Graduate or Inservice Course

Putnam|Northern Westchester offers the following courses relating the to The Dignity Act. Please click on the title of each offering for additional information.

Bullying: Preventing the Problem Developing strong and positive connections with families and communities is critical in our educational settings today. This course will explore and discuss critical perspectives on school-community relationships. This course has been designed to provide enough variety in the readings, activities, reflections, and discussions that each participant should find practical value in the diversity of perspectives. The final project will be a portfolio of issues and activities that relate to a model of one’s choice, combined with an action plan. By the end of the course participants will have a collection of tools, resources, and documents that will be helpful in creating positive collaboration between schools and their communities. Hudson River Teacher Center
Cyber-Bullying and Safety on the Net (online course) Teachers in today's fast pace technology world must be able to deal with the new Cyber Bullying epidemic that has become a growing concern for students, parents, and educators. articipants will research what online bullying might look like and what tactics our students use to torment their victims. Course participants will look at it's impact on teaching and learning and apply strategies that will help reduce and/or eliminate the instances of cyber-bullying in our classrooms and in our schools. Using the CyberSmart curriculum that stresses that cyber bullying can be controlled, classroom lesson plans and materials will be developed to be shared with parents while looking at students' rights and laws that must be considered when confronting these situations in the new school year. Hudson River Teacher Center
Implementing the Dignity for All Students Act Using the information found at and, we will explore the information that all educators need to be aware of regarding this new law. “New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.” This law also requires updates to the Code of Conduct, The Dignity Act Reporting Form, Changes to Instruction and School Employee Training. All of the information has been conveniently packaged in webinars and resources listed on the above referenced sites. In this course, we will take a look at these materials and relate them to our current work in schools. We will create projects that will promote awareness as well as prevention. Hudson River Teacher Center