Past Conferences

EQUITY FOR OUR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:

The Law v. the Lore

Keynote Speaker: Perry A. Zirkel University Professor Emeritus of Education and Law Lehigh University

www.perryzirkel.com/about/

Thursday, March 17, 2016
8:00 AM* – 1:00 PM

Adelphi University
University Center
Garden City, NY

(* full breakfast included)

Presented by School Leaders for Change Visit at www.schoolleadersforchange.com

Seats are limited at this very important conference.

Participants: Building and District Teams are encouraged to attend. A diversity of roles and perspectives are welcome, including but not limited to district and school leaders, special education teachers and their co-teaching partners, all PPS staff members (psychologists, social workers, school counselors, speech and language teachers), special educations aides/paraprofessionals, and parents.

This conference will explore:

  • the significant differences between legal requirements and best practices
  • present and emerging student developments under the IDEA and Sec. 504
  • published court decisions in the Second Circuit and New York
  • break-out sessions addressing multiple pertinent issues facing our special education students today*

TO REGISTER: https://equityforourstudentswithdisabilities.eventbrite.com
or call  Karen Siris at 516-851-0471 OR  Philip  Cicero at  516-233-4464

* BREAK-OUT WORKSHOPS

Addressing Practical Executive Function Deficits in Students with Attention Disorders: Empirically-Tested Organizational Skills Training
Richard Gallagher, PhD, Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine

Students with ED: Not Your Typical Common Core Learners

Presenters:  Caryl  Oris, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Sewanhaka HS District
Christopher Schnepf, PsyD, Chairperson of Special Education, Sewanhaka HS District

Teacher Feedback:  Student Perceptions of Learning, Task Difficulty and Affect on Feelings and Expectations for Learning

Philip Cicero, EdD, Adjunct Professor, Adelphi University

Technology Tools for Engaging Students in a Differentiated Learning Environment

Mike Masullo, Supervisor of Special Education, Massapequa Schools
Bridget Karis & Elizabeth Conte, Special Education Teachers, Massapequa Schools

The Next Generation School Psychologists: Advocacy for Students with Disabilities

Stephen Taylor, School Psychologist, Wantagh SD
Mark Munchnik, School Psychologist (Rocky Point SD
Laylya Lindau, School Psychologist (Vincent Smith School
Krisitin Karch, School Psychologist (Elwood SD
Alison Waters, Kristin Sylvan, School Psychology Interns (Elwood SD

Tag: A School Based Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Jeanine Guilli, Tag Supervisor, Plainview Old Bethpage SD
Tara Castagna, Tag Supervisor
Kristen Raszka, Special Education Teacher Plainview Old Bethpage SD
Frank Carbone, Behavioral Consultant, Plainview Old Bethpage SD

Using a Strengths Based Perspective in a School Setting

Steven Baron, PsyD, School Psychologist, HANC-West Hempstead Schools

Making Design Thinking Visible through STEAM

Objectives for this Presentation:

  • STEAM and its connection to existing content standards
  • Examples of STEAM-based projects
  • Characteristics of a design-centered classroom
  • Collaboration time
  • Resources

What is STEAM?

STEAM: Science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The A in STEM integrates art and design with STEM sparking the interplay between left-brain convergent and right-brain. In a rapidly changing world, it is important that we educate global citizens who have the imagination and skills to conquer new challenges.

Presented by: Tracy Hogan, Emily Kang, Cindy Maguire, Mary Jean McCarthy
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education
Adelphi University
steammakers.weebly.com

PowerPoint Presentation link: Click Here

 

INQUIRY IN THE SOCIAL STUDIES
College, Career and Civic Life in the State Standards

Friday, October 23, 2015
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM *
Plainview Holiday Inn, Plainview, NY
* including full breakfast

FEATURING:

  • An Experiential Workshop by an Oceanside School District Team
    Robert Fenter, Assistant Superintendent
    Mitch Bickman, Director of Social Studies
    Dan Keegan, Oceanside Middle School Assistant Principal
  • A Panel led by Dr. Alan Singer, Hofstra University and Dr. Carl Mirra, Adelphi University

Seats are limited at this very important forum. Register now for early savings and to reserve a spot for your building team!

Intended Audience: Building and District Teams are encouraged to attend (K-12 Classroom and Content Teachers, District and Building Administrators)

This conference will take a close look at the newly-adopted C3 Standards/Frameworks in the Social Studies, as well as the New York State Social Studies Toolkit and Inquiry Design Model through an experiential approach; critically examine the implications of these new works for Social Studies Education, particularly through the lens of social justice and equity.

Participants will:

  • Critically examine the implications of these new works for Social Studies Education, particularly through the lens of social justice and equity.
  • Explore the implications of the C3 Standards/Frameworks for the Social Studies, PreK-12.
  • Experience the new Social Studies Toolkit and Inquiry Design Model.
  • Consider how these initiatives relate to a critical perspective in the Social Studies, in particular, and school curricula, in general.

Presented by: school.leadersforchange@gmail.com
Karen Siris, Ed.D (516-851-0471)
Philip Cicero, Ed.D (516-233-4464)
Devin Thornburg, Ph.D

Registration link: Click Here

 

EQUITY FOR OUR ELL LEARNERS
Part 154, Blueprint for ELLs Success, the Common Core Standards and Beyond

Friday, September 18, 2015
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM *
Plainview Holiday Inn, Plainview, NY
*including full breakfast

FEATURING:
Dr. Nancy Cloud, Rhode Island College*
Dr. Devin Thornburg, Adelphi University
Discussion by Expert Practitioners/Audience Participation

Seats are limited at this very important forum. Register now for early savings and to reserve a spot for your building team!

Intended Audience: Building and District Teams are encouraged to attend (K-12 Classroom and Content Teachers, ELL/ENL/Bilingual Directors and Teachers, PPS Staff, District and Building Administrators).

This workshop will take a close look at teaching for English language learners (ELLs) by all teachers. It will specifically focus on the new Part 154 regulations, the New York State Blueprint, and content-based instruction. The issues of equity as they pertain to our ELL learners and their families will also be addressed. Participants will examine essential frameworks for English as a New Language (ENL), and innovative approaches to integrated instruction that benefit all students.

Participants will:

  • Explore the implications of changes in the Part 154 regulations for the education of ELL learners
  • Explore the implications of the New York State Blueprint for ELL learners and their teachers
  • Consider strategies and policies to achieve equity for ELL learners, particularly collaborative strategies and co-teaching models
  • Offer content-based strategies for teachers across programs who are collaboratively working with ELL learners

Presented by: school.leadersforchange@gmail.com
Karen Siris, Ed.D (516-851-0471)
Philip Cicero, Ed.D (516-233-4464)
Devin Thornburg, Ph.D

PowerPoint Presentation link: Click Here
Course Materials link: Click Here

*Nancy Cloud

Nancy Cloud, Cooridnator of the M.Ed. in TESL Program and Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Rhode Island College, is a specialist in ESL, bilingual and dual language education. Prior to her work in Rhode Island College she coordinated the M.S. TESL and Bilingual Education Programs at Hofstra University for ten years and federally funded projects at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University for six years. She served on the TESOL Board of Directors (2000-2003) and was on the committee that produced the first national ESL Standards for Pre-K-12 Students in 1997. She began her career as a middle school bilingual/ESL teacher in San Francisco. Dr. Cloud publishes regularly on topics pertaining to the appropriate assessment and instruction of English Language Learners K-12. She received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University and is proficient in Spanish.

**Devin Thornburg

Devin Thornburg is a Professor of Education at Adelphi University, teaching courses in cognition, culture and learning, social justice, and human rights. He has been involved in school reform and teacher education for three decades, writing about teacher-student relationships and roles in diverse settings. His latest work is on trust in learning. He served as part of the leadership team of the NYU Metro Center for several years, addressing issues of equity and achievement in schools. He directed a Statewide project on disproportionality in special education with ELL students and has worked since then on Title III programming for teachers and administrators in the Hudson Valley to support their work on accountability measures, curriculum and extended learning for ELLs.