Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

Search Options

Search Results (1 - 12 of 12)

1. Make Grading Matter

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

Dates: 4/12/2023 to 6/7/2023

From early childhood education to high school, educators are constantly seeking ways to make assessments and grading meaningful and useful for students. Educators seek grading systems that measure student learning and growth. In this course, we will ask deep questions about the point and value of grading. Participants will think about current grading practices and construct new meanings around this important topic. In this course, participants will research, examine and implement standards based grading systems. Participants will: Identify and analyze various types of grading systems from K-12 settings; Define and identify the meaning of standards based grading practices; Bring accuracy to student assessment and grading practices; Learn how to use grades to effectively communicate students' mastery of learning standards; Understand the value of allowing students multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning when taking assessments; Discuss and implement assessment practices and grading systems in differentiated learning environments; Consider whether to incorporate effort, attendance, and behavior into academic grades; Research and identify homework policies and their impact on grading systems; How to create useful and fair test questions, including how to grade such prompts efficiently; Analyze the validity and usefulness of allowing students to re-do assessments for full credit and make up policies. Class Texts: Making Grades Matter, by Matt Townsley, Nathan L. Wear (2021); Grading From the Inside Out: Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment Through a Standards-Based Mindset (How to Give Students Full Credit for Their Knowledge) by Tom Schimmer (2016); Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom 1st Edition by Rick Wormelli (2018).

2. Impact of Social Issues in Education

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

Dates: 4/13/2023 to 6/16/2023

Education is a cornerstone institution in our country and is directly connected to what is referred to as the "American Dream.” Education plays the dual role of preparing students to be active, literate citizens who are prepared to prosper and contribute to our economy. As educators, we have an obligation to fulfill the tenet that all children are entitled to a "free and appropriate education” in the United States of America. In 2021, educators face a myriad of social issues that impact our profession. In this course, participants will research, analyze and discuss some of the important issues facing our students and profession today. Participants will: Identify and utilize culturally responsive teaching strategies to create inclusive learning environments; Identify the impact of poverty and homelessness on children's classroom behavior and learning; Describe the structures of US families today, identifying the difficulties that working parents face in raising children; Discuss and analyze issues pertaining to race, ethnicity and gender and the ongoing issue of unequal educational opportunities; Discuss and analyze ethical/legal issues affecting teaching and learning such as the use of technology, education law, etc.; Describe and analyze the impact of alcohol and drug abuse on students in recent years; Identify the ramifications of school violence on schools and what steps educators are taking to keep students safe but also feel connected to schools; Analyze dropout rates and identify why students drop out of school and develop strategies as to what educators can do to prevent students from dropping out of school. Class Texts: Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain, by Zaretta L. Hammond and Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College, by Doug Lemov, Norman Atkins. Final projects will be delivered online on June 16, 2023.

3. EDPD 5040.01/Responding to Literature with Power

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 5/31/2023 to 6/28/2023

New
In this course, students will understand how to construct, teach, and enhance writing responses to texts. They will learn how to implement a yearlong framework that will move students from simple responses to multi paragraph essays. Students will learn how to adapt their lessons to reach all learners. Finally, they will use the lessons taught to create a framework that is relevant to their particular students. Required Texts: "Better Learning Through Structured Teaching: A Framework for the Gradual Release of Responsibility", by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, 2nd Edition Paperback. Alexandria, VA., 2013, ASCD; "Notice & Note Strategies for Close Reading", by Kylene Beers and Robert E Probst. (2013). New Hampshire: Heinemann. If you would like to take this course for Graduate credit and do not have an account with the college, please contact jmurray@rockteach.org for info.

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

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

Dates: 6/1/2023 to 8/3/2023

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. 3. If you want to take this for graduate credit and don't have an account with Manhattanville, please contact jmurray@rockteach.org for more information.

5. EDPD 5130.01 - Mastering the Teacher Evaluation Process: Effective to Highly Effective Teaching

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

Dates: 6/22/2023 to 8/4/2023

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 Readings: Danielson, Charlotte (2007). Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching. ASCD: Alexandria, VA.; Marzano, Robert (2017). The New Art and Science of Teaching. Solution Tree. Bloomington, Indiana. *Final projects and reflections due online on Aug. 4. If you want to take this for graduate credit and don't have an account with Manhattanville, please contact jmurray@rockteach.org for more information.

6. Social Emotional Learning: A Strategic Approach

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

Dates: 6/27/2023 to 8/29/2023

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).

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

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 7/1/2023 to 8/4/2023

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 3/6-4/24/23. 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. EDPD 5055.01/Work Hard/Think Hard: Developing a Master Teacher Mindset (WTCI)

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 7/1/2023 to 8/4/2023

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 7/1-8/4/23. 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.

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

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

Dates: 7/5/2023 to 8/2/2023

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, purposefully planned and thoughtful implemented. Not all technology is useful for all students. Required Text: "How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms", 3rd Edition, by Carol Ann Tomlinson. If you would like to take this course for Graduate credit and do not have an account with the college, please contact jmurray@rockteach.org for info.

10. Instructional and Educational Strategies for English Language Learners

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

Dates: 7/13/2023 to 8/31/2023

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.

11. Voice Technology as an Effective Teaching Tool

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

Dates: 7/13/2023 to 8/31/2023

One of the most effective teaching tools educators have is their voice. You are able to grab your students' attention, make "boring” topics interesting and inspire your students to learn. Students are surrounded and equipped with smartphones, computers, tablets, etc. and use them in numerous contexts in their daily lives. In any device, whether it is a mobile, tablet, or a computer, voice is a major part and source of engagement for the students which has changed the way they understand and study in today's time . This course will teach you about the many technology tools available to implement more voice in the classroom.

12. Using Technology to Empower Students with Special Needs

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

Dates: 7/14/2023 to 9/1/2023

Most students do not fit into the "one size fits all” theory of a typical classroom setting. Technology has eased the disappointment that many students face with academics. Technology has helped students become excited about learning and empowered them to feel confident in the classroom. This 3 credit course is intended to give educators an opportunity to learn about, explore and implement technology tools that can assist with engaging learners. This course will also explore tools for Special Need Students, Speech and Language Impairments and tools for the Deaf & Hearing. These tools will help students feel more empowered and help them succeed. Required Text: "The UDL Educational Technology Guide 2020: Technology for Special Education” by John F O'Sullivan.