Byram Hills Learning Lab

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Summer 2019

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

July 23, 2019 - August 6, 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 7/16/19

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. Getting Started with Executive Function in Your Classroom: Designing Lesson Plans to Build Students' EF

August 6, 2019 - August 20, 2019

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
  6. 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. (Link to purchase is in MyLearningPlan.com)

Watch Dr. Nancy Sulla’s YouTube videos “Executive Function: The Missing Link to Student Achievement” and “All Students Can Learn with Executive Function“.

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 

THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 7/30/2019

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. Summer Stretch (The High Tech High Initiative)

July 1, 2019 - August 27, 2019

Course dates and times:

Introduction/Overview Workshop: July 1st and 2nd

Online/Independent Work: July 3rd - August 26th

Reflection: August 27th

NOTE: Must be part of a team of 3-5 teachers before registering for this course. 
Please have someone on your team email jsiragusa@byramhills.net with a list of your team members.

Teams of teachers (3-5 Teachers) will participate in 30 hours of summer training and curriculum development session. The teams will develop an interdisciplinary project that leverages the HTH (High Tech High) model. Participants will be introduced to the systems and protocols related to project-based learning used at HTH. The interdisciplinary teams of teachers will design empowering project-based units that will be piloted in the 2019-2020 school year with students. The project will encompass a minimum of three content areas, covering a unit's worth of material.

Materials Needed (no cost):

HTH Project Cards - https://gse.hightechhigh.org/unboxed/cards/

HTH PBL Design Process - http://gse.hightechhigh.org/design/

Credits: 2 In-Service credits OR Stipend

Cost for Credits: $260

Click to HERE register for this course on MyLearningPlan.com 

THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 6/26/2019

Credits: 2 In-Service credits OR Stipend 
Cost for credits: $260
 

IF CHOOSING IN-SERVICE - PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO BYRAM HILLS AND SEND TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE, ATTENTION: BH LEARNING LAB 
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