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1. ONLINE-DASA Dignity for All Students Act - Mandated 6 hour Certification Workshop (August 21 - August 25, 2022)

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 8/21/2022 to 8/25/2022

Location: ZOOM

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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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Hybrid: Edith Winthrop Teacher Center DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Fall Book Club, October 3 - November 18, 2022 (EWTC)

Audience: All staff, teachers and administrators

Dates: 10/3/2022 to 11/18/2022

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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

6. 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.

7. Online: Book Study - Teach Like A Pirate, October 10 - November 20, 2022 (WTCI)

Audience: All

Dates: 10/10/2022 to 11/20/2022

Location: ONLINE

In this online course, participants will explore inspirational ideas, practical techniques and innovation in education. Grounded in the work of Dave Burgess and his Teach Like a Pirate system, participants' experiences and readings are designed to set your classroom ablaze with creativity and enhance both teacher and student engagement. It's time to bring the fun back into our classroom teaching and reignite a love of learning for you and your students. Set sail on a sea of adventurous learning activities and get ready to transform your teaching style. Participants will need to purchase the book to participate in this course. Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator (ISBN-13: ‎978-0988217607) PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
This FREE course is open to both consortium and non consortium teachers. However, priority registration will be given to EWTC consortium members. In this book study, participants will examine how they can build resilience and reclaim their peace in and outside of the classroom. We will take a close look at the causes of teacher burnout, as well as remedies to counteract the rigorous demands of the profession. Participants must purchase Sarah Frost's book, The Teacher's Guide to Self-Care; Build Resilience, Avoid Burnout, and Bring a Happier and Healthier You to the Classroom. We will discuss her strategies to become happier and healthier through creating Self Care Calendars, positive affirmations, meditation, and how these, and other strategies, can be applied in and out of the classroom. The Teacher's Guide to Self-Care will help you create the self-care routines you need for a sustainable career, leaving the teacher-martyr complex behind and embrace a lifestyle that includes taking care of yourself, while continuing to make a difference in the world.

9. 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