Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. ONLINE: Social and Emotional Development in the Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 8/1/2019 to 8/29/2019

Location: Online Only

Research shows that integrating social and emotional learning into the curriculum leads to positive student outcomes. It reduces aggression and emotional distress among students, it increases positive interactions among students, it improves positive attitudes toward self and others and it also increases students’ academic performance as well as college and career readiness. In this course, we will examine the 5 keys elements of social emotional learning and, after viewing various videos, we will discuss what that means to classroom culture and classroom management. This course will focus on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. At the end of the course, you will have a toolbox of specific strategies you can begin to use with your students. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

2. Online: The Mindful Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 8/1/2019 to 8/29/2019

Location: Online Only

Helping students cultivate affective skills such as perseverance, emotional management, self motivation, and resilience are key to both their emotional well-being and their ability to engage reflectively with ideas and information. When teachers practice and model these skills, they can be more fully present and able to respond to their students' needs. "Studies show that grade school aged children who learn mindfulness and meditation are more focused and resilient," says Sarah McKay, an Oxford University trained neuroscientist and freelance science writer specializing in mind and brain. "It helps settle them down and improves concentration." This in turn allows for optimal student performance. For teachers, this means that in the midst of everything that goes on in a classroom, we remain aware of what's going on inside our minds and bodies, which can help us with our reactions to a situation and choose a kind and compassionate response. While the practice of mindfulness is never a "cure-all," research suggests that it is a powerful foundation upon which teachers can start to build their social-emotional skills and, in turn, improve their teaching. This course examines the historical and scientific research that has been done supporting the practice of mindfulness in education. Through reading, discussion and exercise, participants will explore how mindfulness can be used everyday with in and out of the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

3. Online: Creating Independent Problem Solvers (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 8/1/2019 to 8/31/2019

Location: Online

Fostering deeper thinking and greater understanding promotes increased engagement in the classroom. In this online course, we will examine question formulation and exploration as key parts of the problem solving process. In the real world, students will not have access to all the information they need to solve problems they will be required to sort, decipher and gather it themselves. As class participants, you will focus on all curriculum areas and explore the best problem solving practices in math. Authentic challenges will be introduced as we look at problem solving in action and how your students can think and problem solve outside of the textbooks. With the tools you provide them, students will be able to work out solutions to complex problems that will lead to enhanced student learning and increased student engagement. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
Starting out a new school is always an exciting time full of promise, new ideas and innovative strategies. In this online course, we will explore effective planning and organization strategies for the new school year. We will look at a variety of websites that can assist you in setting up, planning and transforming your classroom into places where differentiated, social emotional learning can take place. Parent and community involvement and technology integration are all essential components for setting the tone for the school year and will also be explored. At the end of this course, you will have the tools you need to begin the new school year with new and innovate ideas to enhance student learning. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

5. CEGE 556-R01/Education and the AT RISK Student

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

Dates: 8/5/2019 to 8/28/2019

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Working more effectively with disabled students by recognizing their disabilities and using strategies that meet their particular needs; as a result of this course participants will design a program for one student or more. Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to Graduate and In-service participants.

6. CEGE 605-R01/Building Professional Learning Communities to Improve Student Learning

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

Dates: 8/6/2019 to 8/29/2019

This course will have two goals: to facilitate Professional Learning Communities (PLC) in our schools through the habits of successful thinking and assist participants in creating classrooms responsive to the needs of all students. These two goals will allow participants to grow professionally and push students beyond independence levels. By developing habits of thinking and collaborative communication skills with colleagues, participants will develop strategies to make their schools better learning communities and to make their classrooms more responsive to the needs of all learners. We will utilize the required book “How Full is your Bucket”, by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton as the conceptual framework. The book “reveals how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health and longevity”, and “Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community”, by Alfie Kohn. Recommended readings are “Productive Group Work by Fisher”, by Frey and Everlove; and “Teaching with the Brain in Mind”, by Eric Jensen. Effective schools explicitly develop the skills and strategies of collegiality amongst staff members. Effective teachers have a profound impact upon student learning. Therefore, participants will develop thinking and communication skills to make them more effective teachers; improving their responsiveness in the classroom. Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to Graduate and In-service participants.

7. Mt. Gulian Historic House & White Glove Tour

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

Dates: 8/8/2019

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). Thursday, August 8th at 11:00. Fee is $25/$35 nonmember. Please register by Friday, June 28th.

8. Professional Development Mentor Program (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 8/27/2019 to 3/11/2020

Whether you are currently a mentor teacher or would like to serve in this role in the future, this year-long program will provide you with the knowledge and expertise needed to become a skilled mentor. We will examine attitudes, skills, and components of a successful program and focus on teacher development, including how to guide, support, and nurture novice teachers. This course is only open to teachers from the Edith Winthrop Teacher Center and the Teacher Center of Central Westchester. In addition to the summer seminar, there will be two follow up meetings, one in the Fall and one in the Spring from 4-6pm. There will be an additional 5 hours of course work completed online. YOU MUST BE PRESENT FOR EVERY IN-PERSON SESSION AND COMPLETE ALL ONLINE COURSEWORK IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE FULL CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE.