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1. Center for Whole Child Education Graduate Courses

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 7/1/2018 to 6/30/2019

Meeting Times: Courses are scheduled throughout 2018/2019

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External graduate credit opportunity

Thom Stecher and Associates Inc. are proud to offer The Center for Whole Child Education graduate courses that address the most pressing issues in education. These diverse courses focus on the integration and effective utilization of experiential, social and emotional learning. These courses will assist in the creation of school and classroom environments that foster individual success and communal achievement.

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2. Supporting The First Year Teacher Through Evaluation and Professional Development

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Audience: UCFSD new teachers

Dates: 9/1/2018 to 5/5/2019

Meeting Times: Scheduled by the district

Unionville Teacher Induction Year 1

3. Increasing Student Achievement Through Instructional Games and Manipulatives (Totally Online )

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 12/13/2018 to 12/31/2018

Meeting Times: Online

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This course will be devoted to addressing the PA Academic Standards and assisting K-12 teachers in motivating and stimulating learning along with aiding in the retention of basic skills. Research, methods, techniques, demonstration, simulation, modeling, creating lessons, and the development of projects in a laboratory-type setting will be employed to assist teachers in both understanding ways to utilize instructional games along with creating artifacts that can be used in small or large group situations. Participants will develop and share several lessons with specific techniques presented in class incorporated. A $35 materials' fee is include in the registration fee. IU or College credits. Class is totally online with students completing the work on their schedule.

4. Activities and Techniques to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Classrooms (Online)

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 1/4/2019 to 1/21/2019

Meeting Times: Online

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This course will be devoted to assisting K-12 teachers in providing differentiated instruction for their students. Research, methods, techniques, demonstration, simulation, modeling, creating lessons, and the development of projects in a laboratory-type setting will be employed to assist teachers in both understanding ways to differentiate instruction along with creating materials that differentiate through readiness, interest, and/or profiles of learning. Templates to differentiate instruction will be shared in addition to specific lessons in various subject areas. Participants will develop and share several lessons with specific techniques incorporated. Totally online where students can work at their own pace.

5. Creatively Implementing the NCTM and PA Math Standards with Hands-On Materials (Online)

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 1/4/2019 to 1/14/2019

Meeting Times: online

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This class will provide numerous activities, strategies, games, and/or hands-on materials to effectively motivate students to greater retention of skills. Materials will be simulated and demonstrated by the instructor. Students share three motivational materials/activities they use to increase enjoyment and focus attention of students. Six projects will be developed on the models shared. Math web sites will be explored that create high interest and teach new skills. A $35 material fee is included in registration. Totally online.

6. Developing Practical Classroom Materials and Ideas for Addressing Multiple Intelligences (Online)

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 1/4/2019 to 1/28/2019

Meeting Times: Online

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This three credit course will provide K-12 participants with a thorough understanding of Howard Gardner's concept of multiple intelligences. The book, Seven Kinds of Smart by Dr. Thomas Armstrong will be studied and an instructor-developed study guide will be completed. A major focus of the course will center on developing lessons and activities that incorporate all the intelligences. The instructor will provide sample lessons at various grade levels along with the modeling of lessons. Each participant will develop one artifact for each intelligence and create several lessons. A $35 book and materials' fee is included in the course fee. Materials mailed ahead of start date.

7. The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 1/4/2019 to 1/27/2019

Meeting Times: Online

This course walks a teacher, either novice or veteran, through structuring and organizing a classroom for success that can be applied at any time of the year. It will be great for the first time teacher just as much as for the seasoned professional!

The book utilized (The First Days of School: How To Be An Effective Teacher by Harry Wong) is the most requested book for what works in the classroom for teacher and student success. The book is an education staple for preparing effective teachers at all grade levels, pre-K through college, in all content areas. This course will use the newest edition (2018) which is bigger, better, and bolder.

This course will provide an educator with a goldmine to pertinent information to make not only the first day of school but every day run smoothly adding other numerous strategies besides what's in the book. This may be one of the most amazing books on teaching practices you will ever read!

The book will be sent a few days before the class begins. Course tuition includes a $35 book fee.

8. Successful Literacy Strategies for Reading and the Content Areas (Online)

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 1/25/2019 to 2/18/2019

Meeting Times: Online

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This course will provide over 100 strategies each with directions, models, and templates to design effective lessons that scaffold learning strategies with literacy enrichment for every student. When to use the strategy, in what grouping, with narrative or expository material, and the skill areas focused on will be addressed. Graphic organizers and enrichment materials will receive a special emphasis with opportunities provided for developing several tied into the techniques. The activities will be integrated into the PA Academic Standards. Cost includes a $35 materials fee. Materials will be mailed ahead of time. Totally online.

9. A+ Ideas for Every Student's Success

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 2/4/2019 to 3/10/2019

Meeting Times: online course, participant works on thier own time.

This 3-credit online course is designed to improve academic performance, increase productivity, and encourage self-esteem in students through appropriate use of classroom management techniques and motivational strategies in the class. The participant will become acquainted with the various personality profiles, including their own, and strategies to encourage an atmosphere conducive to the students' ultimate learning ability. Participants will develop an awareness of how their profile interacts with student profiles and with this knowledge adapt lessons accordingly. The strategies will be presented to promote positive teacher/student interaction, gain insight on predicting a students' behavior, and knowing how to uniquely respond to the students differentiated styles.

Required text and materials (included in course cost):
You will need to purchase the book "A+ Ideas for Every Student's Success" for this course at a cost of $14.95. You may order this book at www.personalityinsights.com and use the coupon code Anzio 10 to receive a 10% discount. You may also order by phone through Personality Insights (770-509-7113), tell them you are taking this course to receive a 10% discount. This book can also be ordered through Amazon.

10. Project-Based & Challenge-Based Learning for Educators

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 2/4/2019 to 3/16/2019

Meeting Times: Online

In order to keep pace with the changing world, teachers need to infuse 21st-century skills into their classrooms. The students of today need to be prepared to enter a world that requires them to be able to think critically, create, communicate and collaborate to solve meaningful problems. Problem-Based Learning and Challenge-Based Learning are two instructional strategies can accomplish these goals.

In this three-credit online course, through a series of lessons, videos, and various other activities, participants will learn the basic pedagogy, benefits and framework of Project-Based Learning and Challenged-Based Learning.

11. Digital Literacy for Educators

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 2/11/2019 to 3/23/2019

Meeting Times: Online

Students today are known as the “Touch-Screen Generation.” These students do not know of a time when computers did not exist. They are immersed in technology and most cannot be parted from their smartphones. They know how to tweet and post images but are they digitally literate? Can they analyze and interpret the information they acquired from a Google search? Can they use digital tools appropriately?

In this three-credit online course, participants will explore the skills necessary to be a digitally literate teacher and the role they play in creating and supporting digitally literate students. By the conclusion of the course, participants will not only have a collection of activities and lessons that they created but also the confidence to use these Digital Tools and resources effectively.

12. There's an App For That … Integrating iPads into the Classroom

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 2/18/2019 to 3/30/2019

Meeting Times: Online

It is imperative that teachers integrate technology into the classroom. When using technology, students are more engaged. Engaging students in the learning process increases their attention and focus, motivates them to practice higher-level critical thinking skills and promotes meaningful learning experiences.

In this three-credit online course, participants will identify the unique needs that the 21st-century student brings to the classroom, explore apps that align with Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, learn how to effectively integrate the use of iPads into the classroom according to best practices and discover a plethora of apps that are available. By the conclusion of the course, participants will have not only a collection of apps and lessons that they created for their classroom but also the confidence to use the iPad effectively.

13. Positive Discipline for Preschool/Kindergarten Teachers and Childcare Providers (online)

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 2/22/2019 to 3/11/2019

Meeting Times: Online

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The focus of this course for preschool, kindergarten, and childcare providers will be the creation of a positive learning environment that balances kindness (to show respect for the student) with firmness (to show respect for the teacher). Teachers will study (and have as a later resource) Dr. Jane Nelsen's book: Positive Discipline for Childcare Providers. Participants will be taken by video into classrooms where Positive Discipline is utilized in preschools and will have an opportunity to conduct a class or family meeting to assess the methods. Problems specific to younger children will be addresses in a literature circle type setting. Includes material fee for $35.00 which includes the textbook and other materials which will be mailed out a few days before class.

14. Positive Discipline in the Classroom (Online)

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 2/22/2019 to 3/11/2019

Meeting Times: Online

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This course focuses on the creation of a positive learning environment that balances kindness with firmness. Positive discipline is based on the research of Adler, Dreikurs and Nelsen. The system allows the teacher to be kind and encouraging to students while teaching them what they need to know in order to lead happy, productive lives. Tuition includes $35 fee for text and materials which will be mailed out a few days before the class.

15. Writing Alive: Strategies, Techniques, and Materials (online)

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 2/22/2019 to 3/18/2019

Meeting Times: Online

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This course is especially designed for teachers instructing students in grades K- 12 in any subject area. With new curriculum mandates, daily specials, pull-outs, and precious time devoted to test preparation, the situation has never been worse, and the need for a succinct resource like Craft Lessons has never been greater. The book, Craft Lessons by Ralph Fletcher and Joanne Portalupi, presents 95 lessons and a wealth of information for teaching leads, character, endings, stronger verbs, and much more. The class will include:
* A packet of writing ideas
* New thinking about teaching elements of craft and the reading-writing connection.
* A handy subject index to find specific craft lesson.
*Opportunities to learn strategies along with create and share lessons with others in the class.
*Developing materials to enhance the strategies.
*Researching articles and utilize opportunities to enrich your own writing

The presenter will mail the book and most of the materials needed a few days before the class begins. Tuition listed is inclusive of a $35 materials fee. IU or College credits Online.

16. The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 2/28/2019 to 4/1/2019

Meeting Times: Online

New
The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher This class walks a teacher, either novice or veteran, through structuring and organizing a classroom for success that can be applied at any time of the year. It will be great for the first time teacher just as much as for the seasoned professional! The book utilized (The First Days of School: How To Be An Effective Teacher by Harry Wong) is the most requested book for what works in the classroom for teacher and student success. The book is an education staple for preparing effective teachers at all grade levels, pre-K through college, in all content areas. The class will use the newest edition (2018) which is bigger, better, and bolder. This course will provide an educator's goldmine to pertinent information to make not only the first day of school but every day run smoothly adding other numerous strategies besides what's in the book.. This may be one of the most amazing books on teaching practices you'll ever read! The book will be sent a few days before the class begins. $35 book fee

17. Books Alive! (Online)

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 3/1/2019 to 3/11/2019

Meeting Times: Online class

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This online course is especially designed for teachers instructing students in grades pre-school through grade 12. The focus of the class will be to create a setting that motivates both the teacher and the students to become "marinated" in good books. Each participant will develop an alphabet book designed around a topic that they want to explore in more depth with the students (i.e. PSSA Terms from A-Z) or a Readers Theatre script. Graphic organizers will be presented for extending reading and writing activities along songs and book teasers. Some projects will be created. In addition, participants will explore literacy websites and research articles.

Participants will share ways they bring books to life in their classroom. Books published after 2005 will be shared by participants telling how they would be used in the curriculum. Online

18. Achieving Excellence - 14 Things That Matter Most

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 3/2/2019 to 4/6/2019

Meeting Times: online course, participant works on thier own time.

This 3-credit online course is designed to describe the beliefs, attitudes, and interactions that form an atmosphere conducive to learning in our best classrooms and schools. It focuses primarily on “specific things that great teachers, legendary teachers” do. The book “What Great Teachers Do Differently” is filled with strategies and ideas to motivate students. There are many meaningful websites to stimulate your students and simple suggestions that you can integrate into your current routine.

Required text:
You will need to purchase “What Great Teachers Do Differently/ 14-17 Things That Matter Most”, by Todd Whitaker. You may purchase the 14 Things That Matter Most edition or the 17 Things That Matter Most. Your assignments will designate the appropriate page numbers to be read for each book.

19. Motivational Strategies for Active Engagement

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 3/8/2019 to 3/25/2019

Meeting Times: Online

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This course will be devoted to assisting PreK-12 teachers provide active engagement strategies for their students. Over 100 motivational techniques will be presented with participants sharing ideas and developing several lessons that implement specific methods discussed along with creating several hands-on projects. Participants will add more tools to their toolbox of strategies and learn active engagement techniques that captivate the mind, muscles, and emotions of students. Participants will be taken into actual classroom to view the techniques in action. Act 48 or Graduate Credits. Class is totally online with work submitted at your convenience.

20. Brain Compatible Strategies and Materials to Enhance Learning (online)

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 3/22/2019 to 4/8/2019

Meeting Times: Online

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This course will focus on strategies, activities, and materials that teachers can implement to address what the brain needs to maximize learning. Strategies and activities will be studied and presented by both the instructor and students. Lessons incorporating the strategies will be written. All participants will receive a book on brain compatible activities and materials needed for the development of projects. A $35 book and materials' fee is included in the registration. Material will be mailed a few days ahead of the beginning of the class.

21. ABC’s on Teaching Strategies for Pre-K - 3

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 3/26/2019 to 4/28/2019

Meeting Times: online course, participant works on thier own time.

This 3-credit online course is designed to focus on successful teaching instruction and strategies for preschool to grade 3. Subject areas include the strategies for promoting; a comfortable learning environment, positive reinforcement, icebreakers, learning and literacy centers, organization skills for teacher and student, bulletin boards, successful subject area lessons (math, language arts, social studies, science, art, music, physical education), and overall meaningful teaching and learning strategies. This course contains hundreds of activities and lessons that all teachers can access; and illustrates ways all students can participate in them.

22. Increasing Student Achievement Through Instructional Games and Manipulatives (Totally Online )

Program: CPE Credit Courses

Dates: 3/29/2019 to 4/22/2019

Meeting Times: Online

New
This course will be devoted to addressing the PA Academic Standards and assisting K-12 teachers in motivating and stimulating learning along with aiding in the retention of basic skills. Research, methods, techniques, demonstration, simulation, modeling, creating lessons, and the development of projects in a laboratory-type setting will be employed to assist teachers in both understanding ways to utilize instructional games along with creating artifacts that can be used in small or large group situations. Participants will develop and share several lessons with specific techniques presented in class incorporated. A $35 materials' fee is include in the registration fee. IU or College credits. Class is totally online with students completing the work on their schedule.