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1. STI - 5000 - ST@C Workshop Series - 2022-2023

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: All

Dates: 7/1/2022

ST@C workshops explore aspects of innovation in education. In each ST@C workshop, teachers gain an overview of specific technological and pedagogical tools for the classroom while establishing a professional network for more in-depth study. Scarsdale teachers can choose stand-alone ST@C workshops to use toward STI credits. One STI credit is granted when a teacher has documented 12 hours of contact time in ST@C workshops and submits to the STI office an explanation of how new ideas from ST@C impacted teaching and learning in their classroom. Teachers must register for each individual ST@C workshop online and can offer to run a ST@C course by contacting the STI office. Teachers should only register for this course credit AFTER they have completed 12 hours of ST@C courses.

2. STI - 5825 - The Mentor Program 2022-23 (All Mentors)

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Mentors

Dates: 8/29/2022 to 3/8/2023

Over the past thirty-seven 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. MENTORS MENTORING NEW TEACHERS MUST ATTEND ALL 4 CLASSES. Mentors mentoring current staff and not taking the class please ignore the email reminders that Frontline generates.

3. STI - 5826 - The Mentor Support Seminar (Summer)

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Mentors

Dates: 8/29/2022 to 4/26/2023

This course prepares participants to serve as mentors to teachers new to the District. Topics include how to provide guidance and support, be an empathetic listening, conduct observations and offer feedback, and manage weekly meetings. Mentors serve as a community for one another to discuss issues and develop solutions. This 2 sessions will cover three of the after school sessions during the school year. This course was designed in response to the needs of mentors who reported that meeting after the school day was a challenge. We find that by offering the summer days more individuals are willing to serve as mentors.

4. STI - 5827 - The Mentor Support Seminar (Yearlong version)

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Mentors

Dates: 8/29/2022 to 4/26/2023

This course prepares participants to serve as mentors to teachers new to the District. Topics include how to provide guidance and support, be an empathetic listening, conduct observations and offer feedback, and manage weekly meetings. Mentors serve as a community for one another to discuss issues and develop solutions. This 2 sessions will cover three of the after school sessions during the school year. This course was designed in response to the needs of mentors who reported that meeting after the school day was a challenge. We find that by offering the summer days more individuals are willing to serve as mentors.

5. STI - 5828 - The Mentor Support Seminar: Edgemont 2022-2023

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Edgemont Mentors

Dates: 8/31/2022 to 6/8/2023

Over the past twenty-one years, the Mentor Program has become an integral part of the Edgemont School District. This seminar provides systematic support for teachers new to Edgemont and recognizes and rewards the knowledge and skill that experienced 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 their new 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 Edgemont staff.

6. STI - 5877 - Global History Curriculum Review and Revision

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: SHS Social Studies Department

Dates: 9/8/2022 to 11/17/2022

The Social Studies Department recently revised the 9/10 Global History I and II courses, piloting the ninth grade course in 21-22. This STI course will provide support for teachers of both ninth and tenth grade as they continue to implement the curriculum, which involved moving content to the ninth grade and adding time for new, modern topics in the tenth grade. In particular, teachers would collaborate to rework units and lessons, discuss which content is essential to maintain and which material could be covered more efficiently, share lessons focused on development of skills that incorporate content, and find materials that bring in underrepresented perspectives to prevent courses from becoming overly Eurocentric. This course is important for encouraging collaboration among teachers and making this major curriculum revision effective for both teachers and students, and for helping us build some cohesion across the course sections while maintaining teacher autonomy.

Each session will open with a brief share-out regarding which curricular units the teachers are currently teaching/planning. Teachers will then divide into smaller teams to plan units and assessments. Through this collaboration, each teacher should walk away with new materials or approaches for upcoming lessons that they can finish developing and then put into immediate practice. Teachers will add copies of unit and lesson plans, supporting resources, and assessments developed through the course into a shared department Google folder. At the end of each session, teachers will project which units they will be looking at during the next meeting so that they can gather appropriate materials.

Teachers will be asked to gather materials to support planning for each session. At the end of the course, teachers will submit a unit or series of lesson plans that were designed with course input. Additionally, each teacher will submit a reflection on the pilot curriculum with proposed revisions.

7. STI - 5885 - Financial Literacy in Schools: September Cohort #27

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Dates: 9/8/2022 to 10/6/2022

Our students' ability to build a secure future for themselves and their families requires learning how to navigate an increasingly complex financial system. The importance of financial responsibility will only increase as the world is further transformed by science and technology. Financial Literacy will help students succeed in the future as they create businesses, drive innovation, and achieve personal goals. This course seeks to build teacher content knowledge and access to resources so they can infuse their classrooms with financial education. Teachers will acquire skills in teaching such topics as Banking & Budgeting, Careers, Cryptocurrency Basics, Insurance, Credit, Taxes, Paying for College, and the Psychology of Money through teacher certification courses offered by Next Gen Personal Finance (www.ngpf.org). Each certification course consists of five two-hour synchronous sessions, independent readings, and a one-hour certification exam. In addition, teachers seeking STI credit must attend three STI cohort sessions to reflect and discuss course progress and content, and devise plans to implement their learning in the classroom. The STI cohort will collaborate during three additional one-hour meetings. Credit: 1, 2, or 3 credits, or stipend equivalent depending on the number of certificates

The first meeting on the 8th is for participants who have never take the Cohort. Repeat attendees do not have to attend the first meeting

8. STI - 5829 - Articulating Leadership Across Departments 2022-23

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: SMS Department Chairs

Dates: 9/20/2022 to 6/6/2023

Middle School department chairs serve on the Principal's Cabinet and are relied on for a wide variety of responsibilities. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we have time to collaborate as we try to work with the administration to lead our departments through an unprecedented time. There are so many unknowns facing us as we try to return to school and we will need to work together to maintain consistency across departments. Middle School department chairs play a key leadership role as they fulfill the roles of teacher and administrator simultaneously. The department chair serves as an advocate for one's own department while at the same time supporting the wider mission of the school. As a result, healthy and open discussion about school issues must occur regularly. Scarsdale's commitment to educational excellence and evolving state regulations require department chairs to work collaboratively to examine current practices and continue to adapt to changes.

The Middle School department chairs, in the role of teacher evaluators, will function as a study group to review various duties including staff observation and evaluation, and progress with school goals. Participants will work across departments to ensure consistent approaches are being utilized. Through this course, the chairs plan to work collaboratively to follow or modify current practices as well as to prepare for upcoming initiatives. Meetings will be held weekly as needed between September and June.
If you are a Kindergarten teacher who will be using the abridged TC Reading Units of Study, for We Are Readers, this ST@C session will provide you with additional resources and address small groups, assessment, and other aspects of teaching that are not carried by the mini-lessons.

10. STI - 5830 - Teacher as a Reader - Heathcote

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 9/20/2022 to 6/13/2023

The journey of a lifelong 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 read assigned books and come prepared to discuss aspects of literary form such as character development, theme, plot, and more. They will gain insight into point of view by listening to their colleagues' responses to each book. Participants will enhance their own reading skills and learn techniques for leading discussion groups with students. For the first session, participants should bring a book read over the summer to share with the group.

Every participant will read an agreed upon book once a month and write a reflection on each that will be submitted at the end of the course.

11. STI - 5831 - Teachers Reading Together: Edgewood 2022-2023

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 9/20/2022 to 6/13/2023

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 read assigned books and come prepared to discuss aspects of literary form such as character development, theme, plot, and more. They will gain insight into point of view by listening to their colleagues' responses to each book. Participants will enhance their own reading skills and learn techniques for leading discussion groups with students.

12. STI - 5832 - Quality Readers at Quaker Ridge

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 9/20/2022 to 6/13/2023

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Teachers will gather once a month to discuss a novel. Teachers will decide which books to read for the year. At the monthly meeting, teachers will have a chance to share opinions and ideas about the books read. These meetings will give teachers at Quaker Ridge a chance to meet with each other from around the building that they may not work directly with and build relationships.

The journey of a lifelong 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 read assigned books and come prepared to discuss aspects of literary form such as character development, theme, plot, and more. They will gain insight into point of view by listening to their colleagues' responses to each book. Participants will enhance their own reading skills and learn techniques for leading discussion groups with students.

Teachers will read a book once a month for the school year. Books will be determined at the September meeting. Each teacher will create their own cookbook. Teachers will choose a recipe that relates to the book in some way. Teachers will write a description of the book and explain how the recipe connects.

13. STI - 5833 - An Exploration of Literature Across Boundaries 2022-23

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: k-12

Dates: 9/20/2022 to 6/13/2023

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 close reading and understanding for their students. Participants will enhance their own reading skills and learn techniques for leading discussion groups with students.

This course can be taken for 1 or 2 credits. Our first book of the year (for our September meeting) will be The Sentence by Louise Erdrich. All are welcome!

Participants will read one book per month and produce a course reflection or course project at the end of the year.

14. STI - 5834 - Fox Meadow Teacher as a Reader

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 9/20/2022 to 6/13/2023

Book clubs encourage critical thinking and deeper engagement with literature. In this course, teachers will spend time reading together, sharing insights and reactions to texts. Connections will be made through their discussions while reading a selection of diverse books. These texts serve both as mirrors and windows of different human emotions, experiences, and cultures. They offer a powerful opportunity to build community, increase empathy, and understand bias and prejudice. Participants will enhance their own reading skills and learn techniques for leading discussion groups with students.

Participants will read assigned books and come prepared to discuss aspects of literary form such as character development, theme, plot, and more. They will gain insight into their point of view by listening to their colleagues' responses to each book.

During the course sessions,10 books will be read and discussed. Participants will answer questions about each book and reflect about their feelings.

15. STI 5847 - Nurses Study Group 2022-23

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Nurses

Dates: 9/20/2022 to 6/13/2023

Teachers, parents, and students often look to district nurses as resources for advice on health issues that arise in the news or in the schools. Medical information is constantly being updated, and the school nurses require adequate time and opportunity to meet with colleagues to discuss the latest findings in their field. Study group participation provides the nurses a venue to read, listen, and share information that will enhance health office practices. Participants will choose books and articles on topics that are relevant to school health office concerns. Through reading, participation in discussions, and sharing daily-based practice information, school nurses will become better-informed advocates and resources for their students and families.

16. STI - 5835 - Foundations of a Scarsdale Education for Tomorrow: Middle School

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Middle School New Teachers

Dates: 9/21/2022 to 5/17/2023

Model lesson plans, constructive feedback on instruction, and tips on school culture and classroom management are all critical in helping new teachers be successful. In Scarsdale, a school-based mentor assists new hires with adapting to school culture and common practices in the first year. In addition, Scarsdale teachers benefit from curricular guidance from department chairs and colleagues. As a teacher grows as an experienced professional in the Scarsdale schools, this Foundations course scaffolds teacher professional development and mentorship in their first years so they can take maximum advantage of the professional resources available to them throughout their careers. Throughout the school year, classroom teachers, mentors, department chairs and administrators will engage each other in an examination of instructional methods, content, curriculum, and student learning and understanding to improve classroom teaching and learning. In the fall, new teachers will receive an overview of the Charlotte Danielson model of teacher evaluation and discuss expectations in the areas of special education, technology, grading, and communication to name a few. The mentor component of the course includes five after-school seminars with mentors and mentees and as well as confidential weekly meetings with the assigned mentor teacher. Curricular guidance is individualized through meetings with colleagues and department chairs.

17. ST@C Infinite Campus Gradebook & Anything Else Infinite Campus

Program: ST@C

Audience: HS

Dates: 9/21/2022

Doug will be doing an overview of Infinite Campus Gradebook & Anything Else Infinite Campus what you would like to know. This is a good opportunity to ask questions and to set up your gradebook for the year, if you so choose.

18. ST@C: Airtame Introduction and Ideas

Program: ST@C

Audience: SHS

Dates: 9/22/2022

Together we will explore this new classroom tool and how it can work in your classroom. We will go beyond the simple set up and brainstorm ways we can use this in our practice. I hope everyone will leave with some ideas to try in their classroom and report back for others.
If you are a 1st-grade or 2nd-grade teacher who will be using the abridged TC Reading Units of Study, this ST@C session will provide you with additional resources and address small groups, assessment, and other aspects of teaching that are not carried by the mini-lessons.

20. STI - 5836 - Foundations of a Scarsdale Education for Tomorrow: High School

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale HS new Teacher

Dates: 9/28/2022 to 5/17/2023

Model lesson plans, constructive feedback on instruction, and tips on school culture and classroom management are all critical in helping new teachers be successful. In Scarsdale, a school-based mentor assists new hires with adapting to school culture and common practices in the first year. In addition, Scarsdale teachers benefit from curricular guidance from department chairs and colleagues. As a teacher grows as an experienced professional in the Scarsdale schools, this Foundations course scaffolds teacher professional development and mentorship in their first years so they can take maximum advantage of the professional resources available to them throughout their careers. Throughout the school year, classroom teachers, mentors, department chairs and administrators will engage each other in an examination of instructional methods, content, curriculum, and student learning and understanding to improve classroom teaching and learning. In the fall, new teachers will receive an overview of the Charlotte Danielson model of teacher evaluation and discuss expectations in the areas of special education, technology, grading, and communication to name a few. The mentor component of the course includes five after-school seminars with mentors and mentees and as well as confidential weekly meetings with the assigned mentor teacher. Curricular guidance is individualized through meetings with colleagues and department chairs.

21. STI - 5837 - Foundations of a Scarsdale Education for Tomorrow Elementary Level

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Elementary new teachers

Dates: 9/28/2022 to 5/17/2023

Foundations of a Scarsdale Education for Tomorrow Elementary Level Model lesson plans, constructive feedback on instruction, and tips on school culture and classroom management are all critical in helping new teachers be successful. In Scarsdale, a school-based mentor assists new hires with adapting to school culture and common practices in the first year. In addition, Scarsdale teachers benefit from individualized curricular guidance from K-5 district coordinators in Math, Science, and English Language Arts. As teachers gain more experience in the Scarsdale schools, this Foundations course scaffolds their professional development and mentorship in their first years so they can take maximum advantage of the professional resources available to them throughout their careers. Throughout the school year, classroom teachers, mentors, and helping teachers will engage each other in an examination of instructional methods, content, curriculum, and student learning and understanding to improve classroom teaching and learning. New teachers will receive support for their Math, Science, Reading and Writing curricula from the district coordinators through regular consultations in and out of the classroom and half day professional development workshops. The mentor component of the course includes four after-school seminars with mentors and mentees that address district-wide best practices as well as confidential weekly meetings with the assigned mentor teacher. They will also attend the ST@C Portfolio sessions.

22. STI - 5882 - Teacher as Reader: Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Edgemont Teachers

Dates: 9/28/2022 to 5/3/2023

This course introduces teachers to new literature, which has many clear benefits. Reading together is a meaningful way to explore ideas and perspectives and to share our own experiences. In particular my goal is to assemble a reading list of texts by diverse authors, with the goal of spurring conversation about diverse life experiences. Reading and discussing together also builds our social-emotional well-being as teachers -- something we'll need this year in particular. My hope is that the course models strong facilitation of group discussions, provides examples of prompts that might connect students with literature in a personal way, and exposes teachers to texts that they might bring into their teaching practice.

When a group of educators reads together, sharing insights and reactions to texts, we find connection, develop our own understanding of texts, expose ourselves to new voices, and find fresh material and ideas to bring back to students. As teachers we are often the ones facilitating class discussions; by participating in this course as readers we can see what it's like to be a student in an inquiry-based, Socratic discussion, learning from others and being challenged to read a text that might expand our worldview or expose us to new ideas and places. Most sessions open with personal reflections in response to writing prompts; we then ask questions that guide our discussions. Working together, the group finds layers of meaning in the texts, and an understanding of why those texts matter. In our classrooms we hope that students will connect personally with texts while learning about the world and others' experiences; the reading group has similar goals, and the reading list will be made up of texts by diverse authors so that we will explore a wide range of perspectives together. The prompts from the beginning of each course will form the basis of the course project. A short story will be provided to read and discuss at the first session.

23. STI 5838 - Foundations of a Scarsdale Education for Tomorrow Special Education Elementary Level

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Elementary new teachers

Dates: 9/28/2022 to 5/17/2023

Model lesson plans, constructive feedback on instruction, and tips on school culture and classroom management are all critical in helping new teachers be successful. In Scarsdale, a school-based mentor assists teachers new to Scarsdale with adapting to school culture and common practices in the first year. In addition, Scarsdale teachers benefit from individualized curricular guidance from K-5 district coordinators in Math, Science, and English Language Arts. As a teacher grows from novice to experienced professional in the Scarsdale schools, this Foundations course scaffolds teacher professional development and mentorship in their first years so they can take maximum advantage of the professional resources available to them throughout their careers. For Special Education teachers, many of the professional learning opportunities are built into the structures already in place. Team meetings along with workshops and coaching cycles with consultants are incorporated throughout the year. Additionally, while it is important to grow your expertise regarding curriculum knowledge and delivery of instruction, being a SPED teacher adds an additional layer. The preparation and participation in the IEP process, progress monitoring goals and implementation of differentiated instruction adds to the work you do daily with your students. Support will be provided in these areas to ensure success. Throughout the school year, classroom teachers, mentors, and coordinators. will engage each other in an examination of instructional methods, content, curriculum, student learning and understanding to improve classroom teaching and learning. New teachers will receive support for their Special Education, Math, Science, Reading and Writing curricula from the district coordinators through regular consultations. The mentor component of the course includes after-school seminars with mentors and mentees that address district-wide best practices as well as confidential weekly meetings with the assigned mentor teacher.
Instructor(s): Patti Kilroy The words "digital audio workstation" 1/4 often shortened to DAW 1/4 might sound intimidating to the less technologically-inclined, but it doesn't have to be! In this session, learn how Digital Audio Workstations can enrich and enhance your teaching practice in either the orchestra classroom or strings private studio for any style of music you might teach. No prior experience is needed, and you only need a computer to get started!

25. STI - 5880 - Reimagining the Public Speaking Unit/Contest at the Middle School

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: SMS

Dates: 9/29/2022 to 2/9/2023

After a two year hiatus due to Covid, 2022 saw the return of the annual speech unit/contest at the middle school. Most of the English department does not remember a time when this unit and contest did not exist, but it has remained largely unchanged in the more than three decades since it was first conceived. While we see many benefits of continuing with this tradition, we agree that the time has come to reexamine the unit and its place in our pedagogy and to also look at the contest critically in terms of its strengths and weaknesses.

Teachers will examine past practice and consider new approaches that best serve our present-day students. We will consider the developmental needs of our students as well as the New York State standards for public speaking at each grade level. Some elements of the current unit may remain intact, some may need to be finessed, some may be completely reimagined.

Teachers will produce a 6-8 unit that will be implemented cross-house. It will assure a consistent school-wide experience for all students that is scaffolded, relevant, and equips all students with skills they will need to be successful in high school and beyond school.

26. STI - 5842 - Elementary Math Collegial Research Group

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 9/29/2022 to 6/8/2023

This course affords teachers the opportunity to collaborate around research, best practices, and to reflect on their professional growth and how it affects student learning in mathematics. The course will focus on deepening teacher pedagogical content knowledge and encourage teachers to hone their teaching strategies and practices.

The Scarsdale schools continue to deepen and strengthen methods of teaching and encourage collaboration in elementary mathematics through the Teacher-Researcher Math Collegial Group. Together, teachers from across the district will come together to research best instructional practices and strategies, share ideas and resources and reflect on and support one another's professional growth.

Members of the collegial research group will convene for ten, two hours meetings of which half will be virtual. Each member will put in four additional hours of planning and preparation in designing their own web page that will document their year long learning journey.

Attend all in-person and virtual sessions, develop a web page on the course website, document any research and work completed in your classroom, participate in course discussions and reflect on other course members work as a critical friend.

27. STI - 5852 - Elementary ELA Collegial Research Group

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Scarsdale Elementary teachers K-5

Dates: 9/29/2022 to 6/15/2023

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The Teacher-Researcher Collegial Group brings together teacher-leaders from across the district to share and engage in action-research. Teachers will set goals based upon current challenges and problems of practice and study our students, while implementing classroom practices, and engage in peer reflection. In addition to the five days teachers will be working together in classrooms studying with a TCRWP leaders Natalie Louis and Brooke Geller, this course will focus on supporting the development of the teachers' literacy knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge, developing exemplary practices so that the group can research students, implement classroom practices, and reflect together.

28. STI - 5853 - Growing a Math Professional Learning Community at Greenacres

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5 Greenacres

Dates: 9/29/2022 to 6/7/2023

At Greenacres we seek to develop a Professional Learning Community in the area of mathematics. As we move into the adoption of our new math program, Reveal Math, teachers will need time to unpack new units with grade level and building level colleagues. This course will provide teachers with an opportunity to plan units while collaborating and thinking about best practices around this work. We will support teachers as they engage in the planning process while developing an understanding of the program across the year as well as the vertical alignment of the program. We will work to differentiate materials in order to meet the needs of all students, including additional practice and enrichment resources. Participants will collaborate on and across grade levels to build their understanding of the Reveal Math program and develop their content knowledge impacting their practice and pedagogy.

Teachers will study the units in the Reveal Math program. Participants will have opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in order to develop a deep understanding of lessons and units across the year. Participants will have opportunities to engage in discussions that will focus on reflective practice, lesson study and student assessment. Professional dialogue will also focus on NCTM's eight math practices and how they enrich the program and our work with students. Participants will have opportunities to prepare and create materials to meet the needs of their students.

Course participants will engage in reflective practice with colleagues on and between grade levels. Anecdotal notes, a reflective journal and a compilation of math resources and supplemental materials will be generated as an outcome of the collaborative sessions. Articles and supplemental reading materials, from Jo Boaler, Cathy Fosnot, NCTM, etc. will be provided in support of math practice and growing our understanding of the teaching of mathematics.

29. STI - 5840 - Teacher as Reader: Greenacres 2022-23

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: All

Dates: 10/3/2022 to 6/13/2023

"The journey of the lifelong 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 read assigned books and come prepared to discuss aspects of literary form such as character development, theme, plot and more. They will gain insight into point of view by listening to their colleagues' responses to each book. Participants will enhance their own reading skills and learn techniques for leading discussion groups with students.

30. STI - 5896 - Intervention Central: Creating and Implementing MTSS Interventions

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 10/6/2022 to 6/1/2023

This course supports teachers in the development and execution of Tier 1 & Tier 2 interventions. MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support)is a district wide focus for the school year. For MTSS to be successful, and for students to receive interventions that meet their needs, teachers need guidance in setting goals, planning interventions and finding resources. Each session will focus on a common area of concern, such as difficulty comprehending text or challenges with number sense. We will then help teachers review the resources available, set goals, and design an intervention plan. As Elementary Schools work together to refine our MTSS processes, and ensure interventions are research based, we want to be sure teachers are getting the support they need to do this challenging pedagogical work.

We will center around a common student profile. This hypothetical student will have an academic or social-emotional area of concern that we commonly see across the elementary schools. For example, the session on Writing Intervention may be focused on an upper elementary student who struggles with organization as well as mechanics. After guiding teachers in goal setting, resource gathering, and intervention planning for this student, teachers will then decide on a common profile in their own grade and do the same. We will be sure to introduce teachers not only to research based interventions outside of the curriculum, but will also enlist the help of district curriculum specialists to showcase interventions available within the curriculum. We anticipate both general education and support services teachers will sign up for this class- so we will also be focusing on how support services teachers can use this same process for Tier 2 intervention- while also serving as consultants for the general education teachers in their buildings.

31. ST@C: Successful Music Instruction for English Language Learners

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/6/2022

Description of Workshop: Students come to the music classroom with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. For those classified as English learners (ELs), the ability of music teachers to scaffold instruction in order to make it meaningful and help the students develop English proficiency at the same time is essential. According to the federal government, there are currently 5 million EL students (10.1 percent of the total U.S. student population), and this statistic has increased every year with a predicted continued upward trajectory. Without supports in place, ELs often experience challenges in the classroom setting. These challenges are related to their comprehension of the academic content as well as their ability to engage meaningfully with their teacher and peers for social or academic purposes. Even in the music classroom, ELs may struggle with the linguistic demands put upon them, from unknown vocabulary in an Appalachian folk song to navigating a score in an orchestra rehearsal, or even something as basic as understanding and being able to follow directions for a class activity.

Sheltered instruction can help connect students to the content, to language, and to one another. Sheltered instruction encourages teachers to build on students' background knowledge using an asset-based approach that affirms and centers what students know and can do (Short et al., 2018). This session will provide music teachers with components for effective instruction of ELs using the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP).

Participants will:

Develop strategies for how to instruct English language learners Apply SIOP practices to repertoire and lesson plans Experience a music lesson taught in Spanish without using SIOP practices and then teach it again using SIOP. This process will not only have participants learn the practices but also will have them experience what it can feel like to be an ELL in classrooms where they are supported and where they are not.

32. STI - 5855 - Teachers Writing Workshop

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/11/2022 to 11/29/2022

The purpose of this course is to continue developing a professional writing community in our district. Writing and sharing are key elements to a reflective teaching practice. Course participants will craft original stories in a writing workshop where they will reflect, share, and engage in creative writing exercises designed to help the writer develop her/his voice and stamina. This experience will put participants in the learner's chair and offer insights on how to tease out possibilities from someone with abundant creative potential -- like each one of us.

This storytelling class is a writing workshop for adults. Teachers will participate in a professional writing community where we will write together and talk about writing, so that we can trust and learn from one another. Educators will work on short and longer format pieces and craft them with the guidance of constructive feedback from a supportive writing community. This course will include 9 hours of online writing workshop sessions and 3 hours of independent writing.

Participants will write short original pieces that will culminate in a longer form story that will be shared in a published document.

33. STI - 5866 - The Reggio Emilia Study Group - 2022-23

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/11/2022 to 5/25/2023

"One of the central tenets of the Reggio approach is that every child is a creative child. It was from this idea that the atelier (studio) was conceived." Lella Gandini "The atelier brings the strength and joy of the unexpected to the process of learning... and favors the construction of the imagination, and renders the process of education more complete and whole." Vea Vechhi The Reggio Emilia study group is a place of encounter and dialogue where teachers explore contemporary issues in teaching and learning. Inspired by the long history, experience and pedagogy of Reggio Emilia educators, the study group has for over a decade researched the fundamentals of socio-constructivist philosophy.

Essential questions have guided this research: What is the nature of learning and how can classrooms become cultures of thinking and problem solving? How can we best nurture and inspire creative thinking? How can teachers make visible the thinking and learning that take place in their classrooms? What is the role of the environment in learning? Study group participants will explore current constructivist pedagogy through readings, discussions, videos, and school and conference visits. Participants will deepen their understanding of the concepts of project-based learning, design thinking, the studio and maker spaces, making learning visible, and documentation. Participants will have opportunities to widen their experience of the "100 languages of children" (multiple intelligences) as well as experiment with the use of diverse materials in the classroom. Participants will have opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and to integrate constructivist methodology in their classrooms. Meeting dates in addition to those listed below will be announced.

34. STI - 5886 - Teaching Executive Functioning for LRC, ICT and General Ed Teachers grades 3-6

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Grades 3-5

Dates: 10/11/2022 to 1/10/2023

Executive Function skills are the processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully inside and outside of school. Most students struggle with some weak executive functioning skills. Students need to be taught explicit skills to become successful in school and in life after school.

This course teaches the skills of planning, organization, time management, task initiation, working memory, metacognition, self-control, sustained attention, flexibility, and perseverance. The children LOVE this course. The activities are hands-on and fun. They get very involved, and you will see them transfer the skills in all their activities. It is perfect for whole class instruction.

There is also a Parent's Room in the Virtual Classroom that you can give the parents access to that has at-home suggestions and strategies for each skill. The parents love that it is being taught in school.

You will teach an EF class one period in a 6-day cycle. The first week you introduce a skill, watch a video, and do some activities. The following week is a hands-on activity that enhances that skill taught.

The course is divided into a Fall and Spring. Each session is worth 2 credits. A full year is 4 credits.

You will find that it is the most worthwhile 4 credits you have ever taken. It is fun, exciting and you will see a difference in your students EF skills right away.

35. STI - 5900 - Core 9 & 10 Support Team

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: 9 & 10 SHS Core teachers, LRC teachers, Deans and Support faculty

Dates: 10/12/2022 to 6/9/2023

This course would be an opportunity for the Core level (skills level) teachers to reflect, build curriculum, integrate common practices, and ensure student welfare. At the moment, skills level teachers have no time built into their schedules to allow for collaboration. Given this opportunity to meet as a group, we can share common practices and tools, create interdisciplinary opportunities, build curriculum in response to student needs, and monitor student progress across classes. This would allow the grade-level teams an opportunity to discuss student academic progress, and monitor class-related behavior. This would allow for more effective communication between student/ home and the student's academic team. By bringing together the 9th and 10th grade skills teams, we can work together to create vertical alignment between the years, and also split our time for the individual teams to work based on grade-level concerns. By bringing together the different subject areas, the expertise of each teacher can strengthen each one's individual curriculum. This will be the first year of, hopefully, an ongoing practice for the skills classes. Over time this may grow to include the 11th grade, as well as larger interdisciplinary projects and events.

This course will only include Core (skills) level teachers, LRC teachers, deans, and support faculty who work with the 9th and 10th grades. During our meetings, we will share common practices, teaching tools, and classroom management skills. We will communicate student strengths and needs between grade-levels and among courses, share content and assessment strategies and policies. Teachers will have the opportunity to share materials, lessons, assessments, etc with the group to reflect on and give feedback based on our varied understandings and experiences of the group of students and varied curricula.
br> Creating a library of common practices, skills, materials, language, and tools and work towards vertical alignment for 9th and 10th grade.

36. ST@C: Untenured Teachers Portfolio Work

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/12/2022

This session is designed to help new and untenured teachers get a start or continue progressing with their professional portfolios.

37. STI - 5843 - Exploring Cultural Diversity Through Literature

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/13/2022 to 5/11/2023

Teachers in a global community must understand the diverse customs and traditions of their students and colleagues. What better way is there to relate to others than through reading the stories that embed cultural perspective into the lives of real people? Literature selected from across the globe can foster a deep understanding of the racial, ethnic, and cultural groups within the school community, the nation, and the world. Through the reading of selected works of literature and group discussion, participants will learn about the daily lives and perspectives that exist within different ethnic, socio-economic, and cultural groups. Teachers will develop classroom activities that promote empathy, interest, and respect for the global community based upon the readings. The first book for 2022-2023 will be Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr.

Teachers will read and discuss books that explore diversity. These books will give teachers more opportunities to develop curriculum around this theme. Some of these books, or excerpts, can be used to stimulate class discussion in any subject area. br>
The group will choose which books to read and discuss. At the end of the course teachers write a reflection or lessons based on what they read.

38. STI - 5903 - Financial Literacy in Schools: October Cohort #28

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Dates: 10/13/2022 to 11/9/2022

Our students' ability to build a secure future for themselves and their families requires learning how to navigate an increasingly complex financial system. The importance of financial responsibility will only increase as the world is further transformed by science and technology. Financial Literacy will help students succeed in the future as they create businesses, drive innovation, and achieve personal goals. This course seeks to build teacher content knowledge and access to resources so they can infuse their classrooms with financial education. Teachers will acquire skills in teaching such topics as Banking & Budgeting, Careers, Cryptocurrency Basics, Insurance, Credit, Taxes, Paying for College, and the Psychology of Money through teacher certification courses offered by Next Gen Personal Finance (www.ngpf.org). Each certification course consists of five two-hour synchronous sessions, independent readings, and a one-hour certification exam. In addition, teachers seeking STI credit must attend three STI cohort sessions to reflect and discuss course progress and content, and devise plans to implement their learning in the classroom. The STI cohort will collaborate during three additional one-hour meetings. Credit: 1, 2, or 3 credits, or stipend equivalent depending on the number of certificates

The first meeting on the October 13th is for participants who have never take the Cohort. Repeat attendees do not have to attend the first meeting

39. STI - 5873 - Using New Multimedia Tools

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/14/2022 to 10/15/2022

This is a new class that I would like to offer for teachers K-12 to have an introduction to new and old tools. We will focus on creation tools such as Adobe Create Cloud Express, WeVideo, and Canva. I hope that teachers will find ways to incorporate some of these tools into their teaching and assessments for students. Students can show us what they know in many different ways, and giving teachers the confidence to use these tools will allow them to use them more in their classes.

Students can show us what they know in many different ways, and giving teachers the confidence to use these tools will allow them to use them more in their classes. In this class, teachers K-12 will have an introduction to new and old tools. We will focus on creation tools such as Adobe Create Cloud Express, WeVideo, and Canva. Teachers will have time to explore and create with each tool and then find ways to incorporate some of these tools into their teaching and assessments for students. We hope to share new ideas and strategies to engage and challenge our students.

Teachers will produce lesson plans on how they will use at least one of the tools. They will have a "portfolio" of samples and an assessment that they can use for their students.

40. STI - 5881 - A Closer Look at Foundational Skills and Research to Support Early Literacy

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-2

Dates: 10/18/2022 to 1/10/2023

The current emphasis on the body of research known as the Science of Reading has renewed what some refer to as the reading wars and raised challenging questions for balanced literacy teachers about the best way to teach reading. Teachers who desire to strengthen their approach to instruction, can offer students a systematic curriculum that values reading comprehension, phonemic awareness, phonics, high-frequency words, cueing systems, and text selection for early reading instruction.

During our time together we will delve into the content of the professional text: Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom. This will include understanding new insights and looking closely at resources to support phonological awareness, phonics, high frequency word instruction, decodable texts, and comprehension. There will be video demonstrations and role playing with time to debrief and plan. Teachers will leave with a deeper understanding of recent research and new insights about early literacy and the intersection of phonics and early literacy.

Teachers will also use the online resource bank "The Six Shifts" to cross reference their current units and identify areas to implement these shifts. Then, participants will take time to revise/restructure their units/lessons to incorporate recent research/their learnings.

This course will include reading and completing individual assignments, along with synchronous sessions. Participants will be responsible for reading the required text, Shifting the Balance: Six Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Literacy Classroom, by Burkins and Yates. Participants will reflect on their Balanced Literacy practices alongside the Science of Reading research, realizing that teaching literacy is an art from. As evidence of their outside work, participants will show detailed evidence of integrating the six shifts.

41. STI - 5854 - Multiculturalism Through the Arts: Faith on Film: Part III

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/18/2022 to 12/13/2022

The views and values of so many of our students were forged in the traditions of the world's great faiths. We conclude our exploration of these faiths with four cinematic views of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and indigenous beliefs. SUNY Professor Bill Costanzo will introduce each film and interactive discussion. Participants will have access to the films, selected film clips, and background material on Google Drive.

The Way (US/Spain, 2010) Emilio Estevez wrote and directed this story of a grieving father (Martin Sheen) who decides to finish the pilgrimage to Camino de Santiago begun by his son. Along the way he meets an assortment of pilgrims and learns what the spiritual journey means for others and himself. 123 minutes.

My Son the Fanatic (UK, 1997) Based on a short story by Hanif Kuureishi and directed by Usdayan Prasad, this film focuses on a hard-working Pakistani-born taxi driver (Om Puri) who has made a comfortable life for his family as a secular Muslim in England. That life, and much else, is upturned when his son converts to fundamentalist Islam. 87 minutes.

The Chosen (US, 1981) Jeremy Kagan directed this adaptation of Chaim Potok's 1967 book about Jews in Brooklyn during and after world War II. The friendship between a Zionist professor (Maximillian Schell) and the son of a Hassidic Rebbe (Rod Steiger) leads to family friction and a crisis of faith. 104 minutes

Travellers and Magicians (Bhutan, 2003) The first feature film from the Himalayan country of Bhutan takes the form of a parable. A young official seeking a better life abroad meets a monk and other travelers on the road. The monk tells a story about a restless farm boy, shown in flashbacks, that parallels the young man's personal progress. Gradually, he becomes more mindful of the here and now, realizing the Buddhist teaching that what matters most is not the destination but how you make the journey. In Dzonghka, with English subtitles. (108 minutes)

42. ST@C: Understanding Kindergarten Unit 2 in the New Reading Units of Study

Program: ST@C

Audience: Kindergarten Teachers (Scarsdale)

Dates: 10/20/2022

This workshop will be helpful for those who are preparing to begin teaching the new second kindergarten reading unit, titled Shared Reading.

43. STI - 5871- Reflective Practice Seminar 2022-2023

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/20/2022 to 5/11/2023

When teams of teacher practitioners meet and reflect together on the core issues of effective teaching and learning, they can promote positive change in the classroom and in the school culture. The goal is to build a community of learners among colleagues through an examination of shared activities common to all subject areas and grade levels.

In this yearlong course, participants will look collaboratively at concrete examples of teacher and student work examining and applying various protocols for reviewing student work. Teachers will observe in each other's classrooms and are encouraged to participate in activities designed to understanding the culture of a school. The group meets twice a month; members will develop a set of reflections on their work with students and colleagues. Members also will complete a set of peer observations as the year progresses.

Participation in all class sessions and completion of coursework fulfills requirements for Professional Performance Review (Option A) for the 2021-2022 academic year. Documentary films will be used to examine teaching strategies in a variety of scenarios.

44. ST@C: Google Workspaces for SAES/Administrative Assistants

Program: ST@C

Audience: Scarsdale Secretaries

Dates: 10/20/2022 to 11/10/2022

This 4 session PD for Secretaries will provide an overview of the the google workspace that they use everyday. We will go into a different application each week and the decision on which topics to go over will be determined by the group. It is a continuation of last year class with new and updated information. It is open to all secretaries including anyone who took it last year.
This FREE four-part webinar series will feature authors of graphic histories discussing their books, teaching applications of their research, and conversations with K-12 teachers about how to incorporate graphic histories into the classroom. Each session will also include a grade-level aligned lesson focused on World History and Ethnic Studies.

Beginning with the Tupac Amaru Rebellion in 1780, this graphic history focuses on the famous rebel's brother, Juan Bautista Tupac Amaru, who was imprisoned by the Spanish at Ceuta (now in Morocco) for 30 years, where he witnessed and commented on the American, French, Haitian and Latin American revolutions. Released from captivity in 1822, he was offered a crown by the newly independent Argentines, but declined it. As an indigenous Inca, his reflections on the European concepts of liberty and revolution offer students from an indigenous Inca who educated himself in European culture while in captivity.

This is one in a four-part webinar series: Please register through https://chssp.ucdavis.edu/events/indigenous-voices-teaching-world-graphic-histories-chuck-walker-discusses-withness-age

46. STI - 5844 - Crafty Mindfulness

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/21/2022 to 10/22/2022

Practicing mindfulness can be difficult for adults and kids alike. It takes time to learn what works for you, whether it is meditation, journaling, or yoga. Crafting helps all of us to focus and create while also improving confidence and self-esteem. Using this as a way to practice mindfulness can also help adults and kids learn healthy coping skills for their emotions and ways to handle stress.

In this course teachers will be able to practice mindfulness while creating a craft for their classroom. We will use recycled materials such as weeded books and dust jackets to build and decoupage works of art. Teachers can create collage portraits of book characters for their classrooms, they can repurpose old furniture for their classroom by decoupaging. In the Quaker Ridge library there are different works of art, decoupaged furniture as well as examples of past projects that teachers have created. So there will be lots of examples to be inspired by! Their project will be the craft that the teachers create and a reflection about the creation process as a mindful activity.

47. STI - 5891 - Reading and Writing Workshops and the TC Saturday Reunion

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-8

Dates: 10/21/2022 to 10/22/2022

Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University has been a think tank in the area of literacy for over thirty years, developing state of the art teaching methods and offering professional development in using these methods. Our partnership with TC has offered teachers access to up to date research and professional development in the area of literacy. Participants in this course will use the TC Saturday Reunion Trail Guide to determine a theme of study that will support their ELA goals for teaching and best practices.

On Friday afternoon, teachers will outline a plan of action and create a timeline of benchmarks . On Saturday, participants will attend the virtual TCRWP Saturday Reunion at Teachers College where literacy educators from across the globe come together to learn. It is a fast-paced day, brimming with workshops that can help you find horizons to work towards, whether your focus is on higher-level comprehension, content area literacy, units of study in writing, assessment-based instruction, increasing student engagement, or bringing books to life. Teachers will determine and revise and reflect upon teaching practices guided by their focus areas of professional development over the course of the weekend.
Gilder Lehrman book breaks zoom discussion

49. STI - 5841 - Workshop for Senior Options Steering Committee 2022-2023

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: SHS

Dates: 10/24/2022 to 5/15/2023

Every year Scarsdale High School's Senior Options Steering Committee supervises, organizes, reviews, and revises the Senior Options Program. Teaching staff on the Senior Options Steering Committee must reevaluate program policies, forms, and logistics. The case load of mentors and students changes annually; therefore, the Steering Committee must develop new strategies, train new mentors, and supervise new students. Each member on this committee acts as a Case Manager to the mentors of seniors to oversee their caseload and make sure the requirements of the program are being met.

From September to February, participants meet monthly to review the previous year's program evaluations, to assess the outcomes, to make revisions, and to recommend policy changes, where called for, as directed by committee reflection. From March through June, participants meet at least twice monthly to introduce the revised program to mentors and students. Steering Committee members also work independently with individual mentors and students on project choices and proposal writing. Spring meetings involve individual caseloads and subcommittee work. Committee members must also read and approve caseload proposals by the end of the third quarter. During the Senior Options experience, meetings focus on problems specific mentors and students may have in preparation for presentations, on critiquing the ongoing work of the program, and on presenting ideas for reevaluation.

Attend meetings and become a Case Manager with assigned mentors and students. Fulfill the requirements of being a Case Manager.
: This webinar will help attendees to better understand and respond to issues facing historically marginalized communities through discussions of retention, recruitment, and supporting students and colleagues. Attendees will be able to access resources and repertoire list suggestions that were compiled by members of the ASTA DEI committee.

51. STI - 5884 - Organize Your Google Drive

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 10/28/2022 to 10/29/2022

Over the past several years, this year more than ever, Google has become the main source of sharing and organizing resources for teachers. As more information and resources are shared or created digitally, it is essential for teachers to develop a streamlined way to organize and find these resources. Having the ability to quickly find what you need, will not only save time, but will enable teachers to be more efficient in planning and executing lessons/units. Work smarter, not harder.

Does finding a doc or folder in your drive cause you anxiety? This course is designed to help teachers learn quick and easy tips to organize everything in your drive or on your desktop. Participants will learn how to create new folders, shortcuts, share with colleagues and more. As part of the course project, teachers will take a screen shot of their google drive before and after the course. Teachers can also describe how they chose to organize their google drive in a typed reflection. This may include what folder they chose to create and how they plan to continue to use their google drive to help plan and share resources with colleagues. As outside work, teachers will continue to organize their drive and find resources to fill existing/new folders.

52. STI - 5895 - Bring Your Guitar Playing Rock Star Self into Your Classroom

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/2/2022 to 1/4/2023

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Music is a powerful tool for making connections. Bringing music into any classroom will help build community, pathways into subject matter, and social-emotional wellness. Think WIDE! This is an opportunity to connect with your colleagues in an intro level guitar course where we will learn basic techniques and explore applicable repertoire. All of us have musical gifts! And, students love to make music and to see their teachers being musical. So, why not embrace your inner rock star, dust off that guitar, and get the skills you need to bring it into your classroom?!

Participants will need to have access to their own guitar (if not it may be possible to use a loaner from the SPS.) We will introduce proper playing techniques, basic chords and strumming patterns, and work to build singing and playing simultaneously on a variety of songs. The class will have 2 instructors making differentiation to various playing abilities possible. More advanced topics like finger picking, reading tablature, improv, capos, open tunings, and song writing could also be explored. Content will include: How to hold the guitar. Basic simple chords. Simple songs. Repertoire exploration. Independent work. And, ensemble playing or collaboration. Interactive mini-performances from your instructors will kick off each session and offer an opportunity for critical and creative thought.

Participants will have biweekly assignments and be responsible for posting short videos of their progress. At the completion of the course, students will participate in a class recital where everyone will perform a song of their choice that they plan to use in the classroom setting. Final project performances can either be live or prerecorded. The song should demonstrate their guitar playing skills and they should present a rationale behind their song choice.

Participants must commit to an hour of independent practice.

53. Sti - 5905 - Beginner American Sign Language (ASL 1)

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/2/2022 to 6/7/2023

Language learning has been shown to improve brain function, increase creative ability, and improve memory. The benefits of learning sign language are numerous. American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the most widely used languages in the United States. ASL is a visual language with its own grammatical rules and semantics. It is unique in that its beauty, unlike spoken languages, is seen rather than heard. As a visual language, ASL improves spatial awareness, reaction time, and concentration ability. Being proficient in ASL allows you to communicate with a wide range of hearing, hard of hearing, and deaf individuals-including students in mainstream and deaf school or university programs and deaf or hard of hearing residents and business people in your community. In addition, ASL improves the quality of family communication for hearing

This course will introduce participants to basic signs of American Sign Language, finger spelling, numbers, Deaf Culture and Deaf History. Teachers who learn sign language will have the benefits of bilingualism but also bimodalism. Bimodal, i.e. using a visual-spatial medium, expands your visual-perceptual skills: spatial awareness, mental rotation skill, visual sensitivity, and more! Teachers may use ASL to help students develop fine motor skills because of the dexterity required for communicating with hand gestures. Sign language is a great way to bond and communicate with pre-verbal children, and it benefits children of all ages.

Teachers will submit samples of their progress throughout the course including written and recording visual signing samples. The culminating project of this course will be an ASL interpretation of a chosen song or poem. Teachers will submit a lesson plan that incorporates skills learned or a reflection of their experience and how they plan to incorporate it into their daily work.

54. STI - 5870 - Let's Talk World Languages

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Scarsdale

Dates: 11/3/2022 to 4/13/2023

Enhanced articulation between divisions such as the middle and high schools would be a wonderful way to strengthen the learning experiences of our students. Building relationships with our colleagues in the other divisions will also strengthen our programs.

This course will examine the revised New York State standards for World Languages with a particular focus on Integrated Performance Based Assessments. For many of our teachers, the language used by NYS in its standards for World Languages is remote. Much of the work that they do, however, aligns well with many of the revised standards. The standards also provide a birds eye view of world language learning and some interesting topics to discuss among like minded colleagues. Our focus on IPA assessments will also strengthen our programs and provide teachers with a more complete and nuanced view of student learning. In part because of the difficulty we have finding the time to meet across divisions, we view this STI course as an opportunity to build relationships with colleagues in other schools in the district and beyond.

We will examine the revised NYS standards for the teaching of World Languages and determine how components of our own practice may fit into those standards. We will ask participants to bring samples of their own work and in small groups we will discuss how to modify or adapt participants' work to create complete IPA assessments.

For the culminating project each participant will create a new IPA with three different components to correspond to the three different modes identified by ACTFL: interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes.

Teachers will produce a new IPA assessment that they will be able to use in their classes.

55. STI - 5901 - Exploring the Professional Shelf: On Your Mark by Thomas Guskey

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: SHS

Dates: 11/4/2022 to 11/5/2022

Exploring the Professional Shelf courses give teachers the opportunity to delve deeply into a non-fiction text that enhances their understanding of an educational topic or content related to their academic discipline. The high school has been examining assessment practices and exploring alternative ways to measure student learning. This course will continue that discussion of grading and assessment in a book discussion open to teachers in every discipline.

In his book, On Your Mark: Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting, Thomas Guskey encourages teachers to
--Question traditional grading and reporting practices, and seek more accurate practices.
--Identify the purpose of grading, and ensure school and classroom visions, practices, and policies support it.
--Implement research-based grading and reporting practices that promote accurate, useful accounts of student learning.
--Understand why traditional practices, such as grading on the curve and offering plus or minus grades, don't fully report student academic performance.
--Examine grading and reporting policies, and make sure they support students, parents, and other stakeholders.

56. ST@C Professional Book Club for Secretaries

Program: ST@C

Audience: Scarsdale Secretaries

Dates: 11/8/2022 to 1/17/2023

The Person You Mean to Be (2018) offers an accessible guide to the complex world of unconscious biases. Unconscious biases are the assumptions and associations we all have about people who are of a different gender, race, sexual orientation or class than we are.

A copy of the book will be provided to all participants.

57. STI - 5904 - Culturally Responsive Literature

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: 6-12 Teachers

Dates: 11/9/2022 to 12/7/2022

In keeping with the district's commitment to inclusivity, this course will explore how literature reflects culture. This class will help teachers better identify the cultural assumptions embedded in the literature and how to better prepare teachers for classroom discussions surrounding culture in literature.

This course is built around a self-paced, asynchronous online course with professor Pamela Mason of the Harvard School of Education. The workshop includes a mix of self-paced learning, group discussion, and job-embedded application. Activities include: Video lectures from Professor Mason Research summaries and assigned readings Self-assessment and reflection prompts Facilitated cohort discussions Job-embedded practice

Additionally, members of the STI course will meet three times to discuss their experience in the context of the Scarsdale or Edgemont schools. Participants should plan to devote a total of 15 hours of work over the three weeks.

Please use the link to the Harvard School of Education website for the specific course materials and requirements. In addition, teachersCulturally Responsive Literature Instruction Program | HGSE will submit a reflection for STI credit. Fee: Participants must enroll directly with Harvard and pay their $225 fee. There is no fee from the STI for this course.

58. ST@C: SMS Untenured Teacher Portfolio Session 2

Program: ST@C

Audience: Scarsdale Untenured Middle School Teachers.

Dates: 11/15/2022

This will be another Meeting for the SMS teachers who are untenured and are looking for guidance on creating their portfolios. Previous session will be touched on, but the video is available.

59. ST@C: Introduction to the Probationary Portfolio

Program: ST@C

Audience: Participants of the Foundations Course

Dates: 11/17/2022

This session, which is part of Foundations, will serve to introduce the portfolio and assist teachers in starting a Google site. The class will take place in Chris Casal's computer classroom at Heathcote Elementary School.

60. STI - 5867 - Special Education Accommodations that Benefit All in the General Education Classroom

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-6

Dates: 11/18/2022 to 11/19/2022

How do educators reach students who struggle to acquire information in a "typical" fashion? Acquiring grade level curriculum is the goal for all students, even our most challenged learners. This course will offer educators the opportunity to look at different ways to reach students through the use of various modifications. Educators will have the opportunity to improve current lessons to fit the needs of all learners in the classroom.

Participants will be presented with various examples of modifications to use in their classrooms. Participants will go over modifications/accommodations sections of anonymous IEPS to ensure they understand how the modifications will improve learning opportunities for all students in the classroom.

Participants will be introduced to BoardMaker and how it can be used in the classroom.

61. STI - 5906 - Financial Literacy in Schools: November Cohort #29

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/22/2022 to 12/20/2022

Our students' ability to build a secure future for themselves and their families requires learning how to navigate an increasingly complex financial system. The importance of financial responsibility will only increase as the world is further transformed by science and technology. Financial Literacy will help students succeed in the future as they create businesses, drive innovation, and achieve personal goals. This course seeks to build teacher content knowledge and access to resources so they can infuse their classrooms with financial education. Teachers will acquire skills in teaching such topics as Banking & Budgeting, Careers, Cryptocurrency Basics, Insurance, Credit, Taxes, Paying for College, and the Psychology of Money through teacher certification courses offered by Next Gen Personal Finance (www.ngpf.org). Each certification course consists of five two-hour synchronous sessions, independent readings, and a one-hour certification exam. In addition, teachers seeking STI credit must attend three STI cohort sessions to reflect and discuss course progress and content, and devise plans to implement their learning in the classroom. The STI cohort will collaborate during three additional one-hour meetings. Credit: 1, 2, or 3 credits, or stipend equivalent depending on the number of certificates The first meeting on the November 22nd is for participants who have never take the Cohort. Repeat attendees do not have to attend the first meeting

62. ST@C: SMS Untenured Teacher Portfolio Session 3

Program: ST@C

Audience: Untenured SMS Teachers

Dates: 11/28/2022

This will be a continuation of the Portfolio project for all untenured teachers in SMS.

63. ST@C: SMS Untenured Teacher Portfolio Session 3

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 11/28/2022

This will be another Meeting for the SMS teachers who are untenured and are looking for guidance on creating their portfolios. Previous session will be touched on, but the video is available.

64. STI - 5894 - Meaningful Gatherings and Celebrations

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 11/30/2022 to 12/3/2022

As we return to school post-COVID, we have the opportunity to rethink traditions and celebrations in our classrooms that develop much needed connection and meaning with our students and the broader school community. In this program, we will explore the ways that food brings us together, how gatherings can have more purpose, and how community is defined in the school setting. This program will be a hybrid program with a weekday (Tuesday night) virtual meeting and asynchronous work and a full day workshop in person on Saturday where we will cook together, explore resources, and enjoy our own purposeful gathering.

The course will highlight how food brings us together by allowing us to understand the past and present as well as different cultures. Participants will explore, articles, podcasts, videos. presentations and cooking activities to focus on how food can build of community.

65. STI - 5888 - K-12 Integrated Unit Design - Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 12/2/2022 to 12/17/2022

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 and explore how to incorporate technology effectively into their teaching to promote student learning and increase engagement.

Participants will take current units of study or create new units where they will integrate different district technology. We will use our feedback protocol to create multiple iterations of their project using instructional feedback from the group.

Course Requirements:
Participants will take current units of study or create new units with usable work samples/instructional materials. They will also create a lesson or unit plan write up.

66. STI - 5863 - Grand Central Neighborhood - Adapting to Changing TImes

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 12/2/2022 to 12/3/2022

This course examines the impact of a political decision making process that transforms the Grand Central neighborhood with consequences for the city in the nation. Teachers will research primary source documents as they track the monumental shifts that occurred over the last century in transportation, technology, sociology, science, art, architecture and economics in the Grand Central area and beyond.

Through multimedia resources including documentary film, photographs, books, primary source documents, internet resources, a guided walking tour and discussion, participants will examine the Grand Central neighborhood as a study of change over the last century. Instruction will model the case study approach to facilitate integration of an event into enriching and meaningful lessons for students in technology, science, math, art, architecture, sociology and economics. Highlighted in the walking tour will be Grand Central Terminal, The Chrysler Building, Lincoln Center, the NY Public Library and the Daily News Building, along with the East 42nd St. area. The course will focus on attributes of the Beaux-Arts, Art Deco and Neo-Gothic architecture styles as they are featured in these buildings. The historical time frame in which each style was en-vogue in America will also be emphasized. We will also be touring the NYC library. There will be a $25.00 fee which can be added and paid with the tuition

67. ST@C: SHS Portfolio Introduction and Work Session

Program: ST@C

Audience: SHS Probationary Teachers

Dates: 12/9/2022

The probationary teachers will have an introduction to the portfolio that they need to complete for the tenure process. Teachers from year 1-4 can attend to ask questions, compare notes, and to have a set time to work.

68. ST@C: DITCH Summit

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 12/16/2022

This will be a PD session where participants will gather to take part in one video in the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit

69. ST@C: Ditch Summit Viewing

Program: ST@C

Audience: SMS

Dates: 12/19/2022

This is providing a space and time for people to participate in the Ditch That Textbook Summit.

70. STI - 5911 - Financial Literacy in Schools: January 2023 Cohort # 30

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Dates: 1/5/2023 to 2/9/2023

Our students' ability to build a secure future for themselves and their families requires learning how to navigate an increasingly complex financial system. The importance of financial responsibility will only increase as the world is further transformed by science and technology. Financial Literacy will help students succeed in the future as they create businesses, drive innovation, and achieve personal goals. This course seeks to build teacher content knowledge and access to resources so they can infuse their classrooms with financial education. Teachers will acquire skills in teaching such topics as Banking & Budgeting, Careers, Cryptocurrency Basics, Insurance, Credit, Taxes, Paying for College, and the Psychology of Money through teacher certification courses offered by Next Gen Personal Finance (www.ngpf.org). Each certification course consists of five two-hour synchronous sessions, independent readings, and a one-hour certification exam. In addition, teachers seeking STI credit must attend three STI cohort sessions to reflect and discuss course progress and content, and devise plans to implement their learning in the classroom. The STI cohort will collaborate during two one-hour meetings. Credit: 1, 2, or 3 credits, or stipend equivalent depending on the number of certificates

The first meeting on the January 9th is for participants who have never take the Cohort. Repeat attendees do not have to attend the first meeting.

Course offerings for this Cohort are Banking & Budgeting, Consumer Skills, Credit Insurance, Psychology of Money

71. STI - 5889 - K-12 Integrated Unit Design - Edgemont

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Edgemont

Dates: 1/6/2023 to 1/28/2023

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 and explore how to incorporate technology effectively into their teaching to promote student learning and increase engagement.

Participants will take current units of study or create new units where they will integrate different district technology. We will use our feedback protocol to create multiple iterations of their project using instructional feedback from the group.

Course Requirements:
Participants will take current units of study or create new units with usable work samples/instructional materials. They will also create a lesson or unit plan write up.

72. STI - 5914 - Teaching Executive Functioning for the Classroom Spring 2023

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: Grades K-8

Dates: 1/10/2023 to 6/13/2023

Executive Function skills are the processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully inside and outside of school. Most students struggle with some weak executive functioning skills. Students need to be taught explicit skills to become successful in school and in life after school.

This course teaches the skills of planning, organization, time management, task initiation, working memory, metacognition, self-control, sustained attention, flexibility, and perseverance.

The children LOVE this course. The activities are hands-on and fun. They get very involved, and you will see them transfer the skills in all their activities. It is perfect for whole class instruction.

We will meet every other week. At that time, I will present the lesson plan for that week. The lesson plans are detailed and easy to follow. We will review and discuss the best materials to use. Everyone will duplicate to my Virtual Classroom, which has everything you need.

There is also a Parent's Room on the Virtual Classroom that you can give the parents access to that has at-home suggestions and strategies for each skill. The parents love that it is being taught in school. You will teach an EF class one period in a 6-day cycle. The first week you introduce a skill, watch a video, and do some activities. The following week is a hands-on activity that enhances that skill taught.

The course is the Spring portion of the course, which was divided into a Fall and Spring section. Each session is worth 2 credits.

73. ST@C - Purchasing Basics

Program: ST@C

Audience: Scarsdale Secretaries

Dates: 1/10/2023 to 1/17/2023

Purchasing Basics: This two session workshop will review topics that include: Law that governs how the District can make purchasing District policy as it relates to purchases How to create a strong PO The approval process Using SMARTS Budget Ordering process: What happens after a PO is approved? Types of requisitions: reimbursement, Ed Data, blanket POs Use of the District's credit card SMART Budget Reports The Ed Data process

74. ST@C: Introduction to the Probationary Portfolio - Part II

Program: ST@C

Audience: All

Dates: 1/11/2023

This session, which is part of Foundations, will build upon the initial Introduction to the Probational Portfolio class from Fall 2022. The Fall session focused on gathering and organizing artifacts with a brief introduction to creating the Google Sites portfolio website. This session will dive deeper into the Google Sites portfolio teachers have built as well as work on refinements and enhancements. The class will take place in Chris Casal's computer classroom at Heathcote Elementary School.

75. ST@C: TC New Kindergarten Unit 3: Writing For Readers

Program: ST@C

Audience: Online

Dates: 1/11/2023

Kindergarten teachers learn the ins and outs of teaching the new Reading and Writing Units 3, Reading Super Powers, and Writing For Readers.

76. STI - 5913 - Media Literacy Weekend

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/13/2023 to 1/14/2023

Media literacy education is often seen as part of the solution to the many information and political challenges we face around the world. We hear various stakeholders declare the importance of media literacy education, including policymakers and politicians, educators, researchers, journalists, social media platforms, parents and caregivers, community members, and more. NMLC23 is organized around the theme of RESISTING THE FRAME. Join us to explore three themes: (1) Global Media Literacy and Technology Policy

(2) Reimagining Ed Tech in Schools

(3) Propaganda and Persuasion

In this online conference, learn from leaders in the field and engage in productive dialogue that deepens knowledge and expertise!

Participants will attend the NMLC23 sessions and engage with experts and participants around the country on Friday and Saturday. Saturday afternoon, participants will review materials and ideas discussed in the sessions and their current yearlong curriculum while planning for integration of student media literacy experiences. Teachers will consider where their current curriculum includes such opportunities, where they can be enhanced, and where additional experiences can be inserted.

Teachers will create a plan to include media literacy lessons into a unit of their current curriculum with adjusted goals and outcomes where necessary. There is a fee of $25 to attend the conference
Date of Workshop: 1/13/2023 Start Time: 4:00:00 PM Instructor(s): Kathleen McGreal and Beth Colleary The Scarsdale High School Innocence Club will be hosting John Bunn who was exonerated after 27 years in prison. Arrested at the age of 14, Mr. Bunn was wrongfully convicted in the murders of two off duty corrections officers and served his time in Rikers where he earned a GED. Since winning his freedom, Mr. Bunn has been a committed advocate for prison reform and for supporting literacy programs in local neighborhoods and correctional facilities. The event will be held at the Scarsdale Public Library.

78. STI - 5892 - Let's Make Anchor Charts

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 1/20/2023 to 1/21/2023

Anchor charts are a visual resource for students to be able to refer to within a classroom. The visual resource can help a student remember a strategy or rule. It is important for teachers to be able to make anchor charts to support any units of study.

During this course, teachers will create anchor charts to be used for student reference that will support the curriculum areas being studied within the classroom. All supplies for this course (chart paper, crayons & markers) will be provided by the course coordinator. Teachers are also welcome to bring their own supplies as well.

Teachers will take a photo of each anchor chart created during the course. Teachers will create a Google Slideshow to display the photo and brief summary explaining how the anchor chart will be used in conjunction with a curriculum area. Teachers should also include a reflection slide.

79. STI@C: SMS Untenured Teacher Portfolio Session 4

Program: ST@C

Audience: MS

Dates: 1/24/2023

Publish Setting: Publish Date of Workshop: 1/24/2023 Start Time: 2:40:00 PM Instructor(s): All are welcome but geared for the SMS untenured faculty Description of Workshop: For the portfolio completion of the untenured teachers of SMS

80. ST@C: Introduction to the Probationary Portfolio - Part III

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/26/2023

Start Time: 3:30:00 PM Instructor(s): Christopher Casal, Kathleen McGreel This session, which is part of Foundations, is the third in a series of ST@C sessions to support untenured teachers on their portfolio process. The initial Introduction to the Probational Portfolio class took place during the Fall or 2022 and Part II occurred on 1/11/2023. The Fall session focused on gathering and organizing artifacts with a brief introduction to creating the Google Sites portfolio website. Session II dove deeper into the Google Sites portfolio teachers built Session III will be a feedback and workshop style session where teachers can share their progress and receive real-time feedback as well as technical support. You can attend Session III regardless of attendance at the previous sessions, all are welcome.

81. STI -5868 - Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3: Initial Referrals and Triennials

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Special Education Teachers and Service Providers

Dates: 1/26/2023 to 4/13/2023

Special education teachers and service providers test many students throughout the year for initial referrals and triennial reevaluations. Deciding which test to use depends on several factors, so it is helpful to be familiar with various tests. This course will provide the opportunity for participants to share best uses and pros/cons of tests they have used. Test reports are best when useful to parents and teachers, so approaches to report-writing will be shared as well.

In this course participants will share knowledge about various standardized and criterion-referenced tests, so as to become familiar with and gain a sense of the best uses and pros/cons of tests. The first session will focus on exploring differences amongst tests, with the goal of deciding which test/s to use for specific student evaluations. Later sessions will cycle back to comparing and contrasting tests, but will focus on writing evaluation reports. Teaches will share approaches to interpreting results and writing reports so they will be most useful to parents and teachers. Participants will create and share templates for report-writing. Participants should formally evaluate at least one student by the second class session so results can be interpreted and turned into a meaningful report.

Teachers will: - Share pros/cons of tests used - Become familiar with a variety of tests - Discuss best purposes for various tests - Share approaches to report-writing of evaluations - Create/share templates to use with test/s - Practice interpreting test results - Write report/s for evaluation/s recently administered - Possibly create chart or best purposes for tests discussed

Before 2nd session, teachers will: - Formally evaluate a student (to create opportunity to interpret results and draft report)

82. STI - 5893 - Learn how to Paint and Animate with Procreate

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 1/27/2023 to 1/28/2023

Procreate is a powerful iPad App that allows students and teachers to communicate visually. Teachers must keep up with the rapid pace of ever changing technology, while incorporating more visuals into their teaching materials. The ability for teachers to physically create the images and animations they need for class is crucial. Working with this app allows teachers to take control of their materials and develop content that is course and students specific. Participants will use Procreate to make illustrations, course materials, infographics, presentation visuals, and dynamic animations for class. This robust Art App is very similar to Photoshop, but much easier to learn, and more accessible to students. Participants only need an iPAd and a stylus.


Through a series of exercises, participants will develop their ability to create images in Procreate. First they will learn the Procreate interface, organization of tools and use of the gallery. They will then learn how to use Layers, Brushes, Transformation Tools, painting and drawing tools, and selection tools. Participants will also learn how to make customized brushes to suit their needs. Next, we will learn and practice more advanced tools such as blend modes, symmetry tools, image adjustments and perspective tools. Participants will create paintings and graphics to be used in their classroom. They will learn how to make an animation to make their images come alive.


In addition to all of the in-class assignments, the project includes making specific illustrations and/or teaching materials for their classes. They may be illustrations, infographics, journals, animations, presentations, graphs and charts...any customized content for their specific classes.

83. STI - 5899 - Elementary Special Education Study Group

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5 Scarsdale

Dates: 1/27/2023 to 1/28/2023

SPED teachers need time to come together and ensure we are all on the same page when it comes to annual reviews and presenting information, writing quality IEPs and obtaining updated information from the state regarding regulations. This time will be used to collaboratively add to our website which provides tools for all elementary special education teachers.

Part of the role of a special education teacher is to develop quality IEPs which are reflective of each students, strengths and areas of need. Additionally they are written with goals and progress monitoring in mind. They report to parents throughout the year. during the annual review present specific data to support decision making. This course will allow elementary special educators to work together to create a uniform way to present information to parents in lieu of the diagnostic achievement battery. Additionally this collaboration will strengthen the practice of quality IEP writing ensuring all student's needs are represented appropriately throughout the document. The course will consist of an intensive weekend which will inform the annual review presentation of information. Each section of the IEP will be reviewed in accordance with the NYS regulations. Teachers will leave this course with the skills to develop high quality IEPS, in addition to having a format to present information to parents during the annual review meeting. They will be able to collaborate with colleagues to ensure consistency across all five elementary schools.

Teachers will exit this course with tools to progress monitor, write quality IEPs and present information to parents in lieu of the diagnostic achievement battery.

84. STI 5850 - Studying Skillful Teacher 2023

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12 Scarsdale Teachers

Dates: 2/3/2023 to 4/15/2023

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

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

85. ST@C - Portfolio Work Session

Program: ST@C

Audience: HS

Dates: 2/3/2023

This will be a time to work, collaborate, and ask questions regarding your probationary portfolios. Year 1-4 are invited to attend.

86. STI - 5890 - Exploring SAMR model and ISTE standards in the Hybrid Learning Environment

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/3/2023 to 2/18/2023

This course is a work session in which teachers will create new units or upgrade current units of study to fit the hybrid learning environment. 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 and explore how to incorporate technology effectively into hybrid learning to increase engagement and productivity using the SAMR model and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. The SAMR model provides a technique for moving through degrees of technology adoption to find meaningful uses of technology in teaching. SAMR is an acronym for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.

Participants will learn about both the SAMR model and ISTE standards. The model and standards provide concrete examples of how to develop 21st century learning experiences that build autonomy among their students.

Participants will take current units of study or create new units with usable work samples/instructional materials that can be used in the hybrid learning environment. They will also create a lesson or unit plan write up. This course can be taken for either 1, 2, or 3 credits. It will be adjusted if not taken for the full three credits.

87. STI - 5879 - Edward Hopper Anew: Film Screening and Whitney "Hopper's New York" Exhibition

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/3/2023 to 2/4/2023

Viewing the new "Hopper" film, and visiting the new "Hopper's New York" exhibition at the Whitney will provide class participants the opportunity to view and study "revisionist art history" at its best. Both the film and the exhibit address the long overlooked role of women in Hopper's life (1882-1967) and in so doing provide insight into their stories and the changing lives of independent women from the Suffragette victory of 1920 through the women's liberation movement of the 1960's. We can apply what we learn in lessons for our classes that will recognize and honor the efforts and accomplishments of 20th century women who have been for too long overlooked. Edward Hopper, the premiere 20th century American realist painter, is revered for capturing the rural and urban American experience in works that evoke timeless, shared, emotions and values. Long thought to be the consummate "loner," both the new Hopper film and the "Hopper's New York" exhibition will for the first time provide insights into the women in Hopper's life who inspired and influenced his work. In so doing our understanding of the crucial roles of formidable women, often left out of artists' biographies, will be addressed and in the case of Hopper, recognized and applauded. On Friday evening we will view the new "Hopper" film at the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center in Nyack and on Saturday we will see the "Hopper's New York" exhibition at the Whitney. Before and after the film and museum visit we will discuss how to use what we learn in our classes.

Prompt attendance and full participation on both days are required along with preliminary readings of film and exhibition reviews. Projects should specify which film clips and / or works of art will be shared in lessons with students and how they will be presented and discussed.

Estimated Additional Fees for Participants: $40 for entrances to the Museums

88. STI - 5912 - Financial Literacy in Schools: February 2023 Cohort # 31

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Dates: 2/7/2023 to 3/22/2023

Starting Today
Our students' ability to build a secure future for themselves and their families requires learning how to navigate an increasingly complex financial system. The importance of financial responsibility will only increase as the world is further transformed by science and technology. Financial Literacy will help students succeed in the future as they create businesses, drive innovation, and achieve personal goals. This course seeks to build teacher content knowledge and access to resources so they can infuse their classrooms with financial education. Teachers will acquire skills in teaching such topics as Banking & Budgeting, Careers, Cryptocurrency Basics, Insurance, Credit, Taxes, Paying for College, and the Psychology of Money through teacher certification courses offered by Next Gen Personal Finance (www.ngpf.org). Each certification course consists of five two-hour synchronous sessions, independent readings, and a one-hour certification exam. In addition, teachers seeking STI credit must attend three STI cohort sessions to reflect and discuss course progress and content, and devise plans to implement their learning in the classroom. The STI cohort will collaborate during two one-hour meetings. Credit: 1, 2, or 3 credits, or stipend equivalent depending on the number of certificates

The first meeting on the February 7th is for participants who have never take the Cohort. Repeat attendees do not have to attend the first meeting.

Course offerings for this Cohort are Behavioral Economics, Career, Cryptocurrency Basics, Investing, Paying for College

89. ST@C - Multimodal Composition with Angela Stockman

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-5

Dates: 2/9/2023

NewStarting Soon
Come join us for a ST@C session where Angela Stockman will guide teachers through a the ideas, experiences , and learning opportunities to explore bringing multimodal composition into the classroom while enhancing student design, writing, and communication. This workshop is a preview to what the upcoming course will feature.

90. ST@C: Introduction to the Probationary Portfolio - Part IV

Program: ST@C

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/9/2023

Starting Soon
Date of Workshop: 2/9/2023 Start Time: 3:30:00 PM Instructor(s): Christopher Casal, Kathleen McGreel Description of Workshop: This session, which is part of Foundations, is the fourth in a series of ST@C sessions to support untenured teachers on their portfolio process. This session is designed to give untenured teachers an opportunity for a final review of their Drive organization and Sites build before the required submission deadline. The first session focused on gathering and organizing artifacts with a brief introduction to creating the Google Sites portfolio website. Sessions II and III dove deeper into the Google Sites portfolio teachers built along with real-time feedback and time to troubleshoot. This Session IV will be an opportunity for final review before required submission. This session will allow for answering any lingering questions, last minute content and share settings review, thoughts about next steps, and so on. You can attend Session IV regardless of attendance at the previous sessions, all are welcome.

91. STI - 5865 -Readers Theater with Puppet Making

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 2/10/2023 to 2/11/2023

Starting Soon
Reader's Theater is a structured drama variation. Children are given or write their own scripts to act out a scene. Reader's Theater stresses reading aloud and group collaboration, and is a benefit to children who are less confident about extemporaneous speaking. Participants in this course will learn how to use Reader's Theater in the classroom and create puppets to go along with the scripts. Participants will creatively and effectively get their students reading aloud with comprehension, expression, fluency, volume and most important, joy. It is an excellent way to get children invested in literature.

We will choose from a variety of appropriate reading level scripts. Speaking and listening is a critical component of the ELA curriculum and NYS standards. Using a variety of materials and tools, puppets will be created. Finally, we add technology using the program DoInk, which is a green screen background that will provide the setting for each script. We will then choose appropriate scenery to add to the green screen. This ongoing project will therefore encompass ELA, Makerspace, and Technology.

Teachers will produce puppets and a video as evidence of their learning.

92. STI - 5921 - Power Tools and Pasta

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/10/2023 to 2/11/2023

Wait ListStarting Soon
Students at Scarsdale Middle School participate in a range of hands-on activities through their quarterly related arts classes. The goal of this course is to improve teachers' knowledge about interdisciplinary connections in technology and family and consumer sciences courses. Teachers will learn how common kitchen tools are made using foundations of woodworking from technology classes and how those tools are used in family and consumer science courses. This course provides teachers with some insight to what it is like for students to engage in hands-on, experiential learning and broaden the possibilities for interdisciplinary connections.
This "Tools with a Twist" class will combine technology and cooking to design pasta drying racks, prepare and cut wood, assemble the rack and finally use it to dry the rolled out pasta we will prepare in the kitchen.

Build a wooden pasta drying rack (technical drawing, designing, cutting, using power tools)

Make fresh pasta dough(s) from scratch

Roll and cut dough with a pasta maker, dry pasta

Prepare two sauces - marinara and pesto (nut free)

Activities and discussions will also take place relating to cultural connections around food and how to grow some of our ingredients at home

The project will be designing and creating the rack. Teachers will ask participants to do a reflective piece about their experience and how these skills can/may be used in their classes.


Estimated Additional Fees for Participants: $10-15 per participant

93. STI - 5922 - Multimodal Composition with Angela Stockman

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-8

Dates: 2/10/2023 to 4/27/2023

Starting Soon
This course explores the importance of making writing a multimodal endeavor in K-8 classrooms. We will address what multimodal composition is, how to situate it in a writing workshop that is responsive to the unique needs of writers, how to handle curriculum design and assessment, and how to plan instruction.

Through this weekend course with six follow-up bi-monthly meetings, Angela Stockman will guide teachers through a series of experiences and learning opportunities to explore bringing multimodal composition into the classroom while enhancing student design, writing, and communication. Teachers will spend the weekend learning from Angela, followed by a close reading into her latest texts, The Writing Workshop Teacher's Guide to Multimodal Composition. The bi-monthly sessions will include frequent visits and online support guidance from Angela.

Participants will participate in the weekend course with Angela Stockman. Teachers will collaborate and create multi-modal revisions to their curriculum.

94. STI - 5923 - Teachers Writing Workshop

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 2/28/2023 to 4/18/2023

The purpose of this course is to continue developing a professional writing community in our district. Writing and sharing are key elements to a reflective teaching practice. Course participants will craft original stories in a writing workshop where they will reflect, share, and engage in creative writing exercises designed to help the writer develop her/his voice and stamina. This experience will put participants in the learner's chair and offer insights on how to tease out possibilities from someone with abundant creative potential -- like each one of us.

This storytelling class is a writing workshop for adults. Teachers will participate in a professional writing community where we will write together and talk about writing, so that we can trust and learn from one another. Educators will work on short and longer format pieces and craft them with the guidance of constructive feedback from a supportive writing community. This course will include 9 hours of online writing workshop sessions and 3 hours of independent writing.

Participants will write short original pieces that will culminate in a longer form story that will be shared in a published document.

95. STI - 5929 - Building STEAM Skills: STEM and Knitting, Finding a Place. for Craft in the Classroom

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: All

Dates: 3/1/2023 to 4/12/2023

In the winter of 2019/20 I taught my students how to crochet as a fun, indoor recess activity. When we went into lockdown, it became an outlet to manage stress for many students and for myself. Now, in addition to working with my own students, I run a 4th grade recess knit and crochet club that brings together students from different classes, building community and promoting students' mental health. This course will help other teachers harness the benefits of knitting and crocheting for themselves and their students.

Knitting fiber to make cloth is one of the earliest human technologies. Its development traces the advance of humankind, as we developed tools and techniques to create practical solutions and artistic expressions. While the practice has become less relevant in modern times, many are rediscovering this ancient practice. Studies show the mental health benefits of knitting and crochet. Among them are reduced stress and anxiety, as well as increased self esteem and sense of belonging. Many mathematical and science concepts can also be demonstrated through knit and crochet. Participants of all levels are welcome to join this course. Beginners will learn the basics of each craft, including materials, patterns and techniques. More advanced learners will be challenged to advance and apply their skills.

Teachers will create items out of yarn that can be used as models for teaching and learning. These items could focus on mindfulness or promote academic learning, from simple concepts such as arrays to complex ones like hyperbolic planes.

96. STI - 5930 - Unpacking the Reveal Math Experience K-5 Spring 2023

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-5

Dates: 3/1/2023 to 4/12/2023

This course will focus on various aspects of the Reveal Math program. Teachers will have the opportunity to share ideas on each topic and learn from their colleagues about various aspects of the program. They will also have opportunities to share teacher-made materials and resources they have incorporated into their lessons.

Every week, teachers will have an opportunity to share their successes and challenges regarding a particular component of the Reveal Math program. This six week course will focus on: ● Strategies for time management ● Language in the math classroom ● Teacher Line of Questioning ● Homework ● Using games ● Digital platform utilization

Every week teachers will post on a padlet ideas they have tried as a result of the class and reflect on their learning.

97. STI - 5782 - Spark Creativity with Adobe's Creative Cloud Express

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/2/2023 to 3/23/2023

Adobe makes many quality products for high end creative pursuits. Programs like Photoshop have been around for years and have set the bar for quality of tools used by creative professionals. Adobe Creative Cloud Express is the refreshed name of the "Adobe Spark" suite of apps. Adobe Creative Cloud Express offers the the ability to make webpages, posters, and videos with high quality visuals, strong messages, and easy to use interfaces.

Adobe Creative Cloud Express is easily accessible by both students and teachers using their @scarsdaleschools.org account and is just as powerful on the iPad as it is on the desktop. We will take an in-depth look at the Adobe Spark suite of apps, across device platform, and how to leverage these powerful creative tools to support student voice in telling the story of their learning. The course will meet 4 times and will have 4 hours of asynchronous work to complete between sessions.

98. 5918 - Global Networking: Focus on Southern Spain

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/3/2023 to 3/4/2023

Dr. Nicolas Toscano Liria, a Full Professor of Medieval Spanish Literature at St. John's University will outline salient moments of the rich history of southern Spain, with a special emphasis on the Parallel Histories of Spain and the United States. Cádiz was founded by Phoenicians in 1100 BC. They called it Gadir. The oldest archaeological remains, that have been discovered in the area, are from 800 BC. The Greeks called it Erytheia and Kotinoussa, when it was split by a canal. The city is ancient! It is the setting for several famous myths and legends. For example, the legendary Hercules completed his tenth labor in Erytheia and Plato referenced Gades when he described the location of Atlantis. In addition, Cádiz has seen mighty empires rise and fall. Romans, Visigoths, Carthaginians, Moors, and those serving Catholic Kings have roamed its streets. It is surrounded by the sea and was a doorway to the New World. In addition to delving into the city's deep history, we will prepare for the trip by exploring Cádiz using digital resources. This course is required for teachers traveling on the STI field study in the summer of 2023, but open to all.

99. 5933 - A Closer Look at Foundational Skills and Research to Support Early Literacy

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-2

Dates: 3/3/2023 to 3/4/2023

The current emphasis on the body of research known as the Science of Reading has renewed what some refer to as the reading wars and raised challenging questions for balanced literacy teachers about the best way to teach reading. Teachers who desire to strengthen their approach to instruction, can offer students a systematic curriculum that values reading comprehension, phonemic awareness, phonics, high-frequency words, cueing systems, and text selection for early reading instruction.

During our time together we will delve into the content of the professional text: Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom. This will include understanding new insights and looking closely at resources to support phonological awareness, phonics, high frequency word instruction, decodable texts, and comprehension. There will be video demonstrations and role playing with time to debrief and plan. Teachers will leave with a deeper understanding of recent research and new insights about early literacy and the intersection of phonics and early literacy.

Teachers will also use the online resource bank "The Six Shifts" to cross reference their current units and identify areas to implement these shifts. Then, participants will take time to revise/restructure their units/lessons to incorporate recent research/their learnings.

This course will include reading and completing individual assignments, along with synchronous sessions. Participants will be responsible for reading the required text, Shifting the Balance: Six Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Literacy Classroom, by Burkins and Yates. Participants will reflect on their Balanced Literacy practices alongside the Science of Reading research, realizing that teaching literacy is an art from. As evidence of their outside work, participants will show detailed evidence of integrating the six shifts.

100. STI - 5848 - Making Art Come Alive with Augmented Reality

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/3/2023 to 3/4/2023

Augmented reality creates interactive experiences by using a smartphone or tablet to reveal layers of multisensory information. When used with artwork, augmented reality allows a creator to explore whole new dimensions of the piece, expand the scope of the work, and engage the viewer in an entirely new way. The augmentation can take the form of multiple modalities including visual, auditory, olfactory and even touch. In this course, teachers will acquire the skills to use this technology with their students.

Participants will practice using a variety of art materials and create a final piece of art that will be enhanced by the use of augmentation. For example, using Keynote and Eyejack, teachers can connect a QR code to artwork so that when scanned, the piece comes alive with added animation and sound. Chibitronics circuit stickers allow students to interact with their art through a hidden circuit system that adds light or other changes to the piece through touch. Teachers will gain the skills and tools to not only create an augmented piece of art with their students, but also to use augmented reality in various aspects of their curriculum.

Teachers will complete a piece of art that has been augmented and can be shared with their students and colleagues. Teachers will also submit an independent project where they have used augmented reality in their classroom.

101. STI - 5932 - Developing Media Literacy through Critical Thinking

Program: Scarsdale Teachers Institute

Audience: K-12

Dates: 3/3/2023 to 3/4/2023

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Acquisition of the basic skills of good reasoning is integral for the intelligent and responsible conduct of life. It is vital that our students, from kindergarten through college, be keen purveyors of information, armed with the important ability to sort fact from fiction, and come to decisions based on credible sources. With the unfiltered and constant data stream from the Internet, students are increasingly likely to accept as truth anything they click on, read or hear. This workshop offers strategies and exercises to combat the flood of misinformation, clickbait, and inflammatory language and name-calling all too prevalent in today's media. Topics will include evaluation of source materials and discussion of Artificial Intelligence (including ChatGPT). The material is adaptable to all grade levels and subject areas.