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Course #529 Student Mental Health

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. 

Course #530 Close Reading: Teaching Students to Analyze Complex Texts

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.

Course #531 Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters

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.

Course #532 End Bullying

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.

Course #533 A Teacher’s Guide To Special Education

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? 

Course #534 Overcoming The Achievement Gap Trap

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.

Course 535 Hanging In There: Strategies For Teaching Students Who Challenge Us the Most

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.

Course 536 Keeping Students Safe: How To Prepare and Respond to School Violence, Natural Disasters and Other Hazards

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.

Course 537 Success Factors For Literacy Intervention In The Elementary Grades

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.

Course #538 Dealing With Difficult Parents and With Parents in Difficult Situations

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.

Course #539 Building Students' Problem-Solving Skills Through Complex Challenges

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. 

Course #540 Effective Questioning for Classroom Discussion

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. 

Course #541 Partnering With Parents

How can we make it easier for schools and families to work together on behalf of students? It all begins by tapping into the different strengths that educators, parents, and caregivers can contribute to building a strong partnership. Through field-tested advice, and vivid examples from schools that put the advice into practice, this is a must course for everyone from the classroom to central office. 

Course #542 What Makes A Star Teacher

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. 

Course #543 Learning To Love Teaching Again
This course will energize you to maintain or regain a positive outlook and love of teaching. Specific, immediate actions will be provided to you to enhance your well-being and thrive both on and off the job. In the course you will analyze how shifts in awareness, attitudes, and actions can be transformational for you and your students. Draw from research and experiences to help you change your outlook, strengthen your determination to be a terrific educator, and reignite or maintain your core passion for teaching. 
Course #544 Universal Design For Learning - Available Spring 2020

In this course you will learn how to use UDL guidelines to plan lessons, choose materials, assess learning and improve instructional practice. Key concepts such as scaffolding, vocabulary building, using student feedback to improve instruction, engaging students, and recruiting students as partners in the teaching process will be explored. UDL is an effective program for great teaching!

Course #545 Participation Techniques: Making Every Student an Active Learner

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. 

Course #546 Even On Your Worst Day You Can Be a Student's Best Hope

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.

Course #547 Cultural Competence Now: Helping Educators Understand And Challenge Bias, Racism And Privilege

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.

Course #548 What We Say and How We Say It Matter

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.

*NEW* Course #549 Social Emotional Learning: Strategies To Help Your Students Thrive - Available Summer 2021

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.

*NEW* Course #550 Improving Student Learning One Teacher At A Time - Available Summer 2021

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. 

*NEW* Course #551 Reading, Writing, and Rigor: Helping Students Achieve Greater Depth Of Knowledge In Literacy - Available Summer 2021

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 will be expected to demonstrate using the Depth of Knowledge Framework. 

*NEW* Course #552 Teaching With Clarity: How To Prioritize And Do Less So Students Understand More - Available Fall 2021

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. 

Course #684 Educating Oppositional and Defiant Students

Oppositional and defiant students present a major challenge for teachers and other educators. Students with serious behavior disorders can become aggressive, disruptive, and even violent. But instead of becoming frustrated with this antisocial behavior, educators need to approach each student individually with patience and understanding. In this course you will identify: 

  • The risk factors that can trigger antisocial behavior
  • Engineer the classroom or school environment, routines, and tasks to increase success
  • Interact in ways that promote positive behavior
  • Temporarily remove a disruptive student from the classroom while preserving the student’s dignity
  • Guide parents toward effective parent training programs
  • Develop a culture with the values and beliefs to nurture oppositional students
Course #886 Teaching with the Brain in Mind

In this course educators will be provided with an orientation to the brain and its various systems and how they affect learning. The course will go on to explore such topics as motivation, critical thinking skills, and environmental factors like the social brain, emotions, and memory and recall. The course will also offer insights on such topics as:

  • The brain’s natural reward system
  • The link between movement and cognition
  • The impact of environmental factors
  • The value of feedback
  • Why stress impedes learning
  • The importance of prior knowledge and mental modes
  • How social interaction affects the brain
  • How to help students improve their ability to encode, maintain, and retrieve learning
Course #903 Classroom Instruction That Improves Student Learning

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

Course #906 Classroom Management That Works For Educators

In this course educators will explore how classroom management affects student achievement, what techniques educators find most effective, and how schoolwide policies and practices set the tone for individual classroom management. You will be provided with a series of action steps-specific strategies educators can use to improve classroom management and improve student learning and achievement in their classroom and school. 

Course #986 Making the Middle Level the Best It Can Be

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