Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. Content Literacy - Runs online from March 11 to May 13

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 3/11/2021 to 5/13/2021

Participants will access, develop and utilize reading comprehension strategies that will actively engage their students in the learning process. Participants will have the opportunity to develop, implement and discuss instructional strategies to improve the literacy development of students within all classrooms. Participants will learn effective strategies to improve students' acquisition of competencies in listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary, written expression (i.e. mechanics, grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, and editing skills). Participants will access the information and tools necessary to focus student learning through reading and writing across the curriculum. Teachers involved in this course will have the chance to reflect, discuss, and implement strategies to improve understanding of nonfiction text. More specifically, participants will develop strategies to improve their students' writing skills in any type of classroom setting. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 590-R01. This course will run Asynchronously online from Mar. 11, through May 13, 2021.
This course will provide an overview of the characteristics of effective instructional strategies in a general education classroom. Participants will develop strategies to incorporate children with special needs and the programs and procedures used most effectively to serve them. It will also provide information about the laws guiding the education of special education students and the theories, diagnostic procedures and teaching strategies which are most effective with these students. By the end of this course students should have gained a full understanding of: Special health-related issues, Learning processes of the special education student, motivational and communication techniques, classroom management, the means to update knowledge and skills in the subject taught, current trends and issues, special education legislation, characteristics and etiology of specific disabilities, intervention strategies for children with disabilities, how to adapt the learning environment to meet the needs of exceptional children, and identification of students with disabilities. The text The Inclusive Classroom will provide theoretical support and research-based strategies to improve student learning in mainstream classrooms. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 637-R01. This course will run Asynchronously online from March 12 to May 14, 2021.

3. Voice Technology as an Effective Teaching Tool

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 4/8/2021 to 5/27/2021

One of the most effective teaching tools educators have is their voice. You are able to grab your student's attention, make "boring” topics interesting and inspire your students to learn. Students are surrounded and equipped with smartphones, computers, tablets, etc. and use them in numerous contexts in their daily lives. In any device, whether it is a mobile, tablet, or a computer, voice is a major part and source of engagement for the students which has changed the way they understand and study in today's time. This course will teach you about the many technology tools available to implement more voice in the classroom.

4. Teachers Positively Impacting Student Learning: The Three E's of Engagement, Efficacy and Empathy

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 4/19/2021 to 6/21/2021

Participants in this course will investigate ways to impact student behavior and learning by focusing on the Three E's of Engagement, Efficacy and Empathy. Reading and activities will focus explicitly on ways to engage students and to instill in them the confidence in their own ability to succeed. Participants will work collaboratively to develop goals that are SMART: Strategic, Measurable, Attainable, Results-orientated and Timely. Based upon the work of Marzano, participants will design student-centered activities that involve high energy, friendly competition and self-monitoring. These activities will focus on helping students to make sense of information on their own so that the learning is meaningful and the knowledge is more likely to be retained. Finally, teachers will explore ways to help their students to see the connections between hard work and success in school and life. Formerly CMSV CEGE 565.R01.

5. Making Grading Matter

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 5/4/2021 to 6/29/2021

From early childhood education to high school, educators are constantly seeking ways to make assessments and grading meaningful and useful for students. Educators seek grading systems that measure student learning and growth. In this course, we will ask deep questions about the point and value of grading. Participants will think about current grading practices and construct new meanings around this important topic. In this in-service course, participants will research, examine and implement standards based grading systems. Class Texts: "Making Grades Matter", by Matt Townsley, Nathan L. Wear (2021): "Grading From the Inside Out: Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment Through a Standards-Based Mindset (How to Give Students Full Credit for Their Knowledge)", by Tom Schimmer (2016); "Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom", 1st Edition, by Rick Wormelli (2018).

6. Impact of Social Issues in Education

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 5/6/2021 to 7/1/2021

Education is a cornerstone institution in our country and is directly connected to what is referred to as the "American Dream.” Education plays the dual role of preparing students to be active, literate citizens who are prepared to prosper and contribute to our economy. As educators, we have an obligation to fulfill the tenet that all children are entitled to a "free and appropriate education” in the United States of America. In 2021, educators face a myriad of social issues that impact our profession. In this course, participants will research, analyze and discuss some of the important issues facing our students and profession today. Class Texts: "Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain", by Zaretta L. Hammond; "Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College", by Doug Lemov, Norman Atkins.

7. Social Emotional Learning: A Strategic Approach

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 6/29/2021 to 8/24/2021

Learning is a social and emotional act. From early childhood education to the high school level, rigorous learning requires the formation and maintenance of relationships. However, we cannot expect teachers to add more content or adjust curriculum maps to add "more.” Therefore, no matter the grade level, participants will be able to develop social emotional learning strategies to embed in their current teaching assignments. Participants will work closely on the work developed by Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Dominique Smith. We will examine and implement the five-part model of Social Emotional Learning. Required Text: "All Learning Is Social and Emotional: Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for the Classroom and Beyond”, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, Dominique Smith. (2018).

8. Instructional and Educational Strategies for English Language Learners

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 7/1/2021 to 8/26/2021

The demographics and backgrounds of our students is constantly changing yet we, as educators, still primarily utilize expressive language (speaking and reading) to convey information to students and expect them to use receptive language (speaking and listening) to share with us what they have learned. As more and more children come to our schools needing English as a Second Language services, schools are expecting mainstream, "regular education” teachers to meet the needs of our English Language Learners. By the end of this course, participants will be better able to meet the language and academic needs of ELLs in various academic settings. Required Readings: "Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners”, Hill, Jane & Miller, Kirsten (2014). ASCD: Alexandria, VA. And "Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement”, 2nd Edition, Ceri B Dean, Elizabeth Ross Hubbell, Howard Pitler & BJ Stone (2012). ASCD: Alexandria, VA.