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1. NYSTC SWD PreK-K Certification Extension (Course 3)-Professional Practice-Online

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Teachers certified in SWD grades 1-6 with at least 3 years of experience teaching grades 1 and/or 2

Dates: On-Going (Ends Dec 23, 2020)

Online
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Professional Practice (Course 3): Professional Practice (Course 3): In this course, teachers will strengthen their skill in building successful professional relationships with their students' families, their paraeducators, related service teams and co-teaching partners that are interactive and supportive of student outcomes. Teachers will understand the fundamental role of transition in IEPs and how to apply their skills as a case manager to create a supportive, informative IEP. Teachers will analyze the role of special educator as a resource and advocate for inclusive communities.

Prerequisite: Course 1

This course starts on December 2nd and ends on December 23rd, 2020.

The content of this course will delivered synchronously from 4-5:30 pm via Zoom on the following dates: December 2nd, December 9th, December 16th. Content will be delivered through Google Classroom (You must have a personal Google account to access the materials).

This course provides 15 CTLE hours upon completion. District approval is needed for in-service credit.

2. **New Online Cohort** Stony Brook University's EDL 541 - School Building Leadership

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 15, 2021)

Stony Brook University Students Only
This Stony Brook University course focuses on the leadership and administrative roles of elementary and secondary school building leaders. Topics include: tasks of a building administrator; building organizations and staff utilization; curriculum development; evaluating the school or program performance and involving the staff in making changes; leadership; engaging teachers, staff, and parents in the decision-making process; facilities management; employee relations, student affairs; public relations; maintaining collaboration between the home and the school and school law.

This course starts on Monday, January 4th and runs through Monday, March 15th, 2021.

Instruction will be delivered through both asynchronous assignments in Blackboard and synchronous face to face meetings via Zoom scheduled by the instructor throughout the course.

Required Textbook: Aquino, J., Desravines, J., & Fenton, B. (2016). Breakthrough Principals: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Stronger Schools. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Available on Amazon or BN

3. **Online EDL Cohort** Stony Brook University's EDL 585 Internship in Educational Leadership

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 30, 2021)

Online
Approved SBU Students Only
(co-requisite EDL 586-Internship Seminar)

EDL 585 Internship in School District/School Building Leadership (co-requisite EDL 586) This course is a cooperatively guided leadership experience at the school district central office level and school building level, strategically designed to immerse candidates in educational experiences that support and rely upon the information and skills attained from courses taken in the combined certification program. A plan of leadership, administration and supervisory tasks must be submitted to the internship coordinator.

The internship is conducted in schools and school districts over an extended period of time. Achievement will be determined against a stated list of competencies as assessed by the school district personnel and the SBU supervisor. Field experiences are structured so that candidates gain proficiency in all twelve NY State Leadership competencies. S/U Graded.

*Prerequisite: Completion of all foundation and required course work.

4. **Online EDL Cohort** Stony Brook University's EDL 586 Internship Seminar

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 30, 2021)

Stony Brook University Students Only
This course is a co-requisite to EDL 525 Internship.

This course consists of weekly seminars for the consideration of problems and current issues confronted in the field. The internship Seminar will provide a forum for sharing insights, understanding and developing collaborative problem-solving and decision-making skills. The purpose of the Internship Seminar is to facilitate the blending of practical field experience with academic learning.

Course meetings will be arranged by the instructor spanning multiple terms.

*Prerequisite: Completion of all foundation and required course work. Students may not enroll themselves in EDL 585 and EDL 586.

Students who have completed the prerequisite course work should contact the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Robert Scheidet, for enrollment.

5. **Ed Tech-Cohort One** Stony Brook University's EDT 541 - Digital Wellness and Education

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 16, 2021)

Stony Brook University Students Only
In this course, students will take a step back and look at how technology affects our overall wellness and state of mind. Technology drives our every move in this fast paced society. Everywhere you look, our youth is connected to a device and has access to unlimited information.

This course explores the use of technology among the younger generation and examines the impact emotionally and physically. Students will research policy and practices to help create a life, technology balance and show educators how to develop techniques to help students become more mindful and well rounded in this technology saturated living environment. By the end of this course, students will have developed multiple techniques and strategies essential for balancing wellness, mindfulness, and technology into K-12 classroom curriculum.

The required books that will be used in this course are available through Amazon or Barnes and Noble. They are:
Gunatillake, R. (2017). Modern mindfulness: How to be more relaxed, focused, and kind while living in a fast, digital, always-on world. New York: St. Martins Griffin. ISBN-13: 978-1250116413

Gazzaley, A. (2017). Distracted Mind: Ancient brains in a high-tech world. S.l.: MIT PRESS ISBN-13: 978-0262034944

Recommended Reading:
Jennings, P. A. (2015). Mindfulness for teachers: Simple skills for peace and productivity in the classroom. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN-13: 978-0393708073

The content of this course is delivered both asynchronously in Blackboard and synchronously via Zoom meetings weekly on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm throughout the course.

This course starts Tuesday, January 5th and ends on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021.

6. **Three Village EDL Cohort** Stony Brook University's EDL 555: Supervision of Instruction

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 16, 2021)

Stony Brook University Students Only
This course covers the basic aspects of the supervisory process. Areas included are an overview of supervision, theory and research, organization and function, roles of various personnel in the supervisory process, factors influencing change, improving instruction through individuals and groups, curriculum development, effective use of learning resources and evaluating supervisory programs.

Instruction for this course will be delivered through both asynchronous assignments in Blackboard and synchronous meetings via Zoom throughout the course scheduled by the instructor.

The course starts on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 and ends on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021.

7. Wellness Leadership Initiative-Online

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Feb 2, 2021)

Online
Internal and external stress has a significant impact on every dimension of our lives: our wellness, our mental health, and our social well-being. In this workshop, we will explore the Seven Dimensions of Wellness, learn how to apply the Three Keys to Ignite Potential, and experience tools that support us to deal more effectively with stress and overload. These small shifts have a significant impact; bringing more energy, more presence, more potential, and more innovation into our work and personal lives.

Culture drives results; leaders drive culture. In order for our schools to build cultures that support wellness, mental health, and social well-being, teachers, staff, and administrators must examine their own health and wellness, explore strategies based in neuroscience, and experience mindfulness practices to ignite their leadership potential. This workshop is highly interactive, incorporates brain-based learning techniques and utilizes discussion, group exercises, focused visualization, emotional mastery exercises, and constructive collaboration. Our mission is to support all participants toward effective, efficient and inspired leadership.

This course will be delivered through scheduled Zoom meetings (synchronous) and assignments in Google Classroom (asynchronous). Zoom meetings will take place on Tuesday's from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm on January 5th, January 12th, January 19th, January 26th and February 2nd, 2021.

Please note: This course will provide 15 CTLE hours upon completion. District approval is required for in-service credit.

8. **Ed Tech-Cohort Two**-Stony Brook University's EDT 544 - Empowering All Learners Through Educational Technology

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 17, 2021)

Stony Brook University Students Only
Online Course
In this Stony Brook University graduate course, you will learn how to integrate educational technology tools and applications, explore instructional best practices, methods, and strategies that will support the needs of diverse student populations. Participants will plan, design and deliver a teacher centered educational technology workshop focused on leveraging technology to enhance curriculum and engage all student groups including special needs, ELLs (English Language Learners), at-risk students and gifted and talented students. By the end of the course, participants will be able to fully understand how to harness the power of technology and engage all learners, so they reach their highest potential.

This course will begin on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 and run through Wednesday, March 17th, 2021.

The content of the course will be delivered asynchronously through Blackboard and with live virtual face to face meetings using Zoom on Wednesday's at 4:30 pm.

The required texts are available on Amazon or BN:

1) Ell Frontiers: Using Technology to Enhance Instruction for English Learners-This book is grounded in the latest research on EL language and literacy development and technology integration, this timely book will serve as your road map for navigating the exciting new frontier of digital instruction. Learn how to improve academic outcomes, enhance language acquisition, and cultivate digital citizenship through ELL Frontiers'.

2)Handbook of Professional Development in Education: Successful Models and Practices, PreK-12 This comprehensive handbook synthesizes the best current knowledge on teacher professional development (PD) and addresses practical issues in implementation.

3)Digital Technology for Students with Special Needs: An essential guide to Occupational Therapists and related professions.-This book offers ‘jargon-free' resources and ideas to match these students with the latest digital technology.

9. Infusing Social Emotional Learning Across the Disciplines-Online

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Feb 3, 2021)

Online
Participants in this course will explore key aspects of the works of Abraham Maslow, Lawrence Kohlberg, Stephen Covey, John C. Maxwell, and the Center for Nonviolent Communication to serve as the basis for a framework for infusing social-emotional learning into learning experiences.

We will interact with key passages from a variety of fictional and non-fiction texts in order to apply the framework to engage their diverse student population in rigorous conversations around character and social-emotional diversity. We will articulate and frame a positive and inclusive climate while honoring the diverse learning characteristics of their students to help address the answer to the essential question, "How do you and I see me?"

The content of this course will be delivered through asynchronous instruction in Google Classroom and synchronous meetings via Zoom on the following dates:
January 6th from 4:30-5:30 pm
January 13th from 4:30-5:30 pm
January 20th from 4:30-5:30 pm
January 27th from 4:30-5:30 pm
February 3rd from 4:30-5:30 pm

This course starts on January 6th and ends on February 3rd, 2021.

This course provides 15 CTLE hours upon completion. District approval is needed for in-service credit.

10. Stony Brook University's LIN 503: Methods II TESOL Pedagogy through Content Areas

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 17, 2021)

Stony Brook University Students Only
**TESOL Cohort** In this Stony Brook University graduate course you will learn about content-based language and literacy instruction and assessment to children and adolescents for whom English is not their first language, in alignment with current state, national, and professional standards. Teacher candidates design standard-based and data-driven curricular modules for teaching language through mathematics, the sciences, English language arts and the social studies, engage in reflective and collaborative practices, and evaluate web based technologies.

Instruction will be delivered through Blackboard and synchronous meetings via Zoom scheduled throughout the course by the instructor.

This course runs from Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 through Wednesday, March 17th, 2021.

11. **Port Jefferson EDL Cohort** Stony Brook University's EDL 585 Internship in Educational Leadership

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 24, 2021)

Online
Approved SBU Students Only
(co-requisite EDL 586-Internship Seminar)

EDL 585 Internship in School District/School Building Leadership (co-requisite EDL 586) This course is a cooperatively guided leadership experience at the school district central office level and school building level, strategically designed to immerse candidates in educational experiences that support and rely upon the information and skills attained from courses taken in the combined certification program. A plan of leadership, administration and supervisory tasks must be submitted to the internship coordinator.

The internship is conducted in schools and school districts over an extended period of time. Achievement will be determined against a stated list of competencies as assessed by the school district personnel and the SBU supervisor. Field experiences are structured so that candidates gain proficiency in all twelve NY State Leadership competencies. S/U Graded.

*Prerequisite: Completion of all foundation and required course work.

12. **Port Jefferson EDL Cohort** Stony Brook University's Educational Leadership Internship Seminar-EDL 586

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 24, 2021)

Stony Brook University Students Only
This course is a co-requisite to EDL 585 Internship.

This course consists of weekly seminars for the consideration of problems and current issues confronted in the field. The internship Seminar will provide a forum for sharing insights, understanding and developing collaborative problem-solving and decision-making skills. The purpose of the Internship Seminar is to facilitate the blending of practical field experience with academic learning.

Meeting dates will be arranged by the instructor spanning multiple semesters.

*Prerequisite: Completion of all foundation and required course work. Students may not enroll themselves in EDL 585 and EDL 586.

Students who have completed the prerequisite course work should contact the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Robert Scheidet, for enrollment.

Ten meetings Dates will be scheduled by the instructor throughout the duration of the internship.

13. Emotional Intelligence, Reflective Practice, and the Theory of Self-First - Online

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Feb 22, 2021)

Online
Wait List
This online course will allow participants the opportunity to develop skills that will enable them to identify, use, understand and manage their emotions and the emotions of others.

By developing these competencies participants will:


• reach new heights in being responsible decision makers


• utilize multiple points of view


• be creative problem solvers who make sound, ethical and effective decisions


• explore research-based skills and competencies that have a positive impact on their professional and personal lives
The skills, competencies, and strategies utilized throughout the coursework are research-based and are aligned with the MSCEIT (Mayer, Salovey, Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test - Yale University) and the CASEL (Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning) Competencies.

Please note: The content of this course will be delivered both synchronously through face-to-face online meetings via Zoom at 7:30 NY TIME on Tuesday, January 19th, Monday, February 1st, and Tuesday, February 16th and asynchronously through Google Classroom. Participants must have a personal Google account to access the course materials.

This course starts on Monday, January 11th until February 22nd, 2020.

This course will provide 15 CTLE hours upon completion. District approval is needed for in-service credit.

14. Microsoft Innovative Educator-Online

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Feb 16, 2021)

Online
The Microsoft Innovative Educator and Expert programs guide educators through the features of updated Microsoft products, and their integration with the classroom. These micro-credentials are available to participants through the course content.

Participants will explore different Microsoft tools, and learn how they support with student learning. With accessibility features, support for ELLs, and ease of use enhancements, participants will learn how to best use the new tools available to their students. In order to participate in the course, participants will need to have access to Office 365 or a trial version of it.

Please note: The instruction for this course will be delivered both synchronously through live face to face meetings via Zoom at 7pm on Tuesday's January 12th, January 19th, January 26th, February 2nd, February 9th and asynchronously in Google Classroom. Participants must have a personal Google account to access course materials.

This course starts on January 12th and ends on February 16th, 2021.

This course will provide 15 CTLE Hours upon completion. District approval is needed for in-service credit.

15. Introduction to Animation Webinar

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jan 13, 2021)

Online
Learn the basics of animation and how it can be used in any learning environment to help engage students in fun learning. We will examine different methods of animating using a variety of free and low-cost digital and traditional tools. We will also go through the process ourselves and create a short animation for your class.

This webinar will take place from 5-6 pm on January 13, 2021.

Upon completion participants will receive 1 CTLE hour.

16. Making Thinking Visible with Google Tools-Online

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Feb 17, 2021)

Online
Visible Thinking includes methods for making students' thinking visible through learning routines that are thinking rich. These Thinking Routines encourage the development of a culture of thinking and can be used across all grade levels and content areas. Participants will explore digital tools to help students demonstrate their understanding and become aware of their thinking process.

Lessons and activities that integrate the Visible Thinking Routines with technology often simultaneously incorporate 21st century skills. Thus, making thinking visible with technology provides opportunities to weave together many of the best practices for which educational innovations and reform measures call.

This course will be conducted in an asynchronous online setting utilizing Google Classroom as the delivery platform. Personal Google accounts will be required to access the course. Participants will meet virtually via Zoom to discuss and share lessons and strategies. Additional Zoom meetings will be arranged throughout the course by the instructor.

Recommended Text: Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by Karin Morrison, Mark Church, and Ron Ritchhart (optional).

This course starts on January 13th and ends on February 17th, 2021.

This course will provide 15 CTLE hours upon completion. District approval is required for in-service credit.

17. Introduction to Multi-Lingual Learners-Online

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Feb 18, 2021)

Online
Everyday, Multilingual Learners enter our schools. How can we best support them? In this course, we will explore components of research-based instruction that can support MLLs. Participants will learn from a curated assortment of activities and strategies. Course time will be allocated to develop materials for their own classrooms.

The content of this course will be delivered through both synchronous live meetings via Zoom at 7:30pm-8:00pm on Thursday's January 14, January 21st, January 28th, February 4th and February 11th and asynchronous work in Google Classroom. Participants must have a personal Google account to access the course materials.

This course starts on January 14th and ends on February 18th, 2021.

This course provides 15 CTLE hours upon completion in the ELL category. District approval is needed for in-service credit.

18. iPad Basics: Using iPads in Your Classroom-Online

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Feb 11, 2021)

Online
Teachers will initially learn the basics of how to use an iPad. We will also dive into many useful tips and tricks that are not common knowledge. Teachers will also get the opportunity to learn about different accessories, web 2.0 tools, and applications that can be applied in the classroom to create amazing hands-on, innovative, student lead classroom experiences. You must have a personal Google account to access the course materials in Google Classroom.

The content of this course will be delivered both asynchronously through Google Classroom and synchronously through live meetings via Zoom on the following dates and times:
Thursday, January 14th 5-6pm
Thursday, January 21st 5-6pm
Thursday, January 28th 5-6pm
Thursday, February 4th 5-6pm
Thursday, February 11th 5-6pm

This course starts on January 14th and ends on February 11th, 2021.

Please note: Upon completion this course will provide 15 CTLE hours to participants. District approval is required for in-service credit.

19. Tech Tools for Ells-Online

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Feb 18, 2021)

Online
Closed
Tech Tools for ELLs provides participants the opportunity to learn how technology can support learning for English Language Learners. Participants will learn how different components of instruction can enhanced through the use of technology. These components are organized in a research-based sequence for teaching ELLs. By the end of the course, participants will be able to use activities and created exemplars in their own classrooms.

The content of this course will be delivered both synchronously on Thursday's from 7:00-7:30pm on January 14th, January 21st, January 28th, February 4th, February 11th and asynchronously through Google Classroom. Participants must have a personal Google account to access the course materials.

This course starts on January 14th and ends on February 18th, 2021.

This course provides 15 CTLE hours in the ELL category upon completion. District approval is required for in-service credit.

20. Adjusting your mindset: Be passionate, be patient, and persevere - Online

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 1, 2021)

Online
Wait List
Participants will be provided with the opportunity for independent inquiry, learning in cooperation with others, and reflective practice. Participants will design a toolbox of research-based strategies and competencies that will utilize virtues as a springboard for program design. Additionally, these activities will enhance professional dialogue and effectively blend different, innovative, and practical strategies for program implementation.

Participants will have the tools they need to help their students:
* develop a mindset using integrity and ethics as a framework for social, emotional and academic growth
* navigate through life's challenges in a positive and constructive manner by cultivating a passionate mindset that utilizes zest and optimism
* understand the importance and inter-relatedness of passion, patience, persistence and perseverance in developing a growth mind-set
* contribute to creating a resilient and compassionate school community"

Please note: The content of this course will be delivered both synchronously through optional face to face online meetings via Zoom at 7:30 NY TIME on Monday, January 25th, Monday, February 8th, and Monday, February 22nd and asynchronously through content delivered in Google Classroom. Participants must have a personal Google account to access the course materials.

This course starts on Monday, January 18th through Monday, March 1st, 2021

This course will provide 15 CTLE Hours upon completion. District approval is needed for in-service credit.

21. Social Emotional Learning in a Blended Classroom-Online

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 3, 2021)

Online
This course is being rescheduled.

This course will guide you in creating a student-centered classroom that incorporates the thoughtful integration of online digital media with traditional classroom instructional methods. We will explore various classroom models to weave together the best aspects of face-to-face and online learning to provide social-emotional support to our diverse learners. Participants will design instruction that allows students more control over time, pace, place, and path of their learning.

Coursework will take place in Google Classroom (you must have a personal Google account to access the course materials).

Additional live meetings via Zoom throughout the course will be arranged by the instructor.

This course starts on January 20th and ends on March 3, 2021.

This course provides 15 CTLE hours upon completion. District approval is required for in-service credit.

22. Teaching and Learning with Apple Pencils and iPads-Online

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Mar 25, 2021)

Online
MESTRACT Members Only
Wait List
Teachers will learn how to use an iPad and Apple Pencil to create amazing hands-on, innovative, student lead classroom experiences. Using web 2.0 tools and apps designed for classrooms, teachers will learn how to create more interactive lessons involving things like easily taking pictures of student work to review or critique as a class and letting students pass around the iPad to write their answers, explain, and teach the class.

Only teachers from MESTRACT member schools may attend this course. Each teacher will be provided with an iPad and Apple Pencil to use during and after the course. Please arrange to pickup the iPad and Apple Pencil from the MESTRACT office prior to the start of the course.

This course starts on February 25th and ends on March 25, 2021.

Instruction will be provided online through both asynchronous assignments in Google Classroom and synchronous meetings in Zoom on the following dates and times:
Thursday, February 25th 5-6pm
Thursday, March 4th 5-6pm
Thursday, March 11th 5-6pm
Thursday, March 18th 5-6pm
Thursday, March 25th 5-6pm

Pre and post assessments will be completed using Google Forms.

This course provides 15 CTLE hours upon completion. District approval is required for in-service credit.

23. **Third Online EDL Cohort** Stony Brook University's EDL 501: Educational Leadership Theory

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 1, 2021)

Online
Only register for this course after you have formally been accepted to the Stony Brook Educational Leadership Program.

This graduate course presents a study of the concepts, theories, methods, and findings dealing with how to remain abreast of research in education and acquire the extensive knowledge of learning theories, leadership theories, creative thinking, teaching, assessment, and the principles of effective schools. Materials will be drawn largely from the behavior sciences. These will be applied to the practice of educational administration at all levels and in all settings, taking into account cultural diversity and locale.

This course starts on Tuesday, March 23rd and ends on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021.

For additional information please contact Kristine at 631-730-5010 or kristine@mestract.org.

24. Stony Brook University's LIN 504- Introduction to Teaching Linguistic & Literacy Skills

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 2, 2021)

Stony Brook University Students Only
This Stony Brook graduate course prepares teachers to teach literacy skills from the perspective of linguistics. Participants will master effective tools to promote English Language Learners (ELLs) receptive (listening and reading), in addition to productive (speaking and writing) language development. It will focus on teaching listening and reading comprehension, reading and writing instruction with a deep understanding of the linguistic demands of the different activities.

This course starts on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 and ends on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

25. Stony Brook University LIN 505 - Structure of English Grammar for Teachers

Program: Online Courses

Dates: On-Going (Ends Jun 10, 2021)

New
This course focuses on aspects of English grammar particularly difficult for ELLs. The practical application of this study of English grammar includes diagnosing and addressing student errors, teaching English structures in a new way and teaching ELLs the grammar knowledge they need to be successful at the academic language of school. Materials and exercises for teaching various grammatical structures will be developed. Actual errors made by learners of English will and will develop practical techniques for remedying these errors.