May-June Collegial Circles

Professional Learning from the WTRC

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The Savvy Ally Book Study/Collegial Circle

Jeannie Gainsburg's The Savvy Ally is a practical handbook that teaches- not why to be an ally - but, instead, how to be an ally. The book is easy to read, eye-opening and enjoyable. Gainsburg provides plenty of opportunity for discussion and professional growth. Together we will read the book and explore her glossary, research, and elaboration on LGBTQ+ advocacy tools. It is a big world, and we work with young people. This book is a vital guide for staying relevant! Please sign-up in Frontline (formerly MLP).


Books will be provided


Facilitator: Kate Rice-Porter

Building Our Confidence with LGBTQ+ Terminology and Etiquette, Facilitated by Jeannie Gainsburg, Author of The Savvy Ally

Thursday, May 20th, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

Join educators from across New York State for a discussion with Jeannie Gainsburg, the author of a new guidebook for being an ally to the LGBTQ+ communities.


LGBTQ+ terms and identities are constantly evolving and it’s difficult to keep up. Many people feel intimidated by all the changes and are silenced by the fear that they will accidentally say something offensive. This encouraging and fun workshop helps relieve this anxiety by offering updated information on:

· the many identities that make up the LGBTQ+ initialism

· what being out and authentic at school is all about

· helpful pointers for sharing pronouns and using singular they

· the most common LGBTQ+ etiquette errors to avoid

· how to mess up properly

· best-practice communication tips for respectful interactions

Participants will leave with an increased confidence in their ability to have respectful interactions with and about LGBTQ+ students, coworkers, and parents. Allies can create safer spaces with their language choices and this practical, accessible, and non-judgmental workshop shows them how.


Participants earn 2 CTLE hours

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Ditch That Textbook by Matt Miller

Are you ready for a change?
You know potential exists for innovative, engaging, revolutionary education if you get the right ideas, right tools, and right people, all in the right order.

If that sounds like you, then you're ready to DITCH old mindsets and methods and replace them with empowering, liberating ones.

Packed with practical advice, specific recommendations for tools, and the encouragement you need to revolutionize your classes, Ditch That Textbook will inspire you to create relevant teaching that gets student buy-in so they'll enjoy learning.

Please sign-up in Frontline (formerly MLP).


Books will be provided


Ditch That Textbook | Education Technology & Tools for Teachers


Facilitator: Toby Coleman

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Collegial Circle: Go See the Principal: True Tales from the School Trenches by Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks is an elementary school principal turned YouTube celebrity, and the creator of YouTube videos such as ""First Week of School Stress"" (over 1.6 million views and counting). He tells jokes with the kind of mocking--yet folksy and good-natured--humor that gets a laugh from teachers and administrators (yet can be safely shared in school). Served up with a dash of humor and a healthy dose of wisdom, Go See the Principal expands on the author's viral video fame and offers comic relief and inspiration to educators. Ranging from practical topics like social media use in the classroom to parent-teacher conferences to more humorous sections such as ""Ten Ways to Spot a Teacher in Public"" and ""Seven Gift Ideas for Your Teacher's Birthday,"" Go See the Principal is both the comic relief and practical advice all educators need. Brooks also shares suggestions, ideas, and declarations commonly heard in and around the classroom--as well as illustrations, both from students and inspired by them. Read the text at your own pace. Prepare a brief reflection on each of the nine parts to share with colleagues via Microsoft Teams


Gerry Brooks - YouTube


Books will be provided


Please sign-up in Frontline (formerly MLP)


Facilitator: Sandy Ahart