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2900.01 – Against the Odds: An African-American Cultural History: Music, Dance, Drama, Art – From Slavery to Freedom (P-12)©
  

Course Description: This 3 credit professional development graduate course has been designed to introduce teachers to African American artists, 1619-2006, so that the participants will know, understand, and be able to act upon the research, theoretical base, concepts, and principles presented and analyzed. The learning objectives will focus on how they can be used to enhance student achievement. Who are these artists? What is their story? Why have they been ignored? Comparative research activities will yield many answers to these and other pertinent questions. This course will also explore the history of the African American artist and the story that their paintings tell. Lots of ideas, materials, activities, and strategies will be shared, analyzed, and evaluated.

2900.02 – Personal Fitness and Wellness for Teachers(P-12)© 

Course Description: This three credit professional development graduate course has been carefully designed around the National goals articulated by the new US Secretary of Education in the areas of student wellness and fitness and to introduce teachers to the need for and benefits of a healthy lifestyle for everyone, to the end that it will have a positive effect on student achievement. Teachers who are at the “top of their game” physically do a much better job in their classroom according to the research. Students who are active and physically fit are engaged in their own learning and do better on student achievement scores. The theoretical base as well as underlying concepts, principles and related research will be covered so that participants will be able to master the stated objectives, including the implementation of a Plan of Action. Topics will include nutrition, cardiovascular, weight management, strength training and stress management. Classroom ideas, materials, strategies, and activities will be presented and evaluated.

2900.03 – Bringing Support and Excitement to Your Classroom Curriculum Through the Masters of Art History (P-12)©  

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course has been designed to introduce teachers to the major basic theory, principles and concepts related to the arts in general and to the most notable and recognizable artists of all time. These principles and concepts will also be placed within the larger historical context of the art periods to be covered. In addition, the private lives and great works of the several art movements will be covered and related to the historical periods in which they lived. Power Point presentations will be supplemented by related cooperative research activities and online internet searches. The course will also demonstrate how teachers can integrate these learning principles and concepts into meaningful and exciting classroom instructional strategies and projects to the end that these units and projects will positively affect overall student achievement. Lots of ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared, analyzed and evaluated.

2900.05 – Visual Literacy: The Illustrator Tells the Story (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This three (3) credit professional development graduate course has been designed to introduce teachers to children’s books through the art of illustrators. This course will explore the history of illustration and the illustrators of children’s books. Basic theories, concepts and principles used by the illustrators will be studied and compared. Classroom ideas, materials, strategies, and activities will be presented and shared to the end that students of participants will achieve at higher visual literacy skills levels.

2900.06 – Developing Moral Intelligence (P-12)© 

Course Description: This online 3 credit professional development graduate course, Developing Moral Intelligence, is designed to give teachers, guidance counselors and administrators the skills necessary to incorporate, cultivate and develop morality education in a public school setting. The course will cover the theoretical base described in the text together with important underlying principles and concepts. The course focus includes how to specifically impart the seven essential virtues, why they are needed and how they are taught. Students will develop an understanding of the crucial role teachers, counselors and administrators play in strengthening the conscience and guiding behavior. Five specific classroom strategies will be generated in order to create a moral classroom and school environment. These strategies will have applications for building strong ethical foundations for students of participants to the end that it will positively effect student achievement. This course includes methodologies as well as practical strategies for supporting moral intelligence. In addition, students will design a service-learning component for use in their classroom or school.

2900.07 – Women Artists: Renaissance to 20th Century (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course has been designed to introduce teachers to women artists from the Renaissance to the 20th century. The theoretical base and underlying concepts and principles as well as the recent research showing positive gains in student achievement when art history and personalities are studied will be presented in Power Point lectures. Class discussion and small group interaction will follow so that participants will have a working knowledge and understanding of the course content as well as how to use the information to help improve student achievement. Lots of ideas, materials, activities, and strategies will be shared, analyzed, and evaluated.

2900.08 – Google DOCs and Google Drive for Teachers: How the Cloud Can Energize Your Classroom (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This three (3) professional development graduate credit course will focus on student achievement and its theoretical base as well as provide an in-depth study of the integration of online tools in the classroom. Content focuses on hands-on application of cross-curricular literacy through the use of Google Documents (DOCs), Google Drive and a full range of online tools. Participants will learn the best techniques to create presentations, documents, and videos to foster collaboration and communication between and among students, parents, and fellow teachers. The effective creation and making them available online will be a goal of this class.

2900.09 – The Flipped Classroom: Create, Collaborate and Communicate With the Best On-Line Practices to Engage Your Students, Colleagues, and Parents (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) professional development graduate credit education course will focus on student achievement and its theoretical base as well as provide an in-depth study of the integration of on line tools in the classroom. Content focuses on hands-on application of cross-curricular literacy through the use of tools such as PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Documents, and a full range of online tools for use in developing a Flipped Classroom teaching model. Participants will learn the best techniques to create presentations, documents, and videos to foster collaboration and communication between and among students, parents, and fellow teachers. The effective creation and making the presentations, documents, and videos available on line will be a goal of this class. Participants will explore the potential of the “Flipped” Classroom to engage all learners and maximize student achievement. Lots of strategies, materials and activities will be presented, shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that student achievement levels will improve.

2900.10 – Bringing Art Into the Regular Classroom Using Caldecott’s Award-Winning Illustrator (P-12)© 

Course Description: This 3 credit professional development graduate course has been designed to introduce the teachers to children’s books through the art of the illustrators. The illustrations in children’s books promote the love of reading in the child by making the words come alive through the illustrations. The young child will be attracted to the book by the illustrations and will readily relate them with the love of reading. Participants will learn how best to help their students apply specific art terms and elements in their fuller understanding of the illustrations being studied. Related learning theories, concepts and principles will be studied and lots of strategies, ideas, materials and activities will be presented, shared and evaluated to the end that the students of participants’ achievement levels in the arts will be improved.

2900.11 – iPads and Mobile Devices in Our Schools (P-12)© 

Course Description: This is a three (3) credit graduate professional development course.  More and more, mobile devices like iPod touch, iPads, iPhones, now have texting, voice and multimedia capabilities. This is prompting educators to increasingly use these devices as vehicles for transforming in

P-12 classroom instruction.  This course is intended to introduce teachers to the benefits of utilizing these i-devices to improve student achievement through group interactions and project-based activities. The course begins by reviewing the theoretical base and its underlying principles and concepts. This background will then be connected to the strategies and activities to be covered in the course from the latest drill and practice programs through the best assessment tool of electronic portfolios. Participants will learn how to easily create summative and formative assessments for their students.  Participants will also learn how to develop helpful links to websites, photos and attachments using the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Communication will thus be improved for both students and parents via email and cloud-based programs. Participants will learn to use a wide variety of mobile devices including iPod, iPod touch, iPad to support learning across the curriculum. Lots of ideas, materials, activities and strategies will be shared, analyzed and evaluated. Sample lesson plans and needed templates will be provided. Participants will gain further understanding of internet resources, iPad applications, eBooks, videos, and more that allow for a variety learning preferences.

2900.12 – Website Design for Beginners (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit professional development graduate course has been designed to teach non-technical Teachers how to build an Educational Website utilizing a Web Design template/program. No technical knowledge of programming is required in this self-paced step by step process. The instructor will walk you though from design and setup to being live on the Internet while including a strong theoretical base using underlying principles and concepts. Learn how to effectively use and implement a wide variety of electronic learning tools and activities for your classroom such as; On-line Digital Photos, Video, Power Points, Educational blogs and Web-Based Communications for collaborating on digital materials, units, stories, documentaries and activities. This Online course is designed for the novice internet user wishing to create a Web page and improve communication and provide digital learning opportunities for students and parents. Sample and easy to use lesson plans, templates and activities will be provided and used. Lots of ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that students of participants will benefit from better access to research, homework assignments, parental cooperation and improved performance and achievement.

2900.13 – Pop Art: 1960’s America (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course has been carefully designed to introduce teachers to the art of 1960’s America. The course will review the theoretical base and foundations of the Pop Art movement and its related basic principles and concepts. Pop Art embraced the common and everyday popular images of America, and this course will explore this important part of our history. The course will also focus on how this important part of Americana can be used to capture student interest to the end that student achievement can be strengthened and improved. A painting of a Campbell’s soup can or Coca Cola bottle became a piece of fine art to be displayed in an art museum as well as in endless advertisements. Who are these artists? Why did they create this art movement? Both will be reviewed in detail. Lots of ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that all will contribute to helping students of course participants achieve at higher levels.

2900.14 – Activating Your Students’ Enthusiasm For Learning (P-12)© 

Course Description: This is a three (3) credit professional development graduate course. Student engagement in school is on the downswing. More and more students say that they only “pretend school.” Educators need to encourage students to claim ownership of the time they spend in and related to school in order to improve P-12 student achievement. This course begins by reviewing the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts followed by helping participants understand that intrinsic motivation can help educators activate the desire to learn in their students. In this course, educators will explore the components of authentic classrooms and the elements of P-12 students in meaningful pursuits connected to learning and improving student achievement. Course methodology will include a review of relevant research, lectures and presentations by current experts in the field, group interaction, and personal reflection. Lots of materials, activities, strategies and ideas dealing with student achievement will be shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that these efforts will provide their students with many instructional and assessment tools for improving their academic achievement levels.

2900.15 – Refocus, Rejuvenate, Re-Energize: Creating a Balanced Life for Educators (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This uplifting, experiential three (3) professional development graduate credit education course is designed for K-12 administrators and teachers. Based on current literature from the fields of education, leadership, management, personal change and human resources, this course will assist participants in rediscovering their initial career bliss and harnessing those reasons that initially inspired them to choose a career in the field of education. The course will also infuse their professional lifestyle along with a look at balancing it with their personal lives. The course is also designed to provide practicing educators as well as others in the field of education with the opportunity to examine where they are in their profession while making a concerted effort to balance both their personal and professional lives. Participants will identify past positive experiences as well as their present needs as an educator. They will also recollect past accomplishments and learn practical strategies to keep those accomplishments “on the forefront” to help them stay rejuvenated. Upon completion of a review of current research, review and reflection activities, participants will also write a personal and professional life mission statement which will then be used for part of their rejuvenation Plan of Action. Lots of ideas materials, activities and strategies will be shared, analyzed and evaluated.

2900.16 – Monet: His Life and Works (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three credit graduate course in Paris has been designed to introduce the teachers to major impressionist artists’ private lives, great works as well as the history of the art movement, for which he is so famously known. The course will cover the theory, principles and concepts of the Impressionism period. As well, the course will demonstrate how teachers can integrate these learning into meaningful and exciting classroom curriculum units and projects. Many teaching ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that students of participants will experience improved performance and higher levels of achievement.

2900.17 – Ooey Gooey Apps – Google and Apple Apps, Extensions and Web Tools for the 21st Century Classroom (P-12)© 

Course Description: This 3 professional development graduate credit education course will focus on increasing student engagement while building 21st Century Skills in collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking, and citizenship through google apps and extensions, iPad and iPod apps, and online web tools. Apps, Extensions, and Web (AEW) tools will take a close look at how 21st Century learners think. AEW will give teachers and administrators practical experience in implementing and using the power of the technology to increase student engagement, differentiate for all learners, and increase learning in classrooms. The course covers best practices, theoretical research, and hands-on cross curricular literacy through the use of Chromebooks and Macs, iPads, and iPods. Participants in this class will explore, practice, and learn how to incorporate these technological tools in the teaching to improve their own productivity and enhance student achievement and motivation.

2900.18 – CORE Creating (Learning) Outcomes for Reflective Educators (P-12)© 

Course Description: This 3 professional development graduate credit education course has been designed to provide the background, theory, research and emerging practices on raising student achievement by enhancing an educator’s effectiveness in the classroom. In order to be most effective educators must be able to write measurable, specific student outcomes, by creating student learning objectives, which is essential for the educator and school district in order to measure success. This course will therefore provide strategies and methodologies for increasing student achievement by providing ways to create those measurable objectives and improve classroom teaching practices to the end that students think at higher levels and teachers use the essential goals to become reflective educators.   These strategies and practices will be shared, studied and assessed, particularly as related to establishing high standards in the classroom and ways to help students achieve them. These standards include, but are not limited to, ways to write and develop goals and create objectives, develop standards to assess those goals aligned with the Common Core, self-evaluation, through reflection, of the educator’s productivity by recognizing strengths and areas needing improvement, developing higher order thinking and questioning skills, as well as meaningful literacy activities. This course will also provide specific school and classroom ideas as well as powerful approaches that can be planned into instruction to facilitate learning and achieve specific learning outcomes. Course methodology will include reviews of relevant research, exploring differing approaches to increase retention, power point presentations, videos, cooperative learning activities, and modeling the practices studied during the course.

2900.21 – RAISE: Raising Achievement Improve Scores and Engagement (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This 3 credit professional development graduate course has been meticulously designed to provide the background, theory, research and emerging practices on raising student achievement. This course will provide strategies and methodologies for increasing student achievement by providing ways to improve classroom teaching practices to the end that students think at higher levels thereby raising assessment scores. These strategies and practices will be shared, studied and assessed, particularly as related to establishing high standards in the classroom and ways to help students achieve them. These standards include, but are not limited to, developing higher order thinking and questioning skills, application of Response to Intervention, and an understanding of Bloom’s Taxonomy in order to coordinate it with their schools standards and objectives. This course will also provide specific school and classroom ideas as well as powerful approaches that can be planned into instruction to facilitate learning and achieve specific learning outcomes. Course methodology will include reviews of relevant research, exploring differing approaches to increase retention, power point presentations, videos, cooperative learning activities, and modeling the practices studied during the course.

2900.22 – Building Healthy Relationships for Student Achievement and Educator Effectiveness (P-12)©  

Course Description: This is a 3 credit professional development graduate course. Relationships are the vehicle that connects students to curriculum and instruction. Student and staff relationships affect the entire school and community. How is student learning enhanced by strong relationships? How can students learn and use relationship skills to the end that they will have a positive effect on student achievement? How can we develop strong, healthy, appropriate student-staff relationships? This 3-credit professional development graduate course will explore answers to these questions and provide strategies for creating and maintaining healthy school and classroom relationships. The key strategies of listening, enhancing self-esteem and maintaining a healthy stress free lifestyle will also be emphasized. Course methodology will include a review of current and relevant research of the theories, principles and conceptual foundations related to the topic as well as presentations by current experts in the field, group interaction, and personal reflection and internet searches. Lots of ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be presented, shared, analyzed and evaluated.

2900.23 – If They’re Laughing They’re Listening/Using Humor and Creativity in the Classroom (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This 3 professional development graduate credit education course will provide strategies and methodologies for increasing student achievement by using humor, drama and other novel approaches in the classroom. The theoretical base and underlying concepts and principles are based on Bloom’s Taxonomy and multi-intelligence as well as the recent research indicating clear positive gains in student achievement by incorporating humor and creativity in the classroom. Students will learn to employ imagination and creativity when designing lesson plans, diffusing volatile situations, and motivating students. Research literature is replete with evidence of the benefits of humor including but not limited to; decreased anxiety and stress, improved self-esteem, increased motivation and promotes divergent thinking. Evidence suggests that using techniques for teaching content creatively not only enables learning but demonstrates a correlation between mastery of material and positive response to instructional stimuli. Students will learn that humor, laughter, music and drama are potentially powerful strategies that can be planned into instruction to facilitate learning and achieve specific learning outcomes. They will learn how to make their classroom an exciting and engaging environment for learning by exploring and studying how to modify activities, assignments and tests that incorporate using differing strategies to increase retention. In addition, they will also learn how using new techniques can result in positive social gains for their students. The class interactions will accomplish the end that participants will have a working knowledge and understanding of the course content as well as how to use the information to improve student achievement through the use of ideas, materials, activities and strategies to be shared, analyzed and evaluated.

2900.25 – Sports Coaching Dynamics Applied to the Classroom (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This 3 professional development graduate credit education course has been designed to investigate teaching dynamics necessary for coaching sports. Information from successful sport coaches will allow the assimilation of useful methods to build enhance classroom methods. Participants will review the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts. In addition, participants will examine and read articles on sport coaching skills and develop plans that demonstrate progress in meeting course goals and objectives. The intended outcome of the course will be a sharpening of present skills and view classroom teaching as related to sports coaching. Classroom teachers incorporating sport coaching methods will increase a variety of techniques to improve student success. Many ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared and evaluated.

2900.27 – Digital Photography in the Classroom for Beginners (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This online self-paced 3 credit professional development graduate course has been designed to introduce teachers to digital photography and how to get the most out of their digital cameras for use in the classroom. Related educational theory, principles and concepts will be interwoven into the course presentations. The course content will be presented in a series of videos, readings, and practical applications. Participants will explore camera settings, modes, cropping, lighting, and advanced techniques. They will also learn how to download photos to their computer, back up their images, create slide shows, photo collages, edit, e-mail, and print photos. Classroom ideas, strategies and activities will be shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that student achievement will be enhanced.

2900.28 – Become a One to One Ninja – Moving Into a One to One Environment (P-12)© 

Course Description: This online 3 credit professional development graduate course will focus on preparing for a one to one classroom (or improving the one to one you are currently in). This class gives teachers and administrators a practical guide in implementing a one to one Chromebook or iPad environment. The course covers the theoretical research on integrating technology into the classroom and building current internet skills. Emphasis will be given on the process of preparing your classroom for the implementation of technology, management of the technology, as well as resources. Participants will leave the class with an implementation plan. This plan will include:

  • Procedures, expectations, and rules

  • Internet safety plans

  • Professional technology tools to build efficiency

  • Apps, extensions, and web tools to get your students started

  • Google Apps For Education (GAFE) setup and implementation ideas

  • Assessment options

Participants walk away from the course confident and ready for a one to one implementation. The class will address both Google and Apple products. Members of the class will choose which path to follow to meet their specific needs.

2900.29 – Google Chromebook in the Classroom (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This 3 credit professional development graduate course will focus on student achievement and its theoretical base as well as provide an in-depth study of the integration of Google Chromebooks in the classroom. Transforming Education with Google Apps gives students, teachers, and administrators a practical experience in implementing and leveraging the power of Google Accounts and Google Chromebook in an educational setting. Content focuses on hands-on application of cross-curricular literacy through the use of the Chromebook and Google Documents, and Apps available to the system. Emphasis is given to cloud computing and collaborative technologies for a digital age school. Participants in this class will explore, practice, and incorporate these technological tools in their teaching to improve professional skills and enhance student achievement.

2900.30 – Connected Learning: Differentiation with Apps and Digital Texts (P-12)© 

 Course Description: Course Description Teachers are encountering more and more digital technology in the classroom and embracing the differentiation it brings. This course explores digital apps and texts for iPad and Chromebooks that can scaffold learning and aid teachers in all aspects of the classroom from management to instructional goals, to fostering student self-esteem. No matter the need, it seems that there’s an appropriate app or resource to implement if given the time to research and discover how it may benefit the classroom.

2900.31 – Diversity in the Class and Being a Successful Mentor to All Students (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course is designed to assist educators and help professionals understand and explore the many aspects of diversity of the students in their classrooms so that they can better understand the influence that cultural and economic background plays in the lives of these students.  It is important to learn about these issues in order to create a safe, comfortable environment in the classroom. Participants will collect a multitude of outstanding resources, strategies, and activities for use in their own classroom. They will learn how to become a successful mentor/volunteer in their classroom, school, and community. This course will provide participants the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills, and clarity of purpose to guide their students towards mutual respect and positive self-esteem, which are the cornerstones for academic achievement. The #1 goal for this course is to create a positive, non-threatening climate in the K-12 classroom so that all students can develop meaningful relationships with one another and the teacher, and experience the pride that comes from successful learning and continual academic achievement.  As participants in this course, teachers will be their guide and cheerleader.

2900.32 – Stress Busting Strategies for Teachers to Implement (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This online three (3) credit professional development graduate course has been carefully designed around research of the last fifty (50) years, which indicates that teachers as well as administrators are working in an ever-more stressful work environment. The course begins with a study of its theoretical base as presented by Mazzone and others. Based on the heralded research of Dr. Hans Selye, M.D., plus the applied classroom research of the instructor, this course focuses on the basic stressors facing the educators and students and the related principles, concepts and theories. Equally important, the course covers a wide variety of instructional strategies which, if followed, will result in higher student achievement levels. Finally, participants will learn how to implement and value specific practical classroom ideas, materials, tools, and activities for effective interventions in the better management of classroom stress and energy levels.

2900.34 – The History of Wisconsin (P-12)©  

Course Description: This three (3) credit professional development graduate course is intended to provide broad based knowledge of teaching state history as dictated by the Wisconsin state standards. These standards reflect the history of the State as reflected by the research assignments. Cultural, ethnic, economic, environmental, scientific, industrial, political, and historical perspectives will be discussed in order to strengthen student knowledge and understanding of Wisconsin heritage. These content areas will be related to the theoretical base and relevant methods of instruction. This course will aid in student understanding of the role Wisconsin plays nationally and globally, while examining the importance of Wisconsin state history as part of the P-12 curriculum. The projected outcome is to provide classroom teachers, especially (but not only) those required to teach this topic at both the elementary and secondary levels, with the knowledge, understanding, and methodologies needed to help students of participants achieve higher achievement levels in their knowledge of Wisconsin history. Many new ideas, materials, strategies, and activities will be presented, shared, analyzed, and evaluated.

2900.35 – You’ve Got Male/Helping Boys in Crisis Succeed in School (P-12)© 

Course Description: This 3 credit professional development graduate course will cover the theoretical base with underlying principles and concepts of the course content as well as providing strategies and methodologies for setting up school environments to teach boys successfully. The course will review the latest research about the male brain, as well as study new techniques for helping boys’ minds grow and learn. The focus of the class is on providing practical help for teachers in adapting the classroom environment to fit the boy’s learning styles and needs. Currently, more boys than girls in the classroom chronically under-perform, receive a disproportionate number of lower grades, are vastly overrepresented in special education, and score more poorly on state tests. They particularly score the lowest in reading, writing, and language arts. Students in this class will address the reasons for the aforementioned, as well as ways to reverse this trend in schools by discovering strategies to keep them actively engaged in classroom activities, finding techniques for increasing their commitment to school success, and developing tools for helping them deal with the unique social and emotional problems they face in school. Specific focus will be given to student achievement and lots of related ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared, analyzed and evaluated.

2900.37 – Teachers As Readers (P-12)© 

 Course Description: When teachers nurture their own reading lives, they become better teachers of readers. Students not only appreciate teachers who share in the joys of reading, they need their teachers to read beside them. Inspire kids to read by sharing in the reading. Learn how you can employ modeling through guided reading, read-alouds, reading workshops, and reading time. Inspire children to do as you do rather than as you say.

2900.38 – Mosquitoes in Our World: A to Zika! ©

Course Description: This is a 3 credit professional development graduate course. This course will have you acquire the knowledge to teach all aspects of mosquitoes to your students. Mosquitoes have bedeviled humans for centuries, spreading disease and death to millions. Today, the latest plague they bring is the Zika virus. Mosquitoes are perhaps the most dangerous animals in the world and are the primary vectors for major human diseases such as yellow fever, malaria, and dengue fever, which together infect hundreds of millions of humans worldwide and kill millions each year.

In this course, you will have the opportunity to explore mosquitoes.  You will learn the biology of basic mosquito, and then delve into the different genus and species that exist in our world today.  You will be able to learn how to observe and collect specimens for your classroom and to have access to resources that will enable you to create a thematic unit of study for your students on this important organism.

2900.39 – Using Our National Parks for Experiential Student Learning (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit professional development graduate course has been designed to use local, state, national, or international historical sites as a source for developing curriculum and is designed to give an understanding of the theoretical base with underlying principles and concepts thereof. Visiting these sites (online and or in person) for information will assist in complimenting this theoretical base. Participants will visit carefully selected (and approved) locations for information, determine areas of interest, and demonstrate progress in meeting course goals and objectives. The intended outcome of the course will be to build content around aspects of information gained from the visits. Participants will use this new knowledge base to strengthen related concepts, skills and values in areas of the common core curriculum. Lots of strategies, materials and activities will be presented, shared, analyzed and evaluated so that student achievement levels will improve.

2900.40 – Teaching All Learners One at a Time: How to Teach More to All Students (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This 3 credit professional development graduate course builds on the updated theories, concepts, principles and research of the Individualized Learning Movement as earlier popularized by Goodlad, Anderson, Pino, and others. Such basic tenets as individual delivery components, team teaching, non-graded progression, assessment and placement, multi-age grouping, classroom climate and the open classroom will be covered to the end that participants will be able to help students improve their academic achievement based on this individual approach. Lots of materials, activities, strategies and ideas will be shared, analyzed and evaluated.

2900.42 – Winning With All Students: Successful Teaching of Academic Skills Within a Cooperative Learning Environment©

Course Description: This 3 credit professional development graduate course has been carefully designed to provide the theoretical base, background, principles, theory and research related to a cooperative school and classroom environment to the end that participants will not only learn the stated objectives for the course, but be well prepared to implement the program strategies related thereto. Cooperative learning models of Johnson, Kagan, Pino and Slavin will be studied, compared, analyzed and evaluated in terms of the spirit of healthy student cooperation to the end that it should have a positive effect on student achievement. The best features of each will be identified and students will develop their own model in their Plan of Action and sample Mini Unit Project. A bundle of ideas, materials, activities and strategies will be presented from which participants can fashion their own classroom program.

2900.43 – Interactive Notebooks: A Cross-Curricular Learning Adeventure!

 Course Description: This is a 3 credit professional development graduate course. If you write it, you will remember it. Interactive notebooks allow students to create their own reference books in all areas while keeping the school year neat, orderly and interactive. These graphic organized notebooks create independent thinkers and writers through application, reflection and creativity while supporting all learners. Learn about and create your own amazing notebooks through teacher directed conversation and hands-on creating.

2900.44 – The Renaissance Code (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course has been designed to acquaint teachers with the Italian art masters of the Renaissance. This course will help participants unlock the secrets hidden in the Italian art master’s paintings to the end that they will be better able to convey this knowledge to their students. The result will be improved student achievement, particularly as the content relates to the history and art of the period. The course will present the theory and underlying concepts and principles related to the topic and will decode the symbols in the paintings of Botticelli, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Mantegna, Masaccio, Uccello, and many others. The course will help participants know why they will be a much better teacher when they know and understand how to more effectively decode the symbols of renaissance Italian art. Secret messages and sacred symbols will be revealed in the artist’s use of color, perspective, imagery, etc. A knowledge of these symbols will give fresh insight on the artists and art of this time. Many teaching ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that students of participants will experience improved performance and higher levels of student achievement

2900.45 – Norman Rockwell’s 20th Century America (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course is intended to provide a thorough review of the life and work of one of America’s best known artists – Norman Rockwell, including his Wisconsin connection. Rockwell’s works will be tied to the larger theoretical base of art with it’s underlying principles and concepts. This background is intended to introduce classroom teachers to the story of the 20th Century as depicted by Norman Rockwell through his illustrations for magazines such as Boys’ Life, Saturday Evening Post, Look and many others. This will give participants the information necessary to develop a curriculum to look at America through the ups and downs of everyday life…“America as I would like it to be…” as depicted by Norman Rockwell. The main curriculum assignment will be organized around a mini unit project assignment focusing on student achievement and higher level thinking skills. The content will be covered with power point presentations, slides, video clips, cooperative learning activities, as well as ongoing reflection. Teachers taking this course will learn how to help their students benefit because of the many ideas, materials, strategies and activities to be presented, shared, analyzed and evaluated.

2900.46 – Architecture Masterpieces (P-12)©  

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course has been designed to introduce teachers to the some of the greatest architecture of the world. Basic concepts, architectural theory, principles and innovative evolution will be covered to the end that participants will learn the stated learning objectives and their students will benefit from higher achievement levels in their study of architecture. Specific teaching strategies for each topic presented will be covered in detail. Lots of ideas, materials, activities and strategies will be shared, analyzed, and evaluated.

2900.47 – American Art: A History of America (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit professional development graduate course will focus specifically on the significant genre of American Art and its contribution to the overall art scene. The course will cover the theoretical base of the course content and methodology together with the underlying principles and concepts. Course contents will incorporate America’s story through its paintings and photographs by the art masters. Course methodology will include the development of a mini unit project which incorporates the content into a meaningful and usable curriculum, together with workable classroom strategies and activities. Specific instructional strategies will include power point presentations, cooperative learning activities, and a visitation. Specific focus on student achievement will be tied to the strategies and activities covered. Many teaching ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that students of participants will experience improved performance and higher levels of achievement.

2900.48 – 20th Century Art: A History (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course has been designed to introduce teachers to the art and artists of the 20th Century and how to incorporate this art into the curriculum using Bloom’s taxonomy as a guide. Relevant concepts, ideas, theories and principles will be presented in multi media lectures, followed by class discussion and small group interaction to the end that participants will have a working knowledge and understanding of the course content as well as how to use same in their professional setting. Focus will be on helping students improve their academic achievement in this domain. Teachers taking this course will learn how to help their students benefit because of the many ideas, materials, strategies and activities to be presented, shared, analyzed and evaluated.

2900.49 – The History of Art: 5th Century BC to 21st Century (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course has been designed to introduce teachers to the art movements and styles of the 5th Century BC to the 21st Century, and how to incorporate this art into the curriculum using Bloom’s taxonomy as a guide. Relevant concepts, ideas, theories and principles will be presented in multimedia lectures, followed by class discussion and small group interaction so that participants will have a working knowledge and understanding of the course content as well as how to use the information in their professional setting. Focus will be on helping students improve their academic achievement in this domain. Teachers taking this course will learn how to help their students benefit because of the many ideas, materials, strategies and activities to be presented, shared, analyzed, and evaluated.

2900.50 – The Presidents of America: A History of America (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course has been designed to introduce the teachers to Presidents of the USA and the history of their time in office. The theoretical base and underlying concepts and principles as well as the recent research showing positive gains in student achievement when American history and achievements of the presidents are properly studied will be presented in power point lectures and cooperating learning activities. Class discussions and small group interaction will follow to the end that participants will have a working knowledge and understanding of the course content as well as how to use the information to improve student achievement. Many teaching ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that students of participants will experience improved performance and higher levels of achievement.

2900.51 – Enhance Your Teaching with Internet Resources (P-12)© 

Course Description: This 3 credit graduate professional development course focuses on exploring and using internet resources in the classroom. We will first join the fascinating world of Pinterest, a social media website that contains a wealth of ideas that you can incorporate in to your classroom. You will have the experience to explore this social media site and the ability to double your “teaching bag of tricks”. We will divide Pinterest into four different categories; (1) curate content, (2) organization, (3) collaboration, and (4) engage students and teachers. Students will improve their knowledge of organizing and curating content using technological tools. Next we will enter the world of Class Dojo. Class Dojo, behavior management software, which helps teachers to instantly reinforce student behavior, bridge communication between home and school, and engage students. Next we will explore Wonderopolis, where the wonders of learning never cease. This course will promote the use of emerging and innovative technology to enhance the learning atmosphere.

2900.52 – Three Step Method to Advancing Individual Student Achievment©

Course Description: This 3 credit professional development graduate course has been designed to investigate teaching dynamics necessary for improving student performance. Information from a successful coaching-up module along with Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy will allow the assimilation of useful methods to build and enhance student advancement. Participants will review the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts. In addition, participants will examine and read articles on sport coaching and REBT skills and develop plans that demonstrate progress in meeting course goals and objectives. The intended outcome of the course will be developing or adapting assessment tools, a sharpening of present skills and view classroom teaching as related to improving student behavior. Classroom teachers incorporating sport coaching-up and REBT methods will increase a variety of techniques to improve student success. Many ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared and evaluated.

2900.53 – Bringing Children’s Literature Into the Regular Classroom Using the Newbery Award-Winning Authors, 1922-Present (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course has been designed to introduce teachers to children’s literatures through the Newbery Award Winning Books. The authors of these books promote the love of reading in the child by making the words come alive through the quality of their writing. The young child will be attracted to the book by the story and will develop the love of reading through these reading experiences. Related learning theories and principles will be studied and many strategies, ideas, materials and activities will be presented, shared, and evaluated.

2900.54 – Common Sense Teaching to Building Student Leaders (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course has been designed to investigate teaching as building a generation of leaders. Information from successful business, coaches and service learning principles, will allow the assimilation of useful methods to build leadership. Participants will review the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts. In addition, participants will examine and read articles on building leadership skills and develop plans that demonstrate progress in meeting course goals and objectives. The intended outcome of the course will be a sharpening of present skills and view teaching as selling knowledge and life skills. Teacher, as “sales leader”, will build a room of entrepreneurs to sell others on what they know and encourage good citizenship. Many ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared and evaluated.

2900.55 – Digital Citizenship (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course will lead educators to intelligent technology behavior and will help their students understand the complexity of digital citizenship and the issues of technology use, abuse, and misuse. The course includes sections on Digital Responsibility, Online Legal Issues for Schools, Medial and Digital Literacy, Copyright and Fair Use, Digital and Internet Safety, Cyber bullying, Common Sense Media, and Parent Resources. Teachers will be lead through the dimensions of what is right and what is wrong with online use of technology. If you are an educator of the 21st Century, you need to understand this idea of digital citizenship. If you teach students in the 21st Century, they need you to take this course!

2900.56 – Experiential Learning for the Classroom (P-12)© 

Course Description: This 3 credit professional development graduate course will engage participants in the first-hand discovery of knowledge through observation of settings and participation in activities that are outside the classroom. The course will cover the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts thereof. Through these experiences, the world becomes the participant’s classroom by analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating all assignments. Participants will participate in a field-based learning setting (to be chosen by the student and approved by the instructor) to provide the foundation for the class. It is based on the premise that immediate, concrete “learning by doing” experiences become the basis for reflection and eventual integration of knowledge into one’s teaching. Participants will search, compare, and analyze information which will result in the discovery of knowledge about issues, problems, ideas, and communities. The end result will be a participant commitment to the creation of educational experiences that will prepare K-12 students to achieve at a higher level. As a result, P-12 students of course participants will learn, value and be able to implement higher level learning skills. Lots of materials, activities, strategies, and ideas will be shared, analyzed, and evaluated, resulting in higher student achievement.

2900.57 – Teach Like a Pirate: Reigniting a Passion for Teaching (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course has been meticulously designed to provide the background, theory, research and emerging practices on reenergizing and transforming a teacher’s enthusiasm for the profession thereby raising student achievement. This course will provide strategies and methodologies for increasing student achievement by providing ways to connect with students and empower the classroom climate, thereby improving classroom teaching practices to the end that students think at higher levels which in turn results in successfully mastering classroom material. These strategies and practices will be shared, studied and assessed, particularly as related to establishing high standards in the classroom and unique ways to help students achieve them. These standards include, but are not limited to, developing ways to assist the teacher into immersing themselves into the subject material by creating higher order thinking and questioning skills, engaging students by creating varying lessons, enhance classroom management by creating a safe classroom environment, understand that creativity is a skill that continually needs to be worked upon, and how to apply those skills to the end that the teacher sees progress thereby reenergizing themselves. Evidence suggests that using techniques for teaching content creatively not only enables learning but demonstrates a correlation between mastery of material and positive response to instructional stimuli. This course will also provide specific classroom hooks as well as powerful approaches that can be planned into instruction to facilitate learning and achieve specific learning outcomes. Course methodology will include reviews of relevant research, exploring differing approaches to increase retention, videos, cooperative learning activities, and modeling the practices studied during the course.

2900.58 – Building Liberty: Our Patriotic Symbols (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit professional development graduate course is intended to introduce classroom teachers to America’s patriotic symbols: Statue of Liberty, American Flag, National Anthem, Mt. Rushmore, Presidential Monuments and war memorials, as well as symbols identified with America: hot dog, hamburger, teddy bear, Coca Cola, cereals, baseball, etc. Lots of classroom ideas, strategies, materials, and activities will be shared and evaluated.

2900.59 – Reaching Out With 9 Teacher Habits to Ensure Higher Achievement for All Students (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course is designed to take a new look at classroom teachers behavior with the intent of helping participants stretch students to higher achievement levels. As a result, this over overarching outcome of taking the course will be the intended mastery of 9 Teaching Habitsã. Specific materials, ideas, strategies and activities needed to support the “Habits” will be presented.

2900.60 – Using The Latest Available Electronic Tools, Including Mobile Devices, To Transform Teaching and Learning in the Classroom (P-12)© 

 Course Description: More and more, mobile devices – including Smart phones, iPhones, cell phones, and blackberries –now have texting, voice, and multimedia capabilities. This is prompting educators to increasingly use these devices as vehicles for transforming P-12 classroom instruction. This three (3) credit graduate professional development course is intended to introduce teachers to the benefits of utilizing many electronic tools, including mobile devices, to improve student achievement through group interactions and project-based activities. The course begins by reviewing the theoretical base and its underlying principles and concepts. This background will then be connected to the strategies and activities to be covered in the course from the latest drill and practice programs through the best assessment tool of electronic portfolios. Participants will learn how to easily post homework assignments, schedule changes, calendars and due dates. Participants will also learn how to develop helpful links to websites, photos and attachments using available mobile devices. Communication will thus be improved for both students and parents via email and iNotes.Participants will learn to use a wide variety of mobile devices including ipod, ipod touch, ipad and Nintendo DS to support learning across the curriculum. Lots of ideas, materials, activities and strategies will be shared, analyzed and evaluated. Sample lesson plans and needed templates will be provided.

2900.61 – Coaching for Achievement (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit professional development graduate course provides coaches and Directors of Athletics – both men and women – an opportunity to study proven new approaches to coaching and then to design their own comprehensive approach while working with athletes. Participants will review the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts. In addition, participants will examine case studies, evaluate information presented by guest coaches and read articles on the psychology of coaching, developing positive relationships with athletes, effective communication, and motivation. Participants will study various strategies of coaching and articulate their own philosophy of coaching. Participants will design seasonal and daily practice plans and discipline codes. Finally – most important – the course will focus on how coaches can best relate all coaching activities to the academic achievement needs of all students being served. The intended outcome of the course will be a sharpening of present skills and a re-examination of those skills based on current research. Lots of ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared and evaluated.

2900.62 – Helping Students Get Fit to Learn More Successfully: An Inclusive Approach (P-12)©  

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course has been designed to help Classroom Teachers help students understand the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. Participants will review the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts. According to the best current research, students who are at the “top of their game” physically and emotionally do much better job in their classroom. Students who are active and physically fit are engaged in their own learning and score better on standardized testing measures. Basic concepts, principles and related research will be covered so that participants will be able to master the stated objectives, including the implementation of a Plan of Action with a focus on improving student achievement. Topics will include physical health, mental health, student stress, student posture, general nutrition, body brain connection as it relates to movement and learning. Classroom ideas, materials, strategies, and instant activities will be presented, shared and evaluated. Group sharing, cooperative research, role-playing, and drill and practice time will also be included. Participants will be shown step by step how to incorporate the course contents into transition times using “Daily 3-5 Minute Classroom Warm-ups and Instant activities.”

2900.63 – Functional Fitness for Physical Educators and Coaches (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course has been designed to introduce Physical Educators and Coaches to Functional Fitness Training. This hands-on approach can be implemented immediately with your students/athletes. Functional Fitness training is fun and a great way to enhance movement, coordination, muscular strength and endurance. Functional Fitness training is an integrated approach to training. This practical workshop will focus on the proper selection and implementation of activities and drills that can be used in small or large group settings. Topics include: Nutrition, Program Design, Dynamic Warm-ups, Body Weight Exercises, Speed Improvement, Core Training, Acceleration, Agility and Balance all designed to be easily implemented and increase class participation. Lots of ideas, materials, activities and strategies will be presented, shared, analyzed and evaluated.

2900.64 – Tiny Habits for Teachers (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three-credit graduate professional development course will instruct educators in a new method for behavior change called Tiny Habits®. Tiny Habits® is a research based way to create habits in your life. This method is a breakthrough because teachers, their students, and the classroom can succeed without relying on willpower or motivation. K-12 teachers will be able to directly add the Tiny Habits® method to their Instructional Strategies, Classroom Management, and or Social Life Skills for instructional improvement. The most powerful aspect of the Tiny Habits® method is the “success momentum” that develops from the use of Tiny Habits®. The Tiny Habits® method is developed by Sanford University Behavioral Scientist, Dr. BJ Fogg and all facets of the course will focus on his research based approach to behavior change.

2900.65 – Teacher Expert: Action Research for Educators (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course provides teachers with an opportunity to broaden their own knowledge of current instructional strategies. Teachers will research best practice in an area of classroom need, choose a topic of study and instructional goals to implement, choose a professional resource text that supports their goals (with instructor approval), and proceed to implement those changes within the classroom setting. The instructional changes will be discussed through class interactions and written about in reflections. A final analysis of the overall success of the instructional change will be the course summation.

2900.67 – Developmental Assets: Critical Ingredients Needed for Your Students and/or Children Ensuring a Happy, Healthy and Successful Life (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course will address the research conducted by the Search Institute which has identified 40 assets (personal strengths, personality traits, building blocks, etc.) that dramatically increase a child’s opportunity to be happy, healthy and successful in life. Educators will not only know and understand assets but they will identify specific strategies to incorporate into their present teaching style and their curriculum. In addition, participants will develop a plan of action to implement within their entire classroom, their school, and community. Lots of ideas materials, activities, and strategies will be shared, analyzed, and evaluated.

2900.72 – Brain Based Learning (P-12)© 

Course Description: This 3 credit professional development graduate course will focus on the latest research on the Brain and its implications for student achievement in your classroom, (P-12). Basic theories, principles, and concepts of Gardner, Jensen, Sprenger, and others will be carefully reviewed, analyzed, and evaluated. The intent of the course is to educate classroom teachers in appropriate learning strategies based on this research and its implications. Current practices related to brain-based learning will be explored in detail. The learning outcomes of taking this course will be that student achievement gains will be realized based on the implementation of five specific brain-based practices. Lots of ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that course participants will be able to provide their students with five specific instruction and assessment tools for improving their academic achievement.

2900.73 – Create, Communicate, and Captivate: Presentations to Reach All Your Students© 

Course Description: This online 3 credit professional development graduate course. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skill to deliver engaging presentations using online and other tools. Learn about how good storytelling is at the heart of a good presentation, and how to structure and organize your presentation to effectively communicate ideas to your audience. Learn why color is important, why big photos are good, and why clip art isn’t. You’ll be exposed to a variety of tools for use in creating presentations, including traditional presentation software and online tools. Participants will create several engaging presentations ready for use in your professional role and/or and integration in your curriculum to improve student achievement.

 2900.75 – Increasing Writing, Questioning, Collaboration, and Reading in Every Classroom

Course Description: In this course we will explore various ways to add important elements of learning to all of our lessons in our classrooms. We all know the importance of writing academically, asking high level questions, collaborating between students, and reading closely: however, we also find reasons why they are not in every lesson we are teaching. This class will focus on strategies to use when teaching each of these as well as lesson planning that does not allow you to skip any of these important components.

2900.76 – A World in Light: France and International Impressionism Movement (P-12)© 

Course Description: This 3 credit professional development graduate course has been designed to introduce teachers to the major impressionist artists’ great works and private lives, as well as the history of this important art movement and period. The course will cover the theoretical base of the course content and methodology together with the underlying principles and concepts. This theory states, in part, that student achievement will improve if these principles, concepts and strategies are followed (see handout). The course content will incorporate the history of this period in France and the world through its paintings and photographs by the art masters. Course methodology will include the development of a Mini Unit Project which incorporates the content into a meaningful and usable curriculum, together with workable classroom strategies and activities. Specific instructional strategies will include power point presentations, cooperative learning activities, and a visitation of choice by the students. Specific focus on student achievement will be tied to the strategies and activities covered. Lots of ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be presented, shared, analyzed and evaluated.

2900.77 – Composing Classrooms of Literacy (P-12)© 

Course Description: This 3 credit professional development graduate course provides teachers with an opportunity to broaden their own knowledge of current instructional strategies. Teachers will research best practice in an area of classroom need, choose a topic of study and instructional goals to implement at WSRA Convention 2017 and/or choose a professional resource that supports their goals (with instructor approval), and proceed to implement those changes within the classroom setting. The instructional changes will be discussed through class interactions and written about in reflection papers. A final analysis of the overall success of the instructional change will be the course summation.

2900.82 – Google in the Classroom: Maximize Student Achievement While Computing in the Cloud (P-12)© 

 Course Description: This three (3) credit professional development graduate course will focus on student achievement and the theoretical base as well as provide an in-depth study of GoogleThis class is based on the theory that the way teachers communicate and interact with their students is changing due to the free availability of technology tools that previously had to be purchased or was unavailable. Google has led the way in this regard by providing free email, a suite of tools including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. These programs are available on line, from any computer. They are updated as needed and do not take up any space on teacher’s computers. Moreover, all these tools offer collaborative features. Teachers and students can create, share, edit, and comment on documents in real time via the Internet with a free Google account. In addition, audio and video files can be shared as well via YouTube. Even the plain old telephone is included with free calling to anywhere in the United States. Conference calls can be arranged with small groups if needed. Video calls are of course included if desired. A powerful feature called Screenshare allows the teacher to show a class what is on her screen and to demonstrate in real time the steps in a process. These powerful tools are available now and have been designed with teachers in mind.

2900.83 – Lesson Creation and the Common Core (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course provides teachers with the time to study and analyze the Common Core Standards as they apply to their curricular area and their classrooms. The course will cover the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts. Teachers are expected to study, reflect upon, and write/adapt curriculum to meet the CCSS in their subject area. Creating lessons for their classrooms will be the heart of the course. Teachers will, through their own research, study and implement the standards specific to the areas they teach. Many teaching ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared, analyzed, and evaluated to the end that students of participants will experience improved performance and higher levels of achievement.

2900.84 – Implementing Writer’s Workshop In a Way That Works (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit graduate professional development course provides teachers with the time to study and analyze Lucy Calkins Writer’s Workshop and the teaching strategies involved. Teachers are expected to study, reflect upon, and write/adapt curriculum to meet the needs of students in writing. Teachers, through their own research, study and implement a classroom writing curriculum using strategies learned from the course and practical application that works with their teaching style.

2900.85 – Words DO Hurt (P-12)© 

Course Description: This three (3) credit professional development graduate course provides teachers with the time to study and analyze the concepts of bullying and classroom community as they apply to their curricular area and students. Teachers will have an overview of bullying: definition, how to recognize it, and how to address it. Teachers will also, through their own research, study and implement a classroom community specific to the prevention of bullying of their students.

2900.86 – Technology Survival for Educators: The Basics and Beyond

 Course Description: This course provides educators with survival strategies when incorporating technology into the P-12 classroom. Managing and integrating common classroom technology and portable devices as well as integrating web-based and cloud computing applications are introduced. Participants will explore innovative technology for use in their professional assignments.

2900.88 – Intervention Strategies for Early Elementary Students

Course Description: This is a 3 credit professional development graduate course designed to facilitate your understanding of foundational literacy development. as well as strategies for implementing effective interventions for students K-2. During the course you will explore literacy development in stages, analyze student’s zone of proximal development and diagnose the types of interventions needed. We will also assess the effectiveness of various intervention strategies.

2900.89 – Great Teachers and Great Teaching: Learning from Notable Role Models

Course Description: This three (3) graduate credit education course is designed to help participants study teachers who do things exceptionally well and from whom all professional educators can learn. The theoretical base will be covered together with underlying principles and concepts. The teachers studied will include classroom educators as well as non-educators who have done things exceptionally well and whose teachings have application for classroom teachers. In addition to studying good teachers, a major portion of the class will involve introducing teachers to effective teaching strategies based on what the “great teachers” have done and how they have translated their teaching into effective classroom K-12 activities to improve student achievement. Many ideas, materials, strategies and activities will be shared, analyzed and evaluated.

2900.92 – Digital Citizenship: Preparing Students for Learning & Life

Course Description: This is a three credit professional development graduate course during a five week time period. Participants will complete weekly modules, a plan of action, and a culminating exam/activity. P-12 students are using all forms of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, students have extraordinary opportunities, yet they face potential pitfalls with internet safety, privacy, cyberbullying, copyright issues, and more. These issues underscore the need to learn — and for teachers to teach — digital citizenship. This course will explore the core topics of digital citizenship and provide participants with resources and strategies to teach digital citizenship to your students.

2900.95 – Using Technology to Foster Student Choice©

Course Description: In this course we will explore various ways to add student choice through the use of technology. We all know the importance of student choice; however, student choice is difficult to implement in the traditional classroom. Through the addition of technology adding student choice is not only in your grasp, it is the solution. This class will focus on strategies to add student choice to your classroom through the use of technology.

2900.96 – Teaching Students to Think, Create, Innovate, Imagine, and Inspire© 

 Course Description: This 3 credit professional development graduate course will teach students to think, create, innovate, imagine and inspire. The course is designed to give teachers the skills necessary to understand the dynamics of the brain science of innovation and creativity. The course content will be presented in a series of speakers, videos, lecture, followed by small and large group discussions. This class discussion and small group interaction as well as instructor feedback will accomplish that in the end participants will have a working knowledge and understanding of the course content as well as how to use the information to improve student achievement through the use of ideas , materials, activities and strategies to be shared and analyzed and evaluated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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