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1. STI - 5373 - Multiculturalism Through Film: International Perspectives of World War II

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/22/2019 to 12/10/2019

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World War II has been called the single most important event of the twentieth century. Many of us know about it through history books, family stories, or Hollywood movies. This course presents a series of recent indie films that offer different points of view, inviting us to experience the war through the eyes of Italian resistance fighters, French and Polish nuns, Swedish proponents of neutrality, and the Germans themselves. Each session will feature a full-length movie as the starting point for discussing these localized, personal perspectives in the broader context of the war and its devastating aftermath.

2. STI - 5319 - Interventions in Reading

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: 6-12

Dates: 10/25/2019 to 10/26/2019

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This course examines theories of literacy development and individual differences to form a basis for understanding possible difficulties encountered in mastering literacy skills. Interventions, for some aspects of literacy acquisition, appropriate for students experiencing difficulty are addressed.

3. STI - 5320 -Tablet to Table: Concrete Poetry and Books

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/25/2019 to 10/26/2019

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The National Standards for Arts Education direct teachers to connect the visual arts with other academic subjects. An examination of the printed word through history is a rich vehicle for this integration. From clay tablets to the printing press to the iPad, the record of the human need to tell stories and the materials and technologies developed in support of this determination provides a unique and fascinating multi-sensory exploration into the history of the human race. "Concrete poetry, as known as shape poetry or writing that uses some sort of visual presentation to enhance the effect of the poem on the reader. While the words, writing style, and literacy devices all impact the meaning of the poem, the physical shape the poem takes is also of significance." From Ezra Pound to E.E. Cummings, many famous poets have written poems that depict the significance of the words in a visual way.

In this course we will look at and create examples of classic concrete poetry. We will also make collages and assemblage that use type and image in creative and freeing/non threatening ways inspired by works of African American artists and writers Langston Hughes, Romare Bearden and French writer Guillaume Apollinaire's calligrames.

4. STI - 5321 - Exploring the Importance of YA Literature

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: 6-12

Dates: 10/29/2019 to 3/24/2020

This course will examine the increasing value of YA literature in enhancing adolescent literacy. The course will also examine a variety of reoccurring themes in YA literature and its importance in addressing the life needs of young adults. The first book is: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Young Reader's Edition

5. STI - 5378 - Exploring the Professional Shelf: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Edgemont

Dates: 10/30/2019 to 2/27/2020

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This course serves as a follow up to Edgemont's last two Superintendent'sConference Days. During the course participants will read and discuss the text White Fragility, by sociologist Robin DiAngelo, as a means of meeting Edgemont's district goal of becoming more knowledgeable about cultural competence and implicit bias in order to be socially-emotionally competent leaders and educators.

6. STI - 5291-2 Phonics (Second credit)

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-2

Dates: 11/1/2019 to 11/2/2019

This course invites teams of teachers to collaboratively plan, research, and study TCRWP phonics study in grades K-2. The goal of this course is to support teachers as they determine the key principals, concepts , and learning goals of the phonics units of study and how it relates to the progression of student work in previous and subsequent grade levels. Through inquiry. participants will target an identified area of phonemic awareness in their students' learning. Using existing evidence, participants will collaboratively research, plan, teach and observe a series of TC Phonics lessons using ongoing discussion, reflection and expert input will track and refine their teaching. This course will meet over three weekends and can be taken for 1, 2 or 3 credits.

7. STI - 5325 - New York City as a Resource: Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO/Vinegar Hill

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/1/2019 to 11/2/2019

**Please note that the walking tour location has been changed from Fort Greene to Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Brooklyn Heights: Explore New York City's first Landmark District - Brooklyn Heights - a neighborhood with more than 500 Antebellum homes and buildings. On this in-depth walk we will discuss the neighborhood's agricultural roots, its emergence as the country's first suburb, and its 20th-century decline and dramatic regeneration. On our outing we will also stop along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for the finest views of Manhattan and New York Harbor. Stops may include: The Hotel St George, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, the George B. Post designed Brooklyn Historical Society, and sites associated with Seth Low, George Washington, Victoria Woodhull, Truman Capote, Arthur Miller, WEB DuBois, and Gypsy Rose Lee. DUMBO/Vinegar Hill: Come explore the Brooklyn waterfront neighborhoods of DUMBO and Vinegar Hill. DUMBO was once the center of Brooklyn's industrial era and later a thriving artistic community. Vinegar Hill was, in the mid-19th century, the "Five Points"Ł of Brooklyn. Our walk combines the history, architecture, people and contemporary gentrification of these lesser-known neighborhoods. Stops could include the Eskimo Pie factory, Brooklyn's "Gracie Mansion,"Ł historic Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and sites associated with George Washington, Walt Whitman, John Roebling, Jean Nouvel, and America's oldest national chain store.

8. STI - 5330 - Bookbinding in 3D: An Exploration in Creating Structural books

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/1/2019 to 11/2/2019

In the past bookmaking courses, we have offered the traditional to cultural to the artistic techniques of making books. In this updated course we will explore new techniques of making books that have a more sculptural modern look to them. You will discover that books can have more than one cover and pages in between. Books don't always have to be made the traditional way, instead, we will look at creating structural books in a 3D style with more than one cover or pages that fold in or out in many directions. In this hands-on course, you will develop books that will work with your curriculum regardless of the age group.

Guest bookmaking artists, Karin Reetz, and Mary Dee Merrell, of Let's Make Books, will join us to discuss and demonstrate how to make beautiful and functional books to enjoy in the classroom. After studying hand bookbinding at The Center for Book Arts, they have developed a series of book styles that are both easy and fun to make, as well as practical to use. The books they teach are adaptable to many different purposes: journals, notebooks, and photo albums, as well as art books and gifts.

9. STI - 5361 - Promethean Board Exploration

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 11/5/2019 to 1/28/2020

This course will address the needs of teachers who have Promethean boards in their classroom and are looking for training and best practices to enhance the learning environment. We will explore the different features, new software updates, and educational applications.

10. STI - 5361 - Promethean Board Exploration (Section 2)

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 11/6/2019 to 1/29/2020

This course will address the needs of teachers who have Promethean boards in their classroom and are looking for training and best practices to enhance the learning environment. We will explore the different features, new software updates, and educational applications.

11. STI - 5307 - Crisis Intervention Training

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/12/2019 to 4/21/2020

Crisis intervention aims to reduce the intensity of a student's emotional, mental, physical and behavioral reaction to a crisis. Some students may display anxiety, shouting, refusal to do work, hitting or self-injurious behaviors in reaction to a situation. In this course, teachers will learn techniques to help students return to their level of functioning before a crisis and help students develop coping skills. Teachers will help students develop healthy problem solving skills through talking about what happened and identifying the feelings about what happened.

12. STI -5326 - Exploring the Professional Shelf: Growth Mindset

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-6

Dates: 11/12/2019 to 5/19/2020

This course will explore the concept of Growth Mindset by reading professional books such as Christine Mraz/Christine Hertz, "Mindset for Learning" along with works from Carol Dweck, and others. Participants will have a chance to try some of these ideas in their classrooms at the beginning of the year through the Fall.

13. STI - 5328 - Mathematical Mindsets

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Dates: 11/13/2019 to 5/6/2020

This course examines the teaching approach used by Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and author of Mathematical Mindsets, giving teachers new knowledge of the brain, mindset and mathematics learning. The goal of this course is to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics, transforming the latest research on math into accessible and practical forms. The Mathematical Mindset course uses research to show how to teach math well and how to bring about high levels of student engagement and achievement. By understanding the latest research in mathematics education and brain science, teachers will be more informed when creating lesson plans that include modeling, problem solving, reasoning, thinking deeply, and making connections. Teachers will be expected to complete coursework independently online between sessions. This includes workl online lectures and interviews with Jo Boaler as well as mindset guru Carol Dweck and leading mathematician Steve Strogatz. The short videos are interspersed with various tasks´┐½½½½such as reflecting on videos, designing lessons ideas, and discussing ideas with peers in the class´┐½½½½to promote active engagement of all participants. Teachers will meet monthly from January to June to discuss content and ideas, to provide feedback, and to engage in activities to help foster a growth mindset. Course Requirements: Participants will enroll in the Mathematical Mindsets course from Stanford University. Attend six in-person sessions. View all videos and complete all lessons online in preparation for class. A Record of Completion will be issued by Stanford University at the successful completion of the online course.

14. ST@C Google Keep

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-5

Dates: 11/14/2019

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Google Keep is a powerful note taking/keeping app that serves a variety of purposes. Dictate a shopping list. Annotate web pages. Save images. Preserve those brilliant ideas that strike you at 5 in the morning. Come and see how this online organizational tool might be just what you need for your frenzied home and work life.

15. STI - 5329 - How to Learn Math for Teachers

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/14/2019 to 5/7/2020

Similar to Math Mindsets, this course would utilize the online coursework from Jo Boaler at Stanford University. Jo Boaler's groundbreaking course, "How To Learn Math for Teachers," was re-recorded in 2016, this update to the original course includes new videos and research. The course includes:New brain and learning research; Teaching strategies for increasing students' math motivation and achievement; Interviews with thought leaders such as Carol Dweck & Sebastian Thrun; Several classroom teaching videos to watch and consider with master teachers such as Cathy Humphreys; Teaching strategies for increasing students' number sense and understanding and for making algebra exciting and meaningful; Teaching strategies for reaching all students and for motivating de-motivated students; Research based good practice for assessment and grading

16. STI - 5334 - Contemporary Art Boot Camp: Globalism, Galleries and Gagosian

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/14/2019 to 11/16/2019

What is contemporary art exactly? In this seminar we will define it-and its impact on our culture, politics, social conscience and bank accounts! Looking at some of art history's most famous contemporary art stars-Praxiteles, Michelangelo, Picasso, Warhol, Ai Wei Wei-we will discuss soft power, auctions, art fairs and the work of art as the ultimate status symbol. In our Thursday classroom session we will become contemporary artists for a day, and create a work of art as a "collective"-an emerging trend in contemporary art today. Our Saturday session will feature visits to the newly renovated Museum of Modern Art, an UES gallery and the Met Breuer. We will end at the Met Fifth Avenue, to view Wangechi Mutu's Facade commission.

17. STI - 5332 - Greek and Latin Roots of English

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/15/2019 to 11/16/2019

Learning Greek and Latin roots can be one of the most efficient ways of improving English vocabulary. Over 60% of the words in the English language have Greek or Latin roots, and in the vocabulary of the sciences and technology, that figure rises to over 90%. Social Studies classes often include Latin legal terminology, while the famous Greek mathematician Pythagoras coined the term "mathematics"´┐½ itself. At the elementary level, word study builds stronger readers and writers by inviting students to examine parts of words, which are often Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes, or roots. At every grade level, in every discipline, teachers can impart a deeper understanding of their content with some infusion of the classical languages.

This weekend course will provide teachers with an introduction to the grammatical structure and vocabulary patterns of the Latin and Greek languages. Through lecture, group discussion, and short readings, teachers will learn how Latin and Greek influenced the English language and how Greek and Latin relate to their specific subject matter.

18. STI - 5355 - DIY Literacy

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/15/2019 to 11/16/2019

The authors of DIY Literacy, Kate Roberts and Maggie Beatie Roberts, support using teacher-made literacy tools in the classroom. They write, "Teaching tools create an impact on students' learning. They help students hold onto our teaching and become changed by the work in the classroom." DIY Literacy refers to making literacy tools instead of buying them. This allows teachers to create materials that are specific to their students' needs and learning goals.

In this course, teachers will have the opportunity to explore, research, and create literacy resources to enhance reading instruction. Teachers will explore DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence in depth and access Kate Roberts and Maggie Beatie Roberts through their video series. During the course, participants will create their own literacy resources, including anchor charts, student bookmarks, shared reading text, and games. Through collaboration and discussion, teachers will add valuable resources to their reading instruction.

19. STI - 5360 - Building STEAM Skills: Electronics

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/15/2019 to 11/16/2019

This hands-on course will provide foundational knowledge on how to work with electronics in various classroom situations, from computer programming, to robotics, to engineering. Teachers will gain familiarity with structures and terminology and reverse engineer commonly used items. Guest speaker for the course will be Peter Miller of Applied Inspirations LLC, maker of electronics kits.

20. STI - 5375 - Exploring the Professional Shelf: Students Taking Charge by Nancy Sulla

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/19/2019 to 4/14/2020

Exploring the Professional Shelf courses enable teachers to read, discuss and implement ideas based on a close reading of a professional text. This course will examine Nancy Sulla's Students Taking Charge.
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Imagine a learning environment in which students pose questions and actively seek answers. They decide how they will use their time; take charge of setting and achieving goals; and work individually to build skills and collaboratively develop solutions to real-world problems. Computer technology is used throughout the day, seamlessly, as students and teachers need it: from handheld devices to laptops to interactive whiteboards. Students walk over to a flat-screen monitor on the wall and talk to students in another part of the world. Teachers move around the room, sitting with students who share their accomplishments, asking probing questions and gathering assessment data that will shape tomorrow's instructional plans. You hear students talking about content; their vocabulary is sophisticated for their grade level; their thinking processes are evident through their discussions and reflections. They are intent on the task at hand, yet not everyone is working on the same thing at the same time. No one is off task; no one is misbehaving. Every now and then you hear a cheer or a student exclaim, "I got it!" as they excitedly dive into the next phase of a project. They pack up certain activities and move on to others without the prompting of the teacher. No one watches the clock; no one wants to leave. This is a snapshot of the Learner-Active, Technology Infused Classroom.

21. STI - 5333 - Improving Literacy in the Classroom Through Podcasting

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/22/2019 to 11/23/2019

Teachers will explore how the large variety of podcast content can support their instruction while keeping lessons fresh and engaging for students. Podcasts expose students to many varieties of communication such as dialogue, interviews, narration, debates, and many others. Teachers will then explore the process of creating podcasts and how to incorporate student-centered, meaningful learning experiences that facilitate meaningful learning experiences that will enhance student literacy. The class will culminate with participants designing a podcasting experience for their students and creating a model using AudioStudio.

22. STI - 5334 - Women Artists: L-O

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/22/2019 to 11/23/2019

This course seeks to introduce participants to the artwork of four women artists. Participants will gain inspiration from four artists by exploring their techniques, and mediums, and modalities to tactile activities for students develop an emotional and physical connection to artwork. Children learn best in active hands-on construction, and lots of different art-making will offer new additions to the teachers' repertoire. This course will show various ways to experience both analysis of art and art-making that can be used in classroom studies, enabling students to make stronger richer connections in their learning.

Participants will focus on art works by varied woman artists. They will create works using weaving, printmaking, collage, portraiture, and design. Individuals will be able to apply their own creative expression to success-driven works that can easily be integrated into classroom studies and curriculum. Teachers will be taught a number of 2-D techniques and 3-D constructions all of which can be adapted for use in a classroom setting. This course will offer teachers insight into how to connect art to other current courses of study whether language, history, etc. Particularly important will be development of observation and analysis skills using the elements of art that can be applied and provide a language for presenting art in the classroom.

23. STI - 5370 - Special Education Study Group

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: SHS Teachers

Dates: 11/22/2019 to 11/23/2019

Teachers face a legal requirement to adjust their teaching to the needs of students with different learning profiles, IEPs and 504s. As the Scarsdale schools continue to reflect and improve on how serve students with diverse needs, it is important for teachers in every discipline to come together to discuss the latest developments in pedagogy, study skills instruction, and special education regulations. This week-long course will focus on our current programs in special education and examine our uses of differentiated lessons, technology, classroom management, and teaching study skills. Participants will hear from special education teachers, psychologists and administrators on a range of topics including understanding disabilities, adjusting curriculum to meet students needs, and legal requirements in Section 504 and special education. This course will include: --Review and discussion of various disabilities and their impacts on a students school experience --Presentations and case studies focusing on classroom teaching techniques, accommodations, modifications, and management that have been successful in meeting diverse learners needs. --Review of the 504 and IEP process, documents, and goals and how they can be leveraged to help classroom teachers understand their students. --Discussion of real life scenarios from participant's experiences and analysing methodology that could be useful in addressing the challenges. Teachers will create and review different forms of academic support, provide a written reflection of the resources they hope to use moving forward, and plan for ongoing collaboration with colleagues across disciplines and the learning resource center.

24. STI - 5366 - Studying Skillful Teaching: Promoting Motivation, Learning, and Achievement

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 12/6/2019 to 3/7/2020

The Studying Skillful Teaching program builds teachers' capacity - the knowledge and skills as well as the courage and conviction - to promote students' motivation, learning, and increased achievement. It is based on the belief that teaching is a process of decision-making; and that skillful teachers never stop learning through experimentation, data analysis, study, and collegial sharing about what works best for their students. This course will focus on the art of teaching -- continuously expanding one's repertoire and skillfully matching which tool or strategy best fits a given situation.

This three-weekend course will focus on building teacher skills such as communicating their belief in students' capabilities, motivating and engaging students, demonstrating cultural proficiency, planning engaging lessons, making concepts and skills accessible, and continuously assessing student understanding. It will also include a range of activities beyond interactive classroom behaviors, such as analyzing data, designing reteaching, involving families, and being a good colleague and team member. Participants will engage in discussion over case studies from other schools and will be asked to reflect on techniques used in their classrooms. The course takes place over three months and is designed to balance in-class learning and reflection with out-of-class application.

25. STI - 5335 - Museums as Resources: Redefining American Identify in t he American Wing of the MET

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 12/6/2019 to 12/7/2019

In recent years the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has been broadening its collection in an effort to become more inclusive, giving new prominence to neglected works by Native American and African American artists, among others. This course will introduce these revisionist initiatives within the context of the museum's educational mission.

26. STI - 5336 - K-12 Integrated Unit Design for Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 12/6/2019 to 12/7/2019

This course is a work session in which teachers will create new integrated units or upgrade current units of study to fit the 21st Century classroom. The goal is to facilitate changes in the way both content and skills are being delivered to enable students to become autonomous learners. It will also allow for teacher work time where they can evaluate ways in which they can increase their own productivity by using technology for communication and collaboration. Teachers will evaluate current technology use in their classroom explore how to incorporate technology effectively into their teaching to promote student learning and increase engagement.

27. STI - 5337 - Interdisciplinary Grand Central

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 12/6/2019 to 12/7/2019

New York State History Standards mandate the teaching of multiple perspectives on historical events. The course examines the impact of a political decision-making process that transformed the Grand Central neighborhood and Rockefeller Center with consequences for the city and the nation. Teachers will research primary source documents as they track the monumental shifts that occurred over the last century in transportation, technology, sociology, science, art, architecture, and economics in the Grand Central area and beyond. Through multimedia resources including documentary film, photographs, books, primary source documents, internet resources, a guided walking tour, and discussion, participants will examine the Grand Central neighborhood and Rockefeller Center as a study in change over the last century. Instruction will model the case-study approach to facilitate integration of an event into enriching and meaningful lessons for students in technology, science, math, art, architecture, sociology, and economics. Highlighted in the walking tour will be Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler and Daily News buildings, Rockefeller Center and the East 42nd Street area. This year will include the opportunity to go inside the Chrysler building. The course will focus on attributes of the Beaux Arts, Art Deco, and Neo-Gothic architectural styles as they are featured in these buildings. The historical time frame in which each style was in vogue in America will also be emphasized.

28. STI - 5338 - K-6 Instructional Technology Software - Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-6 Edgemont

Dates: 12/13/2019 to 12/14/2019

This course will provide an overview of K-6 instructional software including but not limited to: Lexia, Raz Kids, IXL, Reflex Math, BrainPop, and Mystery Science. You will have a chance to explore the program, set up classes, view reports, and learn about instructional integration strategies for these tools. Participants will create integrated lessons/units with grade appropropriate instructional technology software.

29. STI - 5341 - Enhancing Engagement Through Interactive Games

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: 6-12

Dates: 12/13/2019 to 12/14/2019

Teachers will observe and participate in interactive games that can be applied to any content area or age group. Participants will design their own games to meet the needs of their students.

30. STI - 5342 - Music for the Classroom Teacher

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/8/2020 to 2/12/2020

This course will provide K-12 general and specials classroom teachers with various ways to integrate music as a tool for teaching in their classroom environment. There are NO prerequisites for this course! Teachers DO NOT need to have existing musical skills to participate, understand, and implement skills they will learn throughout this course. Specifically, teachers will explore how to: create listening station playlists; incorporate thematically related songs either through performance or listenings; learn tools to create their own songs that relate to concept foci and curricula goals; explore ways simple classroom instruments can enhance literature; and most importantly, endeavor on learning EASY rudimentary chords on the ukulele so that they experience what it is like to be a music student and have a tool they can later use to facilitate their music choices in the classroom beyond the course.

31. STI - 5291-3 Phonics (3 credit)

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-2

Dates: 1/10/2020 to 1/11/2020

This course invites teams of teachers to collaboratively plan, research, and study TCRWP phonics study in grades K-2. The goal of this course is to support teachers as they determine the key principals, concepts , and learning goals of the phonics units of study and how it relates to the progression of student work in previous and subsequent grade levels. Through inquiry. participants will target an identified area of phonemic awareness in their students' learning. Using existing evidence, participants will collaboratively research, plan, teach and observe a series of TC Phonics lessons using ongoing discussion, reflection and expert input will track and refine their teaching. This course will meet over three weekends and can be taken for 1, 2 or 3 credits.

32. STI - 5344 - K-12 Integrated Unit Design

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-6 Edgemont

Dates: 1/10/2020 to 1/11/2020

This course is a work session in which teachers will create new integrated units or upgrade current units of study to fit the 21st Century classroom. The goal is to facilitate changes in the way both content and skills are being delivered to enable students to become autonomous learners. It will also allow for teacher work time where they can evaluate ways in which they can increase their own productivity by using technology for communication and collaboration. Teachers will evaluate current technology use in their classroom explore how to incorporate technology effectively into their teaching to promote student learning and increase engagement.

33. STI - 5344 - Piecing Together Cultures and Community Spirit Through Mosaic Art

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/10/2020 to 1/11/2020

Mosaic making is a multilayered art form that fosters problem solving, cooperative learning and creative expression. Mosaics have a long and celebrated history. As an art form it integrates many aspects of life and community and provides a fascinating way to study history and geography. The coordinators of the course take great pride in sharing techniques studied at workshops in Ravenna, Italy and Bouligne, France. Middle school students currently benefit by learning these techniques in the Mosaic Maniacs club that meets weekly. The exploration of this classical art form will inspire an appreciation of global creativity from Pompeii to Gaudi. In an age of mass marketed images, mosaic making creates a tiled passage to express individual and community ideas. Friday evening will be devoted to designing and creating a glass tile mosaic. Participants will view a variety of historical and contemporary mosaic works and various techniques will be demonstrated. The Saturday class will focus on alternative mosaics techniques. This will include the use of paper, found objects, buttons, beads etc. Participants will take away a range of ways to do mosaic work in the classroom.

34. STI - 5346 - Building STEAM Skills: Ceramics

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/16/2020 to 2/27/2020

Clay has been used for many things throughout human history: as a writing surface, building material, money, storage containers, cooking vessels and serving plates, electronic device parts, ceramic shields or tiles used on spacecraft. Ceramic art is also a tool for dating cultures in archaeology studies. We will learn 3 methods of construction for the first 4 classes: pinch, coil, and slab building. The fifth week will be finishing up any wet clay work, learning to glaze, and learning how to load and fire a kiln. The final week will be dedicated to glazing. Teachers will be inspired by the history of ceramics as well as some ancient decorating techniques from many cultures such as sgraffito, slip painting, burnishing, and stamping.

35. STI - 5188 - Exploring Graphic Novels and Comics

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/24/2020 to 1/25/2020

Graphic novels is a rising literary format gaining popularity for children, middle-grade, and young adults reflect the significance in visual culture in English language arts. These texts require an expanded repertoire of reading strategies. They require readers to integrate various semiotic modes (images, words, spatial arrangements, sound effects, etc.) to make sense of the text as a whole. As the narrative structures, visual images, and design features offered in elementary, middle-grade, and young adult literature grow more complex, educators need to foster new approaches for helping readers navigate these changes.

This course focuses on the increasing complexity in narrative, structures, visual images, and design features in today's literature. Teachers will take a closer look at the literacy demands of a strengthening visual culture that includes illustrated books, graphic novels, and visual narratives. Because these texts demand rigorous reading skills and can be a powerful format for our readers and writers, this session will focus on the changing role of visual images in literature and its effect on teaching and literacy acquisition in the 21st Century. Participants will do a deep dive into curricular for teaching reading and writing with graphic novels. They will also spend time reading and analyzing the narrative structures, visual images, and design features offered in graphic novels in order to foster new strategies and approaches for helping young readers navigate and understand these textual demands.

36. STI - 5348 - Dots and Points on the Map: Greece

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/24/2020 to 1/25/2020

The integration of creative arts into the academic curriculum, a mandate of state and national arts standards, exposes students to the imagination and innovation embedded in classic art forms of people around the globe. An exploration of diverse art forms inspires an appreciation of the multiple modes in which creativity is expressed through different cultures. Students of all learning styles respond to hands-on, multi-sensory teaching as they examine and replicate the cultural features evident in the realities of historical and everyday artifacts of ancient civilizations. The Dots and Points courses aim to give an experience of daily life by learning through food, art, and examining life issues of a time period past and/or present. In this course, art and sensory experiences will be used to help educators learn about ancient Greece so that they can reach students with different learning styles and provide a global view that our students need. Participants will explore a timeline to learn about this culture whose language, literature, art, and politics remain a major influence on our own. Artistic and interactive experiences as well as hands-on projects will help participants understand and appreciate Classical Greek art and architecture, the Greek alphabet, the structure of the language and its influence on English, as well as philosophy and government. A Greek symposium (dinner party) with costuming will add to the range of topics and experiences.

37. STI - 5349 -Visually Engaging Students in Critical Thinking Skills and Literacy Skills using Storyboards

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Grades 2-12

Dates: 1/31/2020 to 2/1/2020

Storyboards are visual organizers which elicit critical thinking skills in design, organization, and creativity. It takes a lot of time to write and format a storyboard. A storyboard also forces the creator, as the designer, to think about the structure and flow of their graphics and text. Why are they designing it this way? Is there a better way to present the information? In this course, teachers will learn how to create storyboards as an instructional tool as well as write lessons/unit where storyboarding enhances new or existing student activities using the 4 Cs model of 21st century learning.

38. STI - 5350 - Multiculturalism Through Paper Art

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/31/2020 to 2/1/2020

Relating artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical contexts deepens understanding and is a National Standard for Arts Education that can be applied to all disciplines to motivate student learning. The art of paper cutting has represented cultural values of diverse groups since the sixth century. Understanding cultural symbols and celebrations through observing paper cutting will stimulate an interest in world cultures and help students to experiment with symbols and storytelling in a unique format. This course will examine the ancient folk art of paper cutting as lens for understanding world cultures. In China, paper cutting, known as jianzhi, is one of the oldest and most popular folk arts. Some Chinese designs express the wish for a harvest or a wealthy life, while others illustrate scenes from traditional myths or stories. In Mexico, papel picado is used for both secular and religious occasions. The beautifully layered wycinanki cutting of Poland, kamikiri of Japan and the festive paper cutting of Israel are associated with holidays and ceremonies in each country. Participants in this course will examine the techniques and cultural traditions associated with paper cutting for incorporation into their classrooms.

39. STI - 5356 - Mind the Text: Interactive Read Alouds and Whole Book Assessment

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-6

Dates: 1/31/2020 to 2/1/2020

Whole book assessments can help inform teachers of students' comprehension as they read longer, more complex texts. Interactive read alouds highlight metacognitive thinking for students. This course will provide teachers with the opportunity to discuss and plan both whole book assessments and interactive read alouds. Through Jennifer Serravallo's text, Understanding Text & Readers, teachers will learn how to create whole book assessments and use data to inform interactive read alouds, mini-lessons, and small group instruction.

40. STI - 5187 - Reader's Theater With Puppet Making

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/7/2020 to 2/8/2020

Reader's Theater is a structured drama variation. Children are given or write their own scripts to act out a scene. Reader's Theater stresses reading aloud and group collaboration, and is a benefit to children who are less confident about extemporaneous speaking. Participants in this course will learn how to use Reader's Theater in the classroom and create puppets to go along with the scripts. Participants will creatively and effectively get their students reading aloud with comprehension, expression, fluency, volume and most important, joy. Participants will chose from a variety of appropriate reading level scripts. Speaking and listening is a critical component of the ELA curriculum and NYS standards. Using a variety of materials and tools, puppets will be created. Finally, we add technology using the program DoInk, which is a green screen background that will provide the setting for each script. They will then choose appropriate scenery to add to the green screen. This course will therefore encompass ELA, Makerspace, and Technology.

41. STI - 5374 - Building STEAM Skills: All Fired Up about Glass

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/7/2020 to 2/8/2020

In this course, educators will learn how to use glass design to inspire creativity and community in their classrooms. Basic glass fusing and slumping (bending) techniques will be explored as teachers make small sculptural and functional glass objects as activities that can be replicated in their classroom. As their skills and interests develop, teachers will create projects relevant to their specific grade levels and disciplines. They will learn how to use glass tools as well as different layering and stacking techniques. Teachers will explore the technical aspects of kiln work and differentiate types of glass to use, the compatibilities of glass, proper annealing schedules and creating designs using colored sheet glass with powdered frit. With demonstrations and hands-on projects, teachers will gain an appreciation for the unique qualities of this medium..

42. STI - 5376 - Instant Interventions

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-6

Dates: 2/28/2020 to 2/29/2020

This course will impact student's growth in the areas of reading and mathematics and may have a positive impact on the student's emotional growth and mindset. Teachers will learn to use different tools to improve student growth in the areas of reading and mathematics and document the data to track student improvement. Using these tools, students will hopefully strengthen his or her weaknesses in a particular academic area. In additional using these tools will gather data on students. Students will learn how to work with a teacher, a partner, or a small group to address a weakness. Response to Intervention is now called MTSS, a Mult-Tier System of Support. Understanding this revision is important. MTSS is still a part of RTI with a focus on the whole child. Teachers will learn about multiple tools that are available to teachers as a Tier 1 intervention. Teachers will be exposed to multiple ways to implement interventions in their classrooms. Teachers will make intervention tools to use with their students. In addition to these tools, teachers will also learn how to document intervention and student growth.

43. STI - 5359 - Mindfulness Through Movement and Art VIII: Fall 2019

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/6/2020 to 3/7/2020

The use of mindfulness as an approach to learning in the classroom is of growing interest. Several major studies have shown that in classrooms that use mindfulness as a core ingredient, students are more adaptable to new situations, are more creative, and have better social skills. A mindful learning environment enables students to apply the concepts of "focused attention" and "focused intention" to their present and future learning. Mindfulness Education is designed to empower children to focus their attention in school, adopt positive health behaviors, engage in healthy lifestyles, and develop satisfying relationships. Mindfulness manages the person in a process, which quiets the mind, builds inner resiliency, and helps the individual meet challenges and stresses in their daily lives. This course will provide a framework to understand the benefits of mindfulness on combating adverse effects of stress on our body and mind. In this 3rd iteration, recognition that mindfulness is a process to be repeated creating comfort and resiliency allows for initial or re-matriculation. Simple meditations, breathing lessons, basic yoga asanas, and creative pursuits that support mindfulness will be explored to share in the classroom. Participants will learn how brain science relates to the topic of mindfulness including a greater understanding of how the parts of the brain affect stress level, and ability to focus. They will be exposed to a growing body of research that attests to the positive mind/body benefits of learning to center and focus. Participants will experience and learn to teach guided instruction in mindfulness practices. Upon completion of the course, participants will present a lesson or unit that includes mindfulness principles.

44. STI - 5357- BioEthics

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: 6-12

Dates: 3/13/2020 to 3/14/2020

This class allowed participants to explore the field of Bioethics. The participants will analyze and articulate how decisions are made on an individual and community level regarding topics such as genetic testing, steroid use, and experimentation on humans/animals, etc. We will discuss issues that impact the participants directly, nationally and globally.

45. STI - 5358 - Word Study in a Weekend

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-6

Dates: 3/13/2020 to 3/14/2020

During Word Work time, students experiment with spelling patterns, memorize high-frequency words, and develop a genuine curiosity and interest in new and unique words. By playing with words, word patterns, word families, prefixes, suffixes, and so on, students hone their knowledge of words and increase their writing skills. This course will focus on Word Work and help teachers focus their spelling and vocabulary work with children as they create a richly literate environment that provides essential practice time. Participants will focus on the components of a successful word study program through an exploration of current methodologies and teaching tools. Using this knowledge, teachers will begin to craft a systematic word study program to enhance their literacy practice. As an integral part of crafting this program, participants will determine what their students know about the alphabetic, pattern, and meaning layers of the orthography to ensure that their literacy instruction includes spelling, vocabulary and knowledge of orthography. Teachers will explore both stand alone small group opportunities and strategies to embed word study in their teaching of reading and writing. Participants will also learn how to assess students' word knowledge using multiple assessment tools. As part of their culminating project, teachers will create two mini-units and unit or lesson plans to provide Word Work opportunities in the classroom.

46. STI - 5377 - Picture Books in a Weekend 2019-2020

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-6

Dates: 3/27/2020 to 3/28/2020

Children's literature is constantly changing and teachers need to stay current and informed about the newest and most notable picture books available. Teachers also need time to discuss and collaborate with colleagues and to model the use of picture books in classroom practice. This course will explore literature as participants examine new picture books and develop ways to integrate them into current language arts, social studies, math and science programs. This course explores picture books published in the last three years. Scarsdale Elementary Librarians will highlight various titles by comparing and contrasting literary quality, artwork, pertinent themes, expressive language, curriculum connections, readability levels, and more. Participants will read and discuss a wide variety of picture books, keep readers' journals to record personal responses to the material, and plan how each title may be used with students. Participants will also learn about various awards for the picture book genre, including the Caldecott Medal, and discuss the important criteria that award committees consider when choosing the "best" picture book published.