This is a unique and necessary course for all educators who would like a comprehensive and valuable resource in identifying and responding to the mental health needs of the students in our classrooms and schools. This course will provide educators with the descriptions of mental health conditions so that educators may be successful in ensuring students get the support they need.
This course is for all educators K-12. Students will learn the instructional approach of close reading skills. This means the kinds of questions to ask, the process, the support to provide, the assessment strategies, unlocking meaning, and developing the thinking, speaking, and writing skills necessary to be successful. You will choose K-5 or 6-12 grade level when selecting course.
This course will help all educators recognize that reading should change students. Reading should lead to thinking that is disrupting, that shakes students up, and makes them wonder what challenges them. Such thinking sets them on a path to change, if not the world, then at least themselves.
This course will equip educators with practical strategies to tackle bullying head-on. Social media bullying, and the recent tragedies stemming from it, has given this widespread problem a new dimension. Adults can learn and implement many quick and easy techniques that can make a difference in the lives of students - from establishing meaningful connections with students, to creating a positive school climate, addressing cyberbullying, building social and emotional competence, reaching out to bullies, empowering bystanders, and so much more.
Despite the prevalence of students with disabilities in the general education classroom, few teachers receive the training on how to meet these student’s needs or how to navigate the legally mandated processes enumerated in the Individuals With Disabilities Act. What are their responsibilities? What is their role? What must they do to ensure that students with disabilities and other special needs receive the quality education they are entitled to?
Educators have grown accustomed to the academic achievement gap. This course examines the prevailing mindset that perpetuates unequal learning outcomes for some students, especially the poor and minority students, highlighting the need for learning equality and equity to be professional and societal priorities. Reducing inequality in education means adopting a new, liberating mindset that frees educators and students from negative academic performance expectations without placing blame on anyone.
Just as teaching the students who challenge us most is among our most frustrating experiences as educators, sticking with students until they finally “get it’ is among our most rewarding. In this course you will find the inspiration and field-tested ideas necessary to create a patient and supportive environment for even the most demanding cases in the classroom.
Is your school prepared to deal with a crisis? Does your school have an up to date plan to deal with hazards of all types? Do staff members know how to protect their students and themselves? In this course educators will receive information and a guide to prepare them for the specific skills they need to prepare and effectively respond to natural disasters, accidents, or violent events.
Learn about 10 success factors instrumental to improving elementary school students’ literacy with Multitiered Systems Of Support and move from disappointing results to solid gains in students’ literacy achievement.
This course will help teachers, principals, superintendents, and all educators develop a repertoire of tools and skills for comfortable and effective interaction with parents. It shows you how to deal with the parent who is bossy, volatile, argumentative, aggressive, or maybe the worst- apathetic. It provides specific phrases to use with parents to help you avoid using “trigger “ words which unintentionally make matters worse. It will show you how to deliver bad news to parents, how to build positive credibility to all types of parents, and how to foster the kind of parent involvement which leads to student success.
The best way to unleash students’ problem-solving and creativity and prepare them to face real-world problems is to incorporate complex challenges that teach students to respond productively to uncertainty. This course will enable teachers at every grade level to design a full range of challenges in any subject area.
This course provides a systematic way to improve our questioning while intentionally helping students develop the skills for a productive discussion. Through thoughtful planning, intentional modeling, strategic scaffolding, and differentiated coaching this course will spark your students’ minds and spur discussion.
This course will provide a framework that will help ensure that you are your students’ greatest asset-and a "Star Teacher" in your classroom. How to expertly manage to engage students in deep learning, harmonize mandated standards with individual student needs, and create trusting relationships in the classroom will be addressed. Full of insightful authentic examples, practical and ready-to-use strategies, and numerous suggested resources.
This course will provide educators with classroom-tested alternatives to the “stand and deliver” teaching techniques that cause so many students to tune out. These techniques will motivate students to participate in learning, as they build confidence and are supported by compelling and safe ways to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of lessons.
This course will help you find and/or continue the passion to connect with all students who desperately need someone to show them a path to a more positive future. This course is a reminder of the incredible power every educator has to help young people rewrite their destinies.
This course provides a structure to begin meaningful conversations about race, culture, bias, privilege, and power within the time constraints of an ordinary school. It includes activities, discussions, and readings which educators can use to facilitate learning about these issues. Cultural Competence Now responds to the urgent need to build the cultural competency of educators.
We want our students to feel safe, collaborate well with others, feel ownership for their learning, and be engaged in their work. Nevertheless, many educators end up using language patterns that undermine these goals. What educators say to students-when they praise or discipline, give directions or ask questions, and introduce concepts-affects student learning and behavior. This course will help educators examine their language habits and intentionally improve their practice so their language matches and supports their goals.
Today’s educators face a challenge of how to ensure a positive school experience for their students, many of whom carry the burden of adverse childhood experiences such as abuse, poverty, divorce, abandonment and numerous other serious social issues.
This course will demonstrate how consistent, timely feedback from multiple sources can help students monitor their own understanding and help teachers align assignments, quizzes, and tests. The focus shifts away from the basis of what makes a good teacher toward what makes good learning happen for every student every day.
What does rigor really mean in literacy instruction? How does it relate to challenging standards-based assessments? This course will define, relate, and explain the thinking students in grades K-8 will be expected to demonstrate using the Depth of Knowledge Framework.
This course focuses on three fundamental questions to help reduce curricular and organizational clutter in the interest of clarity and focus. What does it mean to understand? What is most important to understand? How do we prioritize our strategic effort to help students understand what is most important? By prioritizing, educators can clear away the clutter that overwhelms the profession-and embrace the clarity that emerges.
Whether it is planning and delivering instruction or just interacting with others throughout the day, every action you take is an opportunity to demonstrate empathy toward your students, your colleagues, and yourself. Teaching With Empathy explores three types of empathy - affective, cognitive, and behavioral - and clarifies how they intertwine with curriculum, learning environment, equity practices, instruction, assessment, grading and reporting.
This course is a collection of strategies to reconnect with professional and personal aspirations, build an energized and mutually respectful classroom community, and deliver instruction that feels alive to you and your students.
This course will focus on the EdTech skills and strategies educators should use to ensure the best of online spaces for classroom learning. The course will navigate students through the overwhelming number of options in digital tools and spaces and guide students in learning best practices.
This course will prepare students to understand and apply 25 essential high-frequency words that students must know to be academically successful. They must be able to understand and apply these concepts, but too often they do not have a firm grasp of the meanings or what skills they require.
Are you looking for a detailed and in-depth guide that will help you understand the intricate details of oppositional and defiant disorder? This course will give you the tools you need to be able to take control and manage a student or child that suffers from ODD. The techniques in this course suit children and students from age three to seventeen.
This course shares a staged implementation approach that takes students from simple partner set-ups designed to build cooperative skills to complex structures ideal for interest and readiness-informed academic exploration. It covers the key factors to consider when forming groups and highlights how this approach to organizing learning can help you disrupt rigid tracking, deliver targeted instruction, and connect to student interests, boost collaboration, and build community.
Research on the brain shows that emotion plays a key role in learning, but how can educators apply that research in their day-to-day interactions with students? This course will have specific suggestions for classroom strategies that make a real difference in how and what students learn.
Every educator needs this course during these difficult times. Being an educator is more stressful than ever, and educators must constantly shift gears to stay on top of the newest initiatives, students changing needs, and a more challenging parental and political climate. When you can establish good habits, focus on what is possible within your control, and balance priorities, as an educator you will feel more engaged, centered, and effective in your work.
Burnout runs rampant in education, particularly in the field of special education, and has only increased in recent years. This course identifies 50 evidence-based strategies and practices to help special educators enjoy their work for the long haul. You’ll discover new ways to work with families, manage your classroom, teach in culturally responsive ways, and prioritize self-care.
How do you respond to difficult behavior in the moment when you know that punitive, compliance-based behavior is so often ineffectual? What’s the best way to prevent students from acting out in the first place? The path to success requires behavioral leadership, where you strategically model and affirm the behaviors you want to see in students. The course shares the most effective strategies and procedures to foster positive, prosocial student behavior that supports learning K-8.
Transform your classroom culture from one of passive knowledge consumption to one of active learning and student engagement. Build a culture of thinking that emphasizes essential 21st century skills - from critical thinking and problem solving to teamwork and creativity. 50 teacher-tested instructional strategies for nurturing students’ cognitive abilities across the full range of thinking levels.
As an educator you make a DIFFERENCE in the lives of learners. Through a series of heartfelt and uplifting stories by leading educators who reflect on their years in education this advice and strategies are suited for all teachers new and experienced. This course offers hope and encouragement for educators who are under attack from various forces and reassures them that the work they are doing will inspire generations to come. This course reminds you to focus on what is really important: the legacy you leave with students and staff.
It is possible to teach students reading without killing their love for reading in the process. This course will provide practices that nurture joy in reading while identifying factors that destroy joy with a clear understanding of the realities of today’s classrooms. You will become reading encouragers, and role models for lifelong joyful reading.
Learning in school is challenging enough without the exhaustion, anxiety, and distraction of stress added to it. Tight deadlines, high expectations, friction with peers, family drama: With all these stressors on middle and high school students and few healthy outlets for releasing them, it’s no wonder they have trouble concentrating on schoolwork. Have everything you need to ensure that your students have the necessary skills, resources, and mindset to calmly and confidently thrive in the classroom and beyond.
Explore how to design instruction and structure classes so all students can authentically connect with the content, their learning, and with one another.
This course will expand your framework to implement classroom strategies for optimal learning. The ten design areas are:
* Providing and communicating clear learning goals
* Using assessments
* Direct instruction lessons
* Practicing and deepening lessons
* Strategies for all lessons
* Using engagement strategies
* Implementing rules and procedures
* Building relationships
* Communicating high expectations
In this course you will be exposed to the research, strategies, and models that best serve the needs of young adolescents. This course features:
- The latest discoveries in neuroscience that inform practical strategies for improving student learning.
- The most recent research on physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, and identity developmental processes.
- The impact of technology and social media on students’ lives and learning
- New research in middle school education supporting the development of genuine middle schools
- Concrete ways to meet new content standards while implementing true curriculum integration
- Explicit ways teachers can make the transition from theory to practice in their own classrooms