Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. Updating Your School District's Wellness Policy: Why, How and When

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

Audience: district wellness coordinator, food service director and school district business/fiscal director

Dates: 1/16/2020

Participants will learn about the triennial policy update mandate, the WellSAT 3.0 assessment tool, and receive insight and tips on the policy update and approval process. It is encouraged to attend the training as a team that includes the district wellness coordinator, food service director and school district business/fiscal director. The trainers are Ms. Bintu Hinds, Cornell Cooperative Extension, SNAP Ed program, and Carrie Steindorff, Program Specialist, School Health Coordinator, Rockland County Department of Health. This program is sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

2. Introduction to Conflict Resolution Part 2

Location: George Miller Elementary School (George Miller ES, ) - Library

Audience: Nanuet SRPs

Dates: 3/2/2020 to 3/16/2020

Location: Library

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This 2 session training will build upon what has been covered in Introduction to Conflict Resolution. Sessions will involve role plays and additional work on classroom challenges and bullying. Training provided by Creative Response to Conflict (CRC).

3. School Employee Wellness: Protecting Our Schools' Most Important Asset

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

Audience: Teachers, school nurses and wellness teams, administrators, youth-serving professionals

Dates: 3/2/2020

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Schools have some of the highest rates of absenteeism of any workplace and it has high financial and human costs. In this workshop, participants will learn why employee wellness programs are important, how to start and sustain one at no or very low cost, and how to use evidence-based strategies, free resources, the natural leadership among faculty and staff, and the existing facilities to your best advantage. This program is sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

4. Dealing with Difficult Students in the School Environment - SRP Seminar

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

Audience: School related professionals, TAs

Dates: 3/3/2020

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This seminar will offer strategies for dealing with students who exhibit chronic and extreme misbehavior, including violence. Participants will learn what motivates students to misbehave; intervention techniques to use at the moment of misbehavior; how to avoid and defuse confrontations, and ways to reinforce desirable behavior. This seminar will offer strategies for dealing with students who exhibit chronic and extreme misbehavior, including violence. Participants will learn what motivates students to misbehave; intervention techniques to use at the moment of misbehavior; how to avoid and defuse confrontations, and ways to reinforce desirable behavior. This seminar is offered through a collaboration with NYSUT ELT and made possible through funding from the New York State Department of Labor. A minimum of 15 is required.

5. Spotlight on Contemporary Antisemitism

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

Audience: All

Dates: 3/5/2020

How do we help students understand that antisemitism did not begin nor end with the Holocaust? What do students need to know in order to recognize antisemitism today and to stand up to antisemitism and other forms of hate?This learning opportunity explores classroom materials to support effective teaching of contemporary antisemitism, its global reach, violence, denial, and distortion of the Holocaust.Through this program, educators will:

• Define contemporary manifestations of antisemitism, both different and the same as traditional forms of antisemitism present before and during the Holocaust;

• Discover and utilize classroom lessons and resources to help students explore the persistence and impact of antisemitism worldwide;

• Explore ways to support students' ability to recognize and actively to respond and prevent antisemitism and other forms of prejudice; and

• Build confidence and capacity to teach this subject

6. National Board Certification Writing Workshop

Location: White Plains High School (White Plains NY 10605, NY) - Library

Audience: All

Dates: 3/7/2020

Location: Library

The Writing Institute is an opportunity to join your colleagues to discuss and share issues particular to your unique work as it is unfolding. Candidates have the opportunity to write, read and reflect in congenial and supportive surroundings on any of the four components working independently, with partners, or in writing groups. The community of writers and reviewers supports the development of entries and the peer review of video recordings of classroom teaching. Join your colleagues for thoughtful and reflective discussion about NBC in a collegial setting. Please note that this workshop is open only to NBC candidates and Advanced (retake) candidates. Wifi and additional planning resources will be available. Pre-Registration is required, Professional Development CTLE. This program is sponsored by NYSUT and the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network. Bring a lunch.

7. Supporting Students in the Classroom - Return to Learn after a Concussion

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

Audience: All

Dates: 3/17/2020

This presentation will allow educators and support staff to gain a new appreciation of the struggles a student faces when they suffer a concussion. The presentation serves a dual purpose. First educators and support staff will learn about concussions including symptoms, recovery and barriers that could prolong recovery. The second part of the presentation provides educators with concrete examples of adjustments they can make in their classroom to help students as they return to learn after suffering a concussion. The presentation also discusses the value of a concussion management team and the framework for creating a school or district wide concussion management team. Facilitated by Michelle Kellen, M.Ed., Professional Development Manager, BIANYS. A minimum of 15 is required for this training. This training is co-sponsored by the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

8. 2 day Poverty Simulation Experience Facilitator Training

Location: Sloatsburg Elementary School (Sloatsburg, NY) - Gym

Audience: Family Resource Coordinators

Dates: 3/20/2020 to 4/2/2020

Location: Gym


March 20, Day 1 @ Sloatsburg Elementary School - Poverty Simulation Experience: Arrive at 845AM. Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you've experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty. CAPS is not a game. It is based on real Community Action clients and their lives.




•Promote Poverty Awareness During the simulation, role play a month in poverty and experience low income families' lives.




•Increase Understanding After the simulation, you will unpack your learning and brainstorm community change.




•Inspire Local Change Together, we can be a voice to end poverty in our communities.
During this simulation, participants role play the lives of low income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to try to improve the family's circumstances over the course of one simulated "month." Caregivers must provide food, shelter and other basic necessities for their families while interacting with various community resources. Are you up for the challenge?

April 2, Day 2 @ Rockland BOCES Building 10, West Nyack - The second day of Poverty Simulation Experience training will allow participants to become familiar with the components of the Missouri Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) kit and the facilitation process for conducting an efficient and effective simulation. This professional learning experience will help participants effectively utilize the simulation to increase poverty literacy. Working lunch provided by Rockland 21C Day 2 only.
Participants must attend both days.

9. Poverty Simulation Experience

Location: Sloatsburg Elementary School (Sloatsburg, NY) - Gym

Audience: Haverstraw ES staff

Dates: 3/20/2020

Location: Gym


Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you've experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty. CAPS is not a game. It is based on real Community Action clients and their lives.


•Promote Poverty Awareness During the simulation, role play a month in poverty and experience low income families' lives.


•Increase Understanding After the simulation, you will unpack your learning and brainstorm community change.


•Inspire Local Change Together, we can be a voice to end poverty in our communities.
During this simulation, participants role play the lives of low income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to try to improve the family's circumstances over the course of one simulated "month." Caregivers must provide food, shelter and other basic necessities for their families while interacting with various community resources. Are you up for the challenge?
This Poverty Simulation Experience is open to Sloatburg and Viola ES staff.

10. National Board Certification Writing Workshop

Location: Newburgh Free Academy (Newburgh NY 12550, NY) - Library

Audience: All

Dates: 3/21/2020

Location: Library

The Writing Institute is an opportunity to join your colleagues to discuss and share issues particular to your unique work as it is unfolding. Candidates have the opportunity to write, read and reflect in congenial and supportive surroundings on any of the four components working independently, with partners, or in writing groups. The community of writers and reviewers supports the development of entries and the peer review of video recordings of classroom teaching. Join your colleagues for thoughtful and reflective discussion about NBC in a collegial setting. Please note that this workshop is open only to NBC candidates and Advanced (retake) candidates. Wifi and additional planning resources will be available. Pre-Registration is required, Professional Development CTLE. This program is sponsored by NYSUT and the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network. Bring a lunch.

11. Proactively Confronting Trauma in the Classroom and Other Learning Spaces - SRP

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

Audience: School related professionals, TAs

Dates: 3/24/2020

Students are affected by their experiences and impacted by the situations and events that they witness. Exposure to trauma and traumatic events often create social, emotional and behavioral problems that can hinder academic progress. This seminar will provide School-Related Professionals (SRPs) with an understanding of how trauma affects students and offer an opportunity to develop strategies to support and promote school wide success. This seminar is offered through a collaboration with NYSUT ELT.