Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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This 15 hour online course will run through Google Classroom. During this experience, participants 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 you may plan your course completion time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teachers' Center gmail account to participate in this course a few days before the start date.

2. Online: Yogapalooza: Teaching Kids Yoga and Mindfulness with Confidence (1/19/22- 3/2/22)

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Dates: 1/19/2022 to 3/2/2022


This 15 hour course (includes implementation and practice) will give you everything you need to bring engaging kids yoga and mindfulness content into your classroom. Even if you can't touch your toes or don't have a yoga mat, you can be skilled and confident sharing yoga with children. With hours of engaging videos, colorful handouts, accompanying classroom favorites for kids yoga, beloved mindfulness activities and all the information you need on development, safe yoga pose techniques and class planning, this is a complete online training for early childhood teachers who want to incorporate the benefits of yoga and mindfulness. Date listed are start and end dates. The course is available 24/7.

If you're concerned about the emotional toll this world is having on your students (and yourself) this is a magic wand to create calm. This course is self-paced. Instructor Bari Koral is an internationally recognized kids yogi and recording artist with over 20 years of experience working with young children and thousands of educators. Dates listed are the start and end date.

3. Online: Using Google Tools - Intermediate to Advanced Features (2/24/22 - 4/2/22)

Audience: All

Dates: 2/24/2022 to 4/2/2022

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. Date listed are start and end dates. The course is available 24/7.

4. Online: Adjusting Your Mindset: Be Passionate, Be Patient, Be Persistent and Persevere - (2/24/22-4/2/22)

Location: Online (online, ny) - Virtual

Dates: 2/24/2022 to 4/2/2022

Location: Virtual


Throughout 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 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.

This course will be delivered via google classroom. Registrants will be provided a Rockteach email address to participate. Dates listed are the start and end date
This 15 hour asynchronous course is designed to help educators improve student engagement. With the onset of COVID, students and teachers were thrown into a whole new arena of teaching. With that came challenges that could not have been imagined. As the new hybrid-remote model began, more and more students seemed to become more detached from the curriculum. They are experiencing internet issues, not showing their faces on camera, and not interacting like they used to with their peers and teachers. What can we do to try and remedy this situation and encourage our students to become more interested and involved in their learning? Participants will read articles, watch videos, and study strategies that have been used by others in their field. They will develop and share their ideas on student engagement with the other participants in the course. This course will be delivered via Google Classroom. Participants will receive a rockteach email address to participate. Dates listed are the start and end date.
This 15 hour course, which will run through Google Classroom, is designed to prepare educators to teach English New Language students using key and relevant strategies. This course will include an exploration into strategies that promote embodied learning, multiliteracies and translanguaging and vocabulary incustion. Participants will learn Lingua Franca, a language systematically used to make communication possible between people not sharing a motor tongue as well as learn how to use Cognates to connect with students and increase English language learning. 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. You will receive a Rockland Teachers' Center gmail account to participate in this course a few days before the start date. Dates listed are start and end dates. The course is available 24/7.

7. Online: Best Practices for ENL: The SIOP Model (4/6/22 - 5/6/22)

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Dates: 4/6/2022 to 5/6/2022

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This 15 hour course, which will be delivered through Google Classroom, is designed to prepare educators to teach English New Language students using The SIOP Model. The SIOP Model (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) is a research-based, instructional model that is highly effective in addressing the academic needs of English learners. This course will include an exploration into The SIOP Model components: Lesson Prep, Building Background, Comprehensible Input, Strategies, Interaction, Practice/Application, Lesson Delivery and Review/Evaluation. Participants will learn how the The SIOP Model works and learn strategies to work with students across all content areas. 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. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course a few days before the start date. Dates listed are start and end dates. The course is available 24/7.

This 15 hour 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. Registrants will be provided a Rockteach email address to participate.
Dates listed are start and end dates. The course is available 24/7.

9. Online: Enhancing Reading Comprehension with Digital Resources (4/22/22 - 6/2/22)

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Dates: 4/22/2022 to 6/2/2022

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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 haven't 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 the digital resources students use every day. There is a wealth of digital resources to connect kids with books. This course provides teachers with the resources to merge digital media and literature and consequently, to enhance reading comprehension skills .Dates listed are start and end dates. The course is available 24/7.

10. Online: Supporting ENL Students in the Content Areas(4/22/22 - 6/2/22)

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Dates: 4/22/2022 to 6/2/2022

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This 15-hour asynchronous course, which will run through Google Classroom, is designed to assist educators to support their students in the various content areas. Participants will be exposed to numerous methods and resources for supporting ENL students in Science, Social Studies, Math, Reading, and Writing. They will work through samples and create based on the needs of the students they work with. This is a great course for classroom teachers and supporting teachers as well, that have ENL students in their classrooms. Dates listed are start and end dates. The 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. Course is available 24/7 from the start date to end date.

12. Online: Helping to Prevent the Summer Slide for ENL Students (6/15/22-7/27/22)

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Dates: 6/15/2022 to 7/27/2022

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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 you may plan your course completion time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teachers' Center gmail account to participate in this course a few days before the start date. Dates listed are start and end dates. The course is available 24/7.

The research-based strategies and skills utilized in this course will enable educators and parents to help students build effective relationships, and work through life's challenges in constructive and ethical ways.Through these efforts they will be able to will 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.

The 15 hour online course will enable participants:

-to internalize and role-model the behaviors and attitudes they expect of their students

-educate, involve and gain the support of all constituencies

-in creating a school culture that focuses on developing emotionally intelligent student leaders

Participants will be provided with the opportunity for independent inquiry, learning in cooperation with others, and reflective practice. By participating in these activities, participants will enhance professional dialogue and effectively blend different, innovative, and practical strategies for implementation. As a result, participants will design a toolbox of research-based strategies that will serve as resources for integration into the fabric of their school community.

Social Work CEUs provided by Rockland BOCES - $25 fee paid directly to Rockland BOCES.This course will be delivered via google classroom. Registrants will be provided a Rockteach email address to participate. Dates listed are start and end dates. The course is available 24/7.
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14. Online: Using Google Tools - Intermediate to Advanced Features (6/15/22-7/27/22)

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Dates: 6/15/2022 to 7/27/2022

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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. Date listed are start and end dates. The course is available 24/7.

15. Online: Increasing Student Engagement Through Project Based Learning (7/12-8/23)

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Dates: 7/12/2022 to 8/23/2022

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As educators, we want our students to be successful in the chaotic world outside of our classroom. To develop the skills necessary to succeed in a workplace environment, it is important that we focus on instilling and honing those skills now so that students can thrive after their schooling years. But how do we do this? Through PBL, or Project Based Learning. PBL weaves the 4C's (cooperation, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) with curriculum to guide students through a journey of exploration and discovery in a format that is timely, relevant, and appropriately challenging. Participants of this course will explore the rationale behind PBL, the correlation between PBL and motivation and engagement, different ways of implementing PBL, and specific research based practices to successfully carry out PBL in your own classroom. If you are ready to transform your classroom teaching and level up this school year for yourself and your students, then this course is for you! This course is an asynchronous course delivered via Google Classroom. A rockteach email address will be provided to participants in this 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. Course is available 24/7 from the start date to end date.