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1. Professional Development Mentor Program, 9:00am - 3:30 August 27, November and March Dates TBD 4:00pm - 6:00pm (EWTC)

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

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 8/27/2020 to 3/25/2021

Location: Room TBD

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 (dates to be determined at the first session on 8/27) 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.

2. Online: Engagement and Empathy in the Virtual Classroom, September 1 - October 6, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: All

Dates: 9/1/2020 to 10/6/2020

Location: Online Only

During these unprecedented times, teachers are being asked to assume the role of Virtual Educator. Since this is, for many, including teachers, students and parents a new way of teaching, it is important to have the requisite tools to effectively engage students. This course will explore how to create virtual groups to host morning meetings and how to teach online in a meaningful way. We will learn about screen overload and social and emotional learning disconnect and how teachers and parents can recognize the signs. We will look at a myriad of google classroom strategies, live zoom and google meet activities and apps that can help teachers and parents support the students. At the end of the course, participants will have numerous strategies, classroom activities and online assessment tools to effectively teach in a remote environment. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

3. Online: New York State Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework, September 28 - October 16, 2020 (EWTC)

Audience: K-12 Educators in All Areas

Dates: 9/28/2020 to 10/16/2020

Location: Online Only

This 15 hour course is being offered by our Teacher Center grant and can be offered to our consortium members for just a $25 registration fee. "The Culturally Responsive-Sustaining (CR-S) Education Framework helps educators create student-centered learning environments that: affirm racial, linguistic and cultural identities; prepare students for rigor and independent learning, develop students' abilities to connect across lines of difference; elevate historically marginalized voices; and empower students as agents of social change; and contribute to individual student engagement, learning, growth, and achievement through the cultivation of critical thinking." (New York State Education Department) This workshop will introduce this framework to participants and have them think about ways to provide appropriate support and services to educate all students effectively and equitably while promoting positive student outcomes.

4. Online: Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools, October 5 - November 13, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 10/5/2020 to 11/13/2020

Location: Online Only

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.

5. ONLINE: Social and Emotional Development in the Classroom, October 5 - November 8, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Dates: 10/5/2020 to 11/8/2020

Location: Online

Social and emotional learning, when embedded in the classroom (and in the school) curriculum, can have many positive student outcomes. It can reduce aggression and emotional distress among students, can increase collaborative classroom interactions, can improve self confidence and can lead to improved student learning. We will examine the five (5) keys to social emotional learning and look at how it translates to the classroom culture and to classroom management. We will view videos, read articles and explore various strategies that will work with our students. We will focus on self and social awareness, self-management, relationship skills, responsible decision making and how we can apply best practices in our classrooms. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

6. Online: Adjusting Your Mindset: Be Passionate, Be Patient, Be Persistent and Persevere

Audience: All

Dates: 10/7/2020 to 11/18/2020

Location: Online Only

In this 15 hour online course, 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 end 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. These efforts will bring about systemic change and contribute to creating a resilient and compassionate school community. Participants will be provided with the opportunity for independent inquiry, learning in cooperation with others, and reflective practice.. Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning. "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi

7. Online: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom

Audience: All

Dates: 10/7/2020 to 11/18/2020

Location: Online Only

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Storytelling is an art form which allows people of all ages to connect. Using stories in any classroom will improve student learning by increasing listening comprehension, expanding language patterns and practicing oral communication skills. Additionally, once students learn to tell stories, their pre writing drafts and factual recall will improve. The NCTE supports storytelling in the curriculum with acknowledgement that students can find a reflection of themselves in stories, and that teachers who value storytelling can learn more about students in a unique way. This online course will help teachers find, learn and share a folktale and teach students to do the same. The course will reflect upon the educational importance of storytelling, and provide support and resources to create a lesson plan for classroom use. It is suitable for all content areas, and all grade levels. Required Readings: In addition to 2 educational articles, each participant chooses one folktale to read and retell. Pamela Schembri is a school library media specialist with 25 years of teaching experience, a professional storyteller, and children's author. Course dates are the beginning and end date. This Course is available 24/7.

8. Online: Designing Online Instruction

Audience: All

Dates: 10/7/2020 to 11/18/2020

Location: Online

This 15-hour course, Designing Online Instruction, prepares teachers to design online training modules that address unique target audiences. Course participants will be guided through the process of defining goals and objectives aligned to standards; selecting instructional materials; designing activities and assessments; to create a dynamic online learning experience. Participants will learn how to navigate the development tools in a learning management system (LMS) in order to create and evaluate engaging online learning opportunities. At the completion of this course participants will have created a 5-6 hour module of instruction that is dynamic, engaging and goal-driven.

9. Online: Technology Generation, October 19 - November 30, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: All

Dates: 10/19/2020 to 11/30/2020

Location: Online Only

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In this online course, we will explore the most recent advancements in technology including google classroom tools and how it can be seamlessly integrated into the classroom curriculum. We will create internet rules for students and parents that will serve as a guideline for safe practices as well as design ways to use social media in our teaching that will include interactive sites like Instagram, Twitter, Google Earth and TikTok and how to create Google slides as we focus on flipped learning strategies. Participants will examine Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and create student centered learning experiences that focus on their specific content areas. At the end of the course, teachers will have a number of classroom lesson plans that will make learning engaging and concrete for our students.
This 15 hr online course will allow educators the opportunity to create resilient schools that meet the social, emotional, ethical, and academic (SEL) needs of students. Participants will explore the research-based skills and competencies that have a positive impact on the organizational structure of their school, the delivery of instruction, and student performance. SEL teaching strategies will be naturally infused into the organizational structure of the school, as well as into existing curricular activities. This online course will allow educators to build bridges by acknowledging past accomplishments and validating what is presently working well. Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning.
The research-based strategies and skills utilized in this 15 hour online course will enable teachers to help students build effective relationships, and work through life's challenges in constructive and ethical ways. Through these efforts teachers will be able to 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. Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning. As always, we will be committed to learning, growing and achieving together! This course is in alignment with the NYS SAFE SCHOOL goals and benchmarks.Throughout this coursework, we will continue to address the SEL needs of our students and include the perspective of distance learning.

12. Online: Designing Online Instruction

Audience: All

Dates: 5/5/2021 to 6/16/2021

Location: Online

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This 15-hour course, Designing Online Instruction, prepares teachers to design online training modules that address unique target audiences. Course participants will be guided through the process of defining goals and objectives aligned to standards; selecting instructional materials; designing activities and assessments; to create a dynamic online learning experience. Participants will learn how to navigate the development tools in a learning management system (LMS) in order to create and evaluate engaging online learning opportunities. At the completion of this course participants will have created a 5-6 hour module of instruction that is dynamic, engaging and goal-driven.

13. 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.

14. Online: Digital Tools to Differentiate Teaching

Audience: All

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

Location: Online Only

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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.