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1. Applying Research Based Strategies to Build Study Skills, July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 general and special education educators

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online

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The 21st Century classroom presents us with all types of learners, needs and skill levels. Developing research based strategies that can help all students improve the essentials - reading comprehension, writing, and study skills - helps all educators. This course will allow educators to build skills and instructional strategies for improving students ability to listen, note-taking, textbook reading, test taking strategies, and paper/essay writing. This course will also introduce strategies for teaching students anxiety and stress reduction techniques. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED*

2. Hybrid: Book Study: Cultivating Genius, July 1 - 15, 2022 (EWTC)

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/15/2022

Location: Online

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This online course is discounted for our EWTC consortium members but is open to all. Priority registration will be given to our consortium members.This course will focus on the book, Cultivating Genius, by Gholdy Muhammad. Participants will read chapters on their own and meet synchronously to discuss and reflect. We will explore equity practices that will inspire you to incorporate culturally responsive lessons into your unit plans. Participants must purchase the book prior to the course start date. This is a hybrid course which will meet on July 7 and July 14 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm. All of the other assignments are self paced. Participants MUST ATTEND ALL SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

3. Hybrid: CR-SE Strategies to Create a Welcoming and Affirming Environment, July 1 - July 15, 2022 (EWTC)

Audience: All

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/15/2022

Location: Online

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This online course is discounted for our EWTC consortium members but is open to all. Priority registration will be given to our consortium members. Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) is a research based approach to teaching that connects students' cultures, languages, and life experiences with what they learn in school. These connections help students access the rigorous curriculum and develop higher-level academic skills. At the end of this hybrid course, participants will know how to imbed a variety of CRT strategies in their classroom: identity webs, diverse read alouds and mirror/window activities. This is a hybrid course which will meet on July 6 and July 11 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. All of the other assignments are self paced. Participants MUST ATTEND ALL SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

4. Hybrid: Diversity in Children's Literature, July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades 3 - 8

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online

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Participants in this hybrid course will be asked to read and discuss various pieces of youth literature that feature diverse characters or themes. We will spend time identifying ways to incorporate these titles into classrooms or curriculums and developing an understanding of ways to evaluate diverse materials. We will explore picture books, 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. There will be THREE MANDATORY ZOOM MEETINGS from 10:00-11:00am on July 5, July 12,and July 19, which will focus on discussing the literature and strategies to increase diversity in our classroom and school libraries and curriculum. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND ALL SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

5. Hybrid: Exploring LGBTQ Literature, July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online

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Participants in this online course will be asked to read and discuss various pieces of youth literature that feature LGBTQ characters or themes. We will spend time identifying ways to incorporate these titles into classrooms or curriculums and developing an understanding of the importance of incorporating LGBTQ friendly literature into our schools. We will explore picture books, non-fiction texts, middle grade novels, graphic novels, and YA books. Participants will need to have access to various books either through their school library, public library or virtual libraries. There will be THREE MANDATORY ZOOM MEETINGS from 10:00-11:00am on July 6, July 13, and July 20, which will focus on literature and strategies. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND ALL SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

6. Hybrid: Self-Care for Educators, July 1 - July 15, 2022 (EWTC)

Audience: Open to all Educators

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/15/2022

Location: Online Only

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This online course is discounted for our EWTC consortium members but is open to all. Priority registration will be given to our consortium members. In this class, participants will engage in various activities that promote SEL and self-care. We will explore the SEL competencies of self-awareness, self-management and relationship skills through journaling, gentle movement/yoga, mindfulness and hands-on activities. At the conclusion of the course, you will have the coping strategies needed to promote self management. This acquired knowledge will enhance both classroom instruction and student learning. This class will meet for a total of 10 hours of synchronous instruction from 8:30-9:30am on the following dates: July 1, July 5-8, July 11-15. Participants must plan on being available for all 10 hours. The remaining 5 hours will be done asynchronously. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

7. Online Autism Spectrum Disorder, July 1- July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online

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We have all heard the expression, "on the spectrum,” but what does it mean? What implications would this have on your classroom? This course will review the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Participants will examine best instructional practices and methodologies. This course is appropriate for all teachers K-12. PLEASE NOTE THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

8. Online: Achieving Literacy Gains for Students with Limited English,July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online

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Our country's diversity and demographics have changed what our classrooms look like. We all encounter students that have limited English, and we need to differentiate instruction to meet their needs. In order to meet academic success, this population needs to make linguistic gains in order to begin to master course content. Participants will work with evidence-based practices and instructional intervention strategies to improve language skills for this population. PLEASE NOTE THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

9. Online: Assessment and Innovative Data Instruction, July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online

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A central aspect of teachers' professional knowledge and competence is the ability to assess students' achievements adequately. Data driven instruction is a precise and calculated approach to improve student comprehension throughout the school year. Implementing and utilizing data to drive instruction is perceived to be an overwhelming task. This course will help educators use data analysis to improve student learning. The use of different assessment types and data are at the heart of data driven instruction. Participants will analyze data, focus on increasing rigor in the classroom, types of assessment, and the building blocks to successful data driven instruction implementation. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators. PLEASE NOTE THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

10. Online: Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online

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APD is a disorder affecting a person's ability to understand speech and process auditory information. The impact that this disorder can have on a student is profound. How often do you have a student ask you to repeat something or have a delay in answering your questions? APD can have an impact on their classwork, homework, test scores, comprehension and retention. A student who has trouble processing incoming information or directions will give answers unrelated to the questions. In this online course, we will focus on what APD is, diagnosing APD, distinguishing differences between APD and other disorders, and treatment for APD. At the course conclusion, you will have strategies to modify your classroom teaching and compensatory strategies to allow students to become more successful in the classroom. This class is appropriate for all K-12 teachers.
This discounted online course is open to all. However, priority registration will be given to EWTC consortium members. Many educators use the terms culturally responsive teaching, multicultural education and social justice education interchangeably, which keeps educators from effectively implementing culturally responsive teaching. While they do overlap, they 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 focuses on cognitive development and increasing brain power for culturally and linguistically diverse students. We will read and discuss, "Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students” by Zaretta Hammond, and share, discuss, 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 PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE CLASS. PLEASE NOTE THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

12. Online: Bringing More Formative Assessment Into Your Classroom, July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online

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A teacher's use of formative assessment techniques is essential in ensuring he or she is meeting the learning targets for a unit. Teachers need to know "who knows what” before moving on. 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.

13. Online: Building a Classroom Culture of Resilience, July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online Only

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Have you ever wondered why some students seem to be able to push through anything that life throws at them, while others shut down as soon as adversity presents itself? Have you ever thought that if you could teach students to "not give up” and to "get back up when knocked down” that you could better reach your learning targets and goals in the classroom? This course will focus on Grit, Resilience, Stress Reduction, Trauma, Learning from Failure and Mindfulness in the classroom. Educators will have the opportunity to implement research based strategies and co-construct knowledge with their peers through interactive discussions. You will develop a full understanding of what it means to be resilient and how we can integrate strategies at both the classroom and building levels. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators. PLEASE NOTE; THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED

14. Online: Creating Independent Problem Solvers, July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K - 12

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online Only

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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 - 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.

15. Online: Discussions and Questioning to Build Deep Thinking, July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online

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This Inservice course may also be taken for graduate 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 - 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.

16. Online: Engagement and Empathy in the Virtual Classroom, July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: All

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online Only

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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 engaging, it is important to have the requisite tools to effectively reach 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.

17. Online: Executive Functioning - What is it? What does it look like? & What do we do About it?, July 1 - July 15, 2022 (EWTC)

Audience: All

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/15/2022

Location: Online Only

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This online course is discounted for our EWTC consortium members but is open to all. Priority registration will be given to our consortium members. In this course, participants will examine what exactly is "executive functioning,” how it manifests itself in student behaviors and what teaching strategies can be used to accommodate students who struggle with these skills. Executive function affects a child's ability to understand speech and process auditory information. The impact that this can have on a student is profound. How often do you have a student ask you to repeat something or have a delay in answering your questions? Their classwork, homework, test grades, comprehension, and retention all suffer when they struggle with executive functioning. A student who has trouble processing incoming information or directions will give answers that seem odd or not even related at all. Teachers in this course will dive deep into specific, immediate actions they can take to enhance their students' functioning on academic and non-academic tasks. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
This discounted online course is open to all. However, priority registration will be given to EWTC consortium members.In this online book study, participants will examine how to identify early clues of dyslexia and look for clues in older children and adults. Participants will understand how dyslexia is diagnosed and identified, and what and how a sound multi-sensory word study program can best support dyslexics. Based on the book, Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D., teachers will develop an understanding of the identification and best instructional methodologies and practices of teaching students with this reading disability. Sally Shaywitz is an expert scientist and pediatrician who leads the field in dyslexia research. Through case studies and evaluations, join us as we begin to uncover the world of dyslexia. Participants will need to purchase the SECOND EDITION of the book prior to the course commencement date. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

19. Online: Look Who's Talking: Accountable Talk in Your Classroom, July 1 - July 29, 2022 (EWTC)

Audience: Grades K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online Only

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This discounted online course is open to all. However, priority registration will be given to EWTC consortium members. It 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 effectively incorporate Accountable Talk strategies into the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

20. Online: Social Readjustment Tools and Strategies, July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K-12

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online

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As students return to the classroom, we, as teachers, need to be prepared for the transition that comes with it. Some of the younger students may be coming into the classroom for the first time and others reentering in over two years. They will now have to adjust to the classroom structure and, with it, teacher and school expectations as well as safety and health protocols. In addition, many students, during distance learning, have been doing schoolwork from the comfort of their bed (some without any adult supervision) so this transition back into the classroom may be a difficult one. There will also be mental health challenges as young children struggle with separation anxiety, fear of getting sick, the death of a family member or they might be feeling the effects of a parent's job loss. In this online course, we will discuss how to balance instruction since we will have students coming back at varying academic levels and what strategies we can use to support these learners. We will also examine what social emotional tools and mental health resources we can put in place to help our students make a smooth transition back into the classroom. At the conclusion of the class, you will have the tools needed to set a positive tone in the classroom and to reengage students in a safe space. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

21. Online: Teaching the Exceptional Child: An Introduction to Special Education, July 1- July 29 , 2022 (EWTC)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online

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This discounted online course is open to all. However, priority registration will be given to EWTC consortium members. This course 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.

22. Online: Work Hard/Think Hard: Principles of Effective Teaching, July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online

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This inservice course may also be taken for 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. PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED TO SECURE A COPY OF THE BOOK PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE CLASS.

23. Online: English as a New Language: Strategies and Tools for Success, July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in all grade levels

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online

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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.

24. ONLINE: Instructional Technology in the Classroom, July 1 - July 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Dates: 7/1/2022 to 7/29/2022

Location: Online

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In this online course, we will take a look at our 21st century classrooms and how STEAM can give students a chance to be innovative and ready for post-secondary careers. We will explore how steam centers work and how you can create a center in your classroom. Dash and Dot have made their debut in many classrooms and are being used to teach coding and other specific student programs. An Hour of Code has expanded their website and included a plethora of new tools and lesson plans for all levels of learners. At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to implement these new ideas in the classroom and will have the tools to teach students to be 21st century thinkers and create a classroom technology plan. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

25. Hybrid: Recent Children's Literature Award Winners, July 18 - July 31, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades 3 - 8

Dates: 7/18/2022 to 7/31/2022

Location: Online

Participants in this hybrid course will be asked to read and discuss various pieces of youth literature that are recent ALA award winners. This session 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 curriculums. 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. In addition to the six asynchronous hours, there will be THREE MANDATORY ZOOM MEETINGS from 10:00am-1:00pm on July 26, July 27, and July 28, which will focus on discussing the literature and strategies to incorporate these books into our curriculum. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND ALL SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS TO RECEIVE FULL CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

26. Online: A Fresh Look at Classroom Management, August 1 - August 29, 2022 (EWTC)

Audience: Elementary and Secondary Educators

Dates: 8/1/2022 to 8/29/2022

Location: Online

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This class is open, at no cost, to consortium members only. In this course, participants will take a deep dive into classroom management. They will spend time researching and understanding eight (8) key components of classroom management. Throughout the course, participants will develop their own classroom management plan incorporating the different strategies and techniques discussed. Participants will be asked to reflect on and discuss with each other the course material. At the end of the course, participants will have a ready to implement classroom management plan and new strategies to refresh an already existing classroom management plan.
As our country's demographics shift, the impact is evident in all our classrooms as we are teaching students from across the world. There is great potential for embracing cultures and enhancing instructional activities while bridging cultures between home and school. Course participants will review research-based strategies to better incorporate students from other cultures into the classroom. At the end of this course, you will be empowered to adjust instructional delivery to meet the needs of your classroom's changing demographics and improve educational outcomes for all students. PLEASE NOTE THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

28. Online: All Learners - ADD and ADHD, August 1 - August 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators and Professionals in grades K - 12

Dates: 8/1/2022 to 8/29/2022

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 intelligence, 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.
As we prepare 21st Century Students for the 21st Century workforce, we need to arm them with the tools they need to problem solve and think critically. Project Based Learning is one method for improving their critical thinking skills. PBL prepares students for the problem solving activities the 21st Century workplace will demand. This course will examine PBL methods for a Mathematics Classroom. Participants will focus on best practices related to PBL and how to increase critical thinking skills and performance. Participants will work with resources that focus specifically on using PBL with students with disabilities and multi-language learners. This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers. PLEASE NOTE THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

30. Online: Conferring with Confidence: The Heart of Effective Reading and Writing Instruction - August 1 - August 29, 2022(WTCI)

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

Dates: 8/1/2022 to 8/29/2022

Location: Online Only

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 have the knowledge and expertise to structure a conference, the strategies for classroom implementation and the instructional practices that can instantly be used in the classroom and can be embedded in their instructional practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
English Language Learners (ELLs) need to have access to K-12 curriculum and be able to achieve the same level of success as their English speaking counterparts. This course prepares teachers to effectively understand ELLs' backgrounds and to differentiate their instructional approach. By providing the skills to differentiate their instruction through multiple modalities, this course gives a practical, classroom ready application of new learning to improve instructional practice. This course is appropriate for both regular and special education educators. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

32. Online: Gender Identity: Myths, Truths and Equity, August 1- August 22, 2022(WTCI)

Audience: Educators K -12

Dates: 8/1/2022 to 8/22/2022

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 course, participants will be prepared to support an individual's gender identity and life experiences and to provide their students with a safe, inclusive and non threatening classroom environment. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

33. Online: Improving Students Outcomes through Effective Homework, August 1 - August 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: K - 12 Educators

Dates: 8/1/2022 to 8/29/2022

Location: Online Only

Homework - the mention of the word makes the student in us tremble! As educators we know that we need to assign homework for various reasons from accountability to curriculum pacing demands. We can leverage our HW policies to improve student learning outcomes. Participants will assess their current HW practices and evaluate the components of an effective HW assignment. Teachers will also develop paperless assignments as well as flipped lessons and HW assignments. This class is appropriate for all K-12 educators. PLEASE NOTE THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

34. ONLINE: Managing ADHD and LD in the Classroom, August 1 - August 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/1/2022 to 8/29/2022

Location: Online Only

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.

35. Online: Mindful Teacher in the Mindful Classroom, August 1 - August 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K - 12

Dates: 8/1/2022 to 8/29/2022

Location: Online Only

In this online course, we will examine our teaching practice and how what we teach translates into student success in the classroom. We will look at embracing peer collaboration when planning and implementing high performance learning teams. Transformational teaching focuses on having students ask questions and solve real-world problems. We will look at ways students analyze, synthesize, create, empathize, interpret, use background knowledge and defend alternative perspectives. We will look at lesson plans and how we can implement various strategies including organizing learning groups, guiding, facilitating and challenging learners. It is imperative that our teaching has a clear purpose, a memorable beginning and end, a logical sequence, relevant content, nimble transitions and a contagious passion. At the conclusion of the course, you will have the requisite tools to create an environment conducive to learning. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

36. ONLINE: Social and Emotional Development in the Classroom, August 1 - August 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Dates: 8/1/2022 to 8/29/2022

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.

37. Online: Strategies for Improving Study Skills, August 1 - August 29, 2022 WTCI)

Audience: K-12 general and special education teachers

Dates: 8/1/2022 to 8/29/2022

Location: Online

Sometimes we take it for granted that students "know how” to study. Study skills are a skill set that many of our special education students need to improve. With more and more focus on national standards and testing, how can we assist these students to meet the more rigorous requirements? This course will allow educators to build skills and instructional strategies for improving students ability to listen, note-taking, textbook reading, test taking strategies, and paper/essay writing. This course will also introduce strategies for teaching students anxiety and stress reduction techniques. 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.

39. Online: Wake Them Up! - Motivating Lessons, August 1 - August 29, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 8/1/2022 to 8/29/2022

Location: Online

We have all been there - we've prepared a great lesson, developed a "hook” to keep students engaged and ready to learn, only to see student interest fizzle out as the lesson progresses. Keeping students actively engaged in the learning process is a critical component of lesson planning. Throughout this course, we will explore strategies for "hooking” students and keeping them engaged in the learning process that can immediately be incorporated into your lesson plans. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

40. Online: Cultivating a Positive Classroom Environment through Children's Literature, August 1 - 29, 2022 (EWTC)

Audience: Elementary Educators

Dates: 8/1/2022 to 8/29/2022

Location: Online

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This class is open, at no cost, to consortium members only. In this course participants will be asked to read and discuss various pieces of children's literature with a focus on cultivating a positive classroom community. Participants will spend time researching and understanding seven (7) components of classroom environments that will lead to student success. Time will be allotted for teachers to create and share various resources that can be implemented in the classroom. Participants will read, discuss, and create activities using children's literature and, at the end of the course, will have the tools needed to support a classroom that is engaging, inclusive, and successful for all learners.

41. Hands-on Primary Sources Social Studies Workshop, Thursday, August 11, 2022 (EWTC)

Audience: Social Studies teachers 4-12, School Librarians and ELA 4-12

Dates: 8/11/2022

Location: Westchester County Historical Society and Archives

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Attend this workshop to learn about the primary sources and educational activities found in the Consider the Source NY website as well as historical documents held at the centers. Increase your knowledge on integrating these resources into your teaching to meet the NYS Social Studies Framework practices. Expand your familiarity with resources so that you can guide Seal of Civic Readiness students. Time will be provided at the workshop to actually work with primary sources and create a lesson plan or Social Studies Inquiry. The Consider the Source NY grant initiative is looking for 4 teachers to create educational activities to be included in Consider the Source NY (stipend provided). Note: masks will be required, please bring a bagged lunch and a laptop LOCATION: Westchester County Historical Society and Archives 2199 Saw Mill River Road Elmsford, NY 10523 DATE: Thursday, August 11, 2022 TIME: 9:00am - 3:00pm
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 Thursday, August 25th. 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 Thursday, August 25th from 10:00am - 1:00pm to participate in synchronous Part II of the workshop which will be held via Zoom.

43. Professional Development Mentor Program, 9:00 - 3:30 August 29 + 2 Follow-up Dates 4:00pm - 6:00pm (EWTC)

Location: TBA (TBA, NY) - Room TBD

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 8/29/2022 to 3/28/2023

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 free course is only open to teachers from the Edith Winthrop Teacher Center and the Teacher Center of Central Westchester. In addition to the August 29 synchronous session (9:00-3:30), there will be two follow up synchronous meetings (4:00-6:00). The dates of the two follow up sessions will be determined at our summer session - one date will be in the Fall and the other in the Spring. There will also be an additional 5 hours of asynchronous course work. YOU MUST BE PRESENT FOR ALL SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS AND COMPLETE THE 5 HOURS OF ASYNCHRONOUS COURSEWORK IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE FULL CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE.

44. Cohort 3 Semester 1-Fall 2022 Master's Degree Program in Educational Leadership

Audience: All

Dates: 8/30/2022 to 12/14/2022

Location: Greenburgh CSD

This is the first step in the application process for candidates in Cohort 3, Semester 1. Your credit card will not be charged until you are accepted into the EWTC/HUNTER Educational Leadership Program starting in Fall 2022.

45. Cohort 2 Semester 3 - Fall 2022 Master's Degree Program in Educational Leadership

Audience: All

Dates: 8/31/2022 to 12/14/2022

Location: Greenburgh CSD

This registration link is ONLY for Cohort 2, Semester 3 participants who have been accepted into the EWTC/HUNTER Educational Leadership Program starting in Fall 2021.
This FREE course is open to both consortium and non consortium teachers. However, priority registration will be given to EWTC consortium members. The NYSED Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework names one of its principles as "Ongoing Professional Development” where teachers are expected to engage in ongoing professional learning and support. The Teacher Center DEI Book Club will provide an opportunity for all educators to engage in a professional learning community with peers around DEI topics. The Edith Winthrop Teacher Center DEI Book Club will be launching its second year by reading "Risk. Fail. Rise: A Teacher's Guide to Learning From Mistakes” by Colleen Cruz. As educators, we believe and probably say to our students that mistakes are a natural part of learning. But how much do our curricular choices, teaching methods and student behaviors reflect this? As a learning community, we will become more aware of why we make mistakes as educators, what we can do to avoid unnecessary ones and respond to useful ones. This in turn will help create a classroom that embraces positive risk-taking and productive failure making to create an even more welcoming and affirming environment for all students. What to expect: All participants are asked to purchase the book before the start of the book club cycle All participants are asked to read the book and come prepared for book discussions across three live mandatory Zoom meetings: October 13th - 4:30 - 6:60 p.m. (Discussion will be on the Introduction, Essay 1 and Essay 2) October 27th - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Discussion will be on Essay 3, Essay 4 and Essay 5) November 10th - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Discussion will be on Essay 6, Essay 7 and Mistakes Lessons) All participants are required to do three asynchronous assignments after each live Zoom discussion

47. Online: New York State Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework, October 10 - 29, 2022(EWTC)

Audience: K-12 Educators in All Areas

Dates: 10/10/2022 to 10/29/2022

Location: Online Only

This FREE course is open to both consortium and non consortium members. However, priority registration will be given to EWTC consortium members. 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.

48. CR-SE Awareness Series , October 25 - December 13, 2022 (EWTC)

Audience: All

Dates: 10/25/2022 to 12/13/2022

Location: Zoom

This FREE course is open to both consortium and non consortium teachers. However, priority registration will be given to EWTC consortium members. As classrooms become increasingly diverse and people awaken to new levels of consciousness, educators around the globe and locally understand the urgent need to develop schools and classrooms that are equitable, and teaching practices that engage and celebrate all students. In New York State, the Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education (CRSE) Framework has provided a call to action and calls on educators to engage in ongoing professional learning and support. In this series of 5 workshops, you will expand on your understanding of the CR-SE Framework and unpack aspects of it to grow your equity lens. Each workshop will employ a flipped learning structure in which you will spend at least an hour preparing asynchronously followed by a live two hour Zoom discussion. Two weeks prior to the workshop, you will receive an email with the asynchronous assignments as well as the Zoom link. Workshop Titles and Dates: The Language Behind the CR-SE Framework, Tues. October 25th 4:30-6:30pm Cultural Competency and the CR-SE Framework, Tues. November 1st 4:30-6:30pm Learning Environments and the CR-SE Framework, Tues. November 29th 4:30-6:30pm High Expectations Rigorous Instruction and the CR-SE Framework, Tues. December 6th 4:30-6:30pm Inclusive Curriculum and Assessment and CR-SE Framework, Tues. December 13th 4:30-6:30pm
This FREE course is open to both consortium and non consortium teachers. However, priority registration will be given to EWTC consortium members. The NYSED Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework names one of its principles as "Ongoing Professional Development” where teachers are expected to engage in ongoing professional learning and support. The Teacher Center DEI Book Club will provide an opportunity for all educators to engage in a professional learning community with peers around DEI topics. For the Fall/Winter Edith Winthrop Teacher Center DEI Book Club, we will be reading "So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo. In this book, the author "guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.” What to expect: All participants are asked to purchase the book before the start of the book club cycle All participants are asked to read the book and come prepared for book discussions across three live mandatory Zoom meetings: December 15th - 4:30 - 6:60 p.m. (Discussion will be on the Introduction and Chapters 1 - 5) January 5th - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Discussion will be on Chapters 6 - 11) January 19th - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Discussion will be on Chapter 12 - 17) All participants are required to do three asynchronous assignments after each live Zoom discussion
This FREE course is open to both consortium and non consortium teachers. However, priority registration will be given to EWTC consortium members. The NYSED Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework names one of its principles as "Ongoing Professional Development” where teachers are expected to engage in ongoing professional learning and support. The Teacher Center DEI Book Club will provide an opportunity for all educators to engage in a professional learning community with peers around DEI topics. For the Winter/Spring Edith Winthrop Teacher Center DEI Book Club, we will be reading "Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century” edited by Alice Wong. "This anthology of contemporary essays by disabled people gives a glimpse into the rich complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community. It invites readers to question their own understandings. It celebrates and documents disability culture in the now. It looks to the future and the past with hope and love.” What to expect: All participants are asked to purchase the book before the start of the book club cycle All participants are asked to read the book and come prepared for book discussions across three live mandatory Zoom meetings: February 16th - 4:30 - 6:60 p.m. (Discussion will be on the Introduction and Part1: Being) March 2nd - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Discussion will be on Part 2: Becoming and Part 3: Doing) March 16th - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Discussion will be on Part 4: Connecting, About the Editor and About the Contributors) All participants are required to do three asynchronous assignments after each live Zoom discussion
This FREE course is open to both consortium and non consortium teachers. However, priority registration will be given to EWTC consortium members. The NYSED Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework names one of its principles as "Ongoing Professional Development” where teachers are expected to engage in ongoing professional learning and support. The Teacher Center DEI Book Club will provide an opportunity for all educators to engage in a professional learning community with peers around DEI topics. The Edith Winthrop Teacher Center DEI Book Club will be wrappping its second year by reading "How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America” by Clint Smith. In this book, the author "leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks - those that are honest about the past and those that are not - that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping in our nation's collective history and memory.” Smith "illustrates how some of our country's most essential stories are hidden in plain view - whether in places we might drive by on our way to work, holidays such as Juneteenth, or entire neighborhoods like Manhattan, where the brutal history of the trade in enslaved men, women, and children has been deeply imprinted.” What to expect: All participants are asked to purchase the book before the start of the book club cycle All participants are asked to read the book and come prepared for book discussions across three live mandatory Zoom meetings: April 20th - 4:30 - 6:60 p.m. (Discussion will be on the Prologue, Monticello Plantation and The Whitney Plantation) May 4th - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Discussion will be on Angola Prison, Blanford Cemetery and Galveston Island) May 18th - 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Discussion will be on New York City, Gorée Island and Epilogue) All participants are required to do three asynchronous assignments after each live Zoom discussion