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1. Hybrid: Social Comprehension Skills, March 1 - 22, 2021

Audience: K-12 Educators in all areas

Dates: 3/1/2021 to 3/22/2021

Location: Online, Zoom and Schoology

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This class is a FREE 15 hour hybrid course for EWTC consortium members only. However, if space permits, we will open registration to our Lower Hudson colleagues at no cost. In this course you will learn how to create learning conditions where children can ask the questions they want to ask, muddle through how to say things they are thinking, and have tough conversations around topics such as race, gender, politics, religion, and sexuality, which are a part of their lives. As Sara Ahmed states in her book "Being the Change”, "There is no magic formula for making the world a better place. It happens in the moments we embrace discomfort and have candid conversations” (2018). This is exactly what we will do as we look at some of the lessons and strategies that are shared in her book "Being the Change” (2018). (Purchasing the book is not required for this course.) This course will have three mandatory Zoom meetings from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2nd, Tuesday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 16th (optional/voluntary check-in Zoom meeting on Thursday, March 23rd from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.). In addition to the synchronous sessions there will be an additional 12 hours of asynchronous work on the Schoology platform.

2. Online: Brain Based Learning and Student Engagement, March 1 - April 11, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/1/2021 to 4/11/2021

Location: Online

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In this online course, we will explore the human brain and examine how it works. You will hear the most up to date theories on how students learn and how best to engage them in the classroom. We will look at how to incorporate group work and peer collaboration in the classroom to foster engagement and how to give students the opportunity to take the lead while still adhering to specific curriculum guidelines. At the end of the course, each participant will be asked to share a classroom plan that delineates specific strategies and lesson plan ideas that will put their students in the center of learning. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

3. Online: Strengthening Home/School Communication

Audience: All

Dates: 3/1/2021 to 3/4/2021

Location: Online

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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.

4. Virtual Tour Celebrating Women Artists with Merrily

Location: ZOOM AT HOME (ZOOM, NY)

Dates: 3/1/2021

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If you're longing for the bright colors of spring, join us as we enjoy the beauty of nature in Jane Freilicher's lush still life paintings and Natalia Edenmont's collages of butterfly wings. We'll continue our celebration of Women's History Month by checking out artwork by more women, including Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian's dazzling mirror sculptures and young Scandinavian artist Ragna Bley's painted meditations on water and aquatic life. Monday, March 1 at 11:00. Fee is $25 member/$30 nonmember. Please register by Thursday, February 25 to receive the Zoom link on time.

5. Bereavement Workshop: How to Help Ourselves and Our Students - Date/Time: March 2nd from 7:00-8:00pm

Location: Online Only (Online, ) - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 3/2/2021

Location: Zoom

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EWTC in partnership with WJCS is offering this FREE one hour Workshop on Zoom to our Consortium Members. However, if space permits, we will open registration to our Lower Hudson colleagues at no cost. Covid-19 has resulted in overwhelming loss of life and many are struggling with how to cope and how to assist those around them. We will explore the challenges that Covid has inflicted regarding bereavement as well as dispel the myths and assumptions of grief. Educators will learn strategies to support themselves and others.

6. Tech Coaching: Using EDPuzzle Blended Learning & Assessment - Virtual

Dates: 3/2/2021

Location: Virtual

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During this session you will learn to use EdPuzzle. This tool helps you create and incorporate video into blended learning experiences and assessments. EdPuzzle allows you to add comments and questions into any video and track your students' responses. Bring your questions on EdPuzzle to this synchronous training!

7. Online: Book Study: Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain - via Zoom

Dates: 3/2/2021 to 4/13/2021

Location: Zoom

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This book study will explore implicit bias, the effects of bias in the classroom and levels of culture. Participants will leave with a classroom equity plan including climate surveys, access to the IAT implicit bias test, suggested readings and tolls for creating a culturally responsive structured classroom. Participants must secure their own copy of the book: "Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain" by Zaretta Hammond prior to the commencement of the book study. This course is offered in conjunction with the Nyack Professional Academy through Nyack Teacher Center. Priority is given to Rockland Teachers' Center member districts.

8. Remembering Cloris Leachman with a Laugh

Location: ZOOM AT HOME (ZOOM, NY)

Dates: 3/3/2021

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Cloris Leachman was an American actress and comedienne whose career spanned more than seven decades. She won many accolades, including eight Primetime Emmy Awards from 22 nominations. Let's pay tribute to her by watching clips of her iconic comedic roles. Wednesday, March 3rd at 11:30. THERE ARE NO VIDEOS TO WATCH PRIOR TO THE PROGRAM. $0 members/$10 nonmembers. Please register by 3/1 to receive the Zoom link on time.

9. Engaging All Students: Focus On Poverty For SRPs - Zoom

Dates: 3/3/2021

Location: Virtual

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Participants will explore factors that impact student engagement as discussed in Eric Jensen's book Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind. Connections between economic status and student engagement will be generated. The rules and functions of engagement as well as strategies will be presented using a format that models the actual concepts throughout the seminar. The seminar ends with participants considering ways to implement these ideas in their daily practice. This training is based on Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen. This training is for teaching assistants, teacher aides, and other school related professionals. This training is offered in conjunction with NYSUT TLC.

10. Online Workshop: Supporting Adolescent Mental Health - Date/Time: March 4th from 6:30-8:30pm

Location: Online Only (Online, ) - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 3/4/2021

Location: Zoom

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EWTC in partnership with WJCS is offering this FREE two-hour Workshop on Zoom to our Consortium Members. However, if space permits, we will open registration to our Lower Hudson colleagues at no cost. This workshop will educate participants about Adolescent Development and the warning signs and symptoms of mental disorders. Tools and strategies will be shared to help educators support these youth.

11. Jews of Color - Origins and Discrimination - NEW DATE AND TIME

Location: ZOOM AT HOME (ZOOM, NY)

Dates: 3/4/2021

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Join us for a fascinating look at the black Jewish community. Learn about their Lost Tribe of Israel roots, their place in the community and the discrimination that exists against them. Please watch the following 13 min. video on UTube: What Makes This Jew Different Than All Other Jews? Race, Difference, and Safety in Jewish Spaces, https://youtu.be/6dZid5Trb5U. Thursday, March 4 at 11:00. Please sign up by 3/1 to receive the zoom link on time. Fee is $0 members/$10 nonmembers.
Video is an incredibly powerful tool for instruction. During this session, you will learn to use Screencastify to create and embed videos into any curriculum. You will learn to use Screencastify to capture your desktop presentations and create videos to be used for teaching and learning. Bring your questions on Screencastify to this synchronous training!

13. Tech Coaching: Using Google Slides to Create Games - Virtual

Dates: 3/4/2021

Location: Virtual

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During this workshop participants will learn how to create a self checking Google slides game or activity that will link slides to correct answers. Bring your questions on Google Slides to this synchronous training!

14. 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.

15. Online: Using Cognates with English Language Learners

Audience: All

Dates: 3/8/2021 to 3/11/2021

Location: Online

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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.

16. Film Club "FARGO"

Location: ZOOM AT HOME (ZOOM, NY)

Dates: 3/8/2021

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Join us for a lively discussion of the movie "FARGO". The movie is available on Amazon Prime. Watch the movie on your own PRIOR TO THE DISCUSSION. Please check local libraries as well as Netflix, Amazon Prime and UTube for availability. Monday, March 8 at 11:00. Sign up by3/5 to receive the ZOOM link on time. Questions will be forwarded 1-2 days prior to the discussion date..

17. Online Workshop: Managing Stress and Anxiety During Covid-19 Date/Time: March 9th from 7:00-8:00pm

Location: Online Only (Online, ) - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 3/9/2021

Location: Zoom

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EWTC in partnership with WJCS is offering this FREE one hour Workshop on Zoom to our Consortium Members. However, if space permits, we will open registration to our Lower Hudson colleagues at no cost. This workshop will help educators navigate the stress and anxiety of this pandemic-not only for themselves but for their students. Anxiety management and self-help skills will be shared to support you and your students during these difficult times.

18. Using Spreadsheets in the Classroom - Google Sheets - Asynchronous

Audience: All

Dates: 3/9/2021 to 3/11/2021

Location: Asynchronous

Learn the basic function and operation of Google Sheets. Participants will have an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how a spreadsheet works and learn some uses that can be applied in their instruction. Participants will learn basic nomenclature, formulas, and charts.
Gmail is always a busy forum but it can be overwhelming in a remote or hybrid teaching environment. This session will focus on tips and tricks that will help make gmail manageable and not a burden. We will cover everything from labeling for organization to filtering for a clean Inbox. Bring your questions!

20. EDPD 5012.01/Teaching Core Skills: Listening and Speaking

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

Dates: 3/10/2021 to 5/5/2021

As a result of this course, participants will develop methods and strategies to integrate the core skills of listening and speaking into their curriculums. They will be able to infuse real-world problem-solving skills into content area curriculums. Participants will make student learning more enjoyable by better teaching the "noncognitive skills of learning” (Opitz & Ford, 2014). In this course, participants will learn to embed content-rich experiences into the classroom. Not only will participants achieve better product results from their students, but also witness students developing the lifelong learning skills of critical thinking, linguistic aptitude and cooperation. Participants will be able to make an immediate impact upon their teacher and the learning outcomes for students in their classes. The small group work and correspondence will be completed on the class wiki page. The link for the course is drgillwiki.wikispaces.com. This portion of the course requires posting on a discussion board. Participants will work towards a final project, creating interconnected lessons and reflections aimed at improving student learning. Participants will provide repository of classroom documents aligned with current NYS Learning Standards. Required Readings: "Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy”, by Opitz, Michael & Ford, Michael. (2014) Alexandria, VA: ASCD; "Teaching the Core Skills of Listening and Speaking”, by Palmer, Erik. (2014). Alexandria, VA: ASCD. 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.

21. Our World, Our Students for SRPs - Virtual

Dates: 3/10/2021

Location: Virtual

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This seminar helps SRPs become more familiar with students' cultural abilities and needs in order to create a more conducive learning environment. Educators will engage in discussions of the importance of involving all students in the learning process while demonstrating how they can use cultural connections to assist students in appreciating each other's strengths. This training is for teaching assistants, teacher aides, and other school related professionals. This training is offered in conjunction with NYSUT TLC.

22. Online Workshop: Trauma-Informed Practices for Teaching and Supporting Students Date/Time: March 11th from 7:00-8:00pm

Location: Online Only (Online, ) - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 3/11/2021

Location: Zoom

EWTC in partnership with WJCS is offering this FREE one hour Workshop on Zoom to our Consortium Members. However, if space permits, we will open registration to our Lower Hudson colleagues at no cost. This workshop will introduce participants to the impact of trauma. It will help educators to be sensitive to behaviors that may be caused by trauma and strengthen their trauma-sensitive response.

23. Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

Location: ZOOM AT HOME (ZOOM, NY)

Dates: 3/11/2021

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Explore the amazing beadwork made by a collective group of women in South Africa, the Ubuhle women. Learn about these women, their styles, and stories that show their remarkable, hard-working, and creative spirit. Most of all, learn how their craft enabled their independence. Please watch the following 33 minute youtube video Ubuhle Women https://youtu.be/Op_9nYd_8w8 Thursday, March 11 at 11:30. Fee is $0 members/$10 nonmembers. Please register by 3/8 to receive the Zoom link on time.
During this session participants use and utilize the Google app Jamboard. Jamboard makes learning visible and accessible to all collaborators on the Jam. It is a fantastic tool to boost student engagement and collaborative in whole and small group learning experiences. Bring your questions!

25. Content Literacy - Runs online from March 11 to May 13

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 3/11/2021 to 5/13/2021

Participants will access, develop and utilize reading comprehension strategies that will actively engage their students in the learning process. Participants will have the opportunity to develop, implement and discuss instructional strategies to improve the literacy development of students within all classrooms. Participants will learn effective strategies to improve students' acquisition of competencies in listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary, written expression (i.e. mechanics, grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, and editing skills). Participants will access the information and tools necessary to focus student learning through reading and writing across the curriculum. Teachers involved in this course will have the chance to reflect, discuss, and implement strategies to improve understanding of nonfiction text. More specifically, participants will develop strategies to improve their students' writing skills in any type of classroom setting. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 590-R01. This course will run Asynchronously online from Mar. 11, through May 13, 2021.

26. EDPD 5018.01/Using Tech to Engage Diverse Learners (Differentiating w/Technology)

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

Dates: 3/11/2021 to 5/6/2021

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. Final projects and reflections due by May 6, 2021.

27. EDPD 5037.01/Strategies for Students Living in Poverty

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

Dates: 3/11/2021 to 5/6/2021

Students living in poverty face challenges that educators may miss in our school settings. Ruby Payne (2019) says that students living in poverty are often in "survival mode.” This can make learning in schools challenging, but certainly not impossible for students. As a result of this course, participants will develop methods and strategies that will best meet the learning needs of students living in poverty. Participants will understand the nature of poverty and how poverty affects behavior and academic performance. Once an understanding of poverty has been established, participants will "embrace the mindset of change” necessary to assist students living with poverty (Jensen, 2009). Participants will view students as having "fluid intelligence” and develop action steps necessary to positively influence the way in which students can better understand learning standards and grow as learners/thinkers. Finally, participants will develop classroom level factors to improve student performance following the SHARE method developed by Jensen in his book titled Teacher with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does To Kids' Brains And What Schools Can Do About It (2009). The SHARE method stands for: Standards-based curriculum and instruction; Hope building; Arts, athletics, and Advanced Placement; Retooling of the operating system; and Engaging instruction. Required Readings: "A Framework for Understanding Poverty-A Cognitive Approach”, 6th ed., by Payne, Ruby (2019). Aha Press, Highlands, Texas; "Disrupting Poverty: Five Powerful Classroom Practices”, by Kathleen M. Budge and William H. Parrett (2018) ASCD Alexandria, VA; "Engaging Students Living in Poverty”, by Jensen, Eric (2014) ASCD: Alexandria, VA. This course was formerly CMSV CEGE 639-R01. 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. Final projects and reflections due by May 6, 2021.

28. LGBTQ+ School Staff Training -Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 3/11/2021

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. Facilitated by Diana Wilkens Director of Community Services, and Pride Center staff.

29. Tech Coaching: Interactive Notebooks - Virtual

Dates: 3/11/2021

Location: Virtual

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Participants will learn how to create their own interactive Slides notebooks for students. We will start by editing templates and then learn to create our own and even make notebooks that can be edited once students have copies so you can push out information as you go. Bring your questions!

30. Traumatic Brain Injury Seizure First Aid

Audience: All

Dates: 3/11/2021

Location: Zoom


The TBI ( Traumatic Brain Injury) seizure first aid class was developed to educate about what a TBI is, TBI & epilepsy, discuss treatments, show how to care for a person having a seizure, dispel myths/stigma, and spread awareness. This training focuses on epilepsy with TBI geared as a cause

Presented by Michelle Quinn of Capabilities Partnership. Capabilities Partnership is a non profit organization that services individuals in the lower Hudson Valley who live with TBI, epilepsy and/or other neurological disorders.
This course will provide an overview of the characteristics of effective instructional strategies in a general education classroom. Participants will develop strategies to incorporate children with special needs and the programs and procedures used most effectively to serve them. It will also provide information about the laws guiding the education of special education students and the theories, diagnostic procedures and teaching strategies which are most effective with these students. By the end of this course students should have gained a full understanding of: Special health-related issues, Learning processes of the special education student, motivational and communication techniques, classroom management, the means to update knowledge and skills in the subject taught, current trends and issues, special education legislation, characteristics and etiology of specific disabilities, intervention strategies for children with disabilities, how to adapt the learning environment to meet the needs of exceptional children, and identification of students with disabilities. The text The Inclusive Classroom will provide theoretical support and research-based strategies to improve student learning in mainstream classrooms. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 637-R01. This course will run Asynchronously online from March 12 to May 14, 2021.

32. Online: The Best Apps & Extensions That Benefit ELLs

Audience: All

Dates: 3/15/2021 to 3/18/2021

Location: Online

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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” 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.

33. Culturally Responsive Teaching 101 - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 3/15/2021

Location: Zoom


Culture is central to learning. It plays a role not only in communicating and receiving information, but also in shaping the thinking process of groups and individuals. A pedagogy that acknowledges, responds to, and celebrates fundamental cultures offers full, equitable access to education for students from all cultures.

Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning (Ladson-Billings, 1994). CRT is a student-centered approach to education. It is based on the idea that every student brings unique cultural strengths to the classroom. Recognizing and nurturing those strengths not only encourages success but also promotes an open-minded, supportive environment that celebrates cultural differences. Based on the theoretical rationale of mattering in school this course will explain the impact of socialization on our thought process and behavior.

This course will also explore implicit bias, the effects of bias in the classroom and levels of culture. Participants will leave with a classroom equity plan including climate surveys, access to the IAT implicit bias test, suggested readings, and creating a culturally responsive structured classroom.

34. The Great Irish Potato Famine - NOT FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Location: ZOOM AT HOME (ZOOM, NY)

Dates: 3/16/2021

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What is commonly known as Ireland's Great Famine of 1845-1849 was a catastrophic tragedy that has embedded itself in the island's consciousness. The crop collapse and the political decisions around it decimated the island's population changing the course of Irish history. Please watch the following 1 hour and 25 minute YOUTUBE video prior to attending the program: THE GREAT IRISH FAMINE: A DOCUMETARY (1996) https://youtu.be/0DK-GoVkRjw A small portion is missing at the 1:12:58 point (it is marked by a program ID) but the documentary and its information are basically intact and it is well worth watching. Tuesday, March 16 at 11:30. Fee is $0 members, $10 nonmembers. Please sign up by 3/12 to receive the Zoom link on time.
This session will focus on Google Slides and the different ways to utilize this app. Participants will see an overview on Google Slides and how to create: brochures, programs, electronic books, online graphic organizer student templates and animated GIFs (images). Bring your questions!

36. The Effects Problem Gambling has on our Youth : Just the Basics - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 3/16/2021

Location: Virtual - Zoom

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Problem Gambling is considered the hidden addiction for several reasons. Come learn about problem gambling as Leilani Yizar-Reid from the Problem Gambling Resource Center shares information on warning signs, the types of gambling, emerging trends, and how it impacts our youth.

Facilitated by Leilani Yizar-Reid, Team Leader, Mid-Hudson Problem Gambling Resource Center, New York Council on Problem Gambling.

Social Work and OASAS Credits are offered through New York Council on Problem Gambling. CTLE and PD hours provided by RTC.

This training is sponsored by New York Council on Problem Gambling in conjunction with the East Ramapo Teachers' Center, Nyack Teacher Center, and Rockland Teachers' Center

37. Book Club 3/17

Location: ZOOM AT HOME (ZOOM, NY)

Dates: 3/17/2021

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This month's selection is - The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Darer, Wednesday, March 17 at 2:00 PM. 11:00. Please register by 3/14 to receive the Zoom link and notes in a timely manner.

38. St. Patrick's Day - Surprising Facts You Did Not Know About

Location: ZOOM AT HOME (ZOOM, NY)

Dates: 3/18/2021

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Let's celebrate St. Patrick's Day the morning after. St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated for centuries. But what are the holiday's origins, and who exactly was St. Patrick? Join us and discover the surprising truth about it. THERE ARE NO VIDEOS TO WATCH AHEAD OF TIME. Let's have fun together, wear green and enjoy a short performance of of Riverdance. Thursday, March 18 at 11:30 am. Please sign up by 3/15 to get the zoom link on time.
Are you a Google Sites user? Join us for this session and explore some new features and tricks and tips for utilizing your site for families and students. Bring your questions!

40. Tech Coaching: Creating Digital Materials - Virtual

Dates: 3/18/2021

Location: Virtual

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Participants will learn how to create materials using Google Draw. We will go over how to create and design materials and graphic organizers to meet the needs of any students. Bring your questions!
As a person of influence in our classrooms, offices, buildings, and communities, our students, staff and families sync their emotions with what they see and feel from us. We will discuss social/emotional strategies for our own wellness which will ripple out into our entire school community. These tools are useful for adults and youth in managing today's stressors whether at work, school or at home. There will also be an opportunity to participate in a month long self care challenge!

42. Online: Strategies for Teaching Mathematics to ELLs

Audience: All

Dates: 3/22/2021 to 3/25/2021

Location: Online

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.
Participants will learn more advanced functions and features available in Google Sheets. Participants will learn advanced functions and formulas, link data from sheet to sheet, utilize pivot tables, and conditional formatting. Each of these tools will be presented in a way to demonstrate their use in the classroom. Prior knowledge of basic spreadsheet use and functions is highly recommended.
Did you know that you could use the Sections feature in Google Forms to create blended or self-paced lessons? It is a great way to flip your classroom and supply students with the resources for reinforcement they may need. Come and learn how. Bring your questions!

45. 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.
Increasing Family Engagement to Promote the Achievement of ELLs What are some approaches educators can use to develop effective partnerships with bilingual families? In this session, you will examine ways to increase family engagement and improve the homeschool connection with the families of our English learners while taking into consideration the four stages of immigrant parent involvement. This training is for teaching assistants, teacher aides, and other school related professionals. This training is offered in conjunction with NYSUT TLC.

47. Unconscious Bias in Clinical Work

Dates: 3/25/2021

Location: Online


We will examine the role that unconscious bias plays in clinical work with clients with particular focus on race, gender and sexual orientation. We will examine how bias operates in the clinical relationship when clients are from a marginalized community and also when the clinician is from a member of one or more privileged groups in relationship to the client. We will discuss some approaches to exploring the impact of these differences in the room with clients to recognize and address their impact on clinical work.

Ian Laidlaw is the Clinic Director, VCS Mental Health Clinic, New City, NY. Minimum of 15 required.

This training is open to all school staff. Social Workers: Check the "hours" during the registration process. Social Work CEUs will be awarded by NYSED approved Social Work CEU provider VCS.
Graphic Organizers are a key component to planning, comprehension and production. This session will share numerous templates that can be used as is or edited. Tricks and tips to create organizers in Google Drawings and Docs will be demonstrated. Bring your questions!
Learn tips and tricks to help make grading and feedback in Google Classroom simpler. We will use and create rubrics to help offer feedback to students. Bring your questions!
br>Research shows that civic knowledge and skills are inadequately addressed in K-12 education. With the heavy focus of "college and career” readiness, we are in danger of leaving out learning experiences vital to producing engaged, informed, and reflective citizens. Teachers can reclaim "space” in the standards-based curriculum for civics education by using literature to have students indirectly engage with important issues. This workshop will help K-12 teachers think about how to use narrative texts as sources of critical inquiry - the process of gathering and evaluating information, ideas, and assumptions from multiple perspectives to produce well-reasoned analysis and understanding, and leading to new ideas, applications and questions. We will use the words of former president Barack Obama to guide our own inquiry: "When I think about how I understand my role as citizen-setting aside being president-and the most important set of understandings that I bring to that position of 'citizen,' the most important stuff I've learned I think I've learned from novels.”

This training is co-sponsored by Rockland Reading Council, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Rockland Teachers' Center. Dr. Francesca Ciololi is a Assistant Professor in the School of Education, STAC.
In this workshop, participants will examine key considerations and strategies for meeting the needs of a linguistically diverse population of students, including but not limited to ENL students, and grounded in NYSED's Advanced Literacies Briefs. Participants will be invited to explore modifications they can make in their instructional settings to serve students' language and knowledge-building needs, corresponding to ENL proficiency levels and teachers' knowledge of their students. Consideration will be given to in-person, hybrid, and remote learning contexts.

52. Online: English as a New Language Strategies and Tools for Success, April 1 - May 10, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in all grade levels

Dates: 4/1/2021 to 5/10/2021

Location: Online

In this online course, we will closely examine the strategies used to effectively teach English as a New Language (ENL) students. We will focus on best practices including co-teaching, helpful web tools, strategies for classroom teaching, and meaningful classroom talk. We will brainstorm ways to involve parents as we create a welcoming classroom environment for all students. We will explore resources and cross-reference lesson plans and curriculums so that each teacher has customized lesson plans to address individual needs. At the end of the course, you will have a toolkit that will include visual ideas, translation resources, conversation tools and vocabulary resources. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
We all love the idea of cooperative learning - students actively engaged, working together, and thinking critically about their learning. But how do I incorporate it? Where do I begin? And how will I have time for it? In this course, participants will develop a deeper understanding of cooperative learning and how it can meet students' social, emotional, and academic needs. You will learn and plan for purposeful groupings, active participation in dialogue, various cooperative structures, and student reflection. Date(s) of Online Course: 4/5-5/16,2021

54. Online: Digital and Visual Learners, April 5 - May 16, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K-12

Dates: 4/5/2021 to 5/16/2021

Location: Online

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 FREE to consortium members and is designed for all teachers in the general education setting (K-12) who wish to gain an overview of the special education process. Teaching the Exceptional Child: An Introduction to Special Education was developed with the general education teacher in mind who is looking for an understanding of how to best support the varied learning abilities in one classroom. By the end of this course, participants will be able to navigate through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), understand their role in a Committee of Special Education (CSE) meeting, describe the history of Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), identify and dive deeply into the 13 classifications of disabilities, all while collaboratively evaluating scenarios to best educate the exceptional child. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

What is talk? And how should it be managed and integrated during the time of Covid 19? This session is designed to provide educators with instructional strategies and resources to promote deeper student engagement in all content areas. All content areas are welcomed, however, majority of the focus will be on middle school and high school students. Access to a laptop and internet are a must. Attendees will learn about creative strategies used to build a successful student/teacher relationship, multiple apps that creatively enforce student engagement and discussion and how to use discussion and talk as a form of assessment. Attendees will complete the course with several instructional strategies that can immediately be incorporated with their students to foster one or more of the following: a successful student/teacher relationship, a safe, vulnerable and critical academic environment and creative assessments. A minimum of 10 is required. This course is part of the Accomplished Teaching Series

Session #1: Using Talk to Build a Successful Teacher/ Student Relationship

Session # 2: Using Selected Technology to Foster Engaging Conversation, Asynchronously and Synchronously

Session # 3: Using Selected Technology to Assess Student Talk
Learn how to use Google forms to create escape rooms for students to use for review and practice. Bring your questions!

58. Voice Technology as an Effective Teaching Tool

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

Dates: 4/8/2021 to 5/27/2021

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One of the most effective teaching tools educators have is their voice. You are able to grab your student's attention, make "boring” topics interesting and inspire your students to learn. Students are surrounded and equipped with smartphones, computers, tablets, etc. and use them in numerous contexts in their daily lives. In any device, whether it is a mobile, tablet, or a computer, voice is a major part and source of engagement for the students which has changed the way they understand and study in today's time. This course will teach you about the many technology tools available to implement more voice in the classroom.

59. Create and Edit a Podcast Using a FREE Online Audio Editor App in Google Drive - Asynchronous

Audience: All

Dates: 4/13/2021 to 4/15/2021

Location: Asynchronous

Learn to create a Podcast series using a Chromebook, laptop or desktop equipped with a mic, free and royalty free music. This asynchronous class will provide participants with the fundamental skills and knowledge to create a podcast series. The participants will produce a podcast episode that they can use in their classroom. In addition, the participants will learn how to have the students create content and quickly develop it into an episode with the intros and outros they created for their first episode.

60. Tech Coaching: Incorporating Virtual Field Trips

Dates: 4/13/2021

Location: Virtual

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Field trips enhance any learning experience and bring authenticity. These exciting experiences can happen even in a remote learning environment. During this session numerous examples of virtual field trips will be shared and explored. Bring your questions!

61. Working with, Supporting and Cultivating Resiliency in Transgender Youth - Zoom

Audience: All School Staff and Social Workers

Dates: 4/14/2021

Location: Zoom


In this training we will explore helping and supporting trans youth and their families through their transition journey, school issues, and finding supports in the community. This training will help families, schools staff, and mental health professionals create affirming practices to support Transgender youth.Eva Hernandez-Goley, LCSW-R is a Clinician at VCS, Inc.

This training is open to all school staff. Social Workers: Check the "hours" during the registration process. Social Work CEUs will be awarded by NYSED approved Social Work CEU provider VCS. CTLE will be awarded by RTC.

62. Autism Spectrum Disorder: Adjusting the Educational Image -Zoom

Location: Online (online, ny) - Zoom

Dates: 4/14/2021

Location: Zoom

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 and is only open to Rockland Teachers' Center member districts. This three-hour virtual 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.
Brainpop houses various features and tasks beyond video. This session will overview the reading and writing components as well as the Make-A-Movie feature. Explore the resources Bring your questions!

64. Tech Coaching: Gamified Learning Practices- Virtual

Dates: 4/15/2021

Location: Virtual

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Have you heard of gamification? This course will give you an overview of how you can use some game elements like leaderboards and badges to help increase student motivation. Bring your questions!

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

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 4/17/2021 to 4/24/2021

Location: ZOOM

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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 be both asynchronous and synchronous. The first 3 hours will be provided through Openlearning.com (a private access code and link will be provided). It will consist of a self-directed (asynchronous) module based approach that will ask candidates to review the background and some of the laws associated with the DASA, timelines and concrete concepts. The modules will include both free responses and multiple-choice quizzes to ascertain your understanding before a certificate for Part 1 can be issued. This 3-hour session must be completed prior to Part II which is on Saturday, April 24. Part 2, also a 3-hour time frame, will dive deeper into the strategies and reporting procedures as well as proactive mechanisms for tracking, reporting and preventing bullying and harassment in the educational/school environment, including cyber bullying. All participants must be available on Saturday, April 24 from 10:00am - 1:00pm to participate in Part II of the workshop which will be held via Zoom.

66. Teachers Positively Impacting Student Learning: The Three E's of Engagement, Efficacy and Empathy

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

Dates: 4/19/2021 to 6/21/2021

Participants in this course will investigate ways to impact student behavior and learning by focusing on the Three E's of Engagement, Efficacy and Empathy. Reading and activities will focus explicitly on ways to engage students and to instill in them the confidence in their own ability to succeed. Participants will work collaboratively to develop goals that are SMART: Strategic, Measurable, Attainable, Results-orientated and Timely. Based upon the work of Marzano, participants will design student-centered activities that involve high energy, friendly competition and self-monitoring. These activities will focus on helping students to make sense of information on their own so that the learning is meaningful and the knowledge is more likely to be retained. Finally, teachers will explore ways to help their students to see the connections between hard work and success in school and life. Formerly CMSV CEGE 565.R01.

67. Tech Coaching: Coding At All Levels

Dates: 4/20/2021

Location: Virtual

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Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it is important for kids to understand and be able to work with and understand the technology around them. It also helps children with communication, creativity, math,writing, and confidence. This session will overview Code.org and Kodable at all levels of learning. Bring your questions!

68. Online: Are You a Culturally Responsive Teacher? April 26 - May 31, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 4/26/2021 to 5/31/2021

Location: Online

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 a myriad of other benefits including more rigor and motivation. In this online course, we will explore the learning process and the link between culture and neuroscience, as well as methods for infusing daily lessons with culturally responsive activities. At the end of this course, you will have the skills you need to create a happier and more focused classroom.

69. 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.

70. Hybrid Course: Interactive Teaching Online, May 3 - 31, 2021 (EWTC)

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Dates: 5/3/2021 to 5/31/2021

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Interactive teaching is an essential component for online teaching. In this hybrid class, you will have an opportunity to explore a variety of tools and techniques to engage students while teaching remotely. Some of the techniques and tools will include breakout rooms, guided teaching, virtual classrooms, choice boards and more. Mandatory synchronous meeting dates will be on Tuesday, 5/4/2021 from 7:00-8:30pm and Thursdays, 5/13/2021 and 5/13/2021 from 7:00-8:00pm. You must be able to attend all synchronous sessions to participate in this course. All other course assignments will be asynchronous. This course is free to our consortium members and open to non members (at our regular rate) if space permits.

71. Online: Creating Independent Problem Solvers, May 3 - June 14, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K - 12

Dates: 5/3/2021 to 6/14/2021

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.

72. Online: Teacher and Student Reflection, May 3 - June 7, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K-12

Dates: 5/3/2021 to 6/7/2021

Location: Online

Reflection is a key element in the learning process. Good teachers are able to make decisions quickly when necessary but also know when they should step back and reflect on their work. The same is true of students. They must be able to reflect on their classroom work to enhance learning. Participants in this online class will examine the material they are teaching and design ways to help their students look back and reflect in order to grow as learners. We will introduce end of class prompts to use in the classroom and you will be asked to keep an online journal which will be part of the learning process. We will explore a variety of ways to reflect on work and how best to embed these strategies into your classroom practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

73. Math Storytelling

Audience: Elementary

Dates: 5/4/2021 to 5/11/2021

Location: Virtual Synchronous

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Math Storytelling is far more than an accessory when it comes to learning math. As a learning tool, it is purposeful, visually powerful, and offers a way to connect all levels of learners to concepts in an emotionally compelling way. Math stories allow children to question, explore and engage in meaningful conversations about math with their friends. Explore how rich stories can stimulate wonder, combat anxiety and energize your standards- based instruction. This is a synchronous training geared to elementary school educators.

74. Making Grading Matter

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 5/4/2021 to 6/29/2021

From early childhood education to high school, educators are constantly seeking ways to make assessments and grading meaningful and useful for students. Educators seek grading systems that measure student learning and growth. In this course, we will ask deep questions about the point and value of grading. Participants will think about current grading practices and construct new meanings around this important topic. In this in-service course, participants will research, examine and implement standards based grading systems. Class Texts: "Making Grades Matter", by Matt Townsley, Nathan L. Wear (2021): "Grading From the Inside Out: Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment Through a Standards-Based Mindset (How to Give Students Full Credit for Their Knowledge)", by Tom Schimmer (2016); "Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom", 1st Edition, by Rick Wormelli (2018).

75. 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.

76. Successful Research Projects - Secondary Level Students

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

Location: Online Only

Do you need help structuring and guiding students through a research project, this course will offer practical techniques and resources. It begins with how to create a manageable topic, and then explores how proper questions create meaningful research. After narrowing topics to researchable options, the focus turns to reliable resources, both on the open web and in databases. The structure for the students resembles a game, where they can accumulate points for project steps. By the time the finished project is due, the teacher need only check that the student has synthesized the resources properly. This method focuses on research as a process, and has been used successfully with secondary students over a diverse range of socio-economic and academic strati. You will make resources to use in your class, and you will benefit from learning how to screen cast (for example, using Screencastify or another tool). The course start date and end date are listed. The course is available 24/7.

77. Teaching Tools to Support English Language Learners

Audience: All

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

Location: Online - Google Classroom

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.

Throughout this 15 hr online course, we will explore the research-based strategies and skills that will enable educators and parents to help students build effective relationships and work through life's challenges in constructive and ethical ways. These tools will enhance school climate, make a difference in the lives of your students, change the fabric of your classroom communities and impact systemic change in school districts.

The course will enable participants:

● to internalize and role-model the behaviors and attitudes they expect of their students

● educate, involve and gain the support of all constituencies

● create a school culture that focuses on developing emotionally intelligent student leaders

Participants will be provided with the opportunity for independent inquiry, learning in cooperation with others, and reflective practice. Participants will have the information they need to enhance professional dialogue and effectively blend different, innovative, and practical strategies for implementation. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have a toolbox of research-based strategies that will serve as resources for integration into the fabric of their school community.
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.

Social Work CEUs provided by Rockland BOCES - $25 fee paid directly to Rockland BOCES.

79. 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.

80. Impact of Social Issues in Education

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 5/6/2021 to 7/1/2021

Education is a cornerstone institution in our country and is directly connected to what is referred to as the "American Dream.” Education plays the dual role of preparing students to be active, literate citizens who are prepared to prosper and contribute to our economy. As educators, we have an obligation to fulfill the tenet that all children are entitled to a "free and appropriate education” in the United States of America. In 2021, educators face a myriad of social issues that impact our profession. In this course, participants will research, analyze and discuss some of the important issues facing our students and profession today. Class Texts: "Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain", by Zaretta L. Hammond; "Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College", by Doug Lemov, Norman Atkins.
This FREE course is open to consortium members only. In this book study, participants will examine how they can re-energize themselves to maintain or regain a positive outlook and love of teaching. They will dive deep into specific, immediate actions they can take to enhance their well-being and thrive both on and off the job. In his light-hearted text, award winning teacher Chase Mielke draws from his own research, lesson plans, and experiences with burnout to help educators change their outlook, strengthen their determination to be a terrific teacher, and reignite their core passion for teaching. The Burnout Cure explains how shifts in awareness, attitudes, and actions can be transformational for teachers and for their students. The book describes specific steps related to mindfulness, empathy, gratitude, and altruism that they can use on their own and with students via classroom lessons and activities. Equipped with these tools, teachers can be their best, so they can give their best to the learners in their care. Participants will need to purchase the book to participate in this course.

82. Online: Engagement and Empathy in the Virtual Classroom, May 10 - June 20, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in K-12

Dates: 5/10/2021 to 6/20/2021

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.

83. 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.

84. EDPD 5130.01/Mastering the Teacher Evaluation Process: Effective to Highly Effective Teaching

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

Dates: 6/2/2021 to 7/21/2021

In the words of Charlotte Danielson, "Teaching is complex work. It's a thinking person's job.” As a result of this course, participants will address and apply the themes of: equitable learning, high expectations, cultural competence, meeting the needs of all learners and student assumption of responsibility. Participants will identify highly effective practices around Danielson's "Framework for Teaching.” We will observe lessons to evaluate the four core areas of: Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction and Professional Responsibilities. To become highly effective in the teacher evaluation process, participants will develop teaching strategies to help their students to take ownership of their own learning. Based upon Robert Marzano's The Art and Science of Teaching, participants will design instructional strategies that help students to think more logically, effectively and independently. During input sessions, participants will learn to incorporate a variety of research-based strategies into their lessons. These strategies include: providing and communicating learning goals, using assessments, conducting "deep thinking” lessons, using engagement strategies, implementing rules and procedures, and building relationships. Required Reading: "Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching", by Danielson, Charlotte (2007), ASCD: Alexandria, VA.; "The New Art and Science of Teaching", by Marzano, Robert (2017 Solution Tree, Bloomington, Indiana. 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. Final projects and reflections due by July 21, 2021. This hybrid course will meet 25 hours face-to-face and have 12.5 hours asynchronous online. Note that registration with the college will open on TBD.

85. STAR Cultural Arts Coordinator Training -Zoom

Location: Online (online, ny) - online

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

Dates: 6/3/2021

Location: online

This Cultural Arts Coordinator training will showcase 2 presenters and include a review of procedures, Q and A with Anurag Gupta of Rockland BOCES, and an opportunity to network with other cultural arts coordinators.

86. EDPD 5036.01/Restorative Justice: Effective Classroom Management Interventions and Solutions

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

Dates: 6/3/2021 to 7/29/2021

Based upon the book Better Than Carrots or Sticks by Dominque Smith, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, participants will learn and apply restorative practices for effective classroom management. These practices will assist teachers in not only teaching academic material but also instruct students in matters pertaining to social skills. In line with an educator's mission to educate the whole child, participants will develop strategies to: hold individual conferences with students to address problematic behavior, move beyond the traditional use of rewards and consequences, and ultimately build a strong classroom climate through restorative practices. REQUIRED Readings: "Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management", by Smith Dominique, et al., Alexandria, VA: ASCD. 2015; "All Learning is Social and Emotional: Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for the Classroom and Beyond", Frey, Nancy et al. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. 2019. *Final projects and reflections due online July 29, 2021. (Formerly CMSV - CEGE 645-R01). If you are interested in taking this course for graduate credit please contact Joleen Murray at jmurray@rockteach.org to set up a college account. Note that registration with the college will open on TBD.

87. Online: The Effect of Indigenous Languages on ENL Leaners

Audience: All

Dates: 6/15/2021 to 7/27/2021

Location: Online - Google Classroom

This 15-week online course, which will be delivered through Google Classroom, will explore how Indigenous peoples and communities are a vital part of the fabric and story of humanity. Participants will also engage in activities to learn how Indigenous language vitality is interconnected with a speaker's identity, family, community, and relationship to the land, connections between songs, culture, and language vitality to increase English language learning in the ENL Classroom and the various ways in which each Indigenous speaker is keeping his/her language alive while also learning English. In addition, participants will explore Indigenous languages around the world, some of which are at risk of disappearing using Google Earth tour Celebrating Indigenous Languages. Participants will learn about the importance of language revitalization from the unique stories and perspectives of those who speak the world's Indigenous languages and explore how to utilize Google Earth in the ENL classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so that you may plan your course completion time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course.
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.

89. Social Emotional Learning: A Strategic Approach

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

Dates: 6/29/2021 to 8/24/2021

Learning is a social and emotional act. From early childhood education to the high school level, rigorous learning requires the formation and maintenance of relationships. However, we cannot expect teachers to add more content or adjust curriculum maps to add "more.” Therefore, no matter the grade level, participants will be able to develop social emotional learning strategies to embed in their current teaching assignments. Participants will work closely on the work developed by Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Dominique Smith. We will examine and implement the five-part model of Social Emotional Learning. Required Text: "All Learning Is Social and Emotional: Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for the Classroom and Beyond”, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, Dominique Smith. (2018).

90. Online: Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/1/2021 to 7/29/2021

Location: Online

APD is a disorder affecting a person's ability to understand speech and process auditory information. The impact that this disorder can have on a student is profound. How often do you have a student ask you to repeat something or have a delay in answering your questions? APD can have an impact on their classwork, homework, test scores, comprehension and retention. A student who has trouble processing incoming information or directions will give answers unrelated to the questions. In this online course, we will focus on what APD is, diagnosing APD, distinguishing differences between APD and other disorders, and treatment for APD. At the course conclusion, you will have strategies to modify your classroom teaching and compensatory strategies to allow students to become more successful in the classroom. This class is appropriate for all K-12 teachers.

91. Online: Authentic Assessment in Physical Education, July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/1/2021 to 7/29/2021

Location: Online

Personalized learning is taking education by storm and, in this online course, we explore what it looks like in physical education. Participants in this class will learn how to design and implement a program that will teach students both skills and activities that transfer outside the physical ed classroom and strategies and techniques they need to maintain a lifetime of good health and fitness.
In this book study, we will have a chance to examine the minds of behaviorally challenged students and school personnel to explore why children do not respond to antiquated disciplinary techniques and zero tolerance policies. During the course of this class, you will become familiar with the current Social Emotional Learning benchmarks. You will also have an opportunity to consider the value of a trauma informed, non-punitive and unilateral approach to reduce inappropriate behavior incidents. At the conclusion of the book study, participants will be able to use communication skills and proactive tools to model behavior that inspires collaboration to build productive relationships with students. Participants in this course may pick up the required book: LOST AT SCHOOL at the Teacher Center before the commencement of the class. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
As we prepare 21st Century Students for the 21st Century workforce, we need to arm them with the tools they need to problem solve and think critically. Project Based Learning is one method for improving their critical thinking skills. PBL prepares students for the problem solving activities the 21st Century workplace will demand. This course will examine PBL methods for a Mathematics Classroom. Participants will focus on best practices related to PBL and how to increase critical thinking skills and performance. Participants will work with resources that focus specifically on using PBL with students with disabilities and multi-language learners. This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers,

94. Online: Exploring LGBTQ Literature, July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 7/1/2021 to 7/29/2021

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 - DATES AND TIMES TO BE DETERMINED which will focus on Literature and strategies. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

95. Online: Great Graphic Novel, July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Grades 3-8 Classroom teachers, librarians, ENL teachers or literacy specialists.

Dates: 7/1/2021 to 7/29/2021

Location: Online

This course will introduce participants to different types of graphic books available within children's literature. We will examine award winning authors, nonfiction graphic novels, and reissues of classic stories. Since a key part of the course is discussion, a video reflection will be utilized as opposed to written reflection. There will also be a scheduled one-hour Google Meet for class discussion. At the end of the course, participants will have a greater awareness of specific books to enhance their lesson plans and the information needed to continue to find resources for their classroom collection. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

96. Instructional and Educational Strategies for English Language Learners

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

Dates: 7/1/2021 to 8/26/2021

The demographics and backgrounds of our students is constantly changing yet we, as educators, still primarily utilize expressive language (speaking and reading) to convey information to students and expect them to use receptive language (speaking and listening) to share with us what they have learned. As more and more children come to our schools needing English as a Second Language services, schools are expecting mainstream, "regular education” teachers to meet the needs of our English Language Learners. By the end of this course, participants will be better able to meet the language and academic needs of ELLs in various academic settings. Required Readings: "Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners”, Hill, Jane & Miller, Kirsten (2014). ASCD: Alexandria, VA. And "Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement”, 2nd Edition, Ceri B Dean, Elizabeth Ross Hubbell, Howard Pitler & BJ Stone (2012). ASCD: Alexandria, VA.

97. 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.
Social Work CEUs provided by Rockland BOCES - $25 fee paid directly to Rockland BOCES.

98. 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.

99. 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.
As our country's demographics shift, the impact is evident in all our classrooms as we are teaching students from across the world. There is great potential for embracing cultures and enhancing instructional activities while bridging cultures between home and school. Course participants will review research-based strategies to better incorporate students from other cultures into the classroom. At the end of this course, you will be empowered to adjust instructional delivery to meet the needs of your classroom's changing demographics and improve educational outcomes for all students.

101. Online: Autism Spectrum Disorder, August 2 - August 30, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/2/2021 to 8/30/2021

Location: Online

We have all heard the expression, "on the spectrum,” but what does it mean? What implications can it have for your classroom? In this online courses, participants will review the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. We will examine best instructional practices and methodologies and, at the end of the class, you will have the tools you need to enhance instructional practices for your students. This course is appropriate for all teachers K-12.