Wayne State College

Learners Edge Courses

Learners Edge Courses (A-M)

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. 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.

Across the Spectrum: Teaching Students with Autism (3)

Finally, a course specifically designed to help you work with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Explore the following important components: characteristics and types of ASD, the role of assistive technology, intervention models, proven instructional approaches, parent involvement techniques, and available support services. (EDU 565-00SD, 776)

ADHD: Focusing, Learning, Teaching (3)

Prepare to gain a deeper understanding of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD), including diagnosis and specific behavioral interventions. Research-based, applicable methods for increasing appropriate behaviors and removing inappropriate behaviors will be addressed at length.  This course also provides relaxation and stress management techniques for you, the educator.  Appropriate for all grade levels. (EDU 565-00ET, 5027)

A Moving Body, A Thinking Brain (Grades PK-3) (3)

Educators will cultivate an in-depth understanding of the critical roles of movement and play in the healthy development of children. Teachers will learn through research based real-life examples, action-filled ideas, and best practices, all designed to help students learn and grow to their full potential. Learn how a moving child is a learning child in this colorfully captivating course. (EDU 565-00PJ, 5853)

An Educator's Guide to Global Thinking and Cultural Competence (3)

Whether you are increasingly aware of the beautiful, growing diversity in our student populations, wishing to make better connections with your students, or feeling the need to situate content-area lessons within real-world cultural contexts, this course is for you. You’ll collaborate with others to develop a Global Competence Toolkit, infuse content areas with culturally responsive teaching best practices, and design tools that will help you continue to build your cultural competence. An Educator’s Guide to Global Thinking and Cultural Competence will advance your thinking, expand your knowledge, and ensure that you have the language, examples, and strategies to increase your teaching effectiveness. (EDU 565-00EG, 5119)

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, 5102)

Authentic Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century (3)

If you are ready to bring the real world into your classroom, this course on authentic teaching and learning is for you. Delve into numerous instructional strategies useful for increasing relevance and engagement for students as they connect present and future lives outside of school with curricular concepts. Investigate 21st Century skills and inquiry for incorporation into your teaching. Design a backwards built project-based learning plan to use with your students. Generate starting points for problem-based learning and develop a plan to implement case-based learning with your students. You will come away from this course with a solid understanding of authentic learning and ready-to-use activities that can be immediately applied to your teaching. (EDU 565-00SS, 5104)

Be the Teacher You Want to Be (3)

Want to be a more satisfied, impactful, and happier teacher!? We’ve designed this course just for you! It’s easy to get pulled away from our teacher “True North” and to forget why we became teachers. Be the Teacher You Want To Be will give you the opportunity to check your teacher compass so you can proudly return to teaching like yourself! You will learn the art of authentic teaching, define your core values & beliefs, understand how to strengthen relationships with students, colleagues and families, and how crucial self-care is for both your professional and personal well-being. (EDU 565-00PE, 5108)

Boosting Social Emotional Learning through Sport and Physical Education (3)

This exciting course for coaches and physical education teachers will provide an introduction to the concepts of building character, increasing community and developing growth mindsets in students and/or athletes. Participants will gain a better understanding of how they can impact social emotional learning and how they can increase the likelihood their students and/or athletes will meet goals. Filled with engaging activities and strategies to use with students, this course goes beyond sports and physical activity to building social emotional skills needed for life-long success. (EDU 565-00FD, 5055)

Building Comprehension in Primary Grades (3)

In this course, participants will explore numerous ways of teaching literacy strategies to primary students. The author approaches teaching literacy with the expectation that primary students can be taught comprehension strategies and learn to become thoughtful and independent readers. The text for this course walks the learner through a year of teaching literacy in the primary classroom. (EDU 565-00SF, 760)

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, 5006)

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, 5058)

Building Successful Readers in All Content Areas (3)

Tired of your students' eyes just glossing over the pages as they read? The strategies in the course text will make the teaching of reading a practical, achievable goal in every subject. This course contains over 40 proven strategies that help students develop their vocabularies, comprehend informational and narrative texts, and engage in meaningful discussions of what they read. Recommended for educators of grades 3-12. (EDU 565-00EO, 880)

Caring for the Mental Health of Your Students (1)

This course explores the range of mental health issues that teachers face in classrooms today. Learn how to detect early warning signs of mental illnesses, along with suicide, chemical dependency, and substance abuse. Explore relevant classroom accommodations and instructional strategies so that students can achieve success in the classroom. Recommended for educators of grades 1-12. (EDU 565-00EU, 854)

Connection and Calming Strategies for Today's Teachers (3)

Envision reacting to the world of unknowns and “new normals” with a connected-and-calm response, even when circumstances are beyond your control. Picture the transformative power of understanding and managing your innate stress response by focusing on gratitude, empathy, compassion, and hope. Connection and Calming Strategies for Today’s Teachers will ensure you break free from the bonds of stress as it teaches why cortisol floods our bloodstream when we are under stress, and how somatic awareness, mindfulness, and emotional resilience are the tools we can use to retrain our stress response for a happy, healthy life. (EDU 565-00E3, 5116)

Connection in the Classroom (3)

One of life’s universal truths is the need for connection. Even though our students join our classrooms with a variety of backgrounds from trauma to addiction, they also seek connection and a sense of belonging. In Connection in the Classroom, you will learn how emotionally connected classrooms support students in achieving their goals and you will discover what neuroscience research says about why emotional connections are key to students’ success. This course will teach you how to create an emotionally connected learning environment that is safe, healthy, and nurturing. (EDU 565-00PG, 5109)

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, 5843)

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, 5835)

Creating an Anti-Racist Classroom (3)

Talking about race, though challenging, is necessary. It’s a conversation all of us need to have, no matter our race, background, or comfort level. In this powerful course, you will examine your own racial socialization and learn about the complex history of race in America. Once you’ve made these critical connections between past and present, you will explore ways to facilitate productive dialogue around race, identity, inequality, and justice with students (or among colleagues). You will learn anti-biased/anti-racist approaches to classroom instruction and learn how ensure equity in the curricular materials you choose. Whether you teach young students or young adults, this course will give you the tools you need to engage age-level appropriate, critical conversations about race and actively work towards rooting out racism. (EDU 565-00E8, 5128)

Creating an Inclusive Classroom for Students with Exceptionalities (3)

Today’s classrooms include students with disabilities, English Language Learners, gifted students as well as other exceptionalities. This course will empower teachers to embrace inclusion with expertise and evidence-based instruction along with behavioral management practices to successfully support all students with exceptionalities! (EDU 565-00F8, 5029)

Creating a Vision for Equity in Education (3)

Every student deserves a fair shot, so how are we going to ensure all students receive an equitable education? In this course, you will focus on developing practices that support building equity for all learners. Throughout your journey, you will explore how standards like social emotional engagement, instructional excellence, and student empowerment harmonize to create a more equitable school environment. In addition to reflection and introspection, this course will culminate in a school audit to uncover bias and imbalances in current practices and devise goals for moving forward. The text, along with the applications in this course, will support the critical work of educators to develop a vision of equity for your classroom/school/district and promote the actions necessary to make this vision a reality. (EDU 565-00PH, 5110)

Differentiated Learning: How to Teach to Varying Ability Levels (3)

This course addresses an issue that every educator faces: How to effectively teach students who have widely different skill levels, interests, and learning styles. In this course, you will learn how to effectively coordinate your time, resources, and efforts so that learning is maximized for each student in your class. Learn how to take your specific curriculum and the particular student needs and design and teach successful lessons. Recommended grades K-9. (EDU 565-00EI, 717)

Digital Tools in the Connected Classroom (3)

In this course, you’ll explore and evaluate various digital tools available online to support student learning and the acquisition of 21st Century skills known as the 4Cs-- communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. You’ll develop lessons and a project plan that integrate the 4Cs with supportive digital tools, all while hitting core standards educators are required to cover. No matter the grade or subject you teach, you’ll come away with a better understanding of the digital tools available, and plenty of applicable strategies to incorporate technology that engages, enhances and extends learning. (EDU 565-00SB, 5093)

Docs, Slides, and Forms in the Classroom: Your Next Level Google Guide (3)

In this course you’ll go beyond the basic features and functions of Google tools, to explore what’s possible with G Suite. You’ll learn how to take Slides, Sheets, and Forms to the next level with interactive, dynamic elements that incorporate 21st-century skills like collaboration, communication, and creativity. You will learn how to design a digital portfolio template to showcase student growth using the versatile Sites platform. We will also show you how to set up your Google Drive and Chrome browser for maximum efficiency and introduce you to Keep, a lesser known, but powerful Google tool to organize and track your digital workflow. Advance your skills and knowledge of G Suite with this intermediate level course. (EDU 565-00SK, 5099)

Empathy and Understanding: The New Tools for Students with Challenging Behaviors (3)

Ease your fear and frustration when faced with students who are difficult to reach and teach. In this course, featuring Dr. Greene’s book Lost at School, you will find the steps you need for connecting with challenging students. Break free from old mindsets and terminology like “at-risk students,” and empower yourself with the Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) model that teaches strategies for building and nurturing teacher-student relationships. Learn how to use the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unresolved Problems (ALSUP) inventory to identify the issues in need of attention. Join us on this journey of empathy, problem solving and relationship building! (EDU 565-00EB, 5032)

Engagement Strategies for the 21st Century Thinking Classroom (3)

Are you looking for strategies to increase engagement and improve essential 21st century skills in your students? Is it time to move from the traditional classroom model to a thinking classroom model? If so, this course is for you! You will learn how to apply the higher levels of the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy to nurture your students’ cognitive abilities. Using movement, collaboration and media literacy, you will discover new methods for increasing engagement. This course will allow you to transform your classroom using ready-to-use activities, lessons, tools and ideas you will create for the course. Get ready to boost student engagement in your thinking classroom! (EDU 565-00PP, 5112)

Engaging Parents for Student Success (3)

Learn how engaging parents and students as your partners in learning will empower your students to achieve. Discover pro-engagement strategies, ways to foster participation, and how to motivate parents, students, and community members to work as a team to ensure student achievement and learning. This course will explore strategies to help you establish positive, constructive relationships with the parents of your students and is appropriate for teachers of all grade levels and subjects. (EDU 565-00PB, 5844)

Enhancing Formative Assessment Practices with Technology (3)

Boost your formative assessment routine with accessible digital tools. You’ll clarify your approach to daily assessment with 3 key questions-- Where are students going? Where are they now? What are the next steps in learning?-- and use innovative technology to make learning progress visible. With easy tech substitutions you can collect data more efficiently, empower students to reflect on their own progress, and improve peer feedback pathways. Plot a course for learning with everyday embedded assessments and a renewed focus on continuous progress. (EDU 565-00P1, 5098)

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, 5034)

Exploring the Impact of Social Media on Students, Wellness, and Society (3)

For digital natives, social media has become the primary way to communicate. It has also become a big obsession: keeping up with one another, using photos and “likes” as currency. Exploring the Impact of Social Media will help educators and in turn, digital natives, understand the effects of social media on the brain, and how the coding in apps aim to keep us paying attention. Social media is a tool, not good or bad, but too much use can be detrimental to health and self-identity. This course illuminates the benefits and the drawbacks of our online interactions so we can all learn to regulate our use of social media, along with several creative ways to keep technology in its place. (EDU 565-00E1, 5115)

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, 5041)

Five Keys to Reading Instruction (3)

Learning to read is a critical process for all students, and finding the best strategies to teach it can be a challenge. This course will look to research from the National Reading Panel and other literacy experts to strengthen your teaching practice and increase students’ mastery of the essential “gold star” areas of reading-- Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension. You’ll explore tried and true teaching strategies that can support all tiers of the Response to Intervention (RTI) framework, including the unique needs of your English Learners. Build a strong foundation in teaching reading and reading development with the Gold Stars of Reading Instruction! This course includes two modules culminating in multiple choice progress checks and one module with a larger application project and reflection requirement. (EDU 565-00PR, 5126)

Focus on Phonics and Effective Reading, Writing, and Spelling Instruction (3)

Go back to the basics with a fresh focus on phonics. Effective phonics instruction requires specific teaching and learning targets bolstered by understanding the history of reading development and research behind the phonics and whole-language approach. Through a review of reading fundamentals and direct phonics instruction, teachers will learn proven strategies for practice and repetition to support readers struggling with letter and word decoding automaticity. By investigating formative assessments for phonemic awareness and phonics, teachers will activate reading, writing and spelling tools and teaching strategies with an eye on student engagement for better overall reading comprehension and achievement. (EDU 565-00F1, 5030)

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, 5062)

Fully Wired: Understanding and Empowering Adolescents (3)

This eye-opening course will explore the various changes occurring in adolescents’ brain and show teachers how to understand, communicate, and stay connected with these students.  With the arsenal of strategies discussed in this course, teachers can help their students learn to control impulses, manage erratic behavior, and cope with their changing bodies. Recommended for educators of grades 4-12. (EDU 565-00E2, 693)

Get in the Game, Game-Based Activities for the Classroom(3)

This course has a required Zoom session 8:30-11:30 a.m. June 7. Are you ready to transform your classroom by creating new activities that will engage students like never before!? Let the games begin! Get in the Game, Game-Based Activities for the Classroom gives educators the opportunity to reimagine classrooms as places where the phrase “Learning is not all fun and games” does not apply! In this course, teachers will explore how games engage and challenge students through competition, success, strategy, failure, and fun. Through the infusion of traditional, review, and online games into classroom curriculum, educators will renew students’ excitement for learning. Roll the dice! Come learn with us! (EDU 565-00EW, 5200)

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, 5068)

Goodbye Teacher Burnout, Welcome Teacher Wellness (3)

In this course from Learners Edge, you will learn how to give burnout the boot! Explore what it means to experience teacher burnout, discover the differences between burnout and demoralization, learn why teachers are leaving the profession, and why educators are more exhausted than ever. By the end of this course, you will know how to mitigate and manage burnout, you will walk away with a stockpile of strategies for self-care, and you will understand how wellness and healthy living are part of the prescription for healing teacher burnout. This course includes two modules culminating in multiple choice progress checks and one module with a larger application project and reflection requirement. (EDU 565-00P7, 5124)

Grief and Your Students: Honoring, Sharing, and Healing (1)

This course will provide strategies to help teachers deal with the sensitive topics of death, grief, and school-wide loss. Educators will be empowered with age-appropriate ways to communicate with students regarding their feelings, behaviors, and the outcomes instigated by grief and loss. Learn how to initiate and maintain communication, how to help students struggling with complicated grief, as well as ways to manage one’s own emotions when helping students. (EDU 565-00PC, 5845)

Growing Gifts: Stories, Supports and Strategies for Teachers in Gifted Education (3)

Fill your files and energize your enthusiasm as you learn the latest about working with students identifies as gifted! In this engaging course, you will explore the dualities of giftedness, the attributes of students assessed at Twice Exceptional (2E), ideas for identifying giftedness in non-mainstream populations, and ways to guide students who struggle with social emotional issues. The exceptional course textbook When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers is packed with student stories, strategies and support for working with learners who are gifted. If you want to be sure your students not only survive, but thrive, in the world of gifted education, this is the course for you! (EDU 565-00FH, 5066)

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, 5084)

Improving Outcomes for Students in Poverty: The Difference Makers (3)

This strategy-based course will provide a solid base of information and provide ideas to disrupt the adverse effects of poverty for students. Participants will develop activities to build caring relationships with students based on mutual respect and trust. Additionally, they will develop action plans to incorporate their own biases and expectations and develop methods for ensuring equity in their practice. Participants will take time to thhnk about their professional accountability to ALL students and learn about the impacts of efficacy and self-awareness. This course is a must take for EVERY educator. (EDU 565-00FM, 5077)

Incorporating Mindfulness: Strategies to Encourage Student Focus and Awareness (2)

Discover how to share the power of mindfulness with students in this engaging class! Based in research and grounded in practical applications, this course explores how present-focus awareness can foster social and emotional learning, increase attention, and help students manage big emotions throughout the school day. Explore dimple, ready-to-implement activities to unlock the key benefits of mindfulness, including stress reduction, increased focus, positive self-concept, emotional control, and affirming relationships. Learn the first steps to develop your own classroom or school-wide mindfulness practice with expert tips, outreach ideas, and action plans. If you are ready to teach your students how to use mindfulness to build resiliency, focus, and well-being, we hope you will join us! (EDU 565-00P4, 5018)

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, 5040)

Integrating Innovative Classroom Technology (3)

Whether you’re just beginning to dip your toes into the ed tech waters or ready to dive in head first, this course will give you a strong foundation in technology integration best practices to support increased engagement and academic outcomes in your diverse classroom. Throughout this course, you’ll learn how to move beyond online skills practice and word processing to integrate meaningful technology into your classroom routine. We’ll show you how to build lessons with the SAMR and the ISTE frameworks in mind and introduce you to simple digital tools that encourage creativity and critical thinking. (EDU 565-00SM, 5096)

Keeping Students Safe at School (3)

In today’s schools, safety is a complex and critical issue. Keeping Students Safe at School focuses on creating safe classrooms through social emotional learning, trauma informed teaching practices, learning ways to foster empathy in students, and teaching students how to be responsible digital citizens. In addition, this course covers the surreal necessity of preparing for, responding to, and reflecting on school violence. By offering this course, our collective goal is to provide educators with the strategies they need to remove “I don’t want to think about that” and replacing it with “I know what to do.” (EDU 565-00SE, 5088)

Leading Intentional Talk with Young Mathematics Students, Grades K-4  (3)

The need for students to develop deep understanding of mathematics concepts continues to gain national attention. Establishing a strong foundation of mathematics thinking at the early grades provides the spring board from which students can build higher order critical thinking and mathematics problem-solving skills in later grades. This course prepares teachers to engage students in meaningful conversations that will help develop their mathematical thinking. Teachers will learn how to move math talk to the next level - transitioning from asking students to share how they solve math problems to implementing a framework for planning and facilitating purposeful discussions that enrich and deepen student understanding. (EDU 565-00PI, 5852)

Learning on the Move, The Kinesthetic Classroom (3)

Motivated. Engaged. Happy. High academic achievement. These are the words and phrases that will describe your students after taking Learning on the Move! Imagine a classroom where students have a “safe place for the mind,” are free to take risks, and where teamwork and communication are key. You will discover what it means to “learn from the feet up,” why the brain’s preferred way of learning is by doing, and what it means to be a kinesthetic educator. Explore the brain-body connection, see why the research champions movement in teaching and realize ways to prepare the brain for learning as you watch your students soar! (EDU 565-00SQ, 5106)

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, 5847)

Literacy and Learning (3)

Designed to provide a balanced approach to early childhood literacy, this course explores strategies for teaching oral language, vocabulary, phonological awareness, word recognition, comprehension, and writing skills. Learn ways to engage young learners through play and technology integration, as well as suggestions for how to connect with families and to encourage literacy at home. (EDU 565-00FS, 506)

Living Your Happiest Life, Inside and Outside the Classroom (3)

Teaching is incredibly rewarding, but it can also be incredibly hard. In order to be the most effective teachers, we need to bring our best selves into the classroom. When you feel exhausted and overwhelmed, this can be easier said than done. In Living Your Happiest Life you will learn how to master your mindset to improve your happiness. This course will help you lead a happier life, both inside and outside of the classroom. (EDU 565-00SC, 5105)

Making Content Accessible for Your English Language Learner (3)

As school demographics change, teachers are challenged to address the needs of an ever-expanding variety of English language learners. In this course, you will discover strategies, templates, and activities to build a toolkit for working with ELs in your classroom. Explore the importance of academic conversations and teaching academic language in your classroom while implementing different scaffolds, vocabulary, and background knowledge activities. Most of all, you will learn how to create a collaborative environment that focuses on advocacy for creating a positive learning environment for ALL students, while making the content more comprehensible for students who may struggle with language. (EDU 565-00S5, 5025)

Making the Shift to Blended Learning in Your Classroom (3)

Get ready to reinvent the student experience with Blended Learning! We’ll show you how this approach offers a more personalized experience for students through increased connectivity, agency, and creativity in the classroom. Whether you’re an energized educator blazing a trail towards technology integration in your classroom or a progressive school leader looking to support change across several classrooms or buildings, this course will lead you through the development of your blended learning vision and the creation of a comprehensive roadmap to guide your journey towards innovation. You’ll gain insights into building and sustaining a blended learning culture, explore and apply digital tools including Screencastify and Hyperdocs to support learning objectives, and design learning activities (for adult or student learners) using blended learning models like Station Rotation, Flipped Classroom, Individual Rotations, and A La Carte. No matter the pathway, you’re sure to advance your knowledge and skills with this course designed for those ready to take technology integration to the next level. (EDU 565-00SJ, 5097)

Making the Shift to STEM 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, 5080)

Math Works: Teaching Math with the Brain in Mind (3)

Explore the latest brain research and its impact for teaching mathematics at all grade levels. The course will delve into the cognitive mechanisms for learning math and the environmental and developmental factors that contribute to math difficulties. Learn how to plan effective mathematics lessons with a host of brain-compatible strategies. (EDU 565-00S4, 970)

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, 898)

Mindsets and Math: Enjoyment and Achievement for All (3)

It is time for a mindset makeover in math! Unleash student potential by moving students from a “fixed” to a “growth” mindset about math, and watch them connect with math concepts head-on. After this course, educators will be able to create a classroom environment of growth mindset in math by: evaluating the math tasks and questions they ask, handling the way mistakes are dealt with, grouping appropriately, creating classroom norms, and applying the strategies to fulfill mathematics potential and engagement. (EDU 565-00F9, 5033)

Mindsets and Skillsets for a Culturally Responsive Classroom (3)

Start your “journey to responsiveness” with a focus on both the mindset shifts and skills necessary to be a culturally and linguistically responsive educator. With an emphasis on the “how to” of equity work, this course will help you develop strategies using the Validate-Affirm-Build-Bridge (VABB) framework to first acknowledge and honor your students’ diverse experiences, then build a bridge to rigorous academic and social standards. Through reflection, exploration, and strategic planning, this course will help educators make the shift to an asset (rather than deficit) approach that fosters positive outcomes for all. (EDU 565-00PN, 5111)

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)

Move, Grow, Play! Using Play to Teach and Learn (3)

Did you know that students who are running and jumping are learning the laws of physics? That learning about surface tension involves blowing bubbles? That children who are picking up cotton balls with tongs are developing their pincer grips? These are just a few examples of how children learn through play. Textbook author Lisa Murphy challenges us to ensure our professional practice focuses on what the research proves is the foundation of learning: play. In this inspiring course, you will learn ways to add the “Magnificent Seven” to your lessons, gather evidence that champions learning through play, and will return laughter, joy and play to your classroom! (EDU 565-00FI, 5057)

Moving Math: How to Use Differentiated Mathematics Stations (3)

This course will equip teachers with the ability to support and guide their students in guided math. The topics covered in this course are practical and achievable for young learners. This course will guide educators to understand guided math strategies and how to make guided math run smoothly in your classroom. Some of the areas explored in the course include: sample lessons, anchor charts, guided math planning, ideas for assessment and lessons, and strategies for engaging students during math workshop time. (EDU 565-00PK, 5854)