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1. EDPD 5018/How to Use Technology to Engage and Inspire Diverse Learners/Differentiating with Technology

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 7/1/2020 to 7/29/2020

Technology can increase teachers' capacity to support the learning of individual students with wide differences in their abilities to see, hear, speak, move, read, write, understand English, attend, organize, engage and remember. To do this efficiently and effectively technology should be carefully selected, purposeful planned and thoughtful implemented. Not all technology is useful for all students. Required Text: "How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms", by Tomlinson, Carol Ann, (2017), Alexandria, VA, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. If you plan to take this course for Graduate credit, please contact Joleen at jmurray@rockteach.org for directions on registering with the college.

2. EDPD 5013/Digital Tools to Support Meaningful Learning

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 7/2/2020 to 7/30/2020

Educators and support staff will become experts on using digital tools to communicate, create, collaborate and assess students. Participants will gain an understanding of Internet tools to create online resources, screencasting,assessments, online portfolios, communication options for students and parents, and how to maximize the learning environment to reach students through different learning mediums. REQUIRED TEXT(S) No textbook is required for this course. Critical reading of assigned articles and supplementary materials is embedded throughout the course. If you are interested in taking this course for graduate credit please contact Joleen Murray at jmurray@rockteach.org to set up a college account.

3. EDU 5000.02/Foundations of Education

Location: Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY)

Dates: 9/8/2020 to 12/18/2020

This introductory course provides an overview of the field of American education. It investigates major issues, which have affected learning and teaching in the U.S. Through active class involvement, the learning/teaching dyad, its social, political, economic antecedents and possible consequences are analyzed. Field experience required. If you would like to take this graduate course, please contact JMurray@rockteach.org for more information. Additional tuition fees will be incurred. This fully online course will run on from Sept. 8-Dec. 18, 2020. Please follow dates specified on.

4. EDU 5490.01/Teaching Literacy skills Grades 7-12

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 9/8/2020 to 12/18/2020

This online course prepares specialists to work collaboratively with content area and grade level teachers in grades 7-12. The content includes the analysis of the language demands of texts, the skills needed to read texts with advanced language and to identify and implement strategies to enable grade 7-12 students to meet those demands. Differentiation of instruction and the collaborative process are significant parts of the course. Field experience required. If you would like to take this graduate course, please contact JMurray@rockteach.org for more information. Additional tuition fees will be incurred. This fully online course will run on Sept. 8-Dec. 18, 2020. Please follow dates specified on webadvisor.

5. EDU 5323.01/The Integrated Curriculum ECE I

Location: Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY)

Dates: 9/8/2020 to 12/15/2020

This on campus course will examine the evolving early childhood curriculum. Focus on the design of curricula that integrate language arts, mathematics, science, instructional and assistive technology, and expressive arts in a holistic framework. Examine numerous research-validated instructional strategies for teaching students with the full range of abilities. Field experience required. If you would like to take this graduate course, please contact JMurray@rockteach.org for more information. Additional tuition fees will be incurred. Course will run on Tuesday from Sept. 8-Dec. 15, 2020. Please follow dates specified on webadvisor.

6. Manhattanville EDU 5550.04/Research Seminar in Special Education and Literacy

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 9/8/2020 to 12/15/2020

This course should be taken near the end of the teacher-candidates sequence of courses as it draws upon a broad understanding of disability, laws that govern the education of children with special educational needs and instructional strategies. The course participant will be required to expand upon their current level of knowledge by investigating literature reviews of contemporary data to develop either a research project or develop a grant that would enhance the quality of instruction and life, for individuals with disabilities. Ethical considerations with regard to research and education of vulnerable populations will be emphasized. The purpose of the course is also to make students more aware of their social responsibility and the need to continue as life long learners in working with individuals where current strategies for intervention are constantly emerging. This course is for fully matriculated students only.

7. EDU 5452.01/Strategies for Teaching Young

Location: Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY)

Dates: 9/8/2020 to 12/18/2020

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This on campus course will focus upon the application of theories of teaching and behavioral guidance to practice in the inclusive early childhood classroom. Students will be introduced to theoretical concepts and principles and shown how they may be integrated into the early childhood classroom by the use of specific methods and strategies, including techniques for addressing the needs of English-language learners and children from different cultural settings. Topics include classroom organization, planning, instructional methods, instructional materials, grouping for instruction, teaching style, child guidance , management techniques. Field experience required. If you would like to take this graduate course and are not a matriculated Manhattanville student, please contact Joleen Murray at jmurray@rockteach.org or call 845-499-0851 before registering. Additional college tuition will be incurred for graduate credits. This course will run Tuesdays Sept. 9 through Dec. 18, 2020.

8. EDU 5032.01/Consultation and Collaboration in Inclusive Settings

Location: Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY)

Dates: 9/9/2020 to 12/16/2020

The on campus course will examine the need for collaboration between teachers of children with both typical and special education needs. Students will become knowledgeable of state and federal laws which establish special education services (NCLB) as well as accommodations for those individuals who require instructional modifications and do not clearly fit into one of the IDEA classifications (section 504). They will become familiar with the characteristics of the major disability areas identified by law and the modifications of instruction and classroom setting necessary to meet the individual's needs. This will include those practices for planning and designing co-teaching and collaboration which have been shown to be effective in the collaborative setting. Classroom management needs and individualization of instruction of children in the inclusive setting will be addressed with emphasis placed upon the importance of using positive behavioral supports. If you would like to take this graduate course, please contact JMurray@rockteach.org for more information. Additional tuition fees will be incurred. Course will run on Wednesdays from Sept. 9-Dec. 16, 2020. Please follow dates specified on webadvisor.

9. EDPD 5015.01/Developing Curricular Goals, instructional Alignment, and Formative Assessment

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 9/9/2020 to 11/4/2020

Participants will develop a thorough understanding of instructional strategies that meet the needs of all learners. Participants will work collaboratively to develop strategies "to reach out to individual learners at their varied points of readiness, interest, and learning preference." This quote from Carol Ann Tomlinson will serve as a guiding principal of the course. Course participants will develop curriculum adaptations and instructional strategies that are responsive to the individual needs of all students. Specifically, participants will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively differentiate curriculum and instruction in the classroom. Participants will develop the "big ideas" associated with curriculum designs. Then, participants will analyze and apply methods of differentiating products (content), process (instruction), and product (assessment). Required Readings: Tomlinson, C. A. (2017). How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: ASCD. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 566-R01. If you plan to take this course for Graduate credit, please contact Joleen at jmurray@rockteach.org for directions on registering with the college.

10. EDU 5393.04/Foundations of Special Education

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 9/9/2020 to 12/16/2020

This course is designed to provide an overview of the field of special education. The objectives are to make the teacher-candidate more aware of federal and state special education laws which provide for the identification of individuals with disabilities, the process of determining entitlements to special education services, and the models of teaching that provide for educating the child in the least restrictive environment (LRE) under the umbrella of IDEA and NCLB. The importance of inclusive education and the use of Response to Intervention (RtI) are also addressed. The course provides an overview of theories, diagnostic procedures, and remedial teaching strategies which address students with the broad spectrum of ELNs including: learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, other health impaired, and low incidence disabilities (deaf/hearing impaired, blind/visually impaired). In addition, the course will address the special needs of ELLs and students from different cultural milieus in accessing the school curriculum. Further, teacher candidates learn about effective practices for planning and designing co-teaching and collaboration with peers, individualizing instruction, and applying interventions to address student and classroom management needs. Fifteen hours of field experience in diverse settings is an integral component of the course in order to assist the course participant in linking the classroom didactic with life experiences in the schools and agencies providing education and intervention.

11. EDU 5374.02/Curriculum and Methods in Middle Childhood and Adolescence Ed

Location: Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY)

Dates: 9/10/2020 to 12/17/2020

This on campus course will explore curriculum approaches, teaching and assessment strategies, classroom management, and other critical issues in teaching at the middle childhood and adolescence levels. Become familiar with the ways in which middle and high schools function, both within their buildings and within their broader communities. Field experience required. If you would like to take this graduate course, please contact JMurray@rockteach.org for more information. Additional tuition fees will be incurred. Course will run on Thursdays from Sept. 10-Dec. 17, 2020. Please follow dates specified on webadvisor.

12. EDPD 5030.01/Teaching and the Change Process

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 9/10/2020 to 11/5/2020

Teaching is change; learning is change. Merriam-Webster.com defines change as "to give a different position, course or direction to" and "to make different in some particular manner." Learning is the ability to "solve problems, think critically, communicate effectively, and collaborate well." (Gagnon & Collay, 2006) Teachers, then, facilitate learning experiences by teaching students to think innovatively about change and the problem solving process. Each minute, period, day, month and year, teachers are required to create and sustain changes in their students and their teaching. This change is manifested in such educational terms as curriculum mapping, formative assessment, response to intervention (RTI) and differentiated instruction. In this course, participants will develop skills and strategies to facilitate change in their teaching and in student learning. Participants will learn how to: identify challenges, develop ownership, write SMART goals, craft plans/lessons, facilitate student "buy-in", and formatively assess student work. This change process will not only assist teachers in developing a "Habit of Mind" but impact student learning in their classrooms in real time. Participants will be expected to apply and reflect upon course material on a weekly basis through on-line correspondence and ongoing communication with other course participants. Required Readings: Kotter, J. and Rathgeber, H. (2016). Our Iceberg is Melting. New York: Penguin Random House. Johnson, S. (1999). Who Moved My Cheese (2nd ed.). New York: Vermillion. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 508-R01. If you are interested in this course for graduate credit and don't have an account set up with Manhattanville please contact Jmurray@rockteach.org for more info.
This on campus course will focus on the sociological and academic factors that have resulted in the creation of the modern middle school concept. The course will emphasize how active learning, team structures, and lesson design can support the social, emotional and intellectual development of students in the middle grades. We will develop strategies for motivation, instruction, assessment, and classroom management. We will also explore how to create a collaborative environment among students, colleagues, and parents and examine the effects of state standards and mandated testing. Students are expected to be active participants in the conception and creation of lessons. If you would like to take this graduate course, please contact JMurray@rockteach.org for more information. Additional tuition fees will be incurred. Course will run on Thursdays from Sept. 10-Dec. 17, 2020. Please follow dates specified on webadvisor.

14. ENE 5005.01/Literature for Adolescents

Location: Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY)

Dates: 9/10/2020 to 12/3/2020

This on campus hybrid course is designed to introduce students to literature commonly taught in middle and high school classes. The readings will give students an opportunity to explore works that speak to the developmental and psychological needs of young adults. Through recent publications as well as classics of literature, we will examine the history of young adult literature and the social and literary movements that have influenced it. Because they depict conditions and experiences familiar to middle and high school students, these works are frequently included in the secondary school teaching canon. The readings are selected to be representative of genre and theme and reflective of reading levels from 6th grade through 12th. Most importantly, students will develop criteria for selecting literature for the classroom and become actively involved in creating strategies for effective instruction. If you would like to take this course as a non-matriculated student, please email jmurray@rockteach.org. Additional college tuition fees will be incurred.

15. EDU 5032.02/Consultation and Collaboration in Inclusive Settings

Location: Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY)

Dates: 9/12/2020 to 10/10/2020

This on campus course will examine the need for collaboration between teachers of children with both typical and special education needs. Students will become knowledgeable of state and federal laws which establish special education services (NCLB) as well as accommodations for those individuals who require instructional modifications and do not clearly fit into one of the IDEA classifications (section 504). They will become familiar with the characteristics of the major disability areas identified by law and the modifications of instruction and classroom setting necessary to meet the individual's needs. This will include those practices for planning and designing co-teaching and collaboration which have been shown to be effective in the collaborative setting. Classroom management needs and individualization of instruction of children in the inclusive setting will be addressed with emphasis placed upon the importance of using positive behavioral supports.If you would like to take this graduate course, please contact JMurray@rockteach.org for more information. Additional tuition fees will be incurred. Hybrid online course will run on three Saturdays with the rest online Sept. 12 through Dec. 18th. Please follow dates specified on webadvisor.

16. Manhattanville EDU 5077.02/Adolescents w/Learning and Behavioral Problems

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 9/14/2020 to 11/23/2020

The course will examine the academic, social and emotional needs of the adolescent with learning and behavioral problems. The focus will be on remediation, program development, compensatory techniques and social adjustment. Field experience required. If you would like to take this graduate course and are not a matriculated Manhattanville student, please contact Joleen Murray at jmurray@rockteach.org or call 845-499-0851 before registering. Additional college tuition will be incurred for graduate credits.

17. Manhattanville EDU 5083.03/Assessment of Students with Learning and Behavior Problems

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 9/14/2020 to 12/14/2020

This course is designed to provide an intensive study of the assessment process as it relates to the special education teacher. Students will learn the purpose of assessment, measurement concepts and technical adequacy and experience how to administer and interpret test data. Students will explore ways to communicate assessment information and assessment issues related to I.D.E.A. The focus will be on a combination of formal and informal assessment strategies. Teacher candidates will prepare a final report dealing with a comprehensive assessment to include the creation of an I.E.P. for a student with a disability. As part of a formative process, the required portfolio will be reviewed as part of the course. Field experience required. If you would like to take this graduate course and are not a matriculated Manhattanville student, please contact Joleen Murray at jmurray@rockteach.org or call 845-499-0851 before registering. Additional college tuition will be incurred for graduate credits.

18. Manhattanville EDU 5088.02/Introduction to Students with Learning Disabilities

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 9/14/2020 to 11/23/2020

This course will provide an introduction to the field of learning disabilities and behavior disorders for classroom teachers in both regular and special education at the Early Childhood, Childhood, and Adolescent levels. We will identify the social, emotional, and learning characteristics of children having been identified with behavior disorders, neurological impairment, and learning disabilities. A developmental focus, involving both biological and experiential underpinnings of the disorders will further be discussed in order to understand the multiplicity of factors which give rise to the problems children manifest. As a result of the high co-morbidity (co-occurrence) of problems of perception, language, attention, and motivation, and behavior, these will be identified when they relate to the specific disorders. They will not be covered as specific disorders in themselves. In addition, we will consider effective instructional methods for these students as well as relevant behavioral interventions. Goals and objectives, as well as the instructional strategies employed in teaching will be incorporated in the individual education plans (IEP/IFSP) for individuals demonstrating these problems. The importance of developing collaborative relationships with parents and family members for enhancing student learning and addressing students? exceptional needs will be a significant component of the course. Requires 12 hours observation. If you would like to take this graduate course and are not a matriculated Manhattanville student, please contact Joleen Murray at jmurray@rockteach.org or call 845-499-0851 before registering. Additional college tuition will be incurred for graduate credits.

19. EDU 5013.01/Math for the Learning Disabled Student

Location: Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY)

Dates: 9/14/2020 to 12/14/2020

This on campus course is for both regular and special educators, and will explore topics in understanding the nature of math disabilities, construction and administering assessment instruments, developing instructional strategies and materials, evaluating the results of instruction, and managing the classroom. If you would like to take this graduate course, please contact JMurray@rockteach.org for more information. Additional tuition fees will be incurred. Course will run on Mondays from Sept. 14-Dec. 14, 2020. Please follow dates specified on.

20. EDPD 5010.01/Cultivating Habits of Mind: Transforming Teacher and Student Mindsets to Improve Learning

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 9/15/2020 to 11/17/2020

Based upon the works of authors Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick, participants will learn and apply instructional practices to cultivate the "habits of mind" needed to be a successful student and citizen. These practices will assist teachers in not only teaching academic material but also instruct students in matters pertaining to social skills. The Habits of Mind include: persisting, managing impulsivity, listening with understanding and empathy, thinking flexibly, questioning and problem posing, gathering data through all senses, taking reasonable risks, finding humor, thinking interdependently and remaining open to continuous learning. In line with an educator's mission to educate the whole child, participants will develop strategies to develop these habits of mind. This topic is pertinent in all aspects of education; all educators have a shared responsibility to build powerful, life-long "habits of mind" with and for our students. Required Readings: Costa, A. and Kallick, B. (2008). Learning and leading with habits of mind: 16 characteristics for success. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 649-R01. If you are interested in this course for graduate credit and don't have an account set up with Manhattanville please contact Jmurray@rockteach.org for more info.

21. Manhattanville EDU 5130.04/Classroom Management for Special Education

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 9/16/2020 to 11/18/2020

The focus of this course is a theoretical and practical approach to classroom management. Major theories will be examined along with an analysis of the impact of school and student culture on classroom learning and interactions. The organization of the classroom environment will be explored with a focus on how the environment meets the needs of diverse learners. School interventions discussed will include Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS), Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP). Methods and techniques of effective classroom management will be explored through readings, writing, presentations and small group work. Requires 14 hours of observations. If you would like to take this graduate course and are not a matriculated Manhattanville student, please contact Joleen Murray at jmurray@rockteach.org or call 845-499-0851 before registering. Additional college tuition will be incurred for graduate credits.

22. Manhattanville EDU 5402.02/Language, Literacy, and Culture B-6

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 9/16/2020 to 11/18/2020

This course will introduce candidates to a sociocultural perspective of language acquisition and development and will examine ways in which oral language ability supports learning. This class will consider the social and cultural dimensions of literacy practices among diverse students. Specifically, this course will focus on the practices of students of different abilities and students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. If you would like to take this graduate course and are not a matriculated Manhattanville student, please contact Joleen Murray at jmurray@rockteach.org or call 845-499-0851 before registering. Additional college tuition will be incurred for graduate credits.

23. Manhattanville EDU 5406.02/Language, Literacy, and Culture 5-12

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 9/16/2020 to 11/18/2020

This course will introduce candidates to a sociocultural perspective of language acquisition and development and will examine ways in which oral language ability supports learning. This class will consider the social and cultural dimensions of literacy practices among diverse students. Specifically, this course will focus on the practices of students of different abilities and students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. If you plan to take this for graduate credit and are not a matriculated Manhattanville student, please contact Joleen Murray at 845-499-0851 before registering. Additional college tuition will be incurred for graduate credits.

24. EDPD 5025.01/Taking a Constructivist Approach to Teaching

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 10/1/2020 to 12/3/2020

As educators, we expect students our students to "solve problems, think critically, communicate effectively, and collaborate well." (Gagnon & Collay, 2006) Participants will analyze the effects of effective teaching upon student performance in relation to the criterion above. This course will enable participants to develop instructional activities to actively engage students in the learning process and assist students in the development of self-assessment or "metacognitition." Participants will learn how to incorporate research-based methods and techniques in order to achieve a balance between conceptual understanding and procedural knowledge. Participants will develop the tools necessary to create this "balanced approach" to teaching all content areas. Teachers will develop strategies to assist students in "constructing" content knowledge as part of a "meaning-making" process. Required Readings: Garner, B. (2007). Getting to Got It. Alexandria, VA: ASCD; Gagnon, G. and Collay, M. (2006). Designing for Learning: Six Elements in Constructivist Classrooms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.Final projects and reflections due online on Dec. 3, 2020. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 597-R01. If you are interested in this course for graduate credit and don't have an account set up with Manhattanville please contact Jmurray@rockteach.org for more info.

25. EDPD 5020.01/The Power of Formative Assessment

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 10/22/2020 to 12/10/2020

As a result of this course, participants will develop skills and strategies to formatively assess student learning. "Anyone who has ever played or coached a team sport understands the basic idea that ongoing assessment and adjustment are the keys to improved performance." (McTighe, 2007) In this course, participants will engage in the process of ongoing assessment, feedback, reflection, revision and instruction. Participants will develop what Charlotte Danielson (2006) calls a "Habit of Mind" in which student assessments guide teacher instruction. The book Checking for Understanding by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey will be the guiding text. Course expectations include taking ideas from individual research, small group online discussions and whole group sessions to put ideas into action. Participants will be able to make an immediate impact upon their teacher and the learning outcomes for students in their classes. Required Readings: Fisher, D. and Frey, N. (2014). "Checking for Understanding" (2nd ed.).Thousand Oaks, CA: ASCD.; Schmoker, M. (2006). "Results Now". Thousand Oaks, CA: ASCD. Formerly CMSV-CEGE 532-R01. If you are interested in this course for graduate credit and don't have an account set up with Manhattanville please contact Jmurray@rockteach.org for more info.