Current Offerings

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Please check this site often for updates on our programs.

As of July 1, 2012, the OWL Teacher Center will be collecting fees for courses and workshops due to severe cuts in our funding. One credit courses will be $35, 2 credits $70, and 3 credits $95. Professional circles will also be $35. Workshop fees will vary according to number of hours. There will be a $50 service charge for graduate courses in addition to the tuition paid to the college.
We hope that you understand the impact of losing 75% of our funding for 2013, and that these fees will help sustain us in these very difficult times.

To request SAS Curriculum Pathways training for groups of teachers, please email the director at owlcenter@lindenhurstschools.org.

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DASA Training at the OWL Teacher Center

The Dignity for All Students Act requires all newly certified (December 31, 2013 and after) educators to undergo a minimum of 6 hours of training by a NYS certified provider.
The OWL Teacher Center, a state certified provider, is offering 6 hour workshops for all New York teachers who are required to take them. Workshop dates will be added according to demand.
Our instructors will be conducting the workshops according to the following schedule:

 

Workshop Schedule for May 2017

DASA Training at Lindenhurst High School
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
4:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Lindenhurst HS – 2nd Floor Library - Room 205
300 Charles St.
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

This is a hybrid training consisting of three hours of face to face instruction, plus three hours of online modules. At the face to face segment you will receive a Welcome Packet and an access code to Edmodo. The Welcome Packet will contain comprehensive instructions on how to successfully complete the online segment of the course.

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To register, print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center according to the instructions

 

 

Workshop Schedule for June 2017

DASA Training at Lindenhurst High School
Monday, June 26, 2017
8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lindenhurst HS – 2nd Floor Library/Computer Lab Room 205
300 Charles St.
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

This is 6 hour training session. Please bring a bag lunch as we will work straight through the day.

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To register, print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center according to the instructions

 

Workshop Schedule for July 2017

DASA Training at Lindenhurst High School

Monday, July 17, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lindenhurst HS – 2nd Floor Library - Room 205
300 Charles St.
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

This is a hybrid training consisting of three hours of face to face instruction, plus three hours of online modules. You will receive an online Welcome Packet explaining how to gain access to the modules after completing the face to face session. The Welcome Packet will contain comprehensive instructions on how to log on to the modules.

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To register, print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center according to the instructions


Workshop Schedule for August 2017

DASA Training at Lindenhurst High School

Monday, August 7, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lindenhurst HS – 2nd Floor Library - Room 205
300 Charles St.
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

This is a hybrid training consisting of three hours of face to face instruction, plus three hours of online modules. You will receive an online Welcome Packet explaining how to gain access to the modules after completing the face to face session. The Welcome Packet will contain comprehensive instructions on how to log on to the modules.

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To register, print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center according to the instructions below.



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Interested in the Special Ed. Extension Certificate?

We are in the process of surveying our constituents to see if we have sufficient interest to form a cohort for the Special Ed. Extension Certificate from Brooklyn College.
This program consists of the four courses outlined in the attached document.  Participants completing these courses must also pass the CST, and complete an Autism workshop which the college will provide.
The cost of the program is $750 per 3 credit course.  Each course may be taken independently for graduate credit if you choose not to get certification.
We are asking that you let us know if you are interested, and if so, if you would prefer classes on Tuesdays or Thursdays in Lindenhurst.

Kindly reply to us at owlcenter@lindenhurstschools.org
We need a minimum of 22 people to run this cohort, so please spread the word!

Reply to us at owlcenter@lindenhurstschools.org

 

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Brooklyn College and the OWL Teacher Center

will be hosting an

INFORMATION MEETING

for all educators interested in an

12 Credit Additional Certificate Program in Students with Disabilities

This 12 credit certificate is designed for educators who, at the minimum, hold initial teaching certification. It provides the four courses required for NYS additional certification that mirrors the current teaching certificate to include teaching students with disabilities. Coursework will reflect a wide range of information, skills and strategies needed to teach SWD.

The courses will be offered at the OWL Teacher Center beginning in the fall of 2017, provided that sufficient interest is indicated. Expected completion time is one school year. This program is open to all educators in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Reduced tuition rates ($750 per 3 credit course) apply to all four of the required courses. Participants may take any or all of the four courses.

Please refer to the NYSED website for any possible additional individual requirements.

You are invited to attend this meeting, meet the director of off-campus programs, ask questions, and get answers. Please email us at owlcenter@lindenhurstschools.org to RSVP and reserve a seat at this meeting.

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: Lindenhurst Administration Bldg.

350 Daniel St. Lindenhurst, NY 11757 All-Purpose Room

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If you have questions about this program, please feel free to email the director, Jennifer Bova, at owlcenter@lindenhurstschools.org.

 

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The OWL Teacher Center
presents

Educational Technology Tools
for the Modern Educator

APPROVED FOR ADVANCEMENT TO MA75 FOR LINDENHURST TEACHERS

Instructor: Christy Dallao

Grades: K-12, all areas 45 hrs; 3 inservice credits
Dates: August 7-11, 2017 plus 9 hr. online segment Time: 8 am-3 pm
Site: Lindenhurst Middle School, Room TBA Fee: $95

Bring your classroom to life with 13 popular tools that will change the way you teach forever! This course will explore technologies that will enhance your Common Core lessons by improving student engagement and overall performance. Improve your instruction by instantly assessing student data. WOW your students and colleagues with cutting edge technology that is surprisingly easy to learn and implement. This course is appropriate for all subjects and grade levels. Each session will concentrate on multiple tools and will include a combination of instructional time and independent time to create lessons and activities for immediate classroom use.

Online Component: Participants will have until August 18, 2017 to create and submit three (3) lesson plans using the technologies learned in this course. CTLE certificates will be mailed when all requirements have been met.

Session 1- August 7:
Introduction to the course.
Edmodo, a learning management system.
Virtual Field Trips- Take your students outside the classroom without ever opening the door. We will explore several ways to take your students on a virtual field trip using Google Cardboard, Google Maps, Google Expedition, and Nearpod.
Nearpod- This interactive presentation and assessment tool allows you to create or download a presentation, share your lesson, and interact with each student in real time, all while monitoring and measuring student results on an individual and aggregate basis.

Session 2- August 8:
Quizlet & Quizlet Live – Quizlet provides free study tools for learners of all ages that can be used in and out of the classroom.  Quizlet Live is a game that can be launched in Quizlet where teams of students work together, racing to learn material in a study set.
Screencast-O-Matic- This handy tool allows you to capture a video of your screen with voice audio. We will explore all the possible videos that can be created by teachers and students.
Formative- This platform allows you to create online formative assessments quickly. You can monitor the students as they complete it and see responses in real time.

Session 3 – August 9:
Powtoon- Create awesome animated videos and presentations with this presentation software that allows teachers and students to create fun and engaging videos.
Plickers- Plickers is a powerfully simple tool that lets you collect real-time formative assessments without the need for student devices.
Zipgrade- Zipgrade turns your phone or tablet into an optical grading machine similar to a scantron. Provide instant feedback by grading exit tickets, quizzes, and formative assessments.

Session 4– August 10:
Classkick- Give students more feedback than ever with this magic whiteboard. Students work on assignments while getting help from teachers and peers instantly.
Padlet- Padlet is one of the easiest ways to create and collaborate. It works like a piece of paper where students can all comment and see instant responses.
Kahoot- This game based learning platform makes it fun to learn any subject on any device. Create a fun learning game made from a series of multiple-choice questions that can include videos, images, and diagrams.

Session 5 – August 11:
Weebly- This is a surprisingly easy way to create a high- quality website or blog for teachers or students.
Survey Monkey- This online survey software and questionnaire tool allows you create and publish online surveys and view them graphically instantly.

Deadline for registration: August 2, 2017

TO REGISTER:  Print out the form and follow the instructions.

 

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OWL Teacher Center
Presents

Bereavement Issues:

Assisting educators with strategies when grief comes to school

Instructor: Debbie Salitsky, LCSW
Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Teachers

15 hrs., 1 inservice credit Grades K-12
Dates: M, T, W, July 10, 11, 12, 2017 Time: 8:30 am- 1:30pm
Site: Lindenhurst High School, Room TBA Fee: $35

When death or sudden tragedy strikes a school, educators and administrators may feel at a loss as to how to effectively support their students and staff. This 15 hour course will help educators gain a deeper understanding of the stages of grief, its impact on students and learning, and ways to successfully create and maintain a supportive environment.

Participants will leave this workshop with

  • Tools and strategies that will help them to deal effectively and compassionately when tragedy or death comes to school.

  • Awareness and understanding of how grief impacts young children and adolescents

  • Strategies for dealing with immediate crisis in the classroom or at the building level

Deadline for registration: July 3, 2017

TO REGISTER:  Print out the form and follow the instructions.

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The OWL Teacher Center
presents

Google Summer Camp

APPROVED FOR ADVANCEMENT TO MA75 FOR LINDENHURST TEACHERS

Instructor: Tina Mottl

Grades 6-12 15 hrs, 1 inservice credit
Dates: Aug 28, 29, 30, 2017 plus 3 hour online segment Time: 8am-12pm
Site: Lindenhurst High School, Computer lab 205 Fee: $35

Had enough of the beach and the pool? Ready to come back to the classroom with some fresh ideas? Ready to embrace technology as an instructional and management tool in your classroom? Then this is the course for you.

Come and spend some time learning to use the G-Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education) as you immerse yourself in the world of Google. Whether you’re a Google novice or someone who has dabbled, this course will provide you with hands on experience using G-Suite. 

Participants will have opportunities to create or update standards-based lessons for immediate use in their classrooms. The course will be based on what participants want to learn and be able to do in their classrooms.  

This course addresses the CCLS by providing skills in using an organizational and collaborative tool to incorporate all NYS Learning Standards.

Learn to create, share and organize with G-Suite.

To register please return this form and your check to the Owl Teacher Center
no later than August 21, 2017.

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New summer course from the OWL Teacher Center...

Practical Tools & Strategies to Improve Writing Instruction

Instructor: Maria Bohrer

Approved for MA75 for Lindenhurst Teachers

15 hours, 1 inservice credit Grades K-6 All Areas
Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, August 29-30, 2017 Fee: $35
Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm Room: TBA
Site: Lindenhurst Public Library  


This 15-hour course provides teachers with practical methods, tools and strategies for improvement of writing instruction in the K-6 classroom. Participants will learn how to best utilize mentor texts as springboards for writing lessons. Teachers will design and create anchor charts, mini-lessons, and writing rubrics. They will learn conferencing tips and tools to foster writing independence. Teachers will leave with a plethora of writing tools to foster their students’ love for writing as they hone their skills.

Participants will learn the following:

  • How to develop motivational writing lessons

  • How to teach students to improve the structure, development, and conventions of their writing pieces.

  • How to build a toolkit of instructional strategies and time-saving tips to increase productivity and effectiveness of instruction.

Deadline for registration:   August 20, 2017

TO REGISTER:  Print out the form and follow the instructions.

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The OWL Teacher Center presents …

Fostering Student Success through Growth Mindset Development

Instructor: Michelle Schor

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Teachers

15 hours, 1 in-service credit Grades K-5 Fee: $35
Dates: Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday: July 11, 12, 13, 2017 Time: 9 am – 2 pm
Site: Lindenhurst, Rall Elementary School Room: 203

This 15-hour course provides an examination of the critical part that growth mindset and positive self-talk play in helping students develop socially, emotionally, and academically.

Participants will:

  • Understand the difference between growth and fixed mindsets, and positive and negative self-talk.

  • Examine and evaluate literature, videos, and other resources that support growth mindset and positive self-talk.

  • Create lessons that showcase perseverance and resiliency as critical life skills that need to be mastered for a successful life – socially, emotionally, and academically.

The course is open to teachers in grades K through 5, which will provide opportunities for communication across grade levels when building unit lessons.

Take this opportunity to develop and grow professionally, while you design lessons that strengthen your students’ confidence, optimism, and growth mindset.

Please contact Michelle Schor (mschor@lindenhurstschools.org) for a list of materials needed for the course.

Deadline for registration: July 3, 2017

TO REGISTER:  Print out the form and follow the instructions.

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The OWL Teacher Center

presents

Rising to the Next Level of Professionalism:
Mentoring & Instructional Coaching

A three-part course for K-12 educators who wish to mentor, become involved in instructional or peer coaching, develop skills as a cooperating teacher or co-teacher

Instructor: Joan Tschopp

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Teachers

It is said that there is no better way to learn something than to teach it to another. It forces us to examine what we know and do so that we can pass on best practices to others. Mentoring and coaching are two avenues that educators may take to improve their own reflective practice while helping colleagues to develop theirs.

This course will be presented in three parts. The first 5 hours is a basic mentor training recommended for anyone who wishes to mentor colleagues. The second part consists of a 5-hour training in advanced mentoring skills, including observations and reflective exercises. The final 5 hours is a coaching program, which will help mentors develop the skills and strategies of effective instructional and peer coaching.

Teachers may take any part or parts of this course separately, and will receive CTLE hours for the number of hours attended. Teachers who have previously completed a basic mentor training with OWL, and choose to take only the advanced mentoring and/or coaching portion, will also receive a CTLE certificate. Those completing the entire 15 hours will receive one inservice credit (15 CTLE hours).

    Introduction to Mentoring (5 hours) Tuesday, June 27, 2017 8:30 am-1:30 pm

    • Introductory level background in mentoring including the need for confidentiality, trust and establishing rapport

    • Introduction of important skills, including

    - Protocols for reflection on teaching and learning

    - Use of effective language and listening skill

    - Overcoming resistance

    • Introduction of classroom observations and reflective conferences

 

Advanced Mentoring Skills (5 hours) Wednesday, June 28, 2017 8:30 am-1:30 pm

    • Advanced methodology of various types of observations, modeling, and processing

    • Development of reflective skills and exercises

     

    Instructional/Peer Coaching (5 hours) Thursday, June 29, 2017 8:30 am-1:30 pm

    • Introduction and practice using toolkit of coaching skills

    • Utilization of various questioning techniques to increase reflection, specificity and clarity

There is NO FEE for this program.

Deadline for Registration: June 20, 2017

TO REGISTER:  Print out the form and follow the instructions.

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The OWL Teacher Center
presents

Raising Student Achievement in the Classroom

Instructor: Jennifer Stamatiades

This course is approved for advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst teachers.

45 hours, three inservice credits Grades K-12
Site: Lindenhurst MS, Room E111/Library Time: 8am-2pm
Dates: June 26th - June 30th plus 15 hour online practicum consisting of research, collaboration, lesson planning and reflection. Fee: $95

After finishing another year of instruction, how do we know students improved? Are the lessons we deliver challenging students and raising their level of achievement? According to the most current research, instruction that works best in raising the level of student achievement encompasses a variety of factors, the most prevalent being visible student learning.

This course is designed to explore the components of challenging students to increase overall achievement through research, online videos, reflection, future planning and professional conversations among all participants. Opportunities for professional collaboration will promote successful practice in every area of study.

The overall goal of this course is to inform teachers of what works best in creating lessons that raise student achievement in their own classrooms based on the most current research and collaboration.

Upon completion of this course, teachers will have:

  • Shared best practices and infused these into their own curriculum for the 2017-2018 school year.

  • Created a successful culture of learning for the new school year by reflecting on the previous year.

  • Researched the most current findings in raising student achievement through collaboration and online exploration.

  • A collection of new and/or enhanced current lessons using Danielson’s Framework and the NYS CCLS.

  • The know-how to create challenging lessons that foster visible learning, higher level thing skills, higher level questions and answers.

  • The experience of reflecting upon their own lessons to determine what made them outstanding (or not!)

  • Research-based knowledge of the characteristics of highly effective lessons, discussions with colleagues about these lessons, and the experience of analyzing and rating them using the APPR framework.

Deadline for registration: June 20, 2017

TO REGISTER:  Print out the form and follow the instructions.

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The OWL Teacher Center
presents

Google Fusion

Instructed by Erik Eve

Approved for Advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst Teachers

45 hours, 3 inservice credits Grades K-12
Dates: M-F July 31 – August 4, 2017 Time: 8:00 am-3:10 p.m. Plus 9 hour online component
Site: Lindenhurst Middle School, Room S218 Fee: $95

Are you intrigued by the idea of blended learning, but overwhelmed by it at the same time? Would you like to bring your classroom into the 21st century, making greater use of tech devices and your students’ innate tech skills?

Google Fusion promises to help apprehensive teachers transition to using Google and online/blended learning, while bolstering student engagement. 

Google Fusion will guide teachers in transitioning their current lessons, tests, quizzes, essays, assessments etc. over to Google Classroom, a blended classroom of the future. No need to reinvent the wheel!

Participants should have some basic knowledge of Google Apps and the desire to make the change to blended learning.

TO REGISTER:  Print out the form and follow the instructions.

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The OWL Teacher Center
350 Daniel Street
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
631-867-3855
jbova@lindenhurstschools.org

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







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