Byram Hills Learning Lab

COURSE OFFERINGS

Fall 2017 -

*3 NEW Courses Added*

(All Learning Lab workshops are pre-approved and do not require Course Approval forms.)

(Payment is due at time of registration. You will not be enrolled in the course if payment is not received at District Office by the registration deadline.)


COURSE #01

TITLE: HOW TO LEARN MATH FOR TEACHERS

DESCRIPTION: Explore the new research ideas on mathematics learning and student mindsets that can transform students' experiences with math. You will learn: new pedagogical strategies; an understanding of high quality math tasks; questions to promote understanding; and messages to give students. The sessions are all interactive and include various thinking tasks to promote active engagement - such as reflecting on videos, designing lessons, and discussing ideas with peers.

Audience: All Faculty

Instructor: Jo Boaler (Who is Jo Boaler? See a short TED Talk Clip, or an example from a previous course on number talks)

Location: Online

Dates & Times: October 10 - December 15

Credit: 2 in-service credits*

Material Needed: None.

REGISTRATION: Registration CLOSED. Registration Deadline AND PAYMENT: September 22.
(Please see the payment information and registration guidelines below.)

*NOTE: This is a fully online, asynchronous course. Within the start and end dates, you determine the pace of the workflow through self-guided learning. You must complete the course requirements in order to receive the certificate of completion. It is expected that you put in the required 30 hours for the 2-in-service credits.

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COURSE #02

TITLE: MATHEMATICAL MINDSETS

DESCRIPTION: This course unpacks the teaching approach that was used in an 18-lesson intervention that raised the achievement of students learning mathematics by the equivalent of 1.6 years of school. In the teaching intervention, Jo Boaler taught 6/7 graders by giving the students new knowledge of the brain, mindset and mathematics learning and taught through open, creative mathematics.

The course includes over 30 videos of the teaching and interviews with students. It also includes interviews with mindset guru Carol Dweck and leading mathematician Steve Strogatz. The course will be helpful for teacher of mathematics, K-16, and leaders of mathematics. It consists of short videos interspersed with various thinking tasks - such as reflecting on videos, designing ideas, and discussing ideas with peers in the class - to promote active engagement.

Audience: K-12 Math Teachers

Instructor: Jo Boaler (Who is Jo Boaler? See a short TED Talk Clip, or an example from a previous course on number talks)

Location: Online

Dates & Times: October 10 - December 15.

Credit: 2 in-service credits*

Material Needed: None.

REGISTRATION: Registration CLOSED. Registration Deadline AND PAYMENT: September 22.
(Please see the payment information and registration guidelines below.)

*NOTE: This is a fully online, asynchronous course. Within the start and end dates, you determine the pace of the workflow through self-guided learning. You must complete the course requirements in order to receive the certificate of completion. It is expected that you put in the required 30 hours for the 2-in-service credits.

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COURSES #3 - 5 are limited to 10 participants total. First registrants to submit payment to District Office will be registered for the course.


COURSE #03

TITLE: DESIGNING PROBLEM-BASED AUTHENTIC LEARNING UNITS

DESCRIPTION: Authentic, open-ended, problem-based tasks create in students a felt-need to learn. Learn how to create authentic learning units (ALUs) and their supporting structures from the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom. Rubrics offer clearly articulated expectations, a roadmap for all learners, and challenges for advanced learners. Use the Scaffold for Learning to develop differentiated learning and practice activities, Formative Assessments to drive instructional planning, Facilitation Questions to probe students’ thinking at higher cognitive levels, and the Facilitation Grid to manage your ongoing student facilitation. During this six-week course, you will create an Authentic Learning Unit along with supporting structures, ready to implement at course conclusion. (See two videos that explain a learner-centered classroom: The Learner Active Classroom; Authentic Learning) learning and problem-based learning?“.

NOTE: This is an online, asynchronous course, with an additional few required days for video conferences with the instructor. You must complete the course requirements in order to receive the certificate of completion. It is expected that you put in the required hours for the in-service credit.

Audience: All Faculty

Instructor: TBD (Innovative Designs for Education)

Location: Online

Dates & Times: October 10 - November 13

Credit: 2 in-service credits*

Material Needed: Computer and Internet Access. Required text: Students Taking Charge. (Please purchase this book in advance of the course.)

REGISTRATION: Registration CLOSED. Registration Deadline AND PAYMENT: September 22. (Courses #3 - 5 are limited to the first 10 participants to submit payment.)

(Please see the payment information and registration guidelines below.)

*NOTE: This 2-credit course includes the online course, for 25 hours, and an additional unit design for the extra 5-hours. The fee for this course is for 30-hours (see below.)


COURSE #04

TITLE: BUILDING STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY FOR LEARNING

DESCRIPTION: Explore a variety of classroom structures and strategies you can employ to help students take greater responsibility for their own learning, including self-assessment, goal-setting, self-regulation, learning choices, and reporting. Design a student responsibility plan that will work in your classroom.

Syllabus:

  1. Understanding how student responsibility impacts student achievement
  2. Designing structures and strategies to build student responsibility in the classroom
  3. Using a Great Student Rubric
  4. Teaching students to self assess, set goals, and monitor progress
  5. Building executive function skills that promote responsibility
  6. Exploring the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom

NOTE: This is an online, asynchronous course, with an additional few required days for video conferences with the instructor. You must complete the course requirements in order to receive the certificate of completion. It is expected that you put in the required hours for the in-service credit.

Audience: All Faculty

Instructor: TBD (Innovative Designs for Education)

Location: Online

Dates & Times: October 3 - November 6

Credit: 2 in-service credits*

Material Needed: Computer and Internet Access

REGISTRATION: Registration CLOSED. Registration Deadline AND PAYMENT: September 22. (Courses #3 - 5 are limited to the first 10 participants to submit payment.)

(Please see the payment information and registration guidelines below.)

*NOTE: This is a fully online, asynchronous course. Within the start and end dates, you determine the pace of the workflow through self-guided learning. You must complete the course requirements in order to receive the certificate of completion. It is expected that you put in the required 30 hours for the 2-in-service credits.


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COURSE #05

TITLE: PROBLEM-SOLVING THROUGH THE DESIGN PROCESS

DESCRIPTION: The engineering design process is a set of steps for creating that which does not yet exist. Help your students develop thoughtful solutions to open-ended problems, no matter what the subject area. Develop authentic, open-ended problems for your students to solve using IDE Corp.’s Design Process.

Syllabus:

  1. Understanding the “place” of design process as creating that which does not exist (referencing the STEM science/engineering juxtaposition but realizing that the IDE Design Process can be used in all subjects)
  2. Exploring the difference between convergent and divergent thinking
  3. Understanding the six steps to the IDE Design Process (formulate, explore, ideate, sift, simulate, advocate)
  4. Understanding the importance of empathy in the IDE Design Process
  5. Engaging students in activities that require them to use the design process
  6. Understanding the importance of efficacy in the classroom
  7. Exploring the importance of consensus in decision-making and the tools students can use to achieve consensus.

Audience: 6-12 Teachers. of any STEAM courses and 3-5 science specialists.

Instructor: TBD

Location: Online

Dates & Times: October 24 - November 27

Credit: 2 in-service credits*

Material Needed: Computer and Internet Access

REGISTRATION: Registration CLOSED. Registration Deadline AND PAYMENT: September 22. (Courses #3 - 5 are limited to the first 10 participants to submit payment.)

(Please see the payment information and registration guidelines below.)

*NOTE: This is a fully online, asynchronous course. Within the start and end dates, you determine the pace of the workflow through self-guided learning. You must complete the course requirements in order to receive the certificate of completion. It is expected that you put in the required 30 hours for the 2-in-service credits.



COURSE #06

TITLE: PROMETHEAN PRODUCTIVITY: ACTIVPANEL, ACTIVINSPIRE, ACTIVCONNECT & CLASSFLOW

DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce the ActivPanel and ActivConnect hardware and how they can be used in the classroom. Participants will learn how to customize the panel with a variety of apps from the Google Play Store to enhance student learning and productivity. Participants will learn how to use ActivInspire and ClassFlow, including how to import and convert existing files and create new lessons to be delivered using the software.

Audience: All Faculty

Instructor: Dawn Selnes

Location: H. C. Crittenden; Bot Spot

Dates & Times: October 10 - November 14; 2:30PM-4:00PM

October 10 - 2:30PM-4:00PM

October 17 - 2:30PM-4:00PM

October 24 - 2:30PM-4:00PM

November 7 - 2:30PM-4:00PM

November 14 - 2:30PM-4:00PM

Credit: 1/2 in-service credit*

Materials Needed: Chromebook , Internet Access & ClassFlow Account.

REGISTRATION: Registration CLOSED. Registration Deadline AND PAYMENT: October 5.

(Please see the payment information and registration guidelines below.)

*NOTE: This is a NOT an online course. You must be present and complete the course requirements in order to receive the certificate of completion. It is expected that you put in the required 7.5 hours for the 1/2-in-service credit.



COURSE #07

TITLE: ONLINE PROMETHEAN PRODUCTIVITY

DESCRIPTION: This online course will introduce the ActivPanel and ActivConnect hardware and how they can be used in the classroom. Participants will learn how to customize the panel with a variety of apps from the Google Play Store to enhance productivity and student learning. Participants will also learn how to use ClassFlow to import and convert existing files and create new lessons to be delivered using the software. Participants will use Google Classroom to post evidence of learning in the form of pictures, videos, and written responses.

Audience: All Faculty

Instructor: Al Lovelace & Dawn Selnes

Location: Online

Dates & Times: October 10 - December 5

Credit: 1 in-service credit*

Materials Needed: Access to a Promethean Board, Chromebook, Internet, ClassFlow Account and Google Classroom

REGISTRATION: Registration CLOSED. Registration Deadline AND PAYMENT : October 5.

(Please see the payment information and registration guidelines below.)

*NOTE: This is a fully online, asynchronous course. Within the start and end dates, you determine the pace of the workflow through self-guided learning. You must complete the course requirements in order to receive the certificate of completion. It is expected that you put in the required 15 hours for the 1-in-service credit.

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COURSE #08

TITLE: PROMETHEAN PRODUCTIVITY: ACTIVPANEL, ACTIVCONNECT & CLASSFLOW

DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce the ActivPanel and ActivConnect hardware and how they can be used in the classroom. Participants will learn how to customize the panel with a variety of apps from the Google Play Store to enhance productivity and student learning. Participants will also learn how to use ClassFlow to import and convert existing files and create new lessons to be delivered using the software.

Audience: All Faculty

Instructor: Al Lovelace

Location: Wampus Elementary; Hub 21

Dates & Times: October 12 - November 14; 3:30PM - 5:00PM

October 12 - 3:30PM - 5:00PM

October 17 - 3:30PM - 5:00PM

October 24 - 3:30PM - 5:00PM

November 7 - 3:30PM - 5:00PM

November 14 - 3:30PM - 5:00PM

Credit: 1/2 in-service credit*

Materials Needed: Chromebook, Internet Access & ClassFlow Account

REGISTRATION: Registration CLOSED. Registration Deadline AND PAYMENT: October 5.

(Please see the payment information and registration guidelines below.)

*NOTE: This is a NOT an online course. You must be present and you must complete the course requirements in order to receive the certificate of completion. It is expected that you put in the required 7.5 hours for the 1/2-in-service credit.

INFORMATION

Attendance Expectations: Teachers are expected to attend all sessions of the course in order to receive credit. In the event a class is missed due to unforeseen circumstances, teachers may request a meeting with District Office Admininstration, in writing, to discuss a remedy.


Payment Information:

Payment should be sent to the District Office at the time of registration.

  • For a ½-credit course (7½-hours), the fee is $60.
  • For a 1-credit course (15-hours), the fee is $120.
  • For a 2-credit course (30-hours), the fee is $240.

Make checks payable to Byram Hills and send to the District Office, attention: BH Learning Lab.

Registration Guidelines:

Course registration is limited. Teachers will be admitted to the course in the order in which they submit payment. Access to workshops will not be granted until receipt of payment.
Please note that courses may be cancelled if the minimum enrollment requirements are not met within 5 days prior to the start of the course.

Teachers who withdraw from a course must provide notice no less than 5 school days prior to the start of the course in order to receive a refund.

Byram Hills Learning Lab Information:


Any questions or comments about the Byram Hills Learning Lab can be directed to:

Dr. Tim Kaltenecker, Deputy Superintendent
914-273-4082, x5920
tkaltenecker@byramhills.org
Inquiries regarding registration procedures found on this page, please contact Johanna Siragusa(jsiragusa@byramhills.net)

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