Professional Learning Opportunities
FREE PD opportunities through the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network
Lower Hudson Early Childhood Professional Learning community (PLC)
September 28, 2021-May 3, 2022
The year-long PLC will bring together PreK, Kindergarten, & Grade 1 educators and support staff to collaborate, build relationships, and prepare children to develop skills necessary for successful transitions in early childhood.
Book Study: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
Zoom sessions with Dr. Alexandria Connally: Oct 5 - Nov 16 from 4:30PM-7:00PM.
This 15 hour book study will explore implicit bias, the effects of bias in the classroom and levels of culture
2021 Children's Mental Health Conference hosted by Lives in the Balances
Friday, October 8th - virtually from 8:45 pm-4:15 pm
Lives in the Balance is teaming up with the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Initiative to End Corporal Punishment (NIECP), the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), and the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint (AASR) to focus entirely on two bills that are pending in the US Congress: the Keeping All Students Safe Act (KASSA) -- which is focused on severely limiting the use of restraint and eliminating the use of seclusion in schools -- and the Protecting Our Students in Schools Act, which is focused on eradicating corporal punishment.
Culture and Culturally Responsive Education
October 14- Synchronous Session 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
What is Culture and what relevance does it play in schools aiming for Equity? In this 3 hour session practitioners will develop a common language around Culturally Responsive Education and begin the process of recognizing institutional and organizational structures in schools that perpetuate inequities.
Social Emotional Learning & Culturally Responsive Education: How Are They Compatible?
November 4- Synchronous Session 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
In this 3 hour session participants will examine how an equity lens is essential for understanding the social-emotional development of children, youth, and adults. SEL can promote educational equity by helping all young people reach their fullest potential.
Improve Every Lesson Plan with Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Based on the Book by Jeffrey Benson (not required reading)
November 1-November 22- This 3 hour course will help you get acquainted with the basics of SEL and how to build these strategies into all k-12 lessons without a separate curriculum. We will identify SEL skills intro 3 separate categories (skills for self, interpersonal skills and skills as a community member) and identify ways in which all teachers can incorporate these skills in their classroom.
Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education (CRSE) and the Brain Based on the works of Zaretta Hammond
November 6-Synchronous Session 9:00 am-12:00 pm
This 3-hour online workshop will focus on the features of Brain-Based Learning that are most closely aligned with Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education. Teachers will develop an understanding of the role that culture plays in instruction and how to operationalize culturally responsive practices.
Building Our Confidence with LGBTQ+ Terminology and Etiquette
November 8- Synchronous Session 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
Join Jeannie Gainsburg, the author of a new guidebook for being an ally to the LGBTQ+ communities. LGBTQ+ terms and identities are constantly evolving and it's difficult to keep up. Many people feel intimidated by all the changes and are silenced by the fear that they will accidentally say something offensive. This encouraging and fun workshop helps relieve this anxiety by offering participants an increased confidence in their ability to have respectful interactions with and about LGBTQ+ students, coworkers, and parents.
Professional LEarning Opportunities for Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors- Earn Social Work ECUs
Special Education Certification Extension
Special Education (SE) Certification Extension Course PreK-K
Special Education (SE) Certification Extension Course 5-6 and 7-8
SE (Special Education) Certification Extension Course 10-12
SE (Special Education) Certification Extension Course - ELA
SE (Special Education) Certification Extension Course - Math
SE (Special Education) Certification Extension Course - Biology