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.

All work sessions take place 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).

Designing Coherent Instruction (Component 1E)

Date: Thursday, Oct. 5

Coherent unit and lesson planning reflects the educator’s knowledge of content, intended instructional outcomes and an awareness of student needs. In this workshop, participants 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 educators 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.

Testing Accommodations for Paraprofessionals and Teachers of Students with Disabilities

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 11

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 person administering the accommodations.

Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport (Component 2A)

Date: Thursday, Oct. 12

Could your classroom management strategies use some adjustment? This workshop focuses on proactive classroom management techniques that may be put to use immediately in the classroom. Some of the topics to be reviewed include: promoting accountable talk, the use of physical proximity and promoting fairness in the classroom.

Creating a Classroom Team: Paraprofessionals and Teachers Working Together

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 25

Now more than ever, we have students with varying needs which require multiple adults to be in the classroom. This workshop is designed to show teachers and paraprofessionals how to collaborate together to use best practices and to draw on each other’s knowledge and expertise to create a successful classroom environment.

Using Assessment in Instruction (Component 3D)

Date: Thursday, Nov. 2

Participants will become familiar with innovative and engaging student-centered assessment strategies. We will explore methods of checking for understanding designed to both challenge students as well as meeting their learning targets. Additional topics to be discussed include: student-friendly rubrics, providing quality feedback and developing methods of student self-assessment.

Using Google Apps for Educators

Date: Thursday, Nov. 16

When used properly, technology can enhance instruction, promote student learning and cultivate a classroom and respect and engagement. In this workshop, participants will learn the ways in which the Google Apps for Education can be used to facilitate classroom collaboration, streamline parental engagement and bring dynamism to your everyday instruction. Participants will learn how to access the cloud and 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.

Engaging Students in Learning Using 21st-Century Technology (Component 3C)

Date: Thursday, Nov. 30

Student engagement in learning is the centerpiece of a successful classroom. This workshop will address ways in which teachers 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 incorporate the Common Core Standards in a seamless and practical manner across all disciplines.

Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques (Component 3B)

Date: Thursday, Dec. 7

Questioning is at the heart of teaching and learning. This workshop will focus on ways educators can refine their questioning techniques to create a more student-centered classroom. We will also discuss strategies designed to differentiate content and ways for educators to help students generate their own questions

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