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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. Master's Degree Program in Education Administration - Spring 2021 Semester 2

Audience: All

Dates: 1/26/2021 to 4/12/2021

Location: Greenburgh CSD

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The Edith Winthrop Teacher Center in collaboration with Hunter College is offering a master's degree program which is designed to prepare New York State certified teachers and pupil personnel service providers for roles in administration and supervision of Pre-K through Grade 12 educational settings. The Education Administration Master's Degree is a clinically rich program, embedding coursework and fieldwork seamlessly as participants lead change at the student, adult and system level. The program is a cohort-model led by expert instructors, fully integrating important education leadership related concepts into core fieldwork and internship assignments. This model supports a mastery-based approach with feedback that focuses on the participants' growth as well as the assignment itself. Courses take place on one afternoon/evening per week.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Online: Your School is BYOD - Now What?, February 8 - March 22, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

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

Location: Online

As schools look to integrate technology and create digitally well-versed students, many have implemented "bring your own device” policies (BYOD). While this allows for more students to have their devices available during instruction, it always means that educators need to become experts on the many instructional technology tools. This online course will focus on formative assessments, cloud syncing, content sharing, expression, link sharing, screen casting, electronic note taking, online presentations and many other tools to leverage the BYOD classroom. This course is appropriate for all grade level/subject teachers.

7. DASA Dignity for All Students Act - Mandated 6 hour Certification Workshop

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 2/20/2021 to 2/27/2021

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, Cyber bullying 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 Openlearning.com (a private access code and link will be provided). It will consist of a self-directed (asynchronous) 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. This 3-hour session must be completed prior to Part II which is on Saturday, February 27. 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 Saturday, February 27 from 10:00am - 1:00pm to participate in Part II of the workshop which will be held via Zoom.

8. 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.

9. Online: Engaging, Motivating and Exciting Learners, February 22 - April 5, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

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

Location: Online

Students need to be engaged and excited about learning to meet their full potential. This online course will allow participants to develop and implement strategies that increase student motivation and engagement. We will analyze different tools for creating fully engaging lessons where students are both excited to learn and able to meet their full learning potential. At the end of the course, participants will have the materials they need to actively engage and motivate their students in classroom lessons.

10. Online: Fostering Resilient Learners, February 22 - April 5, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: All

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

Location: Online

In this course participants will focus on the application of theories of teaching and behavioral guidance to foster resilient learners. Participants will learn how environmental factors impact students' ability to learn and demonstrate resilience. Through the use of specific methods and strategies, teachers will learn how to develop beneficial relationships and teach their students self-regulation techniques. Other topics include classroom organization, instructional methods, teaching style, grit, responsibility, emotional competence, engagement and much more. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

11. Hybrid: Social Comprehension Skills, March 1 - 22, 2021

Audience: K-12 Educators in all areas

Dates: 3/1/2021 to 3/22/2021

Location: Online, Zoom and Schoology

This class is a FREE 15 hour hybrid course for EWTC consortium members only. However, if space permits, we will open registration to our Lower Hudson colleagues at no cost. In this course you will learn how to create learning conditions where children can ask the questions they want to ask, muddle through how to say things they are thinking, and have tough conversations around topics such as race, gender, politics, religion, and sexuality, which are a part of their lives. As Sara Ahmed states in her book "Being the Change”, "There is no magic formula for making the world a better place. It happens in the moments we embrace discomfort and have candid conversations” (2018). This is exactly what we will do as we look at some of the lessons and strategies that are shared in her book "Being the Change” (2018). (Purchasing the book is not required for this course.) This course will have three mandatory Zoom meetings from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2nd, Tuesday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 16th (optional/voluntary check-in Zoom meeting on Thursday, March 23rd from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.). In addition to the synchronous sessions there will be an additional 12 hours of asynchronous work on the Schoology platform.
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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.
We all love the idea of cooperative learning - students actively engaged, working together, and thinking critically about their learning. But how do I incorporate it? Where do I begin? And how will I have time for it? In this course, participants will develop a deeper understanding of cooperative learning and how it can meet students' social, emotional, and academic needs. You will learn and plan for purposeful groupings, active participation in dialogue, various cooperative structures, and student reflection. Date(s) of Online Course: 4/5-5/16,2021

17. 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.
This online course is FREE to consortium members and is designed for all teachers in the general education setting (K-12) who wish to gain an overview of the special education process. Teaching the Exceptional Child: An Introduction to Special Education was developed with the general education teacher in mind who is looking for an understanding of how to best support the varied learning abilities in one classroom. By the end of this course, participants will be able to navigate through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), understand their role in a Committee of Special Education (CSE) meeting, describe the history of Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), identify and dive deeply into the 13 classifications of disabilities, all while collaboratively evaluating scenarios to best educate the exceptional child. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

19. Online: Are You a Culturally Responsive Teacher? April 26 - May 31, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 4/26/2021 to 5/31/2021

Location: Online

Delivering culturally-responsive lessons can not only help you engage students but allow them to make personal connections with content. Greater student investment will lead to a myriad of other benefits including more rigor and motivation. In this online course, we will explore the learning process and the link between culture and neuroscience, as well as methods for infusing daily lessons with culturally responsive activities. At the end of this course, you will have the skills you need to create a happier and more focused classroom.

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.

22. Online: Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/1/2021 to 7/29/2021

Location: Online

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.

23. Online: Authentic Assessment in Physical Education, July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/1/2021 to 7/29/2021

Location: Online

Personalized learning is taking education by storm and, in this online course, we explore what it looks like in physical education. Participants in this class will learn how to design and implement a program that will teach students both skills and activities that transfer outside the physical ed classroom and strategies and techniques they need to maintain a lifetime of good health and fitness.
In this book study, we will have a chance to examine the minds of behaviorally challenged students and school personnel to explore why children do not respond to antiquated disciplinary techniques and zero tolerance policies. During the course of this class, you will become familiar with the current Social Emotional Learning benchmarks. You will also have an opportunity to consider the value of a trauma informed, non-punitive and unilateral approach to reduce inappropriate behavior incidents. At the conclusion of the book study, participants will be able to use communication skills and proactive tools to model behavior that inspires collaboration to build productive relationships with students. Participants in this course may pick up the required book: LOST AT SCHOOL at the Teacher Center before the commencement of the class. 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,

26. Online: Exploring LGBTQ Literature, July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 7/1/2021 to 7/29/2021

Location: Online

Participants in this online course will be asked to read and discuss various pieces of youth literature that features 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 - DATES AND TIMES TO BE DETERMINED which will focus on Literature and strategies. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

27. Online: Great Graphic Novel, July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Grades 3-8 Classroom teachers, librarians, ENL teachers or literacy specialists.

Dates: 7/1/2021 to 7/29/2021

Location: Online

This course will introduce participants to different types of graphic books available within children's literature. We will examine award winning authors, nonfiction graphic novels, and reissues of classic stories. Since a key part of the course is discussion, a video reflection will be utilized as opposed to written reflection. There will also be a scheduled one-hour Google Meet for class discussion. At the end of the course, participants will have a greater awareness of specific books to enhance their lesson plans and the information needed to continue to find resources for their classroom collection. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
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.

29. Online: Autism Spectrum Disorder, August 2 - August 30, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/2/2021 to 8/30/2021

Location: Online

We have all heard the expression, "on the spectrum,” but what does it mean? What implications can it have for your classroom? In this online courses, participants will review the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. We will examine best instructional practices and methodologies and, at the end of the class, you will have the tools you need to enhance instructional practices for your students. This course is appropriate for all teachers K-12.

30. Online: Building a Classroom Culture of Resilience, August 2 - August 30, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/2/2021 to 8/30/2021

Location: Online

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 they face adversity? 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 online course will focus on Grit, Resilience, Stress Reduction, Trauma, Learning from Failure and Mindfulness in the classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to implement research based strategies and construct knowledge with their peers through interactive discussions. At the end of the course, you will have a concrete understanding of what it means to be resilient and strategies you can incorporate at both the classroom and building level. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators.
In this class, we will discuss the social, cognitive, health related and stress- related challenges that economically disadvantaged kids face every day and why there is such a stark disparity in academic achievement between low socioeconomic status students and well-off students. It is designed for teachers who want to learn more about becoming a change agent for students who experience poverty and engaging those students with specific strategies which facilitate their learning. Throughout the course, we will be using Eric Jensen's books, Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It and Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement, to explore ways to improve the academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students. At the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of poverty, stress, trauma and best practices to help your students overcome these adversities. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.