Byram Hills Learning Lab

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Byram Hills is offering FIVE Learning Lab courses for the SPRING 2021 semester :)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

Course 1:  Supporting Remote Learners with Learning Disabilities

(30 Hours, 2 In-Service Credits)

1/19/21 - 2/22/21 - ONLINE Course

How can you ensure that each of your students with learning disabilities is able to access learning and succeed in a hybrid learning environment? Explore strategies to help students navigate their physical and remote environment to optimize learning at home and in the classroom, address behavioral challenges, and support executive function and social and emotional learning.

Syllabus

  • Explore the 7 attributes of a Hybrid Learning Environment.
  • Explore and develop strategies to help students manage and self regulate in both the remote and brick-and-mortar classroom (inclusion, self contained, or other).
  • Gain strategies and structures to support classroom management in small and large group settings.
  • Explore graphic organizers and other scaffolding tools to engage students in the learning process and develop executive function.
  • Develop purposeful opportunities for students to self assess and reflect, as well as to support students’ executive function and social and emotional learning.
  • Create structures and protocols to support students during collaborative activities and develop the 5 competencies of SEL.
  • Develop accommodations and modifications for students with learning disabilities appropriate and accessible in both the remote and brick-and-mortar classroom.

*Completion of this course requires a 5 Hour Independent Action Research Component*

COST: The cost for this course is $260. Registration cannot be approved on MLP until payment is received at District Office.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2021

REGISTER HERE !

 

Course 2:  The Equity Lens: Reflecting On Your Learning Environment

(30 Hours, 2 In-Service Credits)

1/19/21 - 2/22/21 - ONLINE Course 

Equitable and culturally responsive teaching practices raise the level of rigor and maximize potential for all learners. In this course you will explore the role of teacher as curator to reflect on your learning environment that accepts, appreciates, and advocates for cultural differences and social justice. Participants will explore and brainstorm problems focused on instructional and social equity. They will navigate and design culturally responsive resources, structures, and teaching practices to address bias in and beyond the classroom. This course will position participants to leverage students’ culture, language, and life experiences into rigorous academic achievement.

Syllabus

  • Establish working definitions of equity, bias, and social justice in the classroom
  • Develop strategies and structures for prioritizing a culturally responsive classroom through needs-identification, resource-access, and tuned-facilitation
  • Develop learning activities through a culturally relevant lens to meet cognitive levels and learning styles
  • Design opportunities for students to learn in an environment that promotes executive function through structures and facilitation
  • Explore facilitation strategies to build and maintain relationships and trust with students
  • Brainstorm problems to address social justice and equitable access and opportunity issues within the students’ neighborhood

*Completion of this course requires a 5 Hour Independent Action Research Component*

COST: The cost for this course is $260. Registration cannot be approved on MLP until payment is received at District Office.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2021

REGISTER HERE !

 

Course 3:  Designing Differentiated Digital Activity Lists

(30 Hours, 2 In-Service Credits)

2/16/21 - 3/22/21 - ONLINE Course 

In this course, participants will leverage choice and technology to provide students with the ultimate differentiated learning environment. They will develop differentiated digital activity lists rooted in rigorous instruction that offer multiple ways to learn and apply content. Participants will explore autonomy, purpose, and mastery as motivators in all learning environments. They will design differentiated activity lists to put students in charge of their own learning, creating a structure that allows students to make decisions within a structured framework. Making informed decisions is an essential life skill that teachers can support with intentional classroom practices.

Syllabus

  • Exploring ends-based teaching as a foundation for differentiation.
  • Understanding the difference between learning and practice activities.
  • Connecting student choice and voice to empowerment and academic achievement.
  • Exploring UDL strategies to consider cognitive levels and learning styles when developing learning and practice activities for anywhere, anytime.
  • Building a differentiated digital activity list to provide students choice in how and when they engage in learning and practice activities.
  • Exploring the role of the teacher in an environment that empowers students to take more responsibility for their learning.
  • Exploring the role of technology to leverage opportunities for differentiation in differentiated digital activity lists.
  • Developing instructional videos and activities to support differentiation in digital activity lists.

*Completion of this course requires a 5 Hour Independent Action Research Component*

MATERIALS NEEDED: 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.

COST: The cost for this course is $260. Registration cannot be approved on MLP until payment is received at District Office.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 12, 2021

REGISTER HERE !

 

Course 4:  Social Emotional Learning in a Hybrid Environment

(30 Hours, 2 In-Service Credits)

2/16/21 - 3/22/21 - ONLINE Course 

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. How can these critical skills be developed while students are not physically in school every day? In the hybrid learning model, synchronous instruction is redesigned to allow for, and in many cases, prioritize, Social and Emotional Learning. In this course, participants will explore a hybrid learning model, and develop strategies to prioritize collaboration, self-awareness, and responsible decision making skills. 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

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

*Completion of this course requires a 5 Hour Independent Action Research Component*

MATERIALS NEEDED: 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.

COST: The cost for this course is $260. Registration cannot be approved on MLP until payment is received at District Office.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 12, 2021

REGISTER HERE !

 

Course 5: ADVANCED Blended & Online Learning course with Catlin Tucker 

(15 Hours, 1 In-Service Credit)

ASYNCHRONOUS ONLINE Course  - MUST BE COMPLETED BY 3/22/2021

The pandemic has forced educational institutions and educators to adapt quickly to new teaching and learning landscapes. Teachers need the skills and confidence to engage students in meaningful learning experiences. This course provides detailed instruction about hot to utilize various models to engage students in dynamic learning in class, online, or a combination of the two.

This advanced blended and online learning course provides teachers with a deep dive into planning and facilitating learning for a variety of teaching and learning landscapes. Each module is composed of video lessons, resources, templates, and action items designed to encourage teachers to take what they are learning and create resources and lessons they can use with students immediately. There is also a bonus lesson at the end of each module that specifically addresses how the strategies and models can be used in a concurrent classroom in which teachers are juggling a group in class and a group online simultaneously.

This course is designed to help teachers architect learning experiences that strive to differentiate and personalize learning experiences, help students to develop their metacognitive and self-regulation skills, give students more agency over their learning, and provide more opportunities for students to control the pace at which they progress through learning experiences.

COST: The cost for this course is $75. Participants will pay fee directly to provider at the time of registration.

*Participants will need to register for this course on the provider's website: REGISTER HERE !

 After course has been completed, please send the certificate of completion to jsiragusa@byramhills.net.

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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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