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1. 6th Annual "Take a Bite out of Hunger" Fundraiser

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

Dates: 9/26/2017

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This year we'll raise money for the Meals on Wheels as we take a bite out of hunger with our lunch menu prepared by you. The event will take place immediately after our meeting on Tuesday, September 26th. Our speaker will be Maureen Nicolich from Meals on Wheels. : Tuna, chicken, pasta, fruit, and also cheese and crackers, juice and water and salad. If you'd like to bring a dish that is not on this list, PLEASE CALL MERRI ROSENBAUM AT 845.368.4829 BY SEPTEMBER 12. Please bring service pieces if your dish requires it. If you are unable to attend, we would appreciate a donation. The program fee of $10 will be donated in its entirety to Meals on Wheels on Wheels to help support their mission of feeding the hungry in our community. It is imperative that you sign up by September 20 since the amount of food needed will depend on it.

2. Elementary Math Professional Learning Community (PLC) RTC463

Location: Richard P. Connor Elementary School (Richard P. Connor ES, ) - R.P. Connor Faculty Room

Audience: K-5

Dates: 9/26/2017 to 4/24/2018

Location: R.P. Connor Faculty Room

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Elementary Math Professional Learning Community (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 a venue for rich math discussions and shared ideas. 15 hour Elementary Math PLC is grant-funded, FREE to participants, and approved for CTLE. The Elementary Math PC will take place in the Faculty Room at RP Connor Elementary School.

3. 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 Reps

Dates: 9/27/2017

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

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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, and an overview of the STAR moodle. Programs to be showcased: Strawtown Studios

4. Book Club 9/27/17

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

Dates: 9/27/2017

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This month's selection is The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. Our facilitator, Candace Robinson, will lead us in a lively and interesting discussion. Join us on Wednesday, September 27 at 10:30 am at HAVERSTRAW TOWN HALL in Garnerville, (NOT the library). Call 845.553.9298 or email bberkowitz@rockteach.org to confirm date and place. THIS PROGRAM IS NOT OFFERED BY THE LIBRARY.

5. Up Close: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel

Location: King's Daughters Library (Garnerville, NY) [map]

Dates: 9/27/2017 to 10/3/2017

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Don't miss this opportunity to see this awe inspiring artistic achievement, while allowing you to experience this art from a new perspective. With special expertise and care, the ceiling paintings from the Sistine Chapel have been reproduced in their original sizes using state-of-the-art technology. The overwhelming impression is the dimensions of the art, the closeness to the picture, and the modern style of the exhibit. Come explore the artwork up close, with an audio tour, at a distance impossible to achieve in the Sistine Chapel. Join us also for an introduction video lecture and discussion on Wednesday, September 27 at 1:30 at King's Daughters' Library. Exhibit tour is on Tuesday, October 3rd at Garden State Plaza, 1 Garden State Plaza, Paramus, NJ. Meet at 10:45 at a place TBD. We will start the tour at 11:00. $26/31 nonmember. Tickets are limited, so please sign up by Wednesday, August 9th.

6. EDUC 507/Linguistic Analysis

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

Dates: 9/27/2017 to 11/29/2017

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This course examines the components of language in order to define the nature of language and the human mind. Questions regarding the origin of language will be examined. The universal nature of language will also be explored. An introduction to general linguistic notions will be presented. Foci include: syntax, phonology, morphology, language variation, pragmatics and semantics. The relationship of brain, language and cognition will also be highlighted. The additional $1500.00 for tuition will be paid directly to the college. For more info about taking this course for additional certification, contact Joleen Murray at jmurray@rockteach.org.

7. SED 573-96/Teaching English as a New Language - Hybrid Course

Dates: 9/30/2017 to 11/11/2017

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Examination of methods, materials, and assessment for teaching English as a new language at the elementary (P-6) level. Includes differentiation of instruction for learners of English as a new language at different proficiency levels. Focuses on teaching language modalities (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), second language acquisition, and multicultural perspectives. 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.

8. Strengthening Home/School Communication

Dates: 10/2/2017

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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, online and does not require synchronous meetings. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Please note, participants must request a CTLE certificate by sending an email directly to betbet617@gmail.com. CTLE certificates will be issued on a request basis and emailed to participants.

9. Cultural Arts Coordinator Moodle 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 Reps

Dates: 10/3/2017

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

The STAR Cultural Arts moodle training will include an overview of the moodle, how to use it and the resources it offers. Network with other cultural arts coordinators and learn about programming in their schools.

10. RTC 949-17 Emotional Intelligence, Reflective Practice and The Theory of Self-First

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 10/4/2017 to 11/15/2017

This online course will allow participants the opportunity to develop skills that will enable them to identify, use, understand and manage their emotions and the emotions of others. By developing these competencies participants will:








• reach new heights in being responsible decision makers








• utilize multiple points of view








• be creative problem solvers who make sound, ethical and effective decisions








• explore research-based skills and competencies that have a positive impact on their professional and personal lives


The skills, competencies, and strategies utilized throughout the coursework are research-based and are aligned with the MSCEIT (Mayer, Salovey, Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test – Yale University) and the CASEL (Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning) Competencies.

This course is appropriate for teachers, support personnel (guidance, social workers, and/or psychologists), and administrators. 15 hrs CTLE/Inservice
Social Work CEUs are available for this course through Rockland BOCES. A $25 fee applies to be paid to Rockland BOCES.

11. Using Google Tools for Collaboration, Enrichment and Differentiation of Instruction

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 10/4/2017 to 11/15/2017

In this self-paced hands online course participants will be engaged in various tasks and will be working collaboratively remotely. Every participant will complete the course with artifacts they can use. Taught for over 5 years by a Google certified educator. 15 hours - CTLE, in-service or professional learning.
This course will introduce participants to the basics of Google Docs and progress through some of the more advanced features available. Participants will be able to create, edit, format, share and use a variety of features in the Google Docs by the end of the training session.

13. CEGE 507-R01/Creating and Sustaining Enduring Principles and Educational Values in Schools and Classrooms

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

Dates: 10/5/2017 to 11/30/2017

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In his inaugural address in January 2009, President Obama talked about the “price and promise of citizenship.” In this course, participants will develop lessons, skills and strategies to engage their students in a democratic learning process. Participants will lead their students to deeper understandings of the values of democratic principles set forth by our president; “hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism.” Participants will think deeply about American schools and the purpose of education. While we consider larger societal issues, the instructor will facilitate applications from theories and wider issues that participants can utilize directly in their respective classrooms. This class is a call to action; to make our children not only better students, but better citizens. *Final projects will be due online by Nov. 30, 2017. 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.

14. Collegial Circle Book Discussion Group - So What’s So Great About Art, Anyway

Audience: Art Educators, Art Professional & Interested Public

Dates: 10/6/2017 to 10/20/2017

Location: Visual Arts Build Purchase College Rm 1021

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The New York State Art Teachers Association Region 7 is leading the discussion and exploration of this visually and conceptually captivating graphic novel, which advocates for arts education in schools. Through discussions of education policy and reform, readers explore teacher/student relationships, testing and accountability, 21st-century learning, and the history and purpose of art education. Branham’s personal narrative of challenges and triumphs demonstrate why art education should be preserved as a core subject if students are to understand the connection between creativity, critical thinking, and other higher-order skills. Rachel Branham is a keynote speaker at this year’s NYSATA annual conference in November. The group will meet in Room 1021 of the Visual Arts Building on the Purchase College Campus Meetings are from 4:30 to 7:30, on successive Fridays - October 6, 13 and 20. For further information merchantmartin@gmail.com

15. ONLINE: Close Reading

Audience: Teachers in Grades K - 6 and Special Teachers

Dates: 10/9/2017 to 11/12/2017

This course will explore various strategies and examples of close reading techniques. We will look at classrooms using these strategies through video and through articles using Engage NY and the Teaching Channel as resources. To prepare our students for college and career readiness, we must provide them with the tools they need to read complex texts. To be able to do this, they must be able to “close read” a passage or a text, focusing on the author’s purpose, the structure and the flow of the text. We must assign text dependent questions that require students to go back into the text to think about and understand what they are reading. Since the common core standards require that students provide evidence and justification when answering complex questions on the end of year state assessments, we must give them the tools they need to be proficient in this area. We will explore the EngageNY exemplars that model this process and use them as a springboard to help formulate close reading activities for our own classrooms.
This course will introduce participants to Google Slides. Participants will create a Google Slides presentation and utilize the various features built into the product. They will be exposed to the process of sharing, collaborating, and publishing their work.

17. EDA 789-95/The Superintendency

Location: George F. Baker High School (Tuxedo Park, NY)

Dates: 10/14/2017 to 11/11/2017

This course examines the roles and responsibilities of a superintendent of schools. There will be additional emphasis on the tasks and problems faced by superintendents in an ever-changing luralistic society. Attention will also be given to the superintendency in New York State. The American Association of School Administrator's Professional Standards for the Superintendency will serve as a basis for this course. This course is for New Paltz matriculated students only. Please email Joleen Murray at jmurray@rockteach.org for contact information.

18. Co-teaching and Collaboration for Teachers of ELLs

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 10/16/2017

During this online course experience, participants will explore co-teaching experiences and learn how to foster collaboration. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours, online and does not require synchronous meetings. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Please note, participants must request a CTLE certificate by sending an email directly to betbet617@gmail.com. CTLE certificates will be issued on a request basis and emailed to participants.

19. Teaching Mastery: The Hero's Journey

Location: Online (online, ny) - online

Dates: 10/17/2017 to 11/29/2017

Location: online

This self-paced, online course is designed to help you: -Reconnect to your purpose, passion, and calling. -Surface your strengths and use your unique gifts more fully. -Develop your awareness of habits that may be holding you back. -Build your resilience, as well as diminish your feelings of stress. -Improve your ability to resolve classroom conflicts effectively. The course is structured around Pete's book, A Path with Heart: The Inner Journey to Teaching Mastery, (digital copies provided) as well as a variety of videos, online discussions, and practical assignments designed to apply your learning in the classroom. Come take the Hero's Journey and renew and build a more effective, classroom presence.


Learn more about this dynamic new course here: http://www.petereilly.org/online-course

15 hours - CTLE, in-service or professional learning.

20. Akshardham Arts & Cultural Center

Location: Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Robbinsville, NJ) [map]

Dates: 10/17/2017

Join us for a tour that you won't soon forget. This amazing Hindu Mandir, spread over 12,000 square feet is the largest temple in North America. This Hindu temple boasts an intricately carved marble facade spanning over 11,00 square feet. Take a guided tour of the magnificent interior and then observe a short worship service that would mesmerize you. Q&A's are welcome. Meet at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 112 N. Main St., Robbinsville, NJ at 10:15. Tour will start at 10:30. A WRAP WILL BE PROVIDED FOR YOU IF YOU ARE SLEEVELESS OR WEARING SHORTS. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO REMOVE YOUR SHOES ONCE YOU ARE INSIDE. IF, FOR MEDICAL REASONS, YOU ARE UNABLE TO DO SO, PLEASE BRING SHOE COVERS OR PURCHASE THEM AT THE TEMPLE FOR $2. Fee of $15/25 nonmember. TRANSPORTATION IS ON YOUR OWN. Registration MUST BE COMPLETE by September 30th.

21. RTC Parent Program: "What is GSuite (Google Apps for Education)?"

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Audience: Parents

Dates: 10/17/2017

This workshop is designed for parents looking to understand how to support their child who is using GSuite (Google Apps for Education) in school. The course will provide an overview of the tools available in GSuite, the basics of how to access and use those tools, along with some helpful hints to improve efficiency when using GSuite. This program is open to all, regardless of skill level. Chromebooks will be provided for this hand-on workshop.

22. Establishing New Norms; Leadership, Cultural Diversity, and Standing your Ground

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

Dates: 10/18/2017


Learn how local educators established new norms through effective leadership, navigating cultural diversity and managing parent and staff resistance.

New Norms for Healthy Schools Training Series will provide information and technical support for wellness coordinators/committee, administrators, teachers and parents on how to sustain nutrition and physical activity practices in schools that align with wellness policies and Smart Snacks in School Guidelines. Training dates: Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec. 13, Jan 24, Feb 7, March 14, and Apr. 25

For program information contact: Carrie Steindorff, SteindoC@co.rockland.ny.us

This training is a professional learning program of the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

23. Book Club 10/18/1717

Location: King's Daughters Library (Garnerville, NY) [map]

Dates: 10/18/2017

This month's selection is The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillipp Sendker. Our facilitator, Candace Robinson, will lead us in a lively and interesting discussion. Join us on Wednesday, October 18th at 10:30 am at King's Daughters Library, Garnerville, NY. Call 845.553.9298 or email bberkowitz@rockteach.org to confirm date and place. THIS PROGRAM IS NOT OFFERED BY THE LIBRARY.

24. Healthy Schools Mentoring Training - October

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

Dates: 10/18/2017


October Mentoring Topic: Taking the first steps to creating a healthier school

Creating a healthy school is the work of many guided by an effective leader. This free training is for school wellness leaders looking for guidance, technical assistance, feedback and problem solving to be effective in their leadership roles. The training will be led by knowledgeable school health professionals who will respond to individual and group needs to:




• Build a sustainable wellness team





• Choose a framework that suits your school




• Complete an assessment




• Work on an action plan.




• Access resources, grants, materials
For more information contact: Carrie Steindorff, SteindoC@co.rockland.ny.us

Mentoring trainings are offered monthly on Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec. 13, Jan 24, Feb 7, March 14, and Apr. 25

This training is a professional learning program of the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

25. Google Forms - Basics to Utilizing for Global Data Collection

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Dates: 10/18/2017

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This session will introduce participants to the basics of Google Forms. Participants will create a form using the various question types and access add-ons for forms to increase the forms functionality. Participants will also see how forms could be used to gather basic information from students and parents, as a self-grading quiz, and how they can be used to gather data from a more global audience.

26. Meeting the Needs of Newcomers

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 10/23/2017

During this online course experience, participants will learn how assist newcomers navigate school strategically, to ensure that they maximize their learning experience and have a positive transition. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours, online and does not require synchronous meetings. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Please note, participants must request a CTLE certificate by sending an email directly to betbet617@gmail.com. CTLE certificates will be issued on a request basis and emailed to participants

27. ONLINE: Diversity in Children's Literature

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Audience: Grade 3-8 Classroom teachers, librarians, ENL teachers or literacy specialists.

Dates: 10/23/2017 to 11/28/2017

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Every student deserves and needs the mirror experience in literature. In this course, participants will become familiar with the different types of diverse literature available within their grade level(s). With this new information, teachers will be able to enhance their classroom library (and instruction) with books that allow students to see their lived experience and cultural traditions in print. We will examine controversies within children's literature - those considered racist (at worst) and insensitive (at best). We will explore, among ourselves, what makes a book diverse. Since a key part of this course is group discussion, we will use video reflection as opposed to written reflection. We will also schedule a one-hour Google hangout for class interaction. At the conclusion of this course, participants will have a list of diverse quality literature they can incorporate into their classroom library and instruction and will have the resources to continue to find books that meet the needs of all their students.

28. CLEP

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Dates: 10/24/2017

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Testing site is located at RTC South Tappan Zee Education Center 561 Route 9W Piermont, NY 10968 Piermont, NY; RTCI registration fee is $35; CLEP registration fee is $80 paid at time of CLEP registration; Limit is one test per testing session; Go to http://clep.collegeboard.org/started to register with CLEP and receive an entrance ticket; Bring entrance ticket and government issued photo ID on day of testing (ex: Driver's License, Passport); For testing information contact Donna Rodriguez at drodriguez@rockteach.org or phone 845.553.9514. The following tests are available: American Government; History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877;History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present; Human Growth and Development; Introduction to Educational Psychology; Introductory Psychology; Introductory Sociology; Principles of Macroeconomics; Principles of Microeconomics; Social Sciences and History; Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648; Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present; American Literature; Analyzing and Interpreting Literature; College Composition; College Composition Modular; English Literature; Humanities; Biology; Calculus; Chemistry; College Algebra; College Mathematics; Natural Sciences; Pre-calculus; Financial Accounting; Information Systems and Computer Applications; Introductory Business Law; Principles of Management; Principles of Marketing; French Language (Levels 1 and 2); German Language (Levels 1 and 2); Spanish Language (Levels 1 and

29. Introduction to Google Spreadsheets - more than just number crunching

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Dates: 10/25/2017

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Participants in this course will be taking through the basics of spreadsheet. This will include creating a spreadsheet, formatting, using functions and formulas, collaboration, and sharing. In addition to the basics, participants will be exposed to a variety of uses for spreadsheets besides the traditional number crunching purposes.

30. CEGE 597-R01/Taking a Constructivist Approach to Teaching

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

Dates: 10/26/2017 to 12/21/2017

Participants will develop a thorough understanding of instructional strategies that meet the needs of all learners. Participants will work collaboratively to develop strategies "to reach out to individual learners at their varied points of readiness, interest, and learning preference." This quote from Carol Ann Tomlinson will serve as a guiding principal of the course. Course participants will develop curriculum adaptations and instructional strategies that are responsive to the individual needs of all students. Specifically, participants will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively differentiate curriculum and instruction in the classroom. 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). *Final projects will be due online by Dec. 21, 2017. 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.

31. Integrating STEAM into Your Classroom Curriculum

Audience: Grade K-6 Classroom teachers and specialists

Dates: 10/26/2017 to 11/30/2017

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In this course, participants will examine STEAM philosophies and how to incorporate them into their classroom. We will identify specific STEAM activities that can be integrated into your current curriculum and will design lesson plans that can enhance your classroom instruction. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have a portfolio of activities (including a plan for Hour of Code) that they can immediately incorporate into their classrooms.

32. ONLINE: Technology Resources and Current Issues in Elementary Education

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 10/27/2017 to 11/30/2017

This course will explore technology resources along with current issues and trends that educators need to be aware of in the 21st century.  Using technology in your lesson planning will engage the minds of young learners but you must integrate the most current resources to get the outcome you desire. We will focus on how to include all learners in classroom activities and meet them at their level through technology integration. We will use the ISTE Standards for Educators as a road map and dive into their online community for support and communication. Using Teachers First as a resource, educators will learn how to effectively integrate technology into the curriculum through hands-on projects, collaboration tools, and journal articles.   Hands on science, math lessons, writing websites, reading resources and social studies projects will all be discussed and participants will create task cards for students to use in and out of the classroom.  We will design ways to include parents in these initiatives using technology tools such as class dojo, remind, and classtag. Participants will create a buncee (an online presentation tool) and learn ways to find new tools, use virtual sites to extend learning and reflect on learning styles.
This 3 hour workshop will open your eyes to the human cost of poverty. The power of this unique learning resource is that it creates, like nothing else, 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. In the debriefing, you will share insights of extraordinary vividness and intensity. This program is designed to create a deeper understanding and awareness of the circumstances of individuals who are living in poverty and will serve as an opportunity to begin a dialogue about the often unseen world of poverty and its implications for communities. This program is underwritten by The Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network. NOTE: This workshop is open to educators, administrators and community members. Refreshments will be served.

34. Poverty Simulation Experience and Training

Dates: 10/27/2017 to 10/28/2017

The Friday night 3 hour workshop will open your eyes to the human cost of poverty. The power of this unique learning resource is that it creates, like nothing else, 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. In the debriefing, you will share insights of extraordinary vividness and intensity. This program is designed to create a deeper understanding and awareness of the circumstances of individuals who are living in poverty and will serve as an opportunity to begin a dialogue about the often unseen world of poverty and its implications for communities. At the conclusion of Saturday's program you will have the tools you need to facilitate a simulation in your local school or district. This program is underwritten by The Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network. NOTE: You must have approval of your local Teacher Center to attend this two-day program and attendance at Friday's workshop is mandatory. Refreshments will be served Friday evening and Lunch will be provided on Saturday.

35. Art Empowerment: Finding Voices and Speaking Out

Audience: Art Educators, Art Professionals, & interested Public

Dates: 10/28/2017

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This professional development day for art teachers is an event sponsored by the New York State Art Teacher’s Association in partnership with ArtsWestchester, will take place at the ArtsW building in White Plains.The day offers 6 CTLE contact hours of workshops and presentations which will explore the notion of art making and social consciousness. Participants will share strategies for encouraging students to engage in purposeful, meaningful, and socially responsible thinking in the art classroom. Contemporary art making engages in lively commentary with cultural currents, and art teachers are increasingly designing curricula that encourage students to engage with social issues as they form their artistic sensibilities. Inequities, class distinctions, wealth disparity, racial prejudice, opposing political forces, are all current issues that force their way - or ought to force their way - into our dialog and instruction with students. For more information go to www.nysata7.com Registration is through EWTC and MLP. Payment is directly to the New York State Art Teachers Association Region 7. The members pre-payment fee of $60. must be received before October 10th. Non-NYSATA pre-payment fee of $75. Membership applications are at www.nysata.org Checks payable to NYSATA Region 7. Write “power” in memo portion of check Send to Christine Attlesey, 14 Parkwood Blvd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 To confirm payment email attlestine@gmail.com before October 15th Door registration for all is $85.
During this online course experience, participants will explore immersion lessons in English and walk away with numerous samples and strategies. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours, online and does not require synchronous meetings. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Please note, participants must request a CTLE certificate by sending an email directly to betbet617@gmail.com. CTLE certificates will be issued on a request basis and emailed to participants. .

37. ONLINE: Data Driven Instruction

Audience: Teachers Grades K-12

Dates: 11/1/2017 to 12/13/2017

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The use of data and student learning objectives (SLOs) are at the heart of data driven instruction. Data driven instruction is a precise and calculated approach to improving student comprehension throughout the school year. Implementing and utilizing data to drive instruction is perceived to be an overwhelming task. In this course, we will break down the process and help you utilize data analysis to improve student learning. Participants will analyze data, focus on increasing rigor in the classroom, examine different types of assessments, along with the building blocks needed to successful implement data driven instruction in your classroom. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators.

38. ONLINE: Professional Learning Communities (PLC) through Social Media Connections

Audience: Teachers is Grades K-12

Dates: 11/1/2017 to 12/6/2017

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In this online course, teachers will exchange classroom ideas, information about free resource links, technology shortcuts and tips, post photos of new classroom trends and create polls and surveys. The course instructor will model the platforms that are available in the Private Facebook Online Group feature. Each participant will be required to post and share by researching the ideas in the online PLC format. Some of the resources we will examine include: professional articles from ASCD, ISTE and NYSCATE, www.code.org, and www.teachersfirst.com. Through the PLC format, teachers will be able to work in real time and get useful comments from their colleagues. This will be an opportunity for teachers to explore, discuss and research their craft with other professionals. The participants will be asked to post a minimum of 10 innovative educational ideas and provide feedback on other participant's posts that they can refer back to throughout the year. This Professional Learning Community will be a resource for teachers to revisit throughout the school year.

39. ONLINE: The Mindful Classroom

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Audience: Grade Level - All

Dates: 11/1/2017 to 11/30/2017

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.

40. Put Your Email (Gmail - Google Apps Mail) to Work for You

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Dates: 11/1/2017

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If you have Gmail or email associated with your GSuite (Google Apps) account, learn how to make it work for you. In this course, participants will learn to customize their email experience. They will create labels and folder, explore various viewing formats, utilize available labs to enhance their email client, and automate some of their incoming mail.

41. "Bakersfield Mist" at the Bickford Theater, Morristown, NJ

Location: Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ) [map]

Dates: 11/2/2017

Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, has bought a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover. Inspired by true events, this hilarious and thought-provoking new comedy-drama asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. Adult language. Thursday, November 2nd at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $39. Please register by September 28th.

42. 22th Annual Rockland Literacy Professional Conference

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

Dates: 11/4/2017


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7:30 - 8:30 Registration, Continental Breakfast, Publishers' Display, Author Signing

8:30 - 8:45 Greetings/Introductions

8:45- 9:45 Keynote Speakers: Tim Rasinski and Lori Oczkus

10:00 - 11:30 Workshops I

11:30 - 12:45 Lunch for purchase, Publisher Browsing, Author Signing

12:45 - 2:15 Workshops II

2:25 - 3:30 Keynote Speaker II: David Gonzalez

optional 3:30 - 4:00 Author Signings

Special Offer! Pre-register with a friend and receive a $25 Voucher to share, redeemable at one vendor of choice on the day of the event. Here's how! Each person pre-registers online by Nov. 1 and emails dstudnitzer@rockteach.org with names. Sign in together at the Conference and receive one $25 Voucher to share. This Special Offer is not available to students or on-site registration.

NOTE: Please bring a purchase order. Some vendors will only have samples and will take orders for professional materials.

Pre-Registration by 11/1/17: $40 / Full time student: $25

On-site registration: $60 / Full time student $40

Students: register online and email dstudnitzer@rockteach.org for discount.

Credit cards will be charged approximately 10 days before conference
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.

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

Location: Willow Grove Elementary School (Thiells, NY)

Dates: 11/6/2017 to 12/11/2017

Following a developmental approach, literacy candidates will explore potential difficulties in the reading and writing acquisition process. Include in-depth analysis of the phonological, orthographic, and morphological structures of English. This course is for New Paltz matriculated students only. Please email Joleen Murray at jmurray@rockteach.org for contact information.

45. The Band's Visit Musical on Broadway

Location: Ethel Barrymore Theatre (Ny, NY)

Dates: 11/8/2017

Featuring music & lyrics by three-time Tony Award nominee & Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek (The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and a book by NY Drama Critics Circle, Lortel Solitude, The Band's Visit comes to Broadway following a critically acclaimed and twice-extended sold-out world premiere production Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company. This play features Tony Shalhoub, Katrin Lenk and Ariel Stachel. An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St., NYC. Wednesday, November 8th at 2:00 pm. Front mezzanine tickets are $129. Please register by August 28th.

46. Google Calendar - The Hidden Power, More Than Just a Calendar

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Dates: 11/8/2017

New
In this course, participants will be exposed to a variety of features built into Google Calendar that can be used to increase productivity and help organize a busy schedule. Participants will see how using multiple calendars can help prevent conflicts and making sharing out important dates easy without concern for releasing private information. Inviting guests to an event, scheduling a video call for an event, adding attachments to an event, and creating a notification to remind you about an event will all be covered.

47. Supporting ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Dates: 11/13/2017

New
During this online course experience, participants will learn strategies to supports English Language Learners in the mainstream classroom. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours, online and does not require synchronous meetings. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Please note, participants must request a CTLE certificate by sending an email directly to betbet617@gmail.com. CTLE certificates will be issued on a request basis and emailed to participants.

48. Read the Books, See the Movies

Audience: Grades K-12 Classroom teachers and Specialists

Dates: 11/14/2017 to 12/18/2017

Location: Woodlands HS _ Innovation Center

New
In this course, we will be pairing movies with the books they are based upon which will increase our students' reading engagement (both in and out of the classroom) and will lead to improved lesson plans. Participants will be expected to read the books (Wonder and We are All Wonders by R.J. Palacio and The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf). In addition, when the movies come out in the theater, you will be expected to see them as a class. The first class meeting will be spent critically discussing the books and developing lesson ideas for the books. After seeing the movie, we will discuss the movie and then create lessons that can be used for both the book and the movie. At the conclusion of the course, participants will have lesson plans ready for various “read the book, see the movie” activities, including book clubs, literacy lesson plans and more. Strategies learned in this course can be transferred to many other book/movie combinations. PLEASE NOTE: The movies we will be seeing as a class will be on Saturday, November 18 and December 16. The times will be determined but it will probably be the first showing of the day. Participants will be responsible for the cost of the movie.

49. School Fundraising: Undermining or Protecting Child Health

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

Dates: 11/15/2017


Understand the Smart Snacks in School Guidelines and how to communicate them to your school community for maximum support and compliance

New Norms for Healthy Schools Training Series will provide information and technical support for wellness coordinators/committee, administrators, teachers and parents on how to sustain nutrition and physical activity practices in schools that align with wellness policies and Smart Snacks in School Guidelines. Training dates: Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec. 13, Jan 24, Feb 7, March 14, and Apr. 25

For program information contact: Carrie Steindorff, SteindoC@co.rockland.ny.us

This training is a professional learning program of the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

50. Book Club 11/15/17

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

Dates: 11/15/2017

This month's selection is KAROLINA'S TWINS by Ronald H. Balson. Our facilitator, Candace Robinson, will lead us in a lively and interesting discussion. Join us on Wednesday, November 15 at 10:30 am at HAVERSTRAW TOWN HALL in Garnerville, (NOT the library). Call 845.553.9298 or email bberkowitz@rockteach.org to confirm date and place. THIS PROGRAM IS NOT OFFERED BY THE LIBRARY.

51. Healthy Schools Mentoring Training - November

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

Dates: 11/15/2017


November Mentoring Topic: Following Smart School Snacks in School Guidelines for all foods/beverages sold in school

For more information contact: Carrie Steindorff, SteindoC@co.rockland.ny.us

Mentoring trainings are offered monthly on Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec. 13, Jan 24, Feb 7, March 14, and Apr. 25

This training is a professional learning program of the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

52. Web Searching 101 - It's not what you think

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Dates: 11/15/2017

New
In this course, participants will explore a variety of web searching strategies and tools that will make their searches more efficient and productive. "Just Google it." isn't always the best strategy. Learn to use advanced searching features to pinpoint your search as well as learn to find royalty-free materials so you are not violating copyright law. Participants will be exposed to Google Scholar, designed specifically to search scholarly works.

53. ENL Interaction Strategies

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Dates: 11/27/2017

New
During this online course experience, participants will explore strategies and lessons that foster interaction between ENL students. Interaction is a key SIOP component in English language learning. and This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours, online and does not require synchronous meetings. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Please note, participants must request a CTLE certificate by sending an email directly to betbet617@gmail.com. CTLE certificates will be issued on a request basis and emailed to participants. .

54. ONLINE: Practical Resources to Enhance your Curriculum

Audience: Teachers in Grades K -12

Dates: 11/27/2017 to 12/29/2017

Enhancing technology is mandatory in today's classroom and provides your students with the rigor and skills they need to be successful in college and in their careers. We will explore sites that will help you plan your math lessons, motivate hard to reach students and carry out science and language arts projects across the curriculum. Sites will be selected based on your grade level and specialty areas. At the end of this course, you will be able to use sites that will simplify the time spend lesson planning, will keep students engaged, will help keep parents informed and will guide you as you meet today's standards. We will examine sites such as GoNoodle, Figment, Remind, Storyboarding, Discovery and explore at Teacher's First resources.

55. Google Maps and My Maps - Unlease the power of maps in your classroom

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Dates: 11/29/2017

New
Google Maps are great for directions but there is so much more in there. In this course, participants will learn how to utilize the data in Google Maps and how to make custom maps in My Maps, which is part of GSuite for Education. Add images and annotations to locations to create an interactive map you can use with your students or have your students create maps to demonstrate their knowledge of curricular materials.
Participants will develop a thorough understanding of instructional strategies that meet the needs of all learners. Participants will work collaboratively to develop strategies "to reach out to individual learners at their varied points of readiness, interest, and learning preference." This quote from Carol Ann Tomlinson will serve as a guiding principal of the course. Course participants will develop curriculum adaptations and instructional strategies that are responsive to the individual needs of all students. Specifically, participants will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively differentiate curriculum and instruction in the classroom. 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). *Final projects will be due online by Jan. 25, 2018. 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.

57. The Importance of Vocabulary Instruction in ENL

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Dates: 12/4/2017

New
During this online course experience, participants will learn the importance of vocabulary instruction when working with ELL students. They will also learn to frequently assess vocabulary to guide instruction. During this online course experience, participants will This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours, online and does not require synchronous meetings. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Please note, participants must request a CTLE certificate by sending an email directly to betbet617@gmail.com. CTLE certificates will be issued on a request basis and emailed to participants. .

58. Youth Mental Health First Aid

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

Dates: 12/5/2017 to 12/6/2017

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to give adults some key skills to help a youth or teen who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. 8 hr CTLE approved training - CTLE Certificates provided by Isabel Burk, The Health Network. Participants must attend 2-4 hour sessions. Two prong registration: Once participants have registered on MyLearningPlan, RTC will provide a link to a Wellcore registration form, which must be complete to confirm registration. Grant funded through Wellcore, Vicki Shaw, Executive Director. Snow date: 12/7/17 4:30-8:30PM

59. Google Drawing - The Powerful but Often Ignored Tool

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Dates: 12/6/2017

New
Google Drawing is an excellent drawing and design tool that is often ignored. Participants in this course will explore Google Drawing and gain an understanding of how it can be used in the teaching and student learning. Participants will create individual as well as collaborative drawings and designs. You do not need to be an artist to create useful products.

60. Challenges for ELLs in Content Area Learning

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Dates: 12/11/2017

New
During this online course experience, participants will explore the challenges for ELLs in the content areas and learn strategies to support them. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours, online and does not require synchronous meetings. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Please note, participants must request a CTLE certificate by sending an email directly to betbet617@gmail.com. CTLE certificates will be issued on a request basis and emailed to participants.

61. Simple Skills for Getting Grants: Demystifying the Process

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

Dates: 12/13/2017

Learn to write winning grant proposals and be the first to know about the Spring 2018 Action for Healthy Kids grants. Snow date: Dec 15.
New Norms for Healthy Schools Training Series will provide information and technical support for wellness coordinators/committee, administrators, teachers and parents on how to sustain nutrition and physical activity practices in schools that align with wellness policies and Smart Snacks in School Guidelines. Training dates: Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec. 13, Jan 24, Feb 7, March 14, and Apr. 25

For program information contact: Carrie Steindorff, SteindoC@co.rockland.ny.us

This training is a professional learning program of the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

62. Healthy Schools Mentoring Training - December

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

Dates: 12/13/2017


December Mentoring Topic: Preparing a grant proposal for the programs and materials your school needs. Snow date: Dec 15

For more information contact: Carrie Steindorff, SteindoC@co.rockland.ny.us

Mentoring trainings are offered monthly on Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec. 13, Jan 24, Feb 7, March 14, and Apr. 25

This training is a professional learning program of the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

63. Using Music to Increase Second Language Acquisition

Location: Online (online, ny)

Dates: 12/18/2017

During this online course experience, participants will explore how the use of music increases second language acquisition for English language learners. This course is 3 ENL/CTLE hours, online and does not require synchronous meetings. You will receive a Rockland Teacher Center gmail account to participate in this course. Please note, participants must request a CTLE certificate by sending an email directly to betbet617@gmail.com. CTLE certificates will be issued on a request basis and emailed to participants.
Participants in this course will be introduced to the uses and features in Google Classroom. Participants will experience Classroom as a student and then setup their own classroom as the teacher. All participants will be provided with a Rockland Teachers' Center Google account for training purposes. Time will be provided for each participant to log into their district accounts and create their own classes with assistance available as needed.

65. ONLINE: Instructional Technology in the Classroom

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 1/2/2018 to 2/8/2018

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.

66. Using the Charlotte Danielson Framework to Create a Digital Portfolio

Location: Woodlands HS/MS (Hartsdale, NY)

Audience: Teachers Grades K-12

Dates: 1/8/2018 to 1/12/2018

New
This course 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 during the following sessions.

67. PearDeck - Making Your Slides or PowerPoint Presentation Interactive

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Dates: 1/10/2018

New
PearDeck is a tool that has a free and paid version. Participants will explore the options available in the free version and experience how they can enhance their presentations. By utilizing tools such as Peardeck, students are more engaged as they interact within the lesson presentation.

68. ONLINE: Creating Effective PLC's in the Schools

Audience: K-12 Classroom Teachers and Math/Language Arts/Special Ed- Teachers K-12

Dates: 1/22/2018 to 2/25/2018

This course is designed to assist teachers and administrators in public and private schools to create and implement Professional Learning Communities. All school sizes and groups have various challenges that they face while creating PLC’s. We will examine the composition of your specific team members and design a plan that will work for your school and/or district. Through the creation of S.M.A.R.T Goals, you will have a plan in place that you can immediately put into action. Members of Professional Learning Communities use results-oriented action steps to clarify exactly what each student must learn, monitor each student's learning on a timely basis, provide systematic interventions, and use collective inquiry/feedback to create a collaborative atmosphere of continual improvement. Throughout this course we will keep the student at the center of our purpose and learn how to create, manage and succeed using Professional Learning Communities.

69. Google Sites - Build a dynamic website

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Dates: 1/24/2018

New
Google developed a new version of Google Sites that is easy to use and dynamic. The site content automatically adjusts to the size of the screen it is being viewed on. Participants will be walked through the features and tools of Google Sites and time will be provided for participants to develop their own site.

70. Putting a Blended Learning Lesson Together

Location: RTC South (Piermont, NY)

Dates: 1/31/2018

New
This course is designed for those who have taken the courses on and/or are familiar with Google Classroom, EdPuzzle, Peardeck, and Google Sites. This course will use the tools and materials developed in the previous courses to develop a Blended Learning lesson/unit.
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.
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. Grade Level K-12. 15 hours CTLE, inservice, or professional learning. This course is available for Social Work CEUs. An additional charge of $25 applies to be paid by check to Rockland BOCES.

73. Supporting Students with Brain Injury

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

Dates: 4/26/2018

Location: Rockland BOCES, Building 10 PDC, 65 Parrott Road,


Problems seen in children subsequent to brain injury may include deficits in attention and concentration, memory, organizational skills, executive functioning, changes in behavior, social skills and emotional control. These can present significant challenges for school personnel.

The goals of the training are to:
Provide an overview of brain injury in all children, not just student athletes

Assist school staff in recognizing the signs & symptoms of brain injury

Help school staff respond appropriately & assist with the student's recovery process using a team approach (The REAP Protocol)

Identify teaching strategies/classroom accommodations that can assist with the student's recovery

Identify FREE resources available to children, their families and school personnel, including the statewide FACTS program

This training is conducted by Margo B. Singer, CBIS, Brain Injury Association of NYS Training Coordinator
Approved for Social Work CEUs. Certificates provided by the trainer. A minimum of 20 is required.

74. ONLINE: Digital Citizenship in Schools

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 4/30/2018 to 5/31/2018

As more and more students and teachers use the Internet to interact digitally, we need to provide our students with guidelines and accountability. According to TeachThought, "A decent definition of Digital citizenship might be self monitored participation that reflects conscious interdependence with all (visible and less visible) community members." Being responsible for your digital footprint needs to be taught to students in the early grades. In this course, we will explore Common Sense Media's Digital Citizen Scope and Sequence as we define digital citizenship, create lesson plans around Internet safety, cyber-bullying, and privacy and security.