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1. 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

2. 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.

3. 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

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

4. 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.

5. 2181. Free- Brain Based Learning

Program: Online Courses

Dates: 11/15/2021 to 12/28/2021

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.

6. 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.

7. 2165. Teaching Writing in a Small Groups by Jennifer Serravallo: A Book Study(Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

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

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.

8. 2191. Free- Making the Case for Sustainability

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 12/16/2021

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In this session, take on the role of a stakeholder as we discuss the benefits and long-term effects of EfS in schools and communities. Connect with teachers from around the country as we explore Education for Sustainability (EfS) through CELF's Big Ideas. Guest teachers will join us to share "bright spots,” which will model the best practices to incorporate the Big Ideas into your virtual, hybrid, or in-person K-12 classrooms. Teachers will walk away with concepts and applications to establish EfS as a powerful lens for learning.
Spring 2022 will be the last NY State Tests grades 3-8 aligned to the Common Core Standards in Mathematics. This workshop will introduce educators of grades 3-8 to the changes and resources that will be set in place in September 2022. Learn what has changed and unpack the available resource that will assist students and educators as they move forward to The Next Generation Learning Standards in Mathematics

10. 2142. Assessment and Innovative Data Instruction

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 1/1/2022 to 1/31/2022

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A central aspect of teachers' professional knowledge and competence is the ability to assess students' achievements adequately. Data-driven instruction is a precise and calculated approach to improve student comprehension throughout the school year. Implementing and utilizing data to drive instruction is perceived to be an overwhelming task. This course will help educators use data analysis to improve student learning. The use of different assessment types and data is at the heart of data-driven instruction. Participants will analyze data, focus on increasing rigor in the classroom, types of assessment, and the building blocks to successful data-driven instruction implementation. This course is appropriate for all K-12 educators.

11. 2143. Autism Spectrum Disorder -

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 1/1/2022 to 1/31/2022

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We have all heard the expression, "on the spectrum,” but what does it mean? What implications would this have on your classroom? This course will review the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Participants will examine best instructional practices and methodologies. This course is appropriate for all teachers K-12. If paying by check, there is a 3% surcharge

12. 2161. Classroom Reboot: Revisiting Classroom Rules and Routines(Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators Grades K-12

Dates: 1/4/2022

January is a great time of year to revisit your classroom routines and take a look at your learning environment. Most teachers establish rules at the beginning of the year but right after a holiday break is a great time to take another look at classroom organization and management. This strategy-filled workshop will provide you with ideas to reboot your classroom learning environment and classroom organization to best meet the needs of your students.

13. 2188. Pronouns: How to Properly Share, Use, Gather, and Mess Them Up(Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: All Educators k-12

Dates: 1/6/2022

"What's the best way to ask people for their pronouns without making it awkward?” "Why should I share my pronouns if they're obvious?” "What do I do when I see two pronouns, like she/they?" "Should I use them for everyone if I don't know people's pronouns?” "What should I do when I accidentally mess up someone's pronouns?” This workshop answers these questions and much more. Participants will leave this workshop with a strong understanding of why sharing their pronouns is a great ally action, with improved odds of correctly addressing people, and with more confidence in their ability to respectfully gather pronouns from others.

14. 2206. Graphic Organizers and Visual Learners

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 1/17/2022 to 2/22/2022

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In this course, we will create lessons for all learners using graphic organizers and rubrics. Many students are struggling with grasping new concepts and need an interactive, visual learning strategy to help them succeed. We will view websites that offer new ideas on how and when to use and teach with graphic organizers. You will create your own classroom resource of graphic organizers that you develop and find from various websites and examples. Rubrics will also be explored for each subject and participants will be able to create rubrics that go along with their current lessons. We will use Rubistar and Teach-nology sites to access rubric makers, along with sites with examples on creating rubrics that are specific and measurable. Resources for visual learning, writing, math, calendars, cause and effect, concept maps and webs, science, place value, sequencing, and KWL's will be explored. Participants will demonstrate the use of each of these resources by creating lesson plans that incorporate visual strategies. This course lets teachers create a 'make and take' resource tailored to their grade level and curriculum.

15. 2204. Get Writing, Keep Writing: Process to Product(Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 1/18/2022 to 2/8/2022

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Writing is a journey, not a destination. It's about the process of putting words together to create something new and original, something thought-provoking, something that will make readers laugh, cry or shake their heads in disbelief. For your students, you are the guide that will help them find their direction to follow and define their own writing goals to achieve. This course will teach writing as a process, not merely a means to an end, but as the key to showing students how to navigate language independently and enjoy writing.

16. 2187. Planning to Lesson Plan - Tips to Engage Students( Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators Grades K-12

Dates: 1/24/2022

One of the most important tasks of K-12 teachers is making lesson plans, which serve as blueprints for the school day. Veteran teachers have experience creating new lesson plans as well as a collection of existing ones they know are effective. But with standards changing, you have a bit more work to do, building your lesson plan collection. This workshop will share strategies to make sure your lesson planning is efficient and successful.
What is Culture and what relevance does it play in schools aiming for Equity? Practitioners will develop a common language around Culturally Responsive Education and begin the process of recognizing institutional and organizational structures in schools that perpetuate inequities.

18. 2190. Introduction and Rollout for the NYS PE Learning Standards( Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 1/31/2022

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Join us for a Statewide NYS Physical Education Learning Standards Introduction and Rollout presentation by Darryl Daily, Associate in Instructional Services, Physical Education, in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction This virtual meeting, for New York State Physical Education Educators, will provide updates on the rollout of the NYS Physical Education Learning Standards; the Introduction, status, and tentative implementation timeline, as well as professional development resources that are being developed.

19. 2144. Bringing PBL Into Your Math Classroom

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

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

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As we prepare the 21st Century Students for the 21st Century workforce, we need to arm them with the ability to problem-solve and think critically. Project-Based Learning is one method for improving critical thinking skills in our students. PBL prepares students for the problem-solving activities the 21st Century workplace will demand. This course will examine PBL methods for a Mathematics Classroom. Teachers will focus on best practices related to PBL and how to increase critical thinking skills and performance. This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers. Participants will work with resources that focus specifically on using PBL with students with disabilities and multi-language learners.

20. 2145. Character Education

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

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

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Character education provides guidance for youth to understand their abilities, to strive to reach their fullest potential, to care for others, and enables all youth positive self-development. Schools can foster this development in and out of the classroom by focusing on an intellectual, social, emotional, and ethical character in students. Implementing character development programs that focus on these needs give students the optimal chance at success. Character education is a primary prevention tool used to promote positive youth development, academic achievement, and character development

21. 2175. Cultural Competence Now- Book Study(Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators k-12

Dates: 2/3/2022 to 3/31/2022

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.

22. 2194. Implicit Bias: The Unconscious Impact (Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 2/16/2022

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Participants will bring preconceived notions to the surface and understand how that knowledge impacts beliefs, practices, and policies.

23. 2195. The Power of Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhart Published May 2020 (Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

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

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Explore how to make your students' thinking visible to deepen understanding and improve instruction. We will explore Ron Ritchhart's book Making Thinking Visible, which offers research-based solutions for creating a culture of thinking in your classroom. This book study will be structured with discussion prompts, a single synchronous session to discuss ideas presented in the text, and challenges to try the thinking routines outlined in the book. Participants will be responsible for securing their own copy of the text. This course will be both synchronous and asynchronous. Dates and times will be determined by the instructor.

24. 2202. Get Ready for World Language Standards ReVision(Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: World Languages Educators K-12

Dates: 2/28/2022

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Our revised NYS Standards are now approved. How do we design from them for curriculum planning, assessment, and instruction? Let Jennifer Eddy guide you through an introduction of the revisions and what student deliverables will look like. We will explore the modes of communication, performance targets, and task design with an eye toward program goals and the Seal of Biliteracy.

25. 2197. Differentiated Instruction for ELLs

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/1/2022

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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. If paying by check, there is a 3% surcharge

26. 2198. Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages They Send(Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/3/2022

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Practitioners will understand that the first step in addressing microaggressions is to recognize when a microaggression has occurred and what message it may be sending. The context of the relationship and the situation is critical.

27. 2203. Building Number Sense(Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators k-12

Dates: 3/7/2022 to 4/3/2022

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This Course is for any K-8 math teacher that wants to understand the basis of number sense and how to build opportunities for sense-making into their classroom. The foundation of number sense is applicable to all levels, and participants will then be able to take the core ideas to apply to their specific content area.

28. 2200. Pay Attention! - The Science and Art of Focus( Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/14/2022

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We will explore the psychology of attention and how to use it effectively in your classroom. Learn concrete strategies to get your students to pay attention and to keep them engaged throughout your class - without checking their phone!
Successful diversity and inclusion initiatives involve creating judgment-free spaces where people can share their experiences, listen to each other, forgive mistakes, and encourage everyone to learn and grow. Yet the barriers to establishing these spaces in our increasingly polarized society can seem daunting. Starting with a conversation about how people learn, this workshop offers effective shame-free communication techniques that reduce defensiveness and open people's ears to new ideas. Participants will leave feeling more confident in their skills as listeners and educators and more effective in their LGBTQ+ inclusion and advocacy efforts.

30. 2201. Power of Play & Emotion(Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/29/2022

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Let's get to work and play! We're going to stop being so serious and rediscover the joy of learning through play. As we connect to content through play and emotion, their memories are stored differently in their brain. Discover strategies to make learning fun!