of choosing the right mentor texts will be demonstrated and ways students can show meaning will be discussed.

    Presenter: Sarah Cordova is a former teacher who is now a nationally recognized literacy consultant. She has worked in elementary classrooms across the country, supporting administrators, literacy coaches and teachers.

    Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
    Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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    Professional Learning Circle: Where Do We Go from Here?

    A professional learning circle—or PLC—is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise and works collaboratively to learn from one another. With support from an experienced moderatorf, the PLC will offer the opportunity to share your practice and learn from one another. This is the sixth in a series of monthly Zoom meetings for teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, directors and other early educators. You can register for one session—or for as many as you are interested in.

    Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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