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1. HPE 521: Brain Breaks to Refocus and Energize Your Students (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators k-12

Dates: 2/26/2024 to 3/18/2024

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Attendees will learn, experience and practice 50+ Brain Breaks. Attendees will learn what brain breaks are, why and how they work as well as when to use them throughout the school day for their students. Attendees will leave with tools and resources to implement as soon as the next day in their classroom.
This class is a professional book study group. We will read and discuss the book, "Commonsense 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. Preference will be given to TCCW consortium member districts for a free book, if any are left over we will notify eligible participants and all others will have to obtain their own book.

3. HPE 225. Battling Burnout (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 2/28/2024 to 4/3/2024

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"It is no secret that a large number of teachers hit a point of burnout at some point in their career. Teachers today have an unbelievable amount of pressure and responsibility that often stretches far beyond the content they were hired to teach. Expectations are high and come from within, administration, the public and the nation at large. Additionally, teachers have seen rapid changes to curriculum, technology, social- emotional initiatives. APPR, and state and federal standards. This course will explore the skills needed to prevent and manage burnout. Participants will learn strategies for improving their morale, reducing stress and managing expectations. These strategies will be beneficial for improving their overall instructional practices.

4. MST 229 Drowning in Data: Back by Popular Demand (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 2/29/2024 to 3/21/2024

Learn, use, and create appropriate online assessments to bridge the gap. Participants in this course will use Quizizz, Edpuzzle, and Quizlet to help students learn and succeed. By the end of the course, each participant will be comfortable with these tools, including navigating the site, creating an assessment, accessing ready-made assessments, and analyzing the data. Note: The instructor will offer office hours to support teachers, and the last class will be one hour, and participants will share the assessments they created. Details will be shared at the first class.

5. 2286.Building Essential Literacy Skills Through Play

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/1/2024 to 4/5/2024

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Play is one of the most important ways in which young children gain essential knowledge and skills. For this reason, play opportunities and environments that promote play, exploration and hands-on learning are at the core of effective literacy programs. Children become literate members in society by listening and interacting with the people that surround them. Participants will review the cognitive research revealing how children learn to read while examining the benefits of uninterrupted play and how it encourages language development. This course offers successful, evidence-based strategies to use during play that will enhance reading and writing skills while building a joyful classroom.

6. 2387. Emotional Disabilities - Best Practices

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators k-12

Dates: 3/1/2024 to 3/30/2024

Students with emotional disabilities are being educated in the mainstream setting at an increasing rate. This course will provide strategies and techniques for meeting the needs of the emotionally disabled student in the mainstream classroom. Participants will research analyze and develop strategies on building positive personal relationships with students and behavior modification. 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 the essential structure that students with E.D. require even during "unstructured” activities and transitions. This course is beneficial for both regular and special education teachers.
Spend time collaborating and learning with math educators throughout New York State. The workshop includes three differentiated presentations and a " Birds of a Feather Discussion Group." Stay for the day or drop in for a session. Spend time collaborating and learning with math educators throughout New York State. Graduate credit will be made available through Cornell University. 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 CTLE hours or graduate credit.

8. ELA 317 Balancing Your Literacy Instruction with Structured Literacy (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-8

Dates: 3/4/2024 to 3/18/2024

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Structured Literacy is an approach grounded in the science of reading. In this course, participants will discover the components of structured literacy. We will reference the recently released Infographic from the International Dyslexia Association to understand the basics of effective instruction for successful literacy development. Participants will have three synchronous hours and have work to complete for the remaining two asynchronous hours.
This course is part three of the book study that uses the book, The Onward Workbook. This course is a breath of fresh air for all teachers. It allows everyone to step back, think, reset, and grow to new levels. It explores the 12 traits that are essential for building and developing resilience in educators based on the book, The Onward Workbook: Daily Activities to Cultivate Your Emotional Resilience and Thrive. Through this class, we will use a workbook, podcast and classroom format where we will dive into empowering stories and strategies to develop resilience. The activities will boost community, restore mindfulness, cultivate compassion, become ongoing learners, develop creativity, and celebrate gratitude. ᐧ

10. BEWL.113 Early Interventions for MLLs (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: K-5 Teachers

Dates: 3/6/2024 to 3/13/2024

Early intervention is key for English learners who are having difficulty in school. If the school/class environment is not supportive and if instruction is not tailored to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students, these students will have difficulty succeeding. In this workshop you will learn problem-prevention strategies and early intervention including the following: a reduction in the number of students perceived to be at risk because of teachers' increased ability to accommodate the naturally occurring diversity of skills and characteristics of students in their classes, reduction in the number of students inaccurately identified as having a disability, and improved student outcomes for Ells. Participants will be able to look at their units of study and add scaffolds to their instruction that will help make content accessible for all learners.
Number sense is the ability to be flexible with numbers. It helps children understand both how our number system works, and how numbers relate to each other. Children who develop number sense have a range of mathematical strategies at their disposal. They know when to use them and how to adapt them to meet different situations. This course will introduce strategies to improve your students' number sense and will help turn number nonsense into number sense for children who struggle with math. Participants will receive a free copy of the book. You may choose to take this course online or in person at the Eastchester Library.

12. MST. 230:Optimizing Teaching & Learning Utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI)( Grant-Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators and Administrators K-12

Dates: 3/7/2024 to 4/18/2024

Artificial Intelligence is a contemporary cutting-edge tool that has a lot of capabilities for teaching & learning. Participants will learn innovative strategies and techniques for incorporating AI into lessons assessments for the optimal benefit of students. A variety of AI tools will be introduced to amplify instruction, student interest and engagement.

13. 2280. The Science of Reading

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/11/2024 to 4/12/2024

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The science of reading represents an extensive body of research explaining the cognitive and neural pathways of reading. There is so much that is known about how children learn to read, why some struggle, and how to effectively instruct and intervene. The fields of neurology, linguistics, school psychology, cognitive psychology, educational psychology, and learning science have generated vast information that bears on teaching reading. Teachers can make better use of what is known about word recognition, language, reading, and effective instruction as an opportunity to increase the literacy levels of students. Participants will align current practices with brain science leaving with practical and powerful instructional methods that can be made in the classroom immediately.

14. BEWL 112. Best Practices for Deaf Education and Students with Auditory Processing Issues(Grant-Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: All Educators K-12

Dates: 3/12/2024 to 4/9/2024

Deaf children in mainstream schools face challenges to their learning, which their hearing peers don't experience. Teachers with deaf students in their classes need to use inclusive strategies to assist their community of learners. This course will provide insight into many best practices to address the needs of students who are hard of hearing and experience auditory processing issues. Participants will learn which approaches to use with students, which reading strategies to use, and which signs to use in class.

15. 2253. 21st Century Skills: From Your Classroom to the Workplace and College

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/15/2024 to 4/30/2024

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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.

16. 2251. Differentiate Your Feedback: Know Your Impact!

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/25/2024 to 4/30/2024

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"When students are taking on a new task or stuck during "productive” struggle, it is essential that both teachers and students know what they know and how to guide without taking over their thinking or work: Where am I going? (Target, Standard) How am I doing? (Success Criteria, Assessment) Where to next? (Action, Reflection, Transfer) Feedback is a vital part of students' learning, with an effect size of 0.75 (Hattie), more than 1.5 years' growth in one year when feedback is effective. Would you like to know when and if you are providing feedback in a meaningful and actionable way? Would you like your students to be able to receive and give feedback with peers F2F (face to face) and via collaborative platforms online? How can you differentiate the feedback within Tier 1 instruction so that it can optimize receptivity and improvement? By reading, viewing, and listening to curated resources of feedback protocols and digital platforms, educators and coaches in all grades and content areas will receive actionable feedback for all students, including ELL/MLLs and SWDs. By examining students' performance - and teachers' if you are a coach - we will offer feedback on your feedback! Objectives: How to create a mindset and culture to receive feedback How to identify and implement the attributes of effective feedback, F2F, and online How to differentiate feedback that fosters learning and improvement without taking over How to provide feedback to individual students and collaborative partners for process and product

17. 2254.Achieving Literacy Gains for Students with Limited English

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 4/1/2024 to 5/31/2024

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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 to begin to master course content. Participants will work with evidence-based practices and instructional intervention strategies to improve language skills for this population.

18. 2294. Executive Functioning for All

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 4/3/2024 to 5/8/2024

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In this course, we will unpack effective and practical executive functioning strategies that can have a positive effect on our students' school experiences. Executive functions control and regulate cognitive and social behaviors like controlling impulses, paying attention, remembering information, planning, organizing time and materials, and responding appropriately to stressful social situations. Students have the potential to develop executive functioning skills and, by exploring which functions they need, educators can offer support in a variety of different ways. We will address challenges with time management, organization, self control and consequences of impulsive behavior. Through structure, strategies, and classroom support, executive functioning can have a positive effect on student learning and personal growth

19. 2255. Acquiring Parent Involvement and Support

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 4/4/2024 to 5/9/2024

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Each day we as educators have reasons to reach out and communicate with parents. Our changing educational and technological landscape has really altered how we accomplish obtaining a strong level of parental involvement and support. Just as importantly ^ the American family looks much different than it did years ago. With changes in student population groups ^ these changes in family structures become even more complex. Educators in this course will examine methods for utilizing technology to engage parents and achieve their support in the education process.

20. HPE 518. Empower Our Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More- Book Study(Grant-Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 4/4/2024 to 5/9/2024

This book study of Empower Our Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More by Lynmara Colón and Adam Welcome will challenge educators 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. A digital copy of the book will be provided and participants will read required chapters, participate in discussions, and complete activities that can be applied to the classroom.

21. 2295. Principles of Extraordinary Math

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 4/9/2024 to 5/15/2024

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Principles for Extraordinary Math Teaching is for anyone who teaches or helps people learn math. The course explores research ideas on mathematics learning and student mindsets that can transform students' experiences with math. Based on Professor Jo Boaler's research and work, participants will learn new strategies and ideas to try in their classroom.
"Learning the tricks of the trade for classroom teachers is no easy task. It takes patience, practice and a lot of support! Being a new teacher can be anxiety provoking and without the right resources and guidance a huge understating. In this course participants will learn strategies for lesson planning, classroom management, differentiation, meeting the needs of all types of learners and more. This course will use the book, The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools & Activities for Meeting the Challenges of Each School Day by Julia G. Thompson as a guide. Teachers will explore pedagogy lesson planning and Self-Reflection in hopes that teachers will build knowledge, resilience and confidence in the classroom. Intended audience This course is designed for educators in K-12. Each section of the course will focus on specific skills and topics that will benefit new teachers or those who are looking to freshen up their pedagogical tool kit. Topics will include strategies for: decreasing new teacher stress classroom management cultivating community lesson planning time management differentiating instruction

23. BEWL 110. Is It Language Acquisition or Language Disability? (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: K-5 Educators

Dates: 4/17/2024 to 5/1/2024

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.

24. BEWL/MST.229: The Power of Phenomena: Make Learning Visible( Grant-funded) Online or In-person

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 4/30/2024 to 5/28/2024

Triggering curiosity is no small feat. It takes modeling enthusiasm and learning something new to generate our confidence, even if it's something new about the content we've covered for years. This workshop will examine how phenomena and driving questions can be the key to student engagement. In addition, participants will discuss the many ways Phenomenal Phenomena supports equitable development of students' knowledge, engagement, and development of questioning skills. *