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1. ST@C: Mathematical Discourse: Talk Is Only Part of the Equation (Grades 6-8)

Program: ST@C

Audience: k-12

Dates: 8/4/2020

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Participants will engage in mathematics activity (e.g., Numbers, Geometry) that highlights the role of the mathematics teaching practices in developing students' conceptual understanding through authentic mathematics discourse.

2. ST@C: How to Teach Science in a Covid-19 Environment Part 1

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/5/2020

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What Will Teaching Science Look Like Now? This is the first in a two part session to assist science educators and school district leadership ready for the upcoming science and STEM programs. Register using workshop link!

3. ST@C: World Language: Engage your FLES students with M.A.G.I.C. Every Day!

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/5/2020

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How can we ensure that each of our FLES lessons engage students and build their proficiency, whether in-person or through distance learning? The letters in M.A.G.I.C. represent a simple checklist that acts as a guide to incorporating best practices in proficiency, brain-based learning, and intercultural communication in our lessons. Participants will view video of students engaged in FLES lessons and discuss a variety of examples aligned with the M.A.G.I.C. checklist. This workshop requires a $15 fee. Use the link below to register IN ADVANCE.

4. ST@C: How to Teach Science in a Covid-19 Environment Part 2

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/5/2020

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Webinar from Flinn Scientific: Join us for the second of this two-part session and be ready for teaching regardless of the environment and instructional model (In-Person, Remote or Hybrid) used in your district. Register using workshop link!
High School Biology teachers--including AP Biology instructors--face many possibilities for the configuration of class time in the 20/21 school year. Given the increased flexibility being asked of teachers, planning opportunities for authentic science learning and engaging students in science practices is especially challenging. In this one hour webinar, we will present strategies for adapting a hands-on, minds-on lesson for remote learning or a socially distanced biology classroom, with minimal increased prep time. As a bonus, this webinar marks the debut of a new variety of Wisconsin Fast Plant Seeds, that have an easy-to-observe trait for selection experiments. We will demonstrate with this new trait, options for a fast-track selection timeline that can be used effectively in either remote- or classroom-based contexts. Join us to learn about using this new Fast Plants variety for teaching natural selection concepts, including the AP® Biology Investigation 1, Artificial Selection. Please submit the certificate of attendance to the STI at the conclusion of this course.
Join us to discuss essential components that utilize student thinking in class discussions that affirm mathematics learners' identities. Student voice provides rich data, allows for engagement, empowers learners, and positions students to own the mathematics.

7. ST@C: Biology: Keeping the Science Practices Alive During Remote Learning

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/6/2020

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Description of Workshop: The MABT Discussion Tables will use the following format ... Welcome and Overview Presentation #1 as a whole-group (10 Minutes) Questions and Answer from the Chat for Presentation #1 (2-3 minutes) Breakout room discussions based on Presentation #1. Participants will be randomly placed into breakout rooms of 4-5 people. (10 minutes) (During breakout rooms one volunteer will record shared ideas in a common document for the conference that will be shared with all participants.) Presentation #2 -> Q&A for Presentation #2 -> Breakout rooms for Presentation #2 (NOTE: Based on feedback from prior sessions, the makeup for breakout rooms will change after each session.) Presentation #3 -> Q&A for Presentation #3 -> Breakout rooms for Presentation #3 Panel Discussion with Q&A as a whole-group Closing and Wrap-up as a whole-group

8. ST@C: MABT Discussion Table Series

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/6/2020

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This is a series of discussions among Biology Teachers from around the World. The discussion will include Keeping the Science Practices Alive During Remote Learning. You must go to www.mibiologyteachers.com to register for this session.

9. ST@C: World Language: Using YouTube and Music as a Resource for Authentic Language

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/6/2020

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Using music, videos and audio clips from the target culture is an easy way to expose students to authentic speech, promote proficiency and increase comprehension and fluency. Attendees will learn how to curate YouTube for their classroom needs. In a Flipped setting, the presenter will demonstrate how to create a YouTube channel, make playlists, change channel privacy settings and share links to the page or playlist privately. Participants will also learn how to slow down audio to improve comprehensibility, and how to make a song playlist to foster grammar and vocabulary instruction in context. Attendees are encouraged to experiment with their own channel before the live webinar, during which the group will discuss how to use YouTube videos with songs that tell a story, then create assignments to accompany the videos. The presenter will answer questions from participants about YouTube, channels, and playlists. There is a $15 fee for this workshop. Use the link below to register IN ADVANCE.

10. ST@C: Empowering, Encouraging, and Supporting Teachers to Present at NCTM Conferences

Program: ST@C

Audience: k-12

Dates: 8/6/2020

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Every profession benefits from the shared knowledge of its practitioners. Who better to contribute to professional development than classroom teachers themselves? What do you want to share? Are there things your students are doing that you are proud of? What is something you have tried that was successful with your students? What's keeping you from sharing your ideas? We are here to help you learn about the proposal process, give tips on how to write a high-quality proposal and to give a successful presentation, and be an active contributor to NCTM's conferences!

11. STI - 5466 - Museums as Virtual Resources: American Identities through Art, Land, and History 2020 Session 1

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/10/2020 to 8/12/2020

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This course will provide the opportunity to explore, individually and as a group, the breadth and depth of the virtual content that can easily be shared with your students (on Zoom shared screens or in a classroom) and integrated into your lessons-everything from virtual tours of the galleries, to interactive art-making lessons, podcasts, and family activities (invite yours to participate!)

This course will be offered over a three-week period, with the option of earning one to three credits. Participants can decide if they prefer a 3 or 4-day week, which would entail 3-4 hours of work per day, with the work being divided into a 30-45 minute group Zoom meeting in the morning to review website options, 2 hours of independent work (doing hands-on activities, taking virtual tours, designing lessons, viewing podcasts etc.) and another group Zoom meeting in the afternoon to share ideas about using the website content in your classrooms.

Museums as Virtual Resources: American Identities through Art, Land, and History will explore educational resources available at a variety of museums in Manhattan that touch on the themes of American identities. Beginning with the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art participants will explore the evolving sense of American "self," 1700-1900, using visual art. The theme of identity will continue through the week using websites chosen from 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. 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. Morning classes will begin with an overview of the highlights of the various collections and links to online educational content for individual exploration.

12. STI - 5452 - K-6 Instructional Technology Software - Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-6 Edgemont

Dates: 8/10/2020 to 8/11/2020

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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.

13. ST@C: World Language: Incorporating Grade Level Readers into the Language Classroom

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/10/2020

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Grade level readers and novels are not new to the language classroom today. But there is so much more to them than just reading them. In this session we will explore many different activities that will enrich the student's reading and increase the comprehensible input that they receive. Ways to introduce novels as well as activities while reading will be presented. Closing assessments will also be discussed. If you are looking to increase CI for your students, this session will offer you ways to do just that. There is a $15 fee for this workshop. Register using the link below IN ADVANCE.

14. ST@C: Science Solutions from FLINN

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/10/2020

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Flinn Scientific will showcase some unique solutions designed to maintain the learning continuum of students regardless of the modality for teaching science and STEM in middle school and high school. This will be an interactive session as we examine various aspects of teaching and learning in the COVID-19 environment. Register using workshop link!
In this session, we will share and discuss target language novels or readers that participants have used. We will share reviews of those readers and at the end we will have a list of books that you may wish to try in your classroom. All levels are welcome. There is a $15 fee for this workshop. Register using the link below IN ADVANCE.

16. ST@C: Be Both Author and Illustrator of Mathematical Understanding (Grades 3-5)

Program: ST@C

Audience: k-12

Dates: 8/10/2020

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We want every learner in our care to be BOTH the author and illustrator of their mathematical understanding. Explore how to deepen understanding, promote productive struggle, and increase flexibility by using and connecting mathematical representations. Providing multiple pathways to success invites diverse learners' ideas to the conversation.

17. ST@C: Resources for Teaching the Humanities Virtually

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/11/2020

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We will be exploring Pear Deck and Flipgrid as methods to engage students in discussions of literature, history and art.
This workshop will focus on a strategy to help students make sense of mathematical tasks and assist all learners in persevering and engaging in critical thinking. Participants will leave with resources that can be used in their classrooms on Monday.

19. ST@C: Prep Room Concerns from a Prolonged School Closure

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/12/2020

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Webinar from Flinn Scientific: Many teachers and science supervisors are asking about prep room safety strategies while their schools are closed for months longer than the traditional summer vacation. Let us take you on a guided tour of what you need to observe and handle in your prep areas and chemical storerooms. Register using workshop link!
We will look at how key concepts in algebra have been taught during the past 100+ years. We will accomplish this by looking at how textbooks, instruction, manipulatives and technology have changed, or remained the same, over the years. The session will conclude by looking forward at the ways in which we may teach algebra in the future.

21. ST@C: MABT Discussion Tables Series

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/13/2020

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This is a series of discussions among Biology Teachers from around the World. The discussion will include Keeping the Science Practices Alive During Remote Learning. You must go to www.mibiologyteachers.com to register for this session.
Join us to learn tips for asking invitational questions to engage students & explore questions that focus on mathematical reasoning (via the mathematical practices). We will explore strategies & tools to help us as teachers and coaches to support the mathematical practices in our students, thereby helping students become mathematically proficient.

23. STI - 5467 - Museums as Virtual Resources: American Identities through Art, Land, and History 2020 Session 2

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/17/2020 to 8/19/2020

This course will provide the opportunity to explore, individually and as a group, the breadth and depth of the virtual content that can easily be shared with your students (on Zoom shared screens or in a classroom) and integrated into your lessons-everything from virtual tours of the galleries, to interactive art-making lessons, podcasts, and family activities (invite yours to participate!)

This course will be offered over a three-week period, with the option of earning one to three credits. Participants can decide if they prefer a 3 or 4-day week, which would entail 3-4 hours of work per day, with the work being divided into a 30-45 minute group Zoom meeting in the morning to review website options, 2 hours of independent work (doing hands-on activities, taking virtual tours, designing lessons, viewing podcasts etc.) and another group Zoom meeting in the afternoon to share ideas about using the website content in your classrooms.

Museums as Virtual Resources: American Identities through Art, Land, and History will explore educational resources available at a variety of museums in Manhattan that touch on the themes of American identities. Beginning with the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art participants will explore the evolving sense of American "self," 1700-1900, using visual art. The theme of identity will continue through the week using websites chosen from 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. 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. Morning classes will begin with an overview of the highlights of the various collections and links to online educational content for individual exploration.

24. STI - 5440 - Unit Planning through Understanding by Design

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/17/2020 to 8/21/2020

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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.
We will explore how to use a variety of apps for the elementary grades which are available on any computer, tablet, or Chromebook. Learn how to adapt these apps to make your math teaching in both geometry and problem solving even more exciting. In using NCTM illuminations' apps, Scratch, and more, you will find great ideas to engage you students.
Problem solving' is often linked to story or word problems, but this can be a very limited notion. In this session, we will explore a much deeper conception of problem solving. We will revisit past approaches to problem solving and dive into current practices. Finally, we will consider the problem solving of the future.

27. ST@C: Coding Math at a Distance (Grades 6-12)

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/18/2020

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Looking for new and engaging ways to get students making math? Or for rich and flexible ways to expand the remote learning experience? Join us as we explore how to simply and meaningfully integrate computer science into mathematics while leveraging online coding environments as distance learning platforms. We will share tools for learning, assessing, and collaborating at the intersection of math and computer science, that are suitable for both face-to-face teaching and remote learning. And we will provide ready-to-go resources for day one of the school year. No programming experience is necessary, but coders are welcome. We've got something for everyone!
Moving Achievement Together Holistically (MATH) focuses on supporting Indigenous learners in Mi'kmaw communities in Canada. Session participants will see what it looks like to engage Indigenous students in math tasks that honour community ways of knowing, being and doing. Inspired by elders, these ideas are essential for some but good for all.

29. STI - 5468 - Museums as Virtual Resources: American Identities through Art, Land, and History 2020 Session 3

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/24/2020 to 8/26/2020

This course will provide the opportunity to explore, individually and as a group, the breadth and depth of the virtual content that can easily be shared with your students (on Zoom shared screens or in a classroom) and integrated into your lessons-everything from virtual tours of the galleries, to interactive art-making lessons, podcasts, and family activities (invite yours to participate!)

This course will be offered over a three-week period, with the option of earning one to three credits. Participants can decide if they prefer a 3 or 4-day week, which would entail 3-4 hours of work per day, with the work being divided into a 30-45 minute group Zoom meeting in the morning to review website options, 2 hours of independent work (doing hands-on activities, taking virtual tours, designing lessons, viewing podcasts etc.) and another group Zoom meeting in the afternoon to share ideas about using the website content in your classrooms.

Museums as Virtual Resources: American Identities through Art, Land, and History will explore educational resources available at a variety of museums in Manhattan that touch on the themes of American identities. Beginning with the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art participants will explore the evolving sense of American "self," 1700-1900, using visual art. The theme of identity will continue through the week using websites chosen from 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. 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. Morning classes will begin with an overview of the highlights of the various collections and links to online educational content for individual exploration.

30. STI - 5437 - Tell a Story with your iPad

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/24/2020 to 8/25/2020

The iPad is one of the most robust content creating devices ever created. At your finger tips is a camera, video camera, photo editor, video editor, and connection to the internet. You can shoot, edit, and share your story all from this single device. Participants will learn how to use a few apps to tell polished stories and share them with their communities. Apps such as Adobe Voice and Tellagami engage students and parents alike and do more than a static poster. Putting students in new settings using a green screen, filming, and uploading to YouTube are all functions of storytelling that can be accomplished on an iPad. Augmented reality brings the paper bulletin board to life by playing your media rich stories off any piece of paper with no more than an app on your iPad. In this weekend course, participants will bring their iPad and learn how to improve storytelling to the next level from start to finish using the latest App technologies.
Assessing while you teach and using evidence of student understanding is vital for promoting achievement in mathematics! Dylan Wiliam (2011) states, 'Formative assessment should be more work for the recipients than the donors.' Join us as we highlight strategies for involving students in the assessment process via self-assessment and reflection.
There are some standards, regardless of the teacher, the school, or the district that seem to be commonly misunderstood. We do not believe this is ever done intentionally. For this session, we will learn and grow our brains together as we engage in a series of aligned tasks that highlight the true intent of these commonly misunderstood standards.

33. ST@C: Self-Assessment in Math? How? (Grades 10-12)

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/26/2020

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We will explore (and practice) strategies for using pathways and self-assessment to facilitate student agency. We will discuss the way(s) we have used self-assessment to inform learning pathways, allowing for exploration and collaboration-activities that meet students at their learning levels, engaging multiple perspectives to deep.
Since its inception, assessment has been a critical issue for NCTM. What can we learn from NCTM's past recommendations for effective assessment policies and practices, and how can these lessons help us move forward to create classroom, district, state and national assessments that support each student in attaining mathematical proficiency.

35. STI - 5480 - The Mentor Support Seminar: Scarsdale 2020-2021

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Mentors

Dates: 8/31/2020 to 4/28/2021

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Over the past thirty-five years, the Mentor Program has become an integral part of the Scarsdale School District program. This seminar provides systematic support for teachers new to Scarsdale and recognizes and rewards the experience and skill that Mentor teachers bring to new teachers. The program is a rich opportunity for the professional development of expert teachers who are now trained to work with colleagues. This year the Mentors and new teachers will continue to refine and develop the program. This seminar assists the Mentor teacher in defining his/her role and its relationship to the new teacher. Mentor teachers will meet together to identify needs, discuss problems, and seek solutions. Course topics include roles and responsibilities of mentoring, teacher collaboration, and effective communication. Mentor teachers participate in creating this unique program designed specifically to meet the needs of the Scarsdale staff.