EDUCATORS

Whether it be a desire to improve your teaching skills, be a better administrator, or lead your district through its next evolution, the CPD understands the realities and nuances of education in the twenty-first century.

And we are here to help.

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 experiences.

Our School Administrators’ Series helps address the complex realities that administrators encounter every day.  Join your peers in six sessions intended to highlight key areas and practices.  Perfect for seasoned administrators or those contemplating whether their next move in education should be to administration.

And, finally, district planning.  The CPD is experienced in working with districts to formulate their CDEP’s and strategic plans.  Our proven approach can make The Difference in how your district views itself, engages its stakeholders and forges ahead with a realistic-accountable plan for this emerging twenty-first century.

School Administrators Series

The Transformational Leadership Cohort is a series of six workshops packed with practical strategies to support school leaders.  This cohort is ideal for current and aspiring school and district leaders including Building Principals, Assistant Principals, Central Office Administrators, teacher leaders and instructional coaches.

The six workshops are held from 3 PM – 8 PM, providing participants up to 30 hours of CTLE credit.

As a result of participating in this cohort, school leaders will be equipped with:

  • Instructional and leadership models, resources and tools for use in your own school/district.
  • Research-based, yet practical to implement, strategies for a wide variety of topics ranging from hiring, creating a shared vision and mission, to employee investigations and discipline.
  • A network of support with cohort colleagues and academy instructors.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 2018-2019 PROGRAM ENDS IN APRIL 2019.

THERE WILL BE ONE SESSION FOR THIS PROGRAM IN 2019 AND ONE SESSION IN 2019-2020.  THE DATES ARE:

  • July 9, 2019 to July 12, 2019 (all 6 sessions over 4-days)
  • 2019-2020 Session (all 6 sessions on the dates listed below)
    • August 19, 2019
    • September 26, 2019
    • October 24, 2019
    • January 23, 2020
    • March 26, 2020
    • April 23, 2020

2018-2019 PROGRAM

Session 1 – Monday, August 27, 2018

School Culture & School Safety

Launch the school year for success!  For learning to occur, students must feel safe.  Drawing on the research-based strategies, leaders can create a culture of safety to support the emotional/social well-being of students, while effectively partnering with staff, parents, and the community.

Session 2 – Monday, September 24, 2018

Leading for Academic Success

Great instructional leaders thoughtfully inspire people to do more, give more, and be more.  Learn how to develop a shared vision to support instructional shifts, and how to provide meaningful feedback in the observation process to transform instructional practices.

Session 3 – Monday, October 22, 2018

Leading Effective Negotiations – Not Just for Contracts!

Effective negotiation skills help leaders to navigate the complex nature of change within the structures of a school.  Learn techniques of goal oriented negotiations that can be applied to a variety of situations, including contract negotiations.

Session 4 – Monday, December 3, 2018

Effective Employee Investigations & Discipline

What a leader ignores can be more defining than what is addressed!  Learn strategies to effectively navigate difficult conversations and situations including communications with union leaders, investigations, and the media while protecting yourself and the institution from liability.

Session 5 – Monday, March 4, 2019 – Leading Transformation Change

Lead with vision, focus, and buy-in from stakeholders.  Starting with the “why” learn effective techniques to steer transformation and to increase the readiness for change.

Session 6 – Monday, April 29, 2019 – Best Practices for Hiring to Transform Schools

Undeniably the most important aspect of instructional leadership is hiring the best of the best.  As a leader, your legacy is those who you hire, mentor, and develop to enhance your organization.  Learn how a selection process that focuses on dispositional traits and behavioral based interviews can enhance hiring practices.

Critical Essentials for Safe and Secure Schools

Coming in 2019!

Please email Jennifer Patrick, Executive Director, at [email protected] or call 716-888-8494 if you would like some advance information.

District CDEPs and Strategic Plans

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 includes:

  • stakeholder engagement;
  • e-surveys and engagement workshops;
  • completion of strategy maps for each stakeholder area (teachers, SRPs, corporate services, administration, board, community 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]).

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.