NYSUT Rochester Learning Center

NYSUT's Rochester 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: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all listed seminars are available online only.

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.

Current Course Listings Below

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**This Training is sponsored by the Rochester Regional Office at no cost to members**

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All Course Offerings

Infusing Diversity and Multiple Perspectives (WKS PROF203)

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Audience: Teachers/SRPs    
Instructor: Effie McBride

Duration - 1 hour

Modeling critical thinking skills and using culturally diverse materials help in developing multiple perspectives and in examining events or problems for different angles. (1 hour)

The materials for this training will be housed in Google Classroom. In order to retrieve the materials you will have to do the following before the day of the 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.


Thinking Systematically about Student Practice (WKS PROF209)

Monday, Feb. 1, 2021  
4 - 5 p.m.

Audience: Teachers/SRPs
Instructor: Trish Burr

Duration - 1 hour

Monitoring student progress is not limited to formative/summative assessments, it is also observing students work virtually and, in the classroom, as they process an idea or concept while working toward understanding. These observations inform the accomplished teacher's planning and preparation of assessments, as well as lesson structures. (1 hour)

The materials for this training will be housed in Google Classroom. In order to retrieve the materials you will have to do the following before the day of the 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.


Healing Circles (WKS PROF189)

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021
4 - 6 p.m.

Audience: Teachers/SRPs
Instructor: Danielle Gonzalez

Duration - 2 hours

This seminar provides an overview of Healing Circles. Healing Circles create a safe space to acknowledge the impact of Covid-19 on the school community and for expressing emotions and concerns; to access the healing effects of connecting with others to deal with the impact on their lives. Teachers, staff and students will need time to transition back to school. To be at their best, educators need time to debrief, express their concerns on everything from personal and student safety to instructional practice, and acknowledge their own feelings of grief. Healing circles are built on a foundation of kindness and respect. Circle participants listen with compassion and understanding and hold all stories shared in the circle in confidence. All participants speak with intention and have an equal voice. (2 hour)

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


New Member Seminar - Workplace Wellness (WKS NEWM25)

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021
4 - 6 p.m.

Audience: New Teachers
Instructor: Franca Fiorentino

Duration - 2 hours

Why are educators at risk for vicarious (secondary) trauma? This seminar will engage participants to discuss the unique challenges to wellness found in the education field and understand and practice effective strategies for wellness. (2 hours)

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


Assessments to Inform, Pace, and Guide (WKS PROF194)

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021
4 - 5 p.m.

Audience: Teachers
Instructor: Trish Burr

Duration - 1 hour

Participants discuss the use of diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments to inform, plan, pace, and guide their instruction. (1 Hour)

The materials for this training will be housed in Google Classroom. In order to retrieve the materials you will have to do the following before the day of the 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.


Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ Students (WKS PROF164)

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021
4 - 7 p.m.

Audience: Teachers/SRPs    
Instructor: Gina Sanchirico

Duration - 3 hours

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 2017 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 LGBTW students. (3 hours)

*This seminar was previously titled Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for all students.

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


Dignity Act (DASA): Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying & Discrimination in Schools: Prevention & Intervention

Monday, Feb. 22 & Tuesday Feb. 23, 2021
4 - 7 p.m.

Instructors: Lorna DeSantis and Traci Szalkowski

Note: 
This training fulfills the state requirements for six clock hours of coursework or training in the Dignity Act in accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law. 
The Dignity Act training does not count toward CTLE hours. 

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. Participants will engage in authentic conversations and reflections about harassment, discrimination and bullying as well as explore the impact of social constructs in their personal and professional lives.

Participant booklet is needed for this training and is located in the Team Room of this seminar.

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


About Learning Center Seminars

NYSUT Learning Centers offer a host of online 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.