Courses

Mental health issues show in students and adults in many ways. This course will address some of them and seeks to empower educators by providing information on topics from identification of those faced with mental health challenges to factors that influence the conditions.



October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2023

This course explores the use of laptop technology to increase academic achievement and math achievement specifically, technology is identified as a significant factor to be embraced by schools in their pursuit of improved student achievement.



December 1, 2017 to December 1, 2023

Learning to teach online and to design online classes can feel very foreign. In this course, you will learn how to translate face-to-face courses to the online environment. You will learn about what it's like to facilitate an online course and the new skills required in this environment.



October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2023

This course focuses on the unique needs of English learners and what educators can do to best support their academic achievement, describing how educational leaders can inadvertently create barriers to the success of English learners.



October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2023

Tight alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment is essential for student learning. In this course, the various aspects of planning, preparation, and best practices for continuous improvement in student and teacher success are explored.



October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2023

What now? So what? So often teachers will attend professional development sessions or workshops and hear about wonderfully innovative ideas for integrating technology into their classroom units, lessons, and/or tasks. However, after leaving these types of events, teachers come away feeling like they have the will and the drive to want to take on this challenge in their own classrooms but with no idea where to start.



October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2023

We'll take a close look at the doctrine of fair use, especially as it applies in an educational setting. We'll also explore how to determine if a web resource is credible, how to cross-check sources for accuracy, differentiate between fact and opinion, and determine whether a source is timely, objective, and may have a conflict of interest.



April 1, 2018 to April 1, 2023

Creating partnerships with the home, community organizations, and businesses, as well as setting up collaborative structures both within and outside the school, can positively impact instruction and learning. This pathway will explain the importance of and define strategies in order to foster these partnerships, and effective communication and implementation structures to ensure that your planning goes beyond the brainstorming phase.



October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2023

Bullying is an insidious problem in our schools and society. This course addresses both in-person bullying and cyberbullying as it provides recommendations for ways to identify people who are being bullied and those who are the perpetrators of these harmful behaviors.



October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2023

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is about removing barriers for ALL students in order to give them the best opportunity to be successful learners. In this overview of UDL, we will look at optimizing the learner's motivation to learn, options for the representation of new material and options for students to express what they have learned.



November 1, 2017 to November 1, 2023

This course takes a look at professional growth in education. We look at the steps necessary for instructional improvement in the classroom, technology resources to improve instruction, effective research in the area of professional growth, reflective practices, and use of social media as a Professional Learning Network.



April 1, 2018 to April 1, 2023

This course examines the complexity of reading instruction, focusing on the urgent need for proficient literacy skills among students; the core beliefs which serve as the foundation of reading instruction; and the importance of content area literacy, word study, and the "Five Big Ideas" in reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.



October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2023

This course calls for educators to rethink the dominant culture and values of our educational system and the ways in which we support African American students.



May 1, 2018 to May 1, 2023

This course describes differentiation and assessment practices and the powerful impact they can have on student achievement including fully supporting the academic achievement of English Learners (ELLs), and the need to learn grade-level, discipline-specific content while they are building English proficiency.



October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2023

Understanding learning disabilities and providing accommodations for students is an integral part of education. These modules focus on the basics of special education, with an emphasis on explaining all the jargon and acronyms that make up the special education world. This module was created with teachers in mind who want to better understand some of the basics of special education, or those who just need a refresher. You will also learn about affordable and easily accessible tools to support middle and secondary students with learning disabilities.



October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2023

This course discusses the structure, creation, and maintenance of an effective Professional Learning Community, emphasizing the importance of communication and consensus in the establishment of the school-wide mission, vision, values, and curriculum.



October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2023

In this course, you'll learn a variety of behavior management philosophies and the best strategies for effectively improving behavior in the classroom with a positive approach. This course will not only demonstrate practical tools of difficult behavior but will instruct on the `whys' and showcase the influence of physical and digital space on our learners.



October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2023

Though today's schools are putting increasing emphasis on the use of data to guide action and improve academic achievement for all students, the process of utilizing this information can be overwhelming; correct use of data to inform instructional planning can have a profound influence on learning, while data that are used ineffectively provide little benefit. This course reviews several student data assessments and sources describes the effects of accurate and effective data analysis on the school environment and examines issues surrounding assessment for English Language Learners.



October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2023