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 Center for Professional Studies summer programs offer opportunities to strengthen skills, life enrichment

Center for Professional Studies summer programs offer opportunities to strengthen skills, life enrichment

From leadership training, to writing workshops for educators, DYC is offering a variety of courses this summer.

Buffalo, New York – May 26, 2015 – Catherine Huber, Director of the Center for Professional Studies at D’Youville, announces an exciting and innovative slate of programs for the 2015 summer season.

Highly Effective Leadership Training

Leading off is a dynamic course, “Highly Effective Leadership Training,” presented by the locally well- known Dr. Elizabeth M. Bradley, Ed. D, president and senior consultant at Bradley & Associates. She is the former Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at the Frontier Central School District in Hamburg.

Bradley has consulted and conducted training for more than 40,000 educators from school districts across New York State, Massachusetts, and Arizona.

Her course will develop and strengthen the skills effective leaders need to succeed in today’s challenging times. This interactive course will focus on communication skills, motivating different age group, building trust and creating a high performing team culture.

It will be held June 4 – 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. in the D’Youville Academic Center (DAC), room 229. The cost for the two day workshop and lunch is $325 per person, $225 for DYC students and alumni and free for DYC faculty and staff.

Beginning and Deepening Writing Workshop K-6

Next up is “Beginning and Deepening Writing Workshop K-6” on July 1-2 that will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. also in the D'Youville Academic Center (DAC), room 229.

This special workshop focus on the elements of writing, workshop procedures, mini lessons, conferring and planning as well as the qualities of strong writing. Participants will look at student writing and discuss ways to use books, establish structures, and teach students how to turn ideas into literature.

The workshop will draw heavily on the works of Lucy Calkins, Katie Wood Ray, Ralph Fletcher and others.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, author and writing teacher, will head up the course drawing on her experience as an author of poetry books for children, picture books, and numerous children’s poetry anthologies. She has written several local NPR commentaries and is the co-author of the Columbia Teachers’ College module: Poetry, Big Thoughts in Small Packages.

Amy’s popular blog, The Poem Farm, was born in 2010 when she posted a new poem and mini lesson each day for a year. She continues to post regularly. She earned her English degree at SUNY Geneseo and her MA in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University.

Course fee is $225 per participant, $150 for DYC alumni and students and free for DYC faculty and staff. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

Drive for Educators Workshop

The lineup continues on July 15 with “Drive for Educators: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” described as the “ultimate interactive workshop experience based on the award winning and New York Times bestselling work of Daniel H. Pink.” ‘The Drive Workshop’ is a paradigm-shattering look at what truly motivates us how we can use that knowledge to work smarter, perform better and live a more fulfilling life,” according to D'Youville's own Catherine Huber, a certified DRIVE facilitator and coach who will be presenting the class.

Pink has said the secret to high performance and satisfaction, at work, school and home is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

In the workshop participants will examine the three elements of true motivation, autonomy, mastery, and purpose and learn smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action. It’s designed specifically for educators who will learn how to create the conditions in the classrooms and schools that foster intrinsic motivation.

“Expect to leave the workshop with practical strategies for your classroom, your school, and for yourself,” Huber said.

Admission is $175 per person, $105 for DYC alumni and students and free for DYC faculty & staff. The workshop will be held in the Academic Center, room 229 starting at 9:00 a.m. running to 3:00 p.m.

Huber joined D’Youville after serving for almost 20 years in public education as an English teacher, staff developer, curriculum coordinator, and administer. She earned her English degree from Ithaca College, master’s degree from Canisius College, and her doctorate from D’Youville.

Bringing Positive Back

Heading into late July, the ever popular “Bringing Positive Back!” is back on the agenda on the 28th from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the same location as the previous programs.

It asks the question: “Do you want to regain the drive, excitement, and passion for your personal life and career?” Participants will learn strategies and techniques to revitalize the enthusiasm you had when they first started their careers while bringing energy back to your everyday life.

“The content-rich workshop, complete with simple hands-on activities, will provide the skills necessary for your to set and accomplish goals and adopt a more positive outlook,” according to Huber.

Ellen Dunwoodie and Deborah Gromek from Think It and Have It LLC will be the presenters.

Dunwoodie is a retired elementary physical education teacher with more than 35 years in public schools. She holds a Master’s of Education degree in both physical education and adaptive physical education and is the co-author of numerous publications.

She is the founder and co-owner of the organization.

Deb Gromek has been in public education since 1981 and holds bachelor and two master’s of science degrees, one in education and one is district administration She was the technology coordinator for the Frontier Central School District and for 14 years has been an adjunct professor at Niagara University. She also has co-authored a number of publications.

Fee is $65 per person, $50 for DYC alumni and students and free for DYC faculty and staff.

Due to popular demand this workshop is also being held Wednesday, August 12 from 4:30 to 7:30.

Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training Workshop

Kicking off the dog days of August is the “Dignity for All Students (DASA) Training” workshop on the 5th at 8:30 a.m. running to 2:30 p.m.

Brian Graham, assistant superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services in the West Seneca Central School District, will lead the class in the NYS approved training in harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention/intervention.

This training is required under the Dignity for All Students Act. The Regulations of the Commissioner of Education requires anyone applying for an administrative or supervisory service, classroom teaching service or school service certificate of lines after July 1 participate in this six hour training.

Cost is $65 per participant, $50 for DYC faculty, staff, students or alumni. Room 229 in the DAC is the location.