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1. 2300. Executive Functioning Strategies in the Classroom

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 7/18/2024 to 8/21/2024

This course will explain that implementing executive functioning strategies throughout learning will positively affect students' school experiences. Executive function is an umbrella term in neuroscience that describes the neurological processes involving mental control and self-regulation. (Edutopia) Executive functions control and regulate cognitive and social behaviors, such as controlling impulses, paying attention, remembering information, planning and organizing time and materials, and responding appropriately to social and stressful situations. Students have the potential to develop executive functioning, and by providing additional support in the classroom, they can control and regulate cognitive and social behaviors. Educators can offer teaching support in various ways by determining which functions students need to learn. We will explore metacognition, time management, review, and reflection techniques and look closely at offering environmental support. Teacher interaction, including discrete support, frequent check-ins, and a caring tone, can support this practice and enhance the positive learning environment. Implementing executive functions through structure, strategies, and support will show potential for growth across the board and make learning a positive experience. When paying by credit card, a 10% surcharge is added.

2. 2275.SEL for Today's Classroom

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 7/29/2024 to 8/26/2024

Social Emotional learning has transformed from something that many of us tried to implement in our classrooms to something that is just as essential as our content in today's classroom. Today's student needs instruction and modeling to develop self awareness, social awareness, recognizing and identifying emotions and their causes, positive goal setting, feeling and showing empathy and responsible decision making. Participants will develop strategies for establishing and maintaining culturally responsive sustaining relationships and an awareness of their impact on the community.

3. 2882. Literacy Instruction and Differentiation For Students With Special Needs

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Eduators K-12

Dates: 7/31/2024 to 8/26/2024

Participants will develop knowledge and competencies allowing them to provide appropriate and practical instruction, intervention, and differentiation for students experiencing difficulties in acquiring literacy skills.

4. HPE 226 Self-Care for Teachers (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 7/31/2024 to 8/28/2024

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Self-care for teachers refers to a deliberate and proactive practice that educators engage in to prioritize their physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It involves recognizing and addressing the challenges and stresses inherent in the teaching profession, aiming to prevent burnout and enhance overall job satisfaction. This course is designed to empower teachers with the knowledge and practical skills needed to prioritize self-care, manage stress, and avoid burnout in the demanding field of education. Through a series of modules, participants will explore strategies for fostering well-being, maintaining work-life balance, and building resilience. The goal is to equip teachers with tools that promote sustainable and fulfilling careers.

5. 2261., Anxiety Disorders and Other Emotional Disturbances

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 8/1/2024 to 8/31/2024

Anxiety-related issues ^ just as in our society ^ are on the rise in today's classrooms. Each year ^ schools are seeing more students with diagnosed anxiety conditions and emotional disturbances. Educators taking this course will build strategies and techniques for meeting the needs of emotionally disabled students in the mainstream classroom. Educators will research ^ analyze, and develop effective strategies for building positive personal relationships with students and behavior modifications for this population. This course will offer recent research on behavior modification programs and their implementation in the classroom. Through internet articles ^ websites, and case studies ^ participants will focus on providing a safe and predictable structure that students with E.D. require. This course is appropriate for regular and special education teachers and PPS Staff.

6. ALL918.Co-Teaching On the Go (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 8/1/2024 to 8/22/2024

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Learn how to best support your co-taught class with strategies for busy teachers who are often pulled in many directions. In this course we will focus on planning and pedagogical skills needed to facilitate a smoothly run and educationally sound co-taught class virtually. We will focus on how to create a functional working relationship with your co-teacher while not meeting in person and face to face. In addition, this course will explore strategies for organization and planning on the part of both the general education and special education teachers. Co-teaching requires a delicate balance and planning time which is not always readily available and increasingly challenging with a virtual classroom or through distance learning. This course will explore ways to plan and teach in a virtual co-taught setting. In addition we will discuss best practices in co-teaching and strategies that are most effective for helping all students to succeed in a virtual or distance learning setting.

7. 2294. Executive Functioning for All

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 9/5/2024 to 10/30/2024

In this course, we will unpack effective and practical executive functioning strategies that can have a positive effect on our students' school experiences. Executive functions control and regulate cognitive and social behaviors like controlling impulses, paying attention, remembering information, planning, organizing time and materials, and responding appropriately to stressful social situations. Students have the potential to develop executive functioning skills and, by exploring which functions they need, educators can offer support in a variety of different ways. We will address challenges with time management, organization, self control and consequences of impulsive behavior. Through structure, strategies, and classroom support, executive functioning can have a positive effect on student learning and personal growth

8. MST007:Optimizing Teaching & Learning Utilizing Artificial Intelligence (Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 9/12/2024 to 10/24/2024

Artificial Intelligence is a contemporary, cutting-edge tool with many capabilities for teaching and learning. Participants will learn innovative strategies and techniques for incorporating AI into lessons and assessments for the optimal benefit of students. A variety of AI tools will be introduced to amplify instruction, student interest, and engagement.

9. 2253. 21st Century Skills: From Your Classroom to the Workplace and College

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 9/18/2024 to 10/29/2024

The workplace and higher education settings we are preparing our students for is much different than what we as their teachers encountered coming out of high school 10. 20. or 30 years ago. The evolution of technology ^ collaboration and communication methods has rewritten what it means to be college and career ready in this century. Teachers in this class will look at methods and strategies for increasing the amount of 21st Century workplace and college skills in their classroom. Areas of exploration will include PBL ^ the flipped classroom ^ blended learning and digital collaboration and sharing. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators.

10. MST 012: Cornell, Cortland, TCCW Math workshop - Equity and Grading K-12( Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators and Administrators K-12

Dates: 9/21/2024

What does a grade actually represent? Does it solely represent students' understanding of course standards or is it biased, skewed, and predictably disproportionate? This session will be based upon the books Grading for Equity by Joe Feldman, Rethinking Grading by Cathy Vatterott, as well as Tom Schimmer's work. In this session, learn how to transform classrooms from operating in a compliant point-grabbing system to one that promotes mastery of specific standards through an equitable standards-based grading approach. Using a standards-based grading approach, students can take ownership of their learning and can grow as mathematicians through shifts in curriculum, assessments, and instructional practices. The session will also focus on how a standards-based grading approach promotes the idea that all students should be given the opportunity to experience success at rigorous levels, through the data-driven cycle of practice, feedback, and reflection. During the session, It will also be discussed how the reporting mechanisms implemented in schools can enhance the partnership with families, allowing them to receive informative messaging about students' acquisition of expected learning. Through this transformative approach to grading, we can ensure grades are based solely on three driving principles: accuracy, bias-resistance, and motivation (Feldman, 2023). One graduate credit is available through Cornell for $100 plus additional assignments.
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. Copies of the book will be provided to consortium members.

12. BEWL005: Literacy Foundations for English Learners by Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan( Grant Funded Book Study)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 10/9/2024 to 11/6/2024

As the number of multilingual learners in our schools grows, educators need research-based insights on teaching practices for MLLs. This book study will help educators teach critical language and literacy components and give them the necessary knowledge base to help MLLs develop strong literacy skills and achieve academic success. Consortium members will receive a copy of the book when registered.

13. ELA 320 Book Study: Using Interactive Writing: Developing Readers Through Writing by C.C. Bates (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators PreK-2, Literacy Specialists, Sped Ed Teachers, S/L Therapists

Dates: 10/10/2024 to 11/21/2024

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. A copy of the book will be provided to the members in our consortium on a first come, first serve basis.

14. ELA009: How to Plan Differentiated Reading Instruction( grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-8

Dates: 10/22/2024 to 11/19/2024

"Are you finding it challenging to meet the diverse needs of your students? Are you looking for effective strategies to assess, plan, and deliver differentiated phonics instruction? If so, this course is designed for you. Using Wiley Blevins' insightful book, Differentiating Phonics Instruction for Maximum Impact: How to Scaffold Whole-Group Instruction So All Students Can Access Grade Level Content, participants will: Understand Key Principles: Learn the fundamentals of differentiating phonics in whole-group settings to ensure all students engage with and access grade-level content. Target Instruction: Plan targeted small-group instruction for students at various proficiency levels-above, at, and below grade level. Utilize Data: Use assessment data to continuously refine and adapt phonics instruction to meet the evolving needs of the class. Learn High-Impact Routines: Master effective routines based on the seven foundations of intense phonics instruction. Interactive synchronous sessions will include chapter discussions, collaborative workshops, and hands-on activities encouraging you to apply these concepts directly in your classroom. You will also develop a personalized action plan to integrate these strategies effectively, ensuring every student thrives. We'd like you to join us to transform your approach to phonics instruction and make a lasting impact in your classroom.
"This course is part one of a book study that uses The Onward Workbook: Daily Activities to Cultivate Your Emotional Resilience and Thrive. This course is a breath of fresh air for all teachers. It allows everyone to step back, think, reset, and grow to new levels. It explores the 12 traits that are essential for building and developing resilience in educators based on the book, Onwards, a four-part conceptual framework that rests on the key components of resilience and how it is developed. Through this class, we will use a workbook, podcast and classroom format where we will dive into empowering stories and strategies to develop resilience. The activities will boost community, restore mindfulness, cultivate compassion, become ongoing learners, develop creativity, and celebrate gratitude. Book: The Onward Workbook by Elena Aguilar Teh first fifteen TCCW members who register for sessions one and two will receive a free copy of the workbook.

16. 2258. Adjusting the Norm - Strategies for Embracing All Cultures in the Classroom

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 11/4/2024 to 12/10/2024

As our country's demographics shift ^ the impact can be seen in the classroom as we are teaching students from across the world. There is great potential for embracing cultures and enhancing instructional activities ^ while bridging cultures between home and school. Educators will review research-based strategies to better incorporate students from other cultures into the classroom. Educators in this course will become empowered to adjust instructional delivery to meet the needs of their classroom's changing demographics and improve educational outcomes for all students.

17. INTEG002: Increase Engagement Across Disciplines: Steam and literature a Perfect Fit( Grant Funded )

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators Pre-K - 12

Dates: 11/19/2024 to 12/17/2024

Implementing STEAM activities provides students with the opportunity to explore different concepts through real-world activities. Students' exposure to STEAM integration can affect their learning and memory, ability to collaborate, and creative problem-solving skills by providing deeper engagement in subject matter, promoting better content retention, and fostering emotional involvement in the learning process. During this course, we will explore literature and design activities that engage students and develop learning with exciting challenges that can be modified for all grades.

18. ELA008:Sound Walls (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-3

Dates: 12/3/2024

Did you know that a sound wall is a visual tool that enhances literacy instruction by connecting sounds/phonemes to corresponding letter patterns, fostering phonemic awareness, phonics, and spelling skills. Are you intrigued by the idea of incorporating a sound wall into your literacy instruction but you don't know where to begin? Are you interested in learning the rationale behind using a sound wall in the classroom? If you want to know more about how to set up a sound wall and use it for whole and small group instruction, then this class is for you.
"This course is part two of the book study that uses the book, The Onward Workbook. This course is a breath of fresh air for all teachers. It allows everyone to step back, think, reset, and grow to new levels. It explores the 12 traits that are essential for building and developing resilience in educators based on the book, The Onward Workbook: Daily Activities to Cultivate Your Emotional Resilience and Thrive. Through this class, we will use a workbook, podcast and classroom format where we will dive into empowering stories and strategies to develop resilience. The activities will boost community, restore mindfulness, cultivate compassion, become ongoing learners, develop creativity, and celebrate gratitude. TCCW members who register for both part one and two of this book study, will receive a complimentary copy of The Onward Workbook.

20. HPE227. Coping with Teacher Stress and Burnout(Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators and Administrators Pre K-12

Dates: 1/6/2025 to 2/3/2025

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Although educator burnout is a serious problem, it can be prevented and treated. Learn to identify the signs and know when they must be addressed or when stress is healthy. Practice easily to implement rituals to improve your well-being and avoid or recover from burnout.

21. ELA010: Differentiating Phonics Instruction (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-2

Dates: 1/7/2025 to 2/4/2025

Are you finding it challenging to meet the diverse needs of your students? Are you seeking effective strategies to assess, plan, and deliver differentiated phonics instruction? If so, this course is designed for you. Using Wiley Blevins' insightful book, Differentiating Phonics Instruction for Maximum Impact: How to Scaffold Whole-Group Instruction So All Students Can Access Grade Level Content, participants will: Understand Key Principles: Learn the fundamentals of differentiating phonics in whole-group settings to ensure all students engage with and access grade-level content. Target Instruction: Plan targeted small-group instruction for students at various proficiency levels-above, at, and below grade level. Utilize Data: Use assessment data to continuously refine and adapt phonics instruction to meet the evolving needs of the class. Learn High-Impact Routines: Master effective routines based on the seven foundations of strong phonics instruction. Interactive synchronous sessions will include chapter discussions, collaborative workshops, and hands-on activities that encourage you to apply these concepts directly in your classroom. You will also develop a personalized action plan to integrate these strategies effectively, ensuring that every student thrives. Join us to transform your approach to phonics instruction and make a lasting impact in your classroom.