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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

NEW COURSE!!!

Executive Function as Conductor: The Critical Role of EF in Learning (15 hours / 1 In-Service Credit)

Asynchronous workshop - January 1 - January 31

Two synchronous (live discussion) sessions to be held remotely - Dates: January 17 & January 26. Times: TBD

Course provided by LANDMARK COLLEGE INSTITUTE FOR REASEARCH & TRAINING!

This workshop investigates the metaphor of Executive Function (EF) as orchestra conductor. Namely, that EF helps increase functions that are too quiet (activation), tamps down sections that are too loud (inhibitory control), responds in the moment to changes (flexibility), and keeps track of the timing and content of all the individual players (working memory). That is a lot of work to handle, and sometimes the conductor needs help-practical tools for supporting students in these three EF domains will be explored. An equal emphasis will be placed on understanding the neurocognitive underpinnings of EF and implementing empirically supported EF strategies.

For those taking this course for In-Service credit, payment should be sent at the time of registration.
Please make checks payable to Byram Hills and send to the District Office, Attention: Colin O'Connor.
For this course (15 hours), the fee is $130. Registration cannot be approved on Frontline Professional Growth until payment is received at the District Office.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 20, 2022

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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1. Developing Your Leadership Mindset

(15 Hours, 1 In-Service Credit)

October 6, 2022 - March 2, 2023

**AVAILABLE TO THIRD YEAR TEACHERS ONLY**

Join this course for teachers in their third year in the District to support and develop individual leadership capacity aimed at creating the greatest impact over time. Build on your systems-thinking knowledge from year two and explore ten mindsets for leadership to apply in your work with students and colleagues as a contributing leader in the district.


- Oct. 6: 3:30 - 5:30 Virtual
* Leading from Your North Star
* Transformations vs. Transactions

- Nov. 1: 3:30 - 5:30 In-Person (Location TBD)
* Inspiring Change
* Future-Focused :Leadership: Your Role in the System

- Jan. 12: 3:30 - 5:30 Virtual or In-Person TBD
* Design Thinking: Leading for Innovation
* Classroom-Based Thinking: Positioning Students as Leaders

- Feb. 2: 3:30 - 5:30 In-Person (Location TBD)
* From Dissemination to Conversation
* Fron Silos to Teams

- Mar. 2: 3:30 - 5:30 Virtual
* Reflecting on the Superskills of Leadership
* Leveraging Your Leadership Assets

+ 5hrs Asynchronous 1hr sessions including personalized virtual support with Tanya, your course facilitator

COST FOR IN-SERVICE CREDIT: For those taking this course for In-Service credit, payment should be sent at the time of registration. Please make checks payable to Byram Hills and send to the District Office, Attention: Colin O'Connor. For this course (15 hours), the fee is $130. Registration cannot be approved on Frontline Professional Growth until payment is received at the District Office.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 5, 2022

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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2. Building Executive Function to Support Learning Acceleration

(30 Hours, 2 In-Service Credits)

November 7, 2022 - December 22, 2022

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'

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.

COST FOR IN-SERVICE CREDIT: For those taking this course for In-Service credit, payment should be sent at the time of registration. Please make checks payable to Byram Hills and send to the District Office, Attention: Colin O'Connor. For this course (30 hours), the fee is $260. Registration cannot be approved on Frontline Professional Growth until payment is received at the District Office.

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 will not be awarded until the certificate and component are uploaded to MLP and the activity is marked complete.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 16, 2022

Enroll anytime before November 16, 2022.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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3. Creating a Powerful Co-Teaching Partnership

(30 Hours, 2 In-Service Credits)

November 7, 2022 - December 22, 2022

Co-teaching classrooms can be powerful learning environments that maximize the effectiveness of two teachers to ensure that each and every student advances academically at accelerated levels. In a student-focused co-teaching classroom, both teachers have the flexibility to intensively help struggling students and see them make significant strides while challenging advanced students to new heights, bridging the achievement gap. This workshop is great for either teacher or both teachers in a partnership to attend.

SYLLABUS:

1. Build a stronger communication/collaboration partnership by understanding individual preferences for engagement in a partnership
2. Explore the four core modalities of co-teaching; group & guide, dual-focus facilitation, balanced benchmark, and individualized inspiration
3. Design co-teaching lessons that maximize the effectiveness of both teachers
4. Learn to leverage formative assessment grids and questions so that both teachers work seamlessly with students
5. Develop guidelines for students to participate successfully in a co-teaching classroom

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

COST FOR IN-SERVICE CREDIT: For those taking this course for In-Service credit, payment should be sent at the time of registration. Please make checks payable to Byram Hills and send to the District Office, Attention: Colin O'Connor. For this course (30 hours), the fee is $260. Registration cannot be approved on Frontline Professional Growth until payment is received at the District Office.

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 will not be awarded until the certificate and component are uploaded to MLP and the activity is marked complete.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 16, 2022

Enroll anytime before November 16, 2022.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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4. PBL Implementation - Next Steps in Student-Centered Authentic Learning Unit Design

(30 Hours, 2 In-Service Credits)

November 7, 2022 - December 22, 2022

Deepen your knowledge of the power of problem-based learning in the classroom with a focus on implementation strategies. Design differentiated activity lists with multiple ways for students to learn, develop content facilitation grids and questions to support student-driven learning, and implement four types of formative assessments throughout the PBL unit. Note: Participants will apply course content to a previously created Problem-Based task and rubric.

SYLLABUS:

1.Designing activity lists that offer students required activities, choice activities and optional activities from a brainstormed scaffold for learning
2.Developing facilitation grids, laying out skills and concepts to assess student learning as the teacher facilitates instruction.
3.Designing facilitation questions to move students to higher-order thinking.
4.Understanding the role of the Four Types of Formative Assessment to support progress monitoring and growth.
5.Creating a transfer task as a venue for students to apply, or "transfer,” their learning from an authentic PBL unit to a new real-world context

This course will use Dr. Nancy Sulla's book, 'Students Taking Charge in Grades K-5 or Grades 6-12' as a resource. The assigned book must be purchased in advance.

COST FOR IN-SERVICE CREDIT: For those taking this course for In-Service credit, payment should be sent at the time of registration. Please make checks payable to Byram Hills and send to the District Office, Attention: Colin O'Connor. For this course (30 hours), the fee is $260. Registration cannot be approved on Frontline Professional Growth until payment is received at the District Office.

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 will not be awarded until the certificate and component are uploaded to MLP and the activity is marked complete.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 16, 2022

Enroll anytime before November 16, 2022.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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5. Literacy Study Group

(1 In-Service Credit or 10 hr Stipend)

October 17, 2022 - April 17, 2023

We recognize the importance of literacy as a gateway skill which provides access to lifelong learning across all content areas. In the spirit of continuous improvement, the Byram Hills School District will engage in a yearlong study of literacy to deepen our knowledge and understanding of how young children learn to read and write. The information we learn will guide our decisions in the future as we review and revise our literacy curriculum to best meet the needs of all our students and meet our District mission.

The District will convene a study group of teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, and parents/guardians to read and discuss pertinent studies and literature on reading and writing and the implications on our approach with young learners, both in school and at home. Expert literacy researchers will facilitate and guide our learning and discussions. Various presentations will be made at public meetings, faculty meetings, and principal's coffees to share our insights as we develop our common understandings.

Available for credit or stipend as follows:
In-Service Credit: 1 in-service credit
Stipend: Curriculum rate of $50/hour (for 10 hours), totaling $500.

Max. Enrollment for this group is 12 participants.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 13, 2022

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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