Current Offerings


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


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 Fall 2014

DASA Training at Levittown Memorial Education Center
150 Abbey Lane Room 320
Levittown, NY 11756
Monday, November 17, 2014
3:45-7:00 pm, plus 3 hours of online assignments

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

Workshop Schedule for December 2014

DASA Training at Connetquot High School
Saturday, December 6, 2014
8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Connetquot HS – 2nd Floor Library
190 Seventh St.
Bohemia, NY 11716


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


NYS Teacher Center Online Academy (OLA)
All OLA courses are 15 in-service hours. OLA Course Fee: $150 per course
Register using MyLearningPlan at
If you already have a MyLearningPlan ID, register at
Check out the OLA website for detailed descriptions, course requirements and expectations -
before registering!
October 16 – December 4, 2014

Are You Ready to Dive Deeper into the Common Core?
Instructor: Emily Peterson
Grade level: K-8

The full integration of the Common Core Learning Standards takes teachers and administrators to implement them and examine them in action. The New York State Curriculum is a rich and valuable resource, only if it is used. The course will take participants to a deeper level then what they experienced in “Unpacking the NYS Common Core Standards”. It takes the suggestions of past participants to increase hands-on experiences and increase collaboration amongst course members. This course will require participants to video record themselves teaching with protocols. This opportunity provides a rich opportunity to critique and improve instruction through self-analysis. Previous participation in “Unpacking the NYS Common Core Standards” is not a requirement.

Close Reading, One Sentence at a Time
: George Lohmann
Grade level: 5-12
By focusing on the microcosm of a single exceptionally written sentence (or pair of sentences), i.e., the adage, students can explore the vast majority of rhetorical tools used by most writers of the English language. This course will provide strategies to be used in ALL content areas that will aid your students in understanding the use of rhetorical strategies that aid the writers in conveying meaning. You will create two ten to twenty minute lessons using this strategy.

Digital Resources to Complement Learning Styles
Instructor: Denise Lewis
Grade level: K-12
The primary goal of this course is to acquaint educators with 21st century tools to differentiate instruction for diverse learners. Participants will be able to customize and upgrade lesson plans with digital tools and web-based resources that will address the unique needs of students. Digital Resources to Complement Learning Styles will provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to connect students with standards-based curriculum through easy to use Web tools.

Using Google Tools for Collaboration, Enrichment and Differentiation of Instruction
Instructor: Dorit Eilon
Grade level: K-12

This fun and engaging course, offered by a Google Certified Educator, is designed to provide information and examples of various Google tools available to enhance the learning experiences of different learners. Participants will explore Google Earth, Google Docs (collaborative presentations, spreadsheets, documents and forms) Google Apps and Google SketchUp. Examples of how these tools can be integrated with different subject areas that are aligned to national and NYS standards will be shared. To complete this course, participants will create online collaborative materials, a mini project, and develop a plan to implement Google tools into their curriculum to promote learning in a 21st century environment. Participation in discussions, sharing of ideas and feedback is important and promotes professional growth.

Notes: All courses require internet access and a comfort level with email, Microsoft Word and uploading documents. Some require knowledge of other technologies or programs. Participants are expected to log in and work with the class site at least 3 times each week. Scholarships may be provided through your local NYS Teacher Center. Please secure approval from your home district, if needed, in advance. Syllabi, Road Maps and Course Policies can be found on the NYSTC OLA website along with the Standards for Online Learning, FAQ’s, and other useful information. No refunds will be issued after the start of the OLA courses.

NYSTC OLA is administered by Rockland Teachers’ Center, 65 Chapel Street, Garnerville, NY 10923.
Questions? Contact Rockland Teachers’ Center: / 845-553-9516

NYS Teacher Center Online Academy is a program of the
NYS Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers
with the support of New York Institute of Technology.


Technology Tools for Teachers
Instructor: Caitlin Curran

Approved for advancement to MA75for Lindenhurst teachers completing all 15 hours.

15 hours; one inservice credit Gr. K-12
Dates: Wednesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Time: 4-7 p.m.
Site: Harding Ave. School, Lindenhurst, Room 118 Fee: $35

15 hours; one inservice credit
Dates: Wednesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Site: Harding Ave. School, Lindenhurst, Room 118

Gr. K-12
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Fee: $35

Wednesday, October 1 Workshop #1: Smart Notebook 11
This workshop will introduce you to the new features of Smart Notebook 11 software, which has 13 new features, including web browsing and fading ink. It also has full page layout options. This workshop will give teachers hands on experience with the program.

Wednesday, October 8 Workshop #2: iPad Apps to Support the Common Core
Save yourself time and effort looking for the best free and paid apps aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards. Discover numerous ready-to-use apps for your instruction and classroom management. Please bring your iPad to this workshop.

Wednesday, October 15 Workshop #3: Dropbox
If you’re looking for a way to consolidate your files to a central location, or if you’re constantly emailing files to yourself, or misplacing USB drives, then Dropbox is for you. It allows users to access their files across all devices – laptops, desktops, iPads, tablets, and iPhones. Learn how to use Dropbox in your classroom, both for organizational purposes and as a student/curriculum tool.

Wednesday, October 22 Workshop #4: Computer Shortcuts for the Classroom
This workshop will help you discover new ways to improve organization and efficiency in your classroom. Learn innovative tips and tricks to increase productivity during and after the school day. Learn keyboard shortcuts, folder creation and organization, and how to use screenshot features in multiple programs.

Wednesday, October 29 Workshop #5: Pinterest for Educators
Want to organize all of your classroom/curriculum websites, bookmarks and favorites? If you’re looking for a simple way to visually organize your resources, then Pinterest is for you. Learn how to create pins, boards, how to send pins, and edit boards you create.

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



Spanish for Educators

Instructor: Francine Voulo

30 hrs; 2 credits (Inservice)
Grades K-12
Dates: Thursdays, October 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11, plus 9 hours of online assignments
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Site: Robert Moses Middle School, North Babylon UFSD, Room 222
: $70

Teachers often need a translator to communicate with Spanish speaking students and their families.  Conferences, letter writing, phone calls and CSE meetings can be more comfortable and productive if teachers know the basics of the Spanish language.  This course will help teachers communicate in the classroom with students, and with their families in a variety of ways.
Participants will learn letter writing, phone call language, simple lessons in Spanish, and explore cultural issues which will promote a better understanding of their English Language Learners and their families.

This is a hybrid course consisting of 21 face to face hours and a 9 hour online component. Online work will include reading and writing assignments and visiting various designated websites for research and planning. Internet access is required.

To register for "Spanish for Educators" print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center according to the instructions.

Deadline for registration: October 17, 2014


Sharing the Best of the Web with Your Students and Colleagues Using Symbaloo & ScoopIt
Instructor: Kathy Dein, Certified Trainer

3 hours (Workshop)
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Parliament Place Elem. School, N. Babylon Room 36
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Fee: $7

Symbaloo is a new resource management tool that helps teachers and students organize the best of the web into individualized instruction. Teachers and students can save their trusted teaching resources in a cloud and access them from any device…tablet, smartphone or desktop/laptop computer. With Symbaloo training, teachers can fulfill the promise of “adaptive learning” meeting the individual needs of each student. They can also create their own “personal teaching environment” which then enables their students to form their own “personal learning environments”. If this sounds complicated, it isn’t. Our Symbaloo certified trainer will help you learn and utilize this new resource with ease.
ScoopIt is a platform for exploring content-specific resources. It is excellent for creating a newsletter to share with parents, colleagues, and students. You choose a topic, and the bookmarklet lets you publish any webpage directly to your topic page. If you find interesting content while web browsing, you click on the bookmarklet and the publishing window will appear so that you can add the selected webpage to your topic page.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • learn to create a Webmix, a compilation of websites displayed as tiles that relate to a specific course of study.
  • learn to share Webmixes with colleagues while collaborating on specific skill sets.
  • learn to share Webmixes with students to help them focus on a particular topic/subject.
  • learn to navigate user-friendly Symbaloo to find teaching/learning resources quickly and easily.
  • explore ways to integrate Symbaloo within your instructional plan.
  • learn to use both the Symbaloo and ScoopIt platforms to explore content-specific resources.
  • create a ScoopIt newsletter to share with parents, colleagues and/or students.
  • integrate Common Core instruction in all subject areas.

Deadline for registration: October 10, 2014

To register for the above course, print out this form and mail it according to the instructions.


Building an Evidence Binder to Showcase Your Work with the
Common Core Standards

Presenters: Jennifer Wolfe and Erin Gilrein, NBC Teachers
(3 hour workshop)

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Site: Lindenhurst, Bldg. and Room TBA
Time: 4-7 p.m
Fee: $7.

This workshop is designed to address the following questions:

  • What is an evidence binder?
  • What types of student work, artifacts, and reflection should I include as evidence?
  • How do I highlight and emphasize evidence of effective teaching and student growth?
  • How do I use this data to drive instruction?

The NYS APPR asks teachers to align their instruction with the NYS Teaching Standards, the Common Core Learning Standards, and your district’s evaluation rubric. This workshop will help you to collect good examples of student achievement and growth that demonstrate the success of your CC lessons.
You will be introduced to numerous resources that you can use to design instruction with concrete, specific, and grade/discipline appropriate ideas for working with the CC in literacy for ELA, science, social studies and other technical subjects.

Deadline for registration: September 26, 2014

(This workshop will be repeated in March. Details will be available in February.)

To register for the above course, print out this form and mail it according to the instructions.


Peer Support for the Common Core
A 45 hour program given in three 15 hour segments for
Grades 6-8 Classroom Teachers, All Subject Areas

Instructor: Debbie Weinstein

Approved for advancement to MA75for Lindenhurst teachers.

As we are all facing challenges while adapting to Common Core shifts in education, long term professional development is extremely beneficial to educators. This course will continue throughout the school year, enabling teachers to both receive help during class time and provide assistance to their fellow colleagues outside of class. Collaborating with colleagues will give us an opportunity to feel comfortable asking for help at a time when we need it most.

Peer Support for the Common Core will involve two components:
A) informative discussions on Common Core Standards and how they may be applied to all content areas and
B) a peer coaching experience that will involve 2 of the 15 class hours being used to collaborate with fellow colleagues outside of the school day. These collegial discussions will be based on peer classroom observations which will focus on different aspects of the Common Core discussed in class. For this part, it is imperative that at least two people from a building be registered, so that they may participate in the peer observations within their building.

* Participants do not need to sign up for all 3 components of the course in order to register, although it is suggested that they do. Each section will focus on a different set of CCLS:
Fall classes= 15 hours with focus on Reading standards
Winter classes=15 hours with focus on Writing standards
Spring classes= 15 hours with focus on Speaking and Listening standards

In addition to the above, this course will include enhancement of teacher portfolios (aka evidence/artifact binders) for APPR by addressing the following components of Domain 4 of the Danielson Rubric:

4a. Reflecting on Teaching
4b. Participating in a Professional Community
4e. Growing and Developing Professionally

Fall Dates:

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, 8 am-1 pm and
Tuesdays, Oct. 7, 21; Nov. 4 & 18, 3-5 pm,
plus 2 hours collaboration time outside school day 15 hours, 1 inservice credit
Winter Dates:

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, 8 am-1 pm and
Tuesdays, Dec. 16; Jan. 13 & 27; Feb. 10, 3-5 pm,
plus 2 hours collaboration time outside school day 15 hours, 1 inservice credit
Spring Dates:

Saturday, Mar. 7, 2014, 8 am-1 pm and
Tuesdays, Mar. 17, 31; April 14 & 28, 3-5 pm,
plus 2 hours collaboration time outside school day 15 hours, 1 inservice credit

Lindenhurst Middle School Rm N117
Fees: $35 per credit; $70 for 2 credits; $95 for all 3 creditsTo register: Print out the registration form and send with payment.

Site: Lindenhurst Middle School Rm N117
Fees: $35 per credit; $70 for 2 credits; $95 for all 3 credits

Deadline for Fall registration: September 29, 2014

To register for the above course, print out this form and mail it according to the instructions.


Math Module Work Stations Part 2
With Assessments

Instructor: Beth Read
Approved for advancement to MA75for Lindenhurst teachers.

45 hrs.,3 inservice credits
Grades K-6
Fee: $95
Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Wednesdays, Nov. 5, 12; Tuesdays, Nov. 18; Dec. 2
Hours: 4:00-8:00 p.m. plus 9 hour online segment
Site: Albany Ave. School, Library and Computer Room

This hybrid course is designed to help teachers reach all learners when teaching to the Common Core Standards in Mathematics and using the NYS Modules.

Using the NYS Curriculum Map and the Modules, teachers will design math work stations aligned with each standard to cover foundational skills and reteach topics to struggling learners in small groups. Participants will develop at least 5 work stations for each module of their choice. Each work station will use math vocabulary and games to increase fluency and understanding.

Participants will also engage in outreach to parents through Remind 101, e-board, newsletters, and vocabulary cards.

For the online segment, Google docs will be used to develop module assessments. Teachers will submit their test questions and work collaboratively with grade level colleagues and the instructor to develop quality assessment instruments. Participants will learn the elements of test design and formats. The goal is to create assessments that spiral topics and assess learning of the standards of each module.

It is not necessary to have completed Part 1 in order to take this course.

Please bring a USB drive to class.

To register for the above course, print out this form and mail it according to the instructions.

Deadline for registration: September 24, 2014


Grades 6-12 – All Subject Areas
Instructors: Jennifer Ketcham & Jeanette Wolters-Lennon

Part 1. Teaching in a New Way

Dates: Thursdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2014 plus 3 hours of online learning
: 3:15 – 6:15 pm
In this course, teachers will be guided to see teaching through new eyes. Participants will examine the Habits of Mind, a pattern of intellectual behaviors that leads to productive actions. These characteristics have been identified in successful people from all walks of life. The course will focus on 16 Habits of Mind that teachers and parents can teach, cultivate, observe, and assess. The intent is to help students get into the habit of behaving intelligently.

PVLEGS – Poise Voice Life Eye contact Gestures Speed – developed by Erik Palmer
Do you want to cultivate better speaking in class discussions, better explanations of solutions demonstrated at the board, and better speaking in general? PVLEGS is a framework that works for all types of speaking and improves oral communication in any class. Participants will also engage in discussions about co-teaching and breaking the isolation of the 21st century classroom.

Part 2. Assessing the Situation
Dates: Thursdays, Nov. 13, 20; Dec. 4 & 11, 2014 plus 3 hours of online learning
Time: 3:15 – 6:15 pm
In this course, teachers will address the question, “What do they know, and how do we know they know it?” Participants will engage in discussions about and development of formative and summative assessments, development of rubrics, and specific strategies for differentiation of instruction. Teachers will be given a plethora of tools and resources, both physical and virtual, to aid in the ongoing development of assessments and instructional techniques. We will be looking at the research and writings of experts including Carol Ann Tomlinson and Jay McTighe, among others.

Part 3. Pushing the Envelope
Dates: Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2015 plus 3 hours of online learning
: 3:15 – 6:15 pm
In this course, teachers will learn to teach for deeper understanding through effective questioning, reading and writing techniques and strategies. Reading and writing in the non-ELA classroom will be discussed. The use of Essential Questions will be studied, as well as questioning to elicit higher order thinking. Specifically, the ideas found in The Core Six-Essential Strategies for Achieving Excellence With the Common Core and Essential Questions; Opening Doors to Student Understanding will be addressed in this course.

Site: Lindenhurst High School, Room TBA

To register for Educator Essentials, print out the following form and follow instructions.

Deadline for registration:
Part 1: Sept. 26, 2014
Part 2: Nov. 7, 2014
Part 3: Feb. 27, 2014




If you have questions about this program, please feel free to email the director, Jennifer Bova, at


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