PD Your Way

PD your way logoLearning from and sharing with one another is the best possible way to grow professionally.

 SAANYS is fortunate to have a wide range of practitioners with proven expertise and experience to support your professional development needs. Let SAANYS help you plan everything from an administrative team meeting during the school day, to an after-school or full-day workshop, to an administrative retreat or superintendent’s conference day foRegionsr you or your teachers. These are all options that can take shape with SAANYS PD Your Way.

For each offering, please note the “Regional Availability” indicator; use this SAANYS regional map for reference.


 

Discover Your Strengths and Create a Strengths-based Organization

Presenter: Noreen Pelna Nouza

Presenter bio:
After successful years as a teacher, building leader, consultant and BOCES Director, I am entering my second adulthood focusing on my passion of supporting K-12 leaders to do & be their best – Every Day.

I excel in environments that have lots of moving parts – dynamic systems, where I can provide relevant and tangible help, where close & mutual relationships can be created, and have a desire to create the maximum return on investments.

Description:
Heard of the strengths revolution? It’s the idea that you, your team, and your company will get farther faster when you focus on what you do well vs. what you don’t. Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses.

In individual coaching, Team Meetings, half-day or full-day session, leaders and teams learn about individual and group strengths while having fun at the same time. This is an excellent and practical team building experience. And, for leaders, when you identify your team’s talents and build them into strengths, it is easier to become a high-performing team.

Before the workshop, participants read the first 40 pages of the book StrengthsFinder® 2.0, based on Gallup’s research and results on employee engagement. Participants then complete a 20-minute online assessment and send their reports to the facilitator, who reviews and customizes the material. Also, the team leader will work with the facilitator/strengths coach one-on-one. We begin by looking at the strengths of the leader. Then, we will review and discuss the individual strengths of the team members. Which will lead us to looking at the collective talents of your team.

The individual assessment reports provide participants with detailed information on their top 5 strengths and how they can continue to build upon them. Also, the opportunity for teams to discover, the rank order of all 34 strengths of participants, can be included. With the information, teams are able to identify and plan for “holes” in their game plans such as staffing, project implementation and communications.

Who should attend?
A leader (building or district level) with designated team members who frequently need to work together collaboratively on projects and/or meeting goals.

Why attend?  
Leaders will appreciate their unique talents within the context of their role.

Leaders will gain an understanding of and appreciation for each team member’s unique and powerful talents.

Leaders will gain an understanding of and appreciation for the team’s collective strengths, potential talent gaps, and vulnerabilities.

Up to four fundamental team coaching conversations:
• Start With Talent; Finish With Strength
• The Power of Strengths-Based Partnerships
• The DNA of the Team
• The Best of Us

Regional Availability: Regions 1-12

How To Create A CAPE (Coalition to Achieve a Positive Environment) in Your School

Presenter: Steve (Dr. Bird) Birchak and Bruce Ballan

Presenter Bio:
Steve Birchak is a nationally known speaker and author of four books including How to Build a Child’s Character By Tapping Into Your Own (Royal Fireworks Press). Dr. Birchak has been a college professor for over 30 years (22 years with The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY) and has worked with numerous school districts in thirty states doing staff development as well as programs for students.

Bruce Ballan spent over 34 years in education before retiring in 2012. He has been a teacher, assistant principal and was the principal of Koda Middle School at Shenendehowa for 13 years.

Description:
The Coalition to Achieve a Positive Environment (CAPE) had its humble beginning in upstate New York when a middle school principal recruited the indomitable Dr. Bird to work together, along with students and staff, to develop a plan for improving climate and promoting kindness.

The content of the presentation will focus on the rationale and research that went into developing the Coalition to Achieve a Positive Environment. It will also focus on specific strategies and concrete steps utilized to implement the program.

Who should attend?
Teachers and administrators.

Why attend? 
• Learn the steps to create a CAPE in your school and tailor it to your own specific needs
• Become aware of the research behind positive psychology and learn the main components of a positive educational environment
• Receive handouts listing relevant materials and resources

Regional Availability: Regions 1 – 8

Dealing with Difficult Employees

Presenter: Dr. Michael Johnson

Presenter Bio:
Former superintendent of schools; elementary, middle and high school administrator and consultant.

Description:
This workshop will assist administrators to avoid costly 3020A due process proceedings and demonstrate an efficient and inexpensive alternative to the disciplinary process. The workshop leader will demonstrate how to conduct counseling sessions and write letters of counsel to change and improve employee behavior

Who should attend?
Principals, Assistant Principals, Directors

Why attend? 

  • Learn how to conduct effective counseling sessions
  • Learn how to write letters of counsel to be placed in an employee’s file
  • Understand how to address conflict inherent in the administrator’s role
  • Assistance in preparing Teacher Improvement Plans

Regional Availability: Any location

Understanding and Addressing Harassment in the Workplace

Presenter: Dr. Michael Johnson

Presenter bio:
Former superintendent of schools, elementary, middle and high school administrator and consultant.

Description:
This workshop will assist administrators in effectively addressing inappropriate behavior in the workplace.
Learn how to conduct an investigation of a complaint and how to resolve complaints at the informal level.

Who should attend?
Principals, assistant principals, directors

Why attend? 

  • Learn how to prevent harassment in the workplace
  • Learn how to conduct interviews with the victim and the perpetrator
  • Learn how to document the harassment complaint

Regional Availability: Any location

Team Building

Presenter: Dr. Michael Johnson

Presenter Bio:
Former superintendent of schools; elementary, middle and high school administrator and consultant.

Description:
This workshop will assist administrators in building an effective team.

Who should attend?
Principals, assistant principals, directors.

Why attend?

  • Learn how to use the talents of all team members
  • Learn ways to ensure all team members take responsibility for team success
  • Learn ways to confront conflict on teams
  • How to build and sustain trust on a team
  • How to construct a team” code of conduct”

Regional Availability: Any location

Communicating with Difficult Audiences

Presenter: Dr. Michael Johnson

Presenter bio:
Former superintendent of schools, elementary, middle and high school administrator and consultant.

Description:
This workshop will assist administrators with strategies to comfortably address difficult audiences.

Who should attend?
Principals, assistant principals, directors.

Why attend?

  • Learn effective ways to prepare for difficult audiences
  • Learn how to disarm combative audience members
  • Learn effective ways to get your key points across

Regional Availability: Any location

LEGAL ONE NEW YORK: Webinars and Onsite Workshops

Legal One New York is a SAANYS initiative to provide comprehensive professional development on legal topics important to building administrators. We recognize the necessity for school administrators to be current on key legal issues they encounter in their demanding administrative positions. Available sessions/webinars include: bullying, special education, employee rights and responsibilities, and more.

Professional development topics include ongoing and emerging legal issues such as:

- Dignity Act with the addition of the 2013 Amendment including cyberbullying
- Special education legal topics
- Student expression
- Search and Seizure
- Anti-Discrimination
- Student Safety
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Teen Dating Violence
  
  And more!

All topics have been thoroughly researched and reviewed for legal accuracy by legal counsel to ensure the most up-to-date legal understandings in our presentations.

Flexibly scheduled, these legal topics will be presented as online webinars as well as face-to-face workshops throughout New York State. We can also consider presenting these workshops at superintendent conference days and regional workshop forums.

DASA and special education professional development workshops and webinars are currently available.

Please look for Legal One New York on the SAANYS homepage or contact Dr. Michael Johnson to arrange for this workshop in your school, district, community, or region, at mjohnson@saanys.org or (518) 782-0600.

Google Apps For Education – Google’s Free Suite Of Tools For Schools

Presenter: Carol LaRow

Google Apps For Education Certified Trainer

Presenter bio:
Carol is an award-winning educator who taught secondary English for 33 years in the Niskayuna CSD in upstate NY. In addition to being a Google Apps For Education certified trainer, she is a Google certified teacher, Google Apps For Education regional leader, Smithsonian Laureate, and Apple Distinguished Educator.

Description:
Google’s free service for schools provides a safe, closed, collaborative environment for administrators, teachers, and students. Districts determine which tools and features to offer. Teachers and students share the same productivity tools, allowing teachers to monitor student progress, and students to interact with teachers as they work on assignments. See an overview of how GAFE works and ways schools across the country are using it. There will be time for Q & A and an introduction to using one of the tools.

Who should attend?
• Superintendents
• Administrators
• Department Chairs
• IT departments
• Tech integrators; support staff
• Teachers
• Librarians
• Board of Education members

Why attend? 
As educational leaders in their districts, this session will help administrators be advocates to maximize district budgets, bring about effective technology use for students and staff, and help design new instructional strategies

Attendees will:

  • Discover “free” WEB 2.0 tools, which help with limited software budgets; Google hosts the tools on their servers
  • Understand the attributes of GAFE and what it can do for their districts
  • Discover how to free-up IT staff from installing software, customizing computers, and troubleshooting problems
  • See how GAFE allows students and teachers to work on projects, share assets, and collaborate “within the school’s domain”
  • Learn how a closed environment provides control over access to the Internet and email, providing a safer experience for students

Regional Availability: 4, 5, 6, & 8; Region 7 Essex, Clinton, and Eastern Franklin Counties; Region 9 Broome County

Getting Started With Google Docs For School Administrators

Presenter: Carol LaRow

Google Apps For Education Certified Trainer

Presenter bio:
Carol is an award-winning educator who taught secondary English for 33 years in the Niskayuna CSD in upstate NY. In addition to being a Google Apps For Education certified trainer, she is a Google certified teacher, Google Apps For Education regional leader, Smithsonian Laureate, and Apple Distinguished Educator.

Description:
“Hands on” workshop; Docs is a FREE online word processor, which allows you to collaborate in “real time,” or asynchronously. Extend your professional community online. Make your job easier and more efficient. Organize a paperless workflow for administrative tasks, as you design documents to use with staff, parents, students, and other administrators that can be accessed from any computer/mobile device, any time, anywhere. Add links to web-based resources; insert images; use the Research Tool. Upload existing documents you’ve already created. Also see ways your teachers and students can use Docs.

Who should attend?
• superintendents • administrators • department chairs • IT departments • tech integrators; support staff • teachers • librarians • board of education members

Why attend?
As educational leaders in their districts, this session will help administrators be advocates to maximize budget money, bring about effective technology use for students and staff, and help design new instructional strategies Attendees will learn: • how to create documents they can access from anywhere, on different devices • how to share documents and collaborate with select people • how to publish documents for the entire school district or the World • how to email documents, embed documents in blogs or websites • some key applications of Docs and Drive for administrators • how Docs can help with limited software budgets; Google hosts the tools on their servers

Regional Availability Regions: 4, 5, 6, & 8; Region 7 Essex, Clinton, and Eastern Franklin Counties; Region 9 Broome County

The Importance of a Growth Mindset

Presenter: Paul M. Fanuele

Presenter bio:
Paul Fanuele is the executive principal of Arlington High School located in LaGrangeville, New York. He has over 20 years experience in education serving as a coach, teacher, assistant principal, house principal, principal, and executive principal. Mr. Fanuele has served in both a large school setting (3400 students) and a small school setting (600 students). He also presently serves on the Executive Committee for SAANYS. 

Description:
Leaders will learn about the importance of a growth mindset in the educational setting to understand how failure can be beneficial to students and staff. Strategies to build resilience and create a climate that fosters Carol Dweck’s ‘growth mindset’ will be shared, along with current resources on this timely topic. Strategies to build resilience and create a climate that fosters Carol Dweck’s ‘growth mindset’ will be shared, along with current resources on this timely topic.

Who should attend?
Administrators, coordinators, lead teachers

Why attend? 

  • Gain an understanding of the concepts of growth and fixed mindsets
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of a growth mindset
  • Develop strategies to help foster a growth mindset in students and staff
  • Attendees will be provided a list of resources on the topic

Regional Availability: Region 4 and close borders of Region 4

Building a Professional Learning Community through MentorCoaching

Presenter: Bonnie Tryon, Ed.D.

Description:
One practice that countries with high-performing educational institutions consistently use is mentorcoaching. Not all mentoring and all coaching models are the same. This workshop focuses on what Ontario, Canada found to be effective in their highly acclaimed mentorcoaching program and how the practice of mentorcoaching supported PLCs.

  • How mentorcoach programs support professional learning communities.
  • The essential elements effective mentorcoaching programs need in order to make a real difference.
  • Review their district’s mentor and mentorcoach models and practices against what research says make for solid programs, leaving with immediately implementable practices that cost little or nothing…but can add great value.

Who should attend:
Administrators, teachers … especially those in leadership roles around building and supporting PLC’s and mentoring programs

Regional Availability: Any location

Professional Development Models that Work

Presenter: Bonnie Tryon, Ed.D.
Discover the models of professional development that make a difference in student learning and how to build such sustainable models in these tough economic times. Participants will examine what the research says about various professional development models and how their district’s practices compare.

  • Learn user-friendly protocols popularized by the National School Faculty Reform that can immediately be used in team and faculty meetings, and beyond.
  • Understand structures that can be used to make a district’s professional development plans easier to implement and less costly to run.

Who should attend:
Administrators and teachers wanting to maximize their professional development time, resources, and level of effectiveness

Regional Availability: Any location

So Little Time and So Much to Do

Presenter: Bonnie Tryon, Ed.D.

“What now” echoes throughout many school hallways relative to new testing requirements, APPR, fiscal constraints, and leadership challenges. Time to work through each in a manner that supports trusting relationships that build community seem scarce. Participants will explore how what one believes and values has everything to do with how one uses their time.

  • Know how values and beliefs, when in conflict with cultural norms and the school climate created by them, wreak havoc in schools.
  • Understand the links between how a strong school culture can save time.
  •  Know how to make the best use of their time along with time management tips and tools used by successful school leaders.

Who should attend: Anyone who needs more time

Regional Availability: Any location

What Conversations Are You In … or Should You Be In?

Presenter: Bonnie Tryon, Ed.D.

Description:
Ever find yourself thinking: I’m not sure I can trust this person again; he completely blew the deadline. It’s that I keep talking with people about the same problem. Now what? We talk about all the ways we could improve but then no one does what they agree to do. This workshop teaches you a conversational path that actually makes a difference in building trusting relationships and a supporting culture, even when the stakes, and emotions, are high.

  • Working understanding of the crucial conversational path
  • Tools that can be used in the school setting tomorrow that will help demystify and better prepare you to have a crucial conversation.
  •  Better able to differentiate the kinds of conversations that need to take place in your school setting

Who should attend:
Anyone who wants to be a better communicator or wishes others were better communicators

Regional Availability: Any location

Using Your Strengths to Build a Positive School Culture                                      

Presenter: Bonnie Tryon, Ed.D.

Presenter bio:
Bonnie Tryon, Ed. D. Bonnie has been an educator for over 37 years as a former K-12 principal for instructional support and planning, director of elementary education, elementary principal, curriculum specialist, and teacher; she now serves as a mentorcoach for SAANYS and NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals) where she helped develop and implement their mentoring and coaching programs. As principal of the Golding Elementary School, the NYS Commissioner of Education recognized the building as a High-Achieving Gap Closing School and in 2007; Bonnie was named New York State Elementary School Principal of the Year and a National Distinguished Elementary School Principal. Dr. Tryon has been responsible for leading, designing, and implementing district-wide professional and curriculum development.

Description:
Knowing your strengths, and the strengths of the people around you, makes all the difference in how people work together to build a school culture where everyone thrives, students, staff and you! Learn how to provide differentiated acknowledgement, build teams that are accomplished in what they do, and how to involve students in the process.

  • Working understanding of your strengths and how to go about finding out about the strengths of others
  • Tools to use immediately in your school setting that help you differentiate the kind of feedback and acknowledgement you provide to others.
  • Ways to involve your students that can them better appreciate their own strengths and the strengths of others

Who should attend:
Anyone wanting to build a more positive and engaging school environment

Note: Participants need a copy of Teach With Your Strengths by Liesveld, Miller and Robinson

Regional Availability: Any location

Courageous Conversations that Improve Student Learning

Presenters: Mike Johnson, Bonnie Tryon, and Mark Turner

What are the conversations school leaders need to have in order to improve student learning and how can busy administrators find time to have them are the focus of this custom-designed workshop series. Research shows when there is an understanding of and an ability to have meaningful conversations that grows practice, students are the beneficiaries.

Participants will join the presenters in co-creating a laboratory experience where skills in having courageous conversations will be developed. Learning now courageous mentorcoaching conversations and how courageous disciplinary conversations enhance a school leader’s ability to engage in growth-oriented dialogue will be demonstrated.

Knowing that meaningful conversations do not take place in isolation of the very busy school environment, participants will explore how their values and beliefs drive their use of time. Tools and tips on how to repurpose existing workday time will be shared.

Workshops, in half-day formats, include:

Session 1 – What are Courageous Conversations and Why We Don’t Have Them
What are the types of conversations with staff members that will grow their practice as educators and how to develop the skills necessary to have them are the focus of this introductory workshop. Acknowledging the reasons why these conversations do not regularly take place in many schools will be explored. A conversational pathway will be presented and modeled for participants.

Session 2 – Listening at a Higher Level and Asking Impactful Questions
Many people believe they are good listeners yet those working around them may disagree. This workshop explores the levels of listening necessary for one to have effective courageous conversations and then be able to ask the impactful questions that lead to results. Different types of questions will be explored so participants are able to differentiate between questions that lead to growth and those producing little, if any, positive thinking or development.

Session 3 – Acknowledgment, Reflection, and Feedback…building a Learning Culture
Praising in public may be gratifying for one person but very uncomfortable for another. This workshop explores different types of acknowledgement and why different people prefer it be delivered in different forms. Knowing these differences, leaders are better able to support staff in a manner that grows their practice as educational leaders.

Likewise, giving quality feedback custom designed to the receiver maximizes results. Participants will practice giving and receiving acknowledgement and feedback that make a difference.

Session 4 – When Disciplinary Conversations are Needed
The focus of this workshop is on changing employee behavior by understanding how to write “counseling memos” for personnel file (Holt letter of counsel), conducting a “counseling” session with an employee and union representative, and effective follow-up on a staff member’s inappropriate behavior. Participants will leave the workshop understanding 3020A hearings for professional staff, Section 75 hearings for civil service staff, and able to address inappropriate behaviors in a preventative fashion.

Session 5 – Managing to Have the Time
Building on one’s strengths, values, and beliefs, participants will clarify how they wish to spend their professional time versus how their time is currently spent. No one can create more minutes in a day, yet we can better understand what drives us to use time in the manner we do. Acknowledgement of the mindset one has around the use of time is where this process starts.

Participants will create and share time management tools that can be used the next day. When used, repurposed time becomes available to have courageous conversations that grow practice.

Each school building and district is unique in its culture and strengths. Custom-designed workshops and consultation sessions are also available.

Regional Availability: Any location

Training Session – Becoming a MentorCoach

Presenters: Mike Dawkins, Bonnie Tryon, and Mark Turner

“In New York, approximately two-thirds of new principals leave the school in which they started their careers within the first six years.”

“One of the hallmarks of districts that have succeeded in moving from low performing to high performing is an intensive long-term investment in developing instructional leadership capacity at the school and district levels.”

Leithwood, Louis, Anderson & Wahlstrom, 2004

Description:
Preparing school leaders for success, and sustaining those successful school leaders, is critical to the future of education. Now more than ever, it is essential that our school leaders be provided with high-quality support as they tackle the difficult, challenging, and rewarding work of educating our children. SAANYS’, in collaboration with the Ontario Principals Center, is pleased to offer districts the training their administrators need to become proficient as a MentorCoach. Whether part of a district team seeking to build an in-house mentorcoach program or as an individual wanting to become an effective mentorcoach, this workshop is designed to fill a gap that has existed for too long – the limited opportunity to grow professionally from a mentoring/coaching relationship.

Traditionally, the word mentor is defined as a trusted teacher, counselor, or tutor. Although there are times this definition may be appropriate, this mentorcoach model is based more on the concept of coaching. Coaching facilitates desired change through a co-created process and relationship of ongoing support and challenge. The skills and principles of coaching are focused on taking an individual from where they are to where they want to be. It is a tool for building individual and team capacity and developing competency and self awareness.

Coaching supports current principles of effective professional development that is job-embedded, context specific, and result driven. The Mentee-MentorCoach relationship is a collaboration that offers ongoing support, challenges, and encouragement to the mentee.

  • The MentorCoach asks the mentee to be creative and resourceful.
  • The MentorCoach supports the mentee in using his strengths and managing around the weaknesses.
  • The MentorCoach invites curiosity, discovery, and reflection.
  • The MentorCoach fosters awareness, possibilities, and accountability over time.
  • The MentorCoach shares his own experiences only when it is in direct and immediate service of the mentee.
  • To reach a basic level of proficiency 16-18 hours of training is needed. Presenters will work with participants to custom design a format and timeline that meets their needs.

Consultations:

Using Coaching and Crucial Conversations to Build an Engaging School Culture
Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Multi-Year MentorCoaching Program
Developing a Comprehensive Professional Development Plan

Regional Availability: Any location

Bullying Prevention and Intervention Workshop: Training for New York State Certification

Presenter: Karen Siris, Ed.D

Presenter bio: Karen Siris, Ed.D, principal and professor is dedicated to preventing bullying in her Long Island Elementary School. She served on the New York State Education Task Force that designed the implementation strategies for the Dignity for All Students Act and helped design the curriculum for the training course required for certification and currently serves on the New York State Safe Schools Task Force. Dr. Siris is the author of Stand Up! a picture book that is used in classrooms throughout the state, promoting “upstanding” citizens in our classrooms. She presents locally and nationally to schools and parents about bullying prevention and intervention.

Description:
Dr. Siris’ workshops combine background information about the causes of bullying behavior and important strategies for combating the problem. They are interactive, engaging and powerful. She stresses the importance of positive school climate and social and emotional learning as the keys to safe and caring schools. Sessions meet the requirements for full school, Dignity Act Coordinator, and New York State certification training.

Who should attend? School personnel at all levels.

Why attend? 

  1.  understanding of the seriousness and causes of bullying, harassment and discrimination in our schools
  2. the importance of creating positive school climate and culture in our classrooms and school buildings
  3. strategies to create kind and caring environments throughout our school districts
  4. opportunities to participate, interact and discuss real life situations
  5. varied resources and ideas to bring back to classrooms 

Regional Availability: Nassau and Suffolk counties

Creating Positive Classrooms and Schools: At the "CORE" of Teaching and Learning

Presenter: Karen Siris, Ed.D

Presenter bio: Karen Siris, Ed.D, principal and professor is dedicated to preventing bullying in her Long Island Elementary School. She served on the New York State Education Task Force that designed the implementation strategies for the Dignity for All Students Act and helped design the curriculum for the training course required for certification and currently serves on the New York State Safe Schools Task Force. Dr. Siris is the author of Stand Up! a picture book that is used in classrooms throughout the state, promoting “upstanding” citizens in our classrooms. She presents locally and nationally to schools and parents about bullying prevention and intervention.

Description:
Dr. Siris’ workshops combine background information about the causes of bullying behavior and important strategies for combating the problem. They are interactive, engaging and powerful. She stresses the importance of positive school climate and social and emotional learning as the keys to safe and caring schools. Sessions meet the requirements for the entire school, Dignity Act coordinator, and New York State certification training.

Who should attend? School personnel at all levels.

Why attend? 

  • understanding of the seriousness and causes of bullying, harassment and discrimination in our schools
  • the importance of creating positive school climate and culture in our classrooms and school buildings
  • strategies to create kind and caring environments throughout our school districts
  • opportunities to participate, interact and discuss real life situations
  • varied resources and ideas to bring back to classrooms 

Regional Availability: Nassau and Suffolk counties

Data Handbook

Length of Workshop:
half day (3 hrs) or full day (6hrs)

Presenter Bio: Donna Marie Norton
Donna Marie Norton is currently the executive director of Data and Accountability at the North Syracuse Central School District. She has over 25 years experience in education as a teacher and administrator in a variety of school settings. She also serves on the DATAG Board of Directors and teaches for LeMoyne College in the Educational Leadership program.

Description:
I created the Data Handbook for the administrative team at NSCSD. It was so well received that I was asked to present on it at our local BOCES and at our state-wide DATAG meetings. I have run data teams here at North Syracuse for the past seven years and used this tool to construct meeting protocols and focus discussions. I have found it to be closely aligned to the data driven instruction model proposed by Bambrick-Santoyo at network team meetings, allowing data teams here to disaggregate benchmark and summative assessments, as well as other relevant data not related to testing.

Target audiences:
Building and district level administrators

Workshop Overview:
I’ve organized the handbook in a who, what, where, when, and how format that is easy to follow. Participants will get a copy of the handbook and powerpoint slides. I will review the pertinent information in the handbook, teach them how to conduct data meetings using it and provide them with templates and a bibliography for future reference.

Outcomes for Participants:

  • Participants will learn the key elements needed to create efficient data teams
  • Participants will learn how to conduct Data Meetings that deliver actionable outcomes
  • Participants will learn how to use the templates provided to identify needed targets and create plans to address them technology needs 

Regional Availability: Any location

How to Build a Better Test

Length of Workshop:
half day (3 hrs) or full day (6hrs)

Presenter Bio: Donna Marie Norton
Donna Marie Norton is currently the executive director of Data and Accountability at the North Syracuse Central School District. She has over 25 years experience in education as a teacher and administrator in a variety of school settings. She also serves on the DATAG Board of Directors and teaches for LeMoyne College in the Educational Leadership program.

Description:
This workshop is based on the frustrations heard from teachers within the presenter’s district and around the state. Teachers explained that they had very little training in creating test questions and were unsure if the exams they were developing (especially for SLOs) were valid. I have conducted this workshop within the North Syracuse Central School District, at our Local BOCES, at a state-wide DATAG meeting and have been asked to present in October to the State FACS teacher conference. I became very interested in the topic when I was asked to teach an Assessment and Accountability Course at LeMoyne College. In the course of my research I found it possible to distill the pertinent information into a workshop format that has an interactive component and some very interesting actual examples of poorly developed test questions.

Target audiences:
Building and district level administrators

Workshop Overview:
I begin the workshop by asking them to take a poorly developed quiz. I then show them a test blueprint of that quiz that surfaces the issues to be resolved. I go through a PREZI presentation where I give examples of different types of test questions, when and why to use them and how to construct them. I have a handout that focuses on multiple choice question construction with interesting examples. I then give them different sample exams and allow them to work in teams to fix the questions. We then come back as a whole group and review the errors they found and how they would rewrite them. I wrap up the workshop by giving them a much better example of the opening quiz and a test blueprint to match.

Outcomes for Participants:

  • Participants will become familiar with test blue prints and how to create them
  • Participants will understand when to use each type of test question
  • Participants will learn how to write a valid test question
  • Participants will learn how to read a distractor report

Regional Availability: Any location

Assessment Development – Refining SLOs

Presenter: Christine Barry

Presenter Bio:
Chris is currently involved in all aspects of assessments. She is a consultant, former principal, K-12 curriculum director and teacher.

Description:
Do you feel that your district needs more guidance in developing assessments that meet the rigor of the APPR regulations? This workshop will examine a step-by-step process for creating high-quality assessments that can be used in your district’s SLOs. Participants will reflect on multiple criteria for SLO development.

Target Audience:
Administrators and teachers will benefit from this workshop.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn practical strategies that will make them better able to write focused questions for the assessments in their districts.
  • Reference tools for the assessment development teams will be provided.

Regional Availability: Region 6

Team Dynamics in the Instructional Program

Presenter: Christine Barry

Presenter Bio:
Chris is currently involved in all aspects of assessments. She is a consultant, former principal, K-12 curriculum director and teacher.

Description:
Targeted interventions to support effective instruction will be shared. The responsibilities of the members of the educational team will be examined. Strategies designed to minimize the impact of personal safety issues on academic achievement will be detailed.

Who should attend?:
All team members including administrators, teachers, and TAs will benefit from this workshop.

Why attend?
Attendees will gain:

  • Academic supports that can be used with their students immediately
  • Strategies to organize the tasks and priorities in the learning process
  • Interventions to address safety issues and improve the academic environment

Regional Availability: Region 6

Goodbye Power Point! Create Dynamic Multimedia Presentations that Engage Your Audience

Presenter: David R. Ashdown

Presenter bio:
David R. Ashdown is the coordinator for Instructional Technology Integration Programs at the WSWHE BOCES in Saratoga Springs, NY. In this capacity, David regularly presents best practices in technology integration to various audiences; including parents, students, teachers and administrators in 31 upstate New York school districts. Since 2007, David has also taught in the Educational Leadership Graduate Program of the State University of New York Plattsburgh. In this role, David has developed and delivered courses such as “Technology Trends for Tomorrow’s Administrators” and “Digital Age Learning” to hundreds of aspiring educational leaders in upstate New York.

Description:
Let’s face it… PowerPoint has become a much dreaded presentation tool that some researchers feel can encourage passivity in the audience. In this hands-on workshop, participants will create a dynamic multimedia presentation using easy-to-learn digital tools that encourage more active involvement. No more slides filled with text and bullets!

Who should attend?
High School Principals, Assistant Principals, Directors of Technology, Assistant Superintendents, Superintendents. (Workshop can also be customized to present to teachers)

Why attend?

  • Useful Tips for engaging various stakeholder groups (parents, BOE, teachers, etc) with dynamic multimedia presentations.
  • A technology toolkit for designing and delivering 21st Century Presentations.
  • Follow-up support on downloading videos and other technical aspects of creating multimedia presentations.

Regional Availability: Regions 1-8

Google Apps for Education: A Toolkit for Successful Implementation

Presenter: David R. Ashdown

Presenter bio:
David R. Ashdown is the coordinator for Instructional Technology Integration Programs at the WSWHE BOCES in Saratoga Springs, NY. In this capacity, David regularly presents best practices in technology integration to various audiences; including parents, students, teachers and administrators in 31 upstate New York school districts. Since 2007, David has also taught in the Educational Leadership Graduate Program of the State University of New York Plattsburgh. In this role, David has developed and delivered courses such as “Technology Trends for Tomorrow’s Administrators” and “Digital Age Learning” to hundreds of aspiring educational leaders in upstate New York.

Description:
Is your district thinking about “Going Google?” This workshop will provide school leaders with an implementation toolkit drawn from the best practices of other New York school districts that have already begun to roll out this powerful set of educational and productivity tools. Real-life examples will be shared on a variety of important topics that will equip administrators for a successful Google Apps implementation.

Who should attend?
High School Principals, Assistant Principals, Directors of Technology, Assistant Superintendents, Superintendents. (Workshop can also be customized to present to teachers)

Why attend?

  • Examples of effective parent communications and student agreement forms
  • A customizable professional development model designed to equip teachers to integrate Google Apps for Education into existing lessons.
  • Reviews of various Chromebook options designed to help school leaders make informed hardware purchases. 

Regional Availability: Regions 1-8

If You Take a Mouse to School...

Presenter: Mark D. Mambretti

Presenter bio:
Mark D. Mambretti is principal of East Aurora Middle School, a U.S. Department of Education “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” (2012). He is the SAANYS & NASSP New York State Middle School Principal of the Year (2013), the NAMSP “Principal of the Year” (2014) and was named to Business First’s “Forty under 40.” He is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops.

Description:
At its core, education is about providing a memorable experience. Taking lessons perfected at Disney, discover how simple principles and leadership lessons that have been perfected at the world’s leading theme park can apply to your school. Themes include: Defining your Organization’s Values and Vision, Overmanagining your Brand, The Keys of Intentional Leadership, Effective Communication, Ensuring Success through Values Alignment, and the Importance of Legacy Building. 

Who should attend? (roles) Presentation can be tailored to either: A group of administrators to talk about how to lead and sustain the change in their building(s) -or- An school’s entire team (administration, faculty and staff) on how to implement the change

Why attend? 

  • Understand your school’s current climate and culture
  • Define the values the underlay your (school’s) decision-making
  • Learn the keys of intentional leadership in bringing about (and sustaining!) change
  • Receive practical tips on how to improve your school’s ‘customer service’ 

Regional Availability: Regions 1-12

Personal Sustainability in an Era of Reform

Presenter: Mark D. Mambretti

Presenter bio:
Mark D. Mambretti is principal of East Aurora Middle School, a U.S. Department of Education “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” (2012). He is the SAANYS & NASSP New York State Middle School Principal of the Year (2013), the NAMSP “Principal of the Year” (2014) and was named to Business First’s “Forty under 40”. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops.

Description:
At no point in recent memory has so much been asked of public education and at no point has the need for quality educators been so great. How do schools, teams, and individuals find the energy needed to remain focused on priorities and keep alive the passion that inspired them to become educators in the first place? In short: How do we not just survive, but thrive in the era of reform? ** Workshop seen at WNYMSA ’14 and NYSMSA ‘14

Who should attend? All

Why attend? 

  • Recognition the current stresses on the profession
  • Participate in an exercise to refocus on priorities
  • Learn practical tips for remaining focused

Regional Availability: Regions 1-12 

Thermometer or Thermostat: Social Justice as a Model for School Leadership

Presenter: Mark D. Mambretti

Presenter bio:
Mark D. Mambretti is principal of East Aurora Middle School, a U.S. Department of Education “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” (2012). He is the SAANYS & NASSP New York State Middle School Principal of the Year (2013), the NAMSP “Principal of the Year” (2014) and was named to Business First’s “Forty under 40”. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops.

Description:
Amongst both students and adults, school cultures reflect societal norms. Most often, this is for the worse: bullying, competition, punitive decisions, and an us/them culture. But what would happen if modeled the “best” of what a society could be in an attempt to change the culture and climate of our school… and, in turn, the larger society around us? Learn from societal visionaries who dreamed of a better world and apply these lessons to the ‘society’ of your school with surprising results!
*Workshop seen at NCEA ‘14

Who should attend? Administrators and Teacher-leaders

Why attend? 

  • Take a ‘thermometer’ reading if your school’s culture
  • Learn the principles of social justice
  • Understand the power they can have over a school’s culture
  • Take home tangible was to integrate these values into a school setting

Regional Availability: Regions 1-12

One School's Journey: Using Data to Lead the Hearts and Minds of Teachers

Presenters:
Michelle Robinette and Sarah Vakkas

Presenter bios:
Michelle Robinette is a district data coordinator for the Central New York Regional Information Center. She is heavily involved in data verification, analysis, and facilitation in area school districts. She has attended Harvard School of Education’s Data Wise Institute as well as professional development with Bruce Wellman. She has presented at NYS Middle School Association Conferences as well as DATAG on topics ranging from RTI to differentiating instruction.
Sarah Vakkas is Director of Instruction at Trumansburg Central School District. She leads the district professional development plan and implementation of common core state standards. She has been an active participant at the Network Team Institute trainings in Albany for the past two years. She leads special education PreK-12, working actively with teachers and outside agencies to support students through good instructional practices and decisions.

Description:

Using the Data Wise Process and the Collaborative Learning Cycle, faculty can utilize data to improve collaboration across disciplines and support common core standards for all students.
Goals:

  • Participants will be able to use a structured process with faculty to look at state and local assessment data in order to drive instruction and increase collaboration across disciplines.
  • Participants will be able to understand and apply the steps to both the Data Wise Process from Harvard and Collaborative Learning Cycle from Wellman & Lipton.
  • Participants will be able to reflect on how they might modify the process demonstrated to best meet the needs of their faculty and students.

Who should attend? 
Administrators, Lead Teachers, Instructional Coaches

Why attend?
 
Tools, Ideas, Strategies (takeaways):

  • Templates for analyzing data across grade levels, state and local assessments, and standards
  • Detailed outlines of timeline, agendas, and steps used (with guidance on how to customize the process)
  • List of recommended research tools and resources

Regional Availability: All regions

How to Coach and Manage Strategic Change in Challenging Times

Presenters: Dr. John McKenna and Dr. Walter Polka

Presenter Bios:
Dr. John McKenna was the SAANYS Outstanding Educator of the Year in 2012, Receipient of The Phi Delta Kappa Presidential Award as Distinguished Elementary Principal in 2013 and The SUNY at Buffalo Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. He is currently the President-elect of SAANYS

Dr. Walter Polka is a Professor in Educational Administration at Niagara University. He is a former Superintendent in the Lewiston Porter Central School District. He has presented across the globe and authored many articles and books including “ The Dark Side of The Superintendency” and “Living on the Horns of Dilemmas”. He was also awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by SUNY at Buffalo in 2013.

Who should attend:
Principals, Superintendents and Central Office Administration

Workshop Overview:
Leaders need to be able to manage strategic change in ways that foster creativity and motivate others yet hold people accountable. Todays’ educational leaders need to be coaches, motivators, skilled decision makers, creative problem solvers, and instructional leaders. In this workshop participants will learn specific skills and strategies to facilitate positive change. Participants will also gain thorough understanding of how to manage strategic change to achieve desired goals and maximize organizational effectiveness.

Workshop outcomes: 

  • How to set mission, vision and goals for your school or district
  • How to organize and run effective meetings
  • How to conduct meaningful/interactive walkthroughs
  • How to foster creativity and energize staff
  • How to build trust and encourage risk taking
  • How to empower staff and build productive mindsets

Regional Availability: All regions

Managing Change and Transitions: Being Smart Enough to Get Out of the Saddle When Your Horse has Died

Presenter: Joseph W. Hoff, EdD

Presenter Bio:
Joseph W. Hoff is the former professor of educational administration and school administrator (assistant superintendent of schools, middle school and elementary school principal). Dr. Hoff is an award-winning school principal and is currently an internationally acclaimed staff and leadership developer. His workshops and institutes have been well-received by colleagues from all 50 states and from over 30 countries on three continents. Joe blends practical research and experience with wit and sensibility in his writings and workshops.

Workshop Overview:
This hands-on, interactive workshop (which is also the title of the author’s sixth book) is designed to help leaders to be better equipped to manage change and transitions. Combining substantive content with practical training activities and humor, the participant will discover a new set of understandings regarding the nature of change and how to influence its direction positively in their schools and school districts in this time of challenge and transition.

     Workshop participants will…

  • Understand more fully the dynamic of change and how to engage staff productively in the process.
  • Learn multiple strategies in order to implement new initiatives productively.
  • Learn how to professionally balance school/district transitions with a healthy and productive continuous progress agenda.
  • Engage in upbeat activities that can be used with colleagues to enhance their productivity during times of change.
  • Learn what effective communications look like in times of transition and change.

Regional Availability: All regions

Enlightened Leadership for Challenging Times

Presenter: Joseph W. Hoff, EdD

Presenter Bio:
Joseph W. Hoff, Ed.D. is the former professor of educational administration (SUNY Brockport) and school administrator (assistant superintendent of schools, middle school and elementary school principal). Dr. Hoff is an award-winning school principal and is currently an internationally acclaimed staff and leadership developer. His workshops and institutes have been well-received by colleagues from all 50 states and from over 30 countries on three continents. Joe blends practical research and experience with wit and sensibility in his writings and workshops.

Workshop Description:
In this time of challenge and change, administrative leaders are being called to their best selves in serving better the communities where they guide their schools and districts. Creating an attitude and culture of continuous improvement all the while juggling the multiple tasks that confront us is one of today’s greatest challenges for leaders. This highly practical, hands-on leadership development session will enable all to engage in a process that will help participants to determine how your leadership is viewed by others, how to motivate your colleagues in a cost-effective yet powerful fashion and how to advance your objectives in this most challenging time.

Who Should Attend?
All school administrators and leadership team members. Staff and leadership development trainers as well.

Participants will:

  • Better understand oneself (as a person and leader) and those whom you influence
  • Better understand how you and those you serve make decisions and relate to others
  • Learn practical field-tested techniques that will improve the culture of your school, leadership team, communications and district.
  • Engage in a number of no-to-low cost activities (and receive materials that leaders may use with their colleagues) that will enhance team building, help others to see both sides of an issue, and enhance the implementation of new initiatives.
  • Learn a no-cost, field-tested model for professional development of school leaders.

Regional Availability: All regions

What Does Common Core Instruction Look Like and Sound Like in Real Classrooms: Identifying the Strategies That Make It Work

Presenter: Karen Bronson

Presenter bio: Karen Bronson, SAANYS director of professional development, is a frequent presenter on topics related to instructional leadership, APPR, and Common Core implementation. Her background as a teacher of English, principal, assistant to the superintendent, and professional developer gives her a perspective grounded in the most current developments and challenges of educational reform.

Description:

The goal of this workshop is to simplify and demystify the hallmarks of  instructional strategies for deeper learning by identifying practices that are essential to new modes of learning. Through the use of  video examples of  real classrooms at the elementary, middle and high school level, participants be able to identify common core instructional strategies using the NYSED CCLS Instructional Evidence Guides and then connect the practices to domains and  components in their own district evaluation rubrics. Participants will be able to use this format as an ongoing professional development activity with faculty over the course of the next school year.

Regional availability: All regions

Effective Feedback Around Instruction

Presenter: Karen Bronson

Presenter bio: Karen Bronson, SAANYS director of professional development, is a frequent presenter on topics related to instructional leadership, APPR, and Common Core implementation. Her background as a teacher of English, principal, assistant to the superintendent, and professional developer gives her a perspective grounded in the most current developments and challenges of educational reform.

Description:
The focus of this workshop is on the post observation conference.  Using video examples of, participants will practice with protocols that provide a step by step process that integrates effective praise, targeted questions, identification of areas for growth, exploration of solutions and confirmation of next steps. Discerning high inference from low inference feedback and providing actionable steps with accountability will be addressed. Strategies for difficult conversations and coaching competencies will also be explored.

Regional availability: All regions

We Can't Do This Alone: Building A Collaborative Culture to Support Change

Presenter: Karen Bronson

Presenter bio: Karen Bronson, SAANYS director of professional development, is a frequent presenter on topics related to instructional leadership, APPR, and Common Core implementation. Her background as a teacher of English, principal, assistant to the superintendent, and professional developer gives her a perspective grounded in the most current developments and challenges of educational reform.

Description:
Collaboration is more than a buzz word.  It is the single most important factor to raise student achievement and manage the demands of a time of rapid change in schools. This workshop identifies actions you and your colleagues  can take to work together differently to  build a culture that supports and promotes a  collaborative culture in your school or department.  By adopting practices that are truly collaborative in nature and rethinking use of time at existing meetings, silos are dismantled and the foundation for true change is built. Participants will take away tools and how-to’s  of collaborative practices such as unpacking standards, looking at data together, developing common assessments, and  using student work as a primary data source to provide focus and tools  going forward.

Regional availability: All regions

Academic Vocabulary Crucial to the Core

Presenter: Karen Bronson

Presenter bio: Karen Bronson, SAANYS director of professional development, is a frequent presenter on topics related to instructional leadership, APPR, and Common Core implementation. Her background as a teacher of English, principal, assistant to the superintendent, and professional developer gives her a perspective grounded in the most current developments and challenges of educational reform.

What is academic vocabulary, how do we teach it, and what words are most crucial for success with Common Core Standards?
The teaching of vocabulary has shifted. Understanding which words to teach and adopting new and effective means of teaching them is essential to success with the Common Core Standards and new and emerging assessments. This workshop, which draws upon the work of leaders in the field such as Isabel Beck and Marilee Sprenger, will promote understanding of the three tiers of words and identify the most critical words students need to know for success with complex text and academic discourse in all subject areas. Instructional strategies to use in the classroom at the elementary, middle and high school level will be shared and practiced in this informative and practical workshop.

Regional availability: All regions

Making Data Matter: Protocols and Practices that Work

Presenter: Karen Bronson

Presenter bio: Karen Bronson, SAANYS director of professional development, is a frequent presenter on topics related to instructional leadership, APPR, and Common Core implementation. Her background as a teacher of English, principal, assistant to the superintendent, and professional developer gives her a perspective grounded in the most current developments and challenges of educational reform.

Description:
We’ve gathered a whole bunch of data, now what do we do with it? How to we make the all-important leap from gathering, to interpreting, to actually using data to make a difference in classroom instruction? How can we revamp existing meetings (faculty, department, team, IST) to focus on data in a meaningful way? This interactive workshop will focus on strategies for leaders to use to create the conditions to engage teachers in ongoing exploration and use of data. We will focus on student work and local assessments as a primary form of data and identify practical and realistic strategies that do not require additional resources to implement. Protocols for facilitating effective data meetings will be shared and explored and participants will practice with actual data sets.

Regional availability:
All regions
 

Transforming Educator Professional Learning: From Workshops to Embedded Learning

Presenters: Dr. Margy Jones-Carey and Dr. Mathew Swerdloff

Presenter bios: Dr. Margy Jones-Carey is the assistant superintendent at Randolph Academy. Dr. Mathew Swerdloff is the director of instructional technology at Hendrick Hudson CSD.

Description:
The Executive Leadership Program resulted from Learning Forward’s Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core initiative. The complete program is a 30-hour leadership program offered in a blended format where participants acquire skills, practices, strategies, and resources to develop their expertise as agents of change, create cultures of continuous improvement, and build collective responsibility. Learning forward has become well known for developing materials to support high quality professional learning. This presentation will introduce a portion of these materials.which is specifically designed to develop leaders’ capacity to leverage successful change through effective professional learning.

Regional Availability: All regions

Interpretation of NYS Report Card Accountability Data

Presenter: Timothy Johnson, Erie 1 BOCES

Presenter bio: Timothy Johnson is currently the senior coordinator at Erie 1 BOCES. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in education as a teacher, 15 years as a professional developer of educators and staff, and 6 years focusing on data compliance issues and using data driven instruction and analysis.

Description: This presentation will show administrators how to interpret their school report cards and how to find the information on the numbers right down to individual student data. Participants will be encouraged to look at their own data during the presentation and will be given the time to ask questions about their data. The presentation hopes to help empower participants to be more confident taking about data when speaking to boards of education, communities, and staff.

Regional availability: All regions

The Freshmen Seminars: A New Approach to Transitioning into a High School

Presenter: Terry Febrey, Penfield CSD

Presenter bio: Terry Febrey is the assistant principal at Penfield Central School District.

Description: This presentation will discuss how to design and implement a successful freshmen transition program by shifting educator’s thinking from that of a transition program to the concept of professional development for students. In our first year we reduced behavior referrals by 45%, decreased failures from an average of 125 students per quarter to 35-60 per quarter, reduced suspensions, and increased the number of advanced designation diplomas with the support of the parents and staff.

Regional availability: All regions

A Community Approach to Coordinated School Health: The Whole Child

Presenter: Linda Finn

Presenter bio: Linda Finn is the comprehensive health and wellness coordinator at Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaragus BOCES since 2004. Prior to her current position, she was a social and emotional learning specialist. She is an approved trainer/provider for Child Abuse and Reporting, SAVE Legislation, DASA, Interscholastic Coaching, Ruby Payne: Students and Poverty, Michigan Model Health Curriculum, and MSAT.

Description: Participants will learn how BOCES has come together with community partners to implement a coordinated school health approach to school reform. The whole child approach to education and its relation to current school issues will be explored. Participants will leave with a toolkit for implementation in their district.

Regional Availability: All regions

Flipped Leadership - Using Technology to Lead

Presenter: Nick Fitzgerald

Presenter bio: Nick Fitzgerald is the assistant principal and director of athletics for South Glens Falls CSD. He has been an administrator for the past nine years at the building and district level.

Description: This presentation will show administrators how to use technology and software such as Touchcast and Google applications to efficiently put together agendas for meetings, committees, tutorials, and conference workshops and will help better organize meetings, foster ideas and concepts for meetings.

Everything I Wish I Knew BEFORE My 1-to-1 iPad Deployment

Presenter: Sarah Latimer

Presenter bio: Sarah Latimer is the director of technology at Chenango Valley CSD and prior to this position, she was a technology  instruction coordinator and staff developer.

Description: A 1-to-1 iPad deployment is a versatile way to rejuvenate your instructional practice, however there are many challenges that come with it. During this session, you’ll benefit from one district’s challenges during their first year of implementation and leave with a framework for planning your implementation.

Regional Availability: All regions

How Mobile Learning Can Transform Your Classrooms and School

Presenter: Mathew Swerdloff

Presenter bio: Mathew Swerdloff is the director of instructional technology at Hendrick Hudson School.

Description: Mobile learning is more than wifi, laptops, and smart phones. It is a transformation of the learning environment from teacher-centered to student-centered, from lecture to group work, from autocratic to democratic, from textbooks to relevant research. Learn how to bring the 21st century into your classrooms in a sustainable, cost effective and innovative manner.

Regional Availability: All regions

Teacher Actions That Counteract the Effects of Poverty and Help Struggling Students Succeed

Presenter: Susan Ciminelli

Presenter bio: Susan is a former elementary principal, staff developer, technology trainer, data director and teacher with thirty three years experience in public education. She is currently the executive director for White Waves Education Consulting focusing on improving student performance in Title 1 schools. Susan provides professional
development in research-based classroom strategies that reach struggling learners, classroom-level formative assessments, and progress monitoring.

Description: Despite the dedicated efforts of your staff, does the NYS Assessment data chart for economically-disadvantaged students resemble a stomach-churning downward slope? In this workshop, learn specific classroom and school-wide approaches identified by current research on high-poverty, high-performing schools that break down the walls for struggling learners and help students and their teachers experience academic success.

Who Should Attend?: All interested in closing the poverty-learning gap – school administrators, building principals, lead teachers, Title 1 reading specialists, school counselors, special education directors, and instructional leaders.

Participants will: 
• Understand the three teacher qualities that have a major impact on student academic performance and how to foster these qualities in your school
• Learn how and why the practices described work not only for academic growth, but help improve student behavior as well.
• Learn instructional methods that engage even the most “reluctant” learners without gimmicks, rewards, or costly materials
• Understand how these instructional strategies promote students’ long-term memory and make learning easier.
• Learn how to decrease classroom stressors and increase student investment in their own learning.

Regional availability: All regions

 

Observation Practice That Reflects Where We Are Now

Presenter: Karen Bronson

Presenter bio: Karen Bronson, SAANYS director of professional development, is a frequent presenter on topics related to instructional leadership, APPR, and Common Core implementation. Her background as a teacher of English, principal, assistant to the superintendent, and professional developer gives her a perspective grounded in the most current developments and challenges of educational reform.

Description:
Now that we are familiar with the rubrics and have years of practice with them behind us, we can delve much deeper and focus on components that are at the heart of highly effective student centered instruction, such as higher order questioning and metacognition strategies.

We will begin by identifying the progress that has been made and sticking points that still linger in using the rubric for formal observations. Particular attention will be paid to discerning between Proficient and Distinguished performance levels and ensuring understanding  of the teacher and student actions and outcomes that distinguish the two.  We will practice with video and then focus on three strategies for a successful post observation conference.  All of the resources and strategies we engage in would be excellent to use with teachers at professional development opportunities during the school year with the emphasis on using the teaching rubric to actually improve teaching and learning.

Regional availability:
All regions

Rethinking Traditional Approaches to Grading and Homework

Presenter: Karen Bronson

Presenter bio: Karen Bronson, SAANYS director of professional development, is a frequent presenter on topics related to instructional leadership, APPR, and Common Core implementation. Her background as a teacher of English, principal, assistant to the superintendent, and professional developer gives her a perspective grounded in the most current developments and challenges of educational reform.

Description:
The time has come to rethink obsolete grading and homework policies and practices that actually hinder student learning and motivation. This informative and though provoking workshop will get the conversation started by focusing on the following ideas:
· How do we define ‘traditional’ approaches to grading and homework?
· What purposes have been served by that approach?
· What are some of the issues that exist with that approach?
· What is standards based grading and what has been learned about the benefits and pitfalls?
· Who are the thought leaders right now and how do they approach change?
· What are some realistic steps we can take back in our schools and districts to get the conversation started and begin moving in an enlightened direction?


Regional availability:
All regions

Working With Difficult and Resistant Staff

Presenter: Karen Bronson

Presenter bio: Karen Bronson, SAANYS director of professional development, is a frequent presenter on topics related to instructional leadership, APPR, and Common Core implementation. Her background as a teacher of English, principal, assistant to the superintendent, and professional developer gives her a perspective grounded in the most current developments and challenges of educational reform.

Description:

One of the most challenging parts of being a school leader is addressing the behaviors of difficult and resistant staff.   This interactive workshop will take a look at some common types of challenging behaviors and strategies to both prevent and address them.   Basic documentation steps and purpose and components of counseling memos will also be explored. Working With Difficult and Resistant Staff by John and Sheila Eller will be the foundation of our work in this session.  We will use video simulation and practice difficult conversations to address some of the common issues that arise in real practice.

Regional availability: All regions

Ask Don't Tell: Effective Feedback in the Post Observation Process

Presenter: Karen Bronson

Presenter bio: Karen Bronson, SAANYS director of professional development, is a frequent presenter on topics related to instructional leadership, APPR, and Common Core implementation. Her background as a teacher of English, principal, assistant to the superintendent, and professional developer gives her a perspective grounded in the most current developments and challenges of educational reform.

Description:

How can effective feedback focus upon reflective practice and actions with the goal of improved student learning? How do we do less of the talking and more of the asking, with the teacher actively involved by thinking and reflecting? This interactive workshop will focus on changing strategies to shift the dynamic in the post observation conference from telling to asking to promote reflection and active engagement:
· What are the characteristics of effective feedback around instruction?
· Why are priority questions so important and how do we craft them prior to the conference?
· How do we do less of the talking and more of the asking, with the focus on the teacher actively involved by thinking and reflecting?
· How do we respond to differences of opinion with regard to performance levels?
· How do we ensure we are ready with supportive resources and suggested action going forward?

Regional availability: All regions

Civility in the Workplace

Presenter: Mary Curcio

Presenter bio: Mary Curcio is a retired superintendent, principal, and teacher. 

Description:

Participants will learn how to address incivility and office politics, support staff in addressing incivility, and support civility in committee and faculty meetings.

Regional availability: All regions