Fall 2018 Courses
We anticipate course start dates either the last week of September or 1st week of October.
Summer 2018 Courses
- ASCD: Grading Smarter, Not Harder
- ASCD: Understanding Student Motivation
- ASCD: Questioning for Classroom Discussion: Grades 6–12
- ASCD: Sparking Student Creativity
- *NEW* ASCD: Turning High Poverty Schools into High Performing Schools
- *NEW* ASCD: Closing the Vocabulary Gap - Teaching the Critical Verbs
- ASCD: Classroom Management - Building Effective Relationships
- ASCD: Classroom Management - Managing Challenging Behavior
- ACSD: Inclusion - The Basics
- ASCD: Inclusion - Implementing Strategies
- *NEW* ASCD: Enhancing Teaching with Technology
- *NEW* ASCD: Blended Learning (Flipping the Classroom)
*Course enrollments will be monitored and reviewed, those trending for low enrollment will be canceled, a final enrollment review will occur on 6/8/2018. Those with enrollments of less than 15 will be canceled.
In this digital age, teachers and students alike are integrating mobile devices and other technology into their teaching and learning strategies. This course is designed for the classroom teacher who is looking for an introduction to the technology available to enhance teaching. First, you’ll learn how social media can help you improve your practice and create a personal learning
network (PLN). Then you’ll discover collaboration tools you can use for planning or delivering lessons. Next, learn about mobile apps that engage students with learning and digital storytelling tools that allow them to show what they’ve learned. Finally, you’ll discover ways to teach students about digital literacy and citizenship.
- Teacher: Angela Hartl
In this course, you are embarking on a learning journey designed to open up new vistas and offer new insights that you can use with your students to make classroom discussion a manageable process. First, you’ll explore four quality questioning practices that drive productive discussion: Framing a focus question, Promoting equitable participation, Scaffolding student responses to deepen thinking, Creating a culture for thoughtful discussion. Then, you’ll learn the discussion skills that comprise the DNA of meaningful discussion. Typically, students don’t arrive at school prepared to engage in productive discussion, so developing these discussion skills is crucial. You’ll explore research-based skills in three key categories: social, cognitive, and use-of-knowledge. Then, you’ll learn how to decide which skills are most appropriate for your students given their ages and developmental levels and the subject you teach. Using the threefold framework can help you plan disciplined discussions in which students’ skills are intentionally targeted for development.
- Teacher: Suzanne Nelson
- Teacher: Karla Jump
This course is based on the ASCD book Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn (2014) by Myron Dueck. There are many reasons for educators to consider taking this course. Some districts have taken on grading and assessment changes and this course could help you with specific tools, resources, and research to substanti- ate and incorporate new methods. Perhaps you want to embark on standards-based grading and need some assistance separating academics and behavior. For others, these learning opportunities may be part of a quest to jump from being a good teacher to a great educator, and this can be a daunting task for anyone. Regardless of your reasons and aspirations for taking this course, this set of readings, videos, assignments, and prompts should be of great value in examining your grading, evaluating assessment, and reporting beliefs and routines. As you start this course, use the journal and other tools to track your questions, concerns, and thoughts. Only when we are reflective and critical in our own learning do we get the most out of any experience.
- Teacher: Kathy Christensen
This course, Sparking Student Creativity: Practical Applications and Strategies,
will help you teach creatively whether you are creative or not. Using readings
and ideas from Patti Drapeau’s book Sparking Student Creativity Practical Ways
to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving (ASCD, 2014) and from
journal articles and videos, this course focuses on how to integrate creativity
into content to meet and extend curriculum standards. You’ll learn how to use a
creativity road map to plan instruction, how to use strategies to enhance
creative tasks, and how to assess creativity lessons.
- Teacher: Meghan Bauers
In Understanding Student Motivation, you’ll examine the basics of motivation and the role that motivation plays in academic performance. Through readings, video examples, and application exercises, you’ll learn how to establish strategies to create a respectful and connected classroom, balance structure and choice to create a positive attitude toward learning, set expectations, create challenging and engaging activities that are personally relevant to students, and develop strategies to help students feel more competent and confident in the classroom.
- Teacher: Karla Jump
Even the most experienced of teachers will struggle when students present behaviors that are disruptive, disrespectful, and potentially dangerous. These behaviors manifest themselves differently from student to student and can often leave a teacher and other students anxiously looking for answers for how to restore order to the classroom and make it a productive, safe learning environment. In this edition of Classroom Management: Managing Challenging Behavior, you’ll investigate the various characteristics of effective classroom management, classroom management models and tools, challenging behaviors, how to build positive relationships with students that will have an effect on their behavior, and how to prepare students to become successful 21st century learners.
- Teacher: Lynnette Wiginton
In Inclusion: The Basics, you’ll explore the definition of inclusion and inclusive schools and find out what inclusion is and what it isn’t. Through in-depth readings, examples, and applications, you’ll have a conceptual understanding of what constitutes inclusion in the public education setting and the related federal laws. You’ll also gain some practical strategies for adapting instructional activities and creating a welcoming, positive environment for all students.
- Teacher: Lynda Sneddon
This course provides valuable strategies for creating and working in an inclusive school environment. With this course, you’ll discover strategies for handling the logistics of the classroom environment, aids and supports, and curriculum modification. You’ll also learn the difference between accommodation and adaptation, and consider learning and teaching styles while developing differentiated activities that meet the array of student needs in your classroom. Finally, you’ll become informed about your state’s laws and mandates affecting how to monitor progress and measure achievement of all students in your inclusive classroom.
- Teacher: Russett Clasen
We have all seen teachers who seem to effortlessly bring out the best in
their students. It may seem as if these teachers were born with an
innate skill, allowing them to manage their classrooms with ease;
however, effective classroom managers are made, not born. In Classroom
Management: Building Effective Relationships, you’ll investigate the
various facets of classroom management. You will examine some common
approaches to classroom management to find the one that is best for you,
laying the foundation for your classroom management plan. You will then
build on the foundation by examining the student-teacher relationship
and uncovering the strategies that will support your approach to
classroom management. Finally, you will learn how all of these pieces
can fit together to create a cohesive, school-wide model.
- Teacher: Shelley Ellbogen