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Current Offerings

RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope 
February 12, 2018 from 4:00-5:30pm
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main St. Homer, NY

The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease. Join us for a community screening (about 1 hour) with a brief Q&A to follow. Register on MLP

Classroom Management presented by: NYSUT Education & Learning Trust
February 12, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Homer High School, 80 South West Road, Homer, NY 13077
Learn how to establish a framework for developing a personal system of classroom management that includes organizing the classroom to facilitate learning and enhancing the competence of all students. This seminar will model and investigate several conditions that are integral to an effectively managed classroom. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

21st Century Skills for Teachers presented by: NYSUT Education & Learning Trust
March 14, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar is designed to address one of the NYS Teaching Standards priorities by helping teachers understand that knowledge is expanding at a more rapid rate than ever anticipated. Information and communication are changing how we teach and how students learn. Routine skills are no longer the basis for the workplace or the classroom. The seminar will emphasize that today’s students and teachers must be able to communicate, share, and use information in a number of diverse ways. We will discover together that using information and solving complex problems as we adapt and innovate to a changing work environment is critical to student success in our world. Technology and problem solving skills will be defined as successful learning and the participants will develop strategies to share those skills with their students. Please email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Discipline Strategies presented by: NYSUT Education & Learning Trust
March 20, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar takes a comprehensive look at student-centered discipline and offers a plan of action for teachers who wish to establish a positive classroom learning environment. Teachers learn how to set expectations and design strategies to prevent discipline problems. Please email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Student Engagement presented by: NYSUT Education & Learning Trust
April 3, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar addresses one of the most critical priorities of the NYSUT Rubric (Danielson and Marzano) and the NYS Teaching Standards upon which student success is based. Teachers new to the profession may have seen these signs of engagement during their student teaching and are challenged as to how to plan for this in their everyday teaching. The seminar will engage them in strategies that will help them sustain wonder, enthusiasm and perseverance for students through their teaching. At some time, new teachers may have felt stymied by traditions of reward and punishment. Our challenge is to help them surpass these very real difficulties and provide a practical model for understanding what our students want and need. Please email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Supporting Students with Autism (Health &Safety Certification) by: NYSUT ELT
April 4, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Homer High School, 80 South West Road, Homer, NY 13077
Ending the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers requires addressing the essential factors that can influence their success. This three-hour training provides up-to-date information on the clinical and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), including Asperger’s Disorder. Attention will be given to how these features manifest themselves and present unique instructional and learning challenges within educational settings. The seminar goes beyond the core features of the disorders and covers evidence-based, pro-active strategies for helping children and adolescents with ASDs succeed in schools today. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

21st Century Skills for Teachers presented by: NYSUT Education & Learning Trust
July 10, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar is designed to address one of the NYS Teaching Standards priorities by helping teachers understand that knowledge is expanding at a more rapid rate than ever anticipated. Information and communication are changing how we teach and how students learn. Routine skills are no longer the basis for the workplace or the classroom. The seminar will emphasize that today’s students and teachers must be able to communicate, share, and use information in a number of diverse ways. We will discover together that using information and solving complex problems as we adapt and innovate to a changing work environment is critical to student success in our world. Technology and problem solving skills will be defined as successful learning and the participants will develop strategies to share those skills with their students. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Dealing with Difficult Students in the School Environment – Violence Prevention (Health &Safety Certification) presented by: NYSUT ELT
July 31, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar will offer strategies for dealing with students who exhibit chronic and extreme misbehavior, including violence. Participants will learn what motivates students to misbehave, intervention techniques to use at the moment of misbehavior, how to avoid and defuse confrontations, and ways to reinforce desirable behavior. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Constructivist Teaching and Learning presented by: NYSUT ELT
August 15, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar will address one of the priorities of the NYS Teaching Standards. Teachers must consider how each student learns. Understanding how to address this in the classroom means that teachers must implement a variety of instructional strategies. Participants will explore how students learn when they “build” the learning for themselves. When students are asked to classify, analyze, predict and create, they begin to think critically and ask questions in order to understand the complex material presented to them in school and in the world. Email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.