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1. Brain Boosting Exercises to Improve School Performance and Functional Skills - K. Stordeur

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/6/2023 to 3/13/2023

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Brain Boosting Exercises to Improve School Performance and Functional Skills Are you a teacher, therapist, or a staff member that provides services for students? Do you have students who lack energy and motivation during the school day? Do the students you work with seem to struggle with reading, writing and other academic activities? Do the students you work with have difficulty with daily living skills and functional activities? If so, this course is for you! As many of us know, movement and exercise deliver oxygenated blood to the body and brain. Increased blood flow to the body and brain increases energy levels and enhances cognitive function. Many exercises can help to improve alertness and/or provide a sense of calmness for enhanced focus, both essential for leaning and engagement in daily activities. But did you know that specific exercises can actually improve communication between the two sides of the brain, enhancing coordination skills, learning, reading, writing, and language abilities. This course will teach you simple and quick brain boosting activities and exercises you can implement daily, both in the classroom or therapy room to improve academic performance and daily living skills!

2. Technology Tools For The Inclusive Classroom - A. Warren - Online Only

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 2/13/2023 to 3/17/2023

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In this course, participants will learn how to best address the variety of student needs that they have in the classroom. Teachers will learn how to implement technology as an avenue that unlocks students' potential across multiple disciplines and grade levels. Teachers will use technology to dierentiate instruction, motivate student interest, address challenges and roadblocks, and support students in meeting their full potential. While engaged with 21st-century skills, participants will gain the tools necessary to better connect students to the curriculum through fun and engaging technology tools. This is an online asynchronous course.

3. Improve every Lesson Plan with SEL - Book Discussion with author Jeffrey Benson - Online Only

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 2/15/2023

"Good lesson plans have an almost mysterious power; they declare that all information can be interesting, that every skill acquired broadens our potentials to make a better world, and that all impassioned activity leads to learning. Our best teachers have shown us over and over that life is not a struggle against boredom and compliance; it is a wonder to be apprehended. Every bit of SEL you can integrate into your planning will not only begin to heal the wounds of passivity, racism, and inequity, but also give students an experience today, in your classroom, of that better world." Every participant will receive the book "Improve Every Lesson Plan With SEL" by Jeffrey Benson.

4. Teaching Pragmatics through the use of Technology - A. Barragato

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/16/2023 to 3/23/2023

In the past, technology was viewed as a tool that often inhibited social language. However, research supports that the use of technology, such as computerized programs and iPad applications, can benefit students by providing a means to learn and practice skill development. In this class, core vocabulary and pragmatic functions will be outlined and discussed. Participants will learn how to expand their students' conversational language by incorporating technological resources for practicing skill development. This course is beneficial for teachers, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapist, Social Workers and School Psychologists. Participants must have access to an iPad to participate in this course.

5. Implementing Project Based Learning: Assessing and Reflecting with Suzie Boss - Online Only

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 2/16/2023

Continue exploring Project Based Learning. In the second follow-up to the Dec. 6 workshop, Suzie Boss will help participants fine-tune assessment strategies for PBL. This session will also encourage participants to embed student reflection into projects from start to finish, and to reflect on their own progress as project-based teachers.
The NYS Computer Science and Digital Fluency standards were adopted by the Board of Regents in 2020. These standards will ensure that every student knows how to live productively and safely in a technology-dominated world, including understanding the essential features of digital technologies, why and how they work, and how to communicate and create using those technologies. This course will explore these standards and how they can be incorporated into your subject area and grade levels. Lessons will be explored, created, and shared so you will have a toolbox of standard-aligned lessons that you can use in your classroom tomorrow. This 3-credit, 45 hour course will be delivered asynchronously via Google Classroom.

7. How to use Positive Reinforcement in the Classroom - C. Gruenfelder

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/28/2023 to 4/4/2023

How to use positive reinforcement in the classroom This course will focus on the different ways to use positive reinforcement in the classroom. What the different types of reinforcement are, and how they are beneficial to use with your students. How to vary the different types of reinforcement your students receive and how to deliver the reinforcement. To work on creating different opportunities to earn the reinforcements. This class is beneficial for all educators K-12, and related service providers. For this class you will need a google classroom account.

8. Current Trends in Educational Technology for Teachers - W. Carswell

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/1/2023 to 4/5/2023

This class covers topics such as using technology to create engaging and interactive lesson plans, incorporating digital tools and resources in the classroom, and designing technology-enhanced assessments. The class also includes completing hands-on activities and assignments that allow students to practice and apply what they have learned. The class will be asynchronous and a Google account will be required to access activities, resources, and assignments.
At no other time in history have we experienced so many changes in such a short amount of time. Our world is incredibly different from what it was just two decades ago. Today's society is fast-moving, complex and digitally driven. It has turned into a place where uncertainty is the norm. And yet, the way we teach our students has remained the same. In this presentation participants will learn why we need to reset the way we think about what students will need for the future. GPA and test scores will not be the criterion for success. They need to be replaced by a new skill of resilience. Resilience is crucial for not only students mental well-being and success but also for future-proofing them for an uncertain new world. The session provides simple, proven resilience-building practices that help students thrive-and give them the best hope for success in their brave, new world.

10. Developing Student Reflective Practice in the 21st Century - C. Worsdale

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/2/2023 to 4/6/2023

This course is designed to give teachers tools that will help develop and incorporate reflective practice by their students in the classroom. This includes structuring lesson plans that will support reflective thinking, as well as providing resources and activities that will aid in learning how to self-monitor. Additionally, there will be a focus on helping students learn how to work in an interconnected digital world, using technological resources that can enhance learning and reflection. This course will be asynchronous, and will require a Google account to access all class materials and activities.

11. Introduction and Tour of The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Long Island -

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 3/2/2023

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This workshop will include a tour of the of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, located in Glen Cove. It will include an overview of Holocaust history, why do we teach it with guidelines. We will discuss survivor testimony and Holocaust curriculum and effective uses of both. The tour will include the programs offered by the Center and support for teachers. The workshop will include resources for classroom use and information on school trips to the center.

12. Teaching and Learning with a Growth Mindset - M. Lubromski

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/7/2023 to 4/11/2023

Cultivating a growth mindset enables students to embrace challenges with open arms. Failure is viewed as a learning experience. Teaching students in this way fosters the idea that their abilities and talents can improve with hard work and effort and as a result, student engagement and performance can markedly improve. The purpose of this course is to provide participants an opportunity to explore how changing student mindset can lead to educational gains and the steps necessary to do so. The Instructor will contact you via email prior to start of class.

13. Utilizing Games in the Classroom to Support Content Acquisition and Skill Development - A. Mills

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Teachers - K-12

Dates: 3/8/2023 to 4/5/2023

The use of games in the classroom, whether they be tabletop, roleplaying or video, can support students of diverse background and wide-ranging needs in building skill proficiencies and content skills. This course will discuss the methods by which games can be used to support student achievement, analyze the research that supports their use and provide best-practice experiences to introduce gaming into classrooms at the elementary and secondary levels.

14. Go Beyond with Google - E. Gurarnieri

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/13/2023 to 4/17/2023

There are many fascinating but little known apps and resources available through Google. This course will explore some of these apps and how they can be incorporated into the classroom. Apps and tools studied will be based on participant need and interest and may include: Google Earth and Maps, Google Arts and Culture, Google's Applied Digital Skills, Google Photos and Photoscan, Google Keep and Tasks, Google Scholar and Research, and Google Draw. Participants will create lessons and activities for immediate use in their classrooms. Participants must have a Google account in order to complete the activities. A personal Google account may be used.

15. Erin Gruwell, author of The Freedom Writers - Striving for Inclusivity and Acceptance in Our Classrooms - ONLINE WEBINAR

Program: Professional Development

Audience: All Teachers K-12, Preservice Teachers

Dates: 3/13/2023

Online only In this 90 minute webinar Erin Gruwell will discuss and encourage teachers and students to have the courage to engage in conversations regarding racial reckoning, anti Semitism, LGBTQIA+ and mental health struggles. Erin Gruwell fosters an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity in the classroom.

16. Learning Styles to Support Students in Meeting their Full Potential - A. Davoli

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/14/2023 to 4/18/2023

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In this course, you will be given an opportunity to explore the multiple types of learning styles to teach skills to students in the classroom as well as in related service sessions. It is important to build rapport with each of your students to learn their individual preferences.This class will help all differentiate the learning styles used with all students. Incorporating auditory, tactile, kinesthetic and visual learning styles can benefit all students in all settings. This course will be online through the platform of Google Classroom.

17. Boardmaker 7 Basics - K. Sardi

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/15/2023 to 4/19/2023

Boardmaker 7 was released on November 17th, 2020 and it is the latest edition of Boardmaker. It is a complete special education platform that supports education, communication, access and social/emotional needs of more than six million students in 51 countries. At home, at school, or in a clinical practice, Boardmaker drives your student's success. The possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, many special educators do not know how to use this new version. It is so vast that it can be very intimidating. Even an educator with experience using the discs and online versions can have difficulty using the Boardmaker 7 version. This is a course to teach the basics in the new version format and help educators to begin using version 7. It is appropriate for any teachers/therapists/related service personnel working in the special education setting. This course will be presented as a self-paced online format using Google Classroom, topics will include: 1. What is Boardmaker 7 and how is it different? 2. Navigating the new Dashboard 3. Editing symbols, saving work as PDFs and printing projects 4. Using Boardmaker and Community Templates 5. Accessing Curriculum Materials within Boardmaker 7 ***A Boardmaker 7 subscription is required for this course. There is a 60 day free trial through www.goboardmaker.com/pages/software-trials. ***

18. Co-Teaching Best Practices - A. Warren

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/21/2023 to 4/26/2023

Co-teaching allows both students and teachers to experience and benefit from a wide range of instructional practices while meeting the variety of learning styles they have in their classroom. Co-teaching models promote inclusion, increase engagement, foster teamwork, and allow teachers to more easily differentiate instruction. Through successful implementation of co-teaching, teachers can establish multiple plathways to lead to student success. Upon completion of this course, participants will leave with a toolbox containing knowledge of current practices for co-teaching models, resources that work, and lesson plans that they can use immediately. This is an online asynchronous course. The Course Instructor will contact you via email prior to the start of class.

19. SEL Practices to Engage Students with Jeffrey Benson - Online Only

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 4/19/2023

Almost all teachers have a handful of practices that engage students, and we tend to use them implicitly. This workshop will explore how to explicitly set up a day-to-day classroom culture that makes your room a place students want to enter. We'll look at key moments to offer students choice, ways to build relationships that encourage students to take risks in trying, and how to make clear the ways to advocate for their academic needs. There's no magic, no tricks-just approaches that you can choose from to fit into, and then expand upon, what you already do.

20. Multidisciplinary Exploration of the Nassau County Museum of Art's new exhibit - Shin Collection: Eye and Mind

Program: Professional Development

Audience: All educators and pre-service teachers

Dates: 5/4/2023

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Participants will receive a multidisciplinary guided tour of the museum's exhibit and grounds led by Laura Lynch, Director of Education. Teachers will explore a range of works utilizing a series of interactive experiences to uncover the historical, social and aesthetic changes that have impacted the history of art.

21. Strategies to Begin the School Year - L. Barron - P. Kinney - ONLINE WEBINAR

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 5/11/2023

Webinar from the book - We Belong: 50 Strategies to Create Community and Revolutionize Classroom Management We Belong - Building Community to Revolutionize Classroom Management Belonging is the foundation for a positive learning environment. If your students feel they belong, learning will improve and behavioral disruptions will diminish. This series will offer targeted strategies that will increase belonging, support learning success, and promote social-emotional growth. At the end of a year, it's good to decide what practices you want to keep doing, which ones you need to stop doing, and what you would like to start doing. This final session will walk you through a reflection of your year and share strategies that will help you get the next school year off to a successful start.