Teacher Strand

Skill Building Session - 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Continuing the Conversation
Presenter: Dr. Bryant Marks
Room: Diamond

Skill Building Sessions - 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.

Workshop name: Discussing Race in Mostly White, Rural Schools
Presenter: Anneke Radin-Snaith and Nicole Green
Room: Gala

How do we have conversations about race in rural, mostly white, schools?  How do we talk about race when there are students in the room who still fly a confederate flag?  What do we do when we encounter the defensiveness that Robin DiAngelo terms “white fragility”?  Join us for a conversation focused on how, when, and why we discuss race in our classrooms.  *Disclaimer: This is meant to be a genuine conversation as we do not have the answers!

The Power of Community Circles
Presenter: Lisa Brockhuizen, W-FL BOCES
Room: Cortland

Educators will gain a deeper knowledge of the power of the community circle and how it strengthens relationships, reinforces Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and builds equity in the classroom.  Circles will be explored and practiced in the session.  

Digital Resources for All!
Presenter: Ryan Ayers, W-FL BOCES
Room: McIntosh

In this workshop, participants will learn about digital resources available through NYSED and W-FL BOCES School Library System that help support learning for all types of students. Participants will be given hands-on time to engage in technology resources appropriate to their content areas.

Promoting Student-Centered Learning Environments with the Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework
Presenter: Shawnna Sweet, Mid-West RBERN
Room: Empire

The New York State Department of Education’s Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CR-S) Framework helps educators create student-centered learning environments that: affirm racial, linguistic and cultural identities; prepare students for rigor and independent learning, develop students’ abilities to connect across lines of difference; elevate historically marginalized voices; and empower students as agents of social change. This session will offer an introduction to the four principles of the CR-S framework and discuss the guidelines for various stakeholder groups.