Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. Online: Gifted ELLs

Audience: K - 12 Educators

Dates: 6/17/2019 to 6/20/2019

Location: Online Only

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During this online course experience, participants will learn how to identify and work with gifted and talented ELLs. They will explore resources to assist these students in learning and resources to enhance teaching. 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.

2. Online: Tackling Current Events in the ENL Classroom

Audience: K - 12 Educators

Dates: 6/17/2019 to 6/20/2019

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Current events is a tough subject to tackle with ENL students. Participants in this course will learn tactics for teaching current events and building connections with students. Various online tools and strategies will be explore. 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.

3. Online: Curriculum Mapping for Teachers - Using Online Mapping Tools to Plan Instruction

Audience: Grades K-12

Dates: 6/27/2019 to 8/8/2019

Location: Online

"Curriculum Mapping for Teachers" is a 15 hour online course for those who want to design thematic teaching units that will spark the interest of all students. Participants will explore the key components of mapping and design their own curriculum maps. With frequent collaboration and feedback from colleagues, participants will know what works, and what needs work, before ever meeting their students. This course uses Atlas Rubicon for course mapping.
This fun and engaging 15 hour online course offered by a Google Certified Educator, is designed to provide information and examples of various Google tools available to enhance the learning experiences of different learners. Participants will explore Google Earth, Google Docs (collaborative presentations, spreadsheets, documents and forms) Google Apps and Google SketchUp. Examples of how these tools can be integrated with different subject areas that are aligned to national and NYS standards will be shared. To complete this course, participants will create online collaborative materials, mini project and develop a plan to implement Google tools into their curriculum to promote learning in a 21st century environment. Participation in discussions, sharing of ideas and feedback is important, enlightening and promotes professional growth. Grade Level K-12.. NYS.
The research-based strategies and skills utilized in this 15 hour online course will enable teachers to help students build effective relationships, and work through life's challenges in constructive and ethical ways. Through these efforts teachers will be able to will enhance school climate, make a difference in the lives of their students, change the fabric of their classroom communities and impact systemic change in their districts. 15 hours, CTLE, inservice,or professional learning. Social Work CEUs available through Rockland BOCES for $25 Fee.

6. Train the Facilitators: The Accomplished Teaching Series

Audience: All educators, administrators and school staff

Dates: 6/27/2019 to 6/28/2019

Location: Valley Cottage Elementary

This 2 day professional learning opportunity (sponsored by the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network) will provide participants with the tools to engage educators in the systematic study of accomplished teaching and improvement of instructional practice. This program is designed to train facilitators' on the research based materials utilized in the Accomplished Teaching Series including The National Board certificate area standards and The 5 Core Propositions and Architecture of Accomplished Teaching This training will provide:







• Rich, deep, collaborative conversations







• Resources to foster the professional exploration of a common language around accomplished practice







• The exploration of high quality materials that can be tailored to meet any contextual need NOTE: Please bring a bagged lunch

7. Current Teaching Trends and Tips in ENL

Audience: All

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 8/21/2019

This 5 week (15 hour) online course, which will run through Google Classroom, is designed to prepare and inform educators about the current teaching trends and tips in ENL. During this course, participants will explore the benefits of using Cognates to improve English language learning and success. An exploration into technology to support ELLs will include the use of Flipgrid and some of the best apps and extensions that increase teaching and learning. In addition, participants will explore teaching strategies using The SIOP Model ® for Mathematics and Social Studies K-12. Tasks and examples explored are included to provide practice and application of key concepts and academic language for ELLs. By the end of this course, participants will have the knowledge they need to integrate this information into current teaching trends and tips in the ENL classroom. 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.

8. Digital Tools to Differentiate Teaching

Audience: All Teachers

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 8/21/2019

Location: Online

No two students come to class with the same academic abilities, experiences, and needs. However, all students are expected to master the same concepts, principles, skills and standards. "Digital Tools to Differentiate Teaching" is a 15 hour online course designed to acquaint educators with innovative digital tools to aid in the differentiation of instruction, ensuring academic success for all students. Teachers will learn to enhance curriculum with audio, visual, and interactive learning experiences so that all children can achieve success, regardless of their skills, interests, learning styles and readiness. Teachers will preview and practice a variety of free digital tools, determine which resources are most appropriate for select students, and master the skills necessary to integrate those digital resources into standards-based curriculum. By the conclusion of the course teachers will be able to design or upgrade a unit of study with digital tools to address the learning needs of their students.

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

Audience: All

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 8/21/2019

Location: Online only

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi. Participants will be provided with the opportunity for independent inquiry, learning in cooperation with others, and reflective practice. In this 15 hour online course, 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.
This fun and engaging 15 hour online course offered by a Google Certified Educator is designed to provide information and examples of various Google tools available to enhance the learning experiences of different learners. Participants will explore Google Earth, Google Docs (collaborative presentations, spreadsheets, documents and forms) Google Apps and Google SketchUp. Examples of how these tools can be integrated with different subject areas that are aligned to national and NYS standards will be shared. To complete this course, participants will create online collaborative materials, mini project and develop a plan to implement Google tools into their curriculum to promote learning in a 21st century environment. Participation in discussions, sharing of ideas and feedback is important, enlightening and promotes professional growth. Grade Level K-12.. NYS.
Teachers will acquire a deeper understanding of oral literacy through a six-hour intensive workshop with master storyteller, writer and poet David Gonzalez. Using a set of classic fables and myths as primary sources, we will examine best practices in how to make story narratives come alive in the classroom. This practical workshop will focus on the three key modalities of oral literacy; image, language, tone. Teachers will leave the workshop with a set of easy to use skills they can apply in their classrooms as well as video and audio materials they can share with their students. Cost is $150 which includes all materials.

12. Digital Photography with your Phone for the Classroom

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

Audience: All

Dates: 7/11/2019

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In this professional learning workshop you will learn some basic photography skills and apply them using the camera on your phone, tablet, or iPad. You will take a series of pictures, upload and store them in Google Photos and learn to use the basic editing tools in Google Photos. The discussion will focus on using digital photography to capture moments in your classroom and document success. We will also discuss student data privacy regarding photographing students and their work.

13. Evaluating Resources for ELLs

Audience: All

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 7/18/2019

Location: online only

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During this online course experience, participants will learn how to evaluate authentic ENL materials based on guidelines such as: culturally responsiveness, age-appropriateness, linguistic accessibility, and diverse adaptations. 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.

14. Youth Mental Health First Aid

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

Audience: All

Dates: 7/16/2019

Location: Building 10

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is a 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care. This training is scheduled from 830AM-5PM (1/2 hour for lunch) This training is co-sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition and the Mental Health Association of Rockland.

15. Create and Edit a Podcast Using a Chromebook

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

Audience: All

Dates: 7/25/2019

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Learn to create a Podcast series using nothing a but a Chromebook, a mic, free apps, and royalty free music. The first portion of this course participants will learn the tools, processes, and legalities in creating podcasts. The second portion of the course will be the actual production of a podcast and a discussion about how to use podcasting in your classroom. Please come to class with an idea/topic of a podcast you might like to produce. It is recommended that that you bring your own headphones to use during the class.

16. Using ENL Strategy Games to Increase Language Acquisitions

Audience: All

Dates: 7/29/2019 to 8/1/2019

Location: Online Only

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During this online course experience, participants will learn English language strategy games that increase language acquisition. Participants with explore the benefits of these ENL strategy games and learn how to adapt and integrate them into their personal teaching or classroom lessons. 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.

17. ENL Strategies that Work

Audience: All

Dates: 8/5/2019 to 8/8/2019

Location: Online Only

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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. 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.

18. Youth Mental Health First Aid

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

Audience: All

Dates: 8/7/2019

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is a FREE 8 hour public education workshop which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. This course will teach participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.

19. The Importance of Vocabulary Instruction in ENL

Audience: All

Dates: 8/12/2019 to 8/15/2019

Location: Online only

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During this online course experience, participants will learn the importance of vocabulary instruction when working with ELL students. They will also learn ways to frequently assess vocabulary to guide instruction. 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.

20. Using Music to Increase Second Language Acquisition

Audience: All

Dates: 8/19/2019 to 8/22/2019

Location: Online Only

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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. 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.

21. National Board Jumpstart Day One- Foundations and Component 2

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

Audience: Registered candidates with the National Board and have selected their certificate area.

Dates: 8/20/2019

Foundations: Delve into the National Board's essential ideas about what teachers should know and be able to do: Five Core Propositions, Architecture of Accomplished Teaching and National Board Content area standards, and connect these ideas to your teaching practice. Component 2: Differentiation in Instruction. Determine what is expected for this component using National Board content area component directions, standards and scoring rubrics and identify resources for developing written commentary. NEA's National Board Jump Start is early support for those who have registered as candidates with the National Board and have selected their certificate area. Jump Start is candidate-centered, builds a professional learning community, and focuses on the skills, knowledge, dispositions, and strategies needed to be successful in the National Board Certification process. This training is sponsored by the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network and NYSUT. Lunch provided. New candidates are encourage to register for both Day 1 and Day 2. Register for Day 2 separately

22. National Board Jumpstart Day Two - Component 3

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

Audience: Registered candidates with the National Board and have selected their certificate area.

Dates: 8/21/2019

Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment. This academy introduces candidates to the focus areas of Component 3: learning environment, student engagement, and sequence of instruction. Candidates will chart the requirements of Component 3, learn how to navigate the component directions, and discuss ways to capture accomplished practice in video evidence. NEA's National Board Jump Start is early support for those who have registered as candidates with the National Board and have selected their certificate area. Jump Start is candidate-centered, builds a professional learning community, and focuses on the skills, knowledge, dispositions, and strategies needed to be successful in the National Board Certification process. This training is sponsored by the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network and NYSUT. Lunch provided. New candidates and candidates working on component 3 are encouraged to register. Register for Day 1 separately

23. The Building Blocks of Numeracy

Location: Richard P. Connor Elementary School (Richard P. Connor ES, )

Audience: All

Dates: 8/22/2019

Calm, Command and Conquer the Curriculum® Take a in-depth look at the continuum of learning at the elementary level. The session will highlight what matters most in the early elementary curriculum; building strong number sense, exploring the composition and decomposition of numbers and encouraging children to enjoy the playground of numbers that unfolds in a number rich classroom. Participants will gain insight into key standards and explore stories and games that promote numeracy skills. Let's help children learn to love math! Training will be targeted to the grade level of those participating.

24. 2 day Poverty Simulation Experience Facilitator Trainings

Location: West Haverstraw Elementary (West Haverstraw ES, )

Audience: All

Dates: 8/29/2019 to 8/30/2019

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Aug 29, Day 1 - Participate in a Poverty Simulation Volunteer orientation followed by a 3 hour Poverty Simulation Experience. Experience one month of poverty comprised of four 15-minute weeks. In the debrief, you will reflect and share insights. This program is designed to create a deeper understanding and awareness of the circumstances of individuals who are living in poverty and will serve as an opportunity to begin a dialogue about the often unseen world of poverty and its implications for communities and our schools. Bring a bag lunch.

Aug 30, Day 2 - The second day of Poverty Simulation Experience facilitator 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. Lunch included Day 2.

Participants must attend both days. Approval required by Rockland Teachers' Center to participate in this two day facilitator training.
This course will use multi-media and Living History approaches to the American Civil War in the Hudson Valley and the expansion of Industrialization in the Hudson Valley. It will take place over two days - one day in the classroom and one day visiting sites in the Hudson Valley. A multimedia presentation will begin the course and then participants will have an authentic Civil War encampment experience on the grounds of the Cold Spring Foundry where a major canon factory supplied thousands of canons for the Union war effort. Participants will dress as Civil War soldiers and will experience camp life during the Civil War. They will also discover the effect of the war on the rapid industrialization of the Hudson Valley. A site visitation to the Vanderbilt estate will introduce participants to vast amount of wealth created by the supercharged American economy following the Civil war. This program is co-sponsored by the Living History Education Foundation.