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Using pictures, videos, Pro Metronome, Cleartune, AudioStretch, Drumbeats, Instagram, Twitter, ForScore, Sight Reading Factory, and Sibelius we can assess and track our student's development in addition to more detailed differentiation. Bring your instrument and iPad!

2. Breakout EDU

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12, specials

Dates: 6/17/2019

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In this ST@C participants will learn about the fun and engaging puzzles of Breakout EDU. Learn how Breakout can be used as an icebreaker, to get at mindsets, and to engage students in problem-solving and communication.

3. ST@C Interactive Slideshows

Program: ST@C

Dates: 6/17/2019

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Learn how to create interactive slideshows to engage learners during a presentation, as well as check for understanding during a presentation. This workshop will explore Google Slides and add-ons that make presentations interactive and fun for all students.

4. STI - 5218 - Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Summer Institute-Writing

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 6/17/2019 to 8/29/2019

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Ensuring that all students develop high levels of literacy requires teachers to make a concerted, coordinated effort to improve students' proficiency as readers, writers, and critical and creative thinkers. As Edgemont and Scarsdale districts continue to review and improve reading instruction and assessment, teachers will benefit from engaging with researchers in the field and discussing the teaching of reading and writing with their colleagues. The Reading and Writing Project of Teachers College at Columbia University has been a think tank in the area of literacy for twenty-five years, developing state of the art teaching methods and offering professional development in using these methods.

Through this course, participants will combine information from researchers at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project with discussion with colleagues to tailor best practices to the needs of their students. The participants will attend Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Summer Seminar, where they will have the opportunity to choose from literacy-based workshops, including argumentative writing, aligning instruction to the Common Core Standards, utilizing performance based-assessments, guided reading, nonfiction through text sets, and many more.

Course Requirements:
1. Attend all sessions
2. Complete assigned readings
3. Project: Reflect on workshops and create a plan of action for implementing components of the workshops into classroom practice.

5. 20 Tech Questions - 2019

Program: ST@C

Dates: 6/19/2019

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A ST@C original concept... sort of... we did it last year and are doing it again... ... submit your single most pressing tech question and we'll spend the hour doing our best to answer and share solutions. Everyone gets 1 question and in the past there's always overlap of questions which usually leads to more questions and bigger ideas... It's a fun, fast-paced hour of answers and ideas. Please submit questions ahead of time: bit.ly/20techquestions2019 Come with tech questions, leave with tech answers. We're all in this together...

6. STI - 5276 - Teacher as Reader Science Summer 2019

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: HS

Dates: 6/25/2019

The journey of a life long reader is a search to gain insight and understanding by reading, talking, and reflecting. By transforming reading into a community event through discussion groups, teachers learn differing perspectives on the same work and gain knowledge of literature, genre, and technique. The commitment to read widely and deeply is an important endeavor for teachers as they model the love of reading and the skills of reading and understanding for their students.

Participants will meet to discuss readings on science-based themes. Applications to the science classroom as well as other academic areas will be explored. A reading will be distributed before the first meeting. At the first session, participants will suggest and discuss selections for the other meetings.

7. STI 5271 - Positive Education Summit

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/26/2019 to 6/28/2019

In this course, teachers will focus on best practices in positive education as they learn new techniques, lessons, strategies and programmatic initiatives from each other. Educators who have used aspects of positive education in their work will present approaches that they have developed and used with students. Individual teachers and teaching teams will lead discussions and receive feedback on how this work is carried out in the schools. Teachers will examine each other's initiatives that foster character strengths, positive experiences/emotions, social-emotional learning, relationship building, meaning/purpose and sense of accomplishment.

8. STI - 5221 - Challenge Course II

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/27/2019 to 7/1/2019

Challenge Course participants overcome their own limits as they cooperate with colleagues to complete a challenging program of physical activities. In the process, teachers put themselves in the place of learners often faced with daunting classroom tasks to complete. Through the experiential learning at the heart of the Challenge Course process, participants enhance their own problem-solving and decision-making skills, learn the importance of debriefing sessions after lessons, and develop effective questioning techniques that guide student reflection on learning. When individuals, teachers and students alike, stretch beyond their perceived strengths and weaknesses, they enhance self-esteem, an important goal of the Challenge Course workshops. While working with their colleagues in a more physically and emotionally demanding setting, Challenge Course Workshop II participants will expand their comfort zones beyond the Challenge Course I experience. This course will utilize both low ropes elements and high ropes climbing activities to provide teachers first hand practice in the challenges and stressors faced by students striving to achieve new heights or simply to survive in the classroom. Debriefing activities will provide teachers opportunities to share experiences and to network with each other on best practices and strategies to foster empathy and self-esteem in the classroom environment.

9. STI - 5269 - Special Education Summer Institute

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: SHS

Dates: 6/27/2019 to 7/1/2019

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, accomodations, 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.

10. STI - 5281 - Response to Intervention: Creating Games to Differentiate Instruction

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-4

Dates: 6/27/2019 to 7/2/2019

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a framework for academic intervention by teachers to identify and to provide supplemental instruction to children who are having difficulty learning. Specific RTI regulations apply to the core curriculum and the general education classroom teacher who must develop interventional strategies that differentiate in the classroom. The use of games is an effective activity for targeting the skills that the struggling student needs to master. Games provide the repetition and review often needed to learn in an enjoyable and fun way in all subject areas. Children are active learners; games engage them in learning and can be used to supplement instruction within the RTI framework.

This course offers teachers specific instruction that can be used in Tier I for RTI. In the Tier I phase, the teacher identifies a student who is at risk and assesses the skill area for supplemental instruction to be provided during the school day. Teachers in grades K-4 will examine RTI specifications and create games and activities that can be used immediately in their classrooms to reinforce curriculum and to differentiate instruction for students experiencing difficulty learning. An integral part of the course will be discussion of multiple intelligences, learning styles, and individualized instructional strategies. Teachers will examine their curricular areas in the primary grades to develop numerous and varied games to target particular learning problems. Participants should bring reference materials for the concepts and skills they would like to individualize in their supplemental instruction.

Course Requirements:
1. Share personal strategies, games, and activities to differentiate instruction.
2. Complete 15 new games or activities for the classroom that can be used as supplemental instruction following the RTI framework.

11. STI -5253 - Mindfulness Through Movement and Art Summer Institute

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/28/2019 to 7/3/2019

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The use of mindfulness as an approach to learning in the classroom is growing. 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 4 day version, recognition that mindfulness is a process to be repeated creating comfort and resiliency that will allow for greater depth of experience to share with students. 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. Simple meditation, breathing lessons, basic yoga asanas, and creative pursuits will be explored to share in the classroom. Group investigation of topics, presentations and deeper immersion into creative projects will help engender a familiarity with these quiet yet powerful practices. Participants will experience and learn to teach guided instruction in many forms of mindfulness practices. A final project will be the creation of a manual of mindfulness principles and lessons.

12. STI - 5255 -The 1:1 Learning Environment at Edgemont Section I

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Edgemont K-12

Dates: 7/1/2019 to 7/2/2019

This course is going to cover topics that address the individual needs and varying proficiency levels of the teachers participating in the 1:1 program. Participants will learn about the technical/instructional features of a chromebook, explore Digital Citizenship and the teacher and student's role in the 1:1 classroom, and use the SAMR Model to write integrated curriculum.

Course Requirement: As a culminating project, teachers will develop integrated technology learning activities/units which will be turned in shortly after the conclusion of the course.

13. STI - 5272 - Teaching Children with Anxiety Problems

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/1/2019 to 7/3/2019

Course instruction and discussion will focus on the relationship between anxiety problems and school performance from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Teachers will learn to recognize behaviors with roots in anxiety and to develop a more informed understanding of children with anxiety disorders and anxious temperament. Classroom manifestations and best practice models of school intervention will be reviewed. Teachers will also have opportunities to discuss specific cases from their own practice, and will learn specific strategies to help their students.

14. STI - 5078 - Social Media as an Educational Imperative

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/1/2019 to 7/2/2019

Participants will learn how to harness the power of social media to better connect students, colleagues, and parents. Learn the language of how to use hashtags, follow twitter chats and shared news stories, and connect with learning trends in the schools we serve and the larger education community. Twitter connections with other social media such as instragram, flickr, facebook, and others will also be discussed.

15. STI - 5256 - Feeding the Curriculum

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 7/11/2019

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The connections between food and elementary, middle and high school curriculum are vast and can lead to vibrant and memorable lessons. This course will introduce unique and exciting ways to help students develop deeper and more profound understandings across disciplines. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, teachers will explore how food and farming is represented in various art forms and genres and will delve into the anthropological, cultural and social/emotional context of our eating habits, celebrations and traditions. Teachers will visit a local sustainable farm to understand the scientific foundation of farming and consider the ethical and social issues of food production. A tour of the Union Square Farmers market will examine issues surrounding equity for eaters and farmers, food access and seasonality. Two of the days will be spent in the classroom developing ELA lessons using food writing and food memories as a platform, making connections to the math curriculum through recipe writing and development, and discussing health, wellness and nutrition with hands-on lessons and workshops.

16. STI - 5234 - K-12 Integrated Unit Design for Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 7/9/2019

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.

17. STI - 5283 - Building STEAM Skills: Welding

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Dates: 7/8/2019 to 7/12/2019

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At the center of technological explosion within STEM/STEAM fields is metal fabrication and welding. Careers within growing industries such as robotics implementation and fabrication, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, engineering, architecture and more, list welding as a fundamental skill. This course will introduce teachers to the many uses of welding in these fields and will provide hands-on instruction in safety, the use of materials, and classroom application. Teachers will collaborate and develop lessons to transfer welding knowledge to their science, math, visual arts (2D and 3D) and STEAM courses. There are many benefits in learning the skill and science of the metals and techniques. Any student entering an undergrad program in engineering, science, art architecture or STEAM would benefit.

For teachers, integrating these concepts into their curriculum would make it more fun and interesting. Just about any high school program around has a makerspace which includes welding. This can also be helpful for advanced classes and future classes such as industrial design. This could open many opportunities for students.

This course will take place in the welding shop at the SWBOCES campus. There is an additional fee of $150 per participant to defray the cost of materials.

18. STI - 5257 - Critical Thinking in Challenging Times

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: 6-12

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 7/11/2019

This workshop is entirely and exclusively concerned with the development of potential capacities that we all have, even though we may not have developed them, capacities in that part of our minds known as "the intellect." Most people don't develop their intellect and use it very ineffectively. Critical thinking skills are fundamental to college success and, indeed, success as a contributing member of society, and teaching students how to hone those skills is the focus of these sessions which include practical exercises as well as theoretical discussions. The workshop is best suited for middle school and high school teachers and librarians. Topics to be discussed include: ways of knowing, areas of knowledge, nature of knowing, knowledge communities, sources and influences, justifications of knowledge claims, and factors that transcend ways of knowing.

19. STI - 5270 - Metamorphosis Math Facilitators Summer Program

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Math Facilitators

Dates: 7/9/2019 to 7/10/2019

The Scarsdale schools continue to deepen and strengthen methods of teaching and collaboration in elementary mathematics. At this two-day institute, designated math facilitators from each elementary school will expand their expertise in mathematical content and pedagogy.

Teachers will build their content knowledge in mathematics through hands-on activities and conversation around topics relevant to their curriculum. Teachers will have the opportunity to select math topics to investigate in-depth. Teachers will create a plan for implementing components of the workshops into their own practice and reflect on practices implemented in the previous school year.

20. STI - 5258 -The 1:1 Learning Environment at Edgemont Section II

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 7/10/2019 to 7/11/2019

This course is going to cover topics that address the individual needs and varying proficiency levels of the teachers participating in the 1:1 program. Participants will learn about the technical/instructional features of a chromebook, explore Digital Citizenship and the teacher and student's role in the 1:1 classroom, and use the SAMR Model to write integrated curriculum. Course Requirement: As a culminating project, teachers will develop integrated technology learning activities/units which will be turned in shortly after the conclusion of the course.

21. STI - 5260 - Therapeutic Art for Student and Teacher Wellness

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 7/18/2019

This course is designed to instruct teachers in a hands on immersive class of various art techniques and directives. By exploring materials, directives, and their own relationship to the art process, teachers will begin to recognize art's clinical properties, further increase cultural awareness, and develop creative problem solving skills to deal with common emotional challenges that students face on a daily basis. Teachers will leave the course with a wellness toolbox filled with many techniques and ideas to support their student's well-being.

22. STI - 5261 -Chromebooks in the K-2 Classroom

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-2 Edgemont

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 7/16/2019

This class is an introduction to using Chromebooks in the lower elementary grades. We will review suggested technology benchmarks and well as best practices for Chromebook use. Teachers will work on writing lessons/units which incorporate grade appropriate activities on the devices.

23. STI - 5259 - Education for Sustainability with the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 7/18/2019

The Annual CELF Summer Institute in Education for Sustainability (EfS) is an intensive multi-day workshop that enables teachers to integrate the concepts of sustainability into their existing curricula. The Institute equips K-12 teachers with practices and teaching methods to address the core concepts of EfS the intersection of social, economic, and ecological systems and how the balance of those three systems is vital to a sustainable future, and relevant to all subject areas.

The Institute begins by building a learning community and a common vocabulary around sustainability, and progresses with hands-on activities, case studies, guest presentations, evening excursions and field work. The schedule includes supported planning time so that participants will have tangible materials to bring back to their classrooms.

Consult the CLEF website for further information: https://www.celfeducation.org/annual-summer-institute

24. STI - 5244 - Interventions in Reading

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: 7-12

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 7/16/2019

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.

25. STI - 5279 - Engaging Students with Breakout EDU -Scarsdale

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 7/16/2019

BreakoutEDU is an immersive game platform developed by educators. It offers players a fun and exciting way to strengthen skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, logic, creativity, communication, and collaboration. The concept of Breakout Edu is to escape--players solve content clues in order to open locks and "breakout" of a room. Students and teachers alike are challenged and motivated by the higher-order thinking skills and teamwork involved. This course will enable teachers to learn gamification using Breakout. Teachers will participate in games, learn to develop their own games, and play-test each other's work. Teachers will leave with a library of games that they will directly use with their students in whatever course or level they teach. The games they develop will come from their curriculum and become integrated into their lesson plans.

26. STI - 5284 - Broadway Teachers Workshop

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: 6-12 Teachers of dramatic arts or music

Dates: 7/15/2019 to 7/17/2019

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The Broadway Teachers Workshop is designed to inspire both classroom teachers and directors of middle school, high school and college theater with new teaching methods, enhanced production skills and an exchange of ideas with peers and professional Broadway artists. Teachers will be introduced to four professional performances by attending pre-workshops with teaching artists who will lead them through the production process, from first script reading through finale. Historical references and broader social messages conveyed by each production will be examined. Teachers will also participate in master classes with Broadway performers, creative teams, and production staff, with peer sessions throughout. These networking opportunities will enable teachers to share professional resources with their students in a variety of contexts. Teachers will also have the option of selecting a specific workshop in theater production in either tech, music direction, choreography or directing. As a culminating assignment, teachers will prepare a unit or in-depth lesson that will incorporate elements of the workshop into classroom or school-wide performances.

Contact the STI office for further information if you are interested.

27. STI - 5262 -Visually Engaging Students in Critical Thinking Skills and Literacy Skills using Storyboards

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: 4-12

Dates: 7/17/2019 to 7/18/2019

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.

28. STI - 5275 - Museums as Resources: Global Connections at the Met

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/22/2019 to 7/25/2019

This summer course will explore the educational resources and opportunities available for teaching history and culture through the Metropolitan Museum's extensive collections of art and artifacts found in the African, Oceanic, Egyptian, Asian, Islamic, European, and American collections. Teachers will have the opportunity to design lessons that encompass a diversity of ethnic and cultural characteristics and will examine works of art through the lenses of race, class, and gender.

The week will begin with an overview of the highlights of the various collections, discussion time to review object-based teaching, and an introduction to the MET's educational resources with museum staff from the Uris Center. For the remainder of the week, different collections and exhibitions will be introduced each day, beginning with an overview of masterworks and followed by gallery hunts to select works that will be most useful for the varied curricular needs of teachers. Group discussion time will be scheduled each day over working lunches and during afternoon breaks.

29. STI - 5241 - Digital Breakout - EDU

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/22/2019 to 7/23/2019

In this course, teachers will engage in a Digital Breakout EDU activity (as a student would), be introduced to existing Digital Breakout EDU activities, and learn how to create their own Digital Breakout activity for their students.

30. STI - 5263 - Brave New Digital World

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/24/2019 to 7/25/2019

This course will give participants a better understanding of the benefits and pitfalls of the digital age in which we live. For example, teachers will gain a greater understanding of how personal information is treated online and discuss techniques and opportunities for sharing with students the importance of protecting their own privacy as more and more of our lives go digital.

31. STI - 5280 - Hyperdocs and Choice Boards in the Classroom

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: 6-12 Edgemont

Dates: 7/24/2019 to 7/25/2019

HyperDocs are student-centered, digital documents, such as a Google Doc, that enable students to learn through multi-modal activities, active participation, collaboration, and reflection. A well-constructed HyperDocs allows teachers to flip the classroom by lecturing less and meeting face to face with students during class more as students work their way through various stages of the learning path. Participants will learn the fundamentals of creating an effective HyperDoc, building in seven key stages to the document: engage, explore, explain, apply, extend, share, and reflect. Furthermore, participants will learn how to differentiate and personalize a HyperDoc to meet various student needs and levels. Requirements: Create a HyperDoc for use in the classroom.

32. STI - 5225 - Breakout EDU

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/29/2019 to 7/30/2019

BreakoutEDU is an immersive game platform developed by educators. It offers players a fun and exciting way to strengthen skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, logic, creativity, communication, and collaboration. The concept of Breakout Edu is to escape--players solve content clues in order to open locks and "breakout" of a room. Students and teachers alike are challenged and motivated by the higher-order thinking skills and teamwork involved. This course will enable teachers to learn gamification using Breakout. Teachers will participate in games, learn to develop their own games, and play-test each other's work. Teachers will leave with a library of games that they will directly use with their students in whatever course or level they teach. The games they develop will come from their curriculum and become integrated into their lesson plans.

33. STI - 5211 - India: Educational Innovations and Cultural Understandings

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/3/2019 to 8/16/2019

The growth of the Indian community in Scarsdale and Edgemont and the wider New York area further reflect these changes locally. This course will foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the rich history and culture of India as well as include an exploration of the Indian Education System through school visits and collaboration. Participants will be working with schools in Delhi,India to learn firsthand about the Indian Educational System. Guest speakers, historians and instructors will offer their informed perspectives on India's rich history, culture and the changes in India today. The course will help educators enrich their classrooms with a deeper understanding of Indian history, geography and education as well as better understand the culture and background of one of our rapidly growing student groups in our schools.

This field study is a two-week opportunity for educators to experience India first-hand. It is designed to provide a broad historical and cultural understanding of India past and present, and an in-depth understanding of selected topics of study through lectures, experiential opportunities, and site visits. Participants will work with the Prabhu Dayal Public School in New Delhi, India and in addition to the sites in Delhi visit the cities of Agra and Jaipur. Topics include, but are not limited to: --The Arts, Past and Present -- History, Geography and Culture of India- Indian Cuisine and Holidays-- Yoga and Meditation- Religions-- Indian Literature-- and Bollywood.

Course Prerequisites:
Participants must complete the STI lecture series
STI - 5209 - Global Networking: Focus on India 1/22/2019 to 5/21/2019 and
STI- 5210 India: Change over Time 3/8/2019 to 3/9/2019.

34. STI - 5265 - Type in the Classroom: Improving Instruction Through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/5/2019 to 8/8/2019

In order to promote a love of learning and to improve academic achievement, teachers need to recognize how individual differences influence the learning process. Awareness of Type is an invaluable resource for teachers in creating a classroom environment that supports and enhances children's learning preferences and strengths. Type analysis can become a natural part of the lesson planning process while addressing the need to accommodate to less preferred modes of learning. All participants will take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to learn individual personality type and then review the characteristics that influence how they, as well as their students, colleagues, administrators, significant others, and family members tend to acquire information, make decisions, and react to the world around them. This workshop will present the most current type research on teaching and learning and how to improve both. Models for developing K-12 lessons and assessments across all curriculum areas will be introduced and applied so that by the conclusion of the course participants will have developed meaningful activities for their own classes that can be put to immediate use. Course Requirements: 1. Attend all sessions. 2. Read assigned materials in the evenings.

35. STI - 5273 - Critical Skills for Success: Beyond Intelligence and the 3Rs

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/5/2019 to 8/8/2019

In the classroom, the successful students are those who either inherently possess or, through good teaching and training, develop a set of skills which are core determinants of academic success. Such abilities include social skills, resiliency, self-regulation, and a host of other higher-level executive processes.

In this course, participants will review current ideas, theories, and research in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and education that identify these core determinants of success. Participants will also be guided through steps teachers can take to enhance student performance.

36. STI - 5264 - Place Based Education: Using Local Venues as your Outdoor Classroom

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/5/2019 to 8/9/2019

This course will encourage teachers to use their local area, village and county as their local classroom. We will use the SHS campus demonstrating many activities that teachers can adopt at their own campuses using the campus as an outdoor classroom. We will also visit many county facilities developing themes that utilize the facilities uniqueness.

37. STI - 5285 - Middle School 1:1 Computer Summer Program

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale MS

Dates: 8/5/2019 to 8/6/2019

The Middle School has initiated a One-to-One technology program in which all students will have individual access to an iPad in all classrooms. This course provides support for this program, introducing teachers to central principles of the iPad as well as benefits and challenges associated with this kind of access. In addition, the course is designed to serve as a cohort of teachers, sharing what is working in their classrooms and approaches for addressing the challenges. Finally, in this, the program's first year, the course will allow teachers to evaluate the program and make recommendations for the future. The course will introduce and consolidate essential principles of using iPads in the Middle School. Topics covered will include a review of online resources, including Google Classroom and Google Drive, as a platform for student work. In addition, teachers will be introduced to a core suite of apps available for the iPad, teaching strategies for a classroom in which students are provided with an iPad for use in school and at home, as well as procedures for learning about and making available additional apps for student use. Teachers will create model lessons 1/4 both for original work and revisions of existing lessons -- that demonstrate approaches for both teacher and student that would not be possible without the use of these resources. Teachers will design assessment tools appropriate for a one-to-one setting. Course Requirements: 1. Attend all sessions. 2. Complete assigned readings. 3. Design of Model Lesson(s), including assessment instrument.

38. STI - 5286 - Schoology: a first look at your LMS

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale MS

Dates: 8/7/2019 to 8/8/2019

The District will begin to use Schoology, a new Learning Management System (LMS), in September, first at the Middle School and eventually in other schools and at the District level as well. Over the years, teachers in the Middle School have become familiar with a number of platforms for communicating with students and parents, creating and posting assignments, even assessment, but the Schoology platform is a comprehensive LMS that not only allows teachers to complete these tasks but so much more. Designed to integrate seamlessly with Infinite Campus and many of the third-party educational apps teachers are using regularly, Schoology becomes the class's primary, even single, online space for many teachers, their students and parents. Over time, these same resources, as well as the use of a variety of collaborative tools, can be central to the faculty's ongoing work at the team, department, school and district levels. This class will prepare teachers to start school in the fall using basic features of Schoology. The course will draw on the training Schoology provides to all districts, including Scarsdale Middle School teachers in this spring's Schoology pilot. Teachers will systematically build their courses, learning to use communication tools, tools for creating and posting assignments and activities, the options for students to submit work and how teachers can assess that work, how existing digital work (Google Drive, apps like Quizlet, etc.) can be integrated into Schoology. In addition, teachers will learn how Schoology and Infinite Campus work together, as well as options for ongoing professional growth and district-wide collaboration.

39. STI - 5274 - Best Educational Practice for Classroom Management and Student Engagement

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Dates: 8/12/2019 to 8/15/2019

Students with learning and behavioral differences often pose challenges in the classroom. When professionals examine individual case histories, they are able to apply educational and psychological research and theory to develop a deeper understanding of their students. In addition, collaborative strategizing with colleagues can be quite useful in maximizing the learning and performance of the target student as well as classmates. Educators need the time and opportunity to review, develop, and share best practice strategies within the framework of case material and relevant literature and resources.

This course furthers Scarsdale's strategic plan to support faculty in their efforts to individualize student learning. Course concepts and activities feature a review of teaching methods including innovative approaches to maximize student engagement in learning and to build teacher-student connections. Participants will use case studies, videos, group discussion and collaborative approaches to analyze the needs of individual students and develop educational and psychological techniques to enhance learning and performance.

40. STI - 5276 - Museums as Resources: American Identities through Art, Land, and History 2019

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/12/2019 to 8/15/2019

This summer course is an exploration of educational resources available at a variety of museums in Manhattan that touch on the themes of American identity, landscape, and history. On Monday morning, the focus will be the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where participants will explore these themes, which encompass a diversity of ethnic and cultural characteristics. The evolving sense of American "self" from the 1700s through early 1900's will be examined through lenses of race, class, and gender using visual art. Further study in the African, Native American, and Asian galleries will serve as an introduction for in-depth study later in the week.

The theme of identity will continue through Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as the group visits the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Chinese in America, the Tenement Museum, and the African Burial Ground.

Each day will begin with a discussion in the morning to preview works for the day and discuss teaching strategies for integrating art into varied curricula. After meeting with education department staff at the museum and touring galleries we will gather for a working lunch before returning to galleries to see and study additional exhibits related to the interdisciplinary objectives.

41. STI - 5277 - An Introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills in School

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: 6-12

Dates: 8/13/2019 to 8/14/2019

This course will focus on introducing skills from DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) which have been adapted for the school setting. DBT skills have been shown to help individuals manage difficult emotional situations, cope with stress, and make better decisions. This course will enable teachers to better understand the application of these important life skills and provide a common language, in order to help support all students (and themselves) in the classroom.

42. STI - 5267 - Unit Planning through Understanding by Design

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/19/2019 to 8/22/2019

Understanding by Design is a framework for improving student achievement that helps teachers clarify learning goals, devise assessments that reveal student understanding, and craft effective and engaging learning activities. Developed by renowned educators Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, this method of curriculum development reflects a process called "backward design" that delays the planning of classroom activities until goals have been clarified and assessments have been produced. Unit planning using backward design provides teachers with a sense of direction and organization that helps the class to achieve significant academic gains within a particular time period.

This course will provide teachers with a common framework to better collaborate in building meaningful curriculum. Participants will read current research on backwards design and unit planning, including excerpts from Wiggins and McTighe's book Understanding by Design. Teachers will identify the broader "understandings" students should gain and craft unit plans that achieve these outcomes. Teachers will design appropriate assessments that evaluate desired learning outcomes and learn how to create daily teaching points to support their unit plans. Opportunities to stimulate student interest through lessons that are creative and relevant will be emphasized. Course Requirements: 1. Attend all sessions 2. Read all assigned material 3. Plan units using Understanding By Design with daily teaching points.

43. STI - 5266 - Google: Newbie to Guru

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/19/2019 to 8/22/2019

Direct instruction will be followed by hands-on practice and collaboration with colleagues that will allow teachers to more fully understand how Google apps can transform their classrooms. This four-day course will cover basic skills, tips, and tricks to use each platform including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Classroom Chrome and more.

44. STI - 5268 - K-12 Integrated Unit Design for Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 8/26/2019 to 8/27/2019

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.