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1. ST@C: Passion Projects in a Virtual World!

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/26/2020

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We will go over engaging tactics for creating a passion project that will captivate your students. This will include both low and higher tech ideas for all.

2. ST@C: Teaching Kids in the Kitchen--Strategies for Remote and In-Person Instruction

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/26/2020

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Two of Edible Schoolyard NYC's kitchen instructors will discuss and demonstrate strategies for the remote instruction we are doing now and the in-person instruction we hope to return to soon. Pre-Registration is required at the workshop link on the ST@C Online Website

3. ST@C - Getting students outside; Gardening activities for all.

Program: ST@C

Dates: 5/27/2020

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Presentation/Workshop will provide resources & research on why gardening lessons are applicable to schools. Ideas & activities for all age groups will be presented. A discussion will center on why this topic may the home learning environment. Hands-on and project based learning lessons can be created across the curriculum. Presentation will be 30 minutes long with opportunities for question and answer afterwards.

4. ST@C: Virtual Bitmoji Classrooms

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/27/2020

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Learn how to make your own virtual Bitmoji classroom using Google Slides.

5. ST@C: Passion Projects in a Virtual World!

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/27/2020

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We will go over engaging tactics for creating a passion project that will captivate your students. This will include both low and higher tech ideas for all.

6. ST@C: Digital Escape Rooms I.

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/27/2020

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This workshop will focus on the creation of digital versions of escape room activities that teachers can use for content review, activating prior knowledge, reinforcing analytical and problem solving skills, and, in some cases, as formative assessment in a digital learning environment. We will work from the ground up, using a UbD approach to focus on what we want students to get out of the activity. From creating digital locks, constructing puzzles, writing clues and putting it all together in Google Sites, this ST@C will set a good foundation for anyone to create their own digital escape room activity! Meeting ID: 980 0641 2923 Password: 1wnBUh

7. ST@C: American Revolution in New York

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/27/2020

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Date of Workshop: 5/27/2020 Start Time: 5:00:00 PM Instructor: undefined Join the New York Historical Society to discover how the American Revolution shaped the city and people of New York through an analysis of sources from the museum's digital collections, and their Battle of Brooklyn and Women & the American Story curriculum guides.

8. ST@C: Data & Assessment in a Virtual World

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/28/2020

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At this time in education we need data that helps us know if students are ready to learn. The role of emotion in student readiness to learn must not be underscored. The same work that we do in assessing student emotion and response to learning in the classroom is important in our online classroom.

9. ST@C: How Will We Prepare for the Return to School?

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/28/2020

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Out of all this complexity, what will we want to do more of or do better?


• Personal relationship building with students?


• Community and caring amongst students?


• School connection with families?


• Meaningful tasks for academic work?


• Science of teaching and learning?


• Rigorous tasks and better scaffolding?


• Strengthen students' belief in themselves?


• Other?

This May 28th webinar will share ideas from around the country and the choices being made in districts from a panel of innovative educators.

Guest Speakers:
Kim Marshall, author of the Marshall Memo
Jay McTighe, co-author of Understanding By Design
Peter Light, Supt. of Acton-Boxborough Schools, MA
Craig Martin, Principal in Boston, MA
Suzanne Russell, Research for Better Teaching Instructional Coach

10. ST@C: Getting Started with Edpuzzle

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 5/29/2020

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Publish Setting: Publish Date of Workshop: 5/29/2020 Start Time: 1:30:00 PM Instructor: undefined Description of Workshop: Learn how to create interactive video lessons/assessments with Edpuzzle.

11. ST@C: HS Technology Check-In

Program: ST@C

Audience: HS

Dates: 5/29/2020

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This an ongoing opportunity to reflect on technology tools that have been updated and added to help with our instruction. As we get into our routines, we can ask questions and brainstorm for the weeks ahead. Please come with questions and some new ideas to share for moving forward.
Join Edible Schoolyard NYC garden teachers in a remote workshop to discuss strategies for growing indoors and outdoors with your students.

13. STI - 5458 - Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Summer Institute-Writing

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-8

Dates: 6/15/2020 to 9/10/2020

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 the Scarsdale district continues 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.
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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.

These are the weeks that the institutes will be running: Reading July 20-24
Reading August 10-14
Writing July 13-17
August 3-7

14. ST@C: Food Education Virtual Networking Event

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/16/2020

Edible Schoolyard NYC is hosting a virtual networking event for teachers to talk about cooking and gardening with kids. Possible break-out sessions include best practices in the kitchen classroom, best practices in the garden classrooms, COVID and other challenges, virtual vs. in-person learning, plus other topics that you may suggest.

15. STI - 5421 -The 1:1 Learning Environment at Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 6/19/2020

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.

16. ST@C: Supporting Language Learners in the Kitchen Classroom

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/23/2020

Join us online as we discuss and demonstrate strategies for using cooking so support English language learners. We will show how we teach vocabulary and support language learners through hands-on cooking lessons

17. STI - 5443 - Teaching Children with Anxiety Problems

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/29/2020 to 7/1/2020

Students experiencing elevated anxiety are at significant risk for academic and social difficulties. In order to maximize the performance of these vulnerable students, teachers must understand the nature of the anxious child and develop appropriate methods and teaching skills. Educators need opportunities to learn from the research the serious impact of anxiety disorders on development and performance as well as effective strategies for coping with anxiety and associated problems.

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.

18. STI -5424 - Mindfulness Through Movement and Art Summer Institute

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/29/2020 to 7/2/2020

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 for classroom use.

19. STI - 5423 - Challenge Course II

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 6/29/2020 to 7/2/2020

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.

20. STI - 5447 - K-12 Integrated Unit Design

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 6/29/2020 to 6/30/2020

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.

21. STI - 5425 - Response to Intervention: Creating Games to Differentiate Instruction

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-4

Dates: 7/6/2020 to 7/9/2020

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.

22. STI - 5428 - Therapeutic Art for Student and Teacher Wellness

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/6/2020 to 7/9/2020

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.

23. STI - 5426 - Why Identity Matters

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/6/2020 to 7/8/2020

This workshop is designed for participants to explore different concepts of identity and their assumptions about themselves and others. Participants will leave with a better understanding of who their students are and how their identities function to drive learning behaviors. In particular, participants will increase their awareness of identities and think about how they are influenced by these identities in different contexts.

Topics will include race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, ethnicity, disability, and nationality as well as the complications posed by social media, peer pressure and questions of privilege. The goal of the workshop is to encourage empathy and build community by increasing sensitivity to shared identities and the diversity of identities around us.

24. STI - 5427 - Building STEAM Skills: Woodworking

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/6/2020 to 7/9/2020

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Developing STEAM skills requires the knowledge and familiarity of a variety of materials. Students in the middle school and the high school participate in a range of coursework working with wood through their technology classes at the middle school or in the Design Lab at Scarsdale High School. The goal of this course is to improve teachers knowledge about the basic foundations of woodworking (i.e., design, joinery) and hone their skills with different tools. Teachers will adapt and apply what they have learned to their specific grade level and discipline.

There is an additional materials fee of $150.

25. STI - 5441 - Feeding the Curriculum

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/6/2020 to 7/9/2020

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.

26. STI - 5430 - The Art of Photography

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/13/2020 to 7/16/2020

When they use their skills as photographers, students not only become more perceptive of their world, they are better able to interact, engage, and understand the importance of the visual media in their daily lives. Participants in this course will learn how to create well-crafted photographs and to develop a strong visual voice that can serve as a means to generate awareness of a topic. This course will help the participant to develop the skills and insights necessary to document events that are important to them.

In this course, participants will learn the techniques necessary to create strong visual images. They will discuss the basic settings and functions of the camera, understand exposure, lighting and lenses on a camera. demonstrate skills associated with the post production process by using Adobe Photoshop, explore different types of portraiture and apply techniques specific to this area of photography, capture still-life objects as well as action shots.

27. STI - 5438 - Learning Styles in the Classroom

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/13/2020 to 7/16/2020

Educational research and programming have long emphasized the accommodation of individual student differences in the classroom. Materials, methods, and management systems have proliferated rapidly. While strategies have been developed that provide alternative learning opportunities for children and adults, the technologies needed to assess and classify children have been slower in coming. The Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children (MMTIC) was developed out of this need. Type Theory provides the knowledge and skills for recognizing why and how learning and teaching style differences occur, what they mean, and how educators can more effectively deal with these differences. Just as every teacher has a preferred style of teaching, every student has a preferred style of learning. In this course, participants will explore ways to improve student learning through the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Before teachers can apply the MBTI to classroom use, they must learn about their type and see how type relates to the classroom. The workshop will develop activities designed to accommodate differences in teaching and learning styles in order to maximize student success.

28. STI - 5448 - Improving Literacy in the Classroom Through Podcasting

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/14/2020 to 7/15/2020

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.

29. STI - 5449 -The 1:1 Learning Environment at Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 7/16/2020 to 7/17/2020

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.

30. STI -5409 - Cádiz, Spain, A Crossroads of Civilizations: Field Study & Cultural Immersion

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/17/2020 to 7/22/2020

Cádiz, Spain is a true crossroads of civilizations. Founded by the Phoenicians 3100 years ago, Cádiz is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe, still revealing the historical footprints of Greeks, Romans, Moors, Spanish Bourbon kings and more. As one of the cities from which Christopher Columbus sailed, Cádiz linked Europe with the New World and in later years, played an important role in the geopolitics of Napoleon's Europe and British Imperialism. Cádiz offers teachers an ideal case study for lessons in geography, history, language development, and cross-cultural interaction as reflected in art and architecture.

Participants on this field study will have taken two prerequisite courses on the art, history, and culture of Cádiz and will arrive in Cádiz with a specific curricular focus for further investigation such as an historical era, Spanish language development, health and wellness, or sustainability. Through visiting historic sites and meeting local people, teachers will make cultural, historical, and linguistic connections that impact their curricular work as they collaborate with each other in an international setting. By living abroad, teachers will recognize patterns and common problems, and see beyond the stereotypes of a particular culture. Furthermore, participants will design innovative projects, linking this international experience with their current role in the district.

Teachers will complete two weekend courses in the spring, Global Networking: the South of Spain, and An Interdisciplinary Introduction to Cádiz, Spain. Teachers will keep a journal of their observations on the field study, prepare an individual or group presentation of their research for when they return, and create a lesson for use with students.

Additional fees: approximately $2900. Teachers are responsible for arranging their own air travel and accommodation.

31. STI - 5431 - Tablet to Tablet: Playful Books and Toys

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/20/2020 to 7/23/2020

Interactive playful book forms and manipulative toys can be an engaging way to connect and integrate the arts from K to 12th grades across the curriculum. This 4 day workshop will include lots of objects that kids want to make and touch: magic cubes for study guides or sequence study, historical toys like Jacob's ladders, and optical illusion and movement flip books and other optical film toys. In addition to a pop-up workshop, a longer multi box in book form will allow personal artistic investigation on a theme of your choice allowing connection to your curricular needs and a meaningful sample for your classroom.

32. STI - 5442 - From the Couch to the Classroom: Educator Use of Psychological Interventions

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/20/2020 to 7/22/2020

There is a critical link between mental health interventions and school performance. Psychological interventions have helped many students outside the classroom, but in-school applications are even more compelling. Most important, the principles and methods of effective psychological interventions can be independently applied by teachers to improve student performance in the classroom. Therefore, understanding various types of treatments and how teachers can apply these techniques in educating students is crucial for meeting the needs of our children.

In this course, educators will learn effective psychological interventions and how to construct, integrate and implement aspects of them in the classroom, in order to enhance student learning and performance. Educators will learn about the critical relationship between mental health interventions and school performance, and how to apply these methods in order to maximize student performance and improve classroom management. Participants will learn a wide range of psycho-therapeutic and behavioral techniques, with a primary focus on the most effective evidence-based interventions, such as cognitive behavior therapy and positive psychology. Educators will learn how to extend these methods to their work with individual students in the classroom and with entire classes. Educators will learn how to apply these interventions in order to maximize student performance and improve classroom management. The course will involve lecture, discussion and workshop approaches. Readings and video materials will be presented.

33. STI - 5439 - Exploring the Professional Shelf: DIY Literacy Summer 2020

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/20/2020 to 7/23/2020

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.

34. STI - 5450 -Visually Engaging Students in Critical Thinking Skills and Literacy Skills using Storyboards

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 7/21/2020 to 7/22/2020

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.
This course will provide teachers with the pedagogical framework necessary to design and implement authentic, problem-based units of study delivered in a style that fosters student, choice, autonomy, and 21 century learning skills. Staff will create real-world relevant tasks for students to apply content knowledge in open-ended and empowering ways. They will also integrate the structures and strategies of the instructional philosophy known as the Learner Active Technology Infused (LATI) Classroom into their teaching environment.

36. STI - 5432 - Museums as Resources: Global Connections at the Met

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 7/27/2020 to 7/30/2020

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.

37. STI - 5451 - K-12 Integrated Unit Design

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 7/28/2020 to 7/29/2020

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.

38. STI - 5445 - Building Successful Students

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/3/2020 to 8/6/2020

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.

39. STI - 5436 - Place Based Education: Using Local Venues as your Outdoor Classroom

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/3/2020 to 8/7/2020

This course will encourage teachers to use their local area, village and county as their local classroom. Teachers will learn techniques to incorporate local sites into art, English, math, social studies, world language, and science curricula. Interpretive nature walks will be modeled, with an emphasis on developing skills of observation and identification, posing questions, and connecting discoveries to a broader context. A myriad of presentation strategies will be explored that incorporate art, prose, or poetry to express the discoveries of the nature walks. These strategies encourage students to express their findings in more dynamic modes than traditional lab reports, and they entertain endless possibilities for communicating scientific information. Journal techniques and sketching will be explored, as well as field trips with interpretive walks that will engage participants in pond studies, biodiversity of the inter-tidal zone, and the ecosystems of the salt marsh. Participants will prepare a single interpretive nature walk or outdoor lesson plan based on a theme to be used as a blueprint for future incorporation into their curriculum. Participants will be required to read material prior to the course.

Trips to Rockefeller State Park, Scarsdale High School woods, Marshlands Conservancy, Edith Read Sanctuary, The Bronx River Conservancy, Weinberg Nature Center, Constitution Marsh and other local sites are planned. Walks include themes based on historical perspectives, pond study, biodiversity, and natural habitats.

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

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-6 Edgemont

Dates: 8/4/2020 to 8/5/2020

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.

41. STI - 5447 - Brave New Digital World

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/5/2020 to 8/6/2020

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.

42. STI - 5446 - Introduction to Positive Psychology

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/10/2020 to 8/13/2020

Positive psychology, the scientific study of human flourishing, has much to offer educators as we consider best ways to help students attain optimal functioning. Positive education, the application of positive psychology in schools, is essential for student well-being and achievement. This course will review principles of positive psychology and will also have participants engage in experiential learning exercises to increase well-being - which will help reinforce key concepts. Specific emphasis will be given to the integration of positive psychology constructs and techniques in the classroom.

Participants will learn key constructs in positive psychology, which have direct application to student well-being and achievement. In addition to examining the work of scholars such as Martin Seligman, Angela Duckworth, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and others, participants will engage in hands-on positive psychology activities in order to gain a better understanding of key techniques that could be used with students in the classroom. During the course, participants will engage in positive psychology exercises and have the opportunity to write reflective pieces on their experiences. In-class readings will review some key articles on positive psychology and positive education. All participants will be encouraged to share their ideas and perspectives and will have choice for final project including but not limited to a well thought-out reflection or lesson-plan applying the course material.

43. STI - 5433 - Museums as Resources: American Identities through Art, Land, and History 2020

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/10/2020 to 8/13/2020

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.

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

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 8/17/2020 to 8/20/2020

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.

45. 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.