Capital District

NYSUT's Capital District Regional Office is pleased to offer FREE professional learning seminars to our members.

WHAT: Professional learning seminars to improve student learning and enhance professional practices in education.

WHERE: Seminars take place at the regional office in Latham unless otherwise indicated.

WHO: These seminars are available exclusively to NYSUT members, including newer and veteran educators and school-related professionals.

COST: All Learning Center seminars are FREE to NYSUT members.

**These Trainings are sponsored by the Capital District Regional Office at no cost to members**

Current Course Listings Below

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Digital Learning Resources for In-person, Hybrid, and Distance Learning Models (WKS PROF212)

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Audience: Teachers
Instructor: Ashley Redding

Location: Remote

CTLE Hours: 3units

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. (3 hour)

Participants will receive an email the day of their seminar with instructions how to login to this virtual seminar.


New Member SRP Seminar - The Foundation of a Secretary (WKS SRPNM10)

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Audience: SRPs with 5 years or less experience in the classroom
Instructor: Maryellen Scarola

Location: Remote

CTLE Hours: 2 units

This seminar is for participants who wish to develop and sharpen skills needed to be an effective secretary. Types of secretaries within a school setting (virtually or site-based) will be discussed as well as possible responsibilities. Strategies to help participants improve their job performance will be shared and reviewed. An overview of communication skills needed to interact effectively with students, families, and staff will be outlined. Scenarios will be used to practice interacting with visitors to the office as well as callers on the phone. (2 hours)

Participants will receive an email the day of their seminar with instructions how to login to this virtual seminar.


You Are Not Alone: Surviving the First Years (WKS NEWM26)

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Audience: New Teachers
Instructor: Effie McBride

Location: Remote

CTLE Hours: 2 units

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. (2 hours)

Participants will receive an email the day of their seminar with instructions how to login to this virtual seminar.


Building Community, Collaboration, and Equity (WKS PROF195)

Monday, Feb. 8, 2021
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Audience: Teachers
Instructor: Effie McBride

Location: Remote

CTLE Hours: 1 unit

Educators will discuss strategies for building community by using the distinctive traits and talents of individuals and establish a culture of collaboration to meet individual student needs. (1 hour)

Participants will receive an email the day of their seminar with instructions how to login to this virtual seminar.


Creating A Culturally Responsive Classroom (WKS ELL10)

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Audience: Teachers
Instructor: Monica Baker

Location: Remote

CTLE Hours: 3 units

In order to meet the needs of our diverse student population, educators must possess the mindset and skills needed to foster a positive learning environment for all students as it is critical to their academic success. Culturally responsive instructional practices honor and support this diversity, connecting learning to students' cultural and linguistic background while building on prior experiences. As a result, educators create an inclusive environment that is accessible and relatable to all students. (3 hours)

Participants will receive an email the day of their seminar with instructions how to login to this virtual seminar.

- Use your personal gmail account to access materials or
- If you do not have a gmail account, please create one by going to https://mail.google.com/mail and sign up for free. Please click on @gmail… to explain why you need to use a @gmail.com account.

The above link will also provide information about how to access Google Classroom.

Participants will then receive an email the day of the seminar with instructions and a code on how to retrieve the materials in Google Classroom.


Autism Spectrum Disorder: Adjusting the Educational Image (WKS PROF 71)

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Audience: Teachers
Instructor: Patricia Burr

Location: Remote

Ending the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers requires addressing the essential factors that can influence their success. This three-hour training provides up-to-date information on the clinical and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), including Asperger's Disorder. Attention will be given to how these disorders manifest themselves and present unique instructional and learning challenges within education settings. The seminar goes beyond the core features of the disorder and covers evidence-based proactive strategies for helping children and adolescents with ASDs succeed in school.

This seminar fulfills the state requirements for the three-hour Autism Training in the Needs of Children with Autism pursuant to Sections 3004(4) and (5) of the Education Law and Subpart 57-3 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. (3 hours)

Please note: it cannot be claimed for CTLE hours.


About Learning Center Seminars

NYSUT Learning Centers offer a host of site-based seminars and training on a broad spectrum of topics and for a range of educators, including both teachers and school-related professionals.

Whether you are a newer teacher (up to 5 years of classroom experience) or a veteran educator, you will find a wide variety of professional learning opportunities that can be used for growth or certification fulfillment.

ELT offers seminars for newer teachers on such topics as classroom management and student engagement. Topics for School-Related Professionals include ways to handle challenging student behavior. All educators will find the seminars on LGBTQ topics and meeting the language acquisition needs of English language learners very helpful.

While each Learning Center location offers specific seminars tailored to regional needs and interests, all participants will enjoy a great experience from the knowledgeable and dynamic ELT instructors who help us adhere to the "members teaching members" model.

All Learning Center seminars are FREE to NYSUT members.

Sign up early! Seats can fill quickly.

Seminar Listings: NYSUT Central New York Learning Center