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1. Updating Your School District's Wellness Policy: Why, How and When

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

Audience: district wellness coordinator, food service director and school district business/fiscal director

Dates: 1/16/2020

Participants will learn about the triennial policy update mandate, the WellSAT 3.0 assessment tool, and receive insight and tips on the policy update and approval process. It is encouraged to attend the training as a team that includes the district wellness coordinator, food service director and school district business/fiscal director. The trainers are Ms. Bintu Hinds, Cornell Cooperative Extension, SNAP Ed program, and Carrie Steindorff, Program Specialist, School Health Coordinator, Rockland County Department of Health. This program is sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

2. Discussing and Disrupting Poverty: Conversation, Research and Action

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: All

Dates: 1/22/2020

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Whether or not you have attended a Poverty Simulation Experience, come continue conversations that were started by looking at what research states about poverty and effective strategies for reaching students and families. Using several resources including, Disrupting Poverty and Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind, participants will develop an action plan for next steps in their classroom/office that will help engage all students. Mary Catherine Hillman is the Director of the Ossining Staff Development Center and a Literacy Teacher.

3. How to Implement Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) using Conflict Resolution and Restorative Practices - A CRC Model

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Dates: 1/23/2020 to 5/21/2020

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This 30 hour course, created by Creative Response to Conflict, includes a 15 hours of training followed by 15 hours participating in a Professional Learning Community (PLC). The course will introduce participants to SEL, Conflict Resolution and Restorative Practices; the PLC is designed to facilitate sharing of best practices for implementation of the skills and concepts learned in the 15 hour training. Educators will explore the 3 SEL competencies and how to effectively integrate social and emotional learning (SEL) into academic subject areas with sample lessons. Participants will learn key conflict resolution skills, including escalation and de-escalation, win-win, open questions, paraphrasing, active listening and I-messages. At the end of the course, participants will have the requisite skills to create a more welcoming school environment and a more effective model for managing discipline issues. This course is offered for CTLE or PD only. This course is open to staff from East Ramapo, Newburgh, and North Rockland per the NOVO grant awarded to Creative Response to Conflict.

4. Elementary Math PLC

Audience: K-5 Math Educators

Dates: 1/28/2020

The Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators in the region offering them a place to meet, 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 avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The Elementary Math PLC is hosted by R.P. Connor Elementary School, Suffern Central School District. Register for individual Elementary Math PLC sessions on October29, November 26, January 28, February 25, or March 31. There will be a Snow date on April 28 if needed .

5. Enhancing Oral Literacy and Knowledge in Social Studies through Storytelling

Location: St. Thomas Aquinas College (Sparkill, NY) - Lougheed Library

Audience: All

Dates: 1/28/2020

Location: Lougheed Library

Explore helping your students find their voice in their community and history, including techniques for getting students to turn information about where they live, other cultures and local history into stories they share. Students who learn to tell stories better understand topics, and social studies themes. This will be a "voice on" workshop Participants will learn how to get their students to tell stories by trying out techniques themselves. All will leave with learning activities to take to the classroom. This workshop is sponsored by Rockland Reading Council, St Thomas Aquinas College, and Rockland Teachers' Center,

6. Boost Learning and Health with Physical Activity in School

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: Teachers, school nurses and wellness teams, administrators, youth-serving professionals, and parents

Dates: 2/4/2020

Two decades of research supports the recommendation that physical activity throughout the day contributes to both health, reduced stress and improved memory and executive function for children and adults. How can educators use this information to improve learning outcomes in an already packed schedule? Learn simple physical activities from CATCH and walking/running initiatives to enhance each school day with improved learning and well being for both students and teachers. Facilitator: Ms. Carrie Steindorff, School Health Coordinator, Program Specialist, Rockland County Department of Health. This program is sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

7. Enhancing Oral Literacy and Knowledge in Social Studies through Storytelling

Location: George Miller Elementary School (George Miller ES, ) - Library

Audience: Nanuet TAs

Dates: 2/10/2020

Location: Library

Explore helping your students find their voice in their community and history, including techniques for getting students to turn information about where they live, other cultures and local history into stories they share. Students who learn to tell stories better understand topics, and social studies themes. This will be a "voice on" workshop. Participants will learn how to get their students to tell stories by trying out techniques themselves. All will leave with learning activities to take to the classroom.

8. Diabetes Care Tasks at School: What Key Personnel Need to Know

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: school nurses, teachers, administrators, parents, after-school providers

Dates: 2/11/2020

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This training will include basic information on what diabetes is, hypo/hyperglycemia, Glucagon emergency kits, continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMs), insulin pumps, Diabetes Medical Management Plan, before and after school care/activities and legal considerations. Facilitator: Jena Kelly, RN Montefiore Nyack Hospital. This training is provided by Montefiore Nyack Hospital and co-sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

9. Swivll Training

Audience: All

Dates: 2/12/2020

Location: Room TBA

In this 2-hour training workshop, you will learn how to use this recording tool that swivels an iPad or smartphone camera to follow you throughout the classroom. We will be using special markers to hear students in discussion groups. At the end of the workshop, you will have an opportunity to evaluate your practice for self reflection. This training is sponsored by the Lower Hudson Teacher Center and NYSUT.

10. Mental Health First Aid

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Dates: 2/19/2020

Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support. This training is geared to the educational community (administrators, educators, support staff) and is sponsored by Rockland Teachers' Center, MHA of Rockland, and Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition. Lunch is included. This is the adult version of Youth Mental Health First Aid. Please note: Approximately 4 weeks prior to the training, registrants will receive a link to register on Mental Health First Aid Portal. Successful registration requires two registrations: Frontline MyLearningPlan and Mental Health First Aid. A minimum of 10 is required.

11. Online: Teaching Tools to Support English Learners

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 2/24/2020 to 4/2/2020

Location: Online Only

This 5 week online course will run through Google Classroom. During this experience, participants will explore a variety of teaching tools that will support ENL learners in unique ways. During this course participants will explore tools such as EdPuzzle, Amazon Echo, Google Drawings and much more! While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your course completion time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course.

12. Online Teaching Mastery: The Power of You!

Location: Online (online, ny) - Online Only

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 2/25/2020 to 4/8/2020

Location: Online Only

Teaching Mastery: The Power of You! is a 15 hour online course designed to guide you to become a more powerful and effective classroom teacher. You'll develop a presence that students trust, one that motivates and inspires them to own their own learning, and live into their full potential. It's by recognizing your unique teaching dispositions and cultivating your own personal power, the power of you, that you become the true leader of your tribe and create classrooms that are successful academically, rich in humanity, and filled with curiosity and discovery. This course was previously named Evolving as an Educator. Dates listed are start/end dates.

13. Online: Adjusting Your Mindset: Be Passionate, Be Patient, Be Persistent and Persevere

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 2/25/2020 to 4/8/2020

Location: Online Only

In this 15 hour online course,participants will be provided with the opportunity for independent inquiry, learning in cooperation with others, and reflective practice. Participants will design a toolbox of research-based strategies and competencies that will utilize virtues as a springboard for program design. Additionally, these activities will enhance professional dialogue and effectively blend different, innovative, and practical strategies for program implementation. At the end of this course, participants will have the tools they need to help their students: develop a mindset using integrity and ethics as a framework for social, emotional and academic growth; navigate through life's challenges in a positive and constructive manner by cultivating a passionate mindset that utilizes zest and optimism; and understand the importance and inter-relatedness of passion, patience, persistence and perseverance in developing a growth mind-set. These efforts will bring about systemic change and contribute to creating a resilient and compassionate school community. "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi. This course is in alignment with the NYS SAFE SCHOOL goals and benchmarks.

14. Online: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom

Audience: All Teachers

Dates: 2/25/2020 to 4/8/2020

Location: Online Only

Storytelling is an art form which allows people of all ages to connect. Using stories in any classroom will improve student learning by increasing listening comprehension, expanding language patterns and practicing oral communication skills. Additionally, once students learn to tell stories, their prewriting drafts and factual recall will improve. The NCTE supports storytelling in the curriculum with acknowledgement that students can find a reflection of themselves in stories, and that teachers who value storytelling can learn more about students in a unique way. This online course will help teachers find, learn and share a folktale and teach students to do the same. The course will reflect upon the educational importance of storytelling, and provide support and resources to create a lesson plan for classroom use. It is suitable for all content areas, and all grade levels. Required Readings: In addition to 2 educational articles, each participant chooses one folktale to read and retell. Pamela Schembri is school library media specialist with 25 years of teaching experience, a professional storyteller, and children's author. Course dates are the beginning and end date.

15. Drones in Education

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: All

Dates: 2/25/2020 to 3/10/2020

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Drones are quickly becoming part of everyday life. This professional development opportunity will provide participants with an understanding of how drones can and are being used in education. The ethics, the ever-changing laws, and the uses of drones will be discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to get hands-on experience flying a drone with the support and supervision of the instructor. Participants will also use block coding to fly the drone autonomously. This course will provide an opportunity to look at and discuss potential curricular integration opportunities as well as hands-on flying opportunities.

16. Elementary Math PLC

Audience: K-5 Math Educators

Dates: 2/25/2020

The Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators in the region offering them a place to meet, 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 avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The Elementary Math PLC is hosted by R.P. Connor Elementary School, Suffern Central School District. Register for individual Elementary Math PLC sessions on October29, November 26, January 28, February 25, or March 31. There will be a Snow date on April 28 if needed .

17. Introduction to Conflict Resolution Part 2

Location: George Miller Elementary School (George Miller ES, ) - Library

Audience: Nanuet SRPs

Dates: 3/2/2020 to 3/16/2020

Location: Library

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This 2 session training will build upon what has been covered in Introduction to Conflict Resolution. Sessions will involve role plays and additional work on classroom challenges and bullying. Training provided by Creative Response to Conflict (CRC).

18. School Employee Wellness: Protecting Our Schools' Most Important Asset

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: Teachers, school nurses and wellness teams, administrators, youth-serving professionals

Dates: 3/2/2020

Schools have some of the highest rates of absenteeism of any workplace and it has high financial and human costs. In this workshop, participants will learn why employee wellness programs are important, how to start and sustain one at no or very low cost, and how to use evidence-based strategies, free resources, the natural leadership among faculty and staff, and the existing facilities to your best advantage. This program is sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

19. Dealing with Difficult Students in the School Environment - SRP Seminar

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: School related professionals, TAs

Dates: 3/3/2020

This seminar will offer strategies for dealing with students who exhibit chronic and extreme misbehavior, including violence. Participants will learn what motivates students to misbehave; intervention techniques to use at the moment of misbehavior; how to avoid and defuse confrontations, and ways to reinforce desirable behavior. This seminar will offer strategies for dealing with students who exhibit chronic and extreme misbehavior, including violence. Participants will learn what motivates students to misbehave; intervention techniques to use at the moment of misbehavior; how to avoid and defuse confrontations, and ways to reinforce desirable behavior. This seminar is offered through a collaboration with NYSUT ELT and made possible through funding from the New York State Department of Labor. A minimum of 15 is required.

20. Spotlight on Contemporary Antisemitism

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: All

Dates: 3/5/2020

How do we help students understand that antisemitism did not begin nor end with the Holocaust? What do students need to know in order to recognize antisemitism today and to stand up to antisemitism and other forms of hate?This learning opportunity explores classroom materials to support effective teaching of contemporary antisemitism, its global reach, violence, denial, and distortion of the Holocaust.Through this program, educators will:

• Define contemporary manifestations of antisemitism, both different and the same as traditional forms of antisemitism present before and during the Holocaust;

• Discover and utilize classroom lessons and resources to help students explore the persistence and impact of antisemitism worldwide;

• Explore ways to support students' ability to recognize and actively to respond and prevent antisemitism and other forms of prejudice; and

• Build confidence and capacity to teach this subject

21. National Board Certification Writing Workshop

Location: White Plains High School (White Plains NY 10605, NY) - Library

Audience: All

Dates: 3/7/2020

Location: Library

The Writing Institute is an opportunity to join your colleagues to discuss and share issues particular to your unique work as it is unfolding. Candidates have the opportunity to write, read and reflect in congenial and supportive surroundings on any of the four components working independently, with partners, or in writing groups. The community of writers and reviewers supports the development of entries and the peer review of video recordings of classroom teaching. Join your colleagues for thoughtful and reflective discussion about NBC in a collegial setting. Please note that this workshop is open only to NBC candidates and Advanced (retake) candidates. Wifi and additional planning resources will be available. Pre-Registration is required, Professional Development CTLE. This program is sponsored by NYSUT and the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network. Bring a lunch.

22. Supporting Students in the Classroom - Return to Learn after a Concussion

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: All

Dates: 3/17/2020

This presentation will allow educators and support staff to gain a new appreciation of the struggles a student faces when they suffer a concussion. The presentation serves a dual purpose. First educators and support staff will learn about concussions including symptoms, recovery and barriers that could prolong recovery. The second part of the presentation provides educators with concrete examples of adjustments they can make in their classroom to help students as they return to learn after suffering a concussion. The presentation also discusses the value of a concussion management team and the framework for creating a school or district wide concussion management team. Facilitated by Michelle Kellen, M.Ed., Professional Development Manager, BIANYS. A minimum of 15 is required for this training. This training is co-sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

23. 2 day Poverty Simulation Experience Facilitator Training

Location: Sloatsburg Elementary School (Sloatsburg, NY) - Gym

Audience: Family Resource Coordinators

Dates: 3/20/2020 to 4/2/2020

Location: Gym


March 20, Day 1 @ Sloatsburg Elementary School - Poverty Simulation Experience: Arrive at 845AM. Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you've experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty. CAPS is not a game. It is based on real Community Action clients and their lives.



•Promote Poverty Awareness During the simulation, role play a month in poverty and experience low income families' lives.



•Increase Understanding After the simulation, you will unpack your learning and brainstorm community change.



•Inspire Local Change Together, we can be a voice to end poverty in our communities.
During this simulation, participants role play the lives of low income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to try to improve the family's circumstances over the course of one simulated "month." Caregivers must provide food, shelter and other basic necessities for their families while interacting with various community resources. Are you up for the challenge?

April 2, Day 2 @ Rockland BOCES Building 10, West Nyack - The second day of Poverty Simulation Experience training will allow participants to become familiar with the components of the Missouri Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) kit and the facilitation process for conducting an efficient and effective simulation. This professional learning experience will help participants effectively utilize the simulation to increase poverty literacy. Working lunch provided by Rockland 21C Day 2 only.
Participants must attend both days.

24. Poverty Simulation Experience

Location: Sloatsburg Elementary School (Sloatsburg, NY) - Gym

Audience: Haverstraw ES staff

Dates: 3/20/2020

Location: Gym


Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you've experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty. CAPS is not a game. It is based on real Community Action clients and their lives.

•Promote Poverty Awareness During the simulation, role play a month in poverty and experience low income families' lives.

•Increase Understanding After the simulation, you will unpack your learning and brainstorm community change.

•Inspire Local Change Together, we can be a voice to end poverty in our communities.
During this simulation, participants role play the lives of low income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to try to improve the family's circumstances over the course of one simulated "month." Caregivers must provide food, shelter and other basic necessities for their families while interacting with various community resources. Are you up for the challenge?
This Poverty Simulation Experience is open to Sloatburg ES staff.

25. National Board Certification Writing Workshop

Location: Newburgh Free Academy (Newburgh NY 12550, NY) - Library

Audience: All

Dates: 3/21/2020

Location: Library

The Writing Institute is an opportunity to join your colleagues to discuss and share issues particular to your unique work as it is unfolding. Candidates have the opportunity to write, read and reflect in congenial and supportive surroundings on any of the four components working independently, with partners, or in writing groups. The community of writers and reviewers supports the development of entries and the peer review of video recordings of classroom teaching. Join your colleagues for thoughtful and reflective discussion about NBC in a collegial setting. Please note that this workshop is open only to NBC candidates and Advanced (retake) candidates. Wifi and additional planning resources will be available. Pre-Registration is required, Professional Development CTLE. This program is sponsored by NYSUT and the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network. Bring a lunch.

26. Proactively Confronting Trauma in the Classroom and Other Learning Spaces - SRP

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: School related professionals, TAs

Dates: 3/24/2020

Students are affected by their experiences and impacted by the situations and events that they witness. Exposure to trauma and traumatic events often create social, emotional and behavioral problems that can hinder academic progress. This seminar will provide School-Related Professionals (SRPs) with an understanding of how trauma affects students and offer an opportunity to develop strategies to support and promote school wide success. This seminar is offered through a collaboration with NYSUT ELT.

27. Enhancing Oral Literacy and Knowledge in Social Studies through Storytelling

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY) - Building 10

Audience: All

Dates: 3/25/2020

Location: Building 10

Explore helping your students find their voice in their community and history, including techniques for getting students to turn information about where they live, other cultures and local history into stories they share. Students who learn to tell stories better understand topics, and social studies themes. This will be a "voice on" workshop Participants will learn how to get their students to tell stories by trying out techniques themselves. All will leave with learning activities to take to the classroom.