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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January & February 2021 Workshops

Multi-Media Workshop Series – Thursdays @4PM

Maximize your student engagement with innovative learning modalities. Join our Thursday sessions to grow your digital toolbox while crafting multimedia projects for your classroom. You are invited to join individual sessions or join us for the Soup to Nuts Series!

1. Designing a Multimedia Project – An Introduction

Session: February 4, 2021 at 4pm

Are you interested in learning about multimedia tools to bring project learning into your classroom? Join this session to engage with online tools to outline a project and to create a rubric for project evaluation.

2. Publishing a Video Online

Session: February 11, 2021 at 4pm

Are you interested in having your students use video to demonstrate their learning? Join this session to learn how to use 21st century tools to create, edits, and publish videos online.

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3. Publishing a Podcast Online

Session: February 18, 2021 at 4pm

Are you interested in having your students use podcasts to demonstrate their learning? Join this session to learn how to use 21st century tools to create, edit, and publish podcasts online.

4. Publishing a Blog Online

Session: February 25, 2021 at 4pm

Are you interested in having your students use blogs to demonstrate their learning? Join this session to learn how to use 21st Century tools to create, edit, update and publish a blog online.

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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Catapult Learning Webinar Series: Culturally Responsive Classrooms

Strategies for Identifying & Eliminating Systemic Bias While Celebrating Student Diversity & Promoting Equity

Systemic bias and racism exist in many classrooms and schools today. Even if it isn’t immediately recognizable, bias and racism can impact learning, engagement, achievement, and students’ social and emotional well-being. Educators are able to implement change when they are equipped with the ability to recognize how racism and bias might surface in their interactions with students, families, and colleagues, and then take steps to learn from those practices, building more meaningful relationships along the way. In this webinar series, you’ll learn strategies to help recognize implicit bias and how to create learning environments that celebrate diversity, promote equity, and allow children to be themselves within a culturally responsive classroom.

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Recorded Workshop Offerings

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

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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.

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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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Previous Sessions

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.

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.

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.

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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