Local Workshops

In-Person Events sponsored by The Cortland County Teacher Center

Dealing with Difficult Students in the School Environment – Violence Prevention

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 4:30 - 7:30pm
This seminar provides 3 hours of Health & Safety Certification, Presenter: Brad McKinney
NYS United Teachers Education and Learning Trust
Location: Center for the Art, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077

This seminar will offer strategies for dealing with students who exhibit chronic and extreme misbehavior, including violence. Participants will learn what motivates students to misbehave, intervention techniques to use at the moment of misbehavior, how to avoid and defuse confrontations, and ways to reinforce desirable behavior. Duration: 3-hours. Registration will be completed through mylearningplan.com. Seminars appear in order by date, find the location (Homer, NY) and register. Participation will be on a first come/first serve basis. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Discipline Strategies

Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 4:30- 6:30 pm
Presenter: Brad McKinney
NYS United Teachers Education and Learning Trust
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077

This seminar takes a comprehensive look at student-centered discipline and offers a plan of action for teachers who wish to establish a positive classroom learning environment. Teachers learn how to set expectations and design strategies to prevent discipline problems. Duration: 2-hours. Registration will be completed through mylearningplan.com. Find the correct date and location (Homer, NY) and register. Participation will be on a first come/first serve basis. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Disability Awareness

Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 4:30-7:30 pm
This seminar provides 3 hours Health & Safety Certification Presenter-Carolyn Hunter
NYS United Teachers Education and Learning Trust
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077

Participants will acquire a general understanding of the thirteen disability categories and key concepts related to the education of students with disabilities. Participants will experience what it is like to have a disability and learn strategies for improving student learning and behavior. Duration: 3-hours. Registration will be completed through mylearningplan.com. Find the correct date and location (Homer, NY) and register. Participation will be on a first come/first serve basis. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Trauma Awareness in Education: Supporting Resiliency and Preventing Conflict

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 4:30-7:30 pm
This seminar provides 3 hours of Health and Safety Certification, Presenter-Lida Bassler
NYS United Teachers Education and Learning Trust
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077

Increasingly our students experience exposure to multiple or prolonged traumatic events, such a child abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic violence. This experience directly affects their social and emotional development and negatively impacts their behavior and academic growth in school. It is becoming more common that educators are faced with the challenges of connecting with educating students who have endured complex trauma. Often the hurt that is felt by the student is placed on the educator and it can manifest in a variety of ways. This seminar will engage participants in understanding the roots of trauma, its prevalence and causes, the characteristics and associated behaviors, as well as learning how to work with traumatized students in a proactive and positive way. Duration: 3-hours. Registration will be completed through mylearningplan.com. Seminars appear in order by date, find the location (Homer, NY) and register. Participation will be on a first come/first serve basis. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Classroom Management

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 4:30-6:30 pm
Presenter: Theresa Parry-Bick
NYS United Teachers Education and Learning Trust
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077

Learn how to establish a framework for developing a personal system of classroom management that includes organizing the classroom to facilitate learning and enhancing the competence of all students. This seminar will model and investigate several conditions that are integral to an effectively managed classroom. Duration: 2-hours. Registration will be completed through mylearningplan.com. Seminars appear in order by date, find the location (Homer, NY) and register. Participation will be on a first come/first serve basis. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Poverty's Effect on Students

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Presenter: Brad McKinney
NYS United Teachers Education and Learning Trust
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077

This seminar examines the relationship between poverty, achievement and education. It engages educators in conversations about how they can effectively begin viewing their role as a crucial impetus for student learning in their classroom and school. Duration: 2-hours. Registration will be completed through mylearningplan.com. Seminars appear in order by date, find the location (Homer, NY) and register. Participation will be on a first come/first serve basis. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Engaging the Disruptive Student

Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 4:30- 7:30 pm
This seminar provides 3 hours of Health and Safety Certification, Presenter: Brad McKinney
NYS United Teachers Education and Learning Trust
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077

What can you do when you have students who disrupt the learning in your classroom? This seminar will discuss the many strategies to enhance personal effectiveness with disruptive students and get student learning back on track. Duration: 3-hours. Registration will be completed through mylearningplan.com. Find the correct date and location (Homer, NY) and register. Participation will be on a first come/first serve basis. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. 

Supporting Students with Autism

Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 4:30- 7:30 pm
This seminar provides 3 hours of Health and Safety Certification, Presenter: Carolyn Hunter
NYS United Teachers Education and Learning Trust
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077

This training provides up-to-date information on the clinical and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), including Asperger’s Disorder. Attention will be given to how these features manifest themselves and present unique instructional and learning challenges within educational settings. The seminar goes beyond the core features of the disorders and covers evidence-based, pro-active strategies for helping children and adolescents with ASDs succeed in schools today. Duration: 3-hours. Registration will be completed through mylearningplan.com. Find the correct date and location (Homer, NY) and register. Participation will be on a first come/first serve basis. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Parent-Teacher Conference: Strategies for Success

Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Presenter: Theresa Parry-Bick
NYS United Teachers Education and Learning Trust
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077

The seminar uses videos, handouts and discussion points to help teachers prepare for a conference with parents. The seminar also helps establish or improve communication involving the teacher, student and parents. Duration: 2-hours. Registration will be completed through mylearningplan.com. Seminars appear in order by date, find the location (Homer, NY) and register. Participation will be on a first come/first serve basis. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Creating a Positive Environment

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Presenter-Theresa Parry-Bick
NYS United Teachers Education and Learning Trust
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077

A positive classroom environment is a major ingredient of effective schools. When students are comfortable in a learning situation, the likelihood for success is greatly increased. This seminar will address verbal communication, positive phrasing, motivation theory, and learner needs. Activities will help participants to integrate these topics. Duration: 2-hours. Registration will be completed through mylearningplan.com. Seminars appear in order by date, find the location (Homer, NY) and register. Participation will be on a first come/first serve basis. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

 

National Board Certification INVEST IN YOURSELF!

National Board Certification Awareness Information Session
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 from 3:30PM - 5:30PM at the Cortland County Teacher Center

Center for the Arts Bldg
72 South Main Street
Homer, NY 13077

Instructors: Laura Havill and Amoreena Tellaeche

** This is the same as the 9/25/18 Awareness Session at TST BOCES **

Register Here

Created by teachers, for teachers, National Board Certification is the profession's mark of accomplished teaching. It is:

* Built upon National Board Standards and the Five Core Propositions 
* Rigorous and performance-based
* Based on multiple measures
* Peer-reviewed
* Voluntary 
* Valid and reliable

National Board Certification is the most rigorous, coveted and respected certification available in education! It is part of the growing education reform movement that is advancing student learning, improving teaching and making schools better!! Research shows that the students of Board-certified teachers learn more than students in other classrooms, which is why many states and districts offer incentives for teachers to pursue Board certification.

This workshop will introduce you to the process of National Board, and encourage you to explore its many possibilities and benefits!! As a National Board Certified Teacher, you will join the ranks of the nation's most accomplished teachers who help students develop the necessary skills to thrive in school, in the workplace and in the 21st century global economy! You will get an overview of the National Board Certification (NBC) process for teachers, union leaders or administrators. You will know the requirements, timelines, fees, and options so that you are prepared to dive in...or encourage others to. It will also provide information about the professional, financial and technical supports available to candidates. This is professional development that is completely aligned with the New York State Teaching Standards and APPR. To date, more than 118,000 teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have achieved National Board Certification. You could be next!