Byram Hills Learning Lab

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Winter/Spring 2019

1. Building Student Responsibility for Learning

January 22, 2019 - February 25, 2019

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

Click to HERE register for this course on MyLearningPlan.com

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

AFTER REGISTERING FOR THIS COURSE, PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO BYRAM HILLS & SEND TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE (See Payment Information below).
YOUR REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE APPROVED UNTIL THE CHECK IS RECEIVED.

2. Taking Executive Function to the Next Level: Creating a Culture of EF in Your Classroom

April 2, 2019 - May 13, 2019

Explore how executive function supports the critical life skills of conscious control, engagement, collaboration, empowerment, efficacy, and leadership. Develop activities and strategies for classroom use, as well as targeted facilitation to improve students’ executive function.

Syllabus:

  1. Understanding the six levels of increasingly complex life skills that depend upon executive function
  2. Identifying activities and structures that build executive function focused around the critical six levels of life skills
  3. Understanding how teacher facilitation builds the executive function skills around the critical six levels of life skills
  4. Designing structures for the classroom to create a culture of executive function
  5. Developing tools for teacher facilitation to create a culture of executive function

This course will use Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book, Building Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance. (Link to purchase is pn MyLearningPlan.com)

Access to the IDEportal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. There will be one week off for Spring Break.

Click to HERE register for this course on MyLearningPlan.com 

THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 3/27/2019

AFTER REGISTERING FOR THIS COURSE, PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO BYRAM HILLS & SEND TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE (See Payment Information below).
YOUR REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE APPROVED UNTIL THE CHECK IS RECEIVED.

3. Designing Problem-Based Authentic Learning Units

April 2, 2019 - May 13, 2019

Explore the power of problem-based learning in the classroom. Design a problem-based task, a rubric to drive instruction, and a scaffold of rich and diverse learning activities to implement with your students.

Syllabus:

  1. Understanding how “Raising Academic Rigor,” “Engaging Students in Learning,” and “Building Student Responsibility for Learning” go hand-in-hand
  2. Developing authentic, open-ended, problem-based tasks that create a felt-need to learn (expectations adjusted if the participant has taken the introductory course)
  3. Designing analytic rubrics to offer clearly articulated expectations, a roadmap for all learners, and challenges for gifted learners
  4. Designing a scaffold for learning to develop differentiated learning and practice activities
  5. Developing one or more other structures to support the unit, e.g.:
    • Formative Assessments to drive instructional planning
    • Facilitation Questions to probe students’ thinking at higher cognitive levels
    • Facilitation Grid to manage your ongoing student facilitation

This course will use Dr. Nancy Sulla’s book, Students Taking Charge as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance (Link to purchase is on MyLearningPlan.com)

Access to the IDEportal is included for all participants while enrolled in the VLC. There will be one week off for Spring Break.

Click to HERE register for this course on MyLearningPlan.com

THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 3/27/2019

AFTER REGISTERING FOR THIS COURSE, PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO BYRAM HILLS & SEND TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE (See Payment Information below).
YOUR REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE APPROVED UNTIL THE CHECK IS RECEIVED.

4. How to Learn Math For Teachers

January 22, 2019 - March 12, 2019

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.

The course comprises 8 sessions, each with videos and activities that require approximately 1.5 to 3 hours to complete.

The course will be self-paced.

Click to HERE register for this course on MyLearningPlan.com

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

AFTER REGISTERING FOR THIS COURSE, PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO BYRAM HILLS & SEND TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE (See Payment Information below).
YOUR REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE APPROVED UNTIL THE CHECK IS RECEIVED.

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.

INFORMATION

Payment Information

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

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

For a ½-credit course (7½-hours), the fee is $65.

For a 1-credit course (15-hours), the fee is $130.

For a 2-credit course (30-hours), the fee is $260.

For a 3-credit course (45-hours), the fee is $390.

Registration Guidelines

All registration is to be done through My Learning Plan

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.

Information & Instructions (for teachers/administrators who would like to teach a Learning Lab course)

Contact Information

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

 

Johanna Siragusa

914 - 273 - 9200, x4967

jsiragusa@byramhills.org