1. Difficult Conversations – Part 1

Program: Upstate PDRC

Audience: School leaders in NYS religious and independent schools

Dates: 3/3/2021Starting Soon Do you find it difficult to handle conversations that go awry sometimes? Does your intention for these difficult conversations not match the outcome you desire for yourself and others? Are you not sure how or where to begin skillfully handling these situations differently? Difficult conversations can pose challenges to both our work as leaders and the trusting relationships we cultivate with others. We invite you to join us for a two-part series in learning more about how we can respond differently to difficult conversations. We will examine our past difficult conversations, identify our own natural responses, and learn strategies to navigate these conversations with heart while actually improving trust and integrity in our professional relationships. PART 1: We will learn our leadership style under pressure and understand how our natural response style impacts those we lead. Key questions and strategies will be shared that can be used when faced with difficult conversations to stay in dialogue and move toward safe and productive discussions.

2. Restorative Practices Training Series – Part 2: Community-Building Circles

Program: Upstate PDRC

Audience: School leaders and educators in NYS religious and independent schools who have completed Part 1 of the Restorative Practices Training series.

Dates: 3/9/2021 In this Part 2 of a three-part online series of Restorative Practices Training, participants will engage in the circle process and become familiar with a variety of formats and circle elements. Particular attention will be paid to hosting class circles online. Participation in Part 1: Developing a Restorative Mindset is a prerequisite for this this course, and both are prerequisites for participation in Part 3:The Art of Circle Design. **Microcredential available for completion of the 3-part series.**

3. Difficult Conversations – Part 2

Program: Upstate PDRC

Audience: School leaders in NYS religious and independent schools

Dates: 3/10/2021 This is the second session of a two-part series in learning more about how we can respond differently to difficult conversations. We will examine our past difficult conversations, identify our own natural responses, and learn strategies to navigate these conversations with heart while actually improving trust and integrity in our professional relationships. In this session we will be examining scenarios from our own leadership experiences that have challenged us; we will learn how to skillfully handle these situations differently. A planning tool will be provided to help support your practice in shifting your approach for future difficult conversations.

4. Project-Based Learning: Quick Guide Viewing and Live Q&A

Program: Upstate PDRC

Audience: School leaders and educators in NYS religious and independent schools

Dates: 3/11/2021 Just what is project-based learning, anyway? These days, we are hearing more and more about student-driven learning. Project-Based Learning is a way to bring content to your students in a meaningful and powerful way, emphasizing real-life application and problem solving, rather than rote memorization. Join us as we view this quick guide to PBL, and stay for a Live Q+A where you can bring your questions and implementation ideas.

5. Culturally Responsive Classrooms – Part 3: Building Intellectual Capacity

Program: Upstate PDRC

Audience: School leaders and educators in NYS religious and independent schools

Dates: 3/22/2021 This is the last session of the four-session Cultural Responsive Classrooms series. It is designed to follow the Kick-off session and the sessions for Parts 1 and 2. During this session, participants will explore how teachers can build intellectual capacity and create culturally responsive communities of learning for students.

6. Restorative Practices Training Series – Part 3: The Art of Circle Design

Program: Upstate PDRC

Audience: School leaders and educators in NYS religious and independent schools who have completed Parts 1 and 2 of the Restorative Practices Training series.

Dates: 3/23/2021 In this Part 3 of a three-part online series of Restorative Practices Training, participants will learn how to design their own circles for a variety of purposes. Using the knowledge and skills gained in the prerequisite Parts 1 & 2 of the training series, participants will develop a circle to use in their own classrooms and have an opportunity to “workshop” their ideas with members of the training group. **Microcredential available for completion of the 3-part series.**

7. Productive Struggle: Teaching Effort and Persistence to Promote Deeper Learning

Program: Upstate PDRC

Audience: School leaders and educators in NYS religious and independent schools

Dates: 3/25/2021 Wrong answers help students learn. What is the right amount of productive struggle? When our students are faced with problems they can’t work out immediately, we can set them up for success by shifting some of our own teaching behaviors to encourage deeper learning. This Quick Guide will provide an overview of teaching habits that create the conditions for productive struggle–that is, the process of effortful learning, perseverance and flexible thinking. Let’s watch the Quick Guide together and talk about it. Does it make sense, what can we specifically do as teachers?

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