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Every teacher has a number of different learners that come to class ready to meet their daily classroom goals. The strategies that teachers employ will help them attain these goals. In this online course, we will explore, but not limit our search to, dyslexia, autism, speech, ELL, and social emotional disorders. While we will be examining specific learning disabilities, the strategies that you take back to the classroom will support all learners and will provide you with the tools to frame your lessons in new and creative ways. Using strategies such as Think-Pair-Share and/or Partner Talk will strengthen both student collaboration and understanding and will allow each of them to be successful in the classroom. At the end of this course, you will have the resources, strategies, websites and ideas you need to transform your classroom into a creative learning environment for each and every student.
When incorporating literacy-related instructional strategies in the content areas, students are better equipped to acquire and retain content knowledge. In this online course, we will examine and discuss instructional strategies to develop lessons, rubrics and activities that support comprehension vocabulary and fluency. In addition, we will align classroom activities and assessments to the CCLS to further support literacy in the classroom.
This course is designed to assist teachers and administrators in public and private schools to create and implement Professional Learning Communities. All school sizes and groups have various challenges that they face while creating PLC’s. We will take a closer look at your team and create ways to make a PLC work for your team. Through creating S.M.A.R.T Goals you will each leave this course with an action plan. Members of Professional Learning Communities use results-oriented action steps to clarify exactly what each student must learn, monitor each student's learning on a timely basis, provide systematic interventions, and use collective inquiry/feedback to create a collaborative atmosphere of continual improvement. In this course we will keep the student at the center of our purpose and learn how to create, manage and succeed using Professional Learning Communities.

4. Online: Great Graphic Novels Grades Pre K- 2 (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Pre K - 2 Classroom teachers, librarians, ENL teachers or literacy specialists.

Dates: 7/23/2018 to 8/17/2018

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This course aims to increase a knowledge of graphic novels in children’s literature as well as the different types of graphic books available within children’s literature. It is anticipated that participants will come away with an awareness of books to add to their classrooms and instructions, as well as the ability to keep current and continue to find resources after the course is over. The course looks at award winners, nonfiction graphic novels, and reissues of classic stories. Participants will be asked to expand their thinking on the value of graphic novels. A key part of the course is discussion, and so video reflection is used as opposed to written reflection. There is also a one hour Google Hangout scheduled for discussion. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to identify the value of graphic novels in their classrooms and will also be able to find resources after the course is over.

5. Read the Books, See the Movies (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Grades K-12 Classroom teachers and Specialists

Dates: 7/24/2018 to 7/26/2018

Location: Woodlands HS _ Innovation Center

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In this course, we will be pairing movies with the books they are based upon which will increase our students' reading engagement (both in and out of the classroom) and will lead to improved lesson plans. Participants will be expected to read the books (Wonder and We are All Wonders by R.J. Palacio and The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf). In addition, when the movies come out in the theater, you will be expected to see them as a class. The first class meeting will be spent critically discussing the books and developing lesson ideas for the books. After seeing the movie, we will discuss the movie and then create lessons that can be used for both the book and the movie. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have lesson plans ready for various “read the book, see the movie” activities, including book clubs, literacy lesson plans and more. Strategies learned in this course can be transferred to many other book/movie combinations.

6. Using the Charlotte Danielson Framework to Create a Digital Portfolio (Offered by Westchester TC Institute))

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY) - Room 302

Audience: Teachers Grades K-12

Dates: 7/25/2018 to 7/30/2018

Location: Room 302

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This course is designed to help probationary teachers build an electronic portfolio with an emphasis on Charlotte Danielson's Four Domains. Students will be able to define the components of a teaching portfolio and understand the importance of keeping and maintaining a professional teaching portfolio. Special attention to developing a teaching philosophy and crafting a tenure reflection based on the Four Domains will be key aspects of this course. This course will also give students a variety of avenues to find the perfect web development platform for their future eFolio. A portion of the course work will be completed outside of the scheduled class times and then shared and revised during the following sessions. (July 24 and 26th students will have to complete a total of 6 hours of outside work)

7. ONLINE: The Mindful Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Audience: Grade Level - All

Dates: 7/30/2018 to 8/20/2018

Helping students cultivate affective skills such as perseverance, emotional management, self motivation, and resilience are key to both their emotional well-being and their ability to engage reflectively with ideas and information. When teachers practice and model these skills, they can be more fully present and able to respond to their students' needs. "Studies show that grade school aged children who learn mindfulness and meditation are more focused and resilient," says Sarah McKay, an Oxford University trained neuroscientist and freelance science writer specializing in mind and brain. "It helps settle them down and improves concentration." This in turn allows for optimal student performance. For teachers, this means that in the midst of everything that goes on in a classroom, we remain aware of what's going on inside our minds and bodies, which can help us with our reactions to a situation and choose a kind and compassionate response. While the practice of mindfulness is never a "cure-all," research suggests that it is a powerful foundation upon which teachers can start to build their social-emotional skills and, in turn, improve their teaching. This course examines the historical and scientific research that has been done supporting the practice of mindfulness in education. Through reading, discussion and exercise, participants will explore how mindfulness can be used everyday with in and out of the classroom.

8. Recent Children's Literature Winners (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-8

Dates: 7/30/2018 to 8/1/2018

This course is geared towards any classroom teacher interested in learning more about recent children's literature and how to incorporate new books into their current lessons and/or units. Participants will be expected to read the award winners and will be provided with the reading list before class begins so they can begin reading as soon as possible. Books will range from picture books to novels, and will include both fiction and non-fiction, with an emphasis on awards that celebrate diversity. By the end of the course, teachers will be able to incorporate award winning, diverse literature into their classrooms lesson plan. Registrants will receive the list of books before the start of the class.
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.
In this online course, teachers will exchange classroom ideas, information about free resource links, technology shortcuts and tips, post photos of new classroom trends and create polls and surveys. The course instructor will model the platforms that are available in the Private Facebook Online Group feature. Each participant will be required to post and share by researching the ideas in the online PLC format. Some of the resources we will examine include: professional articles from ASCD, ISTE and NYSCATE,, and Through the PLC format, teachers will be able to work in real time and get useful comments from their colleagues. This will be an opportunity for teachers to explore, discuss and research their craft with other professionals. The participants will be asked to post a minimum of 10 innovative educational ideas and provide feedback on other participant's posts that they can refer back to throughout the year. This Professional Learning Community will be a resource for teachers to revisit throughout the school year.
Starting out a new school is always an exciting time – full of promise, new ideas and innovative strategies. In this online course, we will explore effective planning and organization strategies for the new school year. We will look at a variety of websites that can assist you in setting up, planning and transforming your classroom into places where differentiated, social emotional learning can take place. Parent and community involvement and technology integration are all essential components for setting the tone for the school year and will also be explored. At the end of this course, you will have the tools you need to begin the new school year with new and innovate ideas to enhance student learning.
This course is designed for teachers in every setting from Grades K-12. Look Who's Talking is an introduction to Accountable Talk. Accountable Talk refers to the ways that teachers skillfully encourage their students to think deeply, articulate their reasoning, and listen with purpose. Talking with others about ideas and work is fundamental to learning and is an essential skill in the Common Core Learning Standards for every grade. But not all talk sustains learning. For classroom talk to promote learning it must be accountable--to the learning community, to accurate and appropriate knowledge, and to rigorous thinking. Accountable talk uses evidence appropriate to the discipline (e.g., proofs in mathematics, data from investigations in science, textual details in literature, documentary sources in history) and follows established norms of good reasoning. At the end of this course, teachers will be able to incorporate Accountable Talk strategies into the classroom.

13. Professional Development Mentor Program (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 8/23/2018

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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 course is only open to teachers from the Edith Winthrop Teacher Center and the Teacher Center of Central Westchester. There will be three follow-up dates and dates will be determined at the first meeting. YOU MUST BE PRESENT FOR EVERY IN-PERSON SESSION IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE FULL CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE.

14. Exploring Thinking and Writing for National Board Certification

Audience: NBC Candidates and Advanced (retake) candidates

Dates: 8/27/2018 to 8/28/2018

NBC requires descriptive, analytical, and reflective thinking and writing. We will analyze component prompts to identify each type to guide your thinking and writing. Then apply this understanding to identify and select strong evidence by reviewing sample excerpts and a video. Join your colleagues for thoughtful discussion about NBC in a collegial supportive setting. Please note that this institute is open only to NBC candidates and Advanced (Re-take) candidates and is limited to 15 participants.

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

Location: Greenburgh Public Library (Elmsford, NY) - Room 136[map]

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 8/30/2018

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.
Every day teachers assume leadership roles in their classrooms, schools and district. However, being recognized as a leader can often be a challenge. In this online course, we will explore and share ways to become active participants in Professional Learning Communities, how to write a winning grant, how to engage parents and administrators, and how to become leaders among our peers. At the end of this course, you will have new leadership skills and strategies and a customized plan based on your individual needs and expectations that will take your leadership skills to the next level.