Instructor: Joanna Smith

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Classes by this instructor


T&L 2900: VIR: Building Academic Language, Grades 7-12

This course is designed to equip 7-12 teachers with the knowledge, skills, and strategies required to help their students grasp language principles and develop the academic language skills they need to reach their highest levels of academic achievement across all grade bands and content areas.


July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2023
T&L 2900: VIR: Building Academic Language, Grades K-6

This course is designed to equip K-6 teachers with the knowledge, skills, and strategies required to help their students grasp language principles and develop the academic language skills they need to reach their highest levels of academic achievement across all grade bands and content areas.


July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2023
T&L 2900: VIR: Courageous Conversations about Race

In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills to understand and examine the impact of race on student achievement and the role that racism plays in institutionalized racial disparities. You will learn a practical and accessible protocol that supports participants in challenging their personal beliefs around race. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge, skills, and practical strategies to participate in courageous conversations about race on a daily basis in both personal and professional contexts.


November 1, 2017 to November 1, 2023
T&L 2900: VIR: Differentiating Teaching and Instruction: What, How, Why

In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills to describe and implement the concept of differentiation as a response to the needs, interests, and abilities of learners by modifying curriculum, instruction, and classroom environment. You will explore how to reconstruct an objective so it is responsive to the needs, interests, and abilities of diverse learners.


November 1, 2017 to November 1, 2023
T&L 2900: VIR: Effective Coaching to Strengthen Instruction

In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of coaching teachers in order to increase the quality of their instruction for improved student academic success.


June 1, 2018 to June 1, 2023
T&L 2900: VIR: Facilitating Learning for Speakers of Non-Standardized English

This course prepares K-12 educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support the academic language proficiency and achievement of Standardized English Learners (SELs). The course provides teachers with the tools they need to help Standardized English learners develop academic English and promotes their access to academic content and material in their subject areas. Upon completion of this course, participants will be empowered to engage an increasingly diverse student body more effectively through culturally responsive pedagogy.


November 1, 2017 to November 1, 2023
T&L 2900: VIR: Inclusive Education: Success for All Learners

This course is designed to build the competencies of educators to successfully incorporate the belief systems, effective instructional skills, new models of staffing and service delivery and authentic collaboration into their practice.


June 1, 2019 to June 1, 2023
T&L 2900: VIR: Making Student Thinking Visible: Unlocking SEL

In this course, you will learn skills used to Make Students Thinking Visible (MSTV). You will hear from Jon Saphier, founder and president of Research for Better Teaching, Inc., and Lucy West, Founder of Metamorphosis TLC, on the concepts, embedded values, and operating principles of MSTV. You will explore in depth these principles and practice building a robust talk environment that builds student confidence and extends their capacity to manage discussions. Along the way you will learn about teaching habits that have to change and about the preparation and planning needed to fully integrate MSTV into your classroom.


July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2023
T&L 2900: VIR: Pedagogical Strategies for English Learners

In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills to support the specific needs of English learners. You will learn to establish a language-rich classroom. You will explore the role of language in literacy development and academic achievement through deconstructing language demands and creating an Academic Language Bank. You will demonstrate pedagogical practices to guide English learners to think about content in critical and creative ways. You will employ multiple strategies for scaffolding thinking and apply knowledge and language about ELs to make informed instructional decisions to enhance learning.


July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2023
T&L 2900: VIR: Relationally Responsive Classroom Management

This course empowers educators to effectively teach an increasingly diverse student body by cultivating meaningful relationships with students.


November 1, 2017 to November 1, 2023
T&L 2900: VIR: Survival Strategies for New Teachers, Grades 6-8

This course provides new teachers with strategies and tools that enable them to develop confidence and skills as they improve their classroom practice.


November 1, 2017 to November 1, 2023
T&L 2900: VIR: Survival Strategies for New Teachers, Grades 9-12

This course provides new teachers with strategies and tools that enable them to develop confidence and skills as they improve their classroom practice.


November 1, 2017 to November 1, 2023
T&L 2900: VIR: Survival Strategies for New Teachers, Grades K-5

This course provides new teachers with strategies and tools that enable them to develop confidence and skills as they improve their classroom practice.


November 1, 2017 to November 1, 2023