8:45 workshops (90 min)

Students and teachers from Innovation Diploma Plus High School and the High School for Excellence and Innovation; Ambreen Qureshi, Executive Director; Emmanuel Garcia, Senior Media Coach, Educational Video Center; Rhys Daunic, Founder, The Media Spot

"Know Your Rights: A blueprint for a youth participatory action research project" is an innovative digital teaching guide aimed at developing students' youth activism while deeply engaging them in the college and career skills of research, critical thinking, analysis, and presentation. Come hear students and teachers from two transfer schools who piloted the curriculum. Screen the student films, and hear about their process--from implementing the curriculum to editing the final films. Learn how you can design your own course using our interactive, user-friendly blueprint.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

Nicole Caldwell, History Teacher; Joanne Condori, Job and Internship Coordinator, South Brooklyn Community High School

Adulting 101 will present the perfect set of skills to create a foundation for postsecondary financial literacy success for high school students. This workshop will demonstrate how to apply skills using an interactive board game that addresses expectations such as budgeting, paying bills, and building organizational skills necessary to "adult." This workshop will function as a simulated classroom, and we encourage participants to take notes, ask questions, and have your classroom in mind while playing the game with colleagues.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

Fran Tarr, Director/Founder; Egypt Murppy-Smith, Ambassador and Social Media Coordinator, Breaking Walls Arts Education Program

Are you searching for a way to build an empathetic classroom community while exploring issues of social unrest, intolerance, peer pressure and life in a "virtual world"? Do you wish to build literacy, critical thinking, and presentation skills? Breaking Walls Arts Education initiative is such an opportunity, focusing teen minds on identity, values, and empathy while guiding them to explore significant current issues in their lives. Fran Tarr and Breaking Walls Brooklyn artists will lead a hands-on workshop in which you will actively explore the creative and social aspects of a youth-empowerment documentary film and use those ideas to create an original theater-style presentation.

Of particular interest to: Counselors/Advisors/ACs/Social Workers, College/Career counselors / Guidance counselors

Xinyu Pan, Instructional Coach, Multiple Pathways Institute, NYC DOE

The world now demands our students to go beyond the academic and technical standards we teach. Yet, the skills our students need to thrive in this new world are notably absent from their learning experiences. NYC DOE's Multiple Pathways Institute is working with educators and community partners to imagine and redesign what and how students are learning so they are better equipped to lead a fulfilling postsecondary life. This session will expose educators to research-based pedagogical practices for supporting students' 21st-century skills development. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for a two-day summer institute on 21st-century skills integration.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff

Cia Pinkerton, Director of Literacy, NYC DOE

Please join us for a discussion of ways in which administrators can support implementing school-wide reading-level assessments, planning for embedding supports in the ELA classroom, and determining specific "look-fors" when visiting classrooms. This session is designed for principals, APs, and lead teachers.

Of particular interest to: Principals, Assistant principals

William Cooper, Program Director, Concord High School/New York Center for Interpersonal Development

During this workshop, attendees will develop the skills needed to create spaces for at-risk students who identify as LGBTQIAA+, which include conversations of inclusion and safety. Many students in this demographic face higher rates of homelessness, substance abuse, trauma, and sexual exploitation. This workshop will address the unique needs of this population of transfer school students who may need additional advocacy while navigating the tricky path toward completing their education. This workshop will also include the perspectives of students who have engaged in this work. Attendees will leave with resources and strategies for increasing their own cultural competency.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

Alex Moyer, Math and Special Education Teacher, Lower East Side Preparatory High School

What do we mean by Culturally Responsive Teaching? Why is it important? What does it look like in practice? Inspired by Zaretta Hammond's book Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain, we will define CRT, explore the cutting-edge neuroscience research that underpins it, and survey some of the best practices for implementing CRT in the classroom. Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on the research presented and think about how they can bring these practices into their classrooms.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff

Carl Oliver, Assistant Principal, City-As-School

STARS, ATS, Gradebooks, and many other sources of data are probably turning your life into a confusing mess. Learn how City-As-School increased efficiency by creating a system that coordinates information from multiple sources using free, available technology.

Laptops for Attendees - Mandatory, Smartphones for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff

Teresa Day, ENL Teacher, High School for Excellence and Innovation

In this session, teachers will practice using a variety of systems and structures to support ENL students. We will discuss a blended approach to teaching technology and literacy to support ENL students facilitated by Google Classroom's functions that support differentiation. We will also dig into how to facilitate student-led literature circles through discussion protocol norming that supports language development. Additionally, we will share visual prompts, basic sentence types, and kernel expansion that build students' foundational writing skills and enhance student confidence and performance across content areas.

Of particular interest to: ELA teachers, Social Studies teachers, ENL teachers

Derrick Donald, Teacher, Professional Pathways High School

Many schools struggle with developing systematic approaches to closing racial opportunity gaps. In this workshop, we will discuss protocols that action research teams can follow to actively pursue universal student success. Educators will leave with the resources necessary to lead action research projects with the explicit intent of creating equitable racial opportunities.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff

Anita Wahi, Math Teacher, Brooklyn Academy High School

Students at transfer schools face a variety of challenges in accessing their education, and teachers often stretch themselves to respond in different ways. This workshop will introduce Google tools that enable students with attendance issues to easily access and engage with their education while allowing teachers to maintain organized and efficient processes. The facilitator will share her experiences using Google and offer suggestions for incorporating it into the classroom. Most importantly, teachers will get hands-on practice and tools for further development, so bring a lesson that you would like to digitize!

Laptops for Attendees - Mandatory

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff

Lateefah Alleyne, Program Manager; Ivani Purvis, Social Worker, CAMBA

Students' abilities to be aware of and express their emotions, manage relationships, and express empathy are central to their success in school. During this workshop, participants will engage in dialogue around the impact of school relationships on student success. Attendees will walk away from this session with a better understanding of underlying emotions and attachment styles of students, as well as the skills needed to build and improve relationships with students.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

Shenickey De Gannes, LMSW Counselor II, CAMBA YABC/Erasmus Hall; Mary Delaney, LMSW Counselor II, CAMBA/Professional Pathways High School; Jose Tabar, LMSW Counselor II, CAMBA/Lower East Side Preparatory High School

Adolescence is the period when youth explore roles in the transition to adulthood. Many face challenges, and may have experienced traumatic life experiences that become barriers to graduating from high school. In this session, we will explore Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs through brainstorming and small-group activities, and apply the Hierarchy to the development and learning processes of students in transfer school settings.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

Cesar Ebonia, Math Teacher; Rachel Mushell, Math Teacher, Voyages South Preparatory High School

Have you ever wondered how to put the "blend" in a Blended Learning classroom? In this workshop, we will explore some instructional routines designed to promote student engagement and interaction. The main goal is to balance the digital learning, which promotes self-learning but can be somewhat isolating, with activities and routines that encourage peer-to-peer communication. In this workshop, teachers will also collaborate with each other to discuss and develop activities and routines to use in their Blended Learning classroom.

Laptops for Attendees - Mandatory

Of particular interest to: Math teachers

Melody Benitez, Program Associate, College Access: Research & Action (CARA); Christine Rodriguez, Youth Leader; Enoch Jemmot,Youth Leader

Join us for a screening of the documentary Personal Statement, which follows three New York City high school students as they navigate the college application process and support their peers to do the same. Following the screening, we will be joined by two of the young people featured in the film, Enoch Jemmot and Christine Rodriguez, along with current peer leaders and staff from College Access: Research & Action who trained the students to carry out the peer leadership work featured in this film.

Of particular interest to: College/Career counselors / Guidance counselors, All school leaders

Abraham Cohen-Garcia, Teacher, Bronx Arena High School

Engaging with mathematics in a high school setting can be difficult, especially in a transfer school environment. This year, my class experimented with Math Lab, a deep-questions unit that approached the ideas of linear equations and physical mathematics through a problem-based, competency-oriented structure. In this workshop, participants will engage in hands-on mathematics and experiment with deep, complex problems designed to orient high school students in mathematics.

Laptops for Attendees - Mandatory

Of particular interest to: Math teachers, Science teachers, Sp. Ed. teachers

Rozalia Shteynberg, Citywide Instructional Lead for High School Math, NYC DOE

Students learn mathematics best when they have opportunities to "do math." To become "math doers," instead of mere "answer getters," students must engage in a productive struggle with cognitively demanding mathematics problems, share thinking with their peers, and use their shared thinking to build and deepen their understanding. Participants will have the opportunity to deeply explore and understand several engaging and powerful routines designed to address mathematical fluency and reasoning.

Of particular interest to: Assistant principals, Math teachers

Adrienne Andry, Science Model Teacher, David Lloret, Math Model Teacher, Patrick McGillicuddy, Principal, East Brooklyn Community High School; Shellhaas Jean-Francois, Social Studies Teacher, Karen Esdelle, Assistant Principal, Michael Wolach, ELA Teacher, Jill Chaifetz Transfer High School

One of the most challenging tasks for school leaders is to take actions that lead to consistent and meaningful improvements in the overall quality of teaching. Two transfer schools that have been collaborating in the Multiple Pathways Institute (East Brooklyn Community High School, Jill Chaifetz Transfer High School) will share learning and effective practices around using teacher teams as an effective way to improve instruction. They will share how their practices have changed over time and what aspects of the teams are most effective. Attendees will also work in small groups to think through ways to improve the effectiveness of their own teacher teams.

Of particular interest to: Principals, Assistant principals, All instructional staff

Anthony Koulis, Living Environment Peer Collaborative Teacher, and Wesly Pierre-Toussaint, Global History Peer Collaborative Teacher, Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School

When struggling students engage in text-based discussions with their peers, their understanding of the content deepens, which allows them to develop their thinking and prepare for argumentative writing. Students in all classes at Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School build higher-order Common Core Learning Standard speaking and writing skills through embedded discussion and metacognitive strategies. Facilitators will share resources and strategies that have resulted in increased student engagement in text-based discussions. This increased engagement has translated into stronger writing, communication, and collaboration skills that support postsecondary readiness.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff

Morgan Hildesley, Literacy Coach, reDesign

Strengthening the implementation of individualized accommodations can be a challenge. Students in transfer schools with and without IEPs often have gaps in learning that make mastery of essential academic skills difficult, but it can be overwhelming to scaffold instruction for so many students. This year, I created a tool with the special education team at Bushwick Community High School that has been a strong resource for their teachers to target individual student supports based on data and compliance requirements. In this session, attendees will have a chance to explore the tool.

Of particular interest to: Assistant principals, Sp. Ed. teachers, All instructional staff

Teneika Benn, Senior Director IA of STEM, NYC DOE; Kyesha Ruffin, STEM Educator; Stephanie Francis, STEM Educator, Judith S. Kaye High School

This session is designed for participants to gain a deeper understanding of the NYC STEM Framework and STEM Handbook. We will explore exemplars of early, emerging, integrated, and fully integrated STEM education. By highlighting the work of science educators at Judith S. Kaye High School, we will also demonstrate the importance of developing meaningful partnerships to support STEM education in NYC's public schools. Participants will have time to explore resources, reflect on learning, and ask questions about STEM implementation in their schools.

Of particular interest to: Science teachers, All school leaders, Parent Coordinators

Esther Kosi Nyako, Algebra Teacher; Yasmin Bailey Stewart, Special Education Teacher, Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School

This workshop will focus on instructional techniques to engage high school math students in rigorous and conceptual mathematical conversations. Teachers will learn what opportunities they can provide to students as a way to apply math concepts in real-world situations. Teachers will leave the workshop with ideas for speaking and listening activities that can occur in the math classroom.

Of particular interest to: Math teachers, Sp. Ed. teachers

Joy Nolan, Director, Mastery Collaborative, Division of Teaching and Learning, NYC DOE

This participatory session is for educators curious about how to create a truly student-centered learning environment. We will consider specific approaches in academics and school culture that can support students in getting traction and reaching independent mastery of learning goals. We will explore shifts in curriculum, grading, and learner roles in response to the question: How can students benefit from using both mastery-based and culturally responsive approaches? Some of the areas we will discuss: transparency, role shifts, and positive learning identities.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff

Nicholas Merchant-Bleiberg, Principal, Voyages Preparatory High School

At Voyages, our transition to mastery teaching and learning has transformed us as a community. However, the transition is challenging and requires strategic planning. During this session, attendees will explore ways of starting the conversation around grading norms at their own schools and will walk away with an understanding of how department-wide and school-wide policies can support a successful transition to mastery teaching and learning.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

11:55 Lunch Discussion Groups (50 min)

General lunch with no particular topic

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Carl Oliver, Assistant Principal, City-As-School

Whether you're a Desmos expert or you aren't yet sure how to pronounce it, this lunch conversation is for you. Have conversations with your group, share your thoughts and exercises, and learn how to make use of this powerful new learning tool. We'll also have time to play math 'Trivia' and give out prizes! **Make sure to bring your device to connect to the Desmos website!

Of particular interest to: Everyone

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Students take the new version of the Global History Regents on June 3rd. This lunch session gives history teachers the chance to debrief the exam with colleagues from across the city and discuss how the exam structure impacts their approach to teaching the content.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

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Are you looking to learn how to better connect lesson materials to the identies of the students in your classroom? Do you want to ensure that all of your students are able to equitably access learning? If you do, come join this lunch discussion that will provide opportunies for educators to share how they've appraoched developing and implementing pedaogy that recognizes the importance of representing students' cultural identies in the classroom to support their learning.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

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Internships are a valuable way for students to begin carving out a path to a successful future; however, strong internship partners can be hard to find. Attend this lunch discussion to discuss initiatives that exist throughout New York City that can help your students secure internship positions, in which they can get hands-on learning experience that can open the door to their future goals.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

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The CDOS credential provides students with a great opportunity to progress towards graduation while also developing work-related skills; however, many schools have questions about how to establish effective CDOS programs. Join this lunch discussion to share your experiences with the CDOS and hear from others who are working to build programs in their schools.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

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Many schools are working to shift away from traditional discplinary models and incorporate restorative justice practices but making those changes is not always easy. Come to this lunch discussion to share your experiences with restorative justice and hear about ways that other schools have implemented these practices.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

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Are you working on creating internship/work-based learning opportunties for students? Are you looking to connect with others doing the same to share insights? If so, attend this lunch discussion to get meet and share experiences with others developing hands-on experiences for students that increase their readiness for professional lives.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

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Familes can have a dramatic impact on the trajectory of students' academic careers. Supporting families and including them in your school environment can help them to better connect with their child's scholastic experiences and therefore, be better prepared to support their child's success. Come to this lunch session to hear from others working in schools who are looking to try new parent engagement strategies and share your ideas or best practices for engaging families.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

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Join a discussion with colleagues to share strategies and resources you have used to support ENL students in your school. Whether you are a full-time ENL teacher or a teacher looking for new ways to support multilingual students in your classes, this discussion will provide space for your to trade questions and ideas to bring into your practice.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

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Student attendance is a perennial focus for nearly all transfer schools. Join this lunch discussion group to share your best practices for increasing student attendance and hear from colleagues in other schools about their intiatives.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

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School-based staff are always working to create welcoming and safe spaces for all students. Come to this lunch session to discuss the ways your school has created success spaces for LGBTQ students and learn from others about their efforts.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

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In this lunch discussion, you will get the chance to discuss strategies school-based personel are using to provide support to students who are also parents. You will be able to share your experience developing strategies that support their academic and personal needs, hear how others have done the same, and brainstom ways in which to you can deeepen your support.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

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Being prepared to apply to college can make all the difference in a student's life. However, knowing the right way to support them through this experience can be hard. Attend this lunch session to hear how others are providing support to students, ask questions,, and learn how you can be an advocate for those preparing for higher education.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Jian Liu (transfer school graduate), Assessment Manager, Office of Assessment, NYC DOE

A number of World Language exams have been approved as a +1 pathway for graduation. This lunch session will provide participants information about the +1 Pathway program, an overview of the World Language exams approved as +1 pathways, and ways that students can be prepared for the exam.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

12:55 workshops (65 or 140 min)

Kyana Davis, Jill Chaifetz Transfer School; Keith Ford, Voyages Preparatory High School; Brianna Orta, Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School; Leah Perry, Voyages South Preparatory High School

Join us for a discussion with transfer school alumni about their lives since graduation. Panelists will offer their reflections on what aspects of their transfer school experience best prepared them for the world of college, career, and community beyond high school. Alumni will also address areas of challenge and how they have worked to overcome these obstacles. Facilitated by: Michael Rothman, Executive Director, Eskolta School Research and Design

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

Dan Storchan, Principal; Julia Brown, Math Teacher; Susan Sylvester, Science Teacher; Nathalie Shepherd, Visual Arts Teacher, Innovation Diploma Plus High School

How do you take curriculum and make it authentic to accelerate critical thinking and student voice? Over the past three years the Innovation Diploma Plus teaching and learning community has been striving to better understand how to design, implement and evaluate authentic 21st-century learning experiences for our students. This workshop will focus on the journey our interdisciplinary Inquiry Teams have taken to close the student-engagement gap with an emphasis on empowering our students to own the learning. Bring a task you use in your classroom to practice the process of transforming assessments with us!

Laptops for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary

Of particular interest to: Principals, Assistant principals, All instructional staff

Ali Holstein, Youth Program Consultant/Data Translator; Domingo Rodriguez, Director, South Brooklyn Community High School

In 2017-18, South Brooklyn Community High School brought the entire staff together to intentionally focus on if and how staff were building connections with students. In this session, they will share more about the activities they went through and the strong correlations they found between student success and connections to staff. We will also work with our colleagues to reflect on our relationships with students and brainstorm ways to continue developing meaningful connections.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

Anna Poole, Citywide Instructional Specialist, STEM Department, NYC DOE

The Living Environment exam presents a challenge for students, in terms of both content knowledge and literacy skills. In this workshop, we will explore practical strategies that can help students build critical literacy skills (Advanced Literacies) while deepening their thinking around science content. Teachers will come away from the session prepared to apply strategies that help build student confidence and the ability to be successful, both in LE and in our knowledge-based society.

Of particular interest to: Science teachers, Program Chairs

Max Krauss, LMSW; Jolyon Davis, MSW, Wediko Children's Services/New Directions Secondary School

Trauma affects childhood development in ways that can impact health, social and emotional growth, and consequently, performance in school. Research conducted by Wediko Children's Services at a school in the Bronx for over-age youth shows that nearly 3 in 5 students reported experiencing 3 or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), traumatic events. The national average for ACE exposure is 1 in 5. This presentation will provide an introduction to trauma, its effects on the brain, and how this may present in classroom behavior. We will introduce Wediko's Hierarchy of Interventions, a framework for teachers and staff that provides a toolkit of responses to challenging behavior to employ before resorting to disciplinary action, and engage in an activity and discussion of real-world application of these techniques.

Of particular interest to: Counselors/Advisors/ACs/Social Workers, All school leaders, All instructional staff

Sara Jackson, Model Teacher/ Programmer, High School for Excellence and Innovation

Comprehension through annotation and discussion is a step toward becoming an independent reader and thinker. This workshop will introduce close reading and discussion strategies for not only ENL and struggling readers, but students at all levels. Used as part of the Gradual Release of Responsibility, this workshop will provide tools to support students as they move from depending on the teacher to depending on each other and themselves, shifting the teacher/student work ration to 10/90.

Of particular interest to: Principals, Assistant principals, All instructional staff

Juliette Adams, VP of Strategy; Leah Potter, President, Hats & Ladders

Hats & Ladders is a free, easy-to-use, game-based app that students can use to discover their interests, strengths, values, and challenges. Through that data, the app connects them to careers (hats) and experiences (ladders) that help them reach higher. In this session, participants will learn how to use Hats & Ladders reports to guide students in meaningful discussions around careers and help them develop career self-efficacy. It promises to be fun and interactive. Make sure you bring your phone so you can try it out!

Smartphones for Attendees - Mandatory

Of particular interest to: Program directors, Counselors/Advisors/ACs/Social Workers, College/Career counselors / Guidance counselors

Natalia Ortiz, Training Director; Laura Shmishkiss, Executive Director, Center for Racial Justice in Education

During this extended workshop, participants will explore the questions "What is race?" and "What is racism?" We will discuss the history of how race was constructed and talk about the ways it affects the education system and our children. Participants will develop their ability to recognize the many manifestations of racism: institutional, interpersonal, and internalized. NOTE: This is an extended session that will run from 12:55 pm to 3:15 pm.

Laptops for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary, Smartphones for Attendees - Mandatory

Of particular interest to: Principals, Counselors/Advisors/ACs/Social Workers, All instructional staff

Mary Grueser, Director of Professional Development Programs, Educational Video Center

Educational Video Center has worked with students and teachers in NYC transfer schools for more than 35 years. Students from the High School for Excellence and Innovation are using their film, Sanctuary Now, as an educational tool to hold Know Your Rights workshops for parents and Inwood community members to educate them about their rights and empower them with the agency to resist systemic oppression peacefully. Teachers will leave this workshop with innovative ideas on how to connect student-centered classroom projects with social-justice-oriented community change.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

Erica Fabiano, Special Education Teacher; Charlie McNulty, Special Education Teacher, New Dawn Charter High School

Co-teaching requires a balance in the classroom, and can be challenging for both the general education teacher and the special education teacher. In this session, we will review strategies to help with planning and executing a thorough co-teaching plan. We will also discuss differentiated instruction that can be incorporated with planning academics as well as planning for behaviors. Attendees will develop different strategies to maximize work time together.

Of particular interest to: Sp. Ed. teachers, All instructional staff

Kevin Daniels, Learning to Work Program Manager, Mission Society of New York/Harlem Renaissance High School

Planning for options after graduation should start on the first day of school. Often, we face barriers that distract us from holding these particular discussions. During the workshop, we will share local postsecondary resources and discuss key questions of practice, such as "How are we building a curriculum for individual students?" and "What techniques are we using to make students and their parent/guardians aware of postsecondary options?" We will also discuss ways to have difficult conversations with our students about postsecondary planning.

Of particular interest to: Counselors/Advisors/ACs/Social Workers, Internship coordinators, College/Career counselors / Guidance counselors

Ebony Howard, Math Teacher, South Brooklyn Community High School

Some students struggle immensely with algebraic concepts and formulas, often not understanding where they come from or how they are derived. This leads to them not remembering what they have learned and lacking conceptual understanding. However, with the use of manipulatives and visuals, students can construct their own knowledge and retain what they learn. In this workshop, teachers will learn about the various manipulatives they can use in their classroom to help students learn.

Of particular interest to: Math teachers

Amauris Lopez, Student Advisor, Bronx Regional High School/East Side House

Students at Bronx Regional have been re-engaging through music in a variety of ways (e.g., rapping, singing, recording/producing, and even composing). Amauris Lopez has developed a recording studio out of an old storage closet where students have taken the liberty of creating their own musical masterpieces as a therapeutic form of expression. This expansion has increased attendance and academics across the board and continues to grow in a positive way. If you enjoy creating music and are looking for a way to add some flare to your advisory group, join this session to learn how you can implement these techniques in your own space.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All youth development staff

Jennifer Byalick, Instructional Coach; Anthony Jenkins, MSW, College All Stars Senior Program Associate; Monica Monfre, English Teacher/Department Head; Abena Phillip, Math Teacher/Department Head; Vincent Saladino, Social Studies Teacher/Department Head; Ravon Smith, Science Teacher/Department Head

Have you ever been challenged by not only effectively grading student work but also explaining students' grades to them? In this workshop, participants will explore Urban Dove's school-wide competency rubrics and how they are used for giving feedback. Participants will walk away with a full set of rubrics that can be applied to every subject and include both standards-aligned academic and social-emotional skills, in addition to tools for giving feedback.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff

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*** Unfortunately, the presenter for this session is no longer available on the date of the conference. If you were interested in attending this session, please consider attending "Creating a School that is Safe for LGBTQIA+ Students in a Meaningful and Tangible Way" during the 2:10-3:15p workshop block. ***

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

Joe Schmidt, Senior Instructional Specialist, OCIPL, Social Studies, NYC DOE

This presentation will share the development and design of the social studies curriculum units in grades nine and ten. Participants will explore activities and lesson plans, and consider ways that content and disciplinary practices support engaging and comprehensive social studies teaching and learning. The units are supported by Text Sets with rich and diverse primary and secondary resources that include selected text sources, artifacts, art, and maps. Using Grade 9, Unit 3 and Grade 10, Unit 4 as examples, participants will learn how to integrate the resources within the scope of the program.

Of particular interest to: Social Studies teachers

Have you ever wondered how educators at other transfer schools are tackling common challenges within your field? Do you have a useful strategy or resource that people at other schools might be interested in hearing about? Here's your chance to connect and share ideas with other transfer school staff! In the past, conference participants have engaged in these open-ended sessions to discuss best practices, develop fresh ideas to implement in their own schools, and set up communication with colleagues beyond their own department. Come take advantage of this unique forum!

Of particular interest to: Art teachers, Music teachers

Have you ever wondered how educators at other transfer schools are tackling common challenges within your field? Do you have a useful strategy or resource that people at other schools might be interested in hearing about? Here's your chance to connect and share ideas with other transfer school staff! In the past, conference participants have engaged in these open-ended sessions to discuss best practices, develop fresh ideas to implement in their own schools, and set up communication with colleagues beyond their own department. Come take advantage of this unique forum!

Of particular interest to: Counselors/Advisors/ACs/Social Workers

Have you ever wondered how educators at other transfer schools are tackling common challenges within your field? Do you have a useful strategy or resource that people at other schools might be interested in hearing about? Here's your chance to connect and share ideas with other transfer school staff! In the past, conference participants have engaged in these open-ended sessions to discuss best practices, develop fresh ideas to implement in their own schools, and set up communication with colleagues beyond their own department. Come take advantage of this unique forum!

Of particular interest to: ELA teachers

Have you ever wondered how educators at other transfer schools are tackling common challenges within your field? Do you have a useful strategy or resource that people at other schools might be interested in hearing about? Here's your chance to connect and share ideas with other transfer school staff! In the past, conference participants have engaged in these open-ended sessions to discuss best practices, develop fresh ideas to implement in their own schools, and set up communication with colleagues beyond their own department. Come take advantage of this unique forum!

Of particular interest to: Science teachers

Have you ever wondered how educators at other transfer schools are tackling common challenges within your field? Do you have a useful strategy or resource that people at other schools might be interested in hearing about? Here's your chance to connect and share ideas with other transfer school staff! In the past, conference participants have engaged in these open-ended sessions to discuss best practices, develop fresh ideas to implement in their own schools, and set up communication with colleagues beyond their own department. Come take advantage of this unique forum!

Of particular interest to: Social Studies teachers

Dylan Turmeque, Teacher, South Brooklyn Community High School

The NYC student population is changing, and, in particular, we are seeing an increasing number of Latinx students. However, our curricula are not reflecting our students' interests, cultures, and history. For the last two years, we have incorporated the teaching of Latinx History and Latinx Literature into our school. The classes have allowed our Latinx students to see themselves in their own culture and to take intellectual risks. We will share our resources and engage attendees in conversations about incorporating similar practices in their schools.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff

Stephanie Holmes, Assistant Principal; Jamillah Burns, School Counselor; Sharnell Mitchell, After-Care Specialist, Research and Service High School; Sequoia Worrell, College and Career Access Counselor, Good Shepherd Services

For the last few years, Research and Service High School has worked to develop postsecondary student portfolios to engage scholars in all aspects of "leveling up" academic skills while simultaneously working on their own postsecondary paths. This workshop will include an overview of the portfolio and a breakdown of the roles that staff play during students' postsecondary journey. Attendees will engage in a conversation about academic skills and supports that prepare students for postsecondary transitions into college and careers.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

Mica Tuccillo, Manager of Special Operations; Rotem Blat, Project Associate; Fuschia Ray, Project Associate, Eskolta School Research and Design

Studying Resilience is a collection of activities for transfer school students to study how their stories relate to the societal issues facing transfer schools while developing skills of questioning, writing, debate, interviewing, and storytelling. Last year, Eskolta worked with three transfer schools--Voyages Preparatory, City-As-School, and J.V.L. Wildcat--to design these Common Core aligned activities. Now we are looking for more teachers to further develop the curriculum with their students in 2019-20. Come review the Studying Resilience curricular materials and explore how youth participatory action research can be at the heart of students telling their stories of resilience.

Of particular interest to: All instructional staff

Nancy Lewandowski, ELA/ENL Teacher, Voyages Preparatory Academy; Tunisia Morrison, Dream Director, Future Project

"The Hate U Give" is a high-interest young adult novel that offers numerous opportunities for students to make personal connections and find their own voice, in parallel to how the protagonist, Starr, finds hers. This session explores how a teacher and a Dream Director from the Future Project collaborated to create a rich literary experience for students using weekly workshops that included the creation of identity boards and the generation of personal, empowering acronyms.

Of particular interest to: ELA teachers

Gemar Mills, Chief Education Officer; Tunisia Morrison, Dream Director, The Future Project

"Possibility thinking" is the combination of inspiration, self-reflection, growth, and direct action, which cultivates deep self-directed learning, self-realization, and the power, passion, and purpose to do new, dynamic things in the world and with others. Join the Future Project to hear about their work with bringing this practice to transfer schools and how it transforms students' lives by deepening their engagement with the world and enabling them to explore and realize possibilities beyond their own expectations. Attendees of this session will learn about the Science of Possibility and experience how it works to shift mindsets from fixed to growth.

Of particular interest to: Principals, Assistant principals, All school leaders

Candace Matthews, 9x9 Program Director, Citywide Transfer High Schools - Office of the Superintendent Paul Rotondo, NYC DOE

By the age of six, many of our students have already experienced trauma. Trauma-sensitive schools acknowledge the prevalence of traumatic occurrences in students' lives and create a flexible framework that provides universal supports, is sensitive to the unique needs of students, and is mindful of avoiding re-traumatization. This session will give attendees the opportunity to think about ways to create schools and classrooms that build resiliency and buffer students from additional trauma.

Of particular interest to: Counselors/Advisors/ACs/Social Workers, All school leaders, All instructional staff

Tracy Bauer, Instructional Coach, reDesign

In this extended learning session, you will learn how to design and implement performance tasks as summative assessments that guide unit planning. Situating your performance task design in a real-world scenario, you will create student-facing materials that allow your students to self-direct their own learning throughout a unit. This session is intended for teachers who instruct non-Regents-based courses, but all are welcome to learn how to create engaging performance tasks that are rigorous and relevant to students' lives! NOTE: This is an extended session that will run from 12:55 pm to 3:15 pm.

Laptops for Attendees - Mandatory

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff

Daniel Carlton, Teaching Artist, Hook Arts Media

When students step out of their comfort zones and lower their guards, amazing things can happen. By introducing theater games and role-plays in the classroom, Red Hook Media Arts teaching artists help students and teachers open up to new discussions about conflict resolution, decision making, effective communication skills, emotional triggers, and examining bias. Attendees will have the chance to practice these games and think about ways to incorporate similar strategies in their classrooms.

Of particular interest to: ELA teachers, Music teachers

CARA, CUNY ASAP, INCLUDEnyc, Goddard Riverside Options Center

The postsecondary landscape can be confusing and complicated to navigate. Take a step toward demystifying this process by connecting with some of the many organizations that work with our students to help them succeed in college. During this session, you will have the chance to talk to representatives from organizations that address the following: school-based postsecondary preparation, college access and retention, college-based supports, and support for students with disabilities.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All youth development staff

2:10 workshops (65 min)

Rachel Corsini, ELA Teacher; Corey Brown, Special Education Teacher; Chris Losurdo, Principal, Voyages South Preparatory High School

The Voyages South Survival Guide is a selection of tasks and activities that are scaffolded with the express goal of adding literacy across all content areas. In this workshop, we will demonstrate our process for creating tangible activities and strategies that improve student reading and writing. Attendees will have the chance to engage with the activities and take away ideas for applying these tools in their own classrooms.

Of particular interest to: All instructional staff

Emily Kleinman, Director of Knowledge Development, Eskolta School Research and Design

The Eskolta Learning Center is a complete set of online materials from our nine years of work with transfer schools to re-engage students through student-centered feedback, assessment practices, attendance development, learning mindsets, and strength-based culture. Each topic, available for free online, includes a series of PD guides with facilitator instructions, sample materials, associated research, and activities to teach key concepts to your staff using Eskolta's inquiry-driven empowerment approach. In this workshop, we will interact with the materials to identify exactly what you need to push the learning of your staff and students.

Laptops for Attendees - Mandatory

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff

Tamara Parks, Science Teacher/Peer Collaborative Teacher; Sarah Gil, Social Studies Teacher/Department Facilitator, City-As School

Layered curriculum is a way of organizing curriculum so that students have structured choice in accessing, applying, and thinking deeply about content. The method allows teachers to confer and coach diverse learners, meeting them where they are and allowing them to advance at varying paces. Author Alfie Kohn writes, "What limits on students' right to choose are necessary, and what restrictions compromise the idea too deeply?" We will examine the benefits and limitations of this method, and explore how giving opportunities for democratic decision making in curriculum can take layered curriculum to the next level by instilling a sense of agency in students, as well as better preparing students as our future leaders in a democratic society.

Of particular interest to: Assistant principals, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

LaKisha N. Williams, Assistant Director of Advocacy & Community Engagement; Judith Lorimer, Director, Goddard Riverside Options Center; Lan To, Columbia Business School Executive Education Program

Is a college degree necessary for success? Why is the public conversation and school accountability so focused on "the college path"? Join members of #DegreesNYC to dive deep into the question and explore ways of changing the conversation. #DegreesNYC is a collective-impact initiative that galvanizes stakeholders from throughout NYC with the goal of equity in postsecondary education and career pathways. We recognize that the work is not just about leveling the playing field but also about broadening the conversation to embody a multiple-pathways approach to success.

Of particular interest to: College/Career counselors / Guidance counselors, All school leaders

Jenna Ryall, Senior Instructional Specialist, Social Studies Department Implementation Lead, OCIPL, Social Studies/Civics for All, NYC DOE

Civics for All is a new K-12 initiative dedicated to providing civics-related resources, programming, and professional learning to all of our schools. This session will introduce the component parts of the Civics for All initiative, including a preview of the K-12 civics curriculum aligned to the Passport to Social Studies. Participants will learn about the civic education and professional learning opportunities available to schools in the 2019-20 school year, beginning with a Civics for All Ambassador Institute taking place this summer.

Of particular interest to: Principals, Assistant principals, Social Studies teachers

Tanell Pendleton, Model and Special Education Teacher, Bronx Haven High School; Nicole Rivera, ELA Teacher, Bronx Haven High School

Integrated co-teaching requires frequent and consistent planning, and for both teachers to always remain on the same page. This workshop will show participants how to memorialize their curricula, unit plans, and lessons. Participants will learn how to communicate and co-plan for an integrated co-taught classroom using Google Drive, Google Shared Calendars, and Google Docs. Facilitators will share resources and best practices. Participants will have an opportunity to practice all of the shared techniques and strategies.

Laptops for Attendees - Mandatory

Of particular interest to: ELA teachers, Sp. Ed. teachers, All instructional staff

Vielca Anglin, Science Teacher, City-As-School

In this session, we will explore how to effectively integrate cogenerative (cogens) dialogues into your science classroom to empower, encourage, and support students to make meaning in the science classroom. This process can help students develop the personal agency necessary to master challenging content. Inspired and modeled after one of the Cs presented in Christopher Emdin's For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood . . . and the Rest of Y'all Too, this session will explore the progression of this work in one science classroom and strategize for trying it in your own!

Laptops for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary

Of particular interest to: Science teachers, All instructional staff

Dr. Gloria Pope, Education Director, Destination Tomorrow

This workshop is designed for school leaders and other educational professionals to learn how they can be productive allies of LGBTQIA+ youth - especially transgender and gender-nonconforming young adults - and create safe, nurturing environments for LGBTQIA+ students in a systemic and holistic manner. Join us to discuss: the evolving vocabulary about LGBTQIA+ issues, tips for speaking with adults and students about sensitive issues, common challenges faced by students, and federal and local protections afforded to LGBTQIA+ students.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

Melissa Birnbaum, Internship Department Chair, City-As-School

Managing an internship program requires ongoing relationship building between your school, the adults and agencies who host your students, and the students themselves. During this workshop, I will share how City-As-School strives to maintain solid connections with the adults who mentor our students to ensure that students areplaced in a supportive learning environment. A facilitated best practices discussion will enable participants to share resources.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, Program Chairs

Gilberto Garcia, Director, Office of Postsecondary Readiness, NYC DOE

The workshop, primarily intended for content area teachers, will illustrate practices that allow English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners (ELL/MLLs) to bridge the achievement gap. As the number of ELL/MLLs joining the mainstream setting increase, all teachers need to be prepared for meeting ELL/MLLs content and language needs. We will review how to introduce ELL/MLLs to self-assessment functions as an inventory of their assets and areas of development to help evaluate the strength of their college and career readiness foundation.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

Kerridene Small, Urban Dove Team Charter School II; Shellhaas Jean-Francois, Jill Chaifetz Transfer High School; Erica Fabiano, New Dawn Charter High School; Jennifer Byalick, Urban Dove Team Charter School

Eskolta Fellowship is a one-year course for teachers, school leaders, and district staff from across New York City. In this panel discussion, three 2018-19 Fellows will discuss activities such as exemplar reviews, 4-3-2-1 protocol, PDSA cycles, and other methods they have used for planning and leading school change. Fellows will discuss the activities they have found most useful to help their colleagues design and implement sustainable changes across the school and how the fellowship impacted their ability to lead adult learning in their schools. Facilitated by: Michael Rothman, Executive Director, Eskolta School Research and Design

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development staff

Laurynn Grimston, History Teacher; Raven Fenner, ELA Teacher; Tina Rufo, ELA Teacher; Shaun Smath, History Teacher; Jacci Kueffner, Science Teacher, Voyages South Preparatory High School

In an effort to improve student achievement, our school has facilitated a lesson-study approach where content teams test and revisit instructional activities and established weekly routines that permit teachers to cyclically plan, inter-visit, and reflect on how our instructional techniques improve student outcomes. During this session you will have the chance to engage with parts of this process, so please bring student work samples that focus on skills instruction.

Of particular interest to: All instructional staff

Have you ever wondered how educators at other transfer schools are tackling common challenges within your field? Do you have a useful strategy or resource that people at other schools might be interested in hearing about? Here's your chance to connect and share ideas with other transfer school staff! In the past, conference participants have engaged in these open-ended sessions to discuss best practices, develop fresh ideas to implement in their own schools, and set up communication with colleagues beyond their own department. Come take advantage of this unique forum!

Of particular interest to: Assistant principals, Instructional Coaches / Staff Developers

Have you ever wondered how educators at other transfer schools are tackling common challenges within your field? Do you have a useful strategy or resource that people at other schools might be interested in hearing about? Here's your chance to connect and share ideas with other transfer school staff! In the past, conference participants have engaged in these open-ended sessions to discuss best practices, develop fresh ideas to implement in their own schools, and set up communication with colleagues beyond their own department. Come take advantage of this unique forum!

Of particular interest to: Health/PE teachers

Have you ever wondered how educators at other transfer schools are tackling common challenges within your field? Do you have a useful strategy or resource that people at other schools might be interested in hearing about? Here's your chance to connect and share ideas with other transfer school staff! In the past, conference participants have engaged in these open-ended sessions to discuss best practices, develop fresh ideas to implement in their own schools, and set up communication with colleagues beyond their own department. Come take advantage of this unique forum!

Of particular interest to: Principals

Have you ever wondered how educators at other transfer schools are tackling common challenges within your field? Do you have a useful strategy or resource that people at other schools might be interested in hearing about? Here's your chance to connect and share ideas with other transfer school staff! In the past, conference participants have engaged in these open-ended sessions to discuss best practices, develop fresh ideas to implement in their own schools, and set up communication with colleagues beyond their own department. Come take advantage of this unique forum!

Of particular interest to: Program directors, Assistant program directors

Have you ever wondered how educators at other transfer schools are tackling common challenges within your field? Do you have a useful strategy or resource that people at other schools might be interested in hearing about? Here's your chance to connect and share ideas with other transfer school staff! In the past, conference participants have engaged in these open-ended sessions to discuss best practices, develop fresh ideas to implement in their own schools, and set up communication with colleagues beyond their own department. Come take advantage of this unique forum!

Of particular interest to: Sp. Ed. teachers

Abby Lovett-Uddin, Senior Advisor - Leadership and Professional Learning, Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support, NYC DOE

This professional learning opportunity is designed for educators interested in learning about the unique set of supports provided to an individual student based on his or her learning needs in order to remove barriers that result from the student's disability. Participants will engage in IEP activities, lesson plan analyses, and case studies on how to effectively plan and implement Specially Designed Instruction in the classroom.

Laptops for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff

Patrick McGillicuddy, Principal, East Brooklyn Community High School

East Brooklyn Community High School will share how they use the partnership model to meet the social-emotional needs of students while also increasing attendance. Some resources they will share includes examples of how they refined practices like attendance incentives, home visits, and outreach calls to be more effective, resources developed through the Community School AIDP Grants, and their approach to developing a DOE/CBO partnership that can lead to a more collaborative approach to supporting students' social-emotional and academic needs. Schools will have time to work in small groups on a specific challenge related to their partnerships or approaches to increasing attendance.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All youth development staff

Edith Sangueza, Equal Justice Works Fellow/Staff Attorney, The Door Legal Services Center

As the federal government escalates its enforcement against immigrant communities, educators are an important source of front-line information and support for students and families. At the same time, there have been recent developments at the state level to support immigrant students' college access (N.Y. Dream Act). This workshop will give educators a basic understanding of the immigration system, the types of benefits available to young people, and college access for immigrant students.

Of particular interest to: All instructional staff, All youth development staff

Jian Liu (transfer school graduate), Assessment Manager, Office of Assessment, NYC DOE

Join this workshop to explore mathematics problems using the open array (area) model for the product of multi-digit integers and polynomials to connect the learning across grades. We will discuss ways to help students build new understandings that are required in the NY State Mathematics Learning Standards, even if the students have experienced interruptions to their mathematics education.

Smartphones for Attendees - Mandatory

Of particular interest to: Math teachers

Paul Joseph, ELA Teacher, Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service

The Stressor Index is a simple tool designed to foster a more balanced narrative concerning the challenges facing our students. This workshop should be thought of as a discussion with the broader transfer school community toward refining the idea of the Stressor Index, which was designed over several years.

Of particular interest to: Counselors/Advisors/ACs/Social Workers, College/Career counselors / Guidance counselors, All instructional staff

Natasha Finch, Teacher, Arturo A. Schomburg Satellite Academy

At Satellite Bronx we started thematic teaching this year, collaborating across content teams to focus our school's academic learning on the idea of change. In this session, I will share some school data about our progress in thematic teaching and students' responses to the interdisciplinary approach to learning they have experienced in the school year. Attendees will have the chance to discuss opportunities for thematic teaching in their own contexts.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff

Francesca C. Plowright, Central Ambassador, CUNY ASAP

CUNY's Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) assists students in earning an associate degree within three years by providing a range of financial, academic, and personal supports, including comprehensive and personalized advisement, career counseling, tutoring, waivers for tuition and mandatory fees, MetroCards, and additional financial assistance to defray the cost of textbooks. ASAP also offers special class scheduling options to ensure that students get the classes they need, alongside other ASAP students, and in blocks of time that accommodate their work schedules. As students approach graduation, they receive special supports to help them transfer to four-year colleges or transition into the workforce, depending on their goals.

Of particular interest to: Counselors/Advisors/ACs/Social Workers, College/Career counselors / Guidance counselors, All youth development staff

ACCES-VR, INCLUDEnyc, Hats & Ladders, Per Scholas

The postsecondary landscape can be confusing and complicated to navigate. Take a step toward demystifying this process by connecting with some of the many organizations that work with our students to help them succeed as they pursue careers or vocational-training options. During this session, you will have the chance to talk to representatives from organizations that address the following: school-based postsecondary preparation, support for students with disabilities, and pathways for career training.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All youth development staff

Nneka Lewis, Program Manager, CAMBA

Come relax, refocus, regenerate, and start your self-care journey to be the best you can be in your roles. When we take care of ourselves first, we can then bring our best selves to our roles as teachers and advocates for our students. Regularly practicing self-care benefits our students and our teams, which in turn leads to greater-functioning schools and organizations. *This workshop will entail scents from a diffuser; suitable for most noses.

Of particular interest to: School support team, All instructional staff

Michael Roberts, Executive Director; Ashley Falzone, Employment Coordinator, Comprehensive Development, Inc.; and a panel of youth

There is a great deal of conversation across the city--and the country--about post-secondary readiness, including workforce development and the integration of college and career services for young adults. What has been missing in the conversations are the thoughts of the young people themselves who are in need of these services. In this event, young people will speak directly to educators about what they need to succeed in college and careers. Please join us for a thoughtful, stimulating conversation as our youth experts and experts in the field speak about gaps to be addressed, best practices, and examine ways all of us can be involved in helping this next generation succeed.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All youth development staff

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