Professional Development

Fall/Winter 2015-16 Courses

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Far West Courses


In addition to the many quality professional development opportunities offered by local teacher centers in our network, the Far West Network offers a variety of programs to support the Regents Reform Agenda. These programs are offered FREE of charge at central locations in hopes of reaching the largest population of our consortium members.


Please see a list of our current offerings on this page. This list is continually changing as we are constantly searching for ways to best meet our teachers needs and support their efforts to improve instruction and student learning.


If you have any suggestions for additional programs, please contact us. 716-731-6800 x3772.


To register for any of these programs, click here.


If you would like more information on programs offered by your local teacher center, please contact them directly.


Courses by date


October 13-December 17: Strategies for Reading and Deciphering Complex Texts


Nov 6: Success of ELLs with Disabilities in the Integrated Co-Teaching Setting




Differentiated Instruction: Connecting with All Learners:


This session raises awareness of research that supports instructional differentiation and examines the basic elements of two differentiation models. The seminar addresses the planning, teaching and learning aspects of differentiated instruction that all teachers may experience. Connections between the NYS Learning Standards across content areas and the NYS Teaching Standards will also be explored.  


Date: Nov 17 and 19, 4:30pm-7:30pm, Location: O/N BOCES Conference Center (4124 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn

The Success of ELLs with Disabilities in the Integrated Co-Teaching Setting


Participants will learn how to:

  • relate the collaboration of ENL/ESL and Spec Ed Programs.

  • identify the roles of explicit instruction and differentiation in lesson planning.

  • adapt strategies to bridge the literacy gap and cultural gap.


Date: Nov 6, 2015, 9:00am-3:00pm, Location: Erie 1 BOCES, 355 Harlem Rd, West Seneca

Audience:  ENL/Special Ed/Gen Ed teachers (it’s best if the ICT Team comes together)

Strategies for Reading and Deciphering Complex Texts 


During this 15-hour blended program participants will be given the opportunity to practice instructional strategies to teach reading comprehension of complex and informational texts. The content is based on the bookRigorous Reading by Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher. Teacher Center will provide books. Please contact Elaine or Cheryl ASAP if you need a book.


  • Target audience: K-12 Teachers

  • 15 hours (6 hours Face to Face and 9 hours online)

  • Dates and Times: Online 10/13-10/27, #1 F2F 10/28, 4:30-6:30, Online 11/3-11/17, #2 F2F 11/30, 4:30-6:30, Online 12/1-12/14,#3 F2F 12/17, 4:30-6:30

  • Location: Kenmore Staff Development Center, room 104, 3200 Elmwood Ave, Kenmore 14217, for more information

Growing the P-16 Teaching Profession


An online program for cooperating teachers, student teachers and any educators intereseted in improving their practice.


Consists of a series of 6 online learning segments. Participants can take one or more of the segments. Total in-service hours for all 6 is 15.

  1. Understanding edTPA requirements and how to support student teachers (3 hours)

  2. Co-Teaching Relationship (2 hours)

  3. Context for Learning and APPR (2 hours)

  4. Instructing and Engaging Students (3 hours)

  5. Assessing Student Learning (2 hours)

  6. Analysis of Teacher Effectiveness (3 hours)


Dates TBA

Professional Development

Workshops for 2019-2020

In addition to the many quality professional development opportunities offered by local Teacher Centers in our network, the Far West Network offers a variety of programs to support the Regents Reform Agenda. These programs are offered either online or at central locations in hopes of reaching the largest population of our consortium members.

ALL Programs are FREE unless otherwise noted.

More classes may be added throughout the year...

Special Education GENERALIST Certification Extension Series:

To address the new certification pathways approved by the NYS Regents, the NYS Teacher Center Network designed three (CTLE) Certification Extension Course Series for special educators with a current Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6 Generalist Certification for grades Pre-K – K or grades 7-8 extension or Grades 5-9 Generalist Certification for 10-12 extension.  NYSTC worked with the NYSED Department of Higher Education and Department of Special Education to ensure all courses in each series satisfy the CTLE requirements for special education certification.  Complete Flyer available HERE.


Courses TBA



Kids We Lose Film Screening and Discussion -

Join us for a FREE movie screening and discussion about “The Kids We Lose” 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:00-7:00 pm 
(1 hour online reflection following the event)
Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Rd, Buffalo, NY 14228
Upon completion of reflection you will receive 3 CTLE hours (can be applied to ELL hours) 

“The Kids We Lose” is a 90-minute documentary film about the human side of being and having a child or student with behavioral challenges, and the struggles faced by parents, educators, staff in facilities, mental health clinicians, and law enforcement professionals in trying to ensure that these kids receive the help they need. ”The Kids We Lose” also exposes the often brutal, inhumane ways in which our kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges are treated in schools, inpatient psychiatric units, residential facilities, and prisons. But we don’t need to lose any kids. There are strategies and models to help us save these children and put them on the road to a healthy and happy life. One such model is Dr. Ross Greene’s, Collaborative and Proactive Solutions. This model helps adults focus on the true factors contributing to challenging classroom behaviors, empowering educators to address these factors and create helping relationships with their most at-risk students. Following the film we will hold a group discussion. Participants will then be required to complete an online reflection by April 1 to receive CTLE credit.

How to Talk So Kids Can Learn Book Study – online, 4/2-5/5/2020, 15 hrs, Elaine Ablove,
This book, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, is intended to help those of us who work directly with students. The purpose is for us to explore how we can better help our students to be more self-reflective and deepen their understanding of how best to select and use appropriate social/emotional behaviors. Participants will explore alternative strategies for effectively communicating with students and collaboratively identify best practices and the steps needed to augment our current practices.


Book Whisperer Book Study – online, 3/30-5/4/20, 15 hrs, Mykal Karl, 
In the book, Book Whisperer, Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn’t turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller’s students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller’s unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Through this study you will be exposed to the learning strategies that contribute to middle school students reading 40-50 books per year; share the passion of giving students choice through effective "kid lit" reading lists; and be reminded of the joy of reading when done right.


Shake Up Learning Book Study – online, 4/27-5/21/20, 15 hrs, Cheryl Herman, 
Rapidly evolving technology and the demands of the digital age are transforming not only the way we live but also the way we learn. Educators cannot continue the status quo if they expect to equip young people for the world to come. In this books by Kasey Bell, participants will learn strategies to shift the learning in their classrooms from static to dynamic and create a classroom environment focused on the 4 C's. If you're ready to “shake up learning” in your classroom, this book study is for you! This course is designed for classroon teachers. Some of the tasks you need to complete involve students.


LiveStream with Dr. Ross Greene - Collaborative and Proactive Solutions to Challenging Behavior 
This is a special opportunity for teachers to remotely participate in a presentation led by Dr. Ross Greene in real-time. March 13, 8:30am-3pm, Pioneer Teacher Center, Arcade Elementary School, room 210 (315 West Main St, Arcade, 14009), 6 CTLE hours, Jill Wilkie,  
Dr. Greene's approach to challenging behaviors was first described in his books, The Explosive Child, Lost at School, and most recently in his book, Lost and Found.  During this presentation, Dr. Greene will provide an introduction to the basic themes of his Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) model.  The CPS model provides a compassionate understanding of kids' behavioral challenges and a non-adversarial, trauma informed, effective approach for reducing challenging behavior, improving communication, and repairing relationships. This model has been implemented in schools, inpatient units, residential facilities, treatment programs, and juvenile detention facilities. Lunch is on your own. Please feel free to bring food/snacks.


GeoHistoGrams for Global History and Geography

The World GeoHistoGram is a teaching resource from the Michigan Geographic Alliance. It is a time line that combines history with geography, showing when and where empires existed since 4000 BCE. There are about 20 lessons that complement the timeline and plot the advance of inventions, spread of religion, connections between regions, etc. Teachers will learn how the GeoHistoGram is organized and how to use this resource with Global students (also Grade 6). Participants will receive posters, lessons, and a flash drive with digital resources.

Niagara Falls HS, room 237, April 2, 4-7pm, 3 CTLE hours, FREE

Poverty Simulation:

In-service for Educators: Poverty Simulation - This 3-hour session is for any educator interested in experiencing poverty and how it may affect your students. During a simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families, including single parents, people with disabilities, and senior citizens on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide for food, shelter and other basic necessities during four 15-minute "weeks.” Families interact with community resources. For more information please click here. To request a simulation, please click here.

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