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1. GREENBURGH CSD NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE September 26, 2023 - June 12, 2024

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY) - Innovation Lab

Dates: 9/26/2023 to 6/12/2024

Location: Innovation Lab

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THIS CLASS IS ONLY OPEN TO NEW TEACHERS IN THE GREENBURGH CSD DATES AND TIMES: 3:30 - 5:00PM September 26, 2023 November 14, 2023 January 9, 2024 March 12, 2024 April 30, 2024 June 12, 2024 ***6 additional hours will be spent on assignments outside of our sessions. In order to receive the 1 in-service credit from EWTC you MUST attend. ALL sessions and complete all assignments.
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, Cyberbullying 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 Google Classroom (a Google invite will be provided). You will need to join using a personal Gmail account. The asynchronous portion will consist of a self-directed 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 four days to complete the first 3 asynchronous hours. This 3-hour session must be completed prior to Part II which is on Sunday, April 28th. 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, April 28th from 10:00am - 1:00pm to participate in synchronous Part II of the workshop which will be held via Zoom.

3. Hybrid: Grade 1 - Building and Managing Classroom Libraries, April 28 - June 6, 2024 (EWTC)

Audience: Kindergarten Educators

Dates: 4/28/2024 to 6/6/2024

Location: Hybrid

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OPEN TO TARRYTOWN TEACHERS ONLY - This course is only open to grade 1 teachers in the Tarrytown School District.This course provides educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish, organize, and maintain effective classroom libraries. Participants will learn strategies for creating a welcoming reading environment. Emphasis will be placed on fostering a love of reading, promoting literacy development, and supporting students' diverse interests and needs. By the end of the course, participants will have developed a comprehensive plan for building and managing their own classroom libraries tailored to their students' unique characteristics and learning goals. This will be a hybrid course. The one synchronous session will meet via Google Meet on 4/29 from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm. All other assignments are self paced. Participants MUST ATTEND THE SYNCHRONOUS SESSION TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE.

4. Hybrid: Kindergarten - Building and Managing Classroom Libraries, April 28 - June 6, 2024 (EWTC)

Audience: Kindergarten Educators

Dates: 4/28/2024 to 6/6/2024

Location: Hybrid John Paulding Elementary School Room 13

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OPEN TO TARRYTOWN TEACHERS ONLY - This course provides educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish, organize, and maintain effective classroom libraries. Participants will learn strategies for creating a welcoming reading environment. Emphasis will be placed on fostering a love of reading, promoting literacy development, and supporting students' diverse interests and needs. By the end of the course, participants will have developed a comprehensive plan for building and managing their own classroom libraries tailored to their students' unique characteristics and learning goals. This will be a hybrid course. Meeting dates will be on 5/2, 5/9 and 5/23 from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm in room 13 at John Paulding Elementary School. All other assignments are self paced. Participants MUST ATTEND THE IN-PERSON SESSIONS TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE.

5. Book Study: We're Gonna Keep on Talking: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Elementary Classroom by Matthew R. Kay & Jennifer Orr, May 1 - June 17, 2024 (EWTC)

Audience: Classroom teachers, specialists, school librarians who work with students in grades PreK-5

Dates: 5/1/2024 to 6/17/2024

Location: Hybrid

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This Free class is open to consortium members only In this book study, we will discuss strategies for building safe and supportive classrooms and ways to tailor race conversations to specific grade level standards. We will look at how art, picture books, historical photographs and current events can help facilitate meaningful conversations. At the end of this book study, you will have the tools needed to make your classroom a comfortable, safe and supportive space that will translate into a more productive learning environment. Participants will read We're Gonna Keep On Talking: How To Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Elementary Classroom by Matthew R. Kay & Jennifer Orr. There will be 3 required synchronous Zoom sessions from 4:30 - 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 8, 22 and June 12 to discuss the book. Participants will be also asked to complete online assignments after each session. Your camera must be on and you must be present on-screen at all times during the Zoom sessions. Participation in the sessions, including responding to prompts in the chat and engaging in breakouts, is required. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND ALL SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE.

6. Online: Exploring ChatGPT and AI in Education Today, May 13 - June 23, 2024 (WTCI)

Audience: Content Area Classroom Teachers in Grades 3-12

Dates: 5/13/2024 to 6/23/2024

Location: Asynchronous/Online

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This course will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the history, development, and practical applications of ChatGPT and AI in teaching. You will gain knowledge on how to effectively communicate and share ChatGPT technology with both students and parents, as well as how to integrate innovative ideas in the classroom. Tools for study skills, lesson planning and assessments such as Quizlet, Gimkit and Magic School will be shared and many new ideas will be researched and implemented as we move through each section of the course. At the end of the course, you will have a toolbox you can bring back to the classroom as well as a working knowledge of ethical classroom behaviors and how to set reasonable expectations. This course applies to content area classroom teachers in grades 3-12.PLEASE NOTE: The institute cannot refund a participant once the class has commenced.

7. Book Study: Beyond February: Teaching Black History Any Day, Every Day, and All Year Long, By Dawnavyn M. James, July 1 - July 26, 2024 (WTCI)

Audience: Classroom teachers, specialists, school librarians who work with students in grades pre-K-6

Dates: 7/1/2024 to 7/26/2024

Location: Hybrid (Synchronous and Asynchronous)

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This hybrid book study will provide you with the strategies and skills needed to teach Black history throughout the year. Participants will read Beyond February: Teaching Black History Any Day, Every Day, and All Year Long by Dawnavyn M. James. As we go through the book, you will be able to use the book as a starting point to enhance your own knowledge and understanding of Black History and, at the end of the course, will have clear and concise activities and lessons to incorporate into your classroom throughout the school year. There will be 3 required synchronous Zoom sessions to discuss the book - Monday, July 8, 15 and 22 from 10:00am to 12 noon. Participants will be asked to complete asynchronous assignments after each session. You must attend all Zoom sessions and complete all assigned work to receive full credit for the course. Your camera must be on and you must be present on screen at all times during the Zoom sessions. PLEASE NOTE: The institute cannot refund a participant once the class has commenced.

8. Hybrid: Using Graphic Novels to Support Culturally Responsive Education, July July 1 - July 28, 2024 (WTCI)

Audience: 3-8 Teachers, Library Media Specialists, Counselors, ENL Teachers, Reading Specialists

Dates: 7/1/2024 to 7/28/2024

Location: Hybrid

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Participants in this course will learn how to utilize graphic novels to implement culturally responsive education. Ongoing professional learning and support is listed as one of the principles in the New York State Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Framework. This course will provide participants with an introduction to the CR-S Framework, an exploration into best practices in using graphic novels in the classroom, and will allow participants to read and identify graphic novels that could be incorporated into their curricula and/or libraries. By the end of the class, participants will feel comfortable teaching with graphic novels, identifying high quality, engaging graphic novels, and understanding how graphic novels can support culturally responsive education. There will be 3 Mandatory synchronous Zoom sessions on Monday, July 8, 15 and 22 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. Your camera must be on and you must be present on-screen at all times during the Zoom sessions. Participation in the Zoom sessions, including responding to prompts in the chat, is required to receive full credit for the course. /font> PLEASE NOTE: The institute cannot refund a participant once the class has commenced.

9. Online: Discussions and Questioning to Build Deep Thinking, July 1 - July 28, 2024 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 7/1/2024 to 7/28/2024

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. PLEASE NOTE: The institute cannot refund a participant once the class has commenced.

10. Online: Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Differentiation in Diverse Classrooms, July 1 - July 28, 2024 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K-12

Dates: 7/1/2024 to 7/28/2024

Location: Asynchronous

This course will provide participants with the information needed to create inclusive learning environments by exploring the principles and practices of differentiation. Participants will gain a deep understanding of differentiation, dispelling misconceptions and practical strategies. The sessions cover a diverse range of tools, including flexible grouping, tiered assignments, choice menus, and tech tools, providing educators with a versatile toolkit to cater to varied learning styles. The course underscores the essential connection between Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and differentiation, encouraging seamless integration into instructional practices. At the conclusion of the course, participants will possess both a comprehensive understanding of differentiation and practical skills to effectively implement these strategies in their classrooms. PLEASE NOTE: The institute cannot refund a participant once the class has commenced.

11. Online: Work Hard/Think Hard: Principles of Effective Teaching, July 1 - July 28, 2024 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 7/1/2024 to 7/28/2024

Location: Online

This course may be taken for either inservice or graduate 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. PLEASE NOTE: The institute cannot refund a participant once the class has commenced.

12. Online: Exploring ChatGPT and AI in Education Today, July 1 - July 28, 2024 (EWTC)

Audience: Content Area Classroom Teachers in Grades 3-12

Dates: 7/1/2024 to 7/28/2024

Location: Asynchronous/Online

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This Free class is only open to consortium members only This course will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the history, development, and practical applications of ChatGPT and AI in teaching. You will gain knowledge on how to effectively communicate and share ChatGPT technology with both students and parents, as well as how to integrate innovative ideas in the classroom. Tools for study skills, lesson planning and assessments such as Quizlet, Gimkit and Magic School will be shared and many new ideas will be researched and implemented as we move through each section of the course. At the end of the course, you will have a toolbox of resources you can bring back to the classroom as well as a working knowledge of ethical classroom behaviors and how to set reasonable expectations. This course applies to content area teachers in grades 3-12.

13. Online: The Magic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in the Classroom, July 1 - July 28, 2024 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K - 12

Dates: 7/1/2024 to 7/28/2024

Location: Asynchronous/Online

Course participants will learn how to use Magic School AI to create PBL lessons that are meaningful to our students. We will discover how AI can revolutionize teaching and learning, specifically in creating PBL lessons that are aligned with our students' needs. We will explore AI principles, learn strategies for incorporating these technologies into the classroom, and master techniques for enhancing student engagement and critical thinking. As we dive into Project-Based Learning with AI integration, we will be able to foster collaboration and real-world problem-solving skills among students. At the end of this course, educators will have a PBL lesson tailored to the needs of their students which can be implemented into their current learning environments. PLEASE NOTE: The institute cannot refund a participant once the class has commenced.

14. Hybrid: Recent Children's Literature Award Winners, July 15 - July 28, 2024 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades 3 - 8

Dates: 7/15/2024 to 7/28/2024

Location: Hybrid

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Participants in this hybrid course will be asked to read and discuss various pieces of youth literature that are recent ALA award winners. This course will focus on the Caldecott, Geisel, Coretta Scott King Awards and Illustrator, Pura Belpre Award and Illustrator, and Newbery Award winners. We will spend time identifying ways to incorporate these titles into classrooms or curricula. We will explore picture books, non-fiction texts, middle grade novels, and graphic novels. Participants will need to have access to various books either through their school library, public library or virtual libraries. Throughout the course, we will be focusing on various literature pieces and strategies and, at the conclusion of the course, you will be able to incorporate these books into your curriculum. In addition to the six asynchronous hours, there will be 3 Mandatory In-Person Meetings at the RJ Bailey School from 10:00am - 1:00pm on Tuesday, July 23, Wednesday, July 24, and Thursday, July 25. PLEASE NOTE: The institute cannot refund a participant once the class has commenced.

15. Online: The Key to Conversation, Comprehension, and Assessment, August 1 - August 28, 2024 (WTCI)

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 8/1/2024 to 8/28/2024

Location: Online

This course, which is a compilation of teaching strategies, comprehension techniques, and assessment practices, will introduce participants to learning through intentional lesson planning. We will begin the course by learning how to build conversations and create a safe environment where students are able to take risks and contribute to classroom conversations. In order to build comprehension, we will look at the course objectives and decide what we want the students to take away from the experience. We will explore the use of classroom questioning (and follow up) strategies, fiction and non- fiction book talks and design curriculum wide hands-on activities to improve student participation and comprehension. Exploring a variety of assessment strategies is a key part of the process. By implementing a backward design lesson plan, teachers can focus on the goals they hope to achieve, making their classroom time more intentional and their lesson plans more effective in the production of the desired result. The strategies and tools explored in this class can be applied to any curriculum and will enhance your current classroom tools. PLEASE NOTE: The institute cannot refund a participant once the class has commenced.

16. Online: Exploring ChatGPT and AI in Education Today, August 1 - August 28, 2024 (WTCI)

Audience: Content Area Classroom Teachers in Grades 3-12

Dates: 8/1/2024 to 8/28/2024

Location: Asynchronous/Online

This course will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the history, development, and practical applications of ChatGPT and AI in teaching. You will gain knowledge on how to effectively communicate and share ChatGPT technology with both students and parents, as well as how to integrate innovative ideas in the classroom. Tools for study skills, lesson planning and assessments such as Quizlet, Gimkit and Magic School will be shared and many new ideas will be researched and implemented as we move through each section of the course. At the end of the course, you will have a toolbox you can bring back to the classroom as well as a working knowledge of ethical classroom behaviors and how to set reasonable expectations. This course applies to content area classroom teachers in grades 3-12.PLEASE NOTE: The institute cannot refund a participant once the class has commenced.

17. Online: Using Data to Improve Student Learning and Performance, August 1 - August 28, 2024 (WTCI)

Audience: All

Dates: 8/1/2024 to 8/28/2024

Location: Online - Asynchronous

Using data can be a manageable and engaging process and, when properly organized and managed, can increase student learning. In this online course, you will develop the skills needed to enhance the management and organization of classroom data to inform and improve teaching and learning. We will explore research-based strategies for analyzing data, examine a collaborative inquiry approach to data study and compare these strategies with those currently being utilized in the classroom. We will also explore the use of small group vs. whole group instruction and how that affects data collection and student learning. At the end of the course, you will have the necessary tools to efficiently use and apply classroom data to enhance student learning.Using data can be a manageable and engaging process to increase student learning.PLEASE NOTE: The institute cannot refund a participant once the class has commenced.