Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. GREENBURGH CSD NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE

Location: Greenburgh CSD Mansion (Hartsdale, Ne) - Mansion Board Room

Dates: 9/17/2019 to 6/2/2020

Location: Mansion Board Room

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THIS CLASS IS ONLY OPEN TO NEW TEACHERS IN THE GREENBURGH CSD

2. Online: Approaches to Changing Student Behaviors with PBIS (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Grade Levels K-12

Dates: 9/23/2019 to 10/28/2019

Location: Online only

There are a number of barriers that impede student learning - including disruptive behavior in the classroom. Since each school and each district has its own unique culture, we must design a customized intervention approach to maximize student engagement. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. A system focused on creating school-wide, classroom and individual supports improves academic and behavioral results. This course will enable teachers to create a classroom support system that will enhance student engagement and academic success and is appropriate for all regular and special education teachers. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

3. ONLINE: All Learners - ADD and ADHD (offered by the Westchers TC Institute)

Audience: Specials Teachers and K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/30/2019 to 11/4/2019

Location: Online Only

This online course, will provide an overview of the current research and best practices for students with ADD/ADHD. We will explore the website ADDitude and use the resources on this site to create a teacher guide outlining strategies to enhance student learning. Differentiation, multiple intelligences, and setting long and short term goals will be a focus for the lesson planning segment. The teacher/parent connection will be established as a support system for the student. Strategies such as cooperative learning, organizational skills, and graphic organizers will be shared and applied to various grade levels. We will read and discuss case studies, teacher testimonials and incorporate best practices into our lessons. Each teacher will leave this course with a classroom management plan that includes strategies for successful teaching and learning. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

4. Online: Character Education (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 10/14/2019 to 11/19/2019

Location: Online Only

Character education provides guidance for youth to understand their abilities, to strive to reach their fullest potential, to care for others and enables all youth positive self-development. Schools can foster this development in and out of the classroom by focusing on intellectual, social, emotional, and ethical character in students. Implementing character development programs that focus on these needs gives students the optimal chance at success. Character education is a primary prevention tool used to promote positive youth development, academic achievement, and character development. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
Many of today's students are living with chronic trauma including homelessness, poverty, child abuse, neglect and exposure to violence in the home and in their communities. These experiences can lead to serious behavioral problems, wreak havoc on their ability to learn, and stunt academic growth. One of the problems educators face is identifying the symptoms of trauma since children don't always express their distress in a way that is easily recognizable. In this online course, we will address the root causes of trauma, specific confusing behaviors children might exhibit and discuss next steps to create a school environment where all students feel safe and can flourish - rather than fail - in and out of the classroom.PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

6. Online Digital Citizenship (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 10/18/2019 to 11/22/2019

This online course is designed to help educators guide their students through the rules and potential implications of social media and technology. We will delineate appropriate ways to use technology and share strategies in the classroom. We will examine the 9 Key P's of Digital Citizenship and how to teach these strategies to students. We will create posters, share lesson plans and explore various scenarios and how to respond to each one. We will be accessing two different tool kits using the Common Sense Media website that will help shape our lessons and will share free resources for our schools and districts. We will customize this information and create a comprehensive classroom plan. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

7. Online: Growth Mindset (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 10/18/2019 to 11/22/2019

Location: Online Only

The focus on building our students' growth mindset capacity continues to prove to be an important role for educators. Teachers are often aware of the concepts behind mindsets but have not looked at their lessons and teaching techniques in relation to the concept. Teachers in this course will develop methods for reflecting on their current practices and materials in a manner that will assist their students in growing this essential capacity. Present research and best practices will be evaluated and utilized to improve student learning outcomes in the classroom.PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

8. Online: Bringing More Formative Assessment Into Your Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 11/4/2019 to 12/8/2019

Location: Online only

A teacher's use of formative assessment techniques is essential in ensuring that students are meeting the learning targets for a unit. Incorporating this type of assessment into your daily lessons provides you with evidence that will help guide instruction Formative assessment is nothing new - our teachers were administering formative assessments to us when we were in school many years ago. In today's digital world, we are lucky to have so many more tools to assist us in our formative assessments. Teachers in the class will review the research on formative assessment as well as explore dozens of instructional tools that can be used for formative assessments. Teachers will leave this course with concrete and easy to use examples for embedding more formative assessments into their lessons . PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

9. Online: Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners - ELL's (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 11/4/2019 to 12/8/2019

Location: Online Only

English language learners present special challenges for teachers in today's classrooms. A successful ELL teacher learns to balance the language learning needs of the students with the appropriate content. The knowledge and skills students gain in ELL classes positively affect their lives at school and home. As the diversity of the United States increases, so too does the need for teachers of second language learners. Participants in this course will create lesson plans that incorporate strategies to reach ELL students.PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

10. Online: Coding and Gaming to Enhance Computer Science (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K - 12 Teachers and Specials

Dates: 11/11/2019 to 12/16/2019

Location: Online only

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While it might be difficult to imagine your students understanding something as complex as coding, it is definitely a reality. In this online course, we will learn the basics of coding and how we can transfer this information to help students solve problems in a logical and creative way. We will explore coding definitions and different languages and how to get started in your classroom on this learning journey. Although coding can be quite challenging, your students will be rewarded when they see their codes come to life after a debugging session. This learning opportunity will serve them well as they navigate the world around them. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

11. Online: Digital and Visual Learners (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 11/11/2019 to 12/16/2019

The Internet has become a primary tool for student communication and research and has moved our classrooms from a passive acquisition of facts to an active application of knowledge. This online class will give you the tools you need to design lessons that will help students navigate the digital tools available to them, including pod-casting, video techniques, teacher tube and global communication sites. These techniques and strategies will allow all our students to take charge of their own technological learning and will help them become successful classroom learners. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

12. Hybrid: Genre Study

Audience: K-8 classroom teachers, literacy coaches, reading specialists, AIS teachers, ENL teachers, special education teachers

Dates: 11/14/2019 to 1/23/2020

Location: Springhurst Elementary School

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What makes a biography a biography? What makes a fantasy a fantasy? If you know the genre of a book and know the characteristics of that genre, you know what to expect when you begin to read it. As adults, we know how to use our background knowledge about genres, but how do we teach our students to do this? In this hybrid course, we will explore how to use an inquiry approach to explore different genres. This process allows for students to really interact and experience different text types as they think, talk and work with them in an analytic way. Using the information from Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books (2012) by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, participants will build their own expertise in understanding specific genres and their characteristics, understand an inquiry process that can be used with students to study the characteristics of any genre and learn how to help students apply their knowledge of genres in talking, reading and writing. *Outside class work (24hrs) may consist of assignments that are to be done with or without students, watching videos and answering questions, and/or reading articles and commenting on them through a digital platform. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

13. DASA Dignity for All Students Act - Mandated 6 hour Certification Workshop

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY) - Room 136

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 11/16/2019

Location: Room 136

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In accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law, all applicants for Certification in NYS registered programs are required to complete six clock hours of Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyber bullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). This workshop will address the social patterns of harassment, bullying, and discrimination including, but not limited to those acts based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. It will also cover the identification and mitigation of harassment, bullying, and discrimination; and strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in education settings. Successful completion of this course will meet the certification requirements in Sec 14 (5) of Chapter 102 of the Laws of 2012, and registrants who participate in the entire 6-hour training will receive a Certification of Completion. Please be advised that we need to have 8 registrants to run this workshop Please note there will be a lunch break. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

14. Online: Critical Thinking and Questioning Techniques (offered by the TC of Westchester)

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Specials

Dates: 11/25/2019 to 12/31/2019

Location: Online Only

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Critical thinking is a key component in the classroom environment and can lead to improved learning and questioning skills. It can enhance language and presentation skills and can improve the way students express their ideas. Critical thinking can occur when students are analyzing, evaluating, interpreting or synthesizing information or when applying creative thought to form an argument, solve a problem or reach a conclusion. Critical thinking skills will prepare your students to interpret and evaluate new information and will help them in and out of the classroom. During the course, we will examine, in depth, Bloom's Taxonomy and apply this theory to various literature and other content areas. We will explore cause/effect, sequencing, patterning, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning, forecasting, hypothesizing and critiquing. At the end of the class, you will have the tools you need to incorporate critical thinking and higher order questioning into your classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

15. Online: Technology Resources and Current Issues (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K - 6 Specials Teacher

Dates: 11/25/2019 to 12/31/2019

Location: Online Only

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In this online course, we will explore current issues and trends relevant to the 21st century along with various technology resources. While the use of technology will actively engage your students, you need to utilize the right resources to achieve the intended outcomes. A primary focus will be to engage all learners in classroom activities and meet them at their particular technology level. We will use the ISTE Standards for Educators as a road map and explore their online community for support and communication. Using Teachers First as a resource, educators will learn how to effectively integrate technology into the curriculum through hands-on projects, collaboration tools and journal articles. We will discuss hands-on science and math lessons, writing websites, reading resources and social studies projects and create student tasks cards for the classroom. At the end of the course, you will have an online presentation tool (Buncee) and other strategies you need to engage both parents and students in this technology journey. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

16. Online: Co-Teaching (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 1/3/2020 to 2/7/2020

Location: Online Only

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In this online course, participants will explore how to share a classroom and build powerful relationships between a general education and special education teacher. We will utilize various tools to create an effective learning environment, examine and comment on case studies and implement strategies to enhance your classroom environment. We will share ideas on how co-teaching can improve program intensity and increase instructional options. At the conclusion of this class, you will have customized lesson plans that will provide a successful classroom environment for all students. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

17. Online: Are You a Culturally Responsive Teacher? (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 1/6/2020 to 2/10/2020

Location: Online only

Delivering culturally-responsive lessons can not only help you engage students, but allow them to make personal connections with content. Greater student investment will lead to many other benefits, such as more rigor and motivation. This course will walk educators through the process of learning about the link between culture and neuroscience, as well as methods for infusing daily lessons with culturally responsive activities. A happier, focused classroom is the ideal outcome. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.