Long Beach Teacher Center

Long Beach Teacher Center

Long Beach Teacher Center

September Union Minutes

The LBTC is currently waiting to receive the grant. We have posted all Fall classes on MLP. Thank you to those who expressed interest and signed up for our first National Board cohort. The center is currently working to bring a special education extension program to the district as well as start another admin cohort. Please look for an email when open house dates are finalized. We are beginning to contact instructors for the winter sessions. If you are interested in running a class and have not already contacted me, please email me at lbtc@lbeach.org. Finally, of you learn of any good PD courses, please forward them to me at lbtc@lbeach.org so I may share them with the district. Thank you for supporting the LBTC.

PD Opportunities

There are a number of PD opportunities available to teachers below. Remember to apply for each of these classes on MyLearningPlan for approval before taking the classes.

NYSUT Educational Learning Trust Spring Catalog

Fall Catalog

  • F17-06037
  • Laura O’Shaughnessy Swan
  • loshswanscope@gmail.com 3 Credits - Inservice
  •  October 4 - December 15, 2017
  • This course will explore how integrating the arts between subjects (specifically Math and Science) would help teachers and students make connections between those subjects with use of higher analytical thinking, reasoning and ultimately student voice. The ideology that learning through Socratic-like/multidimensional lessons would lead to revelations and progress across the curriculum and help foster an individual who possesses the life skills needed for a more creative economy. 


  • F17-06033
  • Laura O’Shaughnessy Swan
  • loshswanscope@gmail.com 
  • 3 Credits - Inservice
  • October 4 - Decenber 15, 2017
  • Course is designed for all grade levels and disciplines as we will explore the delicate balance between form and function extending to design from various periods and cultures in history. When comparing the National Arts, Next Generation Science, and Common Core Standards for Mathematics, there are many standards that naturally overlap, making it easy to integrate this process into your curriculum. Participants will go on a virtual scavenger hunt to return with a better understanding of the lives of people who lived in the cultures represented in the artworks. The course will provide usable links for each participant to create a unit of study/inter-curricular lesson plan adapted to their own discipline with a focus on exploration of cultural form and function. 

Welcome back!

Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year! Thanks in large part to the lobbying efforts of NYSUT, Teacher Centers were funded this year with twenty-million dollars. As a result, our grant was increased by almost twelve-thousand dollars. This money will be put into additional classes.

Starting this year, the Center will be releasing classes by the semester. Classes will be announced ahead of time and be available on MyLearningPlan.com one month before the semester begins.

Study money for the Fall semester is due to Center Administration by September 29. The form to fill out can be found here.

Partnering with the district, the Long Beach Teacher Center will be kicking off a National Board cohort next Thursday, September 14 from 4:00p - 6:00p in the Long Beach Middle School Library Multipurpose room. As a reminder:

  • The process is broken into four parts. You work at your own pace. Three years to complete. This includes writing over the summer.
  • Each class is 45 hours of reflective work.
  • Work is independent. You meet with a coach once a month and once over the summer.
  • Thanks to a MOU with the LBCTA, these classes may be used in place of graduate credit in terms of salary advancement.
  • Thanks to Al Shaker Grant, total cost of entire process will be $500 up front. Once you apply for the grant $425 is returned to you. If you do not complete the entire National Board process, you will have to repay the Al Shaker Grant for the full cost of the program (~$2500).

I look forward to the great PD this year. If you have any ideas, comments, or possible course offerings, please contact the director at lbtc@lbeach.org.

Summer PD Opportunity: Pathways to Invasion Conference at Fort Ticonderoga July 12-14th:

Pathways to Invasion Conference at Fort Ticonderoga July 12-14th: This is a two day event at the historic fort. It is open to all educators in the state. It is mostly free of cost, except for travel and dinners. It will feature many activities and lessons, including a cruise on Lake Champlain and a cannon firing demonstration. The focus will be on the geography of the region and how it affects the history of colonial warfare and the ecology of the lakes today. For more information go to http://www.nygeographicalliance.org/node/87  You can also register online from this web page.

Please be sure to apply for approval on MLP if you are considering taking this class.

PD Opportunities: In District Classes

The Long Beach Teacher Center has posted a number of classes. If you would like to participate please follow the MLP link and register. If you do not have MLP please contact me and I will manually add you in.

Google Apps for Education (Drive) Introduction
Dates: 4/24/2017 to 5/22/2017
Meeting Times: Mondays 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 4:30pm to 6:30pm plus an additional 2 hours of online work
Location: Middle School computer lab

Creative Ways to Develop Literacy Across Content Areas
Dates: 5/11/2017 to 6/7/2017
Meeting Times: 5/11, 5/18, 5/30, and 6/7 from 3:45-5:45
Location: High School Room TBA

Google Apps for the Classroom
Dates: 6/27/2017 to 6/28/2017
Meeting Times: Tues, Wed June 27,& 28 8-1
Location: HS Photo Lab Room 105

PD Opportunity: Stony Brook ONLINE Courses- Apps Master & Ed Computing Certificate

MESTRACT is offering two Educational Technology Programs completely online for the Fall 2017, the Apps Master Course Cluster and Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Computing.  A flyer is attached showing an overview of the programs and a recorded webinar is also available at this link https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2QiMQpQ-FRASEVBM2dKemsxRHc/view?usp=sharing.

If you are interested in the Online Apps Master Course Cluster (formerly known as the Google Cluster), please do the following:

  1. Complete this Google form at https://docs.google.com/a/stonybrook.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe2lEjmB6iAIZSesV85RX1wGo5qZjYJgRjPQ6iElh69vd3SOQ/viewform
  2. Contact Kristine Cucinello ( kristine@mestract.org; Phone 631-345-3461) for further instructions on the application process to Stony Brook University which will need to be completed by June 1st.

If you are interested in the Online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Educational Computing, please do the following:

  1. Complete the online Google Form:  https://docs.google.com/a/stonybrook.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScy6WD0Q_YuN_f9NU-w6Mbar5jPuId30Xy2pN0MNSF-4xCSJw/viewform
  2. Contact Kristine Cucinello for further instructions on the application process to Stony Brook University which will need to be completed by June 1st.

Free PD Opportunity: LIASCD Nurturing a Vision of Inquiry Across Science and Social Studies

We learned of the following free event that might help support colleagues as they implement the NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards as well as the NYS Social Studies K-12 Framework.  Just passing along in case you want to share with your staff. 

LIASCD's free spring networking session will focus on nurturing a vision of inquiry across science and social studies as we strive to implement three-dimensional learning.

Date and Time:  May 18th from 4:30-6:30 PM
Location:  Melville Mariott

To register, please email liascd2013@gmail.com

NYS Teacher Center Online Academy (OLA) Fall 2016 Courses

All OLA courses are 15 in-service hours. OLA Course Fee: $150 per course

Register using MyLearningPlan at http://rockteach.org/. If you already have a MyLearningPlan ID, register at www.mylearningplan.com

Check the OLA catalog http://eeznt3.nyiteez.org/olacatalog/ for detailed descriptions, course requirements and expectations before registering!

October 5, 2016 – November 17, 2016

Teens and Technology

Instructor: Peggy DeCooke, Ph.D. Grade level 6-12
In this online course, we will explore teen's dependence on technology from a developmental perspective, focusing on how teens attend to and process information and why interacting in a virtual space is likely to be so attractive to them. We will explore ways of incorporating technology into the classroom in a reasonable and informed way, as well as how to communicate guidelines for safe and appropriate use. Teens snapchat and instagram, and smart phones are requisite technology. This technology has changed the way that teens learn and interact. Teens listen in sound bytes and can access any fact simply by thinking about the "right' descriptors. How can educators used to writing on a blackboard communicate information to today's teens in a way that's engaging for them and not overwhelming for us? Interactions on sites, such as Facebook, have also replaced hanging out after school and creating an online persona provides teens with a new means of exploring their identity. While these sites broaden teens' social horizons, they may also thrust teens into social situations beyond their maturity level. How do we help teens navigate these technologies?

Using Digital Resources to Enhance Reading Comprehension

Instructor: Denise Lewis Grade Level 2-12
Have you ever read a book... a short story... a poem and been able to see the characters, know the place, or empathize with the protagonist? Many students haven't had such a memorable reading moment. They'd much rather surf the web, text friends and search for themselves on youtube. To motive students to read teachers can connect reading with the digital resources students use every day. There is a wealth of Web 2.0 resources to connect kids with books. Using Digital Resources to Enhance Reading Comprehension will provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to connect kids with reading through digital media and easy to use Web tools.

Using Google Tools for Collaboration, Enrichment and Differentiation of Instruction

Instructor: Dorit Eilon Grade level K-12
This fun and engaging course offered by a Google Certified Educator is designed to provide information and examples of various Google tools available to enhance the learning experiences of different learners. Participants will explore Google Earth, Google Docs (collaborative presentations, spreadsheets, documents and forms) Google Apps and Google SketchUp. Examples of how these tools can be integrated with different subject areas that are aligned to national and NYS standards will be shared.

 All courses require internet access and a comfort level with email, Microsoft Word and uploading documents.

Some require knowledge of other technologies or programs.

 Participants are expected to log in and work with the class site at least 3 times each week.

 Scholarships may be provided through your local NYS Teacher Center.

 Please secure approval from your home district, if needed, in advance.

 Syllabi, Road Maps and Course Policies can be found on the OLA catalog http://eeznt3.nyiteez.org/olacatalog/ along with the Standards for Online Learning, FAQ’s, and other useful information.

 No refunds will be issued after the start of the OLA courses.

NYSTC OLA is administered by Rockland Teachers’ Center, Rockland BOCES Building 10 PDC, 65 Parrott Road, West Nyack, NY 10994.

Questions? Contact Rockland Teachers’ Center: dstudnitzer@rockteach.org / 845-553-9516

Preparing Students for the new Social Studies Regents: Teaching the Social Studies Practices as well as the Content in the New Framework, grades 7th – 11th

This one day workshop will help teachers make the instructional shifts identified in the new Social Studies Framework and reflected in the prototype of the new Regents examinations. Specific examples developed by Mrs. Grant will be used to illustrate how to teach required content as well as the skills identified in the Social Studies Practices. The first three of these practices, the Historical Thinking Skills, which are at the core of all Inquiry instruction, will be given special emphasis.

This workshop is intended for teachers of Social Studies grades 7 -11.

Friday, October 28, 2016 8:30am– 2:30pm
The registration form is due October 14

NYSUT achieves waiver of registration late fees

In response to NYSUT's concerns, the State Education Department will NOT charge any late fees for those who miss the deadline for a new online certification registration. Starting July 1, a new state law requires all permanently or professionally certified teachers and Level III teaching assistants to register online by the end of your birth month.

SED this week issued a memo to superintendents on the new registration process, including an FAQ section that says late fees will not be charged during the first five-year registration period. Originally, educators were subject to a $10/month fee until you registered or notified SED you do not wish to register.

NYSUT continues to press SED to recognize previously completed professional development hours for new continuing education requirements. NYSUT has posted a printable "10 things you need to know" flier as well as a question form and more information on the new regulation.

Conference Request: Literacy Practices to Support all Learners

On Friday June 3, 2016 there is a Literacy Conference on Long Island, NY - "Literacy Practices to Support all Learners: What the research tells us to support whole-school reading reform" 

If interested, please apply for authorization on http://www.mylearningplan.com and wait for approval before applying for the conference. Conference payment and registration can be completed by clicking the link below. See the conference flyer for further details:


*If paying by Purchase Order, please continue to register using the link above to reserve your seat - select the "check" payment option for all Purchase Order payments.   This conference fills-up quickly. You will be notified if you are placed on the wait-list. Thank you. 

Stony Brook University Google Apps for Education

Thank you for your interest in Stony Brook University's Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer graduate course cluster.  I would also like to thank the Long Beach Teacher Center for sponsoring the program.  The first course (525 - Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer: Foundations) is tentatively scheduled to begin this Winter 2016, from 1/5/16 - 3/15/16: 

1.     Complete the Contract Student Information Sheet.  Be sure to include a valid email address.  The course will run from 1/5/16 - 3/15/16 (with online and face-to-face meetings).  

2.     Mail the completed Student Information Sheet to the below address with a check or money order in the amount of $1142 made out to "Long Beach Teacher Center."  The mailing address is:   Long Beach Teacher Center, c/o Lindell School room 104, 601 Lindell Boulevard, Long Beach, NY 11561.  This is due December 4, 2015 but you can post-date the check to January 5, 2016.

3.     Be sure to go to http://www.mylearningplan.com and request approval for the first course.

4.     Be sure to fill out a request for study money, which is due December 11.

Once again, I would like to thank you all for your interest in Stony Brook University's Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer graduate course cluster.  I would also like to thank the Long Beach Teacher Center for sponsoring the program.  Feel free to share this email with colleagues who might also be interested in registering for this program.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 631-632-7067 or by emailing craig.markson@stonybrook.edu  or al.pisano@stonybrook.edu

Best regards,

Craig Markson, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean and Educational Leadership Program Coordinator
School of Professional Development
Stony Brook University
ph: (631) 632-7067     fax: (631) 982-7229

Conference Application: Institute of Leadership Training for Teaching of Mathematics and Technology- Fall 2015

Application Letter

The Institute of Leadership Training for Teaching Mathematics and Technology at SUNY College at Old Westbury plans to develop and implement a leadership training program for 50 mathematics teachers of kindergarten through grade 12, comprised of two separate grade groups (K-6 and 7-12) during the academic year. Each grade group will consist of 15 formal workshop sessions based upon budgetary constraints. The Institute has been in operation since 1986 making important contributions to mathematics education on Long Island and New York City offering mathematics education workshops for about 1000 elementary and secondary teachers.

Training begins fall of 2015 with emphasis placed on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Teachers will be involved in applying problem solving strategies, using manipulatives (including calculators and computers) for instruction, writing lesson plans that align with the standards, and learning techniques to provide in-service training to others. The instructional hands-on manipulative materials will be supplied to all teacher participants.

Superintendents, principals and chairs are invited to nominate teachers as project participants. A nomination form must be completed by each nominee and endorsed by the Superintendent. We encourage nominations from school districts for teachers of all levels and abilities.

The Selection Committee will apply the following criteria in choosing teacher candidates for the program:

  • The proposed participant must be currently employed in your district as a full-time teacher.
  • The proposed participant must be interested in improving his/her own mathematics skills and instruction.

  • The proposed participant must be willing to incorporate many of the skills acquired into their classroom activities, be a resource and share with their colleagues.

The project participants will have a meaningful role in planning, implementing and evaluating the in-service training. They will be asked to indicate what they hope to gain from the training on the nomination form and will have further opportunities to affect change during the orientation and evaluative sessions.

The attached Project Particulars describe in detail our proposed program and the benefits to be gained by the participant from your school district. Please note that we recommend that four in-service credits should be awarded by each participating school district for successful completion of the program.

Please visit us at: http://mathteachertrainingny.org 

See other programs run by the Institute of MERIT at http://instituteofmerit.com

We invite you to print the nomination form for all teachers who may be interested in the project. Completed forms should be submitted by June 27, 2015 (via email, snail mail or fax) to:

Institute of Leadership Training c/o Mimi Schnier
PO Box 210
SUNY College at Old Westbury Old Westbury, NY 11568-0210

Thank you for your interest in the Institute of Leadership Training for Teaching Mathematics and Technology. If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please call the Program’s office at (516) 876-3261. You may also contact the office via fax (516) 876-3126 or e-mail at schnierm@oldwestbury.edu or kalisha@oldwestbury.edu

Conference: New York State Alliance for Art Education





In October of 2015, NYSAAE will host a convening of educators, teachers and artists statewide in an investigation of the future of arts education in New York State. Through a wide variety of panels, workshops, and other presentations, presenters share in best practices; discuss state, national and international policies; and address enduring issues such as quality, assessment, sustainability, and professional development.

Common Ground 2015 Program

Register Online

(If you are a teaching artist and would like to take advantage of your Teaching Artists Scholarship, please select the “Teaching Artists Scholarship” option when registering)

Hotel Registration

Conference: Understanding Developmental Trauma and its Impact on Caregivers and Their Children

Registration Info

  • Friday, November 6, 2015 from 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Location: UJA- Federation of New York 130 E. 59th Street New York, NY 10022
  • Run by Adelphi University Institute for Parenting
  • Early Registration (Before Oct. 16): $105
  • Regular Registration (Oct. 17 and later) : $115
  • More Information call 516.237.8513 or visit website
  • Registration Link
  • Be sure to register on mylearningplan.com to track hours.

About the Program

Developmental Trauma results when very young children grow up in a relational context of physical or sexual abuse, volatility from parental substance abuse or mental illness, profound neglect and/or domestic violence.  These experiences beget a range of infant-caregiver interactions that are intrusive, threatening, aggressive, rejecting, or exploitive and which communicate that the environment is indifferent, unsafe and/or, precarious.  Very young children do not have the capacity to cope with the extreme levels of stress that they experience and their fear/anxiety about their physical and psychological safety is experienced as a threat to their survival. They develop and internal working model that represents the world as inevitably bringing hurt and pain and themselves as damaged and terrible. Several areas of development are impacted when young children witness or experience chronic trauma, violence, abuse and/or neglect within the caregiving relationship, these are; affective and physiological dysregulation; attentional and behavioral dysregulation; self and relational dysregulation; chronically altered perception and expectations; posttraumatic symptoms; and functional impairment in the following arenas: academic, family, peers, legal and health.  Sadly, many of the parents with whom we work have their own history of developmental trauma, and this impacts their ability to parent, to engage productively with services, to connect with and use social supports and to navigate systems successfully.

The training will begin with an overview of early brain development. First the instructor will examine normative development, and then she will explore the impact of abuse/neglect and other traumas on neurodevelopment, the development of attachment and the capacity to self-regulate. The training will then explore longer-term impacts of developmental trauma on the capacity to form and maintain healthy relationships, risk-taking, parenting, coping with stressors and substance use. The ACEs study will be cited to highlight these impacts.  We will then explore how a parent's developmental trauma impacts his/her ability to engage with helpers, who work in and outside of the Child Welfare System.  The instructor will discuss ways to support efforts to heal this long-standing trauma as well as how to support reunification where indicated.

This program has been approved for a total of 6 continuing education/training/contact hours/credits/units for:  

  • Social Work
  • Psychology
  • NBCC

About the Instructor

Michele Many, LCSW, MSW, BACS, is the Chief of the Section of Social Work for the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry. Ms. Many is an expert clinician and trainer for many approaches to addressing trauma with children and families. She is a master clinician and nationally recognized trainer for Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) for working with 0-5 year- olds and who have experienced a range of child maltreatment particularly those in foster care.

Study Money Dates

The Long Beach School District will be making study money available for each semester. Applications to participate in the Study Money program must be received by the HR department by the following dates

  • Fall- Sept 25, 2015
  • Winter- Dec 11, 2015
  • Summer- May 13, 2016

Members with permanent or professional certification may apply for up to $1,750 in study money per semester. The application is available online at-  Request for Participation in Study Program - Group A.


Stony Brook Courses

Spanish Language Awareness for Educators

Short Courses for Teachers, Administrators, Coaches, Counselors, Nurses, and School Staff 

Wouldn't it be a powerful enhancement of your professional skills to be able to communicate more effectively with parents and students whose primary language is Spanish? Given the rapidly growing number of Spanish-speaking families and children on Long Island and NYSED’s increasing requirements for ESL-related expertise, it is crucial that non-Spanish-speaking educators develop stronger knowledge of Spanish language and culture.

This two-course sequence designed to enhance educators' understanding of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking students and families. Participants will learn the basic structures of Spanish Language and will learn vocabulary and phrases that are particularly relevant to K-12 school contexts.
The courses are scheduled in two formats:

  • 3 hours, one weekday evening per week for 8 weeks, or
  • 4 hours per day for 6 consecutive Saturdays

Spanish Language Awareness for Educators Sequence

Short Course I: The School and Its People
NCE 850 • Fee: $775

  • Teachers and Students 
  • Administrators and Family 
  • School Environment 
  • Curriculum 
  • Extracurriculars 

Section D: Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30pm; September 29; October 6, 13, 20 & 27; November 3, 10 & 17, 2015

Section E: Saturdays, 10am-2pm; January 30; February 6, 20 & 27; March 5, 12, 2016

Short Course II: Activities and Curriculum
NCE 860 • Fee: $775

  • Music and Arts 
  • Sports 
  • Special Education 
  • Report Cards 
  • Parent-teacher Conferences 
  • Problems and Solutions 
  • Behavior Problems 
  • Student Interaction 
  • End-of-year Ceremonies and Graduation 

Section D: Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30pm; January 26; February 2, 16 & 23; March 1, 8, 22 & 28, 2016

Section E: Saturdays, 10am-2pm; April 9, 16, 23 & 30; May 7 & 14, 2016

Earn a University Badge

University Badge
The entire curriculum is covered in two 24-hour courses. Each short course offers a significant professional enhancement; those who successfully complete the entire two-course sequence will earn a University Badge in Spanish Language Awareness for Educators. The University Badge may be displayed on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles, and added to a resume to bring visibility to your achievement at Stony Brook University.

Details and Registration

Fee, link and contact information