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1. STI - 5000 - ST@C Workshop Series - 2023-2024

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: All

Dates: 7/3/2023

ST@C workshops explore aspects of innovation in education. In each ST@C workshop, teachers gain an overview of specific technological and pedagogical tools for the classroom while establishing a professional network for more in-depth study. Scarsdale teachers can choose stand-alone ST@C workshops to use toward STI credits. One STI credit is granted when a teacher has documented 12 hours of contact time in ST@C workshops and submits to the STI office an explanation of how new ideas from ST@C impacted teaching and learning in their classroom. Teachers must register for each individual ST@C workshop online and can offer to run a ST@C course by contacting the STI office. Teachers should only register for this course credit AFTER they have completed 12 hours of ST@C courses.

2. STI - 6000 - ST@C Workshop Series - 2023-2024

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: All

Dates: 7/3/2023

ST@C workshops explore aspects of innovation in education. In each ST@C workshop, teachers gain an overview of specific technological and pedagogical tools for the classroom while establishing a professional network for more in-depth study. Scarsdale teachers can choose stand-alone ST@C workshops to use toward STI credits. One STI credit is granted when a teacher has documented 12 hours of contact time in ST@C workshops and submits to the STI office an explanation of how new ideas from ST@C impacted teaching and learning in their classroom. Teachers must register for each individual ST@C workshop online and can offer to run a ST@C course by contacting the STI office. Teachers should only register for this course credit AFTER they have registered for STI-5000 (Credit for the first 12 ST@C hours) and completed the next 12 hours of ST@C classes (hours 13-24).

3. STI - 7000 - ST@C Workshop Series - 2023-2024

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: All

Dates: 7/3/2023

ST@C workshops explore aspects of innovation in education. In each ST@C workshop, teachers gain an overview of specific technological and pedagogical tools for the classroom while establishing a professional network for more in-depth study. Scarsdale teachers can choose stand-alone ST@C workshops to use toward STI credits. One STI credit is granted when a teacher has documented 12 hours of contact time in ST@C workshops and submits to the STI office an explanation of how new ideas from ST@C impacted teaching and learning in their classroom. Teachers must register for each individual ST@C workshop online and can offer to run a ST@C course by contacting the STI office. Teachers should only register for this course credit AFTER they have registered for STI-5000 (Credit for the first 12 ST@C hours) and STI-6000 (credit for the second 12 ST@C hours) and completed the next 12 hours of ST@C classes (hours 25-36).

4. STI - 6017 - The Mentor Program 2023-24 (All Mentors)

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Mentors

Dates: 8/28/2023 to 3/13/2024

Over the past thirty-eight years, the Mentor Program has become an integral part of the Scarsdale School District program. This seminar provides systematic support for teachers new to Scarsdale and recognizes and rewards the experience and skill that Mentor teachers bring to new teachers. The program is a rich opportunity for the professional development of expert teachers who are now trained to work with colleagues. This year the Mentors and new teachers will continue to refine and develop the program. This seminar assists the Mentor teacher in defining his/her role and its relationship to the new teacher. Mentor teachers will meet together to identify needs, discuss problems, and seek solutions. Course topics include roles and responsibilities of mentoring, teacher collaboration, and effective communication. Mentor teachers participate in creating this unique program designed specifically to meet the needs of the Scarsdale staff. MENTORS MENTORING NEW TEACHERS MUST ATTEND ALL 5 CLASSES. Mentors mentoring current staff and not taking the class please ignore the email reminders that Frontline generates.

5. STI - 6018 - The Mentor Support Seminar (Summer)

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Mentors

Dates: 8/28/2023 to 3/13/2024

This course prepares participants to serve as mentors to teachers new to the District. Topics include how to provide guidance and support, be an empathetic listening, conduct observations and offer feedback, and manage weekly meetings. Mentors serve as a community for one another to discuss issues and develop solutions. This 2 sessions will cover three of the after school sessions during the school year. This course was designed in response to the needs of mentors who reported that meeting after the school day was a challenge. We find that by offering the summer days more individuals are willing to serve as mentors.

6. STI - 6019 - The Mentor Support Seminar (Yearlong version)

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Mentors

Dates: 8/28/2023 to 3/13/2024

This course prepares participants to serve as mentors to teachers new to the District. Topics include how to provide guidance and support, be an empathetic listening, conduct observations and offer feedback, and manage weekly meetings. Mentors serve as a community for one another to discuss issues and develop solutions. This 2 sessions will cover three of the after school sessions during the school year. This course was designed in response to the needs of mentors who reported that meeting after the school day was a challenge. We find that by offering the summer days more individuals are willing to serve as mentors.

7. STI - 6066 - Foundations of a Scarsdale Education for Tomorrow: Middle School

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Middle School New Teachers

Dates: 8/28/2023 to 5/16/2024

Model lesson plans, constructive feedback on instruction, and tips on school culture and classroom management are all critical in helping new teachers be successful. In Scarsdale, a school-based mentor assists new hires with adapting to school culture and common practices in the first year. In addition, Scarsdale teachers benefit from curricular guidance from department chairs and colleagues. As a teacher grows as an experienced professional in the Scarsdale schools, this Foundations course scaffolds teacher professional development and mentorship in their first years so they can take maximum advantage of the professional resources available to them throughout their careers. Throughout the school year, classroom teachers, mentors, department chairs and administrators will engage each other in an examination of instructional methods, content, curriculum, and student learning and understanding to improve classroom teaching and learning. In the fall, new teachers will receive an overview of the Charlotte Danielson model of teacher evaluation and discuss expectations in the areas of special education, technology, grading, and communication to name a few. The mentor component of the course includes five after-school seminars with mentors and mentees and as well as confidential weekly meetings with the assigned mentor teacher. Curricular guidance is individualized through meetings with colleagues and department chairs.

8. STI - 6094 - Building Community through Music 2023-2024

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/28/2023 to 6/11/2024

The purpose of this course is to show teachers how choral music fosters collaboration, listening skills, and provides a community bonding experience that promotes wellness and inclusion. Teachers from all buildings and levels will learn about choral arrangement and music education from district music teachers as they assume the role as performers in an ensemble. Teachers will gain a greater appreciation for music so they can more easily integrate the arts into their own teaching practice as they build connections across the district for future work across disciplines and grade levels.

Music teachers will lead monthly rehearsals as teachers learn repertoire over the course of the semester, with a final product of a public performance. In this course, participants will learn the fundamentals of vocal technique, program selection, and performance practice in addition to experiencing singing music across a variety of genres, styles, and decades.

9. STI - 6020 - The Mentor Support Seminar: Edgemont 2023-2024

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Edgemont Mentors

Dates: 8/30/2023 to 6/3/2024

Over the past twenty-two years, the Mentor Program has become an integral part of the Edgemont School District. This seminar provides systematic support for teachers new to Edgemont and recognizes and rewards the knowledge and skill that experienced Mentor teachers bring to new teachers. The program is a rich opportunity for the professional development of expert teachers who are now trained to work with their new colleagues. This year the Mentors and new teachers will continue to refine and develop the program. This seminar assists the Mentor teacher in defining his/her role and its relationship to the new teacher. Mentor teachers will meet together to identify needs, discuss problems, and seek solutions. Course topics include roles and responsibilities of mentoring, teacher collaboration, and effective communication. Mentor teachers participate in creating this unique program designed specifically to meet the needs of the Edgemont staff.

10. STI - 6052 - Financial Literacy in Schools: September 2023 Cohort # 37

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 9/7/2023 to 10/17/2023

Our students' ability to build a secure future for themselves and their families requires learning how to navigate an increasingly complex financial system. The importance of financial responsibility will only increase as the world is further transformed by science and technology. Financial Literacy will help students succeed in the future as they create businesses, drive innovation, and achieve personal goals. This course seeks to build teacher content knowledge and access to resources so they can infuse their classrooms with financial education. :

Teachers will acquire skills for themselves and for teaching such topics as Banking & Budgeting, Careers, Cryptocurrency Basics, Insurance, Credit, Taxes, Paying for College, and the Psychology of Money through teacher certification courses offered by Next Gen Personal Finance (www.ngpf.org). Please check out our STI flyer here. Each certification course consists of five two-hour synchronous sessions and a one-hour certification exam. In addition, teachers seeking STI credit must attend two STI cohort sessions to discuss the course, reflect and share progress, and devise plans to implement some of what they learned in the classroom.

Course offerings for this Cohort are Banking and Budgeting, Insurance, Investing, and Paying for College. Please review the dates below for STI meetings, course and exam dates. Online portion of the course is: Sept 11-Oct 12: NGPF courses runs Oct 13-Oct 20: NGPF exam window

11. STI - 6021 - Studying Skillful Teacher HOMECOMING for SST Alumni

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Scarsdale Teachers

Dates: 9/8/2023 to 9/9/2023

The Studying Skillful Teaching program builds teachers' capacity - the knowledge and skills as well as the courage and conviction - to promote students' motivation, learning, and increased achievement. It is based on the belief that teaching is a process of decision-making; and that skillful teachers never stop learning through experimentation, data analysis, study, and collegial sharing about what works best for their students. This course will focus on the art of teaching -- continuously expanding one's repertoire and skillfully matching which tool or strategy best fits a given situation.

The Studying Skillful Teacher HOMECOMING course will feature:
--A review of the Skillful Teacher Course
--Sharing of classroom practices that reflect Skillful Teaching
--Time devoted to individual and small group work to plan the year as Skillful Teachers
--Planning to support Skillful Teachers throughout the school year.

This course is only open to teachers who have taken the introductory Skillful Teacher course.

12. STI - 6039 - Keeping Current with Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: 3-12

Dates: 9/14/2023 to 5/2/2024

Research shows that the two most important instructional design factors for influencing reading motivation and comprehension are access to books and personal choice of what to read. This course is critical for students because it will support their teachers in reading and coming to know a wealth of fresh, new middle grade (readers aged 8-12) and young adult (readers aged 12-18) literature. The course will support teachers in bringing these titles into their classrooms and their instruction.

This course is designed for educators (teachers, librarians, coordinators, administrators) to study current trends and titles in middle grade (readers aged 8-12) and young adult (readers aged 12-18) literature. Not only will participants read MG & YA books of their choosing, they will also study research related to trends in format and genre. An emphasis will be placed on classroom application in the form of book recommendations and readers' advisory. Another aim of the course is to support educators in conversations about books that may be perceived as controversial.

Participants will: -read at least one book per month and produce a book evaluation -read at least one professional article per month and respond to a discussion thread -film at least two student-facing book talks

13. STI - 6096 - Professional Learning Through Lesson Study at Edgewood

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Edgewood faculty

Dates: 9/17/2023 to 6/11/2024

Lesson Study, a professional development process that originated in Japan, is recognized by the National Staff Development Council as a powerful design for building professional learning communities. In Lesson Study, teachers systematically engage with one another in an examination of their instructional methods, content, curriculum, and student learning and understanding in order to improve classroom teaching and learning. Richard Du Four, writing in Educational Leadership 2004, notes: "The big ideas of a professional learning community are to focus on learning rather than teaching, to work collaboratively and hold yourself accountable for results." In this year-long building-based course, Edgewood teachers will take an in-depth look at Lesson Study and work in teams to plan research lessons in a variety of subject areas around a common pedagogical theme related to the Strategic Plan. Collaborative teams of 3-5 members will research, plan, teach, observe, and reflect on an actual classroom lesson. Following the presentations of each lesson, group members will reflect on the lesson and consider methods to refine instruction with the goal of making each lesson more effective.

14. ST@C - Schoology

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 9/19/2023

This is a session to help brush up on Schoology skills. We will improve organization and develop workflows

15. STI - 6032 - School Nurse Study Group

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Nurses

Dates: 9/19/2023 to 4/16/2024

Teachers, parents, and students often look to district nurses as resources for advice on health issues that arise in the news or in the schools. Medical information is constantly being updated, and the school nurses require adequate time and opportunity to meet with colleagues to discuss the latest findings in their field. Study group participation provides the nurses a venue to read, listen, and share information that will enhance health office practices.

Participants will choose books, articles, podcasts and documentaries on topics that are relevant to school health office concerns. Through reading, viewing, participating in discussions, and sharing daily-based practice information, school nurses will become better-informed advocates for their students and families.

Participants will create and share a document reflecting on the course content and its impact on their role as a school nurse.

16. STI - 6047 - Elementary ELA Collegial Research Group

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Elementary teachers K-5

Dates: 9/19/2023 to 6/11/2024

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The Teacher-Researcher Collegial Group brings together teacher-leaders from across the district to share and engage in action-research. Teachers will set goals based upon current challenges and problems of practice and study our students, while implementing classroom practices, and engage in peer reflection. In addition to the five days teachers will be working together in classrooms studying with a TCRWP leaders Natalie Louis and Brooke Geller, this course will focus on supporting the development of the teachers' literacy knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge, developing exemplary practices so that the group can research students, implement classroom practices, and reflect together.

Come explore how ethnic identity and music can restore, heal, and unify the global community of Black and Latino families. In this interactive session, the multicultural roots of salsa will be unpacked starting with the Yoruba and Congolese tribes all the way to present day New York City. In this session, participants will:

Experience the main musical styles from each country that would go on to influence the culture and identity of Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and African Americans living in New York City.

Explore bomba, plena, son montuno, mambo, and Latin jazz musical styles with specific listening examples of each. Learn about the multicultural aspect of salsa music and how it represents students from all Latine and Hispanic cultures, ultimately leading to cultural pride.

For this event, feel free to bring with you any musical instruments or create them using recycled materials in your home.

18. STI - 6036 - Articulating Leadership Across Departments 2023-2024

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: SMS Department Chairs

Dates: 9/20/2023 to 6/6/2024

Middle School department chairs serve on the Principal's Cabinet and are relied on for a wide variety of responsibilities. We are the leaders of curriculum in our departments as well as being responsible for hiring and supervising the staff in our departments. It is imperative that we have time to collaborate as we try to work with the administration. This year will be a little different as we will have an interim principal and assistant principal so that may bring some unique challenges. Maintaining consistency in our practices ensures that the middle school functions as well as it does.

The department chair serves as an advocate for one's own department while at the same time supporting the wider mission of the school. As a result, healthy and open discussion about school issues must occur regularly. Scarsdale's commitment to educational excellence and evolving state regulations require department chairs to work collaboratively to examine current practices and continue to adapt to changes. The Middle School department chairs, in the role of teacher evaluators, will function as a study group to review various duties including staff observation and evaluation, and progress with school goals. Participants will work across departments to ensure consistent approaches are being utilized. Through this course, the chairs plan to work collaboratively to follow or modify current practices as well as to prepare for upcoming initiatives.

Participants will attend all meetings. The course minutes will provide detail of what was discussed and accomplished.

19. STI - 6065 - Foundations of a Scarsdale Education for Tomorrow: High School

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale HS new Teacher

Dates: 9/20/2023 to 5/16/2024

Model lesson plans, constructive feedback on instruction, and tips on school culture and classroom management are all critical in helping new teachers be successful. In Scarsdale, a school-based mentor assists new hires with adapting to school culture and common practices in the first year. In addition, Scarsdale teachers benefit from curricular guidance from department chairs and colleagues. As a teacher grows as an experienced professional in the Scarsdale schools, this Foundations course scaffolds teacher professional development and mentorship in their first years so they can take maximum advantage of the professional resources available to them throughout their careers. Throughout the school year, classroom teachers, mentors, department chairs and administrators will engage each other in an examination of instructional methods, content, curriculum, and student learning and understanding to improve classroom teaching and learning. In the fall, new teachers will receive an overview of the Charlotte Danielson model of teacher evaluation and discuss expectations in the areas of special education, technology, grading, and communication to name a few. The mentor component of the course includes five after-school seminars with mentors and mentees and as well as confidential weekly meetings with the assigned mentor teacher. Curricular guidance is individualized through meetings with colleagues and department chairs.

20. STI - 6069 - Growing a Math Professional Learning Community at Greenacres Year 2 (23-24)

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5 Greenacres

Dates: 9/20/2023 to 6/5/2024

At Greenacres we seek to continue to develop a Professional Learning Community in the area of mathematics. This course will provide teachers with an opportunity to build on the work they did last year. We will work to develop the activity based portions of the lessons, as well as plan units while collaborating and thinking about best practices around this work. We will support teachers as they engage in the planning process while developing an understanding of the program across the year as well as the vertical alignment of the program.

Teachers will continue to study the units in the Reveal Math program. Participants will have opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in order to deepen their understanding of lessons and units across the year. Participants will have opportunities to engage in discussions that will focus on reflective practice, lesson study and student assessments. Professional dialogue will also focus on NCTM's eight math practices and how they enrich the program and our work with students. Participants will have opportunities to prepare and create materials to meet the needs of their students. Teachers will work on our annual Greenacres Math Day which was an outcome of the first year of this course.

Course participants will engage in reflective practice with colleagues on and between grade levels. Anecdotal notes, a reflective journal and a compilation of math resources and supplemental materials will be generated as an outcome of the collaborative sessions. Articles and supplemental reading materials, from Jo Boaler, Cathy Fosnot, NCTM, etc. will be provided in support of math practice and growing our understanding of the teaching of mathematics. Participants will also participate in the planning and development of the Greenacres Math Day 2024.

21. STI - 6092 - Responsive Classroom: Through the Year at Heathcote

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5 Heathcote Faculty who have taken Introductory Responsive Classroom

Dates: 9/20/2023 to 5/14/2024

Responsive Classroom is a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline. It consists of a set of research, and evidence-based practices designed to create safe, joyful, and engaging classrooms and school communities for both students and teachers. Heathcote teachers have participated in Responsive Classroom courses through the STI. This year-long course will allow teachers to work together, to refine their knowledge and support each other as they implement their new skill base in their classrooms.

Teachers will work together to develop and implement strategies to build a sense of community within Heathcote classrooms and Heathcote School, encompassing a feeling that each person belongs to the group, brings strengths and weaknesses, and has something unique and special to contribute. This is essential to students' social emotional growth and development, self-esteem, ability to make and sustain friendships, and acceptance of self and others. Teachers will collectively explore resources to build classroom community: new books such as 80 Morning Meeting Ideas and Energizers, along with previous resources First 6 Weeks of School and The Power of Our Words.

Teachers will implement Responsive Classroom in their classes and will demonstrate their learning and use of the approach and the impact on their classroom community in the form of a written reflection, photos, student work, lesson plans and notes, etc.

22. ST@C - Schoology

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 9/21/2023

This is a session to help brush up on Schoology skills. We will improve organization and develop workflows

23. STI - 6031 - Exploring Cultural Diversity Through Literature

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: All

Dates: 9/21/2023 to 5/9/2024

Teachers in a global community must understand the diverse customs and traditions of their students and colleagues. What better way is there to relate to others than through reading the stories that embed cultural perspective into the lives of real people? Literature selected from across the globe can foster a deep understanding of the racial, ethnic, and cultural groups within the school community, the nation, and the world. Through the reading of selected works of literature and group discussion, participants will learn about the daily lives and perspectives that exist within different ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural groups. Teachers will develop classroom activities that promote empathy, interest, and respect for the global community based upon the readings. The first book for 2023-2024 will be The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese.

Teachers will read and discuss books that explore diversity. These books will give teachers more opportunities to develop curriculum around this theme. Some of these books, or excerpts, can be used to stimulate class discussion in any subject area.

The group will choose which books to read and discuss. At the end of the course teachers write a reflection or lessons based on what they read.

24. STI - 6044 - Building Steam Skills: Wood and Mechanics

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 9/21/2023 to 11/2/2023

This course allows participants to build an engineering project completed by Scarsdale Middle School students. Simple machine concepts will be explored, specifically gears levers. Participants will learn how to customize their switch using a laser cutter. Participants will have to prep wood, burn the components on the laser cutter, and assemble the switch using woodworking skills. By the end of the class, participants will build a mechanical light switch that fits over common switch plates. Most switch types are compatible - it will work whether the switch is a toggle, slider, or decora. Participants can also build for single, double, or triple switches, allowing this to work at home or in the classroom!

In this course participants will build a customized mechanical light switch that goes over the traditional switch plate on your wall. You can transform your boring light switch into a steampunk masterpiece using levers and gears. During the class simple machine concepts will be explored. Participants will learn how to customize their switch using a laser cutter. Participants will have to prep wood, burn the components on the laser cutter, and assemble the switch using woodworking skills. By the end of the class, participants will build a mechanical light switch that fits over common switch plates. Most switch types are compatible - it will work whether the switch is a toggle, slider, or decora. Participants can also build for single, double, or triple switches, allowing this to work at home or in the classroom!

By the end of the class, participants will build a mechanical light switch that fits over common switch plates.

This course has a $10 materials fee.

25. STI - 6091 -Responsive Classroom: Through the Year at Fox Meadow

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Fox Meadow

Dates: 9/21/2023 to 5/14/2024

Fox Meadow staff has been invested and immersed in Responsive Classroom Professional Development. Participants will focus on the Guiding Principles and the following Responsive Classroom Teaching Practices: Teacher Language, Logical Consequences, Interactive Modeling, Morning Meeting, Establishing Rules, Academic Choice, Guided Discovery, Role-Play, Interactive Learning, Structures, Quiet Time, Energizers, Student Grouping, Closing Circles

Participants will have meaningful discussions around their practice, use video documentation from their classrooms, share ideas, learn from each other and talk about what works and what doesn't. The second half of the year will be more of a "case study," allowing participants to bring specific examples to the group so that we can plan and problem-solve together. Participants in this course will have taken at least the introductory 4-day Basic Responsive Classroom course and possibly the Advanced 4-day Workshop.

Specific Topics Covered in each session may include but are not limited to: Starting the Year (The First 6 Weeks of School)
Classroom Spaces; Teacher Language; Interactive Modeling (7 steps); Solving Behavior; Problems (4 ways, least to most restrictive) Guided Discovery; Closing the Year in a Meaningful Way

26. STI - 6054 - K-12 Integrated Unit Design - Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 9/22/2023 to 10/21/2023

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 and explore how to incorporate technology effectively into their teaching to promote student learning and increase engagement.

Participants will take current units of study or create new units where they will integrate different district technology. We will use our feedback protocol to create multiple iterations of their project using instructional feedback from the group.

Course Requirements:
Participants will take current units of study or create new units with usable work samples/instructional materials. They will also create a lesson or unit plan write up.

27. ST@C - FRONTLINE

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 9/26/2023

Designed to help teachers navigate Frontline for absences, coverage and for professional development

28. STI - 6025 - Teacher as Reader: Edgewood 2023-2024

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 9/26/2023 to 6/18/2024

The journey of a life long 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.

Teachers will answer literal and inferential questions on a Padlet. Teachers are expected to read all required books, attend class as well as participate in the deep discussions.

29. STI - 6026 - Teacher as Reader: Fox Meadow 2023-2024

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 9/26/2023 to 6/18/2024

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Book clubs encourage critical thinking and deeper engagement with literature. In this course, teachers will spend time reading together, sharing insights and reactions to texts. Connections will be made through their discussions while reading a selection of diverse books. These texts serve both as mirrors and windows of different human emotions, experiences, and cultures. They offer a powerful opportunity to build community, increase empathy, and understand bias and prejudice. Participants will enhance their own reading skills and learn techniques for leading discussion groups with 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 their point of view by listening to their colleagues' responses to each book.

During the course sessions,10 books will be read and discussed. Participants will answer questions about each book and reflect about their feelings. Coordinators: Kim Assaty kassatly@scarsdaleschools.org Alethea Lynch alynch@scarsdaleschools.org

30. STI - 6027 - Teacher as Reader: Greenacres 2023-2024

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Greenacres K-5

Dates: 9/26/2023 to 6/18/2024

The Teacher as Reader STI course is a building-based book club that meets once a month and is only open to Greenacres teachers. We discuss books that we have read, delving deeply and meaningfully into texts. Reading common books and discussing themes, characters and personal connections builds community and enriches the reading conversations we have with our students. When we as educators place ourselves in the position of learners, we can greater empathize with the young readers in our class and challenge them in respectful and appropriate manners. Teachers share discussion questions prior to each club meeting, and these questions provide a foundation on which discussions are built.

At the start of the course, teachers will participate in the selection of the books we will read for the year. Discussion norms are established surrounding participation, attendance, and general engagement. Participants will read one book per month, generate discussion questions, and participate in extensive conversations surrounding the books. Participants will reflect on their personal growth as a reader throughout the course.

Throughout the year, teachers will read ten books. The culminating assignment is a paper synthesizing their reflections about the books they have read. Teachers may pick discussion questions about which to write more extensively or select a common theme that exists in some of the books.

31. STI - 6028 - Teacher as Reader: Heathcote 2023-2024

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 9/26/2023 to 6/18/2024

The journey of a 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. For the first session, participants should bring a book read over the summer to share with the group.

Teachers will write a reflection on each of the books we have read over the course of the year.

32. STI - 6029 - Teacher as Reader: Quality Readers at Quaker Ridge 2023-2024

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 9/26/2023 to 6/18/2024

Teachers will gather once a month to discuss a novel. Teachers will decide which books to read for the year. At the monthly meeting, teachers will have a chance to share opinions and ideas about the books read. These meetings will give teachers at Quaker Ridge a chance to meet with each other from around the building that they may not work directly with and build relationships.

The journey of a 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.

Teachers will read a book once a month for the school year. Books will be determined at the September meeting. Each teacher will create their own cookbook. Teachers will choose a recipe that relates to the book in some way. Teachers will write a description of the book and explain how the recipe connects.

33. STI - 6030 - Literature Across Boundaries: 2023-2024

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: All

Dates: 9/26/2023 to 6/18/2024

The journey of a life long 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 close reading and understanding for their students. Participants will enhance their own reading skills and learn techniques for leading discussion groups with students.

The journey of a life long 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 close reading and understanding for their students.Participants will enhance their own reading skills and learn techniques for leading discussion groups with students.

This course can be taken for 1 or 2 credits. Our suggested first book of the year (for our September meeting) will be Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano. All are welcome!

Participants will read one book per month and produce a course reflection or course project at the end of the year.

34. STI - 6067 - Foundations of a Scarsdale Education for Tomorrow Special Education Elementary Level

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Elementary new teachers in Special Ed

Dates: 9/27/2023 to 5/16/2024

Model lesson plans, constructive feedback on instruction, and tips on school culture and classroom management are all critical in helping new teachers be successful. In Scarsdale, a school-based mentor assists teachers new to Scarsdale with adapting to school culture and common practices in the first year. In addition, Scarsdale teachers benefit from individualized curricular guidance from K-5 district coordinators in Math, Science, and English Language Arts. As a teacher grows from novice to experienced professional in the Scarsdale schools, this Foundations course scaffolds teacher professional development and mentorship in their first years so they can take maximum advantage of the professional resources available to them throughout their careers. For Special Education teachers, many of the professional learning opportunities are built into the structures already in place. Team meetings along with workshops and coaching cycles with consultants are incorporated throughout the year. Additionally, while it is important to grow your expertise regarding curriculum knowledge and delivery of instruction, being a SPED teacher adds an additional layer. The preparation and participation in the IEP process, progress monitoring goals and implementation of differentiated instruction adds to the work you do daily with your students. Support will be provided in these areas to ensure success. Throughout the school year, classroom teachers, mentors, and coordinators. will engage each other in an examination of instructional methods, content, curriculum, student learning and understanding to improve classroom teaching and learning. New teachers will receive support for their Special Education, Math, Science, Reading and Writing curricula from the district coordinators through regular consultations. The mentor component of the course includes after-school seminars with mentors and mentees that address district-wide best practices as well as confidential weekly meetings with the assigned mentor teacher.

35. STI - 6068 - Foundations of a Scarsdale Education for Tomorrow Elementary Level

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Elementary new teachers

Dates: 9/27/2023 to 5/16/2024

Foundations of a Scarsdale Education for Tomorrow Elementary Level Model lesson plans, constructive feedback on instruction, and tips on school culture and classroom management are all critical in helping new teachers be successful. In Scarsdale, a school-based mentor assists new hires with adapting to school culture and common practices in the first year. In addition, Scarsdale teachers benefit from individualized curricular guidance from K-5 district coordinators in Math, Science, and English Language Arts. As teachers gain more experience in the Scarsdale schools, this Foundations course scaffolds their professional development and mentorship in their first years so they can take maximum advantage of the professional resources available to them throughout their careers. Throughout the school year, classroom teachers, mentors, and helping teachers will engage each other in an examination of instructional methods, content, curriculum, and student learning and understanding to improve classroom teaching and learning. New teachers will receive support for their Math, Science, Reading and Writing curricula from the district coordinators through regular consultations in and out of the classroom and half day professional development workshops. The mentor component of the course includes four after-school seminars with mentors and mentees that address district-wide best practices as well as confidential weekly meetings with the assigned mentor teacher. They will also attend the ST@C Portfolio sessions.
In this session, we introduce programming resources, long-term and short-term planning guides, and offer tangible ideas to bring to your ensembles. We will explore literature for middle, high school, and collegiate programs while incorporating arts standards and invigorating singers. Teacher-conductors will walk away from this session with engaging repertoire to meet the specific needs of singers, creative programming suggestions, and scaffolding techniques to support growing choral programs. You will also discover creative problem-solving and goal-setting strategies to integrate into your rehearsals and create a program specific for your ensemble using the 4 x 4 approach. Walk away with new repertoire ideas, programming philosophies, and brand-new repertoire that is appropriate and exciting for your singers and audiences alike.

37. STI - 6045 - Collegial Math Research: Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 9/28/2023 to 6/20/2024

The Scarsdale schools continue to deepen and strengthen methods of teaching and encourage collaboration in elementary mathematics through the Teacher-Researcher Math Collegial Group. Together, teachers from across the district will come together to research best instructional practices and strategies, share ideas and resources and reflect on and support one another's professional growth.

Teachers will engage in research, examine best practices, and reflect on their professional growth and how it affects student learning in mathematics. The course will use the book, Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl as a framework to examine teaching practices for enhancing learning. This work will deepen teacher pedagogical content knowledge.

Members of the collegial research group will convene for ten, two hours meetings of which half will be virtual. Each member will put in four additional hours of planning and preparation in designing their own web page that will document their year long learning journey.

Attend all in-person and virtual sessions, develop a web page on the course website, document any research and work completed in your classroom, participate in course discussions and reflect on other course members' work as a critical friend.

Participants will be required to purchase the following book for the course. Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics by Peter Liljedahl. The cost of the book is $35.

38. STI - 6088 - Edgemont: Continuing the Professional Journey for Non-Tenured Teachers

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont Teachers Yet to Recieve Tenure

Dates: 9/28/2023 to 2/15/2024

Edgemont: Continuing The Professional Journey for Un-Tenured Teachers will focus on providing untenured faculty members a support system as they navigate their career in Edgemont, helping to create relationships and have an outlet to dive deeper into their teaching philosophy and goals for their students. Teachers will learn from each other and discuss best practices in order to enhance their teaching and student learning goals.

During the course, participants will have the opportunity to talk about their teaching methods and give specific examples of lessons that they felt worked well and those that needed more crafting. Participants will discuss their takeaways from the book Today I Made A Difference: A Collection of Inspirational Stories from America's Top Educators and how they can use the general philosophy in their own teaching.

Teachers will keep a journal through the duration of the course that will hold their thoughts, feelings and ideas about their first years of teaching and beyond. Teachers will be asked to share general pieces of their journal and those parts with which they are most comfortable. In addition, teachers will be asked to read Today I Made a Difference: A Collection of Inspirational Stories From America's Top Educators.

Materials fee for book needed: $7.00

39. STI - 6093 - Integrating Sustainability

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 9/28/2023 to 11/2/2023

All disciplines should be influenced by sustainability. This course is designed to help participants incorporate aspects of sustainability within their existing curriculum. Teachers have expressed an interest in helping students with developing their knowledge and critical thinking skills involving Global sustainability issues. This course will help support teachers in these efforts by providing content knowledge and everyday classroom experiences that promote sustainability literacy.

In this course participants will focus on how to organize and include Single Concept Field Trips in the school day; focus on how to take a Long Look at a concept in a few minutes each day to look for patterns and trends in the natural world. Participants will focus on identifying and researching Citizen Science projects. We will focus on a sustainable approach to teaching the Engineering Design process and will focus on looking at cross grade connections in the Next Generation science standards to create "Buddy Classes" with a sustainability focus. Participants will work on recording skills, measurement and creating collections.

In each session participants will collaborate to create a shared document of possible experiences and lessons as well as complete a reflection on the session and a plan to incorporate new information to enrich the existing curriculum.

40. ST@C - Progress Reports

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 10/3/2023

An overview on how to do and submit progress reports and grades on Infinite Campus. Some best practices will be shared.

41. STI - 6033 - Reggio Emilia Study Group

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/3/2023 to 5/30/2024

"One of the central tenets of the Reggio approach is that every child is a creative child. It was from this idea that the atelier (studio) was conceived." Lella Gandini "The atelier brings the strength and joy of the unexpected to the process of learning... and favors the construction of the imagination, and renders the process of education more complete and whole." Vea Vecchi The Reggio Emilia study group is a place of encounter and dialogue where teachers explore contemporary issues in teaching and learning. Inspired by the long history, experience and pedagogy of Reggio Emilia educators, the study group participants explore, analyze, innovate, document, and share chosen aspects of their practice.

Essential questions have guided the study group explorations: What is the nature of learning, and how can classrooms become cultures of thinking and problem-solving? How can we best nurture and inspire creative thinking? How can teachers make the thinking and learning in their classrooms visible? What is the role of the environment in learning?

Study group participants will explore current constructivist pedagogy through readings, discussions, videos, and school and conference visits. Participants will deepen their understanding of the concepts of project-based learning, design thinking, the atelier, making learning visible, and documentation. Participants will have opportunities to widen their experience of the "100 languages of children" (multiple intelligences) as well as experiment with the use of diverse materials in the classroom. Participants will have opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and integrate constructivist methodology and innovative strategies in their classrooms.
br> There is a $50 materials fee and this course can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits.

42. STI - 6060 - Let's Talk Health Education

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Health Education teachers along with Elementary Physical Education, 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teachers and School Psychologists and Nurses

Dates: 10/3/2023 to 1/29/2024

With the changing landscape of Elementary Health Education and the overall health and wellbeing needs of our students; teachers, parents and administrators recognize the need for an updated curriculum and further professional development to support and enhance the 5th grade curriculum. Summer work supported initial thoughts and the development of assured experiences for all 5th grade students. As a result, the summer work participants identified the need for teachers to appropriately address Health and Wellness based topics using innovative lesson structure and forms of instructional delivery.

Middle School Health Education, Elementary Physical Education, Health teachers, 4th-5th Grade Classroom Teachers, School Psychologists and Nurses will be invited to engage in lesson planning and lesson design as well as exploring appropriate language use and terminologies while addressing sensitive Health related topics to elementary school aged students. Guided by the work of Dr. Gay and the district's DEI/WIDE initiatives, participants will prepare for the updated instruction of the developed 4th and 5th grade Health and Wellness based curriculum. We envision that this course would lead to additional STIs as we think about the development of a comprehensive K-5 Health Education Curriculum.

Participants are required to complete two lesson plans (can be completed in small independent groups), complete all required readings of shared resources and text. They will also engage in lesson study within the district or in another district, that involves observation, lesson study and takeaways for implementation. The final project will be implementation of the prepared lesson and reflection on the year's body of work. Participants are required to attend 12 hours of in person meeting/Zoom meeting (between coaching seasons) 9 hours of self guided small group curriculum preparation and development with the use of shared resources and 3 hours of observation with formalized assessment and reflection.

43. STI - 6083 - Teachers Writing Workshop

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/3/2023 to 11/21/2023

The purpose of this course is to continue developing a professional writing community in our district. Writing and sharing are key elements to a reflective teaching practice. Course participants will craft original stories in a writing workshop where they will reflect, share, and engage in creative writing exercises designed to help the writer develop her/his voice and stamina. This experience will put participants in the learner's chair and offer insights on how to tease out possibilities from someone with abundant creative potential -- like each one of us.

This storytelling class is a writing workshop for adults. Teachers will participate in a professional writing community where we will write together and talk about writing, so that we can trust and learn from one another. Educators will work on short and longer format pieces and craft them with the guidance of constructive feedback from a supportive writing community. This course will include 9 hours of online writing workshop sessions and 3 hours of independent writing.

Participants will write short original pieces that will culminate in a longer form story that will be shared in a published document.
We can't grow in a vacuum; we can't learn in isolation. We must work together in our advocacy efforts to reach our common goal: provide high quality music education for every student. Together we will discover how to broaden your network, gain confidence in speaking with administrators, and make strategic connections within your community.

45. STI - 6050 - Reflective Practice Seminar 2023-2024

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/5/2023 to 5/2/2024

When teams of teacher practitioners meet and reflect together on the core issues of effective teaching and learning, they can promote positive change in the classroom and in the school culture. The goal is to build a community of learners among colleagues through an examination of shared activities common to all subject areas and grade levels.

In this yearlong course, participants will look collaboratively at concrete examples of teacher and student work examining and applying various protocols for reviewing student work. Teachers will observe in each other's classrooms and are encouraged to participate in activities designed to understanding the culture of a school. The group meets twice a month; members will develop a set of reflections on their work with students and colleagues. Members also will complete a set of peer observations as the year progresses.

Participation in all class sessions and completion of coursework fulfills requirements for Professional Performance Review (Option A) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Documentary films will be used to examine teaching strategies in a variety of scenarios.

46. STI - 6051 - Executive Functioning

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-8

Dates: 10/10/2023 to 1/23/2024

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Many students who forget assignments, are disorganized, can't complete long-term projects, have trouble focusing, and experience difficulty with change, often have weak executive functioning skills. These students need to be taught explicit skills to become successful in school and in life after school.

The executive functioning skills targeted in my curriculum include: planning, organization, time management, task initiation, working memory, metacognition, self-control, sustained attention, flexibility, and perseverance. You will work throughout the year to build an effective EF curriculum. I will give you an in-depth lesson plan to follow with all the resources you need each week. You will be amazed at how easy it is to follow the lessons and how much fun your children will have. You will see your students using these skills all year long and improving their learning. You may also see some improvements in your own EF skills.

The first and final sessions are in-person and every other session is on zoom. At the beginning in each session we review the previous skill and exchange feedback. Then, I introduce the next skill with an in-depth lesson plan and links to many resources. Finally, I will give you the hands-on activity to be used the following week. All the resources are digital. The teachers must commit 30-40 minutes a week to teaching Executive Functioning.

The project can vary from a reflection paper to a slide show of the children's work.

47. STI - 6072 - Teacher as Reader: Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Edgemont Teachers

Dates: 10/11/2023 to 4/3/2024

This course introduces teachers to new literature, which has many clear benefits. Reading together is a meaningful way to explore ideas and perspectives and to share our own experiences. In particular my goal is to assemble a reading list of texts by diverse authors, with the goal of spurring conversation about diverse life experiences. Reading and discussing together also builds our social-emotional well-being as teachers -- something we'll need this year in particular. My hope is that the course models strong facilitation of group discussions, provides examples of prompts that might connect students with literature in a personal way, and exposes teachers to texts that they might bring into their teaching practice.

When a group of educators reads together, sharing insights and reactions to texts, we find connection, develop our own understanding of texts, expose ourselves to new voices, and find fresh material and ideas to bring back to students. As teachers we are often the ones facilitating class discussions; by participating in this course as readers we can see what it's like to be a student in an inquiry-based, Socratic discussion, learning from others and being challenged to read a text that might expand our worldview or expose us to new ideas and places. Most sessions open with personal reflections in response to writing prompts; we then ask questions that guide our discussions. Working together, the group finds layers of meaning in the texts, and an understanding of why those texts matter. In our classrooms we hope that students will connect personally with texts while learning about the world and others' experiences; the reading group has similar goals, and the reading list will be made up of texts by diverse authors so that we will explore a wide range of perspectives together. The prompts from the beginning of each course will form the basis of the course project. A short story will be provided to read and discuss at the first session.

48. ST@C: Webinar: Yes! I Get to Teach General Music

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/11/2023

Every student enters our classroom with unique talents and experiences, and, as educators, we are responsible for maximizing every student's potential. In secondary general music, we can reach students who may enjoy music but refrain from participating in our traditional large ensembles (band, choir, orchestra) for many different reasons. This session will provide music educators with ideas for creating and implementing secondary general music classes that can be culturally relevant and student-centered. Topics covered will include emerging approaches to music education and strategies for incorporating popular music, technology, and multicultural music. In addition, I will discuss the role of the educator in a student-centered classroom and share resources that will help navigate teaching secondary general music courses.

49. STI - 6104 - Financial Literacy in Schools: October 2023 Cohort # 38

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/11/2023 to 11/21/2023

Our students' ability to build a secure future for themselves and their families requires learning how to navigate an increasingly complex financial system. The importance of financial responsibility will only increase as the world is further transformed by science and technology. Financial Literacy will help students succeed in the future as they create businesses, drive innovation, and achieve personal goals. This course seeks to build teacher content knowledge and access to resources so they can infuse their classrooms with financial education. :

Teachers will acquire skills for themselves and for teaching such topics as Banking & Budgeting, Careers, Cryptocurrency Basics, Insurance, Credit, Taxes, Paying for College, and the Psychology of Money through teacher certification courses offered by Next Gen Personal Finance (www.ngpf.org). Please check out our STI flyer here. Each certification course consists of five two-hour synchronous sessions and a one-hour certification exam. In addition, teachers seeking STI credit must attend two STI cohort sessions to discuss the course, reflect and share progress, and devise plans to implement some of what they learned in the classroom.

Course offerings for this Cohort are Behavioral Economics, Careers, Credit. Please review the dates below for STI meetings.

Online portion of the course is: October 16 - November 16: NGPF courses runs 11/17-11/22 exam window All participants should plan to attend the STI cohort meetings. The first one is on October 11th @7pm (via Zoom) and the last STI cohort meeting is on November 21st @7pm (via Zoom).

50. ST@C - Sched Workshop

Program: ST@C

Audience: HS

Dates: 10/12/2023

Publish Setting: Publish Date of Workshop: 10/12/2023 Start Time: 3:00:00 PM Instructor(s): Meredith Dutra Description of Workshop: Together we will debrief and plan how to use Sched in our upcoming events. Meredith will share what she learned from using the tool for Global Citizenship Day and turn it to members of other planning committees.

51. STI - 6022 - Witness Stones at Wayside Cottage

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: All

Dates: 10/13/2023 to 10/14/2023

Witness Stones are commemorative markers that acknowledge the lives of specific enslaved people who lived in a particular location. In June of 2024, Witness Stones will be installed at Wayside Cottage in Scarsdale. In this course, teachers will work with the founder of the Witness Stones Project and the Wayside Cottage staff on the research and educational materials being created to recognize the enslaved people who lived and worked on the property where Scarsdale High School was later built.

Teachers will delve into the history of Scarsdale and neighboring communities through the lens of the Witness Stones Project. Teachers will learn from local historians and create lessons for their students while developing a greater appreciation for local history and its place in curriculum. The concept of how and why historical events are commemorated publicly will also be explored.

52. ST@C - NEARPOD

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 10/17/2023

This session will review the tool NEARPOD, which is a powerful tool for student engagement and classroom management.

53. STI - 6053 - Wellness In and Out of the Classroom

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 10/17/2023 to 3/12/2024

Research shows that teacher mindfulness and mental well-being lead to increased performance, self-compassion and resilience, as well as reduced stress and burnout. Professionals receiving mindfulness interventions also experience less emotional exhaustion and increased job satisfaction. Studies similarly demonstrate the connection between teacher well-being and student learning. For example, decreases in teacher stress and burnout lead to increases in student social-emotional intelligence, academic learning, and empathy. As a result of completing this course, teachers will identify practices and methods that positively contribute to stress reduction and emotional wellness. They will learn how to bring more mindfulness and wellness work into their own lives and into the lives of their students.

Each session will begin with a short meditation or yoga practice to come together and settle in as a community. We will then delve into the benefits, history/philosophy and experience of wellness practices such as yoga, meditation, nature walks, artistic expression, mindful movement and journaling. Teachers will explore both the theory and practice of these practices. Participants will explore a variety of applications in the classroom and learn how to apply mindfulness and wellness in all areas of their lives, both in and out of the classroom. Upon completion of the course, participants will present a lesson or unit that incorporates wellness practices.

Teachers will design a lesson or unit that incorporates wellness practices. Teachers will reflect on the readings and practices studied in the course, noting which practices were most effective to the teacher, and how he/she can incorporate the practice into his/her life
Individual and ensemble errors are a constant in any rehearsal setting. While the ability to detect errors is a skill we continue to work toward perfecting, a systematic approach can aid in your ability to decrease errors within your ensemble and increase your ability to detect mistakes. Through error prediction and prevention, time can be focused on concept mastery rather than individual errors. Error detection can be improved through attentive listening and a goal to target the error down to the specific measure, note, and performer.

55. ST@C SHS Portfolio

Program: ST@C

Audience: SHS

Dates: 10/20/2023

Probationary teachers will work together to develop their portfolios. First year teachers will begin developing, while 2nd-4th year teachers will give feedback and get support as they continue the process.

56. STI - 6046 - Crafty Mindfulness

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/20/2023 to 10/21/2023

For the last few years, both mindfulness and sustainability have become increasingly important in our district and our world. This course addresses both topics by encouraging teachers to dip into their creativity and create art as a mindful experience and using recycled materials to do that. During this course teachers create their own work of art at their own pace in a relaxing and supportive environment. Teachers use old dust jackets and books that have been discarded from the QRS library.

During this course, teachers will create a piece of artwork for their classroom inspired by the artwork that has been created in the Quaker Ridge Library. The act of creating and using one's imagination is a mindful activity that we all too often neglect as adults. The teacher's will use recycled materials such as the dust jackets and books that have been weeded from the QRS library. The QRS library has over 40 works of art that have been created this way and can serve as inspiration for the teacher's own projects.

The teacher will produce their work of art, which in the past has included self-portraits, decoupaged furniture, bulletin board displays, book character maps, etc. The teachers will also submit a reflection on the process of making the artwork and how the mindful and creative activities helped them understand themselves and their students better.

57. STI - 6074 - Tenure Portfolio for Edgemont Teachers

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/20/2023 to 10/21/2023

This course will support untenured teachers as they build their tenure portfolio. Teachers will learn ways to organize and present their artifacts and use Google Drive, Docs, or slides to present their teaching journey in a clear and effective way. This course will also deepen participants' understanding of Edgemont's teaching standards through the discussion of each strand. Teachers will benefit from collaborating and inspiring each other by sharing their related teaching practices that align with the standards. Exploring examples of a finished portfolio will also help inspire and generate ideas. By the end of this course, teachers will have a solid understanding of the standards, ideas about which artifacts to collect, and strategies to organize and present their portfolio.

In this course, participants will either start, enhance, or finish their tenure portfolio. First we will review the Edgemont teaching standards to get a better understanding of each strand. We will brainstorm ideas and inspire each other by sharing the kinds of practices we implement in our classrooms. In doing so, teachers will generate a variety of artifacts they can collect for their portfolio. We will look at exemplar portfolios as well as strategies for organizing and presenting the information. Then participants will start organizing their artifacts and begin building their portfolios. Teachers will produce a portfolio that they worked on during the course.

58. STI - 6107 - Reading and Writing Workshops and the TC Saturday Reunion

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-8

Dates: 10/20/2023 to 10/21/2023

Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University has been a think tank in the area of literacy for over thirty years, developing state of the art teaching methods and offering professional development in using these methods. Our partnership with TC has offered teachers access to up to date research and professional development in the area of literacy. Participants in this course will use the TC Saturday Reunion Trail Guide to determine a theme of study that will support their ELA goals for teaching and best practices.

On Friday afternoon, teachers will outline a plan of action and create a timeline of benchmarks . On Saturday, participants will attend the virtual TCRWP Saturday Reunion at Teachers College where literacy educators from across the globe come together to learn. It is a fast-paced day, brimming with workshops that can help you find horizons to work towards, whether your focus is on higher-level comprehension, content area literacy, units of study in writing, assessment-based instruction, increasing student engagement, or bringing books to life. Teachers will determine and revise and reflect upon teaching practices guided by their focus areas of professional development over the course of the weekend.

59. ST@C: Schoology Best Practices

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 10/23/2023

Ever wonder how to organize schoology? What's the best way to give an assessment, a quiz or a homework assignment? Should you mark an assignment incomplete or missing? We will discuss all these questions and more. Bring: Laptop or iPad

60. ST@C: Wood Burning

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 10/23/2023

In this session you will have the opportunity to explore one of the skills our 7th graders learn in technology, wood burning. Participants will be able to create small fall/winter decorations to take home during the session.

61. ST@C: Building Relationships through Basketball

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 10/23/2023

Come and learn how you can build relationships with students through the game of basketball.

62. ST@C: Cello in an Hour

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 10/23/2023

For those who love the cello, or don't know that you love it yet... Come enjoy the foundations of learning to hold the cello, and learning some fun songs through a fun and creative approach...You'll learn from square one, but can also attend if you have some experience. You can do it! Are you new to the school or just want a refresher on the Keystone program, including activity and strategy ideas? Come join us as we talk about the program run through some games and activities.

63. ST@C: Keystone 101

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 10/23/2023

Are you new to the school or just want a refresher on the Keystone program, including activity and strategy ideas? Come join us as we talk about the program run through some games and activities.

64. ST@C: Mindfulness Mosaics

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 10/23/2023

Practice mindfulness by creating a mosaic with a pattern

65. ST@C: The Power Struggle with Students

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 10/23/2023

This session will help faculty members understand their role in the power struggle that we all face at times with students. Get more comfortable in challenging situations and help de-escalate student and/or parent emotion.

66. ST@C: Using Digital Library Tools to Support Your Curriculum

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 10/23/2023

Hopefully, this session will help faculty members understand their role in the power struggle that we all face at times with students. Get more comfortable in challenging situations and help de-escalate student and/or parent emotion.

67. STI - 6034 - Workshop for Senior Options Steering Committee 2023-2024

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: SHS

Dates: 10/23/2023 to 5/20/2024

Every year Scarsdale High School's Senior Options Steering Committee supervises, organizes, reviews, and revises the Senior Options Program. Teaching staff on the Senior Options Steering Committee must reevaluate program policies, forms, and logistics. The case load of mentors and students changes annually; therefore, the Steering Committee must develop new strategies, train new mentors, and supervise new students. Each member on this committee acts as a Case Manager to the mentors of seniors to oversee their caseload and make sure the requirements of the program are being met.

From September to February, participants meet monthly to review the previous year's program evaluations, to assess the outcomes, to make revisions, and to recommend policy changes, where called for, as directed by committee reflection. From March through June, participants meet at least twice monthly to introduce the revised program to mentors and students. Steering Committee members also work independently with individual mentors and students on project choices and proposal writing. Spring meetings involve individual caseloads and subcommittee work. Committee members must also read and approve caseload proposals by the end of the third quarter. During the Senior Options experience, meetings focus on problems specific mentors and students may have in preparation for presentations, on critiquing the ongoing work of the program, and on presenting ideas for reevaluation.

Attend meetings and become a Case Manager with assigned mentors and students. Fulfill the requirements of being a Case Manager.

68. ST@C - iPad ACCESSIBILITY

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 10/24/2023

This session is especially designed for teachers who would like to leverage the iPad's powerful tools to make curriculum more accessible for students.

69. STI - 6064 - Google Sheets Working Group

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/24/2023 to 6/18/2024

Educators work with data on a regular basis and using spreadsheets can make this process easier, more efficient and effective. Educators with sheet skills often do not have the support that they need to push their practice to the next level and are forced to mine the internet for solutions to Sheet problems. This year-long course will organize a community of practice for sheet-using educators. Monthly meetings will highlight new developments with Sheets, discuss strategies and methods, and provide time to work on systems with the support of coordinator and the group.

This year-long course will organize a community of practice for sheet-using educators. Monthly meetings will highlight new developments with Sheets, discuss strategies and methods, and provide time to work on systems with the support of the coordinator and the group. Educators work with data on a regular basis and using spreadsheets can make this process easier, more efficient and effective. Educators with sheet skills often do not have the support that they need to push their practice to the next level and are forced to mine the internet for solutions to Sheet problems. This year-long course will organize a community of practice for sheet-using educators. Monthly meetings will highlight new developments with Sheets, discuss strategies and methods, and provide time to work on systems with the support of the coordinator and the group.

Participants will produce Sheet based systems to assist in their daily practice.
The World Languages team at East Irondequoit Middle School will share our exploration of the revised New York World Language Standards over the past three years. Participants will learn how through collaboration and even some failure, we developed new unit plans, adjusted assessments, implemented new instructional strategies, and created a culture of proficiency in our language classrooms. We will share our successes & challenges and give you some examples of how you can make the shift in your school.

71. ST@C - The Magic of Movement

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-5

Dates: 10/24/2023

Join us for an exhilarating seminar on unleashing the magic of movement in elementary music education. Delve into the art of seamlessly integrating movement into every lesson to create unforgettable musical experiences. Experienced public school Dalcroze Eurhythmics Instructor Anthony Molinaro will be your guide, revealing the secrets to overcome challenges and transform your teaching approach. Gain practical strategies, innovative lesson ideas, and invaluable tools that will empower you to ignite your students' passion through captivating movement activities. Attendees will learn how to build a culture of movement that will engage every child in the beauty of these expressive activities.

72. STI - 6038 - Collective Impact: Developing a Future Oriented Vision for Scarsdale Schools

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: All

Dates: 10/25/2023 to 4/10/2024

A well-designed, authentically shared vision of our work helps us become better connected to one another, and to a larger mission. The work of a first grade teacher at Greenacres impacts that of the social studies teacher in Butler, the math teacher at the high school, and visa-versa. Teachers who host Senior Options students know this well, as students learn, grow, adjust, adapt, and hopefully thrive. The work of developing a common vision serves to strengthen the sense of belonging and membership in the school community, and ultimately makes our work more effective. We must reinvest in our own learning community, and contribute our own individual threads into a cohesive tapestry of teaching and learning that is empowering, inspiring, and collaborative. Participants in this course will serve as shepherds in the vision-building process, making meaning of input collected from faculty, staff, students, parents, and community members, and crafting it into a coherent whole.

The guiding question for this inquiry will be: How can we co-create a community-owned strategic plan that supports our vision and mission, equips today's students to create their desired futures, and to successfully meet the challenges they will face in those futures?

Through readings, activities and whole and small-group discussion, we will identify and examine major disruptions which contribute to our increasingly complex world; requirements and expectations of a knowledge society, and external forces most likely to impact our work. We will work toward an aligned vision for teaching and learning within the context of those forces.

We will move the strategic planning process forward in various ways, including:
- Widening our understanding of the possible futures our students will encounter.
- Analyzing and synthesizing input from faculty, staff, students, and community members.
- Developing a vision statement that is reflective of various streams of input.

73. ST@C - SMS Portfolio #1

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 10/26/2023

This is the first ST@C Session to help get untenured teachers ready for their yearly submission of portfolios

74. ST@C - ChatGPT and AI in the World Language Classroom: Friend or Foe?

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12 World Language

Dates: 10/30/2023

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere ... but what is its role in the world language classroom? In this webinar, we'll explore ways that we as teachers can learn to embrace new AI tools like ChatGPT to create lessons and simplify content, as well as ways we can help students learn how to use these tools properly. We'll look at the potential negative effects of new technologies on language teaching and learning-and we'll get ahead of the emerging ways students are leveraging AI technology to complete their assignments. In this webinar, we will: - Explore the potential of AI in the world language classroom - Learn to embrace AI tools to enhance language instruction - Address the challenges and ethical considerations of AI in language learning

75. ST@C - NOTABILITY

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 11/1/2023

We will review the Notability tool and discuss organization strategies for teachers and students.

76. STI - 6102 - Teachers as Investors: Taking Control of your 403(b)/457(b)

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

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

Teachers are preyed upon by financial salespeople. Learning to choose a 403(b) vendor is not part of formal teacher education and it is easy to be confused when presented with a long list of vendors and investment options. In this course, we will teach you to take control of your retirement investments without the help of a high-fee financial salesperson. You will walk out with a 403(b) and/or 457(b) plan with a low-fee vendor, an understanding of how your money is invested within the plan, and how to manage retirement investments going forward. Teachers will create either a reflection that compiles their course learning OR a project that can be used to share out new learning to other STA members or students.

77. *COPY OF STI - 6024 - Responsive Classroom Intro Course

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-8 Scarsdale

Dates: 11/3/2023 to 1/20/2024

The Responsive Classroom approach provides prime evidence that social and emotional teaching strategies, when well constructed, lead to improved classroom behavior and academic growth. Students learn best when their classrooms are places where they feel safe, challenged, and joyful-places that free them to learn.

Independent research has found that the Responsive Classroom approach is associated with higher academic achievement, improved teacher-student interactions, and higher quality instruction.

In four engaging and interactive days, teachers will learn about the practices and strategies of the Responsive Classroom approach, designed to create safe and joyful learning communities where all students can thrive-while helping them develop strong social, emotional, and academic skills.

Teachers will:
--Engage in energizers and interactive learning structures that can be used with students
--Experience an Academic Choice lesson that can be adapted for any grade level
--Plan Interactive Modeling, role-play, and Guided Discovery lessons to use with students
--Map out their learning space to include elements of classroom organization
--Create detailed plans for implementation of Responsive Classroom practices

78. *COPY OF STI - 6024 - Responsive Classroom Intro Course

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-8 Scarsdale

Dates: 11/3/2023 to 1/20/2024

The Responsive Classroom approach provides prime evidence that social and emotional teaching strategies, when well constructed, lead to improved classroom behavior and academic growth. Students learn best when their classrooms are places where they feel safe, challenged, and joyful-places that free them to learn.

Independent research has found that the Responsive Classroom approach is associated with higher academic achievement, improved teacher-student interactions, and higher quality instruction.

In four engaging and interactive days, teachers will learn about the practices and strategies of the Responsive Classroom approach, designed to create safe and joyful learning communities where all students can thrive-while helping them develop strong social, emotional, and academic skills.

Teachers will:
--Engage in energizers and interactive learning structures that can be used with students
--Experience an Academic Choice lesson that can be adapted for any grade level
--Plan Interactive Modeling, role-play, and Guided Discovery lessons to use with students
--Map out their learning space to include elements of classroom organization
--Create detailed plans for implementation of Responsive Classroom practices

79. STI - 6024 - Responsive Classroom Intro Course

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-8 Scarsdale

Dates: 11/3/2023 to 1/20/2024

The Responsive Classroom approach provides prime evidence that social and emotional teaching strategies, when well constructed, lead to improved classroom behavior and academic growth. Students learn best when their classrooms are places where they feel safe, challenged, and joyful-places that free them to learn.

Independent research has found that the Responsive Classroom approach is associated with higher academic achievement, improved teacher-student interactions, and higher quality instruction.

In four engaging and interactive days, teachers will learn about the practices and strategies of the Responsive Classroom approach, designed to create safe and joyful learning communities where all students can thrive-while helping them develop strong social, emotional, and academic skills.

Teachers will:
--Engage in energizers and interactive learning structures that can be used with students
--Experience an Academic Choice lesson that can be adapted for any grade level
--Plan Interactive Modeling, role-play, and Guided Discovery lessons to use with students
--Map out their learning space to include elements of classroom organization
--Create detailed plans for implementation of Responsive Classroom practices

80. STI - 6085 - Let's Talk World Languages 2023-24

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Scarsdale

Dates: 11/9/2023 to 4/18/2024

Enhanced articulation between divisions such as the middle and high schools would be a wonderful way to strengthen the learning experiences of our students. Building relationships with our colleagues in the other divisions will also strengthen our programs.

This course will examine the revised New York State standards for World Languages with a particular focus on Integrated Performance Based Assessments. For many of our teachers, the language used by NYS in its standards for World Languages is remote. Much of the work that they do, however, aligns well with many of the revised standards. The standards also provide a birds eye view of world language learning and some interesting topics to discuss among like minded colleagues. Our focus on IPA assessments will also strengthen our programs and provide teachers with a more complete and nuanced view of student learning. In part because of the difficulty we have finding the time to meet across divisions, we view this STI course as an opportunity to build relationships with colleagues in other schools in the district and beyond.

We will examine the revised NYS standards for the teaching of World Languages and determine how components of our own practice may fit into those standards. We will ask participants to bring samples of their own work and in small groups we will discuss how to modify or adapt participants' work to create complete IPA assessments.

For the culminating project each participant will create a new IPA with three different components to correspond to the three different modes identified by ACTFL: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes.

Teachers will produce a new IPA assessment that they will be able to use in their classes.

81. ST@C - AI ALCHEMY

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 11/15/2023

This session will give teachers a quick overview of some favorite AI tools of our with ideas how to use them with Students.

82. STI - 6058 - Exploring the Professional Shelf: Building Thinking Classrooms by Peter Liljedahl

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/16/2023 to 5/9/2024

A THINKING STUDENT IS AN ENGAGED STUDENT Teachers often find it difficult to implement lessons that help students go beyond rote memorization and repetitive calculations. In fact, institutional norms and habits that permeate all classrooms can actually be enabling "non-thinking" student behavior. Sparked by observing teachers struggle to implement rich mathematics tasks to engage students in deep thinking, Peter Liljedahl has translated his 15 years of research into this practical guide on how to move toward a thinking classroom. Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K-12 helps teachers implement 14 optimal practices for thinking that create an ideal setting for deep mathematics learning to occur.

This course is an exploration of Building Thinking Classrooms and each of Liljedahi's fourteen optimal practices, beginning with a deep dive into what are the institutionally normative practices that permeate many classrooms around the world. It reveals how each of these practices is working against our efforts to get students to think, and then it offers a clear presentation of what the research revealed to be the optimal practice for each variable, unpacking it into macro- and micro-practices. These descriptions are punctuated by excerpts from the data, anecdotes from teachers, photographs from real K-12 classrooms, and responses too frequently asked questions (FAQ). Each chapter concludes with questions for educators to consider on their own or within a professional learning community as well as "try this" tasks or activities teachers.

Teachers will share which practices or activities they implemented in their classroom and reflect on their implementation. Participants will need to purchase the book for $35.

83. STI - 6055 - K-12 Integrated Unit Design - Intermediate - Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 11/17/2023 to 12/9/2023

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 and explore how to incorporate technology effectively into their teaching to promote student learning and increase engagement. Teachers should have taken K-12 Integrated Unit Design prior to taking this level.

Participants will take current units of study or create new units where they will integrate different district technology. We will use our feedback protocol to create multiple iterations of their project using instructional feedback from the group. Teachers will learn new techniques from the previous course to add higher level technology and PBL projects into their units.

Participants will take current units of study or create new units with usable work samples/instructional materials. They will also create a lesson or unit plan write up.

84. STI - 6059 - Fall STEAM Makers Lab

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/17/2023 to 11/18/2023

Learn, Design, Create, Do! This three day exploration into making and fabricating explores the latest making techniques in K-12 applications. For beginner makers, this course will have several maker workshops and projects hosted by various grade level teachers over the three days. For more advanced makers, this course can serve as an open lab to expand upon their knowledge and pursue a larger self-guided project that they haven't had the time or space to accomplish! In the end, all teachers will apply their newfound skills to propose a lesson, activity, or project for their classroom using a skill they discovered over the three days!

Teachers will get a brief introduction to the space and tools of the Design Lab. With several different grade-level facilitators, participants will be guided through entry-level maker projects utilizing various making techniques and tools. Examples may include: 3D modeling and printing, laser cutting, wood working, circuit building, cardboard prototyping, etc. Teachers will go through 2-3 various projects over the three days, each with an opportunity to envision how they can use that tool in their classroom.

For the more advanced makers, they will be introduced to the same tools in the lab, but have the opportunity to find a personal project they want to learn and spend 2-3 days creating it.

An activity, lesson, or project proposal that utilizes one of the skills or tools they used in the three days. All teachers will propose a way to utilize their knowledge in their classroom and present it on the final day of the course. Estimated Additional Fees for Participants: $50 (as Needed per project, not a prerequisite)

85. STI - 6063 - Let's Make Anchor Charts

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-8

Dates: 11/17/2023 to 11/18/2023

Anchor charts are a visual resource for students to be able to refer to within a classroom. The visual resource can help a student remember a strategy or rule. It is important for teachers to be able to make anchor charts to support any units of study.

During this course, teachers will create anchor charts to be used for student reference that will support the curriculum areas being studied within the classroom. All supplies for this course (chart paper, crayons & markers) will be provided by the course coordinator. Teachers are also welcome to bring their own supplies as well.

Teachers will take a photo of each anchor chart created during the course. Teachers will create a Google Slideshow to display the photo and brief summary explaining how the anchor chart will be used in conjunction with a curriculum area. Teachers should also include a reflection slide.
This workshop series is a deep-dive into two key instructional skills for teaching writing. Participants can take one session or all four!
In the first two sessions, Carl will explain how you can have powerful 1:1 writing conferences with students, which will allow you differentiate your teaching for the wide variety of learners in your class. You'll learn about the parts of an effective writing conference, and the strategies you'll need to navigate each part successfully so that your teaching has a significant impact on your student writers.

And then in the last two sessions, the focus will be on integrating mentor texts into your day-to-day writing workshop practice:


• Finding and selecting just-right mentor texts.


• Analyzing mentor texts to find multiple teaching points.


• Immersing your class in a unit's mentor texts.


• Teaching with mentor texts in minilessons, small-group lessons, and writing conferences.

Throughout the workshop series, Carl will bring the content to life with videos from the classroom and student work.

Participants will end the workshop with a toolbox full of practical strategies they can implement immediately when they return to their classrooms.

87. ST@C - ADOBE EXPRESS I

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 11/21/2023

Come learn about one of the most powerful FREE creation tools for the classroom

88. STI - 6101 - Multiculturalism Through the Arts. Film through Animation 2

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/21/2023 to 1/23/2024

Animated films can speak to both children and adults, sometimes simultaneously. This deceptively simple form of storytelling is an appealing way to explore history, politics, ethics, and the arts. Professor Bill Costanzo will introduce four films that illustrate a variety of cultures and aesthetic styles.

We will watch and discuss four films from four different cultures. These films will be appropriate to use in classes either as clips or the entire film. Teachers will be able to find ways to connect the ideas these films discuss to classroom activity.

Waltz with Bashir: Ari Folman was a young soldier during Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982. This animated documentary is a deeply personal account of his experience, a shrewd study of the instability of memory, and a troubling commentary on the chaotic violence of war. The film's powerful ending raises significant questions about the capabilities and limitations of serious animation for adults.

Persepolis: This is the award-winning adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel about a young woman coming of age during the Iranian Revolution. In French, English, Persian, and German, with English subtitles.

Paired with The Hand: A shy, secluded potter's peaceful life is upset when a giant hand in a white glove invades his home, demanding that a sculpture of itself be made. Filmed during the era of Soviet control, Jirí Trnka's short parable used stop-motion puppet animation to tell a story about power and oppression that might invite censorship in a live action film, but it was still banned soon after its release.

Chicken Run: Peter Lord and Nick Park made this wildly successful parody of The Great Escape in stop-motion animation. The prisoners are chickens threatened to be turned into pies by the cruel Mrs.Tweedy and her husband on a British egg farm. Their would-be savior is an American rooster named Rocky Rhodes.

89. STI - 6111 - Financial Literacy in Schools: November 2023 Cohort # 39

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/21/2023 to 12/19/2023

Our students' ability to build a secure future for themselves and their families requires learning how to navigate an increasingly complex financial system. The importance of financial responsibility will only increase as the world is further transformed by science and technology. Financial Literacy will help students succeed in the future as they create businesses, drive innovation, and achieve personal goals. This course seeks to build teacher content knowledge and access to resources so they can infuse their classrooms with financial education.

Teachers will acquire skills for themselves and for teaching such topics as Banking & Budgeting, Careers, Cryptocurrency Basics, Insurance, Credit, Taxes, Paying for College, and the Psychology of Money through teacher certification courses offered by Next Gen Personal Finance (www.ngpf.org).

Each certification course consists of five two-hour synchronous sessions and a one-hour certification exam. In addition, teachers seeking STI credit must attend two STI cohort sessions to discuss the course, reflect and share progress, and devise plans to implement some of what they learned in the classroom.

Course offerings for this Cohort are Consumer Skills, Cryptocurrency, and Psychology of Money .

NGPF is also offering 2 on-demand courses; Advanced Investing (invite-only), and Taxes . All courses offered during this cohort will meet 2x/week for 3 weeks. Specific course dates and times are listed on the NGPF website and registration for those should be done there. You will first need to register for a teacher account on NGPF.org using your school email.

STI meeting #1: Tuesday, November 21st at 6 pm (Zoom)
STI meeting #1: Tuesday, December 19th at 6 pm (Zoom)

90. ST@C - Adobe Express 2

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 11/28/2023

We are continuing our learning with the ultimate diverse media tool

91. ST@C- SMS Portfolio #2

Program: ST@C

Dates: 11/30/2023

This is the second installment of the Portfolio ST@C Series for the SMS Middle School. This session will take place in the Nest.

92. ST@C- Witness Stones at Wayside Cottage

Program: ST@C

Dates: 11/30/2023

Join us for an onsite 2-hour meeting at historic Wayside Cottage with Witness Stones educators to learn more about slavery in New York and Scarsdale and to plan for the placement of stones honoring individuals who were enslaved and worked and lived on the property of Wayside Cottage in Scarsdale.

93. STI - 6023 - Studying Skillful Teacher 2023

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Scarsdale Teachers

Dates: 12/1/2023 to 3/16/2024

The Studying Skillful Teaching program builds teachers' capacity - the knowledge and skills as well as the courage and conviction - to promote students' motivation, learning, and increased achievement. It is based on the belief that teaching is a process of decision-making; and that skillful teachers never stop learning through experimentation, data analysis, study, and collegial sharing about what works best for their students. This course will focus on the art of teaching -- continuously expanding one's repertoire and skillfully matching which tool or strategy best fits a given situation.

This three-weekend course will focus on building teacher skills such as communicating their belief in students' capabilities, motivating and engaging students, demonstrating cultural proficiency, planning engaging lessons, making concepts and skills accessible, and continuously assessing student understanding. It will also include a range of activities beyond interactive classroom behaviors, such as analyzing data, designing reteaching, involving families, and being a good colleague and team member. Participants will engage in discussion over case studies from other schools and will be asked to reflect on techniques used in their classrooms. The course takes place over three months and is designed to balance in-class learning and reflection with out-of-class application.

94. STI - 6071 - New York City as a Resource: Grand Central Neighborhood Built by Titans of Industry

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

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

This course examines the impact of a political decision making process that transforms the Grand Central neighborhood with consequences for the city in the nation. Teachers will research primary source documents as they track the monumental shifts that occurred over the last century in transportation, technology, sociology, science, art, architecture and economics in the Grand Central area and beyond.

Through multimedia resources including documentary film, photographs, books, primary source documents, internet resources, a guided walking tour and discussion, participants will examine the Grand Central neighborhood as a study of change over the last century. Instruction will model the case study approach to facilitate integration of an event into enriching and meaningful lessons for students in technology, science, math, art, architecture, sociology and economics. Highlighted in the walking tour will be Grand Central Terminal, The Chrysler Building, Lincoln Center, the NY Public Library and the Daily News Building, along with the East 42nd St. area. The course will focus on attributes of the Beaux-Arts, Art Deco and Neo-Gothic architecture styles as they are featured in these buildings. The historical time frame in which each style was en-vogue in America will also be emphasized. We will also be touring the NYC library.

There will be a $25.00 fee which can be added and paid with the tuition

95. ST@C- SMS Portfolio #3

Program: ST@C

Dates: 12/4/2023

This is the third installment of the Portfolio ST@C Series for the SMS Middle School.
Antisemitism and other forms of racism and bigotry have a persistent and robust presence online. On TikTok alone, antisemitic comments increased 912 percent from 2020 to 2021. In the United States, 33% of Americans who responded to a 2021 ADL survey reported that they experienced identity-based harassment online. Such harassment can harm the mental health of those whose identities are targeted, making them feel fearful, anxious, and alone.



Parents instinctively want to shelter their children. Yet, so much is out of parental control, especially in an age of social media and online gaming. Children are being exposed to the larger world and, along with it, are encountering hate and bigotry earlier and with greater ease than in previous generations. What tools and strategies can parents and educators provide to better prepare children to encounter these spaces?



Recognizing and identifying online antisemitism in both visual and text forms are critical steps in effectively responding to it, which requires an understanding of the tropes, dog whistles and conspiracy theories that fuel antisemitism. Providing young people with the tools to critically analyze and deconstruct antisemitic messaging online will help them navigate virtual spaces where they will almost certainly encounter antisemitism as well as other forms of hatred. Finally, it's essential to help young people identify both effective and ineffective ways to respond to and combat online hate.



During the webinar, we will:

Explore different manifestations of online antisemitism
Consider how online hate impacts young people, our communities and society at large
Learn effective strategies for combating online antisemitism
This webinar is presented in partnership with the Shine A Light campaign against antisemitism.
Join us for a conversation to help teachers, at the K-12 and college levels, develop strategies to teach the Palestine-Israel conflict and many of the attendant sensitive historical topics it entails, in an atmosphere as charged as the present. It might seem that this history is a minefield worth avoiding, but thoughtful and engaged teachers have been teaching such difficult topics in a civil and empathetic way for decades. A panel of historians with relevant expertise will discuss classroom strategies and how current events have influenced their approach to teaching, as well as how understanding history and engaging seriously with people who inhabited the past can help our students to better understand current events.

98. STI - 6079 - Tools with a Twist - Woodworking and Canva

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 12/8/2023 to 12/9/2023

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In this course participants will be able to experience one of the new projects our 7th graders engage with in technology class as well as work in Canva. They will learn to use tools such as the chop saw, drum sander, wood burner, and router. As we communicate with our students how important it is to have hands on skills as well as utilizing tools properly, this course puts teachers back in the student seat to experience it first hand. It will give teachers the opportunity to think bout how they may want to integrate more hands-on learning in the classroom and possibly collaborating with their respective technology and teachers/departments. They will also take away the skills needed in Canva to create infographics, graphic organizers, stencils, etc. to better aid in student learning and engagement.

During these sessions teachers will utilize the same skills we teach our students in middle school technology and art such as using the miter saw, creating designs in Canva, sanding, and wood burning to create beautiful cutting boards they may take home. After doing their wood cutting and glue up, teachers will create their designs in canva and learn the different tools necessary to create stencils, infographics, etc. The next day, teachers will begin by sanding down their boards and routing an edge into them. Teachers will then learn about the history and art of pyrography and burn their designs into the cutting boards before finishing them with oil. This course will demonstrates to teachers the interdisciplinary skills seen in our classrooms everyday and allow for them to explore how they can incorporate it in their own classrooms.

Teachers will produce a finished cutting board with a burned engraving.

There will be a $40 materials fee

99. ST@C- Using Felt online Collaborative Maps

Program: ST@C

Dates: 12/12/2023

Brief introduction to the Felt Collaborative Mapping website that allows you to analyze datasets and share map-based research projects.

100. ST@C- DITCH Summit

Program: ST@C

Dates: 12/13/2023

The Ditch Summit is a virtual conference that has daily sessions. Watch one one hour PD session and complete the information to receive a certificate of completion. Forward me the coy of the certificate with a brief summary of the session and ideas on how you will apply this in your classroom to receive a ST@C credit.

Link: https://ditchsummit.com
In the devastating aftermath of World War I, many Americans development nativist and isolationist beliefs. Discover the stories of the people who fought against growing xenophobic attitudes of the 1920s.