Byram Hills Learning Lab

COURSE OFFERINGS

WINTER/SPRING 2018

(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.



COURSES #1-3 are limited to 12 participants total. First registrants to submit payment to District Office will be registered for the course.


COURSE #01

TITLE: DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

DESCRIPTION: Learn research-based strategies to develop differentiated learning environments that address levels of cognitive readiness, as well as learning modalities. Explore the difference between “learning” activities and “practice” activities, discover the need for authentic instruction, create a differentiated scaffold of activities to ensure all students experience “flow”, and create purposeful activity lists that take all learners into consideration.

Syllabus:

  1. Understanding the difference between learning and practice activities
  2. Building a scaffold for learning that will help in the creation of differentiated lessons
  3. Providing students with “just in time” instruction based on formative assessment data
  4. Creation of an activity list that will give students choice and allow them to schedule their time in the class
  5. Exploration of teacher cloning tools that will enhance learning and practices activities

This course will use Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book, 'It’s Not What You Teach But How ' as a resource. Participants will have to purchase this book before the start of the course. Click HERE to purchase (Use code IRK69 for a 20% off discount).


Audience: K - 12 Teachers

Instructor: Innovative Designs for Education (IDE)

Location: Online

Dates & Times: January 30 - March 5

Credit: 2 in-service credits*

Materials Needed: Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book, It’s Not What You Teach But How, Computer and Internet Access

REGISTRATION: Registration is closed.

*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: DESIGNING LESSON PLANS THAT BUILD EXECUTIVE FUNCTION

DESCRIPTION: Executive function is critical to all students’ academic achievement; and we now know it can be developed and accelerated. Enhance your academic lesson plans by fostering the six key aspects of executive function, intentionally building critical achievement prerequisites in students.

Syllabus:

  1. Understanding how executive function is inextricably linked to the academic achievement of students at all developmental levels through the lens of six levels of increasingly complex life skills
  2. Understanding how executive function develops and how growth can be accelerated
  3. Understanding the difference between learning and practice activities, and the importance of purposeful “grappling” with content
  4. Developing learning and practice activities aimed at building executive function across the six key components: working memory, cognitive flexibility, planning, reasoning, problem-solving, and self-regulation
  5. Creating a plan to implement structures that build executive function in the learning environment
  6. Learning to facilitate instruction by asking questions that lead to the development of greater executive function
Watch Dr. Nancy Sulla’s YouTube videos “Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement” and “All Students Can Learn with Executive Function“.


This course will use Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book, 'Building Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement' as a resource. Participants will have to purchase this book before the start of the course. Click HERE to purchase (Use code IRK69 for a 20% off discount).


Audience: K - 12 Teachers

Instructor: Innovative Designs for Education (IDE)

Location: Online

Dates & Times: February 13 - March 19

Credit: 2 in-service credits*

Materials Needed: Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book, Building Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement, Computer and Internet Access

REGISTRATION: Registration is closed.

*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 #03

TITLE: INFUSING TRANSFORMATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

DESCRIPTION: Explore various themes of transformational technology, including collaboration, differentiation, and assessment. Design specific activities to foster technology infusion in the classroom. (Appropriate for all, from beginners to advanced technology users.)

Syllabus:

  1. Using technology in transformational ways
  2. Using technology to build responsibility in students towards becoming digital citizens and digitally literate
  3. Designing instructional materials that allow students to build a collaboration mindset
  4. Infusing transformational technology to enhance formative and summative assessment
  5. Becoming a reflective practitioner related to to technology use in the classroom
  6. Using technology to differentiate learning and practice activities in the classroom

Audience: K - 12 Teachers

Instructor: Innovative Designs for Education (IDE)

Location: Online

Dates & Times: February 13 - March 19

Credit: 2 in-service credits*

Materials Needed: Computer and Internet Access

REGISTRATION: Registration is closed.

*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 #04

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 (from 'How to Learn Math for Teachers' course)

Location: Online

Dates & Times: January 30 - April 15

Credit: 2 in-service credits*

Materials Needed: Computer and Internet Access

REGISTRATION: Registration is closed.

*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: 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: February 15 - April 15

Credit: 1 in-service credit*

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

REGISTRATION: Registration is closed.

*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 #06

TITLE: PROMETHEAN PRODUCTIVITY: ACTIVPANEL, ACTIVCONNECT & CLASSFLOW WITH JOANNA NASH

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: Joanna Nash

Location: Byram Hills High School; TEL LAB

Dates & Times:

February 27: 2:30PM - 4PM

March 6: 2:30PM - 4PM

March 13: 2:30PM - 4PM

March 20: 2:30PM - 4PM

March 27: 2:30PM - 4PM

Credit: 1/2 in-service credit*

Materials Needed: Chromebook, Internet Access & ClassFlow Account

REGISTRATION: Registration is closed.

*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.

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COURSE #07

TITLE: PROMETHEAN PRODUCTIVITY: ACTIVPANEL, ACTIVCONNECT & CLASSFLOW WITH REKHA SINGH

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: Rekha Singh

Location: Coman Hill; TLC LAB

Dates & Times:

March 1: 3:30PM - 5PM

March 8: 3:30PM - 5PM

March 15: 3:30PM - 5PM

March 22: 3:30PM - 5PM

March 29: 3:30PM - 5PM

April 12: 3:30PM - 5PM (make-up day, if needed)

Credit: 1/2 in-service credit*

Materials Needed: Chromebook, Internet Access & ClassFlow Account

REGISTRATION: Registration is closed.

*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.

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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 Administration, 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. Andrew Taylor, Director of Technology
914 - 273 - 9200, x4965
ataylor@byramhills.org
Inquiries regarding registration procedures found on this page, please contact Johanna Siragusa(jsiragusa@byramhills.net)