Elementary School Workshops

UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford has scheduled these workshops for UFT members in elementary schools who wish to upgrade their teaching skills. Professional development and CTLE hours will be available. All workshops cost $30 and are held on Thursdays at UFT headquarters, from 4 to 6 p.m. (see the security agent in the lobby for the exact room number; picture ID is required).

It's a Boy Thing! Do You Understand It? (Grades Pre-K–5)

Date: Oct. 5

Boys and girls learn differently because they are wired differently. In this interactive workshop, learn how to create activities and environments that meet the needs of all children to ensure their success.

Developing an Empathetic Classroom (Grades K–3)

Date: Oct. 12

Building a classroom culture that focuses on the whole child is the aim of this workshop. We will explore the social emotional needs of young learners and strategize ways to nurture students to be empathetic thinkers and problem solvers.

Impact of Intimate Partner Violence on Children

Date: Oct. 26

Participants will develop an understanding of how Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) affects children in the short and long-term, and develop best practices for working with children affected by witnessing IPV in their homes. Systemic responses and best practices for working with those experiencing IPV will be addressed and the concepts of trauma, trauma informed care and vicarious trauma will also be introduced.

Getting It Done: Mastering the Art of Time Management and Achieving Your Goals

Date: Nov. 2

In this session, participants will examine the relationship between attitude, goals, and action. Opportunities will be provided to create a plan for success and to receive feedback on that plan.

Next Stop: Geometry and Measurement (Grades K–5)

Date: Nov. 30

Let’s take geometry and measurement to the next level! More than just recognizing shapes, Geometry stations can be an avenue for creative exploration and language development. Participants will differentiate measurement and geometry activities to meet the needs and interests of students.

The Many Faces of Our Families (Grades K–3)

Date: Dec. 7

Many early grade social studies units focus on students and their families. In this interdisciplinary workshop, through literacy and art integration, participants will create self and family portraits using simple art supplies. You will walk away with simple artist techniques that will help everyone feel successful.

Social and Interactive Studies

Date: Dec. 21

Stuck on trying to find what to do to teach social studies? Make it fun and interactive through read alouds, centers, play and classroom routines! In this workshop you will use the Social Studies Scope and Sequence and the CCLS to “make and take” ideas to bring back to the classroom.

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