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

Academic Language
In this workshop, teachers will learn about the complexities of academic language, which pose challenges to all students, particularly English language learners. While students in K-3 are learning to read, students are reading to learn in the content areas in grades 3 and beyond. Even in early elementary grades, however, the language of nonfiction texts for science and social studies units include aspects of academic language that are obstacles to reading comprehension and accessing content knowledge. In this workshop, educators will learn about the challenges and strategies to teach various characteristics of academic language: the differences between social and academic language, sophisticated vocabulary words, complex noun phrases, nominalizations, formal sentence structures, complex grammatical structures, and multiple phrases and clauses within sentences that each convey their own message. The activities and strategies to be shared in this workshop will inform teachers on how to integrate language and content instruction.

Algebraic Thinking + Conjecturing = Mathematical Power
Participants will explore the role of conjecturing as a way to deepen understanding of operations and algebraic thinking, practice strategies to help students articulate, refine and edit conjectures and engage in algebraic activities.

High-Impact Literacy Strategies
Participants will examine research-based practices to support students before reading complex text, experience pre-reading activities that encourage students to make connections that will foster deeper comprehension and apply strategies that motivate and engage students with task and text.

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.

The Learning is in the Struggle: A Mindset for Mathematical Success
Participants will learn about the growth mindset; experience how the mindset connects to math teaching and learning; and solve math problems and design activities that promote productive math struggle.

Math Rules! That Impact Students' Mathematical Understanding: Tips and Tricks
Participants will deepen understanding of numbers and operations in base ten (P-5) and number systems (6-12) through engaging in professional collaboration and develop a toolkit of effective instructional strategies to support the standards for mathematical practice and the instructional shifts.

Setting the Stage for Reading Complex Text
Participants will examine research-based practices to support students before reading complex text; experience pre-reading activities that encourage students to make connections that will foster deeper comprehension during reading; and apply strategies that motivate and engage students with tasks and text.

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.

Strengthening Literacy Skills Through Vocabulary Instruction
Participants will examine the research that determines how continuous vocabulary instruction strengthens students as independent learners, unpack the Common Core Language Standards for vocabulary and learn strategies for explicit instruction of vocabulary.

Schedule of Courses

May 2018

June 2018

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