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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. Hybrid: Social Comprehension Skills, April 12 - May 3, 2021

Audience: K-12 Educators in all areas

Dates: 4/12/2021 to 5/3/2021

Location: Online, Zoom and Schoology

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This class is a FREE 15 hour hybrid course for Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network (LTCN) consortium members only. 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, April 13th, Tuesday, April 20th and Tuesday, April 27th (optional/voluntary check-in Zoom meeting on Tuesday, May 4th 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.

3. ONLINE-DASA Dignity for All Students Act - Mandated 6 hour Certification Workshop (April 17-24)

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 4/17/2021 to 4/24/2021

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 on April 17th (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. You will have one week to complete the first 3 asynchronous hours. This 3-hour session must be completed prior to Part II which is on Saturday, April 24. 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, April 24 from 10:00am - 1:00pm to participate in Part II of the workshop which will be held via Zoom.

4. 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.

5. Hybrid Course: Interactive Teaching Online, May 3 - 31, 2021 (EWTC)

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Dates: 5/3/2021 to 5/31/2021

Interactive teaching is an essential component for online teaching. In this hybrid class, you will have an opportunity to explore a variety of tools and techniques to engage students while teaching remotely. Some of the techniques and tools will include breakout rooms, guided teaching, virtual classrooms, choice boards and more. Mandatory synchronous meeting dates will be on Tuesday, 5/4/2021 from 7:00-8:30pm and Thursdays, 5/13/2021 and 5/13/2021 from 7:00-8:00pm. You must be able to attend all synchronous sessions to participate in this course. All other course assignments will be asynchronous. This course is free to our consortium members and open to non members (at our regular rate) if space permits.

6. Online: Creating Independent Problem Solvers, May 3 - June 14, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K - 12

Dates: 5/3/2021 to 6/14/2021

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.

7. 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.
This FREE course is open to consortium members only. In this book study, participants will examine how they can re-energize themselves to maintain or regain a positive outlook and love of teaching. They will dive deep into specific, immediate actions they can take to enhance their well-being and thrive both on and off the job. In his light-hearted text, award winning teacher Chase Mielke draws from his own research, lesson plans, and experiences with burnout to help educators change their outlook, strengthen their determination to be a terrific teacher, and reignite their core passion for teaching. The Burnout Cure explains how shifts in awareness, attitudes, and actions can be transformational for teachers and for their students. The book describes specific steps related to mindfulness, empathy, gratitude, and altruism that they can use on their own and with students via classroom lessons and activities. Equipped with these tools, teachers can be their best, so they can give their best to the learners in their care. Participants will need to purchase the book to participate in this course.

9. 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.

10. Online: Achieving Literacy Gains for Students with Limited English, July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Educators

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

Location: Online

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 achieve academic success, these students need to make linguistic gains to begin to master course content. Participants will work with evidence-based practices and instructional intervention strategies to improve language skills for these students. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
This online course is designed to provide educators with the resources needed to create a learning environment that will maximize the potential for student success. Course participants will gain knowledge of how to manage instructional time in a way that meets curriculum standards and also provides motivating, challenging, and meaningful experiences for school age students. You will be presented with a variety of strategies for differentiating instruction by establishing a foundation in the principles of differentiation. We will explore what defines differentiation and recognize our role and responsibilities in a differentiated learning community. Practical applications on how to differentiate with the content, process, and product will be explored while planning differentiated lessons. We will establish quality criteria and assessments to clarify and evaluate assignments. At the end of this course, you will be able to modify, adapt, and design new approaches to instruction in response to students' needs, interests, and learning preferences. You will have a repertoire of strategies for differentiating instruction that will allow you to respond to the diverse needs of the students in your classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

12. 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.

13. 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.

15. Online: Bringing More Formative Assessment Into Your Classroom, July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Educators

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

Location: Online

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.
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,

17. Online: Conferring with Confidence: The Heart of Effective Reading and Writing Instruction -July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI)

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

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

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.

18. Online: Creating Equitable Parent Involvement, July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Educators

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

Location: Online

In this online course, we will identify a variety of ways to engage and support family involvement in the classroom. We will examine best practices and incorporate outside experiences to create a safe school environment. While we always have our students and families' best interests at heart, we need to be both authentic and empathetic to the diverse community we serve. Whether parents join us virtually or in person, it is critical that we assess their needs (through a family survey) and examine our own bias to develop an effective support system. Once we have clearly identified their needs, we will discuss the best strategies for the parents of English Language Learners, special education students and for all our students. At the conclusion of the course, you will have a toolbox of strategies that will allow you to support, guide and encourage families to share in your classroom experience. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

19. Online: Engagement and Empathy in the Virtual Classroom, July 1 - July 29,2021 (WTCI)

Audience: All

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

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.

20. 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.

21. 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.

22. ONLINE: Social and Emotional Development in the Classroom, July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Teachers

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

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.

23. Online: Social Readjustment Tools and Strategies, July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K-12

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

Location: Online

As students return to the classroom, we, as teachers, need to be prepared for the transition that comes with it. Many students are coming back into the classroom for the first time in over a year. 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.

24. Online: Strategies for Improving Study Skills, July 1 - July 29, 2021 WTCI)

Audience: K-12 general and special education teachers

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

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.

26. Online: Technology Generation, July 1 - July 29, 2021 (WTCI))

Audience: Classroom teachers in grades 2-12

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

Location: Online Only

In this online course, we will explore the most recent advancements in technology and how they can be integrated into the classroom curriculum. We will examine Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and create engaging learning experiences that focus on both science and social studies. We will experiment with the top math sites and develop corresponding lesson plans that will make learning concrete for our students. 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.

28. Online: Advancing ELL Family-School Relationship, August 2 - August 30, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Educators

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

Location: Online

English Language Learners are our fastest growing group of students. This online course will assist educators in developing strategies and skills to understand ELL students' backgrounds and how to establish and grow strong family relationships. Educators will develop a myriad of skills to use in their classroom to improve instructional outcomes. Educators will examine belief systems and research based practices for serving diverse cultures and languages in the classroom as well as methods for ensuring a positive classroom culture and climate. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

29. Online: Approaches to Changing Student Behavior Using PBIS, August 2 - August 30, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Educators

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

Location: Online

Teachers and students often encounter barriers that impede learning - including disruptive classroom behaviors that affect the learning community. The climate and culture of each school community is different and, therefore, a "one size fits all” approach does not work. Each school and each district must be responsive to their specific needs and design interventions based on these identified needs. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports students need to achieve social, emotional and academic success. A system focused on creating school-wide, classroom and individual supports will improve student learning outcomes and will improve student behavior. At the conclusion of this online course, teachers will have a support system that will help to curb disruptive classroom behavior that will lead to improved academic success. This course is appropriate for all regular and special education teachers. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

30. 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.

31. 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.
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: 8/2 - 8/30/2021

33. Online: Creating Equitable Parent Involvement, August 2 - August 30, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Educators

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

Location: Online

In this online course, we will identify a variety of ways to engage and support family involvement in the classroom. We will examine best practices and incorporate outside experiences to create a safe school environment. While we always have our students and families' best interests at heart, we need to be both authentic and empathetic to the diverse community we serve. Whether parents join us virtually or in person, it is critical that we assess their needs (through a family survey) and examine our own bias to develop an effective support system. Once we have clearly identified their needs, we will discuss the best strategies for the parents of English Language Learners, special education students and for all our students. At the conclusion of the course, you will have a toolbox of strategies that will allow you to support, guide and encourage families to share in your classroom experience. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

34. Online: NGLS and the Special Education Student, August 2 - August 30, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Educators

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

Location: Online

The Common Core has brought wide reaching shifts in K-12 education. While much of the emphasis has been placed on particular content areas - there is still much to examine when discussing best practices for implementing Common Core standards in special education classrooms. Participants will examine how to increase reading and writing skills to meet the diverse needs of learners in today's schools. This course will examine the curriculum changes that have resulted from Common Core and how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of special education students. At the end of this course, you will have a toolbox of strategies for teaching the special Ed student, note taking skills, reading comprehension skills, math and writing skills. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

35. Online: Social Readjustment Tools and Strategies, August 2 - August 30, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: Educators in grades K-12

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

Location: Online

As students return to the classroom, we, as teachers, need to be prepared for the transition that comes with it. Many students are coming back into the classroom for the first time in over a year. 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 transitioning 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 employ 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.
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 book, Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement(which must be purchased by the participant), 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.

37. Online: Wake Them Up! - Motivating Lesson, August 2 - August 30, 2021 (WTCI)

Audience: K-12 Educators

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

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.