The New York State Office of Religious and Independent Schools

Professional Development Resource Center (PDRC)

As the PDRC for Long Island, Catapult Learning provides high quality professional development to meet the needs of educators in Religious and Independent Schools on Long Island. At this time, all our sessions are offered online in virtual sessions or in recorded webinars. Did you know that our virtual online sessions are CTLE eligible? Educators, who participate in our live virtual sessions, are invited to request Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit hours for verified attendance. Recorded webinars are not CTLE eligible.

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Fall & Winter 2020 Workshop Offerings

Spotlight Series: Leadership Circle

Purposely designed to build a community of leaders who learn and problem solve together, this 8-part series will address leading through change, effective communication, difficult conversations, SEL, equity and more. Open to School Leaders only (Administrators, Principals, Assistant Principals, Dept Chairs). Due to the limited group size of this PLC, participation in all dates is encouraged and anticipated.

Join this leadership cohort every other Wednesday morning at 9:15am-10:15am, starting November 18 to March 3, 2021.

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Instructional Professional Development Workshops

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Flipped Classroom for Hybrid Instruction

Learn best practices for using a flipped instructional model for in-person learning or for use in a hybrid learning environment. Resources will be shared for student at-home learning or for in-school student application
Date: November 17 at 4pm

Best Digital Tools to Integrate with Google Classroom

Learn how to enhance your students’ engagement and learning by integrating top digital tools into your instructional toolbox to use with Google Classroom.
Date: November 19 at 4pm

NEARPOD: Your All-in-One Solution to Hybrid Learning

Make every lesson engaging. Learn how to find assignments, create assignments, and share assignments to your Google Classroom using the interactive learning tool, Nearpod.
Date: December 3 at 4pm

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Assessment Activities and Tools: Digital Tools Re-purposed for Assessment

Join us for a fun hour of interactive learning with a crash course in 3 amazing tools, repurposed to support student assessment: Padlet, Thinglink and Flipgrid.
Date: December 1 at 4pm

Using Virtual Projects as a Form of Assessment

Are you interested in challenging your students in meaningful learning experiences to reflect their own learning? Join us for an exciting hour of virtual project ideas, checklists, and rubrics to use through your Google Classroom.
Date: December 10 at 4pm

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Instructional Strategies for ALL Learners

Every classroom has students with a variety of learning considerations. Engaging ALL learners, using the Universal Design for Learning Principles, this session will provide tons and tons of resources, tips and ideas to help ALL educators ensure that ALL students are learning from in-person, remote or hybrid education.
Date: December 8 at 4pm

Special Education Adaptations for Online Learning

Explore technologies and tools that will help educators turn traditional classroom supports into online modifications to meet the needs of all learners.
Date: December 15 at 4pm

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THE 2020 RISE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE – 100% Virtual, 100% Free

The Long Island PDRC is proud to support the upcoming 36th Annual RISE 2020 Conference. Registration is open to all religious and independent school leaders and teachers in New York State. This year’s conference is 100% virtual and 100% free!

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2020 Conference Highlights:

  • Over 45 independent professional development sessions (Most CTLE-eligible!)
  • Keynote speakers
  • Vendor booths
  • Opportunities to meet with staff from the NYSED’s State Office of Religious and Independent Schools (SORIS) and the Long Island PDRC team!

2020 Conference Links:

The Long Island PDRC will host the following sessions at RISE 2020:

  1. What do High-Performing Cultures Do Differently: presented by Mitch Center
  2. Teaching STREAM Virtually: Using 10 Tools to Enhance Instruction: presented by Elizabeth Gallo
  3. Project-Based Learning for Online and Hybrid: the Best Solution: presented by Elizabeth Gallo
  4. Drawing/Writing on Screen: Choosing the Right Tools: presented by Dennis Desormier
  5. Coronavirus Patterns and Risks: A Math’s Teacher’s Perspective: presented by Dennis Desormier

Recorded Workshop Offerings

Impact From A Distance:
Academic, Behavioral and Social Emotional Strategies for Students & Educators during COVID-19

During this unprecedented time, the ability to virtually and remotely deliver meaningful and relevant content is more important than ever. Our Professional Development webinars will present valuable knowledge and information on a variety of topics that are important and timely as we all navigate through this new, virtual way of life.

Making an Impact with ZOOM 

While utilizing new technology, like Zoom, can present a number of challenges, Catapult Learning’s suite of videos can help you best understand how to improve your Zoom skills, become an expert meeting leader, and utilize all the tools available to you.

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Working With Google Workshop Series Archives

Recordings of our Working with Google Series are now available for your viewing. By completing the form in the link below, you can view the following popular sessions at your own pace:

Working with Google: G-Suite and Google Apps
Working with Google: Google Classroom
Working with Google: Instructional Tools
Working with Google: Assessment and Feedback

Workshop Archives

Previous Sessions

Strand I – Pre-Google 101: Introductory Skills

In this introductory session, participants will explore how the use of technology and the use of Google Apps can support organization and time management in the distance learning environment.

Strand I – Working with Google: G-Suite and Google Apps Introduction

In this session, participants will explore and use G-Suite applications to build documents, incorporate presentations, and explore data in spreadsheets to support learning. Activities will incorporate advanced search techniques with Google Search, Google Books and Google Scholar as well as integrating Google Calendar and Gmail in instructional planning. Participants will learn the tools to support teaching as well as enhance student learning.

Strand I – Working with Google: Google Classroom Introduction

In this session, new Google Classroom users will participate in creating their own Google Classroom, inviting students to the classroom space. Participants will use digital tools to create and post two assignments for their students. Participants will review student work, providing feedback to improve student learning.

Strand I – Working with Google: Instructional Tools

In this session, participants will explore and use digital tools to enhance instructional practices and explore Flipped Learning opportunities. Activities will incorporate using Google Maps and Google Earth to conduct virtual field trips and explore knowledge of the world. Additionally, participants will integrate videos and digital tools such as video conferencing, YouTube, and Chrome extensions to extend learning opportunities.

Strand I – Working with Google: Assessment and Feedback

In this session, participants will engage in tools to provide appropriate feedback and use assessments for learning. Participants will use Google Forms to create custom formative and summative assessments. Using effective practices and digital tools, participants will explore various ways to support student growth through appropriate feedback methods. In addition, participants will use Google Sites to examine options for student portfolios.

Strand I – Google Classroom for Leaders: Top 5 Must Haves for Remote Learning

This workshop will provide an overview of how leadership can utilize technology in order to hold staff meetings, make announcements, check to see that instruction is being held to high standards, and use benchmark assessments to track academic growth. Specifically, this workshop will explore the tools of Google Classroom and how it relates to creating open communication with staff members as well as an introduction to Zoom/Google Meet to get better insights of the learning experiences in your virtual school.

Strand II – SUPER-CHARGING Lesson Design – Engaging Students From A Distance

Participants will explore best practices to super-charge remote learning. This workshop will also provide a curated list of free technology-enhanced resources for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Strand II – Synchronous / Synchronous Distance Learning Strategies for Math and ELA

Calling all Math and ELA teachers in grades 6-12: our Distance Learning workshop series provides an in-depth look at leveraging the power of synchronous and asynchronous learning strategies in your content area.

Strand II – Assessments in Online Learning

This session will help teachers think about assessments they are using with their students. In this workshop new assessment methods and strategies will be touched upon to help understand how students are learning during distant learning.

Strand II – Unplugged Activities for Remote Learning

This session will help teachers generate lots of ideas for offering unplugged activities that connect to curriculum in a meaningful and productive way. In this workshop, teachers will explore projects, ideas and activities that they can share with students to do independently.

Strand II – Special Education Adaptations for Online Learning

Special education service providers and ELL teachers will learn how to turn traditional classroom modifications into online modifications and will explore technologies and tools that will help educators do that. This workshop will provide educators with tons of resources, ideas, and technologies to help reach all learners.

Strand V – Google Classroom for Leaders: Top 5 Must Haves for Remote Learning

This workshop will provide an overview of how leadership can utilize technology in order to hold staff meetings, make announcements, check to see that instruction is being held to high standards, and use benchmark assessments to track academic growth. Specifically, this workshop will explore the tools of Google Classroom and how it relates to creating open communication with staff members as well as an introduction to Zoom/Google Meet to get better insights of the learning experiences in your virtual school.

Summer Strand – Improving Writing and Thinking Skills Across the Curriculum

In this series, participants will learn to use writing assignments to increase student involvement, check on student understanding, and promote concept thinking. Using the research-based writing program, Collins Writing Program, participants will explore the five types of writing, discuss focus correction areas, investigate strategies for review including peer review and the 3-step editing process and more!

Summer Strand – Distance Learning Strategies for Math Grades 6-12

In this 3-part series, participants will investigate asynchronous remote learning strategies to support math instruction, will learn about leading live, interactive sessions to teach new math concepts in synchronous remote learning instruction and will explore building ‘flows’, additional online teaching strategies including shifting toward feedback to improve learning.

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