Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. 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.

2. Successful Research Projects - Secondary Level Students

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

Location: Online Only

Do 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

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.
This course will be delivered through google classroom. Registrants will be provided a RockTeach email address to participate.