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1. Proactive Strategies & Individualizing Student Work - A, Testagrose

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/26/2022 to 3/2/2022

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In this course, you will be given an opportunity to explore proactive strategies to support in your classroom management skills. Teaching students using positive reinforcement and encouraging student growth is important. This class will help all learn strategies and techniques to add to your daily classroom routine. This course will provide educators with the understanding of proactive strategies along with resources, lessons and programs to utilize in their own classrooms. This course will provide strategies to also help individualize student work appropriately. This course will be online through the platform of Google Classroom.

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 1/27/2022

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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.

3. Do More with G-Suite - E. Guarnieri

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/1/2022 to 3/8/2022

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This course is designed for all teachers to learn how to do more with G-Suite's apps. We will explore ways to use the apps not only to create engaging lessons and activities for students but also help the teacher be organized. We will learn how to create Hyperdocs using Docs and Slides, practice using some advanced features of Docs such as the research tools and version history, learn how to use Bitmojis with G-Suite apps to personalize activities, explore ways to use Google Earth in each subject area, and learn advanced ways to use Google Forms, such as creating self-grading quizzes and escape rooms. For teacher organization, we will explore Google Calendar and Google Keep.

4. 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.
In this 90 minute webinar Jaimie Cloud of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education will introduce the concepts of Sustainability, and Education for Sustainability, and will explore with participants the Education for Sustainability Framework and the many ways we can embed this vital way of thinking into the core curriculum and 21st Century instructional practices. We will discuss the unique role that Education plays as we shift toward a healthy and sustainable future, and we will unpack student work as evidence of the "different way of thinking” Einstein invited us to consider when he said, "The significant problems we face cannot be solved with the same thinking we used to create them.” Education for Sustainability is that "different way of thinking”.

6. Teaching Language Through the Use of Graphic Organizers - A. Barragato

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/28/2022 to 4/1/2022

A graphic organizer is a teaching and learning tool that is used to organize information in a way that is easy to comprehend. By integrating text and visuals, graphic organizers show relationships and help students organize ideas. In this course, participants will review 4 types of graphic organizers to improve learning. In addition, specific skill development, such as vocabulary building, comparing and contrasting ideas, literacy response, and sequencing will be discussed. Participant will learn how to adapt graphic organizers to meet their students' academic needs. This course is beneficial for teachers, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapist, Social Workers and School Psychologists.

7. Brain Boosting Exercises to Improve School Performance and Functional Skills - K. Stordeur

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/1/2022 to 4/5/2022

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Are you a teacher, therapist, or a staff member that provides services for students? Do you have students who lack energy and motivation during the school day? Do the students you work with seem to struggle with reading, writing and other academic activities? Do the students you work with have difficulty with daily living skills and functional activities? If so, this course is for you! As many of us know, movement and exercise deliver oxygenated blood to the body and brain. Increased blood flow to the body and brain increases energy levels and enhances cognitive function. Many exercises can help to improve alertness and/or provide a sense of calmness for enhanced focus, both essential for leaning and engagement in daily activities. But did you know that specific exercises can actually improve communication between the two sides of the brain, enhancing coordination skills, learning, reading, writing, and language abilities. This course will teach you simple and quick brain boosting activities and exercises you can implement daily, both in the classroom or therapy room to improve academic performance and daily living skills! Outline 1. Introduction 2. What are some of the commonly overlooked signs that a student may be struggling? 3. Discover the benefits of exercises and how exercise can enhance overall performance in school. 4. Develop a greater understanding of how exercise can enhance attention and improve cognitive performance. 5. Discover which exercises help improve mood and reduce some negative behaviors. 6. Understand how exercises can improve skills necessary for reading and writing. 7. Learn quick and easy exercises you can utilize in your classroom or during therapy sessions to improve performance through the school day. 8. Develop a greater understanding of when your student(s) need referrals for supportive or medical services. 9. Reflection 10. Evidence of participation hours.

8. Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners-Presented by Customizable Professional Development

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/2/2022 to 4/6/2022

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Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners 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 educators.

9. 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.

10. The Minimalist Teacher - ONLINE WEBINAR with Tammy Muslowsky-Borneman

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 3/7/2022

A New Approach: Starting the Minimalist Teacher Journey - ONLINE WEBINAR Minimalism has roots in many cultures and has proven benefits to those who practice. Bringing a minimalist mindset to our lives as educators likely feels impossible but, it can help shed the burden of ‘too much' we feel. Join Tammy, co-author of the ASCD publication, The Minimalist Teacher, for a 90-minute interactive webinar about how to use this approach to find purpose and streamline aspects of educator life. You will be introduced to myths about minimalism, how minimalism fits into teaching life, the benefits of anchoring your teaching life in this approach, and use tools to plan to create that culture so you can plan for a more sustainable future in your profession.

11. Boardmaker 7 Advanced - K. Sardi

Program: Online In-service Courses

Dates: 3/8/2022 to 4/12/2022

Boardmaker 7 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 advanced options in the new version format and help educators to use the interactive features of version 7. You will also learn about the student center and its many benefits. 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. How to add actions to buttons. 2. How to ‘play' interactive activities on whiteboards and iPads. 3. Using the Boardmaker community to find interactive activities. 4. Editing interactive community activities to personalize to your students' needs. 5. Assigning work to your students through the Boardmaker Student Center. 6. Accessing Boardmaker's performance tracking for data collection. *** This is the advanced class. You must have a basic understanding of Boardmaker to complete this class. ***A Boardmaker 7 subscription is required for this course. There is a 60-day free trial through www.goboardmaker.com/pages/software-trials.

12. Social Emotional Learning- What is it? Why do we need to use it? How do we use it in the classroom? L. Bertsch

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/9/2022 to 4/13/2022

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Social Emotional Learning is one of the newest and widely used phrases in schools today. But what is it really? How can it be taught? Who can use it and benefit from it? In this class we will discuss why it is important to especially teach this concept at an early age, and why it isn't too late to use it with our older students. In this class we will get a fresh and new look at SEL. Participants will be exposed to new strategies and methods to deliver this information into their classroom and to use with their students. Participants also will learn about what Social Emotional Learning is, how it benefits students, their families, communities, and themselves. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore and investigate different methods/ programs. By the end of the class the participants will walk away with 2 lesson ideas, a plethora of strategies, and a vast knowledge of the topic.
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.
Dominique Smith will lead a webinar that will focus on school wide mind shifts to restorative practices and school equity thereby creating a culture of achievement for all students. This session will focus on a practical blueprint for creating a cooperative and respectful classroom climate in which students and teachers work through behavioral issues together. online only

16. Mindfulness Practices for Educators - Online only - Deborah DeBetta

Program: Professional Development

Audience: All educators

Dates: 3/22/2022

During these challenging times take the time to 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.

17. The Beauty of the Air: Impressionism Around the World - In Person event at the Nassau County Museum of Art

Program: Professional Development

Audience: All teachers/staff

Dates: 3/29/2022

Teachers will explore the galleries at the NCMA. The art on view will encourage a cross-cultural investigation of the popular art movement known as Impressionism. Participants will also engage in a Hands-on project and create landscape drawings using chalk pastels to explore the optics of color mixing and surface texture.
This session focuses on seven traits students need to be mentally strong and more successful in school and life. Data shows that today's youth are the loneliest, most stressed, and risk averse on record. Though well-educated, they are failing to launch in real life. New research says seven traits are key in helping kids thrive. Participants will explore the traits from perseverance to curiosity and will learn how all seven traits combine to provide a path to happiness and success in life.

19. Online Webinar - Professional Learning Communities with an Emphasis on Equity and Engagement - Doug Fisher

Program: Professional Development

Audience: All school Staff

Dates: 4/5/2022

Doug Fisher, Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, has engaged in Professional Learning Communities for several decades building teams that design and implement systems to impact teaching and learning. Professional Learning Communities is a practical and evidence-based framework that supports teacher agency over their learning and promotes cycles of assessment, reflection and decisions that lead to greater impact on teacher and student success.
What EdTech skills and strategies should educators focus on to ensure they are making the best use of online spaces for classroom learning? How can they navigate through the overwhelming number of options in digital tools and spaces? Monica Burns answers these and other questions in this Online Webinar This webinar crosses all grade levels and subject areas and participants will gain practical advice on:
• Curating resources
• Introducing opportunities for exploring the world
• Developing collaboration structures
• Providing time and space to create learning products
• Assessing students
• Creating opportunities for sharing
• Connecting student work to relevant audiences
• Developing transferable skills
• Planning for tech-rich learning experiences

21. Colors of the Universe - ONLINE WEBINAR - 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.

22. Race and Sports in America - ONLINE and SYNCHRONOUS

Program: Inservice Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/11/2022 to 5/25/2022

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This course introduces registrants to the history of sports to understand racism and the experiences of racialized communities in America. The history of sports will be used as a lens to understand social movements and the business of popular culture. Course will also explore the role that gender, religion, culture and class have played in sports and American culture. In order to better provide context to the complicated and evolving state of race in America, we will look at the broader concepts of race relations in politics, economics and society. The course will meet once a week via zoom for one hour, the remainder of the course will be asynchronous.

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 5/12/2022

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.