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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, TBA - University of the Arts