Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. EDPD 5130.01/Mastering the Teacher Evaluation Process: Effective to Highly Effective Teaching

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

Dates: 6/2/2021 to 7/21/2021

In the words of Charlotte Danielson, "Teaching is complex work. It's a thinking person's job.” As a result of this course, participants will address and apply the themes of: equitable learning, high expectations, cultural competence, meeting the needs of all learners and student assumption of responsibility. Participants will identify highly effective practices around Danielson's "Framework for Teaching.” We will observe lessons to evaluate the four core areas of: Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction and Professional Responsibilities. To become highly effective in the teacher evaluation process, participants will develop teaching strategies to help their students to take ownership of their own learning. Based upon Robert Marzano's The Art and Science of Teaching, participants will design instructional strategies that help students to think more logically, effectively and independently. During input sessions, participants will learn to incorporate a variety of research-based strategies into their lessons. These strategies include: providing and communicating learning goals, using assessments, conducting "deep thinking” lessons, using engagement strategies, implementing rules and procedures, and building relationships. Required Reading: "Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching", by Danielson, Charlotte (2007), ASCD: Alexandria, VA.; "The New Art and Science of Teaching", by Marzano, Robert (2017 Solution Tree, Bloomington, Indiana. 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. Final projects and reflections due by July 21, 2021. This hybrid course will meet 25 hours face-to-face and have 20 hours asynchronous online. Note that registration with the college will open on TBD.

2. Learning Beyond the Classroom with Virtual Field Trips

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 6/2/2021 to 7/20/2021

Virtual field trips provide opportunities for teachers and students to make personal connections through an online learning environment. Through the use of technology, students gain motivation and interest in countless subject areas. The internet provides a wealth of virtual field trips from all over the world for all grade levels, learning levels and topics, providing students experiences that would otherwise not be available. Additionally, participants can create "personalized” virtual field trips to meet the needs of all students. This course will run synchronous online from June 2 to June 30. Final projects and reflections due online on July 20, 2021.

3. EDPD 5018.01/Using Technology to Engage and Inspire Diverse Learners (Differentiating with Technology)

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

Dates: 6/3/2021 to 7/29/2021

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 Texts: "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. Final projects and reflections due by July 29, 2021.

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

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

Dates: 6/3/2021 to 7/29/2021

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: "Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management", by Smith Dominique, et al., Alexandria, VA: ASCD. 2015; "All Learning is Social and Emotional: Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for the Classroom and Beyond", Frey, Nancy et al. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. 2019. *Final projects and reflections due online July 29, 2021. (Formerly CMSV - CEGE 645-R01). If you are interested in taking this course for graduate credit please contact Joleen Murray at jmurray@rockteach.org to set up a college account. Note that registration with the college will open on TBD.

5. Social Emotional Learning: A Strategic Approach

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

Dates: 6/29/2021 to 8/24/2021

Learning is a social and emotional act. From early childhood education to the high school level, rigorous learning requires the formation and maintenance of relationships. However, we cannot expect teachers to add more content or adjust curriculum maps to add "more.” Therefore, no matter the grade level, participants will be able to develop social emotional learning strategies to embed in their current teaching assignments. Participants will work closely on the work developed by Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Dominique Smith. We will examine and implement the five-part model of Social Emotional Learning. Required Text: "All Learning Is Social and Emotional: Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for the Classroom and Beyond”, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, Dominique Smith. (2018).

6. EDPD 5050.01/Discussions and Questioning to Build Deep Thinking (WTCI)

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 7/1/2021 to 8/6/2021

In this online course, participants will explore how to facilitate classroom discussions through engaging conversations, the role of teachers as coaches during this process and how best to provide a supportive classroom environment when integrating higher order questioning techniques. When we closely examine the value of student participation in small group discussions, we find that students are able to connect with each other's thoughts and opinions and are able to engage in higher level critical thinking. Critical thinking involves logical thinking and reasoning including the following skills: comparison, classification, sequencing, cause/effect, patterning, webbing, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning, forecasting, planning, hypothesizing, and critiquing. We will examine the link between critical thinking skills and questioning techniques by taking an in depth look at Bloom's Taxonomy and the quote, "Maslow before Bloom.” At the end of the course, you will have the tools needed to transfer responsibility from yourself to your students to speak purposefully, think outside of the box and lead an effective and engaging classroom discussion. Required Text: "Questioning for Classroom Discussion: Purposeful Speaking, Engaged Listening, Deep Thinking", by J. A. Walsh & B. D. Sattes, 2015, Alexandria, VA: ASCD. This course will run asynchronous online from July 1-August 6, 2021. Only start and end dates are listed. If you are taking for graduate credit and are not a student of Manhattanville, please contact jmurray@rockteach.org for info on creating your account.

7. EDPD 5055.01/Work Hard/Think Hard: Developing a Master Teacher Mindset (WTCI)

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 7/1/2021 to 8/6/2021

In this online course, participants will develop their own use of the principles of effective teaching and develop a master teacher mindset through the examination of the best-selling text Never Work Harder Than Your Students by Robyn R Jackson. We will explore how to engage students in the heavy lifting of learning through the use of units of study, lesson plans, assessments, interventions and classroom management. With a focus on the quality of learning and not the quantity of work; teachers will become better equipped to lead their students on a voyage of self-discovery and acquisition of academic knowledge. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have a unit of study, lesson plan, assessment and action plan to help them put the principles into practice immediately and effectively, challenging their students to work hard and think harder. Required Texts: "Never Work Harder Than Your Students: The Journey to Great Teaching", 2nd, by Robyn Jackson, Alexandria, Va: ASCD. 2018. This course will run asynchronous online from July 1-August 6, 2021. Only start and end dates are listed. If you are taking for graduate credit and are not a student of Manhattanville, please contact jmurray@rockteach.org for info on creating your account.

8. Instructional and Educational Strategies for English Language Learners

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

Dates: 7/1/2021 to 8/26/2021

The demographics and backgrounds of our students is constantly changing yet we, as educators, still primarily utilize expressive language (speaking and reading) to convey information to students and expect them to use receptive language (speaking and listening) to share with us what they have learned. As more and more children come to our schools needing English as a Second Language services, schools are expecting mainstream, "regular education” teachers to meet the needs of our English Language Learners. By the end of this course, participants will be better able to meet the language and academic needs of ELLs in various academic settings. Required Readings: "Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners”, Hill, Jane & Miller, Kirsten (2014). ASCD: Alexandria, VA. And "Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement”, 2nd Edition, Ceri B Dean, Elizabeth Ross Hubbell, Howard Pitler & BJ Stone (2012). ASCD: Alexandria, VA.

9. EDPD 5013.01/Digital Tools to Support Meaningful Learning

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

Dates: 7/7/2021 to 8/4/2021

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. 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.