GCRTC Alerts for 12213

*Greater Capital Region Teacher Center
<http://www.teachers-center.org/>ALERTS for Tuesday, January 22, 2013

*Alerts is coming to you on Tuesday this week due to observance of the
Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday the 21st. I hope you were able to
enjoy a long weekend!*

*Please scroll down for more information on the following GCRTC courses*:
Early Childhood CCSS course (starts 3/15), Secondary CCSS course (starts
2/27), Secondary course on teaching Business skills to HS students (starts
1/29), *Teach Like a Champion* study group (starts 1/29) – and the miSci
(formerly Schenectady Museum)-Vision lecture and Butterflies Early
Childhood opportunities.

*Teacher Center Courses and opportunities*

*Early Childhood Common Core Intensive: A focus on Reading and Writing
*This 15 hour intensive professional development experience is specifically
designed to support early childhood teachers, grades pre-k through 3, who
are interested in participating in deep collaborative inquiry into some of
the more challenging aspects of Common Core State Standards including
writing from sources, academic vocabulary and text-based answers. Working
with expert early childhood facilitators and regional colleagues,
participants will refine and revise current and upcoming Common Core
lessons and units to strengthen instructional rigor and deepen student
learning experiences. (More on-line)
*Instructors:* Deb Hoffmann, Abby Weber, Robert Whiteman
*Dates/Time/Location:* March 15 (Fri) 4-8 p.m. ; March 16 (Sat) 10-5 p.m;
March 28 (Thurs) 4-8 p.m. at Guilderland Public Library
*Fee:* None, underwritten by GCRTC / Registration required - Register now
on MLP<https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13206&I=1268324&H=1>
*For more information please contact:*valerie at teachers-center.org

*Professional collaborative inquiry into secondary content area
CCSS-aligned unit development
*The Greater Capital Region Teacher Center is sponsoring a set of
collaborative sessions investigating the use of the *unit building
strategies and tools from the Literacy Design Collaborative*. Facilitators
for these sessions are area classroom *TEACHERS*who have developed juried
modules through work with national level cohorts on the processes of
building CCSS aligned, content rich units based on rigorous student tasks,
scaffolded and differentiated skill development, and authentic assessment
of learning. (More detail is available on-line)
*Dates/Times:* 4:30- 6:30 PM Wednesdays (Feb.27, 2013; March 13, 2013;
March 27, 2013; April 10, 2013)
*Location:* Greater Capital Region Teacher Center, 512 Albany-Shaker Road,
Albany, NY 12211
*Facilitator:* Amy Salamone, Guilderland School District and
co-facilitators from the LDC project
*Fee:* None, underwritten by GCRTC / Registration required - Register now
on MLP
*For more information contact:* carol at teachers-center.org

*Basic Principles in Business Plan Development: A Teachers' Workshop*
In this course, teachers will develop a greater understanding of how to
teach students the structure and substance of a business plan and
incorporate these concepts into high school curricula. Achieved through 4
modules, each is designed as a combination of teaching and application.
Modules include vetting ideas, market research, business model and
financial picture, presentation style and deliverables. Each module will
include a lecture as well as interactive group activities. The goal of the
activities will be to draw out alternative ways of helping students learn,
practice potential classroom exercises, and apply the concepts and tools.
(More information available on MLP)
*Instructors:* Dr. Gina O’Connor, Associate Dean, Lally School of
Management & Technology; Professor of Marketing; Director, Severino Center
for Technological Entrepreneurship; Dr. William Tracy, Assistant Professor
of Management, Lally School of Management& Technology
*Fee:* $35.00 includes lunch *Register now on
For more information contact:* Kelly Reardon-Sleicher at 518-276-2650 or
SCTE at rpi.edu

*Teach Like a Champion study group with Tom Shiland, NBCT (Includes a
personal copy of the book)
*This course is designed around Doug Lemov’s book *Teach Like a Champion*which
has been featured in the New York Times Magazine (“Building a Better
Teacher”, NYT, 3/2/10). The book, which will be provided to participants by
GCRTC, consists of 49 techniques that outstanding teachers use in their
classrooms. Each class will consist of discussing a section of the book,
along with discussing how those techniques worked in your classroom.
*Dates/Times/Location:* 1/29/13, 4:30-5 p.m.; 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 26, 4:30 –
6 p.m. each day at the Saratoga High School Library, Saratoga Springs, CSD
*Register now on
For more information, email:* mshiland at gmail.com

For questions on any GCRTC course, please feel free to contact
valerie at teachers-center.org for more information.

*GCRTC would like to make you aware of the following opportunity for
teachers that have been shared with us:*

*miSci (formerly Schenectady Museum) presents:*

*Vision and Learning: Help Your Child See Success (Free Adult lecture)
*Over 80% of what we learn comes in through our eyes. Looking close for
long periods of time can be very stressful for many of our children.
Symptoms of difficulty looking up close can include headaches, eye fatigue,
and double vision. Other children may simply avoid doing close work or
require hours to complete a 20 minute homework assignment. Dr. Robert Fox,
O.D., F.C.O.V.D., will discuss how vision problems impact learning and
school performance. He will discuss the latest research in this area, show
how to screen for deficits, and discuss the treatments that are available
for those children that struggle to read and learn due to a vision problem.
There will be ample time provided for questions and answers.
*Date: *Jan 24 (Thurs) – Snow date Jan 31*
Time: *7:00 PM*
Location:* 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady*
Fee: *Free
*For more information or to register:* Call 382-7890 x 228 or register
online at www.miSci.org/events <http://www.misci.org/events>.

*Spark!, New Preschool Science Class and Butterflies Exhibit
*February’s Topic, *Butterfly House Exploration*, focuses on miSci’s new
exhibit, *Butterflies* (February 16 through April 7) with the following
classes and main themes:

· Feb 1 (Fri): *A House of Sunlight* explores what makes things grow and
lets children grow a plant.

· Feb 8 (Fri): *A Rocky, Sandy Place *examines what constitutes dirt
through sorting boulders, pebbles, gravel, and dirt.

· Feb 15 (Fri): *Flower Food* focuses on how flowers eat through dissecting
a flower and examining suction with straws.

· Feb 22 (Fri): *Butterflies Alive* explores how butterflies live indoors
with a visit to miSci’s new indoor butterfly house.

*Times: *11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
*Location:* 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady
*Fee:* $50 for miSci members for all four classes or $15 per class; $70 for
non-members for all four classes or $18 per class.
*Registration and pre-payment are required*: Call 382-7890 x 224 to
register or for more information.
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