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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)

Virtual Field Tripping:
Explore the World Without Leaving School (1)

Explore the world without leaving your classroom. Delve into the unique advantages of virtual field trips, and learn how to effectively structure such Internet activities. Online course that is recommended for teachers of grades 3-12. (EDU 565-00EW, OL, 846)

Gaming in the Classroom:
Level Up with Digital Natives (1)

Are you ready to level up? Digital natives are used for playing games that allow them to achieve levels, and acquire new skills and knowledge. Games differentiate, and by incorporating literacy for the 21st Century, engagement can be through the roof. You’ll also explore Minecraft© to see how these games can work with project-based learning. You’ll even learn how to either create your own game, or oversee students designing their own video game for use in your classroom! (EDU 565-00P1, OL, 803)

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)

Teaching Science Inquiry
Using 5E Model (3)

Inquiry-based learning is an approach to teaching and learning that places students’ questions, ideas and observations at the center of the learning experience. This course will help you effectively implement the 5E’s Model of inquiry-based science to make lessons fun and engaging for your K-5 students (and you!) What is the 5E Model? Through your work in this course, you’ll gain insight and ideas to Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. Included are strategies to help you manage your inquiry-based classroom, infuse writing and implement technology to enhance inquiry learning. (EDU 565-00PA, OL, 903)

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)

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)

This online course will assist K-12 administrators and school leaders to systematically use data to improve teaching and learning. Participants will learn to use the 8-Step Data Wise Improvement Process as a road map to helping staff and data teams identify problems of practice which can drive instructional improvement. Simultaneously, school leaders and data managers will learn how to shift culture toward one of inquiry by using the ACE Habits of Mind. (EDU 565-00PN, OL, 5861)

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 - Spring 2018 (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 - Spring 2018 (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 - Spring 2018 (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 - Spring 2018 (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 - Spring 2018 (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 - Spring 2018 (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 - Spring 2018 (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)

The Future is Now:
Re-Visioning Skills for the 21st Century Classroom (3)

This course will provide you with the tools and perspectives needed to help move students toward a skill set that includes important technology, life and career skills.  As you explore new ideas you will be challenged to shift in a positive manner toward a higher level of critical thinking and enhanced curriculum and instruction. Problem solving, creativity and media and digital literacy skills are addressed, as is the retooling and shifting of the current school system to better meet the needs of today’s learners. (EDU 565-00SM, OL, 5046)

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)