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Self-Paced Courses: Online Only

Self-paced courses for educators were developed by Learners Edge, Inc., and contain a wealth of practical, proven strategies to improve teaching and student learning by creating relevant activities to be used in the classroom. These courses are offered in an online format. A syllabus is available by contacting the Distance and Continuing Education Office.

Note: These courses are intended for certificate renewal or personal enrichment and are not applicable to a degree program.

Web EDU (3)

This course will move educators to think differently about technology’s potential for strengthening students’ critical thinking, writing, reflection, and interactive learning. This course explores how Web tools can generate exciting new learning formats and explains how to apply these tools in the classroom to engage all students. Specific teaching applications are included for web logs, wikis, and RSS (rich site summary). (EDU 565-00E1, OL, 681)

Mindsets Matter (3)

Guide your students to learn and grow in ways they never thought possible through the adoption of a growth mindset! You will learn strategies to ensure your students are challenged, think critically, and can embrace failure as a stepping stone to success. (EDU 565-00E5, OL, 731)

Engaging Students with Pop Culture (3)

This class is filled with resources you can use to make your curriculum pop! This course is designed to help teachers integrate pop culture resources in the classroom to encourage critical reading of print and non-print texts. Through educational theory and real-world application, learn how media can engage students and enrich instruction across all content areas. With step-by-step guidance, create collaborative learning environments using unique graphic organizers to explore films, music, podcasts, and more. (EDU 565-00E6, OL, 998)

Flipping Your Classroom: Your Lessons, Your Learning (1)

Learn what a flipped classroom is and why teachers are embracing this new way of teaching, and students are embracing this new way of learning. Revolutionize your teaching by recognizing that students can watch recorded lessons, freeing you up from lecturing which gives you more time in class to address the needs of your students. (EDU 565-00EG, OL, 5842)

Special Education Law 101: Rights of Students, Responsibilities of Educators (1)

This course aims to give you an understanding of your legal responsibilities related to special education, including IDEA 2004 and section 504. Explore course cases and other true-life scenarios which have led to the establishment of important legal rights of students with disabilities. Learn how to strengthen partnerships with parents and other IEP team members and become familiar with key terms and acronyms such as FAPE, LRE, IEP, manifestation determination, and procedural safeguards. (EDU 565-00EH, OL, 687)

Mindful Leadership in Schools (3)

For school leaders and teacher-leaders wishing to incorporate mindfulness into their lives, this course provides a clear and engaging pathway. Participants will discover how mindfulness can help manage the demands of leadership, improve communication, and support a healthy lifestyle. Beginning with brain research and the impact of stress on the body, learn how to build a self-care practice that serves as a model for colleagues and staff. Explore foundational strategies such as mindful listening and speaking, focused breathing, awareness journaling, and the mindful classroom. Personal stories, practical strategies, and case studies demonstrate the power of mindful leadership to live more focused and balanced lives. (EDU 565-00EK, OL, 898)

Developing Expert Learners Through Personalized Learning (3)

This intriguing online course, focused on personalized education, will provide you with the basics and more to transform your classroom from a group of students to a group of expert learners. Gain knowledge, insights and practical tools for use with individual students to increase learner agency through personalized learning. Apply strategies and skills to increase voice, choice, engagement, motivation, ownership, purpose and self-efficacy. This course will help you increase achievement by honoring the individual learners in your classroom. (EDU 565-00F5, OL, 5016)

Digital Literacy: Engaging Technologies for Learning to Read and Reading to Learn (3)

Digital literacy is leading virtually all teachers and students to endless learning possibilities while demanding new strategies for learning to read and reading to learn. In a world full of screens, all educators must be in-the-know about new technologies students are using to absorb knowledge and information. In this online course, teachers will examine how brain science is intertwined with digital learning and how this high-powered engagement impacts teaching and learning. Through a survey of current digital literacy and learning programs, teachers will interpret both strengths and challenges of technology tools and professional practices. Educators will discover specific apps, programs, and strategies to use in daily instruction and promote beyond to home learning environments. (EDU 565-00FA, OL, 5036)

Navigating Personalized Learning as a Leader (3)

Are you ready to get your building or district moving on the road to personalized learning? This intriguing leadership course will help you do just that. Through step-by-step guidance on implementation, you will learn how to shift your school or district from traditional methods to personalization by creating and using learner profiles and customized learning paths for staff and students. It is time to navigate toward personalization to increase learner success. (EDU 565-00FB, OL, 5054)

Social Media Responsibility: Speaking the Language and Keeping Kids Healthy (3)

Of all the currencies used by tweens and teenagers, social media may be one of the strongest. This online course provides research, language, and strategies with which teachers can begin to accept and understand the use of social media in students’ lives. Discover the main ways in which social media use can affect the education experience, and evaluate practices that can help or hinder students who struggle with balance and organization. Finally, dig into the effects social media has on emotional and physical wellness, including information to disseminate to parents. Become an engaged and interested adult who can help students stay safe and on task, given the lack of boundaries within social media apps and sites. (EDU 565-00FC, OL, 5060)

Social Emotional Learning: Strenghtening Hearts and Minds (3)

Social emotional learning has been called the “missing piece” of education, and this encouraging, relevant course will allow you to complete the puzzle. Filled with resources and applicable activities, the course takes the learner on a journey from the basics of social emotional learning to teaching strategies for each competency. Applications are designed for exploration and reflection and allow participants to develop future plans to implement social emotional learning and increase these necessary skills in their learners. (EDU 565-00FE, OL, 5031)

Digital Citizenship for the Classroom (2)

Learn the foundations for digital citizenship for today’s students, including internet privacy, online etiquette, the development of digital footprints, and the power of digital media to create change! Filled with useful tips and online resources, this introductory course will help you provide students with a clear understanding of how to be safe and responsible online. This course is intended for K-12 teachers in all content areas looking for simple ways to support students as they navigate the digital world. (EDU 565-00FG, OL, 806)

Farm to Table…STEM Instruction…and Everything in Between! (2)

You may have heard the term, “Farm to Table” or “Food System,” but what exactly does this mean? This is a movement that involves food from conception to consumption. Where does our food begin and what is needed to get it to the grocery store and ready for you to purchase? Why is this topic important to my students? These, among other questions, are topics you will explore throughout this course specific to STEM instruction. Journey with us to build your background on Farm to Table and bring these fun and exciting ideas to your students through classroom-based applications. This course provides excellent enrichment hands-on ideas for incorporating STEM instruction into your classroom. You won’t want to miss it! (EDU 565-00FK, OL, 5071)

Water Quality Instruction for Teachers: Good to the Last Drop (2)

What is Water Quality and why is it important to your teaching? How can knowledge in this area impact your teaching? Water quality is a hot topic for adults and students alike. Water is the foundation of life and is an excellent learning concept for any classroom. If you would like to incorporate more STEM lesson plans into your classroom, get started with a dive into water quality! Build your background knowledge on the Water Cycle, consumer issues, and sustainability solutions and apply this new learning to your own classroom with ideas for teaching water quality across the curriculum. This course is great for both science and non-science teachers. (EDU 565-00FL, OL, 5073)

Going Above and Beyond Academics for English Learners (3)

Do you ever wonder how you can deepen your support for English Language Learners and their overall development? This course will inspire you to identify six specific ways you can help your Els grow academically, socially, and emotionally that will strengthen the work you are already doing with them. This course is for any teacher who wants to reach English Learners and help them unlock their potential for learning now and in their future. Educatiors will understand the interation between students' mindsets, relationships, and skills and how to develop these concepts in students to empower them to acieve learning success. (EDU 565-00FN, OL, 5068)

Impactful Coaching: Reflection, Support, Growth (3)

Instructional coaching is a highly effective way to help teachers develop a reflective practice. Through this course, participants will learn how to differentiate coaching strategies to assist teachers at all stages of development to become more reflective and, in turn, make a bigger impact in the classroom. Participants will learn how to ask questions that encourage reflection, plan effective coaching sessions, and analyze videos of coaching in action. Whether experienced or new to coaching, this course is a must take! Available beginning Fall 2019. (EDU 565-00FO, OL, 5084)

Curriculum Design and Instructional Strategies: Education’s Dynamic Duo (3)

This course invites participants to dig more deeply into the curriculum design process by making explicit, transparent connections among curriculum standards, learning goals and performance criteria to increase transparency for students. They will learn new strategies for engagement and ideas for reteaching content to boost instruction. Finally, course participants will work toward the design of a unit of instruction that includes rigorous, cognitively engaging learning activities that can be used immediately with learners. (EDU 565-00FP, OL 5086)

Solving the Reading Puzzle: Using Assessment to Drive Intervention (3)

Learning to read is a challenge, and teaching reading is too! This course will help you boost student achievement in reading especially with those students struggling to learn to read and read to learn. Participants will learn about reading assessment including screening, diagnostic assessment and progress monitoring. Additionally, they will connect assessment data to differentiating instruction and intervention in the five areas of reading. Course participants will come away with a better understanding of how reading assessment drives remediation and instructional planning, as well as many resources to help students solve the puzzle of reading! Available beginning Fall 2019. (EDU 565-00FQ, OL 5078)

Teacher Leadership: A Guide for Professional Evolution (3)

If you have ever wanted to become a reliable and knowledgeable teacher leader, this course is a fantastic guide. As you assess your own knowledge, skills, and disposition for the role, you’ll dig into the wide range of topics and factors that are imperative for any successful teacher leader. Tools in this engaging course include assessments of a supportive environment for teacher leadership and factors and measurements applying to change readiness, along with ideas for data use and parent engagement. This course will allow you to delve into the next phase of your career: to join influencers and change agents in your school or district as a teacher leader. Available beginning Fall 2019. (EDU 565-00FR, OL, 5083)

From Trauma-Informed to Trauma-Invested: Creating a Culture of Safety (3)

This valuable course will increase your ability to work more effectively with students who may have experienced trauma or display challenging behaviors by creating a culture of safety in your classroom or school. Through self-assessment and reflection, you’ll determine your present level of performance on the Spectrum of Trauma-Savvy Practices and identify methods to move you closer to becoming traumainvested. You will learn and try next-level strategies to improve relationships, responsibility and regulation in all students especially those who have experienced trauma. Additionally, you will discover ways to ensure work-life balance to protect yourself from compassion fatigue or secondary trauma, so you can continue to make a positive impact on all students. (EDU 565-00FT, OL, 5062)

The Practice and Power of Vulnerability in the Classroom (3)

Whether you are a teacher, leader, or learner, the revolutionary research by Dr. Brene Brown has transformed the way we view vulnerability in our relationships at home, at work, and at school. Learn how to nurture healthy emotions like trust and courage while combating shame and fear. Discover fresh ideas for cultivating a classroom community that supports all students and expand your understanding about how trauma impacts learning. Consider your process for providing feedback and gain new practices for growing gratitude for a greater sense of well-being. Teach your students that “vulnerability is not always comfortable, but it is never weakness,” as you explore how vulnerability empowers the way we teach, lead, and learn. (EDU 565-00FU, OL, 5101)

Anxiety Awareness: Empowering Students with Help and Hope (3)

Mental health professionals are shining a light on the pervasiveness of anxiety, highlighting the need for increased awareness and attention to this issue. Young people are notably affected: anxiety affects 1 in 5 children, and 70% of teens say that anxiety is a major problem facing their age group. This course will give educational professionals the tools they need to support students who have anxiety, including foundational knowledge about anxiety, its symptoms, and a look at Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Participants will complete the course equipped with ready to implement strategies for teaching coping skills, ideas for accommodations, and considerations for tools and processes to support students who have anxiety. (EDU 565-00FV, OL, 5102)

Building Strong Relationships in the Classroom: Care to Connect (2)

Building relationships in a classroom with and among students of different cultural, language and life experiences can be a challenge for many teachers, but this course can help! Students are universally social beings who are hard wired with the need to connect. By taking time to cultivate deep, authentic connections, educators can make a positive impact on student confidence and ultimately achievement. In this course, educators will examine the role that relationships play in creating the ideal learning environment and explore research-based strategies for developing strong individual and community connections as well as managing behavior challenges with non-punitive interventions. (EDU 565-00FW, OL, 5058)

Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Reflective Introduction (4)

To achieve educational equity, we must meet the needs of all students, but, in particular, those student groups that have been traditionally marginalized resulting in chronic achievement gaps. This intensive introductory course offers a beginner’s overview of the core concepts that make up culturally responsive pedagogy and core practices to integrate into one’s teaching, in order to begin building a more responsive teaching practice. In addition, the course will help you understand the neuroscience behind culturally responsive instructional moves. The ultimate goal of culturally responsive teaching is to meet the needs of all students by using elements of the students’ culture to accelerate the processing of new content. This course will allow you space to both reflect on your personal practice and insights, and apply concepts to your classroom. (EDU 565-00FY, OL 5087)

Teacher Wellness Through Passion and Practice (3)

Reignite your passion and reclaim your calling! Through wellness practices—designed specifically for teachers, and though teaching strategies--designed to connect you with students, you will learn how wellness affects your professional practice and how to get back to the core of your calling. In this one-of-akind course, you will learn about the four passions of teaching: moral foundation, heart, mind, and hope, as you master student-centered and whole teaching strategies. The Blended Learning format of this course requires synchronous sessions which consist of two 1.5 hours sessions utilizing an interactive, live, online webinar format. (EDU 565-00FZ, OL 5092)

Bringing Your Classroom Online: Best Practices to Get You There (3)

This online course takes an exciting look at 21st century themes and concepts. You’ll learn tools and techniques that will help you to engage the digital learners in your classroom. Through the development of lesson plans and activities you will gain insight into ways in which you can thoughtfully transform your classroom with meaningful use of technology. You’ll have the opportunity to write a lesson plans incorporating 21st century concepts and learn how to use a wiki to house your online content. This course is your guide to building an online environment for your students. (EDU 565-00P2, OL, 5834)

Create and Captivate: Using Online Presentations to Teach (3)

This online course will provide you with the knowledge and skill to deliver an engaging presentation using online tools. You’ll also learn about how good storytelling is at the heart of a good presentation, and how you can structure and organize your presentation and handouts to most effectively communicate your idea to your intended audience. You’ll take a look at why color is important, why big photos are good, and why clip art isn’t. You’ll learn where and how to find web resources for use in creating presentations. Then, you’ll learn how to use Prezi to create a wonderfully engaging online presentation. Finally, we’ll explore You Tube and entertain ideas about how this tool can be used resourcefully in education. (EDU 565-00P3, OL, 5835)

Consumer to Creator: Coding and Kids (1)

Computer science jobs are growing as fast as you can HTML, and teaching kids to code in school is a key component in moving students from consumers to creators. Coding in the classroom is critical in building learners who can function well in our society as both well-rounded citizens and employees. Through exploration and hands-on interactive tutorials, you’ll be able to empower students to innovate and create! Recommended grades K-12. (EDU 565-00P5, OL, 804)

Co-Teaching: Partners in Practice (3)

Co-teaching has increasingly become more popular as education moves to more collaborative models of instruction. This course will help you to reflect on what you can bring to a co-teaching framework, and to reflect on aspects of co-teaching that are essential for you (and your partner!) to succeed in that environment. You’ll learn the different models of co-teaching, how to co-teach with a specialist, and how to apply specific strategies to foster learning in a collaborative environment. Online course, appropriate for grade levels K-12. (EDU 565-00PD, OL, 5843)

The Well-Connected Educator: Building a Personal Learning Network (3)

This course will open doors for educators who may feel isolated in their environment by highlighting habits and attitudes of well-connected educators. Build your own Professional and Personal Learning Network (P2LN) through Twitter, and understand why social media is quickly becoming the preferred professional development forum for teachers everywhere. Learn how to connect with great educators and organizations to establish mutually beneficial professional relationships for sharing ideas, troubleshooting, and inspiration. Access new ways to communicate, collaborate, and build community. Most of all, customize your needs and strengths within your P2LN to improve and inspire your teaching and learning. (EDU 565-00PE, OL, 5024)

Learning to Learn: Student Skills for School and for Life (3)

Forgetting to write down assignments. Not turning in homework. Inability to adjust to change. Expressing extreme emotion. Executive skills are becoming a focal point for many educational professionals, as students are showing deficits in basic organizational, emotional, and cognitive processes. This course seeks to define executive skills, and offers a variety of ways to assess, intervene, and adapt to help all students to be successful. Plenty of teaching routines to develop and strengthen executive skills will be reviewed and adapted for classroom use. (EDU 565-00PF, PB/OL, 5847)

Project Based Learning: Create, Collaborate and Innovate (3)

Learn the details and processes that will empower you to create Project Based Learning (PBL) experiences in your classroom. This online course will introduce you to frameworks and techniques that allow your students to facilitate a learning project based on their passions, all while building cooperative learning and 21st Century skills. You’ll look at a variety of instructional strategies and technology tools to support PBL in your classroom, and you’ll learn to assess your students’ progress in their experiences. Join hundreds of other educators who know that PBL is key to critical thought and innovative learning! (EDU 565-00PM, OL, 5856)

Data Does It: Improving Teaching and Learning (3)

Building a Dream Team: Effective Teacher Interviews (1)

School administrators and teams involved in hiring new teachers will find practical tips and tools for developing a hiring process designed to identify “best fit” teacher candidates. Learn how to promote job openings, pre-screen candidates effectively and legally interview candidates and analyze interview data to make hiring decisions.  This is an online course. (EDU 565-00PO, OL, 5860)

Hit "Play" for Podcasts in the Classrooms (1)

Podcasting in the classroom provides high-engagement options for all student learning. With simple, widely available podcasting apps, teachers can create opportunities for their students to engage in deeper learning of any topic through recorded conversations, presentations, interviews, teaching and learning sessions, and more! This course provides important background basics for podcasting, as well as podcast ideas for students that can be directly integrated into any classroom at any grade level. When you log-in to this course, you are welcomed into a whole new realm of learning engagement on any topic or interest your students may have – the sky’s the limit with podcasting. (EDU 565-00PP, OL, 800)

Extensions for Education: Accessorizing your Google Chrome (1)

Ever thought about accessorizing your Chrome Browser like an outfit or vehicle? This engaging course will have you doing just that. Participants will learn the basics of Google Chrome Extensions which are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser. Think of Chrome Extensions as pieces of jewelry with purpose or maybe an upgraded sound system for that new truck. This course will cover the following related extensions: searching, downloading, usage and reflection on implementation and impact. Participants will also find programs to embed into their own professional practice. Time to kick it up with Chrome Extensions! (EDU 565-00PQ, OL, 801)

YouTube in the Classroom: Beyond Cute Cat Videos (1)

Learn how to bring your lessons to life with engaging video content from YouTube and other valuable video providers. Most video sites are free, so tap their potential! Sign-up for a YouTube account and learn how to use video in the classroom. Personalize your library by adding favorite videos, subscribing to relevant channels, creating playlists, and sharing videos with your students. You too can use YouTube in the Classroom! (EDU 565-00PR, OL, 802)

Connecting and Creating in your Online Classroom (1)  

Google Classroom is a tool educators can use to simplify the way they create, distribute and grade assignments. After setting up a G Suite for Education account, teachers begin creating classes with Google Classroom by adding, then inviting students to join the classroom. Google Classroom ensures educators stay organized and provides a place for students to interact. Google Classroom works with other Google apps like Docs, Calendar, Gmail, Drive and Forms. An innovative way for students to connect and communicate? Get on Google Classroom! (EDU 565-00PS, OL, 805)

Reaching Success: How to Support Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (3)

This online course aims to enhance your effectiveness of working with students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD) by implementing proven instructional and behavioral management strategies to set your students up for success in school and beyond into adulthood. Explore the components of conducting a functional behavioral assessment (FBA), implement a behavior support plan, and implement tools to track and measure behavior change. (EDU 565-00PT, OL, 5014)

Equitable Learning with Assistive Technology in the Classroom (3)

Assistive technology (AT) in the classroom enables students with disabilities to become independent, successful learners. With a focus on mild to moderate student needs, this online course provides teachers with ideas for implementing quality AT to enhance teaching and learning in all content areas, as well as promoting organizational skills, engagement, and positive behavioral skills. (EDU 565-00PU, OL, 5034)

Stronger School Communities Through Improved Communication (3)

This online course provides instructional coaches, administrators, and teacher leaders with practical ways to improve professional communication in the school community. You will learn about the important beliefs and habits that lead to more productive conversations, including building trust and empathy, finding common ground, and avoiding toxic discussions. Based on proven coaching-conversation strategies, discover the power of focused listening, open inquiry, and non-judgemental feedback. Explore how better conversations improve relationships and build stronger learning in this engaging course. (EDU 565-00PV, OL, 5037)

Transitioning to Adulthood for Students with Disabilities: The Future is Bright (3)

In this engaging online course, participants will learn the basics of transition planning for students with disabilities including employment, post-secondary education and independent living. The course focuses on practices that can be used in schools and communities for teaching life skills to students with special needs and ultimately improve transition outcomes for learners. Participants will learn the importance of using student assessment date to plan for transition. Additionally, participants will learn and develop strategies to involve students and families in this process. This course will help educators create successful, exciting lessons, activities and opportunities for transition aged students with special needs. (EDU 565-00PW, OL, 5039)

Increasing Comprehension with Close Reading in the Classroom (3)

Close reading is a vital literacy skill for meeting Common Core standards that require students to answer text-dependent questions and understand complex texts. This online course offers an opportunity to study and practice a powerful literacy framework using six Notice and Note Signposts for fiction. Explore signposts (text features) to help you forge a deeper connection between your students and the fiction they read. Join the journey that will lead your students to increased engagement, reading comprehension, and productive independent reading through a transformational practice of close reading of fiction. (EDU 565-00PX, OL, 5040)

Five Fabulous Skills for Lifelong Success (3)

This inspiring online course focuses on building five success skills in students beyond academics to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes in school and adult life. Learn strategies for teaching students empathy. Gain skills to introduce and teach self-control to your students. Helps students grasp the difference between honesty and integrity and plan activities to focus on integrity in your classroom. Embrace diversity in the classroom through the review of resources and planning of activities for your students. Determine the importance of teaching grit and develop ideas to increase the skill in your learners. Learn to assess these five student success skills through intentionality, observation and reflection. Participants will also learn about the need for these skills and the importance of school culture and student relationships when teaching the skills. (EDU 565-00PY, OL, 5041)

Making the Shift to S.T.E.M. Education (3)

Are you looking for ways to create a more relevant and student-centered classroom? Are you looking for ways to better prepare students to fill the growing number of STEM careers? Then shift your thinking and get ready to embrace K-12 STEM education! In this course you will learn why STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) matters and will develop a plan to get started. All education professions, including teachers, school leaders, and curriculum directors will learn how to be STEM change agents. You’ll learn from those who have moved through the shift at the classroom, school and district level. (EDU 565-00S1, OL, 5080)

S.T.E.A.M Education: Integrating the Arts into your Classroom (3)

Research confirms STEM outcomes can be dramatically amplified by infusing the arts. Adding “A” for arts – instruction shifts from STEM education to STEAM education and promote collaboration between STEM educators and other teaching artists. This course connects latest brain-research with STEM instruction and fires up creative teaching energy. Explore application strategies for creating STEAM education lessons from regular classroom or STEM lessons to motivate and empower learners of all ages. (EDU 565-00S3, OL, 5795)

Trauma-Sensitive Teaching! Helping Students Overcome Adverse Experience (3)

For students who have experienced trauma at home, including divorce, loss, or abuse, success in school can feel out of reach. In this course, you will learn how to help your students overcome adverse experiences as you develop trauma-sensitive strategies for your classroom. Beginning with brain research, discover the impact trauma has on students’ emotional and academic development. Explore the foundations of trauma-informed teaching, including an emphasis on relationship-building, student choice, safely, and resiliency. This course will also present a thought provoking look at the importance of self-care for educators working with students impacted by trauma and provide teachers with the tools they need to build their own wellness plan. By changing the way we view and react to children’s academic and social problems, we can help all of our students build the strength they need to find success. (EDU 565-00S7, OL, 5007)

Thrive: Supporting LGBTQ Students in School (3)

It’s time to be an advocate for safe schools for all students! This course presents an introduction to the challenges lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students face today, and provides important first steps to help teachers, support staff, and whole schools more fully support LGBTQ students. Explore the importance of connecting with parents and caregivers of LGBTQ students and discover ways to affirm all students while respecting differing perspectives. Learn how creating safe classrooms and inclusive policies, incorporating appropriate curriculum, and establishing Gay Straight Alliance programs can foster a respectful and engaging environment where all students not only survive, but thrive. (EDU 565-00S8, OL, 5043)

The Road to School Improvement (3)

This course will provide resources and opportunities for reflection specific to school improvement and transformational change for school leaders. Tried and tested strategies for developing vision, improving culture and climate and communication will be shared, discussed and applied. Participants will actively learn tools for instructional leadership, improved professional development and will help to empower teachers to improve achievement outcomes in their schools. (EDU 565-00SN, OL, 5005)

Building Peace Through Restorative Practices in Schools (3)

This course introduces teachers to a holistic approach to classroom management based on the principles of restorative justice in schools. While traditional classroom management often relies on a system of rewards and punishment to encourage positive behavior, restorative practices focus on building healthy relationships, fostering social and emotional skills, encouraging engagement, and empowering students to address and correct misbehaviors cooperatively. When we invite students to take an active role in both preventing and repairing the harm caused by misbehavior, we build stronger school communities. Incorporating classroom strategies, school-wide policy recommendation, and personal experiences, this course provides a solid framework for teachers to use as they create a climate of warmth and inclusion that respects all people and also holds everyone accountable to being a good citizen. (EDU 565-00SP, OL, 5006)

Writer's Workshop: Engaging Students Using Menor Text and Writer's Notebooks (3)

What’s up with writer’s workshop? Even though it’s a proven framework for writing instruction, successful implementation remains a mystery and challenge for language arts teachers at all grade levels. This course will help teachers renew their intentions to make writer’s workshop a classroom reality. Focus on background and strategies for implementing writer’s workshop, then connect the writing process with two powerful tools: the writer’s notebook and mentor texts. Explore options and applications to create a workshop model based on current classroom structure and needs. How do I create and maintain an effective writer’s workshop to support students’ development? This course will spark energized answers and opportunities for improved teaching and learning of writing! (EDU 565-00SR, OL, 5015)

Using Universal Design for Learning in Lesson Planning: Reaching Every Kid (3)

This course combines the powerful processes and strategies of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with lesson planning to ensure educators are meeting the needs of EACH learner. Using an extremely applicable text, videos and relevant applications, the course provides an overview of UDL guidelines. Additionally, teachers will learn new stretegies for goal setting and assessment. Educators will be able to increase engagement, infuse lessons with multiple means of content representation, and choose materials and media to enhance their teaching. Teachers will reflect on strategies to ensure professional growth and an increase in student achievement. This course will provide the tools needed to meet the ever-changing variability of learners in our classrooms and schools beyond differentiation. (EDU 565-00ST, OL, 5035)

Technology: Byte-Size, Big Learning (3)

Because the digital world can be overwhelming, this course is designed to help you explore the online realm in small, manageable bytes. You will gain an understanding of a wide variety of online tools to enhance your classroom and instruction. Overall guidance for the new digital learners and in-depth direction for the more advanced will be provided. Find ways to stretch both your learning and your students through the user-friendly text and our stimulating online environment. This is an online course. (EDU 565-00SU, OL, 5061)

Preliminary Ideas: Get That Grant! Grant Writing for Teachers (3)

Most schools today face shrinking budgets. There ARE dollars out there to help. So who has this money and how do you get it? Educational grants might be your answer! This course will help PK-12 teachers and school leaders who want to fund their grant ideas. If you have a great project idea already or want to learn more about how grants work, this course is for you. You’ll learn about educational grant sources and how to find a good match. You’ll learn about the various parts of a typical grant proposal and how to write a grant proposal that is more likely to get funded. (EDU 565-00SV, OL, 5085)

Anytime, Anywhere: Today’s Learner (3)

In this course you will have the opportunity to explore 21st Century Skills and what it means to be a digital citizen. Through hands-on activities you will explore various mobile technologies such as cell phones, MP3 players and netbooks and their applicability in the classroom. Social media can have a positive impact in the classroom. This course will guide you through social media as it applies to education with a look at Web 2.0 tools such as social networks, virtual worlds, online writing and image sharing as well as gaming in the classroom. This is an online course. (EDU 565-00SW, OL, 5751)

One Stop Shop: Online Docs, Spreadsheets, Slides, and Forms for your Classroom (3)

This online course will prepare you to take your classroom to the next level using a host of Google tools. You'll learn how to create and share Google documents and spreadsheets online, access your documents from anywhere on any computer, import your existing documents, and organize your work into folders. You'll also be guided through publishing your documents, and you'll learn how to collaborate online with other users in real time. Using Google Earth you’ll fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others. Finally, using Google SketchUp, you'll quickly learn that there's no limit to what you can create. (EDU 565-00SZ, OL, 5833)