Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. Online: Enhancing Reading Comprehension with Digital Resources

Audience: All

Dates: 2/3/2021 to 3/17/2021

Location: Online Only

This 15 hour online course provides teachers with the resources to merge digital media and literature and consequently, to enhance reading comprehension skills. Have you ever read a book... a short story... a poem and been able to see the characters, know the place, or empathize with the protagonist? Many students have not had such a memorable reading moment. Many of today's students prefer digital media to literature. To motivate students to read teachers can connect reading with a wealth of digital resources that students use every day to connect with books.  This course is available 24/7
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.
This 15 hr online course will allow educators the opportunity to create resilient schools that meet the social, emotional, ethical, and academic (SEL) 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. SEL teaching strategies will 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 and validating what is presently working well. 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.

4. Online Teaching Tools to Support English Language Learners

Location: Online (online, ny) - Online Only

Audience: All

Dates: 2/3/2021 to 3/17/2021

Location: Online Only

Participants will explore a variety of online teaching tools, such as Flipgrid, EdPuzzle, Kami, Seesaw and Screencastify, that will support ENL learners in unique ways. 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. This 15 hour online course will be delivered though Google Classroom.

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

Audience: All

Dates: 5/5/2021 to 6/16/2021

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

7. Online: Designing Online Instruction

Audience: All

Dates: 5/5/2021 to 6/16/2021

Location: Online

This 15-hour course, Designing Online Instruction, prepares teachers to design online training modules that address unique target audiences. Course participants will be guided through the process of defining goals and objectives aligned to standards; selecting instructional materials; designing activities and assessments; to create a dynamic online learning experience. Participants will learn how to navigate the development tools in a learning management system (LMS) in order to create and evaluate engaging online learning opportunities. At the completion of this course participants will have created a 5-6 hour module of instruction that is dynamic, engaging and goal-driven.
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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.