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1. 2103. Tackling Trauma

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Grades K-12 Educators

Dates: 8/1/2021 to 8/31/2021

Research shows that up to 25 percent of all students in a school have experienced some form of trauma. This percentage rises to 80 percent when we talk about special education students. This trauma results in difficulties regulating behaviors and likely leads to cognitive and executive function difficulties. Many students are unable to regulate internal behaviors and as a result display withdrawal, shutting down and zoning out. Educators will examine the impact of trauma on cognitive and emotional growth, the learning challenges that result from trauma, and trauma-informed classroom strategies.

2. 2154. Professional Development Mentor Program

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 8/23/2021

Whether you are currently a mentor teacher or would like to serve in this role in the future, this year-long program will provide you with the knowledge and expertise needed to become a skilled mentor. We will examine attitudes, skills, and components of a successful program and focus on teacher development, including how to guide, support, and nurture novice teachers. This free course is only open to teachers from the Edith Winthrop Teacher Center and the Teacher Center of Central Westchester. In addition to the August 23 summer seminar (either synchronous or in person-TBD), there will be two follow up synchronous meetings, one in the Fall and one in the Spring (dates to be determined at the first session on 8/23) from 4-6pm. There will also be an additional 5 hours of asynchronous course work. YOU MUST BE PRESENT AT ALL IN-PERSON/SYNCHRONOUS SESSIONS AND COMPLETE ALL ONLINE COURSEWORK IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE FULL CREDIT FOR THIS COURSE. August 23, 2021 from 9:00am - 3:30pm November and March Dates TBD 4:00pm - 6:00pm

3. 2172. Best Practices Math Circles

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 8/30/2021 to 11/15/2021

Description: Connect with colleagues and work through monthly challenges to incorporate mathematical best practices in your classroom. Have the accountability and support to implement positive change in your instruction. This course is responsive to the needs of the group. Monthly challenges will be based on group needs and desires.

4. 2104. Achieving Literacy Gains for Students with Limited English

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Grades K-12 Educators

Dates: 9/1/2021 to 9/30/2021

Our country's diversity and demographics have changed what our classrooms look like. We all encounter students that have limited English, and we need to differentiate instruction to meet their needs. In order to meet academic success, this population needs to make linguistic gains in order to begin to master course content. Participants will work with evidence-based practices and instructional intervention strategies to improve language skills for this population. Three percent surcharge if paying by credit card.

5. 2105. Applying Evidence-Based Practices to Improve Classroom Management

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Grades K-12 Educators including Teacher Assistants

Dates: 9/1/2021 to 9/30/2021

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. When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added.

6. 2134. Advancing ELL Family-School Relationships

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 9/1/2021 to 9/30/2021

English Language Learners are the fastest growing group of students in today's schools services. This course will assist educators in developing strategies and skills to understand ELL students' backgrounds and how to establish and grow strong family relationships. Educators will develop classroom skills to use in their classrooms to improve instructional outcomes. Educators will examine belief systems and research based practices for serving diverse cultures and languages in the classroom, as well as methods for ensuring a positive classroom culture and climate.

7. 2173. Developing a Growth Mindset Classroom Part 2: Six Week Challenge

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 9/1/2021 to 10/6/2021

Description: This course is for K-12 educators who have previously taken my "Developing a Growth Mindset Classroom” course. This course guides participants through weekly challenges and supports educators as they work to implement the principles of Growth Mindset in their classrooms. The course will meet live for one hour a week for six weeks over zoom. The other allotted hour a week is to read, respond, and plan for the weekly challenge

8. 2135. Aligning your ELA Class to the Next Generation Learning Standards

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 10/1/2021 to 10/31/2021

As we transition into another governing set of learning standards, it is essential to unpack and familiarize ourselves with the Next Generation Learning Standards. While it can be frustrating to align our classrooms to yet another set of standards, it is essential to realize that these standards are aiming to better support educators in their instructional practice and provide us with the tools for preparing our students for the 21st Century. This course will assist educators in getting started with the Next Generation Learning Standards, and aligning their materials and lessons to these new and improved requirements. Each educator will have the opportunity to create student resources, collaborate with their peers, and exchange ideas and best practices. When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added.

9. 2136. Aligning your Math Class to the Next Generation Learning Standards

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 10/1/2021 to 10/31/2021

As we transition into another governing set of learning standards, it is essential to unpack and familiarize ourselves with the Next Generation Learning Standards. While it can be frustrating to align our classrooms to yet another set of standards, it is essential to realize that these standards are aiming to better support educators in their instructional practice and provide us with the tools for preparing our students for the 21st Century. This course will assist educators in getting started with the Next Generation Learning Standards, and aligning their materials and lessons to these new and improved requirements. Each educator will have the opportunity to create student resources, collaborate with their peers, and exchange ideas and best practices. When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added.

10. 2137. Aligning your Science Class to the Next Generation Learning Standards

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Instructors K-12

Dates: 10/1/2021 to 10/31/2021

As we transition into another governing set of learning standards, it is essential to unpack and familiarize ourselves with the Next Generation Learning Standards. While it can be frustrating to align our classrooms to yet another set of standards, it is essential to realize that these standards are aiming to better support educators in their instructional practice and provide us with the tools for preparing our students for the 21st Century. This course will assist educators in getting started with the Next Generation Learning Standards, and aligning their materials and lessons to these new and improved requirements. Each educator will have the opportunity to create student resources, collaborate with their peers, and exchange ideas and best practices. When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added.

11. 2162. Equity and Cultural Bias

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 10/1/2021 to 10/31/2021

The world is ever evolving and change is eminent right now. What will this change look like in schools? This course will outline the facts, share the resources and detailed information as we move forward and guide our most valuable assets (our students) through their world. I might even mention that our students may be there already, and it is time for us to move with them and help them be heard. Looking into what we can do as educators is the first step in the right direction. Not knowing where to start is something I hear daily from many people. In light of that, this course will stand as every resource I could find from legitimate sources including videos, books, blogs, social media, how to take action articles and truly help you look deep within. When you leave this course, you will have a guide that you create tailored to your grade level with ways to make a difference and be heard. When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added.

12. 2174. Book Study: Mindset by Carol Dweck

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

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

Description: Growth Mindset is a popular idea these days but do you understand how to foster a growth mindset in your students? Go back to the source, Carol Dweck's book Mindset, in order to deeply understand the why and how. This book study will help you lay a foundation to transform your teaching practice, fostering growth and learning in your students. This book study will be structured with discussion prompts for each chapter and two synchronous sessions to discuss ideas presented in the text. Participants will be responsible for securing their own copy of the text. When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added. For questions concerning payment or certificates of completion please contact Mary Farrell. mafarrell11@yahoo.com

13. 2163.Free Workshop- Setting Students Up for Success: Showcasing Their Voice Through Choice

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K through 12

Dates: 10/4/2021 to 10/27/2021

Description: How can teachers utilize technology to give their students not only a voice in their learning, but also choice in their presentation. This course will focus on a variety of technology tools and resources that can be utilized within the classroom for projects, hands-on-learning, and presentations. When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added. For questions with certificates of completion or payment contact Mary Farrell mafarrell11@yahoo.com

14. 2155.Principles of Extraordinary Math

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 10/5/2021 to 10/21/2021

Explore the latest research ideas on mathematics learning and student mindsets that can transform students' experiences with math. Whether you are a teacher or teaching assistant, an administrator wanting to know ways to encourage math teachers or another helper of math learners, this course will help you. In these sessions, based on the work of Stanford Professor Jo Boaler, participants will learn new strategies, have time to try them in the classroom, and then reflect and discuss the results. What a great opportunity to meet other teachers and have a chance to discuss best practice during this synchronous course.

15. 2161. Free Workshop- Book Study for All Educators: Why Didn't I Learn This in College? by Paula Rutherford

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Add Educators K-12

Dates: 10/5/2021 to 1/18/2022

Description: Teachers new to the classroom need support and the opportunity for collegial discussions during their first years of classroom work. During this book study we will work together to build a positive and productive learning environment for all students. Each session will focus on a specific question.




• What is a learning-centered environment and what do I do to create such an environment?




• How do I translate "beginning with the end in mind” into planning and pacing for the year, the unit, and the lesson?




• What are systems, procedures, and routines for organizing my professional and instructional materials, the learners, and the classroom learning environment?

16. 2164. Supporting Students Mental Health and Stress

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 10/8/2021 to 10/22/2021

Course Description: This class will take a deeper look at a variety of mental issues with a focus on warning signs and strategies. Childhood mental illness is on the rise globally and the level of stress among children is massive. While we cannot take the place of professional therapists, we can certainly keep a watchful eye, and provide parents with resources, tools and knowledge. We will review digital media resources to check for accuracy and dissect social media using the Common Sense Media website and a variety of Apps. We will sum up the class by creating lesson plans and creating a hands-on stress catcher and the Calm App that can be implemented into your curriculum. When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added. For questions concerning payment or certificates of completion please contact Mary Farrell. mafarrell11@yahoo.com

17. 2176:Free Workshop- Teaching Well is Explicit and Differentiated

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-8 interested in Tier 1 Intervention Reading/Literacy

Dates: 10/11/2021

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In this session of professional learning, educators will advance their thinking of the Universal Design for Learning framework to: Recognize factors contributing to the achievement gap Provide multiple pathways of explicit and differentiated instruction in Tier 1 Use relevant assessment methods, including pre-assessment, to inform planning Analyze lessons in Guided Reading for explicit instruction and gradual release.

18. 2159.Scaffolding Strategies for Content Literacy in Middle School

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators grades 5 through 12 all areas

Dates: 10/16/2021

Differentiation consists of the efforts of teachers to respond to variance among learners in the classroom. The four elements to differentiate are environment, content, process, and products. Data and scaffolding strategies inform the pedagogical decisions for both teacher presentation and student acquisition. We will share high leverage, research-evident instructional strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners, including ELLs and SWDs. For questions concerning payment or certificates of completion please contact Mary Farrell. mafarrell11@yahoo.com
Description: Have you noticed that your students, including English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities, are developing early word reading skills, even surpassing their monolingual peers in fluency, but their comprehension performance is about three grade levels behind? You are invited to join our collaborative inquiry into this problem of practice by exploring two seminal works by Dr. Nonie Lesaux and Dr. Emily Galloway (2017) on the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Advanced Literacies: Brief #2 What Goes into Reading Comprehension? and #6 Academic Language and Vocabulary.

20. 2175. Cultural Competence Now- Book Study

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators k-12

Dates: 10/26/2021 to 12/14/2021

This book study will focus on Vernita Mayfield's book Cultural Competence Now. Teachers will engage with the content and the activities in the book while also exploring their own ideas related to cultural competence in education.

21. 2138. All Learning Types: Differentiating Instruction to Meet the NGLS

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 11/1/2021

This course is designed to provide educators with the resources to create a learning environment that will maximize the potential for student success by using the strategies associated with differentiated instruction. In this course the educator will gain knowledge of how to manage instructional time in a way that meets curriculum standards and also provides motivating, challenging, and meaningful experiences for school age students by differentiating instruction. Participants will be presented with a variety of strategies for differentiating instruction by establishing a foundation in the principles of differentiated instruction. They will understand what defines differentiation and recognize their role and responsibilities in a differentiated learning community. Practical applications of how to differentiate with the content, process, and product will be explored while planning differentiated lessons. They will establish quality criteria and assessments to clarify and evaluate assignments. At the end of this course the educator will be able to modify, adapt, and design new approaches to instruction in response to students' needs, interests, and learning preferences. They will possess a repertoire of strategies for differentiating instruction that will allow them to respond to the diverse needs of the students in their classroom. When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added.

22. 2139. Anxiety and Stress Management in a School Setting

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 11/1/2021 to 11/30/2021

Anxiety and stress are major factors in the lives of both school professionals and students. The purpose of this course is to enhance student performance by minimizing the negative effects of stress in the classroom. Participants learn a working definition of stress and anxiety, study research findings on the cause of stress, learn reasons explaining its impact upon teaching and learning, and conduct a thorough assessment of stress factors in their classrooms. This knowledge facilitates application of tools and techniques to identify, prevent, and manage stressors to improve academic success. Participants will also identify specific students experiencing debilitating stress and take actions to address these problems and help the student restore personal equilibrium and enhance their performance. This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers and school professionals. When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added.For questions concerning payment or certificates of completion please contact Mary Farrell. mafarrell11@yahoo.com

23. 2166. Teachers As Leaders

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 11/1/2021 to 12/3/2021

Course Description: Every day in the classroom teachers assume leadership roles and model this behavior for their students. However, we are not always equipped with the tools we need to assume various leadership roles. In this course, we will explore ways to become active participants in Professional Learning Communities, how to write winning grants and how to engage with professional organizations in and out of the learning community. We will share ideas on how to engage parents, how to become leaders among our peers, and how to advance our leadership skills to the next level. While researching leadership qualities and designing ways to implement them, we will frame our individual needs and expectations and, at the end of this course, every participant will have a customized leadership plan that you can begin to put into practice. For questions concerning payment or certificates of completion please contact Mary Farrell. mafarrell11@yahoo.com When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added.

24. 2167. Social Readjustment Tools and Strategies

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 11/1/2021 to 12/3/2021

Course Description: As students return to the classroom, we, as teachers, need to be prepared for the transition that comes with it. Many students are coming back into the classroom for the first time in over a year. They will now have to adjust to the classroom structure and, with it, teacher and school expectations as well as safety and health protocols. In addition, many students, during distance learning, have been doing schoolwork from the comfort of their bed (some without any adult supervision) so transitioning back into the classroom may be a difficult one. There will also be mental health challenges as young children struggle with separation anxiety, fear of getting sick, the death of a family member or they might be feeling the effects of a parent's job loss. In this online course, we will discuss how to balance instruction since we will have students coming back at varying academic levels and what strategies we can employ to support these learners. We will also examine what social emotional tools and mental health resources we can put in place to help our students make a smooth transition back into the classroom. At the conclusion of the class, you will have the tools needed to set a positive tone in the classroom and to re engage students in a safe space. When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added.

25. 2177. 21st Century Skills: From Your Classroom to the Workplace and College

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 11/5/2021 to 12/17/2021

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The workplace and higher education settings we are preparing our students for is much different than what we as their teachers encountered coming out of high school 10. 20. or 30 years ago. The evolution of technology, collaboration and communication methods has rewritten what it means to be college and career ready in this century. Teachers in this class will look at methods and strategies for increasing the amount of 21st Century workplace and college skills in their classroom. Areas of exploration will include PBL, the flipped classroom, blended learning and digital collaboration and sharing. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators

26. 2168. Supporting Students Mental Health and Stress

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 11/8/2021 to 11/22/2021

This class will take a deeper look at a variety of mental issues with a focus on warning signs and strategies. Childhood mental illness is on the rise globally and the level of stress among children is massive. While we cannot take the place of professional therapists, we can certainly keep a watchful eye, and provide parents with resources, tools and knowledge. We will review digital media resources to check for accuracy and dissect social media using the common sense media website and a variety of Apps. We will sum up the class by creating lesson plans and creating a hands-on stress catcher and the Calm App that can be implemented into your curriculum. When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added.

27. 2180. Free- Starting Readers Off on the Right Foot

Program: Online Courses

Audience: K-1 Teachers, Special Education Educators, Speech and Language Therapists

Dates: 11/10/2021

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Phonological awareness is a crucial skill to develop in children. It is strongly linked to early reading and spelling success. Teachers will have an opportunity to learn how to easily and quickly integrate these important skills into their classroom to set readers on the path to reading.

28. 2181. Free- Brain Based Learning

Program: Online Courses

Dates: 11/15/2021

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In this online course, we will explore the human brain and examine how it works. You will hear the most up to date theories on how students learn and how best to engage them in the classroom and online. We will look at how to incorporate group work and peer collaboration in the classroom and in breakout groups to foster engagement and how to give students the opportunity to take the lead while still adhering to specific curriculum guidelines.

29. 2178. Achieving Literacy Gains for Students with Limited English

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 11/16/2021 to 12/20/2021

New
The workplace and higher education settings we are preparing our students for is much different than what we as their teachers encountered coming out of high school 10. 20. or 30 years ago. The evolution of technology, collaboration and communication methods has rewritten what it means to be college and career ready in this century. Teachers in this class will look at methods and strategies for increasing the amount of 21st Century workplace and college skills in their classroom. Areas of exploration will include PBL, the flipped classroom, blended learning and digital collaboration and sharing. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators.45 hours

30. 2179. Adapting Instruction to Reduce Unwanted Behavior

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 11/19/2021 to 12/29/2021

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We often look at behavior as something that needs to be addressed before instruction can occur. Research shows that with the right instructional tools, we can limit those unwanted behaviors that interrupt the learning process. Educators in this course will examine dozens of research based strategies to address behavior through instruction. Each educator in this course will focus on specific behaviors from their classes and will utilize research based strategies for overcoming these barriers to learning. 45 hours

31. 2141. Approaches for Changing Student Behavior Using PBIS

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 12/1/2021 to 12/31/2021

The barriers that occur to learning can not be single-handedly removed. Unfortunately, one such barrier occurs when behaviors are disrupting the learning community. The climate of each school community is different. Therefore, a "one size fits all” approach is not as effective as interventions based on the needs of each school. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. A system focused on creating school-wide, classroom and individual supports improves academic and behavioral results. This course will assist educators in creating a support system for their classroom that will help to increase behavioral and academic results. This course is appropriate for all regular and special education educators. When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added.

32. 2169. Gender Identity: Myths, Truths, and Equity Co-Writers:

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 12/1/2021 to 12/29/2021

Course Description: This course shares the information needed to show that you accept gender identities, understand the proper pronouns, and want to create a classroom that is an inclusive, safe place for all students to learn. Using the correct pronouns helps people feel safe, comfortable, and respected in the classroom. After working with two young adults to gain insight into their world, this course was created to show the thought process of Gen Z and how they have started a movement towards equality for all people. The acceptance and love in this generation should be acknowledged and mirrored for generations to come. These ideas are often not accepted by all and are subject to identity-based bullying. Being aware that this is happening and providing the right support strategies and consequences will be outlined and resources will be shared and adapted.​This class has been written to open your eyes to why pronouns are important, how to share pronouns and how to conduct parent-teacher conferences while remaining respectful to confidentiality. When paying by credit card a 3% surcharge will be added.

33. 2165. Free Course- Teaching Writing in a Small Groups by Jennifer Serravallo: A Book Study

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 12/2/2021 to 1/13/2022

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Description: 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, and 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. This course is for K-5 teachers. The first 8 participants to register will receive the book.