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Professional Institute for Educators Courses

Graduate-level courses in arts, inclusion, literacy, & ed tech for K-12 teachers.

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This course is for educators looking to go beyond a basic understanding of iPad use in the classroom. Learn how to manage your students' workflow, and take advantage of the iPad's advanced capabilities, including productivity apps, assessment apps and subject-specific and special-needs apps. The course is arranged around 'app task challenges' that provide an opportunity for teachers to use apps in combination to create sophisticated projects and interactive presentations.

February 11, 2020 to March 24, 2020, Unionville Elementary School
Are you already using blended/flipped models, but would like to learn about new resources and strategies that will help to further engage your students? In this class, we will learn how to optimize blended/flipped models to personalize learning and encourage student ownership. We will dive deeper into how student control of place, path, and/or pace of learning ultimately leads to more successful outcomes. In addition to the traditional flipped classroom, we will explore optimization of the in-class flip and station rotations. Teachers will create original video recordings and podcasts of digital lessons/lectures of content that are most conducive to blended practices. Open to all K-12 educators who have basic experience with blended learning and/or flipped classroom implementation.

March 9, 2020 to April 6, 2020, Online
This course provides strategies for managing individual student and group behavior in the classroom. Develop a framework for understanding why children behave as they do in a classroom setting. Major concepts such as the drive to belong, private logic, birth order, goals of misbehavior, logical consequences, reflective listening, questioning skills and class meetings are explored. Examine types of patterns in students' behaviors: attention getting, power struggles, revenge actions, and students who appear to be academically disabled but are not. Additionally, consider the links between the way adults respond to misbehaving children and how that response either feeds, extinguishes or has no effect on the target behavior. This course is a study of understanding for an inclusive classroom and examining adult response patterns to children's misbehavior. Techniques include discussion, lecture, self-reflection, and case study evaluation of real life classroom situations. Practical application for K-12 teachers in all subject areas.

February 24, 2020 to March 29, 2020, Online
Creating a classroom community through music, dance and theater introduces strategies for educators to incorporate elements of arts-based thematic instruction. Educators will use guided discovery, movement, imagery, spatial concepts, choreography, musical and rhythmic accompaniment and group theater games to promote positive relationships and academic achievement. This course will be facilitated by the instructor within a collaborative and cooperative framework, building upon current educational philosophies and practices, including Responsive Classroom. Instruction will be transparent, in that educators will be engaged in learning activities, which they may choose to adapt to meet the needs and developmental levels of their own students. Each class session will begin with a Circle of Power and Respect, interactive activities, and processing techniques derived from Restorative Practices. Application of learning from previous courses will be integrated into daily reflections and into the final project. Educators will collaboratively prepare projects in class and will be expected to continue this creative process outside of class, refining their thematic unit/'work of art' and reflecting on classroom experience. Educators will be encouraged to actively participate in theater games and activities, experiment with various theater techniques, and design theater, dance or music-based thematic units integrating standards-based curriculum and IEP goals.

January 20, 2020 to February 14, 2020, Online
Gain a thorough understanding of Design Thinking principles through hands-on techniques and exercises to take back to the classroom. Course participants will prototype solutions to problems of practice. Central to the course is the question, how can Design Thinking be used to teach 21st century skills creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking?

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Teachers, librarians and reading specialists can learn to enrich student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures though literature centered on the experiences of African American, Hispanic, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. Participants read Zora Neale Hurston, Chris Soentpiet, Faith Ringgold, Mildred D. Taylor and the poetry of Joyce Carol Thomas, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes, focusing on their incorporation into cross-curricular studies.

February 1, 2020 to March 21, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
This course outlines the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator for use in middle and high school classrooms. Participants will develop practical strategies to integrate software skills into lessons as a foundation for ongoing design exploration with students. Participants will learn the basics of image resolution, scanning, image import/export, print setup, and photo adjustments. Participants will gain an understanding of how this design program works for different types of design projects and the ability to create basic design projects and activities that reinforce concepts, vocabulary, and design principles to students in the classroom.

March 28, 2020 to April 19, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Media education adds value to just about every curriculum in the K-12 classrooms. Media education has become a growing priority in today's classroom because of the extent of the media's importance in people's lives. However, many teachers are unaware of the necessity and the techniques for making media literacy an integral part of the K-12 educational experience. On average, children in their middle and high school years spend 6-10 hours a day engaged either actively or passively in a 'media related' activity. Because students, regardless of their learning style, attend more fully to activities and ideas that they connect with, the media is often used to influence them from a very young age. This makes it necessary for teachers to 'train' their students to analyze messages and understand the techniques utilized to influence them via a broad range of sound and visual communication technologies. Integrating Media Literacy into Today's K-12 Curriculum will teach educators how to incorporate media literacy into the classroom curriculum, regardless of the subject taught. This course will provide educators with the resources necessary to help students hone their critical thinking skills in a functional context so that they are able to recognize various marketing approaches, identify propaganda, understand stereotypes, critically evaluate media conveyed messages, and use the media as a tool for life-long learning.

February 24, 2020 to April 27, 2020, Online
While Powerpoint and Prezi are options, they are nowhere near the only options, with which to create interactive presentations for use in today's classroom. Browser-based applications present countless presentation features to help foster student engagement, interaction, assessment, and communication. This course will explore the web's potential for interactivity, including slideshows and videos, back channeling, 3-D, animations, interactive whiteboards, screencasting, online debates, collaboration, and brainstorming tools. All applications introduced in the course are free, with iPad-approved options available for those teachers who use them in their classrooms.

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Educators can now empower their students to connect, create, and collaborate online. Explore the use of technology as a tool to engage students in constructive critical thinking about the subjects they study. User-friendly Web 2.0 tools, tools provide opportunities for educators and students to communicate and interact in new, collaborative ways. Lesson guides provide practical examples of techniques to integrate these online tools into the curriculum.

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Participants in this course continue the exploration of a variety of a contemporary book structures to which writing an imagery can be added. This includes accordian variations, sewn books, flexagons and pop-ups. Projects and discussions include approaches to incorporate images with simple text to convey meaning within various types of books. Collaborative book projects for classroom use and the opportunity to create a personal book are developed. Classroom applications for all grade levels are addressed; projects are adaptable for K-12 students in many subject areas.

March 28, 2020 to April 19, 2020, Wayne Art Center
Participants in this course are introduced to a variety of contemporary book structures to which writing and imagery can be added. This includes accordion variations, sewn books, flexagons and pop-ups. Projects and discussions include approaches to incorporate images with simple text to convey meaning within various types of books. Collaborative book projects for classroom use and the opportunity to create a personal book are developed. Classroom applications for all grade levels are addressed; projects are adaptable for K-12 students in many subject areas.

March 28, 2020 to April 19, 2020, Wayne Art Center
Creativity saturates science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). Integrated learning is a powerful means of facilitating meaningful learning. The artistic process and the scientific method are more complementary than one might imagine- both facilitate the exploration of ideas and possibilities. Both involve "process" and "product." Both require students to engage in creative and critical thinking that supports collaborative learning. This course will explore STEAM integration models, in which you will test lessons and tools to facilitate a STEAM-inspired curriculum. You will have the flexibility to select specific areas of STEAM that are most relevant to your own classroom and teaching style. You will emerge with the confidence and skill to authentically integrate across STEAM content.

February 4, 2020 to March 10, 2020, Online
What is "wearable technology" and how does it apply to your classroom? Wearable technology, or wearables, wearable devices, even tech togs-consists of clothing and accessories that incorporate advanced technologies that have practical functions and features. This course is designed for educators looking to integrate wearables such as the AppleWatch into the classroom for hands-on learning. Educators will leave this course with the ability to identify and use wearables for various learning activities, design lesson plans that integrate learning activities that involve wearables, explore the history of wearables and learning, and understand privacy implications with wearables.

March 26, 2020 to May 7, 2020, Unionville Elementary School
Learn how and where to find the most effective educational resources on the web, including lesson plans, model education sites, and presentation tools. This course enables novices and advanced users to explore web-based active learning and consider methods to incorporate skills into lessons. Learn web page/simple website creation skills as well as the latest presentation techniques using multi-media tools, slide shows, and concept mapping.

February 3, 2020 to March 2, 2020, Online