Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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Dates: 9/27/2018 to 6/6/2019

Location: Innovation Lab


2. Hybrid: Genre Study

Audience: K-8 classroom teachers, literacy coaches, reading specialists, AIS teachers, ENL teachers, special education teachers

Dates: 12/5/2018 to 1/30/2019

Location: Highview School

What makes a biography a biography? What makes a fantasy a fantasy? If you know the genre of a book and know the characteristics of that genre, you know what to expect when you begin to read it. As adults, we know how to use our background knowledge about genres, but how do we teach our students to do this? In this workshop, we will explore how to use an inquiry approach to explore different genres. This process allows for students to really interact and experience different text types as they think, talk and work with them in an analytic way. Using the information from “Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books” (2012) by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, participants will build their own expertise in understanding specific genres and their characteristics, understand an inquiry process that can be used with students to study the characteristics of any genre and learn how to help students apply their knowledge of genres in talking, reading and writing. *Outside class work (either 4 to 5 hours) per session may consist of assignments that are to be done with students, watching videos and answering questions, and/or reading articles and commenting on them through a digital platform. Assignment will be posted week of November 19th to do before the first class.

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

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY) - Room 136

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 12/8/2018

Location: Room 136

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 address the social patterns of harassment, bullying, and discrimination including, but not limited to those acts based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. It will also cover the identification and mitigation of harassment, bullying, and discrimination; and strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in education settings. Successful completion of this course will meet the certification requirements in Sec 14 (5) of Chapter 102 of the Laws of 2012, and registrants who participate in the entire 6-hour training will receive a Certification of Completion. Please be advised that we need to have 8 registrants to run this workshop Please note there will be a lunch break.

4. Online: Conferring with Confidence: The Heart of Effective Reading and Writing Instruction (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

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

Dates: 1/7/2019 to 2/11/2019

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.
English Language Learners are the fastest growing group of students that today’s schools services. This course will assist teachers in developing strategies and skills to understand ELL students’ backgrounds and how to establish and grow strong family relationships. Teachers will develop classroom skills to use in their classrooms and improve instructional outcomes. Teachers will examine belief systems and research based practices for serving diverse cultures and languages in the classroom. Teachers taking this course will analyze and implement methods for ensuring a positive classroom culture and climate.

6. Online: Brain Based Learning and Student Engagement (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 1/7/2019 to 2/7/2019

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 lists specific strategies and lesson plan ideas that will put their students in the center of learning.
English Language Learners (ELLs) need to have access to K-12 curriculum and be able to achieve the same level of success as their english speaking counterparts. This course prepares teachers to effectively understand ELLs’ backgrounds and to differentiate their instructional approach. By providing the skills to differentiate their instruction through multiple modalities, this course gives a practical, classroom ready application of new learning to improve instructional practice. This course is appropriate for both regular and special education teachers.
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.
We often look at behavior as something that needs to be addressed before instruction can occur. Research shows that with the right instructional tools, we can limit those unwanted behaviors that interrupt the learning process. Educators in this course will examine dozens of research based strategies to address behavior through instruction. Each educator in this course will focus on specific behaviors from their classes and will utilize research based strategies for overcoming these barriers to learning.
In this online course, we will focus on incorporating the NGSS into our curriculum. These standards mark a change in how we must think about classroom science instruction. We will use a variety of online resources to develop instructional and assessment strategies that address NGSS focusing on K-5 and 6-12 while developing an understanding across grade levels. We will explore how: K-12 science education should reflect the real-world interconnections in science. Science concepts build coherently across K-12. THE NGSS focuses on deeper understanding and application of content. Science and engineering are integrated in science education K-12 Science Standards coordinate with Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics. We will use visit NGSS webinars that address this topic and look at sample standards to learn how to read the key to various elements. At the end of this course, participants will have a deeper understanding of the expectations and how they should b applied at each grade level.

11. Online: Morphing into Vocabulary: A look at infusing Morphology into the classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Classroom teachers in grades 2 and higher, ENL teachers, ELA teachers, Reading Specialists

Dates: 2/4/2019 to 3/11/2019

“Students who understand how words are formed by combining prefixes, suffixes, and roots tend to have larger vocabularies and better reading comprehension than peers without such knowledge and skills” (Prince, 2009). In this online course, teachers will explore the value of teaching students morphology in the classroom. Participants will uncover prefixes, suffixes and roots and their interdisciplinary role in effective teaching to increase academic vocabulary. Teachers will develop student-friendly strategies for predicting word meaning through morphology as well as create a motivational activity to help students make the connection between morphology and language. Participants will create lessons that align with the Common Core Learning Standards, motivating activities and a content-specific root database. Through sharing ideas, strategies and activities with each other, a distinct understanding of the long-term value that this can have on vocabulary development will be clear.