GCRTC End of Year Summer Catalog Update4 More New Programs Just Added

Thanks for keeping ALL of us  up to date on these RELEVANT, high quality,  'teacher driven' professional development opportunities.
Tony McCann

--- On Wed, 6/19/13, Valerie Lovelace <valerie at teachers-center.org> wrote:

From: Valerie Lovelace <valerie at teachers-center.org>
Subject: [GCRTC-Alerts] GCRTC End of Year Summer Catalog Update-4 More New Programs Just Added!
To: gcrtc-alerts at mailman.neric.org
Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 12:53 AM

Whether your summer schedule includes time off, summer school or other plans, GCRTC will be here for you throughout the summer. Because we know summer is the best time for many educators to participate in professional development, our summer catalog is filled with high quality professional development programs designed to keep you current and engaged. Please see our new and updated program descriptions follow this listing. All GCRTC course descriptions may be accessed anytime via the GCRTC Web Registration Catalog. Please contact GCRTC at 489-0568, should you need assistance with registration or any additional program information. 
You can also Follow us on Facebook! and Follow us on Twitter! to see photos of our recent courses and get the latest GCRTC news.
Have a great summer everyone-We hope to see you soon! 

Summer Institute for National Board Candidates Dates: Jul 10-12, 2013

Teaching with Poverty in Mind Cobleskill/Catskill  Dates: Jul 15-17, 2013

(A few seats are available in Catskill only-Please join the wait list and email
valerie at teachers-center.org to be enrolled in the Catskill HS DL lab location)

Updated! 2013 Great Teacher Academy 2013 Dates: Jul 18, 19; Aug 20, 21, 2013

New! Teaching with Poverty in Mind-at WSWHE BOCES Gick Rd and Berlin via DL Dates: Jul 22-24, 2013

Selecting Distinguished Picture Books for K- 3 Common Core Teaching Jul 19-20, 2013

K-3 Common Core Lesson Planning Using Distinguished Picture Books Jul 20-21, 2013

2013 Astrobiology Teachers Academy Dates: Jul 22-25, 2013    

Using SMART Boards to Address Common Core Standards in ES Math Jul 22, 23 & 30, 2013

The Resilient Teacher Retreat at Minnowbrook Jul 26-27, 2013·         

Challenge Based Learning Institute Jul 29, 30 & 31, 2013

Grades 4-8 Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice with Ratio, Proportionality, Fractions and Decimals Aug 6, 7 & 8, 2013

New! Building a Professional Learning Network with Twitter Aug 14, 2013
New! 2013 Capital Area Coaches Institute Aug 20, 21 & 22, 2013

Introduction to SMART Board Aug 27, 2013

New! Mentoring in the Midst of School Change Aug 27 & 28, 2013

The CCSS Core Modules????? Greater Capital Region Teacher Center in collaboration with CASDA and WSWHE BOCES, is proud to present the:
2013 Great Teacher Academy
Join your colleagues in a high quality inquiry into the CCSS modules, how they are constructed with the Common Core standards and shifts, and how to adapt or create your own high quality module with your own curriculum.
Teachers will leave the four days of the GTA 2013  with both enhanced professional skills and guided experience analyzing CCSS exemplar modules. Participants will also develop articulated Action Plans to adapt an exemplar module or to create their own-through collaboration and guided inquiry-during the sessions.
Facilitators are experienced teachers and educators who have significant expertise in the CCSS, alignment of curriculum and assessment, and providing high-quality professional development.

Location: WSWHE BOCES, 27 Gick Road, Saratoga, NY
Dates: July 18-19; August 20-21, 2013
Times: 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. each day
Fee: None, underwritten by GCRTC. 
Register for GTA now!

Teaching with Poverty in Mind-at WSWHE BOCES and Berlin via DL
Almost 20% of America's students live in poverty. This means that over 10 million children from K-12 are affected by negative factors that often limit their academic success. In order to reduce the impact of this obstacle to student learning, teachers need to understand the impacts of poverty on students and how this can be addressed within the classroom and school community.
This workshop will give you background knowledge on understanding poverty in new ways, along with research-based skills and practical applications that facilitate academic success for the increasing number of our students living in poverty. 

Based on Eric Jensen's book, Teaching with Poverty in Mind, this workshop will discuss the effects of poverty in our students' brains and how we as educators can use this information to make our instruction more effective, not only for students from poverty, but for all learners in our classrooms.

According to Jensen, Poverty has been analyzed and studied for years. The results are that poverty changes the brain. Here are six of the many ways:

Nutritional deficits

Emotional support


Health issues

Cognitive stimulation

Safety issues"

In this workshop participants will learn:

How the brains of students from poverty are different

Enrichment exercises that support positive changes in the brain

Practical strategies you can use in the classroom that will benefit all learners

Instructors:  Lynne Ogren, South Colonie CSD and Valerie Lovelace, Greater Capital Region Teacher Center
Location: Hosted by WSWHE BOCES, Gick Rd DL lab and Berlin CSD, DL Lab-Both locations will have an on-site instructor and will be fully interactive.
Dates:  2013 - July 22, 23, 24 (Mon-Wed)
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3p.m. daily
Fee: None, underwritten by GCRTC - 15 hours/1 in-service credit. Includes professional development and a copy of Teaching with Poverty in Mind (a $25 value).
Register for Teaching with Poverty in Mind Now!

Building a Professional Learning Network with Twitter
Twitter has undoubtedly become a social media sensation, but what many educators have not yet learned is that it is also an amazing tool for professional development! It allows any teacher or administrator to connect with other educators all over the world by sharing best teaching practices, classroom management strategies, iPad advice, and more. And, this is possible anytime of day for free!
This is without a doubt a huge leap forward in collegial collaboration and self-directed professional development. It will help you excel at NYS Teaching Standard VII, Professional Growth, most significantly in the areas of setting personalized learning goals and communicating and collaborating with the larger community to continuously improve your practice.
Are you a connected educator? You will be after this course.
Prerequisites: Mobile device with an Internet connection....iPad, iPhone, or laptop
Instructor: Geoffrey Bizan, 5th Grade Teacher, Stillwater Elementary School and Apple Distinguished Educator, gbiz28 at yahoo.com
Date: August 14, 2013
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (5 hours)
Location: GCRTC, Shaker Rd ES, 512 Albany-Shaker Rd, Albany
Fee: None, underwritten by GCRTC
Register for Building a Professional Learning Network on Twitter now!
2013 Capital Area Coaches Institute
GCRTC is proud to announce this special opportunity for teacher leaders, academic coaches, team leaders, mentors and all teachers interested in developing high level collaboration skills around teaching practice.
Learning Forward’s national coaching expert, Dr. Lea Arnau, will lead the opening of the 2013 Coaches Institute co-sponsored by the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center and Capital Region BOCES. 
·       We know from experience that there is a significant and growing need for teachers to collaborate on all aspects of teaching practice—and for the development of the skills and strategies around  facilitating effective professional conversations and team efforts.
·       We know from research that embedded, sustained, collaborative and supported professional learning is the most effective in developing practices that lead to improved student learning.
·      The Coaching Institute will help coaches, mentors, and teachers taking on other kinds of leadership roles learn how to respectfully and effectively facilitate team and coaching conversations around professional issues such as instruction, curriculum, and assessment.
Instructor: Dr. Lea Arnau, Learning Forward (Formerly the National Staff Development Council)
Location: Capital Region BOCES 900 Watervliet-Shaker Rd., Albany, NY 12205   
Dates/Times: August 20, 21, 22 -  8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily - Follow-up sessions: TBA
Fee:   $150. per participant. Includes books and lunch each day Aug 20th – 22nd. 
Program information contact: Carol Forman-Pemberton, carol at teachers-center.org
Register for the 2013 Capital Area Coaches Institute now!
Registration assistanct contact: Amy Carinci, GCRTC amy at teachers-center.org
Mentoring in the Midst of School Change
Alexia Ryan, an experienced and frequently requested mentor trainer, will be facilitating a two day training for mentors on August 27 and 28 at the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center.
This program provides practical strategies and activities to encourage and strengthen mentoring and coaching relationships and will reflect the demands of the current educational climate and requirements.
Participants will be introduced to methods for supporting teachers and colleagues in relation to curriculum, assessment, and instruction. They will also develop useful strategies and resources to assist them in providing feedback and improving the quality of instruction for both themselves and their colleagues.  This program presents coaching and collaboration as a shared process.
Instructor: Alexia Ryan
Location: Greater Capital Region Teacher Center, Shaker Road ES, 512 Albany-Shaker Road, Albany
Dates/Times:  August 27-28, 2013 - 8:30AM-3:30PM daily
Fee: No cost for area teachers-underwritten by GCRTC.
Program information contact:  Carol Forman-Pemberton carol at teachers-center.org
Register for Mentoring in the Midst of School Change now!
Registration assistance contact: Amy Carinci amy at teachers-center.org

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