EDUCATORS

The CPD understands the realities and nuances of education in the twenty-first century.

Teachers can embrace technology through any one of our fifteen EDTech modules.  From getting Google savvy to screencasting, acquiring new skills is easy through these short, online, self-paced modules.

Leading Districts presents unique challenges especially for District Board leaders and administrators.   Toward this end, the CPD has an impressive track record in providing strategic planning services to Districts across New York State.  Our educational clients attest that our high engagement approach makes The Difference not simply in how a district views itself but how it engages ALL of its stakeholders in moving forward in a realistic, organized and accountable way.

It’s impossible to speak about strategic planning without embracing the need to support Board and District leadership.  Often as part of strategic planning engagements, the CPD includes Board governance and communications training (to name a few).  This is done in partnership with a law firm very seasoned in educational board governance and State and Federal labor laws.  The latter of which makes investigation services available in matters such as Titles IX and VII investigations and Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Complaints.

Regardless of where your District finds itself, the CPD has experienced professionals to support the unique needs of your District.

District Strategic Plans + CDEPs

The realities for school districts have never been more daunting.

Student learning in a complex world, teacher support, budgetary management, community expectations, parental engagement and more.  While challenging, navigating education in the twenty-first century can also be exciting and present new opportunities for districts to thrive.

The Canisius CPD understands all of this and has a strategic planning process that engages district board leaders, administrators, teachers and families, who are so very committed to making it all happen.

Our way forward is through a robust and realistic strategic planning process that is noted for its high stakeholder engagement.  Specifically, activities include:

  • e-surveys;
  • engagement workshops;
  • completion of strategy maps for each stakeholder area (teachers, SRPs, corporate services, administration, board, community development etc.);
  • curriculum goal mapping;
  • incorporation of, and alignment with CDEP and other educational data;
  • support with communications messaging to stakeholders; and,
  • the final compilation of a strategic plan with board and stakeholder briefings to support it.

The process can incorporate all or a portion of the above and allows for significant customization depending upon your district’s unique needs.

References are available from districts that have engaged the CPD, however, to first understand how the CPD can support your district, please contact Jennifer Patrick, CPD Executive Director, at 716-888-8494 ([email protected]).

District Board Training + Investigations

Over 15 School Districts have benefited from these professional services.

DISTRICT BOARD TRAINING

Educational leadership for Districts can sometimes be a complex and challenging environment to navigate which is why the CPD provides District Board and Administrator leadership training.

This is done by the CPD in collaboration with a legal firm extremely seasoned in Board governance within the educational sector.  Training topics often include, but are not limited to:

  • Board communications;
  • Board meeting protocols and relations;
  • Board responsibilities;
  • Board-Superintendent authority and working relations;
  • Board-Administration division of decision-making authority;
  • Legal Updates on civil service law, education law, counseling memorandums vs punishment etc.;
  • New York State regulations, requirements and processes; and
  • Federal law compliance.

Board Training can be part of a strategic planning engagement or offered as a unique service.  

DISTRICT INVESTIGATIONS

Investigation services are available that include:

  • Limited appointments as Title IX and Title VII compliance officer for investigations of complaints of workplace  sexual harassment/hostile environment; and,
  • General employment misconduct investigations resulting in recommendations and final reports to support employment-based disciplinary proceedings.

With extensive experience in New York State and Federal Labor Law requirements, a practical approach to investigations is possible and available should your District require it.

TO DISCUSS ANY OF THESE SERVICES AND THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF YOUR DISTRICT, CONTACT JENNIFER PATRICK, CPD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT 716-888-8494 OR VIA EMAIL AT [email protected]

In It To Win It: How to Successfully Start + Build Your Administrator Career

Just in time for the January-to-June Administrator hiring season, this essential one-day course is guaranteed to help set you apart from all other candidates.

You will:

  • learn how to improve crafting your cover letter and resume to optimally present your experience;
  • become familiar with research best practices so you are informed about the District you are applying to;
  • learn how to avoid interview missteps (and be eliminated as a candidate) and anticipate key questions; and,
  • practice interviewing so you become “interview-ready”.

Learn how to present your best self so that you attract the attention of District leaders before, during and after the hiring process.

This is not just your average prep course because it is being led by Dr. Meg Keller-Cogan, Canisius College’s Director of Educational Administration.  Dr. Keller-Cogan has over 35 years of experience across New York State as an educator, principal, assistant deputy and superintendent of schools in four systems.  As a leader and innovator she has worked in suburban, urban and private schools and districts.  Having interviewed thousands of candidates and managed hundreds of interview teams, participants will benefit from her exceptional experience and insights.

You won’t want to miss out.

Whether you are looking for your first Administrator position or your last, you can enroll on 2 separate dates:

  • Date:             April 13, 2019
  • Time:             9:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Location:       Room 035, Science Hall, Canisius College
  • Parking:         Free street parking is available
  • Lunch:           Will not be provided
  • Laptops:        Please bring yours.
  • Instructions:  Will follow upon registering
  • Cost:             $445 (includes all instructional materials)

Should you require additional information, please contact Jennifer Patrick, Executive Director, Canisius CPD at [email protected] or 716-888-8494.

EdTech

Introduction to Chromebooks

Are you confused or feel overwhelmed with all of the new technology available to our students? If so, this course will guide through the basics of Chromebook use for both teacher and student use. Participants will learn how to navigate the basics of Chromebook setup, the differences between Chromebooks and other devices, applications available, and how to best use them with students.

Introduction to Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling involves using digital tools to create documentaries, computer-based narratives, digital essays, electronic memoirs, interactive storytelling, etc. These techniques can be used in all academic areas. Participants will learn how to integrate these projects into their various subject areas. The course will focus on using WeVideo, a web based video creation tool, to facilitate digital storytelling.  Participants will learn how to use WeVideo to create both teacher content and to create projects that empower students to creatively engage with classroom content through video projects.

Introduction to Screencasting and the Flipped Classroom

Are you looking for an easy way to create video content for your students to extend lessons beyond the classroom? Have you heard of the “flipped classroom” but are not sure where to get started? This course will demonstrate web based and computer based tools to easily produce both student and teacher created videos that can be used to bring the content delivery of any course outside of the classroom. The “flipped classroom” uses that “extra” time for engaging activities and differentiated instruction. Tools that will be demonstrated include Screen-cast-omatic, Screencastify, and Loom.

Introduction to Google Docs

This course will give participants an overview of the free digital tools associated with Google Drive and Google Docs.  Participants will learn how to use Google Docs as a free cloud based content creation tool that is similar to Microsoft Word. Google Docs allows students and teachers to work collaboratively in real time from any location.

Introduction to Google Drive

This course will give participants an overview of the free digital tools associated with Google Drive.  Participants will learn how to use Google Drive as a cloud storage and content creation tool that allows students and teachers to work collaboratively in real time from any location.

Introduction to Google Slides

This course explores how to create presentations using Google Slides. Google Slides offers many of the features of PowerPoint but a no cost!  This is an introductory course that helps educators learn how to use this tool with their colleagues and students. The series will guide viewers on how to create and name a Google Slide, navigate the menu options, share and work collaboratively on Slides, design and use templates, and present a Google Slide.

Introduction to Google Forms

This course explores how to use Google Forms to create effortless online data collection. This is an introductory series that helps educators learn how to use this tool with their colleagues and students. The course demonstrates how to create & name a Form, navigate the menu options, share a Form, design and use templates, send a form, and access the data from a Form via a Google Sheet.

Introduction to Google Sites

This course explores how to create websites using Google Sites. This is an introductory course that helps educators learn how to use this tool with their colleagues and students. The series will guide viewers on how to create and name a Site, navigate the menu options, share a Site, design a Site, use templates, and publish a Site.

Introduction to Google Hangouts

Are you looking for an easy way to video conference with your colleagues, students, and parents? Are you looking for a free alternative to other video conferencing tool that would give your students the chance to speak with guest speakers from around the world? This course explores Google’s free video conferencing tool – Google Hangouts. Hangouts provides an excellent video conferencing platform with chat and screen sharing tools. Integrate Hangouts with Google Drive for a seamless workflow.

Smart Polling

This course provides an overview of Poll Everywhere, a free polling service that provides businesses an easy format to collect data from students for formative assessments. Administer polls via the web, email, Facebook, and Twitter. Embed polls into PowerPoint and Google Slides for engaging presentations. Multiple polling questions are available including multiple choice, true/false, audience Q&A (question & answer), rank order, surveys, open-ended questions, and more!

Using Tablets, Cell Phones, & Chromebooks for Formative Assessments

Are you getting frustrated with students texting in class and using their cell phones rather than paying attention? It is time to embrace this technology as an instructional tool rather than an instructional foe. This online course will guide participants in designing instructional materials that effectively use cell phones, tablets, and Chromebooks.. Participants will learn how to use web based tools such as Polleverywhere, Socrative, and Quizlet to create quizzes, review games, interactive polls and discussions that engage students’ attention while using their own cell phones for constructive activities. Further, participants will learn how to create teacher and student podcasts and vodcasts (audio and video recordings) for various projects. Finally, participants will learn how to create and scan QR codes that bring traditional learning materials (worksheets, books, etc.) into a more engaging digital atmosphere with student cell phones.

Social Media in the Classroom with Schoology

Have you ever wanted to use Facebook as a classroom tool but were afraid of all the problems associated with using social media with students? Schoology is a “Facebook” like product that eliminates those problems and allows teachers to use social media in a responsible fashion and teach students important digital literacy skills. Schoology looks and feels like Facebook but is completely closed from the rest of the digital world. Teachers can create class accounts where only individuals in a particular class can gain access to the class on Schoology. Participants in this course will learn how to create Schoology classes, add files and links to their classes, create assignments, and manage a classroom calendar.

Social Media in the Classroom with Edmodo

Have you ever wanted to use Facebook as a classroom tool but were afraid of all the problems associated with using social media with students? Edmodo is a “Facebook” like product that eliminates those problems and allows teachers to use social media in a responsible fashion and teach students important digital literacy skills. Edmodo looks and feels like Facebook but is completely closed from the rest of the digital world. Teachers can create class accounts where only individuals in a particular class can gain access to the class on Edmodo. Participants in this course will learn how to create Edmodo classes, add files and links to their classes, create assignments, and manage a classroom calendar.

Gamification in the Classroom

We all know that students love to play games! This course will offer numerous technology driven strategies to add gaming elements to your classroom. Participants will learn how to use Kahoot, Socrative, and Quizlet to motivate students to achieve. The course will also discuss how to create badges and award systems using technology tools.

Is Your Classroom Ready for Twitter?

Students are deeply interested in social media! This course will focus on using Twitter in a constructive manner to deepen the learning process. Participants will learn numerous strategies to use Twitter including as a classroom communication tool with parents and students, as a way to have meaningful debates and conversations, as a way to conduct research, and as a means to deepen team building.