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Conferences and Workshops

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Reclaiming Concentration in the Classroom: A Book Study Series on "Stolen Focus" for K-12 Educators

In this five-session book study, participants will explore Johann Hari’s book, "Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention - and How to Think Deeply Again," and discuss its implications for K-12 education.

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Advancing Literacy for ALL: A Workshop on Implementing Science of Reading-Based Curriculum Changes for Educators

In this workshop, we will delve into the fundamentals of the Science of Reading instructional best practices, equipping you with the knowledge and strategies needed to plan for literacy instruction in ALL content areas. Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and how these live within our Literacy instruction.

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Engaging All Students: Differentiated Tier One Instruction Part Two

The second day of professional development aims to empower educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to implement differentiation as a Tier One best practice effectively. By honing their instructional strategies, enhancing whole group processing, and refining progress monitoring techniques, participants will be better equipped to create inclusive learning environments that meet the diverse needs of all students.

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Roundtables

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Athletic Directors Roundtable

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

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Improving Student Attendance: Effective Prevention/Intervention Strategies Dealing with Chronic Absenteeism in a Post-COVID World

Creative strategies for connecting with and engaging students is an important key to addressing chronic absenteeism, especially now, in a post-COVID world.

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Mental Health Provider Roundtable

In the third year of this popular roundtable for Mental Health Providers we will explore the benefits and challenges of working collaboratively in a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).

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MTSS Support Roundtable

The MTSS Roundtable will provide participants with research, strategies, and a supportive community to share ideas, best practices, and reflections with colleagues from across the region.

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Parent and Community Outreach Coordinator Roundtable

This four session roundtable will serve as a space for district staff in various outreach roles to explore the research on successful outreach and to share local practices and resources that can benefit each school district's efforts to consistently and effectively connect with and engage parents and the community.

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School Counselors Roundtable

A collaborative offering from CASDA and the Capital District Counselors Association (CDCA).

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Speech and Language Therapy Roundtable

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.

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Technology Supporting Diverse Learners Roundtable

Join CASDA for a Monthly Gathering of IT/AT Professionals from Across the Capital District

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The Principal Collaborative

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

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Virtual Series

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SEL Through a Student Lens: Empowerment, Engagement and Agency

Drawing from the latest research on student empowerment and the impact of caring, trauma-responsive adult relationships on student well-being and agency, this virtual series will explore with participants SEL through a student lens.

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Structures Shaping Our Schools

Over the course of 4 free sessions, we will explore key Supreme Court decisions, legislation and educational research to help us unpack how educators’ teaching conditions and the living and working conditions of our students and families are shaped by similar power structures.

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Level Up!: Gamify your Classroom to Increase Engagement

Turning your classroom activities into games is a great way to bolster student engagement. These sessions will introduce a variety of classroom games that can increase student engagement without sacrificing quality learning or wasting time.

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Practice Makes Perfect: Engaging Math Instruction

The math practice standards are not “something else” to teach a lesson about, but instead, a roadmap for how we can design instruction. These sessions are aimed at math teachers and will introduce a variety of instructional approaches that are highly engaging for students while also embedding the math practices.

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What's On Our Minds? A Space for Every Educator

The third year of this free virtual series will focus on the book, “Trauma-Responsive Schooling - Centering Student Voice and Healing” and supporting research as a guide. This five session workshop series will examine a case study involving a multi- year research project involving two elementary schools in rural Maine. Participants will explore how student-centered trauma-informed practices support individual healing and can lead to organizational transformation. Further, participants will reflect on how current trauma-focused practices in their schools can incorporate student-centered trauma-informed practices.

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