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1. Advanced Microsoft Excel

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: Harvey Singer

This course is intended for teachers who have taken the basic Microsoft Excel course or who have equivalent background experience with Excel. It covers many advanced topics, but more important, participants will create and customize a wide variety of Excel worksheets, which can be used in their classrooms and schools.

Meets Standards CDOS 1, 2, 3a & 3b; MST 1-3 & 5-7.

Appropriate for all grade levels.

Course FALL17-ON-044 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

2. Advanced Microsoft Word

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: Harvey Singer

This course is intended for teachers who have taken the basic Microsoft Word course or who have equivalent background experience with Word. It covers many advanced topics, but more important, participants will create and customize a wide variety of Word documents, which can be used in their classrooms and schools.

Meets Standards CDOS 1, 2, 3a & 3b; ELA 1-4; MST 1, 2, 4-7.

Appropriate for all grade levels.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-045 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

3. Amazing Apps for Teachers

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017





Instructor: Tracey Calise

The primary goals of this course is to introduce educators to the many apps that are available for the iPad while also helping them understand how to successfully integrate the iPad into teaching and learning environments.

Meets Standards ELA RL, RI, & W.

Appropriate for Grades K-12.

**NOTE** - To ensure your enrollment, all students must submit the following Dowling College Information Sheet. Please download the document, complete the form, and submit it directly to SPDI either by fax (631.270.9363), or email (info@ispdi.com). This document is required before you can be "officially" enrolled in this course.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-054 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

4. Brain-Based Learning

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: Rochelle Oliver

How does the brain learn? This course will introduce teachers to the concept of Whole Brain Learning. Teachers will learn about the latest neuroscience research and how to utilize it to maximize student success and achievement in their classrooms. Teachers will learn about the development of neural networks in the brain as they relate to the learning process. This course will be beneficial to teachers who are looking to balance new approaches to teaching and learning with traditional, proven practices. The emphasis of the course will be on specific, practical strategies that are easy to implement.
(Grade Level K-12)

Course Number: FALL17-ON-001 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

5. Breaking Down the Common Core ELA Standards

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017





Instructor: Tracey Calise

The primary goals of this course is to introduce educators to the English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and to assist educators in becoming more effective classroom teachers by using materials and appropriate tools to teach the ELA CCSS stress free.

Meets Standards ELA RL, RI, & W.

Appropriate for Grades K-12.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-055 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

6. Creating and Implementing an Author Study in Your Classroom

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017





Instructor: Christina Sciarrotto

This course will examine the benefits of an Author Study in the elementary school. Participants will create an Author Study to use in their classroom for immediate implementation.

Standards include: ELA, Math, Science, Technology, and Social Studies

Appropriate for Grades K-6.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-062 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

7. Dealing with Difficult Students

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017





Instructor: Tracey Calise

Taught by a veteran teacher who works in a low income at risk school. This class will help teachers handle the "at risk" student. This course will also help teachers through situations that may challenge them daily.

Meets Standards ELA 3 & 4; HPEFACS 1-3; MST 5-7.

Appropriate for Grades K-6.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-056 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

8. Digital Photography for Teachers

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: Harvey Singer

This completely online class discusses how to buy and use a digital camera, and also how to use photo-editing software. More importantly, teachers will explore how they, and their students, can use digital cameras both in and out of the classroom to enhance the educational process.

Meets Standards TA 1-4; CDOS 1; ELA 1,4; HPEFACS 3; LOTE 2; MSTE 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7; SS 3, 4, 5.

Appropriate for all grade levels.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-047 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

9. Easy ELA Assessment Prep for Elementary School Teachers

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017





Instructor: Tracey Calise

Stop stressing over ELA assessments and start teaching key concepts that will help students pass the state exams. Save time while producing effective lessons that will cover everything students need to know to improve performance on the ELA.

Meets Standards HPEFACS 1-3.

Appropriate for Grades K-6.



Course Number: FALL17-ON-059 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

10. Easy Math Assessment Prep for Elementary School Teachers

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017





Instructor: Tracey Calise

Stop stressing over the NYS Math assessments and start teaching key concepts that will help students improve performance on the state exams. Collaborate with other teachers to discuss new and effective lessons.

Meets Standards HPEFACS 1-3.

Appropriate for Grades K-6.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-060 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

11. Educating Boys

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: Mary Caffrey, L.M.S.W.
This course will focus on understanding the culture of boys and how it can negatively impact on their abilities to learn, socialize and reach out for help. We will explore issues that affect boys from the struggle to adjust in the primary grades to bullying in the middle school years, to conduct disorders that present themselves in high school. Statistically, boys are overwhelmingly diagnosed and medicated for A.D.H.D., behavior problems, and are at risk for school failure . They make up the majority of students in special education classes. Minority youth interface with the juvenile justice system at alarming rates. Boys face unique challenges and this class will explore ways for teachers to develop what author Dan Kindlon coined "emotional literacy" so they can find productive places in school and in the community.
(Grade Level K-12)

Course Number: FALL17-ON-038 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

12. Effective Email for Teachers

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: Harvey Singer

Email has become an integral part of life for almost everyone, and you probably use it dozens of times a day. But, do you use it really effectively? Lots of people don't. And do you use it for communicating with your students and their parents? This course has a simple goal, to help you use email more effectively in communicating with your students, their parents, coworkers, administrators and others.

Standards: Appropriate for all subject areas and all grade levels.

Participants will receive weekly lessons and have direct communication with the instructor via email.

Course FALL17-ON-067 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

13. Google Documents for Teachers (Word Processing)

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: Harvey Singer

Google Docs is the free Google alternative to Microsoft Word and other word processors. If your students need free word processing software, or if your school has adopted Google Chromebook computers, Google Docs may be the perfect solution. These days, virtually everyone knows how to use a word processor, but most people use it as if it were an electronic typewriter. With Google Docs, you can do much more. In this course you will learn how to become really proficient at using this powerful word processor, while also teaching your students how to become more proficient in their word processing. It's also designed to enable you, and your students, to prepare really attractive and professional looking documents because the more attractive and professional a document looks, the better it communicates with its audience. And, after all, communication is what word processing is all about.

Meets Standards CDOS 1, 2, 3a & 3b; MST 1-3 & 5-7.

Appropriate for all grade levels and standards.

Course FALL17-ON-068 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

14. Google Slides (Similar to Power Point)

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: Harvey Singer

Google Slides (formerly called Google Presentations) is the free Google alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint. If your students need free presentation software, or if your school has adopted Google Chromebook computers, Google Slides may be the perfect solution for you and your students. For you, Google Slides may be the perfect way to prepare and present lessons to your students, as well as presentations to colleagues, school administration, and other groups. And for your students, it is ideal for classroom reports. Best of all, Google Slides makes it really easy to prepare effective, professional looking presentations. To participate in this class, all you need is access to a computer with Internet access.

Meets Standards CDOS 1, 2, 3a & 3b; MST 1-3 & 5-7.

Appropriate for all grade levels and standards.

Course FALL17-ON-069 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

15. Google Spreadsheets - for Teachers

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: Harvey Singer

After word processing, spreadsheets are probably the most useful tool for teachers and students. Unfortunately, Microsoft Excel is expensive and many students (and some schools) don't have access to it. Enter the free, easy to learn alternative, "Google spreadsheets," available to everyone with Internet access.

Meets Standards CDOS 1, 2 & 3b; MST 1-3, 5-7.

Appropriate for all grade levels.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-048 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

16. Hands-On and Interactive Games in the Primary Classroom

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017





Instructor: Christina Sciarrotto

This course will examine the benefits of hands on and interactive games in the classroom. Participants will create games in all content areas with and without using technology. Smart Notebook is recommended for participants taking this class.

Standards include: ELA and Technology.

Appropriate for Grades K-2.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-064 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

17. Internet Essentials for Teachers

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Credit

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: John Crisci & Michael Jannace

The course will train teachers in various types of internet-based technology that are useful for the 21st century classroom setting. The technology will help them to implement lesson activities that can be adapted for any content area, grade level or related services. The online technology includes castle learning, e-school training and My Learning Plan tutorials that allow for Common Core standards to be addressed, as well as, interactive learning, improvement in reading skills and vocabulary enhancement.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-028 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

18. Microsoft Excel for Teachers - All Versions

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: Harvey Singer

After word processing, Microsoft Excel is probably the most useful computer program for school, business, and even home use. Once you have learned Excel, you will find hundreds of uses for it and best of all, it's easy to learn.

Meets Standards CDOS 1, 2 & 3b; MST 1-3 & 5-7.

Appropriate for all grade levels.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-049 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

19. Microsoft Word for Teachers - All Versions

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: Harvey Singer

This course, which begins with the basics, also covers many advanced topics in Microsoft Word. It will help you create documents, which are effective and really stand out, in the shortest possible time.

Meets Standards CDOS 1, 2 & 3b; ELA 1-4; MST 1, 2, 4-7.

Appropriate for all grade levels.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-050 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

20. Multiple Intelligences and its Role in the Classroom

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017





Instructor: Christina Sciarrotto

This course will examine multiple intelligences and how to incorporate to meet the needs of the diverse classroom. Participants will enhance their understanding on the specific grade level that he/she teaches, learn about the different intelligences, and create lessons to match students' multiple intelligences.

Standards include: ELA, Math, Science, Technology, and Social Studies

Appropriate for Grades K-6.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-066-ON-066 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

21. Nutrition and Learning

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Credit

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructors: Laurie Graziano & Norma Egic

Soda and a candy bar for breakfast-French fries for lunch! Is there a connection between what our students eat and how they learn? How are schools involved in providing both nutritious and unhealthy food choices? Can permitting a child to use the water fountain promote learning? Can using a milk carton for a project halt learning? In this course, we will explore the relationships between nutrition and exercise, as well as learning, cognitive development and behaviors. Exploration of websites will provide ideas for content area based nutrition lessons.
(Grade Level K-12)

Course Number: FALL17-ON-019-ON-019 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

22. Powerpoint for Teachers - All Versions

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: Harvey Singer

As a teacher, you continually make presentations to students, parents, administrators, and other groups as well. Whenever you need to make a presentation, PowerPoint can help you make it easily, effectively, and professionally.

Meets Standards CDOS 1-3; ELA 2-4; MST 1, 2, 5-7.

Appropriate for all grade levels.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-053 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

23. Principles & Practices of Special Education

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Credit

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructors: Norma Egic & Laurie Graziano

Have you ever longed for another way to teach those students who would not stop talking or look at you with a blank stare or can read all the words but can't answer the question? This course will cover the various theoretical foundations of learning disabilities and their characteristics. Teachers will examine the historical perspectives to understand how the laws throughout the years have changed to accommodate students who have been classified with learning disabilities. Teachers will receive a variety of materials, learn new strategies, and try new activities to develop innovative methods for creating lessons to assist students with learning disabilities. A student panel will provide teachers with a primary reference source to answer the hard to ask questions regarding success in life and in school.
(Grade Level K-12)


Course Number: FALL17-ON-020 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

24. Technology in the Classroom

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017





Instructor: Christina Sciarrotto

This course will enrich your usage of technology in the classroom. Participants will explore apps, create QR codes, and learn to use Senteos/Smart Response and Plickers for assessment. Educators will feel empowered after learning the latest in technology. An I-Pad is recommended for participants taking this class.

Standards include: ELA, Math, Science, Technology, and Social Studies

Appropriate for Grades K-12.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-065 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

25. The Power of Failure

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: Richard Lemke

"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." (Elbert Hubbard). Everyone knows the saying that one "learns from our mistakes", yet do we see our student's mistakes and failures as teachable moments that we can use in our classes? As the Common Core Learning Standards continues to puts higher expectations on our students, educators need added tools to not only meet these expectations, but exceed them. This course will hopefully assist you in accomplishing this lofty goal by learning how to meet these rigorous requirements, conquering student failures and turning them into a true story of success.

Appropriate for Grades K-12.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-042

26. Websites That Teachers Will Use

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017





Instructor: Tracey Calise

This course will help sort through the extensive list of teacher websites. Some are free, some subscription based, some are worth it, and some should never be clicked on again. This course will provide an open discussion of these excellent resources.

Meets Standards HPEFACS 1-3.

Appropriate for Grades K-6.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-061 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

27. What College Didn't Teach Us About Classroom Management

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017





Instructor: Tracey Calise

Learn new classroom management techniques that have been tried out by a veteran teacher. Teachers will have guided scenarios and problems that they will work out and work through together. Each session will have a topic that the class will discuss together.

Meets Standards HPEFACS 1-3.

Appropriate for Grades K-6.

Course Number: FALL17-ON-058 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

28. Working With Parents

Program: SPDI Online Courses

Audience: In-service Students

Dates: 10/16/2017 to 12/15/2017



Instructor: Rochelle Oliver

Parental involvement has a great impact on student achievement. Therefore, it is very important to get parents working on our side. When we actively build positive relationships with parents we strengthen our students' chances for success. This course will discuss the positive outcomes of parent involvement and parents working with teachers. We will evaluate the benefits of proactive communication and analyze effective communication strategies for dealing with reluctant or difficult parents. Specific topics will also include: welcome letters, open school night parent-teacher conferences, class websites, and classroom newsletters.

Course Number: SUM17-ON-002 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

29. SmartBoard for Teachers (formerly Smart Board for Beginners)

Program: SPDI In-service Classroom Courses

Audience: In-service Credit

Dates: 10/21/2017 to 10/29/2017



Instructors: John Crisci & Michael Jannace

The course will cover various lesson activities that can be adapted for any content area or grade level. Lesson activities include Smart Board interactive activities that allow for cooperative learning, paired activities, presentations, direct instruction, and vocabulary enhancement.

Course FALL17-016 | 3 Credits/45 Hours

30. Keeping Kids Engaged

Program: SPDI In-service Classroom Courses

Audience: In-service Cedit

Dates: 12/2/2017 to 12/10/2017



Instructor: Michael Jannace

The course will cover various lesson activities that can be adapted for any content area or grade level. Lesson activities include pod-casting, simulations, carousels, cooperate learning, Smart Board interactive activities, paired activities, jigsaws, project-based learning, presentations, direct instruction, individual learning, reading comprehension, vocabulary enhancement, debates, fish-bowls, essay grading, group testing and literature/film analysis.

Course Number: FALL17-015 | 3 Credits/45 Hours