Spring 2011 Calendar

Events in and around the Capital District that may be of interest to future educators.

Tom Porter- Mohawk Indian Chief, Author, Elder Spokesman
Sage Colleges Spring Speaker Series
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Bush Memorial Auditorium, Russell Sage Campus, Troy

Keynote and Book Signing
And Grandma Said…  “For more than four decades, no one in the Native American Community has been more respected than Tom Porter for his deep commitment to peace and the traditional ways of the Haudenosaunee – as well as for his humility and gentle self-deprecating humor. In this deeply personal and entertaining volume Tom shares, in his own words, the roots of his teachings. If you only read one book this year, there’s no better choice than this, the story of a beloved elder who has never failed to honor and uphold the wisdom of his ancestors.

Free and Open to the Community


Teaching with Coretta Scott King Award Books
The 22nd Annual African American Read-In
Thursday, February 17, 2011, from 5 – 6 pm
Touhey Forum, Lally School of Education, The College of Saint Rose

Join Dr. Liz Yanoff and Dr. Aja LaDuke for a hands-on workshop to explore classroom connections for recent CSK book award winners. The CSK book awards honor African American authors & illustrators for children and youth. In this workshop, attendees will participate in activities that can be readily implemented into K-12 classrooms. Handouts will be distributed to extend learning beyond the workshop, and a certificate of attendance will be provided. Come be inspired by the CSK award winning books!


Anti-bullying Books for Children and Young Adults
Albany City Area Reading Council (ACARC)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from 4:30-6:00
Standish Conference Room A, Events and Athletics Center, The College of St. Rose, Albany

Discover some of the many children’s and young adult books written with an anti-bullying theme.  Mindy Holland is an adjunct instructor at SUNY Albany and a librarian at Pinewood Intermediate School.  She will present the best books on this topic.  You will be amazed at the diversity of materials and variety of ways bullying can be presented.  Come hear about the best of the old and the newest of the new.

Free for ACARC members and full-time St. Rose students with ID


Future Educators: A Night with New York Times Best Selling Author Ellen Hopkins
The College of Saint Rose
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Touhey Forum, Lally School of Education, The College of Saint Rose

Hear inspiration on urban issues that matter to youth.  A lecture by popular young adult author Ellen Hopkins, with book signing to follow.

Free and open to the public.


Moments That Inspire Teachers
PDK International, CDAEYC, CEC
Friday, March 18, 2011 from 6-8 pm
Albertus Hall Room 369, The College of Saint Rose

The evening will include excerpts from movies you know; some movies you may not know; a chance to visit with friends; raffles prizes; an opportunity to learn about on-campus organizations for teacher candidates; a time to view, share, and reflect on a variety of “moments that inspire teachers.”  Pizza and soda will be available, as well as professional development certificates.

Educators Symposium: Teaching History through the Arts
The Norman Rockwell Museum
Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 10 am to 4 pm
The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA

Educators are invited to join us for a lively day of lectures, tours, and workshops designed to inspire fresh consideration of the interrelationship between history, art, and music in the classroom. Keynote Jerry Pinkney will discuss his passion for sharing the lesser known aspects of our history through art. Music historian/performer Michael Lasser will explore integral links between popular music and American culture, and sessions will offer helpful curriculum connections. PDPs are available. Bring lunch, we’ll provide beverages and snacks.

$35, $25 members


Spring 2011 Workshop Series
The Curriculum Library
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The Curriculum Library, 2nd Floor Lally School of Education building, The College of Saint Rose

Curriculum Library staff conducts several informative workshops — stop by the CL for full descriptions and to sign up (for one or all).  Participation certificates provided.

10 am  Meet the Best in Children’s Literature, preK-3

11 am  Continuing to Read Aloud with Older Children

3 pm  Award Books + Primary Sources = A Winning Combination

5 pm  Creating Your Classroom Library

6 pm  Can’t Touch This – A Fun Hands-On Science Experiment


NYSRA 2011 Conference: Connecting Multiple Literacies
The New York State Reading Association Annual Conference
April 3-5, 2011
Saratoga Springs, NY

$25 one-day registration for full-time students who register by March 15


Educator Workshop: The Not So Underground Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc.
Friday, April 8, 2011 from 8:30 to 3 pm 
Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 Second Street, Troy, NY

This interactive diversity workshop is designed to provide valuable information and resources to all participants that can be used in classrooms for students of all ages.  It includes presentations, discussion, a walking tour, hand-outs, refreshments and lunch.  Presenters:  Charles Reitz, PhD – Douglass, Marx, Greeley, and the German 48ers;Alan Singer, PhD – Abolitionists and Slavery in New York; G.E. Washington – Intersection of Art, History and Student Empowerment; and Kathryn Sheehan – Rensselaer County Historian.  This workshop qualifies for (6) PD hours through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center.

$30; register by April 1
*Additional conference workshops and cultural performances will be held Friday evening (4/8), Saturday (4/9), and Sunday (4/10).


Second Annual Induction Conference: Commit, Serve, Learn
The College of Saint Rose
Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 8:30 am to 3 pm
Lally School of Education building, The College of Saint Rose

This one day conference is designed to bring together beginning educators, aspiring educators, P-12 Partners and College of Saint Rose faculty for a day of shared professional development. The day will include a number of break-out sessions and networking opportunities, with peers and representatives of professional organizations.  Breakout sessions will include the following topics: service learning, instructional strategies, promoting the social-emotional well-being of students, gender / LGBTQ issues, and classroom management.   Lunch is included.

$10, $5 for students; registration deadline March 25
To receive registration information or to learn more about this event, please contact Aja LaDuke at ladukea@strose.edu.


Safeguarding Sexually Diverse Students:A Doctoral Study
The College of St. Rose Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International
Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 10:00-12:00
Carondelet Symposium, Lally School of Education, The College of Saint Rose

Dr. Peter DeWitt presents Safeguarding Sexually Diverse Students: A Doctoral Study. St. Rose PDK Chapter – Educator of the Year Michele Whitley, Principal, Pinewood Intermediate School will also be honored. Professional development certificates will be available.

This event is free and open to the public.

Innovative Strategies for Promoting Science and Mathematics among Elementary School Students: Model-based reasoning, statistics, and educational technologies
University at Albany School of Education & its Division of Educational Psychology and Methodology
Monday, May 2, 2011 at 4:00 PM
D’Ambra Auditorium, Life Sciences Building, University at Albany Uptown Campus

With math and science education at the forefront of the national education agenda, the timing couldn’t be better for Dr. Richard Lehrer, Frank W. Mayborn Professor of science education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and internationally‐renowned scholar, to be formally recognized by UAlbany for his work in the field. Lehrer has had an exemplary career as a teacher, psychologist and pioneering researcher in the field of mathematics and science education. Through his decades of work Lehrer has served as an example to guide his students and colleagues toward progressive instruction and lifelong learning. Light refreshments will be served. Student posters for the 10th annual poster session of the Division of Educational Psychology and Methodology will on display in the foyer prior to the lecture.

Free and open to the public but an RSVP is required. Please RSVP by April 27 to Sharon Malison at smalison@uamail.albany.edu.

Hudson Children’s Book Festival
Hudson Junior and Senior High Schools
Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 10 am – 4 pm
215 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson Junior and Senior High Schools, Hudson, NY

There will be over 100 children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, hundreds of books to browse, author and illustrator presentations, arts & crafts, cooking, and workshops at the 3rd annual Hudson Children’s Book Festival.  Music will be provided by Radio Disney, and there will be food and other treats for sale.

Free and open to the public