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1. Online: Exploring and Utilizing Indigenous Language Songs/Oral Storytelling in Teaching

Dates: 4/19/2021 to 4/22/2021

Location: Online

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Songs, or oral storytelling, often reflect cultural values, ethics, and beliefs. In Indigenous cultures, songs are passed down from generation to generation and many are under threat of disappearing. Songs can be stories that honor ancestors and the living world. Many Indigenous songs do not translate directly into another language, a reflection of how the messages are unique and specific to people and place. Participants will explore the connections between songs, culture, and language vitality to increase English language learning in the ENL Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

2. Online: How to Keep ENL Students Engaged During Learning Experiences

Dates: 4/19/2021 to 4/22/2021

Location: Online

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While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

3. Tech Coaching: Coding At All Levels

Dates: 4/20/2021

Location: Virtual

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Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it is important for kids to understand and be able to work with and understand the technology around them. It also helps children with communication, creativity, math,writing, and confidence. This session will overview Code.org and Kodable at all levels of learning. Bring your questions!

4. COVID-19 Vaccine and Prevention - Zoom

Location: Online (online, ny) - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 4/20/2021

Location: Zoom

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From this virtual presentation, participants will gain a deeper understanding of COVID-19 vaccination as a critical tool to ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Common concerns as well as a brief overview of transmission and prevention will be covered along with time for Q&A. This training is co-sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition

Presenter: Carrie Steindorff, MA is a Public Health Education Specialist with the Rockland County Department of Health and has worked with local schools on health and wellness for the past 17 years, chairing the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition during that time. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, her focus has shifted to educating the public about COVID-19 prevention and, more recently, the role of vaccination in protecting oneself, and one's family and community. 

5. Online: Arts & Technology (April 21- May 26)

Audience: All

Dates: 4/21/2021 to 5/26/2021

Location: Online

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Explore free instructional technology best practices and strategies to enhance student learning experiences on image, sound and video. Focus on the NYS Media Arts and Visual Arts of Creating (Cr), Producing (Pr) and Presenting (Pr). Learn how to leverage the power of online tools to sketch, draw, illustrate and edit digital images along with simple audio and video creation to empower student choice and voice to enhance any curricular area. This course is funded through the NYSED Teacher Center grant.

6. Online: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Hybrid Classroom (April 21- May 26)

Audience: All

Dates: 4/21/2021

Location: Online

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Storytelling is an art form which allows people of all ages to connect. Using stories in any classroom will improve student learning by increasing listening comprehension, expanding language patterns and practicing oral communication skills. Additionally, once students learn to tell stories, their pre writing drafts and factual recall will improve. The NCTE supports storytelling in the curriculum with acknowledgement that students can find a reflection of themselves in stories, and that teachers who value storytelling can learn more about students in a unique way. This online course will help teachers find, learn and share a folktale and teach students to do the same. The course will reflect upon the educational importance of storytelling, and provide support and resources to create a lesson plan for hybrid use. It is suitable for all content areas, and all grade levels. Required Readings: In addition to 2 educational articles, each participant chooses one folktale to read and retell. Pamela Schembri is a school library media specialist with 25 years of teaching experience, a professional storyteller, and children's author.

7. Resilient Art Educators Forum 2021: From the Art Studio Classroom to Virtual Learning and Teaching - ZOOM

Audience: All and Art Educators

Dates: 4/21/2021

Location: ZOOM

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Art educators worldwide are introducing new revolutionary and exciting mediums through technology, leaving studio practices temporarily on hold. Art teachers are creating innovative guides, establishing new classroom protocols, while still continuing to focus on their students' art experience. This workshop will present some of the adjustments Art Teachers have made this year past and in moving forward into the future of teaching art. Here we can share art education curves and goals created in our new lesson planning, break down the concepts and concerns, and share our achievements of being a resilient arts educator. This training is cosponsored by Rockland Teachers' Center and Arts Council of Rockland.

8. Students Telling Tales - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 4/22/2021

Location: Zoom

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This workshop provides teachers with techniques to promote student learning and sharing through storytelling. Teachers will return to their classrooms, onsite or remotely, with ways to encourage their students to retell, react, and know what's being taught using storytelling. History, literature, science, or sensitivity training all may be measured by how students turn a curricular requirement into a story.

Jonathan Kruk, M.A.Educational Theater is a long-time storyteller and teaching artist.

9. Online: Language Revitalization and the ENL Classroom

Dates: 4/26/2021 to 4/29/2021

Location: Online

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Language revitalization can be defined as learning activities, including language immersion schools and programs, to cultivate new speakers, especially where intergenerational transmission of the language has been disrupted. Participants will explore the various ways in which each Indigenous speaker is keeping his/her language alive while also learning English. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

10. Online: Using Gamification to Enhance Second Language Learning

Dates: 4/26/2021 to 4/29/2021

Location: Online

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Gamification is the use of game elements and game design techniques in non-game contexts. It also empowers and engages the learners with motivational skills towards a learning approach and sustaining a relaxed atmosphere. This is when ENl students feel most confident and English language learning is a success. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

Many school districts utilize the return to play protocol for returning to physical education. Unfortunately, this means RTPE won't start until the student is symptom free. This could mean a student might not be involved in their PE class for weeks. This can result in a student having anxiety over missing out on being with their friends in PE, as well as worrying about the impact on their PE grade. Also, research shows that subsymptom threshold aerobic exercise is associated with a quicker recovery for people who have suffered a concussion. The Concussion Initiative of the Brain Injury Association of New York State created a committee made up of people involved in physical education to study the problem and designed a protocol that schools can use.

BIANYS offers Social Work CEUs (#0539), Physical Therapy/ PT Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologist & Audiologists, and Occupational Therapy/OT assistants.

Facilitators: Brian P Rieger, PhD, Director of Upstate Concussion Center, Syracuse, NY and Matthew Murphy, Fayetteville-Manlius Physical Education Teacher and K-12 Physical Education Curriculum Coordinator

This training is presented by the Brain Injury Association of NYS and co-sponsored by the Rockland Teachers' Center and Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

12. Virtual Elementary Math PLC - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 4/27/2021

Location: Zoom

The virtual Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators and offer them a place to explore content and current trends in K-5 mathematics, discuss best practices, and celebrate success stories. Sessions will focus on the commonality of math instruction from grades K-5 with an emphasis on using visual models, common vocabulary, hands-on activities, and new technology to support learning. This collaborative effort will provide an avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The PLC meets on 9/1, 9/29, 10/27, 11/24, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, 5/25.
Using the Google Earth tour Celebrating Indigenous Languages, participants will explore Indigenous languages around the world, some of which are at risk of disappearing. Participants will learn about the importance of language revitalization from the unique stories and perspectives of those who speak the world's Indigenous languages. Participants will also Explore how to utilize Google Earth in the ENL classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

14. Online: Utilizing Electronic Graphic Organizers

Dates: 5/3/2021 to 5/6/2021

Location: Online

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Graphic Organizers are a key component to planning, comprehension and production. The visual aspect of graphic organizers is key for the ENL student. This course will share numerous templates that can be used as is or edited. Tricks and tips to create organizers in Google Drawings and Docs will be demonstrated. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

Families are a critical component of their child's success in school. Their responsibilities include providing a healthy environment and teaching lifelong learning habits that will enable academic success. We know that students whose families are engaged in school communities have a more successful educational experience. This seminar will focus on what culturally sensitive engagement looks like for multi-lingual learner (MLL) families and how to create an effective plan for your school or district.

This is a 5 hour online seminar. You have thirty (30) days from the day access is granted to complete and upload all the assignments. An experienced instructor will provide feedback and coaching. At the end of the thirty days, participants who successfully complete the requirements will receive a grade of Pass and a certificate of completion. If not, a grade of Fail will be entered, with no CTLE certificate issued. This online seminar for teaching assistants, teacher aides and other school-related professionals (SRPs) is co-sponsored by the Nyack Teacher Center. Priority to Rockland Teachers' Center member Districts.

RECOGNIZING AND MANAGING CONFLICT defines conflicts as normal and unavoidable occurrences in our everyday lives. Participants will learn how to handle minor conflicts and identify ways to defuse these situation before they can escalate and get out of hand. Components of conflict resolution and key factors to be considered in dealing with conflicts, understanding anger, and strategies for managing and resolving conflicts will be explored.

This is a 5 hour online seminar. You have thirty (30) days from the day access is granted to complete and upload all the assignments. An experienced instructor will provide feedback and coaching. At the end of the thirty days, participants who successfully complete the requirements will receive a grade of Pass and a certificate of completion. If not, a grade of Fail will be entered, with no CTLE certificate issued. This online seminar for teaching assistants, teacher aides and other school-related professionals (SRPs) is co-sponsored by the Nyack Teacher Center. Priority to Rockland Teachers' Center member Districts.

17. Anti-Racist Pedagogy (LHTCN)

Dates: 5/3/2021

Location: ZOOM

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Anti-Racist Pedagogy is the intersection of race consciousness and every interaction that happens in a school environment. These interactions are included but not limited to discipline, grading, curriculum, instruction, less structured time, etc. In this course participants will understand the importance of a racial lexicon, a race-conscious workforce, culturally responsive teaching, and culturally responsive community engagement. This training is sponsored by the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network.

18. Math Storytelling

Audience: Elementary

Dates: 5/4/2021 to 5/11/2021

Location: Virtual Synchronous

Math Storytelling is far more than an accessory when it comes to learning math. As a learning tool, it is purposeful, visually powerful, and offers a way to connect all levels of learners to concepts in an emotionally compelling way. Math stories allow children to question, explore and engage in meaningful conversations about math with their friends. Explore how rich stories can stimulate wonder, combat anxiety and energize your standards- based instruction. This is a synchronous training geared to elementary school educators.

19. Students Telling Tales - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 5/5/2021

Location: Zoom


This workshop provides teachers with techniques to promote student learning and sharing through storytelling. Teachers will return to their classrooms, onsite or remotely, with ways to encourage their students to retell, react, and know what's being taught using storytelling. History, literature, science, or sensitivity training all may be measured by how students turn a curricular requirement into a story.

Jonathan Kruk, M.A.Educational Theater is a long-time storyteller and teaching artist. This training is co-sponosred by Rockland Reading Council, STAC, and RTC

20. Supporting Students Recovering from Concussion: Return to Learn - Virtual

Audience: All

Dates: 5/6/2021

Location: Virtual Webinar

During this one hour session we will examine many areas of a concussion. You will learn about the science of a concussion including leading causes, signs and symptoms. Attendees will gain insight on what it is like to be a student with a concussion trying to attend school. Finally you will learn academic adjustments that you can use to help students who are recovering from a concussion. An update to this presentation also examines considerations and adjustments to virtual learning. This session is facilitated by Michelle Kellen, Brain Injury Association on NYS (BIANYS). BIANYS offers Social Work CEUs (#0539), Physical Therapy/ PT Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologist & Audiologists, and Occupational Therapy/OT assistants. This training is co-sponsored by BIANYS, RTC, and the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

21. SEL in the Blended Classroom

Audience: All

Dates: 5/7/2021 to 6/7/2021

Location: Online, Google Classroom

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The intersection of social-emotional learning and blended teaching methods is more important and relevant now than ever before. Participants in this 15 hour online course will experience a self-guided class that focuses on creating a student-centered classroom which incorporates thoughtful use of technology tools and online digital media with traditional classroom instructional methods. Together we will explore various tools, platforms, and strategies to create engaging classroom environments focused on the social-emotional needs of a diverse group of learners. Participants will design instruction that allows students more control over time, pace, place, and path of their learning. This course is delivered in Google Classroom. Participants will receive a rockteach.org email address to participate.

22. Online: A Perfect Match: Coding and ENL

Dates: 5/10/2021 to 5/13/2021

Location: Online

Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it is important for kids to understand and be able to work with and understand the technology around them. It also helps children with communication, creativity, math,writing, confidence and English learning. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

23. Online: ENL Strategies that Work

Dates: 5/10/2021 to 5/13/2021

Location: Online

During this online course experience, participants will explore and learn best practices for working with ELLs. These strategies will include technology tools and strategies to enhance English articulation and comprehension. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

24. Authenticity and Confrontation - Zoom

Dates: 5/10/2021

Location: Zoom

This training will focus on strategies for effectively connecting with clients and building trust in the therapeutic relationship. The first strategy that we will discuss is using authenticity and vulnerability as a tool for connecting with difficult or avoidant clients. The second is how to use that connection to be able to confront clients without them shutting down as well as to help model healthy relationship dynamics.

This training is open to all school staff.

Social Workers: Check "hours" during the registration process. Social Work CEUs will be awarded by NYSED approved Social Work CEU provider VCS.

25. Online: Using Music to Increase Second Language Acquisition

Dates: 5/17/2021 to 5/20/2021

Location: Online

During this online course experience, participants will explore how the use of music increases second language acquisition for English language learners. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.
What could you do with an Amazon Alexa if you had one? A TON! During this course, participants will learn how to utilize the Amazon Echo in the classroom. Owning an Echo is not required for this class and participants will still gain complete knowledge of how to incorporate it and have time to resources that best match the needs of students. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

27. Anti Racist Pedagogy

Dates: 5/17/2021

Location: ZOOM

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Anti-Racist Pedagogy is the intersection of race consciousness and every interaction that happens in a school environment. These interactions are included but not limited to discipline, grading, curriculum, instruction, less structured time, etc. In this course participants will understand the importance of a racial lexicon, a race-conscious workforce, culturally responsive teaching, and culturally responsive community engagement.

28. Supporting Students Recovering from Concussion: Return to Learn - Virtual

Audience: All

Dates: 5/18/2021

Location: Virtual Webinar

During this one hour session we will examine many areas of a concussion. You will learn about the science of a concussion including leading causes, signs and symptoms. Attendees will gain insight on what it is like to be a student with a concussion trying to attend school. Finally you will learn academic adjustments that you can use to help students who are recovering from a concussion. An update to this presentation also examines considerations and adjustments to virtual learning. This session is facilitated by Michelle Kellen, Brain Injury Association on NYS (BIANYS). BIANYS offers Social Work CEUs (#0539), Physical Therapy/ PT Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologist & Audiologists, and Occupational Therapy/OT assistants. This training is co-sponsored by BIANYS, RTC, and the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

29. Affirming Classrooms for LGBTQ+ Youth -Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 5/19/2021

Location: Virtual - Zoom

This interactive workshop will focus on how to create affirming virtual and in-person classroom environments for your LGBTQ+ students. It will cover terms LGBTQ+ students want you to know, legal considerations, and more. Led by Alex Francisco, Coordinator of Youth & Young Adult Services, and Loren Klein, Coordinator of Transgender & Non-Binary Services, at the Rockland County Pride Center.

30. Domestic Violence 101 - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 5/20/2021

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In this workshop, participants will learn about domestic violence and the complexities that victims and survivors face in navigating the tactics of their abusers. We will explore the answers to "why do abusers abuse?” and "why do victims stay with abusive partners?,” debunking dangerous myths about abusers and victims/survivors along the way. After exploring the many barriers to seeking and accepting support that victims/survivors may face, participants will learn tools to support victims/survivors of domestic violence. This workshop is facilitated by Alexus Williams & Amanda Hugh of Center of Safety and Change.

31. Online: Utilizing Translanguaging in the ENL Classroom

Dates: 5/24/2021 to 5/27/2021

Location: Online

Translanguaging it's the use of various languages in an educational context. As we move toward an even wider world of diverse cultures and language, it's important for students to draw on whatever resources they have to aid their language learning journey. By blending and relying on a variety of linguistic sources, students are able to better communicate ideas. Participants will learn how to incorporate translanguaging into their learning and strategies to support this teaching and learning. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate. Please note that initial class information, including your new RTC gmail, will be sent to the email you have registered on Frontline MLP.

32. Virtual Elementary Math - PLC Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 5/25/2021

Location: Zoom

The virtual Elementary Math PLC (15 hours) is designed to connect elementary math educators and offer them a place to explore content and current trends in K-5 mathematics, discuss best practices, and celebrate success stories. Sessions will focus on the commonality of math instruction from grades K-5 with an emphasis on using visual models, common vocabulary, hands-on activities, and new technology to support learning. This collaborative effort will provide an avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas.