Byram Hills Learning Lab

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

1. Building Executive Function to Support Learning Acceleration

(30 Hours, 2 In-Service Credits or Stipend)

7/6/21 - 7/18/21 - 2 WEEK ONLINE Course: Engage in online activities coupled with video conferencing with a consultant

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 seven 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. Learning to facilitate instruction by asking questions that lead to the development of greater 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.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Completion of this course also requires a 5 Hour Independent Action Research Component. Credits/stipends will not be awarded until the certificate and component are uploaded to MLP and the activity is marked complete.

THIS COURSE IS NOT AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN 'GETTING STARTED WITH EXECUTIVE FUNCTION: DESIGNING LESSON PLANS TO BUILD EXECUTIVE FUNCTION' AND 'BUILDING EF IN REMOTE LEARNERS'

COST: For those taking the course for In-Service credit, Please make checks payable to Byram Hills and send to the District Office, attention: Joanne Sinopoli. For a 2-credit course (30-hours), the fee is $260.

Registration cannot be approved on MLP until payment is received at District Office.

A stipend is also available for this course.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JULY 1, 2021

REGISTER HERE!

 

2. Facilitating Academic Resilience

(30 Hours, 2 In-Service Credits or Stipend)

7/19/21 - 8/1/21 - 2 WEEK ONLINE Course: Engage in online activities coupled with video conferencing with a consultant

How can you ensure that each of your learners is able to access learning and succeed in any learning environment? The teacher's role as a facilitator of learning has become more relevant than ever. Explore strategies to help students navigate their learning environment to build academic resilience, accelerate student learning, and support social-emotional learning and executive functioning. This course will help you rethink instruction to prioritize differentiation and scaffolds that will meet all learners' needs.

SYLLABUS:

1. Explore and develop strategies to help students manage and self-regulate in any learning environment.
2. Explore graphic organizers and other scaffolding tools to engage students in the learning process and develop executive function.
3. Develop purposeful opportunities for students to self-assess and reflect, as well as to support students' executive function and social and emotional learning.
4. Create structures and protocols to support students during collaborative activities and develop the 5 competencies of SEL.
5. Explore opportunities to build a learning community with parents, caregivers, aides, and/or paras to create an optimal learning environment

Participants in this course will use ' Reinventing the Classroom Experience' by Dr. Nancy Sulla as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Completion of this course also requires a 5 Hour Independent Action Research Component. Credits/stipends will not be awarded until the certificate and component are uploaded to MLP and the activity is marked complete.

THIS COURSE IS NOT AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN 'SUPPORTING REMOTE LEARNERS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES' AND 'SUPPORTING STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES IN A HYBRID LEARNING ENVIRONMENT'

COST: For those taking the course for In-Service credit, Please make checks payable to Byram Hills and send to the District Office, attention: Joanne Sinopoli. For a 2-credit course (30-hours), the fee is $260.

Registration cannot be approved on MLP until payment is received at District Office.

A stipend is also available for this course.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2021

REGISTER HERE!

 

3. Teaching Through the Power Standards

(30 Hours, 2 In-Service Credits or Stipend)

7/19/21 - 8/1/21 - 2 WEEK ONLINE Course: Engage in online activities coupled with video conferencing with a consultant

How will schools catch up with the curriculum after the spring closing of schools? How can teachers make the most of their time with students to cover a lot of curriculum? It all comes down to Power-Standards: those standards that drive the mastery of other standards. It's all about starting with the end in mind, which is typically the application of learning, building a "felt need” for students to learn, and then providing differentiated learning activities toward achievement.


SYLLABUS:

1. Deconstruct your standards to identify the power standards.
2. Develop maps to relate your power standards to related content.
3. Generate related problems to drive instruction through the power standards.
4. Develop lesson plans to start your year

Participants in this course will use ' It's Not What You Teach But How' by Dr. Nancy Sulla as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Completion of this course also requires a 5 Hour Independent Action Research Component. Credits/stipends will not be awarded until the certificate and component are uploaded to MLP and the activity is marked complete.

COST: For those taking the course for In-Service credit, Please make checks payable to Byram Hills and send to the District Office, attention: Joanne Sinopoli. For a 2-credit course (30-hours), the fee is $260.

Registration cannot be approved on MLP until payment is received at District Office.

A stipend is also available for this course.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2021

REGISTER HERE!

 

4. Using Formative Assessment to Drive Instruction

(30 Hours, 2 In-Service Credits or Stipend)

7/19/21 - 8/1/21 - 2 WEEK ONLINE Course: Engage in online activities coupled with video conferencing with a consultant.

Explore the structures and strategies you can use to gather formative assessment data to drive instruction that is targeted for increased student achievement. Design formative assessments for use with your students.

SYLLABUS:

1. Developing formative assessments across four categories: temperature gauges, breakpoint assessments, student-­directed assessments, and comprehensive assessments
2. Using formative assessment data to differentiate classroom activities
3. Using formative assessment data to drive facilitation of instruction
4. Designing formative assessment grids to allow participants to easily collect and track assessment data while moving about the room and facilitating instruction

Participants in this course will use ' Reinventing the Classroom Experience' by Dr. Nancy Sulla as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Completion of this course also requires a 5 Hour Independent Action Research Component. Credits/stipends will not be awarded until the certificate and component are uploaded to MLP and the activity is marked complete.

COST: For those taking the course for In-Service credit, Please make checks payable to Byram Hills and send to the District Office, attention: Joanne Sinopoli. For a 2-credit course (30-hours), the fee is $260.

Registration cannot be approved on MLP until payment is received at District Office.

A stipend is also available for this course.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2021

REGISTER HERE!

 

5. Rethinking Time for the Digitally Wired Brain

(45 Hours, 3 In-Service Credits or Stipend)

7/26/21 - 8/5/21 - ONLINE Course (Asynchronous & Synchronous)

This workshop is available to HCC & BHHS Teachers only

The COVID - 19 Pandemic forced educators to attempt to recreate academically rigorous instruction and the social classroom structure through a blend of remote and in-person learning. Students' brains have adapted to the digital age, yet bell schedules persist in the factory efficiency model of the 1940s. It's time to rethink "the period” to make it most meaningful for students and teachers. How do we redefine classroom time at Byram Hills given these factors?

We are excited to embark on this journey with IDE Corp. in designing classrooms for the digitally-wired brain and are looking for innovators to be part of our first cohort. We will explore various ways to think about time and plan your lessons to maximize student engagement and learning.

* 8 Days of summer workshops: July 26-July 29 and August 2nd-August 5th for in-person or remote, synchronous engagement (times for small and whole-group sessions will be announced daily so that participating teachers are not "on screen” all day)

*Teachers can participate in person or synchronously online

*Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM with a one-hour lunch break (+ 5 hrs independent work)

*In-Service credits (45 hrs, 3 credits) & Stipends (45 hrs @ $50 per hr) are available

*Following summer training, participants will engage with an IDE consultant monthly for support, feedback and personalized coaching during the year (remote and/or in-person) as they implement LATIC during the school year

*Participants will receive and read the book, Students Taking Charge (2nd ed, K-5 or 6-12) and Reinventing the Classroom; Learning Anywhere, Anytime

For those taking the course for In-Service credit, payment should be sent to the District Office at the time of registration.
 

COST: Please make checks payable to Byram Hills and send to the District Office, attention: Joanne Sinopoli. For a 3-credit course (45-hours), the fee is $390.

Registration cannot be approved on MLP until payment is received at District Office.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JULY 20, 2021

REGISTER HERE!

 

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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.

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