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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.

2. Autism: Behavior Planning

Dates: 12/15/2021

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Autism: Behavior Planning - We discuss when a behavioral intervention is called for, the A*B*C Chart, target behaviors, the functional analysis, contextual factors, pro-active strategies, teaching alternative behaviors, re-active strategies, reinforcers, de-escalation techniques, and data collection. This training is available on site at Jawonio Autism Resource Training Center or virtually. This training is offered in partnership with Jawonio.

3. Working with Students with Autism - A Professional Learning Community #5 - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 12/15/2021

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The Autism Spectrum Disorder PLC is run in conjunction with Jawonio's trainings on Autism. Each session will follow a Jawonio training. Participants will explore how to apply the trainings content into best practices. The PLC will provide an avenue for rich discussions, shared ideas, and success stories around working with students with Autism.

Topic #5: Behavior Planning

Possibility for stackable inservice hours and graduate credit pending; pathway to undergraduate degree pending. The PLC will be facilitated by Kristin Kiggins, Supervisor of Behavior Specialists, Jawonio.

4. Building Bridges Through Student Storytelling

Dates: 12/20/2021 to 12/23/2021

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A wonderful way to build bridges with newcomer students is by having the students share their story. Participants in this course will learn tasks and tools that help students create ways to tell their story and begin to build connections in the 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.
During this online course experience, participants will engage in an introduction to the research proven SIOP Model©. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google 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.

6. SIOP Lesson Planning: What the Difference?

Dates: 1/10/2022 to 1/13/2022

During this online course experience, participants will learn how SIOP lesson planning differs from mainstream classroom planning through exploring the SIOP Planning templates and resources. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google 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.
Ready for something magical in your pocket, like a quick mindfulness technique to get you ready for the next class? Want to learn a great yoga break kids love to use to burn off some energy and come right back to focus? Bari will share tools that you can incorporate instantly to help create a magical discipline in your in-person or virtual classroom. She will also share 5 techniques you can use to calm anxiety in minutes. You'll leave with amazing new tools for your toolbox, and you'll be ready to support your students (and yourself) when you get back to the "classroom.” Please bring some colored markers or pencils for one of Bari's favorite mindfulness games that can bring calm in literally seconds.

8. Using Screencastify and the Built-in Editor

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Dates: 1/11/2022 to 1/13/2022

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During this 3-hour asynchronous workshop participants will learn about the various tools built in to the Screencastify recorder while recording a lesson they can use in their classroom using Screencastify. They will learn to use the built-in editor to crop clips, combine clips, rearrange clips and then download the final product. This asynchronous training is available online from the start date to the end date.
This one-hour training will define gambling, discuss what types of gambling are available, and where gambling is taking place in New York State, as well as which groups are at a higher risk for developing a problem gambling, the spectrum of gambling behaviors, and co-morbidities that are often seen alongside accompany problem gambling. The training is provided by CANDLE.

10. Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom (1/12/22-2/18/22)

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 1/12/2022 to 2/28/2022

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 prewriting 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 15 hour 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 classroom 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 school library media specialist with 25 years of teaching experience, a professional storyteller, and children's author. Course dates in Frontline are the beginning and end date. Course is available 24/7.
During this online course experience, participants will explore teaching strategies using The SIOP Model ® for History-Social Studies K-12. Showcasing tasks and examples work well with all students, especially ELLs, enabling them to explore, practice, and apply key concepts and academic language. 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.
Closing the achievement gap among all students requires addressing all factors that influence their achievement and behavior including: classroom learning, school climate, and motivation theory. In this seminar participants will learn that a positive educational environment is a major ingredient of eff ective schools. Participants will examine research-based techniques that empower "at risk” students, decrease problem behavior, and improve student achievement in general. When the environment is engaging, the likelihood for success is greatly increased. This training is provided by NYSUT ELT (WKS SRPNM6).This training is limited to SRPs.

13. Youth Mental Health First Aid

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 1/20/2022

Youth Mental Health First Aid is the initial help offered to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge, mental health disorder or a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate help is received or until the crisis resolves. This course is designed to reduce the stigmas associated with mental health illnesses. In this course participants will learn how to recognize warning signs of mental health and substance use challenges and implement a 5-step action plan.
The course is divided into two sessions. Participants are required to complete a 2-hour self-paced webinar at least one week prior to the instructor-led training. The instructor-led training is a 6- hour training, which includes breaks.
Participants will need a laptop or desktop with camera and microphone capabilities to participate in the instructor-led training. As per the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, participants are expected to be present with cameras on 90% of the instructor-led training.

14. Skills for Working with Guarded Children

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 1/20/2022


This training will cover skills to help develop a relationship with guarded children to enable guarded children to open up about their concerns. The training will touch on skills related to using vulnerability, understanding guardedness as it relates to power differences in the relationship, methods of joining with resistance, the "circles of safety” method, empathizing with the resistance, handing over control and other useful methods for developing trust and moving through or around the underlying sources of resistance. Minimum of 15 required. This training is delivered via Zoom.

This training is provided through a collaboration between VCS Inc and RTC. Social Workers: Check "hours" during the registration process. Social Work CEUs will be awarded by NYSED approved Social Work CEU provider VCS.
During this online course experience, participants will explore teaching strategies using The SIOP Model ® for Mathematics K-12. Specific tasks and examples will be included to provide practice and application of key concepts and academic language for ELLs. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. Please note that there are suggested timelines for work completion. Since this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions, 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.

16. Create Comic Strips for Use in Your Classroom

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Dates: 1/25/2022 to 1/27/2022

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During this 3-hour asynchronous workshop participants will be introduced to Pixton.com, an online comic strip creator. Participants will learn the features and tools and design a comic strip that they can use in their classroom. These new skills could be turn-keyed to the students after confirming that the app is approved for use with students in their district. This asynchronous training is available online from the start date to the end date.

17. Book Study: Confronting Racism In Education - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 1/25/2022 to 3/22/2022

This 15 hour synchronous course will encourage participants to use an equity lens to allow them to recognize and have "courageous conversations" about the importance of breaking institutional practices and barriers, and to help develop an awareness of their own teaching practices. This connects with many educational initiatives because we're working to change the inequities to achieve success for ALL students. This course meets weekly via Zoom on Tuesdays (no class February 22). Participants should secure a copy of the book, Confronting Racism In Teacher Education by Bree Picower for the first class. Each week participants must write in their own journal about the class discussions and any "aha” moments.
This interactive workshop will focus on how to create affirming classroom environments for your LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) students. It will cover terms LGBTQ+ students want you to know, legal considerations, and more. Led by Alex Francisco, Director of Youth & Young Adult Services, and Loren Klein, Director of Health & Wellness, at the Rockland County Pride Center.

19. E-books for ELLs

Dates: 1/31/2022 to 2/3/2022

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E-books should be introduced for learning because this is a digital era. Everyone is having a smartphone and a tablet. So, if E-Books are introduced, it will be of great help. Access to knowledge in terms of flexibility has changed.E- books also help teach ESL as a secondary language.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.
Ending the achievement gap between students with and without disabilities requires addressing the essential factors that can influence their success. This three-hour training provides up-to-date information on the clinical and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Attention will be given to how these features manifest themselves and present unique instructional and learning challenges within educational settings. The seminar provides evidence based, pro-active strategies for helping children and adolescents with ASDs succeed in schools today. This training is provided by NYSUT ELT(WKS SRP12).This training is limited to SRPs.

21. Renewing Wellness : Self Care for the School Community - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 2/3/2022

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This training will focus on Stress Management for Wellness. The presentation will cover the different types of stress and how to use the 4 A's of Stress Management: Avoid, Alter, Adapt, Accept.
As stress management can be a unique process for each person, we will be reviewing creative ways of managing stress for participants to consider and implement.
Outcomes
1. Participants will be able to distinguish between different types of stress including eustress,distress, chronic stress, and acute stress.
2. Participants will be able to identify the 4 A's of Stress Management: Avoid, Alter, Adapt, Accept.
3. Participants will be able to recognize at least 2 stress management techniques for self care.
This presentation is sponsored by Montefiore Nyack Hospital and part of "Renewing Wellness" Series sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

22. ENL Strategies that Work

Dates: 2/7/2022 to 2/10/2022

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.

23. Restorative Practices - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 2/9/2022

In this workshop participants will explore Restorative Practices as a tool to build social capital and achieve social discipline through participatory learning and decision-making. All humans are hardwired to connect. Just as we need food, shelter and clothing, human beings also need strong and meaningful relationships to thrive. Restorative practices is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities. Though new to the social sciences, restorative practices has deep roots within indigenous communities throughout the world.

NAMI Ending the Silence for Educators is a free 1 -hour mental health discussion for school professionals to help them better understand the emotional and behavioral difficulties that may be early warning signs of mental health concerns in the children and adolescents in their classrooms. This presentation also provides tips on how to intervene once the symptoms are recognized and suggestions on how to communicate with the parents and caregivers of the students to achieve the best possible outcome.

This free, virtual presentation is led by a team from your community consisting of a young adult with a mental health condition a staff member from NAMI Rockland familiar with resources available in the community. The presentation will share how to:

Understand the difference between "bad behavior” and symptoms of a mental health condition

Recognize early warning signs.

Communicate and partner with families effectively.

Link to community services quickly.

Create a supportive learning environment for all students.
During this online course experience, participants will learn strategies to support English Language Learners in the mainstream classroom. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google 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.

26. Early Literacy

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 2/15/2022

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This early literacy training will cover the Pillars of Literacy, Reading and the Brain, Phonological Awareness, and Ways to Support Young Readers. This training is sponsored by Rockland Reading Council, STAC and RTC. Dr. Christina Clark of the Nyack School District will facilitate the session.
Increasingly our students experience exposure to multiple or prolonged traumatic events, such as child abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic violence. This experience directly affects their social and emotional development and negatively impacts their behavior and academic growth in school. It is becoming more common that educators are faced with the challenges of connecting with and educating students who have endured complex trauma. Often the hurt that is felt by the student is placed on the educator and it can manifest in a variety of ways. This seminar will engage participants in understanding the roots of trauma, its prevalence and causes, the characteristics and associated behaviors, as well as learning how to work with traumatized students in a proactive and positive way. This training is provided by NYSUT ELT(WKS SRP45). This training is limited to SRPs.
Participants will explore the Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CR-S) framework which is intended to help education stakeholders create student-centered learning environments that affirm cultural identities; foster positive academic outcomes; develop students' abilities to connect across lines of difference; elevate historically marginalized voices; empower students as agents of social change; and contribute to individual student engagement, learning, growth, and achievement through the cultivation of critical thinking.

Knowing the signs and impact of trauma when presenting in a student can be an immediate opening for needed support, and help them thrive in and out of the classroom. The training content will provide an overview of basic assessment and cover ways of connecting with the hyperactive or disengaged student who may be carrying more than books in their backpack. This training is delivered via Zoom. Minimum of 15 required.

This training is provided through a collaboration between VCS Inc and RTC. Social Workers: Check "hours" during the registration process. Social Work CEUs will be awarded by NYSED approved Social Work CEU provider VCS.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is the initial help offered to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge, mental health disorder or a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate help is received or until the crisis resolves. This course is designed to reduce the stigmas associated with mental health illnesses. In this course participants will learn how to recognize warning signs of mental health and substance use challenges and implement a 5-step action plan.
The course is divided into two sessions. Participants are required to complete a 2-hour self-paced webinar at least one week prior to the instructor-led training. The instructor-led training is a 6- hour training, which includes breaks.
Participants will need a laptop or desktop with camera and microphone capabilities to participate in the instructor-led training. As per the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, participants are expected to be present with cameras on 90% of the instructor-led training.

31. Utilizing Electronic Graphic Organizers

Dates: 2/28/2022 to 3/3/2022

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

This interactive webinar's three main objectives are:

Attendees will gain an understanding of the medical aspects of a concussion

Attendees will gain an appreciation of the struggles a concussed student face

Attendees will learn strategies to help concussed students be successful in returning to academics.

This presentation has been viewed by over 2,000 people employed in the educational field. This includes teachers, nurses, social workers, administrators and even bus drivers. The techniques discussed are well used education techniques for many current students. Attendees will learn how to apply them to students who have suffered a concussion.

Presenter: Michelle Kellen, M.Ed., Professional Development Manager, Brain Injury Association of New York State.

BIANYS will provide CEUs in the following areas: Social Work, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and Occupational Therapy. RTC will provide CTLE hours

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

33. Traumatic Brain Injury Seizure First Aid - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo) - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 3/22/2022

Location: Zoom


The TBI ( Traumatic Brain Injury) seizure first aid class was developed to educate about what a TBI is, TBI & epilepsy, discuss treatments, show how to care for a person having a seizure, dispel myths/stigma, and spread awareness. This training focuses on epilepsy with TBI geared as a cause

Presented by Michelle Quinn of Capabilities Partnership. Capabilities Partnership is a non profit organization that services individuals in the lower Hudson Valley who live with TBI, epilepsy and/or other neurological disorders.

Often for a student to Return to physical education classes following a concussion they need to go through the Return to Play Protocol. Return to Play was designed to return athletes to competition and is predicated on a student being symptom free before they can start the protocol. If school districts use this for physical education classes students can miss many weeks of class and the social, physical, and emotional benefits that these classes provide. Also, research has shown activity can be beneficial for recovery from concussion.

This interactive webinar will examine a new approach to Return to Physical Education after a concussion. The process of a gradual return to activity will be examined. Also, impediments for the implementation of return to physical education will also be discussed. Solutions will be offered to help clear these roadblocks.

Presenter: Michelle Kellen, M.Ed., Professional Development Manager, Brain Injury Association of New York State.

BIANYS will provide CEUs in the following areas: Social Work, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and Occupational Therapy.

RTC will provide CTLE hours.

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

35. Cultural Awareness with the Latino Population

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 4/7/2022

This training will assist school staff with understanding child behavior and norms in the Latino Population to improve staff ability to connect with and respond to child needs and expression. Delivered via Zoom. Minimum of 15 required.
This training is provided through a collaboration between VCS Inc and RTC. Social Workers: Check "hours" during the registration process. Social Work CEUs will be awarded by NYSED approved Social Work CEU provider VCS.