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1. Designing and Using Authentic Tasks and Projects to Promote Meaningful Learning and Access What Matters Most - Jay McTighe

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 1/27/2021

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Jay McTighe will explore how authentic performance tasks and projects serve as vehicles for meaningful learning, for integrating 21st Century Skills with academic content, and for providing evidence of students' abilities to apply their learning in genuine contexts. Jay will examine the characteristics of authentic performance tasks and projects, present a set of practical and proven design tools, explore ways of differentiating tasks and projects to allow "voice and choice” and share a set of excellent web-based resources. Suggestions for applying these ideas in virtual settings will be included. Payment by check or Venmo - Nassau TRACT
ONLINE ONLY 4:00 to 5:15 PM The program will include a VIRTUAL tour of the museum, video testimony of Holocaust survivors and a presentation that explores methodology, context, content, and an introduction to HMTC's myriad resources to be used in the classroom. Field trips with classes will also be discussed. Can be used to fulfill 3 CTLE professional development hours. The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center presents a detailed and comprehensive chronicle of the Holocaust, and utilizes multimedia displays, artifacts, archival footage, testimonies from local Survivors and Liberators, and encompasses a special gallery for changing exhibits. The Mission of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County is to teach the history of the Holocaust and its lessons through education and community outreach. HMTC teaches about the dangers of anti-semitism, racism, bullying and all other manifestations of intolerance. They promote resistance to prejudice and advocate respect for every human being. Learn about this great resource in Nassau County! Payment by check or Venmo - Nassau TRACT

3. Teaching For Deeper Learning - Jay McTighe

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 2/10/2021

All educators want students to learn well and deeply. Yet far too often, students attain only a superficial level of knowledge that fails to prepare them for deeper challenges in school and beyond. Why is this the case? And what can we do about it? Jay McTighe, will explore Teaching for Deeper Learning: Tools to Engage Students in Meaning Making. In this webinar, Jay will discuss what deep learning entails, why teaching for deeper learning is more important than ever, and how you can promote deeper learning in your classroom, school, or district by making two simple instructional shifts. He'll also preview some of the classroom-ready tools/strategies that can help you put these two shifts into practice. Payment by check or Venmo - Nassau TRACT

4. Make Math FUNctional -Grades 3-5 - Online with Connie Havens

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: Educators

Dates: 2/23/2021 to 3/23/2021

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Learn how to utilize many learning strategies and approaches that allow all students to be successful. Discover ways to develop number sense through fun activities. Create hands-on math tools that support mathematical thinking and computational fluency. Investigate ways that support students working with concrete tools, moving onto drawing pictures that represent their work, and connecting to the abstract learning. Explore Math talks that allow mathematical discourse to promote higher level thinking. Learn of valuable math literature to bring concepts to life. Model strategies based on bar modeling to support visual representation for problem-solving. And last but certainly not least, HAVE FUN WITH MATH! Pay by check or Venmo to Nassau TRACT

5. Mindfulness Practices for Educators - Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction

Program: Conferences

Audience: All Educators K-12

Dates: 2/24/2021 to 4/7/2021

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Come explore, learn and investigate the practices of Mindfulness, which involves paying attention to your present moment experience and developing the attention and awareness to support the mind, body and heart. mindfulness can help improve teacher and student attention and focus, emotional regulation, resiliency and increase compassion for themselves and others. This course will help educators to understand and implement innovative ways to take care of their mental, emotional and physical health.

6. Unconscious Bias - Online Webinar with Dr. Tracey A. Benson

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Teachers

Dates: 2/24/2021

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According to Dr. Benson, regardless of the amount of effort, time, and resources educators put into improving the academic achievement of students of color, if unconscious racial bias is overlooked, improvement efforts may never achieve their highest potential. His newly released book, Unconscious Bias in Schools, provides educators with an essential roadmap for addressing these issues directly. The book draws on the literature on change management, leadership, critical race theory, and racial identity development, as well as the growing research on unconscious bias in a variety of fields, to provide guidance for creating the conditions necessary to do this work-awareness, trust, and a learner's stance. It shows how raising awareness about unconscious bias can help shift conversations among educators to a more productive, collegial approach that has the potential to disrupt the patterns of perception that perpetuate racism and institutional injustice. Dr. Benson received his ED.L.D. in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Masters of School Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Throughout his career, he has served as a university professor, principal coach, high school principal, middle school vice-principal, district trainer, and elementary school teacher. Payment can be made by check or Venmo to Nassau TRACT
Great art by women fill the Museum which you will be able to view in this 90 minute online professional development that will give educators an opportunity to explore how the Museum's collection can serve as a resource for teaching. The Museum's current exhibit includes masterworks by Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe and Camille Claudel. This webinar is art centered; inquiry based and designed to engage viewers in participatory experiences and to address NYS Learning and Common Core Standards. This session also includes a hands-on project using simple materials inspired by artist Dorothy Dehner.

8. PBIS (Positive Behaviors and Interventions and Support) for the Classroom - J. Scamell

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: All

Dates: 3/1/2021 to 3/26/2021

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Classroom management can be challenging especially in remote and hybrid situations. PBIS(Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is a proactive approach that schools use to improve school safety and promote positive behavior. The focus of PBIS is prevention, not punishment. At its heart, PBIS calls on schools to teach students positive behavior strategies, just as they would teach about any other subject - like reading or math. This class will go over the fundamentals of PBIS and give examples of how you can implement PBIS strategies in both virtual and in-person classrooms. This class will be held online, asynchronously and you will be contacted by the instructor the day before class begins with login information. Any questions please contact jscamell@nhp-gcp.org - TRACT now accepts VENMO

9. Essential Questions - Opening Doors to Student Understanding - Jay McTighe

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 3/3/2021

To realize the aims of modern education, schools will need to move toward a competency-based system for developing 21st Century Skills along with a focus on academic content outcomes, collect evidence of authentic performance within and across disciplines, and allow greater personalization of learning. Jay will explore the following framing questions:  How can we create a coherent K-12 curriculum and assessment system that integrates 21st Century Skills/Graduate Profile Outcomes with Academic content?  How can we ensure greater curriculum alignment across the divisions and departments while still allowing appropriate autonomy?  What evidence should we be collecting? How can we assess everything we claim to value (not just those outcomes that are easiest to test and grade)? How can we allow student personalization while still obtaining worthy evidence for the transcript? Payment by check or Venmo - Nassau TRACT

10. Beyond G-Suite Basics for Educators - E. Guarnieri

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: All

Dates: 3/4/2021 to 4/12/2021

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This online course will explore features of Google apps beyond basic use. Topics which may explored include HyperDocs, advanced features of Google Slides and Forms, as well as Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Sites. Additional apps may be covered based on participant interest. Some experience with Google Classroom, Docs, and Slides is preferred. Nassau TRACT now accepts VENMO

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

Program: Online In-service Courses

Dates: 3/8/2021 to 4/19/2021

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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. This online 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 stressful school related stressors

• Incorporating mindfulness 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. This course will fulfill CTLE requirements.

12. Taking the Challenge out of Conversations: four Steps to communicating without Judgment or Blame

Program: Inservice Courses

Audience: All Educators K-12

Dates: 3/9/2021 to 4/13/2021

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Challenging times call for school adults to be able to communicate issues and needs without judgment or blame. Learn how to:1 - say what you observe happening without evaluation 2- listen for and acknowledge the feelings and needs of others 3- state your needs and 4- make requests instead of demands. This simple process provides a consistent way for all staff to develop respectful and trusting relationships with colleagues, students and parents and develop safe and healthy schools.

13. Elementary Math Workshop Grades 3-5 Three 90-minute Sessions - ONLINE - M. Joseph

Program: Professional Development

Audience: Educators

Dates: 3/10/2021 to 3/24/2021

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This workshop series promotes Next Generation Standards - based instructional strategies to support all learners in the 3 - 5 mathematics classroom. Participants will learn and practice abstract and concrete modeling techniques to develop concepts through deep understanding
Session 1 :
• The Base 10 system
• Operational computation using concrete and abstract models
Session 2 :
• Deep understanding strategies for multiplication and division
• Concrete models for rounding
Session 3 :
• Fraction and decimal understanding using models
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14. Merging Core Words with Fringe Words to Create Engaging Classroom Language Experiences - S. Haber

Program: Online In-service Courses

Audience: All

Dates: 3/11/2021 to 4/8/2021

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We have all been very mindful of the core words our students need to be more functional communicators, but what about all the fringe words they need. The school day is filled with language opportunities that focus on fringe words. Everyday, our students are asked to engage with school vocabulary in a variety of different school settings. What is the vocabulary of morning circle or daily science class? What is the vocabulary of gym and music? Let's see how we can merge our teaching of core words with the fringe words of the daily school day to create more powerful and expressive communicators. This class will be taught online using Google Classroom. Nassau TRACT now accepts VENMO