Courses/Seminars

Teaching About the Seven Principles of Kwanza

In this three-session professional learning experience, participants work together to discuss and produce instructional activities that teach the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa using emancipatory pedagogies. Applying the Principles as support for positive student behaviors, interactions, and self-determination are a key component. Work produced is for use with the students of participating teachers, counselors, and special service providers. Participating teachers will receive professional development hours.

Session Dates, Times, & Location:  

November 28, 2018      4:15 pm – 6:15 pm      30 Hart Street
December 12, 2018      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm      The Little Theatre
January 10, 2019        4:15 pm – 6:15 pm      30 Hart Street

Registration

Teachers should register on TrueNorth Logic.

Parents and community members register by calling the RTC at 262-8080 or sending an email to ymontalvo@rochesterteachers.com

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Math Clinic For Teachers

“Teachers need time to construct their own mathematical learning

the same way we want students to construct learning.”

This math clinic is designed for K-6 teachers to create a collegial learning space where teachers can ask questions, talk with colleagues, and participate in facilitated discussions about teaching mathematics and making the math explicit.  We will explore the book Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler. Each participant will receive the book. The clinic will be structured around the learning needs of participants and discussions will focus on clarifying and illustrating inquiry based student-centered math learning. Clinic will be facilitated by Gina Cordaro and Tracey Farmer.

Clinic meeting dates are Thursdays:
March 7, 2019  4:15 – 6:15pm
March 21, 2019  4:15 – 6:15pm
April 4, 2019  4:15 – 6:15pm

Participants must attend all three sessions in order to receive 6 PD credit hours. Class will be limited to 20 participants. Location to be determined.

Boaler, J. (2016). Mathematical Mindsets.
San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass.

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The Kemetic Circle

Decision-Making, Building Community, and Solving Conflict or Balancing the Beloved

 

How do you develop an authentic, constructive, reciprocal, and meaningful relationship with your students?
How do you create a classroom environment that communicates agency and belonging?

Mr. Bruce Finch
Facilitator

February 25 & 26, 2019
NYSUT Offices
30 N. Union Street

4:15 pm – 6:15 pm


Have you ever considered rethinking traditional approaches to classroom “management”? Do you struggle in your class with “management,” “control” or “difficult” students? In these sessions, The Kemetic Circle: Decision-Making, Building Community, and Solving Conflict or Balancing the Beloved, we look at a culturally grounded approach to building classroom community through practices that support positive student behaviors and mutually beneficial relationships with and between students.
How can we create a classroom environment that communicates responsibility, self-actualization, and intrinsic motivation in students? What are culturally authentic practices that strengthen students and support learning? These questions and others are part of a teacher led presentation and discussion that builds on recent work produced by the Rochester Teacher Center.