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1. GREENBURGH CSD NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE September 14, 2021 - June 14, 2022

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

Dates: 9/14/2021 to 6/14/2022

Location: Multi Purpose Room

THIS CLASS IS ONLY OPEN TO NEW TEACHERS IN THE GREENBURGH CSD DATES AND TIMES: 3:30 - 4:30PM September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 14, ***5 additional hours will be spent on assignments outside of our sessions

2. Online: Work Hard/Think Hard: Principles of Effective Teaching, September 30 - November 10, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 9/30/2021 to 11/10/2021

Location: Online

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This course may be taken for graduate or inservice credit. Since the two options are listed separately, please be sure to register accordingly. In this online book study, participants will develop their own use of the principles of effective teaching and develop a master teacher mindset through the examination of the best-selling text Never Work Harder Than Your Students by Robyn R Jackson. We will explore how to engage students in the heavy lifting of learning through the use of units of study, lesson plans, assessments, interventions and classroom management. With a focus on the quality of learning and not the quantity of work; teachers will become better equipped to lead their students on a voyage of self-discovery and acquisition of academic knowledge. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have a unit of study, lesson plan, assessment and action plan to help them put the principles into practice immediately and effectively, challenging their students to work hard and think harder. IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE, PARTICIPANTS MUST PURCHASE A COPY OF THE BOOK ON THEIR OWN PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE CLASS.

3. Online: Creating Equitable Parent Involvement, October 4 - November 1, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 10/4/2021 to 11/1/2021

Location: Online

In this online course, we will identify a variety of ways to engage and support family involvement in the classroom. We will examine best practices and incorporate outside experiences to create a safe school environment. While we always have our students and families' best interests at heart, we need to be both authentic and empathetic to the diverse community we serve. Whether parents join us virtually or in person, it is critical that we assess their needs (through a family survey) and examine our own bias to develop an effective support system. Once we have clearly identified their needs, we will discuss the best strategies for the parents of English Language Learners, special education students and for all our students. At the conclusion of the course, you will have a toolbox of strategies that will allow you to support, guide and encourage families to share in your classroom experience. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
Digital resources can increase students' motivation, classroom engagement and can be used with a wide variety of learners. In this online course, we will explore digital literacy resources, virtual field trips, interactive museums, and digital tools to enhance classroom instruction. Students will have access to these resources at any time and can set their own pace when working through activities. Teachers, with these digital (paperless) resources in their toolbox, can enhance their lesson plans while, at the same time, give students a chance to be creative and more actively engaged in the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
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.. NYS. Course is available 24/7 from the start date to end date.

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.

7. Online: Increasing Student Engagement Through Project Based Learning (10/7/21-11/18/21)

Location: Online (online, ny)

Audience: Secondary

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

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.

8. Online: 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 online 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.

9. Online: Yogapalooza: Teaching Kids Yoga and Mindfulness with Confidence (10/7 - 11/18)

Location: Online Only (Online, )

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

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.

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. 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.

10. Online: English as a New Language Strategies and Tools for Success, October 11 - November 22, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in all grade levels

Dates: 10/11/2021 to 11/22/2021

Location: Online

In this online course, we will closely examine the strategies used to effectively teach English as a New Language (ENL) students. We will focus on best practices including co-teaching, helpful web tools, strategies for classroom teaching, and meaningful classroom talk. We will brainstorm ways to involve parents as we create a welcoming classroom environment for all students. We will explore resources and cross-reference lesson plans and curriculums so that each teacher has customized lesson plans to address individual needs. At the end of the course, you will have a toolkit that will include visual ideas, translation resources, conversation tools and vocabulary resources. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

11. Online: Gender Identity: Myths, Truths and Equity, October 18 - November 15, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators K -12

Dates: 10/18/2021 to 11/15/2021

Location: Online

In this online course, we will explore the issues surrounding gender identity and the use of proper pronouns. Using the correct pronouns will help students feel safe, comfortable, and respected in the classroom. We will discuss the distinction between sex and gender and how we can make positive changes in the classroom to eliminate any harassment and bullying. We will also design specific strategies, share resources and discuss how to conduct successful parent teacher conferences while respecting confidentiality. At the conclusion of this class, we will be better prepared to support an individual's gender identity and life experiences and to provide our younger generation with a safe, inclusive and non threatening classroom environment. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

12. Online: Discussions and Questioning to Build Deep Thinking, October 21 - December 2, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 10/21/2021 to 12/2/2021

Location: Online

This course may be taken for graduate or inservice credit. Since the two options are listed separately, please be sure to register accordingly. In this online course, participants will explore how to facilitate classroom discussions through engaging conversations, the role of teachers as coaches during this process and how best to provide a supportive classroom environment when integrating higher order questioning techniques. When we closely examine the value of student participation in small group discussions, we find that students are able to connect with each other's thoughts and opinions and are able to engage in higher level critical thinking. Critical thinking involves logical thinking and reasoning including the following skills: comparison, classification, sequencing, cause/effect, patterning, webbing, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning, forecasting, planning, hypothesizing, and critiquing. We will examine the link between critical thinking skills and questioning techniques by taking an in depth look at Bloom's Taxonomy and the quote, "Maslow before Bloom.” At the end of the course, you will have the tools needed to transfer responsibility from yourself to your students to speak purposefully, think outside of the box and lead an effective and engaging classroom discussion. Participants will need to purchase the following required text to participate in this course - Walsh, J. A., & Sattes, B. D. (2015). Questioning for Classroom Discussion: Purposeful speaking, engaged listening, deep thinking. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

13. Hybrid: Book Club - Diverse Children's Literature, October 27 - June 15, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: For educators who work with Students in Grades 3-5

Dates: 10/27/2021 to 6/15/2022

Location: Online - Hybrid

Participants in this hybrid course will be asked to read and discuss multiple pieces of recent youth literature that highlight various aspects of diversity. Each month will feature one novel and two picture books focused on a specific category of diverse texts. Participants will also look at resources available to support integration of the text, such as educator's guides, reader's theater scripts, video read alouds and more. We will meet monthly on Zoom to discuss the books and ways to incorporate them into libraries and curriculum. Participants will need to have access to various books either through their school library, public library or virtual libraries. There will be MONTHLY MANDATORY ZOOM MEETINGS on October 27, November 17, December 15, January 26, February 16, March 16, April 27, May 18, and June 15 from 4:30-5:30 pm which will focus on discussing the literature and strategies to incorporate these books into our curriculum. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
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 be both asynchronous and synchronous. The first 3 hours will be provided through on November 6th(a private access code and link will be provided). It will consist of a self-directed (asynchronous) module based approach that will ask candidates to review the background and some of the laws associated with the DASA, timelines and concrete concepts. The modules will include both free responses and multiple-choice quizzes to ascertain your understanding before a certificate for Part 1 can be issued. You will have one week to complete the first 3 asynchronous hours. This 3-hour session must be completed prior to Part II which is on Sunday, November 14th. Part 2, also a 3-hour time frame, will dive deeper into the strategies and reporting procedures as well as proactive mechanisms for tracking, reporting and preventing bullying and harassment in the educational/school environment, including cyber bullying. All participants must be available on Sunday, November 14th. from 10:00am - 1:00pm to participate in Part II of the workshop which will be held via Zoom.