Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. Juneteenth and How it is Celebrated Locally - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo) - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 6/6/2024

Location: Zoom

Learn the history of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, which commemorates the emancipation of the last slaves in the U.S. View items associated with the holiday and Haverstraw's African American history. How is Juneteenth celebrated locally? Explore the African American connection in Haverstraw, NY with Virginia "Ginny" Norfleet, Founder, Haverstraw African American Connection.

The secret to every positive learning environment? Belonging.This is the foundational principle behind "We Belong" by Laurie Barron, Patti Kinney. Are you an educator that believes that community and connectivity are at the heart of every successful classroom? Are you excited to engage in meaningful discussion with colleagues about important topics such as student engagement? If so, this course is for you. In this 15 hour CTLE course we will engage in asynchronous online discussion, study, and interaction about the importance of connectivity in revolutionizing classroom management.

Participants are responsible for securing a copy of We Belong: 50 Strategies to Create Community and Revolutionize Classroom Management by Laurie Barron and Patti Kinney in advance of the course. Dates listed are the start and end date; the course is asynchronous online and available 24/7. A Rockteach email address will be assigned to participate in this course, which will be delivered in Google Classroom.

3. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 7/10/2024

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) teaches the general community how to reduce the risk of suicide in loved ones, colleagues, and neighbors. This is a "gatekeeper” training that helps participants feel equipped and comfortable in talking with people who are going through difficult times, and helping them connect to other supports when needed. Topics include warning signs of suicide risk, what to ask and how to respond, steps for referring someone to help, and resources for assistance. This training is facilitated by Tatiana Yelizarova Phd, Mental Health Association of Rockland.

4. Embodying Courage and Resilience as We Educate for Climate Justice: A Mindfulness Conference for PreK-12 Educators

Location: Omega Insitute for Holistic Studies (Rhinebeck, NY)

Dates: 7/12/2024 to 7/14/2024

Educators will come together to explore how to harness the power of education to help build a just and sustainable future in this course in conjunction with the Mindfulness & Education Conference, 7/12-7/14.

Through lecture, the council process, mindful awareness practices, reflective journaling, storytelling and the creative arts, course participants will:

learn practices to promote well-being, inner resilience, and courage in themselves and their students.

wrestle with a comprehensive vision of what preK-12 education needs to be to meet the needs of our students and humanity in this time of climate crisis.

explore transformative Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Equity strategies for making classrooms and schools beloved communities, as the foundation for climate-justice education.

practice SEL.

gain insights from outstanding educators and young people who are creating wise and imaginative ways to educate for climate justice.

create concrete action plans to implement climate justice sustainability initiatives in their local contexts.

SEPARATE REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE IS REQUIRED . The course is facilitated by Reyna Texler in conjunction with the conference instructors and guest speakers. Contact

5. Book Study - Thrivers by Michele Borba (7/23 - 8/8/24)

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 7/23/2024 to 8/8/2024

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This book study is based on Thrivers, The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine by Michele Borba. We will discuss the certain traits that set Thriver students apart. The traits include: confidence, empathy, self control, Integrity, curiosity, perseverance and optimism. According to the author these traits can be taught to children at any age by parents and teachers. The author gives strategies to help teachers teach children and older students how to cope today so that they can thrive tomorrow. Participants will be expected to complete the work on google classroom. Participants will be responding to journal questions and discussion posts about the book. Participants will be expected to complete an action plan that they will use in their classrooms with the new knowledge gained in the book. Participants must secure a copy of the book prior to the course start date.Member districts have priority for registration.

6. Youth Mental Health First Aid - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Audience: school staff, social workers, coaches, law enforcement, camp counselors, youth group leaders, clergy, and parents

Dates: 7/24/2024

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is an evidence-based training that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to a young person who may be experiencing a mental health or substance-use challenge, a mental health illness or a mental health crisis and how to connect them with appropriate professional, peer, social or self-help care. The course teaches participants how to use a 5-step action plan for both crisis and non-crisis situations.Local and national resources will be provided.

Complete the course and get certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aider by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing for three years.

Participants MUST complete a required 2 - hour self-paced webinar (Pre-work) by July 17, 2024 and have a laptop or desktop computer with camera and microphone capabilities to participate in the 6- hour virtual Instructor-led training.

The 2-hour self-paced online training must be completed 1 week prior to 2/15/24.

Laptop or desktop computer with a camera and sound. Cell phones are not compatible.

Participants must be present 90% of the time to get certified by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing as Youth Mental Health First Aiders.

Participants who register for the training will receive an email from Karen with directions to complete an account profile and to access and complete the required Pre-work.

The course is offered for FREE through a federal (SAMHSA) grant awarded to Community Synergy, a non-profit organization and in conjunction with Rockland Teachers' Center.

This course is offered to any adult over the age of 18.
Facilitators: Adam Billingslea