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1. ONLINE: Diversity in Children's Literature (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Location: Online Only (Online, )

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

Dates: 2/26/2018 to 3/29/2018

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

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 2/26/2018 to 4/9/2018

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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.

3. ONLINE: The Mindful Classroom

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Audience: Grade Level - All

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

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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.

4. Delving Deeper into Guided Reading (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K-5 classroom teachers, literacy coaches, reading specialists, AIS teachers, ENL teachers, special education teachers

Dates: 2/28/2018 to 4/18/2018

Location: Dobbs Ferry UFSD _ Springhurst Elementary

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This hybrid course is only open to participants who have taken “What’s New in Guided Reading” which was offered in the 2016-2017 school year. This course will take a deeper look at the guided reading practices currently occurring in the participant’s classroom. We will engage in our own professional learning and support the learning of colleagues by coming together for five in-person sessions and provide feedback on lessons on Edmodo. Participants will continue to develop and refine their understanding of the reading process and how it changes over time, how to use observations and running/reading record analysis to guide instruction, and how to make effective decisions within the act of teaching across the lesson to propel guided reading to new heights. All in-person classes will be on Wednesdays February 28 (the 6 hour outside classroom assignment will be posted the week of February 12 and must be completed before the first class) March 14* March 21* April 11* April 18* *There will be 6 hours of outside classroom work associated with each meeting date
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.

6. NYSATA Collegial Circle Book Discussion

Location: Purchase College Performing Arts Center (Purchase, NY) [map]

Audience: Art Teachers PreK-12

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

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NYSATA Collegial Circle Book Discussion Audience: Art teachers PreK-12 Location: Purchase College, Visual Arts Building, Room 1021 Meeting 3 Fridays, March 2, 9 and 16, from 4:30 to 7:30 This workshop is a series of Collegial Circles, in which the members discuss, Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking. Santa Cruz, CA: Image Continuum Press, 1993., by Bayles, David and Orland, Ted. (1993). The goal of these classes is to explore the book and how it relates to both the making and teaching of art. The book covers the strategies that the authors have seen in successful artists, the fears that keep artist from being successful and strategies for working around those fears. There is no fee for this series of discussions. NYSATA is an approved CTLE provider. ALL PARTICIPANTS NEED TO BUY THEIR OWN BOOK - ART & FEAR: OBSERVATIONS ON THE PERILS (and REWARDS) OF ARTMAKING BY: BAYLES, DAVID AND ORLAND TED

7. NYSUT/ELT Course - Successful Teaching for the Acceptance of Responsibility

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 3/3/2018 to 3/28/2018

This course is being sponsored by the Teacher Center and offered through NYSUT ELT/offered through the College of St. Rose. This course assists educators in creating learning environments that model, invite, and teach responsible behavior. Participants practice strategies and techniques that foster self-awareness and responsibility and eliminate "learned helplessness" in students. Topics include: coping with irresponsible behaviors in respectful ways; preventing power struggles; avoiding "enabling behavior"; and encouraging students to assume responsibility for their school experience. The registration fee is $40.00 and must be paid by credit card. Your card will be charged on or after the beginning of the class.

8. National Board Candidate Support Writing Institute

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 3/10/2018

Location: Riverfront Library - One Larkin Center, Yonkers NY

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The Writing Institute is an opportunity to join your colleagues to discuss and share issues particular to your unique work as it is unfolding. Candidates have the opportunity to write, read and reflect in congenial and supportive surroundings on portfolio entries either working independently, with partners, or in writing groups. The community of writers and reviewers supports the development of portfolio entries and the peer review of video recordings of classroom teaching. Join your colleagues for thoughtful and reflective discussion about NBC in a collegial setting. Please note that this workshop is open only to NBC candidates and Advanced (retake) candidates. Required Materials: Candidates need to bring a laptop computer, flash drive of NBC files including classroom video recordings, component responses, student work, NBPTS component directions, standards, and scoring guide. Please park in the Buena Vista Parking Garage 20 Buena Vista Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701. Richard Gazzola TC will provide 9hr parking passes.
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.

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

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

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 3/24/2018

Location: WISE Room

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. 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.

12. ONLINE: Word Up: Exploring Academic Vocabulary (Offered by Westchester TCI)

Audience: Teachers 2-12

Dates: 4/10/2018 to 5/15/2018

This online course is designed to assist elementary through high school teachers in the development of vocabulary instruction. In this course, teachers will choose appropriate Tier 2 words for their teaching, explore effective vocabulary instruction, create vocabulary lessons, explore shades of meaning, and create materials for their classrooms. At the end of this course, teachers will have a strong understanding of how to choose Tier 2 words and use them effectively in their teaching. All activities are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards.

13. What's New in Guided Reading

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

Dates: 4/24/2018 to 6/5/2018

Location: Springhurst Elementary School, Dobbs Ferry

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In this Hybrid course, we will explore the essential elements of guided reading using “Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades” (2017) by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, the second edition to their classic, “Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children” (1996) as a resource. We will delve into the nuts and bolts of guided reading and take a closer look at the structure and tools of the guided reading lesson framework to teach for the systems of strategic actions. Time will be spent on understanding the ten text characteristics that are used to determine the text level and understand the demands on the reader to identify the high priority shifts in learning to focus on at each text level. Participants will continue to develop and refine their understanding of the reading process and how it changes over time, how to use observations and running record analysis to guide instruction, and how to make effective decisions within the act of teaching across the lesson to propel guided reading to new heights. All in-person classes will be on Tuesdays April 24* (the 4 hours outside class work assignment will be posted week of April 9th to do before the first class) May 1* (*There will be 4 hours of outside classroom work ) May 8* (*There will be 4 hours of outside classroom work ) May 15* (*There will be 5 hours of outside classroom work ) May 22* (*There will be 5 hours of outside classroom work ) June 5* (*There will be 4 hours of outside classroom work ) *Outside class work 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.

14. 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.
This online course is designed to assist elementary and secondary teachers in their quest to involve student families in the literacy process. This class will assist you in presenting information to parents and guardians about the demands of the Common Core Learning Standards as well as the literacy curriculums being taught in their child's class and school. Teachers in this online class with develop a hands-on presentation for a school event that will engage their classroom parents as an active partner in the literacy process.
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.

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

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY)

Audience: Teachers Grades K-12

Dates: 5/7/2018 to 5/11/2018

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.

18. 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.

19. Informational Workshop on National Board Certification for Teachers and Counselors

Audience: Teachers and Counselors

Dates: 5/18/2018

Location: Roosevelt High School - Library

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This informational workshop will outline the process of obtaining certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). The workshop will present information and resources about certification areas, eligibility, financial assistance, and collegial support.

20. STEAM in Your Classroom (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Grade K-6 Classroom teachers and specialists

Dates: 7/16/2018 to 7/18/2018

This course aims to increase a knowledge of STEAM philosophies and how participants can incorporate them into their classroom. Participants will identify areas of their current curriculum that can benefit from STEAM activities, and will create lesson plans combining curriculum with STEAM infusion. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to have a portfolio of activities that they can immediately incorporate into their classrooms, including a plan for Hour of Code.
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.

22. 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

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.

23. 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.