Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. Regional Elementary Math Professional Learning Community 22-23 - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 9/20/2022 to 3/28/2023

The 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. This Professional Learning Community is a growing community of learners led by Math Specialist Lynda Brennan and developed around Elementary Math and the Math Next Gen Standards. Ongoing professional learning and discussion are built into the PLC. It is not a repeat course.
Objective #1: At the conclusion of this course the participants will better be able to provide meaningful math experiences for K-5 students based on the new generation NYSED curriculum standards. Participants will actively engage students in the math curriculum by incorporating research-based instructional practices that enhance student understanding and outcomes.

Objective #2:The Elementary Math PLC seeks to provide a venue for math educators to collaborate, explore content, and discuss and reflect on instructional practices. Discussions offer participants new views on how to implement the curriculum in ways that positively impact all learners, improve instructional practices and build math rich cultures at the elementary level.
This 15 hr course will take participants through an eight-week cycle of action research to look at how elementary teachers implement the five pillars of literacy instruction in their classrooms. The course will consist of the spirals look, think, and act protocol Stringer (2014) suggested. Each spiral allows participants to delve deeper into exploring the five pillars of literacy and reflect on their current practices. At the same time, they learn about strategies to increase students' phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Action research is unlike other types of research. This type of research puts a plan of action into play that attempts to influence performance, change practice or process, or even overhaul the entire program (Sager & Williams, 2016). This type of research engages the participants to become problem finders and solutionaries as they cycle or spiral through a carefully constructed action plan that helps them continue looking, thinking, and acting on the problem. With each spiral, their efforts uncover different understandings and answers. This course asks teachers to think about their instructional practices as they become active members of the research process and share their experiences and reflections to try and work towards developing better literacy instruction to benefit their students.
9 hours synchronous on Zoom and 6 hours asynchronous.

3. Early Childhood Professional Learning Community 22-23 (Zoom)

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 10/6/2022 to 5/4/2023

The Lower Hudson Region Early Childhood Professional Learning Community 22-23 (PLC) brings together PreK, Kindergarten, Grade 1 educators and support staff to collaborate, build relationships, and prepare children to develop skills necessary for successful transitions in early childhood. The 22-23 PLC will have sessions on Mindfulness, Music and Literacy, Play-based Numeracy Strategies, Science Themes, and more. Each session will explore a topic centered around educating the WHOLE child. PLC members will build a network for sharing support and resources. Jennifer Tuthil will facilitate the Early Childhood PLC. Each session will consist of an invited presenter well versed on the topic and will provide time for participants to collaborate and share resources. The PLC offers the opportunity to earn 8 CTLE hours by completing each one hour session. This PLC is co-sponsored by Nyack Teacher Center And Rockland Teachers' Center.

4. Grades 3-5 Next Gen Math Uncovered: Explore Key Content and Learning Trajectories, Part 1

Location: Richard P. Connor Elementary School (Richard P. Connor ES, )

Audience: Grades 3-5 Teachers, pre-service teachers, teacher assistants and coaches.

Dates: 10/11/2022 to 11/1/2022

The goal of this training is to explore key aspects of the Next Gen Standards, learning trajectories/coherance links, and best instructional practices for grades 3-5. Next Gen Math Uncovered will help new teachers, tenured teachers, and support staff for grades 3-5 dive into the Next Gen Math Standards with confidence. It's a time to explore NYSED coherance links across the standards and connect content to visual models and routines that will enhance instruction in the math classroom. This training is part one of a multiple part training that collectively address curriculum highlights that span the academic year. Facilitated by Lynda Brennan.

5. It takes a Village Impact, Impact of SRP's, Developing the Whole Child (SRP)

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Audience: Teaching Assistants and other School-Related Professional

Dates: 10/12/2022

This seminar will explore factors impacting student learning and achievement by identifying ways SRPs can support student learning in and out of the classroom. The seminar will focus on crucial skills need to create a safe, welcoming learning environment from the time students board the school bus in the morning until the time they return home at the end of the day. The training is limited to Teaching Assistants and other School-Related Professionals. It is offered in collaboration with NYSUT ELT.

6. Culturally Responsive Pedagogy - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 10/17/2022

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Culturally Responsive 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.

7. Grades K-2 Next Gen Math Uncovered: Explore Key Content and Learning Trajectories, Part 1

Location: Richard P. Connor Elementary School (Richard P. Connor ES, )

Audience: Grades K-2 Teachers, pre-service teachers, teacher assistants and coaches.

Dates: 10/18/2022 to 11/15/2022

The goal of this training is to explore key aspects of the Next Gen Standards, learning trajectories/cohearance links, and best instructional practices for grades K-2. Next Gen Math Uncovered will help new teachers, tenured teachers, and support staff dive into the Next Gen Math Standards with confidence. It's a time to explore NYSED coherence links across the standards and connect content to visual models and routines that will enhance instruction in the math classroom. This training is part one of a multiple part training that collectively address curriculum highlights that span the academic year. Facilitated by Lynda Brennan.
Participants will become acutely aware of the statistical gaps in achievement between different racial groups. The goal is to enlighten educators in the importance of eliminating disparities and realizing the imperative of critically developing cultural proficiency. The group will have candid conversations about race to help educational leaders understand why performance inequity persists and how to guide policy analysis and instructional reform that promote true academic parity. This training will assist educational leaders to examine the achievement gap through the prism of race. Participants must secure a copy of Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools and Beyond by Glenn E. Singleton before the course starts.

9. Foundations of Mentoring for Teachers

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Audience: Teachers with 5 years experience

Dates: 10/22/2022 to 11/19/2022

"Foundations of Mentoring” is a 15 hour course over 3 days online and is for teacher with 5 or more years experience. The model used for the course was developed by the New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Participants will be trained in the mentor-protegé relationship. Participants will understand the stages of adult learning, develop strategies and skills to be effective mentors and gain an understanding of the trust, mutuality, and risk-taking as a mentor. The basic tenets of mentoring can help teachers to not only support new staff members, but develop better collegial relations with team members or grade level partners. Mentors will develop strategies during the training, keep a collaborative log, and keep track of how their work is aligned with the Danielson Framework. Each participant will receive a binder of materials for the course. Faciilitated by Joe Fusaro, Director of Nyack Teacher Center. This training is offered in collaboration with Nyack Teacher Center and East Ramapo Teacher Center and is only open to Rockland Teachers' Center member districts.

10. Understanding the NYSED Culturally Responsive Framework - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 10/24/2022

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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.

11. Social Skills Training Through Music - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Audience: Early Childhood and Elementary Educators and Support staff

Dates: 10/26/2022

Music is the perfect activity to help children build social skills. Through dance and movement songs, singalongs, finger plays and prop songs, children can learn about greetings, turn taking, waiting, sharing, personal space and more! Come away with a list of more than 10 songs and activities you can use right away in your classroom. Your students will love learning social skills! NOTE: No music prior skill necessary to use music in your classroom! This training is facilitated by Jeffrey Friedberg MT-BC, LCAT Music For Life Creative Arts Therapy PLLC. This training is geared toward Early Childhood and Elementary Educators and support staff.

12. Empowering New Teachers for Success during the Pandemic - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 11/1/2022

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It's been challenging for teachers especially new teachers to navigate through the pandemic. This seminar provides a forum for new teachers to discuss the challenges experienced during the pandemic. Participants will be provided with practical tips and strategies to help them continue to grow as new teachers.

13. Establishing Inclusive Classrooms Where Newcomers ELLs Thrive (SRP)

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Audience: Teaching Assistants and other School-Related Professional

Dates: 11/2/2022

Newcomer students are recently-arrived immigrants representative of a range of languages, cultures, school experiences, literacy skills, and immigration circum stances. Many speak little or no English and may lack any formal education in their native countries. Guided by Eight Promising Practices, participants will learn ways to create an inclusive classroom for newcomer ELLs with spaces that embrace the voices of linguistically diverse communities and provide pathways for authentic learning opportunities. The training is limited to Teaching Assistants and other School-Related Professionals. It is offered in collaboration with NYSUT ELT.

14. Developing Virtual Social Learning (SEL) Environments for the Youth (SRP)

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Audience: Teaching Assistants and other School-Related Professional

Dates: 11/9/2022

Mindfulness, SEL techniques and skills assist your students to navigate their learning while developing resilience during the advent of COVID-19. This semi nar will provide a forum for educators to share their concerns, while providing an avenue for educators to build their toolbox to help students during these times. The seminar intends to build on your expertise while providing tips to help students succeed emotionally and academically. The training is limited to Teaching Assistants and other School-Related Professionals. It is offered in collaboration with NYSUT ELT.
During this one hour session 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 provided by Michelle Kellen, Brain Injury Association on NYS (BIANYS). BIANYS offers Social Work (#0539), Physical Therapy/ PT Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologist & Audiologists, and Occupational Therapy/OT assistants. This training is co-sponsored by BIANYS and RTC.

16. Understanding English Language Learners

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 11/15/2022

As a teacher, what can you do with students in your class who are learning English? How can you help them succeed? This seminar focuses on understanding the stages of verbal acquisition and identifying variables that influence the language acquisition process for ELLs. Strategies that have been shown to successfully engage ELLs are examined and instructional and assessment accommodations are demonstrated.This training is co-sponsored by NYSUT ELT. This training is geared to teachers with 1-4 years of service.

17. SIFE Success: Know Your Students and Strategies! - Zoom (SRP)

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Audience: Teaching Assistants and other School-Related Professional

Dates: 11/30/2022

"Help! I have a newcomer in my classroom! What should I do?” Teachers can start by taking this founda tional seminar on Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE) students and spend time exploring characteristics of SIFE students to better serve their needs in the classroom. During this seminar, participants will learn how to design classroom environments and apply specific strategies that both honor students' backgrounds and support the intense needs of this population in order to foster SIFE success. This seminar also provides a strong knowledge base for future learn ing opportunities on SIFE literacy, differentiation and culturally responsive instruction. This training is provided by NTSUT ELT and facilitated by Carmen Vazqueztell. The training is limited to Teaching Assistants and other School-Related Professionals. It is offered in collaboration with NYSUT ELT.
Fifty years of research highlight the benefits of engaged families for student success and school improvement. Unfortunately, widespread improvement in how we view and engage with families, particularly for nondominant families (defined as "those impacted by systemic oppression, such as marginalization based on race, class language or immigration status”) have been slow to take shape. However, according to researcher Dr. Karen Mapp, "due to the pandemic, family engagement is finally being recognized as a core strategic component of any intentional effort to provide equitable and excellent educational opportunities for all children.”  This session will examine challenges to equity-based family engagement including deficit-based views of families, suggest practices and approaches to foster meaningful engagement with families, and recommendations for systems change for schools to implement. This training is offered in conjunction with NYSUT ELT.

19. Language Acquisition and Learning for the SRPs (SRP)

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Audience: Teaching Assistants and other School-Related Professional

Dates: 1/11/2023

How does language development affect learning? Through exposure to research literature and information on language acquisition theory, you will gain a deeper understanding of the intersection of language and learning. Educators will be guided to reflect on how language development affects instruction and learning in their own classrooms. The training is limited to Teaching Assistants and other School-Related Professionals. It is offered in collaboration with NYSUT ELT.

20. Trauma and Resilience - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 1/24/2023

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This introductory seminar provides a forum for educators to discuss what we mean by ‘trauma' and how toxic stress impact development and learning. This session will provide information to help educators learn how to boost students' resilience. This training is offered in conjunction with NYSUT ELT.

21. The IEP: Supporting Student Instruction (SRP)

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Audience: Teaching Assistants and other School-Related Professional

Dates: 1/25/2023

Being a school-related professional today requires many skills to become an integral part of school wide 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 success. In this seminar participants will become familiar with the special education process, terms/ concepts, and learn what is in an IEP and how it impacts an SRPs role in supporting student instruction. The training is limited to Teaching Assistants and other School-Related Professionals. It is offered in collaboration with NYSUT ELT.
During this one hour session 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 provided by Michelle Kellen, Brain Injury Association on NYS (BIANYS). BIANYS offers Social Work (#0539), Physical Therapy/ PT Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologist & Audiologists, and Occupational Therapy/OT assistants. This training is co-sponsored by BIANYS and RTC.