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1. ONLINE: Diversity in Children's Literature

Location: Online Only (Online, )

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

Dates: 10/23/2017 to 11/28/2017

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Every student deserves and needs the mirror experience in literature. In this course, participants will become familiar with the different types of diverse literature available within their grade level(s). With this new information, teachers will be able to enhance their classroom library (and instruction) with books that allow students to see their lived experience and cultural traditions in print. We will examine controversies within children's literature - those considered racist (at worst) and insensitive (at best). We will explore, among ourselves, what makes a book diverse. Since a key part of this course is group discussion, we will use video reflection as opposed to written reflection. We will also schedule a one-hour Google hangout for class interaction. At the conclusion of this course, participants will have a list of diverse quality literature they can incorporate into their classroom library and instruction and will have the resources to continue to find books that meet the needs of all their students.

2. Integrating STEAM into Your Classroom Curriculum

Audience: Grade K-6 Classroom teachers and specialists

Dates: 10/26/2017 to 11/30/2017

In this course, participants will examine STEAM philosophies and how to incorporate them into their classroom. We will identify specific STEAM activities that can be integrated into your current curriculum and will design lesson plans that can enhance your classroom instruction. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have a portfolio of activities (including a plan for Hour of Code) that they can immediately incorporate into their classrooms.

3. ONLINE: Technology Resources and Current Issues in Elementary Education

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 10/27/2017 to 11/30/2017

This course will explore technology resources along with current issues and trends that educators need to be aware of in the 21st century.  Using technology in your lesson planning will engage the minds of young learners but you must integrate the most current resources to get the outcome you desire. We will focus on how to include all learners in classroom activities and meet them at their level through technology integration. We will use the ISTE Standards for Educators as a road map and dive into their online community for support and communication. Using Teachers First as a resource, educators will learn how to effectively integrate technology into the curriculum through hands-on projects, collaboration tools, and journal articles.   Hands on science, math lessons, writing websites, reading resources and social studies projects will all be discussed and participants will create task cards for students to use in and out of the classroom.  We will design ways to include parents in these initiatives using technology tools such as class dojo, remind, and classtag. Participants will create a buncee (an online presentation tool) and learn ways to find new tools, use virtual sites to extend learning and reflect on learning styles.
This 3 hour workshop will open your eyes to the human cost of poverty. The power of this unique learning resource is that it creates, like nothing else, insight into the state of chronic crisis that consumes so many working poor families. You will experience one month of poverty comprised of four 15-minute weeks. In the debriefing, you will share insights of extraordinary vividness and intensity. This program is designed to create a deeper understanding and awareness of the circumstances of individuals who are living in poverty and will serve as an opportunity to begin a dialogue about the often unseen world of poverty and its implications for communities. This program is underwritten by The Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network. NOTE: This workshop is open to educators, administrators and community members. Refreshments will be served.

5. Poverty Simulation Experience and Training

Dates: 10/27/2017 to 10/28/2017

The Friday night 3 hour workshop will open your eyes to the human cost of poverty. The power of this unique learning resource is that it creates, like nothing else, insight into the state of chronic crisis that consumes so many working poor families. You will experience one month of poverty comprised of four 15-minute weeks. In the debriefing, you will share insights of extraordinary vividness and intensity. This program is designed to create a deeper understanding and awareness of the circumstances of individuals who are living in poverty and will serve as an opportunity to begin a dialogue about the often unseen world of poverty and its implications for communities. At the conclusion of Saturday's program you will have the tools you need to facilitate a simulation in your local school or district. This program is underwritten by The Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network. NOTE: You must have approval of your local Teacher Center to attend this two-day program and attendance at Friday's workshop is mandatory. Refreshments will be served Friday evening and Lunch will be provided on Saturday.

6. Art Empowerment: Finding Voices and Speaking Out

Audience: Art Educators, Art Professionals, & interested Public

Dates: 10/28/2017

This professional development day for art teachers is an event sponsored by the New York State Art Teacher’s Association in partnership with ArtsWestchester, will take place at the ArtsW building in White Plains.The day offers 6 CTLE contact hours of workshops and presentations which will explore the notion of art making and social consciousness. Participants will share strategies for encouraging students to engage in purposeful, meaningful, and socially responsible thinking in the art classroom. Contemporary art making engages in lively commentary with cultural currents, and art teachers are increasingly designing curricula that encourage students to engage with social issues as they form their artistic sensibilities. Inequities, class distinctions, wealth disparity, racial prejudice, opposing political forces, are all current issues that force their way - or ought to force their way - into our dialog and instruction with students. For more information go to Registration is through EWTC and MLP. Payment is directly to the New York State Art Teachers Association Region 7. The members pre-payment fee of $60. must be received before October 10th. Non-NYSATA pre-payment fee of $75. Membership applications are at Checks payable to NYSATA Region 7. Write “power” in memo portion of check Send to Christine Attlesey, 14 Parkwood Blvd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 To confirm payment email before October 15th Door registration for all is $85.

7. ONLINE: Close Reading

Audience: Teachers in Grades K - 6 and Special Teachers

Dates: 10/30/2017 to 12/5/2017

This course will explore various strategies and examples of close reading techniques. We will look at classrooms using these strategies through video and through articles using Engage NY and the Teaching Channel as resources. To prepare our students for college and career readiness, we must provide them with the tools they need to read complex texts. To be able to do this, they must be able to “close read” a passage or a text, focusing on the author’s purpose, the structure and the flow of the text. We must assign text dependent questions that require students to go back into the text to think about and understand what they are reading. Since the common core standards require that students provide evidence and justification when answering complex questions on the end of year state assessments, we must give them the tools they need to be proficient in this area. We will explore the EngageNY exemplars that model this process and use them as a springboard to help formulate close reading activities for our own classrooms.

8. ONLINE: Data Driven Instruction

Audience: Teachers Grades K-12

Dates: 11/1/2017 to 12/13/2017

The use of data and student learning objectives (SLOs) are at the heart of data driven instruction. Data driven instruction is a precise and calculated approach to improving student comprehension throughout the school year. Implementing and utilizing data to drive instruction is perceived to be an overwhelming task. In this course, we will break down the process and help you utilize data analysis to improve student learning. Participants will analyze data, focus on increasing rigor in the classroom, examine different types of assessments, along with the building blocks needed to successful implement data driven instruction in your classroom. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators.

9. ONLINE: Professional Learning Communities (PLC) through Social Media Connections

Audience: Teachers is Grades K-12

Dates: 11/1/2017 to 12/6/2017

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.

10. ONLINE: The Mindful Classroom

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Audience: Grade Level - All

Dates: 11/1/2017 to 11/30/2017

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.
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.

12. Read the Books, See the Movies

Audience: Grades K-12 Classroom teachers and Specialists

Dates: 11/14/2017 to 12/18/2017

Location: Woodlands HS _ Innovation Center

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. PLEASE NOTE: The movies we will be seeing as a class will be on Saturday, November 18 and December 16. The times will be determined but it will probably be the first showing of the day. Participants will be responsible for the cost of the movie.

13. ONLINE: Practical Resources to Enhance your Curriculum

Audience: Teachers in Grades K -12

Dates: 11/27/2017 to 12/29/2017

Enhancing technology is mandatory in today's classroom and provides your students with the rigor and skills they need to be successful in college and in their careers. We will explore sites that will help you plan your math lessons, motivate hard to reach students and carry out science and language arts projects across the curriculum. Sites will be selected based on your grade level and specialty areas. At the end of this course, you will be able to use sites that will simplify the time spend lesson planning, will keep students engaged, will help keep parents informed and will guide you as you meet today's standards. We will examine sites such as GoNoodle, Figment, Remind, Storyboarding, Discovery and explore at Teacher's First resources.

14. ONLINE: Instructional Technology in the Classroom

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 1/2/2018 to 2/8/2018

In this course we will take a look at what is happening in the 21st century classrooms. Steam centers are in full effect and being created all around us. What is a steam center and how can you create one in your classroom? Dash and Dot have made their debut in many classrooms. How are they being used to teach coding and what programs are being used by students. An Hour of Code has expanded their website and included a plethora of new tools and lesson plans for all levels of learners. How can you implement all of these new ideas in your classroom and teach your students to be 21st century thinkers? That is exactly what you will learn in the class as you create your classroom technology plan.

15. Using the Charlotte Danielson Framework to Create a Digital Portfolio

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY)

Audience: Teachers Grades K-12

Dates: 1/8/2018 to 1/12/2018

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.

16. ONLINE: Creating Effective PLC's in the Schools

Audience: K-12 Classroom Teachers and Math/Language Arts/Special Ed- Teachers K-12

Dates: 1/22/2018 to 2/25/2018

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 examine the composition of your specific team members and design a plan that will work for your school and/or district. Through the creation of S.M.A.R.T Goals, you will have a plan in place that you can immediately put into action. 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. Throughout 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.

17. ONLINE: Digital Citizenship in Schools

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 4/30/2018 to 5/31/2018

As more and more students and teachers use the Internet to interact digitally, we need to provide our students with guidelines and accountability. According to TeachThought, "A decent definition of Digital citizenship might be self monitored participation that reflects conscious interdependence with all (visible and less visible) community members." Being responsible for your digital footprint needs to be taught to students in the early grades. In this course, we will explore Common Sense Media's Digital Citizen Scope and Sequence as we define digital citizenship, create lesson plans around Internet safety, cyber-bullying, and privacy and security.