Equity is not about diversity, inclusion or equality, it is deeper and more complex-- it is about each of our students getting what they need to survive or succeed –access to opportunity, networks, resources, and supports (Standford Social Innovation Review) while advocating for policies, procedures, practices and learning to be equitable and accessible to all, especially for students and families who are disenfranchised or marginalized.

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Online Seminars for CTLE

Advocating for English Language Learners withing the Scope of State and Federal Law (5 hours) - This seminar will familiarize participants with laws and regulations regarding ENL education both historically and in the present day, as well as those laws and regulations that are germane to many ELLs and their families, including but not limited to issues related to immigration and civil rights. Furthermore, participants will learn of support services available to ELLs and best practices in advocacy.

Educating for Equity (5 hours) - An equitable educational setting is not something that we create and then it is done. Rather than a single destination, equity is derived from the conscious actions we take every day. Every choice we make is a decision on how we will include our students and honor their identities in our daily practices. This seminar will assist participants to identify inequities in schools and examine ways in which educators can move beyond the comfort of what they have always done in the effort to create a more culturally affirming and culturally responsive environment that fulfills the promise of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Educators as Systems Change Agents (5 hours) - Participants will explore how they may create a culturally responsive classroom through equitable teaching practices. The effects of implicit bias and vulnerable decision points are explored. Participants will create an action designed to help them implement culturally responsive teaching and support colleagues to do the same.

Inclusive Classrooms for Newcomer ELLs (5 hours) - Newcomer ELLs face myriad challenges to adapt and succeed in their new home and schools and they bring with them a world of culturally diverse experiences and knowledge. Guided by Eight Promising Practices, educators will learn ways to create a classroom environment that promotes diversity and inclusion, social-emotional well-being and development, models encouragement, support and resilience and engages newcomer ELLs with high-quality instruction.

Intervention and Identification: Supporting ELLs with Ability Differences (5 hours) - In this online seminar, you will explore critical issues related to interventions for ELLs who present unique learning challenges, as well as the assessment and disability identification processes which occur once intervention is proven ineffective.

Self-Awareness and Reflective Practices for Equitable Classrooms (5 hours) - Participants will explore their implicit biases and the effect these biases have on teachers, students, school leaders, parents, and other stakeholders. Socialization filters, how biases are formed, the impact of making assumptions about individuals, and exploring definitions of equity are among the topics in this module.

Student Participation in Purposeful Discussions (5 hours) - This seminar examines how to facilitate animated classroom discussions where all students are engaged, all perspectives are sought, and all voices are heard. Participants will construct a student-centered classroom where students assume responsibility for maintaining momentum and equality in discussions.

Strategies for SIFE Success! (5 hours) - Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education (SIFE) are English language learners who enter U.S. schools at least two years below grade level in reading and/or math in their native language due to underschooling. In this seminar, participants will examine common characteristics and experiences of the SIFE population and learn how to design classroom environments and apply specific strategies that honor students’ backgrounds to foster SIFE success.

SRP Seminar: Bully, Bullied or Bystander (3 hours) – This seminar provides an overview of bullying and its impact on the school environment. It also includes responsibilities of ALL school staff in dealing with incidents of bullying.

SRP Seminar: Creating a Welcoming School Environment for English Language Learners (3 hours) - This seminar will familiarize participants with who our English language learners are and the challenges they face as they learn a new language. By examining the critical nature of culture and its deep impact on an English learner's identity, participants identify strategies to ensure the school environment is a caring, accessible place for our English learners.

SRP Seminar: Our World, Our Students (3 hours) - The seminar examines the complexity of the diverse student populations within our schools. Participants will explore the importance of recognizing their own biases, taking into consider the obstacles which may prevent them from understanding their students and hinder the way they interact with students.

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In-Person and Virtual Synchronous Seminars

SRP and K-12 Practitioners: Addressing Anti-LGBTQ Bullying and Harassment - According to GLSEN’s 2019 National School Climate Survey, 8 in 10 LGBTQ middle and high school's students experience anti-LGBTQ verbal harassment, and over a third miss school for feeling unsafe or uncomfortable. This seminar brings awareness to the challenges LGBTQ students face and how educators can take pro-active steps to prevent or intervene when students are being discriminated against because they are LGBTQ. (3 hours & 4 hours)

Collaborative Identification of English Learners with a Disability - Participants will examine the many facets of identifying English learners with special needs.  Federal regulations and New York’s CR Part 154-3 regulations will form the foundation of this session. Participants will analyze a case study and apply concepts and tools acquired throughout the course.  Enriching discussion will focus on the collaborative process of identifying ELs who have a disability.  (3 hours & 6 hours)

SRP and K-12 Practitioners: Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ Students - This seminar encourages discussions and provides a deeper awareness of the supports needed for LGBTQ students to thrive. We will review national statistics from GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey, share resources and tools for creating an inclusive school environment, and focus on how educators can create classrooms free of bullying and harassment for LGBTQ students. (Now offered to SRPs) (3 hours & 4 hours)

Educator’s Valuing Diversity - This seminar is designed to help practitioners educate their students who will be living in a world of diverse communities. It will promote awareness of global differences while identifying shared values. It encourages the understanding of one’s own culture as the doorway to understanding other cultures. (2 hours)

Ensuring Equity - 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. (1.5 hours)

Establishing Inclusive Classrooms Where Newcomer ELLs Thrive - Guided by Eight Promising Practices, participants will learn ways to create an inclusive classroom for newcomer ELLs with spaces that embrace the voices of linguistically diverse communities and provide pathways for authentic learning opportunities. (3 hours)

SRP and K-12 Practitioners: 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. (3 hours)

SRP and K-12 Inclusive Curriculum: Incorporating LGBTQ Topics into the Classroom - This seminar provides educators with GLSEN’s resources and LGBTQ-inclusive lessons that can be integrated into their existing curriculum. The goal of the seminar is to better understand the benefits of inclusive curriculum for all students and to provide awareness of tools and resources that align with current mandates yet enrich instruction for all students. (2 hours)

Intersectionality: The Crossroads - This seminar engages educators in explaining, describing and recognizing intersectionality. Participants grapple with the complexity of intersectionality and its importance to the feminist/women’s movement, education, and their lives. Participants will begin to analyze the intersection between Power, Privilege and Identity by examining case studies that illustrate these dynamics within school structures. (3 hours)

SRP and K-12 Practitioners: The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) - The Dignity Act maintains that it is the policy of the State of New York to afford all students in public schools an environment free of discrimination and harassment (Education Law 10). This interactive and discussion-based program examines 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. (6 hours)

SRP and K-12 Practitioners: The Hidden Truth - This seminar allows participants to explore and reflect on their mindsets and examine how it impacts learning, behavior, engagement, relationships and success. This seminar challenges participants assumptions, beliefs with very deep courageous conversations. (6 hours)

SRP: Understanding Diversity in Our Schools - This seminar is designed to help educate students who will be living in a world of diverse communities. It will promote awareness of global differences while identifying shared values. It encourages the understanding of one’s own culture as the doorway to understanding other cultures (2 hours)

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