Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. Digital Citizenship

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

Dates: 3/12/2020 to 5/7/2020

Digital Citizenship for 21st Century Learners Technology use in our classrooms continues to increase at a fast pace. This course will teach you to develop a positive and healthy classroom environment where digital citizenship is embedded in all aspects of learning. Participants will develop strategies for teaching the nine essential elements of digital citizenship, including how to use proper online etiquette, find online resources for research and learning, appropriately report and prevent cyberbullying, and protect one's identity online. In addition, you will cultivate techniques for integrating digital citizenship lessons into instruction and assessments to help students make informed and responsible decisions when using technology. Students will be prepared to use technology in a safe, responsible and meaningful way. *Final projects are due on May 7, 2020.

2. Content Literacy Instruction

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

Dates: 4/2/2020 to 5/28/2020

Participants will access, develop and utilize reading comprehension strategies that will actively engage their students in the learning process. The course will provide 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. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 590-R01.

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

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

Dates: 4/6/2020 to 5/13/2020

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 develp 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. Formerly CMSV CEGE 565-R01.

4. Making Inclusion Work: Instructional Strategies for Students with Learning and Behavior Problems - 3 Credits

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

Dates: 5/7/2020 to 6/18/2020

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. Formerly CMSV - CEGE 637-R01.