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1. Elementary Math PLC

Audience: K-5 Math Educators

Dates: 9/24/2019 to 4/28/2020

The Elementary Math PLC (15 hour course) 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.

2. Online: Emotional Intelligence, Reflective Practice and The Theory Self-First

Audience: All Teachers

Dates: 9/25/2019 to 11/6/2019

Location: Online Only

Emotional Intelligence, Reflective Practice and The Theory Self-First This 15 hour online course will allow participants the opportunity to develop skills that will enable them to identify, use, understand and manage their emotions and the emotions of others. By developing these competencies participants will:
• reach new heights in being responsible decision makers
• utilize multiple points of view
• be creative problem solvers who make sound, ethical and effective decisions
• explore research-based skills and competencies that have a positive impact on their professional and personal lives The skills, competencies, and strategies utilized throughout the coursework are research-based and are aligned with the MSCEIT (Mayer, Salovey, Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test, Yale University) and the CASEL (Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning) Competencies.

3. Introduction to Conflict Resolution

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

Audience: All

Dates: 9/26/2019

Join us to learn to de-escalate conflict in your school community! In this 2-hour training, we will discuss our anger triggers and cool down techniques you can use in your classroom and your life. See which words can escalate and de-escalate a conflict and practice creating win-win solutions. Training provided by Creative Response to Conflict (CRC)

4. Digital Tools to Differentiate Teaching

Audience: All Teachers

Dates: 10/3/2019 to 11/14/2019

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"½½½ 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.

5. Online Teaching Mastery: The Power of You!

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 10/3/2019 to 11/14/2019

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.
This 15 hour online course will allow educators and support staff the opportunity to create resilient schools that meet the social, emotional, ethical, and academic (SEAL) needs of students. Participants will explore the research-based skills and competencies that have a positive impact on the organizational structure of their school, the delivery of instruction, and student performance. Social Work CEUs available through Rockland BOCES for $25 Fee.

7. Introduction to Restorative Practices

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

Dates: 10/3/2019

Do relationship issues interfere with your classroom or school community running smoothly? Restorative practices help us to build community and restore relationships. This session will include; parts of a community building circle, types of circles and processes for building restorative schools and communities including after school programs and religious settings. Join us for this 2 hour session and gain tools to build community and address issues so you can teach most effectively! Training provided by Creative Response to Conflict (CRC).

8. Online: Starting off the School Year Right with ELLs!

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 10/7/2019 to 11/7/2019

This 5 week online course, which will run through Google Classroom, is designed to prepare and inform educators on how to get started with ELLs. This includes identification and placement procedures of English New Language learners. Participants will also explore immersion lessons in English and walk away with numerous samples and strategies, gain an introduction to the research proven SIOP Model, differentiate between SIOP lesson planning and mainstream lesson planning, and learn how to support ELLs in the mainstream 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.

9. The Building Blocks of Numeracy

Location: Richard P. Connor Elementary School (Richard P. Connor ES, ) - RP Connor Elementary School 13 Cypress Rd, Suffern

Audience: All

Dates: 10/8/2019 to 12/10/2019

Location: RP Connor Elementary School 13 Cypress Rd, Suffern

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.

10. 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: 10/10/2019 to 5/14/2020

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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.

11. SRPs Impact on the Learning Environment

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

Audience: School-related professionals, TAs

Dates: 10/22/2019

This seminar will explore the relationships between administrators, educators, students, and paraprofessionals. The seminar will focus on the crucial skills needed to create a safe, welcoming learning environment and will highlight the impact paraprofessionals have in establishing the learning environment from the time students board the school bus in the morning until the time they are returned home at the end of the day. This seminar is offered through a collaboration with NYSUT ELT.
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. Instructor will collect an additional $25 on Nov 1 to cover site fees. Not included: Transportation to and from sites, meals

13. Online: ENL Verbal and Noncommunication

Audience: ALL

Dates: 11/12/2019 to 11/15/2019

Location: Online Only

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

14. Online: Cross Cultural Communication

Audience: All

Dates: 11/18/2019 to 11/21/2019

Location: Online Only

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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.

15. Mental Health & Wellness 101

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

Dates: 11/18/2019

The median time between the onset of mental illness (when symptoms first appear) and when an individual gets appropriate treatment is 10 years. During that time, a person is likely experiencing periods of increased symptomology and periods of wellness. Mental Health and recovery are dependent on an individual's ability to recognize and manage where they are each day on the continuum between wellness and illness, and to take care accordingly. Education and early intervention promotes wellness and leads to better outcomes.
Goals of the Training:

Increase basic knowledge of mental health to help reduce stigma.

Understand Mental Health as a continuum of wellness that defines us every day - it is illness, recovery and all of the space in between.

Promote wellness, treatment seeking behavior, recovery and self-care.
This training is taught by Wendy Blanchard, M.S., CHHC, CPS, Client & Family Advocate and Community Educator. Wendy Blanchard was honored to be a part of creating this training as a resource and support for the newly implemented New York State Mental Health Education Law which began on July 1, 2018.

16. Online: Cross-Cultural Communication and Children's Literature

Audience: All

Dates: 11/25/2019 to 11/27/2019

Location: Online Only

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.

17. Vaping - What is Behind the Cloud

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

Dates: 12/3/2019

Location: Building 10 PDC

Learn about the risks and harms of vaping among teens. We will discuss the chemicals in vaping products, the effects on the developing adolescent brain, and laws and regulations. You will also have the opportunity to see firsthand the most popular vaping devices so you will be able to identify them. Handouts will be provided.

18. Mental Health Education Law

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

Audience: Teachers, Teaching Assistants, School Support Staff, nurses

Dates: 12/5/2019

Location: Building 10 PDC

In October 2016, MHANYS, Mental Health Association of NYS, published "Mental Health Education in New York Schools"outlining legislative history and intent, and recommendations for implementing the law including content that should be included when schools are developing curriculum. The Mental Health Law training gives a brief overview of the law, as well as briefly talks about social/emotional learning, self care and recovery from Mental Illness. This training is sponsored by Rockland Teachers' Center in conjunction with the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

19. Online:Home Language and Literacy Development of ELLs

Audience: All

Dates: 12/9/2019 to 12/12/2019

Location: Online Only

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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.

20. National Board Certification Support Cohort

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

Audience: National Board Candidates

Dates: 12/9/2019 to 3/16/2020

This 15-hour course will provide support to new and renewal National Board Certification candidates in the 2019-2020 school year. During our sessions, we will unpack the National Board Standards, the Five Core Propositions of the National Board, and work to facilitate the submission of the National Board Components. It will cover the Foundations of the National Board process, preparation for Component One (the exam), building Component 2 (Differentiation for Students), Component 3 (Creating a Fair and Equitable Environment -- the video component), and Component 4 (Identifying and Addressing a Student Need and A Professional Need). We will outline and teach how to approach the forms, written commentary and reflective pieces in each component. Feedback will be provided on written responses, and peer collaboration will be incorporated to engage the cohort in a rich environment of professional collegiality and pedagogical development. Participants must attend all sessions and complete the evaluation in MyLearningPlan to complete the course. A separate writing institute is recommended for candidates in the Spring.

21. Online: Strengthening Home/School Communication

Audience: All

Dates: 12/16/2019 to 12/19/2019

Location: Online Only

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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.

22. Online: Strategies for Teaching ELLs

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 1/6/2020 to 2/6/2020

Location: Online Only

This 5 week online course, which will run through Google Classroom, is designed to prepare educators to teach English Language students using a variety of strategies. This course will include learning how to evaluate authentic ENL materials based on guidelines such as: culturally responsiveness, age-appropriateness, linguistic accessibility, diverse adaptations and learning 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. In addition, participants will explore strategies that include technology tools and strategies to enhance English articulation and comprehension, the importance of vocabulary instruction, and 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 course completion time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course.

23. Addressing Aggressive Student Behavior - SRP Seminar

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

Audience: School related professionals, TAs

Dates: 1/14/2020

Special needs students experience many benefits as well as challenges in the classroom. Some students may resist efforts of teachers and SRPs to support and guide them. This resistance may be shown in passive ways or in more aggressive ways, such as acting out, tantrums, or even throwing objects. This seminar will focus on strategies for managing the behavior of students who demonstrate aggressive and disruptive behaviors. Participants will discuss the need to teach students to take responsibility for their own behavior, review a plan for ensuring they have the knowledge and skills to successfully change their behaviors, and proactive strategies for addressing specific misbehaviors. Confrontation strategies and strategies such as redirection, cause and effect and overcorrection will be explored and practiced. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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

27. 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. A minimum of 15 is required.

28. 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.