Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. Online: Strengthening Home/School Communication

Audience: All

Dates: 3/1/2021 to 3/4/2021

Location: Online

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During this online course experience, participants will learn how to build home language connections to increase second language acquisition. 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.

2. Tech Coaching: Using EDPuzzle Blended Learning & Assessment - Virtual

Dates: 3/2/2021

Location: Virtual

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During this session you will learn to use EdPuzzle. This tool helps you create and incorporate video into blended learning experiences and assessments. EdPuzzle allows you to add comments and questions into any video and track your students' responses. Bring your questions on EdPuzzle to this synchronous training!
Video is an incredibly powerful tool for instruction. During this session, you will learn to use Screencastify to create and embed videos into any curriculum. You will learn to use Screencastify to capture your desktop presentations and create videos to be used for teaching and learning. Bring your questions on Screencastify to this synchronous training!

4. Online: Using Cognates with English Language Learners

Audience: All

Dates: 3/8/2021 to 3/11/2021

Location: Online

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A word is cognate with another if both are derived from the same word in another language. During this online course experience, participants will explore how the use of cognates support English Language Learning and how to explore the effect of false cognates. 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.
Gmail is always a busy forum but it can be overwhelming in a remote or hybrid teaching environment. This session will focus on tips and tricks that will help make gmail manageable and not a burden. We will cover everything from labeling for organization to filtering for a clean Inbox. Bring your questions!
During this session participants use and utilize the Google app Jamboard. Jamboard makes learning visible and accessible to all collaborators on the Jam. It is a fantastic tool to boost student engagement and collaborative in whole and small group learning experiences. Bring your questions!

7. Online: The Best Apps & Extensions That Benefit ELLs

Audience: All

Dates: 3/15/2021 to 3/18/2021

Location: Online

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During this online course experience, participants will explore the best apps and extensions to use with ELL students. These apps and extensions will allow you to add a new dimension to your teaching and will allow students to continue to enhance and reinforce their academic skills outside of "traditional” classroom instruction. 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.
This session will focus on Google Slides and the different ways to utilize this app. Participants will see an overview on Google Slides and how to create: brochures, programs, electronic books, online graphic organizer student templates and animated GIFs (images). Bring your questions!
Are you a Google Sites user? Join us for this session and explore some new features and tricks and tips for utilizing your site for families and students. Bring your questions!

10. Online: Strategies for Teaching Mathematics to ELLs

Audience: All

Dates: 3/22/2021 to 3/25/2021

Location: Online

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.
Did you know that you could use the Sections feature in Google Forms to create blended or self-paced lessons? It is a great way to flip your classroom and supply students with the resources for reinforcement they may need. Come and learn how. Bring your questions!
Graphic Organizers are a key component to planning, comprehension and production. This session 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. Bring your questions!

13. Tech Coaching: Incorporating Virtual Field Trips

Dates: 4/13/2021

Location: Virtual

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Field trips enhance any learning experience and bring authenticity. These exciting experiences can happen even in a remote learning environment. During this session numerous examples of virtual field trips will be shared and explored. Bring your questions!
Brainpop houses various features and tasks beyond video. This session will overview the reading and writing components as well as the Make-A-Movie feature. Explore the resources Bring your questions!

15. 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!