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NYSUT's Suffolk Regional Office is pleased to offer FREE professional learning seminars to our members. These seminars are developed by NYSUT's Education Learning Trust and are designed to improve student learning and enhance professional practices in education. They have also been approved by the district to be applied towards your six hour requirement. Here are the details:
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these seminars are available online only.
- These seminars are FREE to NYSUT members.
- These are the first in a number of free seminars which the Suffolk Regional Office will be offering. Information and registration links for additional offerings for the fall and winter will be sent via separate email in the next few days.
- The current learning plans, which have been implemented in response to the pandemic, have placed our members and students under tremendous strain. The workshops below have been designed with that in mind to aid them when it comes to planning and best practices in the current remote learning environment.
- Registration is maxed at 40 participants per seminar, so please sign up early.
November - December 2020 Workshops
Purposeful Use of Instructional Technology
The power of instructional technology resides not in any particular application, website, or device, but in how teachers employ these tools to advance student learning. In this seminar, you will explore K-12 appropriate models demonstrating when and how to strategically plan for technology in any scenario (e.g. in-person, hybrid, remote learning, etc.), as well as standards-based best practices for fundamentally redesigning instruction using technology across the curriculum.
This virtual seminar provides practical tips and tricks that allow you to use tech tools you already have access to. Utilizing these digital learning resources means you will work in a more effective and efficient manner saving your most precious resource-time-while also thoroughly engaging your students.
Crafting a Learning Community for Classroom and Virtual Discussions
Effective and powerful classroom/Virtual discussions do not just occur; they require a learning community that fosters their development. The use of different types of norms, selected scaffolds, and knowledge of the stages and continuum of classroom discussion are explored.
Trauma and Resilience
This introductory seminar provides a forum for educators to discuss what we mean by 'trauma' and how toxic stress impact development and learning. This session will provide information to help educators learn how to boost students' resilience
For New Members: You Are Not Alone: Surviving the First Years
This seminar is for participants who are new teachers and are looking to work smarter, not harder. School buildings are filled with people who have different skills and expertise. As a new teacher, knowing who to go to for what is useful but sometimes you are hesitant to ask for fear of being a bother. Participants will learn how to make those requests as well as ways to establish positive relationships with all staff- support and educational. Roles within the district will be shared that will assist with choosing the right person to help, as well as guidelines for approaching staff. Tips for surviving the first years will be shared.
January - June 2021 Workshops
Dignity Act: Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention & Intervention is a two day three-hour interactive program that examines the acts of harassment, discrimination and bullying as it relates to, but is not limited to, those acts based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, gender or sex.
In this training, participants will engage in authentic conversations, activities and reflections about harassment, discrimination and bullying as well as exploring the impact of social constructs in their personal and professional lives.
Managing Local Union Finances
January 14th - 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
SAVE THE DATE - Registration information to be sent separately
Historical Trauma: System of Oppression and its Impact on Youth
This seminar will identify the impact of oppression on young people and evaluate approaches to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression that impact mental health, social skills, relationships and success.
How Can We Help our Youth After a Traumatic Event?
Who needs more support? Which of our youth face the greatest risk of mental illness? How can educator's influence children's experiences after traumatic events to promote wellness (over mental illness)? This seminar will help educators identify the risk factors for developing mental illness following a crisis event and how to investigate evidence-based practices for promoting student healing.
Autism Spectrum Disorder: Adjusting the Educational Image
This three-hour training fulfills requirements for educators and administrators seeking certification through the New York State Education Department. Please note: it cannot be claimed for CTLE hours.
Ensures all students are treated equitably. In this conversation, Educators will explore how to identify what their students, as individuals and as a collective, need at this time, in this setting.