Alleviating & Understanding Anxiety in the Classroom - What can we do to help?  For all Content Areas K-12

This course is for educators who are looking to help students manage their anxiety in the classroom environment. It will help teachers become more in tune with the signs of anxiety in their students and how to respond when necessary. Course content will help teachers develop strategies they can immediately use in the classroom with all students to help them refocus and self-regulate their emotions before anxiety symptoms become unmanageable.


The Art of Presentations for Science, Math, Social Studies, ELA, ESL, Foreign Lang. & Special Ed. Curriculum

Do you engage your student’s with your presentations? You have under 30 seconds to gain your audience's attention.  Gain confidence and  excite your audience with powerful presentations.  Using different presentation tools and techniques, you will maximize your time and keep students involved.  Using verbal cues, pacing, body language, hooks, questions and a confident voice, you can supercharge your presentations. Learn different presentation techniques to maximize your text and images and get the most out of your presentations. You will be empowered to deliver great instructions and also teach your students to do the same.

This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

 

 The “Art” of Visual Thinking; Visual Strategies for all Learners and all Content Areas K-12

This course is designed for educators interested in learning more about visual learners and visual thinkers. Students will learn ideas and strategies to use in their classrooms. Ideas and strategies discussed in this course will help with teaching visual communication and visual learning. Students will develop ideas through drawing and other visual methods. The assignments aim to sharpen observational skills and give an understanding of the methods and strategies that help all learners with special emphasis on visual learners and thinkers. It will also give insight into the range of processes visual learners and thinkers use to achieve their work. This course is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.


Art Teacher’s Studio! Representation, Expression & Engagement Through Art K-12
The focus of this course is to explore multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement. This is an interactive studio oriented course to develop new ways to present concepts that are used in the classroom. Improve student learning through your professional learning experience in the arts. Students will explore ways to make new connections through hands-on activities to make connections, apply skills, and create opportunities for reflection. This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

 

Assess This! – Instant Digital Formative Assessments for Science, Math, Social Studies, Phys. Ed., Music, Art, Special Ed., Health & Foreign Languages

Frequent formative assessments help both teachers and students gauge progress in grasping concepts. Though they can be delivered in many ways, digital assessments provide immediate,  individualized feedback that can be used to customize learning experiences based on student results. Online tools can be used to quickly create assessments that students can access online. Then, such tools provide you with instant results that you can use to determine which concepts need to be covered more, and which concepts have been mastered.

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Bouncing Back from a Setback: Teaching Perseverance and Resilience in the English, Science, Math, Social Studies, Phys. Ed., Music, Art, Special Ed., Health & Foreign Language Classroom

What happens to an educator when they are confronted with their students’ letdowns? Often as well-intended teachers , we try to help our students process their emotions. At times one word could invalidate their reality, increase their anxiety or cause them to retreat into isolation. How does a teacher support their students with daily struggles such as failing an assessment, not making the team, not being accepted into their first choice college, or even grieving the loss of a family or friend? In this course you will be given tools and strategies to help provide your students with the skills they need to overcome adversity and persevere.

 

Building Character Traits Through Social & Emotional Learning Grades PreK-12

This course will provide educators with strategies, lesson plans, and activities to integrate self-awareness, social skills, self-management, and responsible decision-making with the core academic subjects, and will investigate current trends in social emotional learning. The social and emotional development of children is the foundation for their success in school and throughout life. Educators will learn how to create a safe and caring learning environment by using children's literature books to enrich lessons and curriculum programs that promote social and emotional learning. This course is designed as an interactive classroom setting encouraging discussions, activities, readings, and meaningful assignments.


Creating a Cultural Safe Haven in the Classroom
This course will provide teachers with the opportunity to explore topics such as bias, racism, sexism and xenophobia and other controversial cultural conversations that happen in our classrooms. Teachers will gain a more in-depth awareness of these diverse topics, feel better prepared to address students' social-emotional concerns and engage students in these discussions. Educators will share their experiences related to these topics by collaborating as professionals, asking questions, and developing strategies to implement in their schools. This course is meant to help facilitate these conversations among school leaders. Therefore, teachers will be able to use this platform to discuss and address cultural -isms that arise naturally with students.


Developing and Enhancing A Robust and Integrated STEM Curriculum
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills of developing new, or  enhancing existing, course curriculum to align and integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) content. The platform that will be used to develop, enhance and integrate STEM curriculum is based on the Whitebox Learning (WBL), A Flinn Scientific online platform with over a dozen STEM applications. Each application aligns with one or more of the Massachusetts State Frameworks and Standards. These applications are utilized for grades 6 through 12th grade. This course will begin with a review of the Science and Engineering sections of the Massachusetts State Educational Frameworks. Then students will align these with each of the WBL applications. Students will analyze tradeoffs between engineering design, scientific inquiry and WBL processes that include but are not limited to research, design, analysis, simulation, prototype and testing methodologies. Students will develop or enhance their curriculum to define best practices for various methodologies that include templates and guidelines on documenting research, tracking design changes and analyzing results of various simulations based on WBL competitions per application. Students will interact with a subset of WBL applications from both a student and teacher role to understand the various methodologies used within the various WBL applications.
The final few classes will focus on how to set up and utilize the WBL fully-integrated LMS based teacher control center which includes real time student tracking per WBL application and historical engagement with the application by students. Candidates will demonstrate WBL competencies from both a student and teacher perspective by completing a chosen WBL application(s). This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

 

Developing Mathematical Mindsets
All students can be successful in math and math learning can happen for all students with a proper mathematical mindset, rich mathematical tasks, and creative assessments. In her book Mathematical Mindsets, author and Stanford Professor Jo Boaler “distills her years of experience and her powerful wisdom to show teachers exactly how to present math work, structure math problems, guide students though them, and give feedback in a way that helps students toward a ‘growth mindset’ and keeps them there.”
This course is designed to immerse students in the ideas of Carol Dweck and the teachings of Jo Boaler with additional readings and videos to give math educators specific ways to educate their students on how the brain learns and the power of mistakes and struggling, create mathematical mindsets, develop rich mathematical tasks, investigate growth mindset grouping within the classroom, and implement diverse assessments to discover your students’ growth. Effective curriculum development and implementation is a dynamic and continuous process through which teachers can plan, implement and evaluate the instructional program in a systematic and logical way.  Particular attention is given to designing and organizing curriculum and selecting teaching strategies which effectively create a learning environment that meets the diverse social/emotional needs of students.  Candidates cover the major components of the curriculum development process, including developing philosophy and objectives, needs assessment, instructional planning and implementation, assessment and evaluation and curriculum refinement.  Emphasis is given to the curriculum areas of Cognitive Development, Receptive and Expressive Language Development, Social Skills and Behavior Development, and instruction of students with disabilities. Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects which include understanding a variety of teaching strategies, resources, applications and assessments. This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.


Developing Safe & Responsible Digital Citizens in Your Classroom for Math, English, Science, Social Studies & Foreign Languages K-12

This course is designed to help educators and their students safely and responsibly navigate  the internet. With many opportunities to sign up for secure, locked educational websites like Google Classroom and even more opportunities to contribute to public forums, it is important that teachers help their students become responsible digital citizens that are aware of social conventions and safe interactions on the World Wide Web. The course will give educators the opportunities to explore ways they can embed responsible digital citizenship into their curriculum and ensure that their class activities allow students to responsibly interact with one another and other internet users.


Differentiation Made Easier: Making the English, Science, Math, Social Studies, Phys. Ed., Music, Art, Special Ed., Health & Foreign Language Classroom Accessible To All Learners

What do we know to be true about differentiated instruction? Differentiation doesn’t begin only when planning, it is a constant process adjusted based on the data you collect throughout your instruction. Teachers work hard to ensure all of their students are learning by meeting them where they are. This can seem time consuming and at somewhat difficult, but there are ways to work efficiently to provide structure, scaffolding, and strategies to students in need. How do we do this as educators? In this course, we will discover data driven strategies that you can implement immediately into your lessons and your classroom.


Educators in Plein Air

Improve student learning through your professional experience in the arts. The focus of this plein air studio course is in finding good teaching habits through studio practice. Students will find clarity of thought and depth of feeling through the plein air experience. They will have an opportunity to apply skills in any medium and to make new connections. Through the eyes of limitations we will experience the practice of creativity. This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.


Engage Your Students with ADHD/Attention Challenges: Fill Your Tool Belt with Practical Strategies for All Content Areas (K-12)
The focus of this course is for all educators (any age level, any subject) to develop practical strategies to increase engagement with students with ADHD and/or related attention challenges. This first requires an understanding of what “Attention” means in the context of ADHD and why it’s integral to students’ success––it’s key to understand how crucial anxiety and confidence are for these students. And then we dive into specific challenges teachers and students encounter and learn specific, easy-to-implement strategies that increase confidence, lower anxiety, and build incremental successes.


Engaging Students in the Digital Age K-12

This course is designed to enhance your teacher toolbox with usable ideas to engage students in your instruction by incorporating technology. We will focus on free applications such as Google Apps like Google Forms, Google Docs, and Google Slides with Pear Deck; Assessment with applications such as Kahoot! and Quizizz, Plickers, and Flipgrid; Differentiated instruction with applications such as Freckle (Front Row), ReadWorks, Kiddle, Google Slide Word Sorts, and Epic!. Students will walk away with usable lessons and products for classroom use. If you're looking to learn new ways to engage your students with technology in your literacy block both in teacher-led instruction as well as independent practice, this is the course for you! This course is aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks and the Common Core.


Engaging Students Through Social Emotional Learning for all Disciplines Grades 1-12
The positive impact of Social Emotional Learning has been well documented. Student performance improves when social and emotional development is fostered by instructors and institutions. Recent research continues to support the conclusion the SEL curricula improves academic outcomes. A Collaboration for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) study of more than 700 programs found that if an institution implements a quality SEL curriculum, they can expect better student behavior and an 11% increase in test scores.
This course is designed to provide students with the ideas behind the SEL educational process and the knowledge and skills of the curriculum development process and curriculum for Science, Math, Social Studies, ELA, Reading, and Special Education will be researched and developed. Effective curriculum development and implementation is a dynamic and continuous process through which teachers can plan, implement and evaluate the instructional program in a systematic and logical way.  Particular attention is given to designing and organizing curriculum and selecting teaching strategies which effectively create a learning environment that meets the diverse social/emotional needs of students.  Candidates cover the major components of the curriculum development process, including developing philosophy and objectives, needs assessment, instructional planning and implementation, assessment and evaluation and curriculum refinement.  Emphasis is given to the curriculum areas of Cognitive Development, Receptive and Expressive Language Development, Social Skills and Behavior Development, science instruction, math instruction, ELA/Reading instruction, and instruction of students with disabilities. Candidates will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects which include understanding a variety of teaching strategies, resources, applications and assessments. This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.


Enriching Your Distance Learning Portfolio for Science, Math, History, ELA, Social Studies, Special Education, PE & Foreign Languages      
Connecting with students can be challenging with distance learning. Every student has individual needs that are addressed in school. At home, the challenges are mostly out of teacher’s control. Targeted technology can help level the tech divide by focusing on skills and engagement. Engagement and supporting feedback are essential to maintaining the student/teacher relationship. This course will present sites and ideas that are critical to ensuring the success of students at home. This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

 

Give Students a Voice Through CHOICE!

This course is designed to enhance your teacher toolbox with usable ideas for infusing Universal Design for Learning and choice into your classroom. We all learn in different ways, but we can’t cater to a classroom-full of differentiation for every single student all of the time. By using choice in your classroom you can break down the barriers that your students and yourself face everyday and make the most out of each lesson, practice, and assessment.

 

Google Sites – Creating a Classroom Website Using Google for all Content Areas                               
Creating a Classroom Portal Using Google Sites will enable teachers to link their classroom to the digital world. The portal website provides teachers with the ability to extend the classroom by posting homework, helpful links, classroom information and assignments. Google Sites support complete integration with Google Drive, YouTube and Calendar, providing classroom information anytime, anywhere. This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.


The Happy Teacher Mindset: Developing Teaching Habits to Increase Productivity and Decrease Stress
This course is designed to help cope with the seemingly ever growing list of responsibilities that are bestowed upon the modern day educator. We will focus on developing plans and strategies to address the common pain points of educators which consist of dealing with difficult people including co-workers, administrators, students, and parents. Additionally, we will focus on developing the skill of prioritizing effectively to ensure that we are maximizing the value of the time we devote to our profession and eliminating or minimizing the mundane tasks that aren’t necessary. The ambitious goal of this course is to develop a skillset that can be brought directly into the classroom which enables us to avoid bringing our work home, both literally and emotionally.   

How Does Childhood Trauma Impact Brain Development & Learning in K-12 Education? For all Content Areas

This course is designed for educators interested in learning why students who experience trauma- inducing experiences are more at risk for acting out at school and also dropping out. Course content will explain the impact of adverse childhood events (ACEs) on brain development and give teachers strategies that can help them explore ways that they can make their classrooms trauma sensitive and a safe place for all learners.


Info-graphics – Visualizing Information for all Content Areas

Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. Students can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. This course will examine interactive websites that will enrich student learning using infographics. Infographics engage students with visual content that interests 21st century students who are constantly using image based media such as TV, Internet, Smart phones, and iPods. Interactive websites engage students with multiple skills, and will not just entertain students but engage all students in an interactive experience.


Inquiring about Inquiry Design for Science, Math, English and Social Studies K-12
This course is designed for educators who want to create more engaging lessons and units that follow the Inquiry Design Model. Course content will help educators create these lessons and units so that students will find the material more interesting and relevant to their lives while still allowing the teacher to efficiently meet local and state curriculum standards.


Intensive and Advanced Phonological Awareness Strategies

Phonological awareness is the ability to analyze the sound structure of language, separate from meaning. Phonological awareness is an essential skill that builds the foundation for decoding and spelling. Empirical research indicates that providing phonological awareness training to ALL children starting in kindergarten through the elementary grades can reduce the number of reading problems by 50%-75%. Further, PA should NEVER be overlooked or “skipped” due to a student’s age.  During this course you will learn how to provide specific, science based instruction  and intensive intervention in order to improve literacy outcomes in your students. As you learn best practice, you will create hands-on, engaging tools to implement with students.  Most importantly you will learn that YOU are a tool. You will learn to use  YOUR  oral-motor mouth movements, body gestures and verbal scaffolding to directly instruct students in front of you. Teaching phonological awareness is fun!


Interactive Lessons for Foreign Languages - Storytelling, Total Physical Response (TPR) & Humor

This course is designed for foreign language teachers (Kindergarten – 12th grade), and will examine two methodologies: Total Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) and Total Physical Response (TPR).  TPRS is changing the way many teachers go about teaching a foreign language today. Through TPRS, teachers are finding they can teach the language holistically without having to teach grammar rules. Grammatical accuracy is taught, but not in the traditional way through verb conjugations. Language is learned by understanding messages in the target language.  Teachers ensure the class is totally comprehensible, repetitive, and interesting. The course also integrates Total Physical Response (TPR), which is a language teaching method based on the coordination of language and physical movement.


Let’s Connect! Home School Engagement and a Positive Classroom Environment Through Class Dojo & Other Apps
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively collaborate with families. We will explore the benefits of strong partnerships for families, students and teachers. Students will reflect on their ability to partner effectively with families.  Obstacles to developing strong partnerships will be discussed, including working with families from diverse backgrounds. This course will give students immediate strategies to increase their ability to build and maintain effective relationships with families throughout the year. We will also explore the use of social emotional lessons that can be shared between home and school.                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Math Fact Fluency – Alternatives to Dreaded Timed Tests & How to Boost Fluency for all Learners K-6

This course is designed to provide teachers with alternatives to timed tests.  We will examine the MA State Standards progression of fluency from K-5 and look at NCTM’s definition of fluency.  We will read research on the effects of timed tests on students success.  Teachers will be provided with games and alternative assessments that they can use with their students to promote fluency without causing anxiety in students.  Finally, teachers will develop rubrics to use with fluency games that they can use with students to assess fluency.


Mathematical Mindsets – Encouraging Creativity & Increasing Understanding in Math
This course is designed to provide participants with resources and teacher language to create a math positive culture in their classrooms. Participants will review current research on mindset and mathematics. Additionally, he/she will learn teacher moves and language that supports even the most math phobic students to have confidence in mathematics. Finally, participants will reflect on their own math experiences and how they have impacted their mathematics instruction. This course is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.


Morocco – History, Music, Dance, the Visual Arts & Culture are Alive in Morocco!
Teachers will visit Casablanca, Fez, Marrakesh, and Essaouira, and each city is diverse and unique. We will learn about each culture and its unique music, food, architecture, and more. The country’s diversity informs its character, its sound, its rhythm of music and dance. Teachers will learn about classical music, Berber folk music, Gnawa mystical music, classical Sufi music – plus a variety of dances rooted in Arab, Berber, and African traditions. Moroccan culture reflects Berber, Arab, Spanish, and African influences. Teachers will enjoy the rich and varied flavors of the nation’s diverse traditions. We will visit eateries where locals dine, and we’ll access mouth-watering food, with influences from around the world. MOROCCO’S HISTORY IS UNIQUE – AND ITS CULTURE RICH & TEXTURED! Teachers will tour medinas, well-preserved Roman ruins, world-famous tanneries with beautiful leather shops, famed Jewish quarters, mausoleums, tombs, and royal palaces. Teachers will have the option to take camel and horse-drawn carriage rides. Traveling through the Moroccan countryside completes your experience. MOROCCO’S ARCHITECTURE IS SIMPLY STUNNING. GEOGRAPHIC AND HISTORICAL DIVERSITY, AND SUCCESSIVE WAVES OF SETTLEMENT, makes Morocco one of the most architecturally interesting countries in the world, with Berber, Islam, Moorish, French influences. Teachers will explore and enjoy several distinct cities. We will visit world-class museums & galleries, where teachers will have the opportunity to create lessons for their own classrooms.

Motivate and Engage with Videos for all Content Areas & Specialists
Excite students and start conversations with videos that can lead to open-ended discussions on an engaging, interactive platform for sharing ideas. Dynamic videos become a powerful way to drive asynchronous conversations. Videos increase student engagement, which in turn helps boost achievement. The use of videos enables teachers to create a flipped classroom, or “blended” learning environment. Teachers will learn how to teach their students to make predictions and form a hypothesis This course will promote student engagement, develop higher order thinking, and encourage inquiry-based learning. This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

Moving Students from a Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset     

This course is designed to provide practical, teacher-friendly strategies to help students shift their mindset from fixed to growth. This will be done by first developing a deep understanding of each mindset including how both are formed and if necessary adjusted over time. Additionally, we will focus on using our understanding of the growth mindset to help our students approach a task or problem with more confidence and a genuine openness developing their understanding. Lastly, we will discuss methods of aligning the techniques learned throughout this course with each teacher’s grade level and subject standards and plan out what this looks like for the upcoming school year.


No More Timed Tests: Supporting Students' Journey to Fact Fluency for Grades K-8

This course is designed to provide participates with resources and tools establish an effective way to support students’ basic fact fluency.  Participants will learn about current research on how students acquire fact fluency.  Additionally, he/she will review alternatives to timed testing that foster confidence. Finally, participants will develop assessments and rubrics for assessing student progress.  This course is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.


Prep for Your Students on the Spectrum – A Toolkit of Autism Strategies, Lessons, and Supports for your General Ed. & SPED Classrooms

It’s incredibly important that we understand this neuro-diverse population and learn how to better serve them in our classrooms. You will plan lessons/projects to accentuate their strengths and support their language and social challenges. You will target specific types of language comprehension and social awareness, and also develop visual tools and support plans to make your learning environment conducive for all of your learners. Along the way, you will learn to see the world through a different lens and appreciate how much these students have to offer!


Promoting Comprehensive School Health for Grades Pre-K-12                                     
This course is designed for Pre-K-12th grade educators to explore the dimensions of Health Education and the connection between academics and physical health, social health and mental-emotional health. It is aligned with the National Health Education Standards and the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Frameworks. Participants will examine various theories and practices of Comprehensive Health Education and identify Physical, Social and Mental–Emotional lessons and units that can be integrated into a safe and healthful classroom and school environment. Topics include: Growth & Development, Physical Activity & Fitness, Nutrition, Reproductive / Sexuality, Mental Health, Family Life, Interpersonal Relationships, Disease Prevention & Control, Safety and Injury Prevention, Tobacco, Alcohol and other Substances, Violence Prevention, Consumer Health & Resource Management, Ecological Health and Community & Public Health, School Health Services, etc. This course will assist educators to prepare lessons and materials, analyze and critique lessons, use curriculum programs that promote physical health, social health and mental-emotional health in their classrooms and schools. Participants will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects which include understanding a variety of teaching strategies, resources, applications and assessments. This course is structured as an interactive classroom setting encouraging discussions, activities, readings and meaningful assignments.


Raising Student Voices – Designing Podcasts to Enhance Learning for Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Phys. Ed., Heath, Art, Music, Foreign Language & Special Education
This course is designed to provide students with a foundation to design podcasts. Podcasts offer both teachers and students a medium to express ideas and to write scripts for audio. Students will work to develop presentation and announcing skills that engage your audience, planning and work flow techniques. Other topics include how add music and interviews to your audio productions, how to prepare for an interview, and how to use different software to record your podcast. This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.


Routines for Positive Mathematical Mindsets for Grades K-8

This course is designed to provide students with the research behind mathematical mindset.  Student will learn strategies, activities, and language that foster positive mathematical mindsets with any age child.  Finally, students will create a plan for growing mathematical mindsets in their own classroom. Students will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects which include understanding a variety of teaching strategies, resources applications and assessments. This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.

 

SEI Endorsement - Success in the Classroom for Our English Language Learners
The purpose of this course is to prepare the Commonwealth’s teachers with the knowledge and skills to effectively shelter their content instruction so that our growing population of English language learners (ELLs) can access curriculum, achieve academic success, and contribute their multilingual and multicultural resources as participants and future leaders in the 21st century global economy.


Small Adjustments Make a Big Impact: Supporting the Needs of All Learners

Reaching the needs of all learners is a challenge all educators strive to meet every day. Small adjustments can revolutionize the way your classroom functions and meet learners at their level of learning. Through this course, you will incorporate universal accommodations, build on your understanding of the importance of relationships, and design social/emotional lessons to meet the needs of all learners within your classroom without having to create more time in your schedule. In fact, if implemented correctly and consistently, these accommodations and lessons will help your overall classroom management and free up more time for instruction. The beginning course module will expand on the importance of establishing connections. The second-course module will delve comprehensively into the concept and importance of creating universal accommodations. The final course module will guide you in the design of social and emotional lessons to embed in your classroom instruction. This course will equip you with readily available tools and practices to better meet the needs of all learners in your classroom.  Designed for general education and special education elementary school teachers.


South Africa – Educating a Diverse Nation to Enhance Learning with a Content-Rich Curriculum
South Africa is a nation of many cultures, eleven official languages, and a great variety of religious faiths, histories, and traditions. This course will focus on how educators instruct youth from multiple communities, ethnicities, and life experiences. We will discuss issues inherent in the transformation of the curriculum and the teaching culture from apartheid-era education policies to a policy that reaches all learners at all levels.  During this course, teachers will not only directly interact with academics, education consultants, and activists, but also make optional visits to world-famous historical sites and museums; attend concerts; and become involved in the hectic everyday life of the modern South African nation. This course to South Africa offers a unique chance for US educators to reinforce their schools’ commitments to global education, with opportunities to understand the South African education system, best practices in teaching, 21st century diversity training for educators, and innovation in curriculum development and strategy.

 

Strategies for Teaching Poetry in the Contemporary Classroom

This course explores current research and practices in the contemporary classroom. Students will be provided with current scholarly articles to read, digest, and respond to about the teaching of poetry.  New and innovative strategies and teaching ideas will be introduced for students to implement into their current classroom. This course is applicable to grades K-8. This course will also address language arts, specifically reading, writing, and oral language as primary areas of concern in the Massachusetts State Frameworks and the Common Core.


Strategies for Teaching Society’s Social Issues for Classroom Teachers, Special Education, Health, Physical Education, Nurses & Guidance & Adjustment Counselors Grades K-12

The course is designed for educators to explore society’s social issues and the connection between academic and social emotional learning. It is aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks. Participants will examine various theories and practices of  Social and Emotional Programs, Anti-Bullying and Anti-Racism Programs, that can be integrated into a safe, caring and cooperative classroom and school environment. Topics include bullying, harassment, cyber-bullying, diversity, equity, racial and gender discrimination, conflict resolution, problem-solving, divorce, family structure, death, etc. and situations that teachers and students deal with every day. This course will assist educators to prepare lessons and materials, analyze and critique lessons, use children's literature, and curriculum programs that promote social and emotional learning in their classrooms related to society’s social issues. Participants will demonstrate curriculum competencies through the development of various curriculum projects which include understanding a variety of teaching strategies, resources, applications and assessments. This course is structured as an interactive classroom setting encouraging discussions, activities, readings and meaningful assignments.


Structure Your Writing Instruction for Classroom Teachers, Special Education, Title 1, Speech & Language Grades K-4

Using a Google Classroom format, students will learn language-based approaches for teaching writing. Decades of research and evidence shows that writing, a language-based skill, should be taught using a systematic, meaningful, structured-based approach. Foundational skills MUST be taught so writers can transition to creativity as they grow as writers. This course will start at the foundation and build to creativity using a structured, systematic, multi-sensory approach. Sentence level work is emphasized. During this course teachers will learn how to provide specific, structured-based lessons at the sentence level in order to improve literacy outcomes in their students. As teachers learn best practice, they will create hands-on, engaging activities to implement immediately with students.

 

Tech Up My Class with Google for Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Phys. Ed., Health, Art, Music, Foreign Language, Guidance & Special Education
Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Phys. Ed., Health, Art, Music, Foreign Language, Guidance & Special Education teachers and students can maximize their technology by leveraging and uncovering Google extensions and apps. Extensions and apps enable quick access to powerful user-friendly programs that enhance student projects. Teachers will experience increased productivity and innovation by tapping into the inspiring, feature rich programs. This course is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.


The “Art” of Visual Thinking; Visual Strategies for all Learners and all Content Areas K-12

This course is designed for educators interested in learning more about visual learners and visual thinkers. Students will learn ideas and strategies to use in their classrooms. Ideas and strategies discussed in this course will help with teaching visual communication and visual learning. Students will develop ideas through drawing and other visual methods. The assignments aim to sharpen observational skills and give an understanding of the methods and strategies that help all learners with special emphasis on visual learners and thinkers. It will also give insight into the range of processes visual learners and thinkers use to achieve their work. This course is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.


Top Notch Engagement - Classroom Management to Maximize Student Engagement

This course is designed to help teachers develop and implement practical action steps into the classroom to increase engagement and student achievement. Successful completion of this course will enable a teacher to retarget their classroom directives to know and serve each child without making an unrealistic increases in daily tasks and in turn, improve classroom management.

 

Using SEI, ESL, & SPED Strategies & Best Practices to Build Curriculum for English Language Learners (ELLs): Part 1

This course may be used for SEI and SPED PDPs required for recertification.  Please note this is not an SEI endorsement course.

This course is designed to provide educators the skills to effectively design differentiated content-area instruction to address students’ varied linguistic needs.  Educators will understand how to use the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) as a tool to build curriculum objectives, as well as adjust instruction to scaffold students’ levels of language proficiency.  Using SEI, ESL, and SPED best practices, educators will build instruction that encompasses each aspect of the lesson plan including: preparation, building background, comprehensible input, strategies, interaction, practice and application, delivery, and assessment.  Candidates will reflect on the four language domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and understand fundamental principles regarding language development in order to support the academic success of all students.


Using SEI, ESL, & SPED Strategies & Best Practices to Build Curriculum for English Language Learners (ELLs): Part 2

This course may be used for SEI and SPED PDPs required for recertification.  Please note this is not a SEI endorsement course.  Pre-requisite: Part 1

Building on the strategies taught in Part 1, this course is designed to provide teachers advanced skills to effectively design differentiated content-area instruction to address students’ varied linguistic needs.  Teachers will understand how to use the World Class Instructional Design (WIDA) as a tool to build curriculum objectives, as well as adjust instruction to scaffold students’ levels of language proficiency.  Using SEI, ESL, and SPED best practices, teachers will build instruction that encompasses each aspect of the lesson plan including: preparation, building background, comprehensible input, strategies, interaction, practice and application, delivery, and assessment.  Teachers will reflect on the four language domains (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and understand fundamental principles regarding language development in order to support the academic success of all students. This class is aligned to the Massachusetts State Frameworks.