Fall/Winter 2015-16 Courses
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Far West Courses
In addition to the many quality professional development opportunities offered by local teacher centers in our network, the Far West Network offers a variety of programs to support the Regents Reform Agenda. These programs are offered FREE of charge at central locations in hopes of reaching the largest population of our consortium members.
Please see a list of our current offerings on this page. This list is continually changing as we are constantly searching for ways to best meet our teachers needs and support their efforts to improve instruction and student learning.
If you have any suggestions for additional programs, please contact us.
firstname.lastname@example.org 716-731-6800 x3772.
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If you would like more information on programs offered by your local teacher center, please contact them directly.
Courses by date
October 13-December 17: Strategies for Reading and Deciphering Complex Texts
Nov 6: Success of ELLs with Disabilities in the Integrated Co-Teaching Setting
Differentiated Instruction: Connecting with All Learners:
This session raises awareness of research that supports instructional differentiation and examines the basic elements of two differentiation models. The seminar addresses the planning, teaching and learning aspects of differentiated instruction that all teachers may experience. Connections between the NYS Learning Standards across content areas and the NYS Teaching Standards will also be explored.
Date: Nov 17 and 19, 4:30pm-7:30pm, Location: O/N BOCES Conference Center (4124 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn
The Success of ELLs with Disabilities in the Integrated Co-Teaching Setting
Participants will learn how to:
relate the collaboration of ENL/ESL and Spec Ed Programs.
identify the roles of explicit instruction and differentiation in lesson planning.
adapt strategies to bridge the literacy gap and cultural gap.
Date: Nov 6, 2015, 9:00am-3:00pm, Location: Erie 1 BOCES, 355 Harlem Rd, West Seneca
Audience: ENL/Special Ed/Gen Ed teachers (it’s best if the ICT Team comes together)
Strategies for Reading and Deciphering Complex Texts
During this 15-hour blended program participants will be given the opportunity to practice instructional strategies to teach reading comprehension of complex and informational texts. The content is based on the bookRigorous Reading by Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher. Teacher Center will provide books. Please contact Elaine or Cheryl ASAP if you need a book.
Target audience: K-12 Teachers
15 hours (6 hours Face to Face and 9 hours online)
Dates and Times: Online 10/13-10/27, #1 F2F 10/28, 4:30-6:30, Online 11/3-11/17, #2 F2F 11/30, 4:30-6:30, Online 12/1-12/14,#3 F2F 12/17, 4:30-6:30
Location: Kenmore Staff Development Center, room 104, 3200 Elmwood Ave, Kenmore 14217, email@example.com for more information
Growing the P-16 Teaching Profession
An online program for cooperating teachers, student teachers and any educators intereseted in improving their practice.
Consists of a series of 6 online learning segments. Participants can take one or more of the segments. Total in-service hours for all 6 is 15.
Understanding edTPA requirements and how to support student teachers (3 hours)
Co-Teaching Relationship (2 hours)
Context for Learning and APPR (2 hours)
Instructing and Engaging Students (3 hours)
Assessing Student Learning (2 hours)
Analysis of Teacher Effectiveness (3 hours)
Workshops for 2019-2020
In addition to the many quality professional development opportunities offered by local Teacher Centers in our network, the Far West Network offers a variety of programs to support the Regents Reform Agenda. These programs are offered either online or at central locations in hopes of reaching the largest population of our consortium members.
ALL Programs are FREE unless otherwise noted.
More classes may be added throughout the year...
Special Education GENERALIST Certification Extension Series:
To address the new certification pathways approved by the NYS Regents, the NYS Teacher Center Network designed three (CTLE) Certification Extension Course Series for special educators with a current Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6 Generalist Certification for grades Pre-K – K or grades 7-8 extension or Grades 5-9 Generalist Certification for 10-12 extension. NYSTC worked with the NYSED Department of Higher Education and Department of Special Education to ensure all courses in each series satisfy the CTLE requirements for special education certification. Complete Flyer available HERE.
PK-K Series: This ONLINE course will use the Schoology Platform and run from January 27-May 8, 2020. If you have questions, please contact the instructor, Jill Wilkie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Course is limited to 15 participants.
7-8 Series: This BLENDED course will be held at Williamsville Heim MS (175 Heim Rd), Room B10, 5-8pm on the following: 1/27, 2/3, 3/2, 3/9, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 5/4, and 5/11 for 27 hours face to face, and all other hours online.
For more information please contact the instructor, Keri Miller at KMILLER3@williamsvillek12.org.
10-12 Series: This ONLINE course will use the Schoology Platform and run from January 27-May 8, 2020. If you have questions, please contact the instructor, Elaine Ablove at email@example.com. Course is limited to 15 participants.
TO REGISTER FOR THESE COURSES ONLY, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Engage Students, Activate Learning:
Come to this workshop ready to move and celebrate the joy of teaching! This interactive workshop is designed for elementary classroom teachers working to integrate classroom physical activity into their daily routines. Teachers will learn how to access OPEN resources, manage safe physical activity environments, and will experience the energizing benefits of classroom-based physical activity. Topics span all grade and subject areas. Leave ready to ENGAGE students and ACTIVATE learning! Workshop designed for K-8 Classroom Teachers. Two Sessions:
Niagara Falls Field House, 3980 Pine Ave, Niagara Falls. 3/11/20, 4-7pm, 3 CTLE hours, Cost $30 (we will take PO’s) OR
North Collins HS, 2045 School St. North Collins NY 14111, 3/19/20, 4-7pm, 3 CTLE hours, Cost $30 (we will take PO’s)
Engaging Physical Ed, OPEN for K-12 PE Teachers:
Come to this workshop ready to move and celebrate the joy of teaching physical education. Leave with a wide-variety of activities that will span all grade levels. All activities align with SHAPE America’s Standards and Grade-level Outcomes. Guide your students to developing physical literacy utilizing a free curriculum resource (OPENphysed.org). Learn how to differentiate activities using the Universal Design approach. This session will promote best practices for high quality physical education! Open to all K-12 Physical Education teachers. Two Sessions:
Niagara Falls Field House, 3980 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, 3/12/20, 8:30-3pm, 6 CTLE hours, Cost $100 (we will take PO’s) OR
North Collins HS, 2045 School St. North Collins NY 14111, 3/20/20, 8:30-3pm, 6 CTLE hours, Cost $100 (we will take PO’s)
Echoes and Reflections: Teaching the Holocaust
Through Echoes and Reflections signature professional development program, participants explore and gain access to a range of classroom content and consider instructional enhancements to support students’ study and reflection of the history of the Holocaust and its meaning in the world today. Educators enhance their own knowledge about the Holocaust, including the history of antisemitism, and build confidence and capacity to teach this complex subject.
Niagara Falls HS, 237, Feb 25 and 27, 4-7pm, 6 CTLE hours, FREE
Echoes and Reflections: Connecting the Past
As the world struggles with the largest refugee crisis since WWII, Echoes & Reflections’ content offers educators an opportunity to explore the history of Jewish refugees during the 1930s and 1940s and connect the lessons of intolerance, inaction, and indifference to how we understand today’s refugee crisis.
Orleans-Niagara Teacher Center, 4124 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, March 24 and 26, 4-7pm, 6 CTLE hours, FREE
GeoHistoGrams for Global History and Geography
The World GeoHistoGram is a teaching resource from the Michigan Geographic Alliance. It is a time line that combines history with geography, showing when and where empires existed since 4000 BCE. There are about 20 lessons that complement the timeline and plot the advance of inventions, spread of religion, connections between regions, etc. Teachers will learn how the GeoHistoGram is organized and how to use this resource with Global students (also Grade 6). Participants will receive posters, lessons, and a flash drive with digital resources.
Niagara Falls HS, room 237, April 2, 4-7pm, 3 CTLE hours, FREE
TO REGISTER FOR THESE COURSES ONLY, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
In-service for Educators: Poverty Simulation - This 3-hour session is for any educator interested in experiencing poverty and how it may affect your students. During a simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families, including single parents, people with disabilities, and senior citizens on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide for food, shelter and other basic necessities during four 15-minute "weeks.” Families interact with community resources. For more information please click here. To request a simulation, please click here.