Cayuga Onondaga Teacher Center

FREE, Online and In-Person, Professional Learning

Fall/Winter Catalog

The Cayuga Onondaga Teacher Center

The Cayuga Onondaga Teacher Center is funded through the NYS Legislature. The funds received are used to provide free Professional Learning Opportunities for our consortium district teachers, teaching assistants and administrators. We are governed by a board of members from our districts consisting of teachers, administrators, parents and community members. Our LEA is Cayuga Onondaga BOCES. This year we have a robust catalog of professional learning opportunities that are completely online (PD in your PJ's). We also have many items available to borrow to use in your classroom with virtual hands-on training available through our badgelist. Call the Director, Brenda Aull-Klaben to schedule a virtual tour to see what is available.

Dear Educator:

I am pleased to share with you the NYSTC Winter 2022 Course Catalog, created for teachers, by teachers. These professional learning opportunities are available to you at no cost through your participation in our Center. Wait-lists are available for popular courses so that we may schedule additional sessions as needed. Should you be unable to access catalog links due to district permissions, consider using a personal device to access the material or search for a course through this Frontline link:

If you have any problems or have questions, please contact Brenda at 315-255-7608 or

Have an idea for a course or workshop?

Are you really good at something and want to share your skills? Do you enjoy sharing ideas and teaching others? The Cayuga Onondaga Teacher Center is always looking for teachers to share skills with others and get compensated for their time! Either online or face-to-face instructors are needed. Call or email Brenda if you are interested!

MLP glitch

We are aware of a glitch with Frontline. If you wish to get a certificate at the end of a session, you must put in 5 zero's and then the last 4 of your SS# when asked for the last 4 of your SS#.

Micro Credentialing/Digital Badging Professional Learning

Personalized Professional Learning-take what YOU are interested in!

The Cayuga-Onondaga Teacher Center is excited to announce the opportunity for teachers to work on professional skills on their own time and earn micro-credentials/digital badges for CTLE credit. Register here:

1. Register on Frontline above

2. Go to

3. Join group with join code: CO Teacher Center

4. Join with Google credentials or create an account.

5. View badges available.

6. Start with 1. Badges 101 to learn about digital badges.

7. Work at your own pace to complete the tasks associated with a badge and submit when completed. You must complete 15 badges for 10 hours of CTLE.

Gale Online Library of Professional Ebooks!

Did you know that the Teacher Center along with the CO School Library System provides an online catalog of professional ebooks? Check it out!

Password: cayuga

National Board

Are you interested in becoming National Board Certified? Do you want more information? If there is sufficient interest, the Teacher Center will hold an informational meeting from 4-6 pm in the next month or so. If you would like to attend please email Brenda at baull-klaben@cayboces and let her know. We will then move forward and plan the information session and list it on the next newsletter. Click here for more information.

New Collegial Circle Applications! Get some colleagues together to study a problem!

New Action Research Application! Work on your own to learn about an educational trend or problem!

Offerings from the NYSTC Network

Courageous Conversations About Microaggressions Level 2: 12/2/21 Synchronous 6-9 PM

Thursday, Dec. 2nd, 6-9pm

This is an online event.

In previous learning, participants learned about preconceived notions and gained an understanding of how that knowledge impacts beliefs, practices, and policies. This professional Learning will take it one step further and explore ways to raise awareness and combat microaggressions in everyday situations through courageous conversations.

Register here:

Understanding the Emotional Needs of English Language Learners- December 13, 2021 5:30pm-6:30pm

Monday, Dec. 13th, 5:30-6:30pm

This is an online event.

English Language Learners come to us with a variety of backgrounds. They often struggle with culture shock and trauma as they navigate their new life in a language they may not understand. We will discuss the emotional needs of English Language Learners as well as how these needs can impact their learning. THIS COURSE MEETS THE ELL CTLE REQUIREMENT! Link will be sent before class begins.

Register here:

-Pronouns: How to Properly Share, Use, Gather, and Mess Them Up

Thursday, Jan. 6th 2022 at 4:30-5:30pm

This is an online event.

"What's the best way to ask people for their pronouns without making it awkward?” "Why should I share my pronouns if they're obvious?” "What do I do when I see two pronouns, like she/they?" "Should I use them for everyone if I don't know people's pronouns?” "What should I do when I accidentally mess up someone's pronouns?” This workshop answers these questions and much more. Participants will leave this workshop with a strong understanding of why sharing their pronouns is a great ally action, with improved odds of correctly addressing people, and with more confidence in their ability to respectfully gather pronouns from others.

Register here:

The Savvy Ally Book Club - January 6, 13,20,27, and February 3, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Thursday, Jan. 6th 2022 at 5-6pm

This is an online event.

Join us in a book club as we explore Jeannie Gainsburg's The Savvy Ally: A Guide to Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate. Each week we will explore a variety of topics such as current and relevant information on identities and LGBTQ+ language, tips for what to say and what not to say when someone comes out to you, LGBTQ+ etiquette and techniques for respectful conversations, common bloopers to avoid, tools for effectively navigating difficult conversations, suggestions for addressing common questions and concerns, actions for creating more LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces, and recommendations for self-care and sustainable allyship. Purchase of The Savvy Ally is necessary for signup. All are welcome! Link will be sent before class begins.

Register here:

Cultural Competence Now-Book Study

Thursday, Feb. 3rd 2022 at 4-5:30pm

This is an online event.

This book study will focus on Vernita Mayfield's book Cultural Competence Now. Teachers will engage with the content and the activities in the book while also exploring their own ideas related to cultural competence in education. eBook is available online in our Gale library (see above).

Register here:

Meeting Dates are: Feb. 3, Feb. 17, Mar 10, March 31 (using Microsoft Teams).

CASTE: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson - February 9,16, March 2,9,16,23 3:45pm-5:45pm

Wednesday, Feb. 9th 2022 at 3:45-5:45pm

This is an online event.

Are you looking for new ways to break old curricula and shift away from implicit bias in your classroom? Then this course might be for you. Like so many educators, I find it difficult to revise my curricula, revamp my own cultural conditioning, and reset the ways I interact with students so I can be more mindful of the religious, racial, cultural, and economic differences which are at work in my classroom. It's easy to focus solely on the centuries of atrocity and injustice that have been inflicted on one subset of the population. However, Isabel Wilkerson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Caste offers a profoundly insightful understanding of the pillars and systems of society that are constantly creating and reinforcing social hierarchies that are difficult if not impossible to surmount. Through our reading, discussions, journaling, and reflection, we will examine ways to make our classrooms more equitable, educating ourselves and our students about pillars and systems of social inequality, inspiring hope and possibility for all. Link will be sent before class begins.

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