Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. Online Teaching Tools for Continuity of Learning

Audience: All

Dates: 4/22/2020 to 6/2/2020

Location: Online Only

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Come and Immerse yourself in online teaching tools and resources for continuous learning. This 15 hour course, just like many of the courses you are or will be teaching, was developed to assist you as you transfer to a digital classroom. Many of the tools that you will learn about during this course can be used in a traditional classroom, as well as in an online environment so the benefits will be long lasting. The tools that are presented in this course are tools that are being utilized by educators to meet the new structure of teaching and learning. During this course you will learn about and how to use each tool as well as create content that can be used in the continuity of learning. This course is a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction with the bulk of it being asynchronous. I will be using Zoom for a synchronous meet up at the start of the class and then we will have check-ins using Google Meet and Zoom throughout the course so that you can experience all of the popular platforms. I am utilizing Google Classroom as our main platform to deliver our instruction and you will experience our method of setting it up. Google Classroom can be structured in several different ways and if you are going to use it, you will need to determine what method works best for you and your students. If you are unfamiliar with Google Classroom, please be sure to ask any questions that you have. Materials can and will be adding to this class to meet your needs. The course dates are the beginning and end date. Course is available 24/7.
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 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. Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning. We will support each other in traveling this unknown journey and continue to emphasize that "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."Aristotle As always, we will be committed to learning, growing and achieving together! This course is in alignment with the NYS SAFE SCHOOL goals and benchmarks.Course dates are the beginning and end date.

3. Online: Digital Tools to Differentiate Teaching

Audience: All

Dates: 4/22/2020 to 6/2/2020

Location: Online Only

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. The course dates are the beginning and end date. Course is available 24/7.

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

Audience: All

Dates: 6/15/2020 to 7/27/2020

Location: Online The course is available 24/7 during those d

This 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. The course start date and end date are noted in Frontline MyLEarningPlan. The course is available 24/7 during those dates.
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. Course start and end date are noted. Course is available 24/7.
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 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. Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning. We will support each other in traveling this unknown journey and continue to emphasize that "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."Aristotle As always, we will be committed to learning, growing and achieving together! This course is in alignment with the NYS SAFE SCHOOL goals and benchmarks.Course dates are the beginning and end date.

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

Audience: All

Dates: 7/7/2020 to 8/18/2020

Location: Online Only

This 15 hour online course is or 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. The course start date and end date are listed. The course is available 24/7.