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1. Elementary Math PLC

Audience: Elementary Math Teachers

Dates: 3/26/2019

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

3. Stress Management

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

Audience: All

Dates: 3/27/2019

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Join us in a stress management training to learn about stress reduction and gain mental-health-friendly activities to help yourself and your classroom recharge, boost mood, and increase productivity at school and at home.
Our work and school days are filled with multitasking and increasing emphasis on efficiency and productivity. Nearly half of all teachers say they experience a high level of stress daily, and it is not hard to understand why. This stress can impede on daily life at home and in the classroom, and new studies suggest that staff stress affects students as well. Chronic stress triggers a range of physical and mental health symptoms and with all that educators do, stress management and self-care can quickly become an afterthought. Discussing stress and mental health in the workplace can be difficult, but the benefits are worth the effort.
Stephanie Parenti is the Population Health Coordinator, HealthlinkNY. This training is sponsored by Rockland Teachers' Center and the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

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

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

Audience: Open to All

Dates: 3/30/2019

Location: Room 136

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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.
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 CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

6. EDU 5130/Classroom Management for Special Education

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

Dates: 4/1/2019 to 4/30/2019

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The focus of this course is a theoretical and practical approach to classroom management. Major theories will be examined along with an analysis of the impact of school and student culture on classroom learning and interactions. The organization of the classroom environment will be explored with a focus on how the environment meets the needs of diverse learners. School interventions discussed will include Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS), Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP). Methods and techniques of effective classroom management will be explored through readings, writing, presentations and small group work. Requires 14 hours of observations. If you plan to take this for graduate credit and are not a matriculated Manhattanville student, please contact Joleen Murray at 845-499-0851 before registering for current details to availability. Additional college tuition will be incurred for graduate credits.

7. Create and Edit a Podcast Using a Chromebook

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

Location: Building 10 PDC

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.

8. ENL Teaching Tactics

Audience: All

Dates: 4/8/2019 to 5/16/2019

Location: Online

This 5 week 15 hour online course, which will run through Google Classroom, is designed to prepare educators to teach English Language students using a variety of of teaching tactics. This course will include learning how to meet the needs of newcomers, addressing challenges for ELLs in content area learning, learning strategies and lessons that foster interaction between ENL students and an exploration into the co-teaching model. Participants will also learn how to utilize an authentic assessment tool (Seesaw) that integrates reading, writing, listening, and speaking. 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.

9. Human Trafficking 101

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

Dates: 4/8/2019

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The Human Trafficking presentation covers the following: What is Human Trafficking? How to identify folks who may be either being exploited or are at risk for exploitation. Sexual exploitation vs. labor trafficking, what is the difference? The services in Rockland County and an overview of the Human Trafficking collaboration in the county with the Department of Social Services and The D.A.’s office.

10. 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.

11. Stress, Energy, and Empowering Access to the Growth Mindset

Audience: All

Dates: 4/10/2019 to 5/8/2019

Location: TBD

An application of Chinese Martial Arts, human development, current neuroscience and stress research that empowers the practioner. It addresses the pressure to efficiently learn and teach, the sense of being overwhelmed by academic demands, the fear of failure, and the imperative of success. By revealing the hidden energy demands of stress and connecting the student with A.E.Q. energy, this system empowers the student beyond stress "management' to unlock the Dynamic mind (Hippocampus) and grow the "Growth mindset" with A.E.Q. Energy. Without this knowledge the "Growth mindset" remains another ideal state. And like others, is limited by the real and inescapable demands of the learning process and the education system. In this class, we will examine what specific strategies can be put into practice to help both teachers and students manage stress and enhance learning. PLEASE NOTE: BESIDES THE IN-PERSON CLASSES THERE WILL BE 3 VIRTUAL HOURS.

12. CEGE 650-R01/Creating and Leading a “Flipped” Classroom

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

Dates: 4/10/2019 to 6/12/2019

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Participants will develop strategies to create and lead classroom learning environments that are “flipped.” In 2014, the Flipped Learning Network defined flipped learning as “a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting groups space is a dynamic, interactive learning environment.” Participants will develop strategies to guide students as they “apply concepts and engage creatively in subject matter.” Participants will refine practices related to delivering information outside of the traditional classroom setting. By flipping the learning out of the traditional group dynamic, participants will be able to lead student learning by developing more in-depth relationships with students. Participants will also learn how to lead a more fluid classroom where students interact creatively with the content and each other. This type of teaching requires the skills of transformational leadership and participants will utilize Flip Your Classroom: Reaching Every Student in Every Class Every Day (2015) by Bergman and Sams and Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class (2013) by Bretzman to find and refine these skills. 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.

13. 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.

15. Membership Meeting on 4/11 at Haverstraw Town Hall

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

Dates: 4/11/2019

Join us and learn what's new at the Center. Learn about new programs and connect with friends. Join us on Thursday, April 11th at 10:00 at Haverstraw Town Hall, 1 Rosman Rd. Garnerville, NY 10923. Our speaker this month is Colby Yeaton from Collette Tours who will do a presentation about our Iceland tour (Nov. 8-14, 2019). Please bring one nonperishable food item to the meeting. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS MEETING.

16. CEGE 576-R01/Digital Storytelling

Dates: 4/11/2019 to 5/30/2019

Digital storytelling is an effective way to introduce new material as well as to help students learn to conduct research, to synthesize large amounts of content and to gain expertise in the use of digital communication and authoring tools. Digital stories appeal to diverse learning styles and generate interest, attention and motivation for students in this “digital age.” Teachers in this course will gain proficiency using the hardware and software tools for digital storytelling. They will explore the elements of digital storytelling in both multimedia and multiple media formats and will become familiar with the different types of digital storytelling: motion graphic, photo, audio, and video. In addition, teachers will be introduced to free resources for digital storytelling including Library of Congress, National Archives, and free music sites. *Final projects will be due online by May 30, 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.

17. CEGE 594-R01/Differentiated Instruction Meets Understanding by Design

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

Dates: 4/11/2019 to 5/30/2019

Based upon Tomlinson's and McTighe's Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design, participants will access text and research in whey which they will plan curriculum with the "end in mind." Then, they will develop instructional units and learning strategies "to reach out to individual learners at their varied points of readiness, interest, and learning preference." Course participants will develop curriculum adaptations and instructional strategies based upon tiered assessments. They will take these ideas and put them into action in their classrooms. Participants will develop the "big ideas" associated with curriculum designs. Then, participants will analyze and apply methods of differentiating products (content), process (instruction) and product (assessment). During input sessions, participants will learn to incorporate a variety of research-based strategies into their lessons. Course participants will develop curriculum adaptations that are responsive to the individual needs of all students while still maintaining a focus on academic proficiency and excellence for all students. These strategies will include: responsive teaching, ongoing formative assessment, and teaching for understanding in academically diverse classrooms. Participants will develop assessment tools to address the Six Facets of Understanding from the UBD model: Explanation, Interpretation, Application, Perspective, Empathy, and Self-Knowledge. The online 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 Learning Standards. *Reflections and final projects due via online by May 30, 2019.
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 CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.
As a result of this course, teachers will be better prepared to help their students to take ownership of their own learning. Based upon Robert Marzano's Classroom Instruction That Works, participants will design instructional strategies that help students to think more logically, effectively and independently. During input sessions, participants will learn to incorporate a variety of research-based strategies into their lessons. These strategies include: identifying similarities and differences, summarizing and note taking, reinforcing effort and providing recognition, homework and practice, nonlinguistic representations, cooperative learning, setting objectives and providing feedback, generating and testing hypotheses, and questioning/advance organizers. Participants will then implement instructional strategies along the "content process" continuum, collect data using formative and/or summative assessments, analyze the results, reflect on outcomes, and suggest modifications for future practice. The online 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 Learning Standards. *Final projects and reflections submitted online on June 4, 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.

20. Teach Like Yourself: Why Your Students Need You to Be You

Dates: 4/16/2019

Location: Laughed Library

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In this time when everyone seems to have an opinion or quick fix for what teachers need to do, it is time to hold even tighter to your own core values and beliefs. What your students need most is for you to show up fully as yourself in the classroom. When you are your most authentic teacher self you give permission for your students to be the same and the real work of learning can happen. Your students don’t need scripted lessons or gimmicks. They need you to align your teaching practice to your core, build balanced relationships, drive your own professional growth, and practice self care. Participants will: experience practices that help them define their core beliefs. learn how to build balanced relationships and make time for self-care. leave with a plan for driving their own professional growth. This training is sponsored by Rockland Reading Council, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Rockland Teachers' Center,

21. Book Club 4/17/19 AT HAVERSTRAW TOWN HALL

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

Dates: 4/17/2019

This month's selection is There There by Tommy Orange. Our facilitator, Candace Robinson, will lead us in a lively and interesting discussion. Join us on Wednesday, March 20th at 10:30 at the Retired teachers' Center. Call 845.553.9516 or email bberkowitz@rockteach.org to confirm date and place.

22. Digitizing Lesson Content and Delivery Using the Google Education Suite

Audience: Teachers of All subjects and all grade levels.

Dates: 4/23/2019 to 5/21/2019

This course is FREE to consortium members and will position teachers to take advantage of G Suite applications and other third-party apps to create original digital content that is engaging and fun, and/or be able to embed and use other resources in lesson planning. By the end of the course teachers will be able to: Upload and download from Google Suite Create editable documents for students Create editable pdf documents Create dynamic Google Slide presentations Create self-grading Google Form online quizzes Seamlessly embed links to videos, animations, and games. Write mathematics and scientific equations. Organize Google Drive Use Google for Data-driven instruction Create real-time formative and summative assessments Use the entire Google Suite comfortably and effectively Search the marketplace for Google Suite compatible apps and resources Develop creative and dynamic lesson plans Convert old lesson plans into digital versions (requires third-party app purchase and scanning documents) Take advantage of online resources to deliver standard-appropriate lessons and activities. Incorporate activities into lesson plans and lesson units. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

23. Film Club on 4/26/19 at NANUET LIBRARY

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

Dates: 4/26/2019

Join us to view and discuss the film "Breathless" 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!

24. Online: Growth Mindset (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Dates: 4/29/2019 to 5/29/2019

Location: Online Onlu

In this online course teachers will focus on building students' growth mindset capacity. Teachers are often aware if the concepts behind mindsets but have not looked at their lessons and teaching techniques in relation to this concept. Teachers in this course will develop methods for reflecting on their current practices and materials in a manner that will assist their students in growing this essential capacity. Present research and best practices will be evaluated and utilized to improve student learning outcomes in the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

25. Elementary Math PLC

Location: Richard P. Connor Elementary School (Richard P. Connor ES, )

Audience: Elementary Math Teachers

Dates: 4/30/2019

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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 RP Connor ES (for 1/29/19).

26. 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

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 CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

27. 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

28. 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.

29. Utilizing Drones in Education

Audience: All

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

Location: Building 10 PDC

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.

30. Advanced Strategies for Mah Jongg

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

Dates: 5/3/2019

This session is for people who know the game but seek to advance their skills. Learn new strategies from a seasoned instructor and hone in on advanced moves. Come join us and improve your game while having fun. All sessions will be held at Haverstraw Town Hall. Fee is $25/35 nonmember. Friday dates from 9:30-11:30 are as follows: May 3, May 10, May 31 & June 7. Please register by April 8th.

31. 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 30th. $41/46 nonmember.
This course will assist educators in getting started with the Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards, and aligning their materials and lessons to these new and improved requirements. As we transition into another governing set of learning standards, it is essential to unpack and familiarize ourselves with Next Generation Learning Standards. While it can be frustrating to align our classrooms ti yet another set of standards, it is essential to realize that these standards are aiming to better support educators in their instructional practice and provide us with the tolls for preparing our students for the 21st Century. Each educator will have the opportunity to create student resources, collaborate with their peers, and exchange ideas and best practices. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

33. 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: 5/6/2019 to 6/10/2019

Location: Online Only

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"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"�½ (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.

34. National Board Certification Awareness Session

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

Audience: Teachers, union leaders and administrators

Dates: 5/6/2019

Teachers, union leaders and administrators are invited to learn more about National Board Certification. Learn about the process, funding incentives, and the timeline to become a National Board Certified teacher.The National Board process is aligned with NYS Teaching standards and APPR. Teachers, who achieve National Board Certification, have met high standards through study, expert evaluation, self-assessment, and peer review. Join us for this grant- funded informative session sponsored by the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network.

35. Oklahoma on Broadway - A Limited Engagement

Location: Circle in the Square Theater (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 5/8/2019

In 1943, OKLAHOMA! reinvented the musical and captured the spirit of America. Over 75 years later, this spirit has evolved in ways we never could have hoped, feared, or imagined. This OKLAHOMA!, is re-orchestrated and re-imagined for the 21st century. The NY Times calls it “THRILLING AND AUDACIOUS.THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A VERY AMERICAN STORY, BUT HAS NEVER FELT SO MUCH OF ONE UNTIL NOW.” Direct from the sold-out run at St. Ann’s comes to you this limited run engagement. Wednesday, May 8th at 2:00 pm at Circle in the Square, 235 50th St., NYC. Tickets are $89.50. This is a small venue where every seat is a good seat. Deadline for registration is Thursday, March 21st.

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

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

Dates: 5/10/2019

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.

37. 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
Participants will access, develop and utilize reading comprehension strategies that will actively engage their students in the learning process. Participants will have the opportunity to develop, implement and discuss instructional strategies to improve the literacy development of students within all classrooms. Participants will learn effective strategies to improve students' acquisition of competencies in listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary, written expression (i.e. mechanics, grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, and editing skills). Participants will access the information and tools necessary to focus student learning through reading and writing across the curriculum. Teachers involved in this course will have the chance to reflect, discuss, and implement strategies to improve understanding of nonfiction text. More specifically, participants will develop strategies to improve their students' writing skills in any type of classroom setting. The online 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 Learning Standards. *Final projects and reflections submitted online on June 27, 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.

39. Online: Ed Puzzle and the ENL Classroom

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 5/20/2019 to 5/23/2019

Location: Online only

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EdPuzzle is the perfect online tool for allowing students to watch and engage with videos while the teacher gathers data throughout the lesson. This tool can greatly assist in the ENL classroom and foster the flipped classroom philosophy. 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.

40. Utilizing Amazon Echo in the Classroom (Having an Echo is Not required for this course)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 5/20/2019 to 5/23/2019

Location: Online Only

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What could you do with an Amazon Alexa is you had one? A TON! During this course, participants will learn how to utilize the Amazon Echo in the classroom. Owning an Echo is not required for this class and participants will still gain complete knowledge of how to incorporate it and have time to resources resources that best match the needs of students. 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.

41. Experience of a Lifetime on Bannerman Island

Location: Beacon Institute Dock (Beacon, NY)

Dates: 5/25/2019

Start your adventure with a 30-minute boat ride aboard the Estuary Steward from Beacon to visit Pollepel Island, a tiny jewel in the setting of the Hudson Highlands. Your captain will present a narration of the sights along the river. We’ll take a guided 1.5 hour walking tour of the island in which we’ll visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins and gardens. The rich history of Bannerman Castle and the beautiful scenery of this place will provide a wonderfully enriching day for us. Following the tour, enjoy a relaxing cruise back to Beacon. Portable toilets are available on the island. Please wear comfortable shoes as there is some rough terrain on the walking tour portion of the experience. There is a 72-step climb from the dock to the start of the tour (there is a rest stop along the way). You are welcome to bring food aboard the boat only. We will meet at Beacon Institute Floating Dock. Directions will be provided at a later date. Saturday, May 25th. Fee of $38 includes round trip boat trip and guided island tour. Please be at the boat dock by 10:45. Boat will leave promptly at 11:00. Trip runs rain or shine. Deadline for registration is March 25th.

42. Online: Read and Write to Support Language Learning

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 5/28/2019 to 5/31/2019

Location: Online Only

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Read&Write offers a range of powerful support tools to help students gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including text-speech, picture dictionaries, speech-to text, word prediction and more! A perfect match for the ENL Classroom. 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

43. Resources to Support ELLs Over the Summer Break

Audience: Teachers in K-12

Dates: 5/28/2019 to 5/31/2019

Location: Online Only

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All students benefit from reading and learning over the summer break. However, this is essential to ELLs to help prevent them from losing too much ground over the summer. During this course, participants will explore resources that can be given to students and families to keep their students from this learning loss. they can enter the school year 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.

44. Online: TPR and ENL

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/3/2019 to 6/6/2019

Location: Online Only

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Total physical response (TPR) is a language teaching method based on the coordination of language and physical movement. In TPR, instructors give commands to students in the target language with body movements, and students respond with whole-body actions. A perfect fit for English language learning. 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.

45. Online: Using Google Drawings to Enhance English Learning

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/3/2019 to 6/6/2019

Location: Online Only

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Google Drawings is a powerful and very versatile tool for students creation and learning. This tool that allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, mind maps, concept maps, and other diagrams. Participants will learning the various ways to use and incorporate this into teaching and learning. 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.

46. 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

47. CEGE 546-R01/Improving Student Learning through Engagement

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

Dates: 6/6/2019 to 7/25/2019

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Participants in this course will investigate ways to impact student behavior and learning by focusing on the Three E's of Engagement, Efficacy and Empathy. Readings and activities will focus explicitly on ways to engage students and to instill in them the confidence in their own ability to succeed. Participants will work collaboratively to develop goals that are SMART: Strategic, Measurable, Attainable, Results-orientated and Timely. Based upon the work of Marzano, participants will design student-centered activities that involve high energy, friendly competition and self-monitoring. These activities will focus on helping students to make sense of information on their own so that the learning is meaningful and the knowledge is more likely to be retained. Finally, teachers will explore ways to help their students to see the connection between hard work and success in school and life. *Final projects and reflections submitted online on July 25, 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. Online: Building Bridges Through Student Storytelling

Audience: K - 12 Educators

Dates: 6/10/2019 to 6/13/2019

Location: Online Only

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A wonderful way to build bridges with newcomer students is by having the students share their story. Participants in this course will learn tasks and tools that help students create ways to tell their story and begin to build connections in the classroom. 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.

49. Online: Easy Online Resources to Support ELLs

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/10/2019 to 6/13/2019

Location: Online Only

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Looking for easy and valuable online resources for ELLs? In this course, participants will explore various online tools to assist ELLs in learning. Tools will include resources such as LIteracy Center, International Children’s Books. StarFall and more! 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.

50. Eco Cruise down the Hackensack River

Location: Hackensack Riverkeeper (Seacaucus, NJ) [map]

Dates: 6/11/2019

Take a trip on an excursion through the lower reaches of the Hackensack River and its wildlife-rich estuary, the Meadowlands. Visit numerous wetlands including the Mill Creek Marsh, home to a staggering amount of wildlife including shorebirds, waterfowl, herons, raptors and muskrats. Directions will follow. Tuesday, June 11th at 10:00. Fee is $35. This tour is limited to 12 people. Deadline for registration is May 16th.

51. Train the Facilitators - The Accomplished Teaching Series

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 6/15/2019 to 6/22/2019

Location: Riverfront Library - Conference Room B

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This 2 day professional learning opportunity will provide participants with the tools to engage educators in the systematic study of accomplished teaching and improvement of instructional practice. This program is designed to train facilitators' on the research based materials utilized in the Accomplished Teaching Series including The National Board certificate area standards and The 5 Core Propositions and Architecture of Accomplished Teaching This training will provide:
• Rich, deep, collaborative conversations
• Resources to foster the professional exploration of a common language around accomplished practice
• The exploration of high quality materials that can be tailored to meet any contextual need NOTE: Please bring a bagged lunch (PARKING IS AVAILABLE ON THE STREET (REQUIRES QUARTERS) AND ALSO AT THE BUENA VISTA PARKING GARAGE LOCATED AT THE BUENA VISTA PARKING GARAGE LOCATED AT 20 BUENA VISTA AVE, YONKERS, NY 10701

52. Online: Conferring with Confidence: The Heart of Effective Reading and Writing Instruction (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

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

Dates: 6/17/2019

Location: Online Only

Through collaboration and inquiry, participants will explore the conferring process and the effect that is has on classroom instruction and student engagement. Participants will work through each step involved in conferring in the classroom with a specific focus on the RIP model. Participants will identify and explore the protocol for effective feedback within an instructional setting. At the conclusion of this course, participants will display a knowledge and expertise of the structure of a conference, implications for classroom implementation and instructional practices that can be used instantly in the classroom and that they can embed in their instructional practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

53. Online: Gifted ELLs

Audience: K - 12 Educators

Dates: 6/17/2019 to 6/20/2019

Location: Online Only

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During this online course experience, participants will learn how to identify and work with gifted and talented ELLs. They will explore resources to assist these students in learning and resources to enhance teaching. 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.

54. Online: Tackling Current Events in the ENL Classroom

Audience: K - 12 Educators

Dates: 6/17/2019 to 6/20/2019

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Current events is a tough subject to tackle with ENL students. Participants in this course will learn tactics for teaching current events and building connections with students. Various online tools and strategies will be explore. 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.

55. 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.

56. "Tootsie" on Broadway

Location: Marriott Marquis Theater (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 6/26/2019

The musical adaptation of Tootsie, featuring a score by The Band’s Visit Tony winner David Yazbek and a book by Robert Horn, is heading to Broadway. With an Art Deco cityscape backdrop, it take us from a park bench to the subway to Michael’s apartment to a 42nd Street rehearsal room to a restaurant to a nightclub to the theater. Leading the cast is Tony nominee Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey, a struggling actor who lands a job under the female persona of Dorothy Michaels. Wednesday, June 26th at 2:00 pm. Front mezz tickets are $139. Marriott Marquis Theater, 1535 Broadway. Registration must be completed by April 1st.

57. Online: Curriculum Mapping for Teachers - Using Online Mapping Tools to Plan Instruction

Audience: Grades K-12

Dates: 6/27/2019 to 8/8/2019

Location: Online

“Curriculum Mapping for Teachers” is a 15 hour online course for those who want to design thematic teaching units that will spark the interest of all students. Participants will explore the key components of mapping and design their own curriculum maps. With frequent collaboration and feedback from colleagues, participants will know what works, and what needs work, before ever meeting their students. This course uses Atlas Rubicon for course mapping.
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.
The research-based strategies and skills utilized in this online course will enable teachers to help students build effective relationships, and work through life's challenges in constructive and ethical ways. Through these efforts teachers will be able to will enhance school climate, make a difference in the lives of their students, change the fabric of their classroom communities and impact systemic change in their districts. 15 hours, CTLE, inservice,or professional learning. Social Work CEUs available through Rockland BOCES for $25 Fee.

60. Online: Students at the Center of Learning (Offered by the Westchester TC Institut

Audience: K-12 Educators

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

Location: Online Only

Twenty first century learners must know how to be critical thinkers. We will examine ways to refocus our teaching so students can become more active learners. In turn, we can become more effective facilitators: empowering our students to find their voices and demonstrating their understanding and knowledge of the subject at hand. We will examine our current teaching styles and reflect on ways to start making changes. We will also look at our assessment tools (e.g. Flubberoo) which have some flaws, making it hard to gain information on critical thinking. Instead we will create meaningful assessments that will effectively measure student learning. At the end of this course, you will have a better understanding of the components of a student-centered classroom and the tools you need to put it into practice. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

61. Online: Look Who's Talking: Accountable Talk in the Classroom (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

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

Location: Online Only

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This course is FREE to consortium members and is designed for teachers in every setting from Grades K-12. Look Who's Talking is an introduction to Accountable Talk. Accountable Talk refers to the ways that teachers skillfully encourage their students to think deeply, articulate their reasoning, and listen with purpose. Talking with others about ideas and work is fundamental to learning and is an essential skill in the Common Core Learning Standards for every grade. But not all talk sustains learning. For classroom talk to promote learning it must be accountable--to the learning community, to accurate and appropriate knowledge, and to rigorous thinking. Accountable talk uses evidence appropriate to the discipline (e.g., proofs in mathematics, data from investigations in science, textual details in literature, documentary sources in history) and follows established norms of good reasoning. At the end of this course, teachers will be able to incorporate Accountable Talk strategies into the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

62. 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

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.

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

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

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

Location: Online

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.

64. Hybrid: Teaching the Exceptional Child: An Introduction to Special Education

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 7/18/2019

Location: Lee F. Jackson School - Greenburgh

This hybrid course is FREE to consortium members and is designed for all teachers in the general education setting (K-12) who wish to gain an overview of the special education process. Teaching the Exceptional Child: An Introduction to Special Education was developed with the general education teacher in mind who is looking for an understanding of how to best support the varied learning abilities in one classroom. By the end of this course, participants will be able to navigate through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), understand their role in a Committee of Special Education (CSE) meeting, describe the history of Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), identify and dive deeply into the 13 classifications of disabilities, all while collaboratively evaluating scenarios to best educate the exceptional child. THIS HYBRID COURSE WILL MEET 4 TIMES IN PERSON AND ALSO INCLUDES ADDITIONAL ONLINE WORK. THIS CLASS ENDS ON JULY 19.

65. Digital Tools to Differentiate Teaching

Audience: All Teachers

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 8/21/2019

Location: Online

No two students come to class with the same academic abilities, experiences, and needs. However, all students are expected to master the same concepts, principles, skills and standards. “Digital Tools to Differentiate Teaching” is designed to acquaint educators with innovative digital tools to aid in the differentiation of instruction, ensuring academic success for all students. Teachers will learn to enhance curriculum with audio, visual, and interactive learning experiences so that all children can achieve success, regardless of their skills, interests, learning styles and readiness. Teachers will preview and practice a variety of free digital tools, determine which resources are most appropriate for select students, and master the skills necessary to integrate those digital resources into standards-based curriculum. By the conclusion of the course teachers will be able to design or upgrade a unit of study with digital tools to address the learning needs of their students.

66. Online: Adjusting Your Mindset: Be Passionate, Be Patient, Be Persistent and Persevere

Audience: All

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 8/21/2019

Location: Online only

“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.
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.

68. Enhance Student Learning through Yoga and Meditation Strategies

Audience: Teachers grades 5-12

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 7/11/2019

Location: Greenburgh CSD

Middle school and high school can be a very stressful time for both students and teachers. Students face a myriad of teenage issues, including how to balance challenging academic classes, college preparation, extra curricular activities, part time employment, bullying and a busy social life. As a result, many teenagers (and tweens) feel overwhelmed and become disorganized which can be stressful for them and their teachers. In this class, you will be provided with a number of powerful yoga and meditation tools that will help your students develop self awareness, compassion and confidence. The result will be students who can better manage these inevitable challenges and navigate their middle and high school years successfully and productively. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

69. Hybrid: Genre Study

Audience: K-8 classroom teachers, literacy coaches, reading specialists, AIS teachers, ENL teachers, special education teachers

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 7/17/2019

Location: Springhurst Elementary School

What makes a biography a biography? What makes a fantasy a fantasy? If you know the genre of a book and know the characteristics of that genre, you know what to expect when you begin to read it. As adults, we know how to use our background knowledge about genres, but how do we teach our students to do this? In this workshop, we will explore how to use an inquiry approach to explore different genres. This process allows for students to really interact and experience different text types as they think, talk and work with them in an analytic way. Using the information from “Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books” (2012) by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, participants will build their own expertise in understanding specific genres and their characteristics, understand an inquiry process that can be used with students to study the characteristics of any genre and learn how to help students apply their knowledge of genres in talking, reading and writing. *Outside class work (6 or 7 hours) per session may consist of watching videos and answering questions, and/or reading articles and commenting on them through a digital platform. Assignment will be posted prior to the commencement of the class. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

70. Theater Treasures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Location: Metropolitan Mueum of Art (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 7/9/2019

If you love theater, and you love art, then this tour, led by an expert in both theater and art history, is for you. See the Met Museum through a theatrical lens on this fascinating tour! You will learn about the links between theater and great works of art by Renoir, Degas, Picasso, and Seurat, to name a few. When you are through with the tour, your ticket gives you three-day access to all three Met Museums and a discount at the Met store. Tuesday, July 9th at 11:00 am. Fee of $45/55 nonmember covers entrance and guided tour. Please register by April 30th.

71. Come From Away on Broadway

Location: Schoenfeld Theatre (NY, NY)

Dates: 7/14/2019

Come From Away is based on the true story of when the isolated community of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleep-over when 38 planes, carrying thousands of people from across the globe, were diverted to Gander's air strip on September 11, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the people of Gander cheered the stranded travelers with music, an open bar and the recognition that we're all part of a global family. Front mezz tickets are $139. Sunday, July 14 at 3 pm. Schoenfeld Theater, 236 W. 45th St. Deadline for registratioin is April 17th.

72. ONLINE: All Learners - ADD and ADHD

Audience: Specials Teachers and K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 8/12/2019

Location: Online Only

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This online course, which is open to teachers and other professionals, will include instruction in both the whole class and small group setting for students with ADD/ADHD. We will examine current research and best practices as well as researched based intervention techniques for both academic and behavioral challenges. We will explore the website ADDitude and use the resources on this site to create a teacher guide outlining strategies to enhance student learning. Differentiation, multiple intelligences, and setting long and short term goals will be a focus for the lesson planning segment. The teacher/parent connection will be established as a support system for the student. Strategies such as cooperative learning, organizational skills, and graphic organizers will be shared and applied to various grade levels. We will read and discuss case studies, teacher testimonials and incorporate best practices into our lessons. Each teacher will leave this course with a classroom management plan that includes strategies for successful teaching and learning. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

73. Using the Charlotte Danielson Framework to Create a Digital Portfolio (Offered by Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 7/19/2019

Location: Room TBD

This course is FREE to consortium members and is designed to help probationary teachers build an electronic portfolio with an emphasis on Charlotte Danielson's Four Domains. Students will be able to define the components of a teaching portfolio and understand the importance of keeping and maintaining a professional teaching portfolio. Special attention to developing a teaching philosophy and crafting a tenure reflection based on the Four Domains will be key aspects of this course. This course will also give students a variety of avenues to find the perfect web development platform for their future eFolio. A portion of the course work will be completed outside of the scheduled class times and then shared and revised. (July 16 and 18th students will have to complete a total of 6 hours of outside work) If you have a Laptop please bring it with you to class. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

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

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

Dates: 7/22/2019 to 8/19/2019

Location: Online Only

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.

75. Online: Improving Teacher Questioning Techniques (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 7/22/2019 to 8/19/2019

Location: online only

The fastest way to get our students thinking at a higher level is to question them at higher level. With higher and more exhaustive standards being placed on our students, we must use our ability to question students in a manner that improves their ability to think critically and problem solve. This course will prepare teachers to meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards and improve student learning outcomes. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

76. Online: Instructional Technology in the Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K-12 Educators

Dates: 7/22/2019 to 8/18/2019

Location: Online Only

In this course we will take a look at what is happening in the 21st century classrooms. Steam centers are in full effect and being created all around us. What is a steam center and how can you create one in your classroom? Dash and Dot have made their debut in many classrooms. How are they being used to teach coding and what programs are being used by students. An Hour of Code has expanded their website and included a plethora of new tools and lesson plans for all levels of learners. How can you implement all of these new ideas in your classroom and teach your students to be 21st century thinkers? That is exactly what you will learn in the class as you create your classroom technology plan. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

77. Online: Are You a Culturally Responsive Teacher? (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 7/29/2019 to 8/26/2019

Location: Online Only

In this course teachers will learn how to adapt their teaching to meet the needs of students of all cultural backgrounds in their classrooms. Delivering culturally-responsive lessons can not only help you engage students, but also allows them to make personal connections with content. Greater student investment will lead to many other benefits, such as more rigor and motivation. This course will walk educators through the process of learning about the link between culture and neuroscience, as well as methods for infusing daily lessons with culturally responsive activities A happier, focused classroom is the ideal outcome. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

78. ONLINE: Social and Emotional Development in the Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 8/1/2019 to 8/29/2019

Location: Online Only

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 CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

79. Online: The Mindful Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 8/1/2019 to 8/29/2019

Location: Online Only

Helping students cultivate affective skills such as perseverance, emotional management, self motivation, and resilience are key to both their emotional well-being and their ability to engage reflectively with ideas and information. When teachers practice and model these skills, they can be more fully present and able to respond to their students' needs. "Studies show that grade school aged children who learn mindfulness and meditation are more focused and resilient," says Sarah McKay, an Oxford University trained neuroscientist and freelance science writer specializing in mind and brain. "It helps settle them down and improves concentration." This in turn allows for optimal student performance. For teachers, this means that in the midst of everything that goes on in a classroom, we remain aware of what's going on inside our minds and bodies, which can help us with our reactions to a situation and choose a kind and compassionate response. While the practice of mindfulness is never a "cure-all," research suggests that it is a powerful foundation upon which teachers can start to build their social-emotional skills and, in turn, improve their teaching. This course examines the historical and scientific research that has been done supporting the practice of mindfulness in education. Through reading, discussion and exercise, participants will explore how mindfulness can be used everyday with in and out of the classroom. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

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

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 8/1/2019 to 8/31/2019

Location: Online

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.
Starting out a new school is always an exciting time – full of promise, new ideas and innovative strategies. In this online course, we will explore effective planning and organization strategies for the new school year. We will look at a variety of websites that can assist you in setting up, planning and transforming your classroom into places where differentiated, social emotional learning can take place. Parent and community involvement and technology integration are all essential components for setting the tone for the school year and will also be explored. At the end of this course, you will have the tools you need to begin the new school year with new and innovate ideas to enhance student learning. PLEASE NOTE: THE INSTITUTE CANNOT REFUND A PARTICIPANT ONCE THE CLASS HAS COMMENCED.

82. CEGE 605-R01/Building Professional Learning Communities to Improve Student Learning

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

Dates: 8/6/2019 to 8/29/2019

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This course will have two goals: to facilitate Professional Learning Communities (PLC) in our schools through the habits of successful thinking and assist participants in creating classrooms responsive to the needs of all students. These two goals will allow participants to grow professionally and push students beyond independence levels. By developing habits of thinking and collaborative communication skills with colleagues, participants will develop strategies to make their schools better learning communities and to make their classrooms more responsive to the needs of all learners. We will utilize the required book “How Full is your Bucket”, by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton as the conceptual framework. The book “reveals how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health and longevity”, and “Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community”, by Alfie Kohn. Recommended readings are “Productive Group Work by Fisher”, by Frey and Everlove; and “Teaching with the Brain in Mind”, by Eric Jensen. Effective schools explicitly develop the skills and strategies of collegiality amongst staff members. Effective teachers have a profound impact upon student learning. Therefore, participants will develop thinking and communication skills to make them more effective teachers; improving their responsiveness in the classroom. 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.