Western New York Learning Center

NYSUT's Western New York 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.

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

WHERE: Due to COVID-19 Pandemic all listed seminars are available ONLINE ONLY.

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

Current Course Listings Below

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Dignity Act Training

Autism Training

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**These Trainings are sponsored by the Williamsville Regional office at no cost to members**

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


The Hidden Truth (WKS SRP80)

Feb. 1-2, 2021
5-8 p.m.

Instructor: Gina Sanchirico
Audience: Teachers and SRP's

Duration: 6 hours

How do we interact with students from diverse backgrounds? What are our hidden thoughts and beliefs that manifest into how educators build authentic honest relationships with students and the school community at large? 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.

Prerequisite: You are willing and open to engage in tough conversations around "isms”.

Two- part series- 3 hours each, total of 6 hours

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


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

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

Instructor: Lia Council
Audience: Teachers

Duration: 3 hours

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.


Purposeful Use of Instructional Technology (WKS PROF211)

Feb. 10, 2021
4:30-7:30 p.m.

Instructor: JoAnn Murphy-Genter
Audience: Teachers

Duration: 3 hours

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. (3 hours)

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


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

Feb. 23-24, 2021
4:30-7:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jaimee Hazel
Audience: Teachers and SRP's

Duration: 6 hours

Dignity Act: Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention & Intervention 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. 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. 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 towards CTLE hours.

"To allow DASA training to continue, all approved DASA training providers, and institutions of higher education that include the DASA training in their educator preparation program curricula, may offer the DASA training entirely online during the time period of the state of emergency in New York State for the COVID-19 virus." - New York State Department of Education

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.


Effective Questioning (WKS PROF213)

March 2, 2021
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Joseph Zuniga
Audience: Teachers

Duration: 1 hour

Educators will identify gaps in students' interest, experience and ability that challenge student learning and then identify strategies to bridge those gaps. (1 hour)

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


Crafting a Learning Community for Classroom and Virtual Discussions (WKS PROF141)

March 3, 2021
4:30-7:30 p.m.

Instructor: Kathy Werner
Audience: Teachers

Duration: 3 hours

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. (3 hours)

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


Re-Imagining Family Engagement After Coronavirus (WKS PROF207)

March 4, 2021
4:30-6:30 p.m.

Instructor: Carolyn Williams
Audience: Teachers

Duration: 2 hours

This session encourages participants to assess family engagement efforts during the time of the COVID-19. To understand how and in what ways family engagement is linked to students' learning and academic success. In addition, this program introduces high impact family engagement strategies that can be implemented and leveraged for student learning when schools reopen. (2 hours)

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


Proactively Confronting Trauma in the Classroom and Other Learning Spaces (WKS SRP57)

March 9, 2021
5-8 p.m.

Instructor: Maria Korik
Audience: SRP's

Duration: 3 hours

Students are affected by their experiences and impacted by the situations and events that they witness. Exposure to trauma and traumatic events often create social, emotional and behavioral problems that can hinder academic progress. This seminar will provide School-Related Professionals (SRPs) with an understanding of how trauma affects students and offer an opportunity to develop strategies to support and promote school wide success. (3 hours)

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


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

March 16, 2021
4:30-7:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jacqueline Nett
Audience: Teachers

Duration: 3 hours

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 hours)

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


Understanding and Supporting Students with Autism in Schools

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

Instructor: JoAnn Murphy-Genter
Audience: Teachers and SRPs

Duration: 3 hours

This is a three-hour seminar designed to support educators (teachers, TAs, aides, etc.) who work with students with autism. Participants will explore how the classroom and school environment can impact students with autism and strategies to make changes to provide a more supportive environment. Organizational, academic and self-management strategies will be shared through videos and activities. Come learn and develop your skills to help make your classroom a welcoming and supportive environment for students with autism. This three-hour training fulfills requirements for educators and administrators seeking CTLE hours. (3 hours)

Please note: it cannot be claimed for training in the needs of students 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.


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

April 5-6, 2021
4:30-7:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jaimee Hazel
Audience: Teachers and SRPs

Duration: 6 hours

Dignity Act: Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention & Intervention 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. 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. 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 towards CTLE hours.

"To allow DASA training to continue, all approved DASA training providers, and institutions of higher education that include the DASA training in their educator preparation program curricula, may offer the DASA training entirely online during the time period of the state of emergency in New York State for the COVID-19 virus." - New York State Department of Education

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.


Identifying Individual Differences (WKS PROF202)

April 6, 2021
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Brad McKinney
Audience: Teachers

Duration: 1 hour

This seminar explores how to develop an environment that encourages a growth mindset, discusses growth vs fixed mindset. (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.


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

April 7, 2021
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Nancy Hummel
Audience: Teachers and SRP's

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.


Planning Goals and Instructional Goal Setting (WKS PROF206)

April 28, 2021
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Nancy Hummel
Audience: Teachers and SRP's

Duration: 1 hour

Participants will discuss how to create a culture of learning, utilizing multiple methods to meet individual student needs. (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.


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 Western New York Learning Center