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1. 2256. Adapting Instruction to Reduce Unwanted Behavior

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 3/25/2024 to 4/26/2024

We often look at behavior as something that needs to be addressed before instruction can occur. Research shows that with the right instructional tools ^ we can limit those unwanted behaviors that interrupt the learning process. Educators in this course will examine dozens of research based strategies to address behavior through instruction. Each educator in this course will focus on specific behaviors from their classes and will utilize research based strategies for overcoming these barriers to learning.
"Learning the tricks of the trade for classroom teachers is no easy task. It takes patience, practice and a lot of support! Being a new teacher can be anxiety provoking and without the right resources and guidance a huge understating. In this course participants will learn strategies for lesson planning, classroom management, differentiation, meeting the needs of all types of learners and more. This course will use the book, The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools & Activities for Meeting the Challenges of Each School Day by Julia G. Thompson as a guide. Teachers will explore pedagogy lesson planning and Self-Reflection in hopes that teachers will build knowledge, resilience and confidence in the classroom. Intended audience This course is designed for educators in K-12. Each section of the course will focus on specific skills and topics that will benefit new teachers or those who are looking to freshen up their pedagogical tool kit. Topics will include strategies for: decreasing new teacher stress classroom management cultivating community lesson planning time management differentiating instruction

3. BEWL/MST.229: The Power of Phenomena: Make Learning Visible( Grant-funded) Online or In-person

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 4/30/2024 to 5/28/2024

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Triggering curiosity is no small feat. It takes modeling enthusiasm and learning something new to generate confidence. When students ask questions, write observations, make predictions, share their thinking, and debate, they use language to make authentic and meaningful connections to the scientific phenomena they are investigating. When teachers support English language learners to participate fully in inquiry-based science, the increased communication and sophisticated uses of language during investigations engage them in linguistic work that can support English language development. This workshop will examine how phenomena and driving questions are key to student engagement. In addition, participants will discuss the many ways Phenomenal Phenomena supports equitable development of students' knowledge, engagement, and development of questioning skills.
Culturally competent educators understand the diverse needs of their students and establish a culture of learning that provides opportunities for all students to succeed. Across the nation, we are seeing a cultural gap that educators must navigate, including the challenges that current immigration issues and language differences have established. Educators in this course will develop strategies for incorporating ^ and celebrating ^ students' strengths and differences into daily lessons. Each educator will develop strategies for creating lessons and integrating techniques to become a more culturally competent teacher while promoting a safe space for learning and cultural differences.
Are you looking to engage all students creatively to develop 21st-century skills and meet state standards? Talk, Read, Talk, Write by Nancy Motley is a practical instructional routine that "makes the students responsible for the actual learning and thinking, all the while raising the bar on their communicative skills." This course will guide you in planning lessons using this format developed by Nancy Motley. We will review best practices in the field and engage in professional discussions on incorporating literacy into all subject areas. By the end of the course, each participant will be comfortable with each aspect of Talk, Read, Talk, and Write, create a lesson plan using this format, and use the lesson with their class. The instructor will offer office hours to support teachers as they develop and use aspects of this format with their classes. Pending availability, each participant in our consortium may receive a free copy of Talk, Read, Talk, Write by Nancy Motley.

6. 2276.Tackling Trauma

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators k-12

Dates: 5/13/2024 to 6/20/2024

Research shows that up to 25 percent of all students in a school have experienced some form of trauma. This percentage rises to 80 percent when we talk about special education students. This trauma results in difficulties regulating behaviors and likely leads to cognitive and executive function difficulties. Many students cannot regulate internal behaviors and, as a result, display withdrawal ^ shutting down and zoning out. Educators will examine the impact of trauma on cognitive and emotional growth ^ the learning challenges that result from trauma and trauma-informed classroom strategies.

7. 2292. The Key to Conversations and Assessment

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 5/16/2024 to 6/19/2024

"This course is a compilation of teaching strategies, comprehension techniques, and assessment practices that create the keys to learning through intentional lesson planning.  We start out by building conversations and creating a safe environment where students are able to take risks and contribute to classroom conversations.  In order to build comprehension we first take a look at the course objectives and figure out what it is that we want the students to take away from the experience.  The use of questioning strategies in the classroom to improve student participation and understanding will be outlined by focusing on; the start of questioning, when calling upon students and follow-up questioning.  We will explore the use of book talks using both fiction and non-fiction materials to build a deeper understanding through conversations and hands-on activities across the curriculum. Exploring assessment strategies is a key part of the process. We will apply exit tickets, rubrics, and a variety of assessment tools. Assessment can and should take many forms in order to provide unique insights into each student's comprehension. By implementing a backward design lesson plan teachers can focus on the goals they hope to achieve, making their time in the classroom more intentional and their lesson plans more effective in the production of the desired result. The strategies and tools in this class can be applied to any curriculum and will enhance the tools you are currently using in your classroom. When paying by credit card, a 10% surcharge will be added.

8. 2293. Social Emotional Development in the Classroom (toolbox)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 6/4/2024 to 7/10/2024

Social and emotional learning, when embedded in the classroom (and in the school) curriculum, can have many positive student outcomes. It can reduce aggression and emotional distress among students, can increase collaborative classroom interactions, can improve self confidence and can lead to improved student learning. We will examine the five (5) keys to social emotional learning and look at how it translates to the classroom culture and to classroom management. We will view videos, read articles and explore various strategies that will work with our students. We will focus on self and social awareness, self-management, relationship skills, responsible decision making and how we can apply best practices in our classrooms.

9. 2298.English as New Language Strategies and Tools for Success

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 6/11/2024 to 7/23/2024

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This course will examine the ideas and strategies used by English as a New Language (ENL) Students. We will focus on best practices, including co-teaching, teaching strategies, helpful web tools, and meaningful classroom talk. Parental involvement and advocacy will also be discussed as we create a welcoming classroom climate. We will explore resources and cross-reference lesson plans and curriculums so that each teacher can enhance lesson plans to meet individual needs. This course will cover visual ideas, translation resources, conversation starters, and vocabulary resources. While we explore what the web and ASCD offer, we will work closely to develop a toolkit to meet the needs of the students you work with each day. When paying by credit card, a 10% surcharge will be added.

10. 2283. Play-based Pedagogy in the Elementary Classroom

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Pre-K to 6 Educators

Dates: 6/25/2024 to 7/30/2024

The science of brain development has provided us with solid evidence that there is real power in play. Play is the vital activity that children use to learn about and interact with their world, and gain the mental, physical and social and emotional skills necessary to succeed in their adult lives. This course will answer three core questions: What does it mean to have a pedagogy of play and why is it important? What does playful learning look and feel like in classrooms and schools? How do educators set up the conditions where playful learning thrives?

11. ELA 318 Book Study: Teaching Writing in Small Groups by Jennifer Seravallo (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-8

Dates: 7/1/2024 to 7/29/2024

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This book study will utilized Teaching Writing in Small Groups by Jennifer Serravallo. The course will help teachers understand how just a few minutes of purposeful, responsive teaching can have a big impact on instruction. The book study will help teachers determine student goals, find patterns in their class, and determine best way to meet students' needs, and create groups for maximum effectiveness and efficiency. Teachers will learn a menu of small group options for providing just the right support and highly targeted lessons. This course is for K-5 teachers. Pending availability, teachers may receive a copy of the book. Teachers in our consortium will be given preference.

12. ALL920: Add Excitement to Learning with PBL in the Content Areas: A Perfect Fit (Grant Funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-8

Dates: 7/2/2024 to 7/31/2024

Project-based learning brings learning to life, ignites creativity and curiosity, and allows students to explore connections between school and the world around them. You don't have to shift to PBL all at once, but start small and think big. This course will introduce participants to the structure of PBL and how to create fun, doable projects that complement the content areas. Participants will discover resources to add fun, engaging projects to their lessons. Give your students something, and the learning will come naturally.

13. ELA 319 Book Study: Using Jennifer Serravallo's The Reading Strategies Book 2.0 (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-8

Dates: 7/2/2024 to 7/30/2024

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Teachers know the power of Jennifer Serravallo's instructional moves and strategies in moving readers forward. The Reading Strategies Book 2.0 is designed to be a trusted, research-aligned companion for any K-8 reading classroom-no matter your curriculum, subject area, or instructional approach. Connect crucial research to powerful practice, whether you need engaging lessons for whole-class teaching, support for small-group instruction, ideas for intervention, or ways to fill gaps in a core curriculum. The friendly design makes it easy to find strategies that meet every student where they are now. This 15-hour course will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous hours. Pending availability, participants may receive a copy of the book. Preference will be give to members in our consortium.

14. BEWL/ ALL921: Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions(grant funded book study)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 7/3/2024 to 7/31/2024

Make Just One Change by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana equips all educators - at all levels - to become experts at teaching the fundamentally important skill of question formulation. Students become curious and engaged when they learn to formulate their questions. Implementing it with all learners, including language learners, allows students to practice communicating without fear of judgment. Participants in this book study will walk away from this course with practical action steps for implementing questioning strategies in their classrooms - and get the most out of it. Consortium members who register early will receive a free Make Just One Change copy. The book is also available on Hoopla and Libby.

15. HPE 225 Teaching the Whole Brain Child Book Study (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 7/3/2024 to 8/1/2024

The central premise of The Whole-Brain Child is that understanding the way a child's brain functions can lead to more effective strategies. This course is designed to provide educators with a comprehensive understanding of the principles outlined in the groundbreaking book The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. Rooted in neuroscience, this course explores the intricate workings of the developing brain in children and offers practical strategies to integrate this knowledge into teaching practices. Participants will gain insights into fostering cognitive, emotional, and social growth in their students, creating a holistic and brain-aligned approach to education. Pending availability, participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Members of our consortium will be given preference.

16. 2297. Developing a Growth Mindset Classroom

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 7/8/2024 to 8/12/2024

Developing a Growth Mindset Classroom is for anyone who teaches or helps students learn at any level. The course explores research ideas on learning and student mindsets that can transform students' learning experiences. Participants will learn practical classroom strategies and ideas to foster a growth mindset in their students.

17. 2300. Executive Functioning Strategies in the Classroom

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 7/18/2024 to 8/21/2024

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This course will explain that implementing executive functioning strategies throughout learning will positively affect students' school experiences. Executive function is an umbrella term in neuroscience that describes the neurological processes involving mental control and self-regulation. (Edutopia) Executive functions control and regulate cognitive and social behaviors, such as controlling impulses, paying attention, remembering information, planning and organizing time and materials, and responding appropriately to social and stressful situations. Students have the potential to develop executive functioning, and by providing additional support in the classroom, they can control and regulate cognitive and social behaviors. Educators can offer teaching support in various ways by determining which functions students need to learn. We will explore metacognition, time management, review, and reflection techniques and look closely at offering environmental support. Teacher interaction, including discrete support, frequent check-ins, and a caring tone, can support this practice and enhance the positive learning environment. Implementing executive functions through structure, strategies, and support will show potential for growth across the board and make learning a positive experience. When paying by credit card, a 10% surcharge is added.

18. 2275.SEL for Today's Classroom

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 7/29/2024 to 8/26/2024

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Social Emotional learning has transformed from something that many of us tried to implement in our classrooms to something that is just as essential as our content in today's classroom. Today's student needs instruction and modeling to develop self awareness, social awareness, recognizing and identifying emotions and their causes, positive goal setting, feeling and showing empathy and responsible decision making. Participants will develop strategies for establishing and maintaining culturally responsive sustaining relationships and an awareness of their impact on the community.

19. 2882. Literacy Instruction and Differentiation For Students With Special Needs

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Eduators K-12

Dates: 7/31/2024 to 8/26/2024

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Participants will develop knowledge and competencies allowing them to provide appropriate and practical instruction, intervention, and differentiation for students experiencing difficulties in acquiring literacy skills.

20. HPE 226 Self-Care for Teachers (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 7/31/2024 to 8/28/2024

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Self-care for teachers refers to a deliberate and proactive practice that educators engage in to prioritize their physical, emotional, and mental well-being. It involves recognizing and addressing the challenges and stresses inherent in the teaching profession, aiming to prevent burnout and enhance overall job satisfaction. This course is designed to empower teachers with the knowledge and practical skills needed to prioritize self-care, manage stress, and avoid burnout in the demanding field of education. Through a series of modules, participants will explore strategies for fostering well-being, maintaining work-life balance, and building resilience. The goal is to equip teachers with tools that promote sustainable and fulfilling careers.

21. 2261., Anxiety Disorders and Other Emotional Disturbances

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 8/1/2024 to 8/31/2024

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Anxiety-related issues ^ just as in our society ^ are on the rise in today's classrooms. Each year ^ schools are seeing more students with diagnosed anxiety conditions and emotional disturbances. Educators taking this course will build strategies and techniques for meeting the needs of emotionally disabled students in the mainstream classroom. Educators will research ^ analyze, and develop effective strategies for building positive personal relationships with students and behavior modifications for this population. This course will offer recent research on behavior modification programs and their implementation in the classroom. Through internet articles ^ websites, and case studies ^ participants will focus on providing a safe and predictable structure that students with E.D. require. This course is appropriate for regular and special education teachers and PPS Staff.

22. ALL918.Co-Teaching On the Go (grant funded)

Program: Online Courses

Audience: Educators K-12

Dates: 8/1/2024 to 8/22/2024

Learn how to best support your co-taught class with strategies for busy teachers who are often pulled in many directions. In this course we will focus on planning and pedagogical skills needed to facilitate a smoothly run and educationally sound co-taught class virtually. We will focus on how to create a functional working relationship with your co-teacher while not meeting in person and face to face. In addition, this course will explore strategies for organization and planning on the part of both the general education and special education teachers. Co-teaching requires a delicate balance and planning time which is not always readily available and increasingly challenging with a virtual classroom or through distance learning. This course will explore ways to plan and teach in a virtual co-taught setting. In addition we will discuss best practices in co-teaching and strategies that are most effective for helping all students to succeed in a virtual or distance learning setting.