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1. Hybrid: Building an Online Teacher Center Course (THIS COURSE IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR CTLE OR INSERVICE HOURS)

Audience: Consortium teachers with 5 or more years of teaching experience

Dates: 5/6/2020 to 6/10/2020

Location: In-Person Sessions will take place at Woodlands HS

This Free online course is only open to our consortium members with 5 or more years of teaching experience. The course will provide you with guided instruction, along with the resources needed, to successfully develop a rigorous, engaging and meaningful online Teacher Center course. At the end of the course, you will have a professional development course ready for consideration by the Teacher Center Policy Board. Since there is no cost for this online program and, is an opportunity to join our cadre of established TC instructors, no inservice or CTLE credit will be available. THERE WILL BE AN IN PERSON SESSION AT WOODLANDS HS COMPUTER LAB before the conclusion of the course from 4:30-6:30PM. Date to be determined. PLEASE NOTE: This course is limited to 10 participants. Prior to being enrolled in the class, interested consortium teachers will be asked to submit a resume along with the topic of the potential course offering. Our policy board will review your submission to ensure alignment with the Teacher Center goals and objectives and that the topic does not conflict with our current slate of course offerings. You will be notified by email as to the status of your candidacy

2. ONLINE: Managing ADHD and LD in the Classroom, June 10 - July 8, 2020 (WTCI)

Dates: 6/10/2020 to 7/8/2020

Location: Online Only

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All teachers have come across a student in their class with either ADHD or a Learning Disability.This course will give teachers an opportunity to examine current research geared towards helping all teachers work effectively with students with ADHD and learning disabilities. Teachers will understand the impact of ADHD on a student's performance, the difference between male and female students with ADHD and, at the conclusion of the course, will have a number of instructional strategies to implement in their classrooms.PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

3. Online: Growth Mindset, June 15 - July 12, 2020 (WTCI)

Dates: 6/15/2020 to 7/12/2020

Location: Online Only

In this online course, teachers will focus on building students' growth mindset capacity. Teachers are often aware of the concepts behind mindsets but have not looked at their lessons and teaching techniques in relation to this 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 strategies utilized to improve student learning outcomes in the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
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.

5. Online: Character Education, June 29 - July 24, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 6/29/2020 to 7/24/2020

In this online course, participants will learn how character education provides guidance for youth to understand their abilities, to strive to reach their fullest potential, to care for others and will cultivate positive self-development. You will explore ways you can foster this development in your classroom and/or school community. Schools can encourage this development in and out of the classroom by focusing on intellectual, social, emotional, and ethical character in students. By the conclusion of this course, you will have a customized character development program that focuses on the needs of your students so they have the optimal chance at success. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

6. ONLINE: Social and Emotional Development in the Classroom, June 29 - July 26, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Dates: 6/29/2020 to 7/26/2020

Location: Online

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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.

7. Online Mindful Classroom, July 1 - July 30, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: All

Dates: 7/1/2020 to 7/30/2020

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.
This online course is open to all and offered at no cost to our consortium members In this book study, we will have a chance to examine the minds of behaviorally challenged students and school personnel to explore why children do not respond to antiquated disciplinary techniques and zero tolerance policies. During the course of this class, you will become familiar with the current Social Emotional Learning benchmarks. You will also have an opportunity to consider the value of a trauma informed, non-punitive and unilateral approach to reduce inappropriate behavior incidents. At the conclusion of the book study, participants will be able to use communication skills and proactive tools to model behavior that inspires collaboration to build productive relationships with students.WE WILL PURCHASE SUFFICIENT COPIES OF THE Dr. Ross W. Greene BOOK LOST AT SCHOOL; WHY OUR KIDS WITH BEHAVIORAL CHALLENGES ARE FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS AND HOW WE CAN HELP THEM PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

9. Online: Technology Generation, July 1 - July 27, 2020 (WTCI))

Audience: Classroom teachers in grades 2-12

Dates: 7/1/2020 to 7/27/2020

Location: Online Only

In this online course, we will explore the most recent advancements in technology and how they can be integrated into the classroom curriculum. We will examine Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and create engaging learning experiences that focus on both science and social studies. We will experiment with the top math sites and develop corresponding lesson plans that will make learning concrete for our students. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
This course is Free for consortium members. Many educators use the terms culturally responsive teaching, multicultural education and social justice education interchangeably, which keeps educators from implementing culturally responsive teaching effectively. They do overlap but each have very different purposes. Culturally responsive teaching is focused not on celebrating diversity but on using culture as a cognitive scaffold for processing new content during learning. It concerns itself with cognitive development and increasing brain power for culturally and linguistically diverse students. While the participants read and discuss, "Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students"by Zaretta Hammond, educators will share, discuss, help, and problem solve how to close the achievement gap by looking at culturally responsive pedagogy. 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

11. Online: Look Who's Talking: Accountable Talk in Your Classroom, July 6 - August 2, 2020 (EWTC)

Audience: Grades K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/6/2020 to 8/2/2020

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.
This online 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. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

13. Online: Genius Hour - July 13 - August 10, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in Grades 3 -12

Dates: 7/13/2020 to 8/10/2020

Location: Online Only

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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 traditional or virtual 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. When Genius Hour comes alive, teachers carve out "an hour"½ 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. At the conclusion of this course, teachers will have a deep understanding of what Genius Hour is, why it matters, how to incorporate it into their traditional or virtual classroom and the online tools needed to make this happen.

14. Online: Cyberbullying and Safety in the Net, July 13 - August 9, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/13/2020 to 8/9/2020

Teachers in today's fast pace technology world must be able to deal with the new Cyber Bullying epidemic that has become a growing concern for students, parents, and educators. We will research what online bullying might look like and what tactics our students use to torment their victims. We will look at it's impact on teaching and learning and apply strategies that will help reduce and/or eliminate the instances of cyber-bullying in our classrooms and in our schools. Using the CyberSmart curriculum that stresses that cyber bullying can be controlled, we will develop classroom lesson plans and materials we can share with our parents while looking at students' rights and laws that must be considered when confronting these situations in the new school year. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

15. Online: Critical Thinking and Questioning Techniques, July 20 - August 17, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: All

Dates: 7/20/2020 to 8/17/2020

Location: Online Only

In this course participants will explore critical thinking and questioning skills. Critical thinking involves logical thinking and reasoning including skills such as comparison, classification, sequencing, cause/effect, patterning, webbing, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning, forecasting, planning, hypothesizing, and critiquing. We will take a look at the creation of a supportive environment and aide participants to use appropriate strategies when using higher order questioning in the classroom. We will link critical thinking skills and questioning techniques by taking an in depth look at Bloom's Taxonomy. We will apply this theory to various literature as well other subject matter (including science, math and social studies) that we are studying in school and create our own lesson plans. Conversations in all areas will be enhanced when you have the questions ready that get students to analyze and draw conclusions. This course will provide you with a whole new way to ask questions that will truly get our students to think outside of the box.

16. Online: Exceptional Students and Higher-Level Thinking, July 27 - August 24, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/27/2020 to 8/24/2020

Location: Online Only

In this course, we will focus on the students that are already meeting and exceeding the standards and are ready to excel. We will also discuss ASCD articles that address the twice-exceptional student - the one that is both a gifted learner while negotiating a learning disorder. Our discussions will include strategies to cultivate the talents of gifted children as well as overcoming obstacles in the regular education classroom. At the end of the course, participants will have specific lesson plans to enhance learning opportunities for the gifted student that will propel them to higher levels of learning. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

17. Online: Anxiety and Stress Management in a School Setting, July 27 - August 24, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: For all K-12 teachers and school professionals.

Dates: 7/27/2020 to 8/24/2020

Location: Online Only

Anxiety and stress are major factors in the lives of both school professionals and students. Participants will examine the working definition of stress and anxiety, study research findings on the cause of stress, explore its impact upon teaching and learning, and conduct a thorough assessment of stress factors in the classroom. This knowledge will facilitate the application of tools and techniques to identify, prevent, and manage stressors to improve academic success. Participants will have the information they need to identify specific students experiencing debilitating stress and and the tools they need to help the student restore personal equilibrium and enhance their classroom performance. At the end of this course, you will have the resources you need to enhance student performance by minimizing the negative effects of stress and anxiety in the classroom. This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers and school professionals. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

18. Online: Technology Generation, July 27 - August 24, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: Classroom teachers in grades 2-12

Dates: 7/27/2020 to 8/24/2020

Location: Online Only

In this online course, we will explore the most recent advancements in technology and how they can be integrated into the classroom curriculum. We will examine Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and create engaging learning experiences that focus on both science and social studies. We will experiment with the top math sites and develop corresponding lesson plans that will make learning concrete for our students. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

19. Online: Conferring with Confidence: The Heart of Effective Reading and Writing Instruction - July 29 - August 26, 2020(WTCI)

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

Dates: 7/29/2020 to 8/26/2020

Location: Online Only

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Through collaboration and inquiry, participants will explore the conferring process and the effect that is has on classroom instruction and student engagement. Participants will work through each step involved in conferring in the classroom with a specific focus on the RIP model. Participants will identify and explore the protocol for effective feedback within an instructional setting. At the conclusion of this course, participants will display a knowledge and expertise of the structure of a conference, implications for classroom implementation and instructional practices that can be used instantly in the classroom and that they can embed in their instructional practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

20. Online: English as a New Language: Strategies and Tools for Success, August 1 - August 28, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Specials

Dates: 8/1/2020 to 8/28/2020

Location: Online only

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.

21. Online: LGBTQI Education, August 1 - August 28, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: For teachers in grades K-12 and professionals

Dates: 8/1/2020 to 8/28/2020

Location: Online Only

According to statistics gathered by GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, ten percent of the population is gay, bisexual, or transgender. These students come to school with the needs of any other student. Transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth are quickly becoming more visible in society. Parents of gender non-conforming children are coming to mental health providers in increasing numbers and are often met with stigma and bias and a lack of education on TGNC health. TGNC youth are turned out of their homes at disproportionate rates and harassed and bullied in school at higher rates than their gender conforming peers. They have higher rates of suicide, depression and substance abuse and face unique medical, legal and social barriers. They also have produced their own cultures and communities to face these challenges. This course will examine the scientific research on TGNC youth in the context of the practical challenges faced by these individuals and their families. At the conclusion of this course, you, the educator or counselor, will have the tools and strategies to be a reliable source for those youth who feel marginalized due to their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. This course is appropriate for all K-12 school professionals. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

22. Online: Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness, August 1 - August 29, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: For teachers in grades K-12 and professionals

Dates: 8/1/2020 to 8/29/2020

Location: Online Only

Mental health and illness is a component of teaching that has evolved and increased in importance in recent years. The role of the teacher does not include diagnosis or treatment recommendations for a student with a mental health diagnosis. It does, however, include: teaching of mental health literacy; responding to student's/parent's concerns by supportive listening and referral to the most appropriate person within the school to help address those concerns (such as a counselor, social worker, psychologist) and providing ongoing academically appropriate support to the student as part of the school's integrated response to the student's needs. Educators in this course will examine methods for addressing the mental health of their students through academic supports, interventions and relationship building and, at the end of the course, will have useful strategies and tools they can easily incorporate in their classrooms. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

23. Deep Dive into Flipgrid - August 3 - August 17, 2020 (EWTC)

Audience: All

Dates: 8/3/2020 to 8/17/2020

Location: Online Only

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This course is Free and open to EWTC consortium members ONLY. In this course you will learn how to use FlipGrid, an exciting web-based tool to communicate with your students, and help them communicate with one another in your digital classrooms. Flipgrid is a video response platform where educators can have online video discussions with students. Teachers can provide feedback to students, and better yet, students can provide feedback to one another. It adds a unique approach to an online classroom in terms of collaboration and classroom engagement. Learn how you can incorporate FlipGrid into your online classroom, and some strategies to create a socially connected learning environment for all of your students. Zoom Session- April 16, 2020 at 7pm

24. Online: Incorporating Social and Emotional Skills in Your Classes, August 3 - August 31, 2020 (WTCI)

Audience: For teachers in grades K-12 and professionals

Dates: 8/3/2020 to 8/31/2020

Location: Online Only

In order to teach the whole child, we as educators must understand that learning is also a social and emotional experience. Knowing one's emotions, how to manage them, and ways to express them constructively are essential life skills. These skills enable us to handle stress, control impulses, and motivate oneself to persevere when faced with personal, academic or work-related obstacles. A related set of skills involves accurately assessing one's abilities and interests, building upon strengths, making effective use of family, school, and community resources. At the conclusion of the class, participants will have the tools they need to help students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills which will contribute to their success in and out of the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
This course is FREE and open to consortium members only. In "For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education,"½½½ Christopher Emdin provides a pragmatic approach for all teachers of urban youth, white or not, to enact change in the classroom and advocate for transformation at all levels. The advice in this book applies to anyone teaching students from a cultural background not their own. In this book study, we will discuss Christopher Emdin's "Reality Pedagogy"½½½ and how it applies to all classrooms and schools. We will gain strategies for restructuring classroom and schools to foster deeper student engagement. 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
From the first year teacher to the seasoned veteran, classroom management is often identified as an area teachers would like to improve. Teachers want to continually build upon their ability to relate to students and address classroom and school conflicts as they arise. This course will examine a number of easy to implement strategies to assist you in reducing conflict and outbursts both in and out of the classroom. At the end of the course, you will have easy to execute negotiation and mediation skills that will allow you to "keep the peace" in the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

27. Online: Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind (Only open to teachers who took the introductory class Teaching with Poverty in Mind)

Audience: Only open to teachers who took the introductory class Teaching with Poverty in Mind

Dates: 8/3/2020 to 8/28/2020

Location: Online Only

This online course is only open to teachers who took the introductory class Teaching with Poverty in Mind. This follow up course (offered at a $25 non refundable registration fee) will take an in depth look at smart, purposeful engagement strategies to expand students' cognitive abilities and improve their motivation in the classroom. Drawing from research and real life success stories, we will explore strategies that all teachers can employ to enhance a student's engagement in the classroom. At the conclusion of this course, you will have the tools you need to immediately revitalize and enrich your classroom teaching practices so that all students can thrive at school and beyond. The Teacher Center will purchase the book (Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind) for each registered participant, which should be picked up at the Center prior to the course commencement date. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

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

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. 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.