The rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has impacted CASDA operations. 


CASDA is rescheduling roundtables and workshops on the calendar for the remainder of March as large group gatherings are counter to advisement regarding social separation to limit the spread of the virus, and perhaps further out depending on future developments.  We are also exploring options for providing some programming virtually. Further detailed information will be emailed to you regarding rescheduled roundtables and workshops. 


We hope through our actions, CASDA can contribute to the community, state and national efforts to contain the spread of the virus.



*POSTPONED* Understanding Academic Data for School Improvement

This workshop will help your Building Leadership Team, Data Team or PLC learn what kinds of data to collect to successfully monitor and evaluate academic programs to drive school improvement.

*POSTPONED* ACEs and Assets in Rural Schools

As a result of this workshop, participants will better understand the nature of ACEs in rural communities and will use research-based strategies involving equity audits and asset mapping to develop plans for addressing ACEs in their community.

*POSTPONED* Empowering Transgender & Non-Binary Students

This interactive and comprehensive training is designed to assist school staff, faculty, and administration teams in supporting the needs of transgender students in and outside of educational environments. Participants will leave equipped with tools to improve communication, curriculum, policies, and institutional systems to provide not just “safer” spaces, but relevant and affirming experiences which allow trans, non-binary and gender expressive youth to thrive.

*POSTPONED* Assistant Principals Seminar

Assistant principals participating in this seminar will learn new strategies for effective leadership, student engagement, supervision, time management, school culture and research-based best practices. Principal Center Board members will engage participants in helpful networking and sharing. 


Designing Distance Learning to Support ELLs

The current COVID-19 crisis has required many teachers to move their classes online, however, similar to the classroom, instruction is rarely one-size-fits-all. Join us on Tuesday, March 31 for a FREE webinar on best practices for distance learning with ELLs and how technology can help to bridge the divide. Specific technologies and platforms will be discussed to support both synchronous and asynchronous distance learning with ELLs (and their families) in mind.

Instructional Design Principles for Remote Learning

This webinar will provide the opportunity to assess needs, share platforms and tools, principles for engaging lesson design, as well as the components of Universal Design for Learning as they apply to remote instruction. The session will also share some initial resources and then establish next steps for continued support.

Leveraging Assistive Tech to Support Remote Learning in Special Education

The rapid shift to remote teaching has created challenges for teachers striving to meet the needs of their students with IEPs. CASDA's assistive technology expert Tom McKee will share foundational principles and strategies for widely used application to help teachers support engaging remote instruction for students with disabilities. The second half of the program will address common questions and concerns identified through a pre-workshop survey, ensuring that the practices he offers are responsive to educators' needs. 


Assistive Technology Roundtable

In this workshop, teachers will examine the 1619 Project resources and use them as an exemplar of how to approach the teaching of US History through the framework of civic literacy. Participants will also become familiar with all three components of the exam and have an opportunity to discuss the implications for their instruction and assessment.

Resetting Classroom Culture: A Mid-Year Focus on Student-Centered Learning
February 7, 2020 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to review your opening year approach while providing a framework and practical strategies for resetting your classroom culture and establishing healthy relationships as the foundation of academic success.

Supporting Struggling Readers in Grades 2-5
February 26, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Participants of this workshop will learn strategies, methods and activities to assist struggling students in the intermediate grades. Focus areas will include word learning, word solving, fluency and comprehension.

Understanding Opioid Addiction: Prevention and Intervention Strategies for

At-Risk Students
March 3, 2020 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Learn how addictive substances and behaviors impact the body and brain, and come away with evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies. Discuss and share knowledge and experiences about substance use and abuse with your colleagues, and hear the newest data and research regarding addictive substances, with a special focus on opioids.

Assistive Technology Roundtable

Be a part of an area wide professional learning community for professionals working to provide assistive technology devices and services for students with diverse learning needs and skills.

Athletic Directors Roundtable

Join us to communicate, collaborate and share your practice with other Athletic Directors in the Capital Region.

Building and Grounds Supervisors Meeting Series

Network with your peers at this monthly meeting

Collaborative Co-Teaching Best Practices

Facilitators Dr. Stephanie Conklin and Karissa Schupp will share the successful strategies, concepts and practices that have enabled them to develop a dynamic, collaborative co-teaching partnership at Colonie High School. Sessions topics will include student grouping, assessment design, effective planning, and integrating technology into the co-taught classroom.

Combatting Chronic Absenteeism Roundtable

Learn how to develop Individualized Attendance Plans (IAP) for chronically absent students, focusing on the barriers faced by those students. Participants will have the opportunity to share prevention and intervention strategies that are working in their respective school districts.

Enhancing School Success for Disadvantaged Students

Join CASDA for a monthly roundtable addressing equity issues related to school opportunities, dropout prevention, discipline, classroom management, and program alternatives.

Instructional Technology Roundtable

The Instructional Technology Roundtable is a professional learning community for educators interested in instructional technology to support teachers and students.

Roundtable for Speech and Language Teachers

This roundtable will provide speech and language educators with the opportunity to share, discuss and learn about issues of concern to them in the field, and include resources and guest speakers.

School Psychologist Roundtable

This area-wide professional learning community will assist school psychologists working to provide services and accommodations for students with diverse learning needs and skills. 

School Safety and SEL

The goal of this roundtable is to innovate an effective model for schools which include the four phases of emergency management (prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery), primarily focusing on prevention by creating emotional safety for students. 

The Principal Collaborative

The Principal Collaborative, formerly the Principals' Guild, is a unique, responsive professional development opportunity for principals and assistant principals to develop their leadership and practice in a joint forum.


Annual Education Awards Dinner - April 21, 2020

Capital Area Scholars Recognition Dinner - May 13, 2020

Click here for more information and to nominate!


As a result of the developments related to coronavirus COVID-19, we know that many of you have taken action to ensure your well-being. We want to ensure you that CASDA is committed to keeping our staff, colleagues, and community safe and healthy as well.


We've been monitoring the events and following the recommendations of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization). Thus, it is with great regret that beginning March 13, 2020 we are announcing the cancellation of CASDA's Spring 2020 Season of College and Career Fairs.


We are very sorry for the cancellation and will be reaching out to each of you individually to determine rescheduling for our Fall 2020 season.

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