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1. LOTE 103. Is It a Learning Disability or Is It a Language Disability or Both? (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-6

Dates: 1/12/2023 to 2/9/2023

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Is it language acquisition or a learning disability or is it both? Very often, what you are noticing could be either. You may have seen students struggle with acquiring grade level skills. They may be English Language Learners and you are wondering, "is this a matter of language acquisition or is it a learning disability”? We will discuss testing, identification of Ells, screenings available, and strategies to help you support ELLs with disabilities. Together, we will look at case studies and look at the different steps that need to be taken before referring a child to the CSE.

2. 2295.Applying Evidence Based Practices to Improve Classroom Management

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 1/17/2023 to 2/17/2023

This course will deeply analyze and develop strategies for improving classroom management. All strategies are evidence based and will help teachers improve their management of physical space instruction routine development correcting behavior and issuing consequences. Teachers will develop proactive strategies that will improve student learning outcomes and behavioral outcomes. This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers and assistants.
We know every student is unique and brings contributions no one can make. However, half the students in U.S. schools are experiencing or have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. "Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress" is a must-read for educators. During this course, participants will focus on a strengths-based approach to teaching while finding the goodness every student brings to our classes. Participants will engage in four synchronous two-hour Zoom sessions and seven asynchronous hours for self-paced reading and assignments. The total completion time for the workshop will be 15 hours. The first 15 participants to register will receive a complimentary book.

4. HPE509: Affirming Culture and Preventing Bias- Book Study(Grant-Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 2/3/2023 to 2/27/2023

This class will be based on the book Roots and Wings. This book study is about implementing culturally relevant anti-bias education with young children. It provides strategies to work with diverse children and families and teaches children how to reject bias through modeling, classroom materials, and activities. We will define the terms culturally relevant, anti-bias, culture, prejudice, racism and culturally responsive care, English-language learner, and anti-bias education, to name a few. The synchronous part of this course will ask each of us to enter into a dialogue and rethink our understanding of diversity and education. The first ten registered educators will receive a copy of the book Roots and Wings.

5. ALL 905 Data Informed Instruction (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: All Educators K-12

Dates: 2/11/2023 to 5/6/2023

Are you data-rich and information poor? Is your student performance data contraindicating your classroom data? How do effective schools and data teams utilize data with a classroom instructional focus so all students can grow? You are invited to a course about data analysis structures and routines and high leverage practices informed by data and research. You will have opportunities to use your own data to personalize the application and influence you can have when you use data intentionally. OBJECTIVES: Teachers will be able to… Analyze classroom data by applying an analytical protocol in order to determine patterns of student learning Examine data teams in action by reviewing professional literature, case studies, and videos in order to identify tools for monitoring and supporting progress.Collaboratively discuss the efficacy of instructional practices by identifying the impact of feedback on student learning in order to adjust and differentiate instruction.Identify high leverage practices by studying research-evident practices in order to implement best practices for data-informed instruction. This workshop will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning spread out across four months. Participants will engage in sixteen (16) self-paced online training modules and participate in fourteen (14) interactive Zoom sessions. The total completion time for the workshop will be 30 hours.

6. 2299.Battling Teacher Burnout

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 2/27/2023 to 3/30/2023

Teachers in today's classrooms have more expectations and pressures placed on them than ever. The rapid change we have seen in education is nothing like previous teacher generations faced. Federal and State standards, technological advancements, social-emotional initiatives, and teacher ratings have created pressures on teachers that cannot be denied. All teachers have heard about teacher burnout - it has been discussed in faculty rooms by first-year teachers and veteran teachers alike. Educators must develop and work on the skills needed to prevent this burnout. Educators in this course will be able to reflect upon their attitudes and morale and strategies for improving their morale and professionalism. Considering how this burnout can impact your teaching practice is essential. As a result ^ student achievement. Educators will examine methods for improving morale and avoiding burnout feelings.

7. 2296. Are You A Culturally Responsive Teacher?

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 2/28/2023 to 3/28/2023

Delivering culturally-responsive lessons can not only help you engage students but allow them to make personal connections with content. Greater student investment will lead to many other benefits such as more rigor and motivation. This course will walk educators through the process of learning about the link between culture and neuroscience as well as methods for infusing daily lessons with culturally responsive activities. A happier focused classroom is the ideal outcome.

8. 2300. Bringing More Formative Assessment Into Your Classroom

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/1/2023 to 4/7/2023

A teacher's use of formative assessment techniques is essential in ensuring he or she is meeting the learning targets for a unit. Teachers need to know "who knows what” before moving on. Formative assessment is nothing new - our teachers administered formative assessments to us in school many years ago. In today's digital We are lucky to have so many more tools to assist us in our formative assessments. Teachers in the class will review the research on formative assessment and explore dozens of instructional tools that can be used for formative assessments. Teachers will leave this course with concrete and easy-to-use examples for embedding more formative assessments into their lessons.
Function Approach to Geometry Transformations Irina Lyublinskaya (Teachers College, Columbia University) Let's make connections from algebra to geometry for our students! Students are introduced to functions informally in middle school and more formally in Algebra 1, but they rarely use the concept of function in geometry classes. In this session, participants will engage in activities with geometry transformations that reinforce their understanding of functions and help students to make connections between new geometry topics and prior knowledge of functions. Creating Culturally Relevant Math Tasks Toni Gamils (Teacher Center of Central Westchester) A culturally relevant mathematics classroom is one in which teachers utilize materials and practice needed to support positive academic outcomes for all students. In this workshop, participants will draw from their students' strengths, knowledge, culture, and competence to create inclusive, relevant, and meaningful lessons in mathematics. Participants will work with grade-level teams to develop authentic and rigorous tasks to support regular education and English Language Learners in elementary and secondary classrooms. When registering for this workshop, please complete the short survey at https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cBlNOcxkaRkmqq2. Completing this survey will help the presenters prepare for their sessions and ensure we have all the information needed to award.

10. HPE510: Teacher Evaluation Artifacts(Grant-funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/6/2023 to 3/27/2023

This course is based on the Danielson Framework. We will focus on the four domains of the framework for teaching including planning and preparation, the classroom environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities. Within those domains, we will explore many of the elements including demonstrating knowledge of students and student learning, knowledge of content and instructional planning, instructional practice, learning environment, assessments for student learning, professional responsibility, collaboration, and professional growth. There will be an open dialogue about how to best "showcase" your skills in relation to the rubrics. We will brainstorm ideas and create artifacts. At the end of the course, you will have the tools you need to enhance evaluations and have 3 to 4 artifacts ready to share.

11. ELA 307 Book Tasting for Secondary Teachers (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators grades 6-12

Dates: 3/7/2023 to 3/21/2023

There are books galore for middle and high school students and the possibilities seem endless. Choosing the ones that are just right for you and your setting can feel like a gargantuan task. Come enjoy a book tasting to find just right the books, both fiction and nonfiction, that you may want to incorporate into your setting.

12. LOTE105. Using Videos As Tools to Support Literacy for Multi-Language Learners (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-5

Dates: 3/9/2023 to 3/16/2023

Participants in this workshop will learn how to use videos to spark student interest and motivation. Participants will learn to include videos in their lessons to teach MLLs and other students literacy strategies including retelling, sequencing, inferring, and answering implicit questions. Participants will be given a list of resources to use to support their lessons.

13. HPE 514 Infusing Mindfulness Into Your Classroom(Grant-Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Dates: 3/13/2023

This class will define mindfulness and provide experiential learning of breathing techniques, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation and yoga poses as it pertains to an educator. Learn easy to implement mindfulness techniques to incorporate into your classroom and learning community immediately. Calm children learn best!

14. 2306. Theory of Technology in the Classroom

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/21/2023 to 4/24/2023

This course will explore the theory behind all the hardware and tech tools we use in our classrooms. We are sure how and why we are using them as a resource rather than taking over the lesson objectives. Educational technology involves applying ideas from various sources to create the best learning environments possible for students. "Educational technologists ask questions about how a classroom might change or adapt when a computer is integrated into the curriculum. This integration means that the curriculum and setting may also need to change to meet the opportunities that the technology may offer”. We will examine several stages of technology adoption and review the traditional roles that technology has served in the classroom.

15. LOTE104. Reading and Writing Strategies for Multi-Language Learners K-6 (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-5

Dates: 3/22/2023 to 3/29/2023

How do you support MLLs in reading and writing in your classroom? This workshop will show you some of the strategies and scaffolds that will help make grade level material more accessible for your students. Whether you use the workshop model, or small learning groups, there are ways in which you can leverage your MLLs funds of knowledge in order to help them fully participate in the reading and writing process.

16. ELA 309. A Book Study Using Shifting the Balance by Jan Burkins, and Kari Yates (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators grades Pre-K to gr. 2

Dates: 3/27/2023 to 5/8/2023

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It seems these days that everyone has a strong opinion about how to teach young children to read. Some may brush off the current tension as nothing more that one more round of the reading wars. Others may avoid the clash altogether. In this book study we will look closely at the research, reevaluate current practices, and embrace new possibilities for an even stronger enactment of balanced literacy. This workshop will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning spread out across two months. Participants will engage in seven (7) self-paced online training hours and participate in eight (8) interactive Zoom sessions. The total completion time for the workshop will be 15 hours. The first 10 participants to register will receive a complimentary book.

17. 2307. Critical Thinking Skills and Questioning Techniques

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 4/10/2023 to 5/13/2023

In this course, participants will explore critical thinking and questioning skills. Critical thinking involves logical thinking and reasoning, including comparison, classification, sequencing, cause/effect, patterning, webbing, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning, forecasting, planning, hypothesizing, and critiquing. We will look at creating a supportive environment and aid participants in using appropriate strategies when using higher-order questioning in the classroom.

18. MST203. Eco-Friendly Classroom(grant-funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators Pre-K-5

Dates: 4/12/2023 to 4/19/2023

"Environmental nurturing can help create a healthier school environment for students who can increase creativity, student engagement, and empowerment in their learning. Promote eco-friendly living by incorporating easy-to-implement methods in your classroom. Senses help our young learners process the environment around them. Students encounter many sights, sounds, smells, textures (touch), and tastes throughout their school day. This workshop combines sensory learning with environmental sustainability for a unique student activity-based learning experience.

19. CDOS 701 Changing Lives: The Impact of Recommendation Letters in the College Admission Process (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: High School Educators, School Counselors

Dates: 4/13/2023

As the landscape of college admissions changes, the role of letters of recommendation has become more critical. This workshop will offer tips and practical suggestions for writing a college admission letter: Audience High school teachers and school counselors.
In partnership with Manhattanville, Dr. William Johnson, New York State Monitor for the Hempstead Union Free School In District and Former Superintendent of the Rockville Centre Union Free School District will present as part of the Manhattanville College Distinguished Lecture series. His topics is: Issues Related to Equity: Transforming Districts, Schools and Classrooms

21. LOTE106. The Use of Visuals As a Strategy for ELLs (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-6

Dates: 4/20/2023 to 4/27/2023

If you are a classroom teacher who has Multi-language learners (MLLs) in class and you wonder how you are going to meet their needs, this workshop is for you! Join us as we explore one of the strategies, the use of visuals, to teach students for whom English is a second language. This 4 hour workshop will show you the different ways you can use visuals to enhance your lessons across all content areas.
In this three-part book, you will explore WHY it's time to Shake Up Learning, WHAT changes we can make in our classrooms to support dynamic learning experiences, and HOW to plan meaningful lessons for your classroom. We will discover practical strategies to help move from static teaching to dynamic learning. We will use straightforward and easy-to-use templates to craft engaging learning opportunities and look closely at tips and tricks for the fearless implementation of powerful lesson plans. This book study advises moving from one-and-done activities to learning that evolves and inspires throughout the school year--and beyond! The 30-hour course consists of 10 synchronous hours with the instructor and 20 asynchronous hours of independent work. TCCW has ten complimentary copies of Shake Up Learning for those who register early.

23. ELA 308 The Commonsense Guide to Your Classroom Library: Building a Collection That Inspires, Engages, and Challenges Readers (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: K-8 Educators andf School Librarians and Library Teaching Assistants

Dates: 4/26/2023 to 5/3/2023

This class is a professional book study group. We will read and discuss the book, "Common Sense Guide to Classroom Libraries" by, Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp. We will explore ways that the book encourages teachers to transform our classroom libraries, so that they are current and relevant. We will outline what it means to have a varied classroom library. We will fine tune our "book review talent" and follow the tips shared by Colby, a fifth grade teacher, who supports his students as they become independent readers. The book will be given to the first 10 educators to sign up.

24. 2308. Building Healthy Relationships and Connections in Schools and Online

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 5/1/2023 to 6/2/2023

In this course, we will look closely at relationship building and what is needed to put the "building" into action. Effective classroom management, both in and online, requires a teacher to build relationships using these five principles: respect through awareness, patience, good timing, boundaries, and instinct. We will talk about building relationships through webinars, zoom meetings, and google classrooms while we explore online etiquette and keeping students interacting. Taking care of yourself so you can care for those around you is often overlooked. Teachers are selfless; let's face it, they continue to take professional development throughout their careers and provide for their students. We will model a healthy classroom environment and show how appreciating each other, our students, and ourselves promotes a learning atmosphere where risks are taken. How are we going to fill all the buckets? Remember those bucket fillers? We will put those lessons to use and then reflect on what is working in your classroom. Reflection is a crucial component of growth, so that we will engage in reflection and thoughtfulness through each module. Lastly, as we build connections and create a healthy environment for our schools, student and teacher achievement and morale will become contagious

25. MST216. The New Assistive Tech: Make Learning Awesome for All ( Grant-Funded Book Study)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K - 12

Dates: 5/2/2023 to 5/30/2023

This book study will help educators better understand assistive technology in an educational setting. The author focuses on how to develop a consistent approach to choosing technology to design accessible, inclusive educational experiences for the benefit of students. Technology is ever-evolving, as are all successful educators. Each week participants will read required chapters, participate in discussions, and complete activities that can be applied to their classrooms.

26. 2320. Achieving Literacy Gains for Students with Limited English

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators k-12

Dates: 5/4/2023 to 6/12/2023

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Our country's diversity and demographics have changed what our classrooms look like. We all encounter students that have limited English , and we need to differentiate instruction to meet their needs. In order to meet academic success , this population needs to make linguistic gains in order to begin to master course content. Participants will work with evidence-based practices and instructional intervention strategies to improve language skills for this population.

27. ALL 907 Cultivating Genius (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: All Educators K-12

Dates: 5/4/2023

Let's start with the word GENIUS! Come hear insights based on Dr. Gholdy E. Muhammad's book, Cultivating Genius and open our eyes to how you can cultivate the genius in every child by cultivating joy. We will explore ways to re-frame our language to see the possibilities in every student.

28. 2309. Social Emotional Development in the Classroom

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 5/19/2023 to 6/20/2023

Social and emotional learning, when embedded in the classroom (and in the school) curriculum, can have many positive student outcomes. It can reduce aggression and emotional distress among students, can increase collaborativeclassroom interactions, can improve self-confidence and can lead to improved student learning. We will examine the five (5) keys to social emotional learning and look at how it translates to the classroom culture and to classroom management. We will view videos, read articles, and explore various strategies that will work with our students. We will focus on self and social awareness, self-management, relationship skills, responsible decision making and how we can apply best practices in our classrooms.

29. 2321. Adapting Instruction to Reduce Unwanted Behavior

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators k-12

Dates: 6/12/2023 to 7/24/2023

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We often look at behavior as something that needs to be addressed before instruction can occur. Research shows that with the right instructional tools , we can limit those unwanted behaviors that interrupt the learning process. Educators in this course will examine dozens of research-based strategies to address behavior through instruction. Each educator in this course will focus on specific behaviors from their classes and utilize research-based strategies to overcome these learning barriers.

30. 2345. Addressing Conflict through Restorative Justice Practices

Program: Online Courses

Dates: 6/14/2023 to 7/20/2023

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Restorative justice is a theory of justice that focuses on mediation and agreement rather than punishment. Offenders must accept responsibility for harm and make restitution to victims. Teachers who use restorative discipline practices find that behavior in their classroom improves dramatically. They have better relationships with their students and , therefore , less stress from unresolved conflicts. For the growing number of districts using restorative justice , the programs have helped strengthen campus communities , prevent bullying, and reduce student conflicts. And the benefits are clear: early-adopting districts have seen drastic reductions in suspension and expulsion rates, and students say they are happier and feel safer. This course is appropriate for all K-12 school professionals.

31. 2347. Adolescent Literacy

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 6/20/2023 to 7/25/2023

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Literacy skills are essential to participating in today's increasingly global society and economy that demand the ability to effectively use literacy in multiple contexts for multiple purposes. Today's adolescents have greater literacy demands placed upon them than ever before as they prepare to enter an adult world that requires their ability to read , write , and speak successfully. Today's teachers face greater challenges than ever before in meeting the increasingly diverse literacy needs of their students in order to prepare them for success in the adult world. This course will prepare you to assist your adolescent students who struggle with literacy to achieve literacy success by providing strategies and techniques that you can incorporate into your secondary classroom in order to scaffold your students' literacy development. In this course , you will learn to implement research-based instructional practices that scaffold adolescents' literacy development in the areas of motivation , engagement , reading expository text , using prior knowledge, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and studying. Additionally, you will learn to implement research-based assessment techniques that will allow you to monitor your students' growth and adjust your instructional practices to foster their continued progress.
The authors of Make Just One Change argue that formulating one's questions is "the single most essential skill for learning” and should be taught to all students. Asking good questions is a vital skill that takes time and much practice to master. Most classes can learn the precise steps in a couple of dedicated class periods. Learning to ask questions helps diverse learners press investigations for greater depth and meaning. This book study will focus on the profoundly important practice of making one change in your teaching. The results will be students who are more curious and engaged, take greater ownership of their education, and learn more deeply than ever before. Those who register early for this course will receive a free copy of Make Just One Change.
Teachers need clarification about STEAM and whether literacy is a part of the approach. Literacy is a part of every content area - always. After all, STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. What about reading and writing? You can be literate in math, art, reading, social studies, music, and science. With those understandings in mind, there are many ways to integrate literacy and STEAM intentionally in your classroom. This workshop will be grounded in literature and share "hands-on” examples you will find helpful in your planning for the coming school year. Those who register early will be sent free copies of the books used during the course. Online synchronous/asynchronous

34. 2341.Incorporating the NYS Computer Science & Digital Fluency Standards across the K12 Classroom

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-8

Dates: 7/10/2023 to 8/15/2023

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"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. "

35. ELA 310 Book Study: Using Interactive Writing: Developing Readers Through Writing by C.C. Bates (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators grades Pre-K to gr. 2

Dates: 7/11/2023 to 8/8/2023

There is no more important task for primary-grade teachers than helping learners integrate understandings of oral and written language into reading and interdisciplinary work. Interactive Writing helps you achieve this goal! If you are interested in using shared texts with students in order to teach concepts about print, phonics, how words work, how to monitor messages for meaning, and ways to increase fluency, this class is for you. This workshop will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning spread out across two months. Participants will engage in seven (7) self-paced online training hours and participate in eight (8) interactive Zoom sessions. The total completion time for the workshop will be 15 hours. The first 10 participants to register will receive a complimentary book.