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 July 2016

DASA Training at Lindenhurst High School
Thursday, July 21, 2016
8:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Lindenhurst HS – Computer Lab 5A
300 Charles St.
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

This is 3 hour training session. The other 3 hours will consist of online modules which will be made available to trainees at the face to face session.

To register, print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center according to the instructions below. We strongly suggest that you email us beforehand to verify available space in the class – owlcenter@lindenhurstschools.org.

 

Workshop Schedule for August 2016

DASA Training at Lindenhurst High School
Monday, August 22, 2016
8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lindenhurst HS –Computer Lab 5A
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.

To register, print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center according to the instructions below. We suggest that you email us beforehand to verify available space in the class – owlcenter@lindenhurstschools.org.

 

Workshop Schedule for September 2016

DASA Training at Lindenhurst High School
Saturday, September 17, 2016
8:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Lindenhurst HS – 2nd Floor Library/Computer Lab 205
300 Charles St.
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

This is a 3 hour training session. The other 3 hours will consist of four online modules.  An online Welcome Packet will be sent to participants explaining that they will gain access to the online modules after the face to face session is complete.  The Welcome Packet will include comprehensive directions on how to log-on to the online modules.

To register, print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center according to the instructions below. We strongly suggest that you email us beforehand to verify available space in the class – owlcenter@lindenhurstschools.org.



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The OWL Teacher Center

presents

Teaching Students How to Argue

Instructor: Karen Buechner

15 hours; 1 inservice credit Grades: 6-12 all areas
Dates: Tues., Wed., Thurs., June 28-30, 2016 Time: 8 am-1 pm
Location:   Lindenhurst High School 300 Charles St. Room 123 Fee$35

This course is approved for advancement to MA75 for Lindenhurst teachers

Think about your most recent students. How many of them have some or all of the following misconceptions about argument?

  • Students sometimes confuse argument with debate, taking a strong, oppositional position on a topic and then trying to "win" points.

  • Students sometimes conceptualize an argument as a fight: they spar with a text without taking the time to understand it.

  • Students sometimes think in black and white, neglecting the nuances of an argument.

  • Students can mistake argument for opinion, writing papers that are subjective and self-gratifying rather than objective and reader-based.

  • Students sometimes construct a weakly supported or poorly reasoned argument because it is, after all, their opinion, and they have a right to it.

  • Students can find themselves overwhelmed by the complexity of an intellectual problem, unable to take a stand.

  • Students too often rely on limiting organizational structures, which cripple their arguments from the get-go.

If you are like most of us, you are probably wondering about the best ways to teach argumentative writing. In addition to being a requirement on the Common Core English Regents, argumentative writing is a task on the SAT and is typically a focus in first-year college writing classes. Argumentative writing allows students to take ownership of their ideas. This 15-hour course is an inquiry into practical methods for teaching argumentative writing in the ELA classroom as well as other content areas. A main objective of the course is to clarify the elements of various argumentative structures and elements, so that teachers will become more comfortable with engaging students in crafting classic arguments. We will examine instructional protocols that will cultivate student-centered conversations about controversial topics as well as the pathways that lead to the writing process. Emphasis will be placed on argumentative terminology and essential rhetorical moves that allow students to skillfully construct an authentic argument for an authentic audience. The course is open to teachers in grades 6 through 12, which will provide opportunities for collaboration across subject areas and throughout grade levels. Teachers will leave this course with new understandings of argument and specific strategies that are easily implemented within the participant’s current instructional program.

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

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The OWL Teacher Center

presents

Google Apps for Education
& the Blended Classroom

Instructor: Erik Eve

This course is approved for advancement to MA75for Lindenhurst teachers.

45 hours, 3 inservice credits Grades 6-12
Dates: M-F August 1-5, 2016
Time: 8:00 am-3:10 p.m. Plus 9 hour online component
Site: Lindenhurst Middle School, Room S218
Fee:
$95

This program is open to all teachers, Grades 6-12, interested in all aspects of Google Apps for Education to design lessons and units in their subject areas. Using Google Apps for Education as a bridge, participants will learn how to design and build a paperless classroom. Teachers will also explore the concepts of flipped, blended, differentiated, and project-based learning environments.

Participants will be able to utilize new skills and knowledge, and can begin the process of functioning in a paperless classroom immediately.

TO REGISTER:

Print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center with your $95 check payable to Lindenhurst PS/OWL.

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The OWL Teacher Center

Presents

Integrating Google Apps in Your K-5 Classroom

Instructor: Caitlin Curran

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

15 hrs; 1 inservice credit Grades K-5
Dates:
July 11, 12, 14, 15 (Face to Face)
Time:
12-3 p.m.
Plus 3 hour online segment July 13 from 12-3 pm
Site:
Harding Ave. Elementary School, Lindenhurst Room 118
Fee:
$35

This one credit course provides participants with hands-on experience using Google Apps for Education. Working in a collaborative environment, teachers will create/modify lessons and assessments tailored to their grade level and curriculum.

Teachers must bring 3 current lessons to enhance with Google Apps.

Session descriptions:
Monday – Google Apps for Education Overview
Tuesday – Google Classroom
Wednesday – Webinar (online)
Thursday – Extensions and Add-ons
Friday – Google Apps Resources

TO REGISTER:

Print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center with your $35 check payable to Lindenhurst PS/OWL.

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The OWL Teacher Center

presents

Introduction to Mentoring

A Course for Teachers Who Wish to Mentor

Instructor: Jane Lombardo

New teachers often struggle with a predictable dichotomy. On one hand, they have completed their initial course work, and have been hired to teach. On the other hand, they are new to the profession, and don’t have the experience they might need to handle multiple, complex issues that arise with their students. They wish to appear competent since they are “real” teachers and they are expected to know what to do. They want their colleagues and supervisors to respect their position and knowledge, and don’t want to appear unsure. Enter the proficient mentor, who is able to develop a trusting relationship with the new teacher and help them navigate the many pitfalls of first-year teaching.

This course will be presented in two parts. This first 6 hours is a basic training recommended for anyone who wishes to mentor colleagues. The second part consists of a 9 hour practicum, described in detail below, which will help mentors develop the skills and strategies of effective mentoring

Teachers who take only the first 6 hours will receive a 6 hour contact certificate which can be accrued for inservice credit. Those completing the entire 15 hours will receive one inservice credit.

Introduction to Mentoring (6 hours) Monday, August 29, 2016 8 am-2 pm

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

  • Introduction of important verbal skills, including

    • Choosing between open- and closed-ended questions

    • Using confirmatory paraphrasing to determine a new teacher’s “agenda

    • Appropriately use positive phrasing and/or approval statements to overcome resistance

  • Introduction of classroom visitation cycle (pre-visitation conference, visit, post-visitation conference with new goal setting)

Mentoring Practicum (9 hours)
Thursdays, Sept. 22, Oct. 13 & 27, 2016 from 4-7 pm

  • Intensive practice using all mentoring skills from “Intro to Mentoring”. Video and live demonstrations as well as small group practice will be utilized.
  • Utilizing meditative and probing questions to increase reflection, specificity and clarity

There is a $10 fee for this course which will be retuned to you at the first session.

Building and room to be announced.

TO REGISTER:

Print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center with your $10 check payable to Lindenhurst PS/OWL.

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The OWL Teacher Center

presents

Google Summer Camp

Instructor: Tina Mottl

Grades 15 hrs; 1 inservice credit Grades: 4-12
Dates: M-Th, June 27-30, 2016 plus 3 hour online segment Time: 8-11 a.m.
Location:   Lindenhurst High School, Library Media Center Fee: $35

Come get your feet wet! Immerse yourself in the world of Google. Whether you’re a Google novice or someone who has dabbled, this class will give you the basic knowledge and skills to apply Google Tools to your classroom practice. It will change the way you run your classroom.
Participants will explore Google Applications such as Google Docs, Slides, Spreadsheets, Forms, Sites and Classroom. Teachers will have opportunities to create standards-based lessons in each of these applications for use in their classrooms in September.
This course addresses the CCLS by providing skills in using an organizational and collaborative tool to incorporate all NYS Common Core Learning Standards.

Learn to create, share and organize with Google Drive.

APPROVED FOR ADVANCEMENT TO MA75 FOR LINDENHURST TEACHERS

Deadline for registration: June 17, 2016

TO REGISTER:

Print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center with your $35 check payable to Lindenhurst PS/OWL.

 

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The OWL Teacher Center presents …

Make-N-Take

Spiral-Review Math Stations

Grades K-5 and AIS Math

Instructor: Michelle Schor

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

15 hours, 1 in-service credit Time: 9 am – 2 pm
Dates: Tuesday-Thursday: June 28-June 30, 2016 Fee$35
Location:  Lindenhurst, Rall Elementary School, Room: 203  

This 15-hour course provides an examination of the critical part spiral-review math stations play in having students practice, master, and retain the Common Core Math Standards. Participants will:

  • Create differentiated spiral-review math stations based on results from formative and summative assessments of the Common Core Math Standards. (Examples of formative and summative assessments will be reviewed.)

  • Develop self-assessments and/or peer assessments for the math stations to determine when additional small-group instruction is needed.

  • Prepare a classroom management schedule for the math stations.

The course is open to teachers in grades K through 5, as well as teachers of AIS Math, which will provide opportunities for communication across grade levels in regards to foundational standards that students need in order to progress.

Take this opportunity to develop and grow professionally (Danielson Rubric 4d), while you learn to design student self-assessments and peer assessments (Danielson Rubric 1f), engage your students in learning (Danielson Rubric 3c), and use assessments in your instruction to provide differentiated math stations (Danielson Rubric 3d).

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

TO REGISTER:

Print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center with your $35 check payable to Lindenhurst PS/OWL.

 

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Owl Teacher Center

Presents

Foundations of Teaching

For 1st, 2nd & 3rd Year Teachers – Grades 6-8

Instructors: Deborah Weinstein & Dina Hughes

15 hrs; 1 inservice credit Grades: 6-8 all areas
Dates: M-F, July 11-15, 2016 Time: 8:00am-11:00am
Location: Lindenhurst Middle School, Room N117 Fee: $35

A welcoming environment sets the stage for learning. This course is designed to help new teachers establish a comfortable, successful classroom environment for their students. Each session will concentrate on a different topic, concerning the roles of the teacher, the students, and the parents. Discussions will focus on starting off the school year on a good note, grading with purpose, organization, communicating with parents, and effective classroom management. Please join us on our journey toward creating the ideal school year for our students and for ourselves.

TO REGISTER:

Print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center with your $35 check payable to Lindenhurst PS/OWL.

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The OWL Teacher Center presents…

Grant Writing for Educators

Instructor: Maryann Augusta

6 contact hours (which may be accrued for inservice credit for OWL constituents) Grades: Grades K-12
Dates: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Time: 8am - 2pm
Location: Lindenhurst SHS, Room 205 (Library Computer Lab) 300 Charles St. Fee: $20

Ask why one grant proposal or application gets funded while another does not and you will most likely get many different answers. Developing a successfully funded grant proposal takes work, research and organization. But, you must also make your grant stand out from all the rest.

This workshop is an introduction to grant writing for those who are taking the first step in developing a project idea and turning it into a fundable proposal. Participants will explore the 8 sections of a typical grant, how to develop each section, and the terms unique to grant writing. Special attention will be given to the art of “backward” design to ensure a perfectly aligned proposal and meeting deadlines. Financial categories will be explored in depth, as well as components for sustainability and program evaluation.  Samples of successful proposals will be shared.

Participants will gain knowledge of resources to identify the best matching funding sources, where and how to submit, and the most commonly cited grant proposal weaknesses leading to the decision not to fund.  

This is a hands-on workshop.  Participants will have the opportunity to work on a sample grant template. Bring a project idea or identify a need you have.  All questions will be answered.

Please bring snacks/drinks as you will be working through the entire workshop without a formal lunch hour.

Deadline for registration: June 21, 2016

TO REGISTER:

Print out this form and send to the OWL Teacher Center with your check payable to Lindenhurst PS/OWL.

 

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News Literacy and Civic Responsibility Summer Institutes   June 27th – June 30th , 2016

We will be hosting our traditional Long Island Institute and additional institutes in Westchester, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. 

A printable flyer for our statewide offerings is available by clicking here.

A printable flyer for the Long Island Institute is available by clicking here. 

The Long Island Institute will be held June 27th – June 30th at Touro Law Center in Central Islip.  This 30-hour, 4-day institute is open to all New York teachers and pre-service teachers. Current teachers may earn either 2 or 3 in-service credits at the discretion of their employer. There is also a 3 credit graduate credit option through Stony Brook University. 

While seats for in-service credit will remain open until the institutes are full, participants seeking graduate credit must register before Monday, June 6th.

As educators, regardless of the grade level or subject we teach, we have a shared responsibility in preparing all students as active, informed, engaged and responsible citizens.  These institutes will empower participants with teaching strategies and resources to support highly effective instruction in essential civics content for all grades and subjects K-12.   

Training this year will include:

  • News Literacy
  • Technology Integration for Civic Engagement
  • Students’ Rights and Civic Responsibilities
Full institute details and registration are available at this link: www.civicspdny.org.

Contact  David.Scott@northport.k12.ny.us or 631 521-1773 (cell) to discuss any questions related to the institutes. 

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Dear Fellow Educator,

I welcome you to enroll in one of several Statewide Law, Youth and Citizenship Summer Institutes this year. We have new content and new locations for 2016. Please consider joining us and share this opportunity with all educators in your network. Full program details and registration is available at www.civicspdny.org.

This year we will have institutes in the following locations:

  • Long Island / Touro Law Center, Central Islip, June 27 – June 30 (4-day Institute) $60
  • Albany / NYS School Boards Association, Latham, July 11 (1-day Institute) $30
  • Syracuse / Syracuse University School of Law, July 12 – 13 (2-day Institute) $45
  • Rochester / Monroe County Bar Association, July 14 (1-day Institute) $30
  • Buffalo / SUNY Buffalo Law School, July 15 (1-day Institute) $30
  • Westchester / Pace University School of Law, July 18 (1-day Institute) $30

Opportunities for either in-service or graduate credit are available. In-service registration will remain open until all seats are taken, however participants seeking graduate credit must register before Monday, June 6. Early registration is recommended as seats are assigned first-come, first-served. We anticipate high demand for our programs.
Topics this year include:

  • News Literacy
  • Technology Integration for Civic Learning
  • Students’ Rights and Civic Responsibilities

I thank you for your consideration of the above. As educators, we have a shared responsibility in advancing the civic mission of our schools. Through our series of
institutes across New York State we will empower teachers to enrich civic learning for all students, K-12. I thank you for your anticipated support and your efforts in sharing these opportunities with your peers. You can download a printable flyer by clicking here- 2016 Statewide Flyer

For educators specifically interested in our Long Island Institute you can download a flyer by clicking here- 2016 Long Island Flyer

I am available to answer any questions about the Summer Institutes. Email me at David.Scott@stonybrook.edu or call me at (631) 521-1773.

Thank you.
Respectfully,
David Scott

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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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350 Daniel Street
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
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