Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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Throughout this 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 conclusion 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


• understand the importance and inter-relatedness of passion, patience, persistence and perseverance in developing a growth mind-set


• contribute to creating a resilient and compassionate school community Social Work CEUs provided by Rockland BOCES - $25 fee paid directly to Rockland BOCES.

2. Online: The Effect of Indigenous Languages on ENL Learners

Audience: All

Dates: 6/15/2021 to 7/27/2021

Location: Online - Google Classroom

This 15-week online course, which will be delivered through Google Classroom, will explore how Indigenous peoples and communities are a vital part of the fabric and story of humanity. Participants will also engage in activities to learn how Indigenous language vitality is interconnected with a speaker's identity, family, community, and relationship to the land, connections between songs, culture, and language vitality to increase English language learning in the ENL Classroom and the various ways in which each Indigenous speaker is keeping his/her language alive while also learning English. In addition, participants will explore Indigenous languages around the world, some of which are at risk of disappearing using Google Earth tour Celebrating Indigenous Languages. Participants will learn about the importance of language revitalization from the unique stories and perspectives of those who speak the world's Indigenous languages and explore how to utilize Google Earth in the ENL classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so that you may plan your course completion time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course.
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 is available 24/7 from the start date to end date.

4. Peace Restored: Restorative Approach to Social and Emotional Learning

Audience: All

Dates: 6/16/2021 to 7/7/2021

Location: Zoom


This 15 hour virtual course will explore the relationship between the SEL competencies and the three tiers of Restorative Practices with "Peace Restored!” Learn new community-building activities you can use immediately, both online and in person with your students. Practice experiential activities on themes including cooperation, communication, conflict resolution, problem-solving, affirmation and bias awareness, with activities that translate directly to use in your classroom. Come away with the tools you need to build relationships with your students that will decrease conflict, increase connection, and create a safe environment to maximize learning!

This virtual interactive course will be taught via Zoom on June 16, 23, 30, July 7 4:30 - 7:00 pm. Cameras will be necessary to fully participate. 12 hours synchronous + 3 hours of asynchronous work. This training is facilitated by Tara Fishler, Priscilla Prutzman and Elizabeth Roberts of Creative Response to Conflict.

5. Helping to Prevent the Summer Slide for ENL Students - Google Classroom

Audience: All

Dates: 7/7/2021 to 8/18/2021

Location: Google Classroom

This 15 hour online course will run through Google Classroom. During this experience, participants will explore a variety of ways to help prevent the Summer Slide for ENL Students. Participants will explore tools and tips for helping to keep ENL students connected over the summer and will learn how to utilize E-Books to boost language learning. Participants will also learn how to work with Newcomers and how to prepare students and families for the new school year. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so that you may plan your course completion time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course.

6. Online: Emotional Intelligence, Reflective Practice and the Theory of Self- First

Audience: All

Dates: 7/7/2021 to 8/18/2021

Location: Online

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. Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning.
Social Work CEUs provided by Rockland BOCES - $25 fee paid directly to Rockland BOCES.

7. Online: Digital Tools to Differentiate Teaching

Audience: All

Dates: 7/7/2021 to 8/18/2021

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.

Do you want to make your classroom welcoming to all students and ensure you are not inadvertently using racist practices? Would you like to explore biases you and your students may not know you have and find ways to address them? In Creative Response to Racism: Creating Anti-Racist Classrooms, you'll learn how to best support students to go beyond examining equity and diversity and to implement practices that address anti-racism.

Join CRC to share and learn activities that create a safe environment for students to explore and celebrate their cultures, examine personal, cultural, and institutional forms of bias, and develop strategies to effectively respond to bias. Connect with familiar and new colleagues to discuss the institutionalized nature of racism, power, privilege, and the internalization of various forms of oppression. Learn how to make schools and classrooms more welcoming for all students and their families, with culturally diverse books and resource lists. Create the culturally rich classrooms you may not have had when you were a student.

This virtual interactive course will be delivered via Zoom. Cameras will be necessary to fully participate. This course is facilitated by Tara Fishler of Creative Response to Conflict.

9. Engaging ENL Students for the "New Normal" of Learning - Google Classroom

Audience: All

Dates: 7/29/2021 to 8/27/2021

Location: Google Classroom

This 15 hour online course will run through Google Classroom. During this experience, participants will explore a variety of strategies to engage ENL students in learning whether in remote, hybrid or in person learning. Participants will learn to utilize tools such as Gamification, Wait Time, virtual field trips, coding and electric graphic organizers. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so that you may plan your course completion time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course.

10. Online: Using Google Tools - Intermediate to Advanced Features

Audience: All

Dates: 7/29/2021 to 8/27/2021

Location: Online

This hands-on 15-hour online course will cover intermediate to advanced features in Google Drive and Google Classroom. We will be using the Google platform to create documents, slides, forms, sheets, and sites. In Google Sites, we will create a template-driven website that can be used in the classroom and as an e-portfolio for students. We will cover the use and management of Google Classroom, tips for efficiency, and dealing with various issues. We will use Google Meet at least once during the course for a virtual meeting. Participants should be familiar with Google Docs and Slides. Google Classroom experience required. This course will be delivered in Google Classroom.