Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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This 15 hour course will give educators an opportunity to share ideas about teaching special education students in a hybrid environment. It is designed as a study of recent articles about this very challenging topic. More and more, educators are asked to find ways to actively engage students with disabilities - a completely new frontier in education. This course will allow teachers to read about the challenges of hybrid education, as well as suggestions for enhancing it. This 5-week course will have 1-2 articles assigned per week. Teachers will read the articles, write a reflection which will be shared with the other course participants, and then share their own ideas about how they might face this challenge or enhance the particular topic. 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.

2. Utilizing Translanguaging in the ENL Classroom

Dates: 9/27/2021 to 9/30/2021

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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 languages, 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. Frontline Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once RTC 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. Early Childhood Professional Learning Community (Zoom)

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 9/28/2021 to 5/3/2022

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The Lower Hudson Early Childhood Professional Learning Community (PLC) will bring 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. Throughout the year, while exploring various topics centered around educating the WHOLE child, PLC members will build a network for sharing support and resources. Each session will be led by a facilitator well versed on the topic and will provide time for participants to collaborate and share resources. The PLC will have the opportunity to earn seven CTLE hours by completing each one hour session. Participants will also have the opportunity to register for the annual full-day Transitions Conference, to be held in Spring 2022. (Transitions Conference participants can earn an additional six CTLE hours). This PLC is co-sponsored by Nyack Teacher Center And Rockland Teachers' Center

4. Paraprofessionals in the 21st Century - Zoom (SRP)

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 9/29/2021

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In this seminar participants will identify the knowledge and skills they bring to their job, understanding the roles and responsibilities of the SRP compared to the classroom teacher, and gain knowledge of legal and ethical standards, including confidentiality. This training is provided by NYSUT ELT (WKS SRPNM1). This training is limited to SRPs.

5. Elementary Math PLC - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 9/30/2021 to 4/26/2022

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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.

6. Mindfulness and Yoga as a Morning Meeting Technique - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 9/30/2021

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Join us in an informative session to learn simple mindfulness techniques, calming breathing exercises and physical movements that you can tie into your daily morning routine with your class. The movements you will learn, easily tie into yoga songs and stories. By becoming a calmer and focused you, your students and everyone around you will benefit. Social emotional learning and time to reset and begin the day is extremely important to start the new school year in a positive way!

7. TPR and ENL

Dates: 10/4/2021 to 10/7/2021

Total physical response (TPR) is a language teaching method based on the coordination of language and physical movement. In TPR, instructors give commands to students in the target language with body movements, and students respond with whole-body actions. A perfect fit for English language 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. Frontline Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once RTC 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 book study will explore implicit bias, the effects of bias in the classroom and levels of culture. Participants will leave with a classroom equity plan including climate surveys, access to the IAT implicit bias test, suggested readings and tools for creating a culturally responsive structured classroom. Participants must secure their own copy of the book: "Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain" by Zaretta Hammond prior to the commencement of the book study. This book study is sponsored by the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network.

9. Marijuana Today: The Blunt Truth -Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 10/6/2021

This one-hour training will cover the newest trends in marijuana consumption, rising levels of THC in marijuana, Marijuana Use Disorder, the effects of THC on the human body - particularly the developing brain, as well as the effects of continued use of THC on educational outcomes and driving. This training is open to all school staff and community members.It falls under NYSED Family and Consumer Science Standard 1 - Personal Health and Fitness. This training is facilitated by Jacqueline Sellen and Brooke Fischer of CANDLE.

10. Culturally Responsive Pedagogy - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 10/7/2021

Culturally Responsive Pedagogyis 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 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.

12. Immersion Lessons for Non-English Speakers

Dates: 10/12/2021 to 10/15/2021

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During this online course experience, participants will explore immersion lessons in English and walk away with numerous samples and strategies. 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.

13. The Secret Behind Wait Time for ENL Students

Dates: 10/12/2021 to 10/15/2021

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Wait time can make or break a lesson. How can something so simple have such an incredible impact? It's the difference between a student fully being engaged and participating and a student becoming frustrated and checking out. During this course, participants will learn strategies to incorporate and utilize wait time to ensure understanding and comfort for ENL 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.
Participants will explore the definition of mindfulness and how it relates to whole child instruction in the classroom. Scenarios and strategies will be used to introduce techniques that will address trauma and other factors that may lead to stress felt by today's students and/or educators. The seminar's interactive activities will model how these techniques can be implemented in a teacher's practice. The content will be mindful of the diverse learners and backgrounds present in a classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to prepare next steps needed to integrate mindfulness into their daily routines. This training is provided by NYSUT ELT (WKS PROF153 & WKS SRP54).This training is limited to SRPs.

15. Strengthening School Community Wellness - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 10/14/2021

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Join SNAP-Ed to explore how food & movement play key roles in learning and in the health of school communities. Learn strategies to bring positive change to your school buildings, boost learning for your students and support staff wellness.

By the end of this session, participants will have an understanding of the importance of building a culture of wellness in school. They will be able to identify policy, systems and environmental strategies that will be discussed in future sessions.

This training will be delivered by Zoom. Facilitators:
Bintou Hinds, Regional Team Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Sonia McGowan, SNAP- ED
Amanda Cappadona,SNAP-ED
This training is part of "Renewing Wellness-A Professional Learning Series for the School Community" and is sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

16. Cross-Cultural Communication

Dates: 10/18/2021 to 10/21/2021

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During this online course experience, participants will learn how to increase communication skills with ELLs and their families to build a stronger home-school connection. By learning the cultural cues and mannerisms, participants will be able to effectively communicate with students and families as well as create a learning environment that is safe and diverse. 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.

17. ENL Verbal and Nonverbal Communication

Dates: 10/18/2021 to 10/21/2021

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Why do we have such a hard time communicating our thoughts back and forth to each other in a way that ensures understanding? During this online course experience, participants will learn how to increase communication skills with ELLs both verbally and nonverbally. 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.

18. Building Resilience in Children and Youth - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 10/21/2021

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This interactive workshop discusses the impact of trauma and chaos on the wellbeing of children, as well as strategies to create a supportive environment fostering resilience. Participants will be introduced to a five-step emotion-coaching process to help students achieve their social and emotional learning goals, as well as the 8 Cs of Resilience. 

By the end of the session participants will be familiar with the five step emotion coaching process and the 8 c's of resilience. Participants will feel more confident discussing the impact of trauma on the wellbeing of students and know which local organizations are there to help. Local agencies will share resources after the presentation.

This training will be delivered by Zoom.
Facilitator: Julika Von Stackelberg, Family & Community Resilience Educator, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Orange County.
This training is part of "Renewing Wellness-A Professional Learning Series for the School Community" and is sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.
Why do we have such a hard time communicating our thoughts back and forth to each other in a way that ensures understanding? During this online course experience, participants will learn how to increase communication skills with ELLs both verbally and nonverbally. 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 ML
This seminar engages educators in discussing the benefits of having consistent and positive family school partnerships through frequent communication. Family Partnerships to Improve Classroom Behavior focuses on how educators can improve and enhance classroom behaviors and relationships with the students and families they serve. This training is provided by NYSUT ELT(WKS SRP56). This training is limited to SRPs.

21. Let's Get Physical - Why Classroom Movement Matters - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 10/28/2021

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Being physically active is about more than obesity prevention. It is also a vital building block for social and emotional wellness. Screen time and seated time have become more prevalent than ever in the classroom environment. We will explore why movement is vital for physical and mental health AND how it can help decrease behavioral problems, increase student learning capacity, and make your classroom a happier place. After the presentation local agencies will share resources.

By the end of this session participants will be able to list at least 5 benefits of incorporating more physical activity in their classrooms. Teachers will feel empowered to incorporate more movement into their classroom this school year and to use running-focused and classroom-based programs as helpful tools.

This training will be delivered by Zoom. Facilitators:
Bintou Hinds, Regional Team Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Amanda Cappadona, SNAP-ED
This training is part of "Renewing Wellness-A Professional Learning Series for the School Community" and is sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.
During this online course experience, participants will explore the importance of home language on literacy development and learn how to foster this language. 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.

23. Nutrition and Your Brain - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 11/4/2021

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Students who are well nourished are more prepared to engage in learning. Let's get students excited about eating well right from the start! Learn about opportunities and strategies to bring free, evidence-based nutrition education into your classroom. Food is fun! Hands-on, interactive nutrition workshops can be a great way to engage students and better prepare them for subjects such as math, reading, science, health, and more! 

By the end of this session, participants will have a better understanding of the connection between food and engaged students with improved academic performance. Participants will also learn how SNAP-Ed can work with their class/school/district and how to get in touch with the team.

This training will be delivered by Zoom. Facilitators:
Bintou Hinds, Regional Team Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Sonia McGowan, SNAP-ED
This training is part of "Renewing Wellness-A Professional Learning Series for the School Community" and is sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

24. Strengthening Home/School Communication

Dates: 11/8/2021 to 11/10/2021

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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

25. Using Cognates with English Language Learners

Dates: 11/15/2021 to 11/18/2021

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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.

26. Increasing Comprehension of ELLs for SRPs - Zoom (SRP)

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 11/17/2021

This seminar will familiarize participants with who our English language learners are and the challenges that they face as they acquire a new language. Participants will have the opportunity to examine how critical culture is and its impact on an English learner's identity as well as explore strategies for making information more comprehensible and accessible to ELLs. This training is provided by NYSUT ELT (WKS SRP31). This training is limited to SRPs.

27. Talking about Transgender Issues with Young Children

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 11/18/2021


This training will cover some transgender 101 topics (understanding gender identity, terminology etc.) and will then cover how to speak with young children, including those in elementary school, about transgender-related issues. 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 Inc.

28. School Wellness: Putting the Pieces Together - Zoom

Location: Zoom (Zoom, Zo)

Dates: 11/18/2021

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This session is for enthusiasts wanting to start or enhance school wellness activities in their school. Leave knowing more about the free resources offered by several nationally recognized organizations and how their models can help you apply universal best practices. With guidance from an experienced school principal and two trainers in the field, move from theory to action that can lead to sustainable healthy school environments.  

By the end of the session participants will have the tools and resources needed to start or revive wellness in their school building or district. They will gain familiarity with at least 3 nationally recognized models and begin action planning using one of the models discussed.

This training will be delivered by Zoom. Facilitators:

Carrie Steindorff, Public Health Education Specialist, Rockland County Department of Health
Bintou Hinds, Regional Team Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Avis Shelby, Principal, Farley Elementary School
This training is part of "Renewing Wellness-A Professional Learning Series for the School Community" and is sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.
During this course, participants will learn to 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 ENL students' engagement and collaboration in whole and small group learning experiences. 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 seminar provides an overview of discipline disparities, restorative practices and ways to promote positive discipline in schools. RP examines recent data collected on disciplinary trends by the US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. Key ideas and components of Restorative Practice are presented. Research and reasons for using restorative practices as an alternative to suspensions and other punitive approaches to misbehavior are explored. This seminar will offer educator's strategies to engage in restorative questioning, dialogue, tier I restorative circles, community building and restorative conversations. This training is provided by NYSUT ELT(WKS SRP55).This training is limited to SRPs.

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.
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.

34. 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.