NYS Teacher Center Online Academy (OLA)

All OLA courses are 15 in-service hours. OLA Course Fee: $150 per course
Register using MyLearningPlan at http://rockteach.org/
If you already have a MyLearningPlan ID, register at www.mylearningplan.com
Check the OLA catalog http://eeznt3.nyiteez.org/olacatalog/ for detailed descriptions, course requirements and expectations before registering!

Instructors have completed a rigorous online teacher training through New York Institute of Technology; Courses have been approved by New York Institute of Technology for inclusion in the New York State Teacher Center Online Academy.

February 8, 2017 – March 22, 2017

Balance the Mind and Heart: Creating Resilient Schools that Address the Social, Emotional, Ethical, and Academic Needs of Students
Instructor: Cecile Wren
Grade Level K-12

This online course will allow educators the opportunity to create resilient schools that meet the social, emotional, ethical, and academic (SEAL) needs of students. Participants will explore the research-based skills and competencies that have a positive impact on the organizational structure of their school, the delivery of instruction, and student performance.

Smart Board and iPad Activities focusing on Literacy and Science
Instructor: Jim McAndrew
Grade Level 4-12

In this course you will create several engaging smart board projects that involve science and language arts. After completing this course you will be able to modify these projects for use in your own classroom at any grade level. You will use the smart board notebook program and explore many of the tools for engaging smart board lessons. You will prepare your own "make and take" class room activity and review several fun and exciting iPad science lessons that are ready to use with your own students in a group work model. You will review science websites and develop several evidence based writing activities. This course is aligned with the NYS Common Core Curriculum, 21st Century Skills and NYS Curriculum and Instruction Standards. This course is not just for science teachers.

Using Digital Resources to Enhance Reading Comprehension
Instructor: Denise Lewis
Grade Level 2-12

Have you ever read a book... a short story... a poem and been able to see the characters, know the place, or empathize with the protagonist? Many students haven't had such a memorable reading moment. They'd much rather surf the web, text friends and search for themselves on YouTube. To motive students to read teachers can connect reading with the digital resources students use every day. There is a wealth of Web 2.0 resources to connect kids with books. Using Digital Resources to Enhance Reading Comprehension will provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to connect kids with reading through digital media and easy to use Web tools.


Using Google Tools for Collaboration, Enrichment and Differentiation of Instruction
Instructor: Dorit Eilon
Grade level K-12

This fun and engaging course offered by a Google Certified Educator is designed to provide information and examples of various Google tools available to enhance the learning experiences of different learners. Participants will explore Google Earth, Google Docs (collaborative presentations, spreadsheets, documents and forms) Google Apps and Google SketchUp. Examples of how these tools can be integrated with different subject areas that are aligned to national and NYS standards will be shared.

  • All courses require internet access and a comfort level with email, Microsoft Word and uploading documents.

Some require knowledge of other technologies or programs.

  • Participants are expected to log in and work with the class site at least 3 times each week.

  • Scholarships may be provided through your local NYS Teacher Center.

  • Please secure approval from your home district, if needed, in advance.

  • Syllabi, Road Maps and Course Policies can be found on the OLA catalog http://eeznt3.nyiteez.org/olacatalog/ along with the Standards for Online Learning, FAQ’s, and other useful information.

  • No refunds will be issued after the start of the OLA courses.


NYSTC OLA is administered by Rockland Teachers’ Center, Rockland BOCES Building 10 PDC, 65 Parrott Road, West Nyack, NY 10994.

Questions? Contact Rockland Teachers’ Center: dstudnitzer@rockteach.org / 845-553-9516

NYS Teacher Center Online Academy is a program of the NYS Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers with the support of New York Institute of Technology.



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