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)

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                    

The OWL Teacher Center

Presents a

New Online Course

Supporting Vocabulary Development in SWDs and ELLs

Instructor: Allison Biancamano

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Classroom Teachers.

15 CTLE hours: 1 inservice credit Grades: K-12, all areas
Dates and Time: Monday, July 27, 2020 - Google Meet - 3-6 p.m. Remaining 12 hours - Asynchronous
Course Ends: Friday, July 31, 2020 Fee: $50

Vocabulary knowledge is a major building block in children's early academic development. Many children, especially ELLs and SWDs, need special support in acquiring a substantial vocabulary.

This course is designed to help educators develop a multidimensional approach to teaching and supporting vocabulary development in these populations, as well as in general education students.

By the end of this course, participants will have learned:

  • what the 3 tiers of vocabulary are and why they are important.

  • engaging and effective resources, recommendations and instructional strategies related to vocabulary development.

  • to use specific tools for teaching vocabulary to students with disabilities and English language learners.

Deadline for Registration: July 21, 2020

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

 

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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

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Teachers

45 CTLE hours, 3 inservice credits Grades 6-12
Dates: August 15-October 24, 2020 Time: Asynchronous
  Fee:   $150

Are you interested in the concepts, skills and strategies used during Remote Learning but were not 100% comfortable using them? Are you intrigued with the possibilities of using technology to teach your students? Are you interested in bridging your classroom to the home if the need arises? Do you want to improve overall instruction in your classroom?

Over the last three months, we have all learned the value of face to face instruction and how invaluable it is to students. We have also been reflecting on how we teach, what we teach and different ways to accomplish getting information across to our students. “Bridging Your Classroom to Remote Learning...and Back Again” will explore ways to improve your classroom strategies using various modes of technology, while developing a solid foundation in virtual learning for a true blended learning experience. Students who are introduced to a well planned and delivered blended learning program will continue to achieve if the need to return to virtual learning should recur. 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. Start off the new school year with the skills and confidence to deliver effective, engaging instruction both face to face and at home.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • improve classroom instruction using technology, and blend it into online learning.

  • if the need arises, such as the Covid19 situation, switch easily to full online instruction.

  • give students the foundation and skills to make a seamless transition from school to home and back again because they have the blended learning experience in your class.

Deadline for registration: August 10th, 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

Putting It All Together:

Debriefing Your Online Teaching

for Teachers K-12

Instructor: Tina Mottl

45 CTLE hours, 3- inservice credits Fee: $150
Dates: July 1-August 15, 2020 Time: Asynchronous/Online

After a very tumultuous period of teachers learning to “build the plane while it's flying”, we can now take the time to look at all that we have learned about online instruction and examine the areas where we want to improve. We can ask ourselves what went very well, and what did not? What really engaged our students, and what yielded disappointing results? We can now begin to apply this knowledge as we design an online teaching presence that works for each of us and for our students.

We have all been exposed to training and more training in regard to educational technology. We have heard many colleagues say during teaching through the pandemic, “I should have paid more attention to the training I attended in the fall”. Well here is your chance to experience that training again. This online course will afford you the opportunity to look at G- Suite for education through new, experienced eyes!

In this course, we will be taking a close look at the Google Apps and break them down into their many applications for online instruction and learning. What you learn can be easily translated into use for traditional classrooms in a 1:1 environment.

You need to use a personal gmail account to access Google Classroom for this course.

Deadline for Registration: June 25, 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 Math More Meaningful
with the Next Generation Learning Standards

APPROVED FOR ADVANCEMENT TO MA75 FOR LINDENHURST TEACHERS

Instructor: Beth Read

45 CTLE hrs; 3 inservice credits for full course
Each 15 hr. segment may be taken independently for 1 ins. credit.

Grades K-6
Dates: July 1 - August 15, 2020 Time: Asynchronous
Fee: $150  

This course will familiarize participants with the new set of Math Learning Standards to be used in daily instruction.  It is designed to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of mathematics as it simultaneously explores the intrinsic nature of math and methods for relating it to children. Teaching mathematics through visual representations and mathematical mindset research will be emphasized.  Each online lesson will vary in length resulting in 45 hours of study.  Participants must log on at least 3 times a week and complete all tasks assigned for that week.  Additionally, the instructor will have office hours once a week  in the form of a virtual help desk.

Part 1- July 1-15.               Part 2- July 16-31          Part 3- August 1-15. 

At the conclusion of Part 1, participants will be able to:

At the conclusion of Part 2, participants will be able to:

At the conclusion of Part 3, participants will be able to:

 

Deadline for registration: June 30th, 2020

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

 

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OWL Teacher Center

Presents

Bereavement Issues:

Assisting Educators and Administrators
When Grief, Tragedy & Pandemic Affect Our Students

Instructor: Debbie Salitsky, LCSW

15 CTLE hrs., 1 inservice credit Grades K-12
Dates: Tuesday, July 7- Friday, July 10, 2020 Fee: $50
Time: Tues-Fri - 9:00 -10:30 am online with instructor PLUS 9 hrs. asynchronous activities and assignments  

When death or sudden tragedy strikes a school, educators and administrators may feel at a loss as to how to effectively support their students and staff. This 15 hour course will help educators gain a deeper understanding of the stages of grief, its impact on students and learning, and ways to successfully create and maintain a supportive environment. The effects of Covid19 on our students will also be addressed.

Participants will leave this workshop with

  • tools and strategies that will help them to deal effectively and compassionately when tragedy or death comes to school.

  • awareness and understanding of how grief impacts young children and adolescents

  • strategies for dealing with immediate crisis in the classroom or at the building level

Deadline for registration: July 1st, 2020

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

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The OWL Teacher Center
presents
A New 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: July 1 – August 19, 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: June 25. 2020

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

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The OWL Teacher Center

Online Course

Create a Student-Centered Classroom
Through Innovative Teaching

Instructor: Kim Turri

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Teachers.

45 hours: 3 in-service credits Grades: K-12, all areas
Dates: July 1st - August 26th, 2020 Fee: $150

The role of a teacher is changing rapidly. How can we, as teachers, continue to create an environment that puts students at the center of learning whether we are in the classroom or teaching virtually? This course is designed to help educators create a student-centered classroom that incorporates the thoughtful integration of online digital media with traditional classroom instructional methods. Participants will focus on developing concrete strategies and resources to help create and design online learning tasks. In this course, participants will explore various practical learning strategies to support a student-centered classroom. Some of the topics include Building Student-Teacher Relationships, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Student Agency, Connecting Globally, and Divergent Thinking. A strong emphasis will be placed on building a Personal Learning Network to help educators keep up with the fast-moving changes in educational technology and virtual learning.

This course will be conducted in an asynchronous online setting utilizing Google Classroom as the delivery platform. Participants meet virtually via online communities, sharing ideas and feedback to enlighten and promote professional growth. Personal Google accounts will be required to access the course.

Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • develop strategies to help students become independent learners who can create, explore, discover, problem solve, and innovate beyond the classroom walls.

  • explore ways to empower students to own the creative process in distance learning classrooms.

  • explore how student-centered instruction can extend and enhance students’ learning, and engage reluctant learners.

  • explore digital tools to determine student-centered technology that best suits the needs of diverse learners.

  • understand the benefits of building a Personal/Professional Learning Network (PLN) to connect and learn from other educators around the world.

Deadline for registration: June 26, 2020

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

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The OWL Teacher Center Presents a New Online Book Study

Vintage Innovation

Leveraging Retro Tools and Classic Ideas to Create Meaningful Learnin

Instructor: Kim Turri

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Classroom Teachers.

45 hours: 3 in-service credits Grades: K-12, all areas
Dates: July 7th - August 25th, 2020 Fee: $150

Required Book: Vintage Innovation: Leveraging Retro Tools and Classic Ideas to Create Meaningful Learning by John Spencer. The book needs to be purchased prior to the course starting date.
Amazon Price: $24.7

Educational technology is constantly changing. Hardware and software come and go in a few short years. Obsolescence is built in. One thing remains constant: teachers. Educational trends go out of fashion, but a good teacher remains the most important and influential component in the classroom.

Vintage Innovation is an approach that embraces the "tried and true" and combines it with the "never tried." The Vintage Innovation Book Study will focus on timeless instructional skills in a new context. Participants will examine and reflect upon best practices while exploring new approaches to enhance learning. They will develop learning experiences that empower students with fundamental skills while utilizing the most current technology. Each week participants will read required chapters, participate in discussions, and complete challenges that will support classroom learning.

This course will be conducted in an asynchronous online setting using 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 explore:

? Practical strategies to foster curiosity, imagination, and empathy.

? Digital tools that empower students to grow and develop a lifelong love of learning.

? Lo-tech and high-tech ways to blend and enhance best practices.

? Tips and tricks to encourage students to embrace creative risk-taking.

? Classic technology and vintage ideas to solve modern problems.

Deadline for registration: June 24, 2020

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

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The OWL Teacher Center presents...

A New Online Course

ADJUSTING YOUR MINDSET:
BE PASSIONATE, BE PATIENT, BE PERSISTENT and PERSEVERE

Instructor: Cecile Wren

15 CTLE hours; 1 ins. credit Grades K-12
Dates: July 20-August 21, 2020 Time: Asynchronous
  Fee: $50

This course is designed to help educators develop an emotionally intelligent mindset for themselves and their students. Participants will design a toolbox of age appropriate ac vi es that integrate mindset terminology with current teaching strategies. These ac vi es will enhance student/teacher dialogue and develop an emotionally intelligent mindset in our students. This, in turn, will create a “Language of Caring” that enhances students’:

? social and emotionally learning skills for managing their emo ons and understanding the emotions of others.

? ability to navigate through life’s challenges in a positive and constructive manner.

? ability to be compassionate to themselves and others.

CREATING YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT You will need a PERSONAL account with GOOGLE – YOU CANNOT USE A SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCOUNT. If you do not have a PERSONAL Google account, please create one (FREE) using the link below:

h p://bit.ly/OWLGoogle

Deadline for registration: July 14, 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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