Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. EDPD 5015.01/Developing Curricular Goals, instructional Alignment, and Formative Assessment

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

Dates: 9/9/2020 to 11/4/2020

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). Required Readings: Tomlinson, C. A. (2017). How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: ASCD. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 566-R01. If you plan to take this course for Graduate credit, please contact Joleen at jmurray@rockteach.org for directions on registering with the college.

2. EDPD 5013.01/Digital Tools to Support Meaningful Learning

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

Dates: 9/10/2020 to 11/5/2020

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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, and communication options for students and parents, and how to maximize the learning environment to reach students through different learning mediums. No textbook is required for this course. Critical reading of assigned articles and supplementary materials is embedded throughout the course. If you plan to take this course for graduate credit and do not have a previous account set up with the college, please contact JMurray@rockteach.org for more information. Due to the current pandemic, this course will run synchronously online. Final projects and reflections due by Nov. 5, 2020.

3. EDPD 5030.01/Teaching and the Change Process

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

Dates: 9/10/2020 to 11/5/2020

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: Kotter, J. and Rathgeber, H. (2016). Our Iceberg is Melting. New York: Penguin Random House. Johnson, S. (1999). Who Moved My Cheese (2nd ed.). New York: Vermillion. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 508-R01. If you are interested in this course for graduate credit and don't have an account set up with Manhattanville please contact Jmurray@rockteach.org for more info.

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: 9/15/2020 to 11/17/2020

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. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 649-R01. If you are interested in this course for graduate credit and don't have an account set up with Manhattanville please contact Jmurray@rockteach.org for more info.

5. EDPD 5025.01/Taking a Constructivist Approach to Teaching

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

Dates: 10/1/2020 to 12/3/2020

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 course 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: Garner, B. (2007). Getting to Got It. Alexandria, VA: ASCD; Gagnon, G. and Collay, M. (2006). Designing for Learning: Six Elements in Constructivist Classrooms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.Final projects and reflections due online on Dec. 3, 2020. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 597-R01. If you are interested in this course for graduate credit and don't have an account set up with Manhattanville please contact Jmurray@rockteach.org for more info.

6. EDU 5018.01/Using Technology to Engage and Inspire Diverse Learners (Differentiating with Technology)

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

Dates: 10/1/2020 to 12/3/2020

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Technology can increase teachers' capacity to support the learning of individual students with wide differences in their abilities to see, hear, speak, move, read, write, understand English, attend, organize, engage and remember. To do this efficiently and effectively technology should be carefully selected, purposeful planned and thoughtful implemented. Not all technology is useful for all students. Required Text(s): "Integrating Technology in the Classroom: Tools to meet the needs of every student”, by Hamilton, Boni. (2018) (2nd Ed.) Washington DC: International Society of Technology in Education; "How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms”, by Tomlinson, Carol Ann, (2017), Alexandria, VA, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. If you plan to take this course for graduate credit and do not have a previous account set up with the college, please contact JMurray@rockteach.org for more information. Due to the current pandemic, this course will run synchronously online. Final projects and reflections due by Dec. 3, 2020.

7. EDPD 5020.01/The Power of Formative Assessment

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

Dates: 10/22/2020 to 12/10/2020

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: Fisher, D. and Frey, N. (2014). "Checking for Understanding" (2nd ed.).Thousand Oaks, CA: ASCD.; Schmoker, M. (2006). "Results Now". Thousand Oaks, CA: ASCD. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 532-R01. If you are interested in this course for graduate credit and don't have an account set up with Manhattanville please contact Jmurray@rockteach.org for more info.

8. How to Create a "Winning" Classroom Culture

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

Dates: 11/17/2020 to 1/26/2021

Based upon the book You Win the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon and Mike Smith, participants will learn and apply the "7 C's" to transform classrooms into positive, engaging environments. In line with an educator's mission to educate the whole child, participants will develop strategies to teach students how to: become better communicators, be more empathetic, and become better citizens. As classroom/school leaders, educators will learn ways to connect with students on a whole new level; making classroom cultures nurturing and engaging.

9. Principles in Action

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

Dates: 11/19/2020 to 2/4/2021

In his inaugural address in January 2009, President Obama talked about the "price and promise of citizenship." In this course, participants will develop lessons, skills and strategies to engage their students in a democratic learning process. Participants will lead their students to deeper understandings of the values of democratic principles set forth by our president; "hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism." Participants will think deeply about American schools and the purpose of education. While we consider larger societal issues, the instructor will facilitate applications from theories and wider issues that participants can utilize directly in their respective classrooms. This class is a call to action; to make our children not only better students, but better citizens. Required Readings: "Beyond Discipline", by Kohn, Aflie, 2006; "The Pact", by Davis, Jenkins & Hunt, 2002. Formerly CMSV CEGE 507-R01.