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1. EdPuzzle for Blended Learning or Flipping Your Classroom

Audience: All

Dates: 2/26/2018

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This course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to develop and create interactive videos for Blended or Flipped Learning. Participants will be guided through the process of creating an interactive video complete with Audio Notes, Interactive Questions, and a Voice Track, if desired, using EdPuzzle. Participants will then apply the knowledge and skills they gained to create materials for their course and/or subject area. All registrants for this course will receive an instruction sheet, via email, with the direction on how to log in to the Google Classroom for the course. This course is completely online, starting on Monday 2/26/2018 with all assignments due by midnight on 3/4/2018. Participants will need a computer with a microphone. A webcam and headphones are also recommended. Time: online - asynchronous (participants set their own time schedule to complete the work) (optional synchronous meeting at 7 pm 3/1/2018)

2. ONLINE: Diversity in Children's Literature (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Location: Online Only (Online, )

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

Dates: 2/26/2018 to 3/29/2018

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Every student deserves and needs the mirror experience in literature. In this course, participants will become familiar with the different types of diverse literature available within their grade level(s). With this new information, teachers will be able to enhance their classroom library (and instruction) with books that allow students to see their lived experience and cultural traditions in print. We will examine controversies within children's literature - those considered racist (at worst) and insensitive (at best). We will explore, among ourselves, what makes a book diverse. Since a key part of this course is group discussion, we will use video reflection as opposed to written reflection. We will also schedule a one-hour Google hangout for class interaction. At the conclusion of this course, participants will have a list of diverse quality literature they can incorporate into their classroom library and instruction and will have the resources to continue to find books that meet the needs of all their students.

3. ONLINE: Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 2/26/2018 to 4/9/2018

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English language learners present special challenges for teachers in today’s classrooms. A successful ELL teacher learns to balance the language learning needs of the students with the appropriate content. The knowledge and skills students gain in ELL classes positively affect their lives at school and home. As the diversity of the United States increases, so too does the need for teachers of second language learners. Participants in this course will create lesson plans that incorporate strategies to reach ELL students. This class is appropriate for all K-12 teachers.

4. Online: The Best Apps and Extensions That Benefit ELLs

Dates: 2/26/2018 to 3/1/2018

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During this online course experience, participants will explore the best apps and extensions to use with ELL students. By working with technology, using some of these apps will effectively help you add a new dimension to your teaching. It’ll also give students a break from the traditional classroom, all while still reinforcing the skills they are learning.This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. However, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, so you may plan your time to complete the course 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. MLP admin marks course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

5. ONLINE: The Mindful Classroom

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Audience: Grade Level - All

Dates: 2/26/2018 to 3/26/2018

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Helping students cultivate affective skills such as perseverance, emotional management, self motivation, and resilience are key to both their emotional well-being and their ability to engage reflectively with ideas and information. When teachers practice and model these skills, they can be more fully present and able to respond to their students' needs. "Studies show that grade school aged children who learn mindfulness and meditation are more focused and resilient," says Sarah McKay, an Oxford University trained neuroscientist and freelance science writer specializing in mind and brain. "It helps settle them down and improves concentration." This in turn allows for optimal student performance. For teachers, this means that in the midst of everything that goes on in a classroom, we remain aware of what's going on inside our minds and bodies, which can help us with our reactions to a situation and choose a kind and compassionate response. While the practice of mindfulness is never a "cure-all," research suggests that it is a powerful foundation upon which teachers can start to build their social-emotional skills and, in turn, improve their teaching. This course examines the historical and scientific research that has been done supporting the practice of mindfulness in education. Through reading, discussion and exercise, participants will explore how mindfulness can be used everyday with in and out of the classroom.

6. Delving Deeper into Guided Reading (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K-5 classroom teachers, literacy coaches, reading specialists, AIS teachers, ENL teachers, special education teachers

Dates: 2/28/2018 to 4/18/2018

Location: Dobbs Ferry UFSD _ Springhurst Elementary

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This hybrid course is only open to participants who have taken “What’s New in Guided Reading” which was offered in the 2016-2017 school year. This course will take a deeper look at the guided reading practices currently occurring in the participant’s classroom. We will engage in our own professional learning and support the learning of colleagues by coming together for five in-person sessions and provide feedback on lessons on Edmodo. Participants will continue to develop and refine their understanding of the reading process and how it changes over time, how to use observations and running/reading record analysis to guide instruction, and how to make effective decisions within the act of teaching across the lesson to propel guided reading to new heights. All in-person classes will be on Wednesdays February 28 (the 6 hour outside classroom assignment will be posted the week of February 12 and must be completed before the first class) March 14* March 21* April 11* April 18* *There will be 6 hours of outside classroom work associated with each meeting date

7. Story Time Remix: Linguistically Responsive Teaching for an Energized Early Childhood Interdisciplinary Environment

Location: St. Thomas Aquinas College (Sparkill, NY) - Lougheed Library

Dates: 2/28/2018

Location: Lougheed Library

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In an effort to support all teachers as they teach in more linguistically enriched classrooms attendees will learn how to infuse English-only stories with pertinent home languages and cultures in ways that help all students feel as though the stories were selected for them. After an overview of linguistic diversity in today’s classrooms and what is meant by linguistically responsive teaching, the attendees will work in groups to “remix” English-only stories to make them more culturally and linguistically responsive for their students. Early childhood and elementary teachers will have the opportunity to reimagine favorite stories as well as new best sellers in ways that enable linguistically responsive teaching, student learning, and creative catalysts for interdisciplinary learning.
In this online course, teachers will exchange classroom ideas, information about free resource links, technology shortcuts and tips, post photos of new classroom trends and create polls and surveys. The course instructor will model the platforms that are available in the Private Facebook Online Group feature. Each participant will be required to post and share by researching the ideas in the online PLC format. Some of the resources we will examine include: professional articles from ASCD, ISTE and NYSCATE, www.code.org, and www.teachersfirst.com. Through the PLC format, teachers will be able to work in real time and get useful comments from their colleagues. This will be an opportunity for teachers to explore, discuss and research their craft with other professionals. The participants will be asked to post a minimum of 10 innovative educational ideas and provide feedback on other participant's posts that they can refer back to throughout the year. This Professional Learning Community will be a resource for teachers to revisit throughout the school year.

9. 2 Special Exhibits at the Society of Illustrators

Location: Society of Illustrators (New York, Ne)

Dates: 3/1/2018

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Join us as we tour 2 special exhibits with a docent . The first, Kovarsky’s World, features Anatol Kovarsky (1919-2016), a world renown cartoonist and illustrator. In his prolific career, Kovarsky contributed dozens of covers and nearly 300 cartoons to The New Yorker. Kovarsky was also remarkable as a painter, with a body of work spanning from the 1940s through mid-90s. The second exhbit, Under the Influence: The Private Collection of Peter de Sève, offers guests the unique opportunity to view the personal collection of Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame recipient, Peter de Sève, and to learn what pieces in it inspire (and intimidate!) him. Spanning over 200 years, the show includes gems by legendary artists including: Edmund Dulac, Vivienne Flesher, Frank Frazetta, A.B. Frost, Carter Goodrich, Ana Juan, Moebius, T.S. Sullivant and many more. Lunch on your own at their lovely cafe. Thursday, March 1st at 10:30. Lunch on your own at the Society's lovely cafe. Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd St., NY. Fee $25. This program is limited to 20 people. Deadline for registration is February 19th.

10. CEGE 638-R01/Teaching Key Components of the Common Core

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

Dates: 3/1/2018 to 4/26/2018

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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 NYS Common Core Learning Standards. Required Readings: “Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy”, by Opitz, Michael & Ford, Michael. (2014) ASCD and “Teaching the Core Skills of Listening and Speaking”, by Palmer, Erik. (2014) ASCD. *Final projects will be due online by Apr. 26, 2018. Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to Graduate and In-service participants.

11. NYSATA Collegial Circle Book Discussion

Location: Purchase College Performing Arts Center (Purchase, NY) [map]

Audience: Art Teachers PreK-12

Dates: 3/2/2018 to 3/16/2018

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NYSATA Collegial Circle Book Discussion Audience: Art teachers PreK-12 Location: Purchase College, Visual Arts Building, Room 1021 Meeting 3 Fridays, March 2, 9 and 16, from 4:30 to 7:30 This workshop is a series of Collegial Circles, in which the members discuss, Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. Santa Cruz, CA: Image Continuum Press, 1993., by Bayles, David and Orland, Ted. (1993). The goal of these classes is to explore the book and how it relates to both the making and teaching of art. The book covers the strategies that the authors have seen in successful artists, the fears that keep artist from being successful and strategies for working around those fears. There is no fee for this series of discussions. NYSATA is an approved CTLE provider. ALL PARTICIPANTS NEED TO BUY THEIR OWN BOOK - ART & FEAR: OBSERVATIONS ON THE PERILS (and REWARDS) OF ARTMAKING BY: BAYLES, DAVID AND ORLAND TED

12. NYSUT/ELT Course - Successful Teaching for the Acceptance of Responsibility

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 3/3/2018 to 3/28/2018

This course is being sponsored by the Teacher Center and offered through NYSUT ELT/offered through the College of St. Rose. This course assists educators in creating learning environments that model, invite, and teach responsible behavior. Participants practice strategies and techniques that foster self-awareness and responsibility and eliminate "learned helplessness" in students. Topics include: coping with irresponsible behaviors in respectful ways; preventing power struggles; avoiding "enabling behavior"; and encouraging students to assume responsibility for their school experience. The registration fee is $40.00 and must be paid by credit card. Your card will be charged on or after the beginning of the class.

13. SED 580-96/English Grammar for Teachers of English as a New Language - Hybrid Course

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

Dates: 3/3/2018 to 4/14/2018

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Provides candidates with a systematic understanding of English grammar and its implications for writing, reading, and oral communication. This course focuses on the role of grammar and syntax in classroom instruction, including a review of techniques and materials for teaching English grammar to learners of English as a new language. Asynchronous online learning assignments to be scheduled by instructor. Must be matriculated into TESOL:CR-ITI. By registering through the Rockland Teachers' Center, I authorize SUNY New Paltz to finalize my registration and process the payment of tuition and fees associated with this course. This course is only open to matriculated students.
During this online course experience, participants will explore teaching strategies using The SIOP Model ® for Mathematics K-12. Tasks and examples explored are 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. However, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, so you may plan your time to complete the course 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. MLP admin marks course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.
This course will guide participants through the process of installing and using the FREE Pear Deck Add-On in Google Slides. Pear Deck allows you to turn a teacher centered presentation into an interactive lesson where students are actively involved. In addition, participants will learn how to turn their Pear Deck lessons into student self-paced activities that are perfect for flipping your classroom. All registrants for this course will receive an instruction sheet, via email, with the direction on how to log in to the Google Classroom for the course. This course is completely online, starting on Monday 3/5/2018 with all assignments due by midnight on 3/11/2018. Time: online - asynchronous (participants set their own time schedule to complete the work) (optional synchronous meeting at 7 pm 3/8/2018)

16. CLEP

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Dates: 3/6/2018

Testing site is located at RTC South Tappan Zee Education Center 561 Route 9W Piermont, NY 10968 Piermont, NY; RTCI registration fee is $35; CLEP registration fee is $80 paid at time of CLEP registration; Limit is one test per testing session; Go to http://clep.collegeboard.org/started to register with CLEP and receive an entrance ticket; Bring entrance ticket and government issued photo ID on day of testing (ex: Driver's License, Passport); For testing information contact Donna Rodriguez at drodriguez@rockteach.org or phone 845.553.9514. The following tests are available: American Government; History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877;History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present; Human Growth and Development; Introduction to Educational Psychology; Introductory Psychology; Introductory Sociology; Principles of Macroeconomics; Principles of Microeconomics; Social Sciences and History; Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648; Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present; American Literature; Analyzing and Interpreting Literature; College Composition; College Composition Modular; English Literature; Humanities; Biology; Calculus; Chemistry; College Algebra; College Mathematics; Natural Sciences; Pre-calculus; Financial Accounting; Information Systems and Computer Applications; Introductory Business Law; Principles of Management; Principles of Marketing; French Language (Levels 1 and 2); German Language (Levels 1 and 2); Spanish Language (Levels 1 and

17. National Board Candidate Support Writing Institute

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 3/10/2018

Location: Riverfront Library - One Larkin Center, Yonkers NY

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The Writing Institute is an opportunity to join your colleagues to discuss and share issues particular to your unique work as it is unfolding. Candidates have the opportunity to write, read and reflect in congenial and supportive surroundings on portfolio entries either working independently, with partners, or in writing groups. The community of writers and reviewers supports the development of portfolio entries and the peer review of video recordings of classroom teaching. Join your colleagues for thoughtful and reflective discussion about NBC in a collegial setting. Please note that this workshop is open only to NBC candidates and Advanced (retake) candidates. Required Materials: Candidates need to bring a laptop computer, flash drive of NBC files including classroom video recordings, component responses, student work, NBPTS component directions, standards, and scoring guide. Please park in the Buena Vista Parking Garage 20 Buena Vista Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701. Richard Gazzola TC will provide 9hr parking passes.
In this online course, the structure and function of the human skeletal system will be reviewed. We will design activities for our students including how bones can be used to determine the height of individuals. At the end of the course, you will have the information you need to design lessons and/or problem solving opportunities that can be incorporated in elementary, middle and high school classes and are aligned to the NYS SLS/Next Gen Science Standards.
Temperature has numerous effects at the molecular level. In this online course, through discussion of kinetic energy, we will examine the effects of temperature on various properties in all three states of matter. At the end of the course, you will have the information you need to design lessons and/or problem solving opportunities that can be incorporated in elementary, middle and high school classes and are aligned to the NYS SLS/Next Gen Science Standards.

20. MAT 403 How Much Paint Should We Buy?

Dates: 3/12/2018 to 4/27/2018

In this online course, we will use concepts from geometry and calculus to determine the amount of paint needed to cover a given surface. We will explore limits and methods of approximation that students can apply to finding the surface area of a variety of both regular and irregular shapes and solids.
During this online course experience, participants will explore teaching strategies using The SIOP Model ® for History-Social Studies K-12. Tasks and examples showcased work well with all students, especially ELLs, enabling them to explore, practice, and apply key concepts and academic language. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. However, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, so you may plan your time to complete the course 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. MLP admin marks course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.
In this online course, we will explore how electric current impacts our day-to-day life. We will explore concepts such as power, current and voltage through circuits in series and parallel and its application in everyday life through simple activities. At the end of the course, you will have the information you need to design lessons and/or problem solving opportunities that can be incorporated in elementary, middle and high school classes and are aligned to the NYS SLS/Next Gen Science Standards.

23. The Archives of the Holocaust Museum

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

Dates: 3/13/2018

Have you ever wondered how museums collect and curate their exhibit? Well, wonder no more and join us for a unique program presented by the museums's archivist, Isabella Costa. She will explain the role of an archivist and bring items from the archives for us to view. Meet at Rockland Community College's Elipse Auditorium on Tuesday, March 13 at 10:30. Fee is $15. Please register by February 28.

24. Change the Norm: Truly Celebrate When Food is Not the Focus

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

Dates: 3/14/2018

Learn strategies to celebrate holidays and birthdays within Smart Snacks in School Standards and to increase parent engagement in the process. (Snow date: March 16, 2018) New Norms for Healthy Schools Training Series will provide information and technical support for wellness coordinators/committee members, administrators, teachers and parents on how to sustain nutrition and physical activity practices in schools that align with wellness policies and Smart Snacks in School Guidelines. Training dates: Jan 24, Feb 7, March 14, and Apr. 25. Register seperately For program information contact: Carrie Steindorff, SteindoC@co.rockland.ny.us This training is a professional learning program of the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

25. Healthy Schools Mentoring Training - March

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

Dates: 3/14/2018

March Mentoring Topic: Become familiar with tools that evaluate healthy school successes, provide resources and guide you to next steps in becoming a healthier school. (Snow date: March 16, 2018) Creating a healthy school is the work of many guided by an effective leader. This free mentoring session is for school wellness leaders looking for guidance, technical assistance, feedback and problem solving to be effective in their leadership roles. The training will be led by knowledgeable school health professionals who will respond to individual and group needs to:





• Build a sustainable wellness team





• Choose a framework that suits your school





• Complete an assessment





• Work on an action plan.





• Access resources, grants, materials For more information contact: Carrie Steindorff, SteindoC@co.rockland.ny.us Mentoring trainings are offered monthly on Jan 24, Feb 7, March 14, and Apr. 25. Register seperately This training is a professional learning program of the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

26. Garner Arts Center Guided Tour of Artist Studios & Exhibition

Location: Garner Art Center (Garnerville, NY) [map]

Dates: 3/15/2018

Visit this gem right in our backyard. Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center is home to a thriving community of artists and artisans who create and exhibit their works in this landmark, pre-civil war factory complex. Join us on a guided tour of 2 artist studios,the exhibit, and partake in a gallery talk with the artist. Thursday, March 15, from 10:30-12:30. $20/30 nonmember. Please register by 2/25.

27. Classroom Management for SRPs

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

Audience: SRPs

Dates: 3/15/2018

It is critical to have classroom management strategies that ensure a safe and productive classroom. As an SRP, you have an important role in this process. This workshop will focus on relationship building, awareness of needs of your students, setting clear expectations and communicating them as well as promoting independence. Another important aspect of classroom management is language. We will explore how language can be used to develop that community of learners. There are unique opportunities and challenges that we will explore as an SRP dealing with classroom management.
Why do we have such a hard time getting our thoughts back and forth to each other in a way that ensures understanding? During this online course experience, participants will learn how to increase communication skills with ELLs both verbally and nonverbally. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. However, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, so you may plan your time to complete the course 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. MLP admin marks course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

29. CEGE 639-R01/Teaching Strategies for Students Living in Poverty

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

Dates: 3/22/2018 to 5/17/2018

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 Reading is Jensen, Eric (2009). Teacher with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does To Kids' Brains And What Schools Can Do About It. ASCD; Alexandria, VA. *Reflections and final projects due via online by May 17, 2018. Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to Graduate and In-service participants.

30. Inside Informative Writing at the Primary Level: Organization, Note Taking and Text Features Using the CCSS

Location: St. Thomas Aquinas College (Sparkill, NY) - Lougheed Library

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-3

Dates: 3/22/2018

Location: Lougheed Library

Teach young authors to get organized by using color coated cards, folders, and highlighters. Show your students how to take notes of important details. Learn how to create a text feature dictionary to use with your students. Lori Bregman is a 2nd Grade Teacher, Mahwah School District with 27 years’ experience teaching.
This course will explore technology resources along with current issues and trends that educators need to be aware of in the 21st century.  Using technology in your lesson planning will engage the minds of young learners but you must integrate the most current resources to get the outcome you desire. We will focus on how to include all learners in classroom activities and meet them at their level through technology integration. We will use the ISTE Standards for Educators as a road map and dive into their online community for support and communication. Using Teachers First as a resource, educators will learn how to effectively integrate technology into the curriculum through hands-on projects, collaboration tools, and journal articles.   Hands on science, math lessons, writing websites, reading resources and social studies projects will all be discussed and participants will create task cards for students to use in and out of the classroom.  We will design ways to include parents in these initiatives using technology tools such as class dojo, remind, and classtag. Participants will create a buncee (an online presentation tool) and learn ways to find new tools, use virtual sites to extend learning and reflect on learning styles.

32. EDA 776-95/Finance and Revenue Management

Location: George F. Baker High School (Tuxedo Park, NY)

Dates: 3/24/2018 to 5/5/2018

Theory and practices of educational finance in public education. Relations with state and federal sources, changing conceptions of governmenta functions. Foundation support for education, grants for research and innovation. Weaknesses and strengths of current educational finance and suggested improvements. Interrelations of education and the economy; financing local school systems. Additional online time will be scheduled by instructor. This course meets in Tuxedo with registration through Rockland Teachers Center. Please contact Joleen Murray at Rockland Teachers Center for registration and payment. Call 845-553-9517 or e-mail jmurray@rockteach.org.

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

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

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 3/24/2018

Location: WISE Room

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

34. Online: Cross-Cultural Communication

Dates: 3/26/2018 to 3/29/2018

During this online course experience, participants will learn how to increase communication skills with ELLs and their families to build a stronger home-school connection. By learning the cultural cues and mannerisms, participants will be able to effectively communicate with students and families as well as, create a learning environment that is safe and diverse. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. However, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, so you may plan your time to complete the course 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. MLP admin marks course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

35. Downton Abbey: The Exhibit

Location: Jujamcyn Theater (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 3/27/2018

Be transported back in time and embark on an extraordinary journey through the venerable home of Downton Abbey. From the dramatically elegant state rooms to Mrs . Patmore’s hectic, gossip-fueled kitchen, the exhibition peers into the world of the Crawleys and their downstairs staff You will view the show’s official costumes worn by their favorite characters including Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary, Hugh Bonneville’s Lord Grantham, and Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess of Grantham. Meet on Tuesday, March 27th at 10:50am. Self-guided tour will start at 11:00. Jujamcyn, 218 W. 57th St. (between Broadway & 7th ave). Exhibit fee is $38. Please register by March 1st.

36. CLEP

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Dates: 3/27/2018

Testing site is located at RTC South Tappan Zee Education Center 561 Route 9W Piermont, NY 10968 Piermont, NY; RTCI registration fee is $35; CLEP registration fee is $80 paid at time of CLEP registration; Limit is one test per testing session; Go to http://clep.collegeboard.org/started to register with CLEP and receive an entrance ticket; Bring entrance ticket and government issued photo ID on day of testing (ex: Driver's License, Passport); For testing information contact Donna Rodriguez at drodriguez@rockteach.org or phone 845.553.9514. The following tests are available: American Government; History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877;History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present; Human Growth and Development; Introduction to Educational Psychology; Introductory Psychology; Introductory Sociology; Principles of Macroeconomics; Principles of Microeconomics; Social Sciences and History; Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648; Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present; American Literature; Analyzing and Interpreting Literature; College Composition; College Composition Modular; English Literature; Humanities; Biology; Calculus; Chemistry; College Algebra; College Mathematics; Natural Sciences; Pre-calculus; Financial Accounting; Information Systems and Computer Applications; Introductory Business Law; Principles of Management; Principles of Marketing; French Language (Levels 1 and 2); German Language (Levels 1 and 2); Spanish Language (Levels 1 and
This online course will allow educators and support staff the opportunity to create resilient schools that meet the social, emotional, ethical, and academic (SEAL) needs of students. Participants will explore the research-based skills and competencies that have a positive impact on the organizational structure of their school, the delivery of instruction, and student performance. Grade Level K-12. 15 hours CTLE, inservice, or professional learning. This course is available for Social Work CEUs. An additional charge of $25 applies to be paid by check to Rockland BOCES.

38. Exploring the Analysis and Creation of Literature: An English Teacher and Author Shares His Experience

Location: St. Thomas Aquinas College (Sparkill, NY) - Loughed Library

Audience: Middle Grade and High School

Dates: 3/28/2018

Location: Loughed Library

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Analysis, such as writing essays, and creation, as in crafting stories, appear to be two seemingly different approaches to understanding and appreciating literature. But are they really that distinctly separate? In this 90-minute session, Jan Cheripko, a former English teacher and an author of several books for children and young adults, shares thoughts, insights, and experiences about expository writing and creative story making. Analyzing a work of literature is one type of thinking we use to appreciate literature. Similarly, understanding the creative experience, in which one constructs a story, enriches the ability to participate more fully in the process and message of a work of literature. The two approaches, while emphasizing different techniques, are not, however, exclusive. By delving into creating our own stories, we are better able to understand the literature we’re analyzing. And by analyzing a work of literature, we may become more aware of the creative process. In this session, which includes exercises and handouts that can be used in your classroom, Mr. Cheripko offers an author’s view of the key elements both readers and writers need for a more enriching experience in realizing and valuing literature. Participants will explore plot, character development, setting, theme, and use of language.

39. Online: Technology Literacy (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 4/2/2018 to 5/5/2018

In this online course, we will look at ways to embed technology into all aspects of your classroom teaching. Each subject will be explored and resources will be shared to maximize the use of technology to achieve your academic goals. You will learn how to find the best research for the topics you want to cover in your individual classroom or that you want to integrate into your curriculum to enhance student learning. We will cover four key components of learning in this class: active engagement, participating in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts. Participants will have creating ideas and lessons to bring back to their classroom.

40. Gentle Tai Chi - 10-week Spring Session

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

Dates: 4/2/2018 to 6/11/2018

Tai Chi involves a series of fluid, slow-paced motions and stretches that have been described as "meditation in motion". Join us for gentle Tai Chi and reap the many benefits of this gentle art. Reduce anxiety, improve balance and cardiovascular fitness, relieve chronic pain and increase energy and overall feelings of well-being. This course is appropriate for all and no previous experience is necessary. Wear comfortable clothes. Mondays from 10:00-11:00 at Haverstraw Town Hall, 1 Rosman Rd., Garnerville. Fee is $125 for all 10 classes. Please register by March 21st.

41. Fashion & Physique Exhibit at Fashion Institute of Technology

Location: Fashion Institute of Tecnology (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 4/5/2018

Join us for a guided tour of this fascinating fashion topic. The Body: Fashion and Physique explores the complex history of the “ideal” fashion body and the variety of body shapes that have been considered fashionable from the eighteenth century to the present. The exhibition also examines the relationship between fashion and body politics. Garments are supplemented with images from the popular press, fashion media, film, and other sources to demonstrate how the fashion industry has contributed to both the marginalization and celebration of certain body types within our culture. Thursday, April 5th at 10:00 am. Please plan to arrive by 9:50 as the tour will start at promptly 10:00. F.I.T. Museum, 7th Ave. at 27th Street. fee for admission and tour is $30/40 nonmember. This tour is limited to 20 participants. Please register by March 15th.
Why do we have such a hard time getting our thoughts back and forth to each other in a way that ensures understanding? During this online course experience, participants will learn how to increase communication skills with ELLs both verbally and nonverbally. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. However, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, so you may plan your time to complete the course 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. MLP admin marks course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

43. ONLINE: Word Up: Exploring Academic Vocabulary (Offered by Westchester TCI)

Audience: Teachers 2-12

Dates: 4/10/2018 to 5/15/2018

This online course is designed to assist elementary through high school teachers in the development of vocabulary instruction. In this course, teachers will choose appropriate Tier 2 words for their teaching, explore effective vocabulary instruction, create vocabulary lessons, explore shades of meaning, and create materials for their classrooms. At the end of this course, teachers will have a strong understanding of how to choose Tier 2 words and use them effectively in their teaching. All activities are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards.

44. CEGE 592-R01/Effective Teaching: Improving Classroom Instruction to Improve Student Performance

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

Dates: 4/10/2018 to 5/29/2018

As a result of this course, teachers will be better prepared to help their students to take ownership of their own learning. Based upon Robert Marzano's Classroom Instruction That Works, 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: identifying similarities and differences, summarizing and note taking, reinforcing effort and providing recognition, homework and practice, nonlinguistic representations, cooperative learning, setting objectives and providing feedback, generating and testing hypotheses, and questioning/advance organizers. Participants will then implement instructional strategies along the "content process" continuum, collect data using formative and/or summative assessments, analyze the results, reflect on outcomes, and suggest modifications for future practice. The online 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 NYS Learning Standards. Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to Graduate and In-service participants.
During this online course experience, participants will explore the importance home language has on literacy development and learn how to foster this language. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. However, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, so you may plan your time to complete the course 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. MLP admin marks course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

46. CEGE 504-R01/Launching a Year Long Literacy Framework

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

Dates: 4/16/2018 to 6/4/2018

In this course students will understand how to respond to texts powerfully by implementing a yearlong framework that will encompass close reading strategies, the use of double entry journals, and the components of the gradual release model. Students will understand how to scaffold instruction in order to reach all learners. Finally, they will learn how to create multimodal lessons across the curriculum that can be adapted to the needs of their students and enhance the common core state standards. Text book: "Better Learning through Structured Teaching: A Framework for the Gradual Release of Responsibility", 2nd Edition Paperback - December 6, 2013, by Douglas Fisher (Author), Nancy Frey (Author). Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to Graduate and In-service participants. Final Projects are due via online by June 4, 2018.
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. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. However, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, so you may plan your time to complete the course 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. MLP admin marks course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

48. What's New in Guided Reading

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

Dates: 4/24/2018 to 6/5/2018

Location: Springhurst Elementary School, Dobbs Ferry

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In this Hybrid course, we will explore the essential elements of guided reading using “Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades” (2017) by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, the second edition to their classic, “Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children” (1996) as a resource. We will delve into the nuts and bolts of guided reading and take a closer look at the structure and tools of the guided reading lesson framework to teach for the systems of strategic actions. Time will be spent on understanding the ten text characteristics that are used to determine the text level and understand the demands on the reader to identify the high priority shifts in learning to focus on at each text level. Participants will continue to develop and refine their understanding of the reading process and how it changes over time, how to use observations and running record analysis to guide instruction, and how to make effective decisions within the act of teaching across the lesson to propel guided reading to new heights. All in-person classes will be on Tuesdays April 24* (the 4 hours outside class work assignment will be posted week of April 9th to do before the first class) May 1* (*There will be 4 hours of outside classroom work ) May 8* (*There will be 4 hours of outside classroom work ) May 15* (*There will be 5 hours of outside classroom work ) May 22* (*There will be 5 hours of outside classroom work ) June 5* (*There will be 4 hours of outside classroom work ) *Outside class work may consist of assignments that are to be done with students, watching videos and answering questions, and/or reading articles and commenting on them through a digital platform.

49. Nourishing Motivation with Non-Food Rewards and Incentives

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

Dates: 4/25/2018

Learn successful evidence-based strategies for providing students with rewards and recognition without using food. New Norms for Healthy Schools Training Series will provide information and technical support for wellness coordinators/committee members, administrators, teachers and parents on how to sustain nutrition and physical activity practices in schools that align with wellness policies and Smart Snacks in School Guidelines. Training dates: Jan 24, Feb 7, March 14, and Apr. 25. Register seperately For program information contact: Carrie Steindorff, SteindoC@co.rockland.ny.us This training is a professional learning program of the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

50. Healthy Schools Mentoring Training - April

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

Dates: 4/25/2018

April Mentoring Topic: Celebrating success and sustaining momentum of your school health programming. Learn about resources and guidelines to assist in your healthy schools plan. Creating a healthy school is the work of many guided by an effective leader. This free mentoring session is for school wellness leaders looking for guidance, technical assistance, feedback and problem solving to be effective in their leadership roles. The training will be led by knowledgeable school health professionals who will respond to individual and group needs to:


• Build a sustainable wellness team


• Choose a framework that suits your school


• Complete an assessment


• Work on an action plan.


• Access resources, grants, materials For more information contact: Carrie Steindorff, SteindoC@co.rockland.ny.us Mentoring trainings are offered monthly on Jan 24, Feb 7, March 14, and Apr. 25. Register seperately This training is a professional learning program of the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

51. Rhythm, Rhyme, and Repetition: A Recipe for Satisfying Storytelling

Location: St. Thomas Aquinas College (Sparkill, NY) - Lougheed Library

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 4/25/2018

Location: Lougheed Library

This experiential “playshop” introduces the elements of rhythm, rhyme and repetition as essential for exciting and engaging storytelling. Each of these elements is presented through fun exercises and games in such a way that participants easily comprehend their role in storytelling and acquire basic skills in their use. A familiar folk tale is used as the basis for the workshop and then sub-groups work together to design their own version of a story to tell to the others. Workshop Format Introduction to the elements of craft. The Fisherman and His Wife Critique and discussion Activating the skill set: Rhythm, Movement, Rhyme Application of technique in small group telling Small group performances Critique Summary Final Story

52. Chelsea Gallery Tour with Art Critique Merrily

Location: RocklandTeachers' Center Intitute (Haverstraw, NY) [map]

Dates: 4/26/2018

Join art critic and professional guide Merrily Kerr on a visit to the most talked about exhibitions of the moment on a walking tour of the Chelsea galleries in New York’s international art hub. Exhibitions change every five to six weeks, so there is always something new to see and each tour has its own dynamic. Our itinerary will include a range of galleries offering an energizing mix of artwork in different media. At each venue, Merrily will give information on the galleries and artists, and we’ll discuss the artwork on display. Questions and conversation are encouraged! Thursday, April 26 from 10:30 to 12:30. Meeting place TBD. Fee of $40/50 nonmember includes guide. Lunch is on your own. Restaurant list will be supplied. This tour is limited to 15 people. Please register by March 119.

53. CEGE 594-R01/Differentiated Instruction Meets Understanding by Design

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

Dates: 4/26/2018 to 6/21/2018

Based upon Tomlinson's and McTighe's Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design, participants will access text and research in whey which they will plan curriculum with the "end in mind." Then, they will develop instructional units and learning strategies "to reach out to individual learners at their varied points of readiness, interest, and learning preference." Course participants will develop curriculum adaptations and instructional strategies based upon tiered assessments. Participants will develop the "big ideas" associated with curriculum designs. Then, participants will analyze and apply methods of differentiating content, instruction and assessment. During input sessions, participants will learn to incorporate a variety of research-based strategies into their lessons. Course participants will develop curriculum adaptations that are responsive to the individual needs of all students while still maintaining a focus on academic proficiency and excellence for all students. These strategies will include: responsive teaching, ongoing formative assessment, and teaching for understanding in academically diverse classrooms. Participants will develop assessment tools to address the Six Facets of Understanding from the UBD model: Explanation, Interpretation, Application, Perspective, Empathy, and Self-Knowledge. The online 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 NYS Learning Standards. *Reflections and final projects due via online by June 21, 2018. Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to Graduate and In-service participants.

54. Supporting Students with Brain Injury

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

Dates: 4/26/2018

Location: Rockland BOCES, Building 10 PDC, 65 Parrott Road,


Problems seen in children subsequent to brain injury may include deficits in attention and concentration, memory, organizational skills, executive functioning, changes in behavior, social skills and emotional control. These can present significant challenges for school personnel.

The goals of the training are to:
Provide an overview of brain injury in all children, not just student athletes

Assist school staff in recognizing the signs & symptoms of brain injury

Help school staff respond appropriately & assist with the student's recovery process using a team approach (The REAP Protocol)

Identify teaching strategies/classroom accommodations that can assist with the student's recovery

Identify FREE resources available to children, their families and school personnel, including the statewide FACTS program

This training is conducted by Margo B. Singer, CBIS, Brain Injury Association of NYS Training Coordinator
Approved for Social Work CEUs. Certificates provided by the trainer. A minimum of 20 is required.

55. Canasta - a 9-week session

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

Dates: 4/27/2018 to 7/13/2018

This session is for newbies as well as people who know the game but seek to advance their skills. Learn to play from a seasoned instructor and hone in on advanced strategies. Come join us, play and improve your game while having fun. All sessions will be held at Haverstraw Town Hall. Fee is $40/50 nonmember. Friday dates from 9:30-11:30 are as follows: 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/29, 7/6 & 7/13. Please register by April 2nd. $40/50 nonmember

56. ONLINE: Digital Citizenship in Schools (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 4/30/2018 to 5/31/2018

As more and more students and teachers use the Internet to interact digitally, we need to provide our students with guidelines and accountability. According to TeachThought, "A decent definition of Digital citizenship might be self monitored participation that reflects conscious interdependence with all (visible and less visible) community members." Being responsible for your digital footprint needs to be taught to students in the early grades. In this course, we will explore Common Sense Media's Digital Citizen Scope and Sequence as we define digital citizenship, create lesson plans around Internet safety, cyber-bullying, and privacy and security.

57. Online: Evaluating Resources for ELLs

Dates: 4/30/2018 to 5/3/2018

During this online course experience, participants will learn how to evaluate authentic ENL materials based on guidelines such as: culturally responsiveness, age-appropriateness, linguistic accessibility, and diverse adaptations. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. However, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, so you may plan your time to complete the course 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. MLP admin marks course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.
This online course is designed to assist elementary and secondary teachers in their quest to involve student families in the literacy process. This class will assist you in presenting information to parents and guardians about the demands of the Common Core Learning Standards as well as the literacy curriculums being taught in their child's class and school. Teachers in this online class with develop a hands-on presentation for a school event that will engage their classroom parents as an active partner in the literacy process.
In this online course, teachers will exchange classroom ideas, information about free resource links, technology shortcuts and tips, post photos of new classroom trends and create polls and surveys. The course instructor will model the platforms that are available in the Private Facebook Online Group feature. Each participant will be required to post and share by researching the ideas in the online PLC format. Some of the resources we will examine include: professional articles from ASCD, ISTE and NYSCATE, www.code.org, and www.teachersfirst.com. Through the PLC format, teachers will be able to work in real time and get useful comments from their colleagues. This will be an opportunity for teachers to explore, discuss and research their craft with other professionals. The participants will be asked to post a minimum of 10 innovative educational ideas and provide feedback on other participant's posts that they can refer back to throughout the year. This Professional Learning Community will be a resource for teachers to revisit throughout the school year.
During this online course experience, participants will learn English language strategy games that increase language acquisition. Participants with explore the benefits of these ENL strategy games and learn how to adapt in their personal teaching or classroom. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. However, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, so you may plan your time to complete the course 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. MLP admin marks course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

61. Using the Charlotte Danielson Framework to Create a Digital Portfolio (Offered by Westchester TC Institute))

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY)

Audience: Teachers Grades K-12

Dates: 5/7/2018 to 5/11/2018

This course is designed to help probationary teachers build an electronic portfolio with an emphasis on Charlotte Danielson's Four Domains. Students will be able to define the components of a teaching portfolio and understand the importance of keeping and maintaining a professional teaching portfolio. Special attention to developing a teaching philosophy and crafting a tenure reflection based on the Four Domains will be key aspects of this course. This course will also give students a variety of avenues to find the perfect web development platform for their future eFolio. A portion of the course work will be completed outside of the scheduled class times and then shared and revised during the following sessions.

62. Online: Building Academic Strategies (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 5/14/2018 to 6/14/2018

Participants in this online course will examine various strategies to develop their students’ academic vocabulary. "Students constantly build the vocabulary they need to access grade level complex texts. By focusing strategically on comprehension of pivotal and commonly found words (such as "discourse," generation," theory," and "principled,") and less on esoteric literary terms (such as "onomatopoeia" or "homonym"), teachers constantly build students' ability to access more complex texts across the content areas (www.engageny.com). We will use teaching strategies for vocabulary development that can be used throughout the curriculum and we will integrate technology. At the end of the course, you will have lessons plans and activities to use in your classroom to enhance vocabulary instruction.

63. Online: ENL Strategies that Work

Dates: 5/14/2018 to 5/17/2018

During this online course experience, participants will explore and learn best practices for working with ELLs. These strategies will include technology tools and strategies to enhance English articulation and comprehension. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. However, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, so you may plan your time to complete the course 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. MLP admin marks course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

64. National Board Certification (NBC) Awareness Session

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

Dates: 5/14/2018

Learn about the process, funding incentives, and the timeline to become a National Board Certified teacher. Teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met high standards through study, expert evaluation, self-assessment, and peer review. Join us for this free informative session.

65. Techniques of Living History

Location: Living History Education Foundation (Buchanan, NY)

Audience: Middle School/High School

Dates: 5/16/2018

This training provides a step by step method to developing a Living History program. Teachers will be given guided instruction to develop their own program based on the period of history they choose to peruse. Character-based and experiential learning will be modeled and applied. Teachers will learn a wide variety of hands-on skills to help them bring history alive for their students as they experience a day in the life of a Civil War Soldier. The program starts at the Living History Education Foundation, 11 Lake Drive, Buchanan, NY and includes a visit to the West Point Military Museum. Participants are responsible for transportation to the starting point and to sites throughout the day. Collegial lunch with application discussion. Lunch not included. Bring a bagged lunch and snacks. This experiential learning professional development program is provided by the Living History Education Foundation

66. Anniversary Fashion Show Luncheon

Location: The Old Tappan Manor (Old Tappan, NJ) [map]

Dates: 5/16/2018

Join us as we celebrate our 14th anniversary with a fabulous lunch at the elegant Old Tappan Manor (137 Orangeburg Rd. Old Tappan, NJ, 201.768.3292). Menu (TBD) will include wine. Enjoy viewing a spring fashion collection, jewelry and accessories modeled by our own members. Raffles, gifts & fun. A select number of new and old vendors will be there for your shopping pleasure. Wednesday, May 16 at 12:00 pm. $50/60 nonmember

67. Informational Workshop on National Board Certification for Teachers and Counselors

Audience: Teachers and Counselors

Dates: 5/18/2018

Location: Roosevelt High School - Library

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This informational workshop will outline the process of obtaining certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The workshop will present information and resources about certification areas, eligibility, financial assistance, and collegial support.
During this online course experience, participants will learn the importance of vocabulary instruction when working with ELL students. They will also learn to frequently assess vocabulary to guide instruction. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. However, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, so you may plan your time to complete the course 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. MLP admin marks course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.
During this online course experience, participants will explore how the use of music increases second language acquisition for English language learners. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. However, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, so you may plan your time to complete the course 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. MLP admin marks course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

70. EDUC 507/Linguistic Analysis

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

Dates: 6/7/2018 to 7/10/2018

This hybrid course examines the components of language in order to define the nature of language and the human mind. Questions regarding the origin of language will be examined. The universal nature of language will also be explored. An introduction to general linguistic notions will be presented. Foci include: syntax, phonology, morphology, language variation, pragmatics and semantics. The relationship of brain, language and cognition will also be highlighted. Some classes will be online. There will be additional tuition costs paid directly to the college for this course. Please contact JMurray@rockteach.org for further information.

71. STAR Cultural Arts Coordinator Training

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY) - Building 10 Rockland BOCES, 65 Parrott Rd, West Ny

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

Dates: 6/13/2018

Location: Building 10 Rockland BOCES, 65 Parrott Rd, West Ny

The STAR Cultural Arts training will include a discussion on cultural arts programming, question and answer with Rockland BOCES, networking among cultural arts coordinators throughout the county, and an overview of the STAR moodle. Programs to be showcased: TBA

72. Jump Start National Board Certification - Foundations and Component 2

Location: NYSUT Regional Office, Tarrytown (Tarrytown, NY) - Suite 400

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/25/2018

Location: Suite 400

JumpStart is a program to help National Board Certification Candidates get started on the National Board Process. This one day training will give candidates an overview of the National Board process, as well as insight into Component 2. The overview of the process will be done in the morning and Component 2 will be covered in the afternoon. Bring a printed copy of your instructions for your area of certification area along with the standards. Facilitators are Anne Hovis-Williams NBCT and Linnea Engles NBCT, Professional Learning Facilitators that currently teach in White Plains Public Schools and run NBPTS cohorts in White Plains, Rockland and Croton. This program is sponsored by the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network and hosted by NYSUT Tarrytown. Lunch will be provided by NYSUT.

73. STEAM in Your Classroom (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Grade K-6 Classroom teachers and specialists

Dates: 7/16/2018 to 7/18/2018

This course aims to increase a knowledge of STEAM philosophies and how participants can incorporate them into their classroom. Participants will identify areas of their current curriculum that can benefit from STEAM activities, and will create lesson plans combining curriculum with STEAM infusion. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to have a portfolio of activities that they can immediately incorporate into their classrooms, including a plan for Hour of Code.
When incorporating literacy-related instructional strategies in the content areas, students are better equipped to acquire and retain content knowledge. In this online course, we will examine and discuss instructional strategies to develop lessons, rubrics and activities that support comprehension vocabulary and fluency. In addition, we will align classroom activities and assessments to the CCLS to further support literacy in the classroom.

75. Read the Books, See the Movies (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Grades K-12 Classroom teachers and Specialists

Dates: 7/24/2018 to 7/26/2018

Location: Woodlands HS _ Innovation Center

In this course, we will be pairing movies with the books they are based upon which will increase our students' reading engagement (both in and out of the classroom) and will lead to improved lesson plans. Participants will be expected to read the books (Wonder and We are All Wonders by R.J. Palacio and The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf). In addition, when the movies come out in the theater, you will be expected to see them as a class. The first class meeting will be spent critically discussing the books and developing lesson ideas for the books. After seeing the movie, we will discuss the movie and then create lessons that can be used for both the book and the movie. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have lesson plans ready for various “read the book, see the movie” activities, including book clubs, literacy lesson plans and more. Strategies learned in this course can be transferred to many other book/movie combinations.

76. Recent Children's Literature Winners (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-8

Dates: 7/30/2018 to 8/1/2018

This course is geared towards any classroom teacher interested in learning more about recent children's literature and how to incorporate new books into their current lessons and/or units. Participants will be expected to read the award winners and will be provided with the reading list before class begins so they can begin reading as soon as possible. Books will range from picture books to novels, and will include both fiction and non-fiction, with an emphasis on awards that celebrate diversity. By the end of the course, teachers will be able to incorporate award winning, diverse literature into their classrooms lesson plan. Registrants will receive the list of books before the start of the class.