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1. Online: Immersion Lessons for Non-English Speakers

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 9/24/2018 to 9/27/2018

Location: Online

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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 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. Any issues regarding CTLE certificates are to be emailed directly to betbet617@gmail.com.

2. EDU 5108.03/Childhood Science

Location: James A. Farley Elementary School (Stony Point, NY)

Dates: 9/24/2018 to 11/26/2018

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This course provides students with the theories and methods of teaching, learning and assessing science and technology in elementary school. It is both practical and theoretical and holds the belief that all teaching methods and practices are rooted in theory. Building on this foundation, students will engage in dialogue, investigation, analysis, and reflection in order to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of science, scientific inquiry and how to develop an elementary school science curriculum. Students are expected to refresh their content knowledge in the physical and biological sciences. This course will also address the move towards Next Generation Science Standards and Practices. Required Texts: Bass, J.E., Contant, T.L. & Carin, A.A. (2009). “Teaching Science as Inquiry”, Boston: Pearson. 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.

3. Elementary Math PLC

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

Audience: Elementary School teachers, Math teacher

Dates: 9/25/2018 to 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 a venue 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/relocated to alternate sites allowing greater participation and regional involvement.

4. 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: 9/26/2018

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. Programs to be showcased: Erich Bassler of Little Ivy Academy and Author Eileen Malora "The Big Bad WHAAAAT????" Bring a list of your schools top three programs in 2017-2018 to share!
A Moodle training is scheduled for Sept 13 4:30PM (Separate pre-registration required).

5. All About Opioids: From Heroin to Oxy to Fentanyl

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

Audience: All

Dates: 9/26/2018

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Opiate misuse and abuse is a national issue, but it is also a major local issue. Within the last 5 years, Rockland County has faced high death rates due to drug overdoses. Emergency room admissions due to opioids more than doubled from 2010 to 2015, a rate that is higher than the average NYS rate. Let's discuss the origins of opioid chemicals, and find out how they affect the body. Learn why opioids have such a high potential for risky misuse, and later, addiction.

6. Iconic Culture Fashion Exhibit & House Tour of Acorn Hall

Location: Acorn Hall (Morristown, NJ)

Dates: 9/27/2018

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Join us on a trip down memory lane as we tour "Iconic Culture - Little Black Dress to Bell Bottoms" at Acorn Hall. View a large selection of fashions from different eras as they reflect the politics and context of the time. Following the fashion exhibit, join our docent for a house tour. Following the tour, enjoy perusing and lunching at one of the many restaurants in this charming town. TRANSPORTATION ON YOUR OWN! Thursday, September 27th at 10:30 at Acorn Hall, 68 Lafayette Ave., Morristown, NJ. Fee is $12/20 nonmember. Deadline for registration is September 13th.

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

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

Dates: 9/27/2018 to 11/15/2018

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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. Required Readings: “Beyond Discipline”, by Kohn, Aflie (2006) and “The Pact”, by Davis, Jenkins, & Hunt (2002). *Final projects and reflections due by Nov. 15, 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.

8. Introduction to Google Sites

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

Dates: 9/27/2018

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During this professional learning opportunity, participants will explore the various features and practical classroom use of the NEW Google Sites. This session is for anyone looking for support with the NEW Google Sites including: creating pages, adding file attachments, inserting information from other Google applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube), editing pages, collaborative site work and publishing the site.

9. EDU 5032.02/Collaboration and Consultation in Inclusive Settings

Location: Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY)

Dates: 9/29/2018 to 11/3/2018

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This on campus course will examine the need for collaboration between teachers of children with both typical and special education needs. Students will become knowledgeable of state and federal laws which establish special education services (NCLB) as well as accommodations for those individuals who require instructional modifications and do not clearly fit into one of the IDEA classifications (section 504). They will become familiar with the characteristics of the major disability areas identified by law and the modifications of instruction and classroom setting necessary to meet the individual's needs. This will include those practices for planning and designing co-teaching and collaboration which have been shown to be effective in the collaborative setting. Classroom management needs and individualization of instruction of children in the inclusive setting will be addressed with emphasis placed upon the importance of using positive behavioral supports. 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. Please follow the dates on webadvisor for this course. Additional college tuition and fees will be incurred.

10. Membership from 9/1/18 through 8/31/19

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

Dates: 9/30/2018

Membership for one year ending August 31, 2019. Membership cannot be prorated. $40 for the year. You may sign up starting in August and your membership will be covered through August 31, 2019.

11. Online: An Introduction to the SIOP Model: Bringing the Content Areas Alive for the ENL Student

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 10/1/2018 to 10/4/2018

Location: Online Only

During this online course experience, participants will engage in an introduction to the research proven SIOP Model©. This course develops the skills and knowledge necessary to teach science, mathematics and social studies to English Language Learners. Students will link the teaching of language, content and development of strategic competence. 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. Any issues regarding CTLE certificates are to be emailed directly to betbet617@gmail.com.
The barriers that occur to learning can not be single-handedly removed. Unfortunately, one such barrier occurs when behaviors are disrupting the learning community. The climate of each school community is different. Therefore, a “one size fits all” approach is not as effective as interventions based on the needs of each school. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. A system focused on creating school-wide, classroom and individual supports improves academic and behavioral results. This course will assist teachers in creating a support system for their classroom that will help to increase behavioral and academic results. This course is appropriate for all regular and special education teachers.
This course will deeply analyze and develop strategies for improving classroom management. All strategies are evidence based and will help teachers improve their management of physical space, instruction, routine development, correcting behavior and issuing consequences. Teachers will develop proactive strategies that will improve student learning outcomes and behavioral outcomes. This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers and assistants.

14. ONLINE: The Mindful Classroom (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Location: Online Only (Online, )

Audience: Grade Level - All

Dates: 10/1/2018 to 10/31/2018

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.

15. Including Social Justice Perspective in the Classroom

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

Dates: 10/1/2018

Social justice inequities, such as sexism, racism, heterosexism (homophobia) and cisgenderism (transphobia) impact all classrooms, every day, in every school district. Teachers are in a singular position to bring awareness of these issues to their students and to provide an opportunity to redress them within their classrooms. This workshop will introduce concepts and reasonable steps teachers can take with students at all levels, kindergarten through grade 12. Phyllis Frank is Senior Director of VCS, Inc.

16. Online: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom

Dates: 10/3/2018 to 11/13/2018

Location: ONLINE ONLY

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

17. Guided High Line Walking Tour

Location: 76 House (Tappan, NY) [map]

Dates: 10/3/2018

Join us on our High Line tour guided by an experienced guide. Discover New York’s most exciting new park and learn about the history of the Meatpacking District as well as Chelsea and its wonderful market. We’ll show you the unique architecture and cutting- edge art that surrounds the High Line. Wednesday, October 3rd at 10:30. Meeting place TBD. Tour fee is $40/50 nonmember. TRANSPORTATION IS ON YOUR OWN.

18. Introduction to Google Sheets

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

Dates: 10/3/2018

Learn to use Google Sheets to collect, analyze, and use data. Learn how to use the various features built into the spreadsheet, as well as using add-ons to complete tasks. Sheets is a great tool to use for a wide variety of tasks. Data collected by using Google Forms is stored in Google Sheets, learning to view and easily manipulate that data.

19. Italian Conversation through Culture

Dates: 10/4/2018 to 1/23/2019

This course is an introduction to spoken Italian providing practical use of the language with emphasis on oral-aural techniques, leading toward fluency in speaking. The goal of this course is to enhance the development of communicative competence in Italian. The emphasis of this course will be on spoken Italian and understanding written Italian as it pertains to the culture of Italy. Please note: There will be + 1 hour online each week

20. Beginning Mah Jongg - 6 Sessions

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

Dates: 10/5/2018 to 11/30/2018

Are you new to the game or are you looking to brush up on your rusty skills? Come join us and learn the game that requires skill, luck and laughter. YOU MUST HAVE A CURRENT MAH JONGG CARD IN ORDER TO PLAY. To obtain a card, you may call the National Mah Jongg League at 212.246.3052 or online at www.nationalmahjonggleague.org. Fridays from 9:30-11:30 Dates: 10/5, 10/12, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9,& 11/30. Fee is $35. You MUST register by September 15th.
Every day teachers assume leadership roles in their classrooms, schools and district. However, being recognized as a leader can often be a challenge. In this online course, we will explore and share ways to become active participants in Professional Learning Communities, how to write a winning grant, how to engage parents and administrators, and how to become leaders among our peers. At the end of this course, you will have new leadership skills and strategies and a customized plan based on your individual needs and expectations that will take your leadership skills to the next level.

22. Online: SIOP Lesson Planning: What Difference?

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 10/9/2018 to 10/12/2018

Location: Online only

During this online course experience, participants will learn how SIOP lesson planning differs from mainstream classroom planning through exploring the SIOP Planning templates and resources. 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. Any issues regarding CTLE certificates are to be emailed directly to betbet617@gmail.com.

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

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 10/10/2018 to 11/21/2018

Location: Online only

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

24. SED 576-96/Teaching English as a New Language II - Hybrid Course

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

Dates: 10/13/2018 to 11/17/2018

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Examination of methodologies, materials, and assessments used in teaching language and content (e.g., mathematics, social studies, and science) to learners of English as a new language, including those with disabilities. Focus on incorporating language modalities into 7-12 content instruction, as well as 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.

25. Online: Supporting ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 10/15/2018 to 10/25/2018

Location: Online only

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 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. Any issues regarding CTLE certificates are to be emailed directly to betbet617@gmail.com.
We often look at behavior as something that needs to be addressed before instruction can occur. Research shows that with the right instructional tools, we can limit those unwanted behaviors that interrupt the learning process. Educators in this course will examine dozens of research based strategies to address behavior through instruction. Each educator in this course will focus on specific behaviors from their classes and will utilize research based strategies for overcoming these barriers to learning.
English Language Learners are the fastest growing group of students that today’s schools services. This course will assist teachers in developing strategies and skills to understand ELL students’ backgrounds and how to establish and grow strong family relationships. Teachers will develop classroom skills to use in their classrooms and improve instructional outcomes. Teachers will examine belief systems and research based practices for serving diverse cultures and languages in the classroom. Teachers taking this course will analyze and implement methods for ensuring a positive classroom culture and climate.

28. National Board Certification Support

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

Audience: All

Dates: 10/15/2018 to 2/11/2019

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This 15-hour course will provide support to candidates pursuing National Board Certification in the 2018-2019 school year. During our sessions, we will unpack the National Board Standards, the Five Core Propositions of the National Board, and work to facilitate the submission of the National Board Components. It will cover the Foundations of the National Board process, preparation for Component One (the exam), building Component 2 (Differentiation for Students), Component 3 (Creating a Fair and Equitable Environment -- the video component), and Component 4 (Identifying and Addressing a Student Need and A Professional Need). We will outline and teach how to approach the forms, written commentary and reflective pieces in each component. Feedback will be provided on written responses, and peer collaboration will be incorporated to engage the cohort in a rich environment of professional collegiality and pedagogical development. A separate writing institute is recommended for candidates in the Spring. The support cohort is funded through the Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network.

29. New Norms for Healthy Schools: Think Nutrition for the Whole Child - "Food for Finance"

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension (Stony Point, NY)

Dates: 10/17/2018

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Expand your skills in promoting child social, emotional and physical well being through supportive nutritional environment! Through the lens of the whole child model, workshops will help you develop an action plan to be an agent of change in your community.

Breakout session - "Food for Finance" - Presenters from Eat Smart NY: Are some of your largest fundraisers food based? Do they meet the Smart Snack standards? We will work with you to understand the standards, and create an action plan for fundraising with new ideas.

This professional learning opportunity is part of the New Norms for Healthy Schools series offered through the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

30. New Norms for Healthy Schools: Think Nutrition for the Whole Child - "Food for Fun"

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension (Stony Point, NY)

Dates: 10/17/2018

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Expand your skills in promoting child social, emotional and physical well being through supportive nutritional environment! Through the lens of the whole child model, workshops will help you develop an action plan to be an agent of change in your community.

Breakout session - "Food for Fun" - Presenters from Eat Smart NY: Is food used for rewards, celebrations and/or special events in your setting? Learn how to assess the food environment and plan a whole child approach to nutrition and fun.

This professional learning opportunity is part of the New Norms for Healthy Schools series offered through the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

31. Book Club 10/17/18 AT THE TOWN HALL

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

Dates: 10/17/2018

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This month's selection is half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn . Our facilitator, Candace Robinson, will lead us in a lively and interesting discussion. Join us on Wednesday, October 17th at 10:30 at Town Hall, 1 Rosman Rd., Garnerville. Call 845.553.9156 or email bberkowitz@rockteach.org to confirm date and place.

32. Resilient Stress Management for Educators

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, ) - Room 105

Audience: All

Dates: 10/17/2018 to 11/14/2018

Location: Room 105

Participants in the Resilient Stress Management for Educators course (formerly known as Resilience Fitness Training for Educators) will learn how to harness stress. Participants will be shown how current approaches favor only managing stress without directly attending to the energy (Adaptive Energy Qi) that managing stress requires. Participants will experience the Resilient Stress Management™ toolset which puts Energy Before Effort™. Participants will learn and practice breathing techniques and movements (That are rooted in Chinese martial arts and medicine) which restore A.E.Q.™. Energy to fuel inspired educating; where teachers are at their best and build more energy as they teach. We will also explore how the A.E.Q. ™ of the teacher affects the student and the class A.E.Q.™ and visa versa. The session will culminate by outlining strategies for increasing energy awareness and efficiency in the classroom while decreasing energy drain and decay. 12 hours contact / 3 hours online. No class on Oct 31.

33. Utilizing Drones in Education

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

Dates: 10/17/2018 to 10/24/2018

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.

34. CEGE 595-R01/Computer Tools for Teachers II

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

Dates: 10/18/2018 to 12/6/2018

We all have these software programs on our computers but how and what do we use them for? This course was designed for the educator that has the technology but doesn't know how to use it. Participants will learn how to use many Interactive Websites for Learning, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Power Point effectively in the classroom. *Final projects and reflections due online by December 6, 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.

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

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

Dates: 10/18/2018 to 12/6/2018

As educators, we expect students our students to "solve problems, think critically, communicate effectively, and collaborate well." (Gagnon & Collay, 2006) Participants will analyze the effects of effective teaching upon student performance in relation to the criterion above. This weekend will enable participants to develop instructional activities to actively engage students in the learning process and assist students in the development of self-assessment or "metacognitition." Participants will learn how to incorporate research-based methods and techniques in order to achieve a balance between conceptual understanding and procedural knowledge. Participants will develop the tools necessary to create this "balanced approach" to teaching all content areas. Teachers will develop strategies to assist students in "constructing" content knowledge as part of a "meaning-making" process. *Final projects and reflections due by Dec. 6, 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.

36. Film Club on 10/19/18 at NANUET LIBRARY

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

Dates: 10/19/2018

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Join us for the first film of the season on Friday, October 19 at 10:00 at the Nanuet Library. Our facilitator, Mimi Rasiel, will lead us in stimulating discussions before and after the film. This month we will be viewing the film "The Thin Man". Please join us for the fun!

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

Audience: Teachers in grades K-12

Dates: 10/23/2018 to 11/23/2018

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.

38. Nyack: Walking Tour II With Town Historian

Location: Nyack Post Office (Nyack, NY) [map]

Dates: 10/23/2018

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This is the second in a series of tours. Join us as we discover hidden historical treasures in Nyack. Our walking tour will be lead by John Patrick, Schutz, town historian, who will share with us his knowledge of Nyack's architecture, and, in honor of Halloween, paranormal activities in the town. Wear comfortable shoes. LUNCH ON YOUR OWN. Tuesday, OCTOBER 23RD at 10:00. Meet in front of the Post Office on 48 S. Broadway at 9:50 AM. Tour fee is $35/45 nonmember. DEADLINE for registration is October 10th.

39. The Art and Craft of Motivation

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

Audience: SRPs

Dates: 10/23/2018

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This seminar will highlight research on the motivation of students and analyze how to connect with learners so their individual strengths are realized and encouraged. Learning how to guide our students through challenges they face by supporting and opening up new horizons for them to explore, will lead to increased motivation. SRPs strive to have students find relevance in what they are learning and become more independent, self-directed and collaborative as they grow academically and emotionally.

40. New Norms for Healthy Schools: Think Physical Activityfor the Whole Child - "Run for the Fun of It"

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension (Stony Point, NY)

Dates: 10/24/2018

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Expand your skills in promoting child social, emotional and physical well being through supportive physical activity environment! Through the lens of the whole child model, workshops will help you develop an action plan to be an agent of change in your community.

Breakout session - “Run for the Fun of It: Creating Walking and Running Programs for Children and Youth" – Presenters from Girls on the Run, New York Rising Road Runners, and more

Harness the energy, focus and fun of running with a walking/running program in your school or youth program. Explore the menu of existing programs to create a sustainable initiative that promotes emotional, social and physical well-being.”

This professional learning opportunity is part of the New Norms for Healthy Schools series offered through the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

41. New Norms for Healthy Schools: Think Physical Activity for the Whole Child - "Keep Them Moving and Learning"

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension (Stony Point, NY)

Dates: 10/24/2018

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Expand your skills in promoting child social, emotional and physical well being through supportive physical activity environment! Through the lens of the whole child model, workshops will help you develop an action plan to be an agent of change in your community.

Breakout session - “Keep Them Moving and Learning: Skillfully Use Physical Activity in the Classroom" – Presenter, Mr. Mike Gulino, Educational Consultant, 3-Dimensional Leadership Consultants, LLC

Master the use of brain breaks, physically engaging lessons and active seating, and leave with a plan to keep students focused by keeping them moving.”

This professional learning opportunity is part of the New Norms for Healthy Schools series offered through the Rockland County School Health and Wellness Coalition.

42. Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller

Location: Stage 42 (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 10/24/2018

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This Grammy® Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated show made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue. It is now back featuring 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including showstopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown,” it celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. “The singers were sensational,” said the NY Times. Theater Pizzazz called it "An exceptional production with attitude, soul, winking humor and energy. Enjoy the show in the intimate Stage 42 Theater (422 W. 42 St.) featuring stadium seating. This theater has an elevator. Wednesday, October 24 at 2 pm. We have orchestra seats for the unbelievable price of $49/59 nonmember. You must sign up by Monday, September 24th.

43. CEGE 600-R01/Launching a Yearlong Writing Framework

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

Dates: 10/29/2018 to 12/19/2018

In this course students will understand how to teach, construct and enhance written responses to texts. They will learn how to implement a yearlong framework that will move students from simple responses to multi paragraph essays. Students will learn how to adapt their lessons to reach all learners. Finally, they will use the lessons taught to create a framework that is relevant to their particular students. *Final projects and reflections due by December 19, 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.

44. Supporting Students with Autism

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

Audience: SRPs

Dates: 10/29/2018

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Ending the achievement gap between students with and without disabilities requires addressing the essential factors that can influence their success. This three-hour training provides up-to-date information on the clinical and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Attention will be given to how these features manifest themselves and present unique instructional and learning challenges within educational settings. The seminar provides evidencebased, pro-active strategies for helping children and adolescents with ASDs succeed in schools today

45. Membership meeting and Holiday Boutique on 10/30 at Haverstraw Town Hall

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

Dates: 10/30/2018

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Join us and learn what's new at the Center. Learn about new programs and connect with friends. In lieu of a speaker, we are going to have a holiday boutique. Our vendor will have pocketbooks, jewelry, clothing and accessories. Do your holiday shopping early. Join us on Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00 at Haverstraw Town Hall, 1 Rosman Rd. Garnerville, NY 10923. Bring your friends! Please bring one nonperishable food item to the meeting. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS MEETING.

46. Membership meeting on 10/30 at Haverstraw Town Hall

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

Dates: 10/30/2018

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Join us and learn what's new at the Center. Learn about new programs and connect with friends. Speaker is TBA. Join us on Tuesday, October 30th at 10:00 at Haverstraw Town Hall, 1 Rosman Rd. Garnerville, NY 10923. Please bring one nonperishable food item to the meeting. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS MEETING.

47. CEGE 649-R01/Cultivating Habits of Mind: Transforming Teacher and Student Mindsets to Improve Learning

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

Dates: 11/5/2018 to 12/26/2018

Based upon the works of authors Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick, participants will learn and apply instructional practices to cultivate the "habits of mind" needed to be a successful student and citizen. These practices will assist teachers in not only teaching academic material but also instruct students in matters pertaining to social skills. The Habits of Mind include: persisting, managing impulsivity, listening with understanding and empathy, thinking flexibly, questioning and problem posing, gathering data through all senses, taking reasonable risks, finding humor, thinking interdependently and remaining open to continuous learning. In line with an educator's mission to educate the whole child, participants will develop strategies to develop these habit of mind. This topic is pertinent in all aspects of education; all educators have a shared responsibility to build powerful, life-long "habits of mind" with and for our students. Required Readings: “Learning and leading with habits of mind: 16 characteristics for success”. by Costa, A. and Kallick, B. (2008). Alexandria, VA: ASCD. *Final projects and reflections due by December 26, 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.
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.

49. ONLINE: Teens and Technology

Audience: All

Dates: 11/7/2018 to 12/19/2018

Location: ONLINE ONLY

Teens love Instagram and Snapchat, and iPhones are requisite technology. This technology has changed the way that teens learn and interact. Teens listen in sound bytes and can access virtually any fact simply by thinking about the 'right' descriptors. How can educators who struggle to use power point communicate information to today's teens in a way that's engaging from them and not overwhelming for us? Interactions on Facebook or through Skype have also replaced hanging out after school, and creating an online persona provides teens with a new means of exploring their identity. While these sites broaden teens' social horizons, they may also thrust them into social situations beyond their maturity level. How do we help teens navigate these technologies? In this online course, we will explore teen's dependence on technology from a developmental perspective, focusing on how teens attend to and process information and why interacting in a virtual space is likely to be so attractive to them. We will explore ways of incorporating technology into the classroom in a reasonable and informed way, as well as how to communicate guidelines for safe and appropriate use.

50. Using Litlle Bits in Your Classroom

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

Audience: All

Dates: 11/7/2018

Do you want to incorporate STEAM into your classroom? Attend this professional learning opportunity and experience how Little Bits can be used in the classroom. After being trained, you will have the opportunity to sign up and borrow the Rockland Teachers' Center class set of LittleBits. LittleBits can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be. Teach problem-solving, systems, basic electronics, and logic using the provided components.
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 and reflections due by Dec. 27, 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.

52. Online: Behavior Management and Lesson Plans: Planning for an Effective Year (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Special Teachers

Dates: 11/9/2018 to 12/10/2018

Location: ONLINE

Description: In this online course, we will be evaluating effective behavior management and planning techniques. We will examine current behavior management and design strategies and hands-on activities to make your classrooms more productive. We will also create positive behavior contracts and take a look at Class Craft and Class Dojo. We will explore the most useful websites for various disciplines and, by the end of the course, you will have new and creative activities in your tool box that will enhance your current lesson plans.

53. Online Managing ADHD and LD in the Classroom

Dates: 11/12/2018 to 12/17/2018

Location: Online

There is no teacher that hasn’t come across a student in their class with ADHD or a Learning Disability. This course will allow teachers to examine current research geared at helping all teachers work effectively with students with ADHD and learning disabilities. Teachers will understand the impact of ADHD on a student’s performance, the difference between male and female students with ADHD and be made aware of basic instructional strategies to implement in their classrooms

54. Online: Character Education (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Dates: 11/12/2018 to 12/17/2018

Location: Online

Character education provides guidance for youth to understand their abilities, to strive to reach their fullest potential, to care for others and enables all youth positive self-development. Schools can foster this development in and out of the classroom by focusing on intellectual, social, emotional, and ethical character in students. Implementing character development programs that focus on these needs give students the optimal chance at success. Character education is a primary prevention tool used to promote positive youth development, academic achievement, and character development.

55. The Cher Show on Broadway

Location: Neil Simon Theatre (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 11/17/2018

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Cher's life story is brought to the stage in this new musical featuring her beloved chart-topping hits. Its talent packed singers wear costumes by legendary costume designer Bob Mackie. The show is based on the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman, or, as her friends call her, Cher! The legend who’s done it all, still scared to walk on stage. The wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. The woman, looking for love. The ultimate survivor, chasing her dream. They’re all here, dressed to kill. Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 pm at the Neil Simon Theater, 250 W. 52nd St. Front Mezz tickets are $129. Please register by July 12th.

56. Online: Students at the Center of Learning (Offered by the Westchester TC Institute)

Audience: K-12 Teachers and Special Teachers

Dates: 11/19/2018 to 12/20/2018

Location: Online

In this online course, we will design lessons to refocus our teaching so our students can become more active learners and critical thinkers. In turn, we, as teachers can become more effective facilitators and empower our students to find their voices to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of the subject at hand. We will examine our current teaching styles to see how we can achieve these goals. We will also make some changes to our current assessment tools and 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.

57. To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway

Location: Shubert Theater (NY, NY) [map]

Dates: 11/28/2018

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Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning American classic To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Jeff Daniels, comes to Broadway in a new adaptation by Aaron Sorkin, Directed by Bartlett Sher. Inspired by Lee’s own childhood in Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird features one of literature’s towering symbols of integrity and righteousness in the character of Atticus Finch, based on Lee’s own father. The character of Scout, based on herself, has come to define youthful innocence – and its inevitable loss – for generation after generation of readers around the world. Wednesday, November 28 at 1:00 pm at the Shubert Theater, 225 W. 44th St. Front mezz tickets are $145. Limited number of tickets are available. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 26TH.

58. Hour of Code

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

Audience: All

Dates: 11/28/2018

his professional learning opportunity will introduce teachers to options that can be used in their classrooms during the Hour of Code week, December 3-9, 2018, as well as any other time during the year. Participants will be walked through using the Code.org website. Other websites and options will also be discussed.

59. Online: Current Teaching Trends and Tips in ENL

Audience: Teachers grades K-12

Dates: 12/3/2018 to 1/17/2019

Location: Online

This 5 week online course, which will run through Google Classroom, is designed to prepare and inform educators about the current teaching trends and tips in ENL. During this course, participants will explore the benefits of using Cognates to improve English language learning and success. An exploration into technology to support ELLs will include the use of Flipgrid and some of the best apps and extensions that increase teaching and learning. In addition, participants will explore teaching strategies using The SIOP Model ® for Mathematics and Social Studies K-12. Tasks and examples explored are included to provide practice and application of key concepts and academic language for ELLs. By the end of this course, participants will have the knowledge they need to integrate this information into current teaching trends and tips in the ENL classroom. 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.

60. Hybrid: Genre Study

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

Dates: 12/5/2018 to 1/23/2019

Location: Springhurst Elementary

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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 (either 4 to 5 hours) per session may consist of assignments that are to be done with students, watching videos and answering questions, and/or reading articles and commenting on them through a digital platform. Assignment will be posted week of November 19th to do before the first class.

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

Audience: Teachers in Grades K-12

Dates: 1/7/2019 to 2/7/2019

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.
A teacher’s use of formative assessment techniques is essential in ensuring he or she is meeting the learning targets for a unit. Teachers need to know “who knows what” before moving on. Formative assessment is nothing new - our teachers were administering formative assessments to us when we were in school many years ago. In today’s digital world, we are lucky to have so many more tools to assist us in our formative assessments. Teachers in the class will review the research on formative assessment as well as explore dozens of instructional tools that can be used for formative assessments. Teachers will leave this course with concrete and easy to use examples for embedding more formative assessments into their lessons.
English Language Learners (ELLs) need to have access to K-12 curriculum and be able to achieve the same level of success as their english speaking counterparts. This course prepares teachers to effectively understand ELLs’ backgrounds and to differentiate their instructional approach. By providing the skills to differentiate their instruction through multiple modalities, this course gives a practical, classroom ready application of new learning to improve instructional practice. This course is appropriate for both regular and special education teachers.

64. Hybrid: Understanding and Using the NYS Science Learning Standards to Design Instruction

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

Audience: K-12 Science Teachers

Dates: 1/8/2019 to 2/12/2019

During this hybrid in-person/online course experience, 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 15 CTLE hours, with two in-person sessions (first and last sessions) and asynchromous work online. All work is due by the last day of the class. 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 account has been marked complete.

Course schedule:
Jan 8, Feb 12 (In person) 3 hours each day
Jan 9-Feb 11 9 hours virtually

This will be accomplished by the following assignments and work:
In person meetings for face-to-face collaboration
Online Responses and Reflections
Reflection

Source Material for this Course:
Rockland Teacher Center Gmail & access to G Suite Google Classroom
Internet access
YouTube access
This course is funded through the NYS Teacher Center grant.

65. Utilizing Drones in Education

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

Audience: All

Dates: 1/16/2019 to 1/30/2019

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.

66. Resilient Stress Management for Educators

Location: North Rockland High School (North Rockland HS, ) - Room 105

Audience: All

Dates: 1/23/2019 to 2/13/2019

Location: Room 105

Participants in the Resilient Stress Management for Educators course (formerly known as Resilience Fitness Training for Educators) will learn how to harness stress. Participants will be shown how current approaches favor only managing stress without directly attending to the energy (Adaptive Energy Qi) that managing stress requires. Participants will experience the Resilient Stress Management™ toolset which puts Energy Before Effort™. Participants will learn and practice breathing techniques and movements (That are rooted in Chinese martial arts and medicine) which restore A.E.Q.™. Energy to fuel inspired educating; where teachers are at their best and build more energy as they teach. We will also explore how the A.E.Q. ™ of the teacher affects the student and the class A.E.Q.™ and visa versa. The session will culminate by outlining strategies for increasing energy awareness and efficiency in the classroom while decreasing energy drain and decay. 12 hours contact / 3 hours online.
In this online course, we will focus on incorporating the NGSS into our curriculum. These standards mark a change in how we must think about classroom science instruction. We will use a variety of online resources to develop instructional and assessment strategies that address NGSS focusing on K-5 and 6-12 while developing an understanding across grade levels. We will explore how: K-12 science education should reflect the real-world interconnections in science. Science concepts build coherently across K-12. THE NGSS focuses on deeper understanding and application of content. Science and engineering are integrated in science education K-12 Science Standards coordinate with Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics. We will use visit NGSS webinars that address this topic and look at sample standards to learn how to read the key to various elements. At the end of this course, participants will have a deeper understanding of the expectations and how they should b applied at each grade level.
This online course will allow educators and support staff the opportunity to create resilient schools that meet the social, emotional, ethical, and academic (SEAL) needs of students. Participants will explore the research-based skills and competencies that have a positive impact on the organizational structure of their school, the delivery of instruction, and student performance. Social Work CEUs available through Rockland BOCES for $25 Fee.
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.

70. CEGE 690-R01/Cultural Immersion Experience in Italy

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

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

This course coincides with an 8-day, cultural immersion experience through parts of Italy. Venice, Rome, and Florence will be explored as well as other areas. Participants in the course will gather and generate materials that can be used in their classroom, based upon their content area. During the trip, participants will journal/blog about their experience, sharing the insights they gain and reflecting upon others. Bring your cameras and your GoPros to document your experience! For more information about the trip go to https://goo.gl/9e3i2o. The course will meet on March 26, 2019, prior to the trip, where course expectations will be discussed and participants will become familiar with the blogging tool that will be used. Additional online work from April 19 through May 5, 2019. Participants will blog during the trip and then there will be an additional online session after the trip to finalize the materials, complete evaluations, and finalize other course requirements.
“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.

72. 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