Cultural Responsiveness, Relationships and Rigor: A Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain Book Study

Session II: August 5, 2020 

3:30 - 4:30 pm 

While much remains uncertain in public education, the urgent need to address systemic racism at the structural level and integrate culturally responsive practices into classrooms is abundantly clear. 

Co-Designing an Equitable Educational Experience for All Students

Session I: August 6, 2020

3:00 - 4:00 pm 

  Drawing from the study, "Recasting Families and Communities as Co-Designers of Education in Tumultuous Times (2019), participants will engage with the Community Design Collaborative Model.  The model includes three strategies: (1) Build and set the co-design table (2) Engage in co-design (3) Sustain co-design.  Over the course of three-hour long sessions, participants will examine their school and district policies and practices, share current successes, challenges and develop plans for implementing Co-design practices.

Strong School Improvement Plans: Understanding and Engaging Your School Culture for Success

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

3:00 - 4:00 pm

In this workshop, we draw from research presented in a case study format to assist what the authors refer to as “the complex territory of school culture.”  Organizational cultures are complex and if this nuance is not accounted for, it can pose significant challenges to the technical fixes embedded in school improvement plans.  Participants will work with research-based models to assist them with identifying key characteristics of their schools culture and will develop plans for engaging with and energizing educators to support the successful implementation of school improvement plans.

15th Annual Mel Osterman School Law Conference - A Virtual Event

Thursday, August 13, 2020

10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

The 15th Annual Mel Osterman Law Conference will present an overview of the relevant aspects of the Taylor Law as it relates to school reopening to provide district leaders with key insights into applicable labor regulations. Additionally, the program will feature a panel including district leadership, a school attorney, and a representative of a teachers’ association bargaining unit. This discussion will highlight the concerns and perspectives of each constituency on this singular situation. 

University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave
Catskill B27, Albany, NY 12222  


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