Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. Online: A Perfect Match: Coding and ENL

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

Location: Online

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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, 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.

2. Online: ENL Strategies that Work

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

Location: Online

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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.

3. Increasing Student Engagement (May 10-June 11) - Online

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 5/10/2021 to 6/11/2021

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This 15 hour asynchronous course is designed to help educators improve student engagement. With the onset of COVID, students and teachers were thrown into a whole new arena of teaching. With that came challenges that could not have been imagined. As the new hybrid-remote model began, more and more students seemed to become more detached from the curriculum. They are experiencing internet issues, not showing their faces on camera, and not interacting like they used to with their peers and teachers. What can we do to try and remedy this situation and encourage our students to become more interested and involved in their learning?

Participants will read articles, watch videos, and study strategies that have been used by others in their field. They will develop and share their ideas on student engagement with the other participants in the course.

This course will be delivered via Google Classroom. Participants will receive a rockteach email address to participate. Dates listed are the start and end date.

4. Domestic Violence and School Aged Children - Zoom

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 5/13/2021

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Children and adolescents who witness domestic violence and abuse are at an increased risk of experiencing emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and developing emotional and problematic behaviors. This training will focus on the dynamics of Domestic Violence, the role that power and control plays in abuse, and will give participants the ability to supplement their knowledge with information and tools that are specifically focused on the impact of domestic violence on children and families. Participants will learn appropriate and helpful responses when responding to disclosures and observations of abuse. Special focus will be on the physical and emotional behaviors and indicators of abuse of children from elementary to high school age. Participants will be able to identify ways to help students and their families. This training is sponsored by the Center for Safety and Change.

5. Online: Using Music to Increase Second Language Acquisition

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

Location: Online

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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.

7. Anti Racist Pedagogy

Dates: 5/17/2021

Location: ZOOM

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.

8. Teaching Local Black History: A Panel Discussion - Zoom

Location: Online (online, ny) - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 5/18/2021

Location: Zoom

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The Harriet Tubman A Journey to Freedom Sculpture is on display at Haverstraw African American Park in Haverstraw from 4/20-6/7. Virginia Norfleet, founder of the Haverstraw African American Connection, will moderate this session. She will be joined by educators as they discuss how to incorporate black history into the classroom, highlighting Harriet Tubman and local Black history.

The mission of the Haverstraw African American Connection is to research, recover, preserve and teach the rich culture and contributions of African American's with emphasis on the African American people of Haverstraw N.Y.

Registrants are encouraged to visit the Haverstraw African American Park and see the Harriet Tubman sculpture and take part in some of the activities offered in conjunction with the sculpture in Haverstraw. https://www.thehaac.com//haverstraw-african-american-memoria

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Domestic Violence 101 - Zoom

Audience: All

Dates: 5/20/2021

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 for Safety and Change.

12. Online: Utilizing Translanguaging in the ENL Classroom

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

Location: Online

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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.

13. Human Trafficking 101 - Zoom

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 5/24/2021

In this presentation the Center For Safety & Change staff will educate on some of the complexities of Human Trafficking. Our agency will go over different trafficking types, such as labor, commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. We will share signs to be aware of in the school community. We break down recruitment methods by traffickers, describe who the traffickers are, and identify populations that are at a exponentially higher risk. As we wrap up our presentation we give resources including our agencies hotline number, the national human trafficking hotline number and give an overview of the services offered at the Center For Safety & Change. This training is sponsored by the Center For Safety & Change.

14. 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.

15. Engaging Students in Difficult Conversations - Zoom

Location: Online (online, ny)

Audience: Middle and High School educators

Dates: 6/1/2021

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This interactive workshop will provide Middle and High School educators with strategies to facilitate a classroom environment in which all students are encouraged to share their experience and perspectives on issues of bias, injustice and oppression within the content of current events. Online via Zoom. Zoom link will be sent to participants just before the start date. Co-sponsored with Nyack Teacher Center. ​