Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. GREENBURGH CSD NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE

Location: Greenburgh CSD Mansion (Hartsdale, Ne) - Mansion Board Room

Dates: 9/17/2019 to 6/2/2020

Location: Mansion Board Room

THIS CLASS IS ONLY OPEN TO NEW TEACHERS IN THE GREENBURGH CSD

2. Online: English as a New Language Strategies and Tools for Success (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Specials

Dates: 11/15/2019 to 12/20/2019

Location: Online only

In this online course, we will closely examine the strategies used to effectively teach English as a New Language (ENL) students. We will focus on best practices including co-teaching, helpful web tools, strategies for classroom teaching, and meaningful classroom talk. We will brainstorm ways to involve parents as we create a welcoming classroom environment for all students. We will explore resources and cross-reference lesson plans and curriculums so that each teacher has customized lesson plans to address individual needs. At the end of the course, you will have a toolkit that will include visual ideas, translation resources, conversation tools and vocabulary resources. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

3. Online: Co-Teaching (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 1/3/2020 to 2/7/2020

Location: Online Only

In this online course, participants will explore various tools to create an effective co-teaching learning environment, examine and comment on case studies and implement strategies to enhance student learning. We will share ideas on how co-teaching can improve program intensity and increase instructional options. At the conclusion of this class, you will have customized lesson plans that will provide a successful classroom environment for all students. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

4. Online Mindful Classroom (offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: All

Dates: 1/6/2020 to 2/16/2020

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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. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

5. ONLINE: Social and Emotional Development in the Classroom(Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Dates: 1/6/2020 to 2/14/2020

Location: Online

Research shows that integrating social and emotional learning into the curriculum leads to positive student outcomes. It reduces aggression and emotional distress among students, it increases positive interactions among students, it improves positive attitudes toward self and others and it also increases students' academic performance as well as college and career readiness. In this course, we will examine the 5 keys elements of social emotional learning and, after viewing various videos, we will discuss what that means to classroom culture and classroom management. This course will focus on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. At the end of the course, you will have a toolbox of specific strategies you can begin to use with your students. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

6. Online: Are You a Culturally Responsive Teacher? (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 1/6/2020 to 2/10/2020

Location: Online only

Delivering culturally-responsive lessons can not only help you engage students, but allow them to make personal connections with content. Greater student investment will lead to many other benefits, such as more rigor and motivation. This course will walk educators through the process of learning about the link between culture and neuroscience, as well as methods for infusing daily lessons with culturally responsive activities. An engaged and focused classroom is the ideal outcome. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
This online course is designed for all teachers in the general education setting (K-12) who wish to gain an overview of the special education process. Teaching the Exceptional Child: An Introduction to Special Education was developed with the general education teacher in mind who is looking for an understanding of how to best support the varied learning abilities in one classroom. By the end of this course, participants will be able to navigate through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), understand their role in a Committee of Special Education (CSE) meeting, describe the history of Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), identify and dive deeply into the 13 classifications of disabilities, all while collaboratively evaluating scenarios to best educate the exceptional child. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

8. 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: 1/10/2020 to 2/14/2020

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. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

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

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

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 1/11/2020 to 1/25/2020

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. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

10. Online: Creating Independent Problem Solvers (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Specials Teachers and K-12 Educators

Dates: 1/13/2020 to 2/21/2020

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Fostering deeper thinking and greater understanding promotes increased engagement in the classroom. In this online course, we will examine question formulation and exploration as key parts of the problem solving process. In the real world, students will not have access to all the information they need to solve problems - they will be required to sort, decipher and gather it themselves. As class participants, you will focus on all curriculum areas and explore the best problem solving practices in math. Authentic challenges will be introduced as we look at problem solving in action and how your students can think and problem solve outside of the textbooks. With the tools you provide them, students will be able to work out solutions to complex problems that will lead to enhanced student learning and increased student engagement. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

11. Online: Teaching with Poverty in Mind (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K-12 Teachers, All Content Area

Dates: 1/27/2020 to 2/14/2020

This online course is open to all and offered at no cost to our consortium members. In this introductory class, we will discuss the social, cognitive, health related and stress-related challenges that economically disadvantaged kids face every day and why there is such a stark disparity in academic achievement between low socioeconomic status students and well-off students. It is designed for teachers who want to learn more about becoming a change agent for students who experience poverty. Throughout the course, we will be using Eric Jensen's book, Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It, to explore ways to improve the academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students. At the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of poverty, stress, trauma and best practices to help your students overcome these adversities. WE WILL PURCHASE SUFFICIENT COPIES OF THE ERIC JENSEN BOOK FOR EACH PARTICIPANT BUT IT MUST BE PICKED UP AT THE CENTER PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE CLASS. This summer, the Teacher Center hopes to offer a 30 hour course as a follow up to this class. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

12. Online: English as a New Language Strategies and Tools for Success (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Specials

Dates: 2/2/2020 to 3/6/2020

Location: Online only

In this online course, we will closely examine the strategies used to effectively teach English as a New Language (ENL) students. We will focus on best practices including co-teaching, helpful web tools, strategies for classroom teaching, and meaningful classroom talk. We will brainstorm ways to involve parents as we create a welcoming classroom environment for all students. We will explore resources and cross-reference lesson plans and curriculums so that each teacher has customized lesson plans to address individual needs. At the end of the course, you will have a toolkit that will include visual ideas, translation resources, conversation tools and vocabulary resources. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

13. Online: Character Education (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 2/3/2020 to 3/6/2020

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In this online course, participants will learn how character education provides guidance for youth to understand their abilities, to strive to reach their fullest potential, to care for others and will cultivate positive self-development. You will also explore ways you can foster this development in your classroom or school community. School can encourage this development in and out of the classroom by focusing on intellectual, social, emotional, and ethical character in students. At the conclusion of this course you will design a plan to implement a character development program that focuses on the needs of your students so they have the optimal chance at success. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

14. Online: Bringing More Formative Assessment Into Your Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 2/24/2020 to 3/30/2020

Location: Online only

A teacher's use of formative assessment techniques is essential in ensuring that students are meeting the learning targets for a unit. Incorporating this type of assessment into your daily lessons provides you with evidence that will help guide instruction 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 . PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

15. Online: Finding Your Balance: Strengthening Reading and Writing through Balanced Literacy (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

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

Dates: 2/28/2020 to 4/3/2020

Location: Online Only

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: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.