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1. PBIS (Positive Behaviors and Interventions and Support) for the Classroom - J. Scamell

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: All

Dates: 3/1/2021 to 3/26/2021

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Classroom management can be challenging especially in remote and hybrid situations. PBIS(Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is a proactive approach that schools use to improve school safety and promote positive behavior. The focus of PBIS is prevention, not punishment. At its heart, PBIS calls on schools to teach students positive behavior strategies, just as they would teach about any other subject - like reading or math. This class will go over the fundamentals of PBIS and give examples of how you can implement PBIS strategies in both virtual and in-person classrooms. This class will be held online, asynchronously and you will be contacted by the instructor the day before class begins with login information. Any questions please contact jscamell@nhp-gcp.org - TRACT now accepts VENMO

2. Essential Questions - Opening Doors to Student Understanding - Jay McTighe

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 3/3/2021

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To realize the aims of modern education, schools will need to move toward a competency-based system for developing 21st Century Skills along with a focus on academic content outcomes, collect evidence of authentic performance within and across disciplines, and allow greater personalization of learning. Jay will explore the following framing questions:  How can we create a coherent K-12 curriculum and assessment system that integrates 21st Century Skills/Graduate Profile Outcomes with Academic content?  How can we ensure greater curriculum alignment across the divisions and departments while still allowing appropriate autonomy?  What evidence should we be collecting? How can we assess everything we claim to value (not just those outcomes that are easiest to test and grade)? How can we allow student personalization while still obtaining worthy evidence for the transcript? Payment by check or Venmo - Nassau TRACT

3. Beyond G-Suite Basics for Educators - E. Guarnieri

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: All

Dates: 3/4/2021 to 4/12/2021

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This online course will explore features of Google apps beyond basic use. Topics which may explored include HyperDocs, advanced features of Google Slides and Forms, as well as Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Sites. Additional apps may be covered based on participant interest. Some experience with Google Classroom, Docs, and Slides is preferred. Nassau TRACT now accepts VENMO

4. Self-Care for Educators During Trying Times - Dr. C. Korolczuk

Program: Online In-service Courses

Dates: 3/8/2021 to 4/19/2021

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The profession of education is stressful work, especially during times of a global pandemic and political turmoil. It is essential now, more than ever, that educators identify and learn appropriate tools to combat and alleviate job related stress. This online course will focus on:







• Identifying and managing stress related triggers in the workplace







• Turning work's obstacles into advantages







• Building the proper mindset needed to navigate school related stressors







• Incorporating mindfulness practices as stress reduction tools







• Developing individualized self-care plans designed to reduce future work related stress This engaging course is appropriate for general and special education teachers, school psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors and any other professionals who interact with children regularly. This course will fulfill CTLE requirements.

This is a hybrid online class. 10 hours of synchronous Zoom meeting is mandatory. 5 hours of independent work is required to complete the requirements.

March 11, 18, 25. April 8 and 22. Each Thursday will be synchronous Zoom meetings from 4-6 PM.

Participants will be required to complete 5 hours of independent work on their own.

5. Taking the Challenge out of Conversations: four Steps to communicating without Judgment or Blame - Joan Fretz

Program: Inservice Courses

Audience: All Educators K-12

Dates: 3/9/2021 to 4/13/2021

Challenging times call for school adults to be able to communicate issues and needs without judgment or blame. Learn how to:1 - say what you observe happening without evaluation 2- listen for and acknowledge the feelings and needs of others 3- state your needs and 4- make requests instead of demands. This simple process provides a consistent way for all staff to develop respectful and trusting relationships with colleagues, students and parents and develop safe and healthy schools. This is a synchronous Zoom meeting (face to face). Attendance at all meetings is mandatory. March 9, 16, 23. April 6 and 13. Each Tuesday will be synchronous Zoom meetings from 4-7 PM.

6. Merging Core Words with Fringe Words to Create Engaging Classroom Language Experiences - S. Haber

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: All

Dates: 3/11/2021 to 4/8/2021

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We have all been very mindful of the core words our students need to be more functional communicators, but what about all the fringe words they need. The school day is filled with language opportunities that focus on fringe words. Everyday, our students are asked to engage with school vocabulary in a variety of different school settings. What is the vocabulary of morning circle or daily science class? What is the vocabulary of gym and music? Let's see how we can merge our teaching of core words with the fringe words of the daily school day to create more powerful and expressive communicators. This class will be taught online using Google Classroom. Nassau TRACT now accepts VENMO

7. Using Video Resources and Green Screens for Education - A. Barragato

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/15/2021 to 4/28/2021

Video resources are useful tools to teach curriculum to students participating in both in-person and remote education. In this course, participants will learn how to use video production techniques to create academic content utilizing tools available on their iDevices (iPhone, iPad). Participants will use iMovie to create a "Voice Over" video through the use of their video recording tool and voice memos. Next, students will create a recorded video lesson using the Green Screen by Do Ink application. Using this application, students will create a video through the use of layering, a video technique in which a solid green screen is used to project an image or video behind a person or object to create visual content. In addition, the use of a Green Screen to engage students in live, interactive lessons on remote teaching platforms, such as Microsoft Teams and Google Meet, will be discussed. This class is beneficial for all educators K-12 and related service providers. The following items are required for this class: a personal Google account, an iPad or iPhone with access to iMovie, Camera and Voice Memos, the Green Screen Do Ink application ($4.99), green tablecloth, and/or green construction paper.

8. Creating an Interactive and Virtual Classroom - A. Testagrose

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 4/8/2021 to 5/6/2021

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In this course, you will be given an opportunity to explore and create your own virtual classroom using Google Slides and PowerPoint. You will learn what it has to offer and the great components it can give you as an educator to use daily. This is a great tool to use with in person and remote students. Learn how to choose a classroom background and input any curriculum materials necessary. Students love using this interactive virtual classroom to learn! This course will be given in the online platform of Google Classroom. Nassau TRACT now accept VENMO.

9. Distance Learning - Jennifer Scamell

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 4/12/2021 to 5/17/2021

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Participants in this course will learn practices to best utilize distance learning. The course will explore Google Classroom as a remote learning platform. We will also explore sites that support remote learning like Seasaw, Flipgrid and EdPuzzle as well as video conferencing tools zoom and google meet. This class will be completely online and you will receive an email the day before class begins with your login code. If you have any issue logging in please contact the instructor Jennifer Scamell jscamell@nhp-gcp.org Nassau TRACT now accepts VENMO - 516-701-9186

10. Different Ways to Motivate and Engage Students with Diabilities - C. Gruenfelder

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 4/19/2021 to 5/24/2021

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In this course, participants will learn about different motivation techniques, and which ones are more effective for students with learning disabilities. What is the difference between motivation and engagement, and how positive feedback influences student motivation. This class is beneficial for all educators K-12 and related service providers. For this class you will need a google classroom account. TRACT NOW ACCEPTS VENMO

11. Nancy Frey presents Distance Learning with an Emphasis on Social and Emotional Learning

Program: Professional Development

Audience: All teachers K-12

Dates: 4/28/2021

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The pandemic teaching during the past year was not really distance learning, but rather crisis teaching. This session will provide teachers with the opportunity to reflect on distance learning with purpose and intent - using what works best to accelerate learning while maintaining an indelible focus on equity and SEL. Nancy Frey is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. Nancy has engaged in Professional Learning Communities as a member and in designing schoolwide systems to improve teaching and learning for all students. She has published numerous books including All Learning is Social and Emotional.