Current Offerings

The OWL Teacher Center Spring 2020 Program
Workshops, Graduate and Inservice Courses

 

ATTENTION ALL PERSONS SEEKING DASA CERTIFICATION

DURING THE NYS STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR THE COVID-19 VIRUS:

As per NYSED, the OWL Teacher Center will be conducting the 6 hour mandated DASA training completely online until the state of emergency is lifted by Gov. Cuomo.

We are now accepting registration for April and May trainings.

Please look for the flyer that corresponds to the month of the training you want, print it out, clip off the bottom portion, and mail it with your deposit as directed on the form.

We will confirm receipt when we are permitted into our office. 

In addition, please email  owlcenter@lufsd.org with your name, email address and mobile number so that we can register you remotely.  You will be contacted by our instructors shortly before the training date with all of the information you will need to log in and complete the training. 

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us.

Jennifer Bova, Dir.

OWL Teacher Center

 

 

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Please check this site often for updates on our programs.

As of January 1, 2020, the OWL Teacher Center will be increasing its inservice course fees as follows:

One credit courses will be $50, two credits $100, and three credits $150.

Workshop fees will vary according to the number of hours.

The $50 service fee for graduate courses will remain the same, as will DASA fees.  

These increases will apply to all courses beginning after January 1, 2020 as per the OWL Policy Board.

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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 August 2020

DASA Training Online - Beginning Monday, August 10, 2020

Please be sure to follow the steps outlined below in order to successfully participate in and complete the course.

CREATING YOUR ACCOUNT 

              To complete your Dignity for All Students Act certification training and receive your certificate posted to your TEACH Account, you will create a (free) PERSONAL account with GOOGLE – YOU CANNOT USE A SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCOUNT.

If you do not already have a PERSONAL Google account, please create one using the link below.

 http://bit.ly/OWLGoogle

Once the account is set up, or if you already have an account, use the access code to sign-in on August 10.

The ACCESS CODE FOR OUR GOOGLE CLASS WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU THROUGH THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL TO YOUR COURSE REGISTRATION.

The 6-hour DASA course is separated into two strands.  You will have 2 weeks from the start date to complete the training.

Strand I Instructor: Cecile Wren                    Strand II Instructor: Joanne Verdino

This is a 6 hour online training consisting of instruction plus modules. Prior to August 10, you will receive a Welcome Packet and an access code to the training. The Welcome Packet will contain comprehensive instructions on how to successfully complete the course.

Please email owlcenter@lufsd.org before mailing this form and your checks to be sure that there is room in the class. If there is room, you will be sent a google form to fill out for DASA certification purposes.

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

 

 

Workshop Schedule for September 2020

DASA Training Online - Beginning Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Please be sure to follow the steps outlined below in order to successfully participate in and complete the course. 

CREATING YOUR ACCOUNT 

              To complete your Dignity for All Students Act certification training and receive your certificate posted to your TEACH Account, you will create a (free) PERSONAL account with GOOGLE – YOU CANNOT USE A SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCOUNT.

If you do not already have a PERSONAL Google account, please create one using the link below.

http://bit.ly/OWLGoogle

Once the account is set up, or if you already have an account, use the access code to sign-in on September 30.

The ACCESS CODE FOR OUR GOOGLE CLASS WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU THROUGH THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL TO YOUR COURSE REGISTRATION.

The 6-hour DASA course is separated into two strands.  You will have 2 weeks from the start date to complete the training.

Strand I Instructor: Cecile Wren                     Strand II Instructor: Joanne Verdino

This is a 6 hour online training consisting of instruction plus modules. Prior to September 30, you will receive a Welcome Packet and an access code to the training. The Welcome Packet will contain comprehensive instructions on how to successfully complete the course.

Please email owlcenter@lufsd.org before mailing this form and your check to be sure that there is room in the class. If there is room, you will be sent a google form to fill out for DASA certification purposes.

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

 

 

Workshop Schedule for November 2020

DASA Training Online - Beginning Monday, November 2, 2020

Please be sure to follow the steps outlined below in order to successfully participate in and complete the course. 

CREATING YOUR ACCOUNT 

              To complete your Dignity for All Students Act certification training and receive your certificate posted to your TEACH Account, you will create a (free) PERSONAL account with GOOGLE – YOU CANNOT USE A SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCOUNT.

If you do not already have a PERSONAL Google account, please create one using the link below.

http://bit.ly/OWLGoogle

Once the account is set up, or if you already have an account, use the access code to sign-in on November 2.

The ACCESS CODE FOR OUR GOOGLE CLASS WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU THROUGH THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL TO YOUR COURSE REGISTRATION.

The 6-hour DASA course is separated into two strands.  You will have 2 weeks from the start date to complete the training.

Strand I Instructor: Cecile Wren                     Strand II Instructor: Joanne Verdino

This is a 6 hour online training consisting of instruction plus modules. Prior to November 2, you will receive a Welcome Packet and an access code to the training. The Welcome Packet will contain comprehensive instructions on how to successfully complete the course.

Please email owlcenter@lufsd.org before mailing this form and your check to be sure that there is room in the class. If there is room, you will be sent a google form to fill out for DASA certification purposes.

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

 

 

Workshop Schedule for December 2020

DASA Training Online - Beginning Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Please be sure to follow the steps outlined below in order to successfully participate in and complete the course. 

CREATING YOUR ACCOUNT 

              To complete your Dignity for All Students Act certification training and receive your certificate posted to your TEACH Account, you will create a (free) PERSONAL account with GOOGLE – YOU CANNOT USE A SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCOUNT.

If you do not already have a PERSONAL Google account, please create one using the link below.

http://bit.ly/OWLGoogle

Once the account is set up, or if you already have an account, use the access code to sign-in on December 1.

The ACCESS CODE FOR OUR GOOGLE CLASS WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU THROUGH THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL TO YOUR COURSE REGISTRATION.

The 6-hour DASA course is separated into two strands.  You will have 2 weeks from the start date to complete the training.

Strand I Instructor: Cecile Wren                     Strand II Instructor: Joanne Verdino

This is a 6 hour online training consisting of instruction plus modules. Prior to December 1, you will receive a Welcome Packet and an access code to the training. The Welcome Packet will contain comprehensive instructions on how to successfully complete the course.

Please email owlcenter@lufsd.org before mailing this form and your check to be sure that there is room in the class. If there is room, you will be sent a google form to fill out for DASA certification purposes.

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

 

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

In this time of uncertainty, we need to be prepared to meet our responsibilities as teachers no matter what the conditions may be. In order to help you prepare for September, we are offering two new workshop series. If you click on the registration links, you will be able to see the details of each workshop, the dates and times.

You may take whatever number of workshops you like. If you take all of them (both series), you will earn one inservice credit (15 CTLE hours).

If you take one or a few, you will earn CTLE hours.

Just click on the links to register, and print out the payment form to include with your check or MO. Checks are due before the first workshop begins, and should be mailed to:

The OWL Teacher Center
350 Daniel St.
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

We hope that our courses and workshops meet your needs, and help you prepare for whatever we face in September.

Enjoy the rest of your summer vacation.

Jennifer

Back to School Tech Workshop Series (Online)

Google University (Online)

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                    

 

 

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The OWL Teacher Center

Presents a new

Online Course

 Bridging Your Classroom to Remote Learning...

and Back Again

Instructed by Erik Eve

Cancelled

OWL FALL 2020 PROGRAM 

 

 

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The OWL Teacher Center

Presents a

 New Online Course

Difference vs. Disorder:
Speech and Language Development in ELLs

Instructor: Allison Biancamano, MS CCC-SLP TSSLD

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Teachers

15 CTLE hours: 1 inservice credit Grades: K-12, all areas and all service providers
Dates:  Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Fee: $50
Plus 12 hours asynchronous learning (via Google Classroom) ending on Oct. 27, 2020 Time: 4:30-7:30 pm (via ZOOM)

This course is suitable  for General Educators, Special Educators, Teacher Assistants, Speech Pathologists, ESL Teachers and Administrators.   These 15 CTLE hours will satisfy the NYSED TESOL professional learning requirement for professional certificate holders.

Participants will learn to identify and differentiate between language differences and language disorders. They will acquire strategies to assist ELLs in becoming more proficient in the English language. 

Participants will learn to:

  • Deadline for registration:  October 1, 2020

TO REGISTER: CLICK HERE

 

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The OWL Teacher Center

Presents a

 New Online Course

For Those Who Teach Those Who Don’t Look Like Them

Instructor: Selina Durio

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Teachers

15 CTLE hours: 1 inservice credit   Grades:  K-12, all areas
Dates:   Tuesdays, synchronous via Google Meet
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm on Oct. 6 & 27, 2020 
Fee:  $50
Time:    All other assignments online via Google Classroom.  Course ends on October 14, 2020.  

For Those Who Teach Those Who Don't Look Like Them is a study of how our own unconscious biases can affect our instruction.  How do we (or do we) adjust our lessons for nontraditional students? How do our own beliefs permeate our expectations of our students? 

In this course, we will, within a safe space, examine real stories, research and practice in order to make our own classrooms the welcoming, accepting, understanding and motivating places they need to be. We will use excerpts from the books- For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y’all Too- Christopher Emdin, White Fragility- Robin Diangelo, and How to be an Antiracist - Ibram X. Kendi.

Participants will learn to:

Deadline for registration: October 1, 2020

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

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NEED SOME HELP WITH ONLINE INSTRUCTION?

The OWL Teacher Center 

Introduces the 

OWL Help Desk

For Consortium Teachers K-12

Schools are opening.  Teachers are combining face to face and online instruction to make sure that their students continue to receive the education they deserve and are entitled to.  Some teachers have been gearing up for this moment by taking summer courses in online instruction, the flipped classroom, blended learning, etc.  Now the necessity to instruct online is upon us, and many of us still do not feel quite ready.  If you are in that category, help has arrived. ZOOM meetings, Flipgrid, Google Classroom and Nearpod are some tools that are available to use for online instruction, and we have the experts to show you how to use them.  

DON’T GET FRUSTRATED!  GET INDIVIDUALIZED HELP NOW!

Owl Instructors Beth Read and Tina Mottl will be manning the OWL Help Desk, an online resource for K-12 teachers in our consortium districts: North Babylon, Wyandanch and Lindenhurst.

 Help Desk Hours begin Monday, August 31 and will be scheduled M-F from 2:30-6 pm (gr. 6-12) and 3:40-7 pm (K-5).  

To contact Tina for help with  Gr. 6-12 instruction, 

email her at  tmottl@lufsd.org.

To contact Beth for help with K-5 instruction, 

email her at eread@lufsd.org.

There is no fee for these services, nor do they yield inservice credit.

 

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The OWL Teacher Center

Presents a

 New Online Course

Using Nearpod to Create Interactive Lessons that Engage Student Learning Anywhere!

Instructor: Christine Sanfratello, Nearpod "Distance Learning Expert"

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Teachers

15 CTLE hours: 1 inservice credit Grades: K-12, all areas
Dates & Times: Wednesdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28 (4-6 pm) and November 4 (4-5pm) Fee: $50
   

Whether you are  teaching in a remote, hybrid, or face to face environment, you can engage student learning by incorporating Nearpod into your arsenal of resources.   Nearpod is a great platform that allows live and direct instruction or asynchronous and independent learning while addressing the ever changing needs and demands of your students from K-12.

Nearpod  will allow you to create opportunities for your students to explore content while collaborating with each other to develop a greater understanding of any topic. This course will familiarize you with the many Nearpod tools that you can use to turn any lesson into an innovative opportunity for active learning. Whether you want to dip your toe into the Nearpod pond or dive deeper into your designs, this course is appropriate for any user. Various examples of presentation ideas and methods will be examined. Time will be allotted to develop your own presentations. 

The course consists of 9 Virtual face to face hours with the instructor + a 6 hr. independent online component.

Participants will need a Nearpod account and a gmail account. 

Participants will learn to:

Deadline for registration:  October 2nd, 2020

 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

 

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The OWL Teacher Center Presents a New Online Course

Balance With Blended Learning: 

Partner with Your Students to Reimagine Learning and Reclaim Your Life

Instructor: Kim Turri

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Classroom Teachers.

45 CTLE hours: 3 in-service credits Grades: K-12, all areas
Dates: October 27th- December 22nd     Fee: $150

Required Book: Balance With Blended Learning: Partner With Your Students to Reimagine Learning and Reclaim Your Life by Catlin Tucker. 

Balance With Blended Learning provides teachers with strategies to actively engage students in setting goals, monitoring development, reflecting on growth, using feedback, assessing work quality, and communicating their progress with parents. This course will focus on supporting teachers with concrete strategies and resources to help create and design online tasks that engage learners in a student-centered environment. Explore various classroom models to weave together the best aspects of face-to-face and online learning to allow students more control over time, pace, place, and path of their learning. Teachers will leave with a digital toolbox customized to support their curriculum.

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.

 Participants will discover:


Deadline for registration: October 23rd, 2020

TO REGISTER: Click on the link below and fill out the form

REGISTRATION FORM

 

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The OWL Teacher Center Presents a New Online Course

Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom:
Digital Tools and Resources to Support Diversity

Instructor: Kim Turri

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Classroom Teachers.

45 CTLE hours: 3 in-service credits Grades: K-12, all areas
Dates: October 13th - December 8th Fee: $150

Students bring rich and diverse backgrounds to the classroom! A classroom with access to technology has the potential to broaden students' worldviews and inspire future change agents. But in this time of open access, it is extremely important that our classrooms reflect equity and respect diversity.  For educators, there is a responsibility to be mindful of bias in the classroom.  This course will help participants to create lessons that are inclusive for all learners. We will bring a critical lens to our own teaching practice and make the necessary instructional shifts towards anti-bias practices. The art of designing and delivering instruction is very exciting, but one must always keep the students in their class at the heart of their design. 

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.

Participants will learn to:


Deadline for registration: October 6th, 2020

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


 

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  The OWL Teacher Center            
presents

An Encore Online Course

Virtual/Blended Learning for SWD and ELLs 

      APPROVED FOR ADVANCEMENT TO MA75 FOR LINDENHURST TEACHERS

Instructor: Christy Scotto

Grades: K-12, all areas 45 CTLE hrs; 3 inservice credits
Dates:  October 7 - November 25, 2020 Time: Asynchronous
Fee: $150  

Not all digital learning is created equal. The shift from traditional face-to-face learning to online learning has arrived, and teachers are embarking on a new journey into the virtual classroom. Moreover, the students that are most at risk, Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners, need extra support and attention during this time. Supporting Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners in online and blended learning environments can be challenging, as it requires a great deal of instructional planning and preparation. These students require extra levels of consideration, implementation, and evaluation to determine the appropriateness of the online interventions and accommodations. Fortunately, teachers have the opportunity to strategically leverage technology to engage students and connect with their learning. 

This course will examine our recent shift to virtual learning and tailor the best practices to effectively support SWD and ELL populations. In addition, we will also explore innovative uses of digital tools to support all students in the classroom. Participants will leave this course with a variety of strategies and tools to create meaningful learning experiences in both a fully online model and a blended learning approach in order to meet the needs of all students in your classroom.                                    

Deadline for registration: October 2, 2020

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


 

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BROOKLYN COLLEGE AT

Lindenhurst’s Owl Teacher Center

Graduate Education Fall 2020-Spring 2021

Additional Certificate in SWD

If you are considering an additional teaching certificate, or would like to take meaningful graduate courses at a very reasonable cost, consider our 12 credit Certificate in Teaching Students with Disabilities.  This program consists of four 3 credit courses that will be completed in one school year.  You must take all four courses to become certified in Special Education, but may take the courses individually if seeking grad credit for salary advancement.  Each course meets online for 8 sessions, and the remaining required hours will consist of independent research and assignments.

We are seeking to form a cohort of at least 20 people so that we can begin in October of 2020 and complete all four courses by May of 2021.  Please read the course descriptions, and most important, examine the requirements by clicking on the link below:

CLICK HERE for Program Requirements Link


COURSE INFORMATION

Note:  All courses have been advertised to begin at 4 PM.  However, upon registration, you will be asked to select a starting time that will align with your teaching/work schedule.  We understand that some people will not be home by 4 PM, so we will do our best to begin the course at a time that is convenient for the majority of registrants.


CBSE 7674T           Students with Special Needs
45 hours; 3 grad credits
Dates: Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24, 2020  
Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tuition: $ 750.00 

This is the first of 4 courses leading to the additional certificate in SWD, but courses may be taken individually for graduate credit. Courses do NOT have to be taken in sequence.

This course focuses on investigation of the developmental nature, causes, and characteristics of young children and students with special needs, including giftedness.  Implications for classroom teachers and other professionals in the areas of interpersonal interactions, interagency collaboration, and instruction will be examined.  The historical, social and legal foundations and politics of special education will be discussed, as well as theories of learning and development, and the influence of gender, class, language, sexuality, and race/ethnicity on the construction of disability, as interpreted within and across cultures.    NOTE: Conferences and field experiences are determined by the instructor of record. 

Additional Information:  (718) 951-5448   angelap@brooklyn.cuny.edu or owlcenter@lufsd.org        

CLICK HERE to register for this course
Payment is due before the first session.

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CBSE 7676T - Learning Environments for Students with Special Needs
45 hrs. 3 graduate credits

Dates:   Tuesdays,Wednesdays and Thursdays, January 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 2021
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM 
Instructional Mode: Online
Tuition: $750.00 (subject to change)

This is the second of 4 courses leading to the additional certificate in SWD, but courses may be taken individually for graduate credit. Courses do NOT have to be taken in sequence.  NOTE: THIS COURSE YIELDS 3 GRAD CREDITS IN 3 WEEKS.

This course focuses on various approaches to the design, management, and evaluation of optimal learning environments. Participants will explore methods, including behavior management, crisis intervention, group process, positive social interaction skills, and peer mediation. Case studies in diverse settings will be examined as a basis for analysis, discussion, and interpretation of behavior within and across cultures. Participants will develop a reflective approach to teaching and problem solving.

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CBSE 7677T   Curriculum Modifications for Teaching Students with Special Needs
45 hrs.; 3 grad credits
Dates: Tuesdays February 2, 9, 23;  March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2021
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM  
Instructional Mode: Online
Tuition: $750.00 (Subject to change) 

This is the third of 4 courses leading to the additional certificate in SWD, but courses may be taken individually for graduate credit. Courses do NOT have to be taken in sequence.

This course focuses on adaptation of the general education curriculum for teaching students with a range of special needs, including giftedness and English Language Learners. Participants will explore principles, rationale, and research-validated methods of instruction and assessment of special populations in a variety of settings, and across all content areas and life skills. Emphasis will be placed upon the NYS Learning Standards and the educational needs of students with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

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CBSE 7678T   Educational Assessment of Young Children and Students with Special Needs 
45 hours; 3 grad credits 
Dates: Tuesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM                               
Instructional Mode: Online
Tuition: $750 (Subject to Change) 

This is the fourth of 4 courses leading to the additional certificate in SWD, but courses may be taken individually for graduate credit. Courses do NOT have to be taken in sequence.

This course focuses on the critical use of formal and informal strategies for the assessment and evaluation of the cognitive, behavioral, social, and affective characteristics of young children and school aged students with special needs,including giftedness. Attention will be given to cultural, linguistic, and societal factors involved in identification, placement, and academic and behavioral performance of students. Focus will be placed on curriculum-based assessment and collaboration with other professionals and parents. Field experiences in a variety of school and community settings will be explored. 

Registration for the second, third and fourth courses will take place one month before each course begins.


 

 

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

 

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