Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. GREENBURGH CSD NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE

Dates: 9/27/2018 to 6/6/2019

Location: Innovation Lab

THIS CLASS IS ONLY OPEN TO NEW TEACHERS IN THE GREENBURGH CSD
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. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

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

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

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 2/2/2019 to 2/9/2019

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.

4. Online: Morphing into Vocabulary: A look at infusing Morphology into the classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Classroom teachers in grades 2 and higher, ENL teachers, ELA teachers, Reading Specialists

Dates: 2/4/2019 to 3/11/2019

“Students who understand how words are formed by combining prefixes, suffixes, and roots tend to have larger vocabularies and better reading comprehension than peers without such knowledge and skills” (Prince, 2009). In this online course, teachers will explore the value of teaching students morphology in the classroom. Participants will uncover prefixes, suffixes and roots and their interdisciplinary role in effective teaching to increase academic vocabulary. Teachers will develop student-friendly strategies for predicting word meaning through morphology as well as create a motivational activity to help students make the connection between morphology and language. Participants will create lessons that align with the Common Core Learning Standards, motivating activities and a content-specific root database. Through sharing ideas, strategies and activities with each other, a distinct understanding of the long-term value that this can have on vocabulary development will be clear. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

5. Online: Teacher and Student Reflection (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 2/4/2019 to 2/24/2019

Reflection is a key element in the learning process. Good teachers are able to make decisions quickly when necessary but also know when they should step back and reflect on their work. The same is true of students – they must be able to reflect on their classroom work to enhance learning. Participants in this online class will examine the material they are teaching and design ways to help their students look back and reflect in order to grow as learners. We will introduce end of class prompts to use in the classroom and you will be asked to keep an online journal which will be part of the learning process. We will explore numerous ways to reflect on work and how best to embed into your classroom practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

6. Creating Elementary Classroom Environments that Foster Science Literacy and Science Inquiry

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY)

Audience: Elementary Teachers, Elementary Science Teachers, Early Childhood Educators

Dates: 2/5/2019 to 4/23/2019

In this hybrid course, early childhood and elementary school teachers will learn the most current methods and teaching practices associated with the NGSS and elementary science. More importantly, teachers will leave this course with a better understanding on how to embed the most up to date science practices into their classrooms in a more fluid, natural way. Depending on participants needs and prior knowledge, teachers will have the opportunity to either build a science learning center, start a science library, create a science unit or simply start with a series of science lessons. Several classes will be at different locales in order to help teachers collect scientific resources for their classrooms. Examples of science themed curricular units will be modeled and displayed for teachers to adopt or adapt to their own individual classrooms. Several readings and articles will be assigned that help teachers visualize the potential for creativity and ingenuity when the skills of scientific inquiry are implemented correctly. One session will be solely devoted to developing inquiry skills and the art of questioning. THIS FREE COURSE IS ONLY OPEN TO CONSORTIUM TEACHERS.

7. Regional Writing Institute for National Board Certification

Audience: NBC Candidates, Renewal Candidates and Advanced (Retake) Candidates

Dates: 2/9/2019

The Regional Writing Institute for National Board Certification was created in response to requests from current National Board candidates, Renewal candidates, or Advanced candidates to provide a collegial environment to support them in completing their components. 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 component entries and the peer review of videotapes or DVDs of classroom teaching. Recognizing that candidates need time for reading and writing and to exchange feedback with their colleagues, the Writing Institute helps teachers exchange ideas and respond to one another's work. Join your colleagues for thoughtful and reflective discussion about National Board Certification in a collegial setting. This program is open only to NBC candidates, Renewal candidates and Advanced (Retake) candidates. Materials: Candidates need to bring a laptop computer, flash drive, classroom videos/DVDs, entries, student work, NBPTS component instructions, standards, and scoring guide.

8. Online Digital Citizenship (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 2/18/2019 to 3/18/2019

This online course is designed to help educators guide their students through the rules and potential implications of social media and technology. We will delineate appropriate ways to use technology and share strategies in the classroom. We will examine the 9 Keys (Proactive Knowledge) and how to teach these strategies to students. We will create posters, share lesson plans and explore various scenarios and how to respond to each one. We will be accessing two different tool kits using the Common Sense Media website that will help shape our lessons and will share free resources for our schools and districts. We will customize this information and create a comprehensive classroom plan. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

9. Developing Literacy Leaders (Tarrytown Teachers Only - Grades 3-5)

Audience: Classroom teachers, reading teachers, ENL teachers in grades 3-5

Dates: 2/26/2019 to 4/2/2019

Location: TBD

This course will provide teachers with an in-depth understanding of the reading process and the continuum of literacy learning. Using Fountas and Pinnell’s Literacy Continuum as the central text, teachers will take a close look at eight different instructional contexts in the Literacy Continuum and will identify specific literacy skills/strategies for their grade level. Teachers will use the information learned and resources provided to refine existing curriculum, identify mentor texts, and develop instructional resources for their grade-level teams. This course will run from February 26 - April 2 ((1x/week for 5 weeks- hybrid class in-person/online). Coursework required outside of the class sessions. Participants will meet in class for 1.5 hours a week and will have 1.5 hours of assignments to complete outside of class (online assignments, observations, lesson plans, etc).

10. Developing Literacy Leaders (Tarrytown Teachers Only - Grades K-2)

Audience: Classroom teachers, reading teachers, ENL teachers in grades K-2

Dates: 2/26/2019 to 4/2/2019

Location: TBD

This course will provide teachers with an in-depth understanding of the reading process and the continuum of literacy learning. Using Fountas and Pinnell’s Literacy Continuum as the central text, teachers will take a close look at eight different instructional contexts in the Literacy Continuum and will identify specific literacy skills/strategies for their grade level. Teachers will use the information learned and resources provided to refine existing curriculum, identify mentor texts, and develop instructional resources for their grade-level teams. This course will run from February 26 - April 2 ((1x/week for 5 weeks- hybrid class in-person/online). Coursework required outside of the class sessions. Participants will meet in class for 1.5 hours a week and will have 1.5 hours of assignments to complete outside of class (online assignments, observations, lesson plans, etc).

11. Online: Digital and Visual Learners (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 3/4/2019 to 4/4/2019

The Internet has become a primary tool for student communication and research and has moved our classrooms from a passive acquisition of facts to an active application of knowledge. This online class will give you the tools you need to design lessons that will help students navigate the digital tools available to them, including pod-casting, video techniques, teacher tube and global communication sites. These techniques and strategies will allow all our students to take charge of their own technological learning and will help them become successful classroom learners. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
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 CANN NOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

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

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

Dates: 4/10/2019 to 5/15/2019

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.

14. Online: Addressing Learning Disabilities with Effective Classroom Strategies (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 4/15/2019 to 5/20/2019

Location: Online

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