Courses 2016-2017

Rhonda Bondie Workshop: April 8 (2 Saturdays and Online Work) Enroll on MLP

Rhonda Bondie is a Special Education professor at Fordham University and faculty member of Harvard’s Project Zero. She will conduct a
a three day workshop for MTRACT on Saturdays that will include strategies for group learning, informative assessment, structured choice, self-regulation, clarity, access and specialized instruction through her All-Ed methodology.

ALL-ED integrates a set of evidenced-based instructional practices (including cooperative learning, self-regulation, and formative assessment) into a framework for teacher instructional decision making. The ALL-ED framework is used to differentiate instruction in manageable and sustainable ways. Teachers use ALL_ED routines and tools for planning, assessing, and responding to a wide variety of academic learning needs while fostering student independence in the inclusive classroom. The framework integrates evidence-based practices into practical tools for teachers, enabling teachers to leverage the affordances of more than 30 years of empirical research without thinking about each separate practice.

March 27th – April 24th
Using Google Slides and Creating Green Screen Movies: FACE to FACE and ONLINE: INSERVICE and CTLE HOURS

Participants will learn to create green screen movies and further enhance Google slide presentations through screencasting and animation. Learn to use simple green-screen phone apps to create “professional looking” presentations and videos for any purpose. Participants will also learn how to use WeVideo in conjunction with Google Drive.

There will be two face-to-face meetings – first and last

March 22nd – May 10th
Experience Project Zero in Massapequa
Thinking Routines: Teachers will learn a vast array of thinking routines from Project Zero that help to make a student’s thinking visible. This information is used to assess student understanding, create changes in curriculum, and deepen instruction. There are five 2 hour sessions and 15 assignments on line.

There will be 4 meetings face to face (8 hours). The rest of the class will be online.
This class needs 10 participants to run

April 29th
Bookmaking with Marissa Sondo
Students at the elementary level are drawn to making books, because they are compact, personal and portable. This class will show different book making techniques that students can create as a class, but also independently to help foster a love of writing. The course will touch upon simple forms such as postcards and simple fold books and also move into accordion and simple bound books. In addition teachers will be shown how to use some other art materials that are classroom friendly. Teacher will have time to also create and make sample to bring back to the room with them.
Satisfy your 100 CTLE hours and get 9 graduate credits while becoming an expert with Google
There seems to be interest in the Google certification program. We need 12 to run and have received responses from 8. The program consists of 3 courses (3 grad credits each) with discounted tuition. That will give you 135 hours so you can satisfy your 100 CTLE hours now 🙂
Click this link  for further information about the program. 
·         3 Courses for a total of 9 credits
·         A trimester schedule – there will be a Fall, Winter and Spring session each year  (Summer Available by cohort unanimous vote)
·         Three 10-week courses
·         Significant discount from standard university tuition. ~$1092.00* per course (compared to $1594 on campus)
·         Hybrid model of instruction
·         Virtual meetings through Google Hangouts for two sessions per course to stay connected and enhance student learning.
 Please complete the linked form if interested:

NYSUT Courses

To register for NYSUT courses, go to My Learning Plan and choose the NYSUT catalog: Graduate or In-Service


MAGIC (create Meaningful Activities to Generate Interesting Curriculum) (EDU 682)
Location: Birch Lane Elementary School
Dates: 6/26/2017 to 6/30/2017

EDU 682 The College of Saint Rose
Create “MAGIC” in the classroom by exploring the creativity of “possibility thinking” with students. Participants design and implement lessons that promote active learning and that encourage student creativity. Increase student achievement in any content area by incorporating the strategies and techniques explored in this course.

Successful Teaching for the Acceptance of Responsibility (STAR) (EDU 691)
Location: Fairfield Elementary School
Dates: 6/26/2017 to 6/30/2017

EDU 691 The College of Saint Rose
This course assists educators in creating learning environments that model, invite, and teach responsible behavior. Participants practice strategies and techniques that foster self-awareness and responsibility and eliminate “learned helplessness” in students. Topics include: coping with irresponsible behaviors in respectful ways; preventing power struggles; avoiding “enabling behavior”; and encouraging students to assume responsibility for their school experience.

Differentiated Instruction in Today’s Schools (EDU 695)
Location: Birch Lane Elementary School
Dates: 7/10/2017 to 7/14/2017

EDU 695 The College of Saint Rose
This course equips experienced and beginning K-12 educators with the essential skills to implement differentiated instruction (DI) successfully with students. A research-based instructional approach, DI provides educators with effective, manageable strategies for meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse student population within the context of today’s challenging standards-based curriculum. Participants will gain expertise in understanding and implementing a broad range of strategies associated with the essential, distinguishing components of differentiated instruction. These components will be experienced in a highly interactive learning environment that models the differentiated instruction principles and processes.

Embedding Study Skills (EDC 683)
Location: Fairfield Elementary School
Dates: 7/10/2017 to 7/11/2017

EDC 683 The College of Saint Rose
This course is available for all grade levels and helps participants focus attention on study skills as basic skills; understand the need to organize the teaching of study skills; and actively involve students in their own learning.

Brain Based Ways We Think and Learn (UNY 705)
Location: Fairfield Elementary School
Dates: 7/17/2017 to 7/21/2017

UNY 705 Adelphi University
This course provides experienced and beginner educators with a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which findings from current brain research can be applied to teaching and learning. Participants apply key cognitive processes to their lesson planning and instructional practice to increase student comprehension and achievement.

Activating a Motivated and Engaged Brain: The SEEKING System (EDU 661118)
Location: Fairfield Elementary School (Massapequa, NY)
Dates: 7/24/2017 to 7/28/2017

EDU 661118 SUNY Empire State College
This course focuses on improving student attention, engagement, and perseverance, by activating the innate SEEKING System that drives the motivated brain. Participants examine the brain science that underlies each processing network of motivation, memory, and higher-level thinking. They learn to design lessons and incorporate activators (or strategies) that support each processing level and maximize the SEEKING System of the motivated brain.

Collaborative Inquiry for Students: Preparing Minds for the Future (EDU 661108)
Location: Birch Lane Elementary School
Dates: 7/24/2017 to 7/28/2017

EDU 661108 SUNY Empire State College
Collaborative Inquiry provides educators with research-based strategies for designing and implementing collaborative inquiry for students. The strategies are based on the 4-Ds of Appreciative Inquiry.Collaborative inquiry fosters the skills students need now and in the future to develop a deeper understanding and mastery of content knowledge and skills. Participants will explore and experience the collaborative inquiry models of problem-based learning, hypothesis-based learning, project-based learning, Appreciative Inquiry, and performance-based learning.Participants will develop standards-based essential questions, assessments, and rubrics; design strategies for teaching collaboration and teamwork; and explore the components of facilitative leadership, debriefing, and feedback.

Student Engagement and Standards Based Learning (EDU 661106)
Location: Birch Lane Elementary School
Dates: 8/7/2017 to 8/11/2017

EDU 661106 SUNY Empire State College
Using a standards-based approach as its foundation, Student Engagement and Standards-Based Learning is a Performance Learning Systems® course that explores high-impact learning activities designed to help teachers optimize student learning. Participants will use standards as a basis for designing learning activities, assessments, and scoring guides and will prioritize learning based on curriculum.Using alignment criteria and the POINT design components, participants will evaluate, modify, expand, and design standards-based learning activities in order to maximize student learning, engagement, and achievement. A variety of learning activities aligned to standards and the QFL (Questions for Life) Process Skills are featured in this course as participants learn to address the needs of 21st Century Learners and foster progress toward deeper retention and transfer of learning.

Courses at Other Centers

Suffolks Edge Teacher Center
Registration: Log onto, type SETC in the search box and scroll down to find the workshop you would like to register for.

Developing Authentic Assessments in the Content Area
When: February 2, 9, & 16, 2017
Where: W.S. BOCES Conference Center, 31 Lee Avenue, Wheatley Heights
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Cost: $100

Algebra I (Bring a Graphing Calculator)
When: February 13 & 27, 2017
Time: 4 –7pm
Where: Western Suffolk BOCES Conference Center, 31 Lee Avenue, Wheatley Heights, NY 11798

The Poverty Project in Oceanside

Practicing Your Craft Through Teaching Channel Teams: Using the Power of Reflection, Modeling and Feedback (Hybrid Course)
Audience: K-5 Teachers
Location: Sayville Old Junior High School, Training Lab
Start Date: Tuesday, March 7th, 2016 Time: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
To Enroll:

OWL Teacher Center
Click abot to visit the OWL website for multiple course offerings

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