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1. Digitizing Lesson Content and Delivery Using the Google Education Suite

Audience: Teachers of All subjects and all grade levels.

Dates: 4/23/2019 to 5/21/2019

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This course is FREE to consortium members and will position teachers to take advantage of G Suite applications and other third-party apps to create original digital content that is engaging and fun, and/or be able to embed and use other resources in lesson planning. By the end of the course teachers will be able to: Upload and download from Google Suite Create editable documents for students Create editable pdf documents Create dynamic Google Slide presentations Create self-grading Google Form online quizzes Seamlessly embed links to videos, animations, and games. Write mathematics and scientific equations. Organize Google Drive Use Google for Data-driven instruction Create real-time formative and summative assessments Use the entire Google Suite comfortably and effectively Search the marketplace for Google Suite compatible apps and resources Develop creative and dynamic lesson plans Convert old lesson plans into digital versions (requires third-party app purchase and scanning documents) Take advantage of online resources to deliver standard-appropriate lessons and activities. Incorporate activities into lesson plans and lesson units. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

2. Film Club on 4/26/19 at NANUET LIBRARY

Location: Nanuet Library (nanuet, NY) [map]

Dates: 4/26/2019

Join us to view and discuss the film "Breathless" at 10:00 at the Nanuet Library. Our facilitator, Mimi Rasiel, will lead us in stimulating discussions before and after the film. Please join us for the fun!

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

Dates: 4/29/2019 to 5/29/2019

Location: Online Onlu

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

4. Elementary Math PLC

Location: Richard P. Connor Elementary School (Richard P. Connor ES, )

Audience: Elementary Math Teachers

Dates: 4/30/2019

The Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators in the region offering them a place to meet, explore content and current trends in K-5 mathematics, discuss best practices and celebrate success stories. Sessions will focus on the commonality of math instruction from grades K-5 with an emphasis on using visual models, common vocabulary, hands-on activities and new technology to support learning. This collaborative effort will provide avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The Elementary Math PLC is hosted by R.P. Connor Elementary School, Suffern Central School District. Individual sessions may be located at alternate sites allowing greater participation and regional involvement. This training is part of the Elementary Math PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. This training is part of the Elementary Math PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. PLC Dates:10/30/18 (Montgomery ES), 11/27/18 (Valley Cottage ES), 1/29/19 (R. P. Connor ES) 2/26/19 (R. P. Connor ES), 3/26/19 (R. P. Connor ES) Snow date: 4/30/19 RP Connor ES (for 1/29/19).

5. Online: Practical Resources to Enhance Your Curriculum (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 5/1/2019 to 6/5/2019

Location: Online

Enhancing technology is mandatory in today's classroom since it provides your students with the rigor and skills they need to be successful in college and in their careers. We will explore various websites that will help you plan your math lessons, motivate your students and integrate science and language arts projects across the curriculum. Sites will be selected based on your grade level and content areas. At the end of this course, you will have a composite of sites that will simplify the time spent planning lessons, will keep students engaged, and will help keep parents informed. We will examine sites such as GoNoodle, Figment, Remind, Storyboarding, Discovery and explore Teacher's First resources. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

6. Shen Yun Dance Company

Location: New Jersey Performing Arts center (Newark, NJ) [map]

Dates: 5/2/2019

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Let Shen Yun take you on an unforgettable feast for the eyes and ears. Shen Yun's unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multidimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity's greatest treasures. The epic production features amazing choreography, costumes and orchestra. Thursday, May 2nd at 2 pm at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. 2nd tier center tickets are $110. Registration must be complete by December 18th.

7. Utilizing Drones in Education

Audience: All

Dates: 5/2/2019 to 5/9/2019

Location: Building 10 PDC

Drones are quickly becoming part of everyday life. This professional development opportunity will provide participants with the opportunity to get an understanding of how drones can and are being used in education. The ethics, laws, and uses of drones will be discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to get hands-on experience flying a drone with the support and supervision of the instructor. This is a two-day course with the first day focused on the laws, ethics, basics of flight, and how drones can be used in education. Day two will focus on developing curricular integration and additional flying opportunities.

8. Advanced Strategies for Mah Jongg

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

Dates: 5/3/2019

This session is for people who know the game but seek to advance their skills. Learn new strategies from a seasoned instructor and hone in on advanced moves. Come join us and improve your game while having fun. All sessions will be held at Haverstraw Town Hall. Fee is $25/35 nonmember. Friday dates from 9:30-11:30 are as follows: May 3, May 10, May 31 & June 7. Please register by April 8th.

9. My Son, the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy at Bickford Theater

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

Dates: 5/5/2019

Brad Zimmerman combines years of trainging as an actor with years of standup comedy, to create this hybrid play that weaves a bittersweet tale of one man's struggle in NY. He sends-up on his family, his career, his childhood and his misbegotten love life are aw warm as poignant as they are hysterical. Sunday, May 5th at 2 pm at the intimate Bickford Theater at the Morris Museum. Please sign up by March 30th. $41/46 nonmember.
This course will assist educators in getting started with the Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards, and aligning their materials and lessons to these new and improved requirements. As we transition into another governing set of learning standards, it is essential to unpack and familiarize ourselves with Next Generation Learning Standards. While it can be frustrating to align our classrooms ti yet another set of standards, it is essential to realize that these standards are aiming to better support educators in their instructional practice and provide us with the tolls for preparing our students for the 21st Century. Each educator will have the opportunity to create student resources, collaborate with their peers, and exchange ideas and best practices. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

11. Online: Morphing into Vocabulary: A look at infusing Morphology into the classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Classroom teachers in grades 2 and higher, ENL teachers, ELA teachers, Reading Specialists

Dates: 5/6/2019 to 6/10/2019

Location: Online Only

"Students who understand how words are formed by combining prefixes, suffixes, and roots tend to have larger vocabularies and better reading comprehension than peers without such knowledge and skills"ļæ½½ (Prince, 2009). In this online course, teachers will explore the value of teaching students morphology in the classroom. Participants will uncover prefixes, suffixes and roots and their interdisciplinary role in effective teaching to increase academic vocabulary. Teachers will develop student-friendly strategies for predicting word meaning through morphology as well as create a motivational activity to help students make the connection between morphology and language. Participants will create lessons that align with the Common Core Learning Standards, motivating activities and a content-specific root database. Through sharing ideas, strategies and activities with each other, a distinct understanding of the long-term value that this can have on vocabulary development will be clear. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

12. National Board Certification Awareness Session

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

Audience: Teachers, union leaders and administrators

Dates: 5/6/2019

Teachers, union leaders and administrators are invited to learn more about National Board Certification. Learn about the process, funding incentives, and the timeline to become a National Board Certified teacher.The National Board process is aligned with NYS Teaching standards and APPR. Teachers, who achieve National Board Certification, have met high standards through study, expert evaluation, self-assessment, and peer review. Join us for this grant- funded informative session sponsored by the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network.

13. Mental Health Education Law

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

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

Dates: 5/8/2019

Location: Building 10 PDC

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

14. Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore @ Fair Lawn Community Center

Location: Fair Lawn Community Center (Fair Lawn, NJ) [map]

Dates: 5/10/2019

Join us at this state-of-the-art intimate theater as we enjoy this well liked operetta. H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and a libretto by W. S. Gilbert. ... The captain discovers this plan, but, as in many of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, a surprise disclosure changes things dramatically near the end of the story. Prior to the performance, You will be getting a booklet of lyrics to help enhance your experience. Friday, May 10 at 7:30 at Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th St., Fair Lawn, NJ. Registration must be completed by Friday, march 1st. Tickets are $28.

15. RTC Community Program: Mental Health & Wellness 101

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

Dates: 5/13/2019

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

Increase basic knowledge of mental health to help reduce stigma.

Understand Mental Health as a continuum of wellness that defines us every day ļæ½½½½½½ it is illness, recovery and all of the space in between.

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

16. Book Club 5/15/19 AT Haverstraw Town Hall

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

Dates: 5/15/2019

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This month's selection is Bridge Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding. Our facilitator, Candace Robinson, will lead us in a lively and interesting discussion. Join us on Wednesday, May 15th at 10:30 at the Haverstraw Town Hall. Call 845.553.9516 or email bberkowitz@rockteach.org to confirm date and place. This is a book/film combo. We will watch the film on Friday, May 17th. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS BOOK CLUB.

17. Empowering the Educator with Energy: An Introduction to Stress, Energy, and Empowering the Growth Mindset

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, ) - Room 105

Dates: 5/15/2019

Location: Room 105

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Experience for yourself how energy fuels learning with less effort and better results. Gain an innovative perspective on how energy factors into you and your student's success, failure, and resilience.

18. Gender Identity

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

Audience: All

Dates: 5/15/2019

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

The Rockland County Pride Center will present on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer identity. This will be an introductory discussion on gender identity/expression and sexual orientation. Participants will have opportunity for open discussion and Q&A. This training is sponsored by Rockland Teachers' Center in conjunction with the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

19. Anniversary Fashion Show Luncheon

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

Dates: 5/16/2019

Join us as we celebrate our 15th 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 by Chico's and Lord & Taylor, 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. Thursday, May 16 at 12:00 pm. $51/61 nonmember
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. 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. *Final projects and reflections submitted online on June 27, 2019. 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.

21. Film Club on 5/17/19 at NANUET LIBRARY

Location: Nanuet Library (nanuet, NY) [map]

Dates: 5/17/2019

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Join us to view and discuss the film "Bridge Jones's Diary" at 10:00 at the Nanuet Library. Our facilitator, Mimi Rasiel, will lead us in stimulating discussions before and after the film. Please join us for the fun! This is a film/book combo. The booK club will meet on 5/15 to discuss the book. PLEASE SIGN UP ONLINE FOR THIS EVENT.

22. "Art" at Penguin Playhouse

Location: Penguin Playhouse (Stony Point, Ne)

Dates: 5/17/2019

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and three long-time friends come to laughs - and blows - over the value of an expensive painting. A wickedly witty portrait of modern art that asks how much truth and honesty can a friendship endure. By the author of GOD OF CARNAGE. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. Friday, May 17th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $33. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 17.

23. Online: Ed Puzzle and the ENL Classroom

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 5/20/2019 to 5/23/2019

Location: Online only

EdPuzzle is the perfect online tool for allowing students to watch and engage with videos while the teacher gathers data throughout the lesson. This tool can greatly assist in the ENL classroom and foster the flipped classroom philosophy. 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.

24. Utilizing Amazon Echo in the Classroom (Having an Echo is Not required for this course)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 5/20/2019 to 5/23/2019

Location: Online Only

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What could you do with an Amazon Alexa is you had one? A TON! During this course, participants will learn how to utilize the Amazon Echo in the classroom. Owning an Echo is not required for this class and participants will still gain complete knowledge of how to incorporate it and have time to resources resources that best match the needs of students. 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.

25. Flaminco and Lunch at Caramoor

Location: Caramoor Center for Music and Art (Katonah, NY) [map]

Dates: 5/22/2019

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Be transported for a day amid Caramoor's majestic architecture and sprawling grounds with the characteristic dance and song of Spain, bursting with passion, color and rhythm. The concert will be followed by a tour of the extensively remodeled Mediterranean-style Rosen House and its collection of fine and decorative art. Following the tour, enjoy a buffet lunch inspired by Spanish cuisine. Save time afterward to explore the lush and expansive gardens. Wednesday, May 22 at 11:00. Tickets for the tour, concert and lunch are $61. You must register by Wednesday, May 1st. Caramoor, 149 Girdle Rd., Katonah, NY.

26. EED 565-95/Content Area Literacy Grades 1 to 6

Location: Willow Grove Elementary School (Thiells, NY)

Dates: 5/22/2019 to 6/17/2019

Explores the theories, methods, and materials necessary for successful integration of all language arts with content area subject matter for the B-6 learner in a clinically-rich format. This hybrid course will run until June 26, 20919 and will be held off campus in North Rockland Area with registration through Rockland Teachers Center. Register directly through MyLearningPlan at the rockteach.org website or contact Joleen Murray at Rockland Teachers Center for registration and payment. Call 845-553-9517 or e-mail jmurray@rockteach.org.

27. Membership Meeting on 5/23 at Haverstraw Town Hall

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

Dates: 5/23/2019

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Join us and learn what's new at the Center. Learn about new programs and connect with friends. Join us on Thursday, May 23rd at 10:00 at Haverstraw Town Hall, 1 Rosman Rd. Garnerville, NY 10923. Our speaker will be Dr. Caminez who will present on the topic of balance and strength. Please bring one nonperishable food item to the meeting. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS MEETING.

28. EED 512-95/Children's and Young Adult Literature

Location: Willow Grove Elementary School (Thiells, NY)

Dates: 5/23/2019 to 6/17/2019

Available reading materials in the light of children's interest and capabilities; contribution of literature to child growth. Concentration may be made on particular grade levels. It is suggested that students in the reading specialization cover grade levels K-Middle School. This hybrid course will run until June 26, 20919 and will be held off campus in North Rockland Area with registration through Rockland Teachers Center. Register directly through MyLearningPlan at the rockteach.org website or contact Joleen Murray at Rockland Teachers Center for registration and payment. Call 845-553-9517 or e-mail jmurray@rockteach.org.

29. Experience of a Lifetime on Bannerman Island

Location: Beacon Institute Dock (Beacon, NY)

Dates: 5/25/2019

Start your adventure with a 30-minute boat ride aboard the Estuary Steward from Beacon to visit Pollepel Island, a tiny jewel in the setting of the Hudson Highlands. Your captain will present a narration of the sights along the river. We’ll take a guided 1.5 hour walking tour of the island in which we’ll visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins and gardens. The rich history of Bannerman Castle and the beautiful scenery of this place will provide a wonderfully enriching day for us. Following the tour, enjoy a relaxing cruise back to Beacon. Portable toilets are available on the island. Please wear comfortable shoes as there is some rough terrain on the walking tour portion of the experience. There is a 72-step climb from the dock to the start of the tour (there is a rest stop along the way). You are welcome to bring food aboard the boat only. We will meet at Beacon Institute Floating Dock. Directions will be provided at a later date. Saturday, May 25th. Fee of $38 includes round trip boat trip and guided island tour. Please be at the boat dock by 10:45. Boat will leave promptly at 11:00. Trip runs rain or shine. Deadline for registration is March 25th.

30. EDU 5393.01/Foundations of Special Education-Online

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 5/28/2019 to 6/28/2019

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This online course is designed to provide an overview of the field of special education. The objectives are to make the teacher-candidate more aware of federal and state special education laws which provide for the identification of individuals with disabilities, the process of determining entitlements to special education services, and the models of teaching that provide for educating the child in the least restrictive environment (LRE) under the umbrella of IDEA and NCLB. The importance of inclusive education and the use of Response to Intervention (RtI) are also addressed. The course provides an overview of theories, diagnostic procedures, and remedial teaching strategies which address students with the broad spectrum of ELNs including: learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, other health impaired, and low incidence disabilities (deaf/hearing impaired, blind/visually impaired). In addition, the course will address the special needs of ELLs and students from different cultural milieus in accessing the school curriculum. Further, teacher candidates learn about effective practices for planning and designing co-teaching and collaboration with peers, individualizing instruction, and applying interventions to address student and classroom management needs. Fifteen hours of field experience in diverse settings is an integral component of the course in order to assist the course participant in linking the classroom didactic with life experiences in the schools and agencies providing education and intervention. If you would like to take this course as a non-matriculated student, please email jmurray@rockteach.org before your register for more infomation. Additional college tuition and fees will be incurred.

31. Online: Read and Write to Support Language Learning

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 5/28/2019 to 5/31/2019

Location: Online Only

Read&Write offers a range of powerful support tools to help students gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including text-speech, picture dictionaries, speech-to text, word prediction and more! A perfect match for the ENL Classroom. 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

32. Resources to Support ELLs Over the Summer Break

Audience: Teachers in K-12

Dates: 5/28/2019 to 5/31/2019

Location: Online Only

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All students benefit from reading and learning over the summer break. However, this is essential to ELLs to help prevent them from losing too much ground over the summer. During this course, participants will explore resources that can be given to students and families to keep their students from this learning loss. they can enter the school year 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.

33. EDU 5612.01/Assessment & Intervention Literacy Instruction Grades 1-6

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

Dates: 5/28/2019 to 6/25/2019

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Examine the most current theory and practice in assessment of reading, language development and literacy. Consider case studies and actual test materials and learn how to evaluate assessment technique effectively and efficiently in relationship to meeting the needs of the children and the curriculum. Prerequisite: EDU 5396 Theoretical Foundations of Literacy or EDU 5402 or 06. Field Experience Required of seven hours. 3 credits in Special Ed and/or Literacy. Required Texts Beers, K. (2003). When kids can't read: What teachers can do. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. Gunning, T. G. (2013). Assessing and correcting reading and writing difficulties (5th edition). Boston: Allyn and Bacon. Leslie, L. & Caldwell, J. (2010). Qualitative reading inventory, 5th Ed. New York: Addison, Wesley Longman. http://www.awl.com/leslie, Shaywitz, S. (2005). Overcoming dyslexia: A new and complete science-based program for reading problems at any level. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. If you would like to take this course as a non-matriculated student, please email jmurray@rockteach.org before your register for more infomation. Additional college tuition and fees will be incurred.

34. EDU 5013.01/Math for the Learning Disabled Student

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

Dates: 5/29/2019 to 6/26/2019

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Examine the most current theory and practice in assessment of reading, language development and literacy. Consider case studies and actual test materials and learn how to evaluate assessment technique effectively and efficiently in relationship to meeting the needs of the children and the curriculum. Prerequisite: EDU 5396 Theoretical Foundations of Literacy or EDU 5402 or 06. Field Experience Required of seven hours. 3 credits in Special Ed and/or Literacy. Required Texts Beers, K. (2003). When kids can't read: What teachers can do. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. Gunning, T. G. (2013). Assessing and correcting reading and writing difficulties (5th edition). Boston: Allyn and Bacon. Leslie, L. & Caldwell, J. (2010). Qualitative reading inventory, 5th Ed. New York: Addison, Wesley Longman. http://www.awl.com/leslie, Shaywitz, S. (2005). Overcoming dyslexia: A new and complete science-based program for reading problems at any level. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. If you would like to take this course as a non-matriculated student, please email jmurray@rockteach.org before your register for more infomation. Additional college tuition and fees will be incurred.

35. EDU 5107.02/Math Methods for Childhood Education

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

Dates: 5/29/2019 to 6/26/2019

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This course is designed to introduce teacher candidates to the content and current methods of teaching mathematics in elementary schools. It examines key concepts, strategies, and skills in the elementary school mathematics curriculum. Topics include theory, content included in the elementary mathematics curriculum (number sense, estimation and mental computation, place value, development of algorithms, algebraic reasoning, fractions, decimals, ratios, percents, probability, data analysis, geometry, and measurement), planning instruction, assessment, and the use of technology in the classroom. The course is also situated in a wider context by addressing state and national standards in elementary school mathematics. Interactive lectures, discussion, group work and presentations, inquiry-based methods, and field experiences are used to explore and master course objectives. This course requires 8 hours of fieldwork. Required text: "Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally"¯ (8th ed.), by Van de Walle, J. A., Karp, K. S., & Bay-Williams, J. M., (2013), Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.; and "Field Experience Guide for Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally (4th ed.), by Bay-Williams, J. M. (2013). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. If you would like to take this course as a non-matriculated student, please email jmurray@rockteach.org before your register for more infomation. Additional college tuition and fees will be incurred.

36. EDU 5393.02/Foundations of Special Education

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

Dates: 5/30/2019 to 8/1/2019

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This course is designed to provide an overview of the field of special education. The objectives are to make the student more aware of the theories, diagnostic procedures and teaching strategies that are important in the areas of learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, physical handicaps and multiple handicaps. This course will examine the evaluation procedures and educational alternatives within the context of I.D.E.A. and the practical realities within schools. This course requires 12 hours of fieldwork. Required text: "Exceptional Students: Preparing Teachers for the 21st century"¯, by Taylor, R. L., Smiley, L. R. & Richards, S. B. (2009). Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. If you would like to take this course as a non-matriculated student, please email jmurray@rockteach.org before your register for more infomation. Additional college tuition and fees will be incurred.

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

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

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 6/1/2019

Location: Room 136

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

38. Online: TPR and ENL

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/3/2019 to 6/6/2019

Location: Online Only

Total physical response (TPR) is a language teaching method based on the coordination of language and physical movement. In TPR, instructors give commands to students in the target language with body movements, and students respond with whole-body actions. A perfect fit for English language learning. 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.

39. Online: Using Google Drawings to Enhance English Learning

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/3/2019 to 6/6/2019

Location: Online Only

Google Drawings is a powerful and very versatile tool for students creation and learning. This tool that allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, mind maps, concept maps, and other diagrams. Participants will learning the various ways to use and incorporate this into teaching and learning. 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.

40. 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: 6/3/2019

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. Programs to be showcased: TBA

41. CEGE 546-R01/Improving Student Learning through Engagement

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

Dates: 6/6/2019 to 7/25/2019

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. Readings 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 connection between hard work and success in school and life. *Final projects and reflections submitted online on July 25, 2019. 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.

42. CEGE 552-R01/Hidden Resources for Educators

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

Dates: 6/6/2019 to 7/25/2019

During this course, you will explore numerous resources available to all educators and support staff. You will learn how to use these resource sites to enhance your curriculum, manage classroom time and engage students using a wide variety of ideas and materials. You will also learn techniques for assessment in the classroom. These resources will appeal to diverse learning styles and help generate interest, attention and motivation for your students.? These tools will appeal to diverse learning styles and generate interest, attention and motivation for students in this "digital age."¯ *Final projects and reflections due on July 25, 2019. 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.

43. Online: Building Bridges Through Student Storytelling

Audience: K - 12 Educators

Dates: 6/10/2019 to 6/13/2019

Location: Online Only

A wonderful way to build bridges with newcomer students is by having the students share their story. Participants in this course will learn tasks and tools that help students create ways to tell their story and begin to build connections in the classroom. 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.

44. Online: Easy Online Resources to Support ELLs

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/10/2019 to 6/13/2019

Location: Online Only

Looking for easy and valuable online resources for ELLs? In this course, participants will explore various online tools to assist ELLs in learning. Tools will include resources such as LIteracy Center, International Children's Books. StarFall and more! 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.

45. Eco Cruise down the Hackensack River

Location: Hackensack Riverkeeper (Seacaucus, NJ) [map]

Dates: 6/11/2019

Take a trip on an excursion through the lower reaches of the Hackensack River and its wildlife-rich estuary, the Meadowlands. Visit numerous wetlands including the Mill Creek Marsh, home to a staggering amount of wildlife including shorebirds, waterfowl, herons, raptors and muskrats. Directions will follow. Tuesday, June 11th at 10:00. Fee is $35. This tour is limited to 12 people. Deadline for registration is May 16th.

46. Book Club 6/12//19 AT Haverstraw Town Hall

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

Dates: 6/12/2019

New
This month's selection is The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton. Our facilitator, Candace Robinson, will lead us in a lively and interesting discussion. Join us on Wednesday, June 12th at 10:30 at the Haverstraw Town Hall. Call 845.553.9516 or email bberkowitz@rockteach.org to confirm date and place. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE FOR THIS BOOK CLUB.

47. Train the Facilitators - The Accomplished Teaching Series

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/15/2019 to 6/22/2019

Location: Riverfront Library - Conference Room B

This 2 day professional learning opportunity (sponsored by the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network) will provide participants with the tools to engage educators in the systematic study of accomplished teaching and improvement of instructional practice. This program is designed to train facilitators' on the research based materials utilized in the Accomplished Teaching Series including The National Board certificate area standards and The 5 Core Propositions and Architecture of Accomplished Teaching This training will provide:

• Rich, deep, collaborative conversations

• Resources to foster the professional exploration of a common language around accomplished practice

• The exploration of high quality materials that can be tailored to meet any contextual need NOTE: Please bring a bagged lunch (PARKING IS AVAILABLE ON THE STREET (REQUIRES QUARTERS) AND ALSO AT THE BUENA VISTA PARKING GARAGE LOCATED AT THE BUENA VISTA PARKING GARAGE LOCATED AT 20 BUENA VISTA AVE, YONKERS, NY 10701

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

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

Dates: 6/17/2019 to 7/17/2019

Location: Online Only

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

49. Online: Gifted ELLs

Audience: K - 12 Educators

Dates: 6/17/2019 to 6/20/2019

Location: Online Only

During this online course experience, participants will learn how to identify and work with gifted and talented ELLs. They will explore resources to assist these students in learning and resources to enhance teaching. 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.

50. Online: Tackling Current Events in the ENL Classroom

Audience: K - 12 Educators

Dates: 6/17/2019 to 6/20/2019

Current events is a tough subject to tackle with ENL students. Participants in this course will learn tactics for teaching current events and building connections with students. Various online tools and strategies will be explore. 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.

51. Membership Meeting on 6/18 at Haverstraw Town Hall

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

Dates: 6/18/2019

New
Join us and learn what's new at the Center. Learn about new programs and connect with friends. Join us on Tuesday, June 18th at 10:00 at Haverstraw Town Hall, 1 Rosman Rd. Garnerville, NY 10923. Our speaker will be Dr. Alex levy who will present about the moral courage of Catholic resistance against the Nazis during WWII. Please invite family and friends to this presentation. Please bring one nonperishable food item to the meeting. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS MEETING.

52. Manon @ American Ballet Theater

Location: Metropolitan Opera House (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 6/19/2019

From the ornate salons of Paris to the mysterious wilds of colonial Louisiana, Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic masterwork weaves an affecting tale of romance, desire and treachery. Set to Massenet’s lush score and inspired by the classic novel Manon Lescaut, this engrossing ballet soars to theatrical heights as the beautiful maiden Manon must choose between the temptations of wealth and the promise of true love. Wednesday, June 19 at 2:00 PM at Metropolitan Opera House. Premium orchestra center tickets are $110/120 nonmember. Deadline for registrations is January 3rd.

53. "Tootsie" on Broadway

Location: Marriott Marquis Theater (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 6/26/2019

Wait List
The musical adaptation of Tootsie, featuring a score by The Band's Visit Tony winner David Yazbek and a book by Robert Horn, is heading to Broadway. With anļæ½Art Deco cityscape backdrop, it take us from a park bench to the subway to Michael's apartment to a 42nd Street rehearsal room to a restaurant to a nightclub to the theater. Leading the cast is Tony nominee Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey, a struggling actor who lands a job under the female persona of Dorothy Michaels. Wednesday, June 26th at 2:00 pm. Front mezz tickets are $139. Marriott Marquis Theater, 1535 Broadway. Registration must be completed by April 1st.

54. Online: Curriculum Mapping for Teachers - Using Online Mapping Tools to Plan Instruction

Audience: Grades K-12

Dates: 6/27/2019 to 8/8/2019

Location: Online

“Curriculum Mapping for Teachers” is a 15 hour online course for those who want to design thematic teaching units that will spark the interest of all students. Participants will explore the key components of mapping and design their own curriculum maps. With frequent collaboration and feedback from colleagues, participants will know what works, and what needs work, before ever meeting their students. This course uses Atlas Rubicon for course mapping.
This fun and engaging 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.
The research-based strategies and skills utilized in this online course will enable teachers to help students build effective relationships, and work through life's challenges in constructive and ethical ways. Through these efforts teachers will be able to will enhance school climate, make a difference in the lives of their students, change the fabric of their classroom communities and impact systemic change in their districts. 15 hours, CTLE, inservice,or professional learning. Social Work CEUs available through Rockland BOCES for $25 Fee.

57. Train the Facilitators: The Accomplished Teaching Series

Audience: All educators, administrators and school staff

Dates: 6/27/2019 to 6/28/2019

Location: Valley Cottage Elementary

This 2 day professional learning opportunity (sponsored by the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network) will provide participants with the tools to engage educators in the systematic study of accomplished teaching and improvement of instructional practice. This program is designed to train facilitators' on the research based materials utilized in the Accomplished Teaching Series including The National Board certificate area standards and The 5 Core Propositions and Architecture of Accomplished Teaching This training will provide:





• Rich, deep, collaborative conversations





• Resources to foster the professional exploration of a common language around accomplished practice





• The exploration of high quality materials that can be tailored to meet any contextual need NOTE: Please bring a bagged lunch

58. Lower East Side Art Walk

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

Dates: 6/27/2019

New
Join us as we visit several galleries with art critique Merrily. The Lower East Side is the city's fastest growing gallery neighborhood. Smaller spaces, a more experimental agenda and a lower price point define the hundred plus galleries on the Lower East Side. Known as an incubator for avant-garde talent, this is the place to be as more and more ambitious galleries move here. Thursday, June 27 at 11:00. Fee is $43. Meeting place TBD. Please register by May 15th.

59. EDU 5085.02/Instructional Strategies for Special Education

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

Dates: 7/1/2019 to 7/31/2019

New
This course will provide an overview of the characteristics in a general education classroom. It will 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. Course requires 12 hours observations. The required text is: "The Inclusive Classroom-The Loose-Leaf Version"¯, 5th edition, by Mastropieri & Shruggs. If you would like to take this course as a non-matriculated student, please email jmurray@rockteach.org before your register for more infomation. Additional college tuition and fees will be incurred.

60. EDU 5367.01/Methods for Teaching Literacy

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

Dates: 7/1/2019 to 7/31/2019

New
This course provides students with a research-based introduction to literacy teaching and learning for children in grades K-2. This course, the first in a pair of literacy methods courses, introduces students to the theories, approaches, and methodology of teaching reading and writing in the elementary classroom, with an emphasis placed on reading instruction in the early elementary grades (K-2). A major goal of this course is to help students develop an informed, integrated, and balanced approach to the planning and instruction of reading and the language arts. What is literacy? How is literacy acquired and learned? How is literacy learning best scaffolded? These questions will be part of our ongoing inquiry throughout the semester as we center the experiences of individual children as literacy learners. Drawing upon Vygotsky's sociocultural theories of activity and learning, we will seesaw between theory and practice while learning the importance of elementary educators weaving the two together. Though the full-time classroom teacher rarely has an opportunity to focus entirely on one child, the successful practitioner is grounded in theory and tuned in to the strengths and goals of each young learner. In this course, educators will tend closely to one literacy learner in an effort to build a repertoire of practices that routinely place the details of a child's language, life, and learning at the center of instructional decision-making. Required Texts: "Reading for Real: Teach Students to Read with Power, Intention, and Joy in the K-3 Classrooms"¯, Collins, K. (2008), Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers; "Phonics They Use: Words for Reading and Writing"¯, Cunningham, P. (2012), New York, Pearson Publishing; "Reading with Meaning"¯, Miller, D. (2012). Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers. If you would like to take this course as a non-matriculated student, please email jmurray@rockteach.org before your register for more infomation. Additional college tuition and fees will be incurred.

61. EDU 5565.01/Special Education Content Strategies for Grades 7-12

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

Dates: 7/1/2019 to 7/31/2019

New
This course will provide the candidate with instruction in teaching skills pertinent to each of the secondary content areas; specifically, social studies, English language arts, the sciences, and mathematics. Further, candidates will learn about theory and practice as they relate to teaching students with exceptional learning needs (ELN) and English Language Learners (ELL). In addition to learning pedagogical approaches for teaching students with ELN the fundamental skills of reading, written expression, and mathematics, candidates will gain knowledge of social skills development, behavior management, executive function and the design and implementation of alternative assessments. 12 Hours of Field Experience Required. Prerequisite: EDU 5077: The Adolescent with Learning and Behavior Problems. If you would like to take this course as a non-matriculated student, please email jmurray@rockteach.org before your register for more infomation. Additional college tuition and fees will be incurred.

62. EDU 5032.01/Collaboration and Consultation in Inclusive Settings

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

Dates: 7/2/2019 to 8/1/2019

New
This on campus course will run as a hybrid with additional meetings and coursework done online. The course will examine the need for collaboration between teachers of children with both typical and special education needs. Students will become knowledgeable of state and federal laws which establish special education services (NCLB) as well as accommodations for those individuals who require instructional modifications and do not clearly fit into one of the IDEA classifications (section 504). They will become familiar with the characteristics of the major disability areas identified by law and the modifications of instruction and classroom setting necessary to meet the individual's needs. This will include those practices for planning and designing co-teaching and collaboration which have been shown to be effective in the collaborative setting. Classroom management needs and individualization of instruction of children in the inclusive setting will be addressed with emphasis placed upon the importance of using positive behavioral supports. If you would like to take this graduate course and are not a matriculated Manhattanville student, please contact Joleen Murray at 845-499-0851 before registering. Please follow the dates on webadvisor for this course. Additional college tuition and fees will be incurred.

63. CEGE 530-R01/Snapshots into Learning

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

Dates: 7/2/2019 to 7/30/2019

Photo Journaling is being used as a powerful classroom tool to help students connect with all academic subjects. They are used to tell stories, document lives and chronicle events. This hands-on project teaches students how to organize information resulting in better retention of important curriculum-based information. This method encourages students to work at their own pace and enhance individual learning styles and strengths. Using Bloom's Taxonomy, students will use higher order thinking skills and critical thinking skills to create meaningful projects to help students take what they learn and present information in a way that their classmates will understand. *Final projects and reflections due on August 22, 2019. 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.

64. Online: Students at the Center of Learning (Offered by the Westchester TC Institut

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/5/2019 to 8/5/2019

Location: Online Only

Twenty first century learners must know how to be critical thinkers. We will examine ways to refocus our teaching so students can become more active learners. In turn, we can become more effective facilitators: empowering our students to find their voices and demonstrating their understanding and knowledge of the subject at hand. We will examine our current teaching styles and reflect on ways to start making changes. We will also look at our assessment tools (e.g. Flubberoo) which have some flaws, making it hard to gain information on critical thinking. Instead we will create meaningful assessments that will effectively measure student learning. At the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of the components of a student-centered classroom and the tools you need to put it into practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

65. Online: Look Who's Talking: Accountable Talk in Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Grades K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 8/5/2019

Location: Online Only

This course is FREE to consortium members and is designed for teachers in every setting from Grades K-12. Look Who's Talking is an introduction to Accountable Talk. Accountable Talk refers to the ways that teachers skillfully encourage their students to think deeply, articulate their reasoning, and listen with purpose. Talking with others about ideas and work is fundamental to learning and is an essential skill in the Common Core Learning Standards for every grade. But not all talk sustains learning. For classroom talk to promote learning it must be accountable--to the learning community, to accurate and appropriate knowledge, and to rigorous thinking. Accountable talk uses evidence appropriate to the discipline (e.g., proofs in mathematics, data from investigations in science, textual details in literature, documentary sources in history) and follows established norms of good reasoning. At the end of this course, teachers will be able to incorporate Accountable Talk strategies into the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

66. EDU 5017.01/Foundations of Early Childhood

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

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 7/12/2019

New
This is an on campus couse. An introduction to the historical, philosophical, and cultural roots of early childhood education including traditional, current and innovative models for early childhood programs. Field experience required. This course is for matriculated students only. Non-matriculated students that wish to take on campus can seek permission. Contact Joleen Murray at jmurray@rockteach.org or call 845-553-9517 for more info. Additional college tuition will be incurred for graduate credits. Please follow dates listed in webadvisor, not mylearningplan.

67. Online Genius Hour (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Middle/High School Teachers any subject area

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 8/5/2019

What if students were given the time, resources and structure to bring their passions to life? What if these passions drove project-based learning inside the classroom? How would this work? Genius Hour provides teachers the framework to create a student-driven culture that allows learners to explore what they care about and what matters most to them. The result: a thirteen-year-old writes and publishes a short story in which she mimics the style of JK Rowling; a group of 8th graders start a campaign to create Valentine’s day cards for children with cancer; a technology-addict spends one week tech-free and blogs about it. When Genius Hour comes alive in the classroom, teachers carve out “an hour” to provide students the opportunity to explore topics that excite and inspire them. Students create inquiry-based research questions that lead to student-motivated projects that are meaningful and shared with authentic audiences. Through this course, teachers will understand what Genius Hour is, why it matters and how to incorporate it into the walls of their classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

68. Online: Brain Based Learning and Student Engagement (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 8/8/2019

Location: Online

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 lists 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.

69. Online: Curiosity-Driven Writing (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers for Grades 7-12, ELA

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 8/5/2019

Location: Online Only

During this online course, participants will learn strategies to help their students develop critical modes of inquiry, genuine motives, and complex arguments in their essay writing. This course is structured around developing not just writing skills, but the habits of mind that are fundamental to our students' success in college. Part of this course will involve developing a new vocabulary to talk about writing as a technology for thinking. The instructor will model curiosity-driven writing, breaking the writing/thinking process into a discussion of problem, argument, and idea. The writers we will read in this course practice the art of curiosity-driven writing. They ask genuine questions-questions that aren't easily answered with statistics or facts. As Richard E. Miller and Ann Jurecic write in Habits of the Creative Mind, "They make connections between their particular interests and something bigger, something outside the sphere of their individual concerns ...they use their writing to take risks as they venture into the unknown". At the conclusion of this course, teachers will have a working definition of what curiosity-driven writing is and what it will look like in their classroom. They will also have created lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Standards. While there is a suggested timeline for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. This course will require access to Google Drive. All readings will be available in our class share folder on Google Drive. All assignments will be uploaded as .doc or .pdfs to this folder as well. Students will have access to each other's assignments and will be required to reflect on and respond to their colleagues work. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

70. Hybrid: Teaching the Exceptional Child: An Introduction to Special Education

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 7/18/2019

Location: Lee F. Jackson School - Greenburgh

This hybrid 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. THIS HYBRID COURSE WILL MEET 4 TIMES IN PERSON AND ALSO INCLUDES ADDITIONAL ONLINE WORK. THIS CLASS ENDS ON JULY 19.

71. CEGE 569-R01/Social Problems and Education

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

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 7/31/2019

New
Social Problems and Education is a course designed to allow participants to engage in discussions and lectures in order to gain a deeper understanding of how the myriad of social problems impact education and society at large.  Schools, are in fact, microcosms of society. Inevitably, social ills such as crime/violence, drug/alcohol dependence, discrimination, poverty, warfare, disrupted families and physical/mental illnesses have on the nation, communities, families, and schools. Children across the country come to school every day, and in some way reflect the aforementioned social problems in their behavior and achievement. This class is meant to serve as an open forum to discuss and research the issues, as well as create a program that deals with the implications of social problems on us as educators.  The accompanying paper will reflect on the social problem, describe the current research, and outline a strategy to mitigate the impact on students and families. All opinions are welcomed and respected as participants bring a collective amount of life and educational life to the discussions. Group discussions, online research, and role playing will highlight lectured material, and give participants ideas for programs and/or initiatives designed to meet the needs of school districts, schools, and individual students. 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.

72. EDU 5452.01/Strategies for Teaching Young

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

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 8/1/2019

New
This on campus course will focus upon the application of theories of teaching and behavioral guidance to practice in the inclusive early childhood classroom. Students will be introduced to theoretical concepts and principles and shown how they may be integrated into the early childhood classroom by the use of specific methods and strategies, including techniques for addressing the needs of English-language learners and children from different cultural settings. Topics include classroom organization, planning, instructional methods, instructional materials, grouping for instruction, teaching style, child guidance , management techniques. Field experience required. If you plan to take this for graduate credit and are not a matriculated Manhattanville student, please contact Joleen Murray at 845-499-0851 before registering. Please follow the dates on webadvisor for this course. Additional college tuition and fees will be incurred.

73. Digital Tools to Differentiate Teaching

Audience: All Teachers

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 8/21/2019

Location: Online

No two students come to class with the same academic abilities, experiences, and needs. However, all students are expected to master the same concepts, principles, skills and standards. “Digital Tools to Differentiate Teaching” is 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.

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

Audience: All

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 8/21/2019

Location: Online only

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi. Participants will be provided with the opportunity for independent inquiry, learning in cooperation with others, and reflective practice. Participants will design a toolbox of research-based strategies and competencies that will utilize virtues as a springboard for program design. Additionally, these activities will enhance professional dialogue and effectively blend different, innovative, and practical strategies for program implementation. At the end of this course, participants will have the tools they need to help their students: develop a mindset using integrity and ethics as a framework for social, emotional and academic growth; navigate through life’s challenges in a positive and constructive manner by cultivating a passionate mindset that utilizes zest and optimism; and understand the importance and inter-relatedness of passion, patience, persistence and perseverance in developing a growth mind-set. These efforts will bring about systemic change and contribute to creating a resilient and compassionate school community.
This fun and engaging 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.

76. Enhance Student Learning through Yoga and Meditation Strategies

Audience: Teachers grades 5-12

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 7/11/2019

Location: Greenburgh CSD

Middle school and high school can be a very stressful time for both students and teachers. Students face a myriad of teenage issues, including how to balance challenging academic classes, college preparation, extra curricular activities, part time employment, bullying and a busy social life. As a result, many teenagers (and tweens) feel overwhelmed and become disorganized which can be stressful for them and their teachers. In this class, you will be provided with a number of powerful yoga and meditation tools that will help your students develop self awareness, compassion and confidence. The result will be students who can better manage these inevitable challenges and navigate their middle and high school years successfully and productively. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

77. Hybrid: Genre Study

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

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 7/17/2019

Location: Springhurst Elementary School

What makes a biography a biography? What makes a fantasy a fantasy? If you know the genre of a book and know the characteristics of that genre, you know what to expect when you begin to read it. As adults, we know how to use our background knowledge about genres, but how do we teach our students to do this? In this workshop, we will explore how to use an inquiry approach to explore different genres. This process allows for students to really interact and experience different text types as they think, talk and work with them in an analytic way. Using the information from Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books (2012) by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, participants will build their own expertise in understanding specific genres and their characteristics, understand an inquiry process that can be used with students to study the characteristics of any genre and learn how to help students apply their knowledge of genres in talking, reading and writing. *Outside class work (6 or 7 hours) per session may consist of watching videos and answering questions, and/or reading articles and commenting on them through a digital platform. Assignment will be posted prior to the commencement of the class. ALL FINAL ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE DUE BY FRIDAY, JULY 26. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

78. Theater Treasures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Location: Metropolitan Mueum of Art (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 7/9/2019

If you love theater, and you love art, then this tour, led by an expert in both theater and art history, is for you. See the Met Museum through a theatrical lens on this fascinating tour! You will learn about the links between theater and great works of art by Renoir, Degas, Picasso, and Seurat, to name a few. When you are through with the tour, your ticket gives you three-day access to all three Met Museums and a discount at the Met store. Tuesday, July 9th at 11:00 am. Fee of $45/55 nonmember covers entrance and guided tour. Please register by April 30th.

79. Come From Away on Broadway

Location: Schoenfeld Theatre (NY, NY)

Dates: 7/14/2019

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Come From Away is based on the true story of when the isolated community of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleep-over when 38 planes, carrying thousands of people from across the globe, were diverted to Gander's air strip on September 11, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the people of Gander cheered the stranded travelers with music, an open bar and the recognition that we're all part of a global family. Front mezz tickets are $139. Sunday, July 14 at 3 pm. Schoenfeld Theater, 236 W. 45th St. Deadline for registratioin is April 17th.

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

Audience: Specials Teachers and K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 8/12/2019

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 intelligences, and setting long and short term goals will be a focus for the lesson planning segment. The teacher/parent connection will be established as a support system for the student. Strategies such as cooperative learning, organizational skills, and graphic organizers will be shared and applied to various grade levels. We will read and discuss case studies, teacher testimonials and incorporate best practices into our lessons. Each teacher will leave this course with a classroom management plan that includes strategies for successful teaching and learning. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

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

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 7/19/2019

Location: Room TBD

This course is FREE to consortium members and 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. (July 16 and 18th students will have to complete a total of 6 hours of outside work) If you have a Laptop please bring it with you to class. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

82. Youth Mental Health First Aid

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

Audience: All

Dates: 7/16/2019

Location: Building 10

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is a 7.5 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. This training is co-sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Center.

83. Book Club 7/17/19 AT KING'S DAUGHTERS LIBRARY

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

Dates: 7/17/2019

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This month's selection is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Our facilitator, Candace Robinson, will lead us in a lively and interesting discussion. Join us on Wednesday, July 17th at 10:30 at the King's Daughters Library. Call 845.553.9516 or email bberkowitz@rockteach.org to confirm date and place. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE FOR THIS BOOK CLUB.

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

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

Dates: 7/22/2019 to 8/19/2019

Location: Online Only

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

85. Online: Improving Teacher Questioning Techniques (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 7/22/2019 to 8/19/2019

Location: online only

The fastest way to get our students thinking at a higher level is to question them at higher level. With higher and more exhaustive standards being placed on our students, we must use our ability to question students in a manner that improves their ability to think critically and problem solve. This course will prepare teachers to meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards and improve student learning outcomes. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

86. Online: Instructional Technology in the Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/22/2019 to 8/18/2019

Location: Online Only

In this course we will take a look at what is happening in the 21st century classrooms. Steam centers are in full effect and being created all around us. What is a steam center and how can you create one in your classroom? Dash and Dot have made their debut in many classrooms. How are they being used to teach coding and what programs are being used by students. An Hour of Code has expanded their website and included a plethora of new tools and lesson plans for all levels of learners. How can you implement all of these new ideas in your classroom and teach your students to be 21st century thinkers? That is exactly what you will learn in the class as you create your classroom technology plan. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

87. Generosity of Eye - the Louis-Dreyfus Foundation Story

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

Dates: 7/23/2019

This documentary is the surprising story of a major art collection transforming into education for African American children in the Harlem Children's Zone. Inside that story are three other stories. The first is the story of the eye of a collector. Why does art collector William Louis-Dreyfus fall in love with the art -- and the artists -- he collects? The second is a story of generosity: How one man's passion for art and his passion for justice are joined in a single act of generosity. The third is the story of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus discovering the depth of her father's passion for art, the people that this passion has brought into his life, and her search for the roots of his zeal for both art and justice. The film includes extensive conversions with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, her father art collector William Louis-Dreyfus, with several prominent contemporary artists, art critics and dealers, and with Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone. Tuesday, July 23rd at 10:30. This documentary is free for participants who are going to the Louis-Dreyfus Foundation on July 30th. A fee of $5 will be collected at the door for all others.

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

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 7/29/2019 to 8/26/2019

Location: Online Only

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

89. Hybrid: Deepening Comprehension of Non-fiction Texts

Audience: Grades 3-8 classroom teachers literacy coaches, reading specialists, AIS teachers, ENL teachers special education teachers

Dates: 7/30/2019 to 8/7/2019

Location: Springhurst Elementary School

In this workshop, we will explore the different signposts Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst introduce educators to in "Reading Nonfiction"¯ (2016). Time will be spent exploring the interlocking scaffolds that students can use to go beyond superficial reading of nonfiction texts by: -identifying five signposts that cue students to apply the skills and processes that sophisticated readers use instinctively -exploring seven proven strategies that readers can use to clear up confusions as texts become more complex Participants will be asked to notice and note the different signposts by applying their learning in nonfiction texts they use in their classroom. *Outside class work (6 or 7 hours) per session may consist of watching videos and answering questions, and/or reading articles and commenting on them through a digital platform. An assignment will be posted prior to the commencement of the class. FINAL ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, AUGUST 16. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

90. The William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation Tour

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

Dates: 7/30/2019

Join us for an inspiring art tour as we visit the unique building in Mt. Kisco housing many pieces by self-taught and contemporary artists. The mission of the Foundation is to educate the public about the importance of art and to increase public awareness of emerging artists. It also intends to benefit other specific educational purposes when it sells select pieces from its collection, in particular the educational programs of the Harlem Children's Zone. Over 200 artists are featured in the Foundation's collection, all collected by its benefactor, the late William Louis-Dreyfus. Tuesday, July 30th at 11:00 am. Fee is $15/20 nonmember. Address of the Foundation will be provided after registration. Space is limited, so please register by Wednesday, May 15th. A free documentary film about the Foundation will be shown at our Center on Tuesday, July 23rd at 10:30. Please sign up for it online.

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

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

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

Location: Online Only

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

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

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

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

Location: Online Only

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

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

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

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

Location: Online

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

97. Mt. Gulian Historic House & White Glove Tour

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

Dates: 8/8/2019

Hold history in your hand as you visit this historic site on the Hudson River in Beacon, NY. Slip on white gloves before you handle artifacts and documents relating to the Verplancks and the American Revolution. Examine documents from the 18th and 19th centuries, Victorian era clothing and other artifacts. Tour of the house and garden is included. Mt.Gulian, 145 Sterling St., Beacon, NY. Free parking is available on premises. After the tour, enjoy perusing the town and eating in one of the several restaurants there (on your own). Thursday, August 8th at 11:00. Fee is $25/$35 nonmember. Please register by Friday, June 28th.

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

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

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

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