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

Course pricing includes $1,050 tuition + a nonrefundable course fee: $50 fee for subject codes ETEC, INCL, LITY, and STET; $100 fee for subject codes VPAS, STTA.


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Have you heard about 3D printing and wondered, how can I get started in my classroom? Have you tried 3D printing, yet you are looking for some guidance around its sustained use and utiliy? Some examples of 3-D printing in the classroom include topography, complex molecules, architectural designs, cross-sections of organs, artifacts, prototypes, modified robot parts? the list is boundless! In this course, you will learn how to print in 3-D, and how to make 3-D printing a reality in your classroom.


March 24, 2022 to May 14, 2022, Unionville Elementary School
Continue to refine advanced throwing skills with stoneware clays that explore both traditional and experimental techniques to make functional and sculptural pots. This course provides an opportunity for personal invention, exploration and expression while improving technical skills and competency in thinking and working three-dimensionally. Learn to incorporate these new methods into the classroom to enrich the conceptual skills and craftmanship of your students.


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This course explores both traditional and experimental throwing techniques to make functional and sculptural pots. Develop a repertoire of skills, improve competency in thinking and working three-dimensionally, and incorporate new methods to encourage craftsmanship and conceptual skills in students. This course provides an opportunity for personal invention and exploration in developing sound skills to take back to the classroom. Learn throwing techniques with stoneware clays for both the beginning and advanced student. In addition, discover finishes experimenting with colored slips, under glazes, oxides, shop glazes and firing techniques.


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With further refinement and exploration, develop advanced throwing skills with stoneware clays. Use both traditional and experimental throwing techniques to make functional and sculptural pots. In addition, expand knowledge of firing techniques and finishes with colored slips, under glazes, oxides and shop glazes. This course provides an opportunity for personal invention, higher-level challenges and advanced critique in throwing. Improve competency in thinking and working three-dimensionally and bring these skills into the classroom. Prerequisite: 3-D Projects for the Classroom: Ceramics-Throwing Introductory (VPAS 510)


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Using type specimens, printed ephemera, and design examples from the Library of Congress digital collections, participants will trace histories, narratives, and connection in parallel with our diverse cultural experiences and visual language. The invention of movable type created an explosion of shared knowledge, history, and visual language that continues to evolve in contemporary culture. This course will explore meaning and subject matter through type design. Collaborative exercises will encourage participant to think critically about how type and design shapes our language and visual culture. Site visits include collections in the Philadelphia region, and guest lectures. Content is appropriate to a range of subject areas, from art and design, to literacy, history, science and technology.


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Using type specimens, printed ephemera, and design examples from the Library of Congress digital collections, participants will trace histories, narratives, and connection in parallel with our diverse cultural experiences and visual language. The invention of movable type created an explosion of shared knowledge, history, and visual language that continues to evolve in contemporary culture. This course will explore meaning and subject matter through type design. Collaborative exercises will encourage participant to think critically about how type and design shapes our language and visual culture. Site visits include collections in the Philadelphia region, and guest lectures. Content is appropriate to a range of subject areas, from art and design, to literacy, history, science and technology.


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Are you looking to expand your knowledge of- and ways to best facilitate- blended and flipped learning? We will explore multiple ways to optimize- and to comfortably and appropriately balance- classroom time and at-home time within blended and flipped formats. Begin to experiment with flipped classroom practices using free classroom resources. Learn how to flip learning in any environment, even with limited online access and/or limited devices. How might you use structures that are already in place, such as stations and clusters, to tailor the best learning experience for students in your classroom? Open to K-12 educators who have experience at all levels of blended learning and flipped classroom implementation.


October 21, 2021 to December 18, 2021, Online
Create and develop a website for use in your classroom. Develop a basic understanding of HTML coding and the fundamental aspects of creating a well-designed, well-organized, intuitive, and graphically pleasing website to use with students and families. For teachers with websites designed by the District or school, learn how to create and manage a page within that platform, or create a companion site. Previous experience in Adobe Photoshop recommended.


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Digital technologies are ever-changing, and come with a set of risks and rewards for your students. Having 'the world at your fingertips' is both wonderful and daunting. This course will help you lead students within today's digital environment, including guidance around the appropriate and safe use of digital tools both inside and outside of the classroom.


January 24, 2022 to March 22, 2022, Online
Frequent feedback is central to learning. Frequent feedback as part of a formative assessment strategy supports students to do work that they are proud of, and motivates students to meet challenges. This course focuses on relevant, real-time, personal, practical feedback to inform different stages of the learning process. In what ways can you provide feedback that students will build on, understand, and use? You will test a host of free technologies that support formative assessment and help to create a classroom culture of feedback grounded in student interests, passions, and authentic response.


March 24, 2022 to May 14, 2022, Online
Does your school use Google Apps for Education, but you are unsure as to how to best use it to serve your classroom needs? Do you have a basic understanding of Google Apps. but would love to know more? Would you benefit from exploring Google Apps' formative assessment features and terrific assignment feedback functions? How about the ease of data collection, analysis and interpretation? Creating and building educator communities? This course will serve as a jumping off point as to how Google Apps will integrate seamlessly into the classroom experience for you and your students.


October 21, 2021 to December 9, 2021, Online
Do you use Google Apps for Education in your classroom, and want to know more? Go beyond Docs, Sheets, Sites, and Hangouts, and deeper into Google Apps. Explore Google Classroom (which helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with students and across classrooms), Google Expeditions (virtual field trips), Communities ('clubs' that are moderated and have a particular focus), Programs (eg Google Teacher Academy) and other resources for your students. This course was developed to address both day-to-day and longer-term classroom needs and interests using Google Apps.


March 24, 2022 to May 14, 2022, Unionville Elementary School
This course outlines the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop 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. Each day will include design lecture, software skill demonstration, and studio time for in-class exercises and projects. This in-class work will be supplemented with materials including video tutorials and readings.


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The introduction of the iPad brought the power and functionality of a full-size computer system into a lightweight, user-intuitive, powerful mobile tablet. While educators have rapidly embraced the iPad to meet computing needs and fill niche roles, discover how iPad technology can increase engagement and unlock vast content. We will use tablets and their applications to explore the development of grade-appropriate lessons across a wide range of subjects and content areas. Consider how the iPad can be a fully integrated professional tool for your classroom, and explore the financial resources for bringing iPad technology into schools and Districts.


January 24, 2022 to March 22, 2022, Unionville Elementary School
In the 1930s, the United States was in crisis. The economic system had collapsed and one-quarter of the country's workforce was unemployed. In an effort to rebuild the nation, President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched the 'Works Progress Administration' (WPA) to put millions of jobless people back to work. To promote its vast social programs, the WPA commissioned 500 artists nationwide to created more than 35,000 posters and prints to reach the American public. Of the mere 2,000 posters known to still exist, the Library of Congress' collection is the largest. These striking silkscreen, lithograph and woodcut posters publicized health programs, cultural programs, theatrical and musical performances, travel, education and community activities throughout the U.S. The posters were made possible by one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts and were added to the Library's holdings in the 1940s. In this course, learn about the WPA - its artists and its mission - and its connection to history, art, social science and visual literacy that can enrich your teaching. Participants learn about this time period, the power of design to communicate and how to use visual primary sources to engage students. In addition to museum visits, design studio exercises and hands-on printmaking, participants will use the digital archives of the Library of Congress to prepare lessons based on these powerful historic images. Content is appropriate for every subject areas as connections to art, nature, history, material processes and literacy are explored.


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In the 1930s, the United States was in crisis. The economic system had collapsed and one-quarter of the country's workforce was unemployed. In an effort to rebuild the nation, President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched the 'Works Progress Administration' (WPA) to put millions of jobless people back to work. To promote its vast social programs, the WPA commissioned 500 artists nationwide to created more than 35,000 posters and prints to reach the American public. Of the mere 2,000 posters known to still exist, the Library of Congress' collection is the largest. These striking silkscreen, lithograph and woodcut posters publicized health programs, cultural programs, theatrical and musical performances, travel, education and community activities throughout the U.S. The posters were made possible by one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts and were added to the Library's holdings in the 1940s. In this course, learn about the WPA - its artists and its mission - and its connection to history, art, social science and visual literacy that can enrich your teaching. Participants learn about this time period, the power of design to communicate and how to use visual primary sources to engage students. In addition to museum visits, design studio exercises and hands-on printmaking, participants will use the digital archives of the Library of Congress to prepare lessons based on these powerful historic images. Content is appropriate for every subject areas as connections to art, nature, history, material processes and literacy are explored.


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This class addresses image making through printmaking media, such as relief, monoprinting and collographs. Create images by drawing/painting directly on the plate or by working from a sketch. The creative process is analyzed at every point, with water-based inks and multiple colors as well as working with non-traditional presses that can be used in a variety of classroom settings.


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Continue to refine advanced techniques in image making through printmaking medium, monoprinting using relief and collograph techniques. Participants will primarily concentrate on one of the processes to address formal issues such as mark, color and scale. The class will also focus on how printmaking and multiples can be used to further one's visual language by drawing and collaging into the printed image. Techniques can be applied in a variety of classroom settings.


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This course addresses image-making through basic printmaking media such as monoprinting, with some relief printing techniques, that can be used in a classroom without specialized equipment or presses. Create images by drawing or painting directly on the plate or by working from a sketch; the creative process is analyzed at every point. Techniques covered printing with water-based inks and multiple colors as well as working with non-traditional presses that can be used in a variety of classroom settings.


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Current research on the use of technology in the classroom concludes that its appropriate use can yield dramatic gains in student achievement and student engagement. This course will prepare educators to routinely use technology in the classroom to effectively reach and engage diverse learners in new ways. Educators will learn how to identify and optimize educational technology tools, resources, and applications that best match unique student populations.


October 21, 2021 to December 18, 2021, HyFlex
This course champions the importance of affirming the cultural identities of students and helping educators to respect cultural differences in others. Participants develop resources, tools and methods to increase cultural awareness in the classroom across the curriculum. Activities encourage students to understand and honor diversity, both in their schools and within the larger community. This course focuses on methods to weave tolerance and understanding into existing curricular units and lesson plans.


October 21, 2021 to December 18, 2021, Online
This course is designed to enhance instructional skills and expand strategies essential to working with racial diversity, gender and sexual diversity, religious diversity, and diverse learning needs and styles. The course will examine varying cultures and unique student populations based on a diverse society. Structured to present the learner with a foundational knowledge base and accompanying skills related to Economically Disadvantaged students, Gender Issues, Racial Diversity, Religious Diversity, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity/Expression, Special Education, and English Language Learners, the course will be grounded in political and programmatic history as each relates to today's classroom. Case studies and practical application of course understandings will be used.


January 24, 2022 to March 21, 2022, Online
Does your school or District have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, but you would like to know more about how to optimize this policy in your own classroom or school? Regardless of whether your school or District has a 1:1 initiative, this course will immerse educators in collaborative lesson design using a multitude of devices students bring to and explore in class. We will evaluate a range of BYOD mindtools that, when routinely implemented, will enable you and your students to construct your own media-rich understandings of class materials. We will develop strategies and in-class practices around the design of learning environments in the age of BYOD.


January 24, 2022 to March 22, 2022, Online
Refine and improve techniques relating to digital photography, expanding overall photographic competency and aesthetic sensibility. Composition, lighting and subject are discussed and critiqued as participants create a cohesive body of work with the final goal a series of project-based photographs. Some basic postproduction techniques using Photoshop are introduced. Participants must bring a digital SLR camera and a portable storage device. (or have access to a cloud based image storage service.)


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Explore, refine and improve general techniques relating to digital photography, including camera functions, image storage and final output options. In addition, composition, lighting and subject are discussed and critiqued. Some basic post-production techniques using Photoshop are also introduced. Participants must bring a digital SLR camera and a portable storage device.


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Expand drawing and painting skills at a more advanced level. Working from direct observation, including some figure models, participants improve perception and technical skills, working both in drawing media and in paint. Create a range of times pieces in basic drawing media such as charcoal, pencil, ink and conte crayon, then move on to more advanced work using acrylic paints. This course considers color theory, composition, painting technique, and the overall process and includes in-depth critiques.


March 24, 2022 to May 14, 2022, Online
This drawing and painting course provides the opportunity to further refine color theory and design concepts using a variety of media at an advanced level. Apply an understanding composition and fluency with materials to work both in the abstract and from direct observation. Educators will focus on the refinement of a series of pieces to build a body of work that reflects an advanced understanding of techniques specific to the two-dimensional visual arts. Educators will develop drawing and painting activities to incorporate into projects for the K-12 classroom.


March 24, 2022 to May 14, 2022, Online
Drawing and painting are foundational skills for visual literacy and for developing an understanding of form, composition, light and color. Working from direct observation, including some figure models, participants improve perception and technical skills working both in drawing media and in paint. Create a range of timed pieces in basic drawing media such as charcoal, pencil, ink and conte crayon, then move on to more advanced work using acrylic paints. This course considers color theory,composition, painting technique, and the overall process.


March 24, 2022 to May 14, 2022, Online
Explore landscape painting at a more advanced level. Working in the field, participants discuss themes inherent in this subject matter, evaluate the effects of light and color, and refine specific techniques. As weather permits, work outdoors in the Bucks County landscape with expansive vistas to consider. This course takes into account the immediacy of changing conditions while working en plein air. Participants work from direct observation and consider techniques that achieve desired results. Choice of media may be oil, acrylic or pastel. Topics include mediums and techniques for the efficient use of time, analyzing composition, color studies, reading weather and light conditions, and basic color mixing. Course content and critiques applicable to art classroom instruction.


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Continue to refine advanced techniques with an emphasis on an in-the-field approach to landscape as subject matter. In addition to producing finished paintings, discuss this genre and the themes in it, including the concept of place, scale, the nature of light, and the balance of man and nature. Work outdoors in the local area to address the process of working with the immediacy of changing conditions. Participants may choose oil, acrylic or pastel for their medium and present a series of thematic pieces. Course content and critiques applicable to art classroom instruction.


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Emphasis will be on an 'in the field' approach to landscape as subject matter. In addition to producing finished paintings, participants will discuss this genre and the themes often illustrated in it, including the concept of place, scale, the nature of light, and the balance of man and nature. As weather permits, participants will work outdoors to address the process of working with the immediacy of changing conditions. Participants will work from direct observation and cover concepts in landscape composition that will help them achieve their desired results. Choice of media may be oil, acrylic or pastel. Topics include: proper grounds (surfaces) for oil paint, materials, mediums, and techniques for the efficient use of the time, how to use a loose drawing to form a strong composition; and making color studies. Participants will also discuss choosing a location, reading the weather, reading the light, and color mixing for landscape. This course is intended for educators with previous experience in basic drawing and painting. All course content will be directly applicable to classroom instruction and curriculum for art educators.


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