Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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

Audience: All

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

Location: Online Only

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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.

2. Introduction to Conflict Resolution

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

Audience: Nanuet SRPs

Dates: 12/2/2019 to 1/27/2020

Location: Library

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Learn to de-escalate conflict in your school community! 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)

3. 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.

4. 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

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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.

5. Introduction to Google Drawing

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

Audience: All

Dates: 12/10/2019

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In this professional learning workshop you will learn how to use Google Drawing. Use features like Explore, Image Control, layering, and various other features to create an image. Google Drawing is a powerful tool that can be used to create a variety of things including: infographics, graphic organizers, creative pictures, and memes to name a few. (Chromebooks or Laptops)

6. Online: Strengthening Home/School Communication

Audience: All

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

Location: Online Only

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.

7. Create Interactive Digital Graphic Organizers & Worksheets

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

Audience: All

Dates: 12/18/2019

During this professional learning opportunity you will learn to utilize Google Slides in a unique way. Utilizing the Master View in Slides, you will create graphic organizers and interactive worksheets that you can distribute electronically to your students. Chromebooks or Laptops

8. 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.

9. Your Public Library - A Resource for Students and Teachers

Location: Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library (Garnerville, NY) - Community Room, Lower Level

Audience: Geared towards teachers in grades 4-12

Dates: 1/6/2020

Location: Community Room, Lower Level

In this hands-on training you will learn what online databases are available free to all students in Rockland County through the Ramapo Catskills Library System. Expand your classroom resources as well! Please bring one or two topics to research and/or email subjects to estoller@rcls.org. Come with your own laptop or share one of those provided by the library. Geared towards teachers in grades 4-12. Elyse Stoller is a Children's Librarian at Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library. This training is sponsored by Rockland Teachers' Center, Rockland Reading Council, and Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library.

10. 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.

11. 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

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.

12. 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.

13. 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 .

14. 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,

15. 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

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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.

16. 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.

17. 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 and MHA of Rockland. Lunch is included. This is the adult version of Youth Mental Health First Aid. Please note: Approximately 6 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. This training is co-sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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 .

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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 to gain a new appreciation of the struggles a student faces when they suffer a concussion. The presentation serves a dual purpose. First educators 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.

26. National Board Certification Writing Workshop

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

Audience: All

Dates: 3/21/2020

Location: Library

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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.

27. 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.

28. 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.