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1. Google Tools for Every Classroom - E. Guarnieri

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/4/2021 to 11/12/2021

This online, asynchronous course will provide teachers with an overview of how they can utilize various Google Apps in their classroom. Apps to explore may include Slides, Keep Sites, Jamboard, Drawings, Forms, and more, based on participant need and interest. Optional live help sessions will be offered weekly throughout the course.

2. Promoting Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom - A. Testagrose

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/5/2021 to 11/2/2021

In this course, you will be given an opportunity to explore the topic of Social Emotional Learning. Teaching students social emotional skills is important. SEL is based on the CASEL framework. During this course, you will learn a competency each week and multiple resources to use with your students. SEL curriculum programs are based on the 5 competencies which encompass a variety of sub skills. SEL offers great components to add into your daily lessons. It also provides students with opportunities to learn relationship building, responsible decision making and communication skills. This course will provide educators with the understanding of each competency along with resources, lessons and new curriculum programs to utilize in their own classrooms. This course will be online through the platform of Google Classroom.

3. Developing Critical Communication Skills for Students with Special Needs - A. Barragato

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/7/2021 to 11/12/2021

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The ability to communicate is essential in expressing wants and needs, establishing relationships, participating in activities and for task completion and compliance. In this course, the 9 Critical Communication Skills for students with special needs will be discussed. Strategies and activities for daily teaching practices will be reviewed. This course is beneficial for teachers, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapist, Social Workers and School Psychologists.

4. Collaborative Strategies to Enhance and Expand Classroom Communication Skills- S. Haber

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/12/2021 to 11/16/2021

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Let's focus on the collaborative effort between Speech and Language Personnel and School Personnel. What strategies can help our students be better communicators in the classroom? How can a collaborative effort help to identify and implement strategies that target students language deficits. By insuring that we work as a team, we can help facilitate student growth by following similar plans. If your student is using a visual strategies plan, let's make sure we are all using the same picture communication set. Classroom goals and speech and language goals complement each other. Let's learn how we can merge goals to give our students a more comprehensive language plan and a better chance for linguistic and academic growth. This class is appropriate for all educators and will be taught exclusively online using Google classroom.

5. Self Care for Educators During Trying Times - Dr. C. Korolczuk

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/14/2021 to 11/18/2021

The profession of education is stressful work, especially during times of a global pandemic and political turmoil. It is essential now, more than ever, that educators identify and learn appropriate tools to combat and alleviate job related stress. Through a mix of fun learning activities, interesting discussions and meaningful independent work, this course will focus on:

• Identifying and managing stress related triggers in the workplace

• Turning work's obstacles into advantages

• Building the proper mindset needed to navigate work related stressors

• Incorporating mindful practices as stress reduction tools

• Developing individualized self-care plans designed to reduce future work related stress This engaging course is appropriate for general and special education teachers, school psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors and any other professionals who interact with children regularly.

6. Creating A Culturally Responsive Learning Environment - V. Rogers

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 10/25/2021 to 11/29/2021

THE FIRST MEETING IS SYNCHRONOUS ON ZOOM OCTOBER 25 - 4:30-5:30. Building a welcoming, trusting, and supportive relationship with your students is essential to teaching and learning. Creating a culturally responsive environment/classroom, one in which students' diversity is honored and celebrated rather than seen as a hindrance to their learning is key to building that relationship. This asynchronous course is for educators who strive to meet the needs of all their students. Participants will learn why it is important to be responsive and sensitive to the diversity of their students. Participants will also learn practical, hands-on strategies of how to create a culturally responsive classroom, one in which all students are valued, and all lives are enriched. Optional opportunities for learning, collaboration,and sharing will be available, as well as one on one support throughout the course via Google Meets.

7. Visible Thinking Routines in the Classroom - Part Two

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/26/2021 to 11/30/2021

This in-service is an extension to last year's introduction class. Participants will have the opportunity to continue looking at theories proposed from the Project Zero Program at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. Thinking Routines can be used in any grade or content area. Participants will explore how to incorporate Thinking Routines into daily lessons (using various technology tools) for students to develop a deeper level of engagement and understanding. Although this class is a continuation you can participate if you did not take the first. This is an asynchronous course, and you will need a personal Gmail account.

8. Boardmaker 7 Basics - K. Sardi

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/27/2021 to 12/1/2021

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Boardmaker 7 was recently released on November 17th, 2020 and it is the latest (and greatest) edition of Boardmaker. It is a complete special education platform that supports education, communication, access and social/emotional needs of more than six million students in 51 countries. At home, at school, or in a clinical practice, Boardmaker drives your student's success. The possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, many special educators do not know how to use this new version. It is so vast that it can be very intimidating. Even an educator with experience using the discs and online versions can have difficulty using the Boardmaker 7 version. This is a course to teach the basics in the new version format and help educators to begin using version 7. It is appropriate for any teachers/therapists/related service personnel working in the special education setting. This course will be presented as a self-paced online format using Google Classroom, topics will include: 1. What is Boardmaker 7 and how is it different? 2. Navigating the new Dashboard 3. Editing symbols, saving work as PDFs and printing projects 4. Using Boardmaker and Community Templates 5. Accessing Curriculum Materials within Boardmaker 7 ***A Boardmaker 7 subscription is required for this course. There is a 60 day free trial through www.goboardmaker.com/pages/software-trials. ***

9. Creating a Nurturing and Positive Learning Environment for students after the Pandemic - C. Gruenfelder

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/1/2021 to 11/29/2021

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This course will focus on educators helping students manage and cope with their post pandemic stress. Participants will also look at ways to promote mental wellness in the classroom, and build positive relationships with their students, staff and parent's. This class is beneficial for all educators K-12, and related service providers. For this class you will need a google classroom account.
Making Connections: The Role of Engineers and Engineering Education - Ask - Imagine - Plan - Create. The engineering design has multiple stages. Taught by The Cradle Of Aviation Museum Education Team. Educators will learn engaging hydraulic lessons and applying the engineering design to use in their classrooms. Educators will receive two hands-on lessons on hydraulic: they will create a hydraulic box and hydraulic lift. The hydraulic box will help demonstrate the basic principles of hydraulics. The hydraulic lift will focus on experimenting on the design of the lift's platform and the amount of payload it can hold. The lessons are for grades 4-8. In the hydraulic lift Lesson, we will include extensions for the higher grades (7 and 8th), where we apply real-life applications to include a budget to their design of the lift.

11. Mindfulness Practices for Educators

Program: Professional Development

Audience: All educators

Dates: 11/3/2021

Come explore, learn and investigate the practices of Mindfulness, which involves paying careful attention to your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Mindfulness can help improve teacher and students' attention and focus, emotional regulation and resiliency and increase compassion for themselves and others. Other benefits of mindfulness include a reduction in feelings of stress, anxiety, and an increased capacity for well-being.

12. Going Global: Engaging Students with Real-World Connections - L. Brophy and K. Turri

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 11/8/2021 to 12/10/2021

We may not be able to physically go everywhere, but virtually the possibilities are limitless. Going Global: Engaging Students with Real-World Connections focuses on strategies and tools to engage students in synchronous and asynchronous learning. This course will help expand your students' horizons by delving deeper into Google's Geo tools and virtual field trips while expanding their knowledge of the cultures of our world. By getting kids to create and explore, we can better see how they build skill sets and interpret content to become global citizens. There will be a strong emphasis on supporting teachers with concrete strategies and resources to help create and design online tasks that engage learners in a student-centered environment. By the end of this course, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of strategies to engage student learning and have a toolbox of digital resources to utilize in the classroom. This course will be conducted in an asynchronous online setting utilizing Google Classroom as the delivery platform. Participants meet virtually via online communities to discuss and share lessons and strategies. Personal Google accounts will be required to access the course.

13. Google Earth & Maps - M. Castrofilippo

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: All

Dates: 11/8/2021 to 12/8/2021

Google Earth is a dynamic and useful tool for exploring the world and beyond. You may already know you can take your students on virtual tours of popular destinations using Google Voyager, but did you know you can also create your own virtual tours utilizing Google Earth Projects and Google Street View software? Google Projects is an engaging tool that serves as more than just a flat presentation platform; students can apply what they've learned using locations and images which enhance their understanding and perspective. This course will provide participants with 21st Century skills that facilitate future readiness. Additionally, in this class we will explore Google My Maps as well some of the other little nooks and crannies of Google.
Addressing the topics of diversity, inclusion and equity this conference will aim to assist participants with meeting the needs of diverse learners. An inclusive environment provides all students with equity and is instrumental in changing discriminatory attitudes. How well you foster an inclusive environment is based on an openness to change, active listening and stretching the conversations beyond your comfort level.
Join HMTC's Director of Education, Dr. Avi Markovitz, for an introduction to the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County. He will discuss how to teach the Holocaust and genocide in the 21st Century in an age-appropriate and multi-disciplinary fashion through a variety of subjects. This program includes a brief tour of the museum as well as a discussion of HMTC's school programs and teacher resources.
• Introduction to HMTC
• A brief tour of HMTC's museum
• Discussion of resources and support for teachers
• Introduction to HMTC's many school programs including many new offerings

16. Gateway to Mars - Presented by The Cradle Of Aviation Museum

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 12/8/2021

Educators are invited to learn about the concepts of the Cradle of Aviation's New Competition: "Gateway to Mars". Working in groups, educators will design, build and present a Mars habitat using a guided education workbook and resources from NASA. Then, take what you've learned back to the classroom! Students will work to complete the Gateway project for a special showcase event at the Museum in the spring

17. Engaging Students in a Digital Classroom - L. Brophy and K. Turri

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 1/10/2022 to 2/11/2022

Student engagement has never been more crucial in our educational setting than it is now. Maintaining high levels of engagement needs to be a priority for teachers as we educate our students in remote, face-to-face, and/or blended learning environments. This course, Engaging Students in a Digital Classroom, focuses on strategies and tools to engage students in synchronous and asynchronous learning. There will be a strong emphasis on supporting teachers with concrete strategies and resources to help create and design online tasks that engage learners in a student-centered environment. By the end of this course, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of strategies to engage student learning and have a toolbox of digital resources to utilize in the classroom. This course will be conducted in an asynchronous online setting utilizing Google Classroom as the delivery platform. Participants meet virtually via online communities to discuss and share lessons and strategies. Personal Google accounts will be required to access the course.

18. Hanging In with Challenging Students - J. Benson - ONLINE WEBINAR

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 1/12/2022

Students with challenges grow in idiosyncratic and often unpredictable ways. In this webinar Jeffrey Benson, author of Improve Every Lesson Plan with SEL, will explore the diverse ways students learn, the opportunities to stretch the environment for atypical learners, and share tools to help teachers hang in through the ups-and-downs of student development. The webinar will provide participants opportunities to make plans for the very specific challenging students right now in their classes.

19. We Belong - Strategies to Build Belonging - L. Barron-P. Kinney - ONLINE WEBINAR

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 1/27/2022

Webinar Series from We Belong: 50 Strategies to Create Community and Revolutionize Classroom Management We Belong - Building Community to Revolutionize Classroom Management Belonging is the foundation for a positive learning environment. If your students feel they belong, learning will improve and behavioral disruptions will diminish. This series will offer targeted strategies that will increase belonging, support learning success, and promote social-emotional growth. Strategies to Build Belonging This session will focus on why belonging is so critical to student success. Participants will be asked to examine their own practices, procedures, and protocols to determine if those actions help or hinder a sense of belonging among their students. Other topics covered include ways to create a classroom culture that promotes belonging, strategies to build trusting relationships with and among students, and ways to honor student voice and choice.

20. Improving Lesson Plans with SEL - J. Benson - ONLINE WEBINAR

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 2/8/2022

In this ONLINE webinar, Jeffrey Benson author of Improve Every Lesson Plan with SEL, will provide very specific strategies and activities that integrate social and emotional skills (SEL) into our daily work in classrooms. In this way, SEL is not another curriculum. When explicitly woven into the standard lessons, SEL can relentlessly build student competencies, and improve academic performance. Perhaps most importantly, we can have a lasting impact on how students see themselves as members of their communities in and out of school.

21. EdTech Tools Made Easy: Creating Dynamic Learning Opportunities - L. Brophy and K. Turri

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 3/7/2022 to 4/8/2022

This course is designed to help educators decrease their students' feeling of being overwhelmed and increase their ability to focus to improve learning. Participants will be introduced to digital tools that support engagement strategies that increase student participation and motivation in a face-to-face or virtual classroom. Participants will be shown how to devise interactive moments, boost student engagement, and encourage students to share their learning. In addition, participants will be looking at spotlight tools introduced by the EdTech guru, Dr. Monica Burns. Through her podcasts and articles, participants will be provided with actionable ideas and helpful tips to put into practice immediately. An array of digital tools, templates, and strategies will be provided to help educators embed interactive moments into synchronous and asynchronous lessons.

22. Adventures in Augmented Reality - Presented by The Cradle of Aviation Museum Education Team

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 3/9/2022

Adventures in AR Who's ready for a mission?! Join us to learn more about the wonders of the planet; educators will get to explore the physical side of Mars through immersive experiences. Get hands-on with 3D Bear AR - an innovative learning application that allows users to build Augmented Reality scenes using virtual 3D models and their surroundings. Explore space agriculture to learn how hydroponic farming is useful to grow and yield plants for nutrition and sustainability.
Webinar Series from We Belong: 50 Strategies to Create Community and Revolutionize Classroom Management Belonging is the foundation for a positive learning environment. If your students feel they belong, learning will improve and behavioral disruptions will diminish. This series will offer targeted strategies that will increase belonging, support learning success, and promote social-emotional growth. Strategies to Promote Social Emotional Learning and Improve Classroom Management In this session we will examine how social-emotional competency impacts belonging and can decrease issues with classroom management. We will share strategies designed to build belonging and how these strategies can help you integrate social-emotional learning into your content area. This will include practical strategies that will also promote safety, consistency, and high levels of student engagement.

24. Strategies to Begin the School Year - L. Barron - P. Kinney - ONLINE WEBINAR

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 5/5/2022

Webinar Series from We Belong: 50 Strategies to Create Community and Revolutionize Classroom Management We Belong - Building Community to Revolutionize Classroom Management Belonging is the foundation for a positive learning environment. If your students feel they belong, learning will improve and behavioral disruptions will diminish. This series will offer targeted strategies that will increase belonging, support learning success, and promote social-emotional growth. At the end of a year, it's good to decide what practices you want to keep doing, which ones you need to stop doing, and what you would like to start doing. This final session will walk you through a reflection of your year and share strategies that will help you get the next school year off to a successful start.

25. Colors of the Universe - Presented by the Cradle Of Aviation Education Team

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 5/11/2022

In this webinar, hands-on STEAM activities will help educators to understand more about how telescopes work, discover how to see the Universe in full color, and learn how astronomical data collection is via telescopes. Can you incorporate information on the photo editing software they'll learn. How telescopes use filters to take images and how we can manipulate them for full color of celestial bodies.