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This 15 hour online asynchronous book study will explore the area of educator stress. Onward tackles the problem of educator stress and provides a practical framework for taking the burnout out of teaching.

2. Enhancing our Communication Skills - A. Testagrose

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/10/2023 to 2/7/2023

In this course, you will learn strategies to enhance and improve communication skills in the workplace. Working as a team and learning how to communicate effectively with one another is a crucial piece to support all of our students, families and staff in our school buildings. In this course we will analyze communication strategies and ways we can improve our own ability to communicate effectively with one another. This course will take place online through Google Classroom.

3. Implementing Project Based Learning: Managing the Messy Middle - Suzie Boss - Online Only

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 1/10/2023

Continue to explore Project Based Learning with Suzie Boss. In the first follow-up to the Dec. 6 workshop, Suzie Boss will regroup with participants to support the implementation of projects. Jan. 10 session focuses on project management, teamwork, and troubleshooting strategies to keep learning on track.

4. Supporting Diverse Learners Using Graphic Novels - Adam Mills

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Teachers K-12

Dates: 1/11/2023 to 2/8/2023

Diverse Learners (ENL, gifted and those with special needs) present educators with unique challenges as well as interesting opportunities for curricula adaptation. Utilizing comics and graphic novels to build necessary skills and support engagement in those populations allows educators to address diverse needs in creative ways. Join Adam Mills, special education history teacher and comic book aficionado, to learn about research-supported methods for using graphic novels and comic books to support diverse learning needs.

5. EdTech Essentials -Assessmnet and Exploration with Dr. Monica Burns - Online Only

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 1/12/2023

In a follow up to the EdTech Essentials overview, this session will focus on Assessment and Exploration. This session will cover strategies for collecting and analyzing data so educators can take action through instructional pivots and interventions. We will focus on formative assessment and how to check for understanding before, during, and after instruction. We will also look at exploration and the role it plays in building empathy, piquing student curiosity, and helping students think critically and deeply about the world around them.

6. Empowering Students: Digital Tools to Inspire Productivity! K. Turri

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/17/2023 to 2/14/2023

Optional Book: Creatively Productive: Essential Skills for Tackling Time Wasters, Clearing the Clutter, and Succeeding in School-and Life! by Lisa Johnson (optional) Inspired by Lisa Johnson's book, Creatively Productive, this course will delve deeper into the ways technology can support note-taking, organization, planning, and reflection and take these skills to an entirely new level. Keeping track of time, data, and ideas, not to mention assignments, can sometimes seem impossible for students. Participants will explore tools and strategies to support students as they struggle to keep up with life's daily demands. Participants will discover: Devise individualized plans for personal and student organization Manage time more effectively and get more done Choose the best note-taking styles and strategies for you and your students Set and track goals-and avoid procrastination Teach students how to use reflection for personal and academic purposes 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.

7. How to Teach an Online Course - E. Guarnieri

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/17/2023 to 2/14/2023

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Have you ever considered teaching an online course? Are you unsure about the various components in offering professional learning online? This course will provide participants with the tools needed to begin instructing online. Topics will include course planning and logistics, finding and creating content, course management, and offering feedback. Participants will examine offering courses in synchronous, asynchronous, and hybrid formats. Various apps for engaging your online course participants will be utilized. This course will be conducted through Google Classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to submit a course to Nassau TRACT for approval to be added to our catalog - this course is limited to 15 and free of charge.
Jaimie Cloud is inspired by the potential of schools as learning organizations where students serve as leaders and schools and communities work in partnership for a sustainable future. She will share the many curriculum units she has developed and that schools are using to design and innovate their own curricula to educate for sustainability.

9. Addressing Conflict through Restorative Justice Practices - W. Young

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/23/2023 to 2/27/2023

Restorative justice is a theory of justice that focuses on mediation and agreement rather than punishment. Offenders must accept responsibility for harm and make restitution with victims. Teachers who use restorative discipline practices find that behavior in their classroom improves dramatically. They have better relationships with their students and, therefore, less stress from unresolved conflicts. For the growing number of districts using restorative justice, the programs have helped strengthen campus communities, prevent bullying, and reduce student conflicts. And the benefits are clear: early-adopting districts have seen drastic reductions in suspension and expulsion rates, and students say they are happier and feel safer. This course is appropriate for all K-12 school professionals.

10. Tools For Teaching With Technology - M. Lubomski - Online Only

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 1/24/2023 to 3/3/2023

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This course is designed to provide educators with the tools necessary to immediately implement technology-based activities in their classrooms. Participants will explore various online assessment methods, workspaces for collaboration, and apps to boost creativity and enhance learning. The vital role of teachers in the 21st-century depends on a deep understanding of best instructional practices in the digital world. This is an online asynchronous class.

11. Academic Belonging that Improves Student Outcomes - L. Barron and P. Kinney - Online Only

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 1/25/2023

While there are many elements of an effective classroom, few are as impactful as quality, engaging instruction, particularly when this instruction is provided in a safe and supportive environment that offers and supports opportunities for pre-teaching, re-teaching, and redos when appropriate. Belonging and academic achievement go hand-in-hand. It is very difficult for students to achieve academically when they are constantly worried they do not belong or "fit in” in class. For a student, feeling like you "get it,” are "smart,” and have the ability to succeed is essential to belonging and feeling safe in any classroom. This webinar will focus on sharing specific, practical strategies that promote academic practices that help students belong and therefore improve academic outcomes. We will help teachers develop consistent practices that focus on engaging, student-centered instruction with a focus on belonging.

12. The Science of Reading - D. Cecere / M. Donnelly

Program: Online In-service Courses

Dates: 1/26/2023 to 3/2/2023

The following research-based course explores a deep-dive into the Science of Reading. The Science of Reading provides an understanding of the cognitive process that is essential for reading proficiency and debunks various reading methods that are not based in scientific research. The findings of the Science of Reading translate into a practice called Structured Literacy. We want the teachers to leave each session with the ability to immediately implement practical methods that help prevent most reading difficulties. This course will be asynchronous in google classroom. This class is being conducted entirely online. There is a starting and ending date. Assignments, discussion and support will be provided during the length of the class. Participants will work at his/her own pace to complete the course work on a timely basis.
Every hour in schools, educators make frequent decisions that have consequences for students. Many of these decisions -- often quick and instinctive -- are unconsciously influenced by racial bias. It is essential that all educators understand the phenomenon of unconscious racial bias and how it negatively affects the work of educators and students. Using examples from my recently published book, Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism, we will explore the conditions necessary for educators to address racial bias directly in themselves, classrooms, and their school communities. This workshop is online.

14. Diversity in Our Classrooms - Guiding all our Students to Success - Barbara Haik - Online Only

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Teachers K-12

Dates: 2/1/2023 to 3/8/2023

This course will explore diversity in our classrooms, in light of the wave of new immigrant students. Barbara Haik has taught ELL students for the past 30 years and is well versed in the strategies needed to make all students succeed.

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

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/6/2023 to 3/13/2023

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Brain Boosting Exercises to Improve School Performance and Functional Skills 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!

16. Technology Tools For The Inclusive Classroom - A. Warren - Online Only

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 2/13/2023 to 3/17/2023

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In this course, participants will learn how to best address the variety of student needs that they have in the classroom. Teachers will learn how to implement technology as an avenue that unlocks students' potential across multiple disciplines and grade levels. Teachers will use technology to dierentiate instruction, motivate student interest, address challenges and roadblocks, and support students in meeting their full potential. While engaged with 21st-century skills, participants will gain the tools necessary to better connect students to the curriculum through fun and engaging technology tools. This is an online asynchronous course.

17. Improve every Lesson Plan with SEL - Book Discusson with author Jeffrey Benson - Online Only

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 2/15/2023

"Good lesson plans have an almost mysterious power; they declare that all information can be interesting, that every skill acquired broadens our potentials to make a better world, and that all impassioned activity leads to learning. Our best teachers have shown us over and over that life is not a struggle against boredom and compliance; it is a wonder to be apprehended. Every bit of SEL you can integrate into your planning will not only begin to heal the wounds of passivity, racism, and inequity, but also give students an experience today, in your classroom, of that better world." Every participant will receive the book "Improve Every Lesson Plan With SEL" by Jeffrey Benson.

18. Teaching Pragmatics through the use of Technology - A. Barragato

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/16/2023 to 3/23/2023

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In the past, technology was viewed as a tool that often inhibited social language. However, research supports that the use of technology, such as computerized programs and iPad applications, can benefit students by providing a means to learn and practice skill development. In this class, core vocabulary and pragmatic functions will be outlined and discussed. Participants will learn how to expand their students' conversational language by incorporating technological resources for practicing skill development. This course is beneficial for teachers, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapist, Social Workers and School Psychologists. Participants must have access to an iPad to participate in this course.

19. Implementing Project Based Learning: Assessing and Reflecting with Suzie Boss - Online Only

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 2/16/2023

Continue exploring Project Based Learning. In the second follow-up to the Dec. 6 workshop, Suzie Boss will help participants fine-tune assessment strategies for PBL. This session will also encourage participants to embed student reflection into projects from start to finish, and to reflect on their own progress as project-based teachers.
At no other time in history have we experienced so many changes in such a short amount of time. Our world is incredibly different from what it was just two decades ago. Today's society is fast-moving, complex and digitally driven. It has turned into a place where uncertainty is the norm. And yet, the way we teach our students has remained the same. In this presentation participants will learn why we need to reset the way we think about what students will need for the future. GPA and test scores will not be the criterion for success. They need to be replaced by a new skill of resilience. Resilience is crucial for not only students mental well-being and success but also for future-proofing them for an uncertain new world. The session provides simple, proven resilience-building practices that help students thrive-and give them the best hope for success in their brave, new world.

21. Go Beyond with Google - E. Gurarnieri

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/13/2023 to 4/17/2023

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There are many fascinating but little known apps and resources available through Google. This course will explore some of these apps and how they can be incorporated into the classroom. Apps and tools studied will be based on participant need and interest and may include: Google Earth and Maps, Google Arts and Culture, Google's Applied Digital Skills, Google Photos and Photoscan, Google Keep and Tasks, Google Scholar and Research, and Google Draw. Participants will create lessons and activities for immediate use in their classrooms. Participants must have a Google account in order to complete the activities. A personal Google account may be used.

22. Boardmaker 7 Basics - K. Sardi

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/15/2023 to 4/19/2023

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Boardmaker 7 was released on November 17th, 2020 and it is the latest 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. ***
This workshop takes a closer look at how restorative practices can be an alternative to punitive approaches to classroom management. Participants will learn key strategies for building relationships with students and discuss the importance of how equity plays a role in every approach in a school setting.

24. Practices to Engage Students with Jeffrey Benson - Online Only

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 4/19/2023

Almost all teachers have a handful of practices that engage students, and we tend to use them implicitly. This workshop will explore how to explicitly set up a day-to-day classroom culture that makes your room a place students want to enter. We'll look at key moments to offer students choice, ways to build relationships that encourage students to take risks in trying, and how to make clear the ways to advocate for their academic needs. There's no magic, no tricks-just approaches that you can choose from to fit into, and then expand upon, what you already do.

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

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 5/11/2023

Webinar from the book - 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.