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1. ST@C Seesaw for Beginners

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/30/2020

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This workshop is for beginners! Who are you? You have never used Seesaw, or you've just gotten started and have beginner level questions. Experts feel free to sit in and share best practices for beginners! Later in the week there will be an advanced session with tips and tricks as well as sharing of best practices. For more details, open the sheet here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u2l0eq5Dpwa7NeTIcVPbqXtZTdAocA30AJjaAaj1ZVw/edit#gid=58229057

2. ST@C Google forms: Easy, fun and can make your life a lot easier!

Program: ST@C

Audience: All

Dates: 3/30/2020

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Google forms: Easy, fun and can make your life a lot easier!

3. ST@C Google Forms: Easy, Fun, Life changing

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/30/2020

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Exit tickets, Ongoing observations recording, Collecting student work, Polling your students, Making your Google Site interactive....

4. ST@C Guided Video Reading with EdPuzzle (K-8)

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-8

Dates: 3/30/2020

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Guided Video Reading with EdPuzzle (K-8)

5. ST@C Padiet 101: Digital Sticky Notes

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/30/2020

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Padlet is a website and app that allows kids to curate information onto virtual bulletin boards using a simple drag-and-drop system. Students can add videos, text, links, documents, images -- basically anything -- to the wall and organize it, like a page full of Post-it notes. Kids can add as many notes to a wall as they like; it scrolls in all directions.

6. ST@C Restart with Biblionasium

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/30/2020

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Join us to learn about a high powered app, Biblionasium, and the many ways that you and your students can use it to support the independent reading activities of students in grades 1-8. Biblionasium is more than an online reading log. It has social, catalog, review, and recommendation aspects. Teachers can set up reading challenges, virtual rewards, and access to student data and reports that will help support children's reading. Also, Scarsdale elementary schools have purchased the Biblionasium subscription which is directly connected to our library management system, Destiny, putting choice, documentation, and access at your student's fingertips. Let us help you move your student reading logs into the 21st Century. You don't want to miss this ST@C!

7. ST@C Nearpod: Deliver seamless, interactive, and student driven lessons

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/31/2020

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Nearpod is a tool that the district is in the process of acquiring. Learn how you can use the Google Slides that you already have to create a student paced and interactive lesson with built in assessment for your online classroom. Add this keystone tool to your lesson building toolbox.

8. STI - 5363-2 - Teacher as Reader Greenacres Part II

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Greenacres

Dates: 3/31/2020 to 6/16/2020

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"The journey of the lifelong reader is a search to gain insight and understanding by reading talking and reflecting. By transforming reading into a community event through discussion groups, teachers learn differing perspectives on the same work and gain knowledge of literature, genre and technique. The commitment to read widely and deeply is an important endeavor for teachers as they model the love of reading and the skills of reading and understanding for their students. Participants will read assigned books and come prepared to discuss aspects of literary form such as character development, theme, plot and more. They will gain insight into point of view by listening to their colleagues' responses to each book. Participants will enhance their own reading skills and learn techniques for leading discussion groups with students.

9. ST@C Create with Clay

Program: ST@C

Audience: All

Dates: 4/1/2020

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Create with Clay

10. ST@C Guided Video Reading Using EdPuzzle (K-8)

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-8

Dates: 4/2/2020

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Learn how EdPuzzle can help your students think carefully and ask questions as they view videos that you provide for them. In this session, we'll introduce the tool and show examples of how you can use this to guide your students' thinking and reading of the videos!
Together, Paul, Lynne, and I will present 3 tools in an ignite session format. We will explore Edpuzzle, Pear Deck, and Flipgrid as options that you can integrate into your online curriculum. For more details, open the sheet here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u2l0eq5Dpwa7NeTIcVPbqXtZTdAocA30AJjaAaj1ZVw/edit#gid=58229057

12. STI - 5404 - Improv for Educators

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 4/2/2020 to 4/30/2020

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Improv for Educators will introduce you to the world of Improvisation, with its endless possibilities for the classroom, the stage, and life beyond! Improvisation has been shown to promote collaboration, active listening, creativity, and imagination, which are useful skills for any classroom. The course will begin with exercises to build confidence and promote relationships, all while studying the basic rules, guidelines, and structures of Improv. Attendees will learn how improvisation can help with anything from creating icebreakers and team building activities, to reenacting history and current events, or even jump starting the creative writing process and promoting literacy. Further topics will be tailored to benefit the diverse content areas / grade levels taught by participants.

13. STI - 5435 - Subtitles Galore: Using Film to teach Global History

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: 6-12

Dates: 4/16/2020 to 5/7/2020

Films can serve as a valuable tool in teaching history when taught in the proper context. Teachers can use films to highlight social trends in a given period and to help students look critically at films (and other forms of media) for accuracy and perspective. The purpose of this course is to analyze how film attempts to explain topics in Global History, post-World War II.
Themes to be explored are: Revolution; Class; Colonialism; Gender/Status of Women; Citizenship and Politics; Immigration; Family; Urban - Rural Life; the Future, etc. Each of the four sessions will feature either one film or clips of films, and relevant readings along a common theme. After viewing, teachers will discuss and develop ideas for using the films in their classes.
Course Requirements: The project for the class will be a unit outline with a detailed lesson plan that features a film as a source for studying a theme/topic/event in Global History.

14. STI - 5390 - The Science of Health and Nutrition III

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 4/17/2020 to 4/18/2020

In this course, Kim Jordan, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, will dive deeper into the significant roles our nutrition plays in our overall well being. The course will focus specifically on how our students' diets impact their productivity and behavior in the classroom and beyond. Topics for discussion and research presented will include making healthy nutritional choices at the grocery store, preparing nutritious meals and snacks, and uncovering how much sugar is actually in the foods we eat. The course will also address the significant impact of digestion and gut health on our lives, and how nutrition and other lifestyle habits play important roles. All participants will leave the class with practical information on how food and dietary behaviors impact our bodies. Participants will have time to create lesson plans, unit plans and/or games to use in their K-12 classrooms.

15. STI - 5391 - K-12 Integrated Unit Design

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 4/17/2020 to 4/18/2020

This course is a work session in which teachers will create new integrated units or upgrade current units of study to fit the 21st Century classroom. The goal is to facilitate changes in the way both content and skills are being delivered to enable students to become autonomous learners. It will also allow for teacher work time where they can evaluate ways in which they can increase their own productivity by using technology for communication and collaboration. Teachers will evaluate current technology use in their classroom explore how to incorporate technology effectively into their teaching to promote student learning and increase engagement.

16. STI - 5394 - Museums as Resource: Mexican Muralists at the Whitney Museum

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 4/24/2020 to 4/25/2020

The Friday night slide lecture will introduce the groundbreaking exhibition that literally "rewrites" the history of American art by challenging the assumption that the French were the major source of influence on American art in the first half of the 20th century. Indeed, Jackson Pollock, the founder of Abstract Expressionism, the first American art movement that gained international recognition and moved the world art capital from Paris to New York, readily acknowledged the crucial importance of the Mexican muralists to the development of his art. On Saturday we will visit the Whitney exhibition and over morning coffee and a working lunch will brainstorm about how the valuable new perspectives and insights that the exhibition presents can be utilized in our classrooms. At the museum we will select objects that are best suited to varied curricular needs. After the Mexican Revolution in 1920 "a new relationship between art and the public was established, giving rise to art that spoke directly to the people about social justice and national life." American artists who were seeking to break free of European aesthetic domination to create publicly significant art were inspired by the efforts of their Mexican neighbors. American artists traveled to Mexico, and the leading Mexican muralists-Josďż½© Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros-spent extended periods of time in the United States, executing murals, paintings, and prints; exhibiting their work; and interacting with local artists. The "Vida Americana" exhibition, presenting close to 200 works by sixty Mexican and American artists, "reorients art history by revealing the profound impact the Mexican muralists had on their counterparts in the United States during this period and the ways in which their example inspired American artists both to create epic narratives about American history and everyday life and to use their art to protest economic, social, and racial injustices."

17. STI - 5395 - Food In the Curriculum - Spring 2020

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 4/24/2020 to 4/25/2020

Food can be an engaging and creative way to teach all subjects from math and science to social studies and ELA. At the elementary level, food and its preparation reinforces math skills by having students physically measure quantities or expand the number of servings a recipe can fulfill by using fractions. Reading and writing recipes develops ELA skills and collaborative group work builds cooperation and communication skills. At the middle school, many students work in family and consumer science kitchens, but the study of food also plays a role in science and social studies class discussions on sustainability, and in health classes during nutrition units. High school world history classes and the senior economics classes delve into global issues surrounding food. Many schools also have gardens and have begun composting food waste as a result of the district efforts on sustainability.

In this course, teachers from across all disciplines will explore how cooking relates to subject area content. Teachers will be introduced to recipes, books and resources that are tied directly to standards across the curriculum and for all ages. This course also supports sustainability initiatives as teachers will also explore issues of seasonality, production, and distribution of food. Guest lecturers will introduce strategies for preparing meals with students in a traditional classroom. Teachers will engage in sample lessons that demonstrate how food can illustrate topics in math, science, social studies and ELA. Participants will explore food preparation as a conduit for larger conversations about health, the environment, and cultural expression. Accommodating food allergies and the importance of parent communication will also be discussed. Teachers will collaborate on lesson plans specific to their specific grade level and/or content focus area and share resources for incorporating food into the classroom.

18. STI - 5396 - Student and Teacher Blogs Using CampusPress

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 4/24/2020 to 4/25/2020

Teachers will become familiar with the platform Campus Press (based on WordPress) for generating class and professional blogs. Student voice is amplified and given deeper meaning when the writing is authentically published and the audience for student work goes beyond the classroom walls and the refrigerator door at home. The course includes discussion of how and when to use online tools that are best suited to their classroom communications goals. Beginning in 3rd grade, and through high school, students create and curate their own blogs. This course will dive into why this skill is so important, as well as how to seamlessly integrate blogging into existing curriculum.

19. STI - 5397 - Storypath

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-6

Dates: 4/24/2020 to 4/25/2020

This course will introduce a new teaching strategy to teachers. The strategy is known as Storypath or Scottish Storyline in the European context. The Storypath strategy essentially uses the story structure (setting, characters, and plot) to connect subject matter for a topic into a sequence of learning experiences. Students participate in their learning experiences from the viewpoint of a character in the story. They engage in role-play that treads a path between imagination and reality, constructing their understandings about the subject matter and practicing skills in context. This course will focus on social studies understandings and active community participation demonstrating how Storypath creates purposeful lessons to foster democratic understanding. Thus, Storypath relies on plot as a way to organize social studies learning and dispositions and apply critical thinking and literacy skills to tackle problems. Storypath offers both a structure for organizing the curriculum and an inquiry process using key questions to guide students through the sequence of episodes. Participants will be introduced to the pedagogical benefits of the Storypath strategy. During the session, participants will experience Storypath's five components, namely setting, characters, context, critical incidents, and concluding event demonstrating how these components engage students in integrated literacy and social studies learnings. This inquiry-based strategy will be modeled in the course by use of an exemplar. The course activities will also demonstrate how Storypath effectively integrates social studies content, literacy skills, and social-emotional learning (SEL) through cooperative small group episodes that produce meaningful and memorable lived experiences for students as they engage in civic discourse and democratic decision making.  

20. STI - 5458 - Tools with a Twist

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 4/24/2020 to 4/25/2020

As makerspaces and design labs are finding their way into our schools, there is a renewed interest in using traditional power tools to build a project. In the Middle School technology curriculum, students learn to use tools and build a small project. Teachers will not only enhance their own skills in this area, but they will now experience what their students do in their technology class. Teachers will learn how to use a variety of power tools including drills, routers, chop saw, bandsaw, belt sander and orbital sander as well as some hand tools during the Friday session. Saturday will be for hands on building experiences. Participants will come away with their choice of project including a box, sign or organizer that they will design and use in their classroom.

21. STI - 5387 Building STEAM Skills - Working with Metal

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/1/2020 to 5/2/2020

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Metalworking is the process of working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large-scale structures. The term covers a wide range of work from large ships and bridges to precise engine parts and delicate jewelry. Metalworking therefore includes a correspondingly wide range of skills, processes, and tools and offers a range of interdisciplinary learning opportunities for teachers and their students. Metallurgical chemistry, metal processing techniques, principles of design and aesthetics, the historical impact of developments in metal working fields and the economic facets of both small scale artisan metalworks and large scale industrial applications are just a few of the topics that teachers can explore. Taught by Tiffany & Co. Silversmith and artist Preston Jones, this class is for participants with little to no experience in working with metal. Teachers will learn how to use the different tools of jewelry production and techniques such as sawing, soldering, polishing, and stone setting. Some materials we will use include silver, copper, bronze, brass and nickel silver. In addition we will explore metal casting and its applications. Materials fee: $15.00

22. STI - 5399 - Caring for Self, Connecting with Others: Developing Ways to Improve Student Wellness at SMS

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: SMS

Dates: 5/1/2020 to 5/2/2020

Groups of teachers at SMS have been working with students on wellness, growth mindset, stress, resilience, character strengths, and mindfulness. In light of this recent work, the need for a wellness centered, small-group model to foster greater social, emotional, and civic learning and strengthen teacher-student connections has emerged. Participants in this course will study successful advisory programs in neighboring schools, become familiar with the Developmental Designs approach to advisory through lessons and activities, establish common goals and lessons, consider and craft a student and/or staff survey, and brainstorm implementation strategies. Ongoing work with Growth Mindset, Character Values, and Mindfulness will also be used as the foundation for common language and experiences for our students.

23. STI - 5457 -Strings in a Weekend

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/1/2020 to 5/2/2020

Yes - it can be done! If you've ever wanted to explore playing violin, viola, or cello Jessica Elkhatib, Matt Rotjan and Jill Schultz will show you how. No instrument purchase will be needed and no practicing outside of the class required. Within this timeframe we will show you the basics of playing (more natural than you'd imagine) and help you give your first concerts! Learning strings will help you gain insight into many aspects of your own teaching as you reflect on the similarities, and differences made clear through this skill and its unique pedagogy. Easier than you'd think and more fun than you can guess!

24. STI - 5388 - Challenge Course I

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/8/2020 to 5/9/2020

Challenge Course Workshop I creates a setting for participants to develop essential skills that enhance personal leadership, effective teamwork, and decision-making. Through challenging group and individual experiences, teachers deepen their capacities for problem solving and working with others as they complete a succession of tasks. When teachers take on the role of learners in the face of demanding activities, they can better empathize with the challenges their own students face. Participants will test their problem-solving strategies and communication skills through a series of experiences designed to foster effective teamwork. They will examine realistic goal-setting and collaborative decision-making, observe different leadership styles, and identify their own management skills. Participants will experience growth related activities in the area of physical, social, and emotional risk-taking. Strategies that create a classroom environment fostering self-esteem will be emphasized.

25. STI - 5405 - Building STEAM Skills: Electronics

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/8/2020 to 5/9/2020

This hands-on course will provide a foundation for teachers on how to work with electronics in various classroom situations, from computer programming, to robotics, to engineering. Teachers will gain familiarity with structures and terminology and commonly used items in reverse engineering. This course will provide participants with the skills such as soldering, reading logic diagrams, and working with prototyping boards. In addition, there will be discussion of theory and familiarity of the different components such as resistors, transistors, capacitors, and potentiometers.

The guest speaker for the course will be Peter Miller of Applied Inspirations LLC, maker of electronics kits.

26. STI - 5408 - Incorporating Art in the Math Classroom

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/8/2020 to 5/9/2020

"This course will be a combination of fine arts and mathematics. The lives of two primary artists, Dale Chihuly and M.C. Escher, who are well-known for their incredible contributions to the art world, will be the main focus of this course. First the participants will study and create their own unique tessellation. They will then create a Chihuly-like sculpture, decorated with their Escher-like tessellation. Suggestions will be given on how teachers could adapt the lesson to suit their grade level. "

27. STI - 5417 - A Look into NYC: Flat Iron District

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/8/2020 to 5/9/2020

The Flatiron Neighborhood in New York City overlaps a stretch of Manhattan known as Ladies' Mile, a designated historic district by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Furthermore, the Flatiron District is framed by three of New York's greatest public spaces, making it one of the most dynamic and diverse areas in the city. Through lecture, discussion, multimedia resources, literary critique, and a tour of the area, participants will learn the historical significance of the Flatiron District and its surrounding neighborhoods.

28. STI - 5411 - Sustainability In/Out of the Classroom

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/15/2020 to 5/16/2020

Teachers will be immersed in activity-based learning in the garden, kitchen, and classroom as we dig into the Big Ideas of Sustainability.

On Friday afternoon, participants will explore the SMS school garden and hydroponics systems. They will experience farm-to-table and tower-to-table learning around a variety of disciplines.

Saturday's experience will occur at Pound Ridge Organics, with Founder, Donna Simons. Donna is an "eggspert" and provides everything from various types of eggs to 100% pastured meats, organic local produce, pies and desserts 1/4 to beeswax candles and locally produced eco-friendly laundry detergent. Monique Bosch, Founder of Wiggle Room, a vermicomposting company will join the discussion. Teachers will tour the farm and gardens, visit the many birds she raises, and participate in hands-on garden and cooking activities, while focusing on zero waste. This course aims to inspire and support our community in creating successful pathways to integrate sustainability concepts and activities into the curriculum.

29. STI - 5412 - Language and Art

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/15/2020 to 5/16/2020

The arts dissolve barriers among distinct subject areas such as ELA, math, science, and social studies. Artists inform their audience about the era in which they create; they use techniques that juxtapose reason and emotion; and they inspire viewers to create their own works in response. Conceptual artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Barbara Kruger, and JJ Adams used language in their paintings so that physical words, rather than color or subjects, became tools of expression.

This course will help teachers inspire students to notice deeply, appreciate art history, and express themselves in novel ways. This course is designed to encourage teachers to incorporate the arts into their teaching, whether they have kindergartners learning sight words or high school history students studying why the 1960s was ripe for conceptual artists who produced works that used words to reject accepted artistic standards. In this combination art history and studio art class, teachers will link art to their specific classes.

30. STI - 5413 - Google Slides: Beyond the Presentation

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/15/2020 to 5/16/2020

This course expands on concepts explored in Google Basics, Google Advanced and Google: Newbie to Guru courses. With a focus on Google Slides applications from the Google suite, teachers will learn how to create Ignite and TED style presentations and explore using eBooks, animated timelines, and comic books. Slides is far more than simply "for presentations."

31. STI - 5522 - Studying Skillful Teaching Alumni Course: Formative Assessments and Building Relationships

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Participants who took Skillful Teaching

Dates: 5/29/2020 to 5/30/2020

Deb Reed from Research for Better Teaching will lead teachers in a closer look at two areas covered in the original Studying Skillful Teacher course: formative assessment and building relationships with students. Teachers will examine the purpose of assessment, forms of formative assessment, grading and evaluation, and communicating feedback with students. The weekend will also include discussions about how personal relations connect to student achievement and the teacher traits and behaviors that are most important to students.

This course is only open to teachers who have taking the original Studying Skillful Teacher course. This course is distinct from the course offered the weekend of May 29-30, so teachers can sign up for one or both workshops.

32. STI - 5415 Dance, Rhythms, and Culture in the Curriculum

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/29/2020 to 5/30/2020

Rhythm is a basic element in all aspects of life from the beat of the human heart to the cadence of a dancer's movement. Rhythm and dance activities can be successfully integrated into curriculum in all areas to enrich the teaching of skills and content, to develop comfort with movement, to enhance self-esteem, and to promote social interaction. Dance provides a matchless outlet for student expression and a way to understand certain social aspects of culture. Dances share the aesthetic and technical principles that govern the construction and meaning of a culture's kinetic vocabulary. When dance is an integral part of their studies, students gain a unique perspective on culture.

The course will begin with a survey of cultural dances from the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia and examine differences and similarities in dance style, music, and costumes. The development of American dance from the early 1900s to present day will be included in this overview. On the second day, guest performers will demonstrate a variety of dances and guide participants in observing and practicing the dances from different countries. Class members will discuss the integration of dance into curriculum: how dance can be incorporated to enhance students' knowledge of a country's history and culture; the use of dance as an educational tool; and ways in which dance serves as an outlet for societal needs and concerns.

33. STI - 5416 - Enhancing Engagement Through Interactive Games

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/29/2020 to 5/30/2020

It has been shown that teaching through play can have a lasting impact on student achievement. There is evidence that games allow students to focus well enough to learn better. Researchers have found that rewriting a lesson to include a challenge for the students to overcome (in other words, making it into a game) significantly improves the learning performance of children. Games can help with retention as they allow students to form meaningful connections. These activities also foster an environment where students collaborate, persevere, and take risks. Teachers will observe and participate in interactive games that can be applied to any content area or age group. Participants will design their own games to meet the needs of their students. The workshop includes time spent at the Puzzle Parlor in which participants will "Escape the Room." There is a $25 entrance fee for the Puzzle Parlor.

34. STI - 5453 - Let's Make Anchor Charts

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-6

Dates: 5/29/2020 to 5/30/2020

This course for elementary-level teachers will combine collaboration on Units of Study with creative techniques used in bookmaking to create visual materials for students. Teachers will create anchor charts to complement their curriculum in all subject areas. Teachers will also gain greater facility with technological components of Google Drive and Google Slides.

35. STI - 5296-2 - Make Writing with Author Angela Stockman (Part 2)

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/5/2020 to 6/6/2020

Author Angela Stockman will provide strategies that reinvent instruction and inspire both young and adult writers to express ideas with tools and in ways that have rarely, if ever, been considered combining Making and Writing. Many teachers are converting classrooms to maker spaces--vibrant places where students demonstrate learning by constructing things, applying newly-learned skills and concepts. With inspired creativity and ingenuity, Stockman will show how teachers can bring modern maker moves into the writer's workshop, giving birth to a new environment of energized writing. Teachers can sign up for one or two credits depending if they are taking the course for one weekend or two.

36. STI - 5400 - Caribbean Rhythms in Today's Music

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/5/2020 to 6/6/2020

This course will focus on the study of the "clave" rhythm, it's origin and development throughout the Americas and Caribbean Islands. Participants will explore to audio and video, and play Caribbean percussion instruments in a drum circle format.

37. STI - 5419 New York City as a Resource: Prospect Park and Surrounding Neighborhoods

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/5/2020 to 6/6/2020

This course will explore the rich and diverse culture and history of the Brooklyn, with a focus on the Prospect Park area. On Friday night, participants will explore the cultural diversity of Brooklyn through a variety of multimedia resources including readings, film and documentaries. The course offers the opportunity for discussions and curricular development on key questions facing urban planning and change.

On Saturday, the group will meet in Brooklyn, NY and will be led by an experienced tour guides who will discuss the history of Prospect Park and the roles of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux had in creating a park of their dreams. Prior to becoming a park in the 1800s, the area is historically significant as the site of the largest battle of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Brooklyn. This course offers teachers the opportunity to consider geography, change over time, diversity, urban planning, and more when planning lessons in a wide range of disciplines.

38. STI - 5422 - Identifying and Addressing Adolescent Self-Injury in the School Setting

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-122

Dates: 6/5/2020 to 6/6/2020

This workshop will address the etiology and underlying dynamics of the chronic, seemingly addictive, and contagious nature of self-injury. The presenter will also offer strategies for motivating adolescents to involve their parents, begin treatment, and change their behavior in both the short- and long-term. Techniques proposed can help self-injuring adolescents to postpone self-injury, identify sources of distress, and choose appropriate alternatives. The course will be tailored to the participants' experience and needs.

39. STI - 5398 - NYC as a Resource: The Rich History and Beauty of the Bronx - Exploration of Arthur Avenue

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/12/2020 to 6/13/2020

This course will explore the rich and diverse culture and history of the Bronx. On Friday night, participants will explore the cultural diversity of the Bronx through a variety of multimedia resources including readings, film and documentaries. A main focus will be on the Arthur Avenue neighborhood in the Belmont Ave section of the Bronx. This neighborhood will serve as a case study for neighborhood change and development. Teachers will learn key phrases in Italian for Saturday's visit. Using this neighborhood study, teachers will see how Jews, Italians, Albanians, have influenced this neighborhood and borough. The course offers the opportunity for discussions and curricular development on key questions facing our communities, cities and nation particularly as it applies to diversity, changing demographics, and both cultural assimilation and appropriation. This course offers multiple opportunities for enrichment of units on urban studies, immigration, world languages, cultural diffusion, human geography and more.

40. STI - 5420 - Self Portraits: Express Yourself(ie)

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/12/2020 to 6/13/2020

Teachers continually strive to stretch their students' capacity to notice deeply and make connections across disciplines. A close examination of self-portraits over time reveals that the representation of the "self" incorporates subtle messages about the artist and the time in which they lived. Projection of wealth and social status, cultural and religious beliefs, and political propaganda often serve as motivation for the powerful visual messages that appear in these works. Likewise, contemporary individuals, including students, strive to establish their own outward identities through the modern "selfie."

This course will engage participants in a close examination of various forms of self-portraiture throughout history. Emphasis will be on how the study and creation of different styles of self-portraiture and literary self-expression can be used in each participant's specific classroom situation. Participants will examine a wide variety of self-portraits over time and discuss how they relate to art, history and the amalgam of both: art history. Artistic works examined closely will include the Mona Lisa and the works of Rembrandt, Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close, and Andy Warhol as well as ubiquitous examples of cell phone self-photography. After a visual investigation of a variety of self-portraits, participants will create their own using a variety of different materials and methods and engaging in a visual and tactile exploration of the art of self-portraiture. Participants will create a final project for classroom use inspired by viewings and the working process. They will learn how portraiture can be integrated into their classroom studies, enabling their students to make stronger, richer artistic connections in their learning and knowledge of themselves.

41. STI - 5454 Virtual Reality and Google Expeditions

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/12/2020 to 6/13/2020

"With Virtual Reality (VR) and Alternative Reality (AR), teachers are no longer limited by the space of the classroom. VR lets you explore the world virtually while AR brings abstract concepts to life-allowing teachers to guide students through collections of 360° scenes and 3D objects, pointing out interesting sites and artifacts along the way. "

42. STI - 5421 -The 1:1 Learning Environment at Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 6/19/2020

This course is going to cover topics that address the individual needs and varying proficiency levels of the teachers participating in the 1:1 program. Participants will learn about the technical/instructional features of a chromebook, explore Digital Citizenship and the teacher and student's role in the 1:1 classroom, and use the SAMR Model to write integrated curriculum. Course Requirement: As a culminating project, teachers will develop integrated technology learning activities/units which will be turned in shortly after the conclusion of the course.

43. STI - 5443 - Teaching Children with Anxiety Problems

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/29/2020 to 7/1/2020

Students experiencing elevated anxiety are at significant risk for academic and social difficulties. In order to maximize the performance of these vulnerable students, teachers must understand the nature of the anxious child and develop appropriate methods and teaching skills. Educators need opportunities to learn from the research the serious impact of anxiety disorders on development and performance as well as effective strategies for coping with anxiety and associated problems.

Course instruction and discussion will focus on the relationship between anxiety problems and school performance from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Teachers will learn to recognize behaviors with roots in anxiety and to develop a more informed understanding of children with anxiety disorders and anxious temperament. Classroom manifestations and best practice models of school intervention will be reviewed. Teachers will also have opportunities to discuss specific cases from their own practice.

44. STI -5424 - Mindfulness Through Movement and Art Summer Institute

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/29/2020 to 7/2/2020

Several major studies have shown that in classrooms that use mindfulness as a core ingredient, students are more adaptable to new situations, are more creative, and have better social skills. A mindful learning environment enables students to apply the concepts of "focused attention" and "focused intention" to their present and future learning. Mindfulness Education is designed to empower children to focus their attention in school, adopt positive health behaviors, engage in healthy lifestyles, and develop satisfying relationships. Mindfulness manages the person in a process, which quiets the mind, builds inner resiliency, and helps the individual meet challenges and stresses in their daily lives.

This course will provide a framework to understand the benefits of mindfulness on combating adverse effects of stress on our body and mind. In this 4 day version, recognition that mindfulness is a process to be repeated creating comfort and resiliency that will allow for greater depth of experience to share with students. Participants will learn how brain science relates to the topic of mindfulness including a greater understanding of how the parts of the brain affect stress level, and ability to focus. Simple meditation, breathing lessons, basic yoga asanas, and creative pursuits will be explored to share in the classroom. Group investigation of topics, presentations and deeper immersion into creative projects will help engender a familiarity with these quiet yet powerful practices. Participants will experience and learn to teach guided instruction in many forms of mindfulness practices. A final project will be the creation of a manual of mindfulness principles and lessons for classroom use.

45. STI - 5423 - Challenge Course II

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/29/2020 to 7/2/2020

Challenge Course participants overcome their own limits as they cooperate with colleagues to complete a challenging program of physical activities. In the process, teachers put themselves in the place of learners often faced with daunting classroom tasks to complete. Through the experiential learning at the heart of the Challenge Course process, participants enhance their own problem-solving and decision-making skills, learn the importance of debriefing sessions after lessons, and develop effective questioning techniques that guide student reflection on learning. When individuals, teachers and students alike, stretch beyond their perceived strengths and weaknesses, they enhance self-esteem, an important goal of the Challenge Course workshops.

While working with their colleagues in a more physically and emotionally demanding setting, Challenge Course Workshop II participants will expand their comfort zones beyond the Challenge Course I experience. This course will utilize both low ropes elements and high ropes climbing activities to provide teachers first hand practice in the challenges and stressors faced by students striving to achieve new heights or simply to survive in the classroom. Debriefing activities will provide teachers opportunities to share experiences and to network with each other on best practices and strategies to foster empathy and self-esteem in the classroom environment.

46. STI - 5447 - K-12 Integrated Unit Design

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 6/29/2020 to 6/30/2020

This course is a work session in which teachers will create new integrated units or upgrade current units of study to fit the 21st Century classroom. The goal is to facilitate changes in the way both content and skills are being delivered to enable students to become autonomous learners. It will also allow for teacher work time where they can evaluate ways in which they can increase their own productivity by using technology for communication and collaboration. Teachers will evaluate current technology use in their classroom explore how to incorporate technology effectively into their teaching to promote student learning and increase engagement.

47. STI - 5425 - Response to Intervention: Creating Games to Differentiate Instruction

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-4

Dates: 7/6/2020 to 7/9/2020

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a framework for academic intervention by teachers to identify and to provide supplemental instruction to children who are having difficulty learning. Specific RTI regulations apply to the core curriculum and the general education classroom teacher who must develop interventional strategies that differentiate in the classroom. The use of games is an effective activity for targeting the skills that the struggling student needs to master. Games provide the repetition and review often needed to learn in an enjoyable and fun way in all subject areas. Children are active learners; games engage them in learning and can be used to supplement instruction within the RTI framework.

This course offers teachers specific instruction that can be used in Tier I for RTI. In the Tier I phase, the teacher identifies a student who is at risk and assesses the skill area for supplemental instruction to be provided during the school day. Teachers in grades K-4 will examine RTI specifications and create games and activities that can be used immediately in their classrooms to reinforce curriculum and to differentiate instruction for students experiencing difficulty learning. An integral part of the course will be discussion of multiple intelligences, learning styles, and individualized instructional strategies. Teachers will examine their curricular areas in the primary grades to develop numerous and varied games to target particular learning problems. Participants should bring reference materials for the concepts and skills they would like to individualize in their supplemental instruction.

Course Requirements:
1. Share personal strategies, games, and activities to differentiate instruction.
2. Complete 15 new games or activities for the classroom that can be used as supplemental instruction following the RTI framework.

48. STI - 5428 - Therapeutic Art for Student and Teacher Wellness

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/6/2020 to 7/9/2020

This course is designed to instruct teachers in a hands on immersive class of various art techniques and directives. By exploring materials, directives, and their own relationship to the art process, teachers will begin to recognize art's clinical properties, further increase cultural awareness, and develop creative problem solving skills to deal with common emotional challenges that students face on a daily basis. Teachers will leave the course with a wellness toolbox filled with many techniques and ideas to support their student's well-being.

49. STI - 5426 - Why Identity Matters

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/6/2020 to 7/8/2020

This workshop is designed for participants to explore different concepts of identity and their assumptions about themselves and others. Participants will leave with a better understanding of who their students are and how their identities function to drive learning behaviors. In particular, participants will increase their awareness of identities and think about how they are influenced by these identities in different contexts.

Topics will include race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, ethnicity, disability, and nationality as well as the complications posed by social media, peer pressure and questions of privilege. The goal of the workshop is to encourage empathy and build community by increasing sensitivity to shared identities and the diversity of identities around us.

50. STI - 5427 - Building STEAM Skills: Woodworking

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/6/2020 to 7/9/2020

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Developing STEAM skills requires the knowledge and familiarity of a variety of materials. Students in the middle school and the high school participate in a range of coursework working with wood through their technology classes at the middle school or in the Design Lab at Scarsdale High School. The goal of this course is to improve teachers knowledge about the basic foundations of woodworking (i.e., design, joinery) and hone their skills with different tools. Teachers will adapt and apply what they have learned to their specific grade level and discipline.

There is an additional materials fee of $150.

51. STI - 5441 - Feeding the Curriculum

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/6/2020 to 7/9/2020

The connections between food and elementary, middle and high school curriculum are vast and can lead to vibrant and memorable lessons. This course will introduce unique and exciting ways to help students develop deeper and more profound understandings across disciplines. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, teachers will explore how food and farming is represented in various art forms and genres and will delve into the anthropological, cultural and social/emotional context of our eating habits, celebrations and traditions. Teachers will visit a local sustainable farm to understand the scientific foundation of farming and consider the ethical and social issues of food production. A tour of the Union Square Farmers market will examine issues surrounding equity for eaters and farmers, food access and seasonality. Two of the days will be spent in the classroom developing ELA lessons using food writing and food memories as a platform, making connections to the math curriculum through recipe writing and development, and discussing health, wellness and nutrition with hands-on lessons and workshops.

52. STI - 5430 - The Art of Photography

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/13/2020 to 7/16/2020

When they use their skills as photographers, students not only become more perceptive of their world, they are better able to interact, engage, and understand the importance of the visual media in their daily lives. Participants in this course will learn how to create well-crafted photographs and to develop a strong visual voice that can serve as a means to generate awareness of a topic. This course will help the participant to develop the skills and insights necessary to document events that are important to them.

In this course, participants will learn the techniques necessary to create strong visual images. They will discuss the basic settings and functions of the camera, understand exposure, lighting and lenses on a camera. demonstrate skills associated with the post production process by using Adobe Photoshop, explore different types of portraiture and apply techniques specific to this area of photography, capture still-life objects as well as action shots.

53. STI - 5438 - Learning Styles in the Classroom

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/13/2020 to 7/16/2020

Educational research and programming have long emphasized the accommodation of individual student differences in the classroom. Materials, methods, and management systems have proliferated rapidly. While strategies have been developed that provide alternative learning opportunities for children and adults, the technologies needed to assess and classify children have been slower in coming. The Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children (MMTIC) was developed out of this need. Type Theory provides the knowledge and skills for recognizing why and how learning and teaching style differences occur, what they mean, and how educators can more effectively deal with these differences. Just as every teacher has a preferred style of teaching, every student has a preferred style of learning. In this course, participants will explore ways to improve student learning through the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Before teachers can apply the MBTI to classroom use, they must learn about their type and see how type relates to the classroom. The workshop will develop activities designed to accommodate differences in teaching and learning styles in order to maximize student success.

54. STI - 5448 - Improving Literacy in the Classroom Through Podcasting

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/14/2020 to 7/15/2020

Teachers will explore how the large variety of podcast content can support their instruction while keeping lessons fresh and engaging for students. Podcasts expose students to many varieties of communication such as dialogue, interviews, narration, debates, and many others. Teachers will then explore the process of creating podcasts and how to incorporate student-centered, meaningful learning experiences that facilitate meaningful learning experiences that will enhance student literacy. The class will culminate with participants designing a podcasting experience for their students and creating a model using AudioStudio.

55. STI - 5449 -The 1:1 Learning Environment at Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 7/16/2020 to 7/17/2020

This course is going to cover topics that address the individual needs and varying proficiency levels of the teachers participating in the 1:1 program. Participants will learn about the technical/instructional features of a chromebook, explore Digital Citizenship and the teacher and student's role in the 1:1 classroom, and use the SAMR Model to write integrated curriculum. Course Requirement: As a culminating project, teachers will develop integrated technology learning activities/units which will be turned in shortly after the conclusion of the course.

56. STI -5409 - Cádiz, Spain, A Crossroads of Civilizations: Field Study & Cultural Immersion

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/17/2020 to 7/22/2020

Cádiz, Spain is a true crossroads of civilizations. Founded by the Phoenicians 3100 years ago, Cádiz is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe, still revealing the historical footprints of Greeks, Romans, Moors, Spanish Bourbon kings and more. As one of the cities from which Christopher Columbus sailed, Cádiz linked Europe with the New World and in later years, played an important role in the geopolitics of Napoleon's Europe and British Imperialism. Cádiz offers teachers an ideal case study for lessons in geography, history, language development, and cross-cultural interaction as reflected in art and architecture.

Participants on this field study will have taken two prerequisite courses on the art, history, and culture of Cádiz and will arrive in Cádiz with a specific curricular focus for further investigation such as an historical era, Spanish language development, health and wellness, or sustainability. Through visiting historic sites and meeting local people, teachers will make cultural, historical, and linguistic connections that impact their curricular work as they collaborate with each other in an international setting. By living abroad, teachers will recognize patterns and common problems, and see beyond the stereotypes of a particular culture. Furthermore, participants will design innovative projects, linking this international experience with their current role in the district.

Teachers will complete two weekend courses in the spring, Global Networking: the South of Spain, and An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Cádiz, Spain. Teachers will keep a journal of their observations on the field study, prepare an individual or group presentation of their research for when they return, and create a lesson for use with students.

Additional fees: approximately $2900. Teachers are responsible for arranging their own air travel and accommodation.

57. STI - 5431 - Tablet to Tablet: Playful Books and Toys

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/20/2020 to 7/23/2020

Interactive playful book forms and manipulative toys can be an engaging way to connect and integrate the arts from K to 12th grades across the curriculum. This 4 day workshop will include lots of objects that kids want to make and touch: magic cubes for study guides or sequence study, historical toys like Jacob's ladders, and optical illusion and movement flip books and other optical film toys. In addition to a pop-up workshop, a longer multi box in book form will allow personal artistic investigation on a theme of your choice allowing connection to your curricular needs and a meaningful sample for your classroom.

58. STI - 5442 - From the Couch to the Classroom: Educator Use of Psychological Interventions

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/20/2020 to 7/22/2020

There is a critical link between mental health interventions and school performance. Psychological interventions have helped many students outside the classroom, but in-school applications are even more compelling. Most important, the principles and methods of effective psychological interventions can be independently applied by teachers to improve student performance in the classroom. Therefore, understanding various types of treatments and how teachers can apply these techniques in educating students is crucial for meeting the needs of our children.

In this course, educators will learn effective psychological interventions and how to construct, integrate and implement aspects of them in the classroom, in order to enhance student learning and performance. Educators will learn about the critical relationship between mental health interventions and school performance, and how to apply these methods in order to maximize student performance and improve classroom management. Participants will learn a wide range of psycho-therapeutic and behavioral techniques, with a primary focus on the most effective evidence-based interventions, such as cognitive behavior therapy and positive psychology. Educators will learn how to extend these methods to their work with individual students in the classroom and with entire classes. Educators will learn how to apply these interventions in order to maximize student performance and improve classroom management. The course will involve lecture, discussion and workshop approaches. Readings and video materials will be presented.

59. STI - 5439 - Exploring the Professional Shelf: DIY Literacy Summer 2020

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/20/2020 to 7/23/2020

The authors of DIY Literacy, Kate Roberts and Maggie Beatie Roberts, support using teacher-made literacy tools in the classroom. They write, "Teaching tools create an impact on students' learning. They help students hold onto our teaching and become changed by the work in the classroom." DIY Literacy refers to making literacy tools instead of buying them. This allows teachers to create materials that are specific to their students' needs and learning goals. In this course, teachers will have the opportunity to explore, research, and create literacy resources to enhance reading instruction. Teachers will explore DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence in depth and access Kate Roberts and Maggie Beatie Roberts through their video series. During the course, participants will create their own literacy resources, including anchor charts, student bookmarks, shared reading text, and games. Through collaboration and discussion, teachers will add valuable resources to their reading instruction.

60. STI - 5450 -Visually Engaging Students in Critical Thinking Skills and Literacy Skills using Storyboards

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 7/21/2020 to 7/22/2020

Storyboards are visual organizers which elicit critical thinking skills in design, organization, and creativity. It takes a lot of time to write and format a storyboard. A storyboard also forces the creator, as the designer, to think about the structure and flow of their graphics and text. Why are they designing it this way? Is there a better way to present the information? In this course, teachers will learn how to create storyboards as an instructional tool as well as write lessons/unit where storyboarding enhances new or existing student activities using the 4 Cs model of 21st century learning.

61. STI - 5407 - Myth, Legend, and Lore: A Literary Field Study in Scotland

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/23/2020 to 7/29/2020

Scotland is a land steeped in legends, superstitions, and folklore. Strange land formations, sudden shifts in weather, and watery landscapes gave rise to stories about mythical beasts (unicorns, kelpies, the Loch Ness monster), ghost stories, and "faerie" stories that are still part of Scotland's oral tradition. Scottish folklore, like folklore from other parts of the world, is deeply intertwined with local environments, cultures, and language dialects.

Prior to this field study, teachers will have read and discussed some of the folktales of Scotland and their impact on culture both throughout history and today. Teachers will begin their study in Edinburgh at the Scottish Storytelling Center for a further background in Scotland's rich oral traditions. Teachers will visit the locations of some of these folktales with input from local folklorists, writers and guides at Loch Ness, Dunkeld, Callanish Standing Stones, Luskentye Beach, Isle of Skye, Fairy Glen, Quiraing, Eilean Donan Castle, and Glencoe. Through their travels and discussions with Scottish educators and locals, they will also learn about the history of Scotland and its relationship with the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the United States. Teachers will collaborate to apply what they have learned experientially in their work with students.

Teachers will complete two weekend prerequisite courses in the spring: Dots and Points on the Map: Scotland and Scottish Folktales Deconstructed. Teachers will keep a journal of their observations on the field study, prepare an individual or group presentation of their research for when they return, and create a lesson for use with students.

Additional Fees: Approximately $3050. Teachers are responsible for arranging their own air travel and accommodation.
This course will provide teachers with the pedagogical framework necessary to design and implement authentic, problem-based units of study delivered in a style that fosters student, choice, autonomy, and 21 century learning skills. Staff will create real-world relevant tasks for students to apply content knowledge in open-ended and empowering ways. They will also integrate the structures and strategies of the instructional philosophy known as the Learner Active Technology Infused (LATI) Classroom into their teaching environment.

63. STI - 5432 - Museums as Resources: Global Connections at the Met

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/27/2020 to 7/30/2020

This summer course will explore the educational resources and opportunities available for teaching history and culture through the Metropolitan Museum's extensive collections of art and artifacts found in the African, Oceanic, Egyptian, Asian, Islamic, European, and American collections. Teachers will have the opportunity to design lessons that encompass a diversity of ethnic and cultural characteristics and will examine works of art through the lenses of race, class, and gender. The week will begin with an overview of the highlights of the various collections, discussion time to review object-based teaching, and an introduction to the MET's educational resources with museum staff from the Uris Center. For the remainder of the week, different collections and exhibitions will be introduced each day, beginning with an overview of masterworks and followed by gallery hunts to select works that will be most useful for the varied curricular needs of teachers. Group discussion time will be scheduled each day over working lunches and during afternoon breaks.

64. STI - 5451 - K-12 Integrated Unit Design

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 7/28/2020 to 7/29/2020

This course is a work session in which teachers will create new integrated units or upgrade current units of study to fit the 21st Century classroom. The goal is to facilitate changes in the way both content and skills are being delivered to enable students to become autonomous learners. It will also allow for teacher work time where they can evaluate ways in which they can increase their own productivity by using technology for communication and collaboration. Teachers will evaluate current technology use in their classroom explore how to incorporate technology effectively into their teaching to promote student learning and increase engagement.

65. STI - 5445 - Building Successful Students

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/3/2020 to 8/6/2020

In the classroom, the successful students are those who either inherently possess or, through good teaching and training, develop a set of skills which are core determinants of academic success. Such abilities include social skills, resiliency, self-regulation, and a host of other higher-level executive processes. In this course, participants will review current ideas, theories, and research in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and education that identify these core determinants of success. Participants will also be guided through steps teachers can take to enhance student performance.

66. STI - 5436 - Place Based Education: Using Local Venues as your Outdoor Classroom

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/3/2020 to 8/7/2020

This course will encourage teachers to use their local area, village and county as their local classroom. Teachers will learn techniques to incorporate local sites into art, English, math, social studies, world language, and science curricula. Interpretive nature walks will be modeled, with an emphasis on developing skills of observation and identification, posing questions, and connecting discoveries to a broader context. A myriad of presentation strategies will be explored that incorporate art, prose, or poetry to express the discoveries of the nature walks. These strategies encourage students to express their findings in more dynamic modes than traditional lab reports, and they entertain endless possibilities for communicating scientific information. Journal techniques and sketching will be explored, as well as field trips with interpretive walks that will engage participants in pond studies, biodiversity of the inter-tidal zone, and the ecosystems of the salt marsh. Participants will prepare a single interpretive nature walk or outdoor lesson plan based on a theme to be used as a blueprint for future incorporation into their curriculum. Participants will be required to read material prior to the course.

Trips to Rockefeller State Park, Scarsdale High School woods, Marshlands Conservancy, Edith Read Sanctuary, The Bronx River Conservancy, Weinberg Nature Center, Constitution Marsh and other local sites are planned. Walks include themes based on historical perspectives, pond study, biodiversity, and natural habitats.

67. STI - 5452 - K-6 Instructional Technology Software - Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-6 Edgemont

Dates: 8/4/2020 to 8/5/2020

This course will provide an overview of K-6 instructional software including but not limited to: Lexia, Raz Kids, IXL, Reflex Math, BrainPop, and Mystery Science. You will have a chance to explore the program, set up classes, view reports, and learn about instructional integration strategies for these tools. Participants will create integrated lessons/units with grade appropropriate instructional technology software.

68. STI - 5447 - Brave New Digital World

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/5/2020 to 8/6/2020

This course will give participants a better understanding of the benefits and pitfalls of the digital age in which we live. For example, teachers will gain a greater understanding of how personal information is treated online and discuss techniques and opportunities for sharing with students the importance of protecting their own privacy as more and more of our lives go digital.

69. STI - 5446 - Introduction to Positive Psychology

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/10/2020 to 8/13/2020

Positive psychology, the scientific study of human flourishing, has much to offer educators as we consider best ways to help students attain optimal functioning. Positive education, the application of positive psychology in schools, is essential for student well-being and achievement. This course will review principles of positive psychology and will also have participants engage in experiential learning exercises to increase well-being - which will help reinforce key concepts. Specific emphasis will be given to the integration of positive psychology constructs and techniques in the classroom.

Participants will learn key constructs in positive psychology, which have direct application to student well-being and achievement. In addition to examining the work of scholars such as Martin Seligman, Angela Duckworth, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and others, participants will engage in hands-on positive psychology activities in order to gain a better understanding of key techniques that could be used with students in the classroom. During the course, participants will engage in positive psychology exercises and have the opportunity to write reflective pieces on their experiences. In-class readings will review some key articles on positive psychology and positive education. All participants will be encouraged to share their ideas and perspectives and will have choice for final project including but not limited to a well thought-out reflection or lesson-plan applying the course material.

70. STI - 5433 - Museums as Resources: American Identities through Art, Land, and History 2020

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/10/2020 to 8/13/2020

This summer course is an exploration of educational resources available at a variety of museums in Manhattan that touch on the themes of American identity, landscape, and history. On Monday morning, the focus will be the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where participants will explore these themes, which encompass a diversity of ethnic and cultural characteristics. The evolving sense of American "self" from the 1700s through early 1900's will be examined through lenses of race, class, and gender using visual art. Further study in the African, Native American, and Asian galleries will serve as an introduction for in-depth study later in the week. The theme of identity will continue through Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as the group visits the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Chinese in America, the Tenement Museum, and the African Burial Ground. Each day will begin with a discussion in the morning to preview works for the day and discuss teaching strategies for integrating art into varied curricula. After meeting with education department staff at the museum and touring galleries we will gather for a working lunch before returning to galleries to see and study additional exhibits related to the interdisciplinary objectives.

71. STI - 5440 - Unit Planning through Understanding by Design

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/17/2020 to 8/20/2020

Understanding by Design is a framework for improving student achievement that helps teachers clarify learning goals, devise assessments that reveal student understanding, and craft effective and engaging learning activities. Developed by renowned educators Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, this method of curriculum development reflects a process called "backward design" that delays the planning of classroom activities until goals have been clarified and assessments have been produced. Unit planning using backward design provides teachers with a sense of direction and organization that helps the class to achieve significant academic gains within a particular time period.

This course will provide teachers with a common framework to better collaborate in building meaningful curriculum. Participants will read current research on backwards design and unit planning, including excerpts from Wiggins and McTighe's book Understanding by Design. Teachers will identify the broader "understandings" students should gain and craft unit plans that achieve these outcomes. Teachers will design appropriate assessments that evaluate desired learning outcomes and learn how to create daily teaching points to support their unit plans. Opportunities to stimulate student interest through lessons that are creative and relevant will be emphasized.

72. STI - 5437 - Tell a Story with your iPad

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/24/2020 to 8/25/2020

The iPad is one of the most robust content creating devices ever created. At your finger tips is a camera, video camera, photo editor, video editor, and connection to the internet. You can shoot, edit, and share your story all from this single device. Participants will learn how to use a few apps to tell polished stories and share them with their communities. Apps such as Adobe Voice and Tellagami engage students and parents alike and do more than a static poster. Putting students in new settings using a green screen, filming, and uploading to YouTube are all functions of storytelling that can be accomplished on an iPad. Augmented reality brings the paper bulletin board to life by playing your media rich stories off any piece of paper with no more than an app on your iPad. In this weekend course, participants will bring their iPad and learn how to improve storytelling to the next level from start to finish using the latest App technologies.