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1. Victorian High Tea at Bon Appetit

Location: Bon Apetit Tea House (Mahwah, NJ) [map]

Dates: 1/22/2019

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Chase the winter blues away by joining us for an elegant high tea at Bon Appetit Tea House (180 Franklin Tpke, Mahwah, NJ). Be transformed to a bygone era and enjoy a sumptuous tea in this gracious and elegant space. Feel like a queen for a day. $45/55 nonmember. Tuesday, January 22 from 12:00 - 2:30 pm. Enrollment is limited to 25 people.

2. EDU 5550.04/Research Seminar in Special Education and Literacy

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 1/22/2019 to 5/7/2019

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This course should be taken near the end of the teacher-candidates sequence of courses as it draws upon a broad understanding of disability, laws that govern the education of children with special educational needs and instructional strategies. The course participant will be required to expand upon their current level of knowledge by investigating literature reviews of contemporary data to develop either a research project or develop a grant that would enhance the quality of instruction and life, for individuals with disabilities. Ethical considerations with regard to research and education of vulnerable populations will be emphasized. The purpose of the course is also to make students more aware of their social responsibility and the need to continue as life long learners in working with individuals where current strategies for intervention are constantly emerging. This course is for fully matriculated students only.

3. Mental Health & Wellness 101

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Dates: 1/22/2019

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The median time between the onset of mental illness (when symptoms first appear) and when an individual gets appropriate treatment is 10 years. During that time, a person is likely experiencing periods of increased symptomology and periods of wellness. Mental Health and recovery are dependent on an individual’s ability to recognize and manage where they are each day on the continuum between wellness and illness, and to take care accordingly. Education and early intervention promotes wellness and leads to better outcomes.
Goals of the Training:

Increase basic knowledge of mental health to help reduce stigma.

Understand Mental Health as a continuum of wellness that defines us every day — it is illness, recovery and all of the space in between.

Promote wellness, treatment seeking behavior, recovery and self-care.
This training is taught by Wendy Blanchard, M.S., CHHC, CPS, Client & Family Advocate and Community Educator. Wendy Blanchard was honored to be a part of creating this training as a resource and support for the newly implemented New York State Mental Health Education Law which began on July 1, 2018.

4. EED 754-95/Workshop in Understanding Literacy Difficulites

Location: Willow Grove Elementary School (Thiells, NY)

Dates: 1/22/2019 to 5/14/2019

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Clinically-rich course that prepares students to understand, select, develop, administer, and interpret a variety of literacy assessments, as well as use assessment information to plan and evaluate literacy instruction. This course meets in Willow Grove Elementary School with registration through the Rockland Teachers' Center. Please contact Donna Rodriguez at Rockland Teachers' Center for registration and payment. Call 845-553-9516 or e-mail drodriguez@rockteach.org.

5. Book Club 1/23/19 AT HAVERSTRAW TOWN HALL

Location: Haverstraw Town Hall (Garnerville, NY) [map]

Dates: 1/23/2019

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This month's selection is The female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer. Our facilitator, Candace Robinson, will lead us in a lively and interesting discussion. Join us on Wednesday, January 23 at 10:30 at Haverstraw Town Hall. Call 845.553.9156 or email bberkowitz@rockteach.org to confirm date and place.

6. EDU 5432/5431/5571 - Student Teaching Seminar - Rockland

Dates: 1/23/2019 to 5/15/2019

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This course provides full-time supervised/student teaching experience. Supervised/student teachers are expected to synthesize and put into practice knowledge, understandings and professional skills, developed during previous course work and fieldwork experience, in accordance with New York State Learning Standards. Required text: “Planning Effective Instruction”, by Price and Nelson, sixth edition 2019, published by Cengage. Additional meeting dates: Student Teaching Orientation is Jan 22 on Campus and the mandatory EdTPA Presentation is Jan 29 also on campus. Check with instructor for times, etc. This course is for fully matriculated students only. Additional tuition and fees will be paid directly to Manhattanville. Contact Joleen Murray at jmurray@rockteach.org for more details.

7. CEGE 637-R01/Making Inclusion Work: Instructional Strategies for Students with Learning & Behavior Problems

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 1/24/2019 to 3/14/2019

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This course will provide an overview of the characteristics of effective instructional strategies in a general education classroom. Participants will develop strategies to incorporate children with special needs and the programs and procedures used most effectively to serve them. It will also provide information about the laws guiding the education of special education students and the theories, diagnostic procedures and teaching strategies which are most effective with these students. By the end of this course students should have gained a full understanding of: Special health-related issues, Learning processes of the special education student, motivational and communication techniques, classroom management, the means to update knowledge and skills in the subject taught, current trends and issues, special education legislation, characteristics and etiology of specific disabilities, intervention strategies for children with disabilities, how to adapt the learning environment to meet the needs of exceptional children, and identification of students with disabilities. The text The Inclusive Classroom will provide theoretical support and research-based strategies to improve student learning in mainstream classrooms. Required Text: “The Inclusive Classroom”, by Mastropieri & Shruggs, The Loose-Leaf Version-5th edition, 2014. *Final projects and reflections due via online on Mar. 14, 2019. Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to Graduate and In-service participants.

8. SED 575-95/Teaching Literacy in English as a New Language

Location: Newburgh Amory Center (Newburgh, NY)

Dates: 1/24/2019 to 5/9/2019

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Examination of literacy skills, methods, and assessments, including reading enrichment and remediation, for teaching English to speakers of a new language and to English learners with disabilities at elementary and secondary levels. Includes study of phonetic and phonological awareness through reading instruction. Asynchronous online learning assignments to be scheduled by instructor. By registering through the Rockland Teachers' Center, I authorize SUNY New Paltz to finalize my registration and process the payment of tuition and fees associated with this course. This course is open to a select group of matriculated New Paltz students.

9. Film Club on 1/25/19 at NANUET LIBRARY

Location: Nanuet Library (nanuet, NY) [map]

Dates: 1/25/2019

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Join us to view and discuss the film "City Lights" at 10:00 at the Nanuet Library. Our facilitator, Mimi Rasiel, will lead us in stimulating discussions before and after the film. Please join us for the fun!

10. Cross-Cultural Communication

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 1/28/2019 to 1/31/2019

Location: Online Only

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During this online course experience, participants will learn how to increase communication skills with ELLs and their families to build a stronger home-school connection. By learning the cultural cues and mannerisms, participants will be able to effectively communicate with students and families as well as create a learning environment that is safe and diverse. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

11. Elementary Math PLC

Audience: Elementary Math Teachers

Dates: 1/29/2019

The Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators in the region offering them a place to meet, explore content and current trends in K-5 mathematics, discuss best practices and celebrate success stories. Sessions will focus on the commonality of math instruction from grades K-5 with an emphasis on using visual models, common vocabulary, hands-on activities and new technology to support learning. This collaborative effort will provide avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The Elementary Math PLC is hosted by R.P. Connor Elementary School, Suffern Central School District. Individual sessions may be located at alternate sites allowing greater participation and regional involvement. This training is part of the Elementary Math PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. This training is part of the Elementary Math PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. PLC Dates:10/30/18 (Montgomery ES), 11/27/18 (Valley Cottage ES), 1/29/19 (R. P. Connor ES) 2/26/19 (R. P. Connor ES), 3/26/19 (R. P. Connor ES) Snow date: 4/30/19 Virtual session.
In this online course, we will focus on incorporating the NGSS into our curriculum. These standards mark a change in how we must think about classroom science instruction. We will use a variety of online resources to develop instructional and assessment strategies that address NGSS focusing on K-5 and 6-12 while developing an understanding across grade levels. We will explore how: K-12 science education should reflect the real-world interconnections in science. Science concepts build coherently across K-12. THE NGSS focuses on deeper understanding and application of content. Science and engineering are integrated in science education K-12 Science Standards coordinate with Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics. We will use visit NGSS webinars that address this topic and look at sample standards to learn how to read the key to various elements. At the end of this course, participants will have a deeper understanding of the expectations and how they should b applied at each grade level. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

13. EED 510-95/Teaching Writing and Multimodal Text Production

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 1/30/2019 to 5/15/2019

This clinically-rich course explores methods of teaching writing in grades K-12, Course activities are designed to meet the needs of diverse learners, and students will learn digital production skills across disciplines. This course meets in North Rockland High School with registration through Rockland Teachers Center Institute. Please contact Donna Rodriguez at Rockland Teachers Center for registration information. Call 845-553-9516 or e-mail drodriguez@rockteach.org.

14. Gender Identity

Location: St. Thomas Aquinas College (Sparkill, NY) - Lougheed Library

Audience: All

Dates: 1/31/2019

Location: Lougheed Library

The Rockland County Pride Center will present on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer identity. This will be an introductory discussion on gender identity/expression and sexual orientation. Participants will have opportunity for open discussion and Q&A. This training is geared to educators and support staff. This is a Rockland Reading Council professional learning opportunity offered in conjunction with Rockland Teachers' Center and St. Thomas Aquinas College.

15. SED 580-96/English Grammar for Teachers of English as a New Language - Hybrid Course

Location: New Paltz Central School District (New Paltz, NY)

Dates: 2/2/2019 to 3/9/2019

Provides candidates with a systematic understanding of English grammar and its implications for writing, reading, and oral communication. This course focuses on the role of grammar and syntax in classroom instruction, including a review of techniques and materials for teaching English grammar to learners of English as a new language. Asynchronous online learning assignments to be scheduled by instructor. Must be matriculated into TESOL:CR-ITI. By registering through the Rockland Teachers' Center, I authorize SUNY New Paltz to finalize my registration and process the payment of tuition and fees associated with this course. Meeting dates only are on mylearningplan. Course end date may vary.

16. SED 580-96/English Grammar for Teachers of English as a New Language - Hybrid Course

Location: New Paltz Central School District (New Paltz, NY)

Dates: 2/2/2019 to 3/9/2019

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Provides candidates with a systematic understanding of English grammar and its implications for writing, reading, and oral communication. This course focuses on the role of grammar and syntax in classroom instruction, including a review of techniques and materials for teaching English grammar to learners of English as a new language. Asynchronous online learning assignments to be scheduled by instructor. Must be matriculated into TESOL:CR-ITI. By registering through the Rockland Teachers' Center, I authorize SUNY New Paltz to finalize my registration and process the payment of tuition and fees associated with this course.

17. DASA Dignity for All Students Act - Mandated 6 hour Certification Workshop

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY) - Room 136

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 2/2/2019 to 2/9/2019

Location: Room 136

In accordance with Article 2 Sections 10-18 of the Education Law, all applicants for Certification in NYS registered programs are required to complete six clock hours of Training in Harassment, Bullying, Cyber bullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). This workshop will address the social patterns of harassment, bullying, and discrimination including, but not limited to those acts based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. It will also cover the identification and mitigation of harassment, bullying, and discrimination; and strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias, and aggression in education settings. Successful completion of this course will meet the certification requirements in Sec 14 (5) of Chapter 102 of the Laws of 2012, and registrants who participate in the entire 6-hour training will receive a Certification of Completion. Please be advised that we need to have 8 registrants to run this workshop Please note there will be a lunch break. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

18. Cross-Cultural Communication and Children's Literature

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 2/4/2019 to 2/7/2019

Location: Online Only

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Why do we have such a hard time communicating our thoughts back and forth to each other in a way that ensures understanding? During this online course experience, participants will learn how to increase communication skills with ELLs both verbally and nonverbally. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

19. Online: Morphing into Vocabulary: A look at infusing Morphology into the classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Classroom teachers in grades 2 and higher, ENL teachers, ELA teachers, Reading Specialists

Dates: 2/4/2019 to 3/11/2019

“Students who understand how words are formed by combining prefixes, suffixes, and roots tend to have larger vocabularies and better reading comprehension than peers without such knowledge and skills” (Prince, 2009). In this online course, teachers will explore the value of teaching students morphology in the classroom. Participants will uncover prefixes, suffixes and roots and their interdisciplinary role in effective teaching to increase academic vocabulary. Teachers will develop student-friendly strategies for predicting word meaning through morphology as well as create a motivational activity to help students make the connection between morphology and language. Participants will create lessons that align with the Common Core Learning Standards, motivating activities and a content-specific root database. Through sharing ideas, strategies and activities with each other, a distinct understanding of the long-term value that this can have on vocabulary development will be clear. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

20. Online: Teacher and Student Reflection (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 2/4/2019 to 2/24/2019

Reflection is a key element in the learning process. Good teachers are able to make decisions quickly when necessary but also know when they should step back and reflect on their work. The same is true of students – they must be able to reflect on their classroom work to enhance learning. Participants in this online class will examine the material they are teaching and design ways to help their students look back and reflect in order to grow as learners. We will introduce end of class prompts to use in the classroom and you will be asked to keep an online journal which will be part of the learning process. We will explore numerous ways to reflect on work and how best to embed into your classroom practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

21. FREE!!! Lunch& Learn with Friends - 2nd session

Location: Rockland Teachers' Center Institute - Stony Point (Stony Point, NY)

Dates: 2/4/2019

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Please join us for our first Lunch & Learn. You will learn about our new website and watch a fascinating and fun video on games our brain plays. Bring your lunch. Coffee, tea and munchies will be provided. We will also discuss possible topics for future Lunch and Learn sessions. Your input is welcome. Tuesday, February 4th from 11-1 at our office. Please sign up ASAP.

22. EDU 5077.02/Adolescents w/Learning and Behavioral Problems

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 2/4/2019 to 4/8/2019

The course will examine the academic, social and emotional needs of the adolescent with learning and behavior problems. The focus will be on the laws, assessments, methodology and programs, as well as developmental, compensatory and social aspects of teaching secondary students with special needs. Required Text: “Teaching Students with Mild and High Incidence Disabilities at the Secondary Level”, 3rd edition, by Sabornie, E. J. & deBettencourt, L. U., 2009, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. Recommended text: “Children and Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders”, by Austin, V. L. & Sciarra, D. T., 2010, Upper Saddle River, NJ.A: Pearson. Requires 12 hours observation. If you plan to take this graduate course and are not a matriculated Manhattanville student, please contact Joleen Murray at 845-499-0851 before registering. Additional college tuition will be incurred for graduate credits. Snow date will be April 15, 2019.

23. EDU 5088.03/Introduction to Students with Learning and Behavior Problems

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 2/4/2019 to 4/8/2019

This course will provide an introduction to the field of learning disabilities and behavior disorders for classroom teachers in both regular and special education. We will identify the social, emotional, and learning characteristics of children having been identified with behavior disorders, neurological impairment, and learning disabilities. A developmental focus, involving both biological and experiential underpinnings of the disorders will further be discussed in order to understand the multiplicity of factors which give rise to the problems children manifest. As a result of the high co-morbidity (co-occurrence) of problems of perception, language, attention, and motivation, and behavior, these will be identified when they relate to the specific disorders. They will not be covered as specific disorders in themselves. In addition, we will consider effective instructional methods for these students as well as relevant behavioral interventions. Goals and objectives, as well as the instructional strategies employed in teaching will be incorporated in the individual education plans (IEP) for individuals demonstrating these problems. Required Text: “Children and Adolescents with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders”, by Austin, V. L. & Sciarra, D. T., 2010, Upper Saddle River, NJ.A: Pearson. Requires 12 hours observation. If you plan to take this graduate course and are not a matriculated Manhattanville student, please contact Joleen Murray at 845-499-0851 before registering. Additional college tuition will be incurred for graduate credits. Snow date will be April 15, 2019.

24. Creating Elementary Classroom Environments that Foster Science Literacy and Science Inquiry

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY)

Audience: Elementary Teachers, Elementary Science Teachers, Early Childhood Educators

Dates: 2/5/2019 to 4/23/2019

In this hybrid course, early childhood and elementary school teachers will learn the most current methods and teaching practices associated with the NGSS and elementary science. More importantly, teachers will leave this course with a better understanding on how to embed the most up to date science practices into their classrooms in a more fluid, natural way. Depending on participants needs and prior knowledge, teachers will have the opportunity to either build a science learning center, start a science library, create a science unit or simply start with a series of science lessons. Several classes will be at different locales in order to help teachers collect scientific resources for their classrooms. Examples of science themed curricular units will be modeled and displayed for teachers to adopt or adapt to their own individual classrooms. Several readings and articles will be assigned that help teachers visualize the potential for creativity and ingenuity when the skills of scientific inquiry are implemented correctly. One session will be solely devoted to developing inquiry skills and the art of questioning. THIS FREE COURSE IS ONLY OPEN TO CONSORTIUM TEACHERS.

25. EDU 5380.03/Curriculum, Management, and Assessment

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 2/5/2019 to 4/9/2019

This course explores the way childhood educators develop curricula, and implement instruction within a full range of students' interests, motivations and capabilities. It focuses on evaluation of existing curricula, including emerging trends and issues; educational assessment of students; formation and implementation of educational, instructional and behavioral goals; and the creation of positive learning environments. This exploration will include examining and experiencing the relationship between your beliefs and philosophies as a teacher and the choices you make regarding curriculum development, effective instruction, and assessment. REQUIRED TEXT: “Universal Teaching Strategies” by Freiberg, J.H. & Driscoll, A. (2004), (4th Edition), and “Understanding by Design”, by Wiggins, G.P., McTighe,J. (2006) Boston: Pearson. If you plan to take this graduate course and are not a matriculated Manhattanville student, please contact Joleen Murray at 845-499-0851 before registering. Additional college tuition will be incurred for graduate credits. Snow date will be April 16, 2019.

26. CEGE 645-R01/Restorative Justice: Effective Classroom Management Interventions and Solutions

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 2/6/2019 to 4/10/2019

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Based upon the book Better Than Carrots or Sticks by Dominque Smith, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, participants will learn and apply restorative practices for effective classroom management. These practices will assist teachers in not only teaching academic material but also instruct students in matters pertaining to social skills. In line with an educator's mission to educate the whole child, participants will develop strategies to: hold individual conferences with students to address problematic behavior, move beyond the traditional use of rewards and consequences, and ultimately build a strong classroom climate through restorative practices. Required Reading: “Better Than Carrots or Sticks”, by Smith, Fisher and Frey (2015). Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to Graduate and In-service participants.

27. Online: Teaching Mastery: The Power of You!

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 2/7/2019 to 3/21/2019

Location: Online only

Teaching Mastery: The Power of You! is an online course designed to guide you to become a more powerful and effective classroom teacher. You'll develop a presence that students trust, one that motivates and inspires them to own their own learning, and live into their full potential. It's by recognizing your unique teaching dispositions and cultivating your own personal power, the power of you, that you become the true leader of your tribe and create classrooms that are successful academically, rich in humanity, and filled with curiosity and discovery. This course was previously named Evolving as an Educator.

28. EDU 5083.03/Assessment of Students with Learning and Behavior Problems

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 2/7/2019 to 4/11/2019

This course examines the construction, use, and interpretation of clinical and educational measurements used to assess learning. The course familiarizes students with the foundations of multidisciplinary assessment used to determine eligibility for special education services. Basic descriptive statistics, prescriptive teaching and the diagnostic-remediation process are examined with emphasis on individual assessment. Components of functional assessment, alternate assessments, and classroom assessment are incorporated. Required Textbook: “Assessment in Special Education: A Practical Approach”, 4th ed., by Pierangelo, R. & Giuliani, G., 2009, Boston: Allyn and Bacon. Requires 15 hours observation. If you plan to take this graduate course and are not a matriculated Manhattanville student, please contact Joleen Murray at 845-499-0851 before registering. Additional college tuition will be incurred for graduate credits. Snowdate will be May 2, 2019.

29. Google Drive - Organize it and Maximize it

Audience: All

Dates: 2/7/2019

Location: Room PDC Building 10

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Google Drive is a great tool but it can get unruly if you don't keep it organized. Participants in this course will learn how to organize their drive and maximize its potential. Folders, color-coding, starring, different views, placing the same file in multiple folders and power searching will be some of the skills taught.

30. Regional Writing Institute for National Board Certification

Audience: NBC Candidates, Renewal Candidates and Advanced (Retake) Candidates

Dates: 2/9/2019

The Regional Writing Institute for National Board Certification was created in response to requests from current National Board candidates, Renewal candidates, or Advanced candidates to provide a collegial environment to support them in completing their components. Candidates have the opportunity to write, read, and reflect in congenial and supportive surroundings on portfolio entries, either working independently, with partners, or in writing groups. The community of writers and reviewers supports the development of component entries and the peer review of videotapes or DVDs of classroom teaching. Recognizing that candidates need time for reading and writing and to exchange feedback with their colleagues, the Writing Institute helps teachers exchange ideas and respond to one another's work. Join your colleagues for thoughtful and reflective discussion about National Board Certification in a collegial setting. This program is open only to NBC candidates, Renewal candidates and Advanced (Retake) candidates. Materials: Candidates need to bring a laptop computer, flash drive, classroom videos/DVDs, entries, student work, NBPTS component instructions, standards, and scoring guide.

31. Home Language and Literacy Development of ELLs

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 2/11/2019 to 2/14/2019

Location: Online Only

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During this online course experience, participants will explore the importance of home language on literacy development and learn how to foster this language. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

32. Heart Health Lunch with Dr. Ainat

Location: Lynch's Restaurant (Stony Point, NY) [map]

Dates: 2/12/2019

Come celebrate Heart Health lunch with us at Lynch's, 79 S. Liberty Dr., Stony Point. 3-course menu TBD, but please advise of any dietary restrictions ahead of time. Dr. Ainat, a well-respected cardiologist who is affiliated with Columbia Doctors, will present on current heart health topics that you have submitted ahead of time. PLEASE EMAIL ME ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE. The presentation will be followed by Q&A. Tuesday, February 12, 12:00-3:00 pm. Fee is $43/53 nonmember. Please register by January 29th. REMEMBER TO WEAR RED.

33. Resilience: A Special Exhibit at the Suffern Holocaust Museum

Location: Rockland Community College (Suffern, NY) [map]

Dates: 2/14/2019

Join us for a docent lead tour of this special exhibit. Highlighting the actions of children, families, and communities during the Holocaust, this new exhibit asks us to examine WHAT IS RESILIENCE? Examining the Holocaust through this lens changes the way we think about history and connects with our lives today. Thursday, February 14 at 10:30 at Rockland Community College, 145 College Rd., Suffern, NY. fee is $10/15 nonmember. Please register by January 20th.

34. Chrome Extensions - Save Time and Increase Efficiency

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: All

Dates: 2/14/2019

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Chrome Extensions are tools that can be added to your Chrome Browser that add functionality, provide assistive technology features, and automate various actions. Participants in this course will experiment with a variety of Chrome Extensions that will assist with everything from aiding with disabilities such as dyslexia to recording your screen. There is even an extension that can make your Google files shared with everyone with a link with one click of a button.

35. Online Digital Citizenship (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 2/18/2019 to 3/18/2019

This online course is designed to help educators guide their students through the rules and potential implications of social media and technology. We will delineate appropriate ways to use technology and share strategies in the classroom. We will examine the 9 Keys (Proactive Knowledge) and how to teach these strategies to students. We will create posters, share lesson plans and explore various scenarios and how to respond to each one. We will be accessing two different tool kits using the Common Sense Media website that will help shape our lessons and will share free resources for our schools and districts. We will customize this information and create a comprehensive classroom plan. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

36. Strengthening Home/School Communication

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 2/25/2019 to 2/28/2019

Location: Online Only

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During this online course experience, participants will learn how to build home language connections to increase second language acquisition. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours and will run through Google Classroom. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Participants print their own CTLE certificate. After the following has been completed, 1. The course officially ends: 2. MLP Evaluation is completed 3. Attendance is confirmed by instructor: 4. Once the MLP admin marks the course complete, participants will be able print their CTLE certificate.

37. Developing Literacy Leaders (Tarrytown Teachers Only - Grades 3-5)

Audience: Classroom teachers, reading teachers, ENL teachers in grades 3-5

Dates: 2/26/2019 to 4/2/2019

Location: TBD

This course will provide teachers with an in-depth understanding of the reading process and the continuum of literacy learning. Using Fountas and Pinnell’s Literacy Continuum as the central text, teachers will take a close look at eight different instructional contexts in the Literacy Continuum and will identify specific literacy skills/strategies for their grade level. Teachers will use the information learned and resources provided to refine existing curriculum, identify mentor texts, and develop instructional resources for their grade-level teams. This course will run from February 26 - April 2 ((1x/week for 5 weeks- hybrid class in-person/online). Coursework required outside of the class sessions. Participants will meet in class for 1.5 hours a week and will have 1.5 hours of assignments to complete outside of class (online assignments, observations, lesson plans, etc).

38. Developing Literacy Leaders (Tarrytown Teachers Only - Grades K-2)

Audience: Classroom teachers, reading teachers, ENL teachers in grades K-2

Dates: 2/26/2019 to 4/2/2019

Location: TBD

This course will provide teachers with an in-depth understanding of the reading process and the continuum of literacy learning. Using Fountas and Pinnell’s Literacy Continuum as the central text, teachers will take a close look at eight different instructional contexts in the Literacy Continuum and will identify specific literacy skills/strategies for their grade level. Teachers will use the information learned and resources provided to refine existing curriculum, identify mentor texts, and develop instructional resources for their grade-level teams. This course will run from February 26 - April 2 ((1x/week for 5 weeks- hybrid class in-person/online). Coursework required outside of the class sessions. Participants will meet in class for 1.5 hours a week and will have 1.5 hours of assignments to complete outside of class (online assignments, observations, lesson plans, etc).

39. Elementary Math PLC

Audience: Elementary Math Teachers

Dates: 2/26/2019

The Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators in the region offering them a place to meet, explore content and current trends in K-5 mathematics, discuss best practices and celebrate success stories. Sessions will focus on the commonality of math instruction from grades K-5 with an emphasis on using visual models, common vocabulary, hands-on activities and new technology to support learning. This collaborative effort will provide avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The Elementary Math PLC is hosted by R.P. Connor Elementary School, Suffern Central School District. Individual sessions may be located at alternate sites allowing greater participation and regional involvement. This training is part of the Elementary Math PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. This training is part of the Elementary Math PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. PLC Dates:10/30/18 (Montgomery ES), 11/27/18 (Valley Cottage ES), 1/29/19 (R. P. Connor ES) 2/26/19 (R. P. Connor ES), 3/26/19 (R. P. Connor ES) Snow date: 4/30/19 Virtual session.

40. Domestic Violence and School Aged Children

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY) - PDC

Dates: 2/26/2019

Location: PDC

Children and adolescents who witness domestic violence and abuse are at an increased risk of experiencing emotional, physical, and sexual abuse and developing emotional and problematic behaviors. This training will focus on the dynamics of Domestic Violence, the role that power and control plays in abuse, and will give participants the ability to supplement their knowledge with information and tools that are specifically focused on the impact of domestic violence on children and families. Participants will learn appropriate and helpful responses when responding to disclosures and observations of abuse. Special focus will be on the physical and emotional behaviors and indicators of abuse of children from elementary to high school age. Participants will be able to identify ways to help students and their families.
This online course will allow educators and support staff the opportunity to create resilient schools that meet the social, emotional, ethical, and academic (SEAL) needs of students. Participants will explore the research-based skills and competencies that have a positive impact on the organizational structure of their school, the delivery of instruction, and student performance. Social Work CEUs available through Rockland BOCES for $25 Fee.

42. Online: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom

Dates: 2/27/2019 to 4/10/2019

Location: ONLINE ONLY

Storytelling is an art form which allows people of all ages to connect. Using stories in any classroom will improve student learning by increasing listening comprehension, expanding language patterns and practicing oral communication skills. Additionally, once students learn to tell stories, their prewriting drafts and factual recall will improve. The NCTE supports storytelling in the curriculum with acknowledgement that students can find a reflection of themselves in stories, and that teachers who value storytelling can learn more about students in a unique way. This online course will help teachers find, learn and share a folktale and teach students to do the same. The course will reflect upon the educational importance of storytelling, and provide support and resources to create a lesson plan for classroom use. It is suitable for all content areas, and all grade levels. Required Readings: In addition to 2 educational articles, each participant chooses one folktale to read and retell. Pamela Schembri is school library media specialist with 25 years of teaching experience, a professional storyteller, and children’s author

43. ONLINE: Teens and Technology

Location: Online Only (Online, ) - ONLINE ONLY

Audience: All

Dates: 2/27/2019 to 4/10/2019

Location: ONLINE ONLY

Teens love Instagram and Snapchat, and iPhones are requisite technology. This technology has changed the way that teens learn and interact. Teens listen in sound bytes and can access virtually any fact simply by thinking about the 'right' descriptors. How can educators who struggle to use power point communicate information to today's teens in a way that's engaging from them and not overwhelming for us? Interactions on Facebook or through Skype have also replaced hanging out after school, and creating an online persona provides teens with a new means of exploring their identity. While these sites broaden teens' social horizons, they may also thrust them into social situations beyond their maturity level. How do we help teens navigate these technologies? In this online course, we will explore teen's dependence on technology from a developmental perspective, focusing on how teens attend to and process information and why interacting in a virtual space is likely to be so attractive to them. We will explore ways of incorporating technology into the classroom in a reasonable and informed way, as well as how to communicate guidelines for safe and appropriate use. Online course starts 2/27/19 and ends on 4/10/19.
This fun and engaging course offered by a Google Certified Educator, is designed to provide information and examples of various Google tools available to enhance the learning experiences of different learners. Participants will explore Google Earth, Google Docs (collaborative presentations, spreadsheets, documents and forms) Google Apps and Google SketchUp. Examples of how these tools can be integrated with different subject areas that are aligned to national and NYS standards will be shared. To complete this course, participants will create online collaborative materials, mini project and develop a plan to implement Google tools into their curriculum to promote learning in a 21st century environment. Participation in discussions, sharing of ideas and feedback is important, enlightening and promotes professional growth. Grade Level K-12.. NYS.

45. Game Day Luncheon at Aqua Terra Grille

Location: Aqua Terra Grille (Pearl River, NY) [map]

Dates: 2/27/2019

Join us for a fun day of food and games at Aqua Terra Grille, 420 N.Middletown Rd., Pearl River. Start with lunch of pasta, salad, choice of chicken parmasette or piccata,, shrimp scampi, or tilapia. Enjoy dessert with your coffee or tea. After lunch, set up your games as you please. You can play MJ, Canasta, Rummy Q, Scrabble, or any other group games that you would like to bring with you. Please put your groups together ahead of time and let me know if you need any subs to complete your game. Wednesday, February 27th from 12:00-4:00. Fee is $39/49 nonmember. Please sign up ASAP.

46. CEGE 623-R01/Traveling the World without Leaving the Classroom

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 2/28/2019 to 4/18/2019

How can you travel the world without leaving your classroom? Virtual Field Trips give students and teachers an opportunity to travel the world in one class period. This exciting technology will bring your students places they never imagined they would ever see. This virtual experience allows you to create collaborative projects with classes in other schools/districts/states/countries, interview people who have particular knowledge of a subject that’s being studied and visit museums virtually with a specific curriculum in mind. Children will be given an opportunity to generalize expressive language in multiple settings. Social skills, and real life experiences will be targeted in this multimedia course. This technology can be used with students of a variety of developmental levels. Educators will learn how to use Facetime, Skype and Google Hangout as a mode of communication for students and parents.*Final projects and reflections will be due online by April 18, 2019. Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to Graduate and In-service participants.

47. CEGE 638-R01/Teaching Key Components of the Common Core

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 2/28/2019 to 4/18/2019

As a result of this course, participants will develop methods and strategies to integrate the core skills of listening and speaking into their curriculums. They will be able to infuse real-world problem solving skills into content area curriculums. Participants will make student learning more enjoyable by better teaching the "noncognitive skills of learning" (Opitz & Ford, 2014). In this course, participants will learn to embed content-rich experiences into the classroom. Not only will participants achieve better product results from their students, but also witness students developing the lifelong learning skills of critical thinking, linguistic aptitude and cooperation. Participants will be able to make an immediate impact upon their teacher and the learning outcomes for students in their classes. The small group work and correspondence will be completed on the class wiki page. The link for the course is drgillwiki.wikispaces.com. This portion of the course requires posting on a discussion board. Participants will work towards a final project, creating interconnected lessons and reflections aimed at improving student learning. Participants will provide repository of classroom documents aligned with NYS Common Core Learning Standards. Required Readings: “Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy”, by Opitz, Michael & Ford, Michael. (2014) ASCD and “Teaching the Core Skills of Listening and Speaking”, by Palmer, Erik. (2014) ASCD. *Final projects and reflections due via online on Apr. 18, 2019.Students interested in auditing course for non-credit will be on a stand-by basis. Preference will be given to Graduate and In-service participants.

48. EDS 546-01/Conflict Resolution in Education

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 2/28/2019 to 5/16/2019

This course focuses on understanding and constructively dealing with conflict as it manifests itself in educational and workplace settings. Themes covered include: cooperation, communication, affirmation, problem solving, mediation processes, peer mediation programs, creative responses to bullying, bias awareness, the relationship between bullying behavior and bias, arts and conflict resolution, restorative practices, nonviolence, and integrating conflict resolution into the curriculum. As caring, critical and reflective professionals we can use, and teach, these skills to facilitate the positive resolution of conflict among diverse persons and groups. You must apply to the college as a non-matriculated student in order to take this course. Please email jmurray@rockteach.org for details.

49. Online: Digital and Visual Learners (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 3/4/2019 to 4/4/2019

The Internet has become a primary tool for student communication and research and has moved our classrooms from a passive acquisition of facts to an active application of knowledge. This online class will give you the tools you need to design lessons that will help students navigate the digital tools available to them, including pod-casting, video techniques, teacher tube and global communication sites. These techniques and strategies will allow all our students to take charge of their own technological learning and will help them become successful classroom learners. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

50. Online: Strategies for Teaching Ells

Audience: Teachers grades K-12

Dates: 3/4/2019 to 4/4/2019

Location: Online

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This 5 week online course, which will run through Google Classroom, is designed to prepare educators to teach English Language students using a variety of strategies. This course will include learning how to evaluate authentic ENL materials based on guidelines such as: culturally responsiveness, age-appropriateness, linguistic accessibility, diverse adaptations and learning English Language strategy games that increase language acquisition. Participants with explore the benefits of these ENL strategy games and learn how to adapt and integrate them into their personal teaching or classroom lessons. In addition, participants will explore strategies that include technology tools and strategies to enhance English articulation and comprehension, the importance of vocabulary instruction, and how the use of music increases second language acquisition for English language learners. While there are suggested timelines for work completion, this course does NOT require any synchronous sessions so you may plan your course completion time accordingly. All work is due by the end of the last day of the course.

51. EdPuzzle - Make Your Instructional Videos Interactive

Audience: All

Dates: 3/7/2019

Location: Building 10, PDC

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If you use video in your instruction, EdPuzzle is a tool you want to use. By using EdPuzzle with a video, you can automatically pause the video and add your own audio notes to clarify a point in the video, you can pause the video and add questions that the students have to answer before proceeding, and you can even use EdPuzzle to take just the portion of the video that you need for your instruction. Join this course to learn how to use EdPuzzle and create your first lesson. This is a great tool for Blended or Flipped classrooms!

52. Trauma Awareness in Education: Supporting Resiliency and Preventing Conflict for SRPs

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Audience: All

Dates: 3/11/2019

Increasingly our students experience exposure to multiple or prolonged traumatic events, such as child abuse, neglect, and exposure to domestic violence. This experience directly affects their social and emotional development and negatively impacts their behavior and academic growth in school. It is becoming more common that educators are faced with the challenges of connecting with and educating students who have endured complex trauma. Often the hurt that is felt by the student is placed on the educator and it can manifest in a variety of ways. This seminar will engage participants in understanding the roots of trauma, its prevalence and causes, the characteristics and associated behaviors, as well as learning how to work with traumatized students in a proactive and positive way. A minimum of 15 is required to run the training.

53. Advanced Editing Features in Google Docs

Audience: All

Dates: 3/14/2019

Location: Building 10 PDC

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Google Docs has had several key features added in the past two years. Explore some of the features that many don’t even know exist such as borders and shading by paragraph, columns for a whole page or just a small section of a page, automatic table of contents creator, the Explore tool, Hanging Indents, adding fonts, headers & footers, formatting controls, and editing modes to name a few.

54. SED 575-96/Teaching Literacy in English as a New Language - Hybrid Course

Location: New Paltz Central School District (New Paltz, NY)

Dates: 3/16/2019 to 5/4/2019

Examination of literacy skills, methods, and assessments, including reading enrichment and remediation, for teaching English to speakers of a new language and to English learners with disabilities at elementary and secondary levels. Includes study of phonetic and phonological awareness through reading instruction. Asynchronous online learning assignments to be scheduled by instructor. Must be matriculated into TESOL:CR-ITI. By registering through the Rockland Teachers' Center, I authorize SUNY New Paltz to finalize my registration and process the payment of tuition and fees associated with this course. Meeting dates only listed on mylearningplan. End date may vary.

55. Writing Workshop for National Board Certification

Dates: 3/16/2019

Location: Media Center

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This Writing Workshop is an opportunity to join your colleagues to discuss and share issues particular to your unique work as it is unfolding. Candidates have the opportunity to write, read and reflect on component entries independently and in writing groups. Join your colleagues for thoughtful discussion about NBC in a collegial supportive setting. Please note that this institute is open only to NBC candidates and Advanced (Re-take) candidates and is limited to 15 participants.

56. Teach the Teachers Suicide Safety Training

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY)

Dates: 3/19/2019


The Teach the Teachers Suicide Safety Training is for school faculty and staff presented in a one hour training. You will learn to recognize the signs of suicide and understand your role in responding.

This training's objectives are:

Review the importance of suicide prevention

Describe characteristics of at risk students

Outline educators' limited but critical role

Clarify building referral procedures

Identify school and community resources
This training is taught by Wendy Blanchard, M.S., CHHC, CPS, Client & Family Advocate and Community Educator, MHA Rockland County.

57. Menopause The Musical @ Westchester Broadway Theater

Location: Westchester Broadway Theatre (Elmsford, Ne) [map]

Dates: 3/21/2019

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This Hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the 60's and 70's & 80's will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! Four women with seemingly nothing in common but black lace bra, meet by chance a a lingerie sale. The all-female cast makes fun of hot flashes, forgetfulness, night sweats, chocolate binges and more. Thursday, march 21st at 11:00 at Westchester Broadway Theater. Ticket price of $62 includes lunch and the show. TRANSPORTATION ON YOUR OWN. Registration must be complete by December 18th.

58. Poverty Simulation Experience - Suffern Central School District

Audience: Educators, Clinicians,Nurses, and Support Staff

Dates: 3/22/2019

This 3 hour Poverty Simulation Experience will open your eyes to the human cost of poverty. The power of this unique learning experience is that it creates insight into the state of chronic crisis that consumes so many working poor families. You will experience one month of poverty comprised of four 15-minute weeks. You will reflect and share insights in the debrief following the simulation. This program is designed to create a deeper understanding, awareness, and empathy for individuals who are living in poverty and serve as an opportunity to begin a dialogue about the often unseen world of poverty and its implications for communities. This program is open to Suffern Central School District educators and support staff.

59. Elementary Math PLC

Audience: Elementary Math Teachers

Dates: 3/26/2019

The Elementary Math PLC is designed to connect elementary math educators in the region offering them a place to meet, explore content and current trends in K-5 mathematics, discuss best practices and celebrate success stories. Sessions will focus on the commonality of math instruction from grades K-5 with an emphasis on using visual models, common vocabulary, hands-on activities and new technology to support learning. This collaborative effort will provide avenue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. The Elementary Math PLC is hosted by R.P. Connor Elementary School, Suffern Central School District. Individual sessions may be located at alternate sites allowing greater participation and regional involvement. This training is part of the Elementary Math PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. This training is part of the Elementary Math PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. PLC series. Sign up for each session separately. PLC Dates:10/30/18 (Montgomery ES), 11/27/18 (Valley Cottage ES), 1/29/19 (R. P. Connor ES) 2/26/19 (R. P. Connor ES), 3/26/19 (R. P. Connor ES) Snow date: 4/30/19 Virtual session.

60. CEGE 630-R01/Cultural Immersion Experience in Italy

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, )

Dates: 3/26/2019 to 5/5/2019

This course coincides with an 8-day, cultural immersion experience through parts of Italy. Venice, Rome, and Florence will be explored as well as other areas. Participants in the course will gather and generate materials that can be used in their classroom, based upon their content area. During the trip, participants will journal/blog about their experience, sharing the insights they gain and reflecting upon others. Bring your cameras and your GoPros to document your experience! For more information about the trip go to https://goo.gl/9e3i2o. The course will meet on March 26, 2019, prior to the trip, where course expectations will be discussed and participants will become familiar with the blogging tool that will be used. Additional online work from April 19 through May 5, 2019. Participants will blog during the trip and then there will be an additional online session after the trip to finalize the materials, complete evaluations, and finalize other course requirements.
Research shows that integrating social and emotional learning into the curriculum leads to positive student outcomes. It reduces aggression and emotional distress among students, it increases positive interactions among students, it improves positive attitudes toward self and others and it also increases students’ academic performance as well as college and career readiness. In this course, we will examine the 5 keys elements of social emotional learning and, after viewing various videos, we will discuss what that means to classroom culture and classroom management. This course will focus on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. At the end of the course, you will have a toolbox of specific strategies you can begin to use with your students. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANN NOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

62. Create and Edit a Podcast Using a Chromebook

Dates: 4/4/2019 to 4/11/2019

Location: Building 10 PDC

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Learn to create a Podcast series using nothing a but a Chromebook, a mic, free apps, and royalty free music. This is a TWO PART course. The first day you will learn the tools, processes, and legalities in creating podcasts. The second day will be the actually production of a podcast and a discussion about how to use podcasting in your classroom.

63. Online: Finding Your Balance: Strengthening Reading and Writing through Balanced Literacy (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Classroom teachers, ELA teachers, Reading Specialists, Early Literacy Specialists

Dates: 4/10/2019 to 5/15/2019

Through inquiry and the exploration of Reading and Writing, participants will explore the life-long practices of readers and writers in a Balanced Literacy setting. Participants will explore each component of the Balanced Literacy framework and connect their own instructional practice to the framework. Through collaboration and investigation, participants will have the opportunity to explore research around Balanced Literacy and best practices in Reading and Writing. At the conclusion of this course, participants will leave with a knowledge and expertise of Balanced Literacy, instructional practices that can be used instantly in the classroom and a “toolbox” filled with best practices and shared literary experiences that they can embed in their instructional practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

64. Exploring NYS Science Learning Standards to Design Instruction

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Dates: 4/11/2019 to 5/22/2019

During this 15 hour online course, participants will explore the New York State Science Learning Standards and modify or create lessons and experiences for students that are aligned with the 3 dimensional structure of the standards.
This course is offered for CTLE and Professional Development hours. All work is asynchronous online. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Please note, participants will be able to download their CTLE certificate through their My Learning Plan account AFTER the course has ended, the evaluation completed and attendance is confirmed by RTC.

Source Material for this Course:
Rockland Teacher Center Gmail & access to G Suite Google Classroom
Internet access
YouTube access
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi. Participants will be provided with the opportunity for independent inquiry, learning in cooperation with others, and reflective practice. Participants will design a toolbox of research-based strategies and competencies that will utilize virtues as a springboard for program design. Additionally, these activities will enhance professional dialogue and effectively blend different, innovative, and practical strategies for program implementation. At the end of this course, participants will have the tools they need to help their students: develop a mindset using integrity and ethics as a framework for social, emotional and academic growth; navigate through life’s challenges in a positive and constructive manner by cultivating a passionate mindset that utilizes zest and optimism; and understand the importance and inter-relatedness of passion, patience, persistence and perseverance in developing a growth mind-set. These efforts will bring about systemic change and contribute to creating a resilient and compassionate school community.

66. Online: Addressing Learning Disabilities with Effective Classroom Strategies (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 4/15/2019 to 5/20/2019

Location: Online

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Every teacher has a number of different learners that come to class ready to meet their daily classroom goals. The strategies that teachers employ will help them attain these goals. In this online course, we will explore, but not limit our search to, dyslexia, autism, speech, ELL, and social emotional disorders. While we will be examining specific learning disabilities, the strategies that you take back to the classroom will support all learners and will provide you with the tools to frame your lessons in new and creative ways. Using strategies such as Think-Pair-Share and/or Partner Talk will strengthen both student collaboration and understanding and will allow each of them to be successful in the classroom. At the end of this course, you will have the resources, strategies, websites and ideas you need to transform your classroom into a creative learning environment for each and every student.PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANN NOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

67. Online: Practical Resources to Enhance Your Curriculum (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 5/1/2019 to 6/5/2019

Location: Online

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Enhancing technology is mandatory in today's classroom since it provides your students with the rigor and skills they need to be successful in college and in their careers. We will explore various websites that will help you plan your math lessons, motivate your students and integrate science and language arts projects across the curriculum. Sites will be selected based on your grade level and content areas. At the end of this course, you will have a composite of sites that will simplify the time spent planning lessons, will keep students engaged, and will help keep parents informed. We will examine sites such as GoNoodle, Figment, Remind, Storyboarding, Discovery and explore Teacher's First resources. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANN NOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

68. Living History: The Battle of Gettysburg

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 5/1/2019 to 5/5/2019

This 20 hour in-service credit course will use a multi-media and experiential approach to the American Civil War. Using the actual battlefield at Gettysburg as a learning laboratory, with one evening held locally at Rockland Teachers’ Center and one weekend held at Gettysburg, participants will time-travel back to the Civil War. A horseback ride across parts of the battlefield led by a fully uniformed cavalryman is only one of the unique experiences planned. This course includes period dress, music, politics, art, weapons, and the life of a Civil War soldier. Overnight accommodations is included in cabins at the Artillery Ridge Campgrounds in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for all participants. The course takes into account Enduring Issues such as Conflict, Power, Cooperation, Ideas and Beliefs and Environmental Impact. It also applies to English Language Arts and includes document-based research. Elementary and secondary teachers in all disciplines will find this course useful in cross-curriculum projects. Cabin accommodations, equipment, and trained facilitator included. Not included: food, transportation to/from site and in Gettysburg

69. Shen Yun Dance Company

Location: New Jersey Performing Arts center (Newark, NJ) [map]

Dates: 5/2/2019

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Let Shen Yun take you on an unforgettable feast for the eyes and ears. Shen Yun's unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multidimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity's greatest treasures. The epic production features amazing choreography, costumes and orchestra. Thursday, May 2nd at 2 pm at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. 2nd tier center tickets are $110. Registration must be complete by December 18th.

70. Utilizing Drones in Education

Audience: All

Dates: 5/2/2019 to 5/9/2019

Location: Building 10 PDC

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Drones are quickly becoming part of everyday life. This professional development opportunity will provide participants with the opportunity to get an understanding of how drones can and are being used in education. The ethics, laws, and uses of drones will be discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to get hands-on experience flying a drone with the support and supervision of the instructor. This is a two-day course with the first day focused on the laws, ethics, basics of flight, and how drones can be used in education. Day two will focus on developing curricular integration and additional flying opportunities.

71. My Son, the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy at Bickford Theater

Location: Bickford Theater (Morristown, NJ) [map]

Dates: 5/5/2019

Brad Zimmerman combines years of trainging as an actor with years of standup comedy, to create this hybrid play that weaves a bittersweet tale of one man's struggle in NY. He sends-up on his family, his career, his childhood and his misbegotten love life are aw warm as poignant as they are hysterical. Sunday, May 5th at 2 pm at the intimate Bickford Theater at the Morris Museum. Please sign up by March 1st. $41/46 nonmember.

72. Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore @ Fair Lawn Community Center

Location: Fair Lawn Community Center (Fair Lawn, NJ) [map]

Dates: 5/10/2019

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Join us at this state-of-the-art intimate theater as we enjoy this well liked operetta. H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and a libretto by W. S. Gilbert. ... The captain discovers this plan, but, as in many of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, a surprise disclosure changes things dramatically near the end of the story. Prior to the performance, You will be getting a booklet of lyrics to help enhance your experience. Friday, May 10 at 7:30 at Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th St., Fair Lawn, NJ. Registration must be completed by Friday, march 1st. Tickets are $28.

73. Anniversary Fashion Show Luncheon

Location: The Old Tappan Manor (Old Tappan, NJ) [map]

Dates: 5/16/2019

Join us as we celebrate our 15th anniversary with a fabulous lunch at the elegant Old Tappan Manor (137 Orangeburg Rd. Old Tappan, NJ, 201.768.3292). Menu (TBD) will include wine. Enjoy viewing a spring fashion collection by Chico's and Lord & Taylor, jewelry and accessories modeled by our own members. Raffles, gifts & fun. A select number of new and old vendors will be there for your shopping pleasure. Thursday, May 16 at 12:00 pm. $51/61 nonmember

74. STAR Cultural Arts Coordinator Training

Location: B.O.C.E.S. Building 10 (West Nyack, NY) - Building 10 Rockland BOCES, 65 Parrott Rd, West NY

Audience: Educators overseeing cultural arts in their schools and PTA Cultural Arts Coordinators

Dates: 6/3/2019

Location: Building 10 Rockland BOCES, 65 Parrott Rd, West NY

The STAR Cultural Arts training will include a discussion on cultural arts programming, question and answer with Rockland BOCES, networking among cultural arts coordinators throughout the county. Programs to be showcased: TBA

75. Manon @ American Ballet Theater

Location: Metropolitan Opera House (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 6/19/2019

From the ornate salons of Paris to the mysterious wilds of colonial Louisiana, Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic masterwork weaves an affecting tale of romance, desire and treachery. Set to Massenet’s lush score and inspired by the classic novel Manon Lescaut, this engrossing ballet soars to theatrical heights as the beautiful maiden Manon must choose between the temptations of wealth and the promise of true love. Wednesday, June 19 at 2:00 PM at Metropolitan Opera House. Premium orchestra center tickets are $110/120 nonmember. Deadline for registrations is January 3rd.

76. Online Genius Hour (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Middle/High School Teachers any subject area

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 8/5/2019

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What if students were given the time, resources and structure to bring their passions to life? What if these passions drove project-based learning inside the classroom? How would this work? Genius Hour provides teachers the framework to create a student-driven culture that allows learners to explore what they care about and what matters most to them. The result: a thirteen-year-old writes and publishes a short story in which she mimics the style of JK Rowling; a group of 8th graders start a campaign to create Valentine’s day cards for children with cancer; a technology-addict spends one week tech-free and blogs about it. When Genius Hour comes alive in the classroom, teachers carve out “an hour” to provide students the opportunity to explore topics that excite and inspire them. Students create inquiry-based research questions that lead to student-motivated projects that are meaningful and shared with authentic audiences. Through this course, teachers will understand what Genius Hour is, why it matters and how to incorporate it into the walls of their classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

77. Online: Brain Based Learning and Student Engagement (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 7/30/2019

Location: Online

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In this online course, we will explore the human brain and examine how it works. You will hear the most up to date theories on how students learn and how best to engage them in the classroom. We will look at how to incorporate group work and peer collaboration in the classroom to foster engagement and how to give students the opportunity to take the lead while still adhering to specific curriculum guidelines. At the end of the course, each participant will be asked to share a classroom plan that lists specific strategies and lesson plan ideas that will put their students in the center of learning. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

78. Online: Creating Independent Problem Solvers (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 8/1/2019 to 8/27/2019

Location: Online

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Fostering deeper thinking and greater understanding promotes increased engagement in the classroom. In this online course, we will examine question formulation and exploration as key parts of the problem solving process. In the real world, students will not have access to all the information they need to solve problems – they will be required to sort, decipher and gather it themselves. As class participants, you will focus on all curriculum areas and explore the best problem solving practices in math. Authentic challenges will be introduced as we look at problem solving in action and how your students can think and problem solve outside of the textbooks. With the tools you provide them, students will be able to work out solutions to complex problems that will lead to enhanced student learning and increased student engagement. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.