High School Workshops

UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds and UFT Vice President for Career and Technical Education High Schools Sterling Roberson have scheduled these workshops for to educators who wish to improve their practice and participate in professional dialogue about education. These workshops are NOT for college credit. Professional development and CTLE hours will be available. The fee to register is $30 for teachers and $15 for paraprofessionals seeking CTLE hours and $10 for those educators not seeking CTLE hours.

All work sessions take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway (see the security agent in the lobby for the exact room number; picture ID is required). Unless otherwise specified, courses are geared toward both teachers and paraprofessionals.

Click on the title of a course to register for that course.


Class Description
Thursday, March 8 Understanding the Language Proficiency Levels of Our ELLs ***FULL*** Teachers and paraprofessionals will explore ELL student attributes for various language proficiency levels. Through the use of the New Language Progressions, opportunities will be provided to design instruction for ELL students and to incorporate strategies to increase interaction and critical thinking.
Wednesday, March 14 The Role of the High School Paraprofessional This workshop is specifically designed for high school paraprofessionals only. High school classrooms are unique and this workshop will address issues specific to those learning environments. Over the course of this session, participants will develop and share strategies that best meet the needs of physically, emotionally, and learning disabled students. Participants will also takeaway best practices in addressing behavior management, as well as proven methods that help students with disabilities prepare for assessments such as the Regents and SATs.
Thursday, March 15 Designing Coherent Instruction (Component 1E) This course is for teachers only. Coherent unit and lesson planning reflects the educator’s knowledge of content, intended instructional outcomes, and an awareness of student needs. In this workshop, teachers will learn a variety of techniques educators can use while planning to ensure the greatest student outcomes. Topics to be explored are: differentiating lessons and units, allowing for student choice in instruction, and grouping strategies. Emphasis will focus on strategies teachers can use for effective planning, as well as ways in which educators can plan smartly to reduce the often tedious nature of crafting individual lesson plans.
Thursday, March 22 Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport (Components 2A and 2D) This workshop focuses on proactive techniques that teachers and paraprofessionals may use in the classroom immediately. Some of the topics to be addressed include: the use of nonverbal communication strategies and winning ways to build classroom communities.
Wednesday, March 28 Accommodations and Modifications for Students with Disabilities Do you know the New York State regulations regarding testing accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities? This workshop will focus on responsibilities and expectations for proctors of state and local assessments. Correct implementation is beneficial not only to the student taking the assessment, but for the teachers and paraprofessionals administering the accommodations.
Wednesday, April 25 Creating a Classroom Team: Paraprofessionals and Teachers Working Together Some of our students come to school with varying needs which require multiple adults to be in the classroom. This workshop is designed to show how teachers and paraprofessionals can collaborate to create a successful classroom environment.
Wednesday, May 9 Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques (Component 3B) Questioning is at the heart of teaching and learning. This workshop will focus on ways teachers and paraprofessionals can refine their questioning techniques in order to create a more student-centered classroom. We will also discuss questioning strategies designed to differentiate content for all students. Strategies educators can use to help students generate their own questions will also be discussed.
Thursday, May 10 Engaging Students in Learning Using 21st-Century Technology (Component 3C) This course is available for CTLE hours only. Student engagement in learning is integral to a successful classroom. This workshop will address ways teachers and paraprofessionals can promote critical thinking and analysis in a manner that is both engaging and rigorous for students. Particular attention will be paid to the strategies teachers can use that open the information portal to authentic learning across all disciplines.
Thursday, May 17 Using Assessment in Instruction (Component 3D) Teachers and paraprofessionals will become familiar with innovative and engaging student-centered assessment strategies. In this workshop we will explore methods of checking for understanding designed to both challenge students and help them meet their learning targets. Additional topics to be discussed include: creating student-friendly rubrics, providing quality feedback, and developing methods of student self-assessment.
Thursday, May 24 Using G Suite for Educators This course is available for CTLE hours only. Classroom technology can enhance instruction, promote student learning, and cultivate an environment of respect and engagement. In this workshop, teachers and paraprofessionals will learn the ways in which the Google G Suite for Education can be used to facilitate classroom collaboration, streamline parental engagement, and bring dynamism to everyday instruction. Participants will learn how to access the cloud, create and share files, as well as collaborate on projects with colleagues and students. You must have an active Gmail account to participate in this workshop.
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