Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. Online: Digital Tools to Differentiate Teaching

Audience: All

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

Location: Online Only

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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.

2. 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. . Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning. 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.

4. Successful Research Projects - Secondary Level Students

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

Location: Online Only

you need help structuring and guiding students through a research project, this course will offer practical techniques and resources. It begins with how to create a manageable topic, and then explores how proper questions create meaningful research. After narrowing topics to researchable options, the focus turns to reliable resources, both on the open web and in databases. The structure for the students resembles a game, where they can accumulate points for project steps. By the time the finished project is due, the teacher need only check that the student has synthesized the resources properly. This method focuses on research as a process, and has been used successfully with secondary students over a diverse range of socio-economic and academic strati. You will make resources to use in your class, and you will benefit from learning how to screen cast (for example, using Screencastify or another tool). The course start date and end date are listed. The course is available 24/7.

5. Online Teaching Tools for Continuity of Learning and Beyond

Audience: All

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

Location: Online Only

Immerse yourself in online teaching tools and resources. This 15 hour course was developed to assist teachers in developing 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 during the continuity of learning and beyond. 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.

6. 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.

7. Online: Balance the Mind and Heart: Creating Resilient Schools that Address the Social, Emotional, Ethical, and Academic (SEAL) Needs of Students

Audience: All

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

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

This 15 hr online course will allow educators 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. SEAL teaching strategies and competencies should be naturally infused into the organizational structure of the school, as well as, into existing curricular activities. This online course will allow educators to build bridges by acknowledging past accomplishments, validating what is presently working well, and designing future SEAL goals to bring the existing programs to new levels of development. SEAL must be an ongoing process and "way of life"½½ that can not be addressed in isolation. . Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning.

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

Audience: All

Dates: 7/29/2020 to 8/28/2020

Location: Online Only

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. They should have some experience with Google Classroom.

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

Audience: All

Dates: 10/7/2020 to 11/18/2020

Location: Online Only

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. These efforts will bring about systemic change and contribute to creating a resilient and compassionate school community. Participants will be provided with the opportunity for independent inquiry, learning in cooperation with others, and reflective practice.. Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning. "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi