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1. GREENBURGH CSD NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE September 9, 2020 - June 9, 2021

Location: TBA (TBA, NY) - Virtual

Dates: 9/9/2020 to 6/9/2021

Location: Virtual

THIS CLASS IS ONLY OPEN TO NEW TEACHERS IN THE GREENBURGH CSD DATES AND TIMES: 3:30 - 4:30PM September 9, September 30 October 28 November 18 December 16 January 20 February 24 March 24 April 28 May 19 June 9

2. Online: Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools, January 4 - February 15, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 1/4/2021 to 2/15/2021

Location: Online Only

Many of today's students are living with chronic trauma including homelessness, poverty, child abuse, neglect and exposure to violence in the home and in their communities. These experiences can lead to serious behavioral problems, wreak havoc on their ability to learn, and stunt academic growth. One of the problems educators face is identifying the symptoms of trauma since children don't always express their distress in a way that is easily recognizable. In this online course, we will address the root causes of trauma, specific confusing behaviors children might exhibit and discuss next steps to create a school environment where all students feel safe and can flourish - rather than fail - in and out of the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

3. Online: Building Remote Student Relationships, January 4- January 25, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/4/2021 to 1/25/2021

Location: Online

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Building a strong student-teacher relationship is one of the main pillars of being a strong educator. This is even more important as we navigate through remote learning. In this online class, participants will explore various digital tools including Padlet, Flipgrid and others to build strong relationships with their students. At the conclusion of the course, you will have the digital tools needed to build strong teacher-student relationships in the virtual environment. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

4. Online: Co-Teaching, January 7 - February 18, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in Grades K -12

Dates: 1/7/2021 to 2/18/2021

Location: Online Only

In this online course, participants will explore various tools to create an effective co-teaching learning environment, examine and comment on case studies and implement strategies to enhance student learning. We will share ideas on how co-teaching can improve program intensity and increase instructional options. At the conclusion of this class, you will have customized lesson plans that will provide a successful classroom environment for all students. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

5. Online: Teachers As Leaders, January 11 - February 21, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K-12

Dates: 1/11/2021 to 2/21/2021

Location: Online

Every day in the classroom teachers assume leadership roles and model this behavior for their students. However, we are not always equipped with the tools we need to assume various leadership roles. In this course, we will explore ways to become active participants in Professional Learning Communities, how to write winning grants and how to engage with professional organizations in and out of the learning community. We will share ideas on how to engage parents, how to become leaders among our peers, and how to advance our leadership skills to the next level. While researching leadership qualities and designing ways to implement them, we will frame our individual needs and expectations and, at the end of this course, every participant will have a customized leadership plan that you can begin to put into practice. THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
As we transition into the virtual teaching realm, it is imperative that we recognize the impact this shift will have on special education students. In this online course, we will identify their needs, identify which strategies will best assist our special education students during remote instruction, and how we can help them advocate during these unprecedented times. Participants will have the opportunity to create student resources, collaborate with their peers, and exchange ideas and best practices that they can integrate into their classroom lessons. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

7. Online Assessing Remote Students During Remote Learning, January 18 - March 1, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/18/2021 to 3/1/2021

Location: Online

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Remote learning has presented many new challenges for both educators and students including how to assess student learning in a remote environment. Fortunately, many of the foundational concepts of quality assessment and feedback, that were true prior to remote learning, will guide our remote learning assessments. In this online course, we will review the research on formative assessment as well as analyze and develop assessment tools for each stage of our remote lesson. At the conclusion of the course, you will have a number of assessment strategies that can be easily implemented in remote learning settings. These tools will be applicable to all students, regardless of ability level, and will be suitable for students in the ELL and Special Education populations. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

8. Online: Exceptional Students and Higher-Level Thinking, January 18 - February 28, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K -12

Dates: 1/18/2021 to 2/28/2021

Location: Online

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.

9. Online: Successful Remote Teaching Strategies, January 18 - March 1, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/18/2021 to 3/1/2021

Location: Online

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The inability to teach in person to a full room of students (during the current COVID pandemic) has had a negative impact on how students feel about their teachers and their learning and how teachers feel about their ability to do the job well. Teachers have a number of open questions about hybrid learning, remote learning, distance learning, applications, resources, and how to best utilize technology. At the conclusion of this course, you will have resources, contacts, and new teaching ideas to alleviate your concerns and bring learning (and fun!) back "into” the classroom. This course will include the following Modules of learning: Understanding Terms Instructional Models: Remote vs. Distance Learning Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Teaching Apps to Promote Engagement Practice with Specific Tech Tool (Flipgrid) Flipping the Classroom Social/Emotional Learning in the Remote Environment PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

10. Online: Social Emotional Strategies During Remote Learning, January 25- March 8, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/25/2021 to 3/8/2021

Location: Online

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Technology has become ubiquitous in today's classroom amid a global pandemic and school closures. It is important to take time to reflect on how to most effectively use our time with the most appropriate tools for social emotional learning. Knowing one's emotions, how to manage them, and ways to constructively express them are essential life skills. These skills enable one to handle stress, control impulses, and motivate oneself to persevere when faced with personal, academic, or work-related obstacles. In this online class, we will explore the most effective technology tools to enhance student engagement for SEL in today's remote classroom. Course participants will create student resources, collaborate with their peers, and exchange ideas and best SEL practices that they can seamlessly integrate into their classroom lessons. This course is appropriate for all K-12 professionals. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

11. Online: Conferring with Confidence: The Heart of Effective Reading and Writing Instruction - February 1 - March 15, 2021 (WTCI)

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

Dates: 2/1/2021 to 3/15/2021

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 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.

12. Online: Growth Mindset, February 1 - March 15, 2021 (WTCI)

Dates: 2/1/2021 to 3/15/2021

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.

13. Online: Creating Independent Problem Solvers, February 8 - March 22, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K - 12

Dates: 2/8/2021 to 3/22/2021

Location: Online Only

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.

14. Online: Critical Thinking and Questioning Techniques, February 22 - April 5, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Specials

Dates: 2/22/2021 to 4/5/2021

Location: Online

Critical thinking is a key component in the classroom environment and can lead to improved learning and questioning skills. It can enhance language and presentation skills and can improve the way students express their ideas. Critical thinking can occur when students are analyzing, evaluating, interpreting or synthesizing information or when applying creative thought to form an argument, solve a problem or reach a conclusion. Critical thinking skills will prepare your students to interpret and evaluate new information and will help them in and out of the classroom. During the course, we will examine, in depth, Bloom's Taxonomy and apply this theory to various literature and other content areas. We will explore cause/effect, sequencing, patterning, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning, forecasting, hypothesizing and critiquing. At the end of the class, you will have the tools you need to incorporate critical thinking and higher order questioning into your classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
In this online book study, participants will develop their own use of the principles of effective teaching and develop a master teacher mindset through the examination of the best-selling text Never Work Harder Than Your Students by Robyn R Jackson. We will explore how to engage students in the heavy lifting of learning through the use of units of study, lesson plans, assessments, interventions and classroom management. With a focus on the quality of learning and not the quantity of work; teachers will become better equipped to lead their students on a voyage of self-discovery and acquisition of academic knowledge. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have a unit of study, lesson plan, assessment and action plan to help them put the principles into practice immediately and effectively, challenging their students to work hard and think harder. IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE, PARTICIPANTS MUST PURCHASE A COPY OF THE BOOK ON THEIR OWN PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE CLASS.

16. Online: Brain Based Learning and Student Engagement, March 1 - April 11, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/1/2021 to 4/11/2021

Location: Online

In this online course, we will explore the human brain and examine how it works. You will hear the most up to date theories on how students learn and how best to engage them in the classroom. We will look at how to incorporate group work and peer collaboration in the classroom to foster engagement and how to give students the opportunity to take the lead while still adhering to specific curriculum guidelines. At the end of the course, each participant will be asked to share a classroom plan that delineates specific strategies and lesson plan ideas that will put their students in the center of learning. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

17. Online: All Learners - ADD and ADHD, March 8 - April 19, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators and Professionals in grades K - 12

Dates: 3/8/2021 to 4/19/2021

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.

18. Online: English as a New Language Strategies and Tools for Success, April 1 - May 10, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in all grade levels

Dates: 4/1/2021 to 5/10/2021

Location: Online

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

19. Online: Digital and Visual Learners, April 5 - May 16, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K-12

Dates: 4/5/2021 to 5/16/2021

Location: Online

The Internet has become a primary tool for student communication and research and has moved our classrooms from a passive acquisition of facts to an active application of knowledge. This online class will give you the tools you need to design lessons that will help students navigate the digital tools available to them, including pod-casting, video techniques, teacher tube and global communication sites. These techniques and strategies will allow all our students to take charge of their own technological learning and will help them become successful classroom learners. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

20. Online: Teacher and Student Reflection, May 3 - June 7, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K-12

Dates: 5/3/2021 to 6/7/2021

Location: Online

Reflection is a key element in the learning process. Good teachers are able to make decisions quickly when necessary but also know when they should step back and reflect on their work. The same is true of students. They must be able to reflect on their classroom work to enhance learning. Participants in this online class will examine the material they are teaching and design ways to help their students look back and reflect in order to grow as learners. We will introduce end of class prompts to use in the classroom and you will be asked to keep an online journal which will be part of the learning process. We will explore a variety of ways to reflect on work and how best to embed these strategies into your classroom practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

21. Online: Engagement and Empathy in the Virtual Classroom, May 10 - June 20, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in K-12

Dates: 5/10/2021 to 6/20/2021

Location: Online Only

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