Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. Content Literacy Instruction

Location: Online (online, ny)

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

Participants will access, develop and utilize reading comprehension strategies that will actively engage their students in the learning process. Participants will have the opportunity to develop, implement and discuss instructional strategies to improve the literacy development of students within all classrooms. Participants will learn effective strategies to improve students' acquisition of competencies in listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary, written expression (i.e. mechanics, grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, and editing skills). Participants will access the information and tools necessary to focus student learning through reading and writing across the curriculum. Teachers involved in this course will have the chance to reflect, discuss, and implement strategies to improve understanding of nonfiction text. More specifically, participants will develop strategies to improve their students' writing skills in any type of classroom setting. Required Readings: Marshall, Jeff (2016). The Highly Effective Teacher; Harvey, S. and Goudvis, A. (2000) Strategies that Work. Other Readings: Sprenger, Marilee (2013). Teaching the Critical Vocabulary of the Common Core. This course will run asynchronously online from Jan. 3-Mar. 6, 2023. Only start and end dates are listed.
This course will provide an overview of the characteristics of effective instructional strategies in a general education classroom. Participants will develop strategies to incorporate children with special needs and the programs and procedures used most effectively to serve them. It will also provide information about the laws guiding the education of special education students and the theories, diagnostic procedures and teaching strategies which are most effective with these students. By the end of this course students should have gained a full understanding of: Special health-related issues, Learning processes of the special education student, motivational and communication techniques, classroom management, the means to update knowledge and skills in the subject taught, current trends and issues, special education legislation, characteristics and etiology of specific disabilities, intervention strategies for children with disabilities, how to adapt the learning environment to meet the needs of exceptional children, and identification of students with disabilities. The text The Inclusive Classroom will provide theoretical support and research-based strategies to improve student learning in mainstream classrooms. Required Readings: Mastropieri & Shruggs., The Inclusive Classroom-The Loose-Leaf Version-5th edition, 2014 and Sprenger, Marilee. How to Teach Students so Students Remember - 2nd Edition, 2018. This course will run asynchronously from Jan. 4-Mar. 7. 2023. Only start and end dates are listed.

3. Teachers Positively Impacting Student Learning: The Three E's of Engagement, Efficacy and Empathy

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

Dates: 1/5/2023 to 3/3/2023

Participants in this course will investigate ways to impact student behavior and learning by focusing on the Three E's of Engagement, Efficacy and Empathy. Reading and activities will focus explicitly on ways to engage students and to instill in them the confidence in their own ability to succeed. Participants will work collaboratively to develop goals that are SMART: Strategic, Measurable, Attainable, Results-orientated and Timely. Based upon the work of Marzano, participants will design student-centered activities that involve high energy, friendly competition and self-monitoring. These activities will focus on helping students to make sense of information on their own so that the learning is meaningful and the knowledge is more likely to be retained. Finally, teachers will explore ways to help their students to see the connections between hard work and success in school and life. Required Readings: Fisher, Douglas & Frey, Nancy (2007). Checking for Understanding and Himmele, P. and Himmele, W. (2011). Total Participation Techniques. Final projects will be delivered via email on Mar. 3, 2023.

4. Building a Tech-Infused 3D STEM Lesson Based on the New NYSSLS Standards

Location: Rockland Teachers' Center Institute - Stony Point (Stony Point, NY)

Dates: 1/10/2023 to 5/16/2023

In this 45-hour course, participants will be introduced to the NYSSLS standards. An overview of the Science and Engineering practices (SEP) and the Cross Cutting Concepts (CCC) will be explored through the lens of a specific STEM topic. Participants will work through the standards at their grade level (K-12) and practice data collection and analysis for a hands-on lab experience. During the last 15 hours, participants will develop and work through an engineering project on a standard of their choice. In addition to STEM exposure, the EdTech sections will explore different technologies that can be used for data collection, analysis, and presentation. The sessions will be part in person and part asynchronous depending on the session content. This hybrid course will meet 27 hours in person. The remaining hours will be asynchronous on the dates listed.

5. Using Technology to Empower Students with Special Needs

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

Dates: 2/7/2023 to 4/18/2023

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.

6. 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).

7. 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.