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1. Restore You Brain with Nature - NOT FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Location: ZOOM AT HOME (ZOOM, NY)

Dates: 9/18/2020

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In today's world, filled with technology and distractions, we are more stressed than ever. Back in the day, doctors would send patients with anxiety and depression into the mountains because the fresh air would do them good. Though they did not have the research to back it up, they knew that nature was good for our mental health. Today, there is good evidence for these claims and clinicians have developed different types of "nature therapy”, also known as ecotherapy, which harness the healing power of nature. Come along with us and "veg" as we walk through nature and listen to the science behind ecotherapy. PLEASE WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEOS ON UTUBE PRIOR TO JOINING TO OUR DISCUSSION: Why nature is good for your mental health https://youtu.be/jSgCo3bvaX0 Restore your brain with nature https://www.ted.com/talks/david_strayer_restore_your_brain_with_nature?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare Prescribing Nature for Health https://youtu.be/0uk0QriYYws Friday, September 18th at 10:30. Please register by September 14th to receive the link in a timely manner.

2. Grades 6 - 12 Bitmoji Workshop - Do You Want to Join the Bitmoji Classroom Craze

Audience: Grades 6 - 12

Dates: 9/21/2020 to 9/29/2020

Location: Google Meet

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This FREE online workshop (open only to our consortium members) is completely synchronous for grades 6 - 12. During this 5 hour workshop, which will be delivered using the Google Meet platform, you will learn how to create a Bitmoji Classroom. The instructor will walk you through the steps in developing this engaging virtual environment for your students. Google Meet Sessions are 3:30 - 4:45 on the following dates: September 21, 22, 28, 29, 2020

3. Film Club "Vertigo" AT 12:30

Location: ZOOM AT HOME (ZOOM, NY)

Dates: 9/21/2020

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Join our film aficionado, Mimi, in a discussion of this iconic film that replaced "Citizen Kane" as the top movie on IMBD charts. PLEASE WATCH THE MOVIE ON YOUR OWN BEFORE THE DISCUSSION. Monday, September 21 at 12:30 PM. Check your library for availability. You can also check YIDIO.COM to see where online you can watch it. PLEASE SIGN UP BY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 TO GET THE NOTES AND ZOOM LINK ON TIME.

4. STAR Cultural Arts Coordinator Training -Virtual

Location: Online (online, ny) - online

Audience: Educators overseeing cultural arts in their schools and PTA Cultural Arts Coordinators

Dates: 9/22/2020

Location: online

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This Cultural Arts Coordinator training will include 2 presenters offerings virtual programs, a review of procedures, Q and A with Anurag Gupta of Rockland BOCES and more. Network with other cultural arts coordinators.

5. Cyber Theft and Scams Presentation by Better Business Bureau

Location: ZOOM AT HOME (ZOOM, NY)

Dates: 9/22/2020

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Online usage and self-isolation have taken center stage during the pandemic. Now, more than ever, you must be an educated, cyber-savvy consumer.Unfortunately, consumer fraud and ID theft are all around us - with scammers seeking to take advantage of our more vulnerable status.  ID theft remains one of the most common crimes to strike consumers - even conscientious consumers. Before falling prey to such cyber-scams, educate yourself, look for the red flags and know what to avoid. Join us on Tuesday, September 22 at 11:00 for a presentation by Brian Rauer, executive Director of the Westchesteer BBB. Please register by September 15 to receive the Zoom link in a timely manner.

6. PreK - 6 Bitmoji Workshop - Do You Want to Join the Bitmoji Classroom Craze

Audience: Pre K-6

Dates: 9/24/2020 to 10/2/2020

Location: Google Meet

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This FREE online workshop (open only to our consortium members) is completely synchronous for grades PreK - 6. During this 5 hour workshop, which will be delivered using the Google Meet platform, you will learn how to create a Bitmoji Classroom. The instructor will walk you through the steps in developing this engaging virtual environment for your students. Google Meet Sessions are 3:30 - 4:45 on the following dates: September 24, 25; October 1, 2, 2020

7. Online: New York State Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework, September 28 - October 16, 2020 (EWTC)

Audience: K-12 Educators in All Areas

Dates: 9/28/2020 to 10/16/2020

Location: Online Only

Since this 15 hour course is being supplemented by our Teacher Center grant, it can be offered to our consortium members for just a $25 registration fee. "The Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CR-S) Education Framework helps educators create student-centered learning environments that: affirm racial, linguistic and cultural identities; prepare students for rigor and independent learning, develop students' abilities to connect across lines of difference; elevate historically marginalized voices; and empower students as agents of social change; and contribute to individual student engagement, learning, growth, and achievement through the cultivation of critical thinking." (New York State Education Department) This workshop will introduce this framework to participants and have them think about ways to provide appropriate support and services to educate all students effectively and equitably while promoting positive student outcomes.

8. Virtual Elementary Math PLC - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 9/29/2020

Location: Zoom

The virtual Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators and offer them a place to 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 an avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas.The virtual Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators and offer them a place to 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 an avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The PLC meets on 9/1, 9/29, 10/27, 11/24, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 5/25.

9. Intriguing Ancient Egyptian Discoveries

Location: ZOOM AT HOME (ZOOM, NY)

Dates: 9/30/2020

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Egypt never disappoints when it comes to new and exciting discoveries, and the past few years have rewarded archeologists with the most intriguing and fascinating discoveries. Not only that, but with the continual improvements in technology, we're making new discoveries out of old discoveries, and today we're going to see what's been happening in Egypt over the last few years. Join us on our pursuit of these discoveries. PLEASE WATCH THIS 48 MINUTE VIDEO ON UTUBE PRIOR TO JOINING THE PROGRAM: Magical Egypt Series 1 Episode One https://youtu.be/Tb5HhFhNmVI Wednesday, September 30 at 11:30. Please register by 9/25 to receive the ZOOM link in a timely manner.

10. Supporting Students in the Classroom - Return to Learn after a Concussion - Virtual Training

Audience: Intended audience: Nurses, Principals, Assistant Principals, Central office Staff, Athletic Directors

Dates: 9/30/2020

Location: Virtual Training

This virtual training will allow educators and support staff to gain a new appreciation of the struggles a student faces when they suffer a concussion. The presentation serves a dual purpose. First educators and support staff will learn about concussions including symptoms, recovery and barriers that could prolong recovery. The second part of the presentation provides educators with concrete examples of adjustments they can make in their classroom to help students as they return to learn after suffering a concussion. The presentation also discusses the value of a concussion management team and the framework for creating a school or district wide concussion management team. The session will include information about working with concussed students when remote.Facilitated by Michelle Kellen, M.Ed., Professional Development Manager, BIANYS. Social Work CEUs available through BIANYS. Co-sponsored by Rockland Teachers' Center, Nyack Teacher Center, and Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

11. EDPD 5018.01/Using Technology to Engage and Inspire Diverse Learners (Differentiating with Technology)

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

Dates: 10/1/2020 to 12/3/2020

Technology can increase teachers' capacity to support the learning of individual students with wide differences in their abilities to see, hear, speak, move, read, write, understand English, attend, organize, engage and remember. To do this efficiently and effectively technology should be carefully selected, purposeful planned and thoughtful implemented. Not all technology is useful for all students. Required Text(s): "Integrating Technology in the Classroom: Tools to meet the needs of every student”, by Hamilton, Boni. (2018) (2nd Ed.) Washington DC: International Society of Technology in Education; "How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms”, by Tomlinson, Carol Ann, (2017), Alexandria, VA, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. If you plan to take this course for graduate credit and do not have a previous account set up with the college, please contact JMurray@rockteach.org for more information. Due to the current pandemic, this course will run synchronously online. Final projects and reflections due by Dec. 3, 2020.

12. EDPD 5025.01/Taking a Constructivist Approach to Teaching

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

Dates: 10/1/2020 to 12/3/2020

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 on Dec. 3, 2020. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 597-R01. If you are interested in this course for graduate credit and don't have an account set up with Manhattanville please contact Jmurray@rockteach.org for more info.

13. Online: Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools, October 5 - November 13, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 10/5/2020 to 11/13/2020

Location: Online Only

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.

14. ONLINE: Social and Emotional Development in the Classroom, October 5 - November 8, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Dates: 10/5/2020 to 11/8/2020

Location: Online

Social and emotional learning, when embedded in the classroom (and in the school) curriculum, can have many positive student outcomes. It can reduce aggression and emotional distress among students, can increase collaborative classroom interactions, can improve self confidence and can lead to improved student learning. We will examine the five (5) keys to social emotional learning and look at how it translates to the classroom culture and to classroom management. We will view videos, read articles and explore various strategies that will work with our students. We will focus on self and social awareness, self-management, relationship skills, responsible decision making and how we can apply best practices in our classrooms. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

15. Online Teaching Tools to Support English Language Learners

Audience: All

Dates: 10/7/2020 to 11/18/2020

Location: Online Only

Participants will explore a variety of online teaching tools, such as Flipgrid, EdPuzzle, Kami, Seesaw and Screencastify, that will support ENL learners in unique ways. 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. This 15 hour online course will be delivered though Google Classroom.

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

Audience: All

Dates: 10/7/2020 to 11/18/2020

Location: Online Only

In this 15 hour online course, 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. These efforts will bring about systemic change and contribute to creating a resilient and compassionate school community. Participants will be provided with the opportunity for independent inquiry, learning in cooperation with others, and reflective practice.. Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning. "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi

17. Online: Storytelling in Education: How to Tell and Teach Stories

Audience: All

Dates: 10/7/2020 to 11/18/2020

Location: Online Only

Storytelling is an art form which allows people of all ages to connect. We see stories online, as calls for action, in images and in literature. Students need to learn how to express their own stories so they can connect with the greater world, both in person and globally. Learning storytelling and using stories will improve student learning by increasing listening comprehension, expanding language patterns and practicing oral communication skills. Additionally, once students learn to tell stories, their pre-writing 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. 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 a school library media specialist with 25 years of teaching experience, a professional storyteller, and children's author. Course dates are the beginning and end date. This Course is available 24/7. Previously called Online: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom..

18. Online: Designing Online Instruction

Audience: All

Dates: 10/7/2020 to 11/18/2020

Location: Online

This 15-hour course, Designing Online Instruction, prepares teachers to design online training modules that address unique target audiences. Course participants will be guided through the process of defining goals and objectives aligned to standards; selecting instructional materials; designing activities and assessments; to create a dynamic online learning experience. Participants will learn how to navigate the development tools in a learning management system (LMS) in order to create and evaluate engaging online learning opportunities. At the completion of this course participants will have created a 5-6 hour module of instruction that is dynamic, engaging and goal-driven.

19. Implicit Bias 101 - Virtual

Audience: All

Dates: 10/8/2020 to 10/22/2020

Location: Virtual

Participants will receive an overview of research and key findings. This training includes dialogue regarding the dangers of a single story, the importance of courageous conversation, racial anxiety and colorism. It will include an overview of national, industry-specific data disaggregated by race and gender. This training will include a discussion of implicit bias from the target's perspective and the impact of implicit bias in the classroom. Implicit Bias Awareness and Mitigation will be covered. You must attend both days to receive CTLE. Dr. Alexandria A. Connally is Director of Equity, Inclusion & Innovation, Nyack Public Schools. A minimum of 10 is required.
In this online book study, participants will develop their own use of the principles of effective teaching and develop a master teacher mindset through the examination of the best-selling text Never Work Harder Than Your Students by Robyn R Jackson. We will explore how to engage students in the heavy lifting of learning through the use of units of study, lesson plans, assessments, interventions and classroom management. With a focus on the quality of learning and not the quantity of work; teachers will become better equipped to lead their students on a voyage of self-discovery and acquisition of academic knowledge. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have a unit of study, lesson plan, assessment and action plan to help them put the principles into practice immediately and effectively, challenging their students to work hard and think harder. IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE, PARTICIPANTS MUST PURCHASE A COPY OF THE BOOK ON THEIR OWN PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE CLASS.

21. Zoom - How to Successfully Pass the Civil Service Exam - Clerical

Audience: All

Dates: 10/14/2020

Location: Zoom - Online

This seminar will review the procedures to apply for a Civil Service Exam. Participants will have an opportunity to practice answering sample civil service questions, as well as engage in some discourse around each question, and learn tips to successfully pass the exam. This SRP training is provided by NYSUT ELT. A minimum of 10 is required.

22. Diabetes Care Tasks at School: What Key Personnel Need to Know

Location: Online (online, ny) - Zoom

Audience: school nurses, teachers, administrators, parents, after-school providers

Dates: 10/15/2020

Location: Zoom

This virtual training will include basic information on what diabetes is, hypo/hyperglycemia, Glucagon emergency kits, continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMs), insulin pumps, Diabetes Medical Management Plan, before and after school care/activities and legal considerations. This training is provided by Montefiore Nyack Hospital and co-sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

23. Online: Growth Mindset, October 19 - November 30, 2020 (WTCI)

Dates: 10/19/2020 to 11/30/2020

Location: Online Only

In this online course, teachers will focus on building students' growth mindset capacity. Teachers are often aware of the concepts behind mindsets but have not looked at their lessons and teaching techniques in relation to this 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 strategies utilized to improve student learning outcomes in the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

24. Online: Technology Generation, October 19 - November 30, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: All

Dates: 10/19/2020 to 11/30/2020

Location: Online Only

In this online course, we will explore the most recent advancements in technology including google classroom tools and how it can be seamlessly integrated into the classroom curriculum. We will create internet rules for students and parents that will serve as a guideline for safe practices as well as design ways to use social media in our teaching that will include interactive sites like Instagram, Twitter, Google Earth and TikTok and how to create Google slides as we focus on flipped learning strategies. Participants will examine Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and create student centered learning experiences that focus on their specific content areas. At the end of the course, teachers will have a number of classroom lesson plans that will make learning engaging and concrete for our students.

25. African American History: Rockland County History and Folklore - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 10/19/2020

Location: Zoom only

We will embark on a journey from Africa to America and highlight a few stops before coming to N.Y. We will review a slave market in Charleston, S.C. and discuss the typical life of a slave there. We will head north to Philadelphia and discuss the atmosphere there during slavery and finally end in a New York slave market and examine the typical life of a slave in Haverstraw. We will examine N.Y. State's definition of emancipation and unpack the truth about the partial emancipation laws and how it affected people of color. We will finish this segment with Rockland County slavery. We will end our journey with the birth of the church, the Haverstraw brickyards, the 1906 Great landslide, the Civil Rights Movement, local contributions to Jazz and Broadway, Inventions, and other unknown facts about our Rockland County. Virginia "Ginny" Norfleet is the Founder of the Haverstraw African American Connection.

26. LGBTQ+ School Staff Training - Virtual

Audience: All

Dates: 10/21/2020

Location: Virtual - Zoom

The curriculum in this virtual training covers an introductory "101” on gender identity/expression and sexual orientation, an overview of disparities in educational outcomes/experiences for LGBTQ+ youth, and an opportunity for discussion, allowing staff to identify areas where adjustments may need to be made. Follow-up discussions help to identify disparities in positive school experiences, gather demographics of those accessing support services and implement best practices to be modeled by other educational institutions throughout the county and beyond. The training is conducted by Rockland County Pride Center staff. The trainers, who are representative of the LGBTQ community, are utilized for this training, adding personal experience.

27. EDPD 5020.01/The Power of Formative Assessment

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

Dates: 10/22/2020 to 12/10/2020

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. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 532-R01. If you are interested in this course for graduate credit and don't have an account set up with Manhattanville please contact Jmurray@rockteach.org for more info.

28. Online: Anxiety and Stress Management in a School Setting, October 26 -December 7, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: For all K-12 teachers and school professionals.

Dates: 10/26/2020 to 12/7/2020

Location: Online Only

Anxiety and stress are major factors in the lives of both school professionals and students. Participants will examine the working definition of stress and anxiety, study research findings on the cause of stress, explore its impact upon teaching and learning, and conduct a thorough assessment of stress factors in the classroom. This knowledge will facilitate the application of tools and techniques to identify, prevent, and manage stressors to improve academic success. Participants will have the information they need to identify specific students experiencing debilitating stress and and the tools they need to help the student restore personal equilibrium and enhance their classroom performance. At the end of this course, you will have the resources you need to enhance student performance by minimizing the negative effects of stress and anxiety in the classroom. This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers and school professionals. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

29. Virtual Elementary Math PLC - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 10/27/2020

Location: Zoom

The virtual Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators and offer them a place to 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 an avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The PLC meets on 9/1, 9/29, 10/27, 11/24, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 5/25.

30. Virtual - Supporting and Sustaining the Social-Emotional Needs of English Language Learners Who Experience Trauma for SRP's

Audience: For Teaching Assistants, Teacher Aides and other school-related professionals.

Dates: 10/28/2020

Location: Online

Supporting and Sustaining the Social-Emotional Needs of English Language Learners Who Experience Trauma for SRPs - Virtual This seminar, designed for all educators who work with English language learners (ELLs), will address the multitude of trauma that many ELLs have experienced prior to and since their arrival to the US. Immigration, under the best of circumstances, involves separation, loss and challenges to one's identity. Many of our recently-arrived ELLs present with traumatic stressors most educators have not dealt with before. Participants will leave this seminar with strategies to help students who have experienced trauma, tools to support ELLs' social and emotional healing, growth and well-being, and ways to build trusting relationships with this fragile cohort. This seminar is for Teaching Assistants, Teacher Aides and other school-related professionals. This training is provided by NYSUT-ELT.

31. Online: Exploring LGBTQ Literature, November 1 - December 13, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 11/1/2020 to 12/13/2020

Location: Online

Participants in this online course will be asked to read and discuss various pieces of youth literature that features LGBTQ characters or themes. We will spend time identifying ways to incorporate these titles into classrooms or curriculums and developing an understanding of the importance of incorporating LGBTQ friendly literature into our schools. We will explore picture books, non-fiction texts, middle grade novels, graphic novels and YA books. Participants will need to have access to various books either through their school library, public library or virtual libraries. There will be THREE MANDATORY ZOOM MEETINGS which will focus on Literature and strategies. THESE WILL BE ON NOVEMBER 12, NOVEMBER 19 AND DECEMBER 3 from 4:30-5:30 pm. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

32. Online: Engagement and Empathy in the Virtual Classroom, November 9 - December 18, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: All

Dates: 11/9/2020 to 12/18/2020

Location: Online Only

During these unprecedented times, teachers are being asked to assume the role of Virtual Educator. Since this is, for many, including teachers, students and parents a new way of teaching, it is important to have the requisite tools to effectively engage students. This course will explore how to create virtual groups to host morning meetings and how to teach online in a meaningful way. We will learn about screen overload and social and emotional learning disconnect and how teachers and parents can recognize the signs. We will look at a myriad of google classroom strategies, live zoom and google meet activities and apps that can help teachers and parents support the students. At the end of the course, participants will have numerous strategies, classroom activities and online assessment tools to effectively teach in a remote environment. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
Finding North is a one-person play commissioned in partnership with The Underground Railroad National Freedom Center to celebrate the courage and conviction of people who have struggled to make America a "more perfect union”. Written and performed by Dr. David Gonzalez, Finding North provides a vivid template for educators to consider historical narratives and contemporary interviews as entry points into social studies, history, creative writing, theatrical arts, and, perhaps most importantly, social justice. The workshop includes: background and development of the piece, performance of excerpts from the play, reflection on themes, exploration of oral history as research in the classroom, a discussion on how the play sheds light on contemporary issues, and a conclusion. This training is offered in collaboration with by Rockland Reading Council, STAC, and Rockland Teachers' Center.

34. How to Create a "Winning" Classroom Culture

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

Dates: 11/17/2020 to 1/26/2021

Based upon the book You Win the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith, participants will learn and apply the "7 C's" to transform classrooms into positive, engaging environments. In line with an educator's mission to educate the whole child, participants will develop strategies to teach students how to: become better communicators, be more empathetic, and become better citizens. As classroom/school leaders, educators will learn ways to connect with students on a whole new level; making classroom cultures nurturing and engaging.
This seminar is designed to help educate students who will be living in a world of diverse communities. It will promote awareness of global differences while identifying shared values. It encourages the understanding of one's own culture as the doorway to understanding other cultures.This training is designed for SRPs' with 1-4 years of experience. This SRP session is for Teaching Assistants, Teacher Aides, and other school-related professionals. This training is provided by NYSUT ELT. A minimum of 10 is required.

36. Principles in Action

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

Dates: 11/18/2020 to 2/3/2021

In his inaugural address in January 2009, President Obama talked about the "price and promise of citizenship." In this course, participants will develop lessons, skills and strategies to engage their students in a democratic learning process. Participants will lead their students to deeper understandings of the values of democratic principles set forth by our president; "hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism." Participants will think deeply about American schools and the purpose of education. While we consider larger societal issues, the instructor will facilitate applications from theories and wider issues that participants can utilize directly in their respective classrooms. This class is a call to action; to make our children not only better students, but better citizens. Required Readings: "Beyond Discipline", by Kohn, Aflie, 2006; "The Pact", by Davis, Jenkins & Hunt, 2002. Formerly CMSV CEGE 507-R01.

37. Virtual Elementary Math PLC - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 11/24/2020

Location: Zoom

The virtual Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators and offer them a place to 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 an avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The PLC meets on 9/1, 9/29, 10/27, 11/24, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 5/25.

38. Virtual - Increasing Comprehension of ELLs for SRPs

Audience: For Teaching Assistants, Teacher Aides and other school-related professionals.

Dates: 12/2/2020

Location: Online

Many SRPs work with English Language Learners on a daily basis. The seminar helps SRPs to understand the NYS regulations for identifying and providing services to English Language Learners (ELLs), examine cultural factors that affect instruction for ELLs, and explore strategies for making academic content accessible to ELLs. This seminar is for Teaching Assistants, Teacher Aides and other school-related professionals. This training is provided by NYSUT-ELT.

39. An Overview of Juneteenth and How it is Celebrated Locally - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 1/12/2021

Location: Zoom

Learn the history of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, which commemorates the emancipation of the last slaves in the U.S. We will review how it is celebrated throughout the United States and concentrate on how we celebrate locally, explore and discuss ideas that can be used in the classroom.View items associated with traditions and are part of our Juneteenth celebration. Virginia "Ginny" Norfleet is the Founder of the Haverstraw African American Connection

40. Zoom - Disability Awareness for SRPs

Audience: All

Dates: 1/13/2021

Location: Zoom

School related professionals often work with students who are identified as having one of the categories. This seminar will provide participants with a general understanding of the thirteen disability categories and key concepts related to the education of students with disabilities. Participants will experience what it is like to have a disability and learn strategies for improving student learning and behavior. A minimum of 15 is required. This session is for Teaching Assistants, Teacher Aides, and other school-related professionals. This SRP training is provided by NYSUT ELT.

41. Online: Exceptional Students and Higher-Level Thinking, January 18 - February 28, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K -12

Dates: 1/18/2021 to 2/28/2021

Location: Online

In this course, we will focus on the students that are already meeting and exceeding the standards and are ready to excel. We will also discuss ASCD articles that address the twice-exceptional student - the one that is both a gifted learner while negotiating a learning disorder. Our discussions will include strategies to cultivate the talents of gifted children as well as overcoming obstacles in the regular education classroom. At the end of the course, participants will have specific lesson plans to enhance learning opportunities for the gifted student that will propel them to higher levels of learning. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

42. Virtual Elementary Math PLC - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 1/26/2021

Location: Zoom

The virtual Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators and offer them a place to 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 an avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The PLC meets on 9/1, 9/29, 10/27, 11/24, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 5/25.

43. LGBTQ+ School Staff Training - Virtual

Audience: All

Dates: 1/28/2021

Location: Virtual - Zoom

The curriculum in this virtual training covers an introductory "101” on gender identity/expression and sexual orientation, an overview of disparities in educational outcomes/experiences for LGBTQ+ youth, and an opportunity for discussion, allowing staff to identify areas where adjustments may need to be made. Follow-up discussions help to identify disparities in positive school experiences, gather demographics of those accessing support services and implement best practices to be modeled by other educational institutions throughout the county and beyond. The training is conducted by Rockland County Pride Center staff. The trainers, who are representative of the LGBTQ community, are utilized for this training, adding personal experience.

44. Online: Enhancing Reading Comprehension with Digital Resources

Audience: All

Dates: 2/3/2021 to 3/17/2021

Location: Online Only

This 15 hour online course provides teachers with the resources to merge digital media and literature and consequently, to enhance reading comprehension skills. Have you ever read a book... a short story... a poem and been able to see the characters, know the place, or empathize with the protagonist? Many students have not had such a memorable reading moment. Many of today's students prefer digital media to literature. To motivate students to read teachers can connect reading with a wealth of digital resources that students use every day to connect with books.  This course is available 24/7
This 15 hr online course will allow educators the opportunity to create resilient schools that meet the social, emotional, ethical, and academic (SEL) 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. SEL teaching strategies will be naturally infused into the organizational structure of the school, as well as into existing curricular activities. This online course will allow educators to build bridges by acknowledging past accomplishments and validating what is presently working well. Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning.

46. Online: Creating Independent Problem Solvers, February 8 - March 22, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K - 12

Dates: 2/8/2021 to 3/22/2021

Location: Online Only

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.

47. Virtual Elementary Math PLC - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 2/23/2021

Location: Zoom

The virtual Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators and offer them a place to 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 an avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The PLC meets on 9/1, 9/29, 10/27, 11/24, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 5/25.

48. Online: All Learners - ADD and ADHD, March 8 - April 19, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators and Professionals in grades K - 12

Dates: 3/8/2021 to 4/19/2021

Location: Online only

This online course, which is open to teachers and other professionals, will include instruction in both the whole class and small group setting for students with ADD/ADHD. We will examine current research and best practices as well as researched based intervention techniques for both academic and behavioral challenges. 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 intelligence, 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.

49. Virtual Elementary Math PLC - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 3/23/2021

Location: Zoom

The virtual Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators and offer them a place to 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 an avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The PLC meets on 9/1, 9/29, 10/27, 11/24, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 5/25.

50. Autism Spectrum Disorder: Adjusting the Educational Image

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY) - Building 10, 65 Parrott Road, West Nyack, NY

Dates: 4/14/2021

Location: Building 10, 65 Parrott Road, West Nyack, NY

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Adjusting the Educational Image is a three-hour training that provides up-to-date information on the clinical and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Attention will be given to how these features manifest themselves and present unique instructional and learning challenges within educational settings. The seminar goes beyond the core features of the disorders and covers evidence-based, proactive strategies for helping children and adolescents with ASD succeed in schools today. This training is provided by NYSUT ELT. For Rockland Teachers' Center member districts only. This three-hour training fulfills requirements for educators and administrators seeking certification through the New York State Education Department. Please note: This training cannot be claimed for CTLE hours.

51. Virtual Elementary Math PLC - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 4/27/2021

Location: Zoom

The virtual Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators and offer them a place to 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 an avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The PLC meets on 9/1, 9/29, 10/27, 11/24, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 5/25.

52. Online: Using Google Tools - Intermediate to Advanced Features

Audience: All

Dates: 5/5/2021 to 6/16/2021

Location: Online

This hands-on 15-hour online course will cover intermediate to advanced features in Google Drive and Google Classroom. We will be using the Google platform to create documents, slides, forms, sheets, and sites. In Google Sites, we will create a template-driven website that can be used in the classroom and as an e-portfolio for students. We will cover the use and management of Google Classroom, tips for efficiency, and dealing with various issues. We will use Google Meet at least once during the course for a virtual meeting. Participants should be familiar with Google Docs and Slides. Google Classroom experience required. This course will be delivered in Google Classroom.
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. Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning. As always, we will be committed to learning, growing and achieving together! This course is in alignment with the NYS SAFE SCHOOL goals and benchmarks.Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning.

54. Online: Designing Online Instruction

Audience: All

Dates: 5/5/2021 to 6/16/2021

Location: Online

This 15-hour course, Designing Online Instruction, prepares teachers to design online training modules that address unique target audiences. Course participants will be guided through the process of defining goals and objectives aligned to standards; selecting instructional materials; designing activities and assessments; to create a dynamic online learning experience. Participants will learn how to navigate the development tools in a learning management system (LMS) in order to create and evaluate engaging online learning opportunities. At the completion of this course participants will have created a 5-6 hour module of instruction that is dynamic, engaging and goal-driven.

55. Virtual Elementary Math - PLC Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 5/25/2021

Location: Zoom

The virtual Elementary Math PLC (15 hours) is designed to connect elementary math educators and offer them a place to 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 an avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas.
This fun and engaging 15 hour online course offered by a Google Certified Educator is designed to provide information and examples of various Google tools available to enhance the learning experiences of different learners. Participants will explore Google Earth, Google Docs (collaborative presentations, spreadsheets, documents and forms) Google Apps and Google SketchUp. Examples of how these tools can be integrated with different subject areas that are aligned to national and NYS standards will be shared. To complete this course, participants will create online collaborative materials, mini project and develop a plan to implement Google tools into their curriculum to promote learning in a 21st century environment. Participation in discussions, sharing of ideas and feedback is important, enlightening and promotes professional growth. Grade Level K-12.. NYS. Course is available 24/7 from the start date to end date.

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

Audience: All

Dates: 7/7/2021 to 8/18/2021

Location: Online

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. Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning.

58. Online: Digital Tools to Differentiate Teaching

Audience: All

Dates: 7/7/2021 to 8/18/2021

Location: Online Only

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"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. The course dates are the beginning and end date. Course is available 24/7.

59. Online: Using Google Tools - Intermediate to Advanced Features

Audience: All

Dates: 7/29/2021 to 8/27/2021

Location: Online

This hands-on 15-hour online course will cover intermediate to advanced features in Google Drive and Google Classroom. We will be using the Google platform to create documents, slides, forms, sheets, and sites. In Google Sites, we will create a template-driven website that can be used in the classroom and as an e-portfolio for students. We will cover the use and management of Google Classroom, tips for efficiency, and dealing with various issues. We will use Google Meet at least once during the course for a virtual meeting. Participants should be familiar with Google Docs and Slides. Google Classroom experience required. This course will be delivered in Google Classroom.