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1. New Norms for Healthy Schools: Think Nutrition for the Whole Child - "Food for Finance"

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension (Stony Point, NY)

Dates: 10/17/2018

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Expand your skills in promoting child social, emotional and physical well being through supportive nutritional environment! Through the lens of the whole child model, workshops will help you develop an action plan to be an agent of change in your community.

Breakout session - "Food for Finance" - Presenters from Eat Smart NY: Are some of your largest fundraisers food based? Do they meet the Smart Snack standards? We will work with you to understand the standards, and create an action plan for fundraising with new ideas.

This professional learning opportunity is part of the New Norms for Healthy Schools series offered through the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

2. New Norms for Healthy Schools: Think Nutrition for the Whole Child - "Food for Fun"

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension (Stony Point, NY)

Dates: 10/17/2018

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Expand your skills in promoting child social, emotional and physical well being through supportive nutritional environment! Through the lens of the whole child model, workshops will help you develop an action plan to be an agent of change in your community.

Breakout session - "Food for Fun" - Presenters from Eat Smart NY: Is food used for rewards, celebrations and/or special events in your setting? Learn how to assess the food environment and plan a whole child approach to nutrition and fun.

This professional learning opportunity is part of the New Norms for Healthy Schools series offered through the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

3. Book Club 10/17/18 AT THE TOWN HALL

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

Dates: 10/17/2018

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This month's selection is half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn . Our facilitator, Candace Robinson, will lead us in a lively and interesting discussion. Join us on Wednesday, October 17th at 10:30 at Town Hall, 1 Rosman Rd., Garnerville. Call 845.553.9156 or email bberkowitz@rockteach.org to confirm date and place.

4. Utilizing Drones in Education

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

Dates: 10/17/2018 to 10/24/2018

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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.

5. CEGE 595-R01/Computer Tools for Teachers II

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

Dates: 10/18/2018 to 12/6/2018

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We all have these software programs on our computers but how and what do we use them for? This course was designed for the educator that has the technology but doesn't know how to use it. Participants will learn how to use many Interactive Websites for Learning, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Power Point effectively in the classroom. *Final projects and reflections due online by December 6, 2018. Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to graduate and in-service participants.

6. CEGE 597-R01/Taking a Constructivist Approach to Teaching

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

Dates: 10/18/2018 to 12/6/2018

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As educators, we expect students our students to "solve problems, think critically, communicate effectively, and collaborate well." (Gagnon & Collay, 2006) Participants will analyze the effects of effective teaching upon student performance in relation to the criterion above. This weekend will enable participants to develop instructional activities to actively engage students in the learning process and assist students in the development of self-assessment or "metacognitition." Participants will learn how to incorporate research-based methods and techniques in order to achieve a balance between conceptual understanding and procedural knowledge. Participants will develop the tools necessary to create this "balanced approach" to teaching all content areas. Teachers will develop strategies to assist students in "constructing" content knowledge as part of a "meaning-making" process. *Final projects and reflections due by Dec. 6, 2018. Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to Graduate and In-service participants.

7. Film Club on 10/19/18 at NANUET LIBRARY

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

Dates: 10/19/2018

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Join us for the first film of the season on Friday, October 19 at 10:00 at the Nanuet Library. Our facilitator, Mimi Rasiel, will lead us in stimulating discussions before and after the film. This month we will be viewing the film "The Thin Man". Please join us for the fun!

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

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 10/23/2018 to 11/23/2018

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.

9. Nyack: Walking Tour II With Town Historian

Location: Nyack Post Office (Nyack, NY) [map]

Dates: 10/23/2018

This is the second in a series of tours. Join us as we discover hidden historical treasures in Nyack. Our walking tour will be lead by John Patrick, Schutz, town historian, who will share with us his knowledge of Nyack's architecture, and, in honor of Halloween, paranormal activities in the town. Wear comfortable shoes. LUNCH ON YOUR OWN. Tuesday, OCTOBER 23RD at 10:00. Meet in front of the Post Office on 48 S. Broadway at 9:50 AM. Tour fee is $35/45 nonmember. DEADLINE for registration is October 17TH.

10. New Norms for Healthy Schools: Think Physical Activityfor the Whole Child - "Run for the Fun of It"

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension (Stony Point, NY)

Dates: 10/24/2018


Expand your skills in promoting child social, emotional and physical well being through supportive physical activity environment! Through the lens of the whole child model, workshops will help you develop an action plan to be an agent of change in your community.

Breakout session - “Run for the Fun of It: Creating Walking and Running Programs for Children and Youth" – Presenters from Girls on the Run, New York Rising Road Runners, and more

Harness the energy, focus and fun of running with a walking/running program in your school or youth program. Explore the menu of existing programs to create a sustainable initiative that promotes emotional, social and physical well-being.”

This professional learning opportunity is part of the New Norms for Healthy Schools series offered through the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

11. New Norms for Healthy Schools: Think Physical Activity for the Whole Child - "Keep Them Moving and Learning"

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension (Stony Point, NY)

Dates: 10/24/2018


Expand your skills in promoting child social, emotional and physical well being through supportive physical activity environment! Through the lens of the whole child model, workshops will help you develop an action plan to be an agent of change in your community.

Breakout session - “Keep Them Moving and Learning: Skillfully Use Physical Activity in the Classroom" – Presenter, Mr. Mike Gulino, Educational Consultant, 3-Dimensional Leadership Consultants, LLC

Master the use of brain breaks, physically engaging lessons and active seating, and leave with a plan to keep students focused by keeping them moving.”

This professional learning opportunity is part of the New Norms for Healthy Schools series offered through the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

12. Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller

Location: Stage 42 (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 10/24/2018

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This Grammy® Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated show made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue. It is now back featuring 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including showstopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown,” it celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. “The singers were sensational,” said the NY Times. Theater Pizzazz called it "An exceptional production with attitude, soul, winking humor and energy. Enjoy the show in the intimate Stage 42 Theater (422 W. 42 St.) featuring stadium seating. This theater has an elevator. Wednesday, October 24 at 2 pm. We have orchestra seats for the unbelievable price of $49/59 nonmember. You must sign up by Monday, September 24th.

13. Resilient Stress Management for Educators

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

Audience: All

Dates: 10/24/2018 to 11/28/2018

Location: Room 105

Participants in the Resilient Stress Management for Educators course (formerly known as Resilience Fitness Training for Educators) will learn how to harness stress. Participants will be shown how current approaches favor only managing stress without directly attending to the energy (Adaptive Energy Qi) that managing stress requires. Participants will experience the Resilient Stress Management™ toolset which puts Energy Before Effort™. Participants will learn and practice breathing techniques and movements (That are rooted in Chinese martial arts and medicine) which restore A.E.Q.™. Energy to fuel inspired educating; where teachers are at their best and build more energy as they teach. We will also explore how the A.E.Q. ™ of the teacher affects the student and the class A.E.Q.™ and visa versa. The session will culminate by outlining strategies for increasing energy awareness and efficiency in the classroom while decreasing energy drain and decay. 12 hours contact / 3 hours online. No class on Oct 31.

14. Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Learning Circle

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

Dates: 10/25/2018 to 3/21/2019

Location: Dobbs Ferry Middle School

So you have had two days of LLI training, now what? Come join the LLI Learning Circle to talk and problem solve between colleagues as we navigate through the LLI program. At each session, we will address issues you have around implementing LLI. Topics we will cover are: organization of materials, record keeping, planning and implementing lessons, grouping of students, etc. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE 2 VIRTUAL MEETING ASSIGNMENTS FOR TWO HOURS EACH IN ADDITION TO THE INPERSON CLASSES. Also since enrollment is limited, consortium members that attended the 2 day LLI workshop in September will be given priority registration. Teachers from outside our consortium have a registration fee of $125.00.

15. La Traviata Presented by The Hudson Lyric Opera

Location: Trinity Methodist Church (Stony Point, NY) [map]

Dates: 10/28/2018

Come join us for a terrific and very professional production of La Traviata, in English, replete with costumes, sets and a full orchestra. The Hudson Lyric Opera is comprised of many talented artists. La Traviata is an opera in three acts set in mid-19th Centruy France. Based on the novel Camille, the Lady of the Camillas, by ALexandeer Dumas. It is the tragic love story between Violetta, a courtesan, and Alfredo, a young bourgeois. Sunday, October 28th at 2 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 47 East Main St., Stony Point. Tickets are $15. Registration deadline is Tuesday, October 16th.

16. Supporting Students with Autism

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

Audience: SRPs

Dates: 10/29/2018

Ending the achievement gap between students with and without disabilities requires addressing the essential factors that can influence their success. This three-hour training provides up-to-date information on the clinical and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Attention will be given to how these features manifest themselves and present unique instructional and learning challenges within educational settings. The seminar provides evidencebased, pro-active strategies for helping children and adolescents with ASDs succeed in schools today

17. Enhance Student Learning through Yoga and Meditation Strategies

Audience: Teachers grades 5-12

Dates: 10/30/2018 to 12/11/2018

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.

18. Elementary Math PLC

Audience: Elementary Math Teachers

Dates: 10/30/2018

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. 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 Virtual session.

19. 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: 11/1/2018 to 12/13/2018

“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” (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.

20. ONLINE: The Mindful Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Audience: Grade Level - All

Dates: 11/1/2018 to 12/6/2018

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.

21. Membership Meeting & Boutique on 11/1 at Haverstraw Town Hall

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

Dates: 11/1/2018

Join us and learn what's new at the Center. Learn about new programs and connect with friends. In lieu of a speaker, we are going to have a MINI BOUTIQUE with jewelry,& accessories. Join us on Thursday, November 1st at 10:00 at Haverstraw Town Hall, 1 Rosman Rd. Garnerville, NY 10923. Please bring one nonperishable food item to the meeting. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS MEETING.

22. CEGE 648-R01/Blended Learning Language Course: Italian Conversation through Culture

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

Dates: 11/1/2018 to 2/28/2019

Introduction to spoken Italian providing practical use of the language with emphasis on oral-aural techniques, leading toward fluency in speaking. The goal of this course is to enhance the development of communicative competence in Italian. The emphasis of this course will be on spoken Italian and understanding written Italian as it pertains to the culture of Italy. Course will meet face-to-face from 4:30 to 6:30pm, with the additional one hour online. 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.

23. CEGE 649-R01/Cultivating Habits of Mind: Transforming Teacher and Student Mindsets to Improve Learning

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

Dates: 11/5/2018 to 12/26/2018

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Based upon the works of authors Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick, participants will learn and apply instructional practices to cultivate the "habits of mind" needed to be a successful student and citizen. These practices will assist teachers in not only teaching academic material but also instruct students in matters pertaining to social skills. The Habits of Mind include: persisting, managing impulsivity, listening with understanding and empathy, thinking flexibly, questioning and problem posing, gathering data through all senses, taking reasonable risks, finding humor, thinking interdependently and remaining open to continuous learning. In line with an educator's mission to educate the whole child, participants will develop strategies to develop these habit of mind. This topic is pertinent in all aspects of education; all educators have a shared responsibility to build powerful, life-long "habits of mind" with and for our students. Required Readings: “Learning and leading with habits of mind: 16 characteristics for success”. by Costa, A. and Kallick, B. (2008). Alexandria, VA: ASCD. *Final projects and reflections due by December 26, 2018. Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to Graduate and In-service participants.
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.

25. Using littleBits in Your Classroom

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

Audience: All

Dates: 11/7/2018

Do you want to incorporate STEAM into your classroom? Attend this professional learning opportunity and experience how littleBits can be used in the classroom. After being trained, you will have the opportunity to sign up and borrow the Rockland Teachers' Center class set of littleBits. littleBits can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be. Teach problem-solving, systems, basic electronics, and logic using the provided components.
Participants will develop a thorough understanding of instructional strategies that meet the needs of all learners. Participants will work collaboratively to develop strategies "to reach out to individual learners at their varied points of readiness, interest, and learning preference." This quote from Carol Ann Tomlinson will serve as a guiding principal of the course. Course participants will develop curriculum adaptations and instructional strategies that are responsive to the individual needs of all students. Specifically, participants will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively differentiate curriculum and instruction in the classroom. Participants will develop the "big ideas" associated with curriculum designs. Then, participants will analyze and apply methods of differentiating products (content), process (instruction), and product (assessment). *Final projects and reflections due by Dec. 27, 2018. Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to Graduate and In-service participants.

27. Online: Behavior Management and Lesson Plans: Planning for an Effective Year (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Special Teachers

Dates: 11/9/2018 to 12/14/2018

Location: ONLINE

Description: In this online course, we will be evaluating effective behavior management and planning techniques. We will examine current behavior management and design strategies and hands-on activities to make your classrooms more productive. We will also create positive behavior contracts and take a look at Class Craft and Class Dojo. We will explore the most useful websites for various disciplines and, by the end of the course, you will have new and creative activities in your tool box that will enhance your current lesson plans.
There are a number of barriers that impede student learning - including disruptive behavior in the classroom. Since each school and each district has its own unique culture, we must design a customized intervention approach to maximize student engagement. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. A system focused on creating school-wide, classroom and individual supports improves academic and behavioral results. This course will enable teachers to create a classroom support system that will enhance student engagement and academic success and is appropriate for all regular and special education teachers.

29. Online Managing ADHD and LD in the Classroom

Dates: 11/12/2018 to 12/17/2018

Location: Online

There is no teacher that hasn’t come across a student in their class with ADHD or a Learning Disability. This course will allow teachers to examine current research geared at helping all teachers work effectively with students with ADHD and learning disabilities. Teachers will understand the impact of ADHD on a student’s performance, the difference between male and female students with ADHD and be made aware of basic instructional strategies to implement in their classrooms

30. Online: Character Education (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Dates: 11/12/2018 to 12/17/2018

Location: Online

In this 45 hour online class, we will examine intellectual, emotional, and ethical characteristics in students. We will use the information to provide students with the tools they need to reach their fullest potential, empathize with other and to enhance their academic achievement and character development. With this information you will be equipped to implement a character development program in your classroom or school to give student the optimal chance to be successful in and out of the classroom.

31. CLEP

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Dates: 11/13/2018

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

32. The Cher Show on Broadway

Location: Neil Simon Theatre (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 11/17/2018

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Cher's life story is brought to the stage in this new musical featuring her beloved chart-topping hits. Its talent packed singers wear costumes by legendary costume designer Bob Mackie. The show is based on the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman, or, as her friends call her, Cher! The legend who’s done it all, still scared to walk on stage. The wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. The woman, looking for love. The ultimate survivor, chasing her dream. They’re all here, dressed to kill. Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 pm at the Neil Simon Theater, 250 W. 52nd St. Front Mezz tickets are $129. Please register by July 12th.

33. Online: Students at the Center of Learning (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Special Teachers

Dates: 11/19/2018 to 12/20/2018

Location: Online

In this online course, we will design lessons to refocus our teaching so our students can become more active learners and critical thinkers. In turn, we, as teachers can become more effective facilitators and empower our students to find their voices to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of the subject at hand. We will examine our current teaching styles to see how we can achieve these goals. We will also make some changes to our current assessment tools and 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.

34. Elementary Math PLC

Audience: Elementary Math Teachers

Dates: 11/27/2018

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 Virtual session.

35. To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway

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

Dates: 11/28/2018

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Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning American classic To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Jeff Daniels, comes to Broadway in a new adaptation by Aaron Sorkin, Directed by Bartlett Sher. Inspired by Lee’s own childhood in Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird features one of literature’s towering symbols of integrity and righteousness in the character of Atticus Finch, based on Lee’s own father. The character of Scout, based on herself, has come to define youthful innocence – and its inevitable loss – for generation after generation of readers around the world. Wednesday, November 28 at 1:00 pm at the Shubert Theater, 225 W. 44th St. Front mezz tickets are $145. Limited number of tickets are available. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 26TH.

36. Hour of Code

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

Audience: All

Dates: 11/28/2018

his professional learning opportunity will introduce teachers to options that can be used in their classrooms during the Hour of Code week, December 3-9, 2018, as well as any other time during the year. Participants will be walked through using the Code.org website. Other websites and options will also be discussed.

37. Online: Current Teaching Trends and Tips in ENL

Audience: Teachers grades K-12

Dates: 12/3/2018 to 1/17/2019

Location: Online

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This 5 week online course, which will run through Google Classroom, is designed to prepare and inform educators about the current teaching trends and tips in ENL. During this course, participants will explore the benefits of using Cognates to improve English language learning and success. An exploration into technology to support ELLs will include the use of Flipgrid and some of the best apps and extensions that increase teaching and learning. In addition, participants will explore teaching strategies using The SIOP Model ® for Mathematics and Social Studies K-12. Tasks and examples explored are included to provide practice and application of key concepts and academic language for ELLs. By the end of this course, participants will have the knowledge they need to integrate this information into current teaching trends and tips in the ENL classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your course completion time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course.

38. Hybrid: Genre Study

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

Dates: 12/5/2018 to 1/30/2019

Location: Springhurst Elementary

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 (either 4 to 5 hours) per session may consist of assignments that are to be done with students, watching videos and answering questions, and/or reading articles and commenting on them through a digital platform. Assignment will be posted week of November 19th to do before the first class.

39. Holiday Party

Location: The Chalet at Spook Rock Golf Course (Suffern, NY) [map]

Dates: 12/6/2018

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Join us for an end-of-the-year celebration filled with fun, laughter and shopping. Enjoy a 3-course lunch at the Chalet on the grounds of the Spook Rock Golf Course, 233 Spook Rock Rd.,Suffern. 3-course menu TBD. NO NEED TO CHOOSE AHEAD OF TIME. If you have dietary restrictions, please let me know ahead of time. Partake in the celebration and enjoy shopping with our vendors. Once again, we will adopt a family and supply them with all their immediate needs. Details TBA.We request that you send a separate tax deductible check for $20 that will cover the cost of clothing and other supplies. We have volunteers who will shop for the items needed. So join us and bring your friends - you are guaranteed to have fun. Thursday, December 6 @ 12 pm, $48/58 nonmember. Registration deadline is November 15.

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

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

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 12/8/2018

Location: Room 136

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In accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law, all applicants for Certification in NYS registered programs are required to complete six clock hours of Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyber bullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). This workshop will 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.

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

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

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

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.
A teacher’s use of formative assessment techniques is essential in ensuring he or she is meeting the learning targets for a unit. Teachers need to know “who knows what” before moving on. Formative assessment is nothing new - our teachers were administering formative assessments to us when we were in school many years ago. In today’s digital world, we are lucky to have so many more tools to assist us in our formative assessments. Teachers in the class will review the research on formative assessment as well as explore dozens of instructional tools that can be used for formative assessments. Teachers will leave this course with concrete and easy to use examples for embedding more formative assessments into their lessons.
English Language Learners (ELLs) need to have access to K-12 curriculum and be able to achieve the same level of success as their english speaking counterparts. This course prepares teachers to effectively understand ELLs’ backgrounds and to differentiate their instructional approach. By providing the skills to differentiate their instruction through multiple modalities, this course gives a practical, classroom ready application of new learning to improve instructional practice. This course is appropriate for both regular and special education teachers.

44. Hybrid: Understanding and Using the NYS Science Learning Standards to Design Instruction

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

Audience: K-12 Science Teachers

Dates: 1/8/2019 to 2/12/2019

During this hybrid in-person/online course experience, participants will explore the New York State Science Learning Standards and modify or create lessons and experiences for students that are aligned with the 3 dimensional structure of the standards.
This course is 15 CTLE hours, with two in-person sessions (first and last sessions) and asynchromous work online. All work is due by the last day of the class. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Please note, participants will be able to download their CTLE certificate through their My Learning Plan account AFTER the account has been marked complete.

Course schedule:
Jan 8, Feb 12 (In person) 3 hours each day
Jan 9-Feb 11 9 hours virtually

This will be accomplished by the following assignments and work:
In person meetings for face-to-face collaboration
Online Responses and Reflections
Reflection

Source Material for this Course:
Rockland Teacher Center Gmail & access to G Suite Google Classroom
Internet access
YouTube access
This course is funded through the NYS Teacher Center grant.
We often look at behavior as something that needs to be addressed before instruction can occur. Research shows that with the right instructional tools, we can limit those unwanted behaviors that interrupt the learning process. Educators in this course will examine dozens of research based strategies to address behavior through instruction. Each educator in this course will focus on specific behaviors from their classes and will utilize research based strategies for overcoming these barriers to learning.

46. Utilizing Drones in Education

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

Audience: All

Dates: 1/16/2019 to 1/30/2019

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.

47. Resilient Stress Management for Educators

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

Audience: All

Dates: 1/23/2019 to 2/13/2019

Location: Room 105

Participants in the Resilient Stress Management for Educators course (formerly known as Resilience Fitness Training for Educators) will learn how to harness stress. Participants will be shown how current approaches favor only managing stress without directly attending to the energy (Adaptive Energy Qi) that managing stress requires. Participants will experience the Resilient Stress Management™ toolset which puts Energy Before Effort™. Participants will learn and practice breathing techniques and movements (That are rooted in Chinese martial arts and medicine) which restore A.E.Q.™. Energy to fuel inspired educating; where teachers are at their best and build more energy as they teach. We will also explore how the A.E.Q. ™ of the teacher affects the student and the class A.E.Q.™ and visa versa. The session will culminate by outlining strategies for increasing energy awareness and efficiency in the classroom while decreasing energy drain and decay. 12 hours contact / 3 hours online.

48. Elementary Math PLC

Audience: Elementary Math Teachers

Dates: 1/29/2019

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 Virtual session.
In this online course, we will focus on incorporating the NGSS into our curriculum. These standards mark a change in how we must think about classroom science instruction. We will use a variety of online resources to develop instructional and assessment strategies that address NGSS focusing on K-5 and 6-12 while developing an understanding across grade levels. We will explore how: K-12 science education should reflect the real-world interconnections in science. Science concepts build coherently across K-12. THE NGSS focuses on deeper understanding and application of content. Science and engineering are integrated in science education K-12 Science Standards coordinate with Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics. We will use visit NGSS webinars that address this topic and look at sample standards to learn how to read the key to various elements. At the end of this course, participants will have a deeper understanding of the expectations and how they should b applied at each grade level.

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

Audience: Middle/High School Teachers any subject area

Dates: 2/4/2019 to 3/17/2019

Location: Online only

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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.

51. Online: Teaching Mastery: The Power of You!

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 2/7/2019 to 3/21/2019

Location: Online only

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Teaching Mastery: The Power of You! is an online course designed to guide you to become a more powerful and effective classroom teacher. You'll develop a presence that students trust, one that motivates and inspires them to own their own learning, and live into their full potential. It's by recognizing your unique teaching dispositions and cultivating your own personal power, the power of you, that you become the true leader of your tribe and create classrooms that are successful academically, rich in humanity, and filled with curiosity and discovery. This course was previously named Evolving as an Educator.

52. Elementary Math PLC

Audience: Elementary Math Teachers

Dates: 2/26/2019

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 Virtual session.
This online course will allow educators and support staff the opportunity to create resilient schools that meet the social, emotional, ethical, and academic (SEAL) needs of students. Participants will explore the research-based skills and competencies that have a positive impact on the organizational structure of their school, the delivery of instruction, and student performance. Social Work CEUs available through Rockland BOCES for $25 Fee.

54. Online: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom

Dates: 2/27/2019 to 4/10/2019

Location: ONLINE ONLY

Storytelling is an art form which allows people of all ages to connect. Using stories in any classroom will improve student learning by increasing listening comprehension, expanding language patterns and practicing oral communication skills. Additionally, once students learn to tell stories, their prewriting drafts and factual recall will improve. The NCTE supports storytelling in the curriculum with acknowledgement that students can find a reflection of themselves in stories, and that teachers who value storytelling can learn more about students in a unique way. This online course will help teachers find, learn and share a folktale and teach students to do the same. The course will reflect upon the educational importance of storytelling, and provide support and resources to create a lesson plan for classroom use. It is suitable for all content areas, and all grade levels. Required Readings: In addition to 2 educational articles, each participant chooses one folktale to read and retell. Pamela Schembri is school library media specialist with 25 years of teaching experience, a professional storyteller, and children’s author

55. ONLINE: Teens and Technology

Location: Online Only (Online, ) - ONLINE ONLY

Audience: All

Dates: 2/27/2019 to 4/10/2019

Location: ONLINE ONLY

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Teens love Instagram and Snapchat, and iPhones are requisite technology. This technology has changed the way that teens learn and interact. Teens listen in sound bytes and can access virtually any fact simply by thinking about the 'right' descriptors. How can educators who struggle to use power point communicate information to today's teens in a way that's engaging from them and not overwhelming for us? Interactions on Facebook or through Skype have also replaced hanging out after school, and creating an online persona provides teens with a new means of exploring their identity. While these sites broaden teens' social horizons, they may also thrust them into social situations beyond their maturity level. How do we help teens navigate these technologies? In this online course, we will explore teen's dependence on technology from a developmental perspective, focusing on how teens attend to and process information and why interacting in a virtual space is likely to be so attractive to them. We will explore ways of incorporating technology into the classroom in a reasonable and informed way, as well as how to communicate guidelines for safe and appropriate use. Online course starts 2/27/19 and ends on 4/10/19.
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.

57. Writing Workshop for National Board Certification

Dates: 3/16/2019

Location: Media Center

This Writing Workshop is an opportunity to join your colleagues to discuss and share issues particular to your unique work as it is unfolding. Candidates have the opportunity to write, read and reflect on component entries independently and in writing groups. Join your colleagues for thoughtful discussion about NBC in a collegial supportive setting. Please note that this institute is open only to NBC candidates and Advanced (Re-take) candidates and is limited to 15 participants.

58. Elementary Math PLC

Audience: Elementary Math Teachers

Dates: 3/26/2019

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 Virtual session.

59. CEGE 690-R01/Cultural Immersion Experience in Italy

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

Dates: 3/26/2019 to 5/5/2019

This course coincides with an 8-day, cultural immersion experience through parts of Italy. Venice, Rome, and Florence will be explored as well as other areas. Participants in the course will gather and generate materials that can be used in their classroom, based upon their content area. During the trip, participants will journal/blog about their experience, sharing the insights they gain and reflecting upon others. Bring your cameras and your GoPros to document your experience! For more information about the trip go to https://goo.gl/9e3i2o. The course will meet on March 26, 2019, prior to the trip, where course expectations will be discussed and participants will become familiar with the blogging tool that will be used. Additional online work from April 19 through May 5, 2019. Participants will blog during the trip and then there will be an additional online session after the trip to finalize the materials, complete evaluations, and finalize other course requirements.
“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.

61. 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