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1. Elementary Math PLC

Audience: Elementary Math Teachers

Dates: 3/26/2019

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The Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators in the region offering them a place to meet, explore content and current trends in K-5 mathematics, discuss best practices and celebrate success stories. Sessions will focus on the commonality of math instruction from grades K-5 with an emphasis on using visual models, common vocabulary, hands-on activities and new technology to support learning. This collaborative effort will provide avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The Elementary Math PLC is hosted by R.P. Connor Elementary School, Suffern Central School District. Individual sessions may be located at alternate sites allowing greater participation and regional involvement. This training is part of the Elementary Math PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. This training is part of the Elementary Math PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. PLC Dates:10/30/18 (Montgomery ES), 11/27/18 (Valley Cottage ES), 1/29/19 (R. P. Connor ES) 2/26/19 (R. P. Connor ES), 3/26/19 (R. P. Connor ES) Snow date: 4/30/19 Virtual session.

2. Stress Management

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: All

Dates: 3/27/2019

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Join us in a stress management training to learn about stress reduction and gain mental-health-friendly activities to help yourself and your classroom recharge, boost mood, and increase productivity at school and at home.
Our work and school days are filled with multitasking and increasing emphasis on efficiency and productivity. Nearly half of all teachers say they experience a high level of stress daily, and it is not hard to understand why. This stress can impede on daily life at home and in the classroom, and new studies suggest that staff stress affects students as well. Chronic stress triggers a range of physical and mental health symptoms and with all that educators do, stress management and self-care can quickly become an afterthought. Discussing stress and mental health in the workplace can be difficult, but the benefits are worth the effort.
Stephanie Parenti is the Population Health Coordinator, HealthlinkNY. This training is sponsored by Rockland Teachers' Center and the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

3. Create and Edit a Podcast Using a Chromebook

Dates: 4/4/2019 to 4/11/2019

Location: Building 10 PDC

Learn to create a Podcast series using nothing a but a Chromebook, a mic, free apps, and royalty free music. This is a TWO PART course. The first day you will learn the tools, processes, and legalities in creating podcasts. The second day will be the actually production of a podcast and a discussion about how to use podcasting in your classroom.

4. Human Trafficking 101

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Dates: 4/8/2019

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The Human Trafficking presentation covers the following: What is Human Trafficking? How to identify folks who may be either being exploited or are at risk for exploitation. Sexual exploitation vs. labor trafficking, what is the difference? The services in Rockland County and an overview of the Human Trafficking collaboration in the county with the Department of Social Services and The D.A.’s office.

5. Stress, Energy, and Empowering Access to the Growth Mindset

Audience: All

Dates: 4/10/2019 to 5/8/2019

Location: TBD

An application of Chinese Martial Arts, human development, current neuroscience and stress research that empowers the practioner. It addresses the pressure to efficiently learn and teach, the sense of being overwhelmed by academic demands, the fear of failure, and the imperative of success. By revealing the hidden energy demands of stress and connecting the student with A.E.Q. energy, this system empowers the student beyond stress "management' to unlock the Dynamic mind (Hippocampus) and grow the "Growth mindset" with A.E.Q. Energy. Without this knowledge the "Growth mindset" remains another ideal state. And like others, is limited by the real and inescapable demands of the learning process and the education system. In this class, we will examine what specific strategies can be put into practice to help both teachers and students manage stress and enhance learning. PLEASE NOTE: BESIDES THE IN-PERSON CLASSES THERE WILL BE 3 VIRTUAL HOURS.

6. Teach Like Yourself: Why Your Students Need You to Be You

Dates: 4/16/2019

Location: Laughed Library

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In this time when everyone seems to have an opinion or quick fix for what teachers need to do, it is time to hold even tighter to your own core values and beliefs. What your students need most is for you to show up fully as yourself in the classroom. When you are your most authentic teacher self you give permission for your students to be the same and the real work of learning can happen. Your students don’t need scripted lessons or gimmicks. They need you to align your teaching practice to your core, build balanced relationships, drive your own professional growth, and practice self care. Participants will: experience practices that help them define their core beliefs. learn how to build balanced relationships and make time for self-care. leave with a plan for driving their own professional growth. This training is sponsored by Rockland Reading Council, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Rockland Teachers' Center,

7. Elementary Math PLC

Location: Richard P. Connor Elementary School (Richard P. Connor ES, )

Audience: Elementary Math Teachers

Dates: 4/30/2019

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The Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators in the region offering them a place to meet, explore content and current trends in K-5 mathematics, discuss best practices and celebrate success stories. Sessions will focus on the commonality of math instruction from grades K-5 with an emphasis on using visual models, common vocabulary, hands-on activities and new technology to support learning. This collaborative effort will provide avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The Elementary Math PLC is hosted by R.P. Connor Elementary School, Suffern Central School District. Individual sessions may be located at alternate sites allowing greater participation and regional involvement. This training is part of the Elementary Math PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. This training is part of the Elementary Math PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. PLC Dates:10/30/18 (Montgomery ES), 11/27/18 (Valley Cottage ES), 1/29/19 (R. P. Connor ES) 2/26/19 (R. P. Connor ES), 3/26/19 (R. P. Connor ES) Snow date: 4/30/19 RP Connor ES (for 1/29/19).

8. Living History: The Battle of Gettysburg

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 5/1/2019 to 5/5/2019

This 20 hour in-service credit course will use a multi-media and experiential approach to the American Civil War. Using the actual battlefield at Gettysburg as a learning laboratory, with one evening held locally at Rockland Teachers’ Center and one weekend held at Gettysburg, participants will time-travel back to the Civil War. A horseback ride across parts of the battlefield led by a fully uniformed cavalryman is only one of the unique experiences planned. This course includes period dress, music, politics, art, weapons, and the life of a Civil War soldier. Overnight accommodations is included in cabins at the Artillery Ridge Campgrounds in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for all participants. The course takes into account Enduring Issues such as Conflict, Power, Cooperation, Ideas and Beliefs and Environmental Impact. It also applies to English Language Arts and includes document-based research. Elementary and secondary teachers in all disciplines will find this course useful in cross-curriculum projects. Cabin accommodations, equipment, and trained facilitator included. Not included: food, transportation to/from site and in Gettysburg

9. Utilizing Drones in Education

Audience: All

Dates: 5/2/2019 to 5/9/2019

Location: Building 10 PDC

Drones are quickly becoming part of everyday life. This professional development opportunity will provide participants with the opportunity to get an understanding of how drones can and are being used in education. The ethics, laws, and uses of drones will be discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to get hands-on experience flying a drone with the support and supervision of the instructor. This is a two-day course with the first day focused on the laws, ethics, basics of flight, and how drones can be used in education. Day two will focus on developing curricular integration and additional flying opportunities.

10. National Board Certification Awareness Session

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: Teachers, union leaders and administrators

Dates: 5/6/2019

Teachers, union leaders and administrators are invited to learn more about National Board Certification. Learn about the process, funding incentives, and the timeline to become a National Board Certified teacher.The National Board process is aligned with NYS Teaching standards and APPR. Teachers, who achieve National Board Certification, have met high standards through study, expert evaluation, self-assessment, and peer review. Join us for this grant- funded informative session sponsored by the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network.

11. Online: Ed Puzzle and the ENL Classroom

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 5/20/2019 to 5/23/2019

Location: Online only

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EdPuzzle is the perfect online tool for allowing students to watch and engage with videos while the teacher gathers data throughout the lesson. This tool can greatly assist in the ENL classroom and foster the flipped classroom philosophy. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

12. Utilizing Amazon Echo in the Classroom (Having an Echo is Not required for this course)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 5/20/2019 to 5/23/2019

Location: Online Only

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What could you do with an Amazon Alexa is you had one? A TON! During this course, participants will learn how to utilize the Amazon Echo in the classroom. Owning an Echo is not required for this class and participants will still gain complete knowledge of how to incorporate it and have time to resources resources that best match the needs of students. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

13. Online: Read and Write to Support Language Learning

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 5/28/2019 to 5/31/2019

Location: Online Only

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Read&Write offers a range of powerful support tools to help students gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including text-speech, picture dictionaries, speech-to text, word prediction and more! A perfect match for the ENL Classroom. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate

14. Resources to Support ELLs Over the Summer Break

Audience: Teachers in K-12

Dates: 5/28/2019 to 5/31/2019

Location: Online Only

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All students benefit from reading and learning over the summer break. However, this is essential to ELLs to help prevent them from losing too much ground over the summer. During this course, participants will explore resources that can be given to students and families to keep their students from this learning loss. they can enter the school year This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

15. Online: TPR and ENL

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/3/2019 to 6/6/2019

Location: Online Only

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Total physical response (TPR) is a language teaching method based on the coordination of language and physical movement. In TPR, instructors give commands to students in the target language with body movements, and students respond with whole-body actions. A perfect fit for English language learning. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

16. Online: Using Google Drawings to Enhance English Learning

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/3/2019 to 6/6/2019

Location: Online Only

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Google Drawings is a powerful and very versatile tool for students creation and learning. This tool that allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, mind maps, concept maps, and other diagrams. Participants will learning the various ways to use and incorporate this into teaching and learning. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

17. STAR Cultural Arts Coordinator Training

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY) - Building 10 Rockland BOCES, 65 Parrott Rd, West NY

Audience: Educators overseeing cultural arts in their schools and PTA Cultural Arts Coordinators

Dates: 6/3/2019

Location: Building 10 Rockland BOCES, 65 Parrott Rd, West NY

The STAR Cultural Arts training will include a discussion on cultural arts programming, question and answer with Rockland BOCES, networking among cultural arts coordinators throughout the county. Programs to be showcased: TBA

18. Online: Building Bridges Through Student Storytelling

Audience: K - 12 Educators

Dates: 6/10/2019 to 6/13/2019

Location: Online Only

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A wonderful way to build bridges with newcomer students is by having the students share their story. Participants in this course will learn tasks and tools that help students create ways to tell their story and begin to build connections in the classroom. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

19. Online: Easy Online Resources to Support ELLs

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/10/2019 to 6/13/2019

Location: Online Only

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Looking for easy and valuable online resources for ELLs? In this course, participants will explore various online tools to assist ELLs in learning. Tools will include resources such as LIteracy Center, International Children’s Books. StarFall and more! This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

20. Online: Gifted ELLs

Audience: K - 12 Educators

Dates: 6/17/2019 to 6/20/2019

Location: Online Only

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During this online course experience, participants will learn how to identify and work with gifted and talented ELLs. They will explore resources to assist these students in learning and resources to enhance teaching. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

21. Online: Tackling Current Events in the ENL Classroom

Audience: K - 12 Educators

Dates: 6/17/2019 to 6/20/2019

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Current events is a tough subject to tackle with ENL students. Participants in this course will learn tactics for teaching current events and building connections with students. Various online tools and strategies will be explore. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.