LearnUFT courses in Brooklyn

LearnUFT courses are now available at the UFT's Brooklyn borough office! The fee to register is $30 per course for teachers and $15 per course for paraprofessionals. Participants will receive two CTLE hours per course. In order to ensure that you are not signing up for a course you have already registered for or attended, please check to be sure you are registering for the correct session.

The UFT's Brooklyn borough office is located at 335 Adams Street. See directions »

Course Offerings for Teachers

First Things First (English Language Learners)
Participants will examine their beliefs about home language and culture to ensure the whole child comes into the classroom, consider the value of strengthening the child's first language to foster learning and develop proficiency in English and explore strategies to scaffold instruction for children in the classroom in order to increase access to content.

Developing Critical Thinkers: Engaging in Collaborative Discussions
This session will focus on the power of collaborative discussions in building students' critical thinking skills. Participants will experience discussion techniques that enhance student engagement and deepen comprehension and expression.

Getting to Know Our English Language Learners: Understanding the Language Proficiency Levels of Our Students
Describe the various student attributes for their designated language proficiency levels. Use the New Language Progressions to design instruction for ELL students. Incorporate strategies to increase interaction and critical thinking for ELL students.

IEP 101: An Introduction to Individualized Education Programs
Participants will discuss the research behind special education policies; identify the components of an IEP; and examine and use criteria for developing a PLOP and a SMART goal.

Specially Designed Instruction: Putting the Individual in IEP
Define specially designed instruction. Understand barriers to learning as they apply to the most common classifications for student with disabilities. Identify strategies to address student needs. Learn to use specially designed instruction (using an IEP) to meet the unique needs of a student.

Strategic Learning: The Five Guiding Principles of ELL Instruction
Participants will explore research-based core principles as a frame for ENL instruction; practice engaging instructional strategies to increase ELL students’ access to content; reflect on how specific strategies promote integration of content and methodology; and build a toolbox of techniques for integrated ENL classrooms.

Schedule of Courses for Teachers

March 2018

Date Time Class
Saturday, March 3 10 a.m. to noon Getting to Know our ELLs
Saturday, March 3 10 a.m. to noon Specially Designed Instruction
Saturday, March 3 10 a.m. to noon Developing Critical Thinkers
Saturday, March 3 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Getting to Know Our ELLs
Saturday, March 3 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Specially Designed Instruction
Saturday, March 3 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Developing Critical Thinkers
Saturday, March 17 10 a.m. to noon Developing Critical Thinkers
Saturday, March 17 10 a.m. to noon First Things First
Saturday, March 17 10 a.m. to noon Specially Designed Instruction
Saturday, March 17 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Developing Critical Thinkers
Saturday, March 17 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. First Things First
Saturday, March 17 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Specially Designed Instruction
Sunday, March 18 10 a.m. to noon First Things First
Sunday, March 18 10 a.m. to noon IEP 101
Sunday, March 18 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. First Things First
Sunday, March 18 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. First Things First
Saturday, March 24 10 a.m. to noon IEP 101
Saturday, March 24 10 a.m. to noon IEP 101
Saturday, March 24 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Strategic Learning
Saturday, March 24 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. IEP 101

Course Offerings for Paraprofessionals

Knowing and Supporting Students with ADHD
Participants will define attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, identify characteristics that signal ADHD and explore strategies for supporting students with ADHD.

Roll the Dice: Fostering Mathematical Fluency
Be exposed to the research that suggests games are a way to build conceptual understanding and fluency. Play games that are designed to develop place value and algebraic thinking and reasoning skills. Plan adaptations that allow participation by diverse groups of learners.

Turn the Page: Setting the Stage for Reading Success
Experience and discuss the seven habits of proficient readers. Make a plan to teach a student a new reading strategy to help them be successful.

Understanding Dyslexia
Participants will develop a working definition of dyslexia, identify major factors contributing to dyslexia and learn strategies for working with students with dyslexia.

Schedule of Courses for Paraprofessionals

March 2018

Date Time Class
Saturday, March 3 10 a.m. to noon Knowing and Supporting Students with ADHD
Saturday, March 3 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Understanding Dyslexia
Saturday, March 17 10 a.m. to noon Knowing and Supporting Students with ADHD
Saturday, March 17 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Understanding Dyslexia
Sunday, March 18 10 a.m. to noon Roll the Dice
Sunday, March 18 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Turn the Page
Saturday, March 24 10 a.m. to noon Roll the Dice
Saturday, March 24 10 a.m. to noon Knowing and Supporting Students with ADHD
Saturday, March 24 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Turn the Page
Saturday, March 24 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. Understanding Dyslexia
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