Byram Hills Learning Lab

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FALL 2019

1. Social & Emotional Learning in the Student-Driven Classroom

November 5, 2019 - December 16, 2019

Social and emotional learning (SEL) plays a major role in one’s success in life and career. Being in touch with emotions, controlling them, setting and achieving goals, engaging with others in socially appropriate ways, demonstrating empathy toward others, establishing positive relationships, and taking responsibility in life are critical skills that are not necessarily included in school curricula. They are skills that are fostered every day in student-driven learning environments like the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom. Develop structures and strategies you can employ to build SEL in your classroom or school.

Syllabus

  1. Developing an understanding of the core competencies of SEL as defined by CASEL.
  2. Developing an understanding of the interplay among problem-based learning, structures, and teacher facilitation in a student-driven classroom.
  3. Exploring how each of the core competencies of SEL are addressed through the goals of engagement, empowerment, and efficacy in a student-driven classroom.
  4. Developing a set of structures for building SEL in a student-driven classroom.
  5. Developing a repertoire of teacher facilitation strategies for building SEL in a student-driven classroom.
  6. Developing learning activities that promote SEL in a student-driven classroom.

This course will use your choice of Dr. Nancy Sulla’s books, Students Taking Charge In Grades K-5 or Students Taking Charge In Grades 6-12 as a resource. Only one is required. The assigned book must be purchased in advance. (Link to purchase is in MyLearningPlan.com)

Completion of this course requires a 5 hour Independent Action Research Component:
Participants will identify specific elements they wish to study from the course content, implement strategies and structures they learned in the course, gather data on the chosen content, and develop a report to submit to the district for credit.
After completion, this report and a certificate of completion must be uploaded in order to receive the Credits/Hours.

Credits: 2 In-Service

Cost: $260

Click to HERE register for this course on MyLearningPlan.com 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 11/1/19

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. Designing Problem-Based Authentic Learning Units

November 5, 2019 - December 16, 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.:


This course will use Dr. Nancy Sulla's book, "Students Taking Charge" as a resource. The participant must purchase the assigned book in advance. (Link to purchase is in MyLearningPlan.com)


Completion of this course requires a 5 hour Independent Action Research Component:
Participants will identify specific elements they wish to study from the course content, implement strategies and structures they learned in the course, gather data on the chosen content, and develop a report to submit to the district for credit. This report and a certificate of completion must be uploaded in order to receive the Credits/Hours.

Credits: 2 In-Service

Cost: $260

Click to HERE register for this course on MyLearningPlan.com 

THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 11/1/2019

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. Problem Solving Through the Design Process

November 5, 2019 - December 16, 2019

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. Design 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

 
Completion of this course requires a 5 hour Independent Action Research Component:
Participants will identify specific elements they wish to study from the course content, implement strategies and structures they learned in the course, gather data on the chosen content, and develop a report to submit to the district for credit. This report and a certificate of completion must be uploaded in order to receive the Credits/Hours.

Credits: 2 In-Service credits 

Cost for Credits: $260

Click to HERE register for this course on MyLearningPlan.com 

THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 11/1/2019
 

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.

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 registrations are 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. Approval 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