Rochester Teaching Academy Professional Learning Catalog


The following courses are being offered by the Rochester Teaching Academy and will be on True North Logic with full course descriptions 3 weeks prior to the start date.  We wanted to give you an opportunity to “save the date”, however, you will still need to go through True North Logic for registration.

Please note* If there are multiple sessions within one course, participants must attend all sessions for full PD credit.  There will be no partial credit given for any course that is more than one session.  All sessions will be via Zoom until further notice.  Please be prepared to have your cameras on.  Thank you!

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Course Catalog

Teaching with Vision: Best Practices for Promoting Success in the Classroom for Students in Urban Settings (This is a 12 hour course )- participants will receive a copy of the book, Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School /Edition 1

October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15 – 4:30-6:30

Harnessing the Power of Our Words (Elementary Educators 4 hours)

November 30th and December 7th – 4:30-6:30

Trauma Responsive Educating (4 hours) 

December 1st and December 6th – 4:30-6:30

Be the Wildcard; Bringing Your Classroom to Life (2 hours)

December 2nd – 4:30-6:30

Best Practices for Working with ELLS: Incorporating Translanguaging Strategies into Instruction (to fulfill CTLE req. 2 hours)

December 8 – 4:30-6:30

Self Care (2 hours)

December 9th – 4:30-6:30

RTA Cooperative Discipline:
As teachers, we have enormous power in influencing our students’ behavior.  Therefore, we need to be able to recognize the purpose, or the goal of the misbehavior, and know how to respond to it both in the immediate and in the long term.  This workshop will offer a process that is both corrective and supportive.  Focusing on the work of Linda Albert (Cooperative Discipline), Robert Mackenzie (Setting Limits in the Classroom), and Geoff Colvin (Acting out (Behavior) Cycle), we will couple behavior intervention with steps for building self-esteem and positive relationships with our students.
*This is an eight-hour course that will take place over the February break on 2/22 and 2/23 from 9:00am-1:00pm.

Alicia Cheng

Science Teacher/NYS Master Teacher/CIT Lead Teacher/Mentor

Sonja Griffin

Special Education Teacher

CIT Lead Teacher/Mentor

Anna Leone-Tobar

Bilingual Special Education CIT Lead Teacher/Mentor. 

Annamaria Manso

Professional Development Consultant Rochester Teaching Academy

Nicole Robinson

Spanish Teacher CIT Lead Teacher/Mentor

Tammy Shaw

CIT Lead Teacher/Mentor

Victoria Tilbe

LCSW-R – CIT Mentor

Kim Siracusa –

Special Education Teacher – CIT Lead Teacher/Mentor

Chris Smith

Rocrestorative TOA – CIT Lead Teacher/Mentor

Patricia Pugliese

Special Education Teacher – CIT Lead Teacher Mentor