Fall 2022 Courses


NEW-Teaching with Chromebooks for Elementary Teachers Instructor: Christy Scotto 11/2/22 - 12/7/22

Mandatory Synchronous Virtual Meeting: 12/5/22 5:00-6:00pm

15 CTLE hours: 1 inservice credit Grades: K-5, all areas

Dates: 11/2/22 - 12/7/22 Fee: $50

Time: Mandatory Synchronous Virtual Meeting: 12/5/22 5:00-6:00pm

Remaining 14 hours asynchronous.

NOTE: Participants will need a Chromebook and a personal Google Account to access Google Classroom.

Chromebooks are powerful tools for teaching and learning in the classroom, but are you really using them to their full potential? Teaching with Chromebooks will explore tips and strategies to unlock the endless possibilities Chrombooks have to offer. Using the SAMR model, (Substitute, Augment, Modify, Redefine) we will review traditional best practices and redefine them with lessons previously inconceivable.

Course Objectives:

Getting to know your Chromebooks- Essential skills for students and teachers

SAMR Model- How to leverage technology to redefine teaching and learning

Apps, Extensions, and More

Designing Whole Class and Small Group Lessons

Creating Individual Assignments and Station Activities

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NEW-Teaching with Chromebooks for Secondary Teachers Instructor: Jennifer Kelly 11/2/22 to 11/30/22

Mandatory Synchronous Virtual Meeting: 11/30/22 6:00-8:00pm

15 CTLE hours: 1 inservice credit Grades: 6-12, all areas

Dates: 11/2/22 to 11/30/22 Fee: $50

Time: Mandatory Synchronous Virtual Meeting: 11/30/22 6:00-8:00pm

Remaining 13 hours asynchronous

NOTE: Participants will need a Chromebook and a personal Google Account to access Google Classroom.

Chromebooks are powerful tools for teaching and learning in the classroom, but are you really using them to their full potential? Teaching with Chromebooks will explore tips and strategies to unlock all the endless possibilities Chromebooks have to offer. We will focus on the SAMR model as a framework to Substitute, Augment, Modify, and Redefine technology and learning in the classroom.

Participants will leave this course with an array of apps and extensions that work for their classrooms, along with instructional strategies for whole class, small group, individual assignments, and station activities.


At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

understand the core features and settings of your Chromebook.

prepare students to use their Chromebooks effectively.

identify the best Chrome apps and extensions for your classroom.

create detailed lessons for teaching with Chromebooks.


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Take the Leap! Become an OWL Instructor Instructor: Kim Turri September 15 - November 17, 2022

LINDENHURST, NORTH BABYLON, WYANDANCH TEACHERS ONLY

15 CTLE Hours; 1 Inservice Credit K-12 Fee: $50

Dates: September 15 - November 17, 2022 Time: Asynchronous

If you are an experienced teacher who has energy, charisma, expertise, empathy, collaborative skills, and a desire to rise to the next level of your profession - teaching other teachers - we have a course for you.

Kim Turri, one of OWL’s most prolific and respected instructors, has designed a course in which she will share her secrets of successful program design and delivery. Kim practices what she teaches, and she will show you how to develop the kinds of programs OWL is looking for. The Teacher Center is always looking for new instructors with new ideas. If you think you'd like to take this step, register and join us. If you have instructed courses already, but would like to hone your skills, please join us. Teachers with any level of experience are welcome.

Participants will:

    • gain an understanding of adult learning theory.

    • learn the key elements of successful professional learning experiences and how to make them meaningful.

    • learn how to design programs with the end in mind - impact on student achievement.

    • learn how to curate the most relevant and useful strategies, tools and resources from the vast collection available.

    • learn how to map out a prospective course idea and make your thinking visible.

    • lay the foundation for a well developed professional learning experience.

This course will be conducted in an asynchronous online setting utilizing Google Classroom as the delivery platform. Participants meet virtually via online communities to discuss and share lessons and strategies. Personal Google accounts will be required to access the course.

Note: There will be a Part 2 of this course for those who would like to design a course for OWL with Kim as coach/mentor. Participants will receive individual attention as they develop their courses so that end products will be ready to be offered by OWL. Details to be announced shortly.

Deadline for Registration: Deadline for Registration: September 12, 2022

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Book Study- UDL NOW! Instructor: Kim Turri October 11, 2022 - November 29, 2022

45 CTLE Hours - 3 inservice credits Grades K-12 Fee: $150

Time: Asynchronous

Required Materials: UDL Now!: A Teacher's Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning 3rd ed. Edition by Katie Novak


This course will introduce the key concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and give teachers the knowledge they need to start using UDL in their lesson and assessment design, both in the classroom and online. Each module will include various materials to increase options for representation and engagement. Participants will dive into the why, the what, and the how of UDL and learn how UDL creates more accessible and equitable learning environments. Throughout the course, there will be numerous opportunities to experience and practice the principles of UDL. Come prepared to learn, participate, and implement!


Participants will:

  • Dive into the theory and practice of Universal Design for Learning

  • Explore how UDL is used as a framework for inclusive practice that allows for more accessible and equitable learning environments

  • Learn strategies to design learning experiences using UDL best practices


This course will be conducted in an asynchronous online setting utilizing Google Classroom as the delivery platform. Participants meet virtually via online communities to discuss and share lessons and strategies. Personal Google accounts will be required to access the course.


DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION OCTOBER 10, 2022


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Tools & Techniques for Differentiated Instruction: Assessing Learning Profiles Instructor: Allison Biancamano Tuesday, October 11, 2022 from 6pm-8pm via Google Meet (synchronous)Remaining 13 hours asynchronous

15 CTLE hours: 1 inservice credit Grades: K-12, all areas Fee: $50

**Personal Google accounts will be required to access this course.

This course is designed for general educators, special educators, teacher assistants and support staff who wish to develop a better understanding of the special education evaluation process.

Differentiated instruction involves providing students with different ways to acquire content and developing teaching materials so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability. It is the process of “ensuring that what a student learns, how he/she learns it, and how the student demonstrates what he/she has learned is a match for that student’s readiness level, interests, and preferred mode of learning.” --Carol Ann Tomlinson (as cited by Ellis, Gable, Greg, & Rock, 2008, p. 32)

Educators will assess various learning profiles and learn tools and techniques for differentiating instruction and will be provided with fun and engaging activities/materials. 13 online hours will be asynchronous.

Participants will learn to

• identify and comprehend various learning profiles

• relate differentiated instruction to “content, process” and “product”

• provide differentiated instruction using fun and engaging activities/materials

• plan for student differences in readiness, interest, and learning profiles, with ongoing adjustments based on the results of a variety of assessments for learning practices throughout the teaching and learning cycle


DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION OCTOBER 10,2022


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🔴NEW DATES-Trends in Education: Crossing the Threshold to the Future of Education Instructor: Erik Eve Oct. 5-Dec. 7, 2022. One mandatory synchronous meeting October 12, 2022 from 7-9 p.m.

45 CTLE hours; 3 inservice credits Grades: K-12, all areas.

Remaining 43 hours are asynchronous.

Time: Mandatory Asynchronous Meeting - October 12, 2022 7PM-9PM

plus 43 Asynchronous Hours of Reading, Research, Sharing and Posting Work.

Did you ever wonder if it is possible to catch up with all of the fads, tips, tricks, styles and trends going on in education? Have you ever sat in the faculty lounge or overheard conversation in the hallway and have no idea what people are referring to?

The landscape of education is constantly changing, and it is our professional responsibility to keep abreast of the changes. These evolving topics include everything from educational technology to social media, from culture to education law. If you recognize the importance of remaining current in the landscape and lingo of education, this course will guide you through it. We will examine national issues all the way down to district and grade level issues.

Participants will have the opportunity to select and examine trends which will directly affect their own building, hallway and classroom.


Participants will:

  • discuss and explore current national and local issues with educators from other buildings/districts or areas.

  • take an active interest in news topics that directly affect them

  • review areas/topics that will impact their future and that of their students

  • learn different ways of presenting, sharing and learning information

  • gain a better appreciation of the evolving landscape of education


DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION OCTOBER 11, 2022


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Navigating Your New Teaching Position in These Times Instructor: Selina Durio October 6 - November 30, 2022

Synchronous Dates and Times: 10/6; 10/19; 11/2; 11/16; 11/30 6:30 - 8:00 pm

PLUS 22.5 hours asynchronous study and assignments

30 CTLE hours: 2 in-service credits Grades K-12 Teachers in their First through Sixth Years

FREE

Synchronous Dates and Times: 10/6; 10/19; 11/2; 11/16; 11/30 6:30 - 8:00 pm

PLUS 24 hours asynchronous study and assignments


This course is designed to provide a safe space for educators in their first six (6) years of teaching to examine and evaluate their own performance. It will utilize discussion, written responses, and a mentorship approach to typical (and atypical) situations in which new instructors find themselves. An array of strategies will be provided to help educators embed coping skills and other positive behaviors into their everyday practice. Private one-to-one mentorship and discussion will be made available upon request.

Participants will explore the following topics.

● Everyday school setting questions

● Generic workplace agreement situations (NON SPECIFIC contract issues)

● Overall license/certification issues (NYSED)

● Professional Development

● Social Media - Do’s and Don’ts

● Current Educational Climate and Issues

● Additional topics will be added based on participant needs


This course will be conducted in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Personal Google accounts will be required to access the course.

YOU MUST USE A NON-SCHOOL DISTRICT GOOGLE ACCOUNT

Google Classroom Invite: https://classroom.google.com/c/NTM3NDk0Nzk2NjA4?cjc=vmmvpr

SYNCHRONOUS MEETINGS WILL BE VIA ZOOM, not Google Meet. A link will be provided via a calendar invite for each session.


DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION OCTOBER 5, 2022


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Raising Student Achievement in the Classroom Instructor: Jennifer Stamatiades Dates: Oct. 12-November 30

2 Synchronous Meetings: October 12th Google Meet - 4 pm-6 pm - Course overview AND December 7th - Google Meet - 4 pm -6 pm--Sharing Unit Plan & Reflection- BOTH SYNCHRONOUS MEETINGS ARE MANDATORY.

45 CTLE hours, three inservice credits Grades K-12 Fee: $150

Weeks of October 12th-November 30th: participants are expected to log in for 6 hours per week for asynchronous learning and assignments.

After completing a year of instruction, how do we know students improved? Are the lessons we deliver challenging students and raising their level of achievement? According to the most current research, instruction that works best in raising the level of student achievement encompasses a variety of factors, the most prevalent being visible student learning.

This course is designed to explore the components of challenging students to increase overall achievement through research, online videos, reflection, future planning and professional conversations among all participants. Opportunities for professional collaboration will promote successful practice in every area of study.

The overall goal of this course is to inform teachers of what works best in creating lessons that raise student achievement in their own classrooms based on the most current research and collaboration.


Upon completion of this course, teachers will have:

  • shared best practices and infused these into their own curriculum for the 2022-2023 school year.

  • created a successful culture of learning for the new school year by reflecting on the previous year.

  • researched the most current findings in raising student achievement through collaboration and online exploration.

  • a collection of new and/or enhanced current lessons using Danielson’s Framework and the Next Generation Learning Standards.

  • the know-how to create challenging lessons that foster visible learning, higher level thing skills, higher level questions and answers.

  • the experience of reflecting upon their own lessons to determine what made them outstanding (or not!)

  • research-based knowledge of the characteristics of highly effective lessons, discussions with colleagues about these lessons, and the experience of analyzing and rating them using the APPR framework.


DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION OCTOBER 10, 2022


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🔴 COURSE POSTPONED UNTIL WINTER 2023


Well Played: Math Games and Strategies That Incorporate Playful Learning Instructor: Beth Read

NEW Dates: October 17 - December 12, 2022



45 CTLE Hours - 3 inservice credits Grades: K-6

Fee: $150


Math has changed from 'answer-getting' to 'problem-solving'. Using games, puzzles, picture books and hands-on activities to achieve the Next Generation Standards is the way to motivate and engage students.

In this course, participants will learn various ways of engaging students while teaching them elementary-level math concepts. The course consists of modules that introduce games and activities designed specifically for students in grades K-6 that match the NYS Next generation Standards.

Part of this class is about putting the theory to practice, so get ready to play! Your students will enjoy learning math in this manner, and these activities are designed to help them better retain information about basic math operations and problem solving.


Each week participants will be required to log on at least 3 times, participate in a discussion, and complete an assignment. The instructor will be available throughout the course through email or video chat-meet(google). Discussion questions will be posted each week. Each Module is about 2 weeks long with 6-8 hours of work depending on the assignments.

*YOU must use a Google email outside of your district's email:)

email - bdkread5@gmail.com


Each Module will consist of:

📰 or 💻Discover - Video, Ted Talk, or Article with a reflection

✅ - Assignment

💡Teach - A guided piece of tasks to enhance each domain. Participants will choose their path and immerse themselves in that domain.

🎲Practice - Participants will put into practice in their classrooms one or more of the guided activities/tasks.

✍️Evaluation - Self and Student

💬Discussion - Professional discussion with other participants in a risk free environment.


DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION OCTOBER 4, 2022


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How to Create Engaging, Self-Checking Resources Using Google Sheets Instructor: Nicole Markowski October 3 - November 20, 2022

Tuesday 10/4/22 and 10/11/22 - Google Meet from 7 pm – 8:30 pm Tuesday 10/18/22, 10/25/22 and 11/1/22 - Google Meet from 7 pm – 8 pm

Participants are expected to spend an hour and a half each week completing the asynchronous required assignments. Final assignment due Sunday, November 20th

15 CTLE Hours - 1 inservice credits Grades: K-12

Fee: $50


Have you ever wondered how to create those amazing pixel art activities? It can be difficult unless you are familiar with Google Sheets. This course will teach you how to create a self-checking puzzle pixel art activity from scratch using Google Sheets. The best part is that once you create a template, you can use it over and over to create many different puzzle pixel art activities for various topics! You will also learn the basics of formatting cells in Google Sheets so that you can create many other self-checking activities for students of all ages.


Participants will learn to

  • create a puzzle pixel art activity from scratch using Google Sheets.

  • format cells in Google Sheets to change color based on correct/incorrect answers.

  • format images to appear when a correct answer is given using Google Sheets.

  • create other puzzle pixel art activities utilizing a template.


DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION OCTOBER 2, 2022


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Scaffolding Students to Success Instructor: Christy Scotto October 5, 2022 through November 2, 2022 (asynchronous)

15 CTLE Hours - 1 inservice credits Grades: K-12

Fee: $50


No matter what you are teaching, one thing is true: a well-crafted lesson is also a well- scaffolded lesson. Scaffolding is a teaching method that involves gradually shedding the instructor's assistance as students increase their understanding.

This course will explore the gradual release of the responsibility approach, the misconceptions about scaffolding, and provide strategies to empower teachers to scaffold any lesson successfully.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify their own strengths and challenges when scaffolding.

  • Describe the stages of scaffolding, the purpose of each, and how they look in the classroom.

  • Determine the kinds of activities that fit into each of the four stages.

  • Explore lessons, tips, and tricks that demonstrate ownership of scaffolding.

  • Create several highly effective scaffolded lessons for classroom use.


DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION OCTOBER 4, 2022


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