Council of School Supervisors & Administrators

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ELI Professional Development Opportunities
All Sessions are from 8:30 am - 11:30 am - Unless the date is followed by an asterisk *

Early Childhood Education Workshops

Designing A Pre-K Room Environment to Promote Student Learning
This workshop provides school leaders with an opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that demonstrate a better understanding of what a successful Pre-K classroom environment looks like. The focus is on creating a safe classroom conducive to student learning. Workshop participants visit an actual classroom and discuss how the classroom environment impacts on student learning.

Friday, December 5, 2014                               PS 50 (200 Adelaide Avenue Staten Island NY 10306)

Thinking Beyond the Writing
This workshop provides supervisors with strategies to support teachers to understand how to get children to become successful writers at such an early age. Many children come to pre-k wanting to write. Administrators learn how their teachers can use developmentally appropriate everyday activities to support children to grow as writers. School leaders engage in activities which they can utilize during the required 90 minute professional learning community.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014                Bronx ELC
Tuesday, January 6, 2015                    CSA Headquarters
Thursday, January 8, 2015                   Staten Island ELC
Tuesday, January 13, 2015                  Queens ELC
Thursday, January 15, 2015                 Brooklyn ELC

Abstract Art and Cross-Curricular Connections at the Guggenheim Museum

Our interest in focusing on Abstract Art stems from the observation that many teachers, even those who regularly use works of art in their classrooms, may shy away from abstract or conceptual works because they lack an obvious narrative or discernible figuration.

We will explore abstract works in the museum's exhibitions and consider their cross-curricular connections. Following a light lunch, the afternoon will focus on developing inquiry and critical thinking skills. Attendees will partake in a thematic gallery tour followed by a hands-on art workshop in the Guggenheim's Studio Art Lab. School leaders will leave with educator passes and guides to the current exhibitions.

*Wednesday, December 3, 2014            Guggenheim Museum                     1:00 – 4:00pm  
(The museum is located at 1071 5th Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets)
Strategic Use of ECERS-R to Raise Standard Expectations and Improve Student Learning
This workshop focuses on school leaders connecting and aligning the ECERS-R tool to the Early Childhood standards domains, Quality Review and CIE.  School leaders explore the subscales and items of ECERS-R and have the opportunity to practice scoring with a few subscales items.  As a result, school leaders see the value of using ECERS-R to assist them in implementing the seven subscales of ECERS-R to assess and measure the quality of their program.  As school leaders our goal is to assure that our schools have quality programs that improve student learning. This workshop leads to next steps to improve the environment of their early childhood program.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015                   Staten Island ELC
Tuesday, March 10, 2015                 Bronx ELC
Tuesday, February 27, 2015             Brooklyn ELC
Tuesday, March 6, 2015                    Queens ELC
Tuesday, May 26, 2015                    CSA Headquarters

Pedagogical Practices in PreK
The Division of Early Childhood Education in collaboration with the Executive Leadership will engage administrators in various experiences to shift the pedagogical practices in their PreK classrooms.

During this session Administrators explore how the prekindergarten classroom environment impacts student learning opportunities, how Emotionally Responsive Practice positively impacts the prekindergarten classroom environment, and how the Guiding Principles of the NYS Prekindergarten Foundation for Common Core (PKFCC) can be used to make refinements to support teacher practice.

Administrators will leave the session ready to support the implementation of practical, research-based instructional strategies that prekindergarten faculty can use to ensure instruction advances the Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014                               Bronx ELC
Tuesday, December 9, 2014                               Brooklyn ELC
Wednesday, December 10, 2014                      Queens ELC
Thursday, December 11, 2014                           Staten Island

Advance/APPR: A Guide for School Leaders
This informational workshop on the APPR process provides updates for this coming school year and time to reflect on what has worked in your school and what is needed to support teacher development, leading to improved instructional practice and student learning outcomes. Strategies to foster an environment of continual growth for all students and educators as well as ways to celebrate and learn from your school’s experiences are discussed.

Thursday, November 20, 2014                Queens ELC

Quality Review 2014-2015: An Overview
This workshop offers all school leaders and supervisors an opportunity to learn the up-to-date 2014-2015 Quality Review process from start to finish. Hands on activities provide participants with the current knowledge and professional development skills needed to share the current information with their staff and school community.

Thursday, November 20, 2014                  Brooklyn ELC
Friday, November 21, 2014                        Bronx ELC

Emergency Readiness
This workshop engages participants in learning opportunities to better understand the policies and procedures that are in place to manage emergencies in all NYC Public School Buildings. The primary focus of this session will be understanding the available resources for schools which include Building Response Teams, General Response Protocols, Command Post operations, and working with first responders. A tabletop exercise will be conducted to ensure appropriate application of the material reviewed.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015                        CSA Headquarters

Accurate Incident and Disciplinary Response Reporting and Student Support
This workshop discusses and engages facilitators and school leaders on how to accurately report school related incidents, and the disciplinary responses available. Teacher Removals, Principals Suspensions and Superintendent’s Suspensions will each be discussed in detail, as well as the Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures and related Chancellor’s Regulations. An overview of what our Alternate learning Centers are and their educational setting for students who are serving a Superintendent’s Suspension will be given. Ways in which the ALCs cultivate positive behavioral programs, intervention measures, common core requirement, total Wellness and more, into the school day will be touched upon.

Thursday, April 28, 2015                                   CSA Headquarters

Progressive Discipline
This workshop reviews the Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures (the Discipline Code) with a focus on fostering positive behavior through the use of Progressive Discipline. Understanding discipline as a “teachable moment” if fundamental to a positive approach to discipline. Participants will focus on ways to prevent a recurrence of negative behavior and help students learn from their mistakes. Discussion will include whole school approaches to promoting positive behaviors, targeted interventions and individualized supports for students.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014                          CSA Headquarters
Tuesday, May 12, 2015                                           CSA Headquarters

Documenting For The Personnel File
This hands on workshop addresses the processes and procedures for successfully documenting for the personnel file of school staff members. The presentation walks school leaders through all phases of an investigation into inappropriate and/or unprofessional behavior. The presentation deals with due process issues, the summons conference and how to write the disciplinary document. There is also a focus on the grievance process from the first step to arbitration. Workshop participants engage in scenarios to enhance their professional growth.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015                               CSA Headquarters
Wednesday, May 20, 2015                                       CSA Headquarters

The Growth Mindset: A Strategy for Student Improvement
In this workshop attendees will describe the “Mindset Philosophy”, understand the impact the Growth Mindset has on students’ performance and identify strategies for implementation with school staff.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014                                 CSA Headquarters

School Law Part 1: Problems and Challenges Facing School Leaders (2014-2015)
This presentation introduces all school leaders to an exploration of the major topics of law as they relate to public schools and public education in a “nuts and bolts” format. School leaders examine the sources of the law and the scope of the law. Practical issues, problems and challenges faced by school-based leaders are discussed and analyzed through group activities and case studies.

Thursday, March 5, 2015                                     CSA Headquarters

Framing Conversations Around Teacher Effectiveness (2014-2015)
This workshop offers educators the opportunity to develop skills to engage in meaningful conversations around the core curriculum and the Framework to Teaching in order to achieve academic growth.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 Queens ELC

School Law Part 2: More Problems and Challenges Facing School Leaders [2014-2015]
This presentation is a follow up to School Law Part 1. The presentation continues to focus on the legal issues that school leaders face in a very litigious society. The conversations focus on both settled and unsettled law. Topics include sexual harassment, cyber bullying, social media concerns and the Internet. In addition, the presenters discuss the deposition process and the processes and procedures needed to be put into place in order to be in compliance with city, state and federal laws and regulations.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014                        CSA Headquarters
Thursday, April 30, 2015                                        CSA Headquarters 

Needs, Wants, Wishes and Dreams: Programs & Services to Support Parents of Children with Disabilities
With an overview of the programs, services and systems that can empower parents/caregivers of children with special needs and disabilities. Participants are given the tools, information, motivation and inspiration to be the best possible support for your school’s families.

January 8, 2015                                                     CSA Headquarters

Supervision and Support for Co-Teaching Teams
This workshop provides supervisors of Co-Teaching Teams with tools to enhance and increase Kgn- 8th grade student achievement.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015                                 Brooklyn ELC
Tuesday, February 3, 2015                                        Queens ELC

Leading Change: Developing High Performance Teams (2014-2015)
This workshop provides educators with strategies to assemble and sustain highly effective teams that will lead to school-wide improvement.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015                                  CSA Headquarters

Building Vocabulary Success For All Students (2014-2015)
This workshop provides educators with strategies that promote student acquisition of academic vocabulary leading to success and provides leadership strategies to support teachers in critical areas.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015                                       Queens ELC
Thursday, March 5, 2015                                             CSA Headquarters