8:45 workshops (90 min)

Steven Goodman, Founder and Director, EVC; Antonia Rudenstine, Director, reDesign; Carla Cherry, English Teacher, Innovation Diploma Plus High School; Lydia Howrilka, Social Studies Teacher, High School for Excellence and Innovation

Across the country, young people are rising up and making their voices heard. Let's prepare transfer school students to be part of the conversation! Come learn how two transfer schools launched three courses on student and police relations, using student video production as the vehicle to develop students? research, leadership, civic engagement and problem-solving skills. In this session, you'll learn how we did this, screen student films, and gain guidance on how you can design your own course with our topics, or with a topic of your own, using our interactive, user-friendly curricular blueprint.

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

Trisha Jerrick, Social Worker, Shenickey De Gannes, Social Worker, Ivani Purvis, Social Worker, Alexis Sheets, Social Worker, and Mary Delaney, Social Worker, CAMBA

The Strength-Based approach is a perspective that focuses on the resilience, abilities, and strengths of students rather than their deficits. Since transfer school educators deal with increased absences, low Regents scores, and behavioral issues, it can sometimes be challenging to find the positives in students. This session will explain the Strengths-Based Perspective, offer participants a chance to work with real-life narratives, as a way to help them learn how to identify student strengths, and explore the benefit of acknowledging the hidden gems in students.

Of particular interest to: All youth development staff

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

Are you a math teacher looking to support struggling and frequently absent students? In this workshop you will learn how to use "Blended Learning" to support these students. Schoology.com and Edpuzzle.com will be explored. You will also go through the process of creating customized lessons or resources (Algebra 1 Regents Materials) that can be used in your classroom. Many talented teachers, both new and experienced, are increasingly empowered by and excited to use technology. Let's get empowered!

Laptops for Attendees - Mandatory

Of particular interest to: Math teachers

Fran Tarr, Director/Founder, Breaking Walls Arts Education Program

Breaking Walls Arts Education is the brainchild of transfer school students and how they developed peace-building and self-esteem tools through creative writing and performance. Experience a hands-on mini-lesson illustrating the impact of the Breaking Walls Arts Education process for yourself.

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

April Leong, Principal, Liberation Diploma Plus High School; Lieutenant Donzel Cleare, New York Police Department

April Leong, principal of Liberation Diploma Plus High School, and NYPD Lieutenant Donzel Cleare will discuss the evolution of the Junior Citizens Police Academy at Liberation Diploma Plus High School. Taking inspiration from the NYPD's Citizens Academy, the JCPA is a fourteen-week course consisting of lectures, videos, role-plays, tactical exercises, and interdisciplinary workshops. Participants will get an overview of the curriculum, see a video about the program, and hear testimony of transformation from Liberation's students.

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

Tamara Parks, Science Teacher/PCT, and Sarah Gil, Social Studies Teacher/Department Facilitator, City-As-School; Rob Michelin, Assistant Principal, Humanities Prep High School; Tom McGuire, Director, Principal's Residency Network

Experience personalized support for a project you're taking on at school alongside teacher leaders in our network. In this workshop you will: practice facilitation of protocols to solve leadership problems, capitalize on opportunities for networking, tap into colleagues' experience, and think critically about how to incorporate PRN leadership core values (Moving the Vision, Moral Courage, Instructional Leadership for a Positive Learning Environment, Management Based on Interpersonal Relationships, Building Public Support for School Excellence) into decision-making processes.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders

Carl Oliver, Assistant Principal, City-As-School High School

STARS, ATS, Gradebooks, and many other sources of data are probably turning your life into a confusing mess. Learn how one 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, Parent Coordinators

Jamel Mims, Program Director, Urban Arts Partnership

Fresh Prep is an arts-integrated test-prep program that uses original hip-hop music and culturally responsive pedagogy to help students gain the skills and content they need to pass the Global History, US History, and English Language Arts Regents Exams. In this interactive workshop, participate in a live demonstration of Fresh Prep Global History and ELA curricula and activities, and engage in a discussion of applications of culturally responsive pedagogy for Regents re-takers in the transfer school classroom. In light of the upcoming changes to the Global exam, we will also discuss ways to integrate youth culture to highlight interpreting documents and to draw connections between enduring issues confronting human history.

Smartphones for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary

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

Eve Stotland, Director, Legal Services Center, The Door - A Center of Alternatives, Inc.

More than 50 percent of New Yorkers are foreign-born, and many are undocumented. With the federal government increasing immigration enforcement, school staff need to be ready to provide accurate information and referrals to undocumented students and families. This workshop will update teachers and school staff on crucial trends in immigration law and provide concrete tools for working with undocumented youth.

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

Nicholas Merchant-Bleiberg, Principal, Michael Cardona, Program Chair, and Andrew Schirling, Science Teacher/Data Specialist, Voyages Preparatory High School

How can your school build its own system that integrates DOE and CBO work and data at minimal cost? Using Google Suite, we've built an internal system that tracks and connects our DOE and CBO staff's attendance, mastery grading, and counseling data. This system calculates and generates mastery-based progress reports and allows staff to filter and share data while maintaining FERPA protections. We have been able to implement authentic mastery grading and progress reports, and we don't use or pay for any external systems. All you need is spreadsheet skills!

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

Paul Forbes, Senior Director, NYC Department of Education Office of Equity and Access

Most people in this country adamantly reject any form of racism, sexism, prejudice, and discrimination. However, research shows us that the same people unknowingly reveal reoccurring patterns of subconscious bias in their thoughts, feelings, and actions. This bias is more commonly known as implicit bias and refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. During this interactive session, participants will examine how implicit biases manifest in practices and policies, and learn strategies to minimize and reduce these biases.

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

Chris Losurdo, Principal, Melissa Cunningham, Social Studies Teacher, Rachel Corsini, ELA Teacher, Antonietta Greisch, ELA Teacher, Laurynn Grimston, Social Studies Teacher, Shaun Smath, Social Studies Teacher, and Corey Brown, Special Education Teacher, Voyages South Preparatory High School

This workshop will show participants how Voyages South Preparatory High School uses GLBs to engage students and memorialize their work. GLBs are Guided Learning Booklets, which are a student-facing lesson plan that teaches students both content and skills. In this presentation we will look at exemplar GLBs used at Voyages South and experience what it's like to use a GLB in the classroom. At the end, attendees will have the opportunity to begin creating their own GLB.

Laptops for Attendees - Mandatory

Of particular interest to: All instructional staff

Jamie Best, Arts Teacher, and Candice Rodney, Spanish Teacher, Brooklyn Bridge Academy

Have you noticed that the students in your classes seem to be becoming less motivated and more apathetic? Try using school-wide competition games to encourage teamwork, community building, motivation, reinforcement of content, and so much more! Brainstorm with us to create an exciting activity that you can take back to your school and try out with your students and staff! A sample Regents Prep game and all of its parts and pieces will be digitally offered to participants.

Laptops for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary

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

Jonathan Mayer, Teaching Artist, Dance Theatre Etcetera

In this workshop participants will conceive, shoot, and edit their own original public service announcement. Using this hands-on approach to explore a student-centered filmmaking process, we'll cover everything from tricks for working with imperfect school technology to brainstorming activities and games that have been proven effective in helping students identify issues of true personal interest and real academic depth.

Laptops for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary

Of particular interest to: ELA teachers, Social Studies teachers, Art teachers, Music teachers

Jesi Zinn, Special Education Teacher, and Andres Cruz, Biology Teacher, Bushwick Community High School

This workshop is aimed at colleagues in the integrated co-teaching classroom who would like to maximize the effectiveness of their instruction. We will delve into developing a professional relationship and provide strategies for enhancing co-taught lessons. By exploring teaching styles, classroom models and planning formats, teachers will walk away from this workshop with tools on how to improve the co-teaching dynamic.

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

Nicola Vitale, Citywide Instructional Lead, High School Mathematics, Algebra for All, Department of STEM NYCDOE; Rozalia Shteynberg, Citywide Instructional Lead, High School Mathematics, Department of STEM NYCDOE

Students often come to high school with significant and varied gaps in mathematical understanding and a history of experiencing failure in mathematics. These gaps and the mindsets that students develop are significant barriers to learning. In this workshop we will experience and examine the use of tasks and instructional strategies to promote access, engagement, and mathematical learning in a community of diverse learners.

Laptops for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary

Of particular interest to: Assistant principals, Math teachers

Patrick Williamson, Community Coordinator, and Joy Nolan, Co-director and Co-founder, Mastery Collaborative

This session offers an introduction to mastery-based learning, implemented with a culturally responsive lens. Mastery and CRE, in combination, can empower students and build positive learning identities and mindsets. Using short videos that include student voice, "speed round" conversations, and resources our team has created with member schools across the five boroughs, we will explore together the value of CRE and mastery-based shifts. We will also consider the relevance, and possibly the urgency, of using mastery and CRE practices in transfer schools.

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

Zena Robinson-Wouadjou, Co-founder/Director, and Vanessa Emile, Co-founder/Director, SchoolWideRead

This year's SchoolWideRead workshop will focus on educating teachers and youth developers on how to move from best practice to a transformative program. In this session, we will explore the ways in which SchoolWideRead has built a program based on individual practices observed in the classrooms of co-founders Vanessa Emile and Zena Robinson-Wouadjou. Participants will experience a SchoolWideRead signature component, SWRCircle,and strategize ways to use entrepreneurial spirit to grow and structure practices beyond the classroom.

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

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

Jessica Hunsinger, Product Manager, Kiddom

Jessica Hunsinger, a former transfer school teacher, will lead a self-paced session focused on using the Kiddom platform to develop self-paced curriculum to support students with a range of academic and social and emotional needs. Using a "sandbox" format, teachers will be able to explore resources at their own pace and in collaboration with colleagues, if they choose. Materials will guide educators on using curated content resources to develop curriculum that saves teachers time and empowers students to learn at their own pace.

Laptops for Attendees - Mandatory

Of particular interest to: All instructional staff

Anthony Koulis, Living Environment Peer Collaborative Teacher, Wesly Pierre-Toussaint, Global History Peer Collaborative Teacher, and Michael Liegey, US History Teacher, Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School; Flora Greenaway, Principal, Noreen Villanueva, Special Education Teacher, and Margaret Hunt

Four transfer schools that have been collaborating in the Transfer School Institute's Collaborative Community of Practice (Metropolitan DPHS, Aspirations, Bronx Community, and Bronx Haven) will share their journey focusing on a common focus area of work. The schools will exemplify how they leveraged the mentor-mentee program developed by the Transfer School Institute as an effective way to improve instruction and increase student outcomes. Attendees will have the chance to explore ways they could adapt similar practices to their own context.

Of particular interest to: All instructional staff

Adrienne Andry, Science Model Teacher, David Lloret, Math Model Teacher, and Patrick McGillicuddy, Principal, East Brooklyn Community High School; Shellhaas Jean-Francois, Social Studies Teacher, Karen Esdelle, Assistant Principal, and 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. Three transfer schools that have been collaborating in the Transfer School Institute (East Brooklyn Community High School, Jill Chaifetz Transfer High School, and Murray Hill Academy) will share out what they have learned about using teacher teams as the most effective way to improve instruction. They will share how their practices related to teacher teams have changed over time and what aspects of the teams are most effective. Attendees will also work in small groups to help school teams think through how they want to improve the effectiveness of their own teacher teams.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders

Xinyu Pan, Instructional Coach, NYC Department of Education OPSR NYC Skills Lab; Laryssa Kramarchuk, Chemistry Teacher, Frank McCourt High School

Our new knowledge-based economy demands our students to go beyond the academic standards we teach in the classroom. Yet, the skills our students need to thrive in this new environment are notably absent from their learning experiences both in and out of school. NYC Skills Lab is working with educators and community partners across NYC to redesign what the students are learning and how they are learning, so they are better equipped with the skills they need to lead a fulfilling life in the 21st century. This session is designed for educators to come away with best practices for supporting students' 21st-century-skills development in the science classroom.

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

Ivonne Torres, Deputy Director, Azzie Forbes, Program Director, Anthony Phan, Assistant Program Director, Miguel Rodriguez, Director of Counseling, and Bria Jacobs, Employment Specialist, Queens Community House; Nicholas Merchant-Bleiberg, Principal, Voyages Preparatory High School

At Queens Community House we understand the struggles our students experience both at school and at work. Through a partnership with Eskolta, we have been piloting two tools to assess and give feedback on critical skills that we find are essential for future successes. These tools have been implemented at our four schools and have yielded promising results thus far, encouraging our students to plan for the future, set reasonable goals, and follow through on their next steps. By identifying their strengths and weaknesses related to mindset, communication, and overall independent skills, we are able to create an effective strategy to help them progress toward their future college and career plans. In the near future, we hope to train all school staff to use the tool and begin to better prepare and support our youth for a brighter future!

Of particular interest to: Counselors/Advisors/ACs, All school leaders, All youth development staff

11:55 Lunch Discussion Groups (50 min)

General lunch with no particular topic

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Meet with other educators to discuss strategies and grapple with questions related to attendance outreach.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Connect with other educators in your borough over lunch.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Connect with other educators in your borough over lunch.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Meet with other educators from Consotium schools to share resources, ideas and questions.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

The new Global History Regents was just administered two days ago! Come share your thoughts, impressions, and ideas about implications for your work with other history teachers.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Engage in a discussion about the importance of culturally relevant pedagogy and how to infuse it into your curriculum.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Discuss strategies and approaches for fostering positive and effective co-teaching partnerships.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Share ideas and strategies for developing and maintaining effective CDOS programs.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Discuss methods for designing and implementing service learning opportunities for students.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Meet with other educators who are implementing or interested in implementing restorative justice practices in their schools.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Discuss ways that schools have established successful internship and/or work-based learning program.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Join other educators who are interested in sharing strategies for supporting students and addressing LGBTQ issues in our schools.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Connect with other educators in your borough over lunch.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Join our keynote speaker, Dr. Noliwe Rooks, for a questions and answer session over lunch.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Connect with other educators in your borough over lunch.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Join other educators who are interested in sharing ideas and strategies for re-engaging families.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Join other educators who are interested in discussing ways to build rigorous academic experiences for students that prepare them to reach college-readiness levels in mathematics and English.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Join other educators to discuss strategies and ideas for serving English language learners of all levels.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

If your school surveyed students through the Transfer School Student Discovery Project, join us to review your students' results! Mica Tuccillo, the project coordinator, will be present to answer questions you might have.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Discuss ways to bring more student voice and choice into your curricular offerings and school structures. Plan to share your ideas or bring questions for others.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

Meet with other educators who are grappling with the best ways to support students through the college preparation, application, and enrollment processes.

Of particular interest to: Everyone

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!

Of particular interest to: Assistant principals, Guidance counselors/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!

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!

Of particular interest to: Math 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!

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!

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!

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!

Of particular interest to: Sp. Ed. teachers

12:55 workshops (65 or 140 min)

Elina Theodosiou, History Teacher, and Tanya Paul-Henry, Math Teacher, Voyages Preparatory High School

What is Lesson Study? How does a staff implement a new school-wide program such as this one? More important, are we ready for such an undertaking? These are the questions our staff was faced with when we began working with Lesson Study. This workshop will showcase our school's journey with learning and applying Lesson Study for the past two years. We will share our staff's introduction to the program and also discuss the various steps our staff is taking to make the concept of Lesson Study something that is unique and beneficial to our teachers and their students.

Laptops for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary

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

Raymond Breton, Hector Castillo, Esmeralda Fanerte, and Tyeema Valentine, Transfer School Alumni

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.

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

David DeCamp, Principal, and Ashley Moran, Special Education Teacher, Professional Pathways High School; Cynthia Chery, ELA Teacher, Susan Greig, ELA Teacher, Charon Hall, Principal, and Catherine Jacobs, ELA Teacher, Brooklyn Academy High School

This presentation features Professional Pathways High School and Brooklyn Academy High School, two schools that have been participating in the Transfer School Institute's host-partner school program for the last year. Professional Pathways spent two years developing and honing a conferencing strategy with protocols and tools to meet the needs of their student population and eventually increased student academic performance across content areas. This year, Professional Pathways mentored the Brooklyn Academy team and shared their expertise, tools, and strategies around student conferencing by opening their school to Brooklyn Academy staff. Participants will walk away with a solid rationale for student conferencing, the elements of an effective student conference, and access to a set of tools developed by both schools.

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

Ron Summers, Senior Director of Computer Science and Implementation, Mike Miller, Director of School Pathways, Ashley Macquarrie, Director of Partnerships, Tunisia Mitchell, Computer Science Education Manager for Affinity FSC, and Francisco Cervantes, Director of Academics, NYC Department of Educati

Through CS4ALL, NYC students will learn to think with the computer, instead of using computers to simply convey their thinking. Students will learn computational thinking, problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking all while they learn to collaborate with their peers, communicate and create with technologies, and better understand technologies we interact with on a daily basis. This workshop will provide school leaders and teachers with an entry point for defining computer science education and ways to identify appropriate pathways for CS implementation in their schools.

Laptops for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary

Of particular interest to: All school leaders

Rachel Seher, Assistant Principal, and Alan Cheng, Principal, City-As-School

Workshop participants will explore Descriptive Inquiry, our school-wide inquiry process at City-As-School. Used in New York City schools ranging from the Earth School to Bank Street College of Education, Descriptive Inquiry is a democratic inquiry process through which practitioners examine student work and academic experiences and use the knowledge created to inform decisions about educational practice. Participants will experience a review of work and then explore the way that the City-As-School staff uses Descriptive Inquiry to better understand students and their learning. Participants will have the opportunity to examine artifacts from City-As-School's inquiry work and to generate ideas for applying Descriptive Inquiry in their own contexts.

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

Benjamin Lorr, Research and Design Facilitator, Eskolta School Research and Design

"You get what you assess," researcher Lauren Resnik explains. Meaning, for any assignment you give, you will only get a student product that is as strong as the assessment you design. This workshop will help participants identify the characteristics of assessment that promote enduring learning and make them meaningful to students. Participants will review exemplar assessments, a checklist with the qualities of Authentic Assessments, and develop an action plan for putting their learning into practice.

Laptops for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary

Of particular interest to: Assistant principals, All instructional staff

Miriam Iglesias, Social Studies Teacher, Innovation Diploma Plus High School

Incorporating diverse technology into your curriculum can be intimidating. However, Drones offer a unique and fun way of doing so. Drones can be used to teach anything from math concepts to persuasive arguments. In this session we will explore the uses of Drones in the classroom and address how we can incorporate more technology into curriculum.

Laptops for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary

Of particular interest to: All instructional staff

Lisa DiGaudio, Principal, and Erica Fabiano, Special Education Teacher, New Dawn Charter High School

New Dawn Charter High School has worked diligently in establishing programs that develop the human connection between students and staff at the school. By creating a tiered system of interventions, New Dawn students persevere in their pursuit of a high school diploma. In this session, participants will learn about the Social-Emotional Key Design element in our charter, and what that looks like and feels like for students throughout their career. Participants should walk away with ideas on how to create their own programs that connect the key adults in the building to the student body.

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

Angela Jones, English Teacher, Satellite Academy

An African proverb reminds us that the lion's story will never be told as long as the hunter is the one to tell it. This workshop will discuss graphic novels, not only as high-interest reading material for struggling readers, but also as a way to introduce students to counter-narratives. The facilitator will present several multi-genre graphic novels that address social issues and feature young characters of color in stories that are deeply significant but rarely told. This workshop will also present opportunities for participants to gain access to free or low-cost books for their students.

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

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

Susana Pereyra, Neighborhood Organizer, NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs

IDNYC is the city's new (and free) form of municipal ID, available to all New Yorkers ages 14+, regardless of immigration status. This session will cover how we identified a need in NYC's communities and how we created a program to not only meet that need but also encourage people from all walks of life to engage in our program. The session will cover the vision for IDNYC, address why we need a municipal ID, and highlight some benefits of the program.

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

Abigail Myers, Content Area Specialist for AP English, NYC Department of Education ? AP for All; Yesenia Peralta, Director of Advanced Academic Access, NYC Department of Education

By fall 2021, it is New York City's initiative that students in all high schools will have access to at least five AP classes to increase the college and career readiness for all students. In this session, we will unpack an AP task to examine the necessary skills, concepts, academic vocabulary, and habits of mind students will need to be successful. We will also share transfer school?specific best practices for the development of collaborative teacher teams, vertically aligned assessment, and course sequencing to meet their unique needs while thoughtfully preparing as many students as thoroughly as possible for the challenges offered by AP courses.

Of particular interest to: Guidance counselors/Social workers, All school leaders

Christopher Griffin, Founder/Social Justice Educator, EduQueer Trainings

Interested in creating inclusive and safe spaces for your LGBTQ students? This interactive training session provides a foundation of knowledge, awareness, and tools needed to be an effective ally for LGBTQ individuals and those questioning their gender identity and/or sexuality. Topics covered include unconscious bias, stereotyping, LGBTQ terminology, ways to navigate anti-LGBTQ situations, and best practices for creating inclusive spaces on your campus, in your workplace, or in your general community. NOTE: This session takes place for the full afternoon from 12:55p-3:15p. If selecting this session, you will not be able to select a second afternoon workshop.

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

Anita Wahi, Math Teacher, and Nevila Bejko, Math Teacher, Brooklyn Academy High School

Strategies to address, learn from, and possibly prevent misconceptions in the math classroom. Participants will discuss common math misconceptions among students, learn different approaches for dealing with them, and try out new tools. Focus will be on taking a positive approach to dealing with misconceptions.

Of particular interest to: Principals, Assistant principals, Math teachers

Nancy Ginsburg, Director, Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project, The Legal Aid Society

In October 2018, sixteen-year-olds will no longer be prosecuted as adults for certain crimes. This workshop will provide an overview of the Raise the Age law as well as provide guidance on how to work with court-involved students and help students negotiate police encounters.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders, All instructional staff, All youth development 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: 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: Internship coordinators, College/Career counselors

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

Dantel Proctor, Program Manager, Jobs for the Future; Elizabeth Walsh, Career Coordinator, and Tawanda Kerr, Peer Coach, Grace Outreach

In this workshop, Grace Outreach, with JFF, will discuss their peer-coaching program, which allows staff to better personalize postsecondary and career exploration and decision making for all students. A Peer Coach (former student at GO; currently in college) and Instructor will walk through the peer-coaching framework (based on the JFF's Best Bets framework), connect participants with ready-to-use tools and resources, and discuss the success and challenges of utilizing a peer to help students explore multiple postsecondary pathways.

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

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

Florjana Lela, Special Education Coordinator, Urban Dove Team Charter School

This workshop will showcase the way that Urban Dove Team Charter has leveraged their school-wide co-teaching model to ensure that students are provided with specially designed instruction in line with the needs stated in their IEP. By creating documents that clearly outline strategies for each student, teachers are able to implement support strategies that effectively scaffold work to build students' independence. Attendees of this session will have the chance to explore these tools and practice applying the strategies to develop specially designed instructional materials.

Of particular interest to: Sp. Ed. teachers, All school leaders

Patrick McGillicuddy, Principal, East Brooklyn Community High School

East Brooklyn Community High School will share how they use the partnership model to best meet the social-emotional needs of students while also increasing attendance. Some of what they will share includes examples of how they refined practices like attendance incentives, home visits, and outreach calls to be more effective, resources they 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. There will be time for schools to work in small groups on a specific challenge related to their partnerships or increasing attendance.

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

Mica Tuccillo, Manager of Special Operations, Eskolta School Research and Design

What obstacles have our students faced? What unheralded achievements have they accomplished? Understanding this can help us better understand who they are and how we help them succeed. In the Transfer School Student Discovery Project (TSSDP), Eskolta worked with a team of transfer school students to design a survey based on their life experiences. This spring, we collect responses from more than 500 transfer school students. In this session, student researchers will share key learnings from the survey and discuss the participatory action research (PAR) methods we used in the design process. If your school participated in TSSDP, sign up for this session to receive your school's survey results and learn more about results across the city.

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

Natalia Ortiz, Training Director, Border Crossers

In this session, participants will: (1) deepen their historical knowledge and definitions of race, racism, and white supremacy, (2) enhance their understanding of how race and racism manifests in classrooms, schools, and the lived experiences of students, and (3) practice applying a racial-equity lens to scenarios related to race and racism in the classroom. NOTE: This session takes place for the full afternoon from 12:55p-3:15p. If selecting this session, you will not be able to select a second afternoon workshop.

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

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

Eric Viets, English Teacher, Murray Hill Academy

In this workshop we will utilize The Big Question framework, a sequence of activities that promote discussion from multiple perspectives. Students and teachers will become specialists on a political philosopher's lens, research practical applications of their philosophy in current events, and then take part in an open forum discussion around a controversial statement. Students will then host a Q&A to talk about their experience doing the task themselves and how it can be applied to a variety of disciplines.

Smartphones for Attendees - Mandatory, Laptop Optional but can use smartphone for convenience

Of particular interest to: All instructional staff

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

The Stressor Index (SI) is a data tool that can be used to understand the amount of stress an individual student may be operating under. There is a good bit of research showing that our cognitive functioning can be impaired when we are dealing with stressful situations. Furthermore, we know that our students in transfer schools deal with an inordinately high number of stressful factors. In developing the SI over nearly 3 years, we have identified 31 individual circumstances that can introduce stress into the life of our students and compromise their ability to succeed academically. Sharing this tool with a broader transfer school community could lead to a deeper understanding of our students' situations and, most important, how we may effectively respond.

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

Jean McTavish, retired Principal, Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School

There are few chances in the busy life of schools for principals to sit together and engage in collaborative discussion. Here is the opportunity! Join your transfer school principal colleagues to discuss school leadership experiences, reflect on shared challenges, and exchange ideas across the transfer school community.

Of particular interest to: Principals

ACCES-VR, America Needs You, CUNY ASAP, and INCLUDEnyc

The postsecondary landscape can be a confusing and complicated one 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 Prep, College Access and Retention, College-Based Supports, and Support for Students with Disabilities.

Of particular interest to: All youth development staff

2:10 workshops (65 min)

Preston Peoples, Advocate Counselor, SCO at Bronx Arena High School

This workshop will provide educators working across a variety of roles with the vocabulary, tools, and resources to enhance positive culture in their classrooms and schools. We will examine and practice the different types of Voice and their applications, as well as explore how Deposits can be used to (re)invest and engage your student population. Participants should expect to have an informative and exciting time participating in role-playing, group games, and share-out discussions.

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

Citywide Transfer School Students; Sable Mensah, Research and Design Facilitator, Eskolta School Research and Design

The daily hustle and bustle of schools rarely leaves us the time to step back and reflect on our practice, not to mention the chance to engage in collaborative reflection with our students. Join us for the opportunity to learn from transfer school students as you collaboratively generate solutions to issues facing our schools, such as motivating regular student attendance and building positive relationships between new students and staff, among other student-driven ideas. Take advantage of this time to hear directly from the experts: our students!

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

Christian Suarez, History Teacher, and Yael Glick, English Teacher, Voyages Preparatory High School

"Disrupt the Script," is a credit-bearing youth participatory action research course offered at Voyages Preparatory High School this year. The course seeks to capture experiences of transfer school students through student inquiry and action research. Students examine and create data about transfer schools through surveys, interviews, and testimonial videos. Participants will learn about the Question Formulation Technique and how to use it with students to generate interview and survey questions. We will also introduce a cage match protocol to help students discuss and analyze information.

Laptops for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary

Of particular interest to: ELA teachers, Social Studies teachers, All youth development staff

Xantal Tejada, Client Success Coordinator, Kinvolved; Augustus Grissett, Attendance Coordinator, Research and Service High School

This session will explore creative and impactful strategies to effectively engage both transfer school students and their guardians. Mr. Grissett will showcase how he built relationships with his school community via two-way, translated text message and email communications. Mr. Grissett's efforts have in turn improved student outcomes and attendance. Attendees will walk away with concrete strategies for mobilizing students and families around relationship building and attendance improvement in their own schools.

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

John Sullivan, Principal Leadership Facilitator, NYC Department of Education; Helene Spadaccini, Principal, Mott Haven Community High School

Hear from John Sullivan and Helene Spadaccini about the way schools can effectively implement CDOS programs as a pathway to graduation. Explore what schools need to know to ensure that their CDOS program can support students on their pathway to graduating from high school and how to successfully integrate LTW internship hours with CDOS criteria. Using the example of Mott Haven Community High School, participants will have the chance to envision the development of CDOS programs in their own schools.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders

Oliver Colbert, Poet/Creative Educator

As a product of transfer school education, I found that the freedom to express myself creatively through poetry was an essential element to my academic success. This workshop will focus on how poetry and honest conversations positively impacted my experience as a transfer student within my English and Language Arts classes. In the workshop, we will go over some simple poetic exercises, practices, and techniques that can help students identify creative ways to express themselves.

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

Edrick Johnson, Associate Vice President of Career and Education Pathways, New York City Mission Society

Do you work with youth who have long-term absences? Do you work with youth who have been suspended for 30+ days? If so, then this session is for you! This workshop provides strategies, techniques, and resources to support students and staff involved with reintroducing students to a new school community and encouraging engagement as a way to achieve overall student success. In addition, the session will provide real-life scenarios to help support staff prevent future crises.

Of particular interest to: All youth development staff

Dixie Bacallao, Director of Instructional Learning, reDesign

The challenge for all of us is to identify where individual students are on any learning trajectory, and address their needs, passions, and interests in "real time." In this session we'll dive into the pedagogical practices that support learner-centered classrooms, which are capable of meeting the academic needs of students who struggle to overcome significant skill and knowledge gaps, through deeper learning experiences. The session is self-paced and encourages participant choice, as five learning pods/stations will be set up for exploration. Learning pod activities include modeling, role-play, design sprints, and independent exploration.

Of particular interest to: Principals, Assistant principals, 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: Foreign Language teachers, ESL 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: Health/PE teachers

Michael Rothman, Executive Director, Eskolta School Research and Design

In this workshop, participants will learn about findings and recommendations for how states can change accountability systems for alternative high schools from a report compiled by Eskolta and the Center for American Progress, based on an analysis of the graduation results of OAUC students in NYC high schools. In this session, we make a case that the federal government has flexibility in how transfer schools are held accountable, and we must push New York State to better understand this. Participants will walk away with data they can use to argue for different accountability systems for transfer schools and will have a chance to surface ideas of how state accountability can change for transfer schools.

Of particular interest to: All school leaders

Florjana Lela, Special Education Coordinator, Urban Dove Team Charter School

In this workshop, the Urban Dove team will share the tools and structures they have developed to help staff write the "perfect IEP." Attendees will have the chance to explore the revised teacher reports, student and parent interview questions, checklist for components of the IEP, and timelines for reviewing documentation before a meeting. Attendees will explore exemplar answers to the following questions: What do you notice in each section? What is consistent? How could you apply this in your school context?

Of particular interest to: Sp. Ed. teachers, All school leaders

Mark Torres, Facilitator, Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School

In response to the devastating hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, students, staff, and parents at West Side High School formed the Blue Angels, a group dedicated to channeling students' desire to help into meaningful action. Since then, the Blue Angels have taken action on other issues, including the March for Our Lives. In this workshop teachers and students will share their experiences on building this organization and will discuss ways that other schools can create structures to enable students to effectively take action on political, social, or economic issues that affect them and their community.

Of particular interest to: Science teachers, Social Studies teachers, All youth development staff

Esther Kosi Nyako, Algebra Teacher, and 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, 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

Nick Mangino, Social Studies Teacher, Cascades High School

Culture is living and visual. Making history relevant for our students can be a challenge, but students can be motivated to learn through portraits. Academic language is essential for success, but it can also frustrate our students, so addressing it must be done creatively. Students will start with a Tupac mural and then use portrait analysis skills to evaluate a portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte. Attendees will experience how this kind of activity helps students develop the skills necessary to write a historical narrative.

Of particular interest to: Assistant principals, Social Studies teachers, All instructional staff

Jessie Levandov, Director of Youth Documentary Workshop, Educational Video Center; Youth Producers from Cascades High School, City-As-School, Institute for Collaborative Education, International High School at Union Square, and Voyages Preperatory High School

In this session we will screen a 25-minute youth-produced documentary film made by transfer school students at the Educational Video Center as part of a youth participatory action research project lead by Eskolta. The film examines the significance of transfer schools from the perspectives and voices of students, incorporating powerful personal storytelling, research and data analysis, and interviews with education professionals. Following the screening, we will have a structured Q&A with all 15 of the youth producers about ways to engage school communities and youth in the current conversation and advocacy work related to assessing transfer schools.

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

Dan Storchan, Principal, Guin Shaw-Smith, ELA Teacher, Susan Sylvester, Science Teacher, and Julia Brown, Math Teacher, Innovation Diploma Plus High School

How do you take curriculum and make it authentic enough to accelerate critical thinking and student voice? Over the past two 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.

Laptops for Attendees - Suggested but not necessary

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

Leslie Jones, Restorative Justice Coordinator, The Leadership Program - Stevenson Campus

Using the philosophy of Restorative Practices, participants will engage in activities and discussions that will support them in building a nurturing classroom community. In circle, we will identify strategies that best support the teacher in building relationships with their students. This experiential workshop will guide participants through what it would look like to address a topic using Restorative Justice practices and how they can prepare themselves to use these practices both formally in circles and during daily encounters.

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

Jasmine Hoskins, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Kerridene Small, Social Studies Teacher, Sooa Shim, Math Teacher, Ravon Smith, Science Teacher, and Lory Tomici, English Teacher, Urban Dove Team Charter School

Are you ready to confront the challenge of lagging skills in your classroom? In this session you will engage with a list of school-wide competencies, student-facing rubrics, feedback tools, a curriculum-planning document, and a grading policy that allows us to develop college-ready students.

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

ACCES-VR, INCLUDEnyc, Jobs for the Future, NPower, Opportunities for a Better Tommorow, and Per Scholas

The postsecondary landscape can be a confusing and complicated one 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 Prep, Support for Students with Disabilities, and Pathways for Career Training.

Of particular interest to: College/Career counselors, All youth development staff

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