Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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

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

Dates: 6/2/2022 to 8/4/2022

Based upon the book Better Than Carrots or Sticks by Dominque Smith, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, participants will learn and apply restorative practices for effective classroom management. These practices will assist teachers in not only teaching academic material but also instruct students in matters pertaining to social skills. In line with an educator's mission to educate the whole child, participants will develop strategies to: hold individual conferences with students to address problematic behavior, move beyond the traditional use of rewards and consequences, and ultimately build a strong classroom climate through restorative practices. Required Readings: Smith Dominique, et al., Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. 2015; Frey, Nancy et al., All Learning is Social and Emotional: Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for the Classroom and Beyond. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. 2019. Final projects and reflections due online on Aug. 4, 2022. If you would like to take this course and are not a matriculated student, please email jmurray@rockteach.org for more info.

2. EDPD 5020.01 - The Power of Formative Assessment

Location: Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY)

Dates: 9/6/2022 to 11/8/2022

As a result of this course, participants will develop skills and strategies to formatively assess student learning. "Anyone who has ever played or coached a team sport understands the basic idea that ongoing assessment and adjustment are the keys to improved performance.” (McTighe, 2007) In this course, participants will engage in the process of ongoing assessment, feedback, reflection, revision and instruction. Participants will develop what Charlotte Danielson (2006) calls a "Habit of Mind” in which student assessments guide teacher instruction. The book Checking for Understanding by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey will be the guiding text. Course expectations include taking ideas from individual research, small group online discussions and whole group sessions to put ideas into action. Participants will be able to make an immediate impact upon their teacher and the learning outcomes for students in their classes. Required Readings: Christine Ann Harrison & Margaret Heritage (2021). The Power of Assessment for Learning: Twenty Years of Research and Practice in UK and US Classrooms 1st Edition; Fisher, D. and Frey, N. (2007). Checking for Understanding. Schmoker, Mike (2006). Results Now. If you would like to take this course for graduate credit and are not a non-matriculated student with Manhattanville, please email jmurray@rockteach.org for further directions.

3. EDPD 5021.01 - Response to Intervention (RTI): How to Ensure Success with Effective Instruction and Intervention

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

Dates: 9/7/2022 to 11/9/2022

As a result of this course, participants will develop skills and strategies to reach struggling learners. This course will cover important aspects of Response to Intervention models. Participants will develop methods of evaluating students and pinpointing areas of academic difficulties. Students will utilize "Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports” (Blackburn & Witzel, 2018) to identify struggling students and provide interventions before the application of special education services. Then, participants will develop a positive "mindset” to unlock the potential of all learners. (Dweck, 2006) Further, participants will develop strategies to explicitly guide student learning through a systematic approach. Participants will develop a "tool box” of interventions that are responsive to the needs of all students, but particularly the needs of struggling students. In the words of Fisher and Frey (2010), "Teaching every child is hard work. With that hard work, though, comes a group of learners who are prepared to participate in society. This learning occurs in the classrooms of well-prepared teachers who are undaunted by student learning variations because they believe that each child is an individual and that individuals exhibit differences in growth due to many factors, including carefully selected instructional interventions.” This course will have a direct impact upon student learning. Teachers will walk away with a process of intervention that will make them more purposeful and effective. Participants will be able to make an immediate impact upon their teacher and the learning outcomes for students in their classes. Required Readings: Blackburn, B. & Witzel, B. (2018). Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom; Dweck, Carol (2006). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. If you would like to take this course for graduate credit and are not a non-matriculated student with Manhattanville, please email jmurray@rockteach.org for further directions.

4. EDPD 5010.01 - Cultivating Habits of Mind: Transforming Teacher and Student Mindsets to Improve Learning

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

Dates: 9/8/2022 to 11/3/2022

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 habits 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: Costa, A. and Kallick, B. (2008). Learning and leading with habits of mind: 16 characteristics for success. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. *Final projects and reflections due via online on Nov. 3, 2022. If you would like to take this course for graduate credit and are not a non-matriculated student with Manhattanville, please email jmurray@rockteach.org for further directions.

5. EDPD 5013.01 - Digital Tools to Support Meaningful Learning

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

Dates: 9/29/2022 to 11/26/2022

Educators and support staff will become experts on using digital tools to communicate, create, collaborate and assess students. Participants will gain an understanding of Internet tools to create online resources, screencasting, assessments, online portfolios, communication options for students and parents, and how to maximize the learning environment to reach students through different learning mediums. Final projects and reflections due via online on Nov. 26, 2022. If you would like to take this course for graduate credit and are not a non-matriculated student with Manhattanville, please email jmurray@rockteach.org for further directions.

6. EDPD 5013.01 - Digital Tools to Support Meaningful Learning

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

Dates: 9/29/2022 to 11/26/2022

Educators and support staff will become experts on using digital tools to communicate, create, collaborate and assess students. Participants will gain an understanding of Internet tools to create online resources, screencasting, assessments, online portfolios, communication options for students and parents, and how to maximize the learning environment to reach students through different learning mediums. Final projects and reflections due via online on Nov. 26, 2022. If you would like to take this course for graduate credit and are not a non-matriculated student with Manhattanville, please email jmurray@rockteach.org for further directions.

7. EDPD 5030.01 - Teaching and the Change Process

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

Dates: 9/29/2022 to 11/26/2022

Teaching is change; learning is change. Merriam-Webster.com defines change as "to give a different position, course or direction to” and "to make different in some particular manner.” Learning is the ability to "solve problems, think critically, communicate effectively, and collaborate well.” (Gagnon & Collay, 2006) Teachers, then, facilitate learning experiences by teaching students to think innovatively about change and the problem solving process. Each minute, period, day, month and year, teachers are required to create and sustain changes in their students and their teaching. This change is manifested in such educational terms as curriculum mapping, formative assessment, response to intervention (RTI) and differentiated instruction. In this course, participants will develop skills and strategies to facilitate change in their teaching and in student learning. Participants will learn how to: identify challenges, develop ownership, write SMART goals, craft plans/lessons, facilitate student "buy-in”, and formatively assess student work. This change process will not only assist teachers in developing a "Habit of Mind” but impact student learning in their classrooms in real time. Participants will be expected to apply and reflect upon course material on a weekly basis through on-line correspondence and ongoing communication with other course participants. Required Readings: Our Iceberg is Melting by John Kotter or Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson. Final projects and reflections due via online on Nov. 26, 2022. If you would like to take this course for graduate credit and are not a non-matriculated student with Manhattanville, please email jmurray@rockteach.org for further directions.

8. EDPD 5015.01 - Developing Curricular Goals, Instructional Alignment and Formative Assessments

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

Dates: 10/20/2022 to 12/8/2022

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 principle 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). Required Readings: Tomlinson, Carol Ann. (2017). How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms, 3rd Edition. Final projects and reflections due via online on Dec. 8, 2022. If you would like to take this course for graduate credit and are not a non-matriculated student with Manhattanville, please email jmurray@rockteach.org for further directions.

9. EDPD 5025.01 - Taking a Constructivist Approach to Teaching

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

Dates: 11/10/2022 to 12/15/2022

As educators, we expect 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. Required Readings; Gagnon & Collay. (2006). Getting to Got It. Final projects and reflections due via online on Dec. 8, 2022. If you would like to take this course for graduate credit and are not a non-matriculated student with Manhattanville, please email jmurray@rockteach.org for further directions.