Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. 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.

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

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

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

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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

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

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 3/14/2020

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.
Twenty first century learners must know how to be critical thinkers. We will examine ways to refocus our teaching so students can become more active learners. In turn, we can become more effective facilitators: empowering our students to find their voices and demonstrating their understanding and knowledge of the subject at hand. We will examine our current teaching styles and reflect on ways to start making changes. We will also look at our assessment tools (e.g. Flubberoo) which have some flaws, making it hard to gain information on critical thinking. Instead we will create meaningful assessments that will effectively measure student learning. At the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of the components of a student-centered classroom and the tools you need to put it into practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
Teachers in today's fast pace technology world must be able to deal with the new Cyber Bullying epidemic that has become a growing concern for students, parents, and educators. We will research what online bullying might look like and what tactics our students use to torment their victims. We will look at it's impact on teaching and learning and apply strategies that will help reduce and/or eliminate the instances of cyber-bullying in our classrooms and in our schools. Using the CyberSmart curriculum that stresses that cyber bullying can be controlled, we will develop classroom lesson plans and materials we can share with our parents while looking at students' rights and laws that must be considered when confronting these situations in the new school year. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

8. Hybrid: Building an Online Teacher Center Course (THIS COURSE IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR CTLE OR INSERVICE HOURS)

Audience: Consortium teachers with 5 or more years of teaching experience

Dates: 4/13/2020 to 5/22/2020

Location: In-Person Sessions will take place at Woodlands HS

This Free online course is only open to our consortium members with 5 or more years of teaching experience. The course will provide you with guided instruction, along with the resources needed, to successfully develop a rigorous, engaging and meaningful online Teacher Center course. At the end of the course, you will have a professional development course ready for consideration by the Teacher Center Policy Board. Since there is no cost for this online program and, is an opportunity to join our cadre of established TC instructors, no inservice or CTLE credit will be available. THERE WILL BE 2 IN PERSON SESSIONS WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 BOTH ARE FROM 4:30-6:30PM at WOODLANDS HS COMPUTER LAB. PLEASE NOTE: This course is limited to 10 participants. Prior to being enrolled in the class, interested consortium teachers will be asked to submit a resume along with the topic of the potential course offering. Our policy board will review your submission to ensure alignment with the Teacher Center goals and objectives and that the topic does not conflict with our current slate of course offerings. You will be notified by email as to the status of your candidacy

9. Online: Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 4/13/2020 to 5/17/2020

Location: Online Only

Many of today's students are living with chronic trauma including homelessness, poverty, child abuse, neglect and exposure to violence in the home and in their communities. These experiences can lead to serious behavioral problems, wreak havoc on their ability to learn, and stunt academic growth. One of the problems educators face is identifying the symptoms of trauma since children don't always express their distress in a way that is easily recognizable. In this online course, we will address the root causes of trauma, specific confusing behaviors children might exhibit and discuss next steps to create a school environment where all students feel safe and can flourish - rather than fail - in and out of the classroom. 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.

11. Master's Degree Program in Education Administration - Fall 2020 Semester 1

Audience: All

Dates: 9/1/2020 to 12/15/2020

Location: Greenburgh CSD

The Edith Winthrop Teacher Center in collaboration with Hunter College is offering a master's degree program which is designed to prepare New York State certified teachers and pupil personnel service providers for roles in administration and supervision of Pre-K through Grade 12 educational settings. The Education Administration Master's Degree is a clinically rich program, embedding coursework and fieldwork seamlessly as participants lead change at the student, adult and system level. The program is a cohort-model led by expert instructors, fully integrating important education leadership related concepts into core fieldwork and internship assignments. This model supports a mastery-based approach with feedback that focuses on the participants' growth as well as the assignment itself. Courses take place on one afternoon/evening per week. THIS IS THE FIRST PHASE OF THE REGISTRATION PROCESS. ONCE YOU ARE REGISTERED ON MLP YOU MUST BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH HUNTER COLLEGE. PLEASE COPY THE LINK BELOW FOR ADDTIONAL REGISTRATION INFORMATION.