Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. 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.

Participants in this course will have an opportunity to explore the techniques and strategies needed to create a resilient school that meets the social, emotional, ethical, and academic (SEL) needs of students. We will examine the research-based skills and competencies that can have a positive impact on the organizational structure of your school, the delivery of instruction, and student performance.

Course activities will focus on alignment with your district's and/or school's goals, the NYS Guidelines for Social and Emotional Development and the CASEL competencies for Social and Emotional Learning. The skills, competencies, and strategies utilized in the activities and coursework are research-based. This knowledge base will enable individuals to reach new levels of emotional intelligence by applying these competencies to their personal and professional endeavors.

Participants will develop a toolbox of SEL strategies and create a SEL Portfolio that will serve as a resource tool and guide for implementation. These skills will enhance professional dialogue and effectively blend different, innovative, and practical strategies for implementation.

At the conclusion of this course, participants will have the tools to build bridges by acknowledging past accomplishments, validating what is presently working well, and designing future SEL goals to bring the existing programs to new levels of development. SEL must be an ongoing process and "way of life” to bring about systemic change.

Social Work CEUs provided by Rockland BOCES (additional fee $25 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.

3. Teaching ENL Learners Through Engaging Technology (10/7/21-11/18/21)

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 10/7/2021 to 11/18/2021

This 15 hour course, which will run through Google Classroom, is designed to prepare educators to teach English New Language students using a variety of engaging technology. This technology will include tools for personalized ELL learning experiences, gamification, VR/AR to support authentic connections, blondeding learning and E-books. 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.
This 15-week 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 Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course a few days before the start date.

5. Adjusting Your Mindset: Be Passionate, Be Patient, Be Persistent and Persevere - (2/24/21-4/2/21)

Location: Online (online, ny) - Virtual

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

Location: Virtual


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.

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 Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course a few days before the start date.
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 Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course a few days before the start date.

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. Registrants will be provided a Rockteach email address to participate.
This 15 hour course, which will run 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.

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 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.