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1. 2292. Alternatives to Suspension

Program: Online Courses

Audience: This class is appropriate for all K-12 educators and PPS Staff.

Dates: 11/23/2022 to 12/28/2022

Suspending students have been a part of the school world we work in for decades. There are often very real and necessary reasons for suspending students. When we take a look at what a suspension is and the impact it has on learning outcomes - we would be better served avoiding suspensions as much as possible. Educators in this course will take a look at behavior and different approaches for avoiding suspensions that could be implemented both at the classroom and building levels. Educators will develop strategies for making connections and addressing behaviors in a manner that prevents suspensions. This class is appropriate for all K-12 educators and PPS Staff.

2. MST215. Next Generation Mathematics Standards Update for Educators K-5(Grant-Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-5

Dates: 12/8/2022

Starting Today
NYSED is working with teacher centers to design professional development opportunities for teachers to implement the new standards. This workshop will present the changes to the Next Gen Math standards for grades K-5. Educators will review grade-level content movement, 2023 testing dates, available resources, and suggested instructional time per grade level.

3. HPE512. Empower Girls Book Study(Grant-Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 1/4/2023 to 1/25/2023

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This book study utilizes Empower Our Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More to begin an ongoing conversation about how to foster gender equity within our educational institutions. The authors, Lynmara Colón and Adam Welcome, challenge readers to intervene to change the narrative for all of our students and create a more inclusive environment where all can participate to their full potential by identifying and rejecting the stereotypes that are embedded in our culture. Participants will learn to recognize the damaging messages, sometimes subtle, sometimes not, that continue to be thrust upon girls that deprive them of opportunities to achieve their full potential. Participants are required to have personal Gmail accounts and be familiar with the Zoom platform. They will be provided access to a complimentary digital ebook.

4. 2342. All Learners - Including ADD and ADHD

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 1/5/2023 to 2/3/2023

This online course, open to teachers and other professionals, will include instruction in the whole class and small group setting for students with ADD/ADHD. We will examine current research, best practices, and research-based intervention techniques for both academic and behavioral challenges. We will explore the website ADDitude and use the resources on this site to create a teacher guide outlining strategies to enhance student learning. Differentiation, multiple intelligence, and setting long and short-term goals will focus on the lesson planning segment. The teacher/parent connection will be established as a support system for the student. Strategies such as cooperative learning, organizational skills, and graphic organizers will be shared and applied to various grade levels. We will read and discuss case studies and teacher testimonials and incorporate best practices into our lessons. Each teacher will leave this course with a classroom management plan that includes successful teaching and learning strategies.

5. ELA 305 Book Study Using Teaching Writing in Small Groups by Jennifer Serravallo (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-5

Dates: 1/9/2023 to 1/30/2023

The course will help teachers understand how just a few minutes of purposeful, responsive teaching can have a big impact on instruction. The book study will help teachers determine student goals, find patterns in their class, determine best way to meet students' needs, and create groups for maximum effectiveness and efficiency. Teachers will learn a menu of small group options for providing just the right support and highly targeted lessons. The course is for K-5 teachers. This workshop will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning spread out across one month. Participants will engage in four (4) self-paced online training hours and participate in six (6) interactive Zoom sessions. The total completion time for the workshop will be 10 hours. The first 10 participants to register will receive a complimentary book.

6. 2294. Anxiety Disorders and Other Emotional Disturbances

Program: Online Courses

Audience: All Educators K-12

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

Each year schools are seeing more students with diagnosed anxiety conditions and emotional disturbances. Educators taking this course will build strategies and techniques for meeting the needs of the emotionally disabled student in the mainstream classroom. Educators will research analyze and develop effective strategies on building positive personal relationships with students and behavior modifications for this population. This course will offer recent research on behavior modification programs and their implementation in the classroom. Through internet articles websites and case studies participants will focus on how to provide a safe and predictable structure that students with E.D. require. This course is appropriate for both regular and special education teachers and PPS Staff.

7. 2344. Creating Equitable Parent Involvement

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

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

"In this course we will identify and outline a variety of ways to engage and support family involvement throughout the year. It is important to put yourself in the other persons shoes and take a deeper look at our expectations as educators. While we always have our students and families best interest at heart, we need to be sure we are being authentic to the diverse group of people that we are leading. We will identify the best strategies for the parents of English Language Learners, special education students and all students. By taking a look at our own bias and developing ways to support diverse students and families we can ensure a more efficient support system. We will identify the specific needs by creating a survey and begin to share the support and guidance needed to encourage families to be a part of the classroom in any way they can. "

8. MST211. Moving Towards a Thinking Mathematics Classroom ( Grant-Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 1/10/2023 to 1/17/2023

Description: Explore the 14 optimal practices for thinking that Peter Liljedahl outlines in his book, "Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K-12." The book outlines and translates Liljedahl's 15 years of research into a practical guide. This course will explore the key ideas from his book on how to move toward a thinking math classroom. The first part of the course will be a live workshop to explore the practices, the second part of the course will ask participants to apply their learning by creating materials and plans for a unit of study in their content area.

9. LOTE 103. Is It a Learning Disability or Is It a Language Disability or Both? (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-6

Dates: 1/12/2023 to 2/9/2023

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Is it language acquisition or a learning disability or is it both? Very often, what you are noticing could be either. You may have seen students struggle with acquiring grade level skills. They may be English Language Learners and you are wondering, "is this a matter of language acquisition or is it a learning disability”? We will discuss testing, identification of Ells, screenings available, and strategies to help you support ELLs with disabilities. Together, we will look at case studies and look at the different steps that need to be taken before referring a child to the CSE.

10. 2295.Applying Evidence Based Practices to Improve Classroom Management

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

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

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.
Implementing Creative Real-World Projects in Secondary Mathematics Classes Mark Marino will share examples of creative, innovative, and engaging real-world projects for use in middle- and high school mathematics classes. These projects promote students' success and interest in various math topics and can easily be adapted for different student ability levels. Differentiating Mathematics Instruction with Mobile Technology Irina Lyublinskaya (Teachers College, Columbia University) will discuss how to use various online and mobile Apps (e.g., Google Apps, Nearpod) to differentiate instructional strategies and to assess learning in inclusive middle-school mathematics classrooms. Math Fact Fluency and Beyond: Developing Reasoning Strategies for Students Melanie Myers (Williamsville Central School District) will discuss several research-based strategies for helping students develop math fact fluency using the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) approach.
We know every student is unique and brings contributions no one else can make. However, half the students in U.S. schools are experiencing or have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. "Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress" is a must-read for educators. During this course, participants will focus on a strengths-based approach to teaching while finding the goodness every student brings to our classes. The first fifteen enrolled will receive a free copy of this book.

13. HPE509: Affirming Culture and Preventing Bias- Book Study(Grant-Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 2/3/2023 to 2/27/2023

This class will be based on the book Roots and Wings. This book study is about implementing culturally relevant anti-bias education with young children. It provides strategies to work with diverse children and families and teaches children how to reject bias through modeling, classroom materials, and activities. We will define the terms culturally relevant, anti-bias, culture, prejudice, racism and culturally responsive care, English-language learner, and anti-bias education, to name a few. The synchronous part of this course will ask each of us to enter into a dialogue and rethink our understanding of diversity and education. The first ten registered educators will receive a copy of the book Roots and Wings.

14. ALL 905 Data Informed Instruction (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: All Educators K-12

Dates: 2/11/2023 to 5/6/2023

Are you data-rich and information poor? Is your student performance data contraindicating your classroom data? How do effective schools and data teams utilize data with a classroom instructional focus so all students can grow? You are invited to a course about data analysis structures and routines and high leverage practices informed by data and research. You will have opportunities to use your own data to personalize the application and influence you can have when you use data intentionally. OBJECTIVES: Teachers will be able to… Analyze classroom data by applying an analytical protocol in order to determine patterns of student learning Examine data teams in action by reviewing professional literature, case studies, and videos in order to identify tools for monitoring and supporting progress.Collaboratively discuss the efficacy of instructional practices by identifying the impact of feedback on student learning in order to adjust and differentiate instruction.Identify high leverage practices by studying research-evident practices in order to implement best practices for data-informed instruction. This workshop will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning spread out across four months. Participants will engage in sixteen (16) self-paced online training modules and participate in fourteen (14) interactive Zoom sessions. The total completion time for the workshop will be 30 hours.

15. 2296. Are You A Culturally Responsive Teacher?

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 2/28/2023 to 3/28/2023

Delivering culturally-responsive lessons can not only help you engage students but allow them to make personal connections with content. Greater student investment will lead to many other benefits such as more rigor and motivation. This course will walk educators through the process of learning about the link between culture and neuroscience as well as methods for infusing daily lessons with culturally responsive activities. A happier focused classroom is the ideal outcome.
Function Approach to Geometry Transformations Irina Lyublinskaya (Teachers College, Columbia University) Let's make connections from algebra to geometry for our students! Students are introduced to functions informally in middle school and more formally in Algebra 1, but they rarely use the concept of function in geometry classes. In this session, participants will engage in activities with geometry transformations that reinforce their understanding of functions and help students to make connections between new geometry topics and prior knowledge of functions. Creating Culturally Relevant Math Tasks Toni Gamils (Teacher Center of Central Westchester) A culturally relevant mathematics classroom is one in which teachers utilize materials and practice needed to support positive academic outcomes for all students. In this workshop, participants will draw from their students' strengths, knowledge, culture, and competence to create inclusive, relevant, and meaningful lessons in mathematics. Participants will work with grade-level teams to develop authentic and rigorous tasks to support regular education and English Language Learners in elementary and secondary classrooms. When registering for this workshop, please complete the short survey at https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cBlNOcxkaRkmqq2. Completing this survey will help the presenters prepare for their sessions and ensure we have all the information needed to award.

17. HPE510: Teacher Evaluation Artifacts(Grant-funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/6/2023 to 3/27/2023

This course is based on the Danielson Framework. We will focus on the four domains of the framework for teaching including planning and preparation, the classroom environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities. Within those domains, we will explore many of the elements including demonstrating knowledge of students and student learning, knowledge of content and instructional planning, instructional practice, learning environment, assessments for student learning, professional responsibility, collaboration, and professional growth. There will be an open dialogue about how to best "showcase" your skills in relation to the rubrics. We will brainstorm ideas and create artifacts. At the end of the course, you will have the tools you need to enhance evaluations and have 3 to 4 artifacts ready to share.

18. ELA 307 Book Tasting for Secondary Teachers (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators grades 6-12

Dates: 3/7/2023 to 3/21/2023

There are books galore for middle and high school students and the possibilities seem endless. Choosing the ones that are just right for you and your setting can feel like a gargantuan task. Come enjoy a book tasting to find just right the books, both fiction and nonfiction, that you may want to incorporate into your setting.

19. LOTE105. Using Videos As Tools to Support Literacy for Multi-Language Learners (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-5

Dates: 3/9/2023 to 3/16/2023

Participants in this workshop will learn how to use videos to spark student interest and motivation. Participants will learn to include videos in their lessons to teach MLLs and other students literacy strategies including retelling, sequencing, inferring, and answering implicit questions. Participants will be given a list of resources to use to support their lessons.

20. HPE 514 Infusing Mindfndfulness Into Your Classroom

Program: Online Courses

Audience: K-12 Teachers

Dates: 3/13/2023

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This class will define mindfulness and provide experiential learning of breathing techniques, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation and yoga poses as it pertains to an educator. Learn easy to implement mindfulness techniques to incorporate into your classroom and learning community immediately. Calm children learn best!

21. LOTE104. Reading and Writing Strategies for Mulitlanguage Learners K-6 (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-5

Dates: 3/22/2023 to 3/29/2023

How do you support MLLs in reading and writing in your classroom? This workshop will show you some of the strategies and scaffolds that will help make grade level material more accessible for your students. Whether you use the workshop model, or small learning groups, there are ways in which you can leverage your MLLs funds of knowledge in order to help them fully participate in the reading and writing process.

22. MST217.Have Fun with Calculators in the Elementary Grades(Grant-Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators k-5

Dates: 3/30/2023

Calculators are a useful tool. Kids should be familiar with them before leaving school to function effectively in modern society. A calculator makes arithmetic faster and more accurate by transferring part of the brainwork to electronic circuitry. Calculators help students tackle mathematics in more challenging tasks because calculators decrease the workload and allow students to focus on the big ideas. During this workshop, participants will engage in calculator activities that will promote problem solving and engage students in grades K-8.

23. MST203. Eco-Friendly Classroom(grant-funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators Pre-K-5

Dates: 4/12/2023 to 4/19/2023

"Environmental nurturing can help create a healthier school environment for students who can increase creativity, student engagement, and empowerment in their learning. Promote eco-friendly living by incorporating easy-to-implement methods in your classroom. Senses help our young learners process the environment around them. Students encounter many sights, sounds, smells, textures (touch), and tastes throughout their school day. This workshop combines sensory learning with environmental sustainability for a unique student activity-based learning experience.
In partnership with Manhattanville, Dr. William Johnson, New York State Monitor for the Hempstead Union Free School In District and Former Superintendent of the Rockville Centre Union Free School District will present as part of the Manhattanville College Distinguished Lecture series. His topics is: Issues Related to Equity: Transforming Districts, Schools and Classrooms

25. LOTE106. The Use of Visuals As a Strategy for ELLs (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-6

Dates: 4/20/2023 to 4/27/2023

If you are a classroom teacher who has Multi-language learners (MLLs) in class and you wonder how you are going to meet their needs, this workshop is for you! Join us as we explore one of the strategies, the use of visuals, to teach students for whom English is a second language. This 4 hour workshop will show you the different ways you can use visuals to enhance your lessons across all content areas.

26. ELA 309. It's time to - Shake Up Learning Book Study(grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators grades K-12

Dates: 4/26/2023 to 6/7/2023

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In this three-part book, you will explore WHY it's time to Shake Up Learning, WHAT changes we can make in our classrooms to support dynamic learning experiences, and HOW to plan meaningful lessons for your classroom. We will discover practical strategies to help move from static teaching to dynamic learning. We will use straightforward and easy-to-use templates to craft engaging learning opportunities and look closely at tips and tricks for the fearless implementation of powerful lesson plans. This book study advises moving from one-and-done activities to learning that evolves and inspires throughout the school year--and beyond! TCCW has ten complimentary copies of Shake Up Learning for those who register early.

27. ELA 308 The Commonsense Guide to Your Classroom Library: Building a Collection That Inspires, Engages, and Challenges Readers (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: K-8 Educators andf School Librarians and Library Teaching Assistants

Dates: 4/26/2023 to 5/3/2023

This class is a professional book study group. We will read and discuss the book, "Common Sense Guide to Classroom Libraries" by, Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp. We will explore ways that the book encourages teachers to transform our classroom libraries, so that they are current and relevant. We will outline what it means to have a varied classroom library. We will fine tune our "book review talent" and follow the tips shared by Colby, a fifth grade teacher, who supports his students as they become independent readers. The book will be given to the first 10 educators to sign up.