Current Offerings

The OWL Teacher Center Fall 2019 Program
Workshops, Graduate and Inservice Courses

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Please check this site often for updates on our programs.

As of July 1, 2012, the OWL Teacher Center will be collecting fees for courses and workshops due to severe cuts in our funding. One credit courses will be $35, 2 credits $70, and 3 credits $95. Professional circles will also be $35. Workshop fees will vary according to number of hours. There will be a $50 service charge for graduate courses in addition to the tuition paid to the college.
We hope that you understand the impact of losing 75% of our funding for 2013, and that these fees will help sustain us in these very difficult times.

To request SAS Curriculum Pathways training for groups of teachers, please email the director at owlcenter@lindenhurstschools.org.

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DASA Training at the OWL Teacher Center

The Dignity for All Students Act requires all newly certified (December 31, 2013 and after) educators to undergo a minimum of 6 hours of training by a NYS certified provider.
The OWL Teacher Center, a state certified provider, is offering 6 hour workshops for all New York teachers who are required to take them. Workshop dates will be added according to demand.
Our instructors will be conducting the workshops according to the following schedule:

 

Workshop Schedule for December 2019

DASA Training at Lindenhurst High School

Saturday, December 7, 2019
8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lindenhurst HS – 2nd Floor Library/ Room 205 Computer Lab
300 Charles St.
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

This is 6 hour training session. Please bring a bag lunch as we will work straight through the day.

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To register, print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center according to the instructions. We suggest that you email us beforehand to verify available space in the class – owlcenter@lufsd.org.

 

 

Workshop Schedule for February 2020

DASA Training at Lindenhurst High School

Monday, February 3, 2020
4:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Lindenhurst HS – 2nd Floor Library - Room 205
300 Charles St.
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

This is a hybrid training consisting of three hours of face to face instruction, plus three hours of online modules. At the face to face segment you will receive a Welcome Packet and an access code to Edmodo. The Welcome Packet will contain comprehensive instructions on how to successfully complete the online segment of the course.

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To register, print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center according to the instructions.

 

Workshop Schedule for March 2020

DASA Training at Lindenhurst High School

Monday, March 9, 2020
4:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Lindenhurst HS – 2nd Floor Library - Room 205
300 Charles St.
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

This is a hybrid training consisting of three hours of face to face instruction, plus three hours of online modules. At the face to face segment you will receive a Welcome Packet and an access code to Edmodo. The Welcome Packet will contain comprehensive instructions on how to successfully complete the online segment of the course.

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To register, print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center according to the instructions.

 

Workshop Schedule for April 2020

DASA Training at Lindenhurst High School

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
4:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Lindenhurst HS – 2nd Floor Library - Room 205
300 Charles St.
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

This is a hybrid training consisting of three hours of face to face instruction, plus three hours of online modules. At the face to face segment you will receive a Welcome Packet and an access code to Edmodo. The Welcome Packet will contain comprehensive instructions on how to successfully complete the online segment of the course.

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To register, print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center according to the instructions below.

 

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The OWL Teacher Center
presents

Google 101

A New Hybrid Course

APPROVED FOR ADVANCEMENT TO MA75 FOR LINDENHURST TEACHERS

Instructor: Beth Read

45 CTLE hrs; 3 inservice credits Grades K-5
Dates: Thursdays, Nov. 21; Dec. 12; Jan. 2, 16, 30; Feb. 6, 27, 2020. Remaining hours will be spent online practicing and applying skills learned in class Time: 4-7 pm
Site: Lindenhurst, Albany Ave. Elementary School Library Fee: $95

This course is for elementary teachers who want to learn how technology can improve and enhance teaching and learning. A hands on, face-to-face approach will be used to introduce participants to all areas of Google Suite. The online segment will allow teachers plenty of time to practice and apply the new skills learned in the course to their very own classrooms.

Come and learn all about G-Suite!

  • G-Mail and Google Drive - get organized by learning to set up folders, files and correspondence.

  • Docs and Slides - create, transform and collaborate.

  • Forms for formative assessment to drive instruction and summative assessment to measure growth.

  • Google Classroom - putting it all together.

Deadline for Registration: November 8, 2019

TO REGISTER: Print out this form and follow the instructions.

 

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The OWL Teacher Center

Presents a

New HYBRID Course

Tools & Techniques for Differentiated Instruction:
Assessing Learning Profiles

Instructor: Allison Biancamano

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Classroom Teachers.

15 CTLE hours: 1 inservice credit Grades: K-12, all areas
Dates:  Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 11 & 13, 2020 Time: 4-7 p.m. face-to-face Plus 9 hour online segment
Site: Martin Luther King Elementary School, Wyandanch, Room TBA Fee: $50


Knowing how to differentiate instruction for our diverse learners ensures that all students have equal opportunity to learn. Knowing how to assess the learning profiles of our students is an important first step in knowing which tools and techniques will work with each unique student. The class will meet in two 3-hour sessions, and the 9 online hours will be asynchronous.

Participants will learn to

  • understand what differentiation is and how to bridge the learning gap by meeting individual needs.

  • use Multiple Intelligence theory to identify, assess and understand diverse student profiles.

  • develop a toolbox of tips and tricks for differentiating lessons and activities.

  • differentiate between an accommodation and a modification for students with learning disabilities.

Deadline for registration: February 5, 2020

TO REGISTER: Print out this form and follow the instructions.

 

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The OWL Teacher Center

Presents a

New HYBRID Course

The Key to School Success:

Executive Functioning in the Classroom Setting

Instructor: Allison Biancamano

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Classroom Teachers.

15 CTLE hours: 1 inservice credit Grades: K-12, all areas
Dates:  Tues. & Thurs., Feb 4 & 6, 2020 Time: 4-7 p.m. face to face Plus 9 hour online segment
Site: Martin Luther King Elementary School, Wyandanch, Room TBA

 


Executive functions control and regulate cognitive and social behaviors, such as controlling impulses, paying attention, remembering information, planning and organizing time and materials, and responding appropriately to social situations and stressful situations. Educators will learn all about executive functioning, as well as simple classroom strategies that can assist students with deficits in these particular skill areas (i.e. time management, active listening). 9 online hours will be asynchronous.

Participants will learn to

  • identify and comprehend all executive functioning skills.

  • execute simple classroom strategies that can assist students with deficits in executive function skills.

  • devise lesson plans related to improving executive functioning skills in the classroom setting.                                                        

Deadline for registration: January 30, 2020

TO REGISTER: Print out this form and follow the instructions.

 

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The OWL Teacher Center
presents

A New Online Course

The Flipped Classroom

APPROVED FOR ADVANCEMENT TO MA75 FOR LINDENHURST TEACHERS

Instructor: Christy Dallao

Grades: 4-12, all areas 45 CTLE hrs; 3 inservice credits
Dates: February 5 – April 8, 2020 Fee: $150
Site: Lindenhurst Middle School, Room TBA  

Have you ever wished you had more class time to re-teach, practice, or enrich a skill? Well, if you could “teach” your lesson to students at home, then you’d save valuable time in the classroom that can be used to meet the needs of each of them. This is the concept behind a flipped classroom.

This online course will examine the idea behind the flipped classroom, and explore tips and strategies on how to create engaging instructional videos, and develop interactive, collaborative, hands-on classroom activities that foster self-directed learning skills.

Participants will leave this course with flipped lessons they can implement immediately in their classrooms.

Deadline for registration: January 30, 2020

This is a brand new course with completely different content than previous courses instructed by Christy Dallao.

TO REGISTER: Print out this form and follow the instructions.

 

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Ring in the New Year with Inner-Strength Training:

Be Mindful by Learning to Breathe

Instructor: Diane Miller

15 CTLE hours; 1 inservice credit Grades K-5
Dates: Thursdays, Feb. 6, 13, 27; Mar. 5, 2020 PLUS 3 hour online practicum Time: 4-7 p.m.
Site: Lindenhurst SHS, Library Media Center Fee: $50

Immerse yourself in the practice of Learning to Breathe: A Mindfulness Curriculum to Cultivate Emotion Regulation, Attention and Performance.

In this course, Mindfulness will be defined, demystified, and made attainable by guided experiences in paying attention on purpose. Participants will take part in non-judgmental, present-centered awareness exercises in order to achieve balance and connectedness.

Using this research-based curriculum, educators will be guided through theme-based activities and practices in hopes of gaining an inner-edge toward empowerment in their own personal and professional lives. Participation is key and there will be short at-home practices provided online and brief reflections to be completed either electronically or hand-written prior to the start of sessions 2-4.

Participants will learn to incorporate Mindfulness practices into their daily lives, and to infuse daily doses of mindfulness in their classrooms.

No prior knowledge of the topic is required.

Deadline for registration: January 31, 2020

TO REGISTER: Print out this form and follow the instructions.

 

 

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Ring in the New Year with Inner-Strength Training:

Be Mindful by Learning to Breathe

Instructor: Diane Miller

15 CTLE hours; 1 inservice credit Grades 6-12
Dates: Wednesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 26; Mar. 4, 2020 PLUS 3 hour online practicum Time: 3-6 p.m. Time: 3-6 p.m.
Site: Lindenhurst SHS, Library Media Center Fee: $50

Immerse yourself in the practice of Learning to Breathe: A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults to Cultivate Emotion Regulation, Attention and Performance.

In this course, Mindfulness will be defined, demystified, and made attainable by guided experiences in paying attention on purpose. Participants will take part in non-judgmental, present-centered awareness exercises in order to achieve balance and connectedness.

Using this research-based curriculum, educators will be guided through theme-based activities and practices in hopes of gaining an inner-edge toward empowerment in their own personal and professional lives. Participation is key and there will be short at-home practices provided online and brief reflections to be completed either electronically or hand-written prior to the start of sessions 2-4.

Participants will learn to incorporate Mindfulness practices into their daily lives, and to infuse daily doses of mindfulness in their classrooms.

No prior knowledge of the topic is required.

Deadline for registration: January 30th, 2020

TO REGISTER: Print out this form and follow the instructions.

 

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The OWL Teacher Center

presents a

New Online Course

Making Thinking Visible with Ed Tech Tools

Instructor: Kim Turri

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for All Lindenhurst Teachers.

45 CTLE hours: 3 inservice credits   Grades: K-12, all areas
Dates: February 4th – April 7th, 2020 Fee: $150

Visible Thinking includes methods for making students’ thinking visible through learning routines that are thinking rich. These Thinking Routines encourage the development of a culture of thinking and can be used across all grade levels and content areas. Participants will explore digital tools to help students demonstrate their understanding and become aware of their thinking process.

Lessons and activities that integrate the Visible Thinking Routines with technology often simultaneously incorporate 21st century skills. Thus, making thinking visible with technology provides opportunities to weave together many of the best practices for which educational innovations and reform measures call.

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.

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • analyze the benefits of using Thinking Routine with students to help encourage more metacognitive thinking.

  • understand that a key part of Visible Thinking involves making students’ thinking visible by documenting their unfolding thought processes as they use Thinking Routines.

  • explore freely available digital tools students can utilize to support Thinking Routines and provide evidence of their thinking.

  • create lessons and activities that integrate the Visible Thinking Routines with technology to demonstrate student understanding.

Recommended Text: Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by Karin Morrison, Mark Church, and Ron Ritchhart (optional)

Deadline for registration: January 29, 2020

NOTE: This class will be capped at 20. Once the cap is reached, a new section will be opened and will run from April 22-June 15. We will notify you if this is your case, and you must email us if you cannot take the course during that time period.

TO REGISTER: Print out this form and follow the instructions.

 

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The OWL Teacher Center
presents

A Hybrid Course

Assessments: Tools to Guide Instruction

Instructor: Beth Read

APPROVED FOR ADVANCEMENT TO MA75 FOR LINDENHURST TEACHERS

45 CTLE hrs; 3 inservice credits Grades K-5
Dates: Orientation, Monday, February 10, 2020 Time: 4-7
Site: Lindenhurst, Albany Ave. Elementary School Library Fee: $150

This hybrid course will have one face to face meetings, totaling 3 hours, as indicated above. The remaining 42 hours will take place in an asynchronous online setting using Google Classroom as the delivery platform. Participants will meet virtually via online communities to discuss and share skills and strategies. Google accounts will be needed to access the course.

As an educator, have you ever thought, “I know the student understood that concept, but the test did not indicate his true level of understanding”? Assessments should be tools to design and drive instruction. They should be created at the start of a unit/topic of instruction so that the learning outcomes of the lessons are clear and obtainable.

This course is designed to help educators create assessments that will guide instruction. NYS Next Generation Math Standards will be utilized to create assessment questions using various performance levels, modalities, and formats. Participants will also create rubrics for students to use for self-evaluation. Participants will learn test development and editing skills, standard evaluation, test formatting, and online test development utilizing Google Docs and Forms. In addition, participants will explore ways to improve achievement of students with diverse learning styles.

To register please return this form and your check to the Owl Teacher Center no later than February 4, 2020.

 

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The OWL Teacher Center

presents

Creating the Optimal Classroom Environment

Instructors: Deborah Weinstein & Heather Catron

This course is approved for advancement to MA75 for all Lindenhurst teachers.

15 hours, 1 inservice credit Grades K-12 – All Areas
Dates: Saturdays, March 28 & April 4, 2020 Time: 8 am-3:30 pm
Site: Lindenhurst MS, Room N117 Fee: $50

Your classroom is more than four walls. It is the first impression that students will have of you. It’s a catalyst for learning and discovery. It’s a place where students can feel safe and comfortable enough to take intellectual risks. It has an inviting atmosphere for all types of learners. It is a place where students can feel valued by their teacher and peers and develop high levels of civility and respect.

This course will focus on Domain 2 of the Danielson Rubric, which encompasses creating an environment of respect and rapport, establishing a culture for learning, managing classroom procedures, managing student behavior, and organizing physical space.

We look forward to collaborating with colleagues of all grade levels and subject areas to improve our students’ learning experiences by creating the most optimal classroom environment possible.

Deadline for registration: March 20, 2020

TO REGISTER: Print out this form and follow the instructions.

 

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New course from the OWL Teacher Center...

Restorative Circles for Social Emotional Learning

A Hybrid Course for K-12 Educators

Instructor: Carol Weintraub

Approved for MA75 for Lindenhurst Teachers

15 CTLE hours, 1 inservice credit Grades K-12 All Areas
Dates: Face-to-face classes on Feb. 5, 12, 26, 2020 PLUS 6-hour Online Component to be completed by March 6, 2020 Fee: $50
Site: Lindenhurst, Albany Ave. School Library Time: 4-7 pm

What are Restorative Circles?

Schools around the country use restorative practices to strengthen school climate, respond constructively to conflict and incidents of harm, and reduce reliance on suspensions and other punitive approaches to discipline. Community Building Circles are a foundational practice that utilizes a highly structured and intentional process to promote classroom or school climate and implement social-emotional learning.

Research shows that Restorative Circles help students:

• Feel more connected to each other and the school community
• Foster peaceful learning classroom environments
• Support social emotional development

In this 15-hour hybrid professional development course, 7.5 hours face to face, and 7.5 asynchronous hours online, participants will engage in a hands-on, experiential learning opportunity. They will gain the skills needed to become confident circle keepers in their classroom and school communities.

Participants will learn:
• Basic principles and values of restorative justice and how they relate to restorative circles
• Circle design and facilitation practices that promote a sense of community, honest sharing, and deeper listening.

Deadline for registration: January 30, 2020

TO REGISTER: Print out this form and follow the instructions.

 

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The OWL Teacher Center

Presents a new

Online Course

Enhancing Classroom Communication through Collaborative Learning

Instructed by Erik Eve

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Teachers

45 CTLE hours, 3 inservice credits Grades 6-12
Dates: February 10- May 22, 2020 Fee: $150

Are you interested in the concepts of Collaborative Learning, Enhanced Classroom Communication, and using Technology to improve instruction and learning in your classroom?

Collaborative Learning is an educational approach to teaching and learning that involves groups of students working together to solve a problem, complete a task, or create a product.” According to Gerlach, “Collaborative Learning is based on the idea that learning is a naturally social act in which the participants talk among themselves” (Gerlach, 1994). It is through the talk that learning occurs.

Instead of the traditional approach of the teacher being the “sage on the stage”, Collaborative Learning allows students to actively learn and communicate by working with one another to develop content knowledge. Enhanced communication and the use of technology are both keys in developing critical thinking and a highly efficient classroom. When collaboration, communication and technology are used intentionally and effectively in the classroom, there will be a significant increase in academic, social-emotional, and interpersonal skills, as well as increased understanding of content.

This is a hands-on course in which participants will create lessons and units for immediate use in their classrooms, while utilizing dynamic strategies and technology as part of their design.

Deadline for registration: February 3, 2020

Participants MUST have a personal Gmail account.

TO REGISTER: Print out this form and follow the instructions.

 

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The OWL Teacher Center

presents

Best Practices for Differentiation in ALL Classrooms:

ELL, Inclusion, Resource, Self-Contained, Gen Ed and Honors

Instructors: Deborah Weinstein & Heather Catron

This course is approved for advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst teachers.

15 hours, 1 inservice credit Grades K-12 – All Areas
Dates: Saturdays, May 16 & 30, 2020 Time: 8 am – 3:30 pm
Site: Lindenhurst MS, Room N117 Fee: $50

As curriculum, technology and instructional strategies evolve each year, we are constantly challenged to improve and expand our teaching practice. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced teacher, it is essential to seek and share ideas for purposeful differentiation in order to tailor your lessons to the needs and learning styles of your diverse student population.

This course will offer a plethora of useful strategies that will enhance the learning experience across content areas and grade levels. Participants will explore ways to assist ELLs, inclusion, resource and all other struggling students in your classes through differentiation, while challenging the high functioning students.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Classroom organization

  • Assessment, and differentiation of assessments

  • Homework monitoring

  • Parent communication

  • Lesson planning

  • Classroom management

  • Giving Student feedback

Deadline for registration: May 11, 2020

TO REGISTER: Print out this form and follow the instructions.

 

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The OWL Teacher Center
350 Daniel Street
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
631-867-3855
jbova@lindenhurstschools.org

 

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