The Archdiocese of New York Central Westchester Region invites you to kick off the New Year with our Winter Wonderment Mini-Conference Day on January 12, 2022 from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Register before January 7th to reserve your spot!

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

PK-2

ELA: Creating Higher Order Questions through Sequencing

Questioning sequences lead students to create, elaborate on, and defend generalizations about facts and details related to content. The average teacher asks a question every 43 seconds. Have you thought about the types of questions you are asking? In this session, participants will follow up from the October conference and will dive deeper to explore the types of questions they are asking students and begin to develop an understanding of how higher order questions in a planned sequence can foster student achievement.

SCIENCE: Inquiry Based Learning in Science: Using phenomena as a springboard for student questioning

Making sense of the world begins with questions that identify what needs to be explained- or figured out-about the phenomena. When students ask questions about things that spark their curiosity, they become seekers of information and active participants in their learning. Yet it is often challenging for students to pose questions that require investigation, exploration and productive struggle. In this session we’ll explore the Science and Engineering Practice of Asking Questions. Using phenomena as our anchor, we’ll explore what this practice requires of students and use a Driving Question Board as one strategy to employ in bringing student questions- and voice and choice- into the learning environment.

MATH: Deepening Learning with MDL

This session is designed to teach you how to spark connections in the brain with multidimensional learning in Math. In this session we will provide you with an understanding of multidimensional learning and provide you with examples of how it can be implemented in your classroom through the use of Seesaw, Creative Curriculum and everyday Math Activities in Early Childhood.

TECHNOLOGY: Expand Your Use of Seesaw in the Classroom

Participants will dive into how Seesaw can be used to capture authentic learning throughout the school year. The goal of this session is to coach teachers on tactical ways that Seesaw can be used to link to their curriculum and standards. Teachers will look to deepen their digital portfolio implementation and discuss opportunities to convey a well-rounded portrait of the child.

SEL: Building Positive Relationships Through Classroom Routines, Rules, and Transitions 

With all the uncertainties that we live in now, teachers are experiencing more challenging behaviors in their classrooms than usual. In this presentation, participants will discuss the importance of structure and routines and they will learn how to use routines to ensure desired behavior. In addition, participants will learn different tips for successful transitions and they will gain insight on the basics of a social emotional responsive classroom.

MATH: Deepening Learning with MDL

This session is designed to teach you how to spark connections in the brain with multidimensional learning in Math. In this session we will provide you with an understanding of multidimensional learning and provide you with examples of how it can be implemented in your classroom through the use of Seesaw, Creative Curriculum and everyday Math Activities in Early Childhood.

TECHNOLOGY: Using Digital Tools with Clever

Clever can be a great tool to help with organization! This workshop will be a quick introduction to Clever and how it can be used in a classroom, along with Digital Tools that would work best for warmups and “Do Nows”, independent activities, and content-specific.

SOCIAL STUDIES: Inquiry Lesson Implementation in Social Studies

Building off prior knowledge of the New York Social Studies Scope and Sequence, this session aims to take the New York Inquiry Toolkit projects off the screen and place them into the classroom. In this 50-minute session, we will work collaboratively to develop a menu of options for each stage of the inquiry so that teachers have a concrete lesson model ready to be put to use for the start of 2022 that focuses on student engagement, student agency, questioning strategies, and differentiated learning. 

Participants will:

  • Develop a set of digital and in-person strategies to stage compelling questions
  • Discuss various ways to guide students through supporting questions
  • Focus on student choice in formative performance tasks and summative argument assessments
  • Learn how to guide students to take informed action and develop their own mini research projects
  • Focus on self-reflection throughout the Inquiry Process

MATH: Backwards Planning & High Level Questioning in Math

As we return from the Holiday Break, we can often feel overwhelmed with how quickly the year is moving and begin to worry about getting through every lesson we need to. During this 50 minute session, grade level colleagues will work together to practice how to intellectually prepare for a lesson using an exit ticket in order to get our best bang for buck from each lesson.

Participants will:

  • Analyze an exit ticket from a high leverage grade specific lesson
  • Understand the process affiliated with backwards planning
  • Practice backwards planning a lesson based on exit ticket analysis
  • Discuss and plan for important high leverage questions to incorporate throughout your lesson to foster a deeper understanding amongst student

TECHNOLOGY: Learn Anywhere with Seesaw

Seesaw tools and learning journal allow your students to showcase what they know in creative ways. This session will focus on how you can use Seesaw for remote and hybrid learning experiences. Participants will leave understanding how to effectively use Seesaw as a remote learning platform but ideas and concepts discussed are transferrable to use for family engagement and extension of learning opportunities for our students with their families throughout the school year.

MATH: Deepening Learning with MDL

This session is designed to teach you how to spark connections in the brain with multidimensional learning in Math. In this session we will provide you with an understanding of multidimensional learning and provide you with examples of how it can be implemented in your classroom through the use of Seesaw, Creative Curriculum and everyday Math Activities in Early Childhood.

Grades 3-5

MATH: Backwards Planning & High Level Questioning in Math

As we return from the Holiday Break, we can often feel overwhelmed with how quickly the year is moving and begin to worry about getting through every lesson we need to. During this 50 minute session, grade level colleagues will work together to practice how to intellectually prepare for a lesson using an exit ticket in order to get our best bang for buck from each lesson.

Participants will:

  • Analyze an exit ticket from a high leverage grade specific lesson
  • Understand the process affiliated with backwards planning
  • Practice backwards planning a lesson based on exit ticket analysis
  • Discuss and plan for important high leverage questions to incorporate throughout your lesson to foster a deeper understanding amongst students

SOCIAL STUDIES: Inquiry Lesson Implementation in Social Studies

Building off prior knowledge of the New York Social Studies Scope and Sequence, this session aims to take the New York Inquiry Toolkit projects off the screen and place them into the classroom. In this 50-minute session, we will work collaboratively to develop a menu of options for each stage of the inquiry so that teachers have a concrete lesson model ready to be put to use for the start of 2022 that focuses on student engagement, student agency, questioning strategies, and differentiated learning. 

Participants will:

  • Develop a set of digital and in-person strategies to stage compelling questions
  • Discuss various ways to guide students through supporting questions
  • Focus on student choice in formative performance tasks and summative argument assessments
  • Learn how to guide students to take informed action and develop their own mini research projects
  • Focus on self-reflection throughout the Inquiry Process

ELA: How to Engage Students in Non-Fiction Reading

Students read throughout the day. However, how they interact with text may change based on whether they are reading fiction or non-fiction or participating in a shared reading, guided reading, or independent reading. In this session, participants will dive into the different ways to differentiate texts for students based on how they are connecting with the reading and explore how NewsELA can be a great resource in your classroom.

SCIENCE: Disciplinary Literacy in Science

To ensure student success in the 21st century, teachers of all disciplines—including science—must become skilled at teaching literacy. In fact, our science standards are embedded with literacy components that range from complex text, academic vocabulary development, writing and speaking and listening. For scientists and engineers, discovery (and funding) are rooted in the ability to communicate findings and interpret data.

In this session, participants will look at the overlap between the ELA standards and the Science Standards through a lesson focusing on the skill of compare and contrast.

Participants will:

  • Understand the difference between content-area reading and disciplinary literacy
  • Analyze literacy demands of the discipline
  • Identify rich, complex texts to use in instruction
  • Practice high-leverage instructional strategies, such as close reading, as a means to interpret scientific text

TECHNOLOGY: Using Digital Tools with Clever

Clever can be a great tool to help with organization! This workshop will be a quick introduction to Clever and how it can be used in a classroom, along with Digital Tools that would work best for warmups and “Do Nows”, independent activities, and content-specific.

Grades 6-8

TECHNOLOGY: Using Digital Tools with Clever

Clever can be a great tool to help with organization! This workshop will be a quick introduction to Clever and how it can be used in a classroom, along with Digital Tools that would work best for warmups and “Do Nows”, independent activities, and content-specific.

MATH: Backwards Planning & High Level Questioning in Math

As we return from the Holiday Break, we can often feel overwhelmed with how quickly the year is moving and begin to worry about getting through every lesson we need to. During this 50 minute session, grade level colleagues will work together to practice how to intellectually prepare for a lesson using an exit ticket in order to get our best bang for buck from each lesson.

Participants will:

  • Analyze an exit ticket from a high leverage grade specific lesson
  • Understand the process affiliated with backwards planning
  • Practice backwards planning a lesson based on exit ticket analysis
  • Discuss and plan for important high leverage questions to incorporate throughout your lesson to foster a deeper understanding amongst students

SOCIAL STUDIES: Inquiry Lesson Implementation in Social Studies

Building off prior knowledge of the New York Social Studies Scope and Sequence, this session aims to take the New York Inquiry Toolkit projects off the screen and place them into the classroom. In this 50-minute session, we will work collaboratively to develop a menu of options for each stage of the inquiry so that teachers have a concrete lesson model ready to be put to use for the start of 2022 that focuses on student engagement, student agency, questioning strategies, and differentiated learning. 

Participants will:

  • Develop a set of digital and in-person strategies to stage compelling questions
  • Discuss various ways to guide students through supporting questions
  • Focus on student choice in formative performance tasks and summative argument assessments
  • Learn how to guide students to take informed action and develop their own mini research projects
  • Focus on self-reflection throughout the Inquiry Process

ELA: How to Elicit Higher Order Answers

Every question a teacher asks is designed to elicit a response from a student. However, we do not always receive the response we expect. The process by which students respond should not be left up to chance. In this session, participants will dive deep into strategies to elicit higher order responses and use individual work time to develop a plan to implement a few strategies into their classroom.

SCIENCE: Constructing Explanations

Although the term explanation has multiple meanings in everyday life, “Scientific explanations are accounts that think scientific theory with specific observations or phenomena” (National Research Council 2012). This is a key practice of science and lies at the core of the scientific discipline. Students use explanations to make connections between observations of phenomena, data, and their own experiences. It’s not only a sense-making process, but also a way for students to communicate their understanding. In this session participants will:

  • Examine the language of the Science and Engineering Practice of Constructing Explanations and how it compares to the ELA standards
  • Explore how anchor charts, sentence stems and color-coding can support student progress towards this practice.
  • Use language from the standards in developing rubrics for assessing and providing feedback
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