CCSD Professional Development

April PD News

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Go Rogue with your PD-This week Rich Czyz, author of 4 O'clock Faculty has a #ROGUEWeek planned. Great PD ideas & resources all week, & a giveaway of the #4OCF Book each day! Visit , click on a post, and subscribe to our mailing list for a chance to win!

Never been to an EdCamp. Now is your chance. Check out #EdcampROC

Sat, April 28, 2018

7:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

Integrated Arts and Technology High School

950 Norton Street

Rochester, NY 14621

For More information or to register for this free event click here.

Caroline Chapman will be offering short tech trainings in MS Room 83 from 2:25 to 2:55 in April. Come check them out!

· Thursday, April 12- Google Drawings

· Thursday, April 19- Schoology Google Drive Assignments

Join us each month for #cncting4kids chat on Twitter. One Question, 15 minutes, two times a day. Check out the hashtag or come to a Twitter one for one class for more information!

Interested in becoming a mentor?

Each year we ask for staff to let us know you are interested in becoming a mentor. Although our needs vary from year to year, it is helpful to have a list of staff who would be willing to serve in this crucial role. Please click here to be included in our mentor candidate pool.

The Power of Podcasts- Spring has Sprung Challenge

Podcasts are a great way to get PD on the go. Our Spring Has Sprung Challenge is to share your learning through listening to podcasts and/or creating your own! Our Challenge will begin on Monday, April 23 and run through May 25. Over the course of 5 weeks participants will harness the power of podcasts. If you would like to participate, please complete this form. Once again participants will be eligible for "Fabulous Prizes" as well as earning CTLE credit.

Our own Brian Amesbury has started his podcast journey as well. I had the privileged of being his first guest. Check out our fun, informal chat around favorite books here.

My Twitter friend Stacey Lindes @iruntech has been doing a month long feature of her favorite podcasts. Follow her journey by following her on Twitter-

Her first recommendation can be found here:

Check out these Podcasts:

Chris Nesi House of Ed Tech:

Podcast PD:

Become an Ambassador!

Many of the tools we use come with fun perks if you become an ambassador. If you like stickers and other swag, take a look at some of the opportunities below. In some cases you are already using the tools so why not get some fun swag and network with other educators!!

PD Anytime

There are many great free Professional Development opportunities out there for those looking to enhance teaching practices. While we are unable to issue CTLE credit for these we encourage you to find ways to share your learning by offering a PD session with your grade/subject/team that could qualify for CTLE credit. Below is a list of some free PD opportunities we've come across:

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)- Coursera- Thousands of free online courses from top universities.

The Friday Institute has some incredible free courses as well. One you should not miss Learning Differences. Click here for more information.

Simple K-12: Dozens of free online webinars and training.

Coffee EDU: This is a group of teachers and administrators who meet monthly at a coffee shop (usually Barnes and Noble in Pittsford) and talk about all things education for one hour. If you are interested in joining CoffeeEDURoc email Katie McFarland and we will add you to the Twitter user group. For more information visit this site:

Of course there is always Twitter. 24 hour professional conversations and learning opportunities!

Changing your My Learning Plan Password in Braveslink

Just a reminder your password in My Learning Plan does not change when you are required to change your password to login to district computers or Chromebooks. You will likely get an error when trying to login. To fix this you will need to use your old password or to keep it from happening, change it manually choosing forgot password and following the steps required. If you would like assistance with this please contact Tammy Brand.

Technology Integration Corner

Don't forget, our tech integrators are available to work with you one on one. Simply fill out a Tech Help Desk ticket and choose the Professional Development option.

Our Team:

PES-Steve Holmes- Some great help desk videos can be found in Team Drives. Go to Google Drive-Team Drives-District Wide Documents-Training Videos

MS-Caroline Chapman-Click here to access the MS Tech Tips page.

HS-Keith Pedzich- Click here to check out the CA tech page.

Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) Information

Here is a quick guide to help you understand what your responsibilities are for maintaining your Professional Certification.

CTLE certificate holder: A Registered holder of a professional classroom teaching certificate, educational leadership certificate, or Level III teaching assistant certificate is required to successfully complete 100 clock hours of acceptable CTLE during the registration period if they practice in a NYS school district or BOCES. The CTLE requirement may be completed at any time during the registration period. CTLE completed during a prior registration period may not be carried over.

Permanent classroom teacher and school leader certificate holders practicing in New York State school districts or BOCES will be subject to Registration requirements, but will not be subject to CTLE.

Holders of Continuing Teaching Assistant certificates or Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) certificates, such as School Attendance Teachers, School Counselors, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, School Dental Hygiene Teachers and School Nurse Teachers, are not subject to Registration or CTLE requirements.

Click here for more information about the CTLE requirements

Click here for a listing of CTLE certified providers

Click here for a quick reference cheat sheet for district CTLE credit baring courses.

Verification in TEACH

By now it is our hope that all staff with a permanent or professional classroom teacher, educational leadership certificate or a Level III Teaching Assistant certificate issued prior to July 1, 2016 will apply for initial registration during the 2016-2017 school year during their month of birth, and renew their registration in the last year of each subsequent five-year period.
  • Individuals whose professional or Level III Teaching Assistant certificates are issued after July 1, 2016 will be automatically registered. These individuals will then be required to re-register in five years, during the month of their birth.
These certificate holders must be registered in order to practice in a New York public school district or BOCES. State Ed has waived the fee for the first five year cycle, however, after that a $10.00 per month late fee will be charged to the certificate holder if they fail to register in their future five year cycles.

Click here for a quick step by step to get registered.

Professional Development Committee

Our 2017-2018 Membership


Matt Schrage

Katie McFarland

Steve Holmes

Primary-Elementary School

Martha End

David Fronczak

Sarah Goodman

Marcy Hart

Josh Mull

Middle School

Peter Jensen

Mike Santee

Caroline Chapman


Cary Burke

Kaylee Kelley

Keith Pedzich


Melanie Bishop

Canandaigua Professional Development Definition

Professional Development is the act of developing or enhancing an individual’s skills, knowledge, and expertise as an educator. The purpose of Professional Development is to generate a meaningful spark that will inspire the investigation and application of new ideas and concepts.

The Canandaigua City School District Office of Professional Development and the associated committee will emphasize the proposal of opportunities that ultimately foster collaboration among colleagues and support the instructional goals of the district Plan for Excellence.