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, Cecile Wren and Joanne Verdino, will be conducting the workshops according to the following schedule:

Workshop Schedule for Fall 2014:


DASA Training at Longwood High School
Saturday, September 6, 2014
8:30 am – 2:30 pm.
Longwood HS - Library
100 Longwood Rd.
Middle Island, NY 11953


To register, print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center with your $35 check payable to the Lindenhurst PS / OWL in order to reserve your space in the class.

On the day of the training, please bring a $50 check or MO payable to “Matters of the Mind & Heart” for the instructor’s portion of the fee. The total cost for the course is $85 ( $35 registration, $50 session fee).

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The OWL Teacher Center is offering a new opportunity for professional learning for teachers of Grades 6-12.
Become a Common Core Ninja!
Instructors: Jennifer Ketcham & Jeanette Wolters-Lennon


15 hours, 1 inservice credit
Fee
: $35
Site: Lindenhurst SHS Faculty Room

Day 1. The Core Standard Document and Support Materials.
Date: July 15, 2014
Time
: 9 am-1 pm

On day 1, participants will examine the CC standards and discuss the challenges that teachers and students (and parents) face. Teachers will discuss the changes that need to take place in teaching and learning.

Day 2. Resources – Where Can I Find What I Need?
Date: July 16, 2014
Time
: 9 am-1 pm

On day 2, participants will examine the standards and different places to find and understand them, i.e. EngageNY, Core Stand, the Teaching Channel, and a wealth of resources for CC lessons in all content areas. Teaching resources for specific content areas will be shared.

Day 3. Formative and Summative Assessments
Date: July 17, 2014
Time
: 9 am-1 pm

On day 3, the group will define each type of assessment, different forms they may take, and how they can collect and use the data. Participants will learn to use hi-tech (Google forms, QR codes, Edmodo, Exit Tickets, Socratic method), and low-tech (index cards, stop light, etc.) tools to create a variety of assessment tools. Teachers will have the opportunity to collaborate on development of assessments.

To register for CC Ninja! print out the following form and follow instructions.

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New Summer Courses from the
OWL Teacher Center...

Welcome to the Core:
ELA for All

    Instructor: JoEllen Mish
15 hours, 1 inservice credit Grades 6-12 All Subject Areas
Dates:  July 15, 16, 17, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

Site: N. Babylon High School, Library
Fee: $35

Literacy instruction is no longer confined to the ELA classroom. Every educator is responsible for teaching students to read, write, listen and speak about their respective content areas.
This course will focus on the 6 instructional shifts in literacy and the Common Core ELA standards. Participants will explore new strategies and protocols, and embed them in common core aligned lessons and units in their respective disciplines.

Participants will:

  • apply the literacy shifts to their current lessons.
  • use the protocols from Engage NY to enhance their students’ discovery of knowledge.
  • develop common core aligned lesson plans and/or a unit of study, ready to use in September.
  • find appropriately complex texts for their students and understand the Lexile ranges
Deadline for registration:  July 9, 2014
Please print this registration form.

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New Summer Courses from the
OWL Teacher Center...

Reading Closely and Forming Evidence Based Claims
Instructor: JoEllen Mish
15 hours, 1 inservice credit Grades 6-12 All Subject Areas
Dates:  July 22, 23, 24, 2014

Time: 9:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Site: N. Babylon High School, Library
Fee: $35

This 15 hour course will focus on reading closely and forming evidence based claims using the Odell Education resources. Participants will also research their own resources for use in their respective content areas, and develop lesson plans that implement the new strategies and materials.
Participants will:
• select guiding questions and develop text dependent questions.
• learn to guide students in reading closely and analyzing complex texts.
• learn how to teach students to formulate evidence based claims and find supporting evidence.
• develop lesson/unit plans based on the Odell Education Reading Closely/Evidence Based Claims unit materials and resources.

Deadline for registration:  July 16, 2014
Please print this registration form.

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Owl Teacher Center
Presents
A New Summer Course for K-5 Teachers
Math Module Work Stations
Instructor: Beth Read

Approved for MA75 for Lindenhurst teachers
45 hrs., 3 inservice credits
Fee: $95
Dates: Monday through Friday, July 21st – 25th
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. plus 5 hour online segment
Site: Albany Ave. School, Library and Computer Room

This 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. These Module work stations will enable teachers to reteach topics, use a variety of learning modalities, and challenge every student, regardless of instructional level.

Each day of the course, participants will explore and design different work station activities for the various Modules. By the end of the week, every teacher will have at least 5 work stations completed for each of the Modules 1, 2, & 3. They will be ready for use in classrooms in September.

Every activity has a warm up, is differentiated, has specific questioning to be used, and a challenge component. Here are a few examples of what to expect in each grade level:

Grade 1 – use of playing cards to learn quick facts
Grade 2 – use of number cards, 10 frames, number lines to learn addition and subtraction facts
Grade 3 – use of area models, fluency drills, techniques for rounding numbers and teaching fractions
Grade 4 – use of playing boards, spinners, and other manipulatives/games to learn how to compare numbers, learn about multiples and factors, decimals, fractions, geometry and math vocabulary
Grade 5 - build a cube to understand volume, use cards to add, subtract, multiply and divide proper and improper fractions.

To register, print out this form and send it to the OWL Teacher Center.

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New Summer Courses from the
OWL Teacher Center...

Researching to Deepen Understanding
and
Building Evidence Based Arguments

    Instructor: JoEllen Mish
15 hours, 1 inservice credit Grades 6-12 All Subject Areas
Dates:  July 29, 30, 31, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Site: N. Babylon High School, Library
Fee: $35

This 15 hour course will focus on units 3 (Research) and 4 (Evidence Based Arguments) from the Odell Education resources. Participants will also locate and research their own resources for use in their respective content areas, and develop lesson/unit plans that integrate the new strategies and materials.
Participants will:
• develop an appropriate and complex research unit for students.
• instruct students on how to develop evidence-based claims into arguments.
• create guidelines for assessment of student work.
• design lesson/unit plans to use with the Odell Education Research and EBA unit materials

Deadline for registration:  July 23, 2014
Please print this registration form.

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Owl Teacher Center
Presents
Spanish for Educators
Instructor: Francine Voulo

30 hrs; 2 credits (Inservice)
Grades K-12
Dates: Monday through Friday, July 7-11 plus 10 hours of online assignments
Time: 8 a.m.-12:00 noon
Site: Robert Moses Middle School, North Babylon UFSD, Room 222
Fee
: $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 20 face to face hours and a 10 hour online component. Online work will include reading and writing assignments and visiting various designated websites for research and planning. Internet access is required.

Sign up using this form.

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New Summer Courses from the
OWL Teacher Center...

Teaching Academic Vocabulary
and
Differentiation of Instruction

    Instructor: JoEllen Mish
15 hours, 1 inservice credit Grades K-12 All Subject Areas
Dates:  August 5, 6, 7, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Site: N. Babylon High School, Library
Fee: $35

This 15 hour course will focus on two important aspects of instruction: methods for selecting and teaching academic vocabulary, and strategies for differentiating instruction in the classroom.
Participants will:
• select appropriate subject/grade level academic vocabulary words to be taught for the year.
• learn research-based strategies for teaching students these words and vocabulary words in general.
• create a toolkit of strategies for differentiation of instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.
• develop lessons/units which are differentiated, and can be implemented immediately in September.

Deadline for registration:  July 30, 2014
Please print this registration form.

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New summer course from the
OWL Teacher Center...

Writing to Teach,
Teaching to Write

    Instructor: Karen Buechner

Approved for MA75 for Lindenhurst Teachers

15 hours, 1 inservice credit
Grades 6-12
All Areas
Fee
: $35
Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, July 1, 2, 3
Time
: 9 am – 2 pm
Site: Lindenhurst SHS, 300 Charles St.
Room
: TBA

This 15-hour course is an inquiry into practical methods for teaching writing in the
ELA classroom and integrating writing in other content area classrooms. Participants will become more comfortable with the writing process as well as gain confidence in creating appropriate and realistic writing assignments for their students.

The course is open to teachers in grades 6 through 12, which will provide opportunities for collaboration across subject areas and throughout grade levels.

Participants will focus on the following:

• the skills our students need at all grade levels
• the types of writing students need to master, particularly argumentative, research writing, and writing for assessments.
• building a toolkit of instructional strategies
• developing an instructional program incorporating writing and other critical thinking tasks that • • promote inquiry in the classroom.
• designing appropriate writing assignments and activities for all ability levels that transform students from passive to active learners.
• create and effectively implement formative and summative writing assessments.

Deadline for registration:   June 25
To register for this course, print out this form.

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New summer course from the
OWL Teacher Center...

Enhancing Teaching and Learning with the
Standards for Mathematical Practice
    Instructor: Michelle Schor

Approved for advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst teachers.

15 hours, 1 inservice credit
Grades K-3
Fee
: $35
Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, July 29, 30, 31
Time
: 9 am – 2 pm
Site: Lindenhurst, Rall Elementary School Room: 203

This 15-hour course is an in depth examination of the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice that are the foundation of math instruction and learning for all students.
Participants will examine the Standards and learn to address them in daily lessons. As Module 1 is unpacked, teachers will look closely at mathematical models, key strategies, and terminology, while noting the standards addressed in that module, and how to apply them to lessons. Participants will focus on developing effective questioning skills in math instruction, and will gain confidence in creating lessons that are aligned with the instructional shifts.
The course is open to teachers in grades K through 3, which will provide opportunities for communication across grade levels.

Deadline for registration:   July 22, 2014

To register for this course, please print out this form.

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

3 hours (Workshop)  
Date: Tuesday, July 8 , 2014 Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Site: Parliament Place Elem. School Room 36 Fee: $5

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: July 1, 2014

To register for this course, please print out this form.

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PARENT UNIVERSITY!

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Here is the registration form for all OWL courses.

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

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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