Catalog: Rockland/Westchester Teachers' Center Institute

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1. Zoom - Disability Awareness for SRPs

Audience: All

Dates: 1/13/2021

Location: Zoom

School related professionals often work with students who are identified as having one of the categories. This seminar will provide participants with a general understanding of the thirteen disability categories and key concepts related to the education of students with disabilities. Participants will experience what it is like to have a disability and learn strategies for improving student learning and behavior. A minimum of 15 is required. This session is for Teaching Assistants, Teacher Aides, and other school-related professionals. This SRP training is provided by NYSUT ELT.

2. Real Life Challenges for Real Life School-Related Professionals (SRP)

Audience: All

Dates: 1/20/2021

Location: Virtual

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Bus drivers, hall monitors, secretaries, teacher aides/ assistants, cafeteria workers, and school nurses all have encounters with students and other professionals that sometimes need to be handled with care and consideration to avoid escalating a situation. Participants will engage in activities that are based on scenarios specific to their role in the school. Appropriate potential actions will be discussed and shared among the stakeholders to ensure an effective and productive resolution. Time will be given to reflect on past experiences and discuss effective strategies for the future. Next steps will be discussed as a means of moving forward. This training is offered in conjunction with NYSUT ELT.

3. Support for Students with Autism for SRPs

Dates: 1/27/2021

Location: Zoom

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Ending the achievement gap between students with and without disabilities requires addressing the essential factors that can influence their success. This three-hour training provides up-to-date information on the clinical and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Attention will be given to how these features manifest themselves and present unique instructional and learning challenges within educational settings. The seminar provides evidence-based, pro-active strategies for helping children and adolescents with ASDs succeed in schools today. . This session is for Teaching Assistants, Teacher Aides, and other school-related professionals. This SRP training is provided by NYSUT ELT.

4. Bully, Bullied Bystander for SRPs - Virtual

Dates: 2/3/2021

Location: Virtual

This seminar provides an overview of the Dignity For All Students Act and its impact on the school environment. It includes a definition of the various types of bullying, the roles and responsibilities of people involved in bullying - bully, victim, bystander and strategies to help prevent or decrease bullying. This training is for teaching assistants, teacher aides, and other school related professionals. This training is offered in conjunction with NYSUT TLC.
Participants will explore factors that impact student engagement as discussed in Eric Jensen's book Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind. Connections between economic status and student engagement will be generated. The rules and functions of engagement as well as strategies will be presented using a format that models the actual concepts throughout the seminar. The seminar ends with participants considering ways to implement these ideas in their daily practice. This training is based on Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen. This training is for teaching assistants, teacher aides, and other school related professionals. This training is offered in conjunction with NYSUT TLC.

6. Our World, Our Students for SRPs - Virtual

Dates: 3/10/2021

Location: Virtual

This seminar helps SRPs become more familiar with students' cultural abilities and needs in order to create a more conducive learning environment. Educators will engage in discussions of the importance of involving all students in the learning process while demonstrating how they can use cultural connections to assist students in appreciating each other's strengths. This training is for teaching assistants, teacher aides, and other school related professionals. This training is offered in conjunction with NYSUT TLC.
Increasing Family Engagement to Promote the Achievement of ELLs What are some approaches educators can use to develop effective partnerships with bilingual families? In this session, you will examine ways to increase family engagement and improve the homeschool connection with the families of our English learners while taking into consideration the four stages of immigrant parent involvement. This training is for teaching assistants, teacher aides, and other school related professionals. This training is offered in conjunction with NYSUT TLC.