Spring Professional Learning

Southern Tier Teacher Center Network - 2021

Dear Colleagues,

The Southern Tier Teacher Center Network has teamed up as a region to offer several Social Emotional Learning and Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning series to kick off the new year. We sincerely hope these professional learning opportunities will provide you, our talented educators and school-related professionals, with additional tools and resources to support the ever-changing educational landscape. Click here to view our full listing in MLP. Click here to learn more about NYS Teacher Centers!


Happy learning and be well,

The Southern Tier Teacher Center Network

CRT: Orientations, Identities, Behaviors! Oh My!

Workshop Date: Tuesday, January 12

Time: 4:00-5:30

Platform: Online through Zoom - Synchronous

Register here in MLP!


Can transgender people also be gay? Why would someone use “they” as their pronoun? What does “pansexual” mean? What does any of this have to do with school? This workshop answers these questions and much more. Participants will leave this workshop with a strong understanding of the many identities under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, what being out and authentic at school is all about, and the damaging consequences of confusing orientations (which come to school) and sexual behaviors (which stay at home).


This workshop is facilitated by Jeannie Gainsburg, author of the SAVVY ALLY.


Jeannie Gainsburg is an educational trainer and consultant in the field of LGBTQ+

inclusion and effective allyship. Formerly the Education Director at the Out Alliance in

Rochester, N.Y., she has personally facilitated or cofacilitated more than five hundred

trainings and workshops in more than twenty different states at corporations, colleges,

government agencies, K-12 schools, hospitals, faith communities, and more. Gainsburg

has a BA in psychology from Brown University and an MA in social work and social

research from Bryn Mawr College. She was under the impression that a citation was the

result of driving too fast until January of 2019, when she received one from the New

York State Assembly for Distinguished Educational & Human Rights Services for her

work in promoting LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion.

SEL: Introduction to Trauma and Chronic Stress

Workshop Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Time: 4:00-5:30PM

Platform: Online through Zoom - Synchronous

Register here in MLP!


This introductory level training will introduce participants to trauma and chronic stress, providing definitions and background. We will learn and discuss the impact trauma and chronic stress have on a student’s developing brain, behavior, and learning.


This professional learning opportunity is facilitated by Kelley Burt.



Kelley has an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and holds a professional teaching certificate as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities in the state of New York. She is nationally certified through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association with a Certificate of Clinical Competence as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Kelley is currently in the process of obtaining her certification in School Building Leadership and School District Leadership in the state of New York with Le Moyne College.


She practiced as a speech and language pathologist in early intervention as well as within an inclusive school setting for over 8 years before working with the New York State Education Department’s grant-funded Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center (RSE-TASC) as a Preschool Behavior Specialist beginning in 2017. She was also an Early Learning Support Specialist and an Educational Consultant within the Instructional Support Services department at OCM BOCES and is now a private educational consultant and professional learning facilitator. Learn more about Kelley by visiting her website here.

CRT: LGBTQ+ Etiquette and Common Bloopers

Workshop Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Time: 4:00-5:30PM

Platform: Online through Zoom - Synchronous

Register here in MLP!


LGBTQ+ terms and identities are constantly changing. It is difficult to keep up. Many people feel intimidated by all the changes and are silenced by the fear that they will accidentally say something that will offend someone. This workshop helps relieve this anxiety by offering easy respectful language tips and suggestions for how to mess up properly. Participants will leave with a list of the most common LGBTQ+ etiquette bloopers, better language suggestions, best-practice communication tips, and an increased confidence in their ability to have respectful interactions with and about LGBTQ+ people. Allies can create safer spaces with their language choices and this workshop shows them how.


This workshop is facilitated by Jeannie Gainsburg, author of the SAVVY ALLY.

SEL: Introduction to Building Resilience in Students

Workshop Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Time: 4:00-5:30PM

Platform: Online through Zoom - Synchronous

Register here in MLP!


This introductory training will explore evidence-based factors that help children and students build resilience in order to mitigate the effects of experiencing trauma and chronic stress. Factors emphasized will include:


● Building positive relationships and creating a culture of kindness and safety

● Social-emotional skills and emotional intelligence

● Executive functioning skills


This training is facilitated by Kelley Burt.

Teaching PE in 2021 and Beyond


Workshop Dates:

Wednesday, January 20, 2021, from 11:00-12:00

Thursday, January 21 from 4:00-5:00

(you pick the session that works best for your schedule)


Platform: Online through Zoom - Synchronous

Register here in MLP for Wed, 1/20, 11-12 session

Register here in MLP for Thur., 1/21, 4-5 session



Are you prevented from using equipment? Do you have to keep students 12 feet apart? Do you teach PE through a screen (virtually)? The pandemic has changed and will continue to impact the landscape of physical education. This workshop will focus on the free resources available on OPEN to help physical educators navigate the current challenges. Social and emotional learning (SEL) has been included in our standards for decades and PE teachers are uniquely positioned to reinforce these concepts. Our new reality has a lot of uncertainty, but physical educators are known for stepping up to meet the needs of their students. Bring your questions and together we will problem solve.


This training is facilitated by Nick Kline. He received his national board teaching certification in 2012. He was a co-author on the SPARK After School project. Nick coaches a variety of sports, and manages a travel soccer club that he established. In addition, he presents to and collaborates with other professionals who seek to promote healthy and active lifestyles.

SEL: Stress-free Stress Management for the Classroom

Workshop Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Time: 4:00-5:30PM

Platform: Online through Zoom - Synchronous

Register here in MLP!


This session will review several practical and evidence-based stress-management strategies that are quick, easy, and effective. They can easily be done in minimal time, within the classroom, and are COVID/social distance friendly. Strategies shared will be designed so they can be done whether in person or online and can easily be modeled and shared for/with students for shared benefit.

CRT: Duct Tape Patch-Up Jobs and Big Fixes: Two Paths to Travel Towards More Inclusive Spaces

Workshop Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Time: 4:00-5:30PM

Platform: Online through Zoom - Synchronous

Register here in MLP!


In order to create more LGBTQ+ inclusive schools, we must offer two different kinds of interventions. One is short-term “duct tape patch-up” jobs that immediately help LGBTQ+ individuals who don’t fit into our systems; the other is long-term big fixes that completely change the environment. This workshop looks at some common problem areas where advocacy is needed in schools, including forms, policies, and facilities. Participants will leave with both duct tape patch-up job recommendations and big-fix solutions for each area.


This workshop is facilitated by Jeannie Gainsburg, author of the SAVVY ALLY.