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Week of June 27, 2016

4805 Teacher as Reader: Science (6/23, 3:30pm additional dates TBD) 1 cr.

SHS Rm 381, Nicole Pisano, coordinator

Participants will meet to discuss readings on science-based themes, and applications to the science classroom will be explored. Open to middle and high school teachers.


4806 Challenge Course Workshop II (6/27-6/30, 8am-5pm) 3 cr. OPENINGS: 3

SMS Gyms, Barney Foltman, Bob Keith, Kevin Roemer, coordinators

This course will utilize both low ropes elements and high rope climbing activities to provide teachers first hand practice in the challenges and stressors faced by students striving to achieve new heights to simply to survive in the classroom. Open to all. Limit of 18 participants. (Additional fee: $55)


4807 RTI: Creating Games to Differentiate Instruction (6/27-6/30, 9am-3:30pm) 2 cr. 

SHS 170, Bevin Pagel, coordinator

Teachers in grades K-4 will examine RTI specifications and create games and activities that can be used immediately in their classrooms to reinforce curriculum and to differentiate instruction for students experiencing difficulty learning. Open to K-4 and Special Ed. Limit of 18 participants. (Additional fee: $20)

4808 Teaching Children with Anxiety Problems (6/27-6/28 9am-3:30pm) 1 cr. FULL--WAITLIST

SHS 1N2 Elliott Cohen, coordinator

Instruction and discussion will focus on the relationship between anxiety problems and school performance from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Teachers will learn to recognize behaviors with roots in anxiety and develop a more informed understanding of children with anxiety disorders to better develop strategies to help their students. Open to all. Limit of 15 participants.

4809 STI@Yale PIER Program:  1 cr. CLOSED

Yale University, Maria Valentin, STI Liaison and Coordinator

Africa and the Middle East not only dominate newspaper headlines today, but appear in countless history textbooks as the birthplaces of humanity and civilization. Join us this summer as we explore the ancient city in various African and Middle Eastern contexts as it was historically conceived, built, and lived in over time and geopolitical space.  The institute will offer a thematic survey of the most important ancient cities in Africa and the Middle East, addressing topics such as daily life, ancient urban design and architecture, and how ancient peoples solved urban problems that continue to challenge cities today. With leading experts drawn from across the United States, we will discuss how the decision to live in cities continues to inform the present through the legacies of urbanization. Invited speakers will discuss the current state of the field and introduce debates about the contested place that ancient cities hold in contemporary narratives and scholarship about African and Middle Eastern peoples. The institute will also offer a range of resources for teachers interested in integrating these topics into their classroom curriculum. These include pedagogical workshops for teachers on how to analyze and teach primary sources from Africa and the Middle East, as well as how to utilize materials in local collections such as Yale’s world-class Babylonian collection (the largest in the United States), the Peabody Museum, and Yale Art gallery for classroom visits and discussion.


Week of July 11, 2016

4810 Child Development for All: Focus on Adolescence (7/11-7/14, 9am-3:30pm) 2 cr. 

SHS 1N2 Elliott Cohen, coordinator

Participants will examine the challenges students face as they grow and mature in today’s world. Specific focus will be given to the impact of developmental processes upon school function and performance. Film footage that dramatizes adolescence will be merged with discussion and lecture for a better understanding of the topic. Open to all. Limit of 15 participants.


4812 Origami Boot Camp III: Storytelling and other Connections (7/11 and 7/12, 9am-3:30pm)

EHS E-9 Jeannette Stockton, coordinator

The course will be an intensive, hands-on origami workshop, and participants will learn a range of techniques from basics to geometric construction.  Ideas for curriculum connections will be discussed, and teachers will learn how to work paper-folding into curriculum themes. Open to All. Limit of 15 participants. (Additional fee: $5)


4815A Jacob Burns: Image, Sound, and Story: Grade 7 only (7/11 and 7/12, 8am-4:30pm)

At Jacob Burns Film Center, Denise Delbazo and Cara Hiller, coordinators

OPEN TO GRADE 7 ONLY. Teachers examine the Jacob Burns curriculum that guides their students through a series of hands-on projects that emphasize process, challenge-based learning, collaboration, and reflection. The curriculum is structured around ten literacy concepts (Image, Sound, Story, Character, Setting, Structure, Mood, Point of View, Theme, and Style) that fit seamlessly into the teachers’ current ELA curriculum.


4811A Lincoln Center: Art without Boundaries (7/11 and 7/12, 9am-6pm) 1 cr. CLOSED

At Lincoln Center, Lisa Forte, coordinator

Join us for a trek of discovery, perception, and inquiry across New York City’s art-rich neighborhoods during this two-day field lab. Dig into what happens when art becomes part of the everyday landscape. How can its presence stimulate our imagination? How are boundaries changed when we process it through LCE's Capacities for Imaginative Thinking? Sharpen your own awareness and learn how to empower others in your community to engage with public art imaginatively. Limit of 5 Scarsdale teachers.



4814 CELF: Citizen Science and Social Justice (7/12-7/14 and online) 3 cr. 

Meetings at Mount Sinai Hospital and CUNY, Cara Forray, coordinator

Knowledge of environmental factors affecting child health will be paired with knowledge of environmental law and pathways to activism. Experts from the CUNY Center for Urban Environmental Reform, Mt. Sinai’s Pediatric Environmental Specialty Health Unit and the NYC Department of Health will join the class to share their research, expertise and processes in the fields of environmental justice, environmental health and public health. Teachers will continue to engage with fellow participants online as they design a unit that is specifically suited to their school, the local government and the content and area of study being taught. Nine 3-hour in person sessions will take place at city locations, and three 3-hour sessions online through August. Open to Middle and High School Teachers. Limit of 5 Scarsdale teachers and 5 Edgemont teachers.


4813 Self-Portraits: Express Yourself(ie)(7/13-7/14 9am-3:30pm) 1 cr.

EHS E-9, Jeannette Stockton, coordinator

Participants will examine a wide variety of self-portraits over time and discuss how they relate to art, history and the amalgam of both: art history. Artistic works examined closely will include the Mona Lisa and the works of Rembrandt, Cindy Sherman, Chuck Close, and Andy Warhol as well as ubiquitous examples of cell phone self-photography.  Participants will create a final project for classroom use inspired by viewings and the artistic process.  The teachers understanding of how portraiture can be integrated into their classroom teaching will enable their students ability to notice deeply, make connections in their learning,  and enhance their knowledge of themselves. Open to all. Limit of 15 participants. Additional materials fee: $5.


4811B Lincoln Center: Filmmaking and Viewing (7/13-7/15 9am-6pm), 2 cr. FULL-CLOSED

At Lincoln Center, Lisa Forte, coordinator

Film screenings, discussion, small-group work, and the chance to make your own media projects are the building blocks of this hands-on lab on aesthetic appreciation and filmmaking techniques led by the Film Society of LincolnCenter's Teacher Training Institute. Learn practical ways to connect filmmaking and viewing techniques to your own curricular units, enhancing literacy and visual literacy in your students by bolstering capacities for analysis, reflection, and creation. Limit of 5 Scarsdale teachers.


Week of July 18, 2016

4816 STI@NYU: The US and the Middle East (7/18-7/22 8:30am-4pm) 3 cr.

At NYU, Maria Valentin, coordinator

This intensive summer institute will examine the historical and contemporary relationship between the United States and the Middle East with a particular focus on the period since 1945. It will focus on the political, historical, and cultural encounters between the Middle East and the United States, cover an array of topics, and also incorporate graphic novels and films. Open to Middle and High School. Additional registration fee to NYU applies.


4817 Citizen Journalism in the Classroom  (7/18-7/21, 8am-5pm) 3 cr.

SHS Library, Sue Luft and Paul Tomizawa, coordinators

Teachers develop journalism skills of research and presentation related to their curriculum. This course will help teachers evaluate sources and learn to e present stories in a manner that engages and informs a potentially global audience. Open to all.


4818 CELF: Education for Sustainability  (7/18-7/21 8:30-3:30pm and additional online work) 3 cr. 

At Reid Castle, Manhattanville College, Rachele Ketterer, coordinator

This course will discuss topics including: resource and land use, energy, transportation, environmental impacts of economic choices, and other issues reflected in the state science and social studies standards. Instruction and activities will focus on practical classroom application of all of these concepts.  Limit of 5 Scarsdale teachers and 5 Edgemont teachers. Additional fee of $50 applies. 


4819 Unit Planning Using Understanding by Design (7/18-7/21, 8am-5pm) 3 cr.

Greenville library, Marisa Ferrara and Arielle Landeck, coordinators

This course will draw upon the work of Wiggins and Grant's Understanding By Design process to facilitate unit planning in all subject areas. Backwards design planning will include the 21st century skills of creativity. collaboration, communication and critical thinking. All participants will create two units including a performance based assessment during the course. Open to all.


4820 Documentary Film Study (7/18-7/20) 2 cr.

SHS 1N2, Stacey Dawes and Natalie Farina, Coordinators

Nonfiction, research-based films, radio programs, hypermedia presentations, photographs, and long-form analytical narratives portray real people, events, and situations—but with an aesthetic sensibility that transforms these depictions into compelling statements about all aspects of our social, cultural, political, and economic lives. This workshop will provide ample examples for application of the documentary form (in various media) in a variety of classrooms including humanities, social studies, and sciences. The focus will be media/film literacy as a tool that contributes to the development of critical thinking and writing skills. This workshop will be led by David Salomon of Russell Sage College. Open to all.

4811C Lincoln Center: Aesthetic Education in Your Content Area (7/18-7/20, 9am-6pm) 2 cr.

At Lincoln Center, Lisa Forte, coordinator

Research has shown that the arts can improve learning in a high school math class or a 4th-grade English class. Using LCE’s Capacities for Imaginative Thinking, this hands-on lab shows you how. You'll work with our Teaching Artists and teachers from our Focus School Collaborative to learn how art can spark the creative process in your classroom, to make relevant connections to the Common Core Standards, and to plan highly-engaging lessons, no matter the subject you’re teaching. Open to all. Limit of 5 Scarsdale teachers.


4811D Lincoln Center: Inclusion and Access, Social Justice (7/18-7/19 9am-6pm) 1 cr.

At Lincoln Center, Lisa Forte, coordinator

Although data indicates that high school graduation rates have improved recently, glaring educational disparities persist for people of color, English Language Learners, and people with disabilities. In this two-day lab, deepen your understanding of structural oppression and systemic exclusion and its consequences, develop practical arts-based strategies for diverse learning environments, work through case studies, and learn how you can use the arts to foster change in the classroom and on stage. Open to all. Limit of 5 Scarsdale teachers.


4815B Jacob Burns: Image Sound and Story, Grade 6 only (7/18-7/19, 8am-4:30pm)

At Jacob Burns Film Center, Denise Delbazo and Cara Hiller, coordinators

OPEN TO 6th GRADE ONLY. Teachers examine the Jacob Burns curriculum that guides their students through a series of hands-on projects that emphasize process, challenge-based learning, collaboration, and reflection. The curriculum is structured around ten literacy concepts (Image, Sound, Story, Character, Setting, Structure, Mood, Point of View, Theme, and Style) that fit seamlessly into the teachers’ current ELA curriculum.


4811F Lincoln Center: Questions, Actions, Art (7/21-7/22, 9am-6pm) 1 cr.

At Lincoln Center, Lisa Forte, coordinator

What does art do and what does it make us do? The way we answer these big questions determines how we teach art. Explore and develop your personal responses to these questions in this lab that applies LCE’s proven reflective practices to high-caliber artistic works from its repertory. Come away with useful understandings that will help you fit the “how” of your practice with the “why.” Limit of 5 Scarsdale teachers.


Week of July 25, 2016

4821 Type in the Classroom (7/25-7/28, 8am-5pm) 3 cr.

SHS Room 1N2, Jennifer Gilbert, coordinator

This course is designed to use psychology type to enhance teacher efficacy in improving how their students learn and how teachers communicate with peers, parents, administrators and students. Open to all. Additional materials fee of $15 for the MBTI. Course is limited to 20 participants.


4822 Social Media as an Educational Imperative (7/25-7/26, 9am-3:30pm) 1 cr.

SHS Library, Chris Casal, coordinator

Participants learn how to harness the power of social media to better connect students, colleagues, and parents. Learn the language of how to use hashtags, follow twitter chats and shared news stories, and connect with learning trends in the schools we serve and the larger education community. Twitter connections with other social media such as instragram, flickr, facebook, and others will be discussed. Open to all.


4815C Jacob Burns: Image, Sound and Story Grade 8 only (7/27-7/28, 8am-4:30pm)

At Jacob Burns Film Center, Denise Delbazo and Cara Hiller, coordinators

OPEN TO GRADE 8 ONLY Teachers examine the Jacob Burns curriculum that guides their students through a series of hands-on projects that emphasize process, challenge-based learning, collaboration, and reflection. The curriculum is structured around ten literacy concepts (Image, Sound, Story, Character, Setting, Structure, Mood, Point of View, Theme, and Style) that fit seamlessly into the teachers’ current ELA curriculum.


At Lincoln Center, Lisa Forte, coordinator

How can you adapt your teaching practice to the cognitive and social-emotional needs of adolescence? In this lab, LCE Teaching Artists share their work in the Arts in the Middle program and act as your guides in hands-on workshops that encourage reflection on your teaching persona and its impact on your students. Explore practical techniques—informed by research—for building curriculum and classroom habits that empower students using the Capacities for Imaginative Thinking. Limit of 5 Scarsdale teachers.


4811G Lincoln Center: Beyond Words, Learning through Movement (7/25-7/26, 9am-6pm) 1 cr.

At Lincoln Center, Lisa Forte, coordinator

What can we learn from teachers and teaching artists who work with nonverbal students? What can we learn from artists who work in non-verbal art forms? In this illuminating lab, special educators share best practices for working with this population and teaching artists talk about the role of nonverbal communication in their creative and performance processes. The goal is to challenge yourself to introduce nonverbal tools and strategies into your instruction, and foster an environment that encourages expressive diversity for all kinds of students. Open to all. Limit of 5 Scarsdale teachers.



Week of August 1, 2016

4823 Student and Teacher Blogs Using CampusPress (8/1-8/2, 9am-3:30pm) 1 cr.
SHS library, Chris Casal, coordinator

Teachers will become familiar with the new platform CampusPress (based on WordPress) for generating class and professional blogs. The course includes discussion of how and when to use online tools that are best suited to their classroom communication goals. Open to all.

4824 Place Based Education (8/1-8/5, 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Thurday, 8:30-1:30 Friday) 3 cr.

SHS 1N2, various outdoor locations, Richard Clark, coordinator

Participants discuss current research using local landscapes and resources to get students out of the classroom and into the outdoors to observe, create, and discover.  In the past, the course has used landmarks such as: Untermyer Park and Gardens, Teatown Reservation, Rockefeller State Park, Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, Wayside Cottage, Marshlands Conservancy, Taconic Outdoor Education Center (TOEC), Constitution Marsh, Peekskill Garbage to Energy Plant, Croton Point Park, Mamaroneck Sewage Treatment Plant, Greenburgh Nature Center, Weinberg Nature Center,  and the Mamaroneck Sewage Treatment plant. Open to all. Course limited to 20 participants. Additional fee of $45 for admissions.


Week of August 8, 2016

4825 Critical Skills for Success in School and Beyond (8/8-8/11, 9am-3:30pm) 2 cr.

SHS Room 1N2, Elliot Cohen, coordinator

In the classroom, the most successful students are the ones who either inherently possess or, through good teaching and training, develop a different set of skills, which are core determinants of academic success.  Such abilities include social skills, resiliency, self-regulation, and a host of other higher-level executive processes.   Participants will review current ideas, theories, and research in the fields of psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics and education that identify these core determinants of success.  Participants will also be guided through steps teachers can take to enhance student performance. Open to all. Course is limited to 15 participants.


4826 Discovering Podcasting and Screencasting in the Classroom (8/8-8/9, 9am-3:30pm) 1 cr.

SHS Library, Shaun Johnson, coordinator

This hands-on course will show how to use Garageband, Screencastify, iTunes podcast, Google Hangouts on Air, and Voicethread with students of all grades in the classroom. Open to all.


4827 Digital Portfolios for Teachers (8/10-8/11, 9am-3:30pm) 1 cr.

SHS library, Chris Casal, coordinator

In this two-day workshop, teachers will learn how to collect, refine and showcase their work as educators in the digital world. The traditional 3-ring binder portfolio of yesteryear will be upgraded to a living, robust digital portfolio. Topics addressed will include using Google Drive to organize artifacts, creating Google Sites, incorporating a Campus Press blog, and using infographics to show elements of student progress. Course participants will leave with a well-curated, Danielson-aligned portfolio that they can easily manage going forward, regardless of technical experience. Open to all.


Week of August 15, 2016

4828 From the Couch to the Classroom: Psychological Interventions for Educators (8/15-8/18, 9am-3:30pm) 2 cr.

SHS Room 1N2, Elliot Cohen, coordinator

Educators will learn about the critical relationship between mental health interventions and school performance.  Participants will learn a wide range of psychotherapeutic and behavioral techniques, with a primary focus on the most effective evidence-based interventions, such as cognitive behavior therapy and positive psychology.  Educators will learn how to extend these methods to their work with individual students in the classroom and with entire classes.  Educators will learn how to apply these interventions in order to maximize student performance and improve classroom management.  The course will involve lecture, discussion and workshop approaches.  Readings and video materials will be presented. Open to all. Limit of 15 participants.


Week of August 22, 2016

4829 Google: Newbie to Guru (8/22-8/25, 9am-3:30pm) 2 cr.

SHS Library, Chris Casal, Coordinator

Direct instruction will be followed by hands-on practice and collaboration with colleagues that will allow teachers to more fully understand how Google apps can transform their classrooms. This four-day course will cover basic skills, tips, and tricks to use each platform including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Classroom Chrome and more. Open to all.


4830 Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (dates vary) 3 cr.

At Teachers College, Trent DeBerry and Sue Luft, coordinators

Initial meeting time to TBA