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1. ONLINE: Instructional Technology in the Classroom (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

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.

2. 9 Essential Skills for the Love and Logic Classroom (Offered by Westchester TC Institute

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 1/3/2018 to 6/13/2018

"9 Essential Skills for the Love and Logic Classroom", applies evidence based best practices and strategies for all students to increase academic performance, decrease problem behavior, improve safety, and establish a positive school culture. You will learn many practical and effective skills that can be implemented in your classroom immediately such as developing positive teacher/student relationships, using choice to prevent power struggles and guiding students to solve their own problems. THIS COURSE IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR GRADUATE CREDIT FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE OF $95 PAID TO BRANDMAN UNIVERSITY

3. ONLINE: Data Driven Instruction (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers Grades K-12

Dates: 1/6/2018 to 2/17/2018

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.

4. ONLINE: Managing ADHD and LD in the Classroom (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers Grades K-12

Dates: 1/6/2018 to 2/17/2018

All teachers have come across a student in their class with either ADHD or a Learning Disability.  This course will give teachers an opportunity to examine current research geared towards helping all teachers work effectively with students with ADHD and learning disabilities.   Teachers will understand the impact of ADHD on a student’s performance, the difference between male and female students with ADHD and, at the conclusion of the course, will have a number of basic instructional strategies to implement in their classrooms.

5. Using the Charlotte Danielson Framework to Create a Digital Portfolio (Offered by the Edith Winthrop Teacher Center)

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.

6. ONLINE: Creating Effective PLC's in the Schools (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

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.
In this online course, we will explore how to differentiate our lessons to serve all students in our classrooms. We will focus on presenting lessons to diverse groups of learners, including strategies on classroom arrangement and management. New and engaging websites will be presented including how to engage students, curriculum connections and models of differentiated learning techniques. Differentiated learning will come alive for you as we interact through article reflection, online discussions and creating lesson plans for all students.

8. Building Literacy Muscles: Strengthening Reading and Writing through Balanced Literacy.

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

Dates: 1/25/2018 to 4/26/2018

Location: TBD

Through inquiry and the exploration of Reading and Writing, participants will explore the life-long practices of readers and writers in a Balanced Literacy setting. Participants will explore each component of the Balanced Literacy framework and connect their own instructional practice to the framework. Through collaboration and investigation, participants will have the opportunity to explore research around Balanced Literacy and best practices in Reading and Writing. At the conclusion of this course, participants will leave with a knowledge and expertise of Balanced Literacy, instructional practices that can be used instantly in the classroom and a “toolbox” filled with best practices and shared literary experiences that they can embed in their instructional practice. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL + 2 HOURS FOLLOW UP/HOMEWORK/PLANNING/PREP ACTIVITY

9. ONLINE: Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 1/27/2018 to 3/10/2018

English language learners present special challenges for teachers in today’s classrooms. A successful ELL teacher learns to balance the language learning needs of the students with the appropriate content. The knowledge and skills students gain in ELL classes positively affect their lives at school and home. As the diversity of the United States increases, so too does the need for teachers of second language learners. Participants in this course will create lesson plans that incorporate strategies to reach ELL students. This class is appropriate for all K-12 teachers.
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.

11. Literacy Investigation & Inquiry: Exploring best practices in Literacy

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

Audience: ELA: Literacy Coaches, Reading Specialists, ELA Teachers

Dates: 1/30/2018 to 4/17/2018

Location: TBD

Through literacy investigation and inquiry, participants will collaborate and dive deeper into best practices around Literacy Instruction. Conversations and book club reflections will be based on research around Dave Burgess book, “Teach Like a Pirate:Increase Student Engagement Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator” , Jennifer Serravallo’s book, “The Reading Strategies Book” and Donalyn Miller’s book, “The Book Whisperer.” This collaborative approach to professional reflection and learning, will be focused around literacy instruction. Specifically around student engagement, critical literary growth and development strategies and research based best practices for instruction. At the conclusion of this course, teachers will leave with a “toolkit” of best practices and shared literary experiences that they can embed in their instructional practice. In addition, participants will have created a network of literary professionals to support an ongoing effort to work smarter, not harder! PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CLASS WILL HAVE 1.25 HOUR FOLLOW UP WORK.
The workplace and higher education settings we are preparing our students for is much different than what we as their teachers encountered coming out of high school 10. 20. or 30 years ago. The evolution of technology, collaboration and communication methods has rewritten what it means to be college and career ready in this century. Teachers in this class will look at methods and strategies for increasing the amount of 21st Century workplace and college skills in their classroom. Areas of exploration will include PBL, the flipped classroom, blended learning and digital collaboration and sharing. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators.

13. ONLINE: Improving Teacher Questioning Techniques (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 2/5/2018 to 3/19/2018

The fastest way to get our students thinking at a higher level is to question them at higher level. With higher and more exhaustive standards being placed on our students, we must use our ability to question students in a manner that improves their ability to think critically and problem solve. This course will prepare teachers to meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards and improve student learning outcomes. This course is appropriate for K-12 teachers.

14. ONLINE: Close Reading (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K - 6 and Special Teachers

Dates: 2/16/2018 to 3/18/2018

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.

15. ONLINE: The Mindful Classroom

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Audience: Grade Level - All

Dates: 2/26/2018 to 3/26/2018

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.
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, www.code.org, and www.teachersfirst.com. 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.
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.

18. Online: Technology Literacy (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 4/2/2018 to 5/5/2018

In this online course, we will look at ways to embed technology into all aspects of your classroom teaching. Each subject will be explored and resources will be shared to maximize the use of technology to achieve your academic goals. You will learn how to find the best research for the topics you want to cover in your individual classroom or that you want to integrate into your curriculum to enhance student learning. We will cover four key components of learning in this class: active engagement, participating in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts. Participants will have creating ideas and lessons to bring back to their classroom.

19. ONLINE: Digital Citizenship in Schools (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

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.
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, www.code.org, and www.teachersfirst.com. 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.

21. Online: Building Academic Strategies (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 5/14/2018 to 6/14/2018

Participants in this online course will examine various strategies to develop their students’ academic vocabulary. "Students constantly build the vocabulary they need to access grade level complex texts. By focusing strategically on comprehension of pivotal and commonly found words (such as "discourse," generation," theory," and "principled,") and less on esoteric literary terms (such as "onomatopoeia" or "homonym"), teachers constantly build students' ability to access more complex texts across the content areas (www.engageny.com). We will use teaching strategies for vocabulary development that can be used throughout the curriculum and we will integrate technology. At the end of the course, you will have lessons plans and activities to use in your classroom to enhance vocabulary instruction.