Courses – 2017

October 21 – November 18
FACE to FACE and ONLINE: Rhonda Bondie Differentiating Instruction Workshop
15 CTLE hours and 1 in-service credit

There will be two face to face meetings on Oct21st and Nov 18th (10 hours) and 5 hours online
Rhonda Bondie is a Special Education professor at Fordham University and faculty member of Harvard’s Project Zero. She will conduct a fifteen hour workshop for MTRACT (two Saturdays and some online work) 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.

This workshop requires a minimum of 12 participants to run
Instructor: Rhonda Bondie

Beginning November 14th!
FACE to FACE and ONLINE: Creating Cultures of Thinking
45 CTLE hours and 3 in-service credits

Continue your Project Zero Experience with This Brand New Class
In this course the teachers will learn how to create “cultures of thinking”: places where a group’s collective as well as individual thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted every day. They will learn the eight cultural forces present in every group learning situation. These are language, time, environment, opportunities, routines, modeling, interactions, and expectations. They will learn how these eight cultural forces shape a classroom’s cultural dynamic.

There will be 5 meetings face to face (10 hours). The rest of the class will be online. (35 hours)


NYSUT Courses


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

Differentiated Instruction in Today’s Schools (EDU 695)
Location: Berner Middle  School
Dates: Sept: 14, 28    Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26  Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30th
4:00 pm – 8:30
Instructor: Kira Martelli
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.

Courses at Other Centers

October 11th – 3 CTLE hours (4:15 to 7:15)
Accident Prevention and Responding to Emergencies with Nancy Close
Nassau TRACT sponsored by Long Island Teacher Centers

Nancy Close is an experienced health teacher who works closely with community health agencies to provide current health information to educators that promote safety and well-being. Instructor’s contact:

This three-hour workshop will explore common accidents their causes and prevention. Leading causes of lifestyle related illnesses will be discussed. Healthy lifestyle practices will be reviewed. A guest speaker from Empower Assist Care will discuss accident prevention and share resources.

This workshop is opened to Teachers and Teaching Assistants. Participants will be provided with information from community representatives from the field and recommendations on how to apply this information from a practicing educator.

Sign up using MLP at

November 4th – CTLE hours
Sponsored by Long Island Network of Teacher Centers

Online Registration only: Go to , click on View Course Catalog/Register, locate the LINC Technology Academy-Suffolk, and click Enroll
Participants will choose two of the three workshops below:
Twitter and Microsoft OneNote
Barbara Knab, MTRACT Director
Learn the basics of Tweeting and how to use OneNote to organize your Teacher Center materials. OneNote is a FREE electronic digital binder that can be used cross platform – computers and phones, MAC, PC, Android, iOS. OneNote works on any device including Chromebooks!!! It’s like carrying dozens of binders but WITHOUT the weight! Ditch those binders and organize in the CLOUD where your data access can be available whenever and wherever!

Kristine Cucinello, MESTRACT Executive Director
Flipgrid is a new K-12 resource that is designed to promote open discussion using video. Teachers post topics, introductory videos, and/or links for discussions and students respond to the prompt and to each other with short video reflections. In this workshop, you will learn the functionality of Flipgrid and discuss how it could be used to collaborate among teacher center directors and within professional learning experiences to enhance teacher engagement.

Creating Global Learning Communities in Your Pajamas with Edmodo and Zoom
Carol Weintraub, InterCounty TC Director
The best learning experiences for teachers include ongoing collaboration, reflection, and experimentation to enhance instruction. In this hands-on session, teachers will create their own online learning communities that encompass these activities, and leave ready to initiate their own professional learning to share their wisdom with other teachers using the convenient tools of Edmodo, Flipgrid, and Zoom. Learn with incredible professionals around the world while lounging in your pajamas!

SWD Certificate – Baldwin Teacher Center
Starting October 17, 2017

NYSUT in collaboration with Baldwin Teacher Center: SWD (Students with Disabilities Certificate) – 12 Graduate Credits*
Location: Baldwin High School (841 Ethel T. Kloberg Drive, Baldwin, NY)
Those interested should e-mail BTC at

* This program is for teachers who seek an additional certification in Students with Disabilities at the same developmental level (i.e. subject/grade area(s) of record). An individual who pursues the SWD certification will take one NYSUT course under each of the 4 competency areas approved for SWD by NYSED for a total of 12 semester hours; pass a Content Specialty Test(s) for Students with Disabilities; and complete a state approved autism workshop (3 hours), and other workshops currently mandated by NYSED for all teachers (which most teachers have already taken by now). Individuals pursuing this additional certificate will apply on their own to the NYS Education Department, Office of Teaching Initiatives. (Note: NYSUT ELT is an approved CTLE provider).

Scheduled to run 10/17/17- 6/29/18 NYSUT Tuition: $800 for 3 graduate cr. or $465 – 45 hours inservice credits The tentative schedule is as follows: REGISTER FOR ALL COURSES AT NYSUT MLP: w
Course #1: SED 661 – COOPERATIVE LEARNING FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: 10/17, 10/19, 10/21, 10/24, 10/26, 10/28, 10/31, 11/2/2017 – Meets 2 or 3x weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Saturdays. (Tues/Thurs: 3:45 – 8:15 PM & Sat. 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.) Competency Area: Curriculum Instruction
Course #2: EDUC 503M – METHODS & MATERIALS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, and 4/7/2018 – Meets 1x weekly on a Saturday (8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.) Competency Area: Managing Environment
Course #3: UNY 729 – INCLUSION: EDUCATION FOR ALL, PreK-12. Dates still to be assigned: Tentative on-site course dates could include: 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12/2018 and Meet 1x weekly on a Saturday (8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.) , OR cohort could select an online format that meets weekly over a 10-week period (pending district approval). Competency Area: Foundations of Special Education
Course #4 – EDUC 516M – CURRICULAR ASSESSMENT AND BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT: 6/25, 6/26, 6/27, 6/28, and 6/29/2018 – This will be a 5-day course offered during summer 2018 that meets (8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.) Competency Area: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Evaluation

Consult the following web site: Special Education Certificate Titles and Teaching Assignment Chart at ************************************************************************************
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