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1. Online: Approaches to Changing Student Behaviors with PBIS (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Grade Levels K-12

Dates: 9/23/2019 to 10/28/2019

Location: Online only

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There are a number of barriers that impede student learning - including disruptive behavior in the classroom. Since each school and each district has its own unique culture, we must design a customized intervention approach to maximize student engagement. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. A system focused on creating school-wide, classroom and individual supports improves academic and behavioral results. This course will enable teachers to create a classroom support system that will enhance student engagement and academic success and is appropriate for all regular and special education teachers. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

2. 8th Annual "Take a Bite out of Hunger" Fundraiser

Location: Haverstraw Town Hall (Garnerville, NY) [map]

Dates: 9/24/2019

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This year we'll raise money for People to People as we take a bite out of hunger with our lunch menu prepared by you. The event will take place immediately after our meeting on Tuesday, September 24th. Our speaker will be Diane Serrtore, Executive Director of PtoP. A list of food will be available separately. Please bring service pieces if your dish requires them. If you are unable to attend, we would appreciate a donation. The program fee of $15 will be donated in its entirety to People to People to help support their mission of feeding the hungry in our community. It is imperative that you sign up by September 10th, since the amount of food needed will depend on the number of participants.

3. Elementary Math PLC

Audience: K-5 Math Educators

Dates: 9/24/2019 to 4/28/2020

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The Elementary Math PLC (15 hour course) is designed to connect elementary math educators in the region offering them a place to meet, explore content and current trends in K-5 mathematics, discuss best practices and celebrate success stories. Sessions will focus on the commonality of math instruction from grades K-5 with an emphasis on using visual models, common vocabulary, hands-on activities and new technology to support learning. This collaborative effort will provide avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The Elementary Math PLC is hosted by R.P. Connor Elementary School, Suffern Central School District.

4. Moulin Rouge on Broadway

Location: AL Hirschfeld Theatre (New York, Ne) [map]

Dates: 9/26/2019

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Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular... Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Thursday, September 26 at 2:00 pm. Front Mezz tickets are $189. Deadline for registration is Monday, August 12.

5. Introduction to Conflict Resolution

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: All

Dates: 9/26/2019

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Join us to learn to de-escalate conflict in your school community! In this 2-hour training, we will discuss our anger triggers and cool down techniques you can use in your classroom and your life. See which words can escalate and de-escalate a conflict and practice creating win-win solutions. Training provided by Creative Response to Conflict (CRC)

6. ONLINE: All Learners - ADD and ADHD (offered by the Westchers TC Institute)

Audience: Specials Teachers and K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/30/2019 to 11/4/2019

Location: Online Only

This online course, will provide an overview of the current research and best practices for students with ADD/ADHD. We will explore the website ADDitude and use the resources on this site to create a teacher guide outlining strategies to enhance student learning. Differentiation, multiple intelligences, and setting long and short term goals will be a focus for the lesson planning segment. The teacher/parent connection will be established as a support system for the student. Strategies such as cooperative learning, organizational skills, and graphic organizers will be shared and applied to various grade levels. We will read and discuss case studies, teacher testimonials and incorporate best practices into our lessons. Each teacher will leave this course with a classroom management plan that includes strategies for successful teaching and learning. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

7. EDPD 5015/Developing Curricular Goals, Instructional Alignment and Formative Assessments

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 10/1/2019 to 12/10/2019

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Formerly CMSV-CEGE 566-R01. Participants will develop a thorough understanding of instructional strategies that meet the needs of all learners. Participants will work collaboratively to develop strategies "to reach out to individual learners at their varied points of readiness, interest, and learning preference." This quote from Carol Ann Tomlinson will serve as a guiding principal of the course. Course participants will develop curriculum adaptations and instructional strategies that are responsive to the individual needs of all students. Specifically, participants will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively differentiate curriculum and instruction in the classroom. Participants will develop the "big ideas" associated with curriculum designs. Then, participants will analyze and apply methods of differentiating products (content), process (instruction), and product (assessment). Required Readings: Tomlinson, C. A. (2017). How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: ASCD. If you plan to take this course for Graduate credit, please contact Joleen at jmurray@rockteach.org for directions on registering with the college.

8. EDPD 5010/Cultivating Habits of Mind: Transforming Teacher and Student Mindsets to Improve Learning

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 10/2/2019 to 12/11/2019

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Formerly CMSV-CEGE 649-R01. Based upon the works of authors Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick, participants will learn and apply instructional practices to cultivate the "habits of mind" needed to be a successful student and citizen. These practices will assist teachers in not only teaching academic material but also instruct students in matters pertaining to social skills. The Habits of Mind include: persisting, managing impulsivity, listening with understanding and empathy, thinking flexibly, questioning and problem posing, gathering data through all senses, taking reasonable risks, finding humor, thinking interdependently and remaining open to continuous learning. In line with an educator's mission to educate the whole child, participants will develop strategies to develop these habits of mind. This topic is pertinent in all aspects of education; all educators have a shared responsibility to build powerful, life-long "habits of mind" with and for our students. Required Readings: Costa, A. and Kallick, B. (2008). Learning and leading with habits of mind: 16 characteristics for success. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. Other Readings: Sprenger, Marilee (2018). How to Teach so Students Remember. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. If you plan to take this course for Graduate credit, please contact Joleen at jmurray@rockteach.org for directions on registering with the college.

9. Digital Tools to Differentiate Teaching

Audience: All Teachers

Dates: 10/3/2019 to 11/14/2019

Location: Online

No two students come to class with the same academic abilities, experiences, and needs. However, all students are expected to master the same concepts, principles, skills and standards. "Digital Tools to Differentiate Teaching"½½½½½½ is a 15 hour online course designed to acquaint educators with innovative digital tools to aid in the differentiation of instruction, ensuring academic success for all students. Teachers will learn to enhance curriculum with audio, visual, and interactive learning experiences so that all children can achieve success, regardless of their skills, interests, learning styles and readiness. Teachers will preview and practice a variety of free digital tools, determine which resources are most appropriate for select students, and master the skills necessary to integrate those digital resources into standards-based curriculum. By the conclusion of the course teachers will be able to design or upgrade a unit of study with digital tools to address the learning needs of their students.

10. Online Teaching Mastery: The Power of You!

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 10/3/2019 to 11/14/2019

Location: Online Only

Teaching Mastery: The Power of You! is a 15 hour online course designed to guide you to become a more powerful and effective classroom teacher. You'll develop a presence that students trust, one that motivates and inspires them to own their own learning, and live into their full potential. It's by recognizing your unique teaching dispositions and cultivating your own personal power, the power of you, that you become the true leader of your tribe and create classrooms that are successful academically, rich in humanity, and filled with curiosity and discovery. This course was previously named Evolving as an Educator.
This 15 hour online course will allow educators and support staff the opportunity to create resilient schools that meet the social, emotional, ethical, and academic (SEAL) needs of students. Participants will explore the research-based skills and competencies that have a positive impact on the organizational structure of their school, the delivery of instruction, and student performance. Social Work CEUs available through Rockland BOCES for $25 Fee.

12. Lower East Side Art Walk

Location: Rockland Teachers' Center Institute - Stony Point (Stony Point, NY)

Dates: 10/3/2019

Join us as we visit several galleries with art critique Merrily. The Lower East Side is the city's fastest growing gallery neighborhood. Smaller spaces, a more experimental agenda and a lower price point define the hundred plus galleries on the Lower East Side. Known as an incubator for avant-garde talent, this is the place to be as more and more ambitious galleries move here. Thursday, October 3rd at 11:00. Fee is $40. Meeting place TBD. Please register by September 10th.

13. EDPD 5030/Teaching and the Change Process

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 10/3/2019 to 11/14/2019

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Formerly CMSV-CEGE 508-R01. Teaching is change; learning is change. Merriam-Webster.com defines change as "to give a different position, course or direction to" and "to make different in some particular manner." Learning is the ability to "solve problems, think critically, communicate effectively, and collaborate well." (Gagnon & Collay, 2006) Teachers, then, facilitate learning experiences by teaching students to think innovatively about change and the problem solving process. Each minute, period, day, month and year, teachers are required to create and sustain changes in their students and their teaching. This change is manifested in such educational terms as curriculum mapping, formative assessment, response to intervention (RTI) and differentiated instruction. In this course, participants will develop skills and strategies to facilitate change in their teaching and in student learning. Participants will learn how to: identify challenges, develop ownership, write SMART goals, craft plans/lessons, facilitate student "buy-in", and formatively assess student work. This change process will not only assist teachers in developing a "Habit of Mind" but impact student learning in their classrooms in real time. Participants will be expected to apply and reflect upon course material on a weekly basis through on-line correspondence and ongoing communication with other course participants. Required Readings: Kotter, J. and Rathgeber, H. (2016). Our Iceberg is Melting. New York: Penguin Random House; Johnson, S. (1999). Who Moved My Cheese (2nd ed.). New York: Vermillion. Final projects and reflections due online Nov. 14, 2019. If you plan to take this course for Graduate credit, please contact Joleen at jmurray@rockteach.org for directions on registering with the college.

14. Introduction to Restorative Practices

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Dates: 10/3/2019

Do relationship issues interfere with your classroom or school community running smoothly? Restorative practices help us to build community and restore relationships. This session will include; parts of a community building circle, types of circles and processes for building restorative schools and communities including after school programs and religious settings. Join us for this 2 hour session and gain tools to build community and address issues so you can teach most effectively! Training provided by Creative Response to Conflict (CRC).

15. Canasta for Beginners - A 6-week session

Location: Rockland Teachers' Center Institute - Stony Point (Stony Point, NY)

Dates: 10/4/2019 to 11/15/2019

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This session is for newbies who would like to learn this fun and social game. Learn to play from a patient and seasoned instructor. Come join us and learn the game while having fun. All sessions will be held at our Center at 14 Liberty Square Mall, Stony Point, NY. Fee is $40/50 nonmember. Friday dates from 9:30-11:30 are as follows: 10/4, 10/11, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, & 11/15 Please register by September 23rd . $40/50 nonmember

16. Edward Hopper House Exhibition and Artist Talk

Location: Edward Hopper House (Nyack,, NY)

Dates: 10/4/2019

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Educators are invited to view the new exhibition of American painter Suzette Marie Martin and learn about the resources offered at the Edward Hopper House. An artist talk and Q & A will follow the gallery viewing. Street parking THE MISSION OF THE EDWARD HOPPER HOUSE IS TO CELEBRATE EDWARD HOPPER'S LEGACY BY PRESERVING HIS BIRTHPLACE, FAMILY HOME AND ARCHIVE WHILE SERVING AS A RESOURCE FOR SCHOLARS AND ARTISTS AND NURTURING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WITH THE ARTS.

17. SED 576-96/Teaching English as a New Language II - Hybrid Course

Location: New Paltz Central School District (New Paltz, NY)

Dates: 10/5/2019 to 11/16/2019

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Examination of methodologies, materials, and assessments used in teaching language and content (e.g., mathematics, social studies, and science) to learners of English as a new language, including those with disabilities. Focus on incorporating language modalities into 7-12 content instruction, as well as second language acquisition and multicultural perspectives. Asynchronous online learning assignments to be scheduled by instructor. Must be matriculated into TESOL:CR-ITI. By registering through the Rockland Teachers' Center, I authorize SUNY New Paltz to finalize my registration and process the payment of tuition and fees associated with this course.

18. Cole Porter & The Great American Songbook

Location: Bickford Theater (Morristown, NJ) [map]

Dates: 10/6/2019

Cole Porter joyfully pushed the envelope of musical theatre with ultra-sophisticated, often risque songs. Join us for a musical tour through his career, including classic songs like You're the Top, Night and Day, All Through the Night, and Begin the Beguine performed by Broadway stars Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther. Prior to the concert, Rob Kapilow will discuss the works and engage the audience in conversation. Sunday, October 6th at 2:00 pm. Bickford Theater (located inside the Morris Museum), 68 Morris Ave.,(GPS 68 Lafayette Ave.) Morristown, NJ. Tickets are $43. Registration must be completed by August 10th.

19. Online: Starting off the School Year Right with ELLs!

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 10/7/2019 to 11/7/2019

This 5 week online course, which will run through Google Classroom, is designed to prepare and inform educators on how to get started with ELLs. This includes identification and placement procedures of English New Language learners. Participants will also explore immersion lessons in English and walk away with numerous samples and strategies, gain an introduction to the research proven SIOP Model, differentiate between SIOP lesson planning and mainstream lesson planning, and learn how to support ELLs in the mainstream classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your course completion time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course.

20. The Building Blocks of Numeracy

Location: Richard P. Connor Elementary School (Richard P. Connor ES, ) - RP Connor Elementary School 13 Cypress Rd, Suffern

Audience: All

Dates: 10/8/2019 to 12/10/2019

Location: RP Connor Elementary School 13 Cypress Rd, Suffern

Calm, Command and Conquer the Curriculum® Take a in-depth look at the continuum of learning at the elementary level. The session will highlight what matters most in the early elementary curriculum; building strong number sense, exploring the composition and decomposition of numbers and encouraging children to enjoy the playground of numbers that unfolds in a number rich classroom. Participants will gain insight into key standards and explore stories and games that promote numeracy skills. Let's help children learn to love math! Training will be targeted to the grade level of those participating.

21. How to Implement Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) using Conflict Resolution and Restorative Practices - A CRC Model

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Dates: 10/10/2019 to 5/14/2020

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This 30 hour course, created by Creative Response to Conflict, includes a 15 hours of training followed by 15 hours participating in a Professional Learning Community (PLC). The course will introduce participants to SEL, Conflict Resolution and Restorative Practices; the PLC is designed to facilitate sharing of best practices for implementation of the skills and concepts learned in the 15 hour training. Educators will explore the 3 SEL competencies and how to effectively integrate social and emotional learning (SEL) into academic subject areas with sample lessons. Participants will learn key conflict resolution skills, including escalation and de-escalation, win-win, open questions, paraphrasing, active listening and I-messages. At the end of the course, participants will have the requisite skills to create a more welcoming school environment and a more effective model for managing discipline issues. This course is offered for CTLE or PD only. This course is open to staff from East Ramapo, Newburgh, and North Rockland per the NOVO grant awarded to Creative Response to Conflict.

22. Online: Character Education (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 10/14/2019 to 11/19/2019

Location: Online Only

Character education provides guidance for youth to understand their abilities, to strive to reach their fullest potential, to care for others and enables all youth positive self-development. Schools can foster this development in and out of the classroom by focusing on intellectual, social, emotional, and ethical character in students. Implementing character development programs that focus on these needs gives students the optimal chance at success. Character education is a primary prevention tool used to promote positive youth development, academic achievement, and character development. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
Many of today's students are living with chronic trauma including homelessness, poverty, child abuse, neglect and exposure to violence in the home and in their communities. These experiences can lead to serious behavioral problems, wreak havoc on their ability to learn, and stunt academic growth. One of the problems educators face is identifying the symptoms of trauma since children don't always express their distress in a way that is easily recognizable. In this online course, we will address the root causes of trauma, specific confusing behaviors children might exhibit and discuss next steps to create a school environment where all students feel safe and can flourish - rather than fail - in and out of the classroom.PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

24. Mt. Gulian Historic House & White Glove Tour

Location: Mount Gulian Historic Site (Beacon, NY) [map]

Dates: 10/15/2019

Hold history in your hand as you visit this historic site on the Hudson River in Beacon, NY. Slip on white gloves before you handle artifacts and documents relating to the Verplancks and the American Revolution. Examine documents from the 18th and 19th centuries, Victorian era clothing and other artifacts. Tour of the house and garden is included. Mt.Gulian, 145 Sterling St., Beacon, NY. Free parking is available on premises. After the tour, enjoy perusing the town and eating in one of the several restaurants there (on your own). Tuesday, October 15th at 11:00. Fee is $25/$35 nonmember. Please register by Friday, June 28th.
This online course is the required first course for the MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION and can be taken for CTLE. Two part registration: Register with RTCI MyLearningPlan first and then apply to Concordia College online. Additional college tuition and fees will be incurred. Through sociological and historical analyses of education and schooling, students are challenged to compare and contrast educational systems across time and place, examine the role of schooling for political and social purposes, identify pertinent issues within the field, and investigate potential for learning outside of traditional classrooms. In exploring the field through multiple perspectives, students are ultimately positioned to question and analyze their own approaches towards the field. Course is accessible 24/7.

26. Ain't Too Proud: The Story of The Temptations

Location: Imperial Theater (New York, Ne) [map]

Dates: 10/16/2019

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Come see this musical that won 11 Tony nominations. Ain't Too Proud follows The Temptations' journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Through friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later. Wednesday, October 16 at 2:00 pm. Imperial Theater, 249 W. 45th St., Front mezz tickets are $159. Deadline for registration is August 6th.

27. Online Digital Citizenship (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 10/18/2019 to 11/22/2019

This online course is designed to help educators guide their students through the rules and potential implications of social media and technology. We will delineate appropriate ways to use technology and share strategies in the classroom. We will examine the 9 Key P's of Digital Citizenship and how to teach these strategies to students. We will create posters, share lesson plans and explore various scenarios and how to respond to each one. We will be accessing two different tool kits using the Common Sense Media website that will help shape our lessons and will share free resources for our schools and districts. We will customize this information and create a comprehensive classroom plan. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

28. Online: Growth Mindset (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 10/18/2019 to 11/22/2019

Location: Online Only

The focus on building our students' growth mindset capacity continues to prove to be an important role for educators. Teachers are often aware of the concepts behind mindsets but have not looked at their lessons and teaching techniques in relation to the concept. Teachers in this course will develop methods for reflecting on their current practices and materials in a manner that will assist their students in growing this essential capacity. Present research and best practices will be evaluated and utilized to improve student learning outcomes in the classroom.PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

29. EDU4440 Electronics and Robotics

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 10/21/2019 to 12/1/2019

An introduction to the study of robotics and industrial automation. This course will provide theoretical and hands-on experience in the areas of design, programming, debugging, set-up, and interfacing of industrial robotic application. It will also be an introduction to the use of drones in education and the FAA regulations that impact the educational and commercial use of drones. This course will provide the basics of flight, the use of coding to control autonomous flight, basic digital photography and cinematography, and the knowledge required to take the FAA Part 107 certification exam to obtain an FAA Remote Pilot license. $1437.30 City Tech fess for NYS Certified teacher residing in NYS includes CITY TECH 3 undergraduate course credits and CITY TECH part time technology fee. Add $267 RTCI fee. A minimum of 15 is required for the course to operate.

30. Membership Meeting on 10/22

Location: Haverstraw Town Hall (Garnerville, NY) [map]

Dates: 10/22/2019

Join us and learn what's new at the Center. Learn about new programs and connect with friends. Join us on Tuesday, October 22nd at 10:00 at Haverstraw Town Hall, 1 Rosman Rd. Garnerville, NY 10923. Our speaker will be Colby, our Collette representative who will share with us information about our exciting trip Bluegrass Country & the Smoky Mountains featuring Louisville, Gatlinburg & Asheville. Feel free to invite family and friends to this presentation. Please bring one nonperishable food item to the meeting. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS MEETING.

31. SRPs Impact on the Learning Environment

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: School-related professionals, TAs

Dates: 10/22/2019

This seminar will explore the relationships between administrators, educators, students, and paraprofessionals. The seminar will focus on the crucial skills needed to create a safe, welcoming learning environment and will highlight the impact paraprofessionals have in establishing the learning environment from the time students board the school bus in the morning until the time they are returned home at the end of the day. This seminar is offered through a collaboration with NYSUT ELT.

32. Book Club 10/23/19 AT HAVERSTRAW TOWN HALL

Location: Haverstraw Town Hall (Garnerville, NY) [map]

Dates: 10/23/2019

This month's selection is Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates. Our facilitator, Candace Robinson, will lead us in a lively and interesting discussion. Join us on Wednesday, October 23rd at 10:30 at the Haverstraw Town Hall. Call 845.553.9516 or email bberkowitz@rockteach.org to confirm date and place. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE FOR THIS BOOK CLUB.

33. Moulin Rouge on Broadway 10/24

Location: AL Hirschfeld Theatre (New York, Ne) [map]

Dates: 10/24/2019

Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular... Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Thursday, October 24 at 2:00 pm. Front Mezz tickets are $209. Deadline for registration is Monday, September 9th.

34. EDPD 5025/Taking a Constructivist Approach to Teaching

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 10/24/2019 to 12/5/2019

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Formerly CMSV-CEGE 597-R01. As educators, we expect students our students to "solve problems, think critically, communicate effectively, and collaborate well." (Gagnon & Collay, 2006) Participants will analyze the effects of effective teaching upon student performance in relation to the criterion above. This course will enable participants to develop instructional activities to actively engage students in the learning process and assist students in the development of self-assessment or "metacognitition." Participants will learn how to incorporate research-based methods and techniques in order to achieve a balance between conceptual understanding and procedural knowledge. Participants will develop the tools necessary to create this "balanced approach" to teaching all content areas. Teachers will develop strategies to assist students in "constructing" content knowledge as part of a "meaning-making" process. Required Readings: Garner, B. (2007). Getting to Got It. Alexandria, VA: ASCD; Gagnon, G. and Collay, M. (2006). Designing for Learning: Six Elements in Constructivist Classrooms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing. *Final projects and reflections due online Dec. 5, 2019. If you plan to take this course for Graduate credit, please contact Joleen at jmurray@rockteach.org for directions on registering with the college.

35. Regina Carter in Concert at RCC

Location: Rockland Community College (Suffern, NY) [map]

Dates: 10/26/2019

For Regina Carter, recipient of a MacArthur Genius Fellowship and Doris Duke Artist Award, the violin isn't simply a musical instrument, but a passport to a myriad of cultures and sounds. Dubbed "the finest jazz violinist of her generation" by The New York Times, she draws upon a wide range of musical influences, including Motown, Afro-Cuban, swing, bebop, folk and spirituals, and her repertoire ranges from "After a Dream" to "Chattanooga Choo Choo." Saturday, October 26, 8 pm. Fee is $39. Registration must be complete by September 15th.
This course will use multi-media and Living History approaches to the American Civil War in the Hudson Valley and the expansion of Industrialization in the Hudson Valley. It will take place over two days - one day in the classroom and one day visiting sites in the Hudson Valley. A multimedia presentation will begin the course and then participants will have an authentic Civil War encampment experience on the grounds of the Cold Spring Foundry where a major canon factory supplied thousands of canons for the Union war effort. Participants will dress as Civil War soldiers and will experience camp life during the Civil War. They will also discover the effect of the war on the rapid industrialization of the Hudson Valley. A site visitation to the Vanderbilt estate will introduce participants to vast amount of wealth created by the supercharged American economy following the Civil war. This program is co-sponsored by the Living History Education Foundation. Instructor will collect an additional $25 on Nov 1 to cover site fees. Not included: Transportation to and from sites, meals

37. Online: Bringing More Formative Assessment Into Your Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 11/4/2019 to 12/8/2019

Location: Online only

A teacher's use of formative assessment techniques is essential in ensuring that students are meeting the learning targets for a unit. Incorporating this type of assessment into your daily lessons provides you with evidence that will help guide instruction Formative assessment is nothing new - our teachers were administering formative assessments to us when we were in school many years ago. In today's digital world, we are lucky to have so many more tools to assist us in our formative assessments. Teachers in the class will review the research on formative assessment as well as explore dozens of instructional tools that can be used for formative assessments. Teachers will leave this course with concrete and easy to use examples for embedding more formative assessments into their lessons . PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

38. Online: Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners - ELL's (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 11/4/2019 to 12/8/2019

Location: Online Only

English language learners present special challenges for teachers in today's classrooms. A successful ELL teacher learns to balance the language learning needs of the students with the appropriate content. The knowledge and skills students gain in ELL classes positively affect their lives at school and home. As the diversity of the United States increases, so too does the need for teachers of second language learners. Participants in this course will create lesson plans that incorporate strategies to reach ELL students.PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

39. Poverty Simulation Experience

Location: River View High School, BOCES Educational Resource Center (BERC) (Nyack, NY) - Gym

Audience: River View HS staff only

Dates: 11/5/2019

Location: Gym

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Experience one month of poverty comprised of four 15-minute weeks. In the debrief, you will reflect and share insights. This program is designed to create a deeper understanding and awareness of the circumstances of individuals who are living in poverty and will serve as an opportunity to begin a dialogue about the often unseen world of poverty and its implications for communities and our schools. This simulation is open to Rockland BOCES River View High School staff. Arrive promptly at 8AM.

40. Online: Coding and Gaming to Enhance Computer Science (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K - 12 Teachers and Specials

Dates: 11/11/2019 to 12/16/2019

Location: Online only

While it might be difficult to imagine your students understanding something as complex as coding, it is definitely a reality. In this online course, we will learn the basics of coding and how we can transfer this information to help students solve problems in a logical and creative way. We will explore coding definitions and different languages and how to get started in your classroom on this learning journey. Although coding can be quite challenging, your students will be rewarded when they see their codes come to life after a debugging session. This learning opportunity will serve them well as they navigate the world around them. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

41. Online: Digital and Visual Learners (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 11/11/2019 to 12/16/2019

The Internet has become a primary tool for student communication and research and has moved our classrooms from a passive acquisition of facts to an active application of knowledge. This online class will give you the tools you need to design lessons that will help students navigate the digital tools available to them, including pod-casting, video techniques, teacher tube and global communication sites. These techniques and strategies will allow all our students to take charge of their own technological learning and will help them become successful classroom learners. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
This online course is required for the MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION and can be taken for CTLE. Two part registration: Register with RTCI MyLearningPlan first and apply to Concordia College online. Additional college tuition and fees will be incurred. Students examine the stakeholders (including the United Nations, World Bank, and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) that work to improve education on a global level - their goals, approaches in reaching them, and results. Students also examine the nature and purpose of international exams (including the Program for International Assessment and Trends in Mathematics and Science Study), as well as national results and their implications. Through this, students are positioned to analyze education on a global scale and as a global phenomenon. Course is accessible 24/7.

43. Online: ENL Verbal and Noncommunication

Audience: ALL

Dates: 11/12/2019 to 11/15/2019

Location: Online Only

Why do we have such a hard time communicating our thoughts back and forth to each other in a way that ensures understanding? During this online course experience, participants will learn how to increase communication skills with ELLs both verbally and nonverbally. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP

44. Hybrid: Genre Study

Audience: K-8 classroom teachers, literacy coaches, reading specialists, AIS teachers, ENL teachers, special education teachers

Dates: 11/14/2019 to 1/23/2020

Location: Springhurst Elementary School

What makes a biography a biography? What makes a fantasy a fantasy? If you know the genre of a book and know the characteristics of that genre, you know what to expect when you begin to read it. As adults, we know how to use our background knowledge about genres, but how do we teach our students to do this? In this hybrid course, we will explore how to use an inquiry approach to explore different genres. This process allows for students to really interact and experience different text types as they think, talk and work with them in an analytic way. Using the information from Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books (2012) by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, participants will build their own expertise in understanding specific genres and their characteristics, understand an inquiry process that can be used with students to study the characteristics of any genre and learn how to help students apply their knowledge of genres in talking, reading and writing. *Outside class work (24hrs) may consist of assignments that are to be done with or without students, watching videos and answering questions, and/or reading articles and commenting on them through a digital platform. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

45. EDPD 5020/The Power of Formative Assessment

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 11/14/2019 to 12/13/2019

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Formerly CMSV-CEGE 532-R01. As a result of this course, participants will develop skills and strategies to formatively assess student learning. "Anyone who has ever played or coached a team sport understands the basic idea that ongoing assessment and adjustment are the keys to improved performance." (McTighe, 2007) In this course, participants will engage in the process of ongoing assessment, feedback, reflection, revision and instruction. Participants will develop what Charlotte Danielson (2006) calls a "Habit of Mind" in which student assessments guide teacher instruction. The book Checking for Understanding by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey will be the guiding text. Course expectations include taking ideas from individual research, small group online discussions and whole group sessions to put ideas into action. Participants will be able to make an immediate impact upon their teacher and the learning outcomes for students in their classes. Required Readings: Fisher, D. and Frey, N. (2014) Checking for Understanding (2nd ed.); Thousand Oaks, CA: ASCD. Schmoker, M. (2006). Results Now. Thousand Oaks, CA: ASCD. *Final projects and reflections due online Dec. 13, 2019. If you plan to take this course for Graduate credit, please contact Joleen at jmurray@rockteach.org for directions on registering with the college.

46. DASA Dignity for All Students Act - Mandated 6 hour Certification Workshop

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY) - Room 136

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 11/16/2019

Location: Room 136

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In accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law, all applicants for Certification in NYS registered programs are required to complete six clock hours of Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyber bullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). This workshop will address the social patterns of harassment, bullying, and discrimination including, but not limited to those acts based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. It will also cover the identification and mitigation of harassment, bullying, and discrimination; and strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in education settings. Successful completion of this course will meet the certification requirements in Sec 14 (5) of Chapter 102 of the Laws of 2012, and registrants who participate in the entire 6-hour training will receive a Certification of Completion. Please be advised that we need to have 8 registrants to run this workshop Please note there will be a lunch break. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

47. Itzhak Perlman at Bergen PAC

Location: Bergen Performing Arts Center (Englewood, NJ) [map]

Dates: 11/16/2019

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Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music. Pianist Rohan De Silva, a native of Sri Lanka, has performed with Perlman around the world, including for presidents of the United States and the Queen of England. Saturday, November 16 at 8 PM. Bergen performing Arts Center, 30 N. Van Brunt, Englewood, NJ. Center balcony tickets are $70. Deadline for registration is August 10th. THIS PROGRAM REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 10 PEOPLE TO RUN.

48. Online: Cross Cultural Communication

Audience: All

Dates: 11/18/2019 to 11/21/2019

Location: Online Only

During this online course experience, participants will learn how to increase communication skills with ELLs and their families to build a stronger home-school connection. By learning the cultural cues and mannerisms, participants will be able to effectively communicate with students and families as well as create a learning environment that is safe and diverse. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

49. Mental Health & Wellness 101

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Dates: 11/18/2019

The median time between the onset of mental illness (when symptoms first appear) and when an individual gets appropriate treatment is 10 years. During that time, a person is likely experiencing periods of increased symptomology and periods of wellness. Mental Health and recovery are dependent on an individual's ability to recognize and manage where they are each day on the continuum between wellness and illness, and to take care accordingly. Education and early intervention promotes wellness and leads to better outcomes.
Goals of the Training:

Increase basic knowledge of mental health to help reduce stigma.

Understand Mental Health as a continuum of wellness that defines us every day - it is illness, recovery and all of the space in between.

Promote wellness, treatment seeking behavior, recovery and self-care.
This training is taught by Wendy Blanchard, M.S., CHHC, CPS, Client & Family Advocate and Community Educator. Wendy Blanchard was honored to be a part of creating this training as a resource and support for the newly implemented New York State Mental Health Education Law which began on July 1, 2018.

50. Book Club 11/20/19 AT KING'S DAUGHTERS LIBRARY

Location: King's Daughters Library (Garnerville, NY) [map]

Dates: 11/20/2019

This month's selection is The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain. Our facilitator, Candace Robinson, will lead us in a lively and interesting discussion. Join us on Wednesday, November 20 at 10:30 at the King's Daughters Library. Call 845.553.9516 or email bberkowitz@rockteach.org to confirm date and place. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE FOR THIS BOOK CLUB.

51. Online: Critical Thinking and Questioning Techniques (offered by the TC of Westchester)

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Specials

Dates: 11/25/2019 to 12/31/2019

Location: Online Only

Critical thinking is a key component in the classroom environment and can lead to improved learning and questioning skills. It can enhance language and presentation skills and can improve the way students express their ideas. Critical thinking can occur when students are analyzing, evaluating, interpreting or synthesizing information or when applying creative thought to form an argument, solve a problem or reach a conclusion. Critical thinking skills will prepare your students to interpret and evaluate new information and will help them in and out of the classroom. During the course, we will examine, in depth, Bloom's Taxonomy and apply this theory to various literature and other content areas. We will explore cause/effect, sequencing, patterning, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning, forecasting, hypothesizing and critiquing. At the end of the class, you will have the tools you need to incorporate critical thinking and higher order questioning into your classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

52. Online: Cross-Cultural Communication and Children's Literature

Audience: All

Dates: 11/25/2019 to 11/27/2019

Location: Online Only

Why do we have such a hard time communicating our thoughts back and forth to each other in a way that ensures understanding? During this online course experience, participants will learn how to increase communication skills with ELLs both verbally and nonverbally. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

53. Online: Technology Resources and Current Issues (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K - 6 Specials Teacher

Dates: 11/25/2019 to 12/31/2019

Location: Online Only

In this online course, we will explore current issues and trends relevant to the 21st century along with various technology resources. While the use of technology will actively engage your students, you need to utilize the right resources to achieve the intended outcomes. A primary focus will be to engage all learners in classroom activities and meet them at their particular technology level. We will use the ISTE Standards for Educators as a road map and explore their online community for support and communication. Using Teachers First as a resource, educators will learn how to effectively integrate technology into the curriculum through hands-on projects, collaboration tools and journal articles. We will discuss hands-on science and math lessons, writing websites, reading resources and social studies projects and create student tasks cards for the classroom. At the end of the course, you will have an online presentation tool (Buncee) and other strategies you need to engage both parents and students in this technology journey. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

54. Vaping - What is Behind the Cloud

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY) - Building 10 PDC

Dates: 12/3/2019

Location: Building 10 PDC

Learn about the risks and harms of vaping among teens. We will discuss the chemicals in vaping products, the effects on the developing adolescent brain, and laws and regulations. You will also have the opportunity to see firsthand the most popular vaping devices so you will be able to identify them. Handouts will be provided.

55. Mental Health Education Law

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY) - Building 10 PDC

Audience: Teachers, Teaching Assistants, School Support Staff, nurses

Dates: 12/5/2019

Location: Building 10 PDC

In October 2016, MHANYS, Mental Health Association of NYS, published "Mental Health Education in New York Schools"outlining legislative history and intent, and recommendations for implementing the law including content that should be included when schools are developing curriculum. The Mental Health Law training gives a brief overview of the law, as well as briefly talks about social/emotional learning, self care and recovery from Mental Illness. This training is sponsored by Rockland Teachers' Center in conjunction with the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

56. Online:Home Language and Literacy Development of ELLs

Audience: All

Dates: 12/9/2019 to 12/12/2019

Location: Online Only

During this online course experience, participants will explore the importance of home language on literacy development and learn how to foster this language. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

57. National Board Certification Support Cohort

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: National Board Candidates

Dates: 12/9/2019 to 3/16/2020

This 15-hour course will provide support to new and renewal National Board Certification candidates in the 2019-2020 school year. During our sessions, we will unpack the National Board Standards, the Five Core Propositions of the National Board, and work to facilitate the submission of the National Board Components. It will cover the Foundations of the National Board process, preparation for Component One (the exam), building Component 2 (Differentiation for Students), Component 3 (Creating a Fair and Equitable Environment -- the video component), and Component 4 (Identifying and Addressing a Student Need and A Professional Need). We will outline and teach how to approach the forms, written commentary and reflective pieces in each component. Feedback will be provided on written responses, and peer collaboration will be incorporated to engage the cohort in a rich environment of professional collegiality and pedagogical development. Participants must attend all sessions and complete the evaluation in MyLearningPlan to complete the course. A separate writing institute is recommended for candidates in the Spring.

58. Holiday DooWop Vol II at Bergen PAC

Location: Bergen Performing Arts Center (Englewood, NJ) [map]

Dates: 12/14/2019

Celebrate the holidays in classic style when LAR Enterprises presents Holiday Doo Wop Vol. II featuring Lou Christie ("Lightning Strikes"), Jimmy Gallagher & The Passions ("Just to Be With You"), The Capris ("There's a Moon Out Tonight"), The Happenings ("See You in September"), Belmont Ave - A Tribute to Dion. Center mezz tickets are $59. Saturday, December 14 at 7 PM. Bergen PAC, 30 N. Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ. Registration deadline is August 20th. THIS PROGRAM REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 10 PEOPLE TO RUN.

59. Online: Strengthening Home/School Communication

Audience: All

Dates: 12/16/2019 to 12/19/2019

Location: Online Only

During this online course experience, participants will learn how to build home language connections to increase second language acquisition. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

60. Book Club 12/18/19 AT KING'S DAUGHTERS LIBRARY

Location: King's Daughters Library (Garnerville, NY) [map]

Dates: 12/18/2019

This month's selection is One Day In December by Josie Silver. Our facilitator, Candace Robinson, will lead us in a lively and interesting discussion. Join us on Wednesday, December 18 at 10:30 at the King's Daughters Library. Call 845.553.9516 or email bberkowitz@rockteach.org to confirm date and place. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE FOR THIS BOOK CLUB.

61. Online: Co-Teaching (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 1/3/2020 to 2/7/2020

Location: Online Only

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In this online course, participants will explore how to share a classroom and build powerful relationships between a general education and special education teacher. We will utilize various tools to create an effective learning environment, examine and comment on case studies and implement strategies to enhance your classroom environment. We will share ideas on how co-teaching can improve program intensity and increase instructional options. At the conclusion of this class, you will have customized lesson plans that will provide a successful classroom environment for all students. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

62. Online: Are You a Culturally Responsive Teacher? (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 1/6/2020 to 2/10/2020

Location: Online only

Delivering culturally-responsive lessons can not only help you engage students, but allow them to make personal connections with content. Greater student investment will lead to many other benefits, such as more rigor and motivation. This course will walk educators through the process of learning about the link between culture and neuroscience, as well as methods for infusing daily lessons with culturally responsive activities. A happier, focused classroom is the ideal outcome. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

63. Online: Strategies for Teaching ELLs

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 1/6/2020 to 2/6/2020

Location: Online Only

This 5 week online course, which will run through Google Classroom, is designed to prepare educators to teach English Language students using a variety of strategies. This course will include learning how to evaluate authentic ENL materials based on guidelines such as: culturally responsiveness, age-appropriateness, linguistic accessibility, diverse adaptations and learning English Language strategy games that increase language acquisition. Participants with explore the benefits of these ENL strategy games and learn how to adapt and integrate them into their personal teaching or classroom lessons. In addition, participants will explore strategies that include technology tools and strategies to enhance English articulation and comprehension, the importance of vocabulary instruction, and how the use of music increases second language acquisition for English language learners. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your course completion time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course.

64. Online: Conferring with Confidence: The Heart of Effective Reading and Writing Instruction (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Classroom teachers, ELA teachers, Reading Specialists, Early Literacy Specialists

Dates: 1/10/2020 to 2/14/2020

Location: Online Only

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Through collaboration and inquiry, participants will explore the conferring process and the effect that is has on classroom instruction and student engagement. Participants will work through each step involved in conferring in the classroom with a specific focus on the RIP model. Participants will identify and explore the protocol for effective feedback within an instructional setting. At the conclusion of this course, participants will display a knowledge and expertise of the structure of a conference, implications for classroom implementation and instructional practices that can be used instantly in the classroom and that they can embed in their instructional practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

65. Addressing Aggressive Student Behavior - SRP Seminar

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: School related professionals, TAs

Dates: 1/14/2020

Special needs students experience many benefits as well as challenges in the classroom. Some students may resist efforts of teachers and SRPs to support and guide them. This resistance may be shown in passive ways or in more aggressive ways, such as acting out, tantrums, or even throwing objects. This seminar will focus on strategies for managing the behavior of students who demonstrate aggressive and disruptive behaviors. Participants will discuss the need to teach students to take responsibility for their own behavior, review a plan for ensuring they have the knowledge and skills to successfully change their behaviors, and proactive strategies for addressing specific misbehaviors. Confrontation strategies and strategies such as redirection, cause and effect and overcorrection will be explored and practiced. This seminar is offered through a collaboration with NYSUT ELT and made possible through funding from the New York State Department of Labor. A minimum of 15 is required.

66. Online: Teaching Tools to Support English Learners

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 2/24/2020 to 4/2/2020

Location: Online Only

This 5 week online course will run through Google Classroom. During this experience, participants will explore a variety of teaching tools that will support ENL learners in unique ways. During this course participants will explore tools such as EdPuzzle, Amazon Echo, Google Drawings and much more! While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your course completion time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course.

67. Online: Adjusting Your Mindset: Be Passionate, Be Patient, Be Persistent and Persevere

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 2/25/2020 to 4/8/2020

Location: Online Only

In this 15 hour online course,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. At the end of this course, 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; and understand the importance and inter-relatedness of passion, patience, persistence and perseverance in developing a growth mind-set. These efforts will bring about systemic change and contribute to creating a resilient and compassionate school community. "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi.

68. Online: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom

Audience: All Teachers

Dates: 2/25/2020 to 4/8/2020

Location: Online Only

Storytelling is an art form which allows people of all ages to connect. Using stories in any classroom will improve student learning by increasing listening comprehension, expanding language patterns and practicing oral communication skills. Additionally, once students learn to tell stories, their prewriting drafts and factual recall will improve. The NCTE supports storytelling in the curriculum with acknowledgement that students can find a reflection of themselves in stories, and that teachers who value storytelling can learn more about students in a unique way. This online course will help teachers find, learn and share a folktale and teach students to do the same. The course will reflect upon the educational importance of storytelling, and provide support and resources to create a lesson plan for classroom use. It is suitable for all content areas, and all grade levels. Required Readings: In addition to 2 educational articles, each participant chooses one folktale to read and retell. Pamela Schembri is school library media specialist with 25 years of teaching experience, a professional storyteller, and children's author

69. Online: Finding Your Balance: Strengthening Reading and Writing through Balanced Literacy (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Classroom teachers, ELA teachers, Reading Specialist, Early Literacy Specialist

Dates: 2/28/2020 to 4/3/2020

Location: Online Only

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Through inquiry and the exploration of Reading and Writing, participants will explore the life-long practices of readers and writers in a Balanced Literacy setting. Participants will explore each component of the Balanced Literacy framework and connect their own instructional practice to the framework. Through collaboration and investigation, participants will have the opportunity to explore research around Balanced Literacy and best practices in Reading and Writing. At the conclusion of this course, participants will leave with a knowledge and expertise of Balanced Literacy, instructional practices that can be used instantly in the classroom and a "toolbox" filled with best practices and shared literary experiences that they can embed in their instructional practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

70. Dealing with Difficult Students in the School Environment - SRP Seminar

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: School related professionals, TAs

Dates: 3/3/2020

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. 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. A minimum of 15 is required.

71. Proactively Confronting Trauma in the Classroom and Other Learning Spaces - SRP

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: School related professionals, TAs

Dates: 3/24/2020

Students are affected by their experiences and impacted by the situations and events that they witness. Exposure to trauma and traumatic events often create social, emotional and behavioral problems that can hinder academic progress. This seminar will provide School-Related Professionals (SRPs) with an understanding of how trauma affects students and offer an opportunity to develop strategies to support and promote school wide success. This seminar is offered through a collaboration with NYSUT ELT.

72. Online: Using Cognates with English Language Learners

Audience: All

Dates: 4/20/2020 to 4/23/2020

Location: Online Only

A word is cognate with another if both are derived from the same word in another language. During this online course experience, participants will explore how the use of cognates support English Language Learning and how to explore the effect of false cognates. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.
The research-based strategies and skills utilized in this 15 hour online course will enable teachers to help students build effective relationships, and work through life's challenges in constructive and ethical ways. Through these efforts teachers will be able to enhance school climate, make a difference in the lives of their students, change the fabric of their classroom communities and impact systemic change in their districts.

74. Online: Using Flipgrid with ELLs

Audience: All

Dates: 4/27/2020 to 4/30/2020

Location: Online Only

During this online course experience, participants will explore the FREE online tool Flipgrid. Using the Flipgrid, you can connect your learners to the learning and to each other, helping to ensure engagement and reflection. English Language Learners (ELL) will experience opportunities to develop their language and practice language mastery. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

75. Online:The Best Apps & Extensions that Benefit ELLs

Audience: All

Dates: 5/4/2020 to 5/7/2020

Location: Online Only

During this online course experience, participants will explore the best apps and extensions to use with ELL students. These apps and extensions will allow you to add a new dimension to your teaching and will allow students to continue to enhance and reinforce their academic skills outside of "traditional"½ classroom instruction. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. Since this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

76. Online: Strategies for Teaching Mathematics to ELLs

Audience: All

Dates: 5/11/2020 to 5/14/2020

Location: Online Only

During this online course experience, participants will explore teaching strategies using The SIOP Model ® for Mathematics K-12. Specific tasks and examples will be included to provide practice and application of key concepts and academic language for ELLs. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. Since this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

77. Online: Strategies for Teaching Social Studies to ELLs

Audience: All

Dates: 5/18/2020 to 5/21/2020

Location: Online Only

During this online course experience, participants will explore teaching strategies using The SIOP Model ® for Mathematics K-12. Specific tasks and examples will be included to provide practice and application of key concepts and academic language for ELLs. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. Since this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

78. "Tina" on Broadway

Location: Lunt Fontanne Theatre (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 6/3/2020

Wait List
Tina follows Tina Turner from her humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global queen of rock 'n' roll. Born Anna Mae Bullock in 1939, Turner rose to fame in the 1960s alongside her then husband Ike. The Queen of Rock n' Roll has sold 180 million records worldwide and been honored with 11 Grammy Awards. Lunt-Fontanne Theater, 205 W. 46 St. Wednesday, June 3rd at 2:00 pm. CENTER front mezz tickets are $153. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, September 19th.