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1. Online: Students at the Center of Learning (Offered by the Westchester TC Institut

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/5/2019 to 8/5/2019

Location: Online Only

Twenty first century learners must know how to be critical thinkers. We will examine ways to refocus our teaching so students can become more active learners. In turn, we can become more effective facilitators: empowering our students to find their voices and demonstrating their understanding and knowledge of the subject at hand. We will examine our current teaching styles and reflect on ways to start making changes. We will also look at our assessment tools (e.g. Flubberoo) which have some flaws, making it hard to gain information on critical thinking. Instead we will create meaningful assessments that will effectively measure student learning. At the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of the components of a student-centered classroom and the tools you need to put it into practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

2. Online: Look Who's Talking: Accountable Talk in Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Grades K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 8/5/2019

Location: Online Only

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This course is FREE to consortium members and is designed for teachers in every setting from Grades K-12. Look Who's Talking is an introduction to Accountable Talk. Accountable Talk refers to the ways that teachers skillfully encourage their students to think deeply, articulate their reasoning, and listen with purpose. Talking with others about ideas and work is fundamental to learning and is an essential skill in the Common Core Learning Standards for every grade. But not all talk sustains learning. For classroom talk to promote learning it must be accountable--to the learning community, to accurate and appropriate knowledge, and to rigorous thinking. Accountable talk uses evidence appropriate to the discipline (e.g., proofs in mathematics, data from investigations in science, textual details in literature, documentary sources in history) and follows established norms of good reasoning. At the end of this course, teachers will be able to incorporate Accountable Talk strategies into the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

3. Online Genius Hour (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Middle/High School Teachers any subject area

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 8/5/2019

What if students were given the time, resources and structure to bring their passions to life? What if these passions drove project-based learning inside the classroom? How would this work? Genius Hour provides teachers the framework to create a student-driven culture that allows learners to explore what they care about and what matters most to them. The result: a thirteen-year-old writes and publishes a short story in which she mimics the style of JK Rowling; a group of 8th graders start a campaign to create Valentine’s day cards for children with cancer; a technology-addict spends one week tech-free and blogs about it. When Genius Hour comes alive in the classroom, teachers carve out “an hour” to provide students the opportunity to explore topics that excite and inspire them. Students create inquiry-based research questions that lead to student-motivated projects that are meaningful and shared with authentic audiences. Through this course, teachers will understand what Genius Hour is, why it matters and how to incorporate it into the walls of their classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

4. Online: Brain Based Learning and Student Engagement (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 8/8/2019

Location: Online

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In this online course, we will explore the human brain and examine how it works. You will hear the most up to date theories on how students learn and how best to engage them in the classroom. We will look at how to incorporate group work and peer collaboration in the classroom to foster engagement and how to give students the opportunity to take the lead while still adhering to specific curriculum guidelines. At the end of the course, each participant will be asked to share a classroom plan that lists specific strategies and lesson plan ideas that will put their students in the center of learning. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

5. Online: Curiosity-Driven Writing (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers for Grades 7-12, ELA

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 8/5/2019

Location: Online Only

During this online course, participants will learn strategies to help their students develop critical modes of inquiry, genuine motives, and complex arguments in their essay writing. This course is structured around developing not just writing skills, but the habits of mind that are fundamental to our students' success in college. Part of this course will involve developing a new vocabulary to talk about writing as a technology for thinking. The instructor will model curiosity-driven writing, breaking the writing/thinking process into a discussion of problem, argument, and idea. The writers we will read in this course practice the art of curiosity-driven writing. They ask genuine questions-questions that aren't easily answered with statistics or facts. As Richard E. Miller and Ann Jurecic write in Habits of the Creative Mind, "They make connections between their particular interests and something bigger, something outside the sphere of their individual concerns ...they use their writing to take risks as they venture into the unknown". At the conclusion of this course, teachers will have a working definition of what curiosity-driven writing is and what it will look like in their classroom. They will also have created lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Standards. While there is a suggested timeline for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. This course will require access to Google Drive. All readings will be available in our class share folder on Google Drive. All assignments will be uploaded as .doc or .pdfs to this folder as well. Students will have access to each other's assignments and will be required to reflect on and respond to their colleagues work. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

6. Hybrid: Teaching the Exceptional Child: An Introduction to Special Education

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 7/18/2019

Location: Lee F. Jackson School - Greenburgh

This hybrid course is FREE to consortium members and is designed for all teachers in the general education setting (K-12) who wish to gain an overview of the special education process. Teaching the Exceptional Child: An Introduction to Special Education was developed with the general education teacher in mind who is looking for an understanding of how to best support the varied learning abilities in one classroom. By the end of this course, participants will be able to navigate through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), understand their role in a Committee of Special Education (CSE) meeting, describe the history of Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), identify and dive deeply into the 13 classifications of disabilities, all while collaboratively evaluating scenarios to best educate the exceptional child. THIS HYBRID COURSE WILL MEET 4 TIMES IN PERSON AND ALSO INCLUDES ADDITIONAL ONLINE WORK. THIS CLASS ENDS ON JULY 19.

7. Enhance Student Learning through Yoga and Meditation Strategies

Audience: Teachers grades 5-12

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 7/11/2019

Location: Greenburgh CSD

Middle school and high school can be a very stressful time for both students and teachers. Students face a myriad of teenage issues, including how to balance challenging academic classes, college preparation, extra curricular activities, part time employment, bullying and a busy social life. As a result, many teenagers (and tweens) feel overwhelmed and become disorganized which can be stressful for them and their teachers. In this class, you will be provided with a number of powerful yoga and meditation tools that will help your students develop self awareness, compassion and confidence. The result will be students who can better manage these inevitable challenges and navigate their middle and high school years successfully and productively. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

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

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

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 7/10/2019

Location: Room 136

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.

9. Online: Morphing into Vocabulary: A look at infusing Morphology into the classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Classroom teachers in grades 2 and higher, ENL teachers, ELA teachers, Reading Specialists

Dates: 7/14/2019 to 8/9/2019

Location: Online Only

"Students who understand how words are formed by combining prefixes, suffixes, and roots tend to have larger vocabularies and better reading comprehension than peers without such knowledge and skills"½½½½½½ (Prince, 2009). In this online course, teachers will explore the value of teaching students morphology in the classroom. Participants will uncover prefixes, suffixes and roots and their interdisciplinary role in effective teaching to increase academic vocabulary. Teachers will develop student-friendly strategies for predicting word meaning through morphology as well as create a motivational activity to help students make the connection between morphology and language. Participants will create lessons that align with the Common Core Learning Standards, motivating activities and a content-specific root database. Through sharing ideas, strategies and activities with each other, a distinct understanding of the long-term value that this can have on vocabulary development will be clear. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

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

Audience: Specials Teachers and K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 8/12/2019

Location: Online Only

This online course, which is open to teachers and other professionals, will include instruction in both the whole class and small group setting for students with ADD/ADHD. We will examine current research and best practices as well as researched based intervention techniques for both academic and behavioral challenges. 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.

11. Online: Improving Teacher Questioning Techniques (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 7/19/2019 to 8/22/2019

Location: online only

The fastest way to get our students thinking at a higher level is to question them at higher level. With higher and more exhaustive standards being placed on our students, we must use our ability to question students in a manner that improves their ability to think critically and problem solve. This course will prepare teachers to meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards and improve student learning outcomes. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

12. Online: Finding Your Balance: Strengthening Reading and Writing through Balanced Literacy (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Classroom teachers, ELA teachers, Reading Specialist, Early Literacy Specialist

Dates: 7/22/2019 to 8/19/2019

Location: Online Only

Through inquiry and the exploration of Reading and Writing, participants will explore the life-long practices of readers and writers in a Balanced Literacy setting. Participants will explore each component of the Balanced Literacy framework and connect their own instructional practice to the framework. Through collaboration and investigation, participants will have the opportunity to explore research around Balanced Literacy and best practices in Reading and Writing. At the conclusion of this course, participants will leave with a knowledge and expertise of Balanced Literacy, instructional practices that can be used instantly in the classroom and a “toolbox” filled with best practices and shared literary experiences that they can embed in their instructional practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

13. Online: Instructional Technology in the Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/22/2019 to 8/18/2019

Location: Online Only

In this course we will take a look at what is happening in the 21st century classrooms. Steam centers are in full effect and being created all around us. What is a steam center and how can you create one in your classroom? Dash and Dot have made their debut in many classrooms. How are they being used to teach coding and what programs are being used by students. An Hour of Code has expanded their website and included a plethora of new tools and lesson plans for all levels of learners. How can you implement all of these new ideas in your classroom and teach your students to be 21st century thinkers? That is exactly what you will learn in the class as you create your classroom technology plan. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

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

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 7/29/2019 to 8/26/2019

Location: Online Only

In this course teachers will learn how to adapt their teaching to meet the needs of students of all cultural backgrounds in their classrooms. Delivering culturally-responsive lessons can not only help you engage students, but also allows 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.

15. Hybrid: Cooperative Learning: Fostering Critical Thinking and Reflection

Audience: K-8 Teachers, all content areas

Dates: 7/30/2019 to 8/15/2019

We all love the idea of cooperative learning - students actively engaged, working together, encouraging each other, and thinking critically about their learning. We know that cooperative learning impacts student achievement, improves behavior, and supports all learners. In fact, both the NYS P-12 Common Core Learning Standards and the Next Generation Learning Standards call for an increase in the 4 C's - critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity - all of which are outcomes of cooperative learning. But how do I incorporate it? Where do I begin? And how will I have time for it? In this course, participants will develop a deeper understanding of cooperative learning and how it can meet students' social, emotional, and academic needs. You will learn and plan for purposeful groupings, active participation in dialogue, various cooperative structures, and student reflection. Date(s) of Course: - 7/30, 8/1, 8/6, 8/8, 8/13, 8/25 9:00-2:30 (30 In-person hours) 15 additional hours will be completed online. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

16. ONLINE: Social and Emotional Development in the Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 8/1/2019 to 8/29/2019

Location: Online Only

Research shows that integrating social and emotional learning into the curriculum leads to positive student outcomes. It reduces aggression and emotional distress among students, it increases positive interactions among students, it improves positive attitudes toward self and others and it also increases students’ academic performance as well as college and career readiness. In this course, we will examine the 5 keys elements of social emotional learning and, after viewing various videos, we will discuss what that means to classroom culture and classroom management. This course will focus on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. At the end of the course, you will have a toolbox of specific strategies you can begin to use with your students. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

17. Online: The Mindful Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 8/1/2019 to 8/29/2019

Location: Online Only

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Helping students cultivate affective skills such as perseverance, emotional management, self motivation, and resilience are key to both their emotional well-being and their ability to engage reflectively with ideas and information. When teachers practice and model these skills, they can be more fully present and able to respond to their students' needs. "Studies show that grade school aged children who learn mindfulness and meditation are more focused and resilient," says Sarah McKay, an Oxford University trained neuroscientist and freelance science writer specializing in mind and brain. "It helps settle them down and improves concentration." This in turn allows for optimal student performance. For teachers, this means that in the midst of everything that goes on in a classroom, we remain aware of what's going on inside our minds and bodies, which can help us with our reactions to a situation and choose a kind and compassionate response. While the practice of mindfulness is never a "cure-all," research suggests that it is a powerful foundation upon which teachers can start to build their social-emotional skills and, in turn, improve their teaching. This course examines the historical and scientific research that has been done supporting the practice of mindfulness in education. Through reading, discussion and exercise, participants will explore how mindfulness can be used everyday with in and out of the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

18. Online: Creating Independent Problem Solvers (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 8/1/2019 to 8/29/2019

Location: Online

Fostering deeper thinking and greater understanding promotes increased engagement in the classroom. In this online course, we will examine question formulation and exploration as key parts of the problem solving process. In the real world, students will not have access to all the information they need to solve problems ½ they will be required to sort, decipher and gather it themselves. As class participants, you will focus on all curriculum areas and explore the best problem solving practices in math. Authentic challenges will be introduced as we look at problem solving in action and how your students can think and problem solve outside of the textbooks. With the tools you provide them, students will be able to work out solutions to complex problems that will lead to enhanced student learning and increased student engagement. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
Starting out a new school is always an exciting time full of promise, new ideas and innovative strategies. In this online course, we will explore effective planning and organization strategies for the new school year. We will look at a variety of websites that can assist you in setting up, planning and transforming your classroom into places where differentiated, social emotional learning can take place. Parent and community involvement and technology integration are all essential components for setting the tone for the school year and will also be explored. At the end of this course, you will have the tools you need to begin the new school year with new and innovate ideas to enhance student learning. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

20. Online: Teaching with Poverty in Mind (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K-12 Teachers, All Content Area

Dates: 8/5/2019 to 8/16/2019

This online course is open to all and offered at no cost to our consortium members. It is designed for teachers who want to learn more about becoming a change agent for students who experience poverty. Throughout the course, we will be using Eric Jensen's book, Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It, to explore ways to improve the academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students. At the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of poverty, stress, trauma and best practices to help your students overcome these adversities. WE WILL PURCHASE SUFFICIENT COPIES OF THE ERIC JENSEN BOOK FOR EACH PARTICIPANT BUT IT MUST BE PICKED UP AT THE CENTER PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE CLASS. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

21. Professional Development Mentor Program (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 8/27/2019 to 3/11/2020

Whether you are currently a mentor teacher or would like to serve in this role in the future, this year-long program will provide you with the knowledge and expertise needed to become a skilled mentor. We will examine attitudes, skills, and components of a successful program and focus on teacher development, including how to guide, support, and nurture novice teachers. This course is only open to teachers from the Edith Winthrop Teacher Center and the Teacher Center of Central Westchester. In addition to the summer seminar, there will be two follow up meetings, one in the Fall and one in the Spring from 4-6pm. There will be an additional 5 hours of course work completed online. YOU MUST BE PRESENT FOR EVERY IN-PERSON SESSION AND COMPLETE ALL ONLINE COURSEWORK IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE FULL CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE.

22. 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.
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.

24. 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.

25. 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.