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Conferences and Workshops


Supporting Students in Finding Their Unique Voice: An Activity for Any 7-12 Teacher

This workshop will provide participants with a sample lesson they can use to assist their students in recognizing their individual diversity as a strength to build on and the place to begin expressing their unique voice.


Cultural Brokers: A Tool for Authentic Family and Community Engagement

This session will help participants identify areas where they can improve family and community engagement and empowerment and provide research-supported examples of how districts have utilized cultural brokers to bring students, families, and community members into closer and more equitable collaboration.


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.


Case Studies in Educational Equity

Case studies are a powerful tool for developing the ability to apply DEI concepts. This session will help educators recognize nuanced issues covering multiple areas of diversity that emerge in schools and communities.


A Practical Guide for Reviewing Policy With An Equity Focus

In this virtual workshop CASDA facilitators will model the use of a protocol to ensure the language in your policies is aligned to the equitable outcomes desired. Each participant will bring one District policy to examine, review and revise to align to equity outcomes. Participants will engage in discussion about the process by which they selected their policy, the data that supported their choice, and begin the work of evaluating and revising the policy based on equity outcomes data. 


A Practical Guide for Aligning Policy to Equitable Outcomes

During this workshop, CASDA facilitators will assist participants to identify perspectives or data points that would be necessary in the construction of an updated, more equitable policy. Facilitators will model collaboration, inquiry and reflection throughout to provide the tools for individuals or teams to own the process going forward.


Practical Instructional Strategies for Amplifying Student Voice

Join CASDA facilitators who model how to use Socratic Seminar as an instructional strategy to engage students in classroom content. Join peers from around the region in working to modify a lesson and to collaborate on applying different approaches.




Athletic Directors Roundtable

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


Focused Conversations about Connected, Caring and Safe Schools with Building Leaders and MTSS Coordinators

Using a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework, Dr. Heather Reynolds will lead monthly, focused, collaborative conversations about 1) your school-based programs and supports that are rooted in social and emotional safety, 2) strategies to improve program impact and long term outcomes for every student over time, and 3) an action plan to ensure alignment and improvement.


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.


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).


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.


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.


School Counselors Roundtable

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


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.


Technology Supporting Diverse Learners Roundtable

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


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.


Virtual Series


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.


Supporting Students in Finding Their Unique Voice: An Activity for Any 7-12 Teacher

This workshop will provide participants with a sample lesson they can use to assist their students in recognizing their individual diversity as a strength to build on and the place to begin expressing their unique voice.


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.


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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