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Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 Course Offerings

In alphabetical order on-line courses first then graduate. Brooklyn College graduate courses have a course number as well as a title.

Please note that all graduate courses may also be taken for in-service credit.

In-Service Offerings $90.00 per credit or $270.00 per 3 credit course/Brooklyn College Graduate Offerings $1,200.00.

New Student? Take $20.00 off the tuition of your first in-service course. There are no discounts on Brooklyn College courses.

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ON-LINE COURSES: In alpha order... Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 Sessions Listed

 Please scroll to the bottom for In-person Courses

 

Please note: All courses (except a few with notations) are available for open enrollment at any time during the session. If using open enrollment courses must be completed in the current semester. 

 

 Spring 2017 runs 1/4 - 6/26/17

 Summer 2017 runs 6/27 - 9/17/17

 Fall 2017 runs 9/18 - 1/2/18

Spring 2018 runs 1/3 - 6/24/18

Summer 2018  runs 6/25 - 9/9/18

Fall 2018 runs 9/10 - 1/1/19

Spring 2019 runs 1/2 - 6/23/19

Summer 2019 runs 6/24 - 9/8/19

Fall 2019 runs 9/9/19 - 1/4/20

Spring 2020 runs 1/6/20 - 6/21/20

Summer 2020 runs 6/22/20 - 9/6/20

Fall 2020 runs 9/7/20 - 1/3/21

Spring 1/4/21 - 6/27/21

Summer 6/28/21- 9/5/21

Fall 9/6/21 - 1/2/22

 

 

 


Scroll to the bottom for In-person classes at our Mt Sinai or East Meadow Sites...registration permitting so register early!!

 

All listed ON-LINE courses are available for the following sessions:

 

 

SESSIONS

 

 

FALL 2020

 

Session I    9/7 - 10/7/20

Session II    9/9 - 10/9/20

Session III A    9/14 - 10/14/20

Session III  B  9/17 - 10/17/20

Session III C    9/21 - 10/21/20

Session IV    9/23 - 10/23/20

Session V    9/28 - 10/28/20

Session VI    10/5- 11/5/20

Session VII    10/7 - 11/7/20

Session VIII    10/9 - 11/9/20

Session IX    10/12 - 11/12/20

Session X    10/19 - 11/19/20

Session XI    10/21 - 11/21/20

Session XII    10/26 - 11/26/20

Session XIII   10/28 - 11/28/20

Session XIX  11/2 - 12/2/20

Session XX   11/4 - 12/4/20

Session XXI  11/9 - 12/9//20

Session XXII  11/11 - 12/11/20

Session XXIII    11/16 - 12/16/20   

Session XXIV    11/18 - 12/18/20

Session XXV    11/23 - 12/23/20

Session XXVA    11/25 - 12/25/20

Session XXVB    11/30 - 12/30/20

Session XXVI    12/2 - 1/2/21

Session XXVI    12/7 - 1/3/21

Session XXVII    12/9 - 1/9/21 ** Fall class but last day ends in Spring session

Session XXVIII    12/11 - 1/11/21 ** Fall class but last day ends in Spring session

Session XXVIV    12/16 - 1/16/21 *** Fall class but last day ends in Spring session

Session XXVV    12/21 - 1/20/21 *** Fall class but last day ends in Spring session

 

SPECIAL ONE WEEK ACCELERATED SESSIONS:

 

Session A    9/7 - 9/11/20

Session B    10/5- 10/9/20

Session C    11/2 - 11/6/20

Session D    11/16 - 11/20/20

Session E    12/7 - 12/11/20

Session F    12/21 - 12/25/20

Session G    12/28 - 1/3/21

 

 

SPECIAL TWO WEEK ACCELERATED SESSIONS:

Session 1    9/14 - 9/28/20

Session 2    9/28 - 10/2/20

Session 3    10/12 - 10/26/20

Session 4    10/19 - 11/2/20

Session 5   11/9 - 11/23/20

Session 6    11/30 - 12/14/20

Session 7  12/14 - 12/28/20

Session 8    12/21 - 1/3/21

 

 

SPRING 2021

Session I    1/4 - 2/4/21      

Session II   1/6 - 2/6/21

Session III    1/11 - 2/11/21

Session IV    1/14 - 2/16/21

Session V    1/18 - 2/21/21

Session VI    1/20 - 2/20/21

Session VIA    1/25 - 2/25/21

Session VII     1/28 - 2/28/21

Session VIIA    2/1 - 3/1/2021

Session VIII  2/4 - 3/4/21

Session VIIIA    2/8 - 3/8/21

Session IX 2/10 - 3/10/21

Session IXA   2/15 - 3/15/21

Session IXA    2/17 - 3/17/21

Session X    2/22 - 3/22/21

Session XA    2/24 - 3/24/21

Session XI  3/1- 4/1/21

Session XIA    3/3 - 4/3/21

Session XII    3/8 - 4/8/21

Session XIIA    3/11 - 4/11/21

Session XIII   3/15 - 4/15/21

Session XIIIA    3/18 - 4/18/21

Session XIV   3/22 - 4/22/21

Session XIVA    3/24 - 4/24/21

Session XV 3/29 - 4/29/21

Session XVA    4/1 - 5/1/21

Session XVI    4/5 - 5/5/21

Session XVII     4/7 - 5/7/21

Session XVIIA    4/12 - 5/12/21

Session XVIII     4/14 - 5/14/21

Session XVIIIA    4/19 - 5/19/21

Session XIX  4/21 - 5/21/21

Session XIXA    4/26 - 5/26/21

Session XX     4/28 - 5/28/21

Sesssion XXI    5/3 - 6/3/21

Session XXIA    5/5 - 6/5/21

Session XXII    5/10 - 6/10/21

Session XXIIA    5/13 - 6/13/21

Session XXIII   5/17- 6/17/21

Session XXIV    5/20  - 6/20/21

Session XXIVA    5/24 - 6/24/21

Session XXV   5/26 - 6/26/21

Session XXVA    5/31 - 6/30/21 *

Session     XXVI    6/3 - 7/3/21 *

Session XXVII    6/7 - 7/5/201*

Session XXVIII    6/14 - 7/14/21*

Session XXIX    6/16 - 7/16/21 *

Dession XXX    6/21 - 7/21/21 *

* note ends during Summer but Spring Session

 

SPECIAL TWO WEEK ACCELERATED SESSIONS:

Session 1    1/18 - 2/1/21

Session 2    2/8 - 2/22/21

Session 3    3/8 - 3/22/21

Session 4    3/17 - 3/31/21

Session 5    4/7 - 4/21/21

Session 6    5/3 - 5/17/21

Session 7    6/9 - 6/23/21 

 

 

 

SPECIAL ONE WEEK ACCELERATED SESSIONS:

 

Session A    1/11 - 1/15/21

Session B    2/15 - 2/19/21

Session C    3/1 - 3/5/21

Session D    3/22 - 3/26/21

Session E    4/5 - 4/9/21 

Session F    4/12 - 4/16/21

Session G   5/3 - 5/7/21

Session H    5/24 - 5/28/21

Session I    5/31 - 6/4/21

Session J     6/7 - 6/11/21

Session K  6/14 - 6/18/21

Session L    6/21 - 6/25/21

more session dates may be posted

 

 

SUMMER 2021

 

Session A    6/28 - 7/28/2021

Session B    6/30 - 7/30/21

Session C    7/2 - 8/2/21

Session D    7/5 - 8/5/21

Session E    7/7 - 8/7/21

Session F    7/9 - 8/9/21

Session G    7/12 - 8/12/21

Session H   7/15 - 8/15/21

Session I    7/17 - 8/17/21

Session J    7/19 - 8/19/21

Session K    7/21 - 8/21/21

Session L    7/23 - 8/23/21

Session M    7/26 - 8/26/21

Session N    7/29 - 8/29/21

Session O    7/31 - 8/31/21

Session P    8/2 - 9/2/21

Session Q    8/4 - 9/4/21

Session R    8/7 - 9/7/21    * Summer class but last day ends in Fall session

Session S    8/9 - 9/9/21    ** Summer class but last day ends in Fall session

Session T    8/12 - 9/12/21    * Summer class but last day ends in Fall session

Session U    8/14 - 9/14/21    * Summer class but last day ends in Fall session

SessionV    8/16 - 9/16/21 * Summer class but last day ends in Fall session

Session W    8/19 - 9/19/21 * Summer class but last day ends in Fall Session

Session X    8/23 - 9/23/21 * Summer but last day ends in Fall Session

Session Y    8/26 - 9/26/22    * Summer but last day ends in Fall Session

Session Z    8/30 -9/30/21    * Summer but last day ends in Fall Session

 

 

 

SPECIAL ONE WEEK ACCELERATED SESSIONS: 

Session I    6/28 - 7/2/21

Session II    7/5 - 7/10/21

Session III    7/7 - 7/14/21

Session IV  7/12 - 7/16/21

   Session V   7/14 - 7/21/21

Session VI  7/19 - 7/23/21

Session VII  7/21 - 7/28/21

Session VII    7/26 - 7/30/21

Session IX   7/28 - 8/4/21

Session X    8/2 - 8/6/21

Session XI    8/4 - 8/11/21

Session XII   8/9 - 8/13/21

Session XIII     8/11 - 8/18/21

Session XIV  8/16 - 8/20/21

Session XV   8/19 - 8/26/21

Session XVI   8/23 - 8/27/21

Session XVII    8/26 - 9/2/21

Session XVIII    8/30 - 9/3/21

Session XIX    9/1 - 9/8/21    * Summer but last day ends in Fall Session

 

 

 

SPECIAL TWO WEEK ACCELERATED SESSIONS:

Session 1    6/28 - 7/12/21

Session 2    7/5 - 7/19/21

Session 3    7/12 - 7/26/21

Session 4    7/26 - 8/9/21

Session 5    8/2 - 8/16/21

Session 6    8/16 - 8/30/21

Session 7    8/23 - 9/6/21    * Summer but last day ends in Fall Session

 

 

 

FALL 2021

Dates Coming Soon

 

 

 

ON-LINE COURSES

 

 

SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL 2021 

 

 

ON-LINE

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS - DATES/SESSIONS ABOVE

 

 

ON-LINE COURSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL SESSIONS LISTED ABOVE UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

 

ONE CREDIT/CTLE 15 HOUR COURSES

 

Effective Classroom Management
(1 credit/15 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Course Description:

This course will explore techniques for effective classroom management. Educators will discuss a variety of strategies for building a well managed classroom atmosphere. A 1-credit course for educators of all subjects and grade levels K-12.

 



Differentiated Learning: Teaching to All Ability Levels
(1 credit/15 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Course Description:


This course discuss with educators the what, how and why to differentiate instruction. Educators will explore division of teaching time and strategies for varying ability levels in the classroom. A 1-credit course for educators of all subjects and grade levels K-12.

 


Mindfulness in your Classroom
(1 credit/15 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Course Description:


This course will implement strategies for a mindful classroom. Teachers will discuss encouraging students to be mindful while being aware of how mindfulness helps us cope in the classroom. A 1-credit course for educators of all subjects and grade levels K-12.

 

 

 

 

THREE CREDIT/CTLE 45 HOUR COURSES

0-60 Google Chrome Extensions for Struggling Learners

*NEW COURSE SPRING 2020!!!

(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor Jennifer Rommel                             jrommelpd@gmail.com


Course Description:
As a special education teacher, teaching using technology can be challenging. Google Chrome has developed extensions and tools that can be added onto student Chromebooks to provide supplemental supports to our students whether in class or at home.   Great for all educators K-12.

 

 

 

 

0-60 in Google Classroom: Integrating Technology into Every Classroom

Note:  formerly known as Google Classroom: Integrating Technology into Every Classroom

(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor Jennifer Rommel                             jrommelpd@gmail.com

 
Description:  Technology is increasingly becoming necessary to include in all lessons. Utilizing Google Classroom creates an easy and effective mean of communication with students. This can be instantaneous during a lesson with electronic devices or from home. Join the 21st Century and get into Google Classroom!  Great for all educators K-12.

 

 

 

 

 

0-60 in Google Docs: The Benefits are Endless


(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor Jennifer Rommel                             jrommelpd@gmail.com 

Couse Description:
Utilizing Google Docs is a quick and easy way to foster collaboration, have work submitted electronically, access your work from anywhere without a flash drive. This course will show all of the advanced uses of Google Docs that can make lesson planning and peer communication much easier for teachers and students.

Note:  this Instructor has several other Google courses listed in alpha order below:  Google Classroom, Google Forms and 5 Easy Steps to Using Google Slides

 

 

 

 

0-60 in Google Forms: Using these forms to Increase Communication with Co-workers, Parents and Students

Note: formerly known as Google Forms: Using these forms to Increase Communication with Co-workers, Parents and Students

(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor Jennifer Rommel                             jrommelpd@gmail.com


Description:  Utilizing Google Forms/Docs is a quick and easy way to communicate with co-workers about common students. These forms can be used as assessments in your classroom or at home. Take this course to learn the many uses for this technology that can add to your classroom.  Great for all educators K-12.

 

 

 

 

0-60 in Google Slides: Utilizing Google Slides in 5 Easy Steps

Note:  formerly known as 5 Easy Steps to utilizing Google Slides


(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor Jennifer Rommel                             jrommelpd@gmail.com

Description:
Google Slides is a valuable tool used in many classrooms today. It can be used for the teachers to maintain their notes in one place or for students to work on group presentations together simultaneously. You will learn how to create a presentation, convert an older one from Power Point to slides, and monitor students work.

 

 

 

 

 

0-60 in Google Tools: Across the Content

Note:  formerly known as 14 Google Tools Across the Content

(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor Jennifer Rommel                             jrommelpd@gmail.com

Couse Description:
Google Tools are extremely beneficial to our students learning experience as we can hit the multitude of learning styles for all students. This course focuses on the most useful tools that can be used in history, science, math, English, clubs and science fairs. Now, you can do just about everything for your classroom in the cloud, using a bunch of Google tools for teachers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Pillars of Planning: Objective and Closure

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only


Description: Where do we start? How do we end? The beginning and the end of any lesson must be carefully considered when constructing lesson plans. What is the purpose of a measurable objective? Why must a closure clearly connect to the objective? These are key questions that must be regularly addressed, and doing so can be frustrating. Teachers enrolled in this course will focus on understanding and crafting purposeful objectives and operative closures, both as a means of facilitating effective lesson planning. This course is applicable to all subjects/grade levels.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Easy Apps for Education

Instructor:  Elia Figari O'Leary       email:   Eliaolearyliips@gmail.com

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only


Course Description:  Technology is rapidly becoming integrated into our classrooms. Would you like to start incorporating technology, but are not sure where to start?  This course explores 5 different APPS that teachers can integrate into the classroom to enhance their instruction.  These APPS include: Quizlet, Edpuzzle, Chatterpix, Kahoot, and Seesaw.  Teachers can utilize these APPS to create effective and engaging lessons.  Suitable all educators K-12.


Participants completing this course will:
● Receive a step by step guide of how each app functions
● Learn how to develop lessons utilizing these apps in creative ways
● Learn how to engage students in an interactive way while meeting the
needs of all learners

 

 

 


5 Key Strategies for Acceptance and Tolerance in the Classroom

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class for SUMMER 2020

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only 

Course Description:
As educators, it is vital to check some of our personal viewpoints and opinions at the door. We must not only remain objective in our curriculum execution and assessments, but also in the way we deal with students of various backgrounds, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and genders. We must recognize that we are role models, that our students look up to us, and that the examples we set can have significant impact on the future. Tolerance and Acceptance are virtues that must be practiced, taught, and expected. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore these concepts in an effort to make their classrooms safe, welcoming environments for all students.
Applicable to teachers of all subjects and grade levels.

 

 

 


5 Key Strategies for Acing the Observation

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class for SUMMER 2020

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only 


Course Description:
We’ve all felt the stress of teaching in front of an administrator; the nervousness that encapsulates us while we try to do our very best and show what kind of teacher we are. Preparation is the key to any successful performance, and delivering a lesson while being observed is no exception. The more work you put in, the better the outcome will be. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore proven lesson-planning strategies, questioning tactics, and behavior management approaches that not only focus on the occasional observation, but elevate our teaching for every other day of the year.
Applicable to teachers of all subjects and grade levels.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for A Sanitized Classroom

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class for SUMMER 2020

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

 

Course Description:
In today’s educational climate, health and wellness are the utmost priorities. Teachers and students alike face the challenge of preventing the spread of germs while still maintaining a focus on education. And so, we must not only understand the importance of heeding cautionary information, but also how to practice these measures in a realistic, long-term manner. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore various safety protocols and will learn valuable tools to ensure a safe educational environment.

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Constructive Cooperative Learning

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

 
Course Description:
We’ve all tried group work. Sometimes students work well together, and sometimes they don’t. How many students per group? Do we let the students make their own groups? Do we keep them in groups for the entire period? The truth of the matter is that cooperative learning takes careful preparation, some trial and error, and a degree of patience. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore proven pedagogical strategies for effectively constructing and conducting cooperative learning lessons.

Applicable to teachers of any subject/grade level.

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Commanding the Room
*NEW COURSE FOR SPRING 2021

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Course Description:
Being a master of your content area is half the challenge of being an effective teacher. What is the other half? The delivery. The ability to execute your lesson plans, to keep your audience of students engaged and connected. For some, this comes naturally; the entertainer, so to speak, emerges when the bell rings and we put on the show. For others, however, commanding the room is not so easy. Sometimes, it’s about confidence. Sometimes it’s about finding ways to make the material relatable. And sometimes it’s a matter of employing a few proven tactics to ensure your classroom environment is orderly, respectful, and productive. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore tried and true tactics and tools that will facilitate consistently effective leadership.  

Note: Applicable to all subjects/grade levels.

 

 

 

 

 
5 Key Strategies for Communicating with the Absent Student


*NEW COURSE SUMMER 2020

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only


Course Description:
“Did I miss anything?” We’ve all heard that question from a student who returns after an absence (or many absences). And we’ve all felt the frustration from not knowing what to say, of wishing our students and their parents remained informed when out of school. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore proven communicative tools as well as “distance learning” strategies in order to provide absent students with the resources they need and the education they deserve.
Applicable to teachers of all subjects and grade levels.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Cooperative Colleague Collaboration

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class - Summer 2019

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Course Description: Yes, when the bell rings and the door closes, we teach alone. But this job is about more than what happens between those bells. How we get along with our department members can have a drastic effect on our teaching. A positive, friendly work environment paves the way for collaboration, teamwork, and improved results. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore proven methods that facilitate positive, productive, professional interactions and relationships.
Note: This course is applicable to teachers of all grade levels/subjects.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Dealing with Cheating

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class SPRING 2019

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit onl


Course Description:
Academic Dishonesty. It happens. From the tiny sheet of paper that hides cleverly under a leg, to the blatantly wondering eyes that scan nearby papers, to the seemingly limitless range of possibilities that cell phones bring, cheating has become an art form for some students in this modern era. Yes, if they spent a tenth of that time actually studying there would be no need to cheat, but we all know how far that adage goes. As teachers, we must stay current and adept to evolutionary cheating tactics, we must remain consistent in our punishments, and we must always make it clear that academic honesty is of paramount importance. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore realistic pedagogical methodologies that focus on maintaining and upholding academic honesty and dealing with academic dishonesty if/when it does happen.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Dealing with Disruptive Students

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Application: All subjects/grade levels

Course Description:

When their books are out, their smiles are wide, and their minds are open, all is well in the world of the classroom. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case. Even in a class of "good" students, there may exist that one, two, or small handful of pupils who try your patience and leave you exhausted and drained. These students can disrupt even the most well-planned lesson and can infect the experience for those who are interested and engaged. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore proven pedagogical strategies for effectively dealing with disruptive, disengaged, and/or disrespectful students.

 

 

 


5 Key Strategies for Effective Grading Policies

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class SUMMER 2020

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Application: All subjects/grade levels

Course Description:
Points or percentages? Weights? Dropping the lowest mark? Offering a curve? There are many variables when it comes to implementing grades and grading policies, all of which must be considered as we strive to create a fair, dependable, understandable system for our students and their parents, as well as for administration. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore tried and true grading practices that focus on creating such a system while steering clear of pitfalls and common mistakes.
Applicable to teachers of all subjects and grade levels.

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Handling Cell Phones in the Classroom

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

 
Course Description:
Cell Phones in the classroom: Worth the fight or a losing battle? Every kid has one, and every school has a different policy as to how to handle them. But what about when the decision is left to the teacher? How is a teacher in this day and age supposed to battle the addictive screen that rests on his/her student’s desks from bell to bell? Teachers enrolled in this course will explore tangible tools and effective pedagogical strategies to handling cell phones in the modern classroom.

Applicable to middle/high school teachers of any subject/level.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Maintaining an Organized Classroom

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class for Fall, 2018

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

 
Course Description:
By nature, some of us are inherently more organized than others. But even those of us who don’t regularly practice effective organizational habits can appreciate walking into a room of someone who does. You can picture it – everything seems neat and tidy, the spacing of furniture and décor evokes a welcoming feel, a sense of cleanliness permeates the air, and the occupants can enjoy the tranquility and order. The same rules that apply to our homes should apply to our classrooms. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore tangible tools and effective strategies to organizing classrooms that will facilitate learning.

Applicable to teachers of any subject/grade level.

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Meaningful Parent-Teacher Conferences

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class for SPRING 2019

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only 


Course Description:
Even the most seasoned teachers can experience a degree of anxiety when it comes to communicating with parents, especially if not-so-good news has to be delivered. While we can all agree that consistent, informative teacher-parent communication is essential for student success, there are plenty of teachers who feel uncomfortable about the process. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore proven and effective methods to ensure communicative, productive parent-teacher conferences.

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Motivating the Unmotivated

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Application: All subjects/grade levels

Course Description:

It can be argued that motivation must come from within. While that may hold a degree of truth, it can never be an excuse for a teacher to not try his/her best to inspire even the most unmotivated students. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore various methods for stimulating and motivating students of all ages, levels, and abilities.


 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Not Sweating the Small Stuff

*New Class for SPRING 2020

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Application: All subjects/grade levels


Course Description:
In any given week, our schedules can become overwhelming. Pop-up meetings, papers that need grading, parent phone calls to return, lessons that need planning, extra help, broken copy machines, technology that breaks down, etc. We can't control what lands on our plates during the work day, but we can choose how he prioritize and handle the various challenges we face. Keeping a level head, being pragmatic, and managing our time are vital skills that become second nature. However, we could all use a helping hand and a useful tip every now and again. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore realistic pedagogical methodologies and proven strategies that focus on effective prioritizing and the practical managing of the various issues, concerns, responsibilities, and problems regularly faced in order to ensure that teaching remains at its highest possible quality.

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Remaining Relevant

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class SPRING 2020

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Application: All subjects/grade levels


Course Description:
Despite our best efforts, we, as educators, cannot help the fact that while our students stay the same age (assuming we teach the same grade level), we continue to age. Aside from graying hair and possibly shortening fuses, we find ourselves growing detached and less able to relate to our students. The music they listen to, the shows they watch, the pop culture they are immersed in seem foreign to us. And the truth is, staying connected to our students is a key component to effective teaching and learning. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore innovative tactics and tangible tools that will help in staying current, in staying connected, in staying relevant.
Note: Applicable to all subjects/grade levels.

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Staying Connected

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class SPRING 2020

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Application: All subjects/grade levels


Course Description:
While none of us could have predicted the circumstances of the Coronavirus, we, as educators are forced into the unchartered waters of distance learning. With that, comes the challenges of staying connected to our students, not only to continue their education, but to let them know they’re not alone. Our students depend on us. And no matter the situation, we can’t let them down.
Teachers enrolled in this course will explore tactics and strategies for providing optimum educational opportunities and, more importantly, facilitated methods of staying connected with students for as long as distance learning is reality.

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for a Successful Back-to-School Night

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only


Course Description:
First impressions are, as they say, everything. And you don’t get a second chance at making a good one. For many teachers – even those with decades of experience – the mere thought of parents entering their classroom for an evening of explanatory dialogue is enough to make them sick to the stomach. Open School Night is a parent’s way of meeting the teachers who interact with and affect their children on a daily basis, and a teacher’s way of establishing guidelines, expectations, means of communication, and areas of focus. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore tangible tools and effective strategies to creating a positive first impression and a successful Back-to-School evening.

Applicable to teachers of any subject/grade level.

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for a Solid September

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class for Summer 2019

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Course Description: After a summer of (hopeful) recuperation, we enter a new school year with renewed enthusiasm and energy. With that, however, can come nervousness and apprehension. What kind of students will I have? What new challenges will I face? How can I ensure I start the new year on the right foot? September is a crucial month because it's our opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the year. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore tried and true pedagogical methods for making the first month productive and purposeful.
Note: This course is applicable to teachers of all grade levels/subjects.

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Student-Centered Learning

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class for Spring 2021

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Course Description:
While there will always be a need for the occasional teacher-driven, lecture-style lesson, the student-centered structure is a must for any modern teacher. The students are the ones who have to learn and master the material and, therefore, the students are the ones who should be doing the work. Instead of sitting passively in their classrooms watching a lesson unfold before them, students should have the opportunity to be active learners, to take a hands-on approach, to have control over their own learning. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore realistic pedagogical methodologies and proven strategies that focus on crafting purposeful student-centered lessons.

Note: Applicable to all subjects/grade levels.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Teaching a Hybrid Classroom

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class for Summer 2019

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only


Course Description:
Adapt and Overcome. It’s the mantra of the Marines, and the life of teachers. In this new day and age, educators must be flexible, willing to change and modify their instruction to meet the needs of their students. The hybrid teaching model presents new challenges we must rise to meet. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore various methods and practices aimed at making the most of a hybrid schedule and providing the best possible instruction for students.

Applicable to teachers of all subjects/grade levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Key Strategies for Writing Letters of Recommendation

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class for Spring 2020

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Course Description:
As seniors enter school in September, their hopes of a breezy year are quickly squashed by the overwhelming college application process. Among the many boxes that await checking is the need for teacher letters of recommendation. This can lead to teachers being bombarded with student requests and taunted with lingering deadlines. What do I write? What does a college want to see? Is it ever okay to say “no” to a student? Teachers enrolled in this course will explore the world of college recommendation letters and examine tangible tools and effective strategies to writing efficient, purposeful letters on behalf of deserving students.

Applicable to high school teachers of any subject/level.

 

 

 

5 Ways to Integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into your Work in Schools

*New Class for SUMMER 2020

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only 

Instructor: Malka Ismach, Ph.D.         Email: Mismachliips@gmail.com

Course Description:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a research based intervention that has been proven to improve the mental health of individuals. Mental health is increasingly becoming a crucial component of school systems, as children who are suffering emotionally are not available to learn. Additionally, teachers who are overly stressed, anxious and unhappy will not be effective educators. It is therefore extremely important for educators, therapists, administrators, and all school employees to become better advocates of mental health and to learn some basic techniques. In this course, we will learn about some of those techniques. These important concepts will prove not only relevant for your work with your students but also your general mindset and functioning as an educator. This course is relevant to all who work in schools and with children of all ages in all settings.
This course was developed for school administrators, regular and special education teachers (grades K-12 and ages 5 to 21), special area teachers, school psychologists, school counselors, guidance counselors, social workers, speech and language therapists and occupational and physical therapists.
Course Objectives

Participants will learn about and research various concepts in Acceptance and Commitment therapy and how they can be applied to the school setting.

 

 

 

 

5 Ways to Integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy into Your Work in Schools
*NEW COURSE FALL 2019

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Instructor: Malka Ismach, Ph.D.                 Email: Mismachliips@gmail.com

Course Description:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a research based intervention that has been proven to improve the mental health of children, adolescents and adults. Mental health is increasingly becoming a crucial component of school systems, as children who are suffering emotionally are not available to learn. Additionally, teachers who are overly stressed, anxious and unhappy will not be effective educators. It is therefore extremely important for educators, therapists, administrators, and all school employees to become better advocates of mental health and to learn some basic techniques. In this course, we will learn about some of those techniques. These important concepts will prove not only relevant for your work with your students but also your general mindset and functioning as an educator. This course is relevant to all who work in schools and with children of all ages in all settings.
This course was developed for school administrators, regular and special education teachers (grades K-12 and ages 5 to 21),special area teachers, school psychologists, school counselors, guidance counselors, social workers, speech and language therapists and pathologists and occupational and physical therapists.
Course Objectives

Participants will learn about and research various concepts in cognitive behavioral therapy and how they can be applied to the school setting.

 

 

 

 

6 Tiers of Questioning: Incorporating Bloom’s Taxonomy

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Application: All subjects/grade levels

Course Description:  It isn’t until we dive into the world of teaching when we realize the true importance of effective questioning. It seems like a simple concept: Pose a question, wait for a hand to go up, call on the student, and hope the answer fulfils your expectations. There is, however, a science behind the art of questioning. Teachers must consider question types, variations in difficulty, appropriate wait time, and what to do with received responses (or lack thereof). Teachers enrolled in this course will explore the possibilities, variations, and applications of Bloom’s Taxonomy as well as the varied tactics of operative questioning.  Suitable all K-12!

 

 

 

 

7 Elements of Effective Lesson Planning

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

*New Class - Summer 2017

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only


Description: As any educator would agree, effective planning and preparation leads to effective lessons. We all learned about lesson construction way back when in our college years, but times have changed and district/administrative goals and expectations can and will vary. What does not and has not changed is the key concept that planning is one of a teacher’s paramount responsibilities. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore seven essential elements that comprise purposeful lesson planning. This course is applicable to all subjects/grade levels.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Things to Know about Depression in Children and Adolescents

*New Class for Fall, 2018

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Instructor: Malka Ismach, Ph.D.             Mismachliips@gmail.com



Course Description:
Depression is a common mood disorder that many of us are all too familiar with. Some have experienced it themselves, others have watched family members or close friends suffer from it, and others have suspected that students who they work with are demonstrating depressive symptoms. In this course, you will learn about depression, where it comes from, what it looks like, how to identify it, ways to help and so much more. This course will enlighten and educate you and hopefully make you a more sensitive educator. The information learned in this course will help anyone who interacts with children and adolescents. The course is relevant to all who work in schools and with children of all ages in all settings.

This course was developed for school administrators, regular and special education teachers (grades K-12 and ages 5 to 21),special area teachers, school psychologists, school counselors, guidance counselors, social workers, speech and language therapists and pathologists and occupational and physical therapists.

 

 

 

10 Ways to Increase Your Happiness and the Happiness of Your Students
Instructor: Malka Ismach, Ph.D.                         Email: Mismachliips@gmail.com

*New Course Fall 2019

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Course Description:
In recent years, there is more and more research being uncovered about Happiness. There are ways that we, as educators can become happier people, regardless of life circumstances. There are also strategies that school professionals can use in their classrooms to increase the happiness of their students. In this course,we will learn about some of those techniques - both for ourselves and our students. These important concepts will prove not only relevant for your work with your students but also your general mindset and functioning as an educator. This course is relevant to all who work in schools and with children of all ages in all settings.

This course was developed for school administrators, regular and special education teachers (grades K-12 and ages 5 to 21), special area teachers, school, school counselors, guidance counselors, social workers, speech and language therapists and pathologists and occupational and physical therapists.

 

 

 

 

10 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only                *NEW COURSE FALL 2019

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description:  Growth mindset is an uncharted territory in many educational settings, but understanding it and effectively building it in students should be a priority. It’s clear why this pedagogy focuses on helping students understand the values of effort, persistence and trying new learning methods to cultivate their talents and abilities. Within this course, you will learn how to instill a growth mindset in your students.This course that will give educators a solid foundation in this theory and practice. It includes tools and resources that teachers can use within their classrooms to develop a growth mindset culture. We will discuss what a growth mindset in depth, learn how to praise Intelligence, use diverse teaching strategies within our lessons, teach the underlining values of fixed mindset challenges, help students see the purposes of abstract skills and concepts of improving their mindset, supporting students in changing their fixed mindset language. This course is for all K-12 teachers and all related professionals.

 

 

 

900 Shows a Year – Snapshots of Teaching

Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                    gaylelumia@yahoo.com

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Course Descrption:  From the very moment that we enter the classroom, we create an image of ourselves. First impressions are everything in September. Our body language, behavior, and diction can be the be all, end all of our reputation. Educators really are actors in disguise, putting on five shows a day; 900 shows a year. What is a weary pedagogue to do?
Within this course, teachers will:
• Examine the various roles that they play in the classroom
• Learn how to develop material for every day class discussion and performance
• Learn about power, politics, and methodology in the classroom
• Reflect upon their teaching styles and learning execution
• Challenge themselves in their daily repertoires
• Create lessons that challenge their learners
Overall, the participants’ classroom will definitely be enhanced through this course.

 

 

 

 

 

A+ Research Projects in 3D: Foldable and Constructed Research Projects for K-12 Students

Instructor:  Fernanda Aldous          email:   fernandaaldous@gmail.com

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Course Description:  Student centered work depends on a high level of student engagement. To achieve this, the final project students create with their researched information should be dynamic, fun, and applied to ensure highest levels of thinking skills. In this course, we will explore how to design and model research projects that will get students excited to delve into their learning. This is applicable for ALL grade levels and each participant will have a culminating project that will serve as a sample for your next student project.

 

 

 

ABC’s of Anxiety Management in any Educational Setting
*New Course FALL 2019!!!!!

(3 Credits / 45 hours)                         in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode                     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description: 
Anxiety and stress are major factors in the lives of students. The purpose of this course is to enhance student performance by minimizing the negative effects of stress in the classroom. Participants learn a working definition of stress and anxiety, study research findings on the cause of stress, learn reasons explaining its impact upon teaching and learning, investigate answers to this educational epidemic, and conduct a thorough assessment of stress relievers in their classrooms. This knowledge facilitates application of tools and techniques to identify, prevent, and manage stressors to improve academic success. Participants will also identify specific students experiencing debilitating stress and take actions to address these problems and help the student restore personal equilibrium and enhance their performance. This course is appropriate for all K-12 teachers and school professionals.

 

 

 

ABC’s - What Every Educator Should Know About an IEP & a 504 Plan

(3 Credits / 45 hours)                         in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode                     thodeliips@gmail.com


Course Description:  This course is designed to explore & dissect the Individualized Education Plan, the 504 Plan, their laws, and the process of special education. An IEP is a written document that individualizes the disabled students’ program to ensure that a child who has a disability is receiving individualized instruction or related services. This course will discuss at length the differences between an IEP and a 504 Plan, how to develop an IEP/504 Plan, the 13 categories of special education, the differences between modifications and accommodations, federally mandated measurable goals, the IEP process, special education timelines, descriptions and definitions of related service providers, & much more.

 

 

 

ABC’s of Balancing Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

*NEW COURSE ... FALL 2020

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description:
With the absence of sharing a physical space with our students in the classroom, faculty have explored various ways to replicate or reimagine the learning environment, including holding synchronous sessions during the time class is scheduled to meet and creating activities that students complete within a flexible time frame. How do you balance asynchronous or synchronous activities to support student learning? This course will help you balance both. We will discuss the differences between asynchronous and synchronous learning, ways to help make remote learning more effective, foster more meaningful assignments, discuss your personal challenges, and provide tips for hybrid learning. This class is created for any educator or service provider. K-12.

 

 

 

 

ABC’s of Bullying within the Classroom

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description:
A safe and supportive school climate can help prevent bullying. Safety starts in the classroom. Students should also feel and be safe everywhere—in the cafeteria, in the library, in the restrooms, on the bus, and on the playground. Everyone at school can work together to create a climate where bullying is not acceptable. By the close of this course, teachers will have a keen understanding on what bullying is. They’ll be able to recognize the different types of bullying, adopt certain techniques so bullying is absent in their classroom. They will analyze a case study on bullying. They will examine different personalities and risk factors of the bully and the victim, identify warning signs that bullying is happening with your students, prevent cyberbullying, and also understanding DASA. This course is geared for all K-12 educators and special area teachers.

 

 

 

 

ABC's of Classroom Management and Organization

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description

ABC's of Classroom Management and Organization is designed to assist all teachers regardless of how many years you've been teaching. This class will help all teachers in becoming successful in implementing a managememt plan that helps all children succeed in your classroom. Classroom management is a term used by teachers and educators to describe the process of ensuring that classroom lessons run smoothly despite potentially challenging events that can occur during a lesson. Many teachers find that classroom management is possibly the most difficult aspect of teaching. This class will include topics such as classroom rules, classroom rewards, bullying, classroom management strategies, seating arrangement styles, consequences, learning objectives, promoting autonomy, and more!

 


ABCs of Depression: An Epidemic Occurring Within our Students Today

*New Course FALL 2020!!!!

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE
Instructor: Laurie Thode     ThodeLIIPS@gmail.com


Course Description:
Depression is becoming a leading concern within our schools today. What exactly is it and how does it impact the mind and body of our students? With an enhanced understanding of this disorder, we will better be able to support and educate our students. In this course we will study the physical and emotional impact of depression, the role schools can play to support students, communicating with parents and families, strategies to help depressed students within the classroom, and common symptoms we might notice while they are in our care. This class is created for any educator or service provider. K-12. 45 hours.

 

 

 



ABC's of Effective Mainstreaming and Inclusion

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description

An increasing number of special education students are receiving instruction in the general education classroom, k-12th grades. This course offers definitions, information on diagnoses, observable traits and instructional/behavioral strategies to support each learner. You’ll be
better prepared to handle the most frustrating aspects of teaching a child with a learning difference, more prepared to maximize each student’s strengths, better equipped to meet the multitude of challenges ahead and manage change in education. Suitable all eductors K - 12.


 

 

 

ABC’s of Genetics and Environmental Impacts on Cognitive Learning and Behavior in Students, K-12

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description:  The natural genetic make-up of the body interacts with environment from the moment of conception. While extreme genetic or environmental conditions can predominate behavior in some cases, these two factors usually work together to produce individual intelligence. During this class, you will learn topics which include the understanding between genetic and environmental influences of cognition, environmental causes, nutrition and cognitive functioning, birth order and how it relates to intelligence, other important factors that influence intelligence, sociocultural influences on learning and behavior, and addressing behaviors within our classroom.  

 

 

 

 

 

ABC’s of How to Focus on Student Well-Being amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

*NEW COURSE ... SPRING 2020

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com


Course Description:  Creating a framework of safety is critical in students’ lives during a pandemic. Abrupt change can trigger stress and fear in students that can leave scars for decades to come. A student in stress is unable to learn effectively. As schools across the country remain closed, students with trauma, difficult home situations, and anxiety need support now more than ever. Help students feel safe through the three C’s, communication, consistence, and control.

 

 

 

 

ABCs of Implementing Blended Learning into the Classroom

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

*NEW COURSE ... FALL 2020

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode     ThodeLIIPS@gmail.com

Course Description:
The demands and challenges of the 21st century require innovations on the part of teachers, administrators, schools, and communities to fully prepare students for college, career, and beyond. Educators who take on the whole child approach, which aims to ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged, set the standard for comprehensive, sustainable school improvement and provide students with the opportunity for long-term success. In this course we will discuss the basics of blended learning, strategies for student engagement, various blended learning models, blended assessment, and classroom management strategies for settings. Participants will have the opportunity to review characteristics of Blended Learning while comparing and contrasting their current professional practices. This class is created for any educator or service provider. K-12.

 

 

 

 

ABC's of Learning Disabilities and Beyond - Resources for Educators

(3 Credits / 45 hours)         In-service Credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode                             thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description:
You will develop an understanding of how it feels to have a learning disability. By understanding how a learning disabled student feels, you will be able to teach them differently. You will learn strategies and will be expected to understand the psychology of a learning disability, its definition and causes. You will develop an appreciation for the approaches in educational and employment settings which support individuals with learning disorders, the impact that individuals with learning disorders have on their friends and family; and widen your empathy and respect for individuals with learning disorders regarding their strengths and weaknesses. Suitable all educators K-12.

NOTE:  This instructor also offers an additional course on this subject Learning Disabilities/Strategies to Help Guide the Learning Disabled Student to Success.  This course was designed to provide additonal information and direction beyond the ABC's course.

 

 

ABC's of Managing Stress for Student Success
*NEW COURSE SPRING 2021

(3 Credits / 45 hours)         In-service Credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode                             thodeliips@gmail.com


Course Description:  Most students feel stressed at times in class, but some might be more vulnerable to stress than others. When stress builds up to severe levels for a child, they may be at risk to develop toxic stress—which can have lasting effects on their social-emotional, behavioral, and physical health. If you can recognize signs of stress in your students, you can provide them with support to help them manage it before it overwhelms them. It will cover an array of topics such as recognizing symptoms of stress, possible reasons for school related stress, stress management techniques, meditation, truancy/suspensions, trauma, and also distinguishing between good vs. bad stress. This class is created for any educator or service provider. Suggested for all Educators K-12.

 

 

ABC’s of Mindful Practices to Bring into Your School and Classroom-- Creating Resilience Among Staff and Students

*New Course FALL 2018!!!

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description:

This online course will allow professionals working with children the opportunity to create resilient environments that meets the social, emotional, ethical, and academic needs of students. You will be provided with necessary tools that will enable them to foster compassion, a workable set of values, the skills of cooperation, appropriate decision-making, goal setting, and high academic expectations in their school setting. You will explore some research-based skills and competencies that have a positive impact on the organizational structure of school and the delivery of instruction. Student performance build bridges by acknowledging past accomplishments, validating what is presently working well, and designing future goals to bring the existing classrooms. Mindfulness is about learning to train your attention to the present moment without dwelling on what has happened in the past or worrying about the future. Mindfulness provides many physical and psychological benefits which will be discussed throughout this course.

 

 

 

 


ABC's of Positive Behavior Intervention, K-12

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description:

In this course teachers will learn how to create a POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION PLAN for specific students as well as the classroom as a whole, ensuring success for their students.
There are many ways to define or explain the concept of POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION. Some of the most common ways include:
The application of behavior analysis and systems change perspectives within the context of person-centered values to the intensely social problems created by behaviors such as self-injury, aggression, property destruction, pica, defiance, and disruption A dynamic, problem-solving process involving goal identification, information gathering, hypothesis development, support plan design, implementation, and monitoring An approach that blends values about the rights of people with disabilities with a practical science about how learning and behavior change occur
A comprehensive Positive Behavior Support Plan includes a range of intervention strategies that are designed to prevent the problem behavior while teaching socially appropriate alternative behaviors. The goal is an enhanced quality of life for individuals involved and their support providers in a variety of settings.
In this course teachers will learn how to create a POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION PLAN for specific students as well as the classroom as a whole, ensuring success for their students.

 

 

 

 

ABC'S of Stem vs Steam
(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

*NEW COURSE FALL 2020

ON-LINE


Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description:
It’s hard to remember a time when STEM fields –(science, technology, engineering, and math / art) – weren’t the top priority in education. But as STEM pedagogy and practices have evolved, STEAM is gathering momentum . There’s a clear need for students to utilize skills that are derived from artistic experiences – The inclusion of arts learning into STEM education has distinct benefits. STEAM encourages the development of creative problem-solving skills, inventive thinking, imaginative design capabilities, and obtaining a more well-rounded skillset to tackle challenges. These skills can correlate to greater success in careers such as engineering and finance. This course includes an introduction to STEM and STEAM framework, theory, program, classroom establishment supporting adaptable documents on how to create personalized STEM and STEAM lesson plans. You’ll learn the STEAM process and also technological programs that have proven to be valuable within this area. You’ll participate in creating fun and useful classroom activity ideas. This class is created for any educator or service provider. K-12. 45 hours.

 

 

 





ABC's of Surviving Education in this Day and Age

(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description: The educational field has changed tremendously over the years. In order to keep up with the complex challenges we face in education you may need to tweak your style to become more versed in the field of education. We will cover a broad range of topics such as time management, classroom management, APPR, data collecting, record keeping, observations, administrative personnel, volunteering time, professional presentation and language, professional development, creating "lifelong learners", adaptive learning, digital literacy, and project based learning. This class will help you "rise to the top" and prove to other teachers, students, parents, and administrators that you have what it takes to make the cut! A must for all educators K - 12!

 

 

 

 

ABCs of Teaching During a Pandemic: Distance Learning Platforms and More

(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

*NEW COURSE ... SPRING 2020

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description:  The shift to distance learning has many administrators, teachers, related service providers, parents, and students scrambling. Where do schools start and which tools sync best with the ones already established by district? How can teachers change their established platform to become even more effective? This class will teach you the top virtual learning platforms and tools for distance learning. This course will allow you to work with existing lessons, create lesson plans, create new online learning resources, and also host new multimedia interactive classrooms. This class is created for any educator or service provider. K-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABC's of Understanding and Working with the Resistant Student

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE


Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description:  Concern is growing for students that are being regarded as “at risk,” “disadvantaged,” and “resistant.” This course offering brings current research to teach about the dynamics that fuel resistance within your classroom. How can you make learning achievable to all students? The course gives a full dialogue discussing resistance, strategies for preventing resistance, how to connect with a challenging student, how to solve discipline problems, managing different personality types, Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), and different ways to communicate the struggle with the students caretaker. The course creates opportunities for teachers to learn new ways to work with this misunderstood energy.

 

 

 

 

ABC'S of Using Technology to Tailor Your Remote Lessons
(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

* NEW COURSE FALL 2020


ON-LINE


Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description:  Over the next three years, a majority of K-12 educators expect online learning and digital curriculum to become ever more-important. New remote learning formats require new thinking to create compelling, engaging, and inclusive content. To ensure strong student engagement during digital classrooms, educators are turning to various technological tools for remote learning. There’s so much information available online that the challenge becomes sorting through it to find accurate, objective materials. This course will train teachers to become confident and comfortable in incorporating various tools within their online classroom. They will become proficient using Edpuzzle, Padlet, Kami, Flipgrid, Peardeck, Nearpod, and much more! We will also focus on various assessment tools as well. This course is suited for any educator or service provider K-12.

 

 

 

 


ABC's of Working Effectively with the Challenging Parent

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE


Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description

Dealing with difficult parents is one of the biggest problems faced by today’s educators and administrators. This course is designed to provide professionals with an in-depth exploration of strategies and techniques for developing more positive and productive relationships with the most challenging parents, and in doing so, raising students’ self-esteem and increasing their academic success. Methods include building parental support and credibility, problem solving, communication scripts,understanding
the different types of parenting, keeping a success journal, stress management, ways to communicate
through technology, and developing positive relationships from the start. This class is suitable for anyone
in the educational field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT 6 Time Saving  Protocols for Lesson Procedures


ON-LINE       

(3 Credits - 45 Hours)   In-service Credit only 

Instructor:  Karlyn Wood                   Email: woodke@optonline.net  

DESCRIPTION: The procedure section of any lesson plan outlines the steps to be followed while teaching it. This section is the core of any lesson, and it can take considerable time to prepare. Several protocols—pre-designed sequences of steps—can be followed to help conserve preparation time for teaching many common types of lessons. A protocol familiar to most teachers is guided reading in which specific steps are followed for teaching reading. Following a protocol can often promote greater success than experimenting with other procedures. Protocols, other than guided reading, may not be as familiar, but they may also increase the rate of success other lesson types. This course provides information and practical experiences with protocols for the design of procedures in six commonly taught lessons. The course is appropriate for teachers at all levels. OBJECTIVES:-To provide an overview of critical elements to include in any lesson procedure -To develop understanding and application of six useful protocols for lesson procedures

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT Including Interdisciplinary Connections in Lessons and Units

*New Course Spring, 2018!!!!!

ON-LINE       

(3 Credits - 45 Hours)   In-service Credit only

 

Instructor:  Karlyn Wood                   Email: woodke@optonline.net

 

DESCRIPTION:  The interdisciplinary approach has been known for some time, but it has not been widely practiced in public schools. Today,new interest in what it is and how it can be implemented in the classroom has evolved. A scan of the New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum, and Social Studies Framework documents reveals a clear focus on the integration of academic disciplines and inclusion of interdisciplinary connections when teaching both lessons and units. This course provides a review of the characteristics of the interdisciplinary approach and its applications in lessons and units. Explanations and examples focus on how interdisciplinary information can be included to some degree in most teaching situations. The course is appropriate for teachers at all levels.

 

OBJECTIVES: To develop increased understanding of the interdisciplinary approach, including its:

-History, characteristics, and rationale

-Emphasis on using a variety of resources

 -Ability to provide practice of the basic skills

-Relationship to state curriculum resources and learning standards

-Requirements of teachers

-Applications in instructional units and daily lessons

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT Ensuring Alignment Elements in Lessons and Units

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Instructor:     Dr Karlyn Wood               email:    woodke@optonline.net

 ON-LINE

Course Description:  Using presentations and examples, this course illustrates how to ensure consistency in design of a lesson plan by     establishing clear relationships among its elements.  Regardless of format, a key to successful planning is ensuring the alignment of the planning elements when designing instruction.  Today, clarity in planning and teaching are especially critical where terms, such as those in the Danielson Rubric (2013) - alignment, coherent, clarify, relationships, effectiveness and others - are seriously considered when rating teaching proficiency.

 

Note:  Explanations and lesson planning examples in the course conform to those in the backward design process.  Some elements may differ from those formats used by some teachers. However, the key concepts of the course are easily transferred to other lesson processes and formats.

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT Plannng Project-Based (PBL) and Interdisciplinary Studies

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.”Martin Luther King, Jr.

Instructor:     Dr Karlyn Wood               email:    woodke@optonline.net


ON-LINE       

(3 Credits - 45 Hours)   In-service Credit only

 

DESCRIPTION: The involvement of students in the learning process is currently being stressed more than ever before. Students exposed to Project Based Learning (PBL)and interdisciplinary studies, become active participants in researching important topics,themes, and real problems. Units are first planned for studies with students that involve all academic disciplines needed to launch a PBL or interdisciplinary study. This course provides information and practice in planning the units needed to launch such studies that also continually involve students in the research and reporting process. The course is appropriate for teachers at all levels.

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT Strategies for Writing Test Questions

“To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.” Henri Frédéric Amiel

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Instructor:     Dr Karlyn Wood               email:    woodke@optonline.net

 ON-LINE

*New Course Fall 2018

 

DESCRIPTION:  The important skills in teaching always include designing assessments and writing informal tests to assess students’ progress. While standardized tests can evaluate students on mastery of state standards and content for any level, they do not include all that is taught to any class. Serving that purpose, teacher-made tests provide assessments that give both students and teachers immediate feedback about progress in meeting objectives of instruction on a specific topic. This course is designed to clarify assessment terms and strategies and to explain how to write valid, reliable teacher-made tests that can best reflect students’ achievement toward meeting goals and objectives of concepts and content. Included, is a review of various factors that can affect the validity and reliability of test results. Instruction and practice are provided with writing both supply-typeand objective-type testitems according to established guidelines. Thiscourse is appropriate for teachers at all levels; those who have not previously studied guidelines for writing test items and test construction may find it especially useful.

 

 

 

 

 

AAC in the School Setting- What Is It and How Do We Use It?

Instructor:  Alessandra Barragato            email:  abarragatoliips@gmail.com

NEW COURSE SPRING 2019

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service only

ON-LINE

Augmentative and Alternative Communication, or AAC, is a term that's used to describe various methods of communication that can help people who are unable to use verbal speech to communicate. AAC methods vary and must be personalized to meet each individual's needs. AAC gives our students with communication difficulties a voice, allowing them to be active participants within all environments. In this course, common AAC devices and applications will be discussed, including TOUCHChat, Proloquo2Go, NOVAChat and LAMP Words for Life. Participants will develop an understanding of Core and Fringe vocabulary. In addition, Partner Augmented Input (PAI) will outlined. At the conclusion of this course, participants will have an understanding by which to utilize their students' AAC devices into daily classroom and therapeutic practices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Classroom Of Visible Thinkers

*New Course 2019 - first time offered ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


Course Description:

What is thinking? What does a classroom of thinkers look like?  We reference thinking in our classroom everyday, but how often do we stop and consider what it really looks like?  This course will explore how to create a culture of thinking and learning.  Educators will discuss explicit instruction and how to promote and make visible, active, higher-level thinking in your classroom, while developing your students' awareness of their own thinking strategies and probelem-solving skills.  For all educatorss levels K-12.

 

 

 

 

 

Adaptive Strategies for Learning: Tips for the Educator to Effectively Meet The Needs of All Students

Instructor:  Alessandra Barragato            email:  abarragatoliips@gmail.com

NEW COURSE

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service only

ON-LINE

Course Description:

Educators must be resourceful when teaching students; providing just the right amount of support to encourage learning without creating dependence. This course will explore and define instructional strategies, supports, cues and prompting. Scaffolding skills and differentiated instruction will be discussed. At the conclusion of this course, participants will have an understanding of instructional prompts and techniques to use within the classroom to maximize their students’ learning.



 

 




The ADD/ADHD Child - Strategies to Help the Educator

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com

Class Description:
This class focuses on the identification of students in regular/special education education classrooms that may have ADD/ADHD, the difference between the two disorders, and how to structure the classroom environment to allow these students to reach their maximum potential. Identification of the most commonly used medical interventions and the impact they may have in the school setting, how to help build-up self-esteem and peer relationships, practical classroom interventions aimed at helping these students to access the curriculum, behavior modification strategies that promote success, and Creating a classroom environment that teaches to all learning styles. Suitable for all educators K-12.

 

Addressing the Needs of ELL's: Building and Maintaining Communication and Involvement from Families of ELL's
*NEW COURSE FALL 2020

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Loren Warman    Email: lorenwarman@gmail.com

Course Description: All teachers are teachers of English learners. An obstacle teachers commonly face is how to effectively communicate with families of ELLs. This course will provide strategies for communication, tips to strengthen relationships, and ways to increase involvement from families of English Language Learners.

 

 

 

Addressing the Needs of Students: Culturally Responsive Teaching
*NEW COURSE FALL 2020

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Loren Warman    Email: lorenwarman@gmail.com

Course Description: All educators have the essential responsibility of incorporating culturally responsive teaching to their everyday instruction. Culturally responsive teaching makes meaningful connections between the academic curriculum and students’ cultures, languages, and life experiences. This course will provide strategies and tips to create and maintain a culturally responsive classroom. This course is intended for all Educators.

 

 

 

Addressing the Needs of ELL's - Strategies to Prepare English Language Learners for the NYSESLAT (New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test
*NEW COURSE FALL 2020

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Loren Warman    Email: lorenwarman@gmail.com

Course Description: The NYSESLAT is a yearly state assessment that all ELLs will take regardless of their disability, functioning level, grade, or native language. The NYSESALT is designed to assess ELLs in the areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing in English. This course is intended to prepare not only English as a New Language teachers, but teachers in all areas, to support ELLs for the NYSESLAT. In this course you will analyze the Blueprint for ELL success, observe ways ESOL teachers differentiate for ELLs, examine co-teaching models, view and critique samples of the NYSESLAT, observe the “7 Step Vocabulary Strategy,” practice Bloom’s “hot questioning,” and create mini-lessons that touch upon the modalities; listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

 

 

 

 

 


All About Anxiety in School Age Children

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Randi B. Miller     Rmillerliips@gmail.com


Course Description

This course will provide participants with an overview of various anxiety disorders with a focus on: definitions, prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment. Emphasis will be placed on recognition of the behaviors, signs and symptoms that may be observed in the classroom and what accommodations and strategies teachers may use to support their students. This course is appropriate for all educators K-12, ELA, Social Studies, Math, Science, ESL, Special Education, Art and Music, Physical Education, School Psychologists, Guidance Counselors ,Social Workers Speech/Language teachers and therapists, OT & PT’s. Common Core Learning Standards are addressed.  This course is important for ALL educators!



 

 

 

All About: Managing Student Behavior in Remote & Blended Learning Environments

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

*NEW COURSE - FIRST SESSION JANUARY, 2021

ON-LINE

Instructor: Randi B. Miller     Rmillerliips@gmail.com

Course Description:  In March of 2020, educators entered the "unchartered waters" of remote instruction quickly adapting curriculum and instruction to virtual classrooms and a variety of online platforms. But what about behavior and classroom management systems? How did classroom routines and reinforcement systems work virtually?
As time marched on, educators expressed ongoing challenges with keeping their students actively engaged and behaving appropriately during remote instruction. Educators sought to implement classroom procedures in the virtual classroom and many quickly realized that maintaining attention or compliance remotely is not the same as when you are face to face.

This course will provide participants the opportunity to reflect on their current in school behavior and classroom management practices and learn how to extend them to a virtual learning environment.

Participants will learn what is considered best practice when managing behavior remotely with a focus on creating systems and plans that are consistent in both learning environments.

Participants will plan to pivot seamlessly between in person and remote instruction as needed.

Participants will learn all about digital resources designed for behavior and classroom and will consider and make decisions about what may work best for them

This course is relevant for all who work in schools with children ages 5-21 in both General and Special Education settings including (but not limited to) classroom and resource room teachers, related service providers (Speech/Language therapist, OT, PT), Special area teachers (e.g. Gym, Art, Music, Health) and all members of PPS (School Psychologists, Guidance Counselors, School Social Workers) and School Administrators.

 

 

 





All About OCD: A Primer for Teachers

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Randi B. Miller     Rmillerliips@gmail.com

 
Course Description

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects approximately one in 200 children. That means that approximately two million children in the U.S. currently have this illness and throughout the course of your career you are likely to have children struggling with this disorder in your classroom. This course will provide participants with the opportunity to learn the difference between obsessions and compulsions, the diagnostic criteria, the tell tale signs of the disorder that may be observed in the classroom, and how to support and accommodate students who may have OCD or OCD tendencies. This course is appropriate for all educators K-12, ELA, Social Studies, Math, Science, ESL, Special Education, Art and Music, Physical Education, School Psychologists, Guidance Counselors ,Social Workers Speech/Language teachers and therapists, OT & PT’s. Common Core Learning Standards are addressed.



 

 

 

All About School Refusal: Helping our Students Attend and Stay in School

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Randi B. Miller     Rmillerliips@gmail.com

 
Course Description:
Each year, approximately 2–5% of children refuse to come to school. School refusal can be observed in kindergarten students who demonstrate relatively mild separation anxiety to more severe cases where a student misses weeks or months of school. As a result of the social and educational consequences associated with missing school, the issue needs to examined and addressed promptly. This course will look at the factors associated with and contributing to the occurrence of school refusal. Participants will examine the short and long term effects of absenteeism, the signs and symptoms commonly associated with school refusal and research solutions to the problem.
This course is relevant to all who work in schools and with children ages 5-21 in both regular and special education settings. This course has been designed for school administrators, regular and special education teachers (grades K-12 and ages 5 to 21),special area teachers (gym, art, music) school psychologists, school counselors, guidance counselors, social workers, speech and language therapists and pathologists and occupational and physical therapists.

 

 

 

 

 

 All About School Mental Health Issues

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Randi B. Miller, NYS Certified School Psychologist     Rmillerliips@gmail.com

Course Description:  The mental health of students in schools is an often overlooked, yet extremely relevant issue for today’s educator. Educators are often the first to notice mental health problems and are in a unique position to make a difference when it comes to promoting and addressing student mental health concerns in and out of the classroom. Mental disorders: affect a student’s emotional well-being, affect a student’s ability to learn and may be a factor in why some students drop out of school. This course will cover: common mental health disorders, the role of educators to identify warning signs, communicating with parents and supporting students in the classroom.

This course is relevant to all who work in schools with children ages 5-21 in both regular and special education settings. This course has been designed for school administrators, regular and special education teachers (grades K-12 and ages 5 to 21),special area teachers (gym, art, music, technology) school psychologists, school counselors, guidance counselors, social workers, speech and language therapists or speech pathologists and occupational or physical therapists.


 

 

 

 

 

All About: Trauma Informed Behavior and Classroom Management

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

*NEW COURSE SPRING 2020 - First session available is XXIV June 1 - July 1, 2020

ON-LINE

Instructor: Randi B. Miller     Rmillerliips@gmail.com

Course Description:
Traumatic experiences come in many forms ranging from one-time events (like the current pandemic) to experiences that are prolonged and recurring. To date, approximately 50% of the nation’s children and adolescents have experienced at least one or more types of serious childhood trauma. The effects of these traumatic experiences impact how students focus, attend, learn, form relationships and behave in the classroom. Trauma informed interventions focus on building relationships, routines, choice-making and self-regulation skills. This course has been developed to provide all educators with content knowledge on the types and biology of trauma, ACES, and best practices in trauma-informed behavior and classroom management strategies. The course will provide participants with the knowledge and tools they need to create a safe, supportive learning environment for all students. A timely course given the current public health crisis and school shut down. A good opportunity to be prepared to meet the needs of staff and students when school re-opens.

Course Objectives:

Participants will:

1. Develop an understanding of what trauma is and the effect it has on brain development

2. Form an awareness of the role trauma can play in classroom performance and behavior

3. Become trauma aware and develop a trauma lens in which they can look at behavior in a different way

4. Examine traditional behavior and classroom management strategies and adapt them to be trauma informed and trauma focused

5. Create an action plan to address the needs of students impacted by the effects of trauma


This course is relevant to all who work in schools with children ages 5-21 in both regular and special education settings. This course has been designed for all school administrators, regular and special education teachers (grades K-12 and ages 5 to 21),special area teachers (gym, art, music, technology) school psychologists, school counselors, guidance counselors, social workers, speech and language therapists or speech pathologists and occupational or physical therapists.

 

 

 

 

 

All About an Educators Guide to Tourette Syndrome

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Randi B. Miller     Rmillerliips@gmail.com

Course Description:
Childhood tics are quite common and are reported as occurring in approximately 4 to 18% of school aged children. The purpose of this course is to provide information about Tourette Syndrome (TS) and how school aged children can be supported in school. The course will cover both information about the disorder as well as strategies for supporting and instructing students with TS. This course is appropriate for all educators K-12, ELA, Social Studies, Math, Science, ESL, Special Education, Art and Music, Physical Education, School Psychologists, Guidance Counselors ,Social Workers Speech/Language teachers and therapists, OT & PT’s. Common Core Learning Standards are addressed.

Course Objectives:
1. Participants will research the essential features of Tourette’s and related disorders
2. Participants will consider the implication and effects of TS on classroom performance and school attendance
3. Participants will identify strategies and supports for students with TS and related symptoms
4. Participants will learn how to create a plan to support their students

 

 

 

 

All Behavior is Functional: Functions of Behavior and How to Increase Participation and Manage Misbehavior
(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

SPECIAL NOTE: NEW FOR SUMMER 2019 ... FIRST SESSION 6/24 - 7/24

ON-LINE

Instructor: Randi B. Miller     Rmillerliips@gmail.com


Course Description:
Approximately 10 percent of the school population (or 9-13 million children) struggle with and demonstrate behaviors associated with mental health problems, ASD, developmental and learning disabilities. Additionally, on the rise, are students who struggle day to day from the effects of trauma or bullying. In the classroom, children with behavioral challenges often fail in school, waste time in detention or suspension, fall behind academically or never master the skills they need to make adequate progress. All the while, educators and all school-based professionals are under pressure to show progress for every student every year.

This course is relevant to all who work in schools with children ages 5-21 in both regular and special education settings. This course has been designed for all school administrators, regular and special education teachers (grades K-12 and ages 5 to 21),special area teachers (gym, art, music, technology) school psychologists, school counselors, guidance counselors, social workers, speech and language therapists or speech pathologists and occupational or physical therapists.

Course of objectives:
1. Participants will learn the basics of behavior
2. Participants will gain an understanding of the functions of behavior and how to use this methodology to understand behavior
3. Participants will synthesize their learning in order to help them manage the misbehavior of even the most challenging of students
4. Participants will apply behavior principles in order to create systems to motivate and get more out of their students

 


 

 

 

A Look into the LGBT Community in Our Schools

*NEW COURSE SUMMER 2018

Instructor:  Michelle Reimers            email:   myelenco@aol.com

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service only

ON-LINE

Course Description:  The population in our classrooms is always evolving. Ten percent of the population is gay, bisexual, or transgender. These students come to school with needs like any other student. They have a right to feel safe and accepted in order to learn. When a child feels that they are not accepted by their peers they often seek the advice of someone they can talk to in a confidential setting, and teachers need to be prepared to help a student in this situation. This course will help any educator to be a reliable source for their students who feel marginalized due to their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. This course is suitable for K-12 educators, related service providers, and special area teachers.

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis and Understanding of the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)


(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor Jennifer Rommel                             jrommelpd@gmail.com

Course Description:  Bullying whether in person on cyber bullying can have drastic ramifications. This act is a way for school staff to report any acts of "bullying" against students and see a change occur within the school. This course will explore what is DASA and how it applies in your school as well as the intricacies within.

 

 

 

 

 

An Easy Website: Creating and Maintaining Your Online Classroom

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Instructor:     Lee Markowitz                email:    MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

ON-LINE

Course Description:
In this day and age of technology, social media, and mobile devices in the hands of virtually everyone, it is important for educators to keep up. Teachers often shy away from having their own web pages because of cost, complex computer jargon, and time constraints. Teachers enrolled in this course will set aside their fears and enter the surprisingly user-friendly and FREE world of website creation. They will have the opportunity to create their own classroom websites, learn how to easily maintain and update them, and explore the educational possibilities that come along with spreading a classroom beyond its conventional four walls.

 

 

 

 

 

An Overview of Language Development for the Classroom Teacher
*NEW COURSE SPRING 2021

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Erica Imbriani, MS, CCC-SLP    Email: ericalynnslp@gmail.com

Course Description: What is typical language development? What is atypical? What is language? In this course you will learn the components of language. Theories of language acquisition will be discussed. Language development will be reviewed across the age ranges of toddlers, preschool and school age children. The relationship between language and academics will be addressed. The difference between delays, difference and disorder will be explained as well as red flags for teachers. This course is a must for all educators!


Topics: Language Development and acquisition, toddler preschool and school age language development, language and academics and strategies for the classroom teacher.

 

 


 

Approaches to Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

NEW COURSE SUMMER 2019!!!!

ONLINE


“Social and emotional competence is the ability to understand, manage, and express the social and emotional aspects of one’s life in ways that enable the successful management of life tasks- such as learning, forming relationships, solving everyday problems, and adapting to the complex demands of growth and development” -Maurice Elias

This course will provide an overview of Social Emotional Learning in schools and explain the five core social emotional competencies. Participants will research SEL curriculum and standards from NYSED as well as content area integration crosswalks. Educators will learn the benefits of teaching SEL by researching successful implementation from schools across the nation, spanning all grade levels. In addition, participants will research growth mindset as well as mindfulness and the correlation with academic achievement.


Instructor: Rose Marino                                 Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approaches to Whole Child Education

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

NEW COURSE SUMMER 2019!!!!

ON-LINE

“Rather than focusing solely on students’ academic achievement, the whole child approach to education focuses on students’ well-being beyond the classroom. It's centered on the idea that preparing students for the future goes beyond preparation in academia.” –Edith Esperaza

This course will examine the philosophy of whole child education, considering the health, safety, & social-emotional wellness of a student while they are supported & challenged within schools. Educators will learn the main components of whole child education and research effective practices in real-world examples from schools across the nation. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to research successful administrators as well as explore whole child action plans in order to turn-key information within his/her school/district.


Instructor: Rose Marino                             Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approaches to Nonfiction Reading Instruction

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only


ON-LINE

Instructor:        Rose Marino-Foster                    Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com

Course Description:
With the adoption of the CCLS one major instructional shift has been to incorporate more nonfiction into the classroom. As educators, one of our major goals is to prepare students to be college and career ready. Approximately ninety-five percent of daily work-related information is in expository form. Based upon this information, it is necessary for educators to teach students ways to navigate and comprehend this form of text.
This course will help teachers improve nonfiction instruction and expository reading comprehension with their students.
Topics covered in this class include:
expository text structure, features and patterns
strategies for vocabulary instruction
metacognition strategies like activation of prior knowledge (new to known), self-monitoring skills, questioning the text, determining importance, and synthesizing
As a result of this course participants will gather helpful unit plans of study for incorporating nonfiction for immediate classroom use. A must for all educators K-12!!

 

 

 

 

 

Approaches to the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards: What Every Educator Should Know!

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

*New Course Summer 2018

ON-LINE

Instructor: Rose Marino-Foster                         Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com

 
Course Decription:  The focus of this course will be to provide educators with an overview of the Next Generation Learning Standards recently adopted by New York State. Participants will have the opportunity to research and study the philosophy behind the new standards and the timeline for implementation. During this course, educators will research the ELA, Math, and Science standards appropriate to his/her grade level. In addition, educators will examine the differences between the Next Generation Learning Standards and the current Common Core Learning Standards. As a culminating activity, students will create dynamic lessons aligned to the Next Generation Learning standards utilizing the information learned in this course.



 

 

 

 

Approaches to Reading Fluency Instruction

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only



ON-LINE

Instructor:        Rose Marino-Foster                    Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com

Course Description: "Fluency is the ability, to read smoothly, easily, and readily with freedom from word recognition problems. Fluency provides a bridge between word recognition and comprehension. It is not a stage of development at which readers can read all words quickly and easily. Fluency changes, depending on what readers are reading, their familiarity with the words, and the amount of their practice with reading text.”
—National Institute for Literacy (NIFL)
Fluent reading is a sign of a proficient reader and is a major goal of literacy instruction. When readers are fluent, they are free from word recognition challenges and are able to fully focus on meaning and comprehension.
This course will explain fluency and the components of fluent reading in depth. Educators will learn key fluency terms including: phrasing, intonation, automaticity, and expression. Participants will learn how fluency develops and various methods/tools to assess/measure fluency. In addition, educators will research successful instructional strategies to implement within his/her own classroom. Teacher will gather many fluency lesson plans for immediate use with students. A must for all educators!!

 

 

 

 

Approaches to STEM Curriculum and Instruction

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

"America must provide students with a strong education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to prepare them to succeed in the global economy."

-U.S. Department of Education

This course will examine the philosophy of STEM education as well as current research about the STEM initiative. The various methods of STEM implementation will be discussed. Participants will learn the components of successful STEM instruction and have the opportunity to research/evaluate useful STEM resources. Local resources and field trip opportunities will be explored in order to bring the STEM experience to life in the classroom. As a result of this course, participants will gather a variety of materials for effective STEM instruction that will be ready for immediate classroom use. A must for all educators K-12!

Instructor: Rose Marino-Foster                         Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com

 


 

 

 

Approaches to Teaching Digital Literacy and Citizenship

(3 credits/45 hours)         in-service credit only


ON-LINE

According to the NYS Department of Education, a digitally literate person is someone who can use technology strategically to find and evaluate information as well as connect and collaborate with others over the Internet. As educators we must prepare students to learn in the digital age while maintaining good citizenship. This course will cover the components of information literacy and website content evaluation. Participants will be given ready to use lesson plans to incorporate digital literacy and digital citizenship instruction in his/her classroom. In addition, participants will gather the necessary tools to teach students how to search safely and effectively. Other topics explored in this course include: digital footprint and reputation, cyberbullying, and privacy and security. A must for all educators K-12!

Instructor: Rose Marino-Foster                         Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com

 


 

 

 

APPS in the Classroom                         

(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ONLINE COURSE

Course Description: Teaching in the 21st Century now requires educators to embrace technology. Smartphones, ipads, and tablets are expanding the learning experience like never before for teachers and students. In this course, participants will research hundreds of educational apps appropriate to his/her grade level and content area. Participants will become familiar with apps for both students and teachers which can be used inside and outside of the classroom. Student centered apps will help to make learning more engaging and interactive while developing a deeper understanding of content. Teacher centered apps will help teachers develop innovative lessons, monitor progress, implement the common core standards, stay organized, grade, and much more! In addition, research will be conducted on apps specifically designed for ELL and special education students. As a result of this class, participants will gather resources and information necessary to effectively utilize apps as a beneficial learning tool.

Instructor: Rose Marino-Foster                Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessing the English Language Learner


ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours)         in-service credit only

Instructor: Marcela Falcone             bilingualeducatorli@gmail.com


Course Description: The proper assessment of English Language Learners (ELL) merits attention at all levels of the education system. English Language Learners (ELL)—students who are still developing proficiency in English— represent a large and rapidly growing subpopulation of students in K-12 classrooms. This course will provide participants with effective assessment techniques for K-12 students across a variety of educational settings.

 

 

 

 




Author Study Design and Implementation to Promote Reading Success

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: An author study is a thorough examination of the life, career, and literary works/achievements of an author. Through this study, students are given the opportunity to critically evaluate an author’s themes, characters, and writing style. In addition, students will make connections between the author’s life, work, and characters as well as make personal connections to the books and characters.

Instructor: Rose Marino-Foster             (Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com)



 

Be a Successful Reader and Writer

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

*New to ON-LINE 2/2020

Course Description:
No matter what you do in life the ability to be a good reader and writer is paramount. This course will focus on how as educators we can create a reading and writing program that will work for all students. This program can lead all students on the road to success as literate individuals who can write for any purpose. Participants will begin with techniques to get your students involved in the writing process. Teachers will learn how to keep your students engaged and involved with a plethora or writing and reading activities. Educators will be introduced to a variety of literary techniques that will ensure your student’s reading and writing abilities. These writing techniques will leave you surrounded with a classroom full of excited and successful readers and writers. Teachers will share experiences on how to develop reading as well as writing assignments for their students that are lasting and meaningful, and how to help them succeed in a Common Core driven world. This course is a must for all teachers of all disciplines K-12.

Instructor: Kim Kittredge                    Email: kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

 

 


 

 

Beginners Guide to Coaching Secondary Athletics

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)     In-service only

*New Course Spring 2019

Instructor:     Eric Stolfa                    STOLFALIIPS@GMAIL.COM

Course Description:
This course is designed to aid and assist beginner coaches embarking on their coaching career. We will discuss a plethora of essentials that all coaches must acquaint themselves with, including team rules, organization, calendar creation, rules of the sport and establishing individual and team goals. We will work on defining success, how to establish clear lines of communication and one of the most repetitive yet important tools of the trade: practice planning. Sample templates of various assignments will be given to assist everybody in creating their own version. This course is a must for new coaches who are looking to establish basic guidelines that will help them form the foundations of their coaching careers.

 

 

 

 

 

Be Mindful: Giving Back to Yourself


ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours)         in-service credit only

Lorraine McBride               lorisag@aol.com

                
COURSE DESCRIPTION: At times, our daily lives can be so overwhelming. Be Mindful: Giving Back to Yourself is designed to help teachers and students become more mindful in order to help relieve stress. It is important to build a positive classroom community and to increase mindfulness. In this course, teachers will learn how to use various techniques to help de-stress themselves and students.


 

 




Best Practices in Content Area Literacy: Ensuring Success for All                        

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: Literacy is at the forefront of education today. All teachers are expected to be Òteachers of reading,Ó no matter what their subject area may be. Teachers need a repertoire of lessons and ideas to motivate learners and elevate student abilities. This course provides a plethora of lessons, graphic organizers, best practice techniques, strategic thinking skills, collaborative, small group activities, and models that enhance student learning. Via the activities, participants will delve deeper into the literacy process and apply the models to their respective discipline. The subject areas of reading, writing, science, math, social studies, and health will be covered. Specific strategies and projects will be covered as well as a multitude of best practice techniques. In the end, you will walk away with a literary bag of tricks! Suitable all educators K-12!

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia


 

 

 

Beyond Academics - Bringing Concepts from Positive Psychology into our Schools

ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours)         in-service credit only

Instructor: Malka Ismach, Ph.D.            Email:    mismachliips@gmail.com


Course Description:
Educators today are under a tremendous amount of pressure to cover ground, meet deadlines and achieve goals. While academics are a crucial part of our role as educators, there is so much more that students need to learn in order to succeed. There are life skills that are equally as, if not more important than the academic material that students are required to know. Many of these skills have been researched by those in the field of positive psychology. In this course, we will learn about some of those life skills, the research behind them and how we can integrate the teaching of these skills into our classrooms, treatment sessions, and dialogues. We will be learning about the growth mindset, how to be more optimistic, the importance of gratitude, what it means to be a leader and other important concepts. This course is relevant to all who work in schools and with children of all ages in all settings.

 

 





Beyond Bloom – Building Critical Thinking Skills through Deductive Reasoning

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: The Common Core requires educators to infuse a plethora of higher order skills , as well as deductive reasoning techniques into the classroom. Effective questioning, critical thinking skills, and increased vocabulary development are all factors in student success. This course will enable educators to comprehend the cognitive domains of Bloom’s taxonomy and subsequently move further and develop mastery level thematic strategies that guide students on their journey to success. Cross curricular teaching, interdisciplinary applications, analytic, philosophical, and productive reasoning techniques will be addressed. Teachers will gain a multitude of strategies to extend student thinking. Poetic forms, non-fiction sources, as well as mastery level power words will be utilized. Participants will be able to gain and comprehend a wealth of definitions that pertain to Bloom’s taxonomy and beyond as well as develop problem solving strategies, all of which contribute to student mastery. Applicable for K-12 teachers

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia             Gaylelumia@yahoo.com


 

 

 

 

 

Bringing Characters to Life: Creative Projects for the Modern English Classroom

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Instructor:     Lee Markowitz                email:    MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com


ON-LINE

Description:      It's difficult - if not sometimes impossible - to motivate students to open their minds to literature. If the students found a way to relate to characters on a realistic level, they would be more willing to read and engage in class discussions. They could feel more ownership of the literature. Middle and high school English teachers enrolled in this course will explore creative ways to bring some of the most famous literary characters into the 21st century classroom.

 

 

 

 


Building Classroom Community

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Danielle Sukoff            Daniellesukoff@gmail.com


Course Description:
This course explores the creation of a classroom community that meets the needs of all students, including learners with disabilities and learners with diverse backgrounds.   Suitable all educators K-12.
A primary objective of this course is to help teachers understand how the Building a Classroom Community approach boosts children’s social and academic skills while reducing behavior problems.

Particpants completing this course will:
• Receive materials, readings and research relevant to building a classroom community
• Learn how to develop strategies that will enable all students to participate in group activities and explore team building activities
• Morning Meeting Approach
• Investigate the Responsive Classroom approach to discipline
• Gather practical tips to try in your classroom right away

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating the Unique Talents of All Learners - Differentiate to Associate

(3 credits /45 hours)

ON-LINE

Instructor:    Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                     Email:            gaylelumia@yahoo.com

Course Descritpion:  No two learners are the same; therefore, the way in which we approach our classes has to be different. As fledgling and experienced teachers, we know the reality that every class is comprised of diverse learners with varied needs. This course will provide you with multiple suggestions for accommodating those needs. When one thinks of diversity, learning styles, multiple intelligences, brain research, and gender-based differences come into play. This couse will tap into all of these modes and provide you with innovative strategies for your students. You will learn to foster intrinsic motivation, develop activities that evoke complex thinking, and learn how to raise the bar for student achievement. Flexible grouping will be discussed as well as tiered lessons that provide appropriate challenges to all students. (A must for all K-12 educators)

 

 

 

 

 

Challenging the Gifted Student

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Application: All subjects/grade levels

Course Description:

The squeaky wheel gets the oil, right? The student who struggles, who asks a thousand questions in a week, who attends extra help, who needs your extra attention, usually gets it. It's in our nature, as educators, to do whatever we can to help those students who need it most. And sometimes we take for granted the strong student, assuming he/she is moving along swimmingly and needs little, if any, attention or motivation. One of the many challenges a teacher faces is trying to reach every student and ensure each receives equal focus. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore various methods for not only reaching the gifted, intrinsically motivated student, but pushing that student to be even better.

 

 

 

 

 

Character Education

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Instructor:     Lee Markowitz                email:    MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

ON-LINE

Course Description:
Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Yes, these are often the focal points of our lessons. With that having been said, we must consider that there is more to what we do. Our students – regardless of age or grade level – enter our classrooms in September and leave in June. During that span, there is noticeable maturation, emotional growth, and cognitive development. Our role is vital, and Character Education is crucial. Yes, our students are measured by tests and numbers, but helping them grow to be well-adjusted, respectable members of society is essential. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore realistic pedagogical methodologies that focus on helping our students develop pride, integrity, and character.

 

 




Childhood Obesity: A Growing Epidemic Among Our Youth             ON WILLIAM FLOYD APPROVED COURSES LISTING

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: According to recent statistics published by the Center for Disease Control, (CDC), approximately thirty-two percent of children and adolescence are classified as overweight or obese. This course will explore the various factors that contribute to the obesity crisis among children in this country including: behavioral, environmental, social, economical, and cultural factors. Students will also examine the roles the media and American culture play in determining food and lifestyle choices. This course will also provide insight on the scientific causes and consequences of obesity in regards to both health and economic consequences. Students will research government programs which battle obesity, such as the "Lets Move" campaign launched by First Lady Michelle Obama. In addition, students will learn strategies that schools and teachers can implement in order to prevent childhood obesity. A must for all educators K-12!

Instructor: Rose Marino-Foster             (Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com)



 



 

Classroom Climates

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Instructor:     Lee Markowitz                email:    MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

ON-LINE

Description:
Some teachers are quite strict, allowing for no room for misconduct. Others are more relaxed and permit behaviors other teachers might consider disruptive. Perhaps finding an effective balance is the key. Students enrolled in this course will examine various classroom settings and ultimately create a classroom climate that is conducive to learning.

 



 

Collaboration and Cooperation in the K-12 Classroom

ON-LINE        (3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia gaylelumia@yahoo.com

Course Description: It is the tireless task of the educator today to find the means to advance all learners in his/her class! Great teachers know exactly the steps to take to produce outstanding and consistently effective learners. Teaching students in a dynamic, ingenious way that motivates and excites them about learning is the ticket to success. Having students learn collaborative and cooperative techniques is essential for their growth. Enabling students to have intense instruction that challenges them and enables them to critically think is the way to create meaningful learning opportunities for them. This course will effectively demonstrate the means of reaching all individuals in one’s class via informative techniques for all types of learners. It will provide intensive strategic instruction that guides them through the reading process, comprehension process, key words, and textual structures. All disciplines will be covered and synthesis will take place.

A Must for all K-12 Educators!!!

 

 

 

 


Common Core - Victory is Yours

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: Feeling nervous about the new standards? Worried that you will not be able to tackle the Common Core rigors? Fear no more! In this course, you will be able to decipher the common core code and utilize writing techniques to implement the common core standards. You will be exposed to a plethora of writing and reading techniques that will recharge your students while being completely standards orientated. Multiple writing genres will be introduced as well as essential tools to help your students tackle the tests. Assignments and assessments will be provided that mirror the common core. This course is a MUST for all educators K-12!

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Communication FUNdamentals for all Classrooms

*FIRST TIME ON-LINE FALL 2020


Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


ON-LINE    (3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Course Description:  This course will focus on the FUNdamentals of communication in the classroom. How we communicate with our students impacts all aspects of our lives and theirs. Educators will learn how to create a fun classroom environment where students can develop and strengthen their communication skills. Teachers will share verbal and nonverbal communication tips as well as share feedback. This course is a must for all educators K-12.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Communicative Strategies for Students with Autism and Social Disorders

Instructor:  Alessandra Barragato            email:  abarragatoliips@gmail.com

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service only

ON-LINE

Course Description:
Autism affects 1 in 68 children in the United States. As educators, we are confronted with the challenges of educating students with Autism and social disorders, while managing behaviors within the classroom. This course will explore communicative strategies useful for focusing, learning material, managing behaviors and socializing with peers. Alternative and augmentative means of communication will be discussed. At the conclusion of this class, participants will gain useful tools to maximize communication for all students within the classroom and therapy environments.  A must for all Educators!

 

 

 

 

Comprehension Strategies for the Bilingual Learner


ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours)         in-service credit only

Instructor: Marcela Falcone                 bilingualeducatorli@gmail.com

Course Description: The comprehension of literature and development of reading skills is at the foundation of the education process. This course will address ways that educators can help English Language Learners (ELL) improve on understanding text. It will examine the relationship between oral English proficiency and literacy, while providing participants with oral reading strategies to use with the ELL students. The information provided in this course will support instruction in all K-12 classrooms.

 

 





Comprehension Strategies that Motivate and Structure Students

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: Imagine a classroom that is teaming with engaged learners - students making connections, pulling out textual evidence, fully interested in the "meat" of the lesson. In this classroom, the standards are met insidiously, not overtly; thus making learning more engagin and complete. In this course, you will be provided with the tools that students need to comprehend the entire gamut of informational, persuasive, procedural, and narrative documents that make up our disciplines. Your students will become much better readers and thinkers in your subject field using engaging activities. You will be provided with fantastic short articles, explicit step-by-step lessons that will be aimed at enriching your students learning. Reading, annotating, decoding, collaborating, and utilizing the jigsaw technique will be covered. Perfect for all disciplines and grade levels!

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                    gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Cooperative Learning – It’s not Just Group Work

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 


ON-LINE

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Course Description: Developing a sense of engagement in students is tantamount to learning. Students today need a wide gamut of activities that engage them and foster creativity and connectedness. Developing and possessing common core graphic organizers assists students dramatically. In this course, teachers will learn the ins and outs of cooperative learning, thus promoting socialization, collaboration, and cooperation. Methodologies for extensive learning will be provided.
*A Must for K-12 Educators!!!!!!


Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia –         gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Constructive Objectives

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Instructor:     Lee Markowitz                email:    MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

ON-LINE

Description:
When observing teachers, many administrators look for clear and purposeful objectives. However, creating learning goals and lesson aims isn't always easy.  Students enrolled in this course will explore useful types of measurable objectives and methods used to create them.  Suitable for all teachers K - 12!

 

 

 

 

Co-teaching Classroom  Models and Teacher Strategies

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor:    Keri Haviland                 havilandliips@gmail.com

Course Description​: The number of students with some sort of learning disability is on the rise in the United States. As educators, we are confronted with the challenges of educating students with numerous learning delays and or disabilities. Classroom teachers are required to find ways in which to meet the needs of all learners. This course will explore six co­teaching strategies that will enhance student learning. We will also investigate various learning strategies that meet the needs of students with various learning needs.

 

 

 

The Creative Classroom

*New Class Spring 2020

ON-LINE

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours)         in service credit only

Course Description:  A creative classroom will help to develop a creative student. This course will explore how educators can work towards turning their classroom into a room where students want to learn. Students will thrive and learn with fun, exciting and higher thinking skills and lessons. Educators will share creative techniques while working towards fostering student success. This course is a must for all educators grades K-12.

 

 

 

Creating Meaningful Student Experiences
*NEW COURSE SUMMER 2020

ON-LINE

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours)         in service credit only

Course Description:  This course is designed to arm educators of all subject areas and levels to bring meaning to your classroom. Meaningful hands-on lessons will be discussed. Interactive conversation topics, brain games, puzzles and comics will also be shared. These types of activities will get the discussions started and your student’s minds working overtime. So, create meaning for your students every day by creating experiences for them.

 

 

 

 

Current Educational Trends and the Impact on Instruction

ON-LINE     (3 credits/45 hours)         In-serice credit only

Instructor: David Falcone                     dfalcone@verizon.net


Course Description: The state of education continues to change based on new policies, programs, issues, and events. In the past decade, educational terms such as “accountability”, “standards”, “assessments”, “technology integration”, and “professional development” have been used on a much more frequent basis by educators, community members, and even politicians. This course will explore educational policies at the national and state levels, school budget cuts, and other trends that impact education in America. Through this course, teachers will discover ways in which they can change instructional plans and strategies to best meet the needs of their students in these ever-changing times. This course is suitable for all educators, K-12.





 

Developing Fun, Interactive, & Effective SMARTBoard Lessons


(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

*Requirement: access to SMARTBoard/and or SMART Notebook Software

Course Description: Teaching and learning has combined with the technology of the 21st century through the use of the SMARTBoard in many classrooms across the country. This interactive electronic whiteboard works with your computer to create a highly motivating teaching tool with endless possibilities. SMART software enables teachers to create dynamic, content rich lessons that foster the various learning modalities of our students, especially visual and kinesthetic.

The first portion of this course will provide an overview or review of the usage of a SMARTBoard via informational PDF files for download as well as tutorial video clips. The main focus of the course will be to allow teachers the opportunity to research the internet to explore the countless resources available to educators with regards to SMARTBoard use. Participants will learn new and exciting ways to enhance their instruction through the use of this technology. In addition, educators will be exposed to pre-made, ready-to-go material for immediate adaptation and use in their classroom. Furthermore, participants will be given the opportunity to create their own lessons for the SMARTBoard using the resources provided. Whether you are a novice or an expert on the use of the SMARTBoard, this course will expose you to a vast variety of resources to fit all grade levels and content areas.

Instructor: Rose Marino (Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com)




 

Developing Milestones in Reading and Writing Instruction

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE


Course Description: Developing course trajectories for students is tantamount to their learning. Reinforcing phonemic awareness, phonics in language, reading environments for success, text comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, writing and reading integration – all develop skills for students to fully advance their learning. In this course, teachers will fully engage in comprehensive strategies that advance the learner in their classroom. Techniques as analysis, connections, author’s viewpoint, primary and secondary sources will be investigated, thoroughly creating advanced learning for all.
• A must for K-12 educators!!!!!!!
Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia             gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 

 

 




Differentiation in Action

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: To group or not to group, that is the question. According to Carol Ann Tomilson, a leading authority on differentiating instruction, students need new and innovative means in order to comprehend and process information and make sense of what they learn. In academically responsible classrooms, all students should be appropriately challenged and become more successful at accessing, processing, and expressing information.

In this course, participants will learn everything there is to know about differentiating their classrooms. They will learn the secrets to recognizing and building on the individual talents of each student, while preparing all students for the rigors of new standards and assessments. In addition, teachers will gain student centered ideas, lessons that differentiate, challenging ways to motivate students, current research on differentiation, constructivist practices, ideas for putting the research into action, examples and strategies that assist in differentiation, assessment ideas for differentiation, ideas for tiered lessons, web sites for differentiated instruction, and so much more!

Perfect for teachers of all subject areas! – K-12

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                    gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Differentiated Instruction and Assessment in the Everyday Classroom

(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor Jennifer Rommel             jrommelpd@gmail.com

Course Description

Every classroom is full of students who learn differently and thrive on different forms of assessment. Some struggle with exams while excel at projects that allow for creativity. Teachers will learn that differentiated learning is not as difficult to implement as was once thought. They will explore the multitude of ways; proactive, qualitative, student driven and group instruction driven, that this can be implemented into all classes. Effective use of assessment is the foundation of the differentiated classroom. Teachers will learn how to gain information from their students and gear their assessments in ways to promote the retention of materials for students and their learning goals.


 

 

 

Digital Storytelling


Instructor:  Michelle Reimers            email:   myelenco@aol.com

(3 credits/45 hours)     in-service only

ON-LINE

Course Description:  Storytelling in the digital era, writing is not just about composing traditional essays by typing into a word-processing program. Today writers compose by using a variety of platforms to produce different forms. We compose slide shows, videos, audio documentaries, brochures, Tweets, blogs, and much more. If we want to be effective composers in our, global world, we have to learn how to compose using these different platforms, and we have to understand what such forms allow, disallow, and require. We need both technical skill and critical understanding.

This course will introduce you to DIGITAL STORYTELLING. Digital storytelling is a creative way to integrate writing, technology, and content curriculum. Digital storytelling is an excellent way to engage students because it allows them to use their growing technology skills to tell a story. You will learn how to design digital storytelling projects for all content areas (k-12) allowing you to incorporate writing throughout the curriculum. Assessments of digital stories will also be reviewed.

 

 

 

 

 

Discussing Politics in the Classroom: What Can and Can’t Teachers Say?
*NEW COURSE SPRING 2021

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com



Course Description:
An educator's words have the tremendous power to influence students’ beliefs. When discussions about politics, race, sexual orientation, religion, class, or any other controversial issue come up in the classroom, it is critical for teachers to tread the fine line between merely sharing their personal views and teaching facts. Educators must remain objective in their teachings to ensure a safe learning environment for students. This course offers thoughtful views to help protect the teacher and the school district. We will discuss neutrality, how to engage in appropriate conversations, social media/politics, freedom of speech and what exactly that means for a teacher, and steps to safely discuss politics within the classroom. This class is suitable for all k-12 educators and service providers.

 

 

 

 

 

The Dynamics of Conflict 

ON-LINE     (3 credits/45 hours)         In-serice credit only

 Instructor: Richard A. Faber            fabes888@gmail.com


Course Description:  In a world where conflict is usually equated with violence, and therefore, fear is a common reaction, it is essential to underscore the opportunities presented by conflict. When violence emerges as a predominant aspect of conflict, these opportunities are lost. Conflicts emerge constantly from our perceptions of the commonplace events of everyday life, and demonstrate what each individual considers to be important and relevant to them. Thus, the elements for the peaceful settlement of a conflict are to be found in the conflict itself.
In this course, teachers will learn how to more effectively express and mange the value differences, tensions, and misunderstandings associated with conflict. At the same time, they will be able to teach their students how to acknowledge one another, and build understanding based on the real needs of those involved in the dispute.
Teachers will be guided on how to effectively establish a conflict resolution and peer- mediation program in their classroom as well as in their schools. All of the necessary skill training, practice, and resources will be provided.

Course Objectives

1. To help students define conflict and its connotations; identifies common societal messages about conflict; reviews the major kinds of conflicts we encounter.
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment

2. To explore three basic approached to conflict, the effectiveness of each, and how they interact with each other.
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment

3. To build skills to understand and manage anger and other strong emotions more effectively, exploring the important role emotions play in conflict.
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment

4. To describe the communication process and the factors that influences it, and focus on the role of cultural differences in the communication process.
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment

5. To help students put together effective listening and speaking skills for better interpersonal understanding; providing practice in a collaborative problem solving process.
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment

 

 

 

 

Educational Grants and Curriculum-Based Projects in the Classroom

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours) In-service credit only

Instructor: David Falcone dfalcone@verizon.net   

Course Description: The use of curriculum-based projects in a classroom can motivate students to reach their highest potential. This course will explore student and class projects for all grade levels. The projects address character education, community service, and charitable causes. Through this course, K-12 educators will develop a better understanding of ways to incorporate curriculum-based projects into their classrooms. In addition, participants will learn about various educational grants available to teachers for funding projects. This course is suitable for all educators, K-12.

 

 

 

 

 

Educational Partnerships in the 21st Century

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)   In-service credit only

Instructor: David Falcone             dfalcone@verizon.net

Course Description: It is crucial for teachers to develop educational partnerships with colleagues to lead a successful 21st Century classroom. This course will take an in-depth look at collaboration strategies, interdisciplinary teaching, team teaching, parallel design, and curriculum integration. In addition, the course will look at ways in which educators can make connections with members of the school community and specific organizations (Examples: PTA, SEPTA, Civic Association, Historical Society, Etc.). Finally, the concept of having parents as educational partners will be examined through research and data of what works best on each grade level. This course is suitable for all educators, K-12.

 

 

Effective Classroom Management
*New Course Spring, 2020

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)     In-service only

Instructor:     Eric Stolfa                    STOLFALIIPS@GMAIL.COM

Course Description:
The most difficult part of teaching is effectively managing the classroom. A classroom of 30 students, regardless of age, all with different personalities and learning abilities, can be a lot to handle, even for veteran teachers. In this course we will identify and analyze different management techniques for teachers to implement into their classrooms. We will explore strategies such as visual and auditory cues, establishing classroom expectations, time management, instruction techniques, relationship building and parent involvement. Teachers will share strategies and classroom activities that work. We will analyze and assess not only our own strategies but common classroom scenarios as well. Educators will walk away with new techniques to assist them going forward. This course is a must for educators of all subjects and grades, K-12.

 

 

 

 

The Effect That Stress has on Student Learning

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)                 In-service credit only


Instructor:   Richard A. Faber            fabes888@gmail.com


Course Description:
This course will describe the sources and con-sequences of stress. Stress is a common problem that will affect almost all of your students at some point in their lives. This course will help you to learn when to identify when a person is under stress, what causes stress, and different ways of coping with stress.  Instructional strategies will be taught that can help students self-regulate such as reducing extraneous noise, managing transitions, and understanding mindsets, to name a few

 

 

 

 

Effective Questioning Techniques

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description Teachers typically spend anywhere from 35 - 50 percent of their instructional time asking questions. But are these questions effective in raising student achievement? In this course, participants will learn how to improve their questioning techniques utilizing current educational research informative practices. Types of questions will be discussed, wait time, engagement of students, essential questions, etc. Participants will be able to walk away with a multitude of inquiry based learning that will enhance their classroom environment. A must for all K-12 teachers.

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Effective Vocabulary Instruction

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: With the adoption of the new Common Core Standards, a greater emphasis is being placed on nonfiction and vocabulary instruction. This course will explore the philosophy behind vocabulary instruction as well effective practices. Participants will research dozens of strategies for building vocabulary aligned to meet various learning styles. In addition, this course will explore vocabulary resources including multimedia, interactive websites, educational vocabulary learning games and much more! Participants will have the opportunity to research and evaluate effective vocabulary lessons as well as create dynamic lessons for immediate classroom use. A must for all educators K-12!

Instructor: Rose Marino                 (Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com)

 



 

 

 

 

Effectively Utilizing Dialectical Journals in All Subjects

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)   In-service credit only

Instructor:  Richard Faber           

ON-LINE

Course Description: Every teacher has become a teacher of literacy. Impacting students’ abilities via journal usage creates learners with exceptional style and fortitude. Journal writing in all subject matters enriches the student and creates a sense of accomplishment and aptitude. In this course, teachers will utilize dialectical journals, reader’s journals, reader’s responses, written conversations. They will integrate aspects of their lives that promote advanced analysis, communication skills, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive writing techniques.
*A must for K-12 Educators!!!!


Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia         gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Empowering Instruction, Empowering Students

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ONLINE


Course Description: Enhancing one’s students to be motivated and think critically about the world around them is tantamount to the Common Core standards of learning in all subject areas. The study of the philosophy behind learning captivates students and infuses morality and integrity into their worlds. In this course, teachers will be exposed to a plethora of ideas that enable them to critically analyze, judge, delineate, and closely comprehend content area ideas and genre in order to create pertinent lessons for their students. Teachers will walk away with a multitude of interdisciplinary lessons for their classrooms. Materials include: picture books, non-fiction articles, creative techniques that enhance any classroom and empower everyone.
• A must for K-12 educators!!!!

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia            gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Engaging Learners in Your Classroom

*New Class Spring 2020

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

ON-LINE

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours)         in service credit only

Course Description:
This course will work with educators to engage your students in learning. When students tune out, teachers need to be armed with the tools to keep their classes engaged and ready to learn. This course will share techniques and a plethora of strategies to keep your students ready to focus. A must for all educators of all levels grades K-12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGAGING THE DISENGAGED LEARNER

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)   In-service credit only

Instructor:  Richard Faber     


Course Description

Schools experience a wide variety of crises that have the potential to harm the mental and physical health, learning environment, and safety of students and educators. A school crisis is any traumatic event that seriously disrupts coping and problem-solving abilities of students and school staff. It is typically sudden, unexpected, dramatic and forceful and may even threaten survival. A crisis can cause a drastic and tragic change to the environment. This change is generally overwhelming and uncontrollable as well as unwanted and frightening. It may create a sense of helplessness, hopelessness, and vulnerability combined with a loss of safety.   

This course will provide resources, tools, recommendations, and evidence-based practices for incorporating best practices in school mental health into school crisis plans. Different types of crisis will be discussed and strategies will be developed for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas.

 

 

 

Engaging Parents for Student Success

*New Class Fall 2019, First time ON-LINE Fall 2020

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)   In-service credit only

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Course Description: This course will focus on how to engage parents and students as your partners in learning. Educators will work to learn the skills that will empower your students to achieve and become successful. This course is a must for all instructors of all levels K-12.

 

 

 

 

 

Engagement and Motivation in the Classroom: Common Core Style

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

Course Description:
This course is designed to assist educators in getting their students to become engaged and motivated. We will discuss how to get your classroom interested and involved in the learning process. Students who may have become bored or tired of the same day by day learning styles can become engaged again with the right strategies. A variety of practical and simple strategies will be shared. A multitude of materials will be discussed and distributed on how to motivate and engage your students again. Educators will learn to implement creative techniques to get your students to motivate themselves both physically and mentally and get involved once again. Educational articles and research in this area will also be studied. This is a must for all teachers of all disciplines K-12.

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Email: kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


 

 

 

Enhancing Teacher-Student Rapport to Improve Student Achievement

ON-LINE     (3 credits/45 hours)         In-serice credit only

*New Course

Instructor: Rachel Hludzinski                    email:        rHludzinskiLIIPS@gmail.com

 
Course Description:
Children have an overwhelming need to be and to feel accepted not only by their peers but also, by their teachers. When students feel they are seen, understood, and respected, they typically are more motivated to work harder and take more academic risks in order to achieve. While you may already be aware of this fact, you may often ask yourself how you can build better relationships with each of your students – especially with growing class sizes! This course investigates the different ways in which you can both implicitly and explicitly communicate the care you have for your students through planning meaningful assignments for various personality types, creating support systems, changing up classroom procedures, and providing thoughtful feedback on assignments. These resources and assignments are meant to encourage you to reflect on your current units and classroom procedures to discover new perspectives and help you improve upon what you already practice (and do well!) each day.  Suggested for all educators K-12!

Course Objectives:
1. Participants will research how improved teacher-student rapport improves
student achievement
2. Participants will consider current classroom procedures and teaching units
in order to find ways to improve upon teacher-student communication
3. Participants will learn how to improve rapport with challenging students
4. Participants will learn how to communicate care for students both implicitly
and explicitly
5. Participants will learn how to improve written and verbal feedback to
enhance teacher-student rapport
6. Participants will gain resources to help improve teacher-student rapport

 

 

 

 


Executive Functioning Skills Deficits and How to Help our Students Overcome their Weaknesses in this Area

(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor Jennifer Rommel             jrommelpd@gmail.com

 
Course Description
As we all know, some of the brightest minds can have an executive functioning disability. We will explore the various ways that this appears in students and how to help them learn how to compensate and work through their difficulties in order to be college and career ready. Teachers will explore the components of Executive Functions as well as the impairments that are associated with it. Teachers will learn how to assess, improve, and treat this disorder through a multitude of strategies and goals. Suitable for all Educators K - 12.



 

 

 

Engaging Intimately in One’s Classroom – Exploring Everyday Avenues of Instruction


ON-LINE

Instructor – Gayle Meinkes-Lumia    gaylelumia@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours) In-service credit only


Course Description:  This course will provide teachers with an array of activities that connect students intimately with the material at hand. Any subject can be transformed into an intimate connection between learners.  Teachers will explore literacy, history, science, mathematics, and culture via deep connections in the classroom setting.  A must for K-12 educators!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Empowering Instruction through Empathy

Instructor:  Gayle Meinkes-Lumia            gaylelumia@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

Course Description: Enhancing one’s students to be motivated and to learn is at the forefront of education today. Increasing students’ emotional well-being is tantamount to good teaching. This course will focus on the whole child and the components that make up the learning dynamic. Participants will learn how to utilize their most powerful teaching tool – their vernacular – to bring out the best in their learners. Teachers will be instructed on empathy skills and will be trained in classroom techniques involving empathy as: building positive relationships, strengthening community, fostering classroom connections, preparing for leaders in the classroom environment. Overall, participants will be creating a classroom culture of acceptance and gratitude. A must for all educators in the K-12 classroom!!!!!

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia          gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Engaging Learners with Essential Questions
ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours

Instructor:    Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                     gaylelumia@yahoo.com


Course Description:
The ability to engage our learners is a technique all educators must possess. Formulating ideas and strategies to springboard discussions are tantamount for students today. Recognizing the need to enhance the learning environment will lead students towards success. In this course, participants will explore a myriad of strategies to assist them in the questioning process. Text dependent questions will be at the forefront as well as strategies from Fountas & Pinnell, differentiation techniques, student centered lessons, technological ideas, web components, and so much more. Teachers will completely enhance their students’ thinking. A must for all educators in the K-12 Classroom!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Engaging the Disengaged Learner

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)                 In-service credit only


Instructor:   Richard A. Faber            fabes888@gmail.com


Course Description:

Learning is a lot like bike riding. Once you have the knack, you never really forget the skill. Nor do you forget the thrill of learning a new ability or understanding a complex idea. You are a lifelong learner and you love it.

Why have so many students never discovered this thrill? Why are they coasting when they could be racing along in the educational Tour de France with their peers? What can teachers do to engage the disengaged student?

This course will help teachers keep students highly engaged throughout an entire lesson and encourage students to contribute their ideas and insights as a way of enhancing their own and other students’ learning.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Expect students to help define topics and determine how they can be studied
2. Link content to students’ prior knowledge and experience.
3. Ensure that students are mentally engaged in all activities and assignments
4. Allow students to initiate and adapt learning activities and projects.
5. Form instructional groups that work to achieve learning goals.
6. Choose suitable instructional materials for lessons and encourage students to select resources that will help them learn
7. Teach highly coherent, well-planned, and well-paced lessons that include time for student reflection

 

 

 

 


 

Enriching Vocabulary Instruction in all Subjects


Instructor:    Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                    gaylelumia@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Course Description:  Do you view vocabulary instruction as prosaic, humdrum, monotonous, mundane, thread bare? Acquiring vocabulary skills are tantamount to doing well in all aspects of academics. Instructing students on vocabulary usage can be accomplished through many modalities: computers, reading, diagramming, activity based. This course will provide you with effective ways to implement vocabulary instruction with your students. Current research will be examined, as well as specific strategies that enable students to comprehend vocabulary words will be addressed.

A must for all K-12 educators!!!!

 

 

 

 

Essential Websites for Educators

ON-LINE        (3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia             gaylelumia@yahoo.com

Technological lessons are at the forefront of teaching. Research indicates that students learn more effectively via Internet lessons and hands-on learning opportunities. In this course, teachers will travel through time and enhance their repertoires via engaging web quests. They will connect with their students on all levels via web instruction. Interdisciplinary web quests will be demonstrated in all subject areas. Research into enhancing their own classroom instruction will be addressed as well. A Must for K-12 educators!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

EXCEL in the Classroom: Maintaining Accurate Records

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Instructor:     Lee Markowitz                email:    MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

ON-LINE

Course Description:
Aside from teaching, there are many responsibilities that are inherently part of what we do each day. Often, these tasks and obligations can be overwhelming and time-consuming. It has been proven that organization is one way to reduce stress, which is the primary focus of this course. Teachers enrolled will explore various simple ways of using Microsoft Excel for record-keeping. Even if you’re not a proficient computer whiz, Excel makes it easy to customize and maintain spreadsheets. The assignments are designed to help you simplify, minimize, maintain, and track data. Additionally, Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPRs) now include an evaluative section on maintaining accurate records. Teachers enrolled in this course will learn new ways of improving this particular rating.


 

 

 

Exploring Race and Gender in Everyday Studies

*FIRST TIME ON-LINE FALL 2020

Instructor – Gayle Meinkes-Lumia    gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 
ON-LINE    (3 credits/45 hours) In-service credit only

 
Course Description:  This course focuses on the use of digital methods to analyze and archive literary texts, emphasizing issues of diversity and inclusion. Covers three main areas: text encoding, textual analysis, and archive construction. Considers literary texts, including works by well-known authors such as Shakespeare, together with collections by marginalized writers, including slave narratives and writings by early modern women. Offers students an opportunity to explore what counts as literature and how computers, databases, and analytical tools give substance to concepts of aesthetic, cultural, and intellectual value as inflected by race and gender.

 

 

Facilitating Classroom Discussions in the Common Core World
*New Class Spring 2020

ON-LINE

Instructor: Kim Kittredge                Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

3 credits (45 hours)                 In-service credit

Course Description:  Participants in the course will learn how to implement all facets of effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques to help your students create an environment of trust and responsibility. Educators will learn how to encourage, redirect, engage, and challenge students in successful discussions that will enhance student learning. Educators will be able to apply these strategies to all grade levels and content areas. Participants will gain a clear understanding of where to begin with discussions in your classroom, and see where it will lead you. This course is designed to enable educators K-12 to understand the relationship that discussion plays in our Common Core Learning Standards and effectively help your students meet them.  Great for all educators K-12!

 

 

 



Flipping Your Classroom                                      


Instructor:  Michelle Reimers            email:   myelenco@aol.com

 (3 credits/45 hours) in-service only

ON-LINE

Course Description:  In this course, teachers will learn how to implement the flipped learning model in their classrooms. Teachers will learn how to create a learner-centered classroom by moving instruction to the home. Teachers are provided with tips and strategies on how to find and create engaging instructional videos and develop interactive, collaborative, and hands-on classroom activities. This course provides information on how to flip each of the four main content areas, plan/organize technology into lessons, and assessment strategies. Suitable for ALL educators K-12



 




Following the Recipe for Writing

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: Ranging from preschool to high school, writing is always a challenge for students. This course will provide you with the ingredients necessary to instruct students on how to attack the writing before it attacks them. Addressed will be the different forms of writing to provide students with, the new and innovative techniques by writing gurus, writing formulas, writing templates, journal topics, ELA writing guides,etc.. Students will simply beg for the pen and paper! A must for all K-12 educators!!!

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                gaylelumia@yahoo.com



 

 

 

 Fostering Social and Emotional Learning: How to Make Good Humans

Instructor:  Elia Figari O'Leary       email:   Eliaolearyliips@gmail.com

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Course Description
Our classrooms are overloaded with curriculum on a regular basis, and sometimes it can be difficult to focus on developing the students as a whole.  Many children are missing the vital social skills and coping mechanisms that are essential for success in their academic future and their life.  This course will help you incorporate Growth Mindset and Social/Emotional Learning into their classroom in a feasible way.  Recommended for ALL instructors.

Participants completing this course will:

  • Learn the philosophies behind Social and Emotional Learning

  • Create a plan of how to integrate Social and Emotional Learning in the classroom

  • Learn how to engage students in an interactive way while developing social and emotional regulation skills

 

 

 

 

 

Foundations of Bilingual and Multicultural Education


ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours)     in-service credit only

Instructor: Marcela Falcone     bilingualeducatorli@gmail.com

 
Course Description: This course will provide a foundation for understanding the history and development of Bilingual Education. The overall social and philosophical foundations of Bilingual Education will be reviewed in detail. Additionally, legislative changes throughout history for students of limited English proficiency will be examined by participants. By understanding the development of Bilingual Education over time, educators will be better prepared to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELL).

 

 

 

Getting the most out of On-Line Instruction - Inspiring our Learners One Step at a Time!
(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

New Class Spring 2020!!!!!!!

ON-LINE

Course Description: Initiating an on-line instructional platform can be difficult for teachers and students alike. Assisting our students with achieving their maximum potential, discovering the wonder of learning, and immersing themselves in creative activities will be at the forefront of the course.  Strategies for reluctant learners will be focused on as well as lesson creations that are relevant to students' cultures.  A variety of ideas for multiple subject matters will be taught, including award winning books, mathematical strategies, and historical games. Teachers will emerge with lessons that show how to value quality over quantity and teach effectively.. All grade levels and subjects welcome.

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                             gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Giving the Benefit of the Doubt: Every Student Has a Story

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Instructor:     Lee Markowitz                    email:    MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com


ON-LINE

Description:  How often do we have unruly children in our classrooms who defy the rules, resist authority, and cause a general disruption? While it is easy to dismiss these students, perhaps there is a way to get through to them. That process begins by understanding them. Who/What are they going home to? What is going on in their lives outside of their academic responsibilities? Teachers enrolled in this course will explore practical methods of breaking down walls and communicating with those tough students as a means of facilitating a more comfortable, productive classroom.


 

 

 

Google Slides Virtual Classroom & Adding Videos to Your Presentation

*New Class Spring 2021

ON-LINE

Instructor:     Michele Kerr       

3 credits (45 hours)                 In-service credit

Course Description:  This remote training will show teachers how to create
a Virtual Classroom. Virtual Classrooms make assignments and activities more interactive for students. Through Google Slides, the Virtual Classroom will show links to assignments, documents, and websites. In addition, the presenter will show teachers how to add videos from YouTube, another URL or of themselves teaching. This is especially helpful for Special Area teachers who need to show a specific skill to their students.  Google Slide Presentations can easily be added to Google Stream or Classwork tabs in Google Classroom.  Suitable for all educators K-12 and Support Staff.



 

 

 

Grandiose Graphic Organizers - Enriching Students Repertoires

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ONLINE


Course Description - Embedding a multitude of learning experiences for students is critical. The ability to enhance their learning and growth is developed strategically via the usage of graphic organizers that stimulate learning and instruction. Students will be captivated by rich material that strategically inculcates all aspects of subject matter. A plethora of common core graphic organizers will be included and students’ worlds will be enriched.
*A must for K-12 educators!!!!!
Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia      gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Great Teachers, Great Students

Gayle Meinkes-Lumia            gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 (3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

Course Description: Each and every day in the teaching profession, we are knee deep in adolescence. Teachers wear a multitude of hats as they are faced with creating an atmosphere of challenges, choices, and meaningful experiences for students. The very vulnerability of adolescence makes it a time of tremendous opportunity for emotional, intellectual, and social growth. We can either make or break situations as they arise.
Within this course, participants will complete a myriad of tasks:
• Complete an introspection of themselves and their teaching styles
• Complete research on adolescent growth (social and emotional)
• Share relevant teaching stories that assist everyone in the teaching process
• Cultivate student interest by creating exciting opportunities for growth
• Master different approaches to prepare students for higher thinking
• Execute lessons that enrich student learning
• Walk in someone else’s shoes in terms of learning and comprehending.
Overall, participants will be refreshed as they enhance their classrooms by learning more about themselves!
*A must for all educators!

 




 

 

Guided Reading - Making it Work in Your Classroom

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

“Guided reading is a teaching approach used with all readers, struggling or independent, that has three fundamental purposes: to meet the varying instructional needs of all the students in the classroom, enabling them to greatly expand their reading powers; to teach students to read increasingly difficult texts with understanding and fluency; to construct meaning while using problem solving strategies to figure out unfamiliar words that deal with complex sentence structures, and understand concepts or ideas not previously encountered. Guided reading is the place where every child, every day, has the opportunity to learn by reading a book that is just right.”

- Fountas & Pinnell, 2001
This course will provide a detailed explanation of the philosophy of guided reading. Various components of guided reading will be explored including: management, teacher and student roles, assessment, flexible grouping, strategy and skill lessons, etc. Participants in the course will research the history of small group instruction and compare/contrast guided reading with more traditional instructional approaches. In addition, participants will learn the benefits of guided reading and be given the resources and information to implement guided reading within his/her own classroom.

Instructor: Rose Marino                 (Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com)

 


 

 

Helping Kids Write

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


Course Description:

Writing can be complex and difficult activity for students of all ages.  Writing is more than just a skill or taleant, it is a means of investigation and expression for learning.  This course explores writing for learning in all grades and disciplines.  In this course we will expose educators to effective approaches and best practices for helping students learn to write.  Educators will discuss how ideas about how and wh to teach writing have progressed dramatically in recent years.  Then teachers can work towads providiing the appropriate writiing activities for their students.  A must for all educators grades K - 12.

 

 

 

 

Helping Students De-Stress for Success
(Bringing Mindfulness to Students and Teachers)

*New to ON-LINE 2/2020

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

ON-LINE


(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Course Description:  This course will discuss what mindfulness is and what it is not. Teachers will focus on how to help your students address stress and anxiety and achieve a calm stress-free classroom. Educators will share the benefits of de-stressing and how well it works in school communities and classrooms. This course is a must for all instructors of all levels K-12.

 

 

Highly Effective Teaching
*NEW COURSE Summer 2020

ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Kim Kittredge                Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Course Description:  Educators will learn through this course effective teaching methods, Common Core Standards teaching, and much more. Teachers will examine best practices for instruction to hone your skills on highly effective teaching. Participants will see how to transform your students into becoming more college and career ready individuals. Teachers will study methods on how to create high performing classrooms that hone in on skills that matter. In this course you will “learn from doing” in the same manner to be expected of your own students. This course shows educators how to create innovative but easy to implement, project-based learning units that work. This course is a must for teachers of grades K-12.

 

 

 

 



Homework That Works: Meeting the Needs of Schools, Students, and Families


(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode             thodeliips@gmail.com


Course Descroption:
Homework plays a major role in the learning process. Often enough, if homework is not complete, classroom objectives cannot be met. What is the role of homework in the learning process? How do economic diversity and parenting style affect homework? What does the research on homework reveal? Let’s explore these questions and get specific strategies for customizing homework tasks, enhancing student ownership, and providing feedback about homework. Effects of social class differences and school-family relationships. Suitable for all educators K - 12.


 


How to Differentiate your Classroom:  Theories and Practices for all Educators
*New Course Spring 2020

(3 Credits/45 Hours) In-Service Credit Only

ON-LINE

Kim Kittredge: Instructor         Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com3


Course Description:  This course will explore how our daily instruction as an educator must constantly be changed and molded to fit our students’ needs. Since many of our students learn differently, it is our job as effective teachers to guide them through the learning process. Educators will discuss what a differentiated classroom really is, and how to differentiate for any grade level or subject. We will collaborate and work on a multitude of learning techniques and assessments for all learning styles. Many of these techniques can be brought back to the classroom and used with students who learn in all different ways. Teachers will find that differentiation is not that difficult task you thought it might be. It is more of a necessity for the good of all. This is a must for all educators of all disciplines K-12.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Get Creative in the Virtual Classroom:  Making Distance Learning Fun

*NEW COURSE SPRING 2020 - FIRST TIME ON-LINE

ON-LINE
Instructor:  Kim Kittredge                    Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


Course Description:  Since COVID-19, teachers and students have been learning how to work together but from a distance. Teachers and students have turned the living room into the classroom. It has become the “new normal” in our society. This course will help educators work towards getting creative in their virtual classrooms.
We will explore educational websites, online platforms and techniques to have your students learning fun, exciting lessons from home. We will discuss video techniques and testing websites. Educators will share what has worked so far to develop student success. Now that we are all learning in our virtual classrooms, let’s make them exciting, enjoyable, and creative.

 

 

 

 

 

How do the Multi-Ethnic Backgrounds of Students Impact Their Learning in Schools?

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: Students who enter the Long Island Public School system from foreign countries need to learn to assimilate into a very different culture. What do we as educations need to know about language, education, foods, customs, and discipline of the students entering our school system in order to promote success? A must for all educators K-12.

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                    gaylelumia@yahoo.com




 





How Proficient Readers Think: Utilizing Fiction and Non-fiction Sources to Master Cognitive Thinking

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: How do skillful readers think when they are reading subject-matter text? How do they formulate connections and interactions with texts? As teachers, we have these strategies in our own brains; they were never explicitly taught to us. Instead, during our mostly fortunate lives as children, students, and teachers to be, we gradually cobbled together this repertoire of cognitive thinking through our reading, story-telling, family literacy, school, and books. Unfortunately, many of our students do not come from these literate backgrounds. We need to demonstrate the strategies to them, explicit instruct them, and become more aware of what is occurring in their minds. This course will guide you through the seven core reading strategies that will assist students in developing their own internal cognitive repertoire. You will be provided with articles and activities that will assist your students in progressing further and succeeding in life. A must for all K-12 educators.

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                 gaylelumia@yahoo.com



 

 

How to Get Creative in the Virtual Classroom:  Making Distance Learning Fun
*NEW COURSE SPRING 2020/FIRST TIME ON-LINE FALL, 2020

ON-LINE    (3 Credits/45 Hours) In-Service Credit Hours

Instructor:  Kim Kittredge                    Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Course Description:  Since COVID-19, teachers and students have been learning how to work together but from a distance. Teachers and students have turned the living room into the classroom. It has become the “new normal” in our society. This course will help educators work towards getting creative in their virtual classrooms.
We will explore educational websites, online platforms and techniques to have your students learning fun, exciting lessons from home. We will discuss video techniques and testing websites. Educators will share what has worked so far to develop student success. Now that we are all learning in our virtual classrooms, let’s make them exciting, enjoyable, and creative.

 

 

 

 

How to Help Middle School Students to Develop Crucial Skills for Learning
*NEW COURSE SPRING 2021

ON-LINE    (3 Credits/45 Hours) In-Service Credit Hours

Instructor:        Steve Whelan            SWhalenLIIPS@gmail.com

Course Description: The middle school during “normal” times is already a challenge to both the teacher as well as the students. Throw in the events caused by the pandemic and all schools went through varying degrees of problems. With the current situation with the different types of change taking place, between Hybrid, remote, and full Distance Learning, it is understandable that there are going to be rough waters for many students.
Course Objectives:
1. Participants will learn to understand the issues the middle schoolers go through.
2. Participants will learn to work to reach their students.
3. Participants will help to develop crucial skills needed to progress and grow.
4. Participants will understand the issues brought on by the pandemic.
5. Participants will understand the creative ways they can teach their students.

This course is pointed at the Middle Schools but can be adapted to apply in any situations or grade levels but is primarily the grades 6-8 group. It is because of the age level and all the other specific changes that are taking place with the students socially, emotionally, and physically.

 

 



How to Stay Refreshed in an ELA Driven World

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only NEW COURSE!!!!

ON-LINE

Course Description: All teachers have become ELA instructors. What are we to do? We need a way to stay calm and incorporate refreshing ideas into our classroom. Participants will learn how to maintain a semblance of creativity in a test driven world, while still raising our scores. All disciplines are welcome. K-12 course.

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                     gaylelumia@yahoo.com


 

 


How to Reconnect the Disconnected Learner

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 


Instructor: Kim Kittredge                    Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


Courrse Description:
Do your students feel or become disconnected? Do they often lose the purpose of your lessons due to distractions? Have they zoned out? With all the time and effort you put into your lessons, it often seems that there are so many days we look out at our students’ faces only to see that they are somewhere else. The connection has been lost. This course offers ideas on how to reconnect your disconnected students and bring them back again. Educators will learn a variety of exciting strategies that will “connect” your students to your classroom lessons. These strategies will not only activate engagement, but improve student learning all together. This course is for educators levels K-12 of all subjects.

 

 





How to Use Google Sites in your Classroom


(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: This course will provide vast knowledge on utilizing Google Sites in your classroom! Activities will include creating a fully functional website. Copyright and fair use laws will be examined as well as how to use copyright-friendly images and other tools available to ensure the creation of a class specific and highly functional website! Websites increase parent and student communication and are vital for productive instruction! We recommend this course for all staff and educators alike across all content areas and grade levels K-12.

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                    gaylelumia@yahoo.com



 

Igniting the Fire in our Students

ON-LINE    (3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 


Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia             gaylelumia@yahoo.com


Course Description: "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire" - William Butler Yeats

A teacher that ignites the fire in his/her students and fuels their thirst for knowledge and curiosity is the key to success. In this course, teachers will learn to inspire students, motivate them, impact their learning. They will be able to fuel the passion and engage their students through creative activities and ideas. A myriad of techniques and strategies will be explored as well as collaborative means and activities to fully engage learners. A conflagration of ideas shall ignite within all! A must for K-12 Educators!!!!!

 

 

 

Immediate Engagement: The Purposeful “Do Now”

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

ON-LINE  (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only


Course Description:  Forty (or so) minutes go by quite quickly. By the time we get our students seated, take attendance, check homework, explain the objective, and start the lesson, our allotment of time has dwindled considerably. Also considering how often our students are taken out of our classes because of field trips, visits to the nurse, or other various reasons, the clock often seems to be on fast forward. Essentially, we want to get the most out of our class periods. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore the possibilities, variations, and applications of the infamous “Do Now” as a means of engaging students immediately and getting the most out our (and their) time.


 

 

 



The Impact of Labeling and Sterotypes on Education

3 Credits [45 hours]         Inservice Credit Only

ON-LINE
Instructor: Richard Faber                 fabes888@gmail.com

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Preppy. Techie. Geek. Freak. Loser. Jock. These are just a few of the labels that students live with every day. And some labels are a lot nastier. Who hands out these labels? What role do labels play? Do they help or hurt? Do people sometimes like their labels, or do they always hate them? This course will examine the truth behind these labels and the impact that they have on student behavior and learning. Suitable all educators K-12.


COURSE OBJECTIVES AND LEARNING STANDARDS

1. To learn where labels come from
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment.
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.

2. To understand the emotions that go along with labeling
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment.
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.

3. To look at how to reduce the emotional effect of labeling
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment.
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.

4. To create environments that foster feelings of appreciation and acceptance
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment.
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.


 





Improving Adolescent Literacy Skills

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: According to recent reports from the National Council of Teachers of English, approximately half of high school graduates lack the reading skills needed to pass first-year college courses, and only 59 percent of the students tested were considered ready for college level work. Equally alarming, the National Assessment of Educational Progress reported that 70 percent of middle and high school students score below the proficiency level in reading achievement. The lack of improvement in literacy achievement has many negative implications for the nation’s economy and ability to compete globally. To be competitive in the current job market, American youth have to possess far more advanced literacy skills than those required of any previous generation.

The first portion of this course will examine the recent studies and statistics of current trends regarding adolescent literacy. Participants will research federal policy for improving the performance of adolescents. The second part of this class will focus on reading interventions for adolescent learners. Participants will study the philosophy, implementation, and effectiveness of various reading intervention programs including: Reciprocal Teaching, Strategic Instruction Model, Accelerated Reader, Corrective Reading , Fast ForWord, Read 180, etc. In addition, this course will provide numerous reading strategies and interventions to use with adolescent students before, during, and after reading. Some of the strategies/interventions featured in this course include: anticipation guides, the Frayer Model, Directed Reading Thinking Activity (DRTA), Selective Highlighting, Survey-Question-Read-Recite-Review (SQ3R), Exit Slips, Question-Answer Relationship (QAR) and many more! With the resources and information provided in this course, teachers will be able to create dynamic lessons which help foster student success.

Instructor: Rose Marino                             (Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com)






Improving Communication with Parents and Students through Technology

(3credits/45hours)                 In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor Jennifer Rommel                             jrommelpd@gmail.com

Course Description

Students will learn various methods to increase and improve communication with families and students by multiple means of technology. These methods will increase communication and decrease the stressors related to the lack of time and resources to always make phone calls. Improving communication is not only necessary but required as a part of teachers’ annual performance reviews which culminate each year. The applications and websites we will explore and implement will increase communication as well as improve student productivity with a strong student-parent-teacher connection. Recommended for all Educators K - 12.


 


 

 

Incorporating Current Events into Classroom Instruction


ON-LINE

3 credits/45 hours

Instructor: David Falcone         dfalcone@verizon.net

 in-service credit only

Course Description: Current Events can be integrated into all subject-areas and within all grade levels. This course will take an in-depth look into how current events can be a part of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Special Areas. Specifically, course participants will learn about instructional resources such as NewseumEd and a Journalist’s Resource, along with the importance of news literacy. Participants will discover ways to integrate Current Events into their curriculums on a daily basis, while continuing to meet the educational standards set forth. This course is suitable for all educators, K-12.

 

 

 

 

 

Information in the Digital Age

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)     In-service only


Instructor:     Eric Stolfa                    STOLFALIIPS@GMAIL.COM

Course Description:
This course is designed for us to examine news sources today such as television, radio, internet and social media. We will look at the news from various angles, including our preferred sources, trustworthiness and the polarization and commercialization of modern news networks. We also look at how politics plays a major role, including the Presidents insults toward many media outlets. We will also take a close look at social media and the spread of fake news. We will delve into where responsibility falls and if enough is being done to combat it. We will also look at how social media, Facebook in particular, was so susceptible to foreign influence. This course is perfect for people who enjoy watching cable news, scrolling through Twitter or Facebook for memes or listen to NPR on their way to work. It will enable us to judge the sources of our information properly and understand its impact on our psyche.

 

 

 




Innovative Practices In Education

ON-LINE       

(3 Credits - 45 Hours)   In-service Credit only

Instructor: Richard Faber                 fabes888@gmail.com

Course Description:
The course is designed to enhance the knowledge base for professionals in an era of school restructuring, technological innovation, and social change. Teachers and administrators will learn first-hand about innovative practices and recent research in the field. Topics include: student self-assessment, teacher reflection, cooperative learning, mentoring, the use of technology in schools, home-school communication, inclusion to support learning diversity, and the challenge of school restructuring. Areas covered are: Learning Theory, Curriculum Design, Classroom Atmosphere, and Instructional Strategies among others. This course also covers the dilemma children face who are experiencing difficulty in learning situations because of ethnic group frustrations in the community, problems of social adjustment, socio-economic inequities, and learning gaps. The role of the school in facilitating the program for children of various cultures to become valued members of the community is discussed. Activities, content, and materials are related to current and relevant frameworks and standards. Recommended for all instructors K - 12.

Course Purpose:
The direct aim of this course is to add to personal professionalism as an educator by becoming more attentive to current issues in schools today and by being informed of some of the choices available to empower teachers in their own classrooms, including theories, methods, strategies, techniques, and ways to differentiate instruction to further aid student achievement.


 

 

 

Incorporating Academic Competitions to Improve Learning Outcomes
ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours)             In-service credit only

Instructor: David Falcone         dfalcone@verizon.net


Course Description
Academic Competitions can help motivate students to follow their passions and achieve success. Local, national, and international competitions related to English-Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies provide effective opportunities for student recognition. Participants in this course will learn about different competitions, contests, and programs that celebrate academic accomplishments. Connections will be made to the standards and curriculum. This course is suitable for all educators, K-12.

 

 

 

Increasing Academic Success for Every Student

Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                    gaylelumia@yahoo.com

ON-LINE      (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Course Description:  Setting up a classroom that has an atmosphere of cooperation and consideration is crucial for students today. Effective communication is necessary for both teachers and students to be successful. In this course, teachers will:
• Study effective test-taking strategies
• Comprehend the ways to improve standardized test scores
• Learn the ways to creatively implement activities into the classroom
• Understand how to motivate students intrinsically
• Help students recognize their inner potential
• Address a myriad of student needs and perspectives
• Connect the impact of reading and writing across the content areas
• Complete research on academic success in the classroom
• Envision alternatives for their students
Overall, teachers will emerge with a plethora of insight and information that will increase their students’ love of the subject matter!
***A must for all K-12 teachers!

 

 

 

 

Increasing the Rigor in One’s Classroom, One Step at a Time

ON-LINE       (3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia             gaylelumia@yahoo.com

Course Description:
Achieving the optimum level of student productivity is at the core of one’s teaching. Providing students with assessments, choices in their curriculum, and differentiation is the key to their success. Adding rigor to students’ curriculum is essential in the common core era. In this course, participants will learn how to develop target -centered homework, prepare students for the mandates of the standards, advance students’ vocabularies, produce lessons and implement strategies for our learners. The rigor will be increased dramatically! A must for K-12 educators!!!!

 

 

 

 

Instructional Planning for Strategic Teaching

ON-LINE        (3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

Course Description:
This course is designed to provide educators with instructional strategies and apply it to meet the needs of all students grades K-12. Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively design your lessons, how to evaluate your curriculum, distinguish between learning styles, and how to provide instruction that enhances and improves academic performance for all students. This course examines how all these concepts combined serve as the basic design of curriculum and instruction overall. Educators will discuss proper planning of the core concepts, essential questions, how to use metacognitive reading strategies, background knowledge, and scaffolding, in order to lead to a successful classroom environment. Additional applications introduced in this course include rubrics, graphic organizers, vocabulary strategies, peer tutoring, note-taking, paraphrasing, summarizing (with the use of 10% summary), reciprocal teaching, and questioning. Educators will learn practices in this course that relate to district-wide teacher evaluations, the New York State Teaching Standards, and the Common Core Standards. Participants will also discover how to engage students, deepen their understanding of context, and prepare them for success beyond the classroom.


Instructor: Kim Kittredge                    Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

Integrating Sports Themes into the Curriculum


ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)     In-service only

Instructor: David Falcone dfalcone@verizon.net

 
Course Description: Students of all ages look at sports as a main hobby and source of entertainment outside of school. This course focuses on learning in relation to youth, amateur, and professional athletics. Participants will create projects, lessons, and activities that will tie sporting events to English-Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Participants will develop curriculum-based assignments for their classroom, with a special emphasis on sports leagues, teams, and athletes. Students will make connections between what is happening in and outside of the classroom. This course is suitable for all educators, K-12.





 

 

 

Introduction to Sexuality and Development for Children and Youth with Developmental Disabilities


ON-LINE       

(3 Credits - 45 Hours)   In-service Credit only

 

Instructor:        Eric Shabronsky, LMSW                    escott82167@gmail.com

 

Course Description:  As a parent, teacher or caregiver, the subject of sexual development and sexuality in children, adolescents and teens will eventually become a reality to deal with.

As human beings we are all sexual beings with physical and emotional needs. These feelings begin from the day we are born. Sexuality includes self-image and self worth, interpersonal relationships, emotional and physical needs. Regardless of ability or disability, sexuality is a natural part of being human.

As a parent, teacher or caregiver, it is our responsibility to teach those in our care the responsibilities and consequences of various behaviors related to sexuality. Teaching takes on many variables that determine how and what we teach. We must take into account; family and religious beliefs, cultural factors, developmental abilities and disabilities, and society norms.

In this course we will explore sexual development and it’s effects on emotions and physical behavior in the student population beginning from birth to young adult. The course will address human development and sexuality with a focus on students with developmental disabilities.

Finally, when caring for or working with children and/or students, you must be aware of the child’s readiness to be able to learn about such subjects. In addition, any teaching must be done in conjunction with parental knowledge and consent. One must also use discretion to determine what is appropriate for that child based on their age and maturity level. This course is intended to offer information, it is not intended to be used as a lesson plan or behavioral intervention plan.  Parents and teachers should consult with their helping professionals, and other family supports when addressing sexuality with their children and/or students.

 

 

 

 

Kaleidoscope – A Cross-Cultural Approach for the Primary and Secondary Classroom

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ONLINE

 
Course Description: Having students become knowledgeable citizens of the world through cultural experiences enables them to become reflective thinkers and critical learners. Viewing one’s culture as tantamount to the learning experience is critical for both students and teachers alike. Kaleidoscope is the process of putting into place a multicultural way of thinking and teaching that can be implemented by all teachers. Teachers will be provided with a theoretical framework, bridging theory and practices via exercises, discussion, scenarios, teaching materials, and language acquisition. In the end, a recipe for engagement will occur.
*A must for K-12 Educators!!!!!


Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia         gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Keeping Our Students and Schools Safe

ON-LINE       

(3 Credits - 45 Hours)   In-service Credit only

 
Instructor: Richard A. Faber fabes888@gmail.com


COURSE DESCRIPTION

School violence can be prevented. Research shows that prevention efforts – by teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and even students – can reduce violence and improve the overall school environment. No one factor in isolation causes school violence, so stopping school violence involves using multiple prevention strategies that address the many individual, relationship, community, and societal factors that influence the likelihood of violence. Prevention efforts should ultimately reduce risk factors and promote protective factors at these multiple levels of influence.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the conclusion of the class students will be able to:

● Create school wide prevention and intervention strategies.
● Develop emergency response planning.
● Develop school policies and understanding legal considerations.
● Create a positive school climate and culture.
● Implement ongoing staff development.
● Ensuring quality facilities and technology.
● Foster school/law enforcement partnerships.
● Institute links with mental health/social services.
● Foster family and community involvement.

 

 

 

 

Literacy and Learning: How to Succeed in the Common Core World
 *NEW COURSE SUMMER 2020

ON-LINE       

(3 Credits - 45 Hours)   In-service Credit only

Kim Kittredge                Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Course Description:
In order for our students to develop better, more sophisticated literacy skills to succeed, they need to work hard to meet the demands around them. Literacy is more than just learning how to read, it is writing skills, speaking skills, solving problem, and beyond. In this course, educators in will develop and share tools and activities to strengthen their students’ literacy skills and help them succeed in the Common Core World.  This is a must for all teachers of all disciplines and subject areas K-12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Disabilities/Strategies to Help Guide the Learning Disabled Student to Success

(3 Credits / 45 hours)                         in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode                     thodeliips@gmail.com

Course Description:  Research continues to confirm that we can teach students with learning disabilities to “learn how to learn.” We can put them into a position to understand and value their own education. Because everyone learns differently, helping children reach their maximum potential should be the goal in every classroom. A variety of tips and tools have been developed throughout this course to help both teachers and parents provide the most supportive and successful learning environment. This course will provide a wealth of information and a comprehensive overview of evidence-based remediation and accommodation teaching strategies. This course will include: the visible signs of learning disorders; effective teaching and accommodation strategies; most recent technology, diagnostic criteria; and self-esteem.  This course applies to all Educators K-12.

NOTE:  This is a separate and independent course from ABC's of Learning Disabilities and Beyond - Resources for Educators .  This course was designed to provide additonal information and direction beyond the ABC's course.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Learning that Motivates and Drives

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Course Description:
Making learning fun is something that each and every teacher should strive to do. Game theory shows that students absorb and retain knowledge more readily if learning is in a manner that is fun. This class concentrates on providing teachers with many creative activities to enhance student learning and support the New York Common Core Standards - all while strengthening skills, knowledge and ability for the New York State Assessments. Teachers will group, research, work collaboratively, read professionally, and create lesson plans. All of this will lead up to the final goal of motivational lessons that drive your students.

 

 

 




Literature Circles-Empowering Students through Text and Talk

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Gayle Meinkes-Lumia            gaylelumia@yahoo.com

Course Description:  Small, peer-led discussions about texts; engaging, thought provoking critical readers - these are just some of the descriptions that are entailed in literature circles. When kids are engaged in well-structured book clubs, their comprehension and their attitude toward reading, both improve. Well-designed literature circles, organized by competent teachers can pave the way for lifelong readers and learners. In this course, you will learn how to construct literature circles (fictional and non-fictional) inside your classroom and enable students to create meaningful connections within various texts. Participants will complete a myriad of tasks:

• Complete an introspection of themselves and their teaching styles
• Complete research on literary circles
• Share relevant teaching stories that assist everyone in the teaching process
• Cultivate student interest by creating exciting reading opportunities
• Master different approaches to prepare students for higher thinking
• Execute lessons that enrich student learning
• Read a young adult novel and complete literature circle activities of your own


Overall, participants will be refreshed as they enhance their classrooms by learning more about themselves!

 

 

 

 

 

Literature Circles to Enhance Reading Comprehension

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: A Literature circle, sometimes referred to as a book club, is a type of reading instruction that is commonly found within a balanced literacy program. The main goal of literature circles is to enable children to develop a thorough understanding of a text. Reading comprehension is deepened through the completion of individualized tasks, combined with small group discussions. This form of reading instruction involves student choice, which fosters a student-centered love of literature. Through the use of literature circles, students are given the opportunity to purposefully respond to a text, make connections from their background knowledge, engage in critical responses to make meaning from the text, and much, much more!

Course participants will research the philosophy behind literature circles, as well as the methods, roles, and procedures of literature circles. Through this research, participants will learn how to implement this form of reading instruction within his/her own classroom. This course will provide information on the ways in which to differentiate literature circles, in order to the meet the needs of both advanced and struggling readers. In addition, this course will provide resources for teachers to further explore literature circles including: bibliographies of suggested literature, role worksheets, lessons plans, and much more! Suitable all educators, K - 12.

Instructor: Rose Marino                     (Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com)


 

 

 

Literacy for all Disciplines


Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


(3 Credits/45hours) in-service credit only

ON_LINE

Course Description:

Literacy in all subject areas is paramount. Teachers work hard day in and ay out to move towards creating the proper literacy program to match their students’ needs. When a literacy program it put in place, it can lead to much student success. In this course, participants will be introduced to a variety of literary techniques that will ensure the success of your students no matter the subject area or the grade level. Educators will discuss a variety of literary techniques. Teachers will share the assignments used for literacy and discuss our successful techniques for all grades and areas of teaching. Materials will be introduced on how to organize and balance your classroom. We will discuss how we can make all our classrooms a forum for literate individuals.

This course is a must for educators grade K-12.

 

 

 

 

 





Literary Success in the K-12 Classroom

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

CCSS ELA-Literacy. RL5.1 – Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS ELA- Literacy. RL 2.6 – Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud

Course Description: Creating a balanced literacy program in one’s classroom is tantamount to student success. In this course, participants will be introduced to a medley of literary forms and techniques that will ensure student success. Topics include: author study, literature circles, poetry analysis, RAFT writing, non-fiction and fiction sources, newspaper and magazines, vocabulary study, arguments, etc… Assignments include: raising the proficiency bar, determining and clarifying meaning in texts, distinguishing between text types. In the end your classroom will be infused with literate individuals!!!!

Participants will be introduced to a medley of literary techniques. They will be able to comprehend, organize, and orchestrate a balanced literacy program within the confines of their classroom. They will also be able to walk away with a wide array of material for their literate classrooms.

a. Participants will be able to implement a balanced literacy program in their classrooms

b. Participants will be able to glean the knowledge of experts in their field and develop writing assignments for their students

c. Participants will be able to acquire a medley of non-fiction and fiction assignments (common core driven) for their classrooms.

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                    gaylumia@yahoo.om







Loving Literacy Lane                                    

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description As educators, we are required to be teachers of literacy. We are all required to be teachers of literacy. We must learn to embrace this change, not deject it. This course will provide you with the means of loving every minute of literacy. You will be introduced to many literacy websites, learn the newest literacy out there to teach, uncover a wealth of creative writing assignments, incorporate interdisciplinary modalities, and have students love literature once more. Games and exciting anticipatory sets will be demonstrated as well. Your students will thank you! This course is a suitable for all educators K-12.

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia            gaylelumia@yahoo.com


 



Making an Effective Teacher

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)     In-service only


Instructor:     Eric Stolfa                    STOLFALIIPS@GMAIL.COM

 
Course Description:

This course is designed to ask the questions and evaluate what makes a teacher effective in the classroom. We start with defining effectiveness and go further to discuss teaching style, peer observations, assessments, classrooms strategies and the purpose and effectiveness of homework. We will discuss the professional development opportunities offered in your district and if/how you’re incorporating that into your classroom. We will also question whether or not there is an “X” factor in teaching, something an educator has that makes strategies work that really shouldn’t. This course will help K-12 educators re-evaluate strategies and techniques they’re using and work on developing new ones to incorporate into their classrooms.



 

 

 

Making Math and Science Fun

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)     In-service only

Instructor: Faith Sukoff                     fsukoffliips@gmail.com

 
Course Description:  Do you feel like your math and science lessons are mundane? This class will help teachers of grades K-12 make math and science more meaningful while keeping students interested by incorporating accessible resources.
A primary objective of this course is to help teachers explore and learn different approaches to science and math that boosts students math fluency and science knowledge. participants will explore articles, multimedia, and internet resources.

Participants completing this course will:
● Receive materials, readings and research relevant to math and science
● Learn how to develop strategies that will enhance all students learning
● Gather practical tips to try in your classroom right away

 


 

 

Modifications in Instruction for the At-Risk Student


ON-LINE                     (3 credits/45 hours)

Instructor: David Falcone             dfalcone@verizon.net

in-service credit only


Course Description: It is the goal of every educator to best meet the needs of all students. In specific instances, it can be more difficult to achieve success with an at-risk student. This course will look closely at ways to help all learners grow and achieve. Course participants will learn about ways to work effectively with students who may need extra support or who are in need of alternative strategies to succeed in an academic setting. This course is suitable for all educators, K-12.

 

 

 

 

 

Moving Beyond Judgment - Summative and Formative Assessment in the K-12 Classroom

Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                    gaylelumia@yahoo.com

ON-LINE   (3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

Course Description:  Under the new Common Core rigors, student assessment can be a tenuous task. Providing students with accurate feedback and substantial strategies for learning is tantamount to growth. Addressing students' learning and performance as well as clarifying expectations is synonymous with excellence. In this course, teachers will learn to utilize tools of the trade in order to elevate students' self-esteem, improve their writing, assess their individual and group assignments. Various modalities of learning and assessments will be covered for all disciplines. Proper practices will be addressed in order to raise the bar of student growth. In the end, teachers and students alike will develop successful instructional strategies that move beyond the basic rubric.

A must for all educators!!!!

 

 

 

Multicultural Education in Conjunction with the Next Generation Standards
*NEW to ON-LINE 2/2020

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 


ON-LINE

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia             gaylelumia@yahoo.com

Course Description: Assimilating into the United States from a different culture can be a challenging task. Educators need to know about language, education, foods, customs, and discipline of the students entering our school system in order to promote success. Combine this knowledge with that of the Next Generational Standards and you have the recipe for success. This course will incorporate a plethora of information to inculcate both students and teachers into the multicultural process. Lessons on culture, respect, vocabulary, reciprocal reading, diversity will be covered, as well as various strategies to enhance respect and learning for all. A must for all educators K-12. Upon completing the course, teachers will have the tools necessary to expand their repertoire of ideas in the classroom.

 







Music : Lyrics and So Much More, Analyzing Song Techniques in the K-12 Classroom

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: Who doesn't love music? Music is poetry. Poetry is rhythm. Listening to music on all levels can completely highlight and elevate students scores and lives. From our elementary years, music has always been at the heart of many children. Incorporating songs into the classroom can spark students interests. In this course, we will research content area songs, modern music, children's songs, classic rock songs and comprehend how they tie into the school setting. Participants will have the ability to offer their own song to research. Music can relate to your mood and relieve stress. Songs as Airplanes; Titanium; One More Night, and Diamonds will be discussed as well as Tupac Shakur lyrics and various rap in the classroom. A must for K-12 educators.

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                 gaylelumia@yahoo.com




 

 

Motivation on Common Core Learning

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

Instructor: Kim Kittredge
Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Course Description:  This course is designed to help you change your everyday lessons into Common Core based-lessons with ease. Students who can’t or are just not able to understand the approach to Common Core and its expectations, will connect with your lessons. Your students will change from learners to Common Core Learners. Mind-challenging and “hands-on” activities and approaches to learning will be shared. Teachers will receive a variety of Common Core-based handouts and materials used to stimulating your students’ minds. Many of these Common Core activities are exciting, creative, challenging and practical. This course will focus on strategies such as problem solving, brainteasers, organization, puzzles, word games, and many others. Educators will walk away with a multitude of techniques used to motivate your students from merely learners to Common Core Learners. This course is a must for all subjects and grade levels K-12.

 

 

 

 

Next Generation Learning - Guiding Students to Become Self Directed Learners

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

formerly Common Core - Guiding Students to Become Self Directed Learners

Note:  Course has now been updated to reflect the new standards.

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode                 thodeliips@gmail.com

As your classroom changes, so does your role as a teacher. We need to achieve a greater focus and coherence in the curriculum. With the knowledge of this course, you may find yourself acting more as a coach and facilitator as your students become more active in their own learning. In this course, you will explore how to foster and encourage self-directedness in your students and create a learning environment that encourages collaboration and creativity. Learn how you can help your students manage, monitor, and modify their own learning, and inspire them to develop the self-discipline and thinking skills they need to thrive in the outside of the classroom. Suitable all eductors K - 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Textual Reading

Instructor:  Gayle Lumia                gaylelumia@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours)           in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

Course Description:  “It is the interaction, the transaction, between the reader and the text that not only creates meaning, but creates the reason to read.” – Notice and Note. Completely absorbing oneself in a text with deep engagement and insight is the ultimate goal that we have for our students. Being able to independently ponder the text with rigor and analysis is critical for students in classrooms today. In this course, you will learn the strategies that enable your students to encapsulate the goals of meaning constructor, discourse developer, expounder of assumptions, assembler of higher learning skills. You will be provided with anchor charts and graphic organizers that place your students at the forefront of the learning experience. They will learn to deeply ponder a text, to pause and reflect, to connect with both fiction and non-fiction texts; thus achieving an overall captivating experience.

Participants will be introduced to the concept of extreme close reading via the technique of “Notice and Note”. They will be able to incorporate aspects of this highly effective technique into their classrooms. Regardless of discipline or grade level, their students will benefit from the rigor and insight into texts that this program offers.

 

 

 

 

Orchestrating a Community of Learners: How to Effectively Manage Your Classroom

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

*New to ON-LINE 2/2020


Course Description:
This course is designed to equip educators with the tools they will need to effectively manage a successful classroom. Teachers will examine up to date, research-based concepts and strategies for orchestrating a learning-based classroom community. Educators will share lessons and experiences, procedures that work, and examine effective steps for managing a successful group of learners. The classroom climate, physical environment, rules and procedures, teaching flow, and positive and negative behavior responses will all be explored. This course is a must for educators grades K-12.

Instructor: Kim Kittredge                    Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 


Peace in Our Time: Establishing A Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation Program

3 Credits [45 hours] In-Service Credit only            


Instructor: Richard A. Faber fabes888@gmail.com

COURSE DESCRIPTION
In a world where conflict is usually equated with violence, and therefore, fear is a common reaction, it is essential to underscore the opportunities presented by conflict. When violence emerges as a predominant aspect of conflict, these opportunities are lost. Conflicts emerge constantly from our perceptions of the commonplace events of everyday life, and demonstrate what each individual considers to be important and relevant to them. Thus, the elements for the peaceful settlement of a conflict are to be found in the conflict itself.
In this course, teachers will learn how to more effectively express and mange the value differences, tensions, and misunderstandings associated with conflict. At the same time, they will be able to teach their students how to acknowledge one another, and build understanding based on the real needs of those involved in the dispute.
Teachers will be guided on how to effectively establish a conflict resolution and peer- mediation program in their classroom as well as in their schools. All of the necessary skill training, practice, and resources will be provided. Suitable all educators K - 12.


COURSE OBJECTIVES AND STANDARDS
1. To help students define conflict and its connotations; identifies common societal messages about conflict; reviews the major kinds of conflicts we encounter.
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment
2. To explore three basic approached to conflict, the effectiveness of each, and how they interact with each other.
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment
3. To build skills to understand and manage anger and other strong emotions more effectively, exploring the important role emotions play in conflict.
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment
4. To describe the communication process and the factors that influences it, and focus on the role of cultural differences in the communication process.
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment
5. To help students put together effective listening and speaking skills for better interpersonal understanding; providing practice in a collaborative problem solving process.
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment



 

 

 

 

The Philosophy behind Children’s Books – Empowering Instruction, Empowering Students

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE
Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia             gaylelumia@yahoo.com


Course Description:
Participating in philosophical discussions and Socratic type of learning is essential for 21st century learners. Enhancing one’s students to be motivated and think critically of the world around them is tantamount to the Common Core standards of learning in all subject matters. The study of the philosophy behind picture books and their authors captivates students and infuses morality and integrity into their worlds. In this course, teachers will be exposed to a plethora of children’s books from all disciplines. They will learn to critically analyze, judge, delineate, and closely comprehend the genre in order to devise pertinent lessons for their students. Teachers will walk away with a plethora of interdisciplinary lessons that collectively forge bonds between their learners. A must for K-12 educators.

Participants will be able to:
• Select from a wide range of children’s books in order to delve into philosophical ideas and current ELA research
• Draw inferences from renowned picture book authors in order to instruct their students on pertinent philosophical issues
• Enhance their classrooms via current research on literature in the classroom via ELA techniques/Social Studies techniques, and Science/Math strategies
• Participants will be able to implement philosophical trends in their classrooms via picture books
• Participants will be able to create lessons that integrate all aspects of literacy via children’s books
• Participants will design a medley of critical thinking lessons that target their audiences via Common Core instruction

Participants will complete activities, lessons, and design assessments that they will bring back to their students. They will be able to understand the inner workings of picture books and how they transcend classrooms and motivate students. They will complete a cooperative group assignment, weaving all aspects of the course together fully.

 

 







Poetry Instruction and the Common Core Standards

(3 Credits / 45 hours )

in-service only

ONLINE

Course Description: April is National Poetry month, but this genre is beneficial to study and teach all year long!
According to Fountas and Pinnell, "When you immerse your students in rich, lively poetry, you introduce them to intense, concise, skillfully crafted language." Poetry instruction helps to build fluency skills as well as creates an opportunity for students to think critically, make inferences, and draw conclusions. With regards to high stakes testing, poetry is a genre found on NYS ELA exams each year across the grade levels. Poetry is also incorporated within the new Common Core State Standards (CCS) and therefore it is necessary for educators to teach this genre.

The first part of this course will explore the genre of poetry and the benefits for using poetry within the classroom. Participants will research the vast array of poetry forms available to use with his/her students. The course will provide resources to assist educators with poem selection and expose participants to a variety of poetry websites.

The second part of this course will focus around poetry with regards to the Common Core Standards. Participants will research the expectations of the Common Core Standards appropriate to his/her grade level. In addition, participants will view and evaluate multimedia resources as well as actual poetry lessons appropriate to his/her grade level. Also, participants will explore poetry exemplars from the NYS Department of Education. As a culminating activity, participants will create dynamic poetry lessons aligned with the Common Core Standards for immediate use in his/her classroom. Appropriate for all educators K-12!

Instructor: Rose Marino                         (Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com)




 

Politics in Pedagogy

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)     In-service only


Instructor:     Eric Stolfa                    STOLFALIIPS@GMAIL.COM

Course Description:  This course is designed to engage us in political discourse in the classroom. We will read articles that will help us examine our role in handling current events in the school environment. We will discuss strategies for dealing with co-workers who want to talk politics non-stop as well as the best way to handle inquisitive students. Some articles we read will be from both the right and left of the political spectrum to give us balance. We will tackle important issues that overlap with the educational system including Colin Kaepernick and the recent photo of high school students giving a nazi salute. This course is great for middle and high school educators who have an interest in politics and are looking to discuss and explore how those interests affect us in the workplace.

 


 

 

Practical Approaches to Differentiation

(Online, In-Service, 3 credits)

Instructor: Danielle Sukoff                        daniellesukoff@gmail.com


Course Description
This course explores differentiation strategies that will benefit all students and are easily adjusted to meet each teachers needs within the classroom.

Participants completing this course will:
· Receive materials, readings and research relevant to differentiate strategies

· Learn how to develop strategies that will enable all students to participate in group activities ach achieve their learning goals

· Morning Meeting Approach

· Gather practical tips to try in your classroom right away

 


 

 

Providing Effective Feedback for Deeper Learning
*NEW COURSE SPRING 2021

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only


ON-LINE


Instructor: Laurie Thode     thodeliips@gmail.com


Course Description:  An important aspect of successful classroom instruction is the teacher’s ability to give effective feedback to his or her students. Feedback can be one of the most powerful influences on student learning. Feedback should be designed to improve future performance. This course focuses on—what appropriate feedback is, why it is important, some of the barriers to effective feedback, and how to give helpful feedback. We will also explore the various methods such as research based tips, feedback sentence frames, types of feedback including oral and written, and the use of adjusting feedback practices for the different types of learners. Suitable all educators' grades K-12 and service providers.

 

 

 

 

 

Program Models for English Language Learners

ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours)        in-service credit only 

Instructor: Marcela Falcone     bilingualeducatorli@gmail.com


Course Description:
The fastest growing segment of the school age population in the United States is students with limited English proficiency. English Language Learners (ELL) take part in a variety of instructional programs to best meet their needs. Examples of programs include dual language, transitional, and sheltered instructional approaches. This course will provide an extensive review of all ELL program models to further enhance instruction across K-12 classrooms.

 

 

 

 

Promoting Self-Esteem in your Students

*FIRST TIME ON-LINE FALL, 2020


Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


ON-LINE    (3 credits/45 hours) in service credit only

Course Description:  This course will discuss how self-esteem can plague so many of our students, and how we, as educators, can help. We can not only identify the problem, but address it. Educators will discuss the causes of low self-esteem and address the specific risk factors. Teachers will share techniques to build self-esteem of the students that need it the most. A must for all educators K-12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Providing STEM Learning Opportunities through Robotics and Makerspaces
ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours) In-service credit only

Instructor: David Falcone                 dfalcone@verizon.net


Course Description:
The use of Robotics and Makerspaces in schools has led to an increase in STEM learning opportunities for students. This course will examine robotics, including opportunities provided by FIRST Inspires. Participants will also learn about the Maker Movement and the development of Makerspaces. Strategies to apply best STEM teaching practices within classroom lessons and activities will be reviewed in detail. This course is suitable for all educators, K-12.

 

 

 

 

 

Raising the Bar on Literacy in all Disciplines

Instructor:  Gayle Meinkes-Lumia              gaylelumia@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

Course Description:  Creating a balanced literacy program in one’s classroom is tantamount to student success. In this course, participants will be introduced to a medley of literary forms and techniques that will ensure student success. Topics include: author study, literature circles, poetry analysis, RAFT writing, non-fiction and fiction sources, newspaper and magazines, vocabulary study, arguments, etc… Assignments include: raising the proficiency bar, determining and clarifying meaning in texts, distinguishing between text types. In the end your classroom will be infused with literate individuals!!!!

Participants will be introduced to a medley of literary techniques. They will be able to comprehend, organize, and orchestrate a balanced literacy program within the confines of their classroom. They will also be able to walk away with a wide array of material for their literate classrooms.

 

 

 





Reading and Writing in the Content Areas

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: "Every teacher is a teacher of reading". Reading and writing are the backbones of education today. Students are required to read and write in all of their subject areas as well as employ their reading and writing skills to meet NYS standardized test requirements. To ensure that students perform well on these exams, to promote lifelong readers and writers, we as educators need to enhance student interest, vision, and comprehension in these areas.

In this course, you will learn carefully crafted reading and writing techniques that could be incorporated into any discipline. Lessons and graphic organizers for mathematics, social studies, science, health, art, physical education, career skills, and English language learners will be covered, as well as scaffolding techniques for immediate use in the classroom.

The course will focus on creative ways to implement reading and writing into your curriculum. You will walk away with a multitude of ideas and strategies to immerse your students with. Particular focus will be on read alouds, double-entry journals, literature circles, partnered reading and writing, vocabulary splashes, memo writes, and on-demand task writing activities.

In the end, teachers and students alike will be refreshed. Everyone will be a lifelong reader and writer, and will see reading as a pathway to success. A must for all elementary and secondary educators!!!!! All work must be submitted no later than October 29th, 2010.

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia         gaylelumia@yahoo.com









Reading Comprehension and Strategies for Science

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: Reading is a complex act for humans. It is a visual process that begins with ones ability to use ones vision to interpret graphic symbols. Reading requires great visual acuity. The essence of reading comprehension is to be able to cognitively process the words by drawing meaning from your own experiences and knowledge. Comprehension strategies best serve students when they are employed across the curricula and in the context of their actual learning. The goal of literacy in science is to develop in students a curiosity about the world around them. The study of science should help students make better sense of the world in which they live. In order for this to occur, students must learn how to question their knowledge, methodology, skills, values, and attitude toward the world around them. In this course, teachers will learn to fully engage students with the scientific world and make them active participants in their learning. Too often, the science textbook is used in a passive manner of learning. Participants will learn to make science more engaging through before reading, during reading, and post reading activities that develop vocabulary, build prior knowledge, activate and scaffold science. A plethora of graphic organizers will be given. A must for K-12 teachers of reading and science!

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                gaylelumia@yahoo.com




 

 

 

REACH your Students with Yoga: How Yoga can Enrich your Classroom!

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor:        Michelle Pomerantz                        mishg13@yahoo.com

 
Description: There are many definitions as well as misconceptions about yoga. The truth is that yoga can benefit people of all ages and abilities. It can stimulate energy, focus, concentration or relaxation. We as educators, can use yoga in many different ways to reach our students. This class will provide you with an understanding of what yoga is and how you can incorporate it into your school day. Whatever your discipline is, this class is for you. The only thing that has to be flexible is your mind!

 

 

 

 

Reading for A Success in Your Classroom

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

*New to ONLINE 2/2020

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Course Description:
This course is designed to look into the mind of readers. Educators will explore how students think when they are reading subject-matter and texts in your classroom. Do students make the connections and interactions you want them to as they read? Educators will share strategies for reading success with your students no matter what the subject area or age of your students. We will look into what works and what doesn’t and share techniques and reading lessons. This course is a must for all K-12 educators.

 

 

 

 

Reading,Writing & Discussion Through Picture Books


ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours)         in-service credit only

Instructor:    Lorraine McBride               lorisag@aol.com

 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Is it difficult to motivate your students to write? Are they hesitant to participate in class discussions? This course will help alleviate stress in your classroom! Each lesson is designed to encourage your students to participate in discussion, while providing activities to help improve writing skills. Use the suggested picture books or your own to complete this course. Suggestions for K-12!

 

 

 

 

Reciprocal Teaching: Strategies and Lessons for strengthening student comprehension in the classroom.

ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours)         in-service credit only


Instructor: Lori Bettenhauser            Email: Bettenhauser.RT@gmail.com


Description
Reciprocal teaching is a way to help students better comprehend what they are reading.
By focusing on four evidence-based and classroom-tested strategies that good readers use to comprehend text-predicting, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing-Teachers will learn new ways to use reciprocal teaching to improve student’s comprehension while actively engaging them in learning and encouraging independence.
Course Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:
*implement reciprocal teaching in classrooms of any age/grade.
*develop a plan using strategies and resources obtained from this class.
*organize a program that best suits classroom needs using printable and organizational materials obtained by this course.


 





Reinventing Your Students' Writing and Reading Skills


(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: How many times do you find yourself uttering the same phrase - 'show, do not tell!' when it comes to your students' writing? How many of our students still engage in a basic, antiquated (5 paragraph essay) format, using no creativity or style? How many times have we come across the 'non-reader' in our classes? After taking this course, your students' writing and reading problems are sure to be eliminated. You will learn the tricks of the trade in terms of writing, including the "magic-three sentence''; the "smiley face" writing technique; the "interview poem"; the "figurative language writing style" and many others to pique student interest. Books and samples will also be discussed that motivate student learning. A variety of genres and assignments will be presented for you so that you may walk away with a wealth of knowledge. All subjects and grade levels welcome.

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                gaylelumia@yahoo.com









 

RELAX: You can Decrease Anxiety and Increase Productivity in your Classroom

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor:        Michelle Pomerantz                        mishg13@yahoo.com


Course Description:

Education today offers our students a world of knowledge and experience. Paired with the many benefits of modern education and standards, come expectations and stress. Standardized tests in particular are known to cause stress and anxiety in many students. Consequently, they may not perform to their true potential. This course will offer an understanding of the angst that some students face and several calming techniques for educators to use with these students. Strategies discussed are easily implemented and can be carried out not only by teachers, but by parents and students themselves. With an open mind and the ability to RELAX, we can help our students reach their full potential.


 

 

 

 

 

REINVENT Yourself as an Educator:  Original Ways to Keep Yourself and Your Students Stimulated

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor:        Michelle Pomerantz                        mishg13@yahoo.com

 

Course Description:  As educators, it is important to stay current and remain interesting and motivated. This will keep our students from becoming restless and disengaged. Let's find new and interesting ways to do what we do best! This class will explore various and creative ways to address lesson plans, organization and communication. It will offer refreshing ways to reach our students and meet their goals.


 

 

 

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
 

(3 Credits/45 hours)     In-Service Credit only            


Instructor: Richard A. Faber                             fabes888@gmail.com

                     

Course Description

Educators across the nation recognize the importance of fostering positive, healthy school climates and helping students learn from their mistakes. Increasingly, they are partnering with parents, students, district officials, community organizations, and policymakers to move away from harmful and counter-productive zero-tolerance discipline policies and toward proven restorative approaches to addressing conflict in schools.

Restorative practices is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities. Restorative justice also promotes a positive, orderly school environment. Students and all members of the school community can learn and practice self-discipline, empathy, and accountability.


Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the class students will be able to:

• Foster understanding and develop empathy
• Actively involve and attend to the needs of all parties
• Encourage accountability and responsibility
• Reintegrate all parties into the community as a valuable, contributing member
• Seek to repair the harm


Teaching/Learning Strategies

Participants:
• Will get to know one another via “getting to know you” activities
• Will learn what is expected of them – (course requirements)
• Will use active learning strategies with instructor facilitation
• Engage in journal writing and reflection, news forums
• Perform in-depth case studies and problem-solving scenarios
• Learning will focus on student-centered rather than teacher-centered
• Will have the opportunity to visit outside resources

 

 

 


RESTORE:  Morale and Positivity in your Workplace

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor:        Michelle Pomerantz                        mishg13@yahoo.com

Course Description:  Morale refers to the spirit of enthusiasm of a person or group of people at a particular time. Research shows that morale has a contingent affect on productivity in the workplace. As educators, there are things we can do and steps we can take to RESTORE morale in ourselves and in our environment. Boosting morale and positivity will enable us to be happier, more productive teachers.

 

 

 

 

The Science of Kindness in the Classroom
ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours)             In-service credit only


Instructor: David Falcone             dfalcone@verizon.net


Course Description:
Scientific studies show how displaying kindness can help individuals become more successful in achieving their goals. As educators, we can help students discover these benefits and provide support in applying them each day. This course will explore the various benefits related to showing kindness, while also looking at strategies to reduce bullying situations in classrooms and schools. Participants will be provided with resources to integrate kindness activities into the academic curriculum within in all subject-areas. This course is suitable for all educators, K-12.

 




Shared Reading to Promote Content Literacy

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: Readers of all ages love to share their findings, whether it may be fiction or non-fiction prose. Developing the life-long habit of reading for pleasure is something that we as educators must promote. Too often, the love of reading is lost after the primary grades. This course will highlight the ways in which we can develop and sustain literacy in our classrooms. Participants will learn the shared reading approach. They will comprehend the skills necessary to achieve reading on all levels . Content area literary will be focused on, as well as various websites and annotated bibliography suggestions for teachers. Reading within the content areas will be addressed as well as a multitude of graphic organizers. A must for K-12 educators.

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                        gaylelumia@yahoo.com







Soar to New Heights in Learning – Teaching Special Needs Students

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Students with special needs dominate all classrooms today. Teachers must learn to successfully connect with all types of learners, ranging from those with emotional needs to those with gifted needs. With a wide variety of resources, teachers can effectively master the success of all.

Within this course, participants will soar to new heights within their classrooms. They will:


· learn the difference between the various learners in their classroom

· comprehend the various learning styles that these respective individuals need

· hone in on the vocabulary of special needs’ assessment

· challenge their students and themselves to a myriad of fiction and non-fiction topics in terms of special needs

· comprehend various analytical skills and higher-order thinking skills that students need for success

Overall, teachers will walk away with the tools they need for success.

*A must for all educators!

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia             gaylelumia@yahoo.com







Social Media in Education

(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ONLINE COURSE

Description: With the advent of social networking and social media platforms, billions of people are now connected and communicating all over the world. As educators, we are teaching students of the digital age, who utilize social media for all aspects of life. This course will examine the use of social media in schools and the impact social media has had on youth. Participants will debate the benefits as well as the risks associated with social media usage. Cyberbullying will be examined in this class, including prevention and response strategies for educators. In addition, this class will provide information on cyber safety education to help students become "CyberSmart." During this class, participants will have the opportunity to research social media platforms such as twitter, facebook, Linkedin, and pinterest in order to enhance instruction and learning, improve parent-teacher communication, for professional development, and much more!

Instructor: Rose Marino                             (Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com)

 

 

 

 

 

Socratic Circles and Philosophical Rounds - Transforming Student Learning One Step at a Time

 Instructor:  Gayle Meinkes-Lumia            gaylelumia@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

Course Description:  Student engagement is tantamount in 21st century classrooms. Regardless of subject matter, students need to have techniques that enable them to become self-motivated learners. Providing students with the ability to partake in philosophical discussions and seminars will foster an enhanced understanding of the academic content. In this course, participants will comprehend the unique lessons of the Socratic Seminar and Philosophical Rounds techniques. They will be able to integrate these processes within the confines of their classrooms and enhance the learning environment. A must for all K-12 educators!!!!

 

 

 

Soothing the Digital Learning Experience for K-12 Learners!
(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: Transitioning to an on-line platform is not an easy feat. Students need the capacity to hone in on time constraints, pace themselves properly, address issues in learning, communicate with their teachers, and so much more. This course will enable teachers to cope with methodologies of instruction and challenge their students to greater levels of learning and intensity. Creative lessons will be introduced as well as intriguing flipped lessons, web quests, articles, and fiction that enhances all classrooms. Ideas will be shared and employed perfectly. All grade levels and subjects welcome.

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia     gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN THE SCHOOL SETTING PART 1: SPEECH DISORDERS

Instructor:  Alessandra Barragato            email:  apbarr5@verizon.net

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service only

ON-LINE

Course Description:
An increasing amount of students are diagnosed with speech and language disorders. These disorders can affect a student’s ability to learn and socialize within the school setting. In this course you will learn the terms articulation disorder, fluency, apraxia, voice disorder, and selective mutism and how these disorders present in the classroom. You will learn strategies to use when working with speech impaired students. In addition, you will have an understanding of the impact these disorders have on the social and emotional well-being of our students. This class is part 1 of 2 classes. Both classes can be taken independently of each other.   Recommended for ALL Educators!

 

 

 

 

 

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN THE SCHOOL SETTING PART 2: LANGUAGE DISORDERS

Instructor:  Alessandra Barragato            email:  apbarr5@verizon.net

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service only

ON-LINE

Course Description:

Language is the human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication. Between 6 and 8 million people in the United States have language impairments. Language impairment in a student directly affects his academic performance and ability to socialize with peers. In this course, receptive language impairment, expressive language impairment, auditory processing disorder, and aphasia will be defined and discussed. Classroom strategies will be reviewed. In addition, the emotional effects of language impairment on school-age children will be analyzed. This class is the second class in the series. Part 1 is not a prerequisite for part 2. Both classes can be taken independently of each other.  Recommended for ALL Educators!

 

 

 

 

STEM and STEAM Lessons: Exploring and Creating a World of Fun

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

ONLINE

Course Description:

This course will explore the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mechanics) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Mechanics). We will define how you can begin a STEM or STEAM program, and how you could enrich your classroom with activities and hands-on learning. In this course you will create your own lessons as well as discover new ways to add knowledge and fun to your classroom.

 

 

 

Strategic Teaching Through Better Instruction

Kim Kittredge                Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

 ON-LINE

Course Description:  This course will examine effective and strategic teaching methods to work. Educators will learn strategic methods towards being the Master Teacher you’ve always wanted to be. Teachers will examine best practices for instruction to hone your skills on highly effective teaching. You will see how to transform yourself from being a good teacher to being a great one using educational strategies. Educators will study methods on how to create high performing classrooms and building better instruction skills. This course is a must for teachers of grades K-12.

 

 

 

 



Strategies for the English Language Learner (ELL)                  

Instructor:  Michelle Reimers            email:   myelenco@aol.com

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service only

ON-LINE

Course Description:  The number of English language learners (ELLs) in schools in the United States has increased dramatically. According to the National Center for Bilingual Education (NCBE), the number of English language learners has increased by 105%. This online course will teach you how to use the into/through/beyond approach for working with ELLs and special needs students. This is a proven effective model for working with ELLs. Participants in this course will be given English language development strategies such as scaffolding, schema building, and reformatting text. Formal and informal assessment methods will also be outlined. Additionally, the strategies mentioned are also effective strategies to use with ALL students, not just ESL students. This course is suitable for all educators, K-12, typical and special needs students.


 

 

 

 

Supporting Struggling Learners

ON-LINE

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours)         in service credit only

Course Description:  This course will focus on how to support the struggling learners we all have in our classrooms. Educators will share strategies that work in all areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking to bring those learners up to par with the rest of the class. Strategies will be explored on how to lift up those students who struggle. Students will feel supported satisfied with their improvements. Teachers will walk away with a plethora of great lessons and techniques. This course is a must for all teachers of all disciplines grades K-12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student-Athletes: Making the Classroom Count

Instructor:  Lee Markowitz           email:   MarkowitzLIIPS@gmail.com

 (3 credits/45 hours) in-service only

ON-LINE

Description:      All too often, secondary students who participate in sports place athletics ahead of academics. Even parents sometimes over-emphasize the importance of making the varsity team, earning a starting position, or receiving an athletic scholarship. Where does school fit in? Students (and parents) need to recognize that academia is of the utmost importance. Teachers enrolled in this course will explore communicative and pedagogical strategies teachers and coaches can use to positively enforce the idea that "student" comes before "athlete" and to encourage the young men and women we teach and coach to work as hard in the classroom as they do on the field.

 

 



Student Learning Objectives (SLOs): What Every Educator Needs to Know

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: The focus of this course will be to provide educators with an overview of the Student Learning Objective process or SLO. According to the NYS Department of Education, a Student Learning Objective is an academic goal for a teacher's students that is set a the start of a course. SLOs are aligned to Common Core Standards and are used to measure student growth, as well as teacher effectiveness. In this course participants will research the purpose and benefits of the SLO process as well as the required components of SLOs. Participants will learn which educators are responsible for for writing SLOs and how these learning objectives factor into the teacher evaluation system (APPR). In addition, educators will have the opportunity to view and evaluate state provided model SLOs written by NYS educators, across all grade levels/content/specialty areas. Resources will be provided for educators to engage in a "how to" SLO writing process. As a culminating activity participants will write his/her own grade level/content area SLOs. This course will utilize a variety of resources such as videos, webinars, and articles from various websites including: htt:://engageny.org/. Appropriate for all educators K-12, especially specialty area teachers.

Instructor: Rose Marino (Instructor's email: rosemarino5@gmail.com)


 

 

 

Students with Invisible Disabilities - Part One - Conditions and Diagnosis

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

Instructor: Terri Belloff                         tbelloffliips@gmail.com

ONLINE

Course Description:  An invisible disability is one that is not readily apparent when looking at the individual. The symptoms of that disability can, nonetheless, be profound for the student and his/her family. This course will focus on conditions that result in invisible disabilities, comorbid conditions, the odyssey that students and their families endure in order to get a diagnosis, and insights as to what it is like to have an invisible disability or chronic medical condition.  A must for all educators K-12!

 

 

 

Students with Invisible Disabilities - Part Two - Students in the Classroom

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

Instructor:  Terri Belloff                tbelloffliips@gmail.com

Course Description:  This course focuses on the effects of invisible disabilities and chronic medical conditions on the student, parents, and siblings, with an emphasis on what students and parents wish school personnel knew, and how teachers can create a classroom environment to help these students succeed.  A must for all educators K-12!

 

 

 

Successful Content Area Writing Strategies

ON-LINE

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours)         in service credit only

Course Description:  This course will focus on how to teach your students to write successfully no matter what subject you teach. Educators will work on techniques and strategies to get your students to write well in all areas of study. With writing being such an important skill, students should learn how to achieve and succeed with great writing. This course is a must for all educators levels K-12.

 

 

 

 

Study Smarter!

Instructor:  Michelle Reimers            email:   myelenco@aol.com

(3 credits/45 hours)     in-service only

ON-LINE

Course Description:  Many students could use help with their study skills to help them become better students and test takers. This course provides techniques, ideas, and resources for helping students to develop their study skills. Teachers will be able to develop their students’ study skills and help take the fear out of test-taking through the use of visual aids, innovative strategies, and helpful worksheets. This course is beneficial to educators 1-12, specials teachers, and speech and language teachers

 

 

 

Taking Charge of ADHD
*NEW COURSE FALL 2020

Instructor:  Danielle Lutz           email:  liipsdlutz96@gmail.com

(3 credits/45 hours)     in-service only

ON-LINE

Course Description:  This course is designed to assist you in gaining insight into children with the ADHD diagnosis.  As a parent of a child with ADHD and a special education teacher for over 30 years,  I have unique insight on ADHD.  The course will offer strategies, comprehension of the diagnosis, best treatments, relationship issues and how to deal with school placements and teacher/family suggestions.

Appropriate for all educators K-12.

 

 

Teaching Study Skills to your Students

Kim Kittredge                Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

ON-LINE

3 Credits (45 hours) In-service course

Course Description:  This course is designed to equip educators with proper tools to help your students develop great study habits. You will be able to arm your students with organizational skills, ideas that work, tools for them to memorize text and concepts, and lots more. This course will explore how to help your classes with note-taking techniques and/or merely developing good study habits in general. Your students will learn to utilize these study habits and will benefit from them daily. Participants will share their own techniques as well as developing new ones. This course is a must for educators K-12.

 

 

 




Teach Like You're On A Runaway Train!

(3 Credits / 45 hours) in-service credit only

ON-LINE

Course Description: Energy, energy, energy! Teachers will learn to completely spruce up their classrooms with ideas for helping children achieve their maximum potential. discover the wonder of learning, the power of the imagination, and the wealth in finding oneself. Teachers will immerse themselves in creative activities that develop the culture of their classrooms. They will comprehend the level of passion and dedication that is inherent in our field and in turn, learn to develop lessons that correlate to student needs. Strategies for reluctant learners will be focused on as well as creating lessons that are relevant to their students' cultures. A variety of ideas for multiple subject matters willl be taught, including award winning books, mathematical strategies, and historical games. Teachers will emerge will lessons that show how to value quality over quantity and teach effectively rather than rotely. All grade levels and subjects welcome.

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                    gaylelumia@yahoo.com



 

 

 

 

Teaching Reading and Writing for the English Language Learner

ON-LINE

(3 credits/45 hours)              in-service credit only

Instructor: Marcela Falcone                         bilingualeducatorli@gmail.com

Course Description:
This course provides an understanding of literacy issues specific to English Language Learners. Participants will learn strategies and tech­niques for teaching reading and writing to ELL students. Key concepts include the relationship between first language liter­acy and further literacy development, along with an extensive review of stan­dards-based reading and writing instruction. Additionally, this course will focus on phonics, struc­tural analysis, sight words, process writing, and the incorporation of technol­ogy.

 


 

 

Teaching Writing to English Learners

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

ON-LINE

Instructor: Kim Kittredge
Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide the ESL, general education, and all subject area teachers with the skills necessary to teach students al all levels of language acquisition ho to make connections, ask questins, vsualize, infer, determine importace synthesize, monitor meaning and comprehension, and continue learning independently through guided texts and authors.  A must for all educators grade K - 12.

 

 

 

 

Teaching Self Awareness and Self-Advocacy skills to all Students

(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor Jennifer Rommel                             jrommelpd@gmail.com

Description:  Students need to be able to understand themselves and their learning needs and in turn advocate for themselves in the classroom. Teaching students these skills of independence will impact the rest of their educational careers.  Great for all Educators K-12.

 

 

 



Teaching and Increasing Independent Study Skills for Students

(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor Jennifer Rommel                             jrommelpd@gmail.com


Description:  Students have forgotten the purpose of studying and the strategies to learn. This course will explore the various ways we can help students study with a mix of modern technology and the “old” ways of studying.  Great for all Educators K-12.

 

 

 

 

Teaching Study Skills to your Students

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 

Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


Course Description:
This course is designed to equip educators with proper tools to help your students develop great study habits. You will be able to arm your students with organizational skills, ideas that work, tools for them to memorize text and concepts, and lots more. This course will explore how to help your classes with note-taking techniques and/or merely developing good study habits in general. Your students will learn to utilize these study habits and will benefit from them daily. Participants will share their own techniques as well as developing new ones. This course is a must for educators K-12.

 

 

 




Teaching Technology to Teachers                            

ON-LINE

(3 Credits/45 Hours)         In-service credit only

INSTRUCTOR: Julia Hannibal, MLS             Hannibalteach@gmail.com

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Teaching Technology to Teachers: As teachers in the 21st Century, we need to learn 21st Century skills. There are many electronic resources available to teach us these skills. These skills are essential for students learn in order to become successful technology based citizens. Teachers who have a better grasp on how to implement these skills will be better able to boost their students' creativity, information fluency, and digital citizenship. A must for all instructors, K - 12!



 




Teaching the Multi-Cultural Classroom with Poverty in Mind


(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor Jennifer Rommel                     jrommelpd@gmail.com

Course Description

Many local districts are dealing with poverty and multi cultural differences in the classroom. It is important to learn and understand these differences and find a way to relate to your students in ways that are meaningful to them. One major challenge is how to design a learning experience with your curriculum that that is reflective of the multicultural, economical and learning differences in each classroom. Teachers will explore and create lessons that are driven to meet the multitude of needs in each classroom. Suitable all Educators K - 12.

 

 

 

 

The Psychology Behind Teaching - Teaching Stories


(3 credits/45 hours)

ON-LINE

Instructor:    Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                    

Email:            gaylelumia@yahoo.com

Course Description:
It is a gift to recognize the intelligence, heart, and soul of a young person, and be able to teach to that with precision and split-second sensitivity. It is a further talent to be able to move about the room without condescension or evasion and with commitment to the growth and development of each student in your care. Honing in on the needs that we, as educators and students have, are all valid concerns that consume many of us on a daily basis. During the course of this class, be prepared to research and share your frank, funny, poignant, and disturbing scenes from your classroom that have helped you move ahead and insure success for your students. Be ready to enable and empower your classes with cooperative learning ideas, alternative assessment documents, literature-based instruction, hands-on math and science lessons, etc... All done while empowering you as the fearless leader! (A must for K-12 educators)

 

 

 

 

 

The Technology Curve

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)     In-service only


Instructor:     Eric Stolfa                    STOLFALIIPS@GMAIL.COM

Course Description:
This course is designed to discuss our students and the many different obstacles and opportunities modern technology brings about. We will examine how social media negatively affects young females, the age you feel it’s appropriate to have a cell phone and whether you allow your own children to utilize social media. We will also look into creative ways to both combat the use of cell phones in class as well as adapting them into our lessons. We will discuss how technology has impacted students’ social skills as well as comparing and contrasting the world we grew up in with where our students are now. An excellent course for K-12 teachers.

 

 

 

 

Technology & iPads in the Classroom

(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE


Instructor: Danielle Sukoff                daniellesukoff@gmail.com


Course Description
This course explores the broad applications and utility of the iPad as a classroom teaching device and technology use within the classroom. Practical instruction provides strategies and skills for effective classroom integration. Learn how to successfully integrate the iPad and other programs into the K-12 classroom with this course.

 

 



Transforming the Classroom via Historical Documents

Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                    gaylelumia@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours)

In-Service Credit only

ON-LINE


Course Description: Imagine taking a trip through time with your students (Gettysburg, 1863 :Lincoln; Farewell address, 1796: Washington; Topeka, Kansas, 1954 (Brown v. Board of Education). These time periods in history enable the classroom to spring alive with action. Interactive learning opportunities through history will foster critical thinking skills in almost any discipline: English, Social Studies, Math, Science, Business. Through DBQ analysis, picture book studies, primary and secondary source writing, historical documents inculcate a wealth of learning opportunities for students. They will spark their voices and transform them into active participants in society, thus increasing their literary awareness.

A must for all K-12 educators!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Tweaking the Toolbox for our Learners – Establishing Successful Tools for the Trade

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

*New Class Summer 2020
In-Service Credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                             gaylelumia@yahoo.com

Course Description: Being able to challenge our students and enhance their learning is dire. Identifying the ways in which students critically think can greatly increase their comprehension. Modifying and addressing various scenarios of learning is tantamount to our students’ success. In this course, participants will be introduced to a wealth of ideas and current trends that maximize the learning for their classroom. They will learn to identify and create activities that enhance students’ comprehension and subsequently engage in strategies that fully indoctrinate the learner into any classroom atmosphere. A must for K-12 educators!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding Instructional Rounds and using it to Improve Teacher Performance

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)     In-service only


Instructor:     Eric Stolfa                    STOLFALIIPS@GMAIL.COM

 Course Description:
This course is designed to help educators understand Instructional Rounds with numerous possible outcomes. One is that if they are not already using it within their school or district, that this would provide enough background and basic information to introduce it to an administrator or department head. Two is if they are not using it at the building or district level but would like to utilize it on their own via classroom observations of their colleagues, note-taking strategies, assessing problem of practice and properly evaluating their notes and cross-referencing them to figure out next steps and solutions. Third is if they have already been introduced to IR but did not quite understand it at first. This course can provide a brush up on that introduction and help you move forward in your district’s future professional development seminars.  Perfect for all K-12!

 

 





Understanding the Common Core Math Standards


(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor Jennifer Rommel                 jrommelpd@gmail.com


Course Description

The new standards of common core can seem confusing and overwhelming to some when figuring out how to include them in daily lessons. This course will explore how the new common core math standards can be integrated into regular lesson plans in a fun and creative way. We will explore the standards of mathematical practice as the CCSS are a new way of teaching. At the end of this course, teachers will feel comfortable implementing the new standards and creating lessons that move students down the pathway of success and college and career readiness. Recommended for all Educators K - 12.



 

 






Using the Computer for Personal Productivity In & Out of the Classroom

(3credits/45hours) In-service credit only

ON-LINE

Instructor: Laurie Thode                         thodeliips@gmail.com


Course Description

The overall goal of this course is for learners to develop and implement a plan that will use the computer to increase their personal productivity. By the end of this course, learners will understand and be able to use technology inside and outside the classroom in a manner that increases productivity, understand how to use technology to improve communication with parents, colleagues, and students; create lesson plans; manage information; and develop teaching materials and assessments; make best use of the software, hardware, and internet resources that they have available at their school to improve personal productivity; incorporate the use of the computer for personal productivity into their professional teaching practice. Recommended for all educators K-12.



 

What Great Teachers Do 

(3 credits/45 hours)   in-service credit only 


ON-LINE

Instructor: Kim Kittredge
Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


Course Description:

This course discovers the specific things that GREAT teachers do.  What makes them effective?  What are their strategies?  What are their skills, and how do they promotoe academic excellence?  In this course we will explore beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and interactions that form the fabric in the best classrooms and schools.  This course is a must for al educators grades K - 12.

 

 

 

 

When Students are in Crisis
In-Service Credit only

(3 Credits -  45 hours)             

ON-LINE

Instructor: Richard A. Faber             fabes888@gmail.com

Course Description
Schools experience a wide variety of crises that have the potential to harm the mental and physical health, learning environment, and safety of students and educators. A school crisis is any traumatic event that seriously disrupts coping and problem-solving abilities of students and school staff. It is typically sudden, unexpected, dramatic and forceful and may even threaten survival. A crisis can cause a drastic and tragic change to the environment. This change is generally overwhelming and uncontrollable as well as unwanted and frightening. It may create a sense of helplessness, hopelessness, and vulnerability combined with a loss of safety.   

This course will provide resources, tools, recommendations, and evidence-based practices for incorporating best practices in school mental health into school crisis plans. Different types of crisis will be discussed and strategies will be developed for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas.


 

 



 

What Roles Can the Speech and Language Pathologist Play in Literacy Acquisition

Purpose of the class: To understand the roles the school based SLP has in children's literacy acquisition.

ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)  In-service credit only

 Instructor: Kim Marino        Zakgm@optonline.net

  www.thespeechmama.com

  Objectives:

The student will understand and describe the connection between spoken language and the written word.
The student will understand and describe what SLPs are trained in when identifying, assessing and in managing children with SLP difficulties.
The student will be able to define the following commonly used SLP terms:
articulation, phonology, dyspraxia, language, phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse, intonation and stress and prosody.
The student will identify and describe the connection between oral language and reading.

The student will be able to define phonological awareness and describe the connection between phonological awareness and early reading.
The student will be able to describe the role the SLP has in helping the reading teacher. (7 roles)

 

 

 

 

Whole Brain Teaching in Action


ON-LINE (3 credits/45 hours)  In-service credit only

 Instructor: David Falcone dfalcone@verizon.net

 
Course Description: In today’s educational environment, teachers at all levels are sharing the same difficulties in best meeting the needs of students. A way to improve instruction, increase student engagement, and lead to success for all children is with Whole Brain Teaching. The Whole Brain method holds the belief that students learn the most when they are having fun. Classrooms are very organized but humor and learning games are also an integral part of the instructional approach. As part of this course, participants will learn the steps and levels associated with Whole Brain Teaching. In addition, participants will work on specific ways to incorporate classroom strategies as soon as possible. This course is suitable for all educators, K-12.

 

 

 


 

 

IN-PERSON COURSES


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FALL 2020 In-Person Classes

COVID-19 UPDATE:  It was announced 8/7/20 by Governer Cuomo that schools will be permitted to open.  We have chosen to wait to start In-Person instruction until at least DECEMBER 31, 2020 to ensure the safety of the instructors and all students.  We will update this situation as more information becomes available.  Safety for all is our first priority.  Please contact the office at 516-524-8981 with any questions.

 

 

Promoting Lifelong Success in your Students

*New Class FALL 2020 !!!!   RUNNING ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Kim Kittredge                Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


3 Credits/45 Hours     In-service course

FALL 2020

Dates: September 8, 9, 10, 11, 14,15, 16, 17, 21, 22        4:15 - 8:45 PM

Course Description:

With everything that has gone on in the media over the last few months, students need a way to process it and learn from it. This course will focus on how to promote lifelong success in your students by focusing on lasting skills. These skills will help them move forward in life and become better, more successful individuals. This course will focus on the following skills: Empathy, Character, Self-Control, Integrity, and Embracing Diversity. Educators will explore each skill and learn how to empower your students to achieve and become successful. Once you have helped your students master these skills, they will attain lasting success no matter what they do. This course is a must for all instructors of all levels K-12.

 

 

 

 

Share and Collaborate with Google Sites for Remote Learning

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only
Mt Sinai Congregational Church

*New Class Fall 2020!!!!            RUNNING ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19

Dates – September 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15 16, 17, 18, 19,  2020                 4:15 - 8:45 pm M - F and 9 - 1:30 pm Saturday

Instructor:  Maria Esposito                mespositoliips@gmail.com

Course Description:  We are going to learn how to create a class website as a hub for student resources. Google sites has transformed their platform with all new features. As we learn about all of the new features, we will be learning about sites for our classes. I have created a google site that will help you learn about how to create your own, if you choose to. It has many different resources and videos for assistance.

 

 

 

 

Hybrid Teaching in the “New Normal”

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only
Mt Sinai Congregational Church

*New Class Fall 2020!!!!            RUNNING ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19


Course Description:  Now more than ever, in our “new normal”, teachers have to be prepared for the world of hybrid education. This course will focus just what is hybrid teaching. Educators will discuss how to successfully teach our students with a hybrid model while supporting their learning. Teachers will share hybrid models and strategies they have used in their virtual classrooms, plus learn new ones. Discussions will include how to keep your students focused and actively learning. Educators will end up with a ton of great strategies and techniques for hybrid-model education. This course is a must for all teachers of all disciplines grades K-12.

Instructor: Kim Kittredge

Email: kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


Dates: September 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30    4:15 - 8:45 pm             September 19, 26        8:00 - 5:00 pm

 

 

 

 

Dream Big, Motivate Forever – The Keys to Student Success
New Class - Fall 2020!!!!            RUNNING ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19
Mt. Sinai Congressional Church

Instructor – Gayle Meinkes-Lumia gaylelumia@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours) In-service credit only
Dates: September 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30              4:15-8:45 pm

Course Description: Reflecting and analyzing our practices as educators is critical. Creating learners that possess both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is transformative. This course focuses on a plethora of ways that students and teachers alike can cultivate and systematically address their learners. A myriad of ideas and lessons will be shared that challenge and guide students towards success. Lessons include: literary studies, critical thinking exercises, poetry snippets, dramatic dialogues, Sample mini-lessons, activities, and strategies will be provided. A must for all K-12 instructors!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Discover 3 Ways to use Google Slides during Remote and In Class Teaching

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only
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*New Class Fall 2020!!!!            ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19

Dates – September 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, October 1,2, 2020                 4:15 - 8:45 pm

Instructor:  Maria Esposito                        mespositoliips@gmail.com

Course Description:  We are going to learn how to use Google Slides during remote teaching. Slides can be a great tool for student information, engagement, and infographics.

 

 

 

Conferencing Your Students to Success

*New Class FALL 2020 !!!!   ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Kim Kittredge                Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

3 Credits/45 Hour     In Service course

Fall 2020

Dates: October 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16        4:15 - 8:45 pm

Course Description:

Conferencing with your students is a way to empower them to improve their skills by setting goals and then achieving them. Conferencing is also a great way to really get to individually know each one of your students. Educators will work on how plan conferencing times with your students in the classroom. Teachers will explore strategies for effective discussion skills, how to work towards educational goals set by each student, and how to plan your students’ success. Conferencing guidelines, techniques and questions will be shared. This course is a must for all educators grades K-12.


 

 

 

No Need for Pencils – Fostering Dynamic Relationships in the K-12 Classroom
(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only
*New Class – FALL 2020

Note:  ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19

Mt. Sinai Congressional Church
IN-PERSON - October 1,2,5,6,7,8,9,13,14,15th              4:15-8:45 pm

Instructor:     Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                 gaylelumia@yahoo.com

Course Description: Being able to challenge our students and enhance their learning is dire. Identifying the ways in which students critically think can greatly increase their comprehension. Modifying and addressing various scenarios of learning is tantamount to our students’ success. In this course, participants will be introduced to a wealth of ideas and current trends that maximize the learning for their classroom. They will learn to identify and create activities that enhance students’ comprehension and subsequently engage in strategies that fully indoctrinate the learner into any classroom atmosphere. A must for K-12 educators!!!!

 

 

 

 

Persistence, Positivity, and Perseverance
New Class - Fall 2020!!!!            Note:  ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19

Nassau Site - East Meadow

Instructor – Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                 gaylelumia@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours) In-service credit only
Dates: October 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26,, 27, 28, 29 – 4:15-8:45 pm

Course Description:  The three P’s of instruction are the driving forces for students’ successes. Ingraining this mindset in our learners creates lifelong skills. This course will explore the vast array of connections that teachers must foster in the classroom, including interdisciplinary ideals as: text to self, text to world, text to text. Teachers will be able to engage their learners in every discipline and bestow enlivened lessons into their worlds. Topics include creative writing, exploratory science, oral histories, mathematical manipulatives. All Next Generation standards will be covered. A must for K-12 Educators!!!

 

 

 

The Creative Classroom
Note:  ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19

Mt Sinai Congregational Church


Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours)         in service credit only

 
Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31      Saturdays      8 - 5 pm

Course Description:  A creative classroom will help to develop a creative student. This course will explore how educators can work towards turning their classroom into a room where students want to learn. Students will thrive and learn with fun, exciting and higher thinking skills and lessons. Educators will share creative techniques while working towards fostering student success. This course is a must for all educators grades K-12.

 

 

 

 

Hybrid Teaching in the “New Normal”

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only
Mt Sinai Congregational Church

*New Class Fall 2020!!!!                 ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19      


Course Description:  Now more than ever, in our “new normal”, teachers have to be prepared for the world of hybrid education. This course will focus just what is hybrid teaching. Educators will discuss how to successfully teach our students with a hybrid model while supporting their learning. Teachers will share hybrid models and strategies they have used in their virtual classrooms, plus learn new ones. Discussions will include how to keep your students focused and actively learning. Educators will end up with a ton of great strategies and techniques for hybrid-model education. This course is a must for all teachers of all disciplines grades K-12.

Instructor: Kim Kittredge

Email: kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Dates:     October 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30        4:15 - 8:45 pm

 

 

-******PLEASE NOTE - ALL FALL COURSES TAUGHT BY KIM KITTREDGE WILL NOW BE ONLINE THROUGH AT LEAST APRIL 1, 2021 DUE TO COVID-19 MEDICAL ISSUES

 

Building Communication and Teamwork in Schools

*New Class FALL 2020 !!!!                       ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Instructor: Kim Kittredge        Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


3 Credits/45 Hours     In service Course

Fall 2020

Dates: November 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17    4:14 - 8:45 pm


Course Description:

This course is designed to equip all educators with the knowledge and skills to foster an emotionally engaging classroom. Skills such as leadership, communication and listening, positive thinking, student support, and team building all will be examined. Educators will share how to communicate not only with the students in their classrooms, but with administrators and colleagues. Communication is a complete building-wide plan. Discussions on how to build communication, leadership and positivity, in every classroom no matter the subject area or grade you teach will be shared. Participants will engage in overall positive communication strategies and teamwork skills. This course is a must for educators K-12.  ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.



 

 

 

Supporting Struggling Learners

Note:  ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19

Mt Sinai Congregational Church


Instructor: Kim Kittredge            Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours)         in service credit only


November  18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 30  December 1     4:15 - 8:45 pm     November 21 8 - 5 pm     

This course will focus on how to support the struggling learners we all have in our classrooms. Educators will share strategies that work in all areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking to bring those learners up to par with the rest of the class. Strategies will be explored on how to lift up those students who struggle. Students will feel supported satisfied with their improvements. Teachers will walk away with a plethora of great lessons and techniques. This course is a must for all teachers of all disciplines grades K-12.   ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.

 

 

 

 

Cultural Literacy and Student Awareness- Examining the Fundamentals of Learning

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only
*New Class - FALL 2020 WINTER BREAK - ONE WEEK!!!

Note:  ONLINE DUE TO COVID-19

 Instructor – Gayle Meinkes-Lumia            gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 Nassau Site - East Meadow

IN-PERSON
Dates:                November 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20          4:15-8:45pm

Course Description: Enlightening our students on the fundamentals of academics and providing students with the means to enhance their own education is the key to fostering independence and comprehension. In this course, participants will learn how to build their cultural literacy classroom repertoires via student centered lessons, dynamic readings, technological ideas, and personalized journals. They will explore new concepts and allow their students to take the lead in developing content area

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improving Literacy Skills Across the Curriculum

*New Class FALL 2020 !!!!   ONLINE DUE TO COVID-19

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Instructor: Kim Kittredge    kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

3 Credits/45hours)            In-service course

Fall 2020

Dates: December 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16            4:15 - 8:45 pm

Course Description:

Literacy in all subject areas is paramount. Teachers work hard day in and day out to move towards creating a proper literacy program to match each students’ needs. When a literacy program it put in place, it can lead to much student success. In this course, participants will be introduced to a variety of literary techniques that will ensure the success of your students no matter the subject area or the grade level. Educators will discuss a variety of literacy techniques. Teachers will share what skills work and the assignments used for a great literacy program. Educators will discuss successful techniques for all grades and areas of teaching. Materials will be introduced on how to organize and balance your classroom. We can all make our classrooms a forum for literate individuals with the proper skills no matter what we teach.  ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.

This course is a must for educators grade K-12.


 

Virtual Classroom Design with a Bitmoji Scene
*ONLINE DUE TO COVID-19        *New Class Summer 2020 !!!!

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Fall 2020        Dates: Winter Break Course 2021

December 28-January 2nd            Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday         8 - 5 pm

(3 Credits/45hours)            In-service course


Instructor:  Maria Esposito                       mespositoliips@gmail.com


Course Description:  Teachers will learn how to create their own virtual classroom with bitmoji scene to engage students in and out of their classroom. Resources, parent engagement, and student work can be showcased. Teachers love these virtual classroom designs.

 

 

 

 


The Power of Mindfulness
*NEW COURSE FALL 2020                    ONLINE DUE TO COVID-19
Instructor: Kim Kittredge    kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Fall 2020        Dates: Winter Break Course 2021

December 28-January 2nd            Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday         8 - 5 pm

(3 Credits/45hours)            In-service course

Course Description:  Now more than ever in our “new normal” students feel out of sync and need the power of mindfulness. This course will focus on how to support your students with proper mindset techniques in the classrooms. Educators will share strategies including defining mindfulness and how to keep your students emotionally and physically connected. Strategies will also be explored on how to lift up those students who truly feel anxiety and need the benefits of mindset to cope with the day to day. Teachers will walk away with a plethora of great strategies and techniques. This course is a must for all teachers of all disciplines grades K-12.  ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.



 

 

 

 

One Sentence at a Time – Developing Explicit Writing and Thinking in all Disciplines
(3 credits/45 hours) In-service credit only
*New Class - FALL 2020 WINTER BREAK - ONE WEEK!!!

Note:  ONLINE DUE TO COVID-19

 Instructor – Gayle Meinkes-Lumia            gaylelumia@yahoo.com

    
Nassau Site - East Meadow
Winter Break Class – December 28-January 1st – 8-5pm


Course Description: Revolutionizing our students’ writing and subsequently enhancing their overall performance is essential for their success in school and in the workforce. Effective writing skills transform students’ lives and advance their thinking. In this course, teachers will develop techniques to utilize in order to create a road map for their learners. They will learn methodologies and clear and coherent evidence-based instruction, including : metacognitive thinking activities, flipped lessons, creative graphic organizers, and web tools.. Teachers will be able to improve all student domains of cognition and writing. A must for all educators – K-12!!!!




 

 



SPRING 2021 In-Person Classes ...

COVID-19 UPDATE:  It was announced 8/7/20 by Governer Cuomo that schools will be permitted to open.  We have chosen to wait to start In-Person instruction until at least April 1, 2021 to ensure the safety of the instructors and all students.  We will update this situation as more information becomes available. We can provide a letter for your School District if required.  Safety for all is our first priority.  Please contact the office at 516-524-8981 with any questions.

 



 

The Mindset of Great Teaching
*NEW COURSE SPRING 2021                    ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19

(3 credits/45 hours) In-service credit only

Instructor: Kim Kittredge    kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Dates: January 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19        4:15 - 8:45 pm

Course Description:
Educators will learn through this course effective teaching methods to work towards being the Master Teacher you’ve always wanted to be. Teachers will examine best practices for instruction to hone your skills on highly effective teaching. Participants will see how to transform from being a good teacher to being a great one. Methods on how to create high performing classrooms and building skills that matter most will be studied. This course is a must for teachers of grades K-12.  ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.  ZOOM sessions available for those that need them.


 

 

 

Discover 3 Ways to use Google Slides during Remote and In Class Teaching
*ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19

(3 credits/45 hours) In-service credit only

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Dates: January 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19        4:15 - 8:45 pm

Instructor:  Maria Esposito                        mespositoliips@gmail.com

Course Description:  We are going to learn how to use Google Slides during remote teaching. Slides can be a great tool for student information, engagement, and infographics.

 

 

 

 

Share and Collaborate with Google Sites for Remote Learning
*ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19

(3 credits/45 hours)     In-service credit only

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Dates: January 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 2/1, 2       4:15 - 8:45 pm


Instructor:  Maria Esposito                mespositoliips@gmail.com

Course Description:  We are going to learn how to create a class website as a hub for student resources. Google sites has transformed their platform with all new features. As we learn about all of the new features, we will be learning about sites for our classes. I have created a google site that will help you learn about how to create your own, if you choose to. It has many different resources and videos for assistance.

 

 


 

Orchestrating a Community of Learners:
How to Effectively Manage Your Classroom
*ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19

Instructor: Kim Kittredge    kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours) In-service credit only

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Dates: February 3, 4, 5 ,8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 22, 23        4:15 - 8:45 pm

Course Description:  This course is designed to equip educators with the tools they will need to effectively manage a successful classroom. Teachers will examine up to date, research-based concepts and strategies for orchestrating a learning-based classroom community. Educators will share lessons and experiences, procedures that work, and examine effective steps for managing a successful group of learners. Classroom climate, safe physical environment, rules and procedures, teaching flow, and positive and negative behavior responses will all be explored. This course is a must for educators grades K-12.   ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.




 

 

A Classroom of Visible Thinkers

(3 credits/45 hours) In-service credit only

*WINTER BREAK ONE WEEK!!!!

*ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19
Instructor: Kim Kittredge    kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

February Break – Feb 15 – Feb 19th – 8-5pm

Course Description:  What is thinking? What does a classroom of thinkers look like? We reference thinking in our classroom every day, but how often do we stop and consider what it really looks like? This course will explore how to create a culture of thinking and learning. Educators will discuss explicit instruction and how to promote and make visible, active, higher-level thinking in your classroom, while developing your students’ awareness of their own thinking strategies and problem-solving skills. For all educators levels K-12.   ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.


 

 


Differentiating Students’ Lives – One Step at a Time

(3 credits/45 hours) In-service credit only

*NEW COURSE SPRING 2021 - WINTER BREAK ONE WEEK!!!!

Note:  ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19

 Instructor – Gayle Meinkes-Lumia                  gaylelumia@yahoo.com

 Nassau Site - East Meadow

February Break – Feb 15 – Feb 19th – 8-5pm


Course Description: Creating a classroom environment of elevating activities, meaningful conversations, and dynamic discussions is crucial for students today. In academically responsible classrooms, all students should be appropriately challenged and become more successful at accessing, processing, and expressing information. In this course, participants will learn everything there is to know about differentiating their classrooms. They will learn the secrets to recognizing and building on the individual talents of each student, while preparing all students for the rigors of new standards and assessments. In addition, teachers will gain student centered ideas, lessons that differentiate, challenging ways to motivate students, current research on differentiation, constructivist practices, ideas for putting the research into action, examples and strategies that assist in differentiation, assessment ideas for differentiation, ideas for tiered lessons, web sites for differentiated instruction, and so much more! Perfect for teachers of all subject areas K-12!  ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.  

 

 

 

 

How to Reconnect the Disconnected Learner
(3 credits/45 hours) In-service credit only

*ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19
Instructor: Kim Kittredge    kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Dates: March 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17        4:15 - 8:45 pm

SPRING 2021

Course Description: Do your students feel or become disconnected? Do they often lose the purpose of your lessons due to distractions? Have they zoned out? With all the time and effort you put into your lessons, it often seems that there are so many days we look out at our students’ faces only to see that they are somewhere else. The connection has been lost. This course offers ideas on how to reconnect your disconnected students and bring them back again. Educators will learn a variety of exciting strategies that will “connect” your students to your classroom lessons. These strategies will not only activate engagement, but improve student learning all together. This course is for educators levels K-12 of all subjects.   ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.



 

 

 

Boosting Morale for Our Learners – Rejuvenation, Recharge, and Recovery
*NEW COURSE FOR 2021

(3 credits/45 hours) In-Service Credit

Instructor - Gayle Meinkes-Lumia – gaylelumia@yahoo.com

*ON-LINE DUE TO COVID
East Meadow Location
Dates : February 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 4:15-8:15 pm

Course Description: Recharging our students’ mindsets and attitudes is crucial for educators. Creating an atmosphere of support and structure guides our learners and prepares them for their future endeavors. In this course, participants will learn to tackle negativity in their students and foster an atmosphere of open communication, dialogue, and support. Projects that enhance learners as well as research articles and literature will be offered. A plethora of resources will be utilized as well.

 

 

 

 

 



Fueling Students’ and Teachers’ Passions and Purpose – Renewing the love of Learning

*NEW COURSE SPRING 2021
(3 credits/45 hours) – In-Service Credit

Instructor – Gayle Meinkes-Lumia – gaylelumia@yahoo.com
East Meadow Location
*ON-LINE DUE TO COVID

Dates: March 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31st - 4:15-8:15 pm

Course Description: Educators desperately need opportunities to renew their love of learning, to refresh themselves, to regain the passion that inspired them in the first place. Inspiring their students to do the same involves a wealth of energy and techniques. This course will provide you with a flurry of skills that will enhance your students’ repertoire and penchant for learning including: differentiated instruction techniques, literature circles routines, reflective articles, as well as ideas to overcome anxiety in themselves as well as in their students. A must for all K-12 educators!!!

 

 

 

 

Helping Students De-Stress for Success
(Bringing Mindfulness to Students and Teachers)


*ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19
Instructor: Kim Kittredge    kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Spring 2021

April : Spring Break Course : March 29 – April 2nd        8 - 5 PM

This course will discuss what mindfulness is and what it is not. Teachers will focus on how to help your students address stress and anxiety and achieve a calm stress-free classroom. Educators will share the benefits of de-stressing and how well it works in school communities and classrooms. This course is a must for all instructors of all levels K-12.  ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.

 

 

 

 

Increasing Engagement and Empowerment in Varied Learning Environments
(3 credits/45 hours) – In-Service Credit


Instructor: Gayle Meinkes-Lumia – gaylelumia@yahoo.com

East Meadow Location 
April Break Course – (March 29-April 2nd) – 8 am – 5 pm

Course Description: Taking charge of our ability to organize and construct tantalizing lessons is the core of teaching. Building learners who are attuned to the various factors that motivate students is crucial. In this course, teachers will learn to create a dynamic environment for students, one that fosters curiosity and growth. Teachers will learn how to effectively empower their learners and proactively catalyze connections, causing students to blossom beautifully. A must for all K-12 educators!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motivating Students in “The New Normal”

*NEW COURSE SPRING 2021

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Spring 2021

April 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21            4:15 - 8:45 PM

*ON-LINE DUE TO COVID-19
Instructor: Kim Kittredge    kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Course Description:
This course is designed to assist educators in getting their students to become engaged and motivated in the “the new normal”. We will discuss how to get your classroom interested and involved in the learning process through digital means and classroom strategies. Students who may have become bored or tired of the same day by day learning styles, can become engaged again. A variety of practical and simple strategies will be shared. A multitude of digital and classroom-based materials will be discussed shared on motivation and engagement techniques. Educators will learn to implement these creative techniques to get your students to motivate themselves both physically and mentally and get involved once again. Educational articles and research in this area will also be studied. This is a must for all teachers of all disciplines K-12.  ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.




 

Teach, Reflect, Learn: Building Your Capacity for Success in the Classroom

*NEW COURSE SPRING 2021
(3 credits/45 hours) – In-Service Credit


Instructor – Gayle Meinkes-Lumia        gaylelumia@yahoo.com

*ON-LINE DUE TO COVID
East Meadow Location
Dates – April 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30     8:15-4:45 pm


Course Description – Growing as a reflective practitioner within one’s classroom is tantamount to teaching. Having the capacity to maximize one’s influence and continuously improve one’s mindset is the recipe for success. Within this course, teachers will learn to utilize excellence in learning techniques in order to guide their students and prepare them for the future demands and rigor of society. The generation of core values will be discussed, as well as developing pride, grit, and respect within our classrooms. A Must for K-12 educators!!!!!

 

 





Teacher/Parent Communication in our Virtual World

*New Course Spring 2021

*ONLINE DUE TO COVID-19
Instructor: Kim Kittredge    kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Spring 2021

Dates: May 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19        4:15 - 8:45 pm

Course Description:  In the virtual world, daily communication between the teachers and parents/family member of students is one of the best and most fabulous relationships that can take pace in a school. If educators can honestly set up virtual calls and meet at any given time to discuss behavior, progress, etc, it is a treasure in itself. Such communication can help our students in more ways than we will ever know. Communication is the key as “they” always say and “they” are right! This course will examine how we as educators go through the struggles of trying to communicate with our many students’ parents and family members. Of course today with the virtual world we meet through Teams meetings, Google Meets, Zooms and a variety of other ways. Educators will discuss all the strategies used, and how they work or don’t for them. We will share our struggles and our triumphs of helping those students that needed us the most.
This course is for all educators grades K-12.   ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.


 

 

 

 

Designing Authentic Performance Tasks and Projects: Tools for Meaningful Learning and Assessment

*NEW COURSE SPRING 2021
(3 credits/45 hours) – In-service credit

NOTE:  ON-LINE DUE TO COVID
Instructor – Gayle Meinkes-Lumia – gaylelumia@yahoo.com
East Meadow Location
Dates – May 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 – 4:15-8:45 pm

Course Description – Ensuring students’ success via creative and authentic tasks is essential for students today. This course will explain the various ways in which to deepen our students’ understanding and engagement of the world around them utilizing creative assessment strategies. Your classroom will be transformed into a vibrant center of learning and discussion. A Must for K-12 Educators!!!!

 

 

 

 

Collaboration in Schools in the “New Normal”

*NEW COURSE SPRING 2021

Instructor: Kim Kittredge        Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

June 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16            4:15 - 8:45 PM

Course Description:  How do we collaborate with our colleagues and administrators in the “New Normal”? What do our Faculty Meetings look like? What do our Department Meetings look like these days? How do we have our “walk-throughs” with our principals? How about our observations? So many things have changed. This course will take a look at the way everything has moved to Zoom meetings, Teams Meetings and Google Meets. Educators will discuss whether or not they believe this is an effective way to collaborate. Teachers will share whether they believe this type of collaboration gives us enough time to share what is really going on in with our virtual teaching and in our virtual classrooms. This course is a must for all instructors of all levels K-12.  ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.



 

 

Engaging Students in Reading All Types of Text- K-!2 Strategies for Every Classroom

*NEW COURSE SPRING 2021

*ON-LINE DUE TO COVID
(3 credits/45 hours) – In-Service Credit


Instructor – Gayle Meinkes-Lumia – gaylelumia@yahoo.com
East Meadow Location
Dates – June 7, 8, 9, 10,11, 14,15,16,17,18 - 4:15-8:15pm


Course Description – Engaging students in all levels of reading instruction is crucial for all subject matters. Literacy instruction is tantamount as students utilize remote instruction on a daily basis. This course will provide students with authentic tools for selecting books, responding to them, critiquing them, utilizing book clubs, and centers for discussion. A Must for K-12 Educators!!!

 

 

 


 SUMMER 2021 In-Person Classes

ADDITIONAL COURSES TO BE POSTED

COVID-19 UPDATE:  It was announced 8/7/20 by Governer Cuomo that schools will be permitted to open.  We have chosen to wait to start In-Person instruction until at  least May 1, 2021 to ensure the safety of the instructors and all students.  Summer Session has not get been determined.  We will update this situation as more information becomes available. We can provide a letter for your School District if required.  Safety for all is our first priority.  Please contact the office at 516-524-8981 with any questions.

 

Effective Hybrid Teaching and Learning

*New Course Summer 2021

Instructor: Kim Kittredge        Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Dates:        June 28 - July 2, 2021

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

MONDAY - FRIDAY 8 AM - 5 PM

Course Description:  With all the hybrid teaching going on all around us, how is everyone doing it? What are the instructional methods being used? How do we feel about it? This course will focus on what hybrid teaching is and how effective teaching through a hybrid style/model can be. We will discuss what teachers refer to as “hybridity”, and how successful it is to teaching and learning. Teachers will focus on how to help your students learn effectively in a hybrid setting. Educators will share the benefits of a hybrid classroom, and some of the downsides. During this time especially in our teaching history, this course is a must for all instructors of all levels K-12.  ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.

 

 

 

 

RTI Instruction and Analysis in the K-12 Classroom – Tools for Engaging All Learners

*NEW COURSE SUMMER 2021
(3 credits /45 hours) – In service Credit

Instructor – Gayle Meinkes-Lumia – gaylelumia@yahoo.com

East Meadow Location
Dates – June 28-July 2, 2021        8 am - 5 pm

Course Description – Creating a rich RTI Classroom, embedded with Tier One, Two, and Three Strategies can transform students’ lives. Being able to connect our students and have them walk in the path of success is essential for all students. In this class, teachers will be able to create lessons that engage the learner via Responding to Intervention techniques, including differentiation, student empowerment, student modification. A Must for K-12 Educators!!!

 

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Investing in Student Success – Navigating Cohesive Learning in 2021

*NEW COURSE SUMMER 2021


(3 credits/45 hours) – In-Service Credit
Instructor – Gayle Meinkes-Lumia – gaylelumia@yahoo.com


East Meadow Location
Dates – July 5-9, 2021        8 am - 5 pm


Course Description – Revitalizing our classrooms is the ticket to students’ success. Having the skills necessary to invigorate our learners and capture their learning styles is tantamount. In this course, teachers will have the opportunity to glean a depth of understanding regarding the nature of the adolescent and the ways in which their learning is impacted by many factors. Teachers will be instructed on a plethora of learning styles and models that gear instruction to individuals perfectly. A must for all K-12 educators!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Facilitating Classroom Discussions in our Hybrid Classrooms
*NEW COURSE SUMMER 2021

Instructor: Kim Kittredge        Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Dates:         July 12- 16th, 2021        SUMMER 2021

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

MONDAY - FRIDAY     8 AM - 5 PM


Course Description:  Participants in the course will learn how to implement all facets of communication techniques to help your hybrid students. These techniques will help create an environment of trust and responsibility. Educators will learn how to encourage, redirect, engage, and challenge hybrid students engage in successful discussions that will enhance student learning. Educators will be able to apply these strategies to all grade levels and content areas. Participants will gain a clear understanding of where to begin with discussions in your hybrid classroom. This course is designed for educators K-12 of all subject areas.   ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.



 

 

 

 

 

The Creative Classroom

Instructor: Kim Kittredge        Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Dates:         July 19 - 23rd, 2021            SUMMER 2021

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

MONDAY - FRIDAY     8 AM - 5 PM

Course Desription:  A creative classroom will help to develop a creative student. This course will explore how educators can work towards turning their classroom into a room where students want to learn. Students will thrive and learn with fun, exciting and higher thinking skills and lessons. Educators will share creative techniques while working towards fostering student success. This course is a must for all educators grades K-12.  ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.

Instructor: Kim Kittredge


 

 

Teaching the Respectful Student
*NEW COURSE SUMMER 2021

Dates:         July 26 - 30, 2021            SUMMER 2021

Instructor: Kim Kittredge        Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

MONDAY - FRIDAY     8 AM - 5 PM

Course Description: How do we teach respect? Respect from our students is one of the greatest issues educators face day to day when trying to educate our students. Has respect been lost, or do children just need to be reminded of it from time to time? This course will look into this phenomenon. As educators we need to work on this generation of students and their idea of respect and the culture behind it. In this course we will discuss how crucial respect is to achieving success in the classroom and in life. In this course, educators will explore the impact of cultural values, work ethic, family life and various other factors that influence students inside and outside of our schools. This course will incorporate the many factors that go into teaching students respect. This course is a must for all educators grades K-12. ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.  



 

 

How to Differentiate your Classroom:  Theories and Practices for all Educators
*NEW COURSE SUMMER 2021

Dates:         August 9 - 13, 2021            SUMMER 2021

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

(3 credits/45 hours) in-service credit only

MONDAY - FRIDAY     8 AM - 5 PM

Instructor:  Kim Kittredge Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com


Course Description:  This course will explore how our daily instruction as an educator must constantly be changed and molded to fit our students’ needs. Since many of our students learn differently, it is our job as effective teachers to guide them through the learning process. Educators will discuss what a differentiated classroom really is, and how to differentiate for any grade level or subject. We will collaborate and work on a multitude of learning techniques and assessments for all learning styles. Many of these techniques can be brought back to the classroom and used with students who learn in all different ways. Teachers will find that differentiation is not that difficult task you thought it might be. It is more of a necessity for the good of all. This is a must for all educators of all disciplines K-12.   ZOOM Sessions included for those that need them.

 


 

 

Promoting Self-Esteem in your Students
*NEW COURSE SUMMER 2021

Dates:         August 22 - 27, 2021            SUMMER 2021

Mt Sinai Congregational Church

Instructor: Kim Kittredge        Kcsunshine1969@yahoo.com

Summer 2021

(3 credits/45 hours) in service credit only

Course Description:  This course will discuss how self-esteem can plague so many of our students, and how we, as educators, can help. We can not only identify the problem, but address it. Educators will discuss the causes of low self-esteem and address the specific risk factors. Teachers will share techniques to build self-esteem of the students that need it the most. A must for all educators K-12.