Middle School Workshops

UFT Vice President for Middle Schools Richard Mantell has scheduled these workshops for all middle school members. These courses are NOT for college credit. Professional development and CTLE hours will be available. All workshops are open to any and all educators who wish to upgrade their instructional skills or participate in professional dialogues concerning their career.

All work sessions take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway (see the security agent in the lobby for the exact room number; picture ID is required).

Note: Courses whose titles are crossed out are currently full.

Effective Classroom Strategies: Restorative Practices

Date: Thursday, Oct. 12

This session will allow participants to experience the “circling” process to promote critical thinking and positive community relationships. Educators will be given researched-based tools to implement and sustain this new initiative in behavior management.

Heading Down the Path to Resilience: Mindfulness and Meditation

Date: Thursday, Oct. 26

In this session, participants will explore connections between students who experience traumatic events and how it shapes their behaviors and thinking. Educators will consider their role in building resilient students who are well adjusted socially and emotionally. Participants will practice the art of mindfulness and meditation and plan to use those strategies in their classrooms.

The Language of Math: Supporting ELLs and Removing Roadblocks to Learning FULL

Date: Thursday, Nov. 9

In this session, participants will engage in language strategies to support ELLs in the mathematics classroom. Educators will discuss the needs of ELL students based on proficiency levels.

Project-Based Literacy: Building Language Skills in ELL Students

Date: Thursday, Nov. 16

In this session participants will engage in the 21st-century skills of critical thinking, communication and creativity to create projects that support ELL students with language acquisition.

Finding the Middle Passage: Creating Context Through the Arts

Date: Thursday, Dec. 14

In this session, participants will engage in immersive theatre and utilize visual arts to experience the Middle Passage. Educators will analyze how this historical event connects to legacy across the United States and the Western Hemisphere via an inquiry-based approach.

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